Sprint has announced its newest exclusive, the Galaxy S5 Sport, essentially a re-branded version of AT&T’s Galaxy S5 Active.
Sprint has been talking to eight different banks that are willing to help finance the deal. The merger would put together the third and fourth largest mobile operators in the US.
According to some analysts, Sprint will be able to save up to $6.6 billion on a variety of costs if they are able to merge with T-Mobile. In order to achieve those savings, Sprint will also need to slash prices with deep discounts and most likely a decline in immediate revenue.
One of Son’s biggest project has been his insistence that a merger with T-Mobile would allow Sprint to enter the home broadband market through fixed-LTE broadband space. Yet, this week, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated that offering a fixed LTE service is nowhere on Sprint’s horizon.
Sprint & T-Mobile have agreed on the broad outlines of a merger valuing T-Mobile at around $32 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Under the deal, Sprint would pay around $40 a share for T-Mobile during the summer time. The deal would be roughly 50% cash and 50% stock. T-Mobile’s largest shareholder, Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG, would retain a stake of 15% to 20% in the new company.
Back in October of 2010, the ITU declared that LTE technology wasn’t technically “4G,” and that no major wireless carrier was technically deploying 4G networks. According to the ITU, only technology like LTE-Advanced, capable of speeds over 100 Mbps, could be considered 4G. Carriers ignored the declaration with T-Mobile arguing their HSPA+ build was the “largest 4G network,” and Sprint & Verizon also made “4G” part of marketing for their respective LTE networks (technically, LTE and Mobile WiMax).
Verizon and Sprint have now started to roll out Sense 6 for the HTC One M7.
In 2009, Sprint admitted to Do Not Call violations but claimed that they were due to an “equipment malfunction.” In 2011, Sprint paid $400,000 to the FCC due to additional Do Not Call registry complaints. Then in 2012, Sprint reported even more violations due to “human error and technical malfunctions.”
Last week, as this site discussed, Sprint announced that they would be throttling their heaviest users according to their “prioritization management” scheme. Now, Sprint who touts an “Unlimited for Life” guarantee , said that what they are doing is far different than throttling.
Recently, Sprint launched their LTE service in 41 additional markets. Now, Sprint says that the company has launched their “Spark” service in six new markets: Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Waukegan, Ill; Newark, N.J.; and Tacoma, Wash. Spark combines the company’s 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz LTE spectrum to offer speeds of 50-60 Mbps while bringing HD Voice to tri-band smartphones like the Galaxy S4 and S5 and the HTC One M8.