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.
Sprint is soon going to be throttling their heaviest users in the company’s most congested areas. Customers of both Sprint’s postpaid and prepaid services, as well as their Boost Mobile and Virgin Moobile prepaid brands, are receiving notifications from the company informing them they’ll soon face a new prioritization management scheme.
A total of 145 companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, DropBox, and Yahoo issued a joint statement to FCC boss Tom Wheeler for his proposal to protect network neutrality by destroying it. The letter is not only signed by more than 100 Internet companies but also by two of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission. In the letter, the companies take issue with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to regulate broadband providers
Consumer Reports routinely shows that cell phone service providers are one of, if not the, worst in terms of customer satisfaction rankings. While Sprint now occupies last place in the latest Consumer Reports survey, AT&T has consistently been dead last in recent years. In fact, Consumer Reports has found that the cell phone provider with the highest marks was prepaid operator Consumer Cellular.