Next year, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to hold an auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band, which is prime real estate for wireless carriers that want contiguous low-band spectrum for their wireless services. Sprint, however, will not be taking part in it. You may find this strange since Sprint has traditionally languished behind AT&T and Verizon in network quality for years — shouldn’t it want to get as much high-quality spectrum as it can? However, Sprint already has a giant pile of spectrum in its portfolio that it’s just now using to its fullest potential. More →
Sprint is not about to let T-Mobile get away with having the cheapest iPhone 6s payment deal heading into Friday’s big launch. The carrier on Thursday announced that you’ll be able to pick up an iPhone 6s from Sprint on Friday and pay just $1 per month for it, provided you meet certain conditions. More →
Both Sprint and T-Mobile have unleashed upgrade deals for the iPhone 6s in recent days and both deals seem to offer users terrific bargains on Apple’s newest device. This is particularly true when you look at the amount of money you’ll be paying every month on your wireless bill over the life of the devices, as wireless analytics firm Alekstra has calculated the average amount of money you’ll spend by buying the iPhone 6s through all major American carriers and has found that you’ll spend less on both Sprint and T-Mobile than on AT&T and Verizon. However, it seems there are significant catches that every user should know about before making a decision. More →
The way we buy smartphones is changing rapidly, and now carriers are locked in a back and forth game of undercutting to provide users with the most attractive deals.
Earlier today, Sprint mildly adjusted its iPhone upgrade plan such that qualified customers can now trade in their existing smartphones and get a new iPhone 6s for just $15 per month. Without a trade-in, users can still get a new iPhone 6s for just $22 per month and an iPhone 6s Plus for $26.
Sprint earlier today announced a new program which allows iPhone users to upgrade to the latest iPhone model for just $22 per month. The only rule for eligibility is that your current iPhone has to be a model from a previous generation.
The program, dubbed iPhone Forever, starts today and is fairly straight forward. Eligible customers simply bring in their current iPhone and can walk out with the latest model for just $22/month. In effect, the old way of doing business — waiting 2 years between upgrades — is being phased out.
Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse didn’t exactly turn Sprint into a dynamo under his watch, but you can’t really blame him for that. After all, his tenure as CEO was hindered from the very start by the poor choices that Sprint had made prior to his arrival, most notably the decision to acquire Nextel and the decision to go with WiMAX over LTE as the carrier’s 4G technology. In an interview with Fierce Wireless, Hesse explains how fixing these costly mistakes actually made things worse in the short term in ways that he hadn’t imagined. More →
In a mammoth study comparing mobile data speeds of U.S.-based carriers across various cities, Verizon emerged victorious more often than not. But the study, conducted by PC Mag across 30 U.S. cities, revealed that competition amongst carriers is closer than it’s been in quite some time.
In putting together its report, PC Mag said that it ran “more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving.” In addition to measuring 3G and 4G speeds across different carriers, the study also looked at which carriers tend to perform better on a region by region basis.
Who knew when a former top cable industry lobbyist took the helm at the Federal Communications Commission that it would lead to this much positive change for consumers? The FCC’s much-lauded new net neutrality rules took effect this past Friday, and we’re already seeing the effects they’re having on the Internet. The new rules aim to prevent ISPs from implementing anti-consumer schemes like paid traffic prioritization, data blocking and bandwidth throttling, and there is already a major shift taking place in the industry.
On Wednesday, the FCC levied a massive $100 million fine against AT&T for throttling users’ unlimited wireless data. Now, news that Sprint has shelved its data-throttling policy marks yet another win for wireless customers in the United States. More →
2008’s 700MHz auction was very good for AT&T and Verizon but not so good for its competitors. Granted, Sprint and T-Mobile have themselves to blame for the outcome of that hugely important spectrum auction since they didn’t make bids in it, but it’s also the case that the smaller carriers are financially outgunned by the wireless industry’s two biggest players. Now the two carriers are teaming up with Dish, several rural wireless carriers and public interest groups such as Public Knowledge to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself with the upcoming auction for spectrum on the 600MHz band. More →
Parting is such sweet sorrow, and I remember how mixed my emotions were when I finally dumped my unlimited data plan on my personal wireless account and switched to one of AT&T’s mobile share plans. I had held onto my old plan for as long as I could in anticipation of the rise of data-hungry mobile services, but the cost benefit of switching and the knowledge that I was just going to be throttled anyway made it silly to hold on any longer.
While Verizon and AT&T built up huge smartphone customer bases in part by luring subscribers in with unlimited data and then practically forcing them onto capped plans, there are still two major U.S. carriers that offer limitless cellular data… for now. More →
Like their rivals AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint have also agreed pay back their customers who got hit with bogus cramming charges. The Federal Communications Commission announced on Monday that Sprint and Verizon would fork over a combined total of $158 million to settle the matter and most of that money will be going directly back to consumers. More →