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They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. That’s a fitting phrase for today’s Sprint App of the Week because it seems there are 1,000 photography apps out there. Probably many more.

 

We’ll mention a few we like, but please add a comment to this post to share your favorite photography app and how you use it.

 

As cameras in the mobile phones we carry continue to get better and better, many folks are leaving their point-and-shoot cameras at home. Why not? Your mobile phone is always with you. And after you snap a photo on your phone, it is so much easier to share it on Facebook or another online site.

 

Everybody can benefit from finding more great apps that make it easier to share photos with friends and family. Many apps also let you add special effects to your pictures, allowing you to produce a masterpiece. Or maybe just a funny photo that will give you and your buddies something to laugh about.

 

We even have a suggestion appropriate for Halloween. Scary Camera Free for iOS, as Fierce Mobile Content described it, lets you add “a series of photo filters and effects enabling users to transform images of their friends, family or even themselves into scary monsters and super creeps.”

 

So click away with those mobile phone cameras and let us know what photo apps you like the best.

 

Scary Camera Free - Create Halloween Spooky & Haunted Photos for iOS By ObjectGraph LLC

 

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Photo Effects Pro for Android by Swiss Codemonkeys

As the developer of this app described it, this app lets you “turn your photos into art with amazing effects!”

 

PopBooth Photo Booth for iOS By Sincerely Inc.

Fierce Mobile Content had a great description of how PopBooth works. It “snaps four photos in succession, presenting the images in a vertical strip. But the app introduces filter options like "colorz," "1985" and "hipster," as well as social sharing tools enabling users to post their images to Facebook or send them via email, but PopBooth extends beyond the virtual world, giving users the choice to print actual photo strips for delivery via U.S. mail.”

 

Lightbox - Camera & Gallery for Android by Lightbox

 

 

As Gizmodo  described it earlier this year, “Lightbox is a stylish camera app that's good enough to replace the stock camera app. Though it doesn't have basic features like zoom or autofocus, it does give you the ability to add 10 trendy filters after your shot. Your artsy photos can be shared via Twitter and Facebook and is easily accessible through Lightbox's website.”

Do you have a Sprint Android device with a front-facing and rear-facing camera or the new iPhone 4S? Try out one of these cool video chat apps that let you not only talk but SEE the person you’re chatting with. Since my in-laws moved 300 miles away and won’t be able to visit the hospital when I give birth to my son, I plan to use the Qik app to show them their precious grandson soon after he is born in February. Sure I can email pictures but imagine their excitement when they get to actually see him move for the first time!  


Qik: both a free version and new paid version with premium features are available for Android and iPhone.  

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Qik Premium Features:


• Qik Desktop
     oAutomatically sync videos from phone to desktop — manage them with ease.
• Anytime video mail
     o Record, send and receive as many video mails as you want.
• Unlimited video storage (fair usage policy applies) 
     o Access every video in your Qik video gallery so you can view, share and download.
• Easy downloads
     o Download videos instantly or do it automatically with Qik Desktop.
• HD and 3D video recording
     o Record and share videos in high definition (720p) and 3D on select Android devices.
• Mobile camera roll (iOS) or gallery (Android) uploads
     o Upload all your mobile videos so you can share and manage them with ease.
• Priority support
     o Be first in line for individual help with a dedicated support email and fast response.

Qik Premium:
• $4.99/month or $44.99/year
• iOS: all iPhones, iPod Touches (with camera), iPad 2’s with iOS 4 or later.
• Android: Android 2.1 – 2.3.4 devices


Qik Free App Features:
Video Chat & Mail: Stay connected even when you are on the go with 2-way live Video Chats. Not available to talk live? No problem! Just send and receive Video Mail.
Video Sharing: Share videos privately with family and friends, automatically post to social networks, or broadcast to blogs and video sites.

Qik review by LAPTOP: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/software/qik.aspx
Qik review by PCMag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385191,00.asp

 

FaceTime


• Available for iPhone 4S users. Works over Wi-Fi.
• Works right out of the box — no need to set up a special account or screen name.
• Syncs with address book. To start a video call, simply find the person in your contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or just tell Siri, “FaceTime with Mom.”
• If you’re already talking to the person, iPhone to iPhone, and you want to switch to video, simply tap the FaceTime button on the screen.
• An invitation pops up on your friend’s screen asking if they want to join you. When they accept, the video call begins.
• The three on-screen buttons make it easy to mute or end a call, and switch between the front-facing camera and standard back-of-camera view.
• FaceTime video calls function in both portrait and landscape modes.

 

Fring


Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat


• Group Video Chat with 4 friends vat the same time
• Video chat with DVQ™ technology on 3G,4G & WiFi
• Free calls to other fring users worldwide
• Free live text chat (instead of SMS)

Video Chat


• Group Video chat with friends on Android or iPhone.
• Up to 4 participants can group video call: 4 friends on 1 screen.
• According to fring, fring's video calling DVQ™ technology (Dynamic Video Quality) gives you the best video and audio quality possible by automatically and continuously adjusting your video call quality to match your connectivity.
• See your friends real-time status; you can chat with your friends before video-calling them
• Free in Android Market or iPhone App Store

Fring website: http://www.fring.com/what-is-fring


Share with us the various occasions when you’ve found video chatting handy. Which video chat apps are your favorites?

Sprint and CMT recently launched the CMT (Country Music Television) Sprint ID pack - the first country music-themed Sprint ID pack, loaded with popular CMT apps, widgets and more.


The CMT ID pack transforms Sprint ID-enabled devices into the ultimate accessory for country music fans with instant access to their favorite stars’ music, videos, breaking news and more.


The CMT ID pack features such popular apps as CMT Insider and CMT On Air, along with CMT-recommended apps including Rhapsody, SoundHound and The Grand Ole Opry.

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Click on the image below to watch a video highlighting what the CMT ID pack is all about:

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Media is buzzing about the CMT ID pack - from the Nashville Post to Android and tech blogs - read what they are saying: 


Country music outlets:
http://www.cmtradiolive.com/
http://nashvillepost.com/blogs/postbusiness/2011/9/28/cmt_hooks_up_with_sprint_on_app_pack
https://app.e2ma.net/app/view:CampaignPublic/id:1401414.7215752431/rid:5707c42c750f3d23a8a5bee2ab274f06
http://webradioairplay.info/news/cmt-expands-mobile-offerings-with-the-launch-of-its-sprint-id-pack-designed-for-country-music-fans-tmcnet
http://countrymusicstar.com/?p=23666

 

Android/Tech blogs:
http://www.intomobile.com/2011/09/30/cmt-launches-sprint-id-pack-country-music-fans/
http://www.androidfyi.com/cmt-and-sprint-team-up-to-create-the-latest-sprint-id-pack-for-country-music-fans
http://www.androidcentral.com/cmt-and-sprint-team-create-latest-sprint-id-pack-country-music-fans
http://phandroid.com/2011/09/28/sprint-adds-cmt-sprint-id-pack-for-country-music-fans/
http://www.androidguys.com/2011/09/28/cmt-sprint-id-pack-yall/

 

CMT is also excited about the news, sharing it via their social media sites:
On CMT’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cmt#!/cmt/posts/10150324308813196
And Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/FollowCMT/status/119436291719966720
Keep an eye out on CMT’s popular TV shows, such as CMT Insider and CMT Top 20 Countdown, where the ID pack will soon be featured!

 

Sprint ID’s One Year Anniversary / Stats:
Did you see our news last Monday about Sprint ID’s one year anniversary and its popularity? Sprint ID Celebrates One-year Anniversary with Six Million ID Pack Downloads, 45 ID Packs, 12 Sprint ID-Capable Devices, Kudos from Partners and Media

About Sprint ID
Sprint ID is a unique, simplified way to find apps and customize your wireless device. Sprint ID delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers – designed to meet users’ specific mobile needs and interests – in a few simple clicks. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint. Sprint ID devices include Samsung Epic™ 4G, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Samsung Conquer™ 4G, Sanyo Zio™, Samsung Transform™, LG Optimus S™, Samsung Galaxy Tab™ and Samsung Replenish™. To see all ID packs visit www.sprint.com/sprintid

 

Have you tried the new CMT ID pack? Tell us what you think. Or, do you have a favorite Sprint ID pack?

Sprint ID simplifies app-discoverability, provides complete mobile experience for consumers, businesses and students in a bundled package

 

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Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product, Sprint

•          “Sprint ID helps customers – especially those new to smartphones – easily gain access to apps they’ll enjoy without the daunting task of wading through Android Market’s 250,000+ apps. Even more so now than when we launched Sprint ID last year, since so much of the population is buying smartphones1, we realize that we need to give customers an easier path to access content. We’re also excited about not just the opportunities Sprint ID has presented to consumers but also to our business customers with ID packs such as Real Estate Pro.”

 

 

We know that a lot of tech-savvy wireless phone users love to find new apps and tell their friends about their favorites. We know, though, that many others just have a hard time sorting through an overflowing Android Market or other app site to find the ones that they will enjoy and use the most.

 

 

A year ago Sprint offered help for this challenge in the form of Sprint ID. An industry first, Sprint ID is a service that simplifies the process of customizing select Android™ powered devices. Sprint ‘ID packs’ deliver a complete mobile experience – centered around consumers’ or businesses’ interests or favorite brands – including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers, in a couple simple clicks.

 

 

Consumers who have less experience with smartphones are finding the service useful. And, considering that customers have downloaded six million ID packs in the past year, we’re guessing that even some of the most tech savvy among us also have given Sprint ID a try.

 

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Sprint ID stats:

 

 

•          Customers have downloaded six million ID packs

•          Average 500,000 downloads per month

•          The most popular branded Sprint ID packs include Disney Channel, ESPN, E!, Glu Games, MTV, NASCAR, Yahoo!

•          Popular lifestyle ID categories include Entertainment, Green, Socially Connected, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Business Professional, Auto Enthusiast and several Spanish-language ID packs from LatCel.

 

 

 

 

So whether you are a sports fan, music lover, celebrity watcher, fitness fanatic, gamer, student or business professional, Sprint ID makes it easy for you to personalize your smartphone or tablet by downloading an ID pack with mobile content to fit your lifestyle.

 

 

Individual consumers aren’t the only ones who have found Sprint ID packs to be valuable. Here are some other uses we have seen:

 

 

•          Universities as a way to offer useful information to students and faculty. University of Missouri launched a student ID pack and several other universities are currently developing ID packs.

•          Six wholesale partners have launched Sprint ID devices to their customer bases. 

•          Boost Mobile’s Mobile ID launched, featuring eight ID packs for prepaid users.

•          Sprint developed an Employee ID pack for internal Sprint employee use.

•          Other enterprises have deployed ID packs targeting specific groups of users within their companies. 

•          Sprint’s Green ID pack offers apps and widgets with tips for living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.

•          Sprint’s Relay ID pack provides the hard of hearing with voice mail transcripts, visual and vibrating alerts, readable captions and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Partners are Saying:

 

 

“MTV Music ID provides today’s on-the-go music fan easy access to their favorite MTV and third party music content through multiple music-centric apps and widgets,” said Dermot McCormack, Executive Vice President, Digital Media, MTV Networks Music & Logo Group “We’re pleased to have partnered with Sprint on this unique, popular and innovative product.”

 

 

“We recently launched the E! ID pack, giving fans a complete E! mobile experience on their Android device, including our popular E! Online, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Live From the Red Carpet apps, and the response from our audience has been terrific,” said John Najarian, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital and Business Development, E! Entertainment.  “Creating an ID pack with Sprint was an easy way for us to offer our audience all our best mobile content in a bundled package.”

 

 

“Creating the three Lo2Yo ID packs for the Latino community has made it so much easier for bi-lingual [English/Spanish] users to access culturally relevant and high-quality content, as well as enabling them to quickly switch between the two languages,” said Jorge Rincon, CEO of LatCel.”Lo2Yo IDs have become a fantastic way to engage with the highly coveted Hispanic market audience.”

 


What Media is Saying:

 

 

Sprint users needn’t be overwhelmed by the number of app choices on their Android phones. The carrier’s Sprint ID service offers prepackaged apps that cater to different tastes and hobbies. –The New York Times

 

 

Sprint’s Green ID Pack is installed on specific phones and tablets, but any Android user can download the environmentally friendly apps in the pack. TreeHugger, Green Now and Shop Green are among the apps listed. With iRecycle, you identify what you want to recycle and the app tells you where to take it. –The New York Times

 

 

For the first time since switching to AT&T to become an iPhone devotee, I’m a little jealous of Sprint users. Sprint’s new Green ID Pack lets customers download eco-friendly content directly to their smartphones... It’s a great example of a brand using content to encourage loyalty and connect with users. – Get a Word In

 

 

Android is one of the most customizable platforms around, and Sprint ID is a great option to quickly give your phone a totally new look and feel.  The nice thing about the MTV Music ID pack is that it includes several apps that many users install anyway, like SoundHound and Pandora.  If you love music and have a Samsung Transform, LG Optimus S, or Sanyo Zio, be sure to check out the MTC Music ID pack. –PhoneDog

 

 

Sprint launched the effort back at the CTIA show in October, but is now getting up to speed by both adding more devices compatible with Sprint ID and by lining up some brand-name content. –All Things Digital

 

 

For content providers like MTV, the Sprint ID pack format represents an opportunity to deliver content directly to the mobile audience--in many ways, its approach recalls the MVNO model, but without the service plans and handsets. In addition, the ID packs offer publishers the opportunity to curate consumers' mobile app download experience, guaranteeing that users obtain an aggregate of integrated, complementary solutions in one fell swoop. –FierceMobileContent

 

 

 

 

Benefits to developers/partners:

•          Allows strong content partners to become mobile service providers without the cost and hassle of running a nationwide cellular network, billing integration, or device manufacturing commitments.

•          Provides an additional distribution channel for applications and services.

•          Improves the search and discoverability of Android apps and services versus the current experience in Android Market™.

•          Provides consumer brands, enterprises, B-2-B, hybrid MVNOs with ability to define the experience they want for their customers/employees via mobile bundles.

 

 

To learn more about developing Sprint ID packs, visit: Sprint Developer Program information about Sprint ID

 

 

“Sprint ID allows our customers to have the maximum amount of flexibility and control over the content on their device and allows our trusted partners like ESPN, Disney and MTV the opportunity to create a mobile experience for their audience and to get closer to their most loyal customers who have a strong brand affinity,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product, Sprint.

 

 

There are currently 12 Sprint ID-capable devices (Android-powered smartphones and a tablet) and 45 ID packs focused on specific consumer interests, popular brands, business, enterprise, MVNO and education. Details are outlined in the following table: 

 


October 2010 (Sprint ID launch)

October 2011 (new since launch in Oct. 2010)

Sprint ID-Capable Devices

LG Optimus S™

Sanyo Zio™

Samsung Transform™

Samsung Epic™ 4G

Motorola PHOTON™ 4G

Samsung Conquer™ 4G

Samsung Galaxy Tab™

Samsung Replenish™

Samsung Epic™ 4G Touch

Kyocera Milano™

Samsung Transform™ Ultra

LG Marquee™

Lifestyle ID packs

Home CEO

Health & Fitness

Fashion & Beauty

Socially Connected

Professional

Golf Enthusiast

Auto Enthusiast

The Big Apple

Entertainment

Sprint

Clean

Green

Games

Essentials

Sprint Relay

Fantasy Football

Real Estate Pro

Small Biz

Partner-Branded ID packs

Yahoo!

WHERE

EA

Lo2Yo Mujer by LatCel

Lo2Yo Futbol by LatCel

Lo2Yo Latino by LatCel

MTV

ESPN

HSN

E!

Disney Channel

NASCAR

Free Glu Games

BodyMedia

Team Radio Shack

Deluxe for Business-powered by Canvas

CMT

Enterprise


Sprint Employee Pack

LDS Church

City of Erlanger

Education ID packs


goMizzou

MVNO


Credo

Bandwidth.com

KDDI

Cbeyond

Lightyear

Buckeye/Blue Mobile

 

Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their phone and easily switch back and forth between them or swap them out for new ones. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.

 

 

 


More information about Sprint ID:

 

 

Sprint ID press kit:

 

 

Sprint ID website:

Trick or Treat? Check out these fun Halloween apps to get in the spirit.

 

Get into the Halloween spirit by watching some spooktacular shows on Sprint TV. Sprint TV offers a great variety of live and on-demand programming including Disney Channel, SyFy Channel, ESPN Mobile TV, The Weather Channel, ABC, CBS, NBC and many more. Sprint TV is loaded on most handsets and is included in Everything Data and Simply Everything plans.

 

Monstober_Logo_Lab_PSD300dpi.jpgDisney Channel: It’s Monstober on Disney Channel! It’s one whole month of monsters mayhem—mummies, vampires, zombies, witches and more! Monstober means all new Halloween episodes of your favorite Disney Channel shows and monster-sized Halloween movies!

  • On Sunday, October 30, from 12P to 10P, Disney Channel will air a Monster Movie Marathon including the Halloweentown movies, Igor, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, and Mostly Ghostly- Who Let the Ghosts Out? On Monday, October 31, Disney Channel will air Halloween episodes of Phineas and Ferb, So Random, Good Luck Charlie, A.N.T. Farm, Shake It Up and Jessie.
  • Disney channel is free to all Sprint TV customers

 

 

SyFy Channel: full episodes of Paranormal Witness, Ghost Hunters and Scare Tactics (starts 10/11)

  • SyFy channel is free to all Sprint TV customers

 

 

Horror classics channel included with Sprint TV Xtra ($9.99 monthly charge)

  • Includes great classics like ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Carnival of the Souls’
  • Sprint TV Extra also includes great channels like Discovery, Fox Sports, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and Fox News.

 

Or, download some of these bootastic apps from the Android Market.

 

halloween ebook.jpgHalloween eBook Make an eBook of your Halloween pictures and stories, complete with a custom cover, table of contents, and maps. Instead of spending days building a photobook, complete a far more interesting eBook in just minutes that you can share with anyone and save in your digital library.

 

 

 

Halloween Soundboard -- Enjoy the Shrills and Shreaks from the Screams and Moans that are in this app. Any of the sounds can be used as a Ringtone, Alarm Sound, or Notification Sound!

 

 

 

Zombie Booth -- How would you look as a zombie?! What about your friends? ZombieBooth is a fun way to instantly make your face into a 3D, animated zombie!

 

 

 

Lastly, as you and your kids head out trick or treating on Oct. 31, download Sprint Family Locator to keep up with everyone’s location. With Sprint Family Locator, you can see their real-time locations on interactive satellite maps from any PC or web-enabled mobile phone. The cost is $5 a month for four phones and your first 15 days are free.

 

 

Share your favorite, spooky Halloween apps with us!

 

Boo!

Wireless devices give consumers the freedom and flexibility to stay connected from anywhere. With voicemail-2-text apps, customers can efficiently identify and respond to messages in a manner that is convenient for them.

 

This week, Sprint launched a voicemail-2-text app for its BlackBerry users. Sprint BlackBerry customers now have an easy and convenient way to receive and respond to voicemails. With Sprint Voicemail-2-Text, customers can quickly and easily read their voicemail messages via email or text message and then respond to the message with just a simple click. In addition messages can be easily forwarded and saved – no more writing down messages or misplacing them.

 

Availability

Sprint Voicemail-2-Text service for BlackBerry is currently available as a monthly service for $1.99/month following a free 30-day trial period on GetJar. Download the application from your BlackBerry at m.getjar.com/mobile/72278/Voicemail2Text or visit www.getjar.com/mobile/72278/Voicemail2text.

 

Sprint Voicemail-2-Text supports select Sprint BlackBerry Bold, Curve, Tour, Style and Touch models.

 

Additional details and supported device specifics are available on the Sprint website. Standard text and data rates will apply for each message.

 

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Nuance Communications, Inc.

Sprint Voicemail-2-Text is powered by Nuance Communications, Inc. Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.

CMT today announced the launch of the first country music-themed Sprint ID pack, loaded with popular CMT apps, widgets and more.  Available only to Sprint customers, the CMT ID pack transforms Sprint ID-enabled devices into the ultimate accessory for country music fans with instant access to their favorite stars’ music, videos, breaking news and more.  The CMT ID pack features such popular apps as CMT Insider and CMT On Air, along with CMT-recommended apps including Rhapsody, SoundHound and The Grand Ole Opry.

 

Sprint Country Music ID Pack Video

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The CMT ID pack includes access to CMT apps, widgets and third-party music applications such as the following:

•          CMT Insider: CMT Insider gives access to country music’s biggest stars with exclusive videos, articles and photos.  Follow artists on Twitter and stream music with Rhapsody audio clips.

•          CMT On Air: CMT’s On Air App features the network’s full lineup, videos and allows fans to connect with other fans of CMT as they converse across Twitter.

•          Rhapsody:  The Rhapsody App and a subscription let fans listen to anything in the catalog of more than 10 million songs. Fans can even listen to music offline by downloading playlists directly to their device.  Free trial available.

•          SoundHound: SoundHound offers instant music search and discovery that takes only four seconds to name tunes playing from a speaker. It is also a singing and humming recognition app.

•          The Grand Ole Opry: The Grand Ole Opry app is the quickest way to stay connected to the Opry.  Listen to the Opry and 650 AM WSM live, see the latest calendar of shows, watch videos of Opry performances and more.

•          CMT News Widget: Get instant headlines about all your favorite artists and CMT shows with the CMT News Widget.

•          CMT Video Widget: Check out new videos featuring country music artists, CMT shows or the latest in country news.

•          CMT Photo Widget:  The CMT Photo Widget offers instant photos, updated often, of country music's biggest stars and events.

•          CMT Twitter Widget: Check out instant updates from CMT's official Twitter accounts and stay connected to your favorite artists and CMT Shows.

 

 

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About Sprint ID

•          Users can personalize their device with customizable CMT wallpapers, ringtones and more. 

•          The CMT ID pack is free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint.

•          Sprint ID devices include Samsung Epic™ 4G, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Samsung Conquer™ 4G, Sanyo Zio™, Samsung Transform™, LG Optimus S™ and Samsung Replenish™. 

•          To learn more and to watch a video about the CMT ID pack, visit www.sprint.com/cmtid

 

More Information

Sprint ID Press Kit:

CMT ID Pack webpage: www.sprint.com/cmtid

Sprint ID webpage: www.sprint.com/sprintid

Press Release: CMT Expands Mobile Offerings with the Launch of its Sprint ID Pack Designed for Country Music Fans

Safely Gives Sprint Customers Exclusive Access To Online Monitoring Service

 

This week, SafelySM the next generation of personal security software services that enhance the safety of millions, launched Safely Social Monitor. Designed to help parents monitor their kids’ activity on Facebook, Social Monitor is available at no charge, for a limited time, to Sprint Family Locator and Sprint wireless subscribers before it is generally available later this quarter.

 

Safely Social Monitor offers parents the ability both online and on-the-go to:

 

  • Understand who their kids’ Facebook friends are - whom they speak to most frequently, what their ages and genders are
  • View newly posted photos of their kids
  • Receive alerts when their kids use certain phrases of concern or are tagged in photos which helps them intervene quickly to keep their kids safe
  • Monitor their kids’ Facebook activity without requiring their kids’ passwords
  • Keep up with all of their kids via one account versus multiple accounts for each kid
  • Get free access to regularly published Safely Spotlights for valuable tips and advice (see www.Facebook.com/Safely)

Sprint customers interested in trying Safely Social Monitor can do so for free by visiting www.Safely.com.

 

On Monday, Sept. 12, Sprint announced an app that can help ease the mind of parents with teenage drivers. Sprint Drive First is a new application that automatically locks a mobile phone when a car is driving over 10 mph, disabling phone functionality, directing incoming calls to voicemail and silencing distracting alerts for emails and text messages. It’s available now so check it out and sign up at www.sprint.com/drivefirst


To watch a video demonstrating the Sprint Drive First app in action and to read more details visit http://bit.ly/qNDG38

 

Here is a sampling of what the media is saying about Sprint Drive First:


Larry Magid, KCBS Radio

 

 

Watch reporters at local news stations around the country – from L.A. to Kansas City - talk about Sprint Drive First:


KTLA: http://www.ktla.com/videobeta/43dff821-d393-4633-8387-646f259abeac/News/KTLA-TECH-REPORT

KSHB-TV (NBC): http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/science_tech/Parents%3A-New-app-keeps-your-kid-from-driving-and-texting 

KMBC-TV (ABC): http://www.kmbc.com/video/29166784/detail.html

 

Read what reporters have to say about distracted driving and how Sprint Drive First can help:


Fitness Magazine: “Considering many of us (myself included!) have a massive multitasking habit, this app could be a lifesaver.” http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/blogs/fitstop/2011/09/14/health/safe-driving-is-there-an-app-for-that/

 

New York Times: “Smartphones have led to more distracted driving. They’re also helping to mitigate it with a host of new apps aimed at shutting down a driver’s device.”
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/sprint-app-shuts-down-drivers-phone/

 

Consumer Reports: “Whether you choose to use an app or turn the phone off yourself, talking or texting behind the wheel is risky behavior. It endangers yourself and creates risks to others.”
http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/09/sprint-unveils-new-smart-phone-app-to-combat-distracted-driving-sprint-drive-first-android.html

 

Today Show / MSNBC: “Does your child text? Does he or she drive? Chances are they’re doing both at the same time… Fortunately there are solutions that automatically kick in when the car starts rolling.” http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44196563/ns/today-back_to_school/t/apps-prevent-your-teen-texting-while-driving/

 

Cars.com: “If you worry about your teen texting and driving or even talking on their cell phone and driving, Sprint has an application for you. Its Drive First app automatically locks out most smartphone functions while driving.” http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2011/09/sprint-app-blocks-cell-phone-use-while-driving.html

 

Kansas City Star: “Need to stop Junior from texting and talking when those hands ought to have a 10-and-2 grasp on the steering wheel and those eyes need to be fixed on the road?
Sprint has trotted out the latest app designed to discourage phones from distracting drivers from the business at hand.”  http://www.kansascity.com/2011/09/12/3137599/sprint-introduces-shut-up-and.html

 

LAPTOP: “Although text messaging is banned for all drivers in 34 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, it is still a continued problem throughout the country.” http://blog.laptopmag.com/sprint-app-disables-texts-calls-while-driving


Tell us what you think about this new app. Will you sign up for yourself or teenager to avoid distractions while behind the wheel?

Are you ready for some Fantasy Football?! Easily get all the apps you need on your Sprint-ID capable mobile device to dominate your fantasy football league with the brand new Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack!


About Sprint ID

Sprint ID is a unique, simplified way to find apps and customize your wireless device. Sprint ID delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers – designed to meet users’ specific mobile needs and interests – in a few simple clicks. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint. Sprint ID devices include Samsung Epic™ 4G, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Samsung Conquer™ 4G, Sanyo Zio™, Samsung Transform™, LG Optimus S™, Samsung Galaxy Tab™ and Samsung Replenish™. To see all ID packs visit www.sprint.com/sprintid

About Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack

The new Fantasy Football Fanatic ID pack gives you lineup management, football news and fantasy advice right on your mobile device. Don't know who to start?  Listen to the Fantasy Football Guys and their advice.  Looking for the most up to date scores and stats?  Express Football has you covered.  Want to watch your team rack up the points and get the latest updates from all the pundits? SportCaster has all your team’s media linked directly to you during game time. 

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Apps in the Fantasy Football Fanatic ID pack include:


SportCaster: a new sports app that gives sports fans a personalized, real-time source of sports commentary. Leverage the power of Twitter to add real-time commentary to scores and stats.
RotoWire Fantasy News Center: this app keeps you up to date on all of the latest news. RotoWire.com has developed a quick and easy-to-use app for fantasy fans.
National Football Post: Get all the latest NFL Hot News and Rumors & columns from National Football Post, a distinctive forum where news, information, and insight meet through the voices of pro football insiders.
Express Football: Every tidbit of football info you want, easily accessible and in one place.  Enjoy instant access to scores, standings, schedules, stats (by team/player), and news from all your trusted resources. 
The Fantasy Football Guys: Listen to the greatest fantasy football advise podcasts right on your device!
FriendCaster for Facebook: FriendCaster for Facebook (formerly Flow) gives you a Facebook experience on your Android device.
Yahoo! Fantasy Football:  the Web’s #1 Fantasy Football game comes to Android. Built for Android users, Yahoo! Fantasy Football gives you real-time fantasy score updates wherever you go.
Sprint Football Live: the one-stop pro and college football destination that allows you to customize your experience to follow your favorite teams on game day and every day.

 

To get the leg up on your league, the Fantasy Football Fanatic Sprint ID pack is THE way to go, so download it today!

According to a Nielsen study last year, games are the most popular genre of apps. Sixty percent of those who said they had downloaded an app in the last 30 days said they had also played a gaming app during that period.

 

I’m sure this statistic is not a big surprise to smartphone users. Who doesn’t like to take a break from the day and play Angry Birds? Here is one interesting statistic from the study: gaming and social networking apps are more popular with women than men.

 

When you download your next game, here are a few you may want to try:

 

Cut the Rope – very popular and fun game! The little monster Om Nom is hungry and the only thing standing between him and a full belly is you – that is your help cutting the ropes that hold the candy he wants. Swipe your finger across the ropes to release the delicious bundles into his mouth. But don’t forget to collect the stars and break the bubbles along the way – easier said than done when enemies and obstacles wait!

 

 

Eternity Warriors -- The ultimate battle for eternity has begun...
After 20 years of peace in Northern Udar, a powerful new Demon threat has emerged under the command of the evil Demon King Kilic. The Demons have overrun and transformed the once vibrant land into a cesspool of danger and evil. Only the courageous Eternity Warriors can defeat this rising threat to the world of Humans and Elves!

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Roboto -- Roboto is an action packed game with more than 30 exciting levels, epic end boss battles and addictive minigames.

 

Are you part of the 60 percent that has downloaded a game in the last 30 days? If so, what game are you playing?

Are you ready for some football?

 

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The weather starts to cool off, the leaves turn to beautiful shades of orange and red, and best of all college and NFL football kicks off.

 

If you are a football fanatic (like me), Sprint makes it easy for you to keep up with your favorite college, pro and fantasy teams all in one place with the Sprint Football Live application.

 

For the 2011 season, Sprint Football Live has undergone a transformation to provide fans an even better experience with richer graphics and more team personalization. ESPN college football games and all Notre Dame home games are streamed live all season long. Fans also get live scoring and stats for all pro and college football games from the first snap in September to the last play in February, plus breaking news and rumors all year long.

 

Key Features:

  • Coverage of all 32 pro football and all 120 college football teams
  • Live college football games from ESPN Mobile TV including bowl games
  • Fantasy team management, real-time tracker and game day odds
  • Included with any Sprint Everything Data plan
  • Sprint customers, text FOOTBALL to 7777 or download from the Sprint Android Market. No additional charge with any data plan.
  • For more information visit www.sprint.com/football.

 

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Do you have a fantasy team? Will you be using Sprint Football Live to keep up with your players and stats?

Who is your favorite college or NFL team? Will you be using Sprint Football Live to watch them play?

As students head back to school, smartphones and tablets are two important items for today’s college student. In addition to keeping in touch with family and friends back home via voice, text or pictures, these devices give students access to thousands of apps that could help them find the best textbook prices, keep their schedule organized or wake up on time for class.

Back to School Apps:

  • ScanLife: Students can save money on books by using their phone’s camera to find cheap textbook prices. ScanLife lets users search online stores for book prices by scanning the book’s UPC code or 2D barcode. Free in Android Market.

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Use this QR code to download ScanLife to your device.

 

  • ShareYourBoard: Students can simply snap a photo of the classroom’s whiteboard, covered with the professor’s notes – no matter what angle, lighting or type of whiteboard or markers are used – and this app will improve the readability and extract all the information users need. Free in Android Market.

 

  • Documents To Go: Perfect for students working on term papers, Documents to Go lets users access and view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments remotely and send them to classmates or professors. Free in Android Market.

 

  • Class Buddy – Student Planner: This all-in-one organizer application helps students manage semesters, terms, courses and classes, as well as keep track of attendance and GPA. $1.49 in Android Market.

 

  • Better Alarm Clock: Better Alarm Clock allows users to make customizable alarm schedules to ensure they won't miss that 8 a.m. class or early-morning practice. Free in Android Market.

 

There are so many possibilities on how wireless technology and applications can be used academically and socially on the college campus. What apps have you found to be useful on the college campus? Are college professors embracing this new technology in the classroom?

Hello, I’m a Sprint Corporate Communications Manager who was recently on a popular radio show in Los Angeles hosted by Jeff Levy, called “Livin’ the e-life,” on KFWB 980 AM to talk about Sprint ID, a unique, simplified way to find apps and customize your Android device.

 

Click the audio player to listen. Here’s what I talked about.

 

Sprint launched something last year called Sprint ID, which simplifies the process of finding apps for your phone.

 

Since Android Market now has more than 250,000 apps, Sprint ID helps our customers cut through the clutter to find apps they’ll enjoy.

 

Sprint created something called ID packs, which are a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts and other content that’s downloaded onto the device in a couple simple clicks. 

 

There’s something for everyone.

 

If you love sports, there’s an ESPN ID pack with apps to help you keep up with your favorite teams or watch ESPN shows live or on demand.

 

I love using the Disney Channel ID pack for my 2 year old daughter. She can watch Disney Channel shows while we’re in the car or away from home, right on my phone. 

 

The Green ID pack offers tips for living a greener lifestyle. There are also apps to find local farmer’s markets, to find more energy efficient light bulbs and widgets to buy sustainable products.

 

Since I live in L.A., the hub of the entertainment industry, I especially like the new E! ID pack, which keeps you up to date with your favorite celebrities through photo, news and video apps. 

 

Other ID packs include NASCAR, MTV Music ID, HSN (for shopping on the go), Health and Fitness, and much more. You can see all 30 ID packs by visiting www.sprint.com/sprintid and clicking on the, “See All ID Packs” tab on the bottom of the page.

 

To get started, simply click on the ID icon on the bottom of your Sprint ID capable device. You can see a catalog of ID packs on your device and choose up to five ID packs to download and can easily switch between them or swap them out for new ones.

 

Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.

 

There are currently 8 Sprint ID-capable devices available now, but the list keeps growing. Devices include: the NEW Motorola PHOTON 4G, which is Sprint’s first international 4G smartphone and the NEW Samsung Conquer 4G, which offers 4G for under $100.

 

There’s also the eco-friendly Samsung Replenish; and it’s not just Android-powered smartphones, there’s also a tablet that’s Sprint ID-capable, the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

 

Other Sprint ID capable devices include Samsung Epic 4G, LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and Samsung Transform. 

 

So listen to the radio piece and tell us how you like Sprint ID.

Summer is delivering blazing hot temperatures nationwide and we have some major HOT album releases coming out in August to share with you!

 

Today comes the much anticipated album from the masterminds Jay Z & Kanye West, two of the biggest artists in Hip Hop - together they are called THE THRONE.

 

Starting today you can use the Sprint Music Plus Application (download it for free) to Get Ringtones, Ringback tones and full tracks from new Jay-Z & Kanye West  joint album, ‘Watch the Throne’ right on your mobile device.

 

To get “Watch The Throne” music & tones:

Mobile: http://sprint.us/smp 
Web: http://sprint.com/digitallounge       

 

About Sprint Music Plus:

Sprint Music Plus is available for Android powered Sprint smartphones through the Sprint Zone app and also can be found on the home screen of BlackBerry and Java Feature Phones launched after May 2010. Devices introduced before May 2010 will have access to ringtones and ringback tones from Sprint Music Plus via Sprint Mobile Web (WAP). 

 

Sprint Music Plus allows users to:
• Create music playlists
• Assign ringback tones to play for different callers and times of day
• Search for music by artist, title or keyword
• Organize full tracks/albums by artist, genre and custom playlists using the music library manager
• Preview content - sample millions of music tracks and tones, which are updated daily
• Get new music recommendations based on their musical tastes

 

DRM-free full tracks range in cost from 69 cents to $1.29 per song. Customers can save money when buying a bundle that includes the full track, ringtone and ringback tone with just one click. Customers are conveniently charged on their Sprint bill. 


For more information and to download the application, visit http://sprint.us/smp on your Sprint phone.

 

About Watch The Throne:

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The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on WATCH THE THRONE recorded in person at various locations around the world.

 

Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City. 

 

Though shrouded in secrecy, the album has already been heralded a ‘masterpiece’ by those who have heard it, and features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye’s longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured vocals includes Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson.

• Their first single “H.A.M.” debuted early this year.
• “Otis” samples Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”
• #1 most added at Urban, #2 most added all Formats
• #1 greatest gainer at the urban format jumping from 5.4 million to 11.7 in audience
• #1 greatest gainer at Rhythmic jumping from 4.4 million to 9.7 in audience
• The Watch The Throne album listening event at the Hayden Planetarium last Monday night created major online consumer response! There were 833 blog mentions, 232 news mentions, 9,909 total tweets from yesterday to this morning, reaching 12.7 Million People & 95%  positive sentiments!

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