AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile would put the wireless carrier in first place, followed by Verizon in second, and Sprint in a distance third. One way Sprint could go from the biggest loser in this deal to one of the winners is if Verizon Wireless bought the company out. That isn't going to happen, Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead said earlier this week.
In the wake of the surprise AT&T deal to buy T-Mobile USA, many have speculated that Verizon Wireless might want to get hitched to Sprint. Big Red has gotten out ahead of the rumors and shot the idea down pretty handily. "We're not interested in Sprint. We don't need them," said Verizon CEO Mead at CTIA today.
All the talk in the mobile phone world is currently focused on AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, but hey, let's not forget about the other guys. That includes Sprint, which just went official with announcing the Nexus S 4G smartphone from Google. Built by Samsung, the Nexus S 4G comes in stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) trim and boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. More specs after the jump.
Anyone who's ever upgraded their desktop configuration to a multi-display setup inevitably ends up wondering how in the world they ever got by with but a single monitor. Well, we're about to find out if that same concept applies to smartphones, which are essentially little handheld computers that we jam into our pockets.
Merriam-Webster defines "unlimited" as "boundless, infinite" and "not bounded by exceptions." Simple enough, right? It was, at least until wireless carriers got hold of the term and began using it haphazardly. Enter Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, who's apparently as fed up as we are with companies touting unlimited plans that aren't truly unlimited.
Pundits have ruminated on this before, but sources have told Bloomberg that a Sprint acquisition of T-Mobile USA is a distinct possibility. T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom has reportedly been in talks with Sprint for several months, but the deal may not go through. The valuation of T-Mobile is in dispute in light of a fourth quarter drop in profits.
Sprint is gearing up to launch its first Windows Phone 7 device on March 20, the HTC Arrive, Sprint announced. You may also see this one referred to as the HTC 7 Pro, which is how it's referred to globally. The HTC Arrive will run $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and obligatory 2-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.
Sprint today added a a few more markets to its 4G service umbrella, including Denver (as well as other cities along Colorado's Front Range, such as Boulder, Fort Collins, and Greeley) and Bridgeport, Connecticut, the wireless telco announced.
"Sprint is the leader in providing 4G service, and we're proud to extend our advanced mobile broadband network to two more cities today," said Matt Carter, president, Sprint 4G. "Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers, and now Sprint's 4G is available in 70 markets across the country."
Those markets include coverage in 26 states, the District of Columbia, and several major metropolitan areas, some of which include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Boston, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and more.
Sprint says its 4G service peaks at more than 10Mb/s compared to up to 3.1Mb/s for 3G, offering downloading speeds at up to 3-6Mp/s versus 600Kb/s-1.4Mb/s.
"Customers can use video chat on their HTC Evo 4G, and families traveling for the holidays can power up the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot to share 4G speeds with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices -- such as an iPad, laptop, iPod touch, or game console -- making downloads, streaming video, and Web browsing fast and easy," Sprint said.
Sprint offers a pair of 4G Mobile Broadband plans, including a $50/month 4G-only option and a $60/month 4G/3G combo option. Both plans boast unlimited 4G usage.
What you're looking at below is a leaked pic of a new HTC device for the Sprint network, which has sparked plenty of speculation as to which upcoming smartphone it's supposed to be.
If we're to believe the supposed Sprint employee who posted the pic, then you're looking at the HTC EVO Shift 4G. You can see that it sports a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, just like the original EVO 4G, but curiously missing is a front-facing camera. The whole thing also looks a little janky, if you ask us, which makes us wonder if this is anything more than a clever Photochop.
Adding to the mystery, Android Central posted projected launch dates for several upcoming phones, including the HTC A7373, which some folks believe is the EVO Shift 4G. If so, look for it to launch on January 9, 2010, though it might get a name change by then. According to Pocketnow, HTC may have dropped the EVO Shift 4G nomenclature and renamed this device "Speedy."
That's enough unconfirmed speculation for one post.