Boingo Wireless CEO David Hagan says it is now certified by Apple on iOS for Sprint, putting Boingo's Wi-Fi offload technology on another approximately 12 million handsets with Sprint, adding to around 10 million Android handsets it's already on.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company has added postpaid handset customers for four months straight through August, the first time the carrier had done that in 40 months. Claure said that was one clear sign that the company's turnaround is taking root, and he vowed that by the end of 2017 he wants Sprint to be ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in network performance in at least 80 percent of all major markets in the U.S. Claure said in May that he wanted to achieve that in 18 to 24 months, so his new timeline is pushing that goal back by several months.
Comcast is open to leveraging its 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots and its MVNO relationships with wireless carriers into something more, but has no current plans to enter the wireless market with its own offering, according to CEO Brian Roberts.
T-Mobile US added 20 new countries and destinations to its "Simple Global" global roaming program, which lets T-Mobile "Simple Choice" postpaid customers access unlimited 2G data and calling at 20 cents per minute. The program now covers a total of 145 countries and destinations worldwide, including all of Europe and South America.
The Obama administration unveiled a plan to invest $160 million in smart cities research and partner with dozens of technology firms to deploy smart cities solutions. The initiative comes as wireless carriers are partnering more and more with technology companies and cities themselves on connectivity, smart energy and other programs.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and Chairman Masayoshi Son have spent the last month and a half proclaiming that they have faith in Sprint and its turnaround efforts, with SoftBank snapping up shares in a show of confidence. However, some in the investment community are not as sure, and Moody's Investors Service downgraded its credit ratings on Sprint, saying that the carrier is not doing enough to right itself.
AT&T Mobility is battling with T-Mobile US for customers and in TV advertising, and took the top spot in terms of TV ad spending in August. T-Mobile had led the way in July.
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LAS VEGAS-- Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the carrier's recent improvement of its network in Denver-- and network testing firm RootMetrics' determination that it provided the fastest network there and virtually tied Verizon Wireless for overall network performance – is a sign of things to come as the carrier revamps its network.
The biggest news from Apple's announcement of its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones yesterday was not the phones themselves, which largely conformed to the leaked specifications that had been circulating for weeks, but rather Apple's decision to launch its own equipment installment plan to let customers pay for the devices directly from Apple. The new program should worry carriers because it makes them much less relevant to consumers, enhances Apple's relationship with customers at their expense and could be a step toward Apple cutting out carriers entirely.