Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch recently met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC commissioners to argue that regulators should approve their various deals, according to FCC filings.
AT&T Mobility announced new pricing options for business users on its shared data plans, giving enterprise customers access to larger buckets of data. The action is a response to similar pricing moves for business users by Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop said it is launching a new service that will allow customers to roll over their unused data allotments from one month to the next for a $3.50 monthly fee.
Sprint Nextel is continuing its push to attract small business customers to its modernized networks, with its latest promotion promising deals on devices as well as credit for every wireless line switched from a competitor.
Regional carrier SouthernLinc struck an agreement with MVNE Prepaid Wireless Wholesale to add nationwide GSM and UMTS service to its iDEN network footprint, though it is unclear exactly which GSM network SouthernLinc will use for the effort.
Sprint Nextel expects to launch an all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone in the second half of the year, according to an AllThingsD report. Meanwhile, takeover rumors once again swirled around BlackBerry after Lenovo's CEO said his firm might consider buying the company.
AT&T Mobility said starting tomorrow it will begin taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry's flagship smartphone. Separately, T-Mobile USA said it will start letting enterprise customer pre-order the device as well. The actions give more traction to BlackBerry's hopes for a U.S. comeback.
Top Clearwire executives appear set to rake in millions of dollars from stock payments if Sprint Nextel's bid to buy the roughly 50 percent of Clearwire it does not already own gets approved by Clearwire's minority shareholders.
Just weeks after Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile announced shared data plans for business customers, Sprint Nextel threw its hat into the ring and said it too will offer the service. Sprint said that starting today and running through June 13, the carrier will offer shared data plans for small business users covering smartphones, tablets and other data gadgets.
Clearwire said it would take an $80 million payment from Sprint Nextel, a part of Sprint's $2.97 per share offer to buy the 50 percent of Clearwire that it does not already own. The move complicates Dish Network's counterbid to Clearwire, since Dish said it would withdraw its offer if Clearwire took the money.