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T-Mobile Is Now the Third-Largest Carrier in the US

T-Mobile Is Now the Third-Largest Carrier in the US

We have a new ranking of the “big four” wireless carriers. T-Mobile has officially passed Sprint and is now the third biggest carrier in the US, according to subscriber count. T-Mobile reported 58.9 million customers last month when it dropped its latest earnings – a gain of about two million. Sprint just reported its latest earnings, and gains of 675,000 …

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Verizon Wins in ‘Fastest Mobile Networks’ Study

What’s the fastest wireless network in America? For the second year in a row, the crown goes to Verizon – at least according to a large study from PCMag. The publication, which claims to have “ran more test cycles than ever before: 131,000 cycles over 30 cities and thousands of miles of driving,” says that Verizon delivered the fastest speeds …

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Verizon, Sprint Pay $158M for ‘Cramming’ Bogus Charges

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Verizon and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle “cramming” investigations, wherein the Commission found that the carriers were cramming unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills. The majority of such charges came from so-called “premium text services”. “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did …

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Project Fi: What to Know About Google’s Move into Wireless

As you may have heard, Google’s a wireless provider now. The company unveiled Project Fi on Wednesday – a move that had been hinted at for months. Fi piggybacks on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks to provide $20 per month unlimited talk and text, with $10 per GB data. Here’s what you need to know about Google’s offering. What is Project …

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Google Enters the Wireless Game, Launches Project Fi

Google has officially thrown its hat in the ring, and wants to be your wireless provider. As previously reported, Google has unveiled a new wireless service called Project Fi, “a program to explore this opportunity by introducing new ideas through a fast and easy wireless experience,” says the company. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to …

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Google Wireless Launch Imminent, with Pay-as-you-go Data: Report

Google is about to enter the world of wireless. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is set to launch its new mobile network as early as Wednesday. The new service, which was confirmed at Mobile World Congress in March, will see a limited rollout. Google’s new wireless service will run on Sprint and T-Mobile’s networks, and will only …

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Sprint’s NASCAR Sponsorship to End After 2016

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be no more after the 2016 season. Well, at least not under the name “Sprint”. Sprint has announced it has told NASCAR that it will not extend its sponsorship past 2016, citing a desire to focus on its “core business priorities”. “We are proud of our association with NASCAR’s top series but have made …

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Wireless Plans With More Data Offered by Boost Mobile

As more of the web becomes mobile-friendly, wireless subscribers are now using mobile apps more than ever. This, combined with the fact that there are now few brand-new mobile customers in the U.S. has significantly increased competition among American mobile providers. While the largest U.S. wireless providers are still capping their expensive plans at low data levels, runners-up like Sprint …

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Best Data Plans Challenged by New Sprint Offering

AT&T and Verizon are sitting content at the top of the U.S. mobile industry, but other carriers are continuing to bring competitive prices and services to the sector. The new moves are an attempt by both Sprint and T-Mobile to pilfer customers from other carriers now that there are few potential first-time mobile customers left in the U.S. Sprint recently …

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Mobile Data Plans: Data Makes Up 98 Percent Of Mobile Network Traffic

Mobile data plans are expensive. There doesn’t seem to be any good reason for the high prices or data caps either. The mobile carriers get away with it by saying its a scarce commodity, and that narrative can continue thanks to a new study out this week. Amdocs released its Annual State of the Radio Access Network Survey this week. …

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Sprint Offers Its ‘Framily’ Plan To Small Businesses

In early January, Sprint introduced a new “framily” service plan that allowed users to add up to 10 people to their plan regardless of their actual affiliation. In other words, a customer and 9 friends could all sign up on the same family plan and each friend would be billed separately for their share of the costs. Now that same …

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Family Wireless Plans Emerge in Competitive Market

Verizon’s hold as the number one wireless carrier in the United States may be slipping. AT&T is making a solid run to go from the second biggest wireless carrier to the first. And they’re doing it by going after your family. AT&T is currently marketing a new plan to cut $40 off the bill of a family that carries at …

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Sprint Brings Push-to-Talk to More Smartphones

The push-to-talk walkie talkie-type feature of many feature phones of old may seem antiquated, but such capabilities were once highly valued by certain people and professions. Because of this, many Nextel phones were mainstays of many construction sites and manufacturing facilities. When Nextel was bought by Sprint, however, the focus quickly shifted from push-to-talk as Nextel was gradually subsumed within …

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U.S. Could Block Rumored Sprint & T-Mobile Merger

With T-Mobile now adding hundreds of thousands of customers per quarter and Sprint struggling to keep its subscriber numbers up, the rumored merger between the third- and fourth-largest mobile providers in the U.S. still appears to be in the works. According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Sprint board members met this month with U.S. Department of …

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Framily Plan- A Sprint Plan Frame-Up?

Calling all family, friends, enemies, frienemies– CNet tells us that Sprint has introduced a new family plan that they refuse to call anything other than the Sprint Framily Plan. Likely more of an unfortunate scenario for the fine customer service folks at Sprint who are forced to say the made-up word each time, the spelling represents not just family being …

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Sprint’s “One Up” Program is Now “Easy Pay”

When T-Mobile announced its “JUMP!” pricing and upgrade program last year, U.S. mobile providers scrambled to implement similar deals. Sprint was the last major carrier to roll out its plan, which was dubbed “One Up.” The plan allowed customers to purchase devices with monthly payments over the course of two years and upgrade those devices at a faster rate. When …

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Sprint’s “One Up” Plans No Longer Available

Less than four months ago, Sprint announced its “One Up” pricing program. The offering was a reaction to T-Mobile’s “Jump!” announcement, which allowed T-Mobile subscribers to Pay for their smartphones through monthly payment plans while using T-Mobile service through a no-contract monthly agreement. The system allowed for customers to upgrade their devices yearly, with no extra down payments. Sprint’s One …

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Sprint Announces New “Framily” Service Plans

While AT&T and T-Mobile have been dealing with their own issues during this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sprint has used the venue as the debut of a new mobile service plan it is calling “Framily.” Though Sprint is calling the new plan “revolutionary,” the realities of the plan are a bit more mundane than that. Under a Framily plan, …

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Sprint Is Thinking About Buying T-Mobile Next Year [REPORT]

According to sources quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the United States’ third-largest carrier is thinking about making a bid for the nation’s fourth-largest. Sources “familiar with the matter” say that Sprint is weighing the possibility of making a play on T-Mobile that could take place as early as the first half of 2014, and which could be as costly …

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Nexus 5 Will Come To Sprint, T-Mobile Before The Holidays

Did yesterday’s Nexus 5 announcement excite you to no end? You might have even rushed to the Google Play store to purchase one, but found its comparatively affordable price of $349 to be a bit too much. Well, worry not as Google’s next flagship device will soon be subsidized through two carriers. Upon the announcement of the Nexus 5 yesterday, …

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Sprint Will Still Sell BlackBerry Phones In-Store

Sprint will continue to sell BlackBerry phones out of its retail locations, according to a report from Reuters. Sprint CFO Joe Euteneur told the publication that the company is taking a “wait-and-see” approach to BlackBerry’s current smartphone lineup. The declaration is significant because last week fourth place U.S. mobile provider T-Mobile revealed that it will no longer ship BlackBerry smartphones …

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Sprint to Unveil Its Unsubsidized Pricing Plan

Back in July, T-Mobile introduced its “Jump!” pricing plan. The mobile provider’s new plan, instead of subsidizing the cost of new smartphones, allows customers to pay for their devices on a monthly basis. In addition, customers on the plan can upgrade to newer smartphones on a yearly basis instead of being locked into a two-year contract. Within days of T-Mobile’s …

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AT&T Tops J.D. Power Purchase Experience Survey

Earlier this month, J.D. Power released the results of its “2013 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance” study. The report showed that AT&T ranks number one among top U.S. mobile providers when it comes to customer service satisfaction. Today, J.D. Power released the results of its “2013 Wireless Purchase Experience” Study. The survey looks at and rates the experiences customers …

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AT&T Ranks 1st in Customer Service For U.S. Mobile Providers

U.S. mobile providers aren’t known for their fantastic customer service, but some are certainly better than others. J.D. Power’s “2013 U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Performance Study” was released this week, ranking each of the country’s mobile carriers on their customer’s satisfaction with each company’s service. The study found that AT&T now ranks highest in customer service satisfaction among all …

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Sprint Loses $1.6 Billion, Loses Nextel Subscribers

Today Sprint Corporation released its first quarterly report since its acquisition by SoftBank. The U.S. mobile provider posted a massive $1.6 billion net loss during the second quarter of 2013, while the company’s revenue during the quarter dropped slightly to just over $845 million. One of the few bright spots of the report includes an 8% rise in Sprint’s wireless …

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Sprint Guarantees Unlimited Plans For Life

Yesterday, Sprint completed its $21.6 billion merger with SoftBank. The new company, Sprint Corporation, is already making big promises to customers. Sprint has announced that, starting today, new and existing customers who purchase one of the carrier’s unlimited “My Way” or “My All-in” plans are guaranteed unlimited voice, text, and data for life, assuming they stick with their Sprint plan.. …

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$21.6 Billion Sprint-SoftBank Merger is Now Complete

Sprint Nextel shareholders recently voted overwhelmingly to approve a proposed merger between Sprint and SoftBank. Earlier this week, the deal cleared one final hurdle with the unanimous decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve the merger. Today, Sprint and SoftBank have announced that the merger is officially complete. SoftBank has paid $21.6 billion for Sprint, acquiring 72% …

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HTC Windows Phone 8 Launching July 19 on Sprint

Though Microsoft has not been able to make Windows Phone 8 the iPhone and Android competitor it may have wanted, the company is still muscling its way into the smartphone market. Sprint today announced that the HTC 8XT, the carrier’s first Windows Phone 8 offering, will be available starting on July 19. HTC unveiled its 8X line of Windows Phone …

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Sprint’s Clearwire Acquisition is Complete

Last December, Sprint Nextel announced that it intended to pay $2.2 billion to fully acquire the portion of telecom company Clearwire that it did not already own. Today, Sprint announced that the transaction is finally complete. Clearwire shareholders approved the sale in a special shareholders meeting held on July 8. The sale closed on July 9, and is effective immediately. …

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Sprint-SoftBank Merger Approved by U.S. FCC

In late June, Sprint Nextel shareholders voted to approve the proposed merger of Sprint and SoftBank during a special shareholders meeting. The only hurdle left for the companies was the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which needed to approve the transaction. On Friday, while many Americans were still enjoying an extended Fourth of July holiday, the FCC came through with …

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