Rumors are swirling today over the future of Sprint. First off, Seeking Alpha is reporting that Sprint has hired Morgan Stanley for a possible spin-off of its Nextel brand. Sprint's ongoing troubles have been widely reported over the last few months and many analysts have named the 2006 merger between Sprint and Nextel as a key cause of the carrier's ongoing troubles. With that in mind, a spin-off of Nextel may be surprising, but it wouldn't be so shocking.
Qwest Communications International is in talks with Verizon Communications to bundle its wireless service with Qwest's broadband and landline voice services, according to a Wednesday report in The Wall Street Journal.
Qwest, the only major phone company without its own wireless service, has been reselling wireless service from Sprint Nextel. But Qwest CEO Ed Mueller said earlier this week at his company's analyst conference that he is not happy with the arrangement and is looking for a new partner.
The problem with the Sprint deal is that Qwest is unable to offer the same services and handsets that … Read more
Verizon Wireless on March 19 plans to release the first version of specifications that developers will use to build new devices and applications to run over its open network service.
The company said Monday that it will release Version 1.0 of the specifications at its Open Development Device Conference scheduled for March 19 and March 20 in New York. The specifications will be used by application developers and handset makers so that they can create new applications and devices that will run on Verizon's "Any Device, Any App" network service. Verizon announced in November that it … Read more
Samsung announced two new CDMA cell phones this week, one for Sprint and one for Verizon Wireless. Both offer similar features, however, each takes a different approach to design. We'll have full reviews of both phones by next week.
First up is the new Samsung SPH-M520 for Sprint. Sporting a typical Samsung slider design in silver, the SPH-M520 is a Power Vision handset with support for the carrier's 3G network. Inside you'll find access to the Sprint Music Store, support for Sprint TV, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a digital music player, a microSD card slot, GPS support … Read more
Today, we actually get it right! We sucker in Tom Merritt to talk about Amy Winehouse's drunken badness, a guy gets denied an all-star game marriage proposal, unlimited cell phone minutes, and N+, like stick figure lemmings...but for Xbox 360, and Pimp My Ride for Wii. Listen in on the fun!
Listen now: Download today's podcast
If you want to see people get lit up about a service that they hate, but can't live without, ask them about their mobile phones.
Never mind the dropped calls or the death-grip lock-in, just the outrageous cost is enough to send people into a rage. So, today when Verizon and T-mobile both introduced new flat rate price plans (which are very appealing to heavy users) I would have thought that this would be viewed as a good thing--helping to retain the more valuable customers. Instead, analysts whined that this would undercut pricing. To an extent it will effect … Read more
It's official: As of today, all four major national carriers now offer unlimited calling plans. Two weeks ago, Sprint announced a $119.99 a month Unlimited Access Pack available in select markets, but today Verizon, AT&T, and now T-Mobile have all matched it with an astounding triple-whammy announcement that all three will offer nationwide unlimited calling plans for only $99.99 a month. Verizon kicked it off this morning with its unlimited plan announcement, followed by AT&T a few hours later, and T-Mobile finishing it off a few hours after that. We won't be … Read more
It's not necessarily cheap, but $99 a month is at least predictable. Verizon Wireless is hoping that the flat-rate, unlimited-calling plan will also prove attractive to high-end customers. While other carriers have already launched flat-rate plans of limited scope, Verizon is making its offer available nationwide.
Read more at CNNMoney: "Verizon Wireless Unveils Unlimited Calling Plan"
WASHINGTON--Verizon Communications doesn't currently block or slow down peer-to-peer file-sharing applications like BitTorrent on its broadband network, but it can't rule out doing so in the future, a company vice president said Monday.
The comments by Verizon executive vice president Tom Tauke arrive as Comcast has taken heat for throttling BitTorrent traffic in the name of "reasonable network management" and as the Federal Communications Commission is studying whether Internet service providers should be permitted to manipulate P2P traffic. Consumer interest groups have asked the FCC to declare that "degrading peer-to-peer traffic" violates the FCC'… Read more