While the carrier has no plans to bring back the push-to-talk network, the Nextel brand reportedly will be attached to "premium" services aimed at business customers.
Dan Hesse, stepping down as chief of the US's third-largest wireless carrier after seven years, helped clear up Sprint's baggage. But the company still lacks a key essential: new subscribers.
Sprint's core wireless brand and prepaid service continued to lose customers, though not as rapidly, amid a long network upgrade.
The company says it has expanded the availability of voice-over LTE to 15 markets, while its higher capacity network reaches 16 markets.
If you're one of the last million Nextel customers still on the network, it's time to look elsewhere.
Still facing an ugly second quarter ahead, the wireless carrier is poised for a turnaround as it shuts down the Nextel network.
Sprint slightly narrowed its loss as customers on the Nextel side of the business continue to drop off ahead of the network shutdown. The company added 1.5 million iPhones in the quarter.
XLTE will essentially offer faster peak data speeds and make more bandwidth available during heavy traffic times.
The carrier's "friends and family" program hit the 1 million customer mark in less than 40 days. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse calls it the foundation for a "innovation and marketing" platform.
A total of 46 patents were approved Tuesday, but whether the technologies will find their way into an Apple product remains to be seen.