Sprint - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/18434 en Sprint accused of overcharging US for spying assistance http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/sprint-accused-of-overcharging-us-spying-assistance-237598?source=rss_sprint <p>Sprint has been sued in a federal court for allegedly overcharging federal law enforcement agencies for surveillance related services by over 50 percent.</p> <p>In a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco division, the U.S. government has charged that Sprint included in its claims to law enforcement agencies unauthorized costs for assistance in carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other electronic intercepts.</p> Security The Industry Standard Sprint Internet Privacy Government Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:39:17 +0000 admin 237598 at http://www.infoworld.com Dollars and cents: The real cost of a smartphone plan http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/dollars-and-cents-the-real-cost-of-smartphone-plan-234234?source=rss_sprint <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" /> <title>InfoWorld Smartphone Data Plan calculator</title> </head> <body> <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/money_and_business_hp.jpg" alt="Dollars and Mobile Technology AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Data Plan Smartphones Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 234234 at http://www.infoworld.com The brewing iPhone war: It's Apple vs. the carriers http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/the-brewing-iphone-war-its-apple-vs-the-carriers-232900?source=rss_sprint <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/awol_iphone_bruise_apple_hp.gif" alt="The brewing iPhone war: It's Apple vs. the carriers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>It's been a marriage of convenience.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Apple AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Data Plan iPhone Smartphones Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 232900 at http://www.infoworld.com Mobile carriers slammed for rejecting smartphone 'kill switch' http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/mobile-carriers-slammed-rejecting-smartphone-kill-switch-231373?source=rss_sprint <p>Law enforcement officials trying to rein in violent smartphone theft have criticized cellular operators who they say rejected a solution that would help address the problem.</p> <p>"It is highly disturbing that these corporations rejected a proposal that would have helped keep millions of consumers safe," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a joint statement Wednesday.</p> Mobile Technology Security AT&T Sprint Verizon Smartphones Security Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:12:11 +0000 ccraig 231373 at http://www.infoworld.com Sprint reports $1.6B net loss as it shuts down Nextel platform http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/sprint-reports-16b-net-loss-it-shuts-down-nextel-platform-223675?source=rss_sprint <p>Sprint Nextel made a net loss of $1.6 billion for the second quarter, swollen by the cost of shutting down its Nextel wireless network, but the company is more optimistic about future profitability.</p> <p>The net loss was 16 percent higher than the $1.37 billion reported a year earlier, and included a $430 million charge for accelerated depreciation of Nextel network assets, and $623 million of other charges related to the network shutdown. Revenue totalled $8.88 billion, almost unchanged from a year earlier.</p> Networking The Industry Standard Sprint Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Technology Business Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:36:55 +0000 admin 223675 at http://www.infoworld.com FCC approves Softbank's $21.6B acquisition of Sprint http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/fcc-approves-softbanks-216b-acquisition-of-sprint-222161?source=rss_sprint <p>The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the $21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint by Japanese telecommunications group Softbank, saying it promises to bring consumers faster and more advanced wireless broadband Internet service.</p> <p>The go-ahead from the FCC was the final hurdle to Softbank consummating the deal. Sprint shareholders in late June approved the acquisition that will see Softbank pay $7.64 per share, for a total of $16.64 billion in cash, and invest about $5 billion of new capital into Sprint. It will own 78 percent of the new company.</p> The Industry Standard Sprint Federal Regulations M&A Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:55:08 +0000 admin 222161 at http://www.infoworld.com Sprint shareholders approve SoftBank's $21.6B buyout http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/sprint-shareholders-approve-softbanks-216b-buyout-221491?source=rss_sprint <p>Sprint Nextel shareholders have voted overwhelmingly to approve SoftBank's $21.6 billion takeover bid, setting the stage for the deal to close early next month.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint M&A Mobile Technology Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:24:59 +0000 admin 221491 at http://www.infoworld.com Dish leapfrogs Sprint with aggressive new bid for Clearwire http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/dish-leapfrogs-sprint-aggressive-new-bid-clearwire-219632?source=rss_sprint <p>Dish Network has boosted its bid for Clearwire to $4.40 per share, 29 percent above Sprint Nextel's most recent offer, and said it is prepared to buy up the stock of a minority of shareholders.</p> <p>In a letter sent Wednesday to Clearwire Chairman John Stanton, Dish said its board had approved the offer and it was prepared to execute the deal. On Friday, Clearwire plans to hold a special shareholder meeting to consider Sprint's offer to buy out the roughly half of the company that it doesn't already own.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint Data Plan M&A Wireless Broadband Thu, 30 May 2013 12:02:06 +0000 admin 219632 at http://www.infoworld.com Sprint-SoftBank merger gets U.S. security panel approval http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/sprint-softbank-merger-gets-us-security-panel-approval-219558?source=rss_sprint <p>Government panel the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has given its approval for Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank to <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/japans-softbank-offers-buy-70-percent-of-us-operator-sprint-20-billion-204894">acquire a majority stake in Sprint Nextel</a> in a $20 billion deal.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint M&A Wireless Broadband Government Mobile Technology Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:01 +0000 admin 219558 at http://www.infoworld.com Report: Verizon wants to buy Clearwire spectrum http://www.infoworld.com/t/mobile-technology/report-verizon-wants-buy-clearwire-spectrum-216519?source=rss_sprint <p>Verizon Wireless reportedly has offered $1 billion to $1.5 billion for some of Clearwire's spectrum leases, possibly complicating Sprint Nextel's attempt to buy out the company in conjunction with its acquisition by Softbank.</p> Mobile Technology Networking The Industry Standard Sprint Verizon IT Strategy Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:29:54 +0000 admin 216519 at http://www.infoworld.com 4G data plans: Less choice than the competition might indicate http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/4g-data-plans-less-choice-the-competition-might-indicate-215185?source=rss_sprint <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/money_and_business_hp.jpg" alt="4G data plans: Less choice than the competition might indicate" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Struggling cellular carrier T-Mobile USA, fresh from merging with pay-as-you-go provider MetroPCS, has been hinting for months about a radical new approach to data plans for smartphones and tablets.</p> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard AT&T LTE Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Data Plan Smartphones Tablets Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 215185 at http://www.infoworld.com Dish counters Sprint with higher bid for Clearwire http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/dish-counters-sprint-higher-bid-clearwire-210423?source=rss_sprint <p>Dish Network has offered to buy Clearwire for $3.30 per share, throwing a wrench in Sprint Nextel's deal to buy its mobile broadband partner for $2.97 per share.</p> <p>Clearwire disclosed Dish's offer in a press release on Tuesday afternoon, saying it has an obligation to consider the offer.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint M&A Mobile Technology Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:54:06 +0000 admin 210423 at http://www.infoworld.com Clearwire board agrees to Sprint's $2.2 billion offer http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/clearwire-board-agrees-sprints-22-billion-offer-209340?source=rss_sprint <p>Sprint Nextel will spend $2.2 billion to take complete ownership of Clearwire, a move that will help it expand its network capacity.</p> <p>Clearwire's board of directors has accepted the latest bid allowing Sprint to purchase the nearly 50 percent of the company it did not already own.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint M&A Mobile Technology Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:58:05 +0000 admin 209340 at http://www.infoworld.com No kidding: The Sprint buyout is actually good for you http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/no-kidding-the-sprint-buyout-actually-good-you-205168?source=rss_sprint <p>Blockbuster mergers and acquisitions in technology are often bad news for everyone except the investment bankers who reap huge commissions on even the stupidest deals. Workers lose jobs, consumers lose choice as a competitor disappears, and shareholders often get stuck holding the bag. Hewlett-Packard, for example, <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/business/hp-announces-24600-layoffs-in-wake-eds-acquisition-819">laid off more than 24,000 workers</a> after it purchased EDS and later took a stupendous write-off.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint T-Mobile Data Plan M&A Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 205168 at http://www.infoworld.com Expect price war and talking dogs if Softbank enters U.S. mobile market http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/expect-price-war-and-talking-dogs-if-softbank-enters-us-mobile-market-204741?source=rss_sprint <p>If Japan's Softbank barges its way into the U.S. mobile market, expect contract prices to fall.</p> <p>The company, mostly unknown outside of Japan, is in negotiations to acquire a large chunk in U.S. operator Sprint Nextel, and possible the smaller MetroPCS Wireless. If successful it is likely to pursue two strategies that have worked well at home: undercutting rivals, and oddball advertising.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint Data Plan M&A Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:52:37 +0000 admin 204741 at http://www.infoworld.com Reports: Japan's Softbank eyeing MetroPCS as well as Sprint http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/reports-japans-softbank-eyeing-metropcs-well-sprint-204726?source=rss_sprint <p>Japan's Softbank, which is in negotiations to make a major<a href="https://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/report-softbank-negotiating-buy-sprint-204609"> investment in U.S. operator Sprint Nextel</a>, is also mulling a competitive bid for MetroPCS, Japanese media reported Friday.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint T-Mobile Data Plan M&A Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:05:47 +0000 admin 204726 at http://www.infoworld.com Softbank negotiating to buy Sprint http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/report-softbank-negotiating-buy-sprint-204609?source=rss_sprint <p>Japan's Softbank, the country's third-largest carrier, is in negotiations to acquire U.S. mobile operator Sprint in a deal worth over $30 billion, the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei reported Thursday.</p> <p>The deal, in which Softbank would aim to buy all of the outstanding shares in Sprint, the third-largest carrier in the U.S., could be the largest purchase of a foreign company by a Japanese firm, the Nikkei said. Kyodo News Agency also reported Softbank was considering the deal, with neither news organization saying where the information came from.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint Data Plan M&A Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:56:07 +0000 admin 204609 at http://www.infoworld.com Report: Sprint considering outbidding T-Mobile for MetroPCS http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/report-sprint-considering-outbidding-t-mobile-metropcs-204165?source=rss_sprint <p>Board members at Sprint Nextel are expected to discuss whether to pursue a merger with rival mobile carrier MetroPCS during a meeting Friday, according to a news report.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Sprint T-Mobile M&A Mobile Technology Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:53:41 +0000 admin 204165 at http://www.infoworld.com Who wins, who loses with the new shared data plans http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/who-wins-who-loses-the-new-shared-data-plans-195522?source=rss_sprint <p>Your cellular plans are about to be shaken up, and they could cost you a bundle more to get data connectivity on your smartphones and tablets. Two weeks ago, <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/att-ceo-predicts-data-only-wireless-plans-within-two-years/" target="_blank">AT&amp;T's CEO Randall Stephenson predicted</a> that within two years carriers would stop offering tiered voice plans and make customers buy unlimited voice and messaging, but would let users share data plans across multiple devices.</p> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Data Plan Smartphones Tablets Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 195522 at http://www.infoworld.com Sprint says 26 million handsets have Carrier IQ; AT&T claims 900K http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/sprint-says-26-million-handsets-have-carrier-iq-att-claims-900k-181954?source=rss_sprint <p>Documents filed in response to a U.S. lawmaker's request show that Sprint is by far the biggest user of Carrier IQ's software, with more than 26 million handsets featuring the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9222332/FAQ_Behind_the_Carrier_IQ_rootkit_controversy_" target="_blank">controversial</a> mobile tracking tool.</p> Mobile Technology Security AT&T Sprint Smartphones Internet Privacy Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:50:20 +0000 admin 181954 at http://www.infoworld.com