Sprint urged the FCC this week to give Lifeline subscribers the option of applying the program's subsidies to either voice or broadband service, saying end-user co-pays for broadband service severely limit participation in the program.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is planning to phase out its support for the government's Lifeline service. The company said it will continue to support its existing Lifeline customers on CDMA phones for the next 18 months or so, and that it will not sign up any new Lifeline customers on Cricket GSM phones.
Sprint Nextel's Virgin Mobile reduced the number of its Lifeline subscribers by almost half, according to the results of a Wall Street Journal investigation into changes in the FCC's Lifeline program. Although Virgin shed the largest number of subscribers, the carrier wasn't alone: According to the WSJ, AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and others also reduced the number of subscribers eligible for Lifeline money.
The FCC voted to reform its Lifeline phone subsidy program and to stamp out waste and fraud by limiting people in the program from claiming subsidized handsets from multiple wireless carriers. In a
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), which has made no secret about its desire to add postpaid subscribers and paid $15.5 billion over four years to sell Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone to get them, is also relying
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) said it will fold its Common Cents Mobile prepaid brand into its Virgin Mobile payLo offering in May, a move that brings to an end a brand Sprint launched less than a year
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) boosted the retail distribution for its Commons Cents Mobile prepaid brand to 500 more Wal-Mart stores across the country. The carrier also launched a new promotion to coincide
TracFone Wireless expanded the lineup of plans for its SafeLink wireless service, which is offered to low-income customers. The service is now competing more directly with Sprint Nextel's (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel's (NYSE: S) Virgin Mobile brand is going after the low end of the market with a new "sub-brand" called PayLo that is offering two low-cost plans targeted at the budget-conscious. PayLo