Sprint is embarking on a new cost-cutting effort geared toward reducing expenses by as much as $2.5 billion during the next six months. The cuts "inevitably will result in job reductions," Tarek Robbiati, Sprint's new CFO, said in a memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Robbiati also noted that Sprint is instituting an external hiring freeze.
AT&T said that it wants to offer Wi-Fi calling services on the iPhone via Apple's new iOS 9 software, but that it is still waiting for an FCC waiver on rules that require calling services to also offer options for deaf and hard-of-hearing users. In a new filing today with the FCC, the carrier reiterated its request for a waiver and blasted Sprint and T-Mobile US for offering Wi-Fi calling services without requesting waivers from the FCC's rules.
Sprint's Boost Mobile is taking aim at overdue customers with a new promotion that rewards on-time payments with more data. Under Sprint's new promotion for its Boost prepaid brand, customers can obtain 3 GB of extra data per month after 18 on-time payments.
Sprint said it plans to increase the cost of its unlimited plan-- which offers unlimited calling, texting and data-- by $10 per month starting Oct. 16. The carrier currently charges $60 per month for unlimited service, and that price will increase to $70 per month in roughly two weeks. Importantly, the carrier pointed out that price is still cheaper than what T-Mobile US charges for unlimited service ($80 per month). AT&T and Verizon Wireless don't offer unlimited data options.
Stephen Bye, Sprint's former chief technology officer, will become CTO of Tier 2 carrier C Spire on Nov. 1. Bye left Sprint in July amid the company's network densification efforts.
The top wireless operators in the United States -- AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint-- continue to enhance their 4G LTE buildouts, but the question is how much spectrum do they each have? Check out this FierceWireless special report.
Analysts believe Sprint's decision not to participate in next year's 600 MHz incentive auction represents a major positive development for T-Mobile US, which now will face fewer competitors in bidding for the 30 MHz of spectrum in the auction that is being set aside by the FCC for smaller wireless operators.
Just as we did last year, FierceWireless has partnered with Allnet Insights & Analytics, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. According to AllNet President Brian Goemmer, a wireless industry veteran with 20 years of experience, AllNet has developed what it calls "Download Spectrum Depth Maps" to represent the available LTE spectrum for each of the Tier 1 carriers based upon their current LTE deployment configurations.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the carrier could be stronger if merged with a cable company, but added the company is not engaged in any merger discussions.
Sales of Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus kicked off today around the world as U.S. carriers sought to one-up each other with new offers and promotions designed to get customers to upgrade to the latest smartphones or switch carriers.