Sprint Framily Plans

Sprint finally enters the fray, offers $650 to switch from rivals

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Sprint finally enters the fray, offers $650 to switch from rivals

It’s not quite clear how well Sprint’s “Framily” plans are working in terms of attracting subscribers away from rival carriers and slowing the bleeding — Sprint recently registered a $576 million fourth-quarter loss, making it the only major U.S. wireless carrier that’s still in the red. What is clear, however, is the fact that Sprint is done sitting idly by while other carriers “uncarrier” each other with various promotions that look to steal business away from one another. And so starting Friday, the carrier is launching a big promotion that will offer people up to $650 to make the switch to Sprint. More →

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Google Wireless Service Verizon Sprint

New report gives key details on Google’s plan to become your wireless carrier

By on April 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM.

New report gives key details on Google’s plan to become your wireless carrier

Google Fiber subscribers are extra lucky: Not only do they have access to the fastest Internet service in the United States but they could also be the first to have access to Google’s yet-to-be-announced wireless serviceThe Information has a new scoop that gives us some fresh insight into how Google is planning to enter the wireless space as a carrier in the future and it won’t involve Google building its own network from the ground up as it’s done with Fiber. More →

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Sprint Galaxy S5 Release Date and Price

Sprint’s Galaxy S5 preorders start at $0 down

By on March 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Sprint’s Galaxy S5 preorders start at $0 down

Following AT&T, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile, Sprint has also announced its Galaxy S5 preorder plans. Starting Friday, interested customers will be able to preorder the 16GB Galaxy S5 model online in either white or black for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with new two-year contracts, or for $649 outright. More →

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Home Internet Service

Almost one-third of U.S. households have no choice for broadband Internet service

By on March 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Almost one-third of U.S. households have no choice for broadband Internet service

Nearly one-third of households in the United States have either no choice for home broadband Internet service, or no options at all. The frightening statistic comes from a presentation given to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this week by SoftBank CEO Mayoshi Son, and it cited data provided by the Federal Communications Commission this past December. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger Vs. Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

While Sprint pledges a price war, Comcast won’t even promise smaller price hikes

By on March 13, 2014 at 12:44 PM.

While Sprint pledges a price war, Comcast won’t even promise smaller price hikes

For the past few months we’ve written a lot about two controversial potential mergers that have shaken the American Internet service and telecom landscape: A proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and a not-yet-formally-proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile. What has become fascinating to watch about each merger is the way that both Sprint and Comcast have gone about trying to convince the general public that it should support letting them become bigger and more powerful by acquiring smaller players. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger News AT&T CFO

AT&T is betting that Sprint’s T-Mobile merger is DOA

By on March 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

AT&T is betting that Sprint’s T-Mobile merger is DOA

Sprint is openly interested in buying T-Mobile and has been trying to convince regulators that a merger will increase its ability to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint may be fighting a losing battle, even as its chairman, Masayoshi Son, continues his charm offensive. Analysts skeptical of the merger compare the merger to AT&T’s attempted purchase of T-Mobile in 2011. The government shut that down, and according to Fierce Wireless, AT&T CFO John Stephens doesn’t think the government will change its mind with Sprint. More →

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Cell Phone Plan Comparison

Cell phone bills continue to rise despite illusion of a price war

By on March 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM.

Cell phone bills continue to rise despite illusion of a price war

It seems like there’s a different headline every week covering new cell phone service plans that offer subscribers more value for less money. AT&T and T-Mobile have been particularly aggressive in this regard, with each carrier having recently lowered the cost of various service plans several times in the past few months. But are subscribers actually benefiting from all these price cuts? More →

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Sprint Chairman Son Interview 4G Network

Sprint chairman vows to fix Sprint’s ‘horrible’ 4G network

By on March 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Sprint chairman vows to fix Sprint’s ‘horrible’ 4G network

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son is a man and every man wants to be No. 1, not No. 2 or No. 3. That said, Son is smart enough to know that Sprint’s own 4G network is currently a No. 4 when it comes to mobile data speeds, which is something he’s vowing to fix if he’s allowed to merge Sprint with T-Mobile. In an interview with Re/code’s Walt Mossberg, Son acknowledges that “of course, Sprint is horrible” but also says that wireless networks throughout the United States are similarly “horrible.” More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger News CFO

T-Mobile CFO: Like it or not, Sprint merger is inevitable

By on March 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

T-Mobile CFO: Like it or not, Sprint merger is inevitable

Even though T-Mobile openly bashes Sprint on a regular basis, it knows that it’s probably going to wind up merging with them anyway. Reuters reports that T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said this week that a merger with Sprint is “is not a question of if” but “is a question of when.” In his remarks Carter said that the government either needed to let T-Mobile merge with Sprint or it needed to come up with a fairer way of distributing spectrum so that all the prime real estate doesn’t get gobbled up by Verizon and AT&T in spectrum auctions. More →

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Unlimited Data Plan

Brace yourself: The death of unlimited mobile data is coming

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM.

Brace yourself: The death of unlimited mobile data is coming

The two leading  wireless carriers in the United States built up huge smartphone user bases while luring customers in with unlimited data plans. The writing was on the wall years ago, however, and as mobile data usage exploded, Verizon Wireless and AT&T both dumped their unlimited plans in favor of tiered data offerings that slam users with overage charges if they use too much data in a billing period. Sprint and T-Mobile continue to use unlimited data plans as a point of differentiation with their larger rivals but as one analysis pointed out this week, the days of unlimited data at Sprint and T-Mobile are numbered. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Acquisition

Sprint owner’s promise: Give me T-Mobile and I will deliver a price war

By on March 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Sprint owner’s promise: Give me T-Mobile and I will deliver a price war

Japanese tech titan SoftBank bought Sprint last year and now it really wants to buy T-Mobile. So much so, in fact, that SoftBank’s President is making an unusual vow: “It’s a three-heavyweight fight. If I can have a real fight, I go in more massive price war, a technology war.” More →

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Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son Profile

Saving Sprint from being the biggest mobile loser may be the toughest job in tech

By on March 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

Saving Sprint from being the biggest mobile loser may be the toughest job in tech

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son really, really does not like to lose. Son’s iconic quote came when he was asked why he would ever want to buy up Sprint and he said that “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” As a new profile in The Wall Street Journal makes clear, Son hasn’t lost any of his desire to win in the United States even as Sprint has consistently remained the wireless world’s biggest loser. More →

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Sprint T-Mobile Merger News

The Sprint-T-Mobile merger has been put on ice

By on March 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM.

The Sprint-T-Mobile merger has been put on ice

It figures: Just when we were starting to see one good reason for Sprint to acquire T-Mobile, the whole transaction has been put on ice. Bloomberg News reports that Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges doesn’t see any sale of T-Mobile to Sprint happening anytime soon, which seems to indicate that Sprint and DT have been unsuccessful in their efforts to win over U.S. regulators. This news comes just as Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son had started to go on a public relations charm offensive aimed at winning over a skeptical public about the potential benefits of a merger between the two carriers. If the two companies decide to put the merger on hold, it will be interesting to see whether Sprint adopts some of the more aggressive tactics that have helped T-Mobile win over lots of customers for the past few quarters.

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