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.
When the Japanese government recently awarded unused 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses to SoftBank rival carrier KDDI, Son lectured government officials for 50 straight minutes. Son argued that the process was unfair to SoftBank’s users and that he was “prepared to die” in order to get this message across, according to the Japanese Daily Press.
Sprint on Tuesday unveiled second quarter earnings that showed record revenues of $8.8 billion, but the company couldn't stop the bleeding that has resulted from the shuttering of its Nextel iDEN network. While Sprint said it has managed to migrate 4 million iDEN subscribers over to the...
All carriers offer zero-down phones for new subscribers and new contracts, but that low price is traditionally reserved for entry-level devices. As of July 27, T-Mobile customers can snag devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Q10 and iPhone 5 (8 GB model only) for nothing up front in exchange for paying higher monthly fees in some cases.
The first phone supporting all three of Sprint’s LTE bands has come through the FCC. As Phone Scoop points out, an LG device bearing the model number LS-980 yesterday showed up, indicating support for Sprint’s current 1900 MHz LTE frequencies as well as the 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz the carrier plans to deploy in soon. The handset supports both CDMA and GSM.
Cell reception can be tough to find when you’re riding a train underground. Up to this point, only GSM customers got much of anything in a handful of New York City’s subway stations, with only AT&T and T-Mobile having a presence—along with Boingo Wireless. But now Sprint and Transit Wireless have finalized a deal to bring Sprint voice and data to all 277 subway stations in New York.
C Spire Business Solutions today announced the IP-based service—that’s leveraging Ericsson and Kodiak Networks technology—and is gearing it toward enterprise customers. C Spire has bundled up a suite of devices for its PTT service, including the Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 as well as Unimax 680 Android smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 and the BlackBerry Bold Touch.
The FCC is making plans to auction spectrum licenses in the H Block as early as January 14, 2014, with bidding to stop by February 23. In a statement Monday, the FCC officially opened up the matter for public comment, with comments due by August 5 and comment replies due by August 16. No comments have been posted yet on the docket (13-178) for the auction.
Just a day after closing its merger with SoftBank, Sprint unveiled some new unlimited talk, text and data plans. Unlimited data’s a big deal if only because the two biggest wireless providers in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon, completely shun the idea. But the timing of the plan caused speculation that the move was the first of many disruptive waves stemming from SoftBank entering the U.S. market. Not exactly.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is introducing a new wireless plan that guarantees new and existing subscribers unlimited voice, text and data plans in a move to differentiate its service from rivals AT&T and Verizon. Sprint Nextel Corp. says that the plan, called the "Sprint Unlimited Guarantee," offers unlimited data for $30 a month on smartphones and $10 per month on traditional phones.
Following nine arduous months of bids, revised bids, public beefs and lawsuits, Sprint today announced the completion of its merger with Japanese carrier SoftBank. With Sprint absorbing Internet wholesaler Clearwire in a deal finalized Monday, both Sprint and Clearwire are now effectively under the control of SoftBank.
WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.
Sprint’s Velocity connected car platform is earning an upgrade that will store information in the cloud for use across multiple vehicles and devices. The new Velocity Service Bus is leveraging IBM’s MessageSight M2M appliance to put a new suite of functions in place and to store driver preferences and diagnostic information in the cloud.
Clearwire today announced its minority shareholders approved the $5 per share merger bid from Sprint. Of the minority shareholders not affiliated with Sprint or SoftBank, approximately 82 percent voted in favor of the transaction. In addition, holders of approximately 95 percent of all outstanding shares of Clearwire common stock also cast votes in favor of the merger.
The FCC has given its blessing to SoftBank’s $21.6 billion merger bid for Sprint and Sprint’s $5 per share buyout bid for Clearwire. In the order, released last Friday, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction will likely result in public interest benefits.
SoftBank’s $21.6 billion deal for Sprint has won the approval of the FCC in a 2-1 vote. Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, said the Commission’s decision covers both SoftBank’s bid and Sprint’s $5 per share offer to buy the remaining 50 percent of Clearwire it doesn’t already own.
Dish Network on Wednesday formally withdrew its tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Clearwire for $4.40 per share. The move comes in the wake of Dish’s decision back out of its bid for Sprint. Dish was far from winning over Clearwire investors to its offer anyway...
Verizon is communicating its satisfaction today with a job well done on its LTE network. The company has dedicated the newsfeed on its website to all things LTE in recognition of its 500th LTE market. "Today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches a milestone. With the announcement...
Sprint Nextel shareholders voted today to approve Japanese carrier Softbank's offer to purchase 78 percent of Sprint. Shares of the company were up almost 2 percent to $6.99 on the news. According to a press release, Sprint shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal...
The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son expressed confidence that his company’s bid to acquire Sprint should wrap up by early July now that Dish has officially thrown in the towel on its bid for Sprint. Still, Reuters reported that Son warned the crowd at SoftBank’s annual shareholders meeting that Dish could still make a move before the June 25 Sprint shareholders vote.