Get ready for Sprint unshackled.
The Overland Park, Kan., company is poised to step up its game on multiple fronts in the coming months, with plans to get more vocal on the marketing front and to improve its service by accelerating its network upgrade plans.
"Our real focus on the second half is putting the pedal to the metal on 'Network Vision,'" CEO Dan Hesse told CNET on Tuesday. "We're making sure we finish 2013 with a phenomenal network."
Just how long before the more aggressive Sprint emerges remains up in the air. The company … Read more
Sprint has expanded the footprint of its 4G LTE coverage with the addition of 41 new markets across the U.S., the wireless carrier announced Monday night.
The carrier, which lags behind Verizon Wireless with its LTE network, added markets such as Philadelphia, Portand, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., bringing the footprint of Sprint's high-speed wireless network up to 151 markets.
While the update brings long-awaited network access to Brooklyn and the Bronx, the rest of New York -- Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island -- is still without coverage. Sprint hasn't said when the rest of the city would … Read more
Well, it's only supposed to get better from here.
That's the attitude Sprint is likely taking after posting a net loss of $1.6 billion and net subscriber losses of 2 million. While the numbers look bad, there remains reason to be optimistic.
Sprint was officially acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank earlier this month, a deal expected to bring capital and expertise to the company. The quarter represented the last one in which Sprint was operating two separate networks, its core Sprint network and a different, incompatible Nextel network. The Nextel service was shut down at the end … Read more
Sprint is finally bringing its speedy LTE service to New York City -- but not everyone in the Big Apple will get it.
The company will officially announce that the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Bronx will be fully connected to LTE by July 30, CNET has learned.
Unfortunately, the rest of New York -- Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island -- is still left hanging. Sprint hasn't said when the rest of the city would get lit up, only saying the network would grow "in the coming months."
Sprint's rollout is indicative of the complexities … Read more
As the wireless carriers shift into high gear with their speedy 4G LTE networks, Sprint has seemingly been stuck in the slow lane.
The company has showed some progress in the critical market of New York. But even there it's not a complete victory, with only two of the five boroughs -- Brooklyn and Bronx -- officially lit up with 4G LTE.
The partial deployment of New York is illustrative of the rocky road that Sprint has been on as it upgrades its wireless network -- a frustrating reality for both the company and its millions of customers.
Sprint'… Read more
Sprint Nextel apparently wasn't the only company on Softbank's shopping list.
The Japanese wireless carrier made an $8.5 billion cash offer for Universal Music Group three months ago while it was in the thick of a fight for Sprint, according to a Financial Times report. Vivendi, which owns the world's largest music group, reportedly rejected the offer despite its $2 billion premium over the value some analysts have placed on the unit.
CNET has contacted Softbank and Vivendi for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
The offer to Vivendi's board was … Read more
Prepaid carrier Virgin Mobile announced today that it will begin selling the LG Optimus F3 for $179.99.
Already available for free under contract with Sprint, the 4G LTE device is equipped with a 4-inch IPS touch screen and ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The handset also features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and a swift 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
I recently took a look at Sprint's Optimus F3 and was particularly impressed by its long-lasting 2,460mAh battery, which has a reported talk time of 16 hours.
Additional features include NFC, the … Read more
As someone who's getting more baffled by the ever-expanding screen sizes of smartphones, for me it's nice to see a relatively compact Android device, like the LG Optimus F3, coming out of the pipeline from time to time.
But just because it only has a 4-inch screen doesn't mean it also goes light on the features. In fact, its dual-core processor, decent camera, and long-lasting battery all contribute to a quality experience using this 4G LTE handset.
Currently available for free after users sign a two-year carrier agreement with Sprint, (or $240 prepaid with T-Mobile) the Optimus … Read more
Sprint announced today that three of its newest hot spots will be available beginning July 19. The tri-band devices (800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz) are the Netgear Zing, the Netgear 341U, and the Novatel Wireless MiFi 500LTE.
The Netgear Zing enables up to 10 users to connect to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks and will sell for $49.99 after users send in a mail-in rebate.
When we first caught wind of these devices during CTIA 2012, the carrier reported that the Zing was its first hot spot to have a touch-screen display.
The Netgear 341U is a $… Read more