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New Aio Plans Follow Lead of Sprint's 'Framily' Model

April 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's prepaid Aio brand has launched new plans that promise more discounts with each line of service added. Similar to the incentive behind Sprint's "Framily" plans, Aio's new "Group Save" plans offers discounted monthly charges beginning with the second eligible line added.

T-Mobile Challenges AT&T, Verizon, Sprint to End Overage Charges

April 14, 2014 10:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile today announced it is doing away with all talk, text and data overage charges for its...

Sprint Intros Super-Simple WeGo Kid Phone

April 11, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

To the extent that it has an actual pull-string, the WeGo looks like a cute toy phone that makes...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers...

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SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

U.S. Cellular Offering Device Financing, $350 ETF Bounty

April 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is also allowing customers to purchase a new device for $0 down on Simple Connect plans as well as the company’s Shared Data plans, now named Shared Connect plans. The Shared Connect plans are similar to AT&T's Next, Verizon Jump and T-Mobile's Edge plans, where customers make monthly payments towards the cost of the device on their wireless bill.

Sprint Offering Up to $650 for ETFs to Customers Who Switch

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint is now offering up to $650 in Early Termination Fee (ETF) payoffs and device credits for subscribers who bring a number over to a Framily plan. The limited-time deal promises each line up to $300 for their current phone and a prepaid Visa worth up to $350 to take care of ETFs. The deal is good April 4 through May 8.

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Sprint Spark Phones Don't Support Voice, LTE Simultaneously

April 4, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint phones supporting the carrier’s new Spark network don’t support phone calls and data use simultaneously, according to Consumer Reports. Sprint Spark devices use eCSFB technology which enables single radio functionality in the handset, allowing Sprint to use multiple CDMA and LTE spectrum bands. But “simultaneous voice and LTE is not supported on new Sprint Spark devices,” Sprint confirmed to Phonescoop.

FirstNews Briefs: Sprint, Best Buy, Mavenir, FIME, M/A-COM

April 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

On April 4, customers will be able to sign up for the Sprint Framily Plan at Best Buy locations nationwide, in addition to Sprint stores, Sprint third-party dealer locations and online at Sprint.com.  In addition, from April 4 through April 13, customers at Best Buy signing up for Sprint Framily who purchase a wireless phone through Sprint Easy PaySM will be eligible to receive a $100 Best Buy gift card.

SmartWatch, Episode 4: T-Mo's Legere Opines on Everything from AWS to a New iPhone

April 3, 2014 2:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we get special insights from outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere on a number of recent happenings. From Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s recent trip to CCA in San Antonio to rumors of a new iPhone, John Legere has something to say about all of it. 

Sprint April Press Event: 'Hear It for Yourself'

April 2, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today sent out invitations to a press event in New York. The cryptic tagline on the invite was "Hear it for yourself," and could be a reference to the company's HD Voice product. The event comes after Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced it would take HD Voice nationwide in July.

Sprint, T-Mobile Caution FCC on AT&T All-IP Trials

April 1, 2014 11:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

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Virgin Mobile Intros Sprint Spark-Enabled Hotspot for $99

April 1, 2014 10:39 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Netgear Mingle will run $99 for Virgin customers and will take advantage of all three of Sprint’s LTE bands as well as the carrier’s 3G network. The hotspot will be available for Virgin’s Broadband2Go with no-contract offers starting at $5 a day for 250MB and jumping to monthly plans that run $25 for 1.5GB and $55 for 6GB of high-speed data.

Sprint’s Son: “We Need Real Competition, Not Pseudo-Competition”

March 27, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Masayoshi Son said that if only the big two U.S. carriers are increasing market share—from 56 percent to 73 percent in the last five years—the U.S. wireless market will continue at status quo. “We would like to have partnership with the rural carriers which we do not overlap,” Son said while speaking with press after his keynote.

SmartWatch, Episode 3: HTC One, Masayoshi Son, and March Madness!

March 27, 2014 10:45 am | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk, we take a look at HTC's new One flagship smartphone, as well as sneak peak at the Competitive Carriers Association's (CCA) annual expo. We also managed to get Stephen Elop's thoughts on just exactly why the Nokia/Microsoft deal has been delayed.  

Sprint's Son Pledges Spark Access, Financial Support for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.

Sprint Bringing LTE to Smaller Carriers, and Vice Versa

March 26, 2014 6:37 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the NetAmerica Alliance are teaming up to help smaller rural carriers accelerate their deployment of LTE and, in turn, provide nationwide LTE roaming agreements between those carriers and Sprint.

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Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish Team Up to Plead Low-Band Spectrum Case to FCC

March 26, 2014 10:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network are teaming up to ensure smaller carriers can get their hands on low-band spectrum. Along with the Competitive Carriers Association and advocacy groups like Public Knowledge, the group is lobbying the FCC to adopt rules in the upcoming 600 MHz auctions that will benefit carriers other than AT&T and Verizon, who together hold the majority of available below-1 GHz spectrum licenses.

Report: Sprint to Launch HD Voice Nationwide by July

March 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint has said it is committed to making the feature standard for mobile phones. It eliminates background noise and sound quality is enhanced. Sprint pitches the call quality as better than a landline. A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, while Sprint's HD Voice claims to offer seven. 

HTC Rolls Out All New One, Coming to U.S. Carriers Today

March 25, 2014 11:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

HTC today announced its new One smartphone at events in New York and London. The phone will see U.S. release at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile within the first few weeks of April. But starting today, customers will be able to buy the phone online from all the carriers mentioned. Verizon will have the phone available in-store starting today.

Ciao Mobile to Offer $10/Month Unlimited Sprint LTE with a Catch

March 25, 2014 10:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Ciao Mobile is a new MVNO entering the U.S. today on Sprint’s LTE network and it’s kicking things off with an intriguing offer of unlimited LTE for $10 a month. The Ciao Mobile Lite plan packages unlimited LTE data, talk and text for a ridiculously low price but there’s a catch: users will have to let a “targeted mobile app” kick out advertisements on their lock screen.

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

FirstNews Briefs: Recipero, Sprint, Moki, Sionic Mobile, Drizly

March 20, 2014 11:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Recipero has announced that it is teaming up with Sprint to help prevent the trade and sale of stolen consumer electronics, including Sprint smartphones. All Sprint retail buyback portals now employ Recipero's CheckMEND online intelligence tool to help identify mobile devices that have been reported lost and stolen.   

Confirmed: Virgin, Boost to Intro New Slower Speed Throttling Policies

March 19, 2014 11:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“This change comes about because of the enormous data usage driven by the increasingly sophisticated smartphones we make available, and the more extensive uses customers are finding for these devices,” a Sprint spokesperson said in a statement. "We want to be able to serve customers who use our unlimited plans for their daily activity."

Q&A: CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry

March 19, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

CCA Global Expo is less than a week away and CEO Steven K. Berry is seeing more wireless carriers registered for this CCA than any prior event. The show, running March 25-28 in San Antonio, will feature keynotes from FCC Wireless Bureau Chief Roger Sherman and Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Ahead of the show, Wireless Week spoke with Berry about the policy issues on members’ minds and the impact from CCA’s biggest members.

Sprint Adds 20 LTE Markets, Brings Spark to Two More Cities

March 17, 2014 10:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today turned on LTE in 20 more markets including Omaha, Neb., and Provo, Utah, bringing its LTE coverage total to 402 cities. Sprint also turned on its 2.5 GHz Spark coverage in Provo and Trenton, NJ, making Spark now available in 18 cities.

Sprint Launches Yet Another Prepaid Brand

March 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint today launched Sprint Prepaid, a new branded no-contract offering. The company says the new offering will be similar to existing Sprint brands Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. The new brand expands on the company's “As You Go” no-contract plan introduced last year with new pricing.

SmartWatch, Episode 1: Masayoshi Son Slams U.S. Wireless Industry

March 13, 2014 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Welcome to this week's episode of SmartWatch, brought to you by SanDisk. This week, we take a look at Softbank President and CEO Masayoshi Son’s quest for a unified Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ll also hear from BlackBerry CEO John Chen on his plans to turn around the Canadian handset maker. 

Sprint CTO Stephen Bye Joins CCA Board

March 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association today appointed Sprint CTO Stephen Bye to its board of directors. Bye’s appointment comes as Sprint announced that Steve Elfman, president of network operations, would be leaving the carrier. Elfman was previously announced as a member of CCA’s 2013/2014 board.

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