Sprint Q1 2014 Earnings Report

Sprint’s Q1 loss narrows but nearly half a million subscribers flee

By on April 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM.

Sprint’s Q1 loss narrows but nearly half a million subscribers flee

Sprint on Tuesday announced its earnings results for the first quarter of the year, revealing that it lost nearly half a million net customers during the period. The carrier said it lost 231,000 net postpaid subscribers and 364,000 net prepaid customers during Q1 2014, with the Sprint platform serving nearly 54 million subscribers in total at the end of the quarter. The company sold 5 million smartphones during the period and moved 3 million customers onto new Sprint Framily plans. More →

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Top 10 Highest Paid Wireless CEOs

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

By on April 16, 2014 at 2:32 PM.

These are the 10 highest paid executives in the wireless industry

It pays to be an executive in one of the hottest industries on the planet. Very well, in fact. Fierce Wireless has compiled a list of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireless industry in 2013, featuring many familiar faces, but leaving out some of the biggest names in the wireless world. As for notable omissions, Tim Cook didn’t rank among the top 10 for the first time in several years, and Stephen Elop disappeared as well. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is also absent from the list, but T-Mobile has yet to announce executive compensation for last year. More →

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Why The Sprint T-Mobile Merger Is Good

A sad reality: Sprint and T-Mobile might be too small to succeed

By on April 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM.

A sad reality: Sprint and T-Mobile might be too small to succeed

Sprint and T-Mobile may constantly trade barbs with one another but there is a case to be made that they’d be better off coming together as one happy Framily. FierceWireless flags a new research note written by analysts at New Street Research claiming that Sprint and T-Mobile simply stand no chance of competing with AT&T and Verizon over the long haul if they don’t merger into a larger carrier that has the spectrum and financial resources to build a first-rate nationwide LTE network.

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Exclusive Sprint HTC One (M8) Edition

Sprint scores exclusive edition of the HTC One (M8) [updated]

By on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Sprint scores exclusive edition of the HTC One (M8) [updated]

It appears that not all HTC One (M8) handsets are created equal, at least in the U.S., where Sprint has apparently scored an exclusive version of the handset that packs Harman/Kardon speakers. The news was tweeted earlier this week by gadget leaker @evleaks and was then confirmed on the xda-developers forums. More →

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Sprint Framily Ad Campaign

AdAge: Sprint’s ‘Framily’ ads are ‘absurd’ and ‘frightful’

By on April 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM.

AdAge: Sprint’s ‘Framily’ ads are ‘absurd’ and ‘frightful’

Amazing but true: A talking hamster probably isn’t going to convince you to switch wireless carriers. AdAge has done a review of Sprint’s newest “Framily” plan ad campaign and has come away baffled as to why anyone not on copious amounts of hallucinogens thought they were a good idea. For the uninitiated, the ads feature a “Framily” called the “Frobinsons” who all save money every month by using Sprint’s “Framily” plans. The father figure (or is that frather frigure?) in the ads is, inexplicably, a talking hamster who has somehow sired several human children with a human wife. No, we don’t want to think about the logistics behind this apparent biological miracle/horror either. More →

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Sprint Vs. T-Mobile CEO Legere

Legere mercilessly mocks Sprint’s ‘Framily’ plans

By on April 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM.

Legere mercilessly mocks Sprint’s ‘Framily’ plans

It’s safe to say that Sprint and T-Mobile aren’t anywhere close to merging because T-Mobile CEO John Legere has been absolutely teeing off on Sprint’s new offer to pay off new subscribers’ early termination fees. On his Twitter account Friday, Legere regularly bashed Sprint’s newest “Framily plan” initiative and took particular exception to Sprint’s decision to have its new promotion to pay off customer ETFs last only through May 8th, whereas T-Mobile’s offer to pay off new customers’ ETFs is set to last indefinitely. More →

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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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