Sprint expects to shutter at least 6,000 cell sites as it makes plans to shut down WiMAX service by the end of 2015. Sprint has long said it would maintain WiMAX service through 2015, but has not given many details on what exactly it will do with the network after that date.
According to a new research note from analysts at Jefferies, T-Mobile US is poised to step up its momentum in the market with increased subscriber gains in the first quarter. According to the analysts, those gains will likely be at the expense of Sprint.
Now that the FCC has set a band plan for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum this fall, a complex bit of game theory is underway to see which spectrum blocks Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US will bid for.
Sprint today launched a new promotion where it will pay up to $650 to subscribers who switch from another carrier to one of Sprint's new Framily family calling plans. The offer exactly matches the ETF payoff promotion that T-Mobile US launched in January--but unlike T-Mobile's offer, Sprint's ETF payoff promotion is set to end May 8.
Verizon Wireless is offering 1 GB of extra data per month to customers who activate a tablet on the carrier's new "More Everything" shared data plans. The offer comes as Verizon and its competitors turn to tablets to spur sales of data services.
Q4 2013 saw robust growth across the industry with subscriptions climbing by 4.688 million thanks to gains from all the providers other than Leap and U.S. Cellular. Sprint offered the biggest surprise with 58,000 contract additions. By taking the AT&T playbook to the next level offering an aggressive tablet promotion, the company turned another contract loss into a surprising win.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--LTE remained the overarching topic of conversation here at the Competitive Carriers Association conference, with some smaller carriers opting to hold off on the technology while others plunged full-steam ahead into the market for high-speed wireless connections. The issue continues to remain critical as Sprint looks to partner with smaller operators for LTE buildouts, while vendors like Ericsson work to sell LTE equipment to new customers.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son issued a call to the small and rural carriers here at the Competitive Carriers Association trade show: "We need to fight back," Son proclaimed during a keynote presentation outlining Sprint's new efforts with the CCA and the NetAmerica Alliance to increase Sprint's LTE footprint.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Sprint announced new partnerships with the Competitive Carriers Association and the NetAmerica Alliance that the carrier hopes will encourage rural wireless carriers to build LTE networks that Sprint's customers will be able to roam onto. Importantly, Sprint said it will add 700 MHz Band 12 capabilities to some of its devices starting next year--spectrum that the carrier itself doesn't own.
Sprint is going to partner with smaller, rural carriers to create a virtual LTE network via roaming agreements as part of a data roaming hub set up by the Competitive Carriers Association. Further, T-Mobile is considering participating as well.