AT&T today announced it has reached an LTE roaming agreement with Canadian carrier Rogers. The deal will reportedly make Rogers the first Canadian carrier to offer U.S. roaming. Rogers customers traveling in the U.S. can expect a $7.99 daily roaming charge with a 50MB daily data diet.
Dish Network stands out among a list the FCC released yesterday of applicants participating in the H Block auction scheduled for Jan. 22. As Reuters notes, Dish applied under the name American H Block Wireless LLC, and appears to be the best bet. In all, the FCC disclosed the names of 14 participants that have completed applications and 20 without.
In prepared remarks, Wheeler said, “Spectrum is finite, and the FCC is charged with managing the airwaves that are used for commercial purposes. A key goal of our spectrum allocation efforts is ensuring that multiple carriers have access to airwaves needed to operate their networks.”
The four major U.S. carriers have agreed to stop charging for most premium SMS in the hopes of curbing fraud. Lawmakers from 45 states pushed for mobile operators to move away from the practice. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all agreed to cease most PSMS charges to help prevent customers from getting hit with fraudulent third-party charges, a practice referred to as “cramming.”
In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!
Sprint has slipped to last place among the four major U.S. carriers in Consumer Reports’ new customer satisfaction survey. As Reuters points out, Sprint scored a 59 out of 100 in the survey that uses metrics like voice, text and 4G reliability. In last year’s survey, Sprint finished second among the big four, slotted in just behind Verizon Wireless.
Sprint's efforts to be the leading purveyor of eco-conscious wireless devces has been stymied by a lack of consumer demand. The carrier began its efforts to push devices that use more recycled materials about four years ago, around the time Sprint launched the Samsung Reclaim.
A lot of analysts and media started prepping eulogies for the Near Field Communications (NFC) this year when Apple announced iOS 7. The company once again passed up NFC, while embracing Bluetooth LE for iBeacons, confirming that the new iPhones would not be featuring NFC. And so, NFC was dead, right?
AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.
Busy MVNO FreedomPop has made good on another promise and is now allowing customers to bring their compatible devices into the FreedomPop fold. In addition to opening up its service to Sprint devices, FreedomPop also announced its device portfolio is welcoming a new addition, the HTC Evo, for $99.
Sprint is finally making some noise this year, with a new promotion aimed directly at students. The company Monday announced the My Way Student Promotion, which gives students up to 12 months of free talk, text and 1GB data with the purchase of a smartphone at Best Buy.
Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.
Sprint plans to take over 12 PCS licenses—covering parts of Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania—from Cleveland Unlimited, which operates at Revol Wireless. In an FCC filing, Sprint said the licenses will be used to improve its network and expand deployment of new wireless services. The proposed transaction would give Sprint access to 10 to 16.4 MHz of PCS spectrum covering 56 counties in 23 Cellular Market Areas (CMA).
The Kansas City Star reports the outages began around 6 a.m. this morning due to maintenance work issues and that the carrier is currently working to restore service. A Sprint spokeswoman told Wireless Week that all services were fully restored approximately 9:10am CT.
Sprint CTO Joe Euteneuer, speaking Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Tech, Media and Telecom Conference, revealed that Sprint will not move forward with the H Block Auction. Euteneuer said Sprint’s decision is based on the FCC’s rules for the H Block auction and he added that the carrier is focused on getting more low-band spectrum.
Sprint Cloud Optimizer is now available with Microsoft’s cloud productivity solution Office 365 offered by Sprint. It features caching technology that lets users access the collaboration functionality of Office 365 and SharePoint Online as well as read access to customer-selected public websites from virtually anywhere, even if they have limited or no Internet access.
Sprint announced Sprint Phone Connect System 1. Available Friday, Nov. 8, in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, Sprint Phone Connect System offers homeowners and small business customers two cordless phones for $49.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excluding taxes).
Karma, a pay-as-you-go data MVNO allowing users to earn free data for sharing their connection, has announced its imminent move to Sprint’s LTE network. CEO Steven van Wel expects the LTE version of Karma’s hotspot to come out in the first half of next year and hopes the new device and network won’t affect pricing. Karma’s hotspot starts at $99 with one free gigabyte, jumping from there to $149 for 7GB and $279 for 20 GB.
Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service.
Sprint and Vantiv, Inc. today announced the launch of a tablet-based, cloud-connected point-of-sale (POS) system. Vantiv Mobile Checkout, powered by NCR Silver, helps businesses to transition away from traditional cash registers and manual processes to integrated technology.
Sprint has selected Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC to support the deployment of a next-generation network in the 2.5 GHz spectrum (3GPP Band 41) with Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) equipment.
Sprint today showed off the 1 gigabit per second speeds its new network technology, named “Sprint Spark,” will be capable as the carrier’s Network Vision continues to unfold. Sprint Spark currently hits peak speeds of 50-60 megabits per second but the carrier promises those transfer rates will go up and that it’s “technically feasible” to hit 2 Gbps over-the-air in the future.
Sprint Wednesday posted a profit in the first official quarter of the SoftBank era. The net income of $383 million righted the ship somewhat after a net loss of $767 million was posted a year ago. The Sprint platform lost 360 million postpaid subscribers but that was well down from the more than one million postpaid subs the carrier lost in the previous quarter.
Sprint today turned on 4G LTE service in 45 more markets nd the new 4G LTE service is now also available in parts of Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, N.Y. With today's announcement, Sprint now provides LTE service in 230 markets across the country.
Sprint announced that Canvas’s mobile business application platform is now available to Sprint business customers. Canvas is a cloud-based software service that allows businesses to replace paper forms with mobile forms and apps that can be used on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers.