According to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint’s board of directors is getting more hands-on in business negotiations and partner handling, and distancing themselves from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. This is a bad sign for Hesse since this type of behavior from a board usually means they are either trying to secure themselves against a shareholder lawsuit, or they are getting ready to fire the CEO.
Hesse has become the face of the third largest carrier in the U.S. over the last five years, but considering Sprint has been losing money that whole time, that’s not necessarily a good thing. The board can easily use him as a scapegoat, and articles that paint the board as the guys trying to undo Hesse’s missteps, like the WSJ article does, only serve to strengthen the board’s position. An anonymous source says, “The board as been stunningly engaged. It sort of has to be because the company’s not doing well.”
Yes folks, it’s release is getting ever so close now as the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has just stopped by the FCC begging for approval. Still on track (hopefully) for a mid 2012 release, the Sprint GNex appears to be very similar to the Verizon version and the FCC filing doesn’t really give us any deets that we didn’t already know. It’s sporting LTE band 25, 3G and 2G radios, along with Bluetooth and NFC. I wouldn’t plan on seeing this phone launch without a few active Sprint LTE markets, so once the Now Network decides to light the LTE wick, hopefully they release this bad boy along with it.
Right now, Amazon is quite possibly offering one of the best smartphones sales of this year. From now until March 26th, all Sprint’s 4G smartphones are on sale for only.. wait for it… one lousy penny! That’s right, for one cent (and the usual contract obligations) you can get any one of the following 4G phones to use on the Now Network:
- Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G (white and black versions)
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC EVO Shift 4G
- Samsung Nexus S 4G
- Samsung Epic 4G
- HTC EVO 3D 4G (black and plum versions)
- Motorola Photon 4G
- Samsung Conquer 4G
That’s a total of eight 4G phones to choose from, all of which would make for a great new addition. The only catch? This deal only applies to new contracts unfortunately, so if you are in need of a new wireless carrier and have been eyeballing a new Galaxy S II then this is probably the time to get on board with the most successful Android device to date. Plus, the SGSII is scheduled to receive the illustrious ICS update sometime in the near future, too. Hit up the source link below for further details and to place you order.
If you’re a Sprint customer and are looking for a
budget modest phone, you may want to check this out. The ZTE Fury smartphone has been unveiled and will be available in Sprint stores. The device looks to be targeted to new smartphone owners or those who prefer their phones in the simple/basic flavor and features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5-inch display, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. In case you’re wondering: the Fury is set to be on sale in stores starting March 11th for $19.99 on contract.
Did you know that Leap Day was also the 27th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles? Sprint knew, and announced that it has launched a free app that provides easier access to the smartphones of blind or low-vision Android users. Dubbed “Wireless Accessibility“, the suite has been specifically designed by developers Code Factory for the blind or visually impaired, or for anyone who is having trouble using a smartphone due to physical or developmental disabilities.
This suite normally costs $99, but Sprint is now making it available for free in the Android Market. AT&T has a similar free version in the Market for a limited time called Mobile Accessibility Lite.
Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), said the following:
“Having the ability to gain greater access to information on smartphones through the use of a free suite of applications is a very positive development in the blind community’s quest for more affordable choices. The American Council of the Blind commends Sprint for its willingness to take another positive step toward full product accessibility.”
Full press release and a video of the app after the break.
Are you with Sprint and jonesing for a Galaxy Nexus? Well here is your chance to win one of 30 Nexus’ being given away by Sprint. The Now Network is holding a Data Storm sweepstakes that ties in gameplay for additional contest entries. Sounds easy enough right? Play a game, win a Nexus! Head over to the source link below to get entered, you have until April 5th to get as many entries in as you can. Curious about the cutoff date? Maybe that’s the day Sprint plans on releasing the Galaxy Nexus to the masses…
Sprint has just announced that customers in Atlanta, Georgia now have access to an upgraded 3G network, which has seen a capacity increase by 17 percent over the past year. Also, the Atlanta metro area has seen Sprint implement 100 network capacity upgrades in the past 90 days and will continue to see 122 more in the next 3 months as well as will be one of the first areas to receive the upcoming 4G LTE network.
“Sprint is pleased to offer its customers products and services to enhance their business and personal lives,” said Jeff Bennett, regional vice president, consumer. “Atlanta is a non-stop, first-class city, and Sprint is keeping up with our customers’ lives and data demands with our cutting-edge network plans, including these 3G enhancements and our upcoming 4G LTE service.”
So by the middle of this year, you Atlanta folks should be among the first to have the 4G service from Sprint. In the meantime, though, you should already be seeing improved 3G speeds and it should continue to better itself over the next period of 90 days. Have you seen the improvements so far? Let us know in the comments below. Full press release after the break. Read more
A couple of days ago HTC unveiled its quad-core Tegra 3 based smartphone known as the One X. Immediately after that, AT&T announced that it would carry the LTE version with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Now rumors are starting to swirl that we may see the One X land on both Sprint and T-Mobile.
As to Sprint, we know they are launching their LTE service by mid-year, and they already announced the Galaxy Nexus and the LG Viper. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that HTC will probably have something LTE as well. Pocketnow is reporting from a reliable source that the One X could land on Sprint under the EVO series. It could be called the EVO LTE, but for now it’s code named the Jewel.
The other interesting question is whether it will arrive with the Qualcomm dual-core chip (like AT&T) or the Tegra 3 quad-core chip? The reason the AT&T version has the Qualcomm chip is because the Tegra 3 isn’t compatible with LTE. We already know that NVIDIA is working on a LTE modem that will work with it, but it isn’t ready yet. Since the “Jewel” probably won’t launch till mid-year at the earliest, it’s possible the timing will work for Sprint to launch the Tegra 3 version. Again, this is all speculation.
Sprint, the third largest carrier in the U.S., announced today that they plan to sell notes to raise $2 billion from investors. This will help pay for refinancing, network upgrades and possibly fund wireless partner Clearwire. This news comes at the heels of the abrupt cancellation of Sprint’s acquisition of the smaller MetroPCS.
Dan Hesse, Sprint’s CEO, will be doing his first Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona on March 1st. It is unsure if he will discuss plans for their LTE rollout, which will presumably use a chunk of the $2 billion, or if he plans to mention anything about the fund raising. We’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.
Read the full press release after the break.
Virginia-based LightSquared Inc. plans to lay off 45% of its 330 employees after failing to pay back a $56 million loan to British satellite partner Inmarsat, the company said on Tuesday. LightSquared spent $2.5 million on lobbyists trying to solidify the FCC’s temporary permission to move ahead with their wireless network, but was dealt a severe blow last week when the FCC revoked their permission, citing interference concerns with military and airline GPS systems. To avoid the interference, LightSquared requested that the FCC require stricter GPS spectrum usage, but the FCC rejected that request.
Sprint, who previously struck a partnership deal with LightSquared to roll out LTE to Sprint’s customers, gave the company a deadline to complete their network build-out by March of this year. With the FCC’s decision blocking them from continuing to roll out their service, coupled with their financial troubles, it seems unlikely that the company will be able to meet Sprint’s deadline, essentially killing the deal and possibly delaying Sprint’s LTE plans.