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Hearings Highlight Complexity of Incentive Auctions

December 10, 2013 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Tuesday heard testimony from a number of entities on just how exactly the FCC should go about auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming incentive auctions. Nearly all of those testifying agreed that newly appointed FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler...

Sprint Looks to Raise Cash for Network Expansion, Modernization

December 9, 2013 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint today announced plans to raise money for network expansion and modernization efforts. The carrier did not specify when the sale might occur or how much it hopes to raise with the offering. Proceeds from the sale of the notes, due 2024, will also go toward funding retirement or service requirements of outstanding debt.

AT&T Signs LTE Roaming Deal with Canadian Carrier Rogers

December 9, 2013 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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Dish Network Looks Like a Lock to Win H Block Spectrum Auction

December 5, 2013 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

FCC Chair Alludes to Spectrum Aggregation Limits for Upcoming Auctions

December 3, 2013 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.”

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile Stopping Most Premium Text Billing

November 22, 2013 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.”

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Check out 25-21!

November 21, 2013 3:14 pm | Videos | Comments

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 Ranks Last in Customer Satisfaction Survey

November 21, 2013 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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Hesse: No Consumer Demand for 'Green' Devices

November 21, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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.

Carriers Lose Out with New NFC Tech in Android

November 20, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

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 All Reject Smartphone Kill Switch

November 20, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

FreedomPop Intros Bring-Your-Own-Phone Option

November 19, 2013 8:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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, Best Buy Hit Books with Special Student Promotion

November 18, 2013 2:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

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GOP Rep Warns FCC Against Spectrum Caps in Upcoming Auctions

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Looks to Buy Midwest PCS Spectrum Licenses from Revol Wireless

November 15, 2013 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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).

Sprint Addresses Network Outages in Kansas City, St. Louis

November 14, 2013 11:16 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Exec: We’re Passing on H Block Auction

November 13, 2013 10:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

First News Briefs: Sprint, Delphi, Cloudberry, Samsung

November 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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.

First News Briefs: Sprint, MetroPCS, ABI Research, Ascom, Royal KPN

November 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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).

Data MVNO Karma Moving to Sprint’s LTE Network

November 6, 2013 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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. 

First News Briefs: Sprint, Vantiv, PlayPhone, SingTel, LG, Inmarsat, ORBCOMM

November 5, 2013 10:16 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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.

First News Briefs: Sprint, Samsung, UPS, Ruckus, SanDisk, Magisto, Viddi

October 31, 2013 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

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 Debuts 50-60Mbps Wireless Network Dubbed Sprint Spark

October 30, 2013 2:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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 Posts 3Q Profit While Slowing Customer Losses

October 30, 2013 8:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

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.

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