Sprint inks WiMAX global roaming deal with DigiCel, Global Mobile

By on January 31, 2011 at 9:01 PM.

Sprint inks WiMAX global roaming deal with DigiCel, Global Mobile

While this isn’t the most comprehensive global-roaming agreement you will ever see, it’s a start. Via a short press release, the U.S.’s third largest wireless provider — Sprint — has announced a global-roaming deal that will allow its WiMAX customers to operate on the Digicel and Global Mobile networks in Jamaica and Taiwan respectively. Sprint users traveling to the aforementioned areas with WiMAX-enabled devices will be able to purchase an unlimited, 24-hour data pass for $14.99.

“Over the years, we’ve built a robust ecosystem of partners that dwarves any other 4G ecosystem available today and as the first U.S. wireless carrier to launch international 4G roaming we’ve clearly demonstrated our leadership,” said Todd Rowley, the company’s vice-president of 4G.

While $14.99 per day seems a bit steep, the pricing is actually quite reasonable. AT&T’s closest offering to a an unlimited international data-bucket is its 200MB monthly plan (daily or weekly plans are not available), which retails for $199.99 — 5 days of unlimited WiMAX data at $14.99 per day would cost just $74.95. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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Sprint signs 4G international roaming agreement with Digicel and Global Mobile

By on December 9, 2010 at 12:41 AM.

Sprint signs 4G international roaming agreement with Digicel and Global Mobile

Today, Sprint announced a new, 4G international-roaming agreement it signed with Jamaican carrier Digicel and Taiwanese carrier Global Mobile. The new agreement will allow select Sprint devices — currently the Sierra Wireless 250U and Sprint U600 — to operate on the aforementioned networks while traveling abroad.

“With these agreements, Sprint is kicking down the door to 4G international roaming and taking a first step toward allowing people to enjoy 4G service wherever they are around the globe,” said Matt Carter, Sprint’s 4G chief. “We’ve taken the 4G leadership position in the U.S. and are now proud to partner with visionaries Digicel and Global Mobile to solidify our international leadership role.”

Users who want to connect to the Digicel or Global Mobile network will have to do so utilizing Sprint’s SmartView Connection Manager software. The software will provide one-click activation, GPS services, Sprint Wi-Fi network locations, and custom enterprise configurations.

Unfortunately, the “pricing and launch details of the agreements are still to be determined.” Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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