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Posts tagged “Sprint”

August 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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February 4

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

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.

November 21, 2013

Premium Lock Wireless providers block smartphone 'kill switch,' government officials say

New Moto G   Reports of carriers blocking a proposed "kill switch" that would allow stolen phones to be disabled are "highly disturbing," say the attorney general for New York and the district attorney for San Francisco.

November 15, 2013

Premium Lock 'Unlock' phones or face regulation, FCC chair warns carriers

FCC "It is now time for the industry to act voluntarily or for the FCC to regulate," Tom Wheeler, the Democratic chairman of the agency, said in a letter to Steve Largent, president of CTIA-The Wireless Association. Wheeler proposed having a policy in place "before the December holiday season."

October 31, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint unveils faster wireless network in challenge to AT&T, Verizon

Called "Sprint Spark," the new network offers speeds up to 2 gigabits per second. That's much faster than Long Term Evolution technology, which is deployed by other wireless carriers.

4G speeds 4G speeds

September 14, 2013

Premium Lock Wireless carriers unveil installment plan prices for iPhones

T-Mobile US Inc., AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, touting their new installment-plan approach to mobile-phone pricing, will offer Apple's iPhone 5C without an initial down payment.

New iPhones          New iPhones

August 27, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint cuts 800 customer service jobs as call centers take fewer calls

Sprint The job cuts at the third largest U.S. wireless carrier follows the Japanese company SoftBank's acquisition of a controlling stake in Sprint last month

July 30, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint launches 4G wireless service in Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount

4G speeds High-speed data coverage from multiple providers now extends across much of North Carolina.

July 18, 2013

Premium Lock Verizon Wireless joins AT&T, T-Mobile with installment plan offer

Verizon Wireless The plan, dubbed Edge, will be introduced Aug. 25, and allows the buyer to spread the full retail price of the phone, without subsidies, over 24 months. A buyer who has paid off 50 percent of the cost of the phone can upgrade to a new phone after six months.

Updated July 9, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint's Clearwire acquisition complete; adds spectrum to compete against AT&T, Verizon

Sprint Sprint hopes acquring Clearwire will make it more competitive with bigger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

July 3, 2013

Premium Lock Softbank reportedly wins FCC support for Sprint buy

Sprint SoftBank Corp.'s $21.6 billion bid for mobile carrier Sprint Nextel has won the support it needs from the last U.S. regulatory body reviewing the transaction, sources tell Bloomberg news.

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