Google's rumored MVNO service with Sprint and T-Mobile US would hunt for the best available cellular or Wi-Fi signal to route voice, text message and data traffic, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is giving customers on its entry-level $35 plan an increase in data to 2.5 GB when they sign up for automatic payment.
To step up its efforts to fend off rising competition from T-Mobile, Sprint is offering to guarantee all T-Mobile customers a minimum of $200 in instant trade-in value when they go to participating Sprint stores and trade in their current working T-Mobile smartphone and switch to Sprint.
Google's telecom service ambitions are going to be a mix of both 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) data, video and now wireless service. According to multiple reports, Google is talking with Sprint and T-Mobile US to launch an MVNO service on their networks.
Google is in discussions with Sprint and T-Mobile US to launch an MVNO service on their networks aimed at getting wireless carriers to cut prices and improve their service, according to multiple reports.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere pushed back against media interpretations of recent comments made by Timotheus Hoettges, CEO of T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom, which many outlets interpreted as Hoettges saying T-Mobile's torrid growth trajectory is unsustainable long term from a financial perspective.
T-Mobile US was thwarted in its efforts to merge last year with Sprint, but the carrier still needs greater scale in the long term despite all of its recent growth, according to Timotheus Hoettges, CEO of T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom. Hoettges also said in the long term T-Mobile's blistering growth is unsustainable from a financial perspective.
In explaining its position on the FCC's forthcoming net neutrality rules, Sprint argues that it does not matter whether the commission reclassifies broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, as long as mobile broadband is given a great deal of flexibility. That is a split with CTIA and much of the telecommunications industry, which has fiercely opposed a Title II reclassification, arguing it will harm investment.
Struggling mobile and electronics retailer RadioShack is negotiating a deal to sell to Sprint the leases to some of its stores. RadioShack is reportedly on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection.
Sprint is abandoning its Virgin Mobile Custom prepaid brand but is sticking with the ItsOn cloud technology behind that brand and its retail partnership with Walmart. Sprint launched Virgin Mobile Custom in August exclusively through Walmart but found that consumers were confused about their rate plans.