When it comes to competition in the US mobile market, federal regulators see four as the magic number. This fact alone could sink Sprint's rumored takeover bid for T-Mobile.
The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Sprint is preparing a $20 billion bid for T-Mobile in an acquisition that would reduce the total number of national wireless operators from four to three. But regulators in Washington, DC, have already signaled that they're likely to put the kibosh on such a tie-up.
Sprint's bid for T-Mobile could be announced early next year, according to the Journal. … Read more
Sprint has mounted a year-end push to deliver 4G LTE to a larger number of new markets.
The carrier announced Monday that it has expanded its 4G LTE network to 70 more cities, including Green Bay, Wis.; Orlando, Fla.; San Diego; and St. Louis. The new LTE markets bring Sprint's total to 300 across the United States.
To ramp up its rollout, Sprint touted its Network Vision program, through which it upgraded its 3G network and deployed 4G LTE. The carrier has also redeployed its 800MHz spectrum for both LTE and 3G in an attempt to improve in-building coverage … Read more
A picture surfaced over the weekend that shows a press render of the device with Sprint's Spark LTE logo in the notification bar.
The curved Android is expected to hit the US at some point in the next few months. Aside from Sprint, other carriers said to be in line include AT&T and T-Mobile.
The G Flex might feature midrange hardware under the hood but its main draw is almost purely superficial. The LG handset has a curved … Read more
Sprint may try its luck in a potential merger with T-Mobile next year, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Sprint is working on a possible bid for T-Mobile for the first half of next year. The deal could be worth more than $20 billion.
A deal would significantly reshape the wireless landscape. Sprint, the third largest carrier in the US, would combine with T-Mobile, which is the fourth and smallest national carrier. The idea is that the combined company would be better-suited to compete against Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which are both … Read more
Way back when, street smarts meant keeping an eye out, being aware of your surroundings, and not walking on sketchy looking streets at night. While these safeguards still work, there's now a new precaution to add to the list: don't take out your cell phone in public, even during the day.
Smartphone robberies have sharply risen in the US over the last couple of years and crime reports show the statistics look to get even worse. That's why several lawmakers around the country have come together in the Secure Our Smartphone initiative to urge phone makers to … Read more
NEW YORK -- Sprint CEO Dan Hesse believes that 2013 was Sprint's rebuilding year, but he sees the company making a turn around by mid-2014.
Speaking at an investor conference in New York on Tuesday, Hesse told an audience of analysts and investors that it has been personally painful for him to watch the company lose customers as it rips out its old network infrastructure and replaces it with new gear as part of its Network Vision program and its new Spark enhanced LTE network upgrade.
"What we are going through right now is a massive buildout that … Read more
The GS4 with Spark will look and act identically to other variations on sale in the US, except that this one is provisioned to hop between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz network bands while delivering network data.
The device will trickle to Sprint's retail shops and distributors in "the next few weeks" for $200 on contract, joining the HTC One Max and LG G2 as Spark supporters. As with those, the Spark-y S4 … Read more
Sprint's data network in Chicago has gotten a boost, the company announced on Tuesday.
As part of its "rip and replace" initiative, Sprint removed old equipment on cell towers around Chicago and replaced it with new and improved technology that will deliver a more reliable 3G service in the city. The effort was part of a year-long initiative to improve Chicago's Sprint service, and included its fair share of downtime as it was being ramped up.
For its part, Sprint says that the new 3G network should fix those instability issues and improve data and voice … Read more
Requests for customer mobile phone data from federal, state, and local authorities topped 1 million last year, according to Senator Edward Markey.
The results were revealed Monday by the senator's office, which published letters received from the major US carriers in response to questions from Markey. The senator's questions touched on such topics as:How many total requests did your company receive from law enforcement to provide information about your customers' phone usage? How long does your company retain records for law enforcement? How many of the requests did your company fulfill, and how many did it deny? … Read more