Tag Archive: Sprint

The iPhone’s comeback and the power of carrier distribution

Jan. 18, ‘12: Survey data from Nielsen suggests that Apple’s iPhone almost closed the gap with Google Android in December, as far as new smartphone purchases go. Assuming it’s accurate, this says as much about the value of carrier distribution as it says about … Continue reading →

Macworld: Verizon and Sprint unlock the iPhone 4S SIM card slot for international roaming

Oct. 11, ‘11: Big news for frequent travelers. Here’s Jason Snell, writing for Macworld: Sprint plans to sell the iPhone 4S with its micro-SIM slot unlocked; Verizon’s will be initially locked, but if you’ve been a customer in good standing for 60 days, … Continue reading →

Hey, Sprint customers, hope you like iPhones

Oct. 3, ‘11: The WSJ reports that Sprint is basically betting the company on Apple: [Sprint CEO Dan] Hesse told the board the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years—a commitment of $20 … Continue reading →

Sprint iPhone with unlimited data: Not that big of a deal

Sep. 9, ‘11: Bloomberg’s Olga Kharif reports that Sprint will sell the iPhone next month with unlimited data plans, which AT&T and Verizon no longer offer. It’s certainly good news for Sprint and its customers that they’ll have access to the iPhone now … Continue reading →

Why Sprint shouldn’t get too excited about AT&T’s T-Mobile setback

Sep. 1, ‘11: Sprint Nextel, which has been loudly fighting AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, celebrated yesterday when the U.S. government moved to block the deal. Yes, in a sense, it is good news for Sprint: It doesn’t have to compete with a ridiculously huge … Continue reading →

Will Verizon be Sprint’s 4G LTE savior?

Aug. 24, ‘11: Five years after Sprint made its first bet on WiMax as its 4G network technology, it’s clear that a rival technology called LTE has won the 4G format war. Now Sprint will need to figure out how to build a … Continue reading →

iPhone for Sprint: Long-term gain but short-term pain

Aug. 24, ‘11: Sprint Nextel, the no. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, will start selling Apple’s iPhone in mid-October, the WSJ’s Joann Lublin and Spencer Ante report. This is ultimately good news for Sprint, which has struggled to compete with the iPhone over the … Continue reading →

Sprint ditches plans for a 4G BlackBerry PlayBook

Aug. 12, ‘11: Greg Bensinger, reporting for the Wall Street Journal: Sprint had said in January it would sell a version of the PlayBook as soon as this summer that would run on its fourth-generation or 4G network. The carrier said this week … Continue reading →

Mobile payments are a mess

Aug. 1, ‘11: The idea that we might someday use our mobile phones to pay for some things offline — in stores, taxis, or from vending machines, for example — makes sense. That’s been happening in places like Japan for years. And merging … Continue reading →

Verizon and AT&T have grown like crazy over the past 5 years, while Sprint is flat

Jul. 28, ‘11: With 52 million subscribers, Sprint is now back around its 2006 size. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon have both grown by more than 50% since then, with around 100 million subs each. That’s the difference between good M&A (AT&T-BellSouth, Verizon-Alltel) and … Continue reading →