RootMetrics Ranks Verizon “Overwhelming” Leader in the US for Performance

RootMetrics pushed out the first of their 2014 semi-annual performance reports for the wireless industry late last night, showing Verizon as the overall winner once again. The report looks at five areas (data performance, call performance, text performance, reliability, and speed), four of which Verizon topped the charts on, including the overall category.  (more…)

Sprint Makes the Sharp Aquos Crystal Official, No Bezel is Yours for $10 Per Month

The sort-of-awesome-looking-but-how-do-you-make-a-call-with-no-top-speaker, bezel-less phone from Sharp that was announced yesterday, also known as the Aquos Crystal, is now official for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile, here in the US. We knew this was coming, but weren’t sure after yesterday’s announcement in Japan when we should expect the phone and how much we might pay for one. We still don’t know when it will be available, but you can buy it for as little as $0 down and with 24-monthly payments of $10 on Sprint.  (more…)

Sprint Says It’s a “New Day for Data” in America, Introduces 20GB $100 Data Package

On Friday, Sprint’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, said during a company-wide town hall that we should expect major pricing changes for his company’s wireless plans come today. He has delivered by announcing that Sprint will now offer a family share data plan with up to 10 lines and 20GB of data for $100 (line access charges gone through 2015). For that amount of data, you are looking at prices that certainly cut under AT&T and Verizon.

The details in this one are all over the board and include a special 2GB per line bonus for a limited time, so hang with me while I update this post and break it all down.  (more…)

Sprint’s New CEO Aims to Cut Pricing First, Improve Network Second

Sprint’s new CEO, Marcelo Claure, has a game plan for his new company, one that will have any potential customers thinking twice before signing up for a competitor. Claure’s main focus will be three areas moving forward – price cuts, network improvements, and a decrease in operational costs.

For now, price cuts will be the company’s main priority, with Claure not sugar coating Sprint’s position in the US carrier race. “When you have a great network, you don’t have to compete on price. When your network is behind, unfortunately you have to compete on value and price.”  (more…)

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Will Leverage Spark LTE Technology

It is well-documented that Sprint’s LTE network is not the fastest in our country, but the carrier’s tri-band Spark technology has been helping to mitigate shortcomings by leveraging less congested bands during peak times. So far, the technology has been restricted to smartphones, but that’s changing, as the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will be the first tablet to sport a compatible radio. (more…)

FCC Still Concerned About Throttling, Asks All Carriers About Throttling Practices

Over the last couple of weeks, the FCC has decided that it wants to know more about the throttling or “Network Optimization” practices of wireless carriers in the US. Their initial probing began with Verizon, after the company announced plans to start throttling the top 5% of its data users who have unlimited data plans and a 4G LTE phone come October 1. Today, Reuters is reporting that the FCC is actually looking into all of the major carriers, asking for them to explain how they decide when to slow down speeds for customers, because they are still very “concerned” that the reasoning could be a business rather than engineering issue. (more…)

T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint as #1 Prepaid Wireless Provider

Prepaid continues to be an area of focus and growth for US carriers. T-Mobile is attempting to lead the charge in this area, thanks in part to its UnCarrier initiatives. As of yesterday, T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint as the #1 prepaid wireless provider, boasting 15.64 million prepaid customers compared to Sprint’s 15.19 million.

Of course, anytime T-Mobile CEO John Legere has a chance to stick his nose up to Sprint, he does so on Twitter. In the press release for T-Mobile’s prepaid news, Legere declares that by the end of 2014, T-Mobile will have more customers than Sprint, not just on prepaid accounts, but on postpaid accounts too.  (more…)