Sprint's latest earnings indicate that the company lost $151 million on revenues of 8.88 billion for the first quarter. While that's still a loss, the company states they saw operating income of $420 million -- their best in seven years. None of this appears to be stopping customers from fleeing to other networks however, as Sprint lost 231,000 net postpaid subscribers and 364,000 net prepaid customers during the quarter.
In a separate announcement, Sprint stated they've expanded their LTE network to 41 new cities (including Orlando, Newark, Tacoma, and Oakland) and are on pace to cover 250 million potential users by mid-year.
Sprint has struggled on several fronts of late. They're being outperformed by all three major competitors in terms of speed, network coverage and latency, and the company has failed to keep pace with T-Mobile's disruption on price and consumer-friendly policies. New Sprint owner SoftBank has repeatedly insisted they'll need a few years to implement their planned improvements, though many Sprint customers clearly aren't interested in waiting.
They were on pace to cover 250m pops in 1980. That never happened.
Sprint's LTE rollout has been a disaster, but TBH Tmobile hasn't done THAT much better, their marketing however is genius. I think in the next few months they will be in a good place, but outside of their network their pricing and packages are circa 2010. The unlimited doesn't fly when you can't suck anything down to your phone.
They have pretty much sit out the new every three weeks, going head to head in the MVNO space, and pretty much a me too company. That is BAD when you are the C student and sitting in the back of the class. No international, nothing. It's like it's crickets from Sprint.
Except for Karl pinging Sprint in the headlines I figured they were already a cadaver in the basement of the morgue.
Maybe softbank is just squatting on all that spectrum and going to sell it off to the big 2 to take its money and go home.
Yes but they will never unlock it for domestic SIM's. My off-contract Sprint iPhone 4S will never be able to use a T-Mobile SIM without jailbreaking it. Sprint refuses and claims it is their policy not too.
You are warned: buy an iPhone from Sprint now and you deserve the treatment they give you. -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
Whatever you're doing Sprint, you're doing it wrong in DC. Just try to launch LTE by the time the next iPhone is released (presumably this fall)...
Because you didn't have LTE officially launched for the release of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C/5S....
Ridiculous. -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
2014-Apr-29 2:52 pm: ·
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You seem to have a fascination with seeing Washington DC in some fancy press release about it meanwhile sprint LTE is being used extensively all around DC and those users dont need to see it in writing to know. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts
They might, but not enough to consider it officially "launched" here. I didn't realize the new service standard for LTE was a random coverage in a non-launched market.
Yes. I'd like to see LTE officially launched here, with a mention that it has arrived in the nation's capital. Don't think it's asking too much.
Sensorly "splotches" don't cut it. They really don't. -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
2014-Apr-29 6:24 pm: ·
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Sensorly "splotches" don't cut it. They really don't.
Doesnt cut it for what? To show that LTE is in fact live in an area? In that case, yes it does. Sensorly only shows where people with sensorly have actually traveled. The area around the block which may have no color doesnt mean there is no LTE, it could mean that a person just didnt walk or drive by that area to be mapped.
They might, but not enough to consider it officially "launched" here..
You have no idea how far along the LTE work is. You apparently dont even have a sprint phone and i dont live there so we use the limited mapping of sensorly to simply show that LTE is in fact operating in DC. The however many Sprint LTE users in DC right now also dont care about a stupid press release either. They will use the service just fine and just let the phone tell them it is active. I was using LTE in my tiny town for several months before sprint told me it was active. You prefer a big wall of PR text..i just use the actual service. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts
Washington DC Status: NV Upgrades Languishing NV Sites Accepted = 83% LTE Sites Accepted = 47% Anticipated LTE Launch = Spring 2014 Original Scheduled Completion = January 2013 Current Production Rate Completion = October 2014
LTE is operating here in DC, but it's not deployed sufficiently enough to be considered officially launched. After all this time and delay, that's ridiculous. I want a release/notification when it officially launches. Sprint is the only carrier without officially launched LTE here. Verizon, AT&T and T-mobile have it
What's your beef with that? -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
I learned that Sensorly is pretty useless for researching Sprint coverage. I used it in Seattle to try and find LTE coverage and it showed coverage for areas that were lacking even 3G. It mapped out locations that were broadcasting LTE signals, but the site wasn't live yet...therefore no data.
Then I got tired of waiting and did what I should have years ago...dumped Sprint.
I have a Spark Galaxy S5 and often get 30-40Mbps though also often see 6-20. Highest seen is 70. And phone service is much better as it now works in deep underground garages thanks to 800Mhz. But I'm in Sprint's home market (KC). It works when fully delivered but they need to get this everywhere now. LA is probably not fully delivered on every planned site yet.
Customer Improvements do not require years to implement
If they can't fix things like front line treatment of customer, and adjust billing to be more competitive, this is foot dragging. This is like the child being forced to eat his vegetables, "alright, if I HAVE to.." and then you watch close so he doesn't push food at the family dog, or in this case, raise under the line fees to pad the billing to avoid looking like the charge too much to new meat.
said by DaveDude:Sprint should have gone full GSM 5 years ago. It could have maintained a cdma roaming network as well. But being globally competitive wasn't sprints plan. -captain hindsight.
Before you go all gsm fanboi...and your use of "GSM" is probably incorrect as well.
GSM is dead. AMPS is dead,
The current format of previously GSM based carriers Tmetro etc. is UMTS... and guess what...
UMTS is a W-CDMA
GSM is an inferior product and always has been on the RF side.
GSM != UMTS and UMTS !=GSM they are not interchangable.
The future will be LTE and VoLTE when ever they quit arguing.
The progression from GSM->UMTS->LTE is a far simpler versus CDMA 1x-CDMA EVDO-LTE. Not a big deal, but not as simple a path.
And just because SIM is easily swappable on GSM & UMTS, CDMA carriers could have doen the same thing, R-UIM, but in the US they SPECIFICALLY CHOSE NOT TO! Purely for greed purposes.
Additionally understanding why GSM was chosen in place of CDMA at the time by the various PTT's of UK/IE/EU is purely political, anti US political. Not for a better product. And eventually they had to come back to the CDMA camp any way! HA!
GSM != UMTS and UMTS !=GSM they are not interchangable. -- 1311393600 - Back to Black.....Black....Black....
Want health care? Get a job! No to ACA! No to USNHS or USHIP or anything like them! Job = Benefits = Health care, simple.
Sprint NEEDS them badly. That's why I want to move from sprint. Actually, i'm considering getting sprint to end my contract for me by rooting my phone and forcing 3G roaming, so I can then switch to verizon with ease. I love sprint's packages, but loathe the data service in my area. 3-5 minutes for pandora to load one song, even longer for a web page. *sigh* I really don't want to be on metered data though...