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Sprint may be the fourth-place U.S. wireless carrier and panned for its spotty nationwide coverage, but the company is already laying the groundwork to boost its LTE network to gigabit speeds. The company is proudly proclaiming that it is the very first carrier to deploy Gigabit Class LTE on a commercial network. Sprint demonstrated this new high watermark for wireless connectivity in the U.S. in New Orleans, with a prototype Motorola smartphone that is using Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 835 SoC and Snapdragon X16 Gigabit Class LTE modem. Motorola will debut the production version of this smartphone... Read more...
It’s been a whirlwind week in the wireless industry. Verizon disturbed the hornet’s nest when it unveiled its Verizon Unlimited plan, which prompted direct responses from T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T (in that order). Now were hearing about another shakeup that could be coming down the line — a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ve heard talks about such a mashup before, but it appears that the big change this time around is that Sprint’s parent company, Japan's SoftBank, is willing to cede control of the company. The merger would bring together America’s third-place (T-Mobile) and fourth-place... Read more...
There is a new wireless war taking place, and three of the four major U.S. carriers are actively engaged in fighting. It all started when Verizon Wireless announced that it was bringing back a new and reinvigorated unlimited data plan with included HD video streaming and 10GB of mobile hotspot data. T-Mobile countered by matching Verizon’s plan specifics and offering a lower monthly out-of-pocket cost. Now it’s Sprint’s turn to bring up arms against the competition. The company has announced that it will offer customers unlimited talk, text and data for $50 per month if you sign up for Sprint AutoPay.... Read more...
When you are in fourth place among the America’s top four wireless carriers, you need to do something to stand out from the crowd. If you can’t best your rivals on speed, service quality or coverage, the best target to aim for is pricing. Sprint is doubling down on its “value” positioning today with the announcement of a new promotion that provides five lines of data for just $90 per month. That $90 pricing will get you unlimited data, calling and texting for each line. In order to take advantage of the pricing, you will have to sign-up for AutoPay for the first line, after which you’ll pay $50... Read more...
In the words of Young Hova, “I'm not a 'Businessman'! I'm a Business, man! Let me handle my business, damn!” Sprint just purchased a 33% stake in TIDAL, Jay-Z’s streaming music service. Estimates for the stake range greatly from between $33 to $225 million. TIDAL was a music streaming startup that had its origins in Norway, but was majority acquired by Jay-Z in 2015. Jay-Z relaunched the platform and offered high-definition audio with an emphasis on exclusive content from specific popular artists. TIDAL is currently available in 52 countries with with more than a 42.5 million song catalog and 140,000... Read more...
If you own an LTE smartphone, you might want to pay close attention. Wanqiao Zhang, a security researcher with Chinese firm Qihoo 360 has demonstrated a vulnerability that can compromises any 4G LTE network around the globe. The attack is so devastating that a hacker with enough resources has the ability to not only hijack your phone calls and text messages, but even track your location at any time. Zhang demonstrated the active vulnerability at the Ruxcon hacking conference, which was held in Melbourne, Australia over the weekend. Speaking at the conference, Zhang explained, “You can create a... Read more...
Computers may seem ubiquitous in 2016. Technology is particularly important in the classroom, however, many students cannot afford computers. Sprint and the Sprint Foundation have started the multi-year 1Million Project that aims to provide free mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet to one million economically disadvantaged high school students. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure remarked, “Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. But it’s a huge problem in America that we have 5 million households with children that... Read more...
Customers that stuck by Samsung’s side during this tumultuous month involving battery-related Galaxy Note7 fires might be losing their patience, but fourth-place wireless carrier Sprint is doing everything in its power to make customers whole again. When reports of battery fires first flared up, customers were given the chance to get a refund, opt for a cheaper Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge, or get a replacement Galaxy Note7 that wasn’t prone to spontaneously combusting. However, as we saw this week with a supposedly “safe” replacement Galaxy Note7 catching fire on a [thankfully] parked Southwest plane,... Read more...
Things are getting pretty nasty in the wireless carrier wars. Verizon Wireless and AT&T recently revamped their mobile plans with little fanfare — both companies juggled prices and data allotments while dropping overage charges (in exchange for throttled data speeds) in an effort to become more customer-friendly. T-Mobile fired back with T-Mobile ONE unlimited plans that seem great on the surface, but charge you extra for HD video streaming and full 4G LTE tethering speeds. But of course, T-Mobile CEO John Legere couldn’t announce the new plans without using inflammatory language, stating,... Read more...
For nearly a decade, Verizon ran a series of ads featuring actor Paul Marcarelli delivering the tagline, "Can you hear me now?" It's still a phrase that's familiar to many people, but in case you haven't heard, it's 2016 and apparently "every network is great," or so says the former Verizon pitchman who's made the switch to Sprint, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. High profile defections in advertising sometimes happen, though it's not an everyday thing. For one, it requires a successful initial ad campaign, which Verizon certainly had. It also requires that the initial company that used... Read more...
Based on personal experience, Amazon Prime is pretty awesome. It's loaded with perks that go above and beyond the free two-day shipping that's offered on millions of items, though that's still the main benefit. I'm a also a Sprint subscriber, and if you're one too, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime through an add-on plan that runs $10.99 per month. Seems like a strange partnership, doesn't it? I'll admit there's a certain convenience to consolidating two separate payments (mobile phone and Amazon Prime) into a single monthly bill. There's also the benefit of spreading out your Amazon Prime membership... Read more...
Following the terrorist bombings in Brussels on Tuesday that killed over 30 people and left many others injured, all four major wireless carriers in the United States—AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon— are offering customers free phone calling and text messaging services to Belgium for various periods of time. As it stands right now, Sprint is offering the longest period of free calls and texting. The wireless carrier said it will lift fees for calls and texts made from the U.S. to Belgium up through March 31. In addition, calling and texting charges for customers internationally roaming... Read more...
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. Sprint is making another move to persuade customers from competing wireless carriers to hop over to its last place network, and it’s doing so by offering to cut their bills in half. Yep, this is the exact same deal that Sprint offered around this time last year, and it didn’t seem to work so well for the company the first time around. Yet here we are again. The promotion, which begins November 20th and lasts through January 7th, is slightly different in one aspect. Last year, the promotion was only open to customers on AT&T or Verizon Wireless. This... Read more...
Sprint employees may want to bargain with their children for a cut of their Halloween candy and bring their spoils to work. It's either that or pack some spare change for the vending machines. That's because Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is is aggressively looking to cut costs, and one way he plans to do that is by eliminating free snacks for employees.It sounds like a trivial thing, but in the corporate world, it's those little things that can go a long way towards maintaining employee morale. Nevertheless, the snacks are gone, thus ending a perk that Claure implemented earlier this year. It's also... Read more...
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