Sprint is offering a new Wi-Fi calling and messaging service that it says will help improve network coverage for its subscribers, the company announced Friday.
For now, the service, which allows users to make voice calls, as well as, send and receive text messages via a Wi-Fi network when these customers are not in range of Sprint's cellular network, will be available on two Google Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These devices will receive over-the-air software updates to enable the service in the coming weeks. Sprint said it plans to expand the … Read more
Overall, the wireless purchase experience is getting better. But as with most rankings, there's one company that wins and many more that lose. This time around, AT&T is the winner.
In J.D. Power's 2014 study on wireless purchase experiences, AT&T scored the top ranking, earning a score of 806 out of a possible 1,000. That was just above the industrywide average of 798 points. Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon followed, in that order, with 797 points, 796 points, and 792 points, respectively.
The J.D. Power study is based on survey responses from … Read more
More subway stations in New York City will get Wi-Fi and mobile service this year.
Wireless hardware provider Transit Wireless has unveiled the start of Phase Two of its wireless rollout project with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The new phase will start by setting up wireless service for 11 stations in midtown Manhattan, including Grand Central Terminal, 34th St. Herald Square, and Bryant Park.
From there, service will expand to Queens as construction of a Secure Base Station Hotel begins in March. That base station will provide a home for the necessary equipment from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, … Read more
Verizon Wireless is finally getting its hands dirty in this price war.
The company on Thursday officially introduced "More Everything," a plan that promises more data, 25GB of cloud storage, and unlimited international messaging. Most important, it finally gives customers who have opted for its Edge monthly installment plan a break in their monthly bill, moving to a standard pricing model embraced by every other carrier. The changes going into effect today.
Details of new plan had been leaked early on Wednesday.
"More Everything" is Verizon's return salvo following a recent flurry of activity from … Read more
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son isn't so pleased with the way the US mobile market looks at the moment.
Speaking to reporters in Japan on Wednesday, Son said that AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the two largest telcos in the US, have an oligopoly in the market, according to Reuters. It's not clear whether his comments went beyond that complaint, but Reuters did say that he wouldn't comment on his subsidiary Sprint or the possibility of that company merging with T-Mobile.
Several reports have suggested recently that SoftBank and Sprint are considering a deal to acquire T-Mobile. … Read more
In Framily we trust.
At least, that's the takeaway from Sprint after the wireless carrier reported fourth-quarter results, which revealed the company continues to bleed money but is returning to customer growth.
Sprint is hoping to keep that growth going with Framily, a friends and family plan that allows people to sign up together for increased savings. CEO Dan Hesse said he believes the plan will give it an edge against the competition.
While Sprint is seeing a return to growth, it also continues to bleed money.
Sprint, acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank in July, on Tuesday posted a fourth-quarter loss of $1.04 billion, or 26 cents a share, which was narrower than its year-earlier loss of $1.32 billion, or 44 cents a share.
The net loss included $1.53 billion in depreciation and write-off of assets related to its defunct Nextel business, as well as $206 million in costs related to its severance payments for recent layoffs and from getting out of lease agreements.
For the period ended Dec. 31, … Read more
Sprint may be second-guessing its push to acquire T-Mobile after encountering stiff resistance from regulators.
That's according to The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Sprint officials were regrouping after recently meeting with the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.
Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son and CEO Dan Hesse had hoped to win over regulators and at least get a fair shake at the regulatory approval for the deal, but antitrust officials expressed strong sentiments against it, the WSJ reported, citing unnamed sources.
Sprint declined to comment.
Sprint and T-Mobile have both argued that a merger would … Read more
At City Hall here, State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introduced a bill that would mandate the inclusion of a "kill switch" in phones sold in the state. The security feature would render a phone inoperable if stolen. If passed, any phone sold after January 1, 2015 would require the feature. The bill will be heard in Senate policy committees later … Read more