Cable Providers Prep Sprint Phone Bundles
Services will be integrated with DVRs, VoIP
Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Advance/Newhouse Communications have all been engaged in bundled wireless trials since last November's announcement of a partnership with Sprint. TWC has been testing dual-mode service that allows seamless roaming between home VoIP Wi-Fi and Sprint's mobile network. Under the name SpectrumCo, the companies managed to snag a large swath of spectrum in the recent FCC AWS auction - technically enough to make them the nation's fifth largest wireless provider.
Now Sprint tells USAToday
that Comcast will start selling Sprint wireless phone service in Boston and Portland at the end of this month. Time Warner, on the other hand, will first offer service in Austin and Raleigh. The deployments have taken longer than expected as the companies have worked to integrate VoIP and remote DVR control with Sprint's wireless phone service.
| |dadkinsCan you do Blu?Premium,MVM
Phone, please Screw all the VoIP and DVR controls, just send me a damn phone!
Re: Phone, please Comcast is already selling mobile phone service in Portland. It's not being advertised, but call and ask about it...
The cable agreements with Sprint are good because of the good data fees Sprint has(as long as cable keeps those data fees similar). And the planned single voice mailbox is good. But until Sprint can take advantage of all that additional spectrum they bought, their geographical coverage compared to their wireless competitors is in last place. I wouldn't consider switching from Verizon until the Sprint coverage areas are expanded.
Sprint good data deals; lousy coverage
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Re: Sprint good data deals; lousy coverage AT&T has that "unified messaging" gimmick and it's less than exciting. Maybe Sprint can do it better. Ha! I crack myself up sometimes...
Cable companies have no incentive to be price-competitive. Sprint isn't exactly a performance leader and there is no unique feature to drive sales other than the data aspect, and that eats into the MSOs bread-and-butter so don't expect much of a deal there, either.
I keep thinking that Sprint/Nextel is prepping itself for absorption into Comcast or one of the other big cable outfits. They really don't have the chops to compete and their corporate attitude is worse than most.
Current Sprint Customers? I am currently a Sprint customer and curious how this might affect others like me. Will new phones capable of dual/trimode (CDMA, WiFi/VoIP, iDEN) be needed? Will existing accounts be able to be synced up with Comcast? Or will this be new subscribers only?
Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
| |intellerSociopaths always win.Reviews:
don't worry. like every other ace in the hole Sprint has had, they will figure out a way to bungle this one too.
From all the technological superiority they have, why aren't they the number 1 carrier? Oh wait I know, they are IDIOTS.
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