Sprint said it will give a year of Amazon Prime-- worth $99-- for free to new or existing customers who sign up for the carrier's 40 GB shared data plan. The offer comes weeks after Sprint offered its customers access to Amazon Prime for $10.99-- a price that Amazon itself began offering just a few days later.
Sprint finally showed some love for its wireline business this week by launching a separate wireline division dedicated to its business customer base, but questions remain about product direction and if they are considering a possible sale of the unit.
Verizon currently does not support Apple's Wi-Fi calling technology that allows users to make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other iCloud-connected devices like iPads and the Apple Watch. And Sprint's Boost and Virgin prepaid brands still don't support any of the Wi-Fi calling technology Apple introduced two years ago through its iOS 8 operating system.
Republic Wireless customers now have another cellular option to fall back on when Wi-Fi isn't available. The MVNO, which launched with Sprint five years ago, said this morning it has added an unnamed nationwide GSM service provider "with the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network." T-Mobile is most likely Republic's new carrier partner
U.S. tower companies have seen their shares generally hold firm despite concerns about carriers' network strategies as the industry moves toward 5G. But the ongoing strike by Verizon's wireline workers could create a temporary drag on network investments by the company's largest mobile network operator, according to analysts at Evercore ISI.
Rivada Networks, a startup that launched in Ireland but now operates offices in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, announced that former Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer will join the company as co-CEO. Rivada sells what it calls its Open Access Wireless Market that the company said allows carriers and others to buy and sell 4G network capacity in real time and in response to market demand, "which results in more efficient use of bandwidth as demand for it continues to grow 50 percent every year."
SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son credited Sprint's dramatic budget cuts as helping raise SoftBank's operating profit by 8.8 percent in its recently completed fiscal year. But doubts about the U.S. carrier's ability to weather a brutal financial storm linger.
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The FCC and the Federal Trade Commission are joining forces to look into how carriers, phone vendors and others review and release security updates for mobile devices.
Sprint has launched a new wireline business unit to provide a set of IP-based services to global business customers, illustrating its dedication to the industry segment.