Sprint is still backing the Tizen Association and just joined as a partner member, contrary to a recent report that the carrier had dropped its support for the fledgling operating system.
Comcast's just-announced $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable could open the door for SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son to push more forcefully for deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US. The Comcast-TWC merger might also benefit Verizon Wireless, which has been reselling services with each of the cable companies.
Verizon Wireless updated its shared data plans, changing the name of the plans from "Share Everything" to "More Everything" and increasing the data allotments for some plans. The carrier is also giving a discount to customers who use its "Edge" handset upgrade program. Both changes are Verizon's latest response to an escalating price war among the Tier 1 carriers, sparked primarily by T-Mobile US.
According to a handful of reports, Verizon Wireless tomorrow plans to introduce its new "More Everything" plans, which will slightly increase the amount of data some subscribers can get per month and also will reduce monthly service prices for subscribers using Verizon's Edge handset upgrade program.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is now publicly pushing for a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US, arguing that without consolidation no company can close the gap with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint's subscriber numbers were bolstered by a surge in tablet activations, which Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer attributed to a variety of factors, including Sprint's introduction of installment pricing for tablets last fall and its holiday promotions.
Sprint's wireline revenues were a bit of a mixed bag in the fourth quarter of 2013, rising to $859 million sequentially but down year-over-over year from $949 million in the same period a year ago.
Sprint added 477,000 customers in the fourth quarter, defying analysts' expectations that it would lose subscribers. However, after posting its first quarterly net profit since 2007 in the third quarter, the company swung back into the red in the fourth quarter with a loss of $1.04 billion.
Executives at Sprint and SoftBank are reconsidering their plans to attempt a merger between T-Mobile US and Sprint in the wake of significant regulatory opposition to the proposed transaction, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.
Verizon Wireless customers will get a $100 service credit if they activate a new smartphone with a two-year contract between now and the end of February, according to a post from the blog Android Central.