OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 30, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) 4G LTE is now available in 151 markets including today’s 41 new markets which include Philadelphia; the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; and Portland, Ore. Customers in these areas can make the most of seasonal fun by sharing videos of music festivals, quickly accessing the Internet, playing the hottest games, and posting summertime photos. Plus, with the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, available with an Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service.
Today, Sprint announced that 4G LTE service is now offered to customers in:
- Baraboo, Wis
- Beaver Dam, Wis
- Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas
- Bronx/Brooklyn, NY
- Columbus, Miss
- Daytona Beach, Fla
- Durham, NC
- Dyersburg, Tenn
- Faribaut/Northfield, Minn
- Fayetteville, N.C.
- Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass
- Flint, Mich
- Fort Lauderdale/Pompano
- Beach/Deerfield Beach, Fla
- Grand Rapids, Mich
- Greenville, N.C.
- Greenwood, Miss
- Homosassa Springs, Fla
- Jackson, Tenn
- Jacksonville, Fla
- Kokomo, Ind
- Laredo, Texas
- Lebanon, PA
- Morgan City, La
- Nacogdoches, Texas
- Nashville, Tenn
- Oakland, Calif
- Ocala, Fla
- Palm Coast, Fla
- Philadelphia, Pa
- Ponca City, Okla
- Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, Fla
- Portland, Ore
- Rocky Mount, N.C.
- Saginaw, Mich
- Salinas, Calif
- Springfield, Mass
- Tulsa, Okla
- Tupelo, Miss
- Wausau, Wis
- Wilson, N.C.
Today’s announcement is also excellent for the environment. Sprint’s Network Vision buildout – which consolidates multiple network technologies into a seamless network for increased efficiency and enhanced coverage – uses less equipment and less energy. By 2017, Sprint’s total energy is expected to increasingly come from such renewable sources as wind, solar and hydrogen. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. Sprint also ranks #1 among major carriers for its phone Buyback Program, as named by Compass Intelligence Research.
"Sprint is committed to delivering the latest technology and providing more energy efficient cell sites,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. "We strive to be environmentally responsible and are proud of our track record. Our new 3G and 4G LTE network provides improved wireless service, and is also expected to help Sprint meet its commitment to reduce total energy demand and the company’s carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017."
NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE), July 24, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that its new 4G LTE network and improved 3G service will be available in the Bronx and Brooklyn beginning on July 30. With Sprint 4G LTE, New Yorkers in these communities will experience faster speeds for surfing the Web for great Italian food options on Arthur Avenue or sending videos from concerts in Park Slope. As Sprint continues to make progress on its new 3G and 4G LTE network, customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn will find 4G LTE and enhanced 3G wireless service in even more places around their boroughs and beyond.
Wireless users in these parts of New York can make the most of summer fun by signing up with Sprint, the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services. Plus, with the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, available with an Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service1. In addition to the Bronx and Brooklyn, customers are finding 4G LTE in parts of Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens – which are expected to officially launch service in the coming months.
“Whether you’re uploading videos from your neighborhood in Brooklyn or sending photos to your friends, Sprint 4G LTE provides impressive wireless data speeds,” said Karen Paletta, regional vice president-Sprint. “We think that New Yorkers of every age and background, as well as customers of Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will appreciate Sprint’s improved 3G service and 4G LTE.”
Sprint customers are enjoying the ability to use 4G LTE on a variety of different devices such as the new HTC® 8XT, Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the popular Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and HTC One®. “I’ve been a Sprint customer for three years,” said Bronx resident Noel Perez, “and I am very satisfied with the service. 4G is great in my area – sometimes better than my friends’ (service) on other companies. 4G keeps up with everything I do from surfing the Web to streaming music from Pandora and streaming movies.”
In more exciting news for Sprint customers in New York City, Transit Wireless and Sprint recently announced that the companies have finalized their contract to bring Sprint’s wireless voice and data service to the state-of-the-art wireless network in the New York subway system. Sprint has signed on to the full scope of the project – all 277 underground subway stations. Wireless customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can expect to begin receiving coverage underground in 36 stations in midtown Manhattan and Chelsea in early 2014.
“New Yorkers love to use their mobile devices all the time to stay connected to friends and business associates around the city,” said Keith Dardis, regional vice president-Sprint. “We are excited to provide commuters, public safety representatives and first responders in the Bronx and Brooklyn the robust benefits of better 3G service and new 4G LTE – and, this network will continue to grow in New York City in the coming months.”
Today Pepwave announced a new product called the Pepwave Flex AP designed specifically for rugged installations inside or outside the building. What makes the Flex AP unique is it’s the first AP to have built in world-mode 3G or a single LTE radio, which means this can be a stand alone unit for remote camera deployments, monitoring remote control systems and more! Until now the only option was the buy an embedded solution like the Max BR1 then look for a weatherproof enclosure if you wanted to use it outside. The Flex AP offers built in 802.11n 2x2 WiFi that’s software selectable (Optional 5Ghz WiFi support) and dual PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports and cloud management options (InControl) in addition to embedded cellular support too.
- Embedded Cellular Modems - Dual embedded 3G world-mode modems or one 4G LTE modem. SpeedFusion support is enabled to bond data boosting speed and reliability too.
- Software selectable antennas - Use the built in 10dBi MiMo dual diversity directional antenna, or the built in 4dBi bi-directional MiMo dual diversity Omni antenna.
- Dual PoE Connections - Support for dual 802.3af PoE outputs to power two devices from a single power source
- Rugged design - The Flex AP can be installed virtually anywhere including the desert, marine and arctic environments or in the office allowing you maximum flexibility
- Central Management - Cloud based management is available through InControl and interface to a FusionHub Controller
- WAN Interface 1x 10/100M Ethernet
- 1x Embedded 3G World (FLX-GN-3G) or 2x Embedded 3G World (FLX-GN-3G2) or 1 Embedded 4G LTE (FLX-LTE-E)
- LAN Interface - 802.11 b/g/n 300Mbps 2x LAN 802.3af PoE (FLX-GN) or 802.11 a/b/g/n 600Mbps 2x LAN 802.af PoE (FLX-AGN
- WiFi Antenna - Switchable 10dBi MiMo Directional and 4dBi MiMo Omni
- Cellular Antenna Connector - 2 SMA Antenna Connectors
- Power Input - Passive PoE 12V - 48V DC
- Enclosure - Waterproof IP55
- Operating Temp -4 to 149f
- Humidity - 15% - 95% (non-condensing)
- Certifications - FCC, CE, RoHS
Over the last six months carriers have been talking more about VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution) and AT&T says customers should see it sometime before the end of 2013. There isn’t a set date but the first tests will be limited to select markets rather than doing a mass test launch across the country. Bill Smith president of network operations at AT&T says "We're going to be prepared to do some initial markets by the end of the year,” and if LTE isn’t available voice service will fallback to their UMTS network. Reports haven’t been published yet if they’ve managed to find a way around the battery drain where VoLTE cut battery life by 50%
in earlier tests late last year.
Verizon has announced a new way to upgrade to the latest mobile devices. Technology changes fast. You purchase a phone or tablet and within a few short months, something new hits the shelves.
If you want to stay on top of the latest technology, the new Verizon Edge device payment plan offers an affordable way to upgrade to the newest device and satisfy your love of technology. Verizon Edge is a flexible equipment payment plan that spreads the retail price of a phone over 24 months. You can also upgrade to a new phone after six months if 50 percent of the retail cost has been paid.
Here's how it works: Choose the phone you want and sign up for a month-to-month service plan, it's as easy as that. The full retail price of the phone will be divided over 24 months and you'll pay the first month at the time of purchase. If you want to upgrade after 6 months, just pay off 50% of the full retail price of the phone and you can choose a new phone and start all over again.
There are no long-term service contracts, finance charges or upgrade fees with Verizon Edge. Every six months, as long as 50 percent of the cost of the phone has been paid, you can upgrade to the newest basic or smartphone available.
Verizon Edge will be available to customers on Share Everything plans starting August 25th.
Dallas, Texas, and San Diego, California, July 12, 2013 – AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless International Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP) have entered into an agreement for AT&T to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire all of Leap’s stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 5 million subscribers. As of April 15, 2013, Leap had $2.8 billion of net debt. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap’s 700 Mhz “A Block” spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.
Leap’s network covers approximately 96 million people in 35 U.S. states. Leap currently operates -- under the Cricket brand -- a 3G CDMA network, as well as a 4G LTE network covering 21 million people in these areas, and has 3,400 employees.
AT&T will retain the Cricket brand name, provide Cricket customers with access to AT&T’s award-winning 4G LTE mobile network, utilize Cricket’s distribution channels, and expand Cricket’s presence to additional U.S. cities. The result will be increased competition, better device choices, improved customer care and a significantly enhanced mobile Internet experience for consumers seeking low-cost prepaid wireless plans.
The combined company will have the financial resources, scale and spectrum to better compete with other major national providers for customers interested in low-cost prepaid service. Cricket’s employees, operations and distribution will jump start AT&T’s expansion into the highly competitive prepaid segment.
The acquisition includes spectrum in the PCS and AWS bands covering 137 million people and is largely complementary to AT&T’s existing spectrum licenses. Immediately after approval of the transaction, AT&T plans to put Leap’s unutilized spectrum – which covers 41 million people – to use in furthering its 4G LTE deployment and providing additional capacity and enhanced network performance for customers’ growing mobile Internet usage.
Owners of approximately 29.8% of Leap’s outstanding shares have entered into an agreement to vote in favor of the transaction.
The transaction is subject to review by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice and to other customary closing conditions. AT&T expects the transaction to close in six to nine months.
(Image courtesy of Engadget)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN JOSE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 15, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE:S) and NETGEAR® Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) today announced July 19 availability of two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint, the NETGEAR® Zing Mobile Hotspot™ and the NETGEAR® 341U USB Modem. The Novatel MiFi 500 will be following shortly after the other two devices available on Friday. These devices are designed to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by taking advantage of 4G LTE deployment on Sprint's network (at 1.9GHz 800MHzand2.5GHz).
The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting at their desks, catching up with friends at a coffee shop, or relaxing on vacation.
800MHz spectrum being added to Sprint's LTE network later this year excels at in-building coverage. This spectrum has been repurposed for LTE as Sprint ceased operations June 30 of the Nextel National Network.
Sprint's 1.9GHz spectrum acts as the primary band in its 4G LTE nationwide build-out. Average performance falls in the range of 6-8Mbps, peaking at 25Mbps, for downlink and 2-3Mbps for uplink.
2.5GHz spectrum , which excels at broad-based, high-speed coverage, is expected to provide Sprint customers increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities.