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It appears that AT&T isn’t the only wireless company celebrating its acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. Earlier this month, AT&T courted DirecTV customers currently attached to other wireless carriers with the promise of up to $500 in account credits if they signed up for wireless service. Sprint, now finding itself in last place among the “big four” U.S. wireless carriers, is also looking to exploit the “odd couple” pairing of AT&T and DirecTV. Sprint is promoting a one-time offer that gives DirecTV customers that switch to Sprint a full year of service for free. That’s... Read more...
Sprint's big pitch to consumers is that it offers truly unlimited data (in addition to unlimited talk and texting). However, it was Sprint's previous CEO, Dan Hesse, that pushed unlimited data as a point of focus. His replacement, Marcelo Claure, indicated earlier this summer that "there will be a time when it might not be economically viable" to offer unlimited data to consumers, and if that's the case, Sprint will have to find a way to stand out from the crown.Right now it looks like Sprint is settling for parity. The nation's fourth largest wireless carrier is planning to eliminate two-year... Read more...
T-Mobile has been going on a tear in recent months, introducing new promotions aimed at not only keeping exiting customers, but also courting new customers to its newly cemented third-place position in the U.S. wireless carrier market. In the past two months alone, the company announced Jump On Demand, which allows smartphone customers to upgrade at any time, and a promotion allowing customers that purchase a new iPhone to receive a free upgrade to a brand new iPhone 6S in September. Not to be left out, Sprint is unveiling its own in-your-face smartphone promotion with “iPhone Forever.” For a cost... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been promising that this day would come for about a year now. But now that Sprint has released its latest earnings report, which details its total number of wireless subscribers, Legere can finally pop open the champagne and celebrate capturing… a distant third place behind Verizon Wireless and AT&T. Sprint revealed for its first fiscal quarter of 2015 that it ended with 56.8 million total subscribers. T-Mobile, on the other hand, ended its Q2 2015 with 58.9 million subscribers. It’s a difference of roughly 2 million subscribers, but that’s good enough for bragging... Read more...
T-Mobile raised a few eyebrows earlier the month when it announced “The BEST family plan in wireless.” T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere was in rare form, lobbing insults at the competition the he revealed the plan that provides four lines of data — 10GB each — for $120 a month (of course, unlimited talk and text is included). Not one to sit on the sidelines and watch as the folks in magenta get all the press, Sprint has countered with some new family plans of its own. The Sprint Family Share Pack will offer customers four lines with 10GB of shared data for $100 per month. If customers pay... Read more...
Sometimes it's better not to take the bait and get sucked into an Internet fight. Sprint boss Marcelo Claure is learning that the hard way after being drawn into battle with T-Mobile CEO John Legere on what can be considered his home field -- Twitter. If you're at all familiar with Legere, you know he loves to use Twitter to poke fun at rival wireless carriers, and he's turned himself into a bit of a rockstar using social media. We already covered the details leading up to this point, but to quickly recap, Sprint recently announced a new "All-In" unlimited phone plan designed to simplify everything... Read more...
It was pretty much a given that an Internet fight would eventually break out between T-Mobile's outspoken CEO John Legere and whoever would be the first to get fed up with his inflammatory comments. The lucky 'winner' ended up being Sprint boss Marcelo Claure, who ripped off a series of Twitter posts blasting Legere and his "uncarrier bulls**t." The tiff seemingly started when Legere posted a condescending tweet about Sprint's new All-In unlimited plan followed by the hashtag #SprintLikeHell. He wrote, "I give credit to Sprint for swinging the bat when... Read more...
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, and after Sprint announced a new "All In" unlimited plan that would restrict streaming video to 600Kbps, customers collectively made a squeak that Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure heard "loud and clear." As a result, Sprint has backpedaled on its streaming video cap and announced that it's removed it altogether. "At Sprint, we strive to provide customers a great experience when using our network," said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. "We heard you loud and clear, and we are removing the 600 kbps limitation on streaming video." That's a win for consumers, though... Read more...
Sprint is bringing out the big guns to promote its new All-In “unlimited” calling, texting, and data plans. The third-player U.S. wireless carrier has brought out none other than David Beckham to pitch All-In, but there are a lot of “gotchas” that you must take into consideration before you start jumping up and down for joy. For starters, at $80 per month with an included smartphone lease, All-In is actually $10 a month more expensive for iPhone users that were on Sprint’s old iPhone for Life program. But by upping unlimited plan pricing $10 (CEO Marcelo Claure is a man of his word), Sprint is... Read more...
A recent and rather extensive test of 4G LTE networks in several parts of the United States revealed that competition is heating up in the high-speed wireless space. It also showed that Sprint, home of the "cut your bill in half" promotion and enticing unlimited data plans, still hasn't caught up with its competitors, though it's improving. The folks at PCMag ran 131,000 test cycles in more than 30 U.S. cities across the country. They partnered up with Chevrolet, which lent the team three vehicles equipped with AT&T OnStar 4G LTE. Thousands of miles later, Verizon... Read more...
Sprint has put a lot of time and effort into promoting truly unlimited data, and to the wireless carrier's credit, it's a big selling point over the competition. Heck, it's the sole reason I'm a Sprint subscriber today, otherwise I'd be enjoying better coverage over on Verizon. Be that as it may, Sprint boss Marcelo Claure hinted that changes are coming, either in the form of price hikes or eliminating unlimited data altogether."There will be a time when it might not be economically viable for us to offer unlimited [data], but for now we're okay. For the next few months, unlimited continues," Claure... Read more...
Sprint's free International Value Roaming service that was introduced last month is expanding to six new territories, bringing the total number of countries to 22. As the plan dictates, when a Sprint customer is in one of those nearly two dozen countries, he or she can roam with up to 2G speeds and catch up on emails and surf the web at no additional cost. They can also send text messages from the 22 included countries for no extra charge, and if they want to make phone calls, the rate is 20 cents per minute. All a qualified customer has to do is add International Value Roaming to any Sprint domestic... Read more...
In December 2014, T-Mobile faced the music and agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the tune of $90 million for phone “cramming.” A few months prior, in October, AT&T coughed up $105 million for the same offense. So what is cramming? Cramming consists of unauthorized charges that appear on your monthly phone bill, the bulk of which come from third-party Premium Short Message Services (PSMS). Wireless carriers have been reluctant to crackdown on cramming in the past because they receive a kickback (somewhere in the neighborhood... Read more...
In my best Ron Paul impression, all I can say is “It’s happening!” Google today announced its Project Fi wireless service, which has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months. However, Google has confirmed much of that speculation now that the full details of the service have been revealed. First and foremost, Project Fi — yes, that is its official name — is limited only to the Nexus 6 smartphone for the time being. That will severely limit the service’s reach at launch, but it does allow for Google to initially tailor the service for a hardware/software platform that it completely... Read more...
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