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Posts tagged “Sprint”

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.

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.

June 21, 2013

Premium Lock Dish drops efforts to acquire Sprint Nextel

Sprint With Dish formally dropping its bid to buy Sprint Nextel, SoftBank moves closer to acquiring the telecommunications company

Updated June 18, 2013

Premium Lock AT&T beats Verizon in 4G LTE speeds, PC Magazine says

Which mobile carrier has the fastest 4G network? PC Magazine's test found that AT&T edged out competitors. Read more about the test findings.

PC Magazine's 4G LTE test in Raleigh PC Magazine's 4G LTE test in Raleigh

June 18, 2013

Premium Lock At last! Sprint 4G service formally launches in Triangle

For months, Sprint has been teasing formal launch of high-speed wireless service for the Triangle. And it has been available in spots. As of Monday, Sprint declares 4G LTE in place across the region.

4G speeds 4G speeds

June 6, 2013

Premium Lock Ban on Apple iPhone 4 not seen as setback for wireless carriers

iPhone 4 AT&T and T-Mobile US say the International Trade Commission's decision to ban versions of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 as part of Apple's patent suit with Samsung Electronics Co. will have little effect on sales.

Updated April 18, 2013

Premium Lock Sprint's 4G wireless service creeping across Triangle

Even though Raleigh, Durham and the rest of the Triangle are not listed on the latest 4G LTE rollout announcement by Sprint, the service is here in some spots and growing more pervasive. But no official announcement is set - yet.

Tracking 4G speeds Tracking 4G speeds

April 15, 2013

Premium Lock Dish Network offers to buy Sprint for $25.5B

Sprint Charlie Ergen's satellite-TV company makes an unsolicited $25.5 billion offer for Sprint Nextel Corp. to challenge a bid by Japan's Softbank Corp. for the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier.

March 29, 2013

Premium Lock Looking for wireless service? Here's a breakdown on price plans

T-Mobile USA is breaking the mold on standard industry practice by offering a lower up-front cost for a new phone but higher payments. Raleigh-based Bandwidth's Republic Wireless adds its own strategies to a growing mix of mobile offers.

Republic's old phone  Republic's old phone

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