Sprint to sell mini-drones controlled via smartphone or tablet

by: William Neilson JrAugust 4, 2014


Sprint has a new idea: remote-controlled drones.

Sprint has begun selling two “Parrot Minidrones” via online sales that will be available in Sprint stores beginning August 15:

  1. Rolling Spider for $99.99 (comes in red, blue and white)
  2. Jumping Sumo for $159.99 (comes in black/red, white/black, and khaki/yellow)


Customers can pilot either drone with a select smartphone or tablet through the “Free Flight 3” app on iOS or Android. The drones do fly (as Jeremy Keeney correctly points out).

ps_rolling_spider Sprint Newsroom

As FierceWireless notes:

The Rolling Spider drone mimics users’ movements and can be equipped with two ultralight wheels. The gadget also has a 60fps vertical camera that helps stabilize it and take photos that are then recorded onto a 1 GB flash memory drive.

Jumping Sumo is more of a bulkier rover and can take turns at 90 degrees and make jumps up to 80 cm (31.5 inches) in height and length. The drone has a wide-angle camera that can take pictures and videos, which can be stored on a micro-USB stick or streamed live on the screen of the screen of the smartphone or tablet controlling the drone.

  • Josh

    So if they don’t fly then why does the one fly I the video? Just wondering

    • Jayfeather787

      False advertising

    • Bradley Uffner

      Where are you seeing that they don’t fly?

    • Corrected that. Though, I still have my doubts if it will be “flying” like some seem to think.

  • Arturo Raygoza

    I’m happy for this new outlook for sprint, they should get into these type of devices more and stay out of grown man business like cell networks where they know nothing about.