ORLANDO, Fla.--Sprint may be in the midst of aggressively expanding its wireless network with plans to potentially deploy 20,000 cell sites and repurposing existing sites, but all of those efforts will require a robust backhaul network that today in some markets is often limited to just a few wireline operators.
Verizon Wireless is taking flak for a posting on its website written by industry analyst Jack Gold that suggests customers do not want or need unlimited data plans.
Little is known about Google's forthcoming MVNO, but according to a leaked Android application unearthed by the blog Android Police, the service will charge customers based on how much data they use, will let customers get a credit for unused data, and will support shared data plans as well.
According to a new report on the first quarter from OpenSignal, which has partnered with FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless showed a slightly higher latency in LTE when compared with its competitors, though the difference likely is imperceptible to subscribers.
Fresh off its deal to co-brand more than 1,400 stores with RadioShack, Sprint is seeking to shake up mobile retailing with a program to travel or customers' homes, offices or other convenient locations to set up their new phones.
Sprint is giving customers access to unlimited international 2G data roaming and texting in 15 countries, taking a stab at T-Mobile US, which introduced similar plans in October 2013 in more than 120 countries.
Sprint's Wi-Fi calling service is coming to Apple's iPhone. The carrier said that starting today, Sprint customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5s and 5c will get access to the feature via an over-the-air software update that will be distributed over the next week.
Sprint is wasting no time expanding its retail presence via a partnership with the newly restructured RadioShack. Sprint said that tomorrow it will more than double its company-owned retail footprint by opening 1,435 Sprint/RadioShack stores.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop expects to know whether it will enter into a strategic deal with another company in the next four to six weeks, according to CEO Stephen Stokols. The company is also pushing ahead with its normal business, unveiling a new software feature that will make the handoff between VoIP and cellular calls more seamless.
As the first-quarter earnings season draws near, one of the big questions is whether T-Mobile US will officially surpass Sprint in terms of total subscribers to become the No. 3 U.S. carrier. It's one of several interesting questions that will be worth watching for as the carriers hold their quarterly earnings conference calls.