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Posts tagged “Sprint”

Updated 8:23 a.m. Monday

RDU's wireless access plunges in latest report on performance

RDU's wireless service slips Travelers passing through Raleigh-Durham International Airport are not getting the fastest and most reliable wireless Internet and phone service as they get at other airports, according to a new report. RDU drops to No. 40 from No. 14 among 50 major airports.

Updated February 11

Premium Lock Verizon, AT&T top NC wireless performance; Sprint surging

AT&T has rallied to regain a share of first place with Verizon in overall wireless performance across North Carolina, according to the latest test data from RootMetrics. But the independent testing firm's data shows Sprint is gaining ground.

A tie for first in NC wireless performance A tie for first in NC wireless performance

February 4

Premium Lock Unlimited data on wireless plan? Read the fine print

Apple's bigger-than-ever iPhones    Just how limited is your unlimited plan? As a long-time buyer of these data plans, I'm well aware that unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks. So how unlimited is your plan? Here's a look at the fine print of the four biggest carriers.

Updated November 21, 2014

Premium Lock Consumer Reports: Republic Wireless is top prepaid provider

Raleigh-based Republic Wireless is the top-rated provider of prepaid wireless services, says Consumer Reports in a new survey of cell-phone service providers.

A Moto X as sold by Raleigh-based Republic Wireless A Moto X as sold by Raleigh-based Republic Wireless

Updated November 19, 2014

Premium Lock AT&T topples Verizon in latest Raleigh wireless tests

A substantial boost in download speeds helps AT&T regain the top spot from Verizon in wireless service, according to independent testing firm RootMetrics. However, Verizon keeps its grip on the top spot at RDU International Airport.

AT&T tops RootMetrics score in Raleigh AT&T tops RootMetrics score in Raleigh

November 10, 2014

Premium Lock Look for subscriber, revenue losses to continue to plague Sprint

Sprint Analysis: Sprint failed to gain significant traction with its new pricing strategy in 3Q14, leading to a net loss and postpaid subscriber losses. What's next? Technology Business Research analyst Eric Costa offers his insight.

November 4, 2014

Premium Lock Sprint slashing 5% of staff in $1.5B cost-cutting

Layoffs       Wireless carrier Sprint says it is eliminating 2,000 jobs, or about 5 percent of its staff, as part of an effort to cut $1.5 billion in annual spending. Sprint also cut jobs in October.

October 29, 2014

Premium Lock T-Mobile's 'Un-carrier' strategy keeps delivering new customers

T-Mobile touts its network coverage Inside T-Mobile's earnings: Technology Business Research analyst Eric Costa says T-Mobile is adding the most retail customers among the big wireless carriers due to its "Un-carrier" strategy. What's that? Costa explains.

Updated October 6, 2014

Premium Lock Sprint layoffs; INC's new exec; FCC fines Marriott for Wi-Fi jamming; Red Hat's petabyte upgrade; Facebook's research changes; EU Oks WhatsApp deal

Bulldog In today's wrapup of tech and life science news: Sprint is cutting jobs; INC Research adds new exec; Marriott fined $600,000 for Wi-Fi jamming; Red Hat scales up enterprise services; Facebook tightens research guidelines; and the EU OKs $19 billion Facebook-WhatsApp deal.

August 19, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon topples AT&T in wireless service tests

Verizon   Verizon tops AT&T as the most reliable and fastest wireless service provider in the Triangle and across North Carolina, according to test data compiled by research firm RootMetrics. AT&T, which topped the survey in 2013, did score best in texting.

August 7, 2014

Premium Lock Spiked Sprint-T-Mobile deal may mean lower prices

Sprint The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile potentially could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers.

August 6, 2014

Premium Lock Sprint names new CEO after dropping T-Mobile bid

Sprint CEO Sprint's new owner is replacing its longtime CEO after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US.

Updated May 20, 2014

Premium Lock Texting 911 for emergencies coming to North Carolina

Tracking cell phones  In a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s, four major wireless phone companies are now providing text-to-911 services to local governments that want it. North Carolina is among the states where the program is being launched.

Updated April 16, 2014

Premium Lock Smartphone kill switch coming? Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

New iPhones          A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.

March 6, 2014

Premium Lock Verizon Wireless ranks highest in new performance study

Wireless spectrum   Verizon Wireless ranked highest among its peers in four out of five categories in a national study by RootMetrics.com that measured network performance. In a six-month review of reliability, speed, call quality, data and text messaging, Verizon Wireless's score was 89.7 out of 100 and AT&T Inc.'s was 86.2.

Updated February 10, 2014

Premium Lock Poll: Americans give 'C' to broadband efforts in schools

The Broadband Report: On the heels of the president's progress report on ConnectED last week, a majority of American adults rated the current state of technology in U.S. public schools with a mediocre C grade or worse. According to a new poll from the LEAD Commission, voters support the implementation of better access to high-speed Internet in classrooms to help improve that grade.

ConnectEd ConnectEd

February 4, 2014

Premium Lock High-tech firms pledge $750M to expand broadband in schools

Fiber optic network                   President Obama has secured commitments from U.S. companies worth about $750 million to get more students connected to high-speed Internet. AT&T, Sprint, Apple and Microsoft are among the companies pitching in.

Updated January 9, 2014

Premium Lock Take that, AT&T: T-Mobile to pay fees for customers to switch carriers

T-Mobile touts its network coverage T-Mobile US Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Legere, a self-styled rebel of the wireless industry who was thrown out of an AT&T party this week, took the stage Wednesday to back up his bluster with results and offer to pay customers to switch networks - a response to a similar offer for AT&T.

December 18, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint, Dish team up to test wireless broadband service

The Broadband Report       Many Americans have limited or no access to broadband service because it's expensive to extend cables to rural areas. Satellite is an option, but it works better for receiving data than sending. Cellular networks could address that limitation -- so long as the service doesn't get too popular that the airwaves become congested.

Updated December 9, 2013

Premium Lock Every tech company needs to join 'Global Government Surveillance Reform' movement

Debating Internet regulation AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, other communications providers and tech firms need to join Google, Facebook and others in calling for changes in US, other governments' spying on Internet and telecommunications users. New disclosures such as a report today about spying on virtual worlds and online gamers makes this issue even more crucial to our use of the Internet today and in the future.

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