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News tagged: Sprint Mobile Broadband


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by Karl Bode 12:25PM Wednesday Feb 05 2014
Nokia Solutions and Networks and Sprint today announced that the companies have achieved speeds of 2.6 Gbps in the lab using TD-LTE, breaking a previous company record of 1.6 Gbps. According to a press statement, Sprint used an aggregated 120 MHz of Sprint’s TDD spectrum and a Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station to achieve the results.

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Back in October Sprint announced they'd be combining the company's 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to provide what Sprint promises will be real-world downstream speeds of 50-60 Mbps. Those upgrades have slowly been making the rounds, but require you have a tri-band phone to appreciate.

In a blog post, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye acknowledges that while 2.6 Gbps isn't real-world performance, the company's Spark upgrades should ultimately allow for maximum downstream speeds of 180 Mbps "by late next year."

While lab speed increases are important, Sprint obviously has a lot of work to do in the real world, where an endless line of network performance tests have put Sprint's LTE network in last place not only in terms of speed, but latency as well. While Spark will deliver a much-needed boost to many users, many major markets are still waiting for any Sprint LTE launch whatsoever. With Sprint, the network you'll actually want to use always seems to be just around the corner.

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by Karl Bode 05:10PM Friday Jul 05 2013
Confirming recent leaks from the agency, the FCC today officially announced that they have approved SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint, as well as Sprint's acquisition of the remainder of Clearwire. Approval of the deals was unanimous, with Republican and Democrat Commissioners alike insisting that the deal would help improve competition in the wireless sector, and lead to increased wireless broadband expansion.
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by Karl Bode 02:36PM Tuesday Jan 29 2013
The Justice Department has requested that the FCC defer a planned $20 billion merger between Sprint and SoftBank, giving the government more time to review the planned deal. A filing on the FCC website states that the Department of Justice, FBI, and Homeland Security are collectively reviewing the deal with a particular eye on national security.
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by Karl Bode 09:28AM Tuesday Oct 16 2012
The Washington Post notes the obvious, observing that the large cash infusion courtesy of SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint will not only help fund Sprint's LTE services, it could help save Sprint's unlimited data offerings. Sprint's "Network Vision" overhaul is expected to cost at least $5 billion over the next few years, and Sprint doled out a large $15 billion payment to net the iPhone.
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by Karl Bode 12:38PM Wednesday Aug 08 2012
With Sprint's recent earnings less awful than usual, Sprint is apparently feeling rather chatty and this week invited a select group of bloggers and reporters to tour their Kansas City headquarters (I apparently forgot to send Dan Hesse a Christmas card). During the tour, CEO Dan Hesse doled out numerous sound bytes on everything from their LTE build to the AT&T, Verizon duopoly.
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by Karl Bode 06:45PM Tuesday Jan 31 2012
Last October Sprint finally uneveiled their LTE plans, noting that in addition to partnering with Clearwire Sprint would partner with LightSquared, hopefully using LightSquared's 1600MHz spectrum for LTE FDD. That of course depends on LightSquared's ability to manage the increasingly-ugly problems they're having getting regulatory approval, which hinge in turn on whether or not they can fix their network's potential to interfere with GPS signals. In early January Sprint gave LightSquared a thirty-day extension to work out regulatory headaches. That didn't help, so Sprint has now given LightSquared until mid-March to sort out their problems. It's not clear that the six-week extension is going to help, given that the last time we left LightSquared, they were busy claiming the GPS testing process was completely rigged, so one gets the sense things won't be resolved anytime soon -- if at all.

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by Karl Bode 10:33AM Friday Dec 30 2011
Not too surprisingly, a Comcast insider tells Broadband Reports that the company will be phasing out their Comcast "Internet2Go" wireless broadband service over the next six months. The move comes on the heel of a new Comcast deal with Verizon to bundle Verizon LTE services, with Comcast saying they'll start offering the service in four markets early next year.
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by Karl Bode 09:38AM Tuesday Dec 20 2011
With their legal plate suddenly cleared up substantially, Sprint this week filed several lawsuits against most of the largest cable companies, claiming they're violating VoIP-related patents held by Sprint. The company has sued Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CableOne, and Cox for twelve Sprint patents on VoIP technology -- several of which were involved in a 2007 Sprint lawsuit against Vonage that resulted in an $80 million settlement. The lawsuit not-coincidentally comes as the cable industry cozies up to Verizon Wireless with a new spectrum and wireless service partnership that leaves Sprint (and partner Clearwire) out in the cold.

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by Karl Bode 12:40PM Tuesday Oct 25 2011
Last week we noted that more than a few annoyed iPhone 4S customers were clogging the official Sprint forums, complaining that they've been seeing horrible network performance on the Sprint network. Sprint responded to those complaints by insisting that nothing was really wrong, and that this was simply a small subset of customers who were dealing with issues.
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by Karl Bode 12:34PM Friday Oct 21 2011
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.
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by Karl Bode 06:04PM Monday Oct 03 2011
Like Sprint's planned migration to LTE, it's not a particularly well-kept secret that the company will finally get the iPhone 5 this month -- or that the company plans to continue offering unlimited data plans for the device in the hopes of giving AT&T and Verizon a little more competition. Despite unlimited data and a number of ever-dwindling pro-consumer policies, Sprint hasn't quite seen the kind of subscriber growth they'd like -- and blames most of that on the lack of the iPhone.
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by Karl Bode 02:36PM Monday Sep 19 2011
Back in 2008 several carriers were sued by states like Minnesota for quietly extending user long-term contracts every time users made slight plan changes. As part of the result of those suits, carriers implemented not only pro-rated ETFs, but 30-day money back guarantee promises. Over the last few years they've slowly been backing away from the 30 day promise, Verizon canceling their 30 day "test drive" in 2009. Sprint is belatedly following suit, Phone Scoop noting that Sprint is shortening their 30 day free trial to 14 days for new lines of service, accessories, and upgrades. Not only is Sprint shortening the free trial window, they're charging users for any services used during the trial -- backing off from the money back guarantee promise implemented in 2010 in the hopes of appealing to more subscribers.

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by Karl Bode 03:21PM Thursday Feb 03 2011
The latest report from J.D. Power and Associates on wireless customer care performance once again ranks T-Mobile as the best carrier when it comes to customer support.
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by Karl Bode 04:30PM Tuesday Dec 14 2010
Last week Clearwire announced they'd taken on $1.33 billion in additional debt to help finance their continued deployment of their Mobile WiMax network. Sprint, who currently holds a 54% stake in Clearwire, has had an increasingly tenuous relationship with Clearwire. In a statement released this week by Sprint, the company proclaimed they had no plan to acquire Clearwire. Sprint did say the company struck a new deal with Clearwire allowing them to Sprint to reduce their voting rights below 50 percent without reducing their financial stake in Clearwire -- lessening the financial risk should Clearwire default on their substantial debt. The statement comes on the heels of Sprint announcing a $2.5 billion network improvement plan that Sprint employees privately tell Broadband Reports absolutely sets the stage for a migration to LTE.

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by Karl Bode 04:28PM Monday Nov 01 2010
Both Sprint and Clearwire have repeatedly stated they want to leave the option open to migrate to LTE should they see that the Mobile WiMax future isn't particularly bright. That's a very real possibility given significant, global incumbent support for the LTE platform.
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by Karl Bode 06:30PM Thursday Jul 15 2010
At the moment Sprint still caps their EVDO 3G mobile data service (but not smartphone users) at about 5 GB a month, though the company doesn't cap their Mobile WiMax (4G) users. That doesn't mean they won't someday, Sprint tells Network World.
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by Karl Bode 09:38AM Monday Jul 12 2010
While Sprint's first Mobile WiMax smartphone is considered a hit by most, the company's still struggling to supply enough phones to meet demand. The company recently claimed that unlike the Verizon HTC Incredible, the supply problems are not tied to hardware shortages -- though a new article in the Wall Street Journal appears to contradict that. The Journal notes that Sprint has re-worked executive compensation so that it's tied to the success of the 4G network. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, referring to a looming LTE launch by Verizon, tells the Journal: "We thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up having."

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by Karl Bode 10:01AM Friday May 21 2010
Clearwire has repeatedly stated they'll make the jump to LTE if that's which way the wind blows -- and given the overwhelming support for the standard among the world's biggest carriers -- the breeze does seem to be leaning that way. Now Sprint has also come out and issued an RFP exploring the plausibility of converting their CDMA/EVDO network to LTE.
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by Karl Bode 08:34AM Thursday May 06 2010
Sprint has announced that the company is planning to dole out some significant attention to their prepaid service options under both the Sprint and Virgin Mobile brands. According to the company, they'll be shaking up their prepaid voice and data plans as of May 12.
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by Karl Bode 08:46AM Friday Dec 11 2009
After doing the same thing last year and earlier this year, Sprint appears poised to tinker with their wireless user fees early next year. According to a memo obtained by Phonenews, Sprint's "regulatory line charge" will double to forty cents per line. The fee, like most such fees, isn't an official government fee -- but is dressed up to look like one so you get mad at Uncle Sam, not the carrier. It's simply a cost of doing business added below the line, and such fees allow carriers to effectively slowly raise prices on consumers without changing their advertised rates. According to the memo, Sprint will also be adding a new $4.99 fee for Account Spending Limit (ACL) customers. As is usually the case, such changes constitute a significant enough change to your contract that you should be able to cancel service without paying an early termination fee.

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