News tagged: Sprint Broadband Direct
For years many of our more "serious" users have chosen to give their business to wireless operator and Sprint and Verizon Wireless reseller Millenicom
, since they've continued offering larger data allotments and unlimited options (they're a "no drama
" company to quote one of our forum users). The plans were particularly popular among more rural users, whose only alternative is often very expensive and heavily capped satellite service, or dial-up.
Now, according to posts in our forums
, many of those users are being told the company is discontinuing their BYOD and unlimited plans because of changes being imposed by Sprint. Sprint has been on a tear lately supporting MVNOs, though apparently not when they cater to heavy users or offer services superior to Sprint's own.
Millenicom's unlimited plan
and BYOD plan
were $80 a month. Alternative unlimited plans are obviously dwindling, and the new option Millenicom is directing these users to (via BMI.net
) features a 30 GB soft cap.
The complete e-mail being sent to users is included below:
Sprint has discontinued service to our gateway provider, unfortunately
that means we can no longer provide the Unlimited or BYOD Plan to you.
We anticipate your plan to be discontinued by Sprint by the end of this
The FCC this week stated that Softbank's $20 billion acquisition of Sprint is on track for a late May ruling, with all signs pointing to approval. The FCC's 180 day "shot clock" for approval ends on May 29. story continues..
Since their botched Nextel acquisition resulted in a huge exodus of annoyed customers, Sprint has been trying to do things a little differently from AT&T and Verizon, in the hopes that being a little more consumer friendly would net them customers. Those efforts have involved retaining unlimited smartphone data plans, while AT&T and Verizon both shifted to the low cap and high per byte overage model. story continues..
Bloomberg story continues..
has obtained a letter from billionaire LightSquared backer Philip Falcone to Harbinger Capital Partners confirming the fact that LightSquared has struck a fifteen-year deal with Sprint to share network expansion costs and equipment, and to provide high-speed wireless service to the phone company. We first reported that this deal was being negotiated back in March
Sprint's first quarter results
indicate that the company narrowed its quarterly loss from to $439 million from from $865 million in the same quarter one year earlier. Sprint lost 114,000 postpaid, or contract, subscribers during the quarter. facing a new challenge with both Verizon and AT&T offering the iPhone for the first time. "Historically, with the iPhone we see a significant impact with the launch of new devices," Sprint CEO Dan Hesse noted in a conference call
with analysts and the press. "And the iPhone continues to be a significant threat to us." Despite their continued postpaid slide, Sprint's prepaid business remained strong with 846,000 subscriber additions -- and the company's churn or customer defection rate hit an all time low despite the company's expansion
of their $10 WiMax access fee during the quarter.
After the Sprint/Nextel kerfuffle led to a huge number of angry customers, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was quoted as saying that the company has been highly focused on improving customer service -- and that they are willing to sacrifice some quantity in subscriptions to increase the quality of their service. The latest effort involves Sprint's Ready Now
initiative, which hopes to improve customer service by -- get this -- actually talking to customers and teaching them how to use the device they just bought.
Sprint execs are celebrating
the fact that their oft-delayed
plans for WiMax deployment are now ahead of the most recently-announced schedule. They had an internal infrastructure target date of having 1000 WiMax base stations on-air which has been met one month earlier than planned.
According to RCR Wireless News
, Sprint has dropped the price of their "phone as modem" plan from $50 to $15. However
, customers must own a Power Vision (CDMA2000 1x EV-DO) phone with connection capabilities to their laptops. The $15 tethering plan is also only available alongside certain Sprint data plans, namely the Sprint PRO Pack ($30 per month), Blackberry Personal Pack ($30 per month), Worldwide Blackberry Personal Pack ($70 per month), Primary Data Plan ($50 per month) and the Worldwide Data Plan ($70 per month). There are ways to unofficially tether -- just be wary of Sprint's 5GB cap
, implemented last May.
jumped the gun, announcing that (according to those infamous "people familiar with the talks") South Korea Telecom was preparing to acquire the troubled Sprint. As it turns out, Reuters
quotes the even better known "sources familiar with the matter" who say the two companies are simply in talks to collaborate on technology, not planning to merge. Sprint's stock certainly benefited from yesterday's gossip, jumping as high as eighteen percent at one point.
Atish Gude, VP of business operations for Sprint’s Xohm WiMax unit, talks a little bit about this fall's launch of their mobile WiMax service in Baltimore in a video
over at Unstrung. We already know that the service will allow consumers to avoid contracts and early termination fees, but Gude touches briefly on the company's pricing plans -- which includes offering usage "day passes" (a la Wi-Fi). For monthly plans, Gude says they'll "stay within that affordability index of cable and DSL pricing," and confirms they're aiming at less than $50.
Sprint recently teamed up with Samsung to offer a phone called the Instinct which many have said is just a copy of the iPhone with less memory and other drawbacks. Despite these negative initial reports, the phone managed to do well in the market, reaching record-breaking sales
in the first week that it was launched. It is believed that this was due to the phone's similarity to the iPhone and the fact that it was released a few weeks prior to the iPhone at a significantly lower price. Some say that these sales are just a temporary thing which will decrease considerably as soon as the new iPhone hits the stores but Sprint and Samsung are hedging their bets the lower cost will keep sales high.
by KathrynV 09:33AM Thursday Jun 19 2008
Most people are familiar with the top three wireless carriers in the United States: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. But not everyone can name the remaining seven in the country’s “top ten”. story continues..
Sprint Nextel CTO Barry West yesterday stated
that their mobile WiMax service is overcoming initial delays
caused by a shortage of decent backhaul bandwidth and some glitches in the project's billing systems. West says that the service will officially launch this September in Baltimore, with DC and Chicago launches coming shortly thereafter. He also says some 575 Xohm WiMAX base station sites are currently live, with a number of devices still in testing.
by KathrynV 02:10PM Saturday Jun 14 2008
Way back in 1993, Nextel got a lot of attention for its innovative foray into the first mobile push-to-talk service. This service allows the user to simply push a button and immediately connect a call rather than having to wait for that whole dialing-and-answering process; it’s often compared to the walkie talkie. story continues..
Remember Sprint Broadband Direct
? Sprint is e-mailing the remaining customers of their line-of-sight-based wireless broadband service to inform them that they'll be terminating the service starting July 31. Made painfully irrelevant by the combination of Sprint EVDO and WiMAX, the 1.5Mbps service, which required a 13.5" diamond-shaped dish
, saw mixed reviews
over the years from our users.
According to the Wall Street Journal
, Embarq will be dropping its wireless resale relationship with Sprint starting next year. That's the second such announcement in as many weeks; Qwest recently announcing they were also dumping their relationship with Sprint
in favor for a new one with Verizon.
Computer World story continues..
runs the Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless 3G networks through their paces and dissects the pros and cons of each. The networks were all tested using 3G cards on a Lenovo ThinkPad X300 notebook at 500 data points at eight different places in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (not much use to many of you, I know).
It's not particularly surprising news if you've followed the courtship process, but the Wall Street Journal
says that Sprint and Clearwire should soon announce a $12 billion joint venture aimed at collaboratively building out the Xohm WiMax network. According to the Journal, Sprint will merge their Xohm division with Clearwire to create an entirely new company, which will be funded by $3.2 billion in outside financing.
Sprint has laid the blame for the delayed launch of their Xohm
WiMax service on the fact they haven't been able to find enough high-bandwidth backhaul links, a problem that Unstrung
says may not be restricted to Sprint. Copper-based T1 backhauls simply can't handle the bandwidth demand of next generation services, and anybody entering the next-gen game at this point will have trouble finding enough fiber and Microwave-based backhaul connections.
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