There's a war going on out there in the wireless space and it's for switchers. Longtime industry veterans will note that the business of switching isn't new but lately has been more pronounced than in years past. Carriers know that pricing and network play dominant roles in the switching war. What are some of the arms that carriers employ and who are the arms dealers that fuel and benefit from the situation?
Sprint confirmed to FierceWireless that CTO Stephen Bye will leave the company effective July 24 to "pursue other personal opportunities." The company did not immediately give any further details, including how Bye's departure will impact the carrier's network densification efforts and whether it would restructure its executive team.
Verizon and Sprint's ongoing move to small cells could provide a potential wireless backhaul windfall to Lumos Networks, a telco that's been aggressively expanding its fiber network in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Sprint's recently announced promotion for its Boost Mobile prepaid brand to cut the bill in half of customers who switch from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brands represents a "race to the bottom" in wireless pricing, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand is looking to steal customers from T-Mobile US' MetroPCS and AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand by offering via a promotion to cut those customers' service bills in half if they switch to Boost.
Sprint might decide to raise the prices on its individual unlimited smartphone data plans later this year, according to CEO Marcelo Claure. For now though, everything is staying as is.
Sprint decided to end its practice of slowing down the data speeds of its heaviest mobile data users after the FCC's net neutrality rules went into effect last Friday. The decision is one of the first concrete impacts of the rules, which apply to wireless networks and bar data throttling except in cases of "reasonable network management."
The FCC plans, at the suggestion of Chairman Tom Wheeler, to reject a proposal from T-Mobile US, Sprint and other smaller carriers to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to multiple reports
Sprint has been talking about the unique benefits of its 2.5 GHz spectrum for years--first when its partner Clearwire owned it, and then after Sprint bought Clearwire. They're still talking about how it's a differentiator. Yet unless and until Sprint fully takes advantage of that spectrum, I don't see it making meaningful market share gains or standing out from its competitors.
After months of speculation, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is not going to be bought by anyone after all. Instead, the company declined multiple takeover offers and raised $30 million in new funding, and will continue expanding domestically and internationally. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols also said that in 2016 the company will add another U.S. carrier partner.