Sprint Nextel in talks with cable co's

Oct 24 2005 - 03:46 PM ET | Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel is reportedly in talks with the top three US cable providers to offer wireless service as part of package deals (phone, internet and cable). Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications would be able to add wireless service to their packages, which currently only offer VoIP for voice communication. Pricing for the combined service is usually well below what it would cost for each individually.

Conceivably, the system could help users initiate calls using wide area wireless networks, such as cell phone towers, which could then be transferred to local area networks, such as WiFi, when a caller returns home.

Like other deals Sprint has with cable companies, the Sprint brand name would not be used. Instead a MVNO would be set up so the wireless service is actually branded through the cable company.

Official announcements could begin before third quarter reports at the start of next month.

[via PhoneScoop]