John Legere, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, describes international roaming fees as "completely crazy,” and last night he resolved to do something about it. At a flashy event in Manhattan's Bryant Park Wednesday, which featured a preformance by Latin pop star Shakira...
Amid all the Uncarrier 3.0 hubbub and Shakira concerts, T-Mobile slid in a new message: that its LTE network is now nationwide, covering more than 200 million customers in 233 cities. The carrier is hitting the 200 million coverage mark well ahead of its anticipated end of year schedule and plans to keep going.
Taking all of this into account, the picture gets murky and it’s difficult to choose any potential auction participant worth rooting for. If AT&T and Verizon can help maximize revenue, good for them. If Sprint and T-Mobile can increase competitiveness, good for them. If someone else can snap up some spectrum and put it to good (potentially disruptive) use, good for them. Whoever comes out ahead, it should be a good show.
Sprint aims to give NFC a shot in the arm by releasing Pinsight Touch, an open platform enabling the secure storing and accessing of credentials. Pinsight is aimed at transit, access and payment verticals and works as a white-label solution that will slot into existing applications. Sprint has partnered with Sequent on the platform.
The IP-based phone service that FreedomPop touted back in June is at last getting its first smartphone, the HTC Evo Design. FreedomPop will be selling the mid-range handset for $99—less than the $150 Boost Mobile charges—and plans to offer other Android phones before year’s end. In June, CEO Stephen Stokols said he hoped to launch devices at $99, $149 and $199 price points.
As Sprint is nearing the finish line with its LTE buildout on its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum, it’s setting its sights on some more beachfront property. “We could use some more lower-band spectrum,” Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in response to questions about mergers and the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auctions.
Verizon seems happy to stay out of the current wireless industry consolidation climate. Discussing the topic at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam seemed comfortable with his company’s lead over its competitors. In network terms, McAdam put Verizon three to four years ahead of Sprint and T-Mobile and a year ahead of fellow heavyweight AT&T.
Apple’s record-setting iPhone weekend lead to a large amount of new activations on U.S. carriers, with the lion’s share going to AT&T and Verizon. Localytics estimates the iPhone 5S and 5C now represent 1.36 percent of all activated iPhones in the U.S. across the four big carriers. Of those new iPhones, about 49 percent jumped on AT&T and more than 37 percent started up on Verizon, accounting for nearly 87 percent of the total.
One Up details are scarce and the program is only available at select Sprint stores, but the carrier did confirm the new plan will cost $65 per month for unlimited talk, text and data. That price—down from $80 per month for unlimited—lasts until the device is paid off. But customers on One Up will be eligible to trade their device in after a year and start over.
Analysts are mixed on how good the weekend sales for the new iPhones could be. As Barron’s points, BMO Capital Markets see Apple selling far fewer than the 6 million iPhone 5 units sold during the launch weekend last year. But RBC Capital thinks Apple will easily match that total with this year’s two new models.
Sprint might finally be caving and offering an early device upgrade plan that will match up against plans the rest of the big four U.S. carriers have already rolled out. Sprint’s plan, dubbed “One Up,” will reportedly launch Sept. 20. CNET has screenshots that seem to compare Sprint’s “One Up” program with AT&T’s Next, Verizon’s Edge and T-Mobile’s Jump.
Sprint on Wednesday said that it has raised $6.5 billion through the sale of high-yield debt. According to a press release, Sprint has priced its previously announced offering of $2.25 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.250 percent notes due 2021, and $4.25 billion aggregate principal...
ARM, a semiconductor IP supplier, and Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that the companies have signed a definitive agreement for the sale and transfer of Cadence PANTA display controller cores to ARM. The agreement enhances the companies’ long-standing ecosystem collaboration and strengthens their technical alignment.
Sprint is continuing to notify customers it acquired through the May 2013 transaction with U.S. Cellular that it plans to begin shutting down affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network. The shutdown will take effect for the St. Louis metropolitan area, including parts of Missouri and Illinois, on Oct. 31.
Speaking with Wells Fargo Securities and investors, CEO Dan Hesse and CFO Joe Euteneuer said Sprint is expecting to finish 38,000 Network Vision sites by the middle of 2014. The next piece of the Network Vision, involving incorporating its 2.5 GHz spectrum into its LTE plans, will start to materialize soon.
Sprint is eliminating about 800 customer service jobs because fewer people are calling its centers, the company said Tuesday. With growth in other parts of the business, however, Sprint said it expects the company's work force to remain at about 40,000...
The first LTE BlackBerry 10 smartphone from Sprint, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, will be available Friday, Aug. 30, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.
In the past three years, wholesale connections stemming from mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M have climbed by 30 million to hit 70 million across six top carriers. According to new numbers from GSMA Intelligence, the group including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, US Cellular, Clearwire and Verizon Wireless has seen combined total connection gains of 20 percent over the last two years.
Sprint will offer access to the new NextRadio interactive FM radio application beginning with HTC One and HTC EVO 4G LTE. This deal will allow Sprint to provide the NextRadio service on a broad range of Sprint smartphone devices during the next several years.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. today announced that MediaTek is leveraging several of Skyworks’ front-end solutions in their dual-core MT6572 platform which is supporting multiple leading tier-one smartphone manufacturers in emerging markets.
The FCC is on track to auction off 10 MHz of paired spectrum licenses in H Block as early as January 2014 and AT&T has weighed in on how it wants that auction to proceed. The carrier is advocating for Heirarchical Package Bidding (HPB) that would allow bids for groups of licenses.
TextNow is beefing up its OTT empire with the introduction of two smartphones that will solely offer VoIP and IP-based SMS. The company is selling a Galaxy S2 ($120) and a Nexus S ($90) that swap out the native phone and app features for TextNow’s app, which enables calling and texting over Wi-Fi, as well as Sprint’s CDMA and WiMax networks.
FreedomPop has been promising a switch to LTE for awhile now and today the MVNO is making good by offering up Sprint’s LTE network to its customers. FreedomPop is rolling out the FreedomSpot 5580 LTE hotspot to go along with the network expansion.
Google's recent move to provide Wi-Fi at all of Starbuck's 7,000 company-owned stores is intriguing. It seems to portend a continued encroachment on the connectivity market from the Internet giant. After all, Google has already launched its uber-fiber project in Kansas City, and Provo, Utah, with more markets on the way...
The weather metaphors chosen in addressing the rise in mobile data consumption trend toward waves or, for added emphasis, tsunamis. But those are a bit misleading. Waves hit the shore and then recede into the ocean. The unprepared will be swept up but soon the tides will turn and the rebuilding can begin.