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Samsung UbiCell CDMA Base Station for Sprint

Mar 28 2007 - 11:33 AM ET | CTIA, Samsung, Sprint Nextel, Unique
CTIA 2007 -- One of the more interesting new devices at CTIA is the Samsung UbiCell base station. A small white box that looks like a WiFi access point, the UbiCell is actually mini cell tower designed for CDMA 1x...

Sprint lowers price of music downloads to 99 cents

Mar 26 2007 - 03:20 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2007 -- Sprint Nextel has taken a page out of Apple's playbook and lowered the price of music downloads on its wireless Sprint Music Store to 99 cents (matching the price set by digital music leader Apple). Downloads were...

Samsung UpStage announced by Sprint

Mar 26 2007 - 03:06 PM ET | CTIA, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2007 -- The Samsung UpStage is Sprint Nextel's latest effort in the expanding music phone niche. We first saw this handset at CES when it was called the Samsung Ultra Music F300, but since that was a GSM device...

Sprint updates on WiMAX buildout

Jan 09 2007 - 11:46 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has updated investors on its plan to build a 4G WiMAX mobile data network. The first coverage areas will be Chicago and Washington D.C. and the network should reach over 100 million people by the end of 2008....

Sprint announces customer loss for fourth quarter

Jan 08 2007 - 05:46 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Shares of Sprint Nextel took a significant dive this afternoon after the company announced a monthly subscriber loss for the fourth quarter. Technically the net subscriber base increased, but the gains were in lower margin MVNO partnerships instead of the...

Sprint adds Mac compatibility for EV-DO Rev A card

Jan 08 2007 - 03:00 PM ET | 3G, Backpage, CES, Data, Sprint Nextel
CES 2007 -- Sprint Nextel has announced officially supported Mac OS X compatibility with one of its EV-DO Rev A cards. Previously the easiest way to get EV-DO on a Mac was to go with Verizon (Mac OS X offers...

Motorola Q announced by Sprint Nextel

Jan 04 2007 - 01:25 PM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint has officially announced the Motorola Q. The Q had been an exclusive to Verizon Wireless since its launch in May 2006. Sprint will begin shipping to business channels the Q later in January and expects to have...

Verizon Wireless quietly rolling out EV-DO Rev A

Dec 14 2006 - 04:43 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Sprint Nextel has been busy announcing anything new about its EV-DO Revision A rollout while Verizon Wireless has stayed quiet on the topic. To the casual bystander it appeared that Sprint Nextel was pulling away with a huge lead, but...

Motorola ic402 launches on Nextel, dual-mode iDEN/CDMA

Dec 12 2006 - 04:09 PM ET | Motorola, Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Motorola ic402 on its Nextel network. The ic402 is the second dual-mode iDEN/CDMA handset, the ic502 was launched last month. Dual-mode handsets are an important part of Sprint's integration strategy with Nextel. Voice calls are...

Sprint activates EV-DO Rev A in 10 more markets

Dec 12 2006 - 03:28 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has upgraded its data network to EV-DO Revision A in 10 more markets around the country. Rev A adds significantly faster upload speeds compared to the older Rev 0 technology. The latest batch of upgrades includes many of the...

Sanyo M1 launches on Sprint

Dec 03 2006 - 05:20 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has launched another music phone, the Sanyo M1. While the recent trend has been to launch music oriented handsets with limited memory (relying instead on a memory card slot and user upgrades), the M1 sports an impressive 1GB of...

Sprint launches free mobile email app

Dec 01 2006 - 06:34 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel teamed up with mobile email provider SEVEN to launch Sprint Mobile Email. The free download lets users access popular webmail services (AOL, Yahoo, etc) as well as conventional POP/IMAP accounts. Sprint Mobile Email was designed to work well...

Samsung M610 launches on Sprint

Nov 27 2006 - 04:10 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Samsung M610 , a razor thin flip phone that is being marketed as the country's thinnest. Motorola may have started the thin trend, but Samsung has taken it to a new level. The M610 comes...

LG LX-150 launches on Sprint

Nov 17 2006 - 05:09 PM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has launched the LG LX-150, an entry-level clamshell handset. One unique element of the phone is that it sports a dedicated text messaging key. Pressing it takes you right to the SMS section of the interface. Other features of...

Sprint taps Microsoft for search

Nov 15 2006 - 11:03 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has inked a deal with Microsoft that will make Windows Live the default search engine on Sprint's deck. Starting Thursday there will be a search bar on top of the home page of Vision. Yahoo and Google have both...

Samsung M500 launched by Sprint

Nov 14 2006 - 02:42 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint Nextel has launched the Samsung M500, which is a continuation on the popular A900. The thin and light feature phone is a bit thicker than the A900, but beats it in all other measurements (weight, width and...

Sprint launches Motrola ic502, dual-mode phone

Nov 14 2006 - 02:27 PM ET | Motorola, Nextel, Sprint Nextel, Unique
Sprint Nextel has launched its first dual mode (CDMA and iDEN) handset, the Motorola ic502. We first heard of this handset when it was approved by the FCC this summer. Ever since Sprint's take over of Nextel the combined company...

Motorola i880 launches on Nextel

Nov 07 2006 - 05:59 PM ET | Motorola, Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Motorola i880 on its iDEN Nextel network. The i880 has been rumored for quite a while and comes in at the high-end for existing iDEN handsets. It's also an update to the popular Motorola i870,...

Motorola KRZR K1m ships from Sprint

Nov 06 2006 - 03:19 PM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint Nextel has launched the Motorola KRZR K1m. The handset launched in late September from Verizon Wirelss. Sprint's edition of the KRZR comes in jet black with yellow background on the external screen to match the colors of...

Motorola i835 launches in purple and white on Boost Mobile

Oct 31 2006 - 03:25 PM ET | Backpage, Motorola, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel's wholly owned MVNO subsidiary Boost Mobile has launched the Motorola i835. Boost is one of the fastest growing mobile virtual network operators and is the biggest growth space inside Sprint. The i835 has been reintroduced with two new...

Motorola RAZR V3m launches on Sprint

Oct 26 2006 - 01:03 PM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint has launched the Motorola RAZR V3m. Sprint is the last major US carrier to carry Motorola's premiere phone and has taken a beating from investors on the issue. Sprint will also launch the KRZR and SLVR models...

Sprint launches EV-DO Rev A

Oct 24 2006 - 01:17 PM ET | 3G, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched its EV-DO Rev A network in San Diego, becoming the first US carrier to launch the technology anywhere. The upgrade has gone significantly faster than first thought, it originally wasn't supposed to launch until next year....

Sprint chooses Qualcomm Qchat for future PTT

Oct 17 2006 - 05:10 PM ET | Push-to-talk, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has decided on Qualcomm's QChat solution to power the company's next generation push-to-talk service. After the merger with Nextel, push-to-talk migration became a very important topic for Sprint. Since PTT is a major part of Nextel's service and Sprint...

Motorla RED RAZR V3m launched by Sprint

Oct 16 2006 - 02:12 PM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
Sprint became the first national US carrier to launch the Motorola RED RAZR V3m, a special edition of the iconic RAZR that is a part of the (PRODUCT) RED initiative. The group is headlined by U2 frontman Bono and raises...

Sprint launches detailed coverage maps

Oct 11 2006 - 11:13 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Taking a move out of T-Mobile's playbook, Sprint Nextel has launched detailed coverage maps. Instead of just providing general maps (usually based on region or at best market), you can now input an address and see coverage in a specific...

Poor reception: Post merger Sprint Nextel struggles

Oct 11 2006 - 06:47 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
The Wall Street Journal is running an interesting front page story today about the trouble Sprint Nextel is now facing, mostly because of the recent Nextel merger. Just yesterday former Nextel CEO and current Sprint Nextel chairman Tim Donahue announced...

MediaFLO being tested by Sprint

Oct 11 2006 - 06:19 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has confirmed that it is testing out Qualcomm's MediaFLO mobile TV technology. Recently word leaked about Sprint Vue, which was being billed as a new mobile TV test, but there was no information available about the technology. MediaFLO is...

Sprint raises rate of SMS

Oct 11 2006 - 06:12 AM ET | SMS, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has raised the rate of an outgoing SMS message to 15 cents, up from the fairly industry standard 10 cents. Along with the hike for SMS, casual data usage (when there isn't a data plan) was raised a...

Sprint jumps on RAZR, KRZR and SLVR bandwagon

Oct 03 2006 - 01:58 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
It took a year since Motorola introduced a CDMA RAZR, but Sprint has finally gotten on board with the world's most popular mobile phone. In addition to launching the aging RAZR, Sprint will be giving the new KRZR K1m and...

Samsung IP-830w launched by Sprint

Oct 02 2006 - 04:02 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has launched the dual-mode Samsung IP-30w. The device is based off the Samsung i730 but sports a GSM radio instead of WiFi to allow for worldwide roaming. Verizon Wireless launched the handset as the Samsung i830, albeit with an...

BlackBerry 8703e heads to Sprint

Sep 20 2006 - 01:24 PM ET | Research In Motion, Sprint Nextel
Verizon may have launched it first, but the BlackBerry 8703e is now alive and kicking at Sprint. The 8703e is part of Research In Motion's 8700 series, which is currently the top-end of their lineup. Features include: EV-DO highspeed data...

Sprint launches Mobile Security program

Sep 19 2006 - 11:47 PM ET | Security, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has introduced a new service dubbed Mobile Security that aims to help companies keep mobile data secure. Since most mobile devices only come with limited security features, a lost or stolen smartphone can be a major security risk...

Sprint launches sports video network

Sep 12 2006 - 02:33 PM ET | CTIA, Sprint Nextel
CTIA IT 2006 -- Sprint has announced Power View, a made-for-mobile sports network exclusive to Sprint. The content will be made available to both Vision and Power Vision subscribers at no additional cost. At launch there are no commercial sponsors,...

Sprint Movies, feature films streamed to handsets

Sep 05 2006 - 06:32 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched a new service for "pay-per-view" movies. It streams full length hollywood movies to customers with EV-DO equipped handsets. Interestingly the interfrace tries to duplicate the DVD experience and allows viewers to skip chapters in addition to...

Palm Treo 700wx launches on Sprint

Sep 03 2006 - 12:33 PM ET | Palm, Smartphone, Sprint Nextel
The Palm Treo 700wx has officially launched on Sprint. While this was the first time it has been officially talked about, like most past Treos there wasn't much about the 700wx that didn't leak. The handset is almost identical to...

Sprint launches Novatel Wireless S720 EV-DO Rev A card

Aug 29 2006 - 01:27 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the country's first EV-DO Rev A mobile broadband card, the Novatel Wireless S720. While it conforms to the new speedy Rev A technology, don't expect faster speeds quite yet. Sprint doesn't expect to activate its Rev...

Sprint Nextel loses COO Len Lauer

Aug 21 2006 - 06:30 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has announced that COO Len Lauer has left the company effective immediately. His responsibilities will be assumed by CEO Gary Forsee. Sprint will not be hiring a new COO. "Len has been an important part of the Sprint...

Sprint to slow Boost Mobile's growth

Aug 18 2006 - 11:20 AM ET | MVNO, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has planned to slow the growth of Boost Mobile (a wholly owned subsidiary) because the MVNO is outpacing growth of the more lucrative post paid business and will soon start straining the iDEN network. While MVNOs have gotten...

Sprint updates Family Locater service

Aug 10 2006 - 03:18 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has updated its Sprint Family Locator service to bring its feature set more in line with competitors such as Disney Mobile. The child-tracking service was originally launched earlier this year and uses GPS so that parents can pull...

Sprint to carry audio of every MLB game

Aug 09 2006 - 03:36 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has announced a deal to carry the full audio of every Major League Baseball game. The deal is non-exclusive (unlike Sprint's pact with the NFL and NASCAR). Both Verizon Wireless and Mobile ESPN offer some MLB themed content,...

Sprint Nextel chooses Mobile WiMAX for 4G network

Aug 08 2006 - 01:37 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today announced plans for a nationwide 4G WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) network. The company has hosted trials of several technologies and decided on mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e for its next generation network. Analysts believe this is...

Sprint Q2 2006 earnings, plans to sell Q and SLVR

Aug 03 2006 - 12:34 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel this morning announced disappointing results for the second quarter. One year has passed since the merger with Nextel. Sprint only added 210,000 new post-paid wireless customers, compared to 1.5m and 1.8m by Cingular and Verizon respectively. More importantly,...

Sprint accelerates EV-DO Rev A launch

Aug 03 2006 - 11:18 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has announced an accelerated launch of EV-DO Revision A. The speedier 3G tech was supposed to start coming online in the first quarter of next year. Sprint plans to have its entire network upgraded to EV-DO revision A...

Samsung A420 launched by Sprint PCS

Aug 01 2006 - 03:13 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has launched the Samsung A420 on its PCS network. The entry-level handset is light on features and instead focuses on ease of use. The phone's main menu has been simplified to help lower the learning curve. Features of the...

Energizer Energi comes to Sprint

Jul 31 2006 - 10:20 AM ET | Accessories, Sprint Nextel
Energizer's portable electronic charging concept has been picked up to be sold nationwide in Sprint stores. Dubbed Energizer Energi, the gadget charges a cell phone from one AA battery. Coming as no surprise, the company suggests using its high-end e2...

Sprint adds NFL Mobile to normal data subs

Jul 24 2006 - 11:35 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
In time for the 2006-7 season, Sprint has removed the extra fee for its NFL Mobile service. NFL Mobile is now apart of Vision or Power Vision and comes at no additional cost. Sprint is a major sponsor of the...

Sprint launches LBS app for real estate

Jul 21 2006 - 12:58 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched Recently Sold Homes, another new location based service (LBS) application. The app uses data provided by Smarter Agent to find sales information for homes near your current location. It's targeted at both consumers (looking for a...

Sprint releases results of women in wireless study

Jul 21 2006 - 11:36 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel released the results of a study it performed on what women prefer in wireless. The data is being used to power a 'phone finder' called Women in a Wireless World. Interesting data points from the survey include: Women...

EMBARQ launches unified voicemail

Jul 10 2006 - 03:27 PM ET | MVNO, Sprint Nextel
EMBARQ (the new name of Sprint's now indie wireline division) has announced a new feature called One Voicemail. The service integrates wireline and wireless voicemail into one box. EMBARQ is offering wireless service through a MVNO agreement with Sprint. A...

Samsung A640 launches on Sprint

Jul 06 2006 - 10:50 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Samsung A640, an attractive clamshell phone with mid-level features. The exterior OLED screen has a background the same color as the phone, making for a striking all black front. Features of the Samsung A640 include:...

Motorola i580 launched by Nextel

Jul 06 2006 - 10:40 AM ET | Motorola, Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Motorola i580 on its iDEN Nextel network. We first saw the handset at CTIA. The i580 is a fairly high-end handset (especially for Nextel's lineup), but is still built to military specs. The handset is...

Sanyo Katana for Sprint

Jun 30 2006 - 12:10 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint is showing off the Sanyo Katana, a high-profile handset that is set to launch on July 10th. Like recent models from other companies (RAZR, FUSIC, V, etc) , that Katana eschews arcane model numbers and uses a more...

Sanyo SCP-2400 announced by Sprint

Jun 29 2006 - 01:14 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
The Sanyo SCP-2400 was announced by Sprint today. While it looks like a conventional Sanyo flip phone, the SCP-2400 has parental control options that make its target age in the 8-12 range. The controls make it easy to set which...

Sprint updates on 800MHz reconfiguration

Jun 27 2006 - 02:57 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
One year after its start, Sprint Nextel has announced metrics for its 800MHz reconfiguration. Sprint is swapping out spectrum to aid emergency response workers that were complaining of interference with their equipment. The FCC gave Sprint three years to complete...

Sprint Nextel completes purchase of Nextel Partners

Jun 26 2006 - 06:00 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has completed its purchase of Nextel Partners, six months after announcing the deal. Nextel Partners was an affiliate of Nextel that sold wireless service under the Nextel brand in rural areas. Sprint's purchase of Nextel violated Nextel Partners'...

Embarq launches wireless service

Jun 14 2006 - 11:50 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Embarq, Sprint's newly spun-off wireline business, has launched wireless service through a MVNO relationship with Sprint. The company can now provide bundle service packages of wireline, wireless and internet service. Depending on the plan, Embarq customers will have free calling...

Sprint Nextel lobbying against AT&T-BellSouth merger

Jun 06 2006 - 04:33 PM ET | In The News, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel is continuing to protest against the proposed $67 billion merger of AT&T and BellSouth. The new company would completely control Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier. Sprint's objections to the deal center around access to data lines...

BlackBerry 7130e launches from Sprint

May 31 2006 - 01:23 PM ET | Research In Motion, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the BlackBerry 7130e, one of the latest 3G enabled handsets from Research In Motion. Verizon Wireless has been carrying the handset since November. Features of the BlackBerry 7130e include: EV-DO (Sprint Mobile Broadband) with support for...

Treo 700p launched by Sprint

May 28 2006 - 09:27 PM ET | Palm, Smartphone, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint Nextel has started shipping the Palm Treo 700p. The device is also available from Verizon Wireless. Features of the 700p include: EV-DO highspeed data (Sprint Power Vision) 128MB memory, 60MB available to user Intel XScale™ 312 MHz...

LG FUSIC launched by Sprint PCS

May 24 2006 - 04:00 PM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint has launched the sleek LG FUSIC (formally known as the LG550), a handset we first heard about this year at CTIA. Much like Motorola, LG has been attempting to create brandable names for some of its higher profile launches....

Sprint and Altell sign roaming agreement

May 09 2006 - 10:32 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel and Altell agreed to a 10-year roaming agreement that will allow customers from both companies to roam on each other's network. The agreement is effective starting July 1 and extends through 2016. Both CDMA voice services and...

UTStarcom CDM-120 launched by Sprint

May 02 2006 - 05:47 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Sprint Nextel launched the UTStarcom CDM-120, an entry-level CDMA handset. The phone should also be launching on Verizon Wireless shortly. Features of the CDM-120 include: 128 × 128 pixel screen with 65k colors Speakerphone Voice activated dialing Sprint is selling...

MyFoodPhone launches on Sprint, nutrition service

May 02 2006 - 10:57 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel announced an interesting new service called MyFoodPhone. The application allows users to snap photos of what they eat and then get back a report of how they are doing. The photos are actually analyzed by a nutrition advisor....

Sprint Nextel's Embarq spinoff set for May 17

Apr 29 2006 - 02:10 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has set May 17th as the date for its wireline business spinoff. The new company will be called Embarq. Sprint is exiting the wireline business to concentrate on its wireless efforts. Embarq will trade on the New...

LG LX350 launched by Sprint PCS

Apr 25 2006 - 12:45 PM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel launched the LG LX350 on its PCS network. The LX350 is a mid tier handset, but still manages to do so with a sub-$100 price point. Features of the LX350 include: 128×160 65k color LCD (internal) 96×64 65k...

Sprint launches text to landline service

Apr 25 2006 - 12:39 PM ET | SMS, Sprint Nextel, Unique
Sprint Nextel announced Text to Landline, a clever service that allows Sprint customers to SMS any landline phone in the US. The text message is converted into a voice message which gets played back for the reciepient. At that point...

Sprint to broadcast NFL draft live

Apr 19 2006 - 10:56 AM ET | Backpage, Data, Sprint Nextel
As part of its sponsorship of the NFL, Sprint Nextel will broadcast the 2006 NFL draft to Sprint TV subscribers. This is the first time that the draft has been broadcast live to mobile phones. It takes place April...

Nickelodeon launches video content on Sprint TV

Apr 17 2006 - 10:42 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Spint Nextel has launched Nick Mobile on its Sprint TV service. The kid-themed channel will feature content from several popular Nickelodeon programs, including SpongeBob SquarePants, The Backyardigans, Unfabulous and Dora the Explorer. Like other on demand Sprint TV content, the...

Sprint Family Locator, new LBS service

Apr 13 2006 - 10:05 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel launched another new location based service (LBS), Family Locator. As the name suggests, Sprint Family Locator is designed to let families keep tabs on eachothers whereabouts. With the new service parents can use either a phone or PC...

Cable companies to launch Sprint MVNOs soon

Apr 10 2006 - 04:05 PM ET | MVNO, Sprint Nextel
Despite Sprint's vow to slow down the rate of new MVNO agreements, the top cable companies in the US are all set to launch self-branded mobile service on the Sprint Nextel network. The deal was originally announced back in November...

Sprint to slow MVNO agreements

Apr 06 2006 - 12:59 PM ET | CTIA, MVNO, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2006 -- A Sprint Nextel executive said during a discussion this morning that his company doesn't expect to add many new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the near future. Currently Sprint is the leading US carrier for...

Sprint Music store reaches 2M downloads

Apr 06 2006 - 12:35 PM ET | Backpage, CTIA, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2006 -- Sprint Nextel announced this morning that the Sprint Music Store has now reached 2 million downloads. The service launched in late October and reached one million downloads in February. But Sprint hasn't announced how many of...

Mobile ESPN to launch in Sprint stores

Apr 05 2006 - 09:34 AM ET | Backpage, CTIA, MVNO, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2006 -- Mobile ESPN is about to get a big boost, the company just announced an agreement with Sprint that will give the MVNO space in 500 bricks-and-mortar Sprint stores. Mobile ESPN uses the Sprint network, but until...

Sprint launches Motorola C290

Apr 03 2006 - 10:17 AM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel launched its first Motorola branded PCS phone in quite some time, the Motorola C290. The last Motorola phone Sprint PCS carried was the V60v back in 2004. It remains to be seen if this add could mean Sprint...

MapQuest Navigator, mobilized P2P mapping

Apr 03 2006 - 12:34 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
According to Reuters, MapQuest Navigator is a new location based service for select US mobile phones that promises point-to-point navigation with voice direction and mapping. MapQuest is a unit of AOL and operates one of the leading internet based...

Sprint announces EV-DO expansion plans

Mar 30 2006 - 10:57 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today revealed its expansion plans for EV-DO (or Power Vision as their marketing team calls it). The network is expected to reach 190m people nationwide by the end of the year. Starting in Q1 2007 Sprint will begin...

Sprint looks to music subscriptions

Mar 29 2006 - 11:51 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel is considering a music subscription service according to comments from CEO Len Lauer at the World Congress of Sports conference. Subscriptions have had limited success in online music delivery, with most rivals to Apple's iTunes having some...

Sprint Nextel launches Find It LBS

Mar 28 2006 - 10:45 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel launched a new Location Based Service (LBS) dubbed Find It that helps point users to places of interest. Find It uses the GPS built into cell phones in combination with a database of places like restaurants, gas...

Possible Treo 700p info leaks

Mar 18 2006 - 04:35 PM ET | Palm, Rumor, Smartphone, Sprint Nextel
Interesting information about the Palm Treo 700p showed up this week in a TreoCentral forum thread. The 700p hasn't been announced, but is rumored to be a Palm OS powered smartphone similar in features to the 700w. The thread...

Sprint launches unlimited landline calling

Mar 09 2006 - 10:36 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel announced a new plan to give unlimited calling to a home or business telephone number. Sprint to Home costs $5 per month while Sprint Mobile to Office costs $8. The business service will be expanded later this...

Fandango hooks up with Sprint for mobile ticketing

Mar 06 2006 - 11:23 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Fandango teamed up with Sprint Nextel to launch a mobile ticketing service available to Sprint subscribers. Fandango is available for 70% of movie theaters that support remote ticketing and also sells tickets via the web and phone. Fandango's mobile site...

Mobizzo, Sprint, MTV, all want your Mobile TV

Feb 27 2006 - 03:15 PM ET | 3G, In The News, Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
After a slew of announcements it looks as if everyone wants in on the mobile TV bandwagon. Today, international powerhouse News Corp. owners of Fox TV and Sky TV, announced a new portal, Mobizzo, to sell ringtones and graphics, leveraging...

Sprint PCS Picture Mail Groups announced

Feb 24 2006 - 10:10 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Ahead of the Photo Marketing Association tradeshow, Sprint Nextel announced a new service dubbed Sprint PCS Picture Mail Groups that eases the process of sharing media captured with its phones. It's somewhat similar to Vizrea Snap, a beta service for...

FCC approves Motorola RC car accessory

Feb 22 2006 - 03:56 PM ET | Accessories, Bluetooth, Motorola, Sprint Nextel, Unique
Motorola and Zigbee have recieved FCC approval today for an accessory dongle that can control Nikko RC cars. The Zigbee dongle can either plug into a traditional looking RC remote or to a Motorola iDen (Java application required on...

Sprint Nextel profits fall in Q4 2005

Feb 22 2006 - 02:07 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel is reporting a 55% net drop in earning during Q4. This drop was even in the light of increased earnings, and is squarely to blame on acquisitions and merger costs. Sprint Nextel's Q4 net profit dropped to $197...

Wireless rate plan comparison

Feb 21 2006 - 03:03 PM ET | Cingular, Sprint Nextel, Staff Picks, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
The Wireless Report has done a survey of the plethora of plans, services and tiers in an attempt to define a baseline wireless customer to compare the top four U.S. wireless carriers in the U.S. The report sets the baseline...

Sprint announces one millionth song download

Feb 15 2006 - 12:25 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Today Sprint Nextel announce that the Sprint Music Store has surpassed its one millionth song download. Sprint is the first mobile provider to cross this milestone, but it was also the first to the market. Verizon's competing service just launched...

Sprint Nextel to spin off wireline biz, Embarq

Feb 13 2006 - 11:13 AM ET | In The News, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel reached an agreement with a key labor union over the spin-off of its local phone business. The new company will form in the second quarter and will be called Embarq. The Communications Workers of America dropped opposition...

Sprint and Bones in Motion release BiM Active Suite, a mobile fitness application

Feb 08 2006 - 04:24 PM ET | Backpage, In The News, Sprint Nextel
Sprint and Bones in Motion appear to be the first to market with a unique application suite that tracks fitness and lifestyle goals via gps enabled cell phones. Bones in Motion's BiM Active software "enables runners, cyclist, and walkers...

Sprint crime deterrent Superbowl ad

Feb 06 2006 - 05:35 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel had one of the funniest ads in this year's Superbowl--a 30-second spot with two guys comparing phones. The commercial is available in Flash video format below. 'Well my Sprint phone has TV and downloads music... and crime deterrent.'...

Mobile music store video review

Jan 30 2006 - 01:59 PM ET | 3G, Review, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Both Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless operate mobile music stores--you can search, purchase and listen to music right on your phone. Feature wise the stores are pretty similar: Powered by EV-DO so downloads are fast Dual-mode downloads so you can...

Sprint gears up Superbowl XL mobile content

Jan 30 2006 - 10:27 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
As the only wireless sponsor of the NFL, Sprint Nextel is gearing up for a big showing next Sunday when Superbowl XL takes place. The company announced lots of mobile content for the big game: Live coverage of press...

Sprint to stream extended Burger King ad

Jan 20 2006 - 02:57 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Burger King has teamed up with Sprint Nextel to stream an extended version of its big Super Bowl ad to Sprint PCS subscribers. In addition to airing on mobile phones, Burger King will make it available to iPod owners...

Sprint 2005 consumer wireless usage study

Jan 19 2006 - 04:04 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel announced the results to its 2005 consumer wireless usage study. A national sample was used and the results should be fairly accurate across all carriers. Interesting findings include: Half of camera phone owners use the camera (15%...

TDtv mobile TV tech announced

Jan 18 2006 - 02:19 PM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
IPWireless today announced TDtv, a new mobile TV standard. In tandem, Sprint Nextel announced a $10 million investment in IPWireless. TDtv operates in the universal unpaired 3G spectrum bands that are available across Europe and Asia at 1900MHz and...

Video ads coming to cell phones

Jan 16 2006 - 12:40 PM ET | In The News, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
The New York Times has an article today about video advertisements coming to a mobile phone near you. So far consumers (and carriers) have been very resistant to advertising on phones, so it remains to be seen if this...

Zingy MovieGoer gets LBS

Jan 10 2006 - 10:49 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Zingy yesterday announced that its MovieGoer application has gotten location-based services so that users don't have to type out their current location. Instead, the phone recognizes where they are and finds the nearest theaters: Instead of having to manually...

MobiTV2 launches on Sprint and Cingular

Jan 04 2006 - 11:12 AM ET | Backpage, CES, Cingular, Data, Sprint Nextel
CES 2006 - MobiTV today introduced a major new version of its streaming TV service, dubbed MobiTV2. The upgraded service is available now to customers using Sprint PCS and Cingular. For those unfamiliar, MobiTV streams live television to mobile...

Samsung A960 revealed by FCC

Jan 02 2006 - 01:10 PM ET | Backpage, Rumor, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The FCC recently posted approval documents (ID A3LSPHA960) for another unannounced phone, the Samsung A960. It's a clamshell handset that sports (among other features) EV-DO 3G data. Some other highlights include: Bluetooth OLED external display Camera with lens cover...

Sprint Nextel to aquire rest of Nextel Partners

Dec 21 2005 - 10:28 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
In another affiliate buyout deal, Sprint Nextel will buy the remaining shares of Nextel Partners for $6.5 billion. Nextel Partners provides Nextel branded service in rural areas. After the Sprint buyout of Nextel, Nextel Partners contended that its exclusivity contract...

Sprint to carry Motorola again

Dec 21 2005 - 10:18 AM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
According to documents posted by the FCC (IHDT56FX1), Sprint Nextel appears to be gearing up for a launch of the Motorola C290. While the C290 is a very basic entry-level handset, the news is notable since Sprint has not caried...

Sprint Nextel gets approval for Alamosa buy

Dec 20 2005 - 11:52 AM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today received approval from the Federal Trade Commission for the proposed buyout of Alamosa Holdings. The $4.3 billion deal will close in the first quarter of next year. Alamosa is a Sprint PCS affiliate serving 1.5 million customers...

Sprint Nextel to buy Enterprise Communications

Dec 16 2005 - 02:53 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today announced a deal to buy affiliate Enterprise Communications, a Sprint PCS affiliate that serves 52,000 customers in Alabama and Georgia. The sale is valued at $98 million, including assumption of debt. Sprint noted the buyout should close...

Sprint Nextel to acquire Velocita Wireless

Dec 16 2005 - 02:17 PM ET | Backpage, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has agreed to buy Velocita Wireless. Velocita provides service to 400,000 business and governmental customers. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. After completion of the transaction, Sprint Nextel will utilize a portion of Velocita's spectrum assets...

Sanyo MM-7500 announced by Sprint Nextel

Dec 08 2005 - 05:39 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today launched the Sanyo MM-7500. It's the first handset from Sprint to use Qualcomm's uiOne technology for themes. Thanks to uiOne almost every aspect of the UI can be changed. An expanded selection of themes will be for...

Samsung A900 launched by Sprint

Nov 30 2005 - 03:44 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched the Samsung SPH-A900, a super-thin clamshell that competes the Motorola RAZR V3c head on. The A900 was called "the Blade" in rumors and is just one of several upcoming thin Samsung models. Features of the Samsung...

Sprint Nextel buys Alamosa Holdings

Nov 21 2005 - 11:05 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel agreed to a $4.3 billion purchase of Alamosa Holdings, the largest Sprint affiliate. Alamosa operates Sprint PCS service for nearly 1.5 million customers in 19 states. The acquisition is still subject to the approval of Alamosa shareholders and...

Samsung A900 announced

Nov 09 2005 - 03:00 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The Samsung A900 is a thin clamshell that's destined for Sprint. We highlighted the FCC approval last month, so it was no secret, but now there is more information. Specs of the Samsung A900 include: Just 14.7mm thick EV-DO for...

Sprint expands Power Vision EV-DO network

Nov 08 2005 - 09:37 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel recently gave an update for its continued expansion of Power Vision EV-DO service. The company says there is service in 141 markets and 250 airports for coverage of more than 90 million people. For comparison, Verizon Wireless claims...

Nextel Direct Send Picture launched

Nov 07 2005 - 12:39 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today announced a new feature related to its trademark Direct Connect service. With Direct Send Picture, while in a Walkie Talkie converstion users can take a photo and have it simultaneously seen on both the user's and recipient's...

Sprint inks deals with cable co's

Nov 02 2005 - 02:52 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint Nextel has inked deals with the biggest cable providers in the nation. The deals are with: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications. Together the four companies have over 41 million customers. The joint venture,...

UTStarcom PPC-6700 launches for Sprint consumers

Oct 31 2005 - 12:58 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has officially made the UTStarcom PPC-6700 available for the general public. Prior to today sales were limited to business channel customers. The PPC-6700 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 device made by HTC with a long feature set: 416MHz...

Sprint Music Store launches

Oct 31 2005 - 12:51 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
In conjunction with the launch of Power Vision, Sprint Nextel today became the first US wireless carrier to launch its own music store. The Sprint Music Store offers more than 300,000 songs that can be downloaded directly to a mobile...

Sprint Power Vision launched

Oct 30 2005 - 08:13 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint has unveiled its consumer EV-DO service dubbed Sprint Power Vision. Power Vision covers high-speed data access for handsets, as opposed to through a laptop PC card. Pricing looks like: The Power Vision Plus Pack - Entry level,...

Sprint Nextel to turn over iDEN network to the feds

Oct 27 2005 - 12:20 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to a report on Sprint enthusiast site PCS Intel, Sprint Nextel is planning on selling its iDEN network to the federal government. No worries for existing Nextel users though since this deal won't go down until around 2010. Even...

Sprint's website shows A940 and MM-9000

Oct 25 2005 - 03:10 PM ET | Samsung, Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Two new EV-DO phones are being shown off on Sprint's website despite not having been officially launched. There is no link to the phones in the webstore yet, but clever users successfully guessed the URLs for the soon-to-be released phones....

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...

Samsung A900 approved by FCC, RAZR thin

Oct 21 2005 - 11:41 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The FCC posted approval documents (FCC ID A3LSPHA900) for the Samsung A900, a thin CDMA handset that will head to Sprint. The A900 looks to be an Americanized version of the V740 which is Samsung's answer to the Motorola RAZR....

BlackBerry 7100i launches on Nextel

Oct 14 2005 - 10:43 AM ET | Research In Motion, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel toady announced the BlackBerry 7100i for the Nextel National Network. The 7100i is an iDEN version of the popular 7100 series BlackBerry which is already available from T-Mobile and Cingular. Unlike other BlackBerry models, the 7100 series doesn't...

Sprint launches NFL Mobile

Oct 11 2005 - 11:10 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has launched NFL Mobile, a package of football content made possible by the massive NFL sponsorship deal Sprint signed earlier this year. NFL Mobile includes: This Week – Scores by game, game video and audio highlights and schedules....

Samsung A820 launched by Sprint

Oct 07 2005 - 01:27 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel recently launched the Samsung A820, an entry level clamshell with push-to-talk. Features of the Samsung A820 include: 128 × 160 pixel 65K color STN display Speakerphone Ready Link (push-to-talk) Sprint is selling the Samsung A820 for $49.99 after...

Sprint Nextel files VoIP patent infringement suit

Oct 04 2005 - 04:18 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against several Voice over IP companies, including leader Vonage. Sprint Nextel asserts these companies have willfully infringed seven patents relating to voice over packet technology developed by Sprint Nextel. Little is known...

BlackBerry 7100i for Nextel approved by FCC

Oct 03 2005 - 11:50 AM ET | Research In Motion, Rumor, Sprint Nextel
The FCC has posted approval documents for another 7100 series phone, this time the 7100i for Nextel and other iDEN networks. Design wise the 7100i matches the other 7100 series phones except for a whip style antenna. Features of the...

Boost Mobile intros monthly rate plan

Oct 03 2005 - 10:31 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Boost Mobile, a pre-paid carrier aimed at youth partially owned by Sprint Nextel, today announced a new "hybrid prepaid" service dubbed Boost Premium Plan. It adds some of the features most popular with contract plans, but customers have no obligation...

Mobile ESPN MVNO launch details announced

Sep 27 2005 - 10:21 AM ET | MVNO, Sprint Nextel
ESPN revealed some more details about the launch of Mobile ESPN, a sports themed mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). The first change is that the service will now be called Mobile ESPN--prior to today it was called ESPN Mobile. Nationwide...

Sprint launches Rhapsody radio service

Sep 19 2005 - 09:35 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel this morning announced a partnership with RealNetworks that resulted in a mobile version of Real's Rhapsody radio service. Sprint's PCS Vision subscribers will be able to access streaming music stations, much like with the mobile SIRIUS service that...

Sprint announces PPC-6700

Sep 16 2005 - 11:19 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
UPDATE: The PPC 6700 is now for sale to general consumers Sprint Nextel has updated its business website to reflect the PPC-6700, a very high-end handset that we've been calling the HTC Apache. Priced at $479.99 with service, the PPC-6700...

SIRIUS on Sprint officially announced

Sep 13 2005 - 12:05 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has officially launched SIRIUS Satellite Radio music channels across its multimedia phones. There are 20 commercial-free music channels, plus a channel devoted to exclusive artist interviews and performances. The channels include: Hip Hop/R&B, Rock and Country to Jazz, Blues,...

Sprint Nextel wins arbitration against Nextel Partners

Sep 06 2005 - 09:16 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
An arbitration panel initiated by Nextel Partners has ruled in favor of Sprint Nextel and rejected a request to stop the national rollout of the new Sprint brand. The arbitration panel rejected claims by Nextel Partners that those agreements required...

Samsung SPH-A560 launched by Sprint

Sep 02 2005 - 10:36 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel yesterday launched the Samsung SPH-A560, an entry-level clamshell phone. Features of the phone are light, but decent for the target audience: 128×160 pixel STN LCD with 65K colors Size: 90mm x 47mm x 25mm 32 chord polyphonic ringtones...

Samsung PM-A840 launched by Sprint

Sep 01 2005 - 10:00 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today launched the Samsung PM-A840, a CDMA clamshell phone. The black and silver entry-level camera phone is available starting today. Features of the A840 include: VGA camera Speakerphone 1.13" × 1.4" STN display with 65K colors The A840...

Rebranded Sprint opens

Sep 01 2005 - 03:03 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel has combined sales operations with stores opening today to sell both Sprint and Nextel service. The Sprint website has been updated to reflect the changes as well. As part of the changes, SprintPCS.com is now forwarding directly to...

Nextel Partners calls for vote on Sprint Nextel deal

Aug 25 2005 - 05:44 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Nextel Partners has called for a shareholder vote to decide if the company will execute an option in its agreement with Sprint Nextel to force a buyout. Nextel Partners operates mobile phone service under the Nextel brand name in rural...

Sprint Nextel offers LBS for business

Aug 23 2005 - 11:29 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel today announced a location based services initiave aimed at business owners that want to keep track of their employees. Dubbed Sprint Precision Locator, the service offers real-time tracking based on the position of Sprint Nextel handsets (currently only...

Samsung A920 music phone on FCC site

Aug 17 2005 - 11:20 AM ET | Rumor, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The FCC has posted approval documents (FCC ID A3LSPHA920) for a new music phone from Samsung, the SPH-A920. The flip phones sports music control buttons on the exterior. The jet black phone is known to include: * Bluetooth * Memory...

Sprint Nextel to launch music download service

Aug 17 2005 - 01:46 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel is expected to launch a music download service during the fourth quarter, this according to a company executive. While downloads from desktop services like the iTunes Music Store have proven to be successful, it remains to be seen...

Sprint inks deal with NFL

Aug 15 2005 - 01:10 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint today announced a major content and sponsorship contract with the National Football League. Sprint is the official wireless sponsor of the NFL and now has the rights to broadcast clips of games to video-streaming capable mobile phones. Rumors of...

Sprint to get Samsung Blade V740

Aug 15 2005 - 11:14 AM ET | Rumor, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
PCS Intel has some spyshots of a Sprint Nextel branded Samsung V740 which launched earlier this year in Korea. The site notes that Sprint Nextel will call it the "Samsung Blade" and it's likely that the phone only has a...

Sprint Nextel merger complete

Aug 12 2005 - 05:46 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Just under 8 months after the original announcement, Sprint and Nextel have finished their merger. Monday morning the two companies will begin trading under the combined ticker symbol 's'. Subscribers should not notice a change of service. Corporate owned stores...

Sprint and Nextel expect to close merger on Friday

Aug 09 2005 - 02:36 PM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Despite a myriad of lawsuits attempting to stop the merger, Sprint and Nextel have announced that the deal is expected to be completed on Friday. None of the suits has successfully won an injunction that could legally stop the merger....

Sprint and Nextel get FCC approval for merger

Aug 03 2005 - 10:10 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint and Nextel were today awarded approval by the FCC for the proposed merger. Shareholders of the two companies approved the merger last month. This marks all necessary approval and thus the merger is expected to close shortly. The deal...

Sprint Q2 2005 results

Jul 28 2005 - 11:55 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint yesterday announced its second quarter earnings results. This is the last quarter before the expected merger with Nextel. Like past quarters with Sprint, the wireless business lead most of the growth. Facts and figures (all figures for the wireless...

EA inks distro deal with Sprint, Verizon

Jul 19 2005 - 03:52 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Electronic Arts yesterday announced mobile phone game distribution deals with both Sprint and Verizon Wireless. The game offerings will differ on the carriers, but big titles like Madden NFL 06 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR have been announced. Verizon's V...

Verizon and Sprint launch MMS interoperability

Jul 17 2005 - 10:15 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless and Sprint began sharing MMS message on Saturday. MMS adoption has been hurt by the lack of interoperability (meaning that users across carriers could not trade messages, unlike with SMS). Earlier this month T-Mobile USA, Sprint and Cingular...

Sprint, Nextel shareholder approve buyout

Jul 14 2005 - 02:47 AM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
As expected, shareholders of both Sprint and Nextel have approved the proposed buyout of Nextel by Sprint. The $36 billion deal is expected to gain federal approval soon (according to industry news reports, sources inside the FCC have hinted at...

Sprint acquires US Unwired for $1.3B

Jul 11 2005 - 11:44 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint today announced a plan to acquire one of its affiliates, US Unwired. The deal is valued at $1.3 billion and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2005. The buyout will help close Sprint's merger with Nextel...

Sanyo 8300 launched by Sprint

Jul 11 2005 - 12:48 AM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint launched the Sanyo 8300 this weekend. The Sanyo 8300 is the replacement for the aging Sanyo 8200. Features of the Sanyo 8300 include: * 176 x 220 pixel main screen with 65K colors * 72 x 72 pixel outer...

Samsung A880 ships from Sprint

Jul 11 2005 - 12:37 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint began selling the Samsung A880 this weekend. The A880, a mid-level clamshell handset, includes: * Megapixel camera with flash and video recording * 176 x 220 pixel 262K main color screen * 80 x 96 pixel 262K outer color...

Good Technology inks Sprint deal

Jul 11 2005 - 12:31 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Push email software maker Good Technology has signed a deal with Sprint that will allow Sprint customers to get GoodLink directly through Sprint. Customers previously had to sign a contract with Good in addition to Sprint. Good expects that Sprint...

Sprint PCS launches EV-DO

Jul 07 2005 - 09:47 AM ET | 3G, Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has today began the official launch of high-speed EV-DO service in select markets. Verizon Wireless began offering a similar service last summer. The launch this month is limited to 34 markets, but by early 2006 Sprint expects to...

Sprint PCS launches LG PM-225

Jul 06 2005 - 11:06 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS launched the LG PM-225 today. It's a small flip phone aimed at the entry market. Features include: * 65K Color STN LCD, 128 x 160 pixels (exterior display is also 65K colors) * VGA camera * Weight of...

Disney announces MVNO

Jul 06 2005 - 01:36 AM ET | MVNO, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Disney today announced plans for a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal with Sprint PCS later today. Disney Mobile will be focused at kids and families. It will launch next year, but other than that very little information...

Nextel Partners sues over upcoming merger

Jul 05 2005 - 04:19 PM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Nextel Partners, a publicly traded company that offers Nextel like service in small rural areas, claims the upcoming merger with Sprint will break the join-venture agreement. Nextel Partners wants to be able to use the same brand identity as the...

Sprint, Motorola to start WiMax trials

Jun 30 2005 - 08:53 PM ET | Motorola, Sprint Nextel
Sprint and Motorola will begin trials of a 3G data service using WiMax technology (also known as 802.16e). The trial will last through 2006. WiMax allows for very fast data transfer over long distances. bq. The collaboration will spur IEEE...

Sprint PCS to overhaul pricing, features

Jun 29 2005 - 11:29 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS is expected to overhaul its pricing before a corporate meeting on July 7th. Enthusiast site PCSIntel has a run down of the expected changes. Among the bigger news is that all national plans will be moved to be...

Sprint Nextel Corporation details announced

Jun 23 2005 - 11:24 AM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
In a conference call with employees, executives with Sprint PCS and Nextel announced details surrounding the upcoming merger. The new company will be called Sprint Nextel Corporation. The combined company will employ the Nextel name as a product brand within...

Sprint, Nextel to brief employees tomorrow

Jun 22 2005 - 08:20 PM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Nextel and Sprint PCS employees will be briefed on the upcoming merger between the two companies. The conference call is scheduled for 11AM ET tomorrow, June 23rd. Among topics to be discussed are important issues like the new name and...

Sprint PCS ships BlackBerry 7250

Jun 22 2005 - 02:10 PM ET | Research In Motion, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has launched the BlackBerry 7250 for business sales channels. Unlike most devices carred by Sprint, the BlackBerry 7250 includes Bluetooth. Other features of the email-savvy device include: * 36MB of memory * 240 x 160 pixel 65K color...

Sprint nears massive NFL sponsorship

Jun 20 2005 - 03:37 PM ET | Rumor, Sprint Nextel
UPDATE: The NFL has confirmed that talks have gone on with "major wireless carriers" though Sprint was not officially named. According to an indsutry report, Sprint is closing in on a massive sponsorship deal with the National Football League. Besides...

Sprint Treo 650 updated for DUN

Jun 17 2005 - 12:43 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
PalmOne and Sprint have released an update to the Treo 650 that enables among other things, the much awaited dial up networking support. The DUN feature allows Treo 650 owners to connect other Bluetooth devices (most commonly a laptop) to...

Sprint launches Novatel Merlin S620 EV-DO card

Jun 16 2005 - 11:32 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today launched another EV-DO data card, the Novatel Wireless Merlin S620. While Sprint PCS hasn't technically launched EV-DO service yet, the card will work albeit at a slower speed until the 3G data service is launched. By the...

Sprint PCS announces more EV-DO details

Jun 14 2005 - 12:12 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has announced more details surrounding its upcoming EV-DO network launch. Like Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS won't be using the EV-DO name, it will be marketed as High-Speed Data. An info page for High-Speed Data has been added to...

SIRIUS Satellite Radio inks deal with Sprint PCS

Jun 14 2005 - 12:08 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
SIRIUS Satellite Radio has teamed up with Sprint PCS to provide some of its music channels to Sprint's Vision subscribers. Not much info has been provided, but the companies are expected to announce details later this year (including pricing). Some...

Sprint sets Nextel merger vote date

Jun 12 2005 - 06:02 PM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has set a date for its investors to vote on the proposed merger with Nextel. The merger would not change Sprint's role as the third largest US wireless carrier, but it would greatly increase the lead over #4...

Samsung A800 ships on Sprint PCS

May 12 2005 - 12:12 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today launched the Samsung A800. Late last month Wired magazine leaked details of this phone, including the fact that it was to be carried by Sprint. Features of the Samsung A800 include: * 2 megapixel camera with autofocus...

Sprint inks roaming deal for 7 countries

May 12 2005 - 12:09 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has added seven new countries to its international roaming list. This brings the total up to 40 countries (see below). The new countries are: Jamaica, Peru, Venezuela, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil and Saipan. Coverage in Canada and the Dominican Republic...

Mag: Samsung A800 on Sprint PCS soon

Apr 27 2005 - 12:23 AM ET | Rumor, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The May edition of Wired magazine features a mini-review of the Samsung A800 with a Sprint logo on it. The 2-megapixel camera phone was shown off at CTIA (see MobileTracker's coverage), but a carrier wasn't specified. Though magazines sometimes feature...

LG MM-535 shipped by Sprint PCS

Apr 27 2005 - 12:16 AM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS on Tuesday began shipping the highly-anticipated LG MM-535. Sprint PCS announced that it would be carrying this phone back in March. Features of the MM-535 include: * Megapixel camera (with flash and video capture) * Slide-style design *...

Sprint launches Sanyo VI-2300

Apr 25 2005 - 03:41 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint today announced the introduction of the Sprint PCS Vision Phone VI-2300 by Sanyo. The Sanyo VI-2300 accompanies the Sanyo SCP-200 in Sanyo's new attempt to offer mobile phones in a variety of colors. The two phones come in a...

Sprint Q1 2005: doubled profit

Apr 20 2005 - 10:39 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint saw a great first quarter due to a surge in profit from its wireless division that beat a downturn in its wired phone unit. Highlights of the release include: * $472 million net income, versus $225 million in the...

Sprint PCS launches MSpot radio service

Apr 04 2005 - 03:59 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced the launch of a streaming radio service powered by a new company called MSpot. MSpot Radio brings satellite-quality streaming audio to mobile phones. For $5.95/mo Sprint PCS Vision subscribers have access to 16 channels, including 8...

PalmOne updates Sprint Treo 650

Mar 23 2005 - 12:25 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
PalmOne has posted an updater (v 1.08) for the Sprint Treo 650. According to the PalmOne site, some users may already have the latest software (check by hitting Send > Menu > Phone Info). Updates in 1.08 include: * Overall...

LG MM-535 announced by Sprint PCS

Mar 14 2005 - 02:17 AM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2005 -- While it was rumored for a long time, the LG MM-535 is now official to Sprint PCS. Features of the MM-535 include: * 1.3 megapixel camera * mini SD card slot * 1.30" x 1.61" 262K color...

Sprint PCS video ringers

Mar 14 2005 - 02:04 AM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
CTIA 2005 -- Sprint PCS today announced the addition of video ringers, small clips of video that automatically play when the phone is ringing. Like ringtones, video ringers are centered around music, this time clips from music videos. Video ringers...

Sprint signs with Sierra for EV-DO cards

Mar 03 2005 - 10:39 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint will a high-speed data access card from Sierra Wireless later this year once it activates EV-DO. Sprint hopes to have 60 cities covered by EV-DO by early 2006. The first cities should be active starting in the second half...

Samsung A790 shipping from Sprint PCS

Feb 24 2005 - 10:18 AM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS is now carrying the Samsung IP-A790. It's a CDMA/GSM phone that is sold to business users for world roaming. The A790 has been shipping from Verizon Wireless for nearly a year. Features of the Samsung IP-A790 include: *...

LG LX545 approved by FCC

Feb 22 2005 - 12:08 AM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Rumor, Sprint Nextel
The FCC yesterday posted approval documents for the LG LX545 (FCC ID BEJLX545). Visually the phone appears similar to the upcoming LG MM-535, expected to be launched on Sprint PCS later this year. Confirmed features include: * 1.3 megapixel CCD...

Sanyo MM-7400 Review

Feb 21 2005 - 08:15 PM ET | Review, Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
The Sanyo MM-7400 is a mid-range camera phone from Sprint PCS. Our editors played with one a little while ago and put it through its paces. It could have a better camera, and we've never liked the Sanyo operating system,...

Sanyo MM-5600 announced by Sprint

Feb 20 2005 - 12:34 AM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
The Sanyo MM-5600 was announced by Sprint today at the Photo Marketing Association convention in Orlando, FL. The MM-5600 has been highly anticipated by Sprint customers for some time, mostly because it has a megapixel camera. It was approved by...

Sprint inks deal to lease towers

Feb 14 2005 - 08:54 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has finalized a deal to lease its towers to Global Signal Inc. for $1.202 billion. It was rumored that Sprint would sell the towers outright for the same amount. The lease runs 32 years at which point Global Signal...

Sprint down plays buyout bid by Verizon

Feb 10 2005 - 04:27 PM ET | Rumor, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Sprint's top executive spent part of the morning downplaying the possibility that Verizon will make a bid for Sprint. Gary Forsee, CEO of Sprint faced questions at a meeting for investors in New York: bq. On Thursday Mr Forsee was...

Sprint outlines 2005 strategy

Feb 10 2005 - 02:00 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has announced plans for 2005, including expenditures related to EV-DO network expansion. * Wireless revenues are expected to grow at a low double-digit rate * Approximately $2.7 billion to $2.9 billion is expected to be invested, including equipment for...

Sprint launching new IM clients

Feb 08 2005 - 04:29 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint is launching new Java-download instant messaging applications for the AIM and MSN Messenger services. Sprint PCS Vision customers can add unlimited instant messaging for $2.99 per month. bq. The applications will allow customers to have the same look and...

Verizon looking at Sprint, report

Feb 03 2005 - 03:30 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Scott Moritz at TheStreet filed a report this afternoon about Verizon looking at a possible Sprint buyout (sound familiar?). It's still in early stages though: bq. People close to the Verizon camp say the big telco has started a so-called...

Sprint Q4 2004 earnings soar

Feb 03 2005 - 02:27 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint's fourth-quarter 2004 earnings shot up to $437 million, compared to $110 million in the year-ago period. The wireless business did very well: * 1.58 million new wireless customers: 526,000 Sprint PCS; 923,000 wholesale and 133,000 via affiliated partners *...

Sprint nears final bid on tower business, report

Feb 01 2005 - 04:17 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Reuters is reporting that Sprint is close to picking a bidder for its wireless tower business. Bids of up to $1.2 billion have been made for the 6,200 Sprint towers. bq. Managing broadcast towers is more like running a real...

Sanyo SCP-5600 approved by FCC

Jan 28 2005 - 03:44 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
The FCC today posted approval documents for the Sanyo SCP-5600 (FCC ID AEZSCP-56H). Sanyo requested short-term confidentiality because, "This design is a basis from which future technological products will evolve." Here's what's known about the Sanyo 5600: * CDMA *...

Sprint / ABC News Now to cover Inaugural Parade

Jan 19 2005 - 05:22 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
ABC News teamed up with Sprint to get first person coverage of tomorrow's Inaugural Parade. Nearly two dozen parade participants will be equipped with Sprint PCS video phones and will file from aboard parade floats, in marching units and along...

Sprint shuns mobile directory in 2005

Jan 13 2005 - 02:20 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has decided not to proceed with plans to create an opt-in mobile phone number directory this year. This was due to the high cost of running the service: bq. Several U.S. mobile providers, including Sprint, have worked together since...

Sprint announces over the air phone upgrades

Jan 06 2005 - 01:25 AM ET | CES, Sprint Nextel
Sprint today announced that it will become the first US carrier to do software upgrades of its mobile phones over its wireless network. Customers will receive a text message after a download has occurred, directing them to simply press a...

Music Choice Today, unlimited music streaming

Dec 19 2004 - 09:29 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Music Choice Today is a new music streaming service that is expected to be launched soon by Sprint PCS. Through Music Choice Today, Sprint customers will be able to have unlimited music streaming for $5.99 a month. The service is...

Sprint/Nextel analysis

Dec 15 2004 - 02:06 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Om Malik provides some insightful analysis of the Sprint / Nextel merger. As many have said, one of the key points to this merger is the distance that will be put between T-Mobile USA and the rest of the leading...

Sprint, Nextel sign merger agreement

Dec 15 2004 - 11:23 AM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint and Nextel have come to a merger agreement. The ink is barely dry, but here's what is known: * Each Nextel common share will be converted into new company shares and a small per share amount of...

Sprint, Nextel move forward with merger

Dec 15 2004 - 04:11 AM ET | Nextel, Sprint Nextel
In today's Wall Street Journal is the news [paid subscription req.] that Sprint and Nextel are moving forward with the planned merger, despite a possible threat from #2 wireless carrier Verizon Wireless. A deal should be announced later today, keeping...

Verizon, Vodafone, Sprint, Nextel

Dec 14 2004 - 03:58 PM ET | Nextel, Rumor, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone
With this morning's report that Verizon talked to partner Vodafone about purchasing Sprint (despite Sprint attempting to purchase Nextel), the wireless industry has been abuzz. Several further reports have been filed since the Wall Street Journal's that set the whole...

Verizon to bid for Sprint, says report

Dec 14 2004 - 12:28 AM ET | Nextel, Rumor, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
The Sprint / Nextel merger story has just gotten a lot more interesting: The Wall Street Journal is reporting [paid subscription req.] another bombshell in today's issue: Verizon Wireless has gotten the OK from partner (and wireless giant) Vodafone to...

Sprint / Nextel merger may close Wednesday

Dec 12 2004 - 11:16 PM ET | Nextel, Rumor, Sprint Nextel
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Sprint / Nextel merger may close as soon as Wednesday. The $35 billion deal is moving at lightspeed--word of the deal only broke on December 9th. This is in stark contrast to...

Sprint / Nextel reach tentative deal

Dec 10 2004 - 04:15 PM ET | Nextel, Rumor, Sprint Nextel
Another Wall Street Journal exclusive--Sprint and Nextel have reached a tentative agreement valued at $36 billion [paid subscription req.] concerning the proposed merger. bq. The talks, characterized as advanced negotiations, could still fall apart, but if things stay on track,...

Sprint EV-DO plans announced

Dec 07 2004 - 09:40 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced technical plans for its EV-DO network (high-speed data). The company has completed hashing out a deal worth $3 billion to create the network. Major beneficiaries of the network contracts are Lucent, Motorola and Nortel. The contracts...

LG PM-325 launched by Sprint PCS

Dec 02 2004 - 10:19 AM ET | LG Mobile Phone, Sprint Nextel
You can buy the LG PM-325 for just $29.99 through WireFly Sprint PCS today launched the LG PM-325. Due to having Bluetooth this phone is going to be in pretty hot demand (Sprint doesn't often ship a phone with Bluetooth)....

Treo 650 shipping from Sprint

Nov 17 2004 - 03:36 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to TreoCentral some customers have reported success in ordering Treo 650s from Sprint PCS. Delivery dates are as early as tomorrow, meaning the units have already been shipped. However, Sprint isn't giving tracking numbers, so the reports cannot be...

BlackBerry 7750 ships from Sprint PCS

Nov 15 2004 - 05:20 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint is now shipping the BlackBerry 7750 from its business channel. This makes Sprint the last major wireless carrier to carry the popular data-centric series. The 7750 is also carried by Verizon Wireless. Here's what the BlackBerry 7750 has to...

Sprint and Verizon to lower LNP fees

Nov 15 2004 - 01:08 AM ET | Number portability, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless
Both Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless today announced that the two companies will lower the monthly surcharge for expenses related to local number portability. The controversial surcharges have made the two companies over $250 million this year. Verizon is cutting...

Sanyo MM-7400 details

Nov 11 2004 - 04:39 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
In a follow up to yesterday's announcement that Sprint PCS will ship the Sanyo MM-7400, we have several high resolution photos of the new device. Each photo has been resized, click on it to view the larger version. Feature wise,...

Sanyo MM-7400 announced by Sprint PCS

Nov 10 2004 - 04:22 PM ET | Sanyo, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced plans to carry the Sanyo MM-7400. Features of the MM-7400 include: * VGA camera with video recording and LED flash * On-demand streaming video * Built-in media player * Slip-resistant body and interchangeable face plates *...

PPC-6601 for sale by Sprint Business

Nov 07 2004 - 04:22 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Several readers wrote in to say that Sprint PCS is now selling the PPC-6601 through its business channel. The device was announced by Sprint at CTIA IT. Expect to pay $629, though a rebate may be available if you sign...

Sprint backs off on Bluetooth crippling

Oct 27 2004 - 01:34 PM ET | Bluetooth, Sprint Nextel
Thanks to a lot of complaints, Sprint has clarified its position on Bluetooth tethering. It came out this week that users would not be able to tether with the new Treo 650. Tethering allows users to glean internet access on...

Sprint courts businesses

Oct 26 2004 - 12:50 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS yesterday announced a new inititive to increase sales to business customers. According to the company, Sprint will be the first major telecommunications provider to offer complete, end-to-end management of wireless devices and services for business customers. bq. Until...

Sprint announces Treo 650 availability

Oct 25 2004 - 12:37 PM ET | Palm, Smartphone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS became the first carrier to officially announce that it will carry the new Treo 650. It will launch next month with a retail price of $599.99. Sprint business customers will also have the option to purchase a non-camera...

PPC-6601 launches on Sprint PCS [CTIA IT 04]

Oct 25 2004 - 12:14 AM ET | Smartphone, Sprint Nextel, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Sprint PCS today launched the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device Audiovox PPC-6601 at the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2004 trade show in San Francisco. The new device will be available next month through Sprint business channels. The Audiovox PPC-6601...

Cartoon Network, Adult Swim come to Sprint PCS

Oct 25 2004 - 12:07 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network to bring mobile content from Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network to Sprint PCS handsets. Adult Swim is what Cartoon Network changes to during the late night / early...

Sprint testing fixed wireless solution

Oct 20 2004 - 04:18 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint is now testing a device that allows customers who want to have the ease of being all wireless but do not want to use their cell phone when at home. The Phonecell SX5T fixed wireless terminal hooks into Sprint's...

Sprint, Fujifilm team on cam phone prints

Oct 06 2004 - 12:32 PM ET | Camera, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced a deal with Fujifilm that will allow Sprint's Picture Mail customers to send digital camera-phone pictures from their online Picture Mail album to any participating retail photofinisher. Currently Ritz Camera, Sam's Club and Wolf Camera are...

Pictures of Sprint PCS Treo 650 leak

Sep 29 2004 - 11:38 PM ET | Palm, Rumor, Sprint Nextel
Some new pictures of the upcoming Treo 650 (specifically a Sprint PCS branded Treo 650) have been leaked onto TreoCentral.com. We posted a picture set late last month, though that unit was not branded. Note of interest: the Treo 650...

Audio streaming to Sprint PCS phones

Sep 29 2004 - 09:25 AM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Catahoula Streaming Audio is a new application from Quadline that lets you stream MP3 and WAV audio files to Sprint PCS mobile phones. It remains to be seen if Sprint PCS wants to allow this on its "unlimited" data plans....

Samsung i600 launched by Sprint PCS

Sep 22 2004 - 01:35 PM ET | Samsung, Smartphone, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has officially launched the Samsung i600, a Windows Mobile 2003 smartphone. This is the first Windows Mobile device for Sprint PCS. Features include: * Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, Microsoft Windows Media Player and ActiveSync technology...

Sanyo MM-7400 specs leaked

Sep 10 2004 - 01:12 AM ET | Rumor, Sprint Nextel
Specifications of the Sanyo MM-7400 have leaked onto the internet--including a photo. The MM-7400 will be carried on Sprint PCS, likely in the next few months... Some say as soon as this month. Features include: * 16 MB RAM, 32...

MobiTV launches C-SPAN

Sep 07 2004 - 01:00 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Users of MobiTV can now tune into C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2. Surprisingly the company waited until after the political conventions to launch the channels. Currently MobiTV is only available to Sprint PCS users. The service streams "live" TV to mobile...

Mossberg reviews MobiTV, Sprint TV

Sep 01 2004 - 12:43 AM ET | Data, Review, Sprint Nextel
Walter Mossberg, star reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, took a look [subscription only] at two mobile TV offerings available to Sprint PCS users. Mossberg's reviews are known to make or break services, which is bad news for Sprint TV:...

Sprint announces gold, platinum ringtones

Aug 31 2004 - 04:06 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced tha several of the ringtones the company sells through its PCS Vision service have gone gold (sales over 500,000) or platinum (sales over 1,000,000). Here's the list: * Rings from Beyonc Knowles' Dangerously in Love CD...

Sprint to carry BlackBerry

Aug 16 2004 - 12:32 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Research in Motion today announced that Sprint will be carrying BlackBerry devices by the end of the year. Sprint is the last of the six major US carriers to carry the popular email device. RIM recently announced that it expects...

Nokia 3205 launched on Sprint PCS

Aug 15 2004 - 12:08 AM ET | Nokia, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has finally launched the Nokia 3205, a colorphone phone that lets you make your own cover. It's the CDMA version of the Nokia 3200. Here are some specs: * VGA camera * SMS * FM radio * 128x128...

Samsung MM-A700 launched on Sprint PCS

Aug 13 2004 - 05:25 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced the launch of the Samsung MM-A700, the first CDMA phone for America to offer video streaming. Video will be available from sources like CNN, NBC, FOX Sports, The Weather Channel, E! Entertainment, mFlix, Twentieth Century Fox,...

Treo 600 $349 on Sprint PCS

Jul 15 2004 - 04:43 PM ET | Bargain, PDA Phone, Sprint Nextel
An ad in today's USA Today notes that you can purchase a Treo 600 from Sprint PCS for just $349. This is $100 cheaper than the price given online. The ad says, "Now for just $349 at Sprint PCS stores."...

YellowPages.com on Sprint PCS

Jul 15 2004 - 02:32 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced a deal that brings YellowPages.com content to select Sprint PCS Vision handsets. It's not clear if this is a paid service. bq. "Now Sprint PCS Vision customers can find businesses, get driving directions, and connect with...

Sprint PM-8920 first 1.3MP cam phone for US

Jul 08 2004 - 12:25 AM ET | Sprint Nextel, UTStarcom (Audiovox)
Sprint PCS has announced the Audiovox PM-8920, the first megapixel camera phone for the US market. It should be a hot seller thanks to a breakthrough price point--$149.99 after rebates. Look for it starting today. Here are the highlights: *...

Survey: Americans don't like loud talkers

Jul 07 2004 - 12:47 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has announced the results of a survey about overhearing wireless conversations in public. Evidently Americans don't like it. The survey also found out that even though most agree that we're getting more rude as a whole, it's the...

Sprint PCS announces EV-DO

Jun 22 2004 - 01:40 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint PCS today announced plans for an EV-DO high-speed wireless data network. EV-DO has speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second and peak rates of up to 2.4 Megabits per second for downloads. Verizon Wireless is the other US...

Sprint PCS ships camera-less Treo 600

Jun 08 2004 - 12:12 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
As expected, Sprint PCS has started to ship a Treo 600 that does not have a camera. Some businesses saw the camera as a security breach. The Treo 600 without a camera is now available for $599.99 through Sprint business...

Sprint PCS cuts cost of push-to-talk

May 25 2004 - 01:19 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS yesterday cut the price of push-to-talk (PTT) service. The service, dubbed, Sprint PCS Ready Link, can now be added to personal accounts for as little as $10. Sprint is also offering special service plans to business customers ranging...

Sprint announces mobile banking solution

May 20 2004 - 12:44 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced plans for a mobile banking solution, Sprint Mobile Loan Officer. While the details are still sketchy, the coompany provides a description of the service: bq. The new solution will allow bank employees to process loans, establish...

AT&T may partner with Sprint for cell service

May 18 2004 - 12:24 AM ET | AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Rumor, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today [subscription] that AT&T is expected to announce a partnership with Sprint to offer wireless service to AT&T customers. The announcement should come this week, but won't take effect for a while: bq. The...

Sprint PCS intros new billing scheme

May 03 2004 - 11:47 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has announced a new billing strategy that is, "Aimed at permanently changing the wireless industry for the better." The first part of the plan is the introduction of Sprint PCS Fair & Flexible. Here's an example of a...

Sprint PCS launches Sierra Wireless data card

Apr 28 2004 - 04:41 PM ET | Data, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has joined other carriers in offering a data card for customers wishing to get internet connections on laptops. The card, made by Sierra Wireless, should supply speeds of 50 to 70 Kbps, with peaks up to 144 Kbps....

Sprint PCS launches Samsung VM-A680 video phone

Apr 26 2004 - 09:31 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced it is now shipping the Samsung VM-A680. Despite the low-price (after rebates) of $149.99, the VM-A680 can accomplish a lot: * 1.8" main and 0.93" x 0.93" external 65K color TFT LCD displays * VGA resolution...

Sprint PCS adds over 400,000 customers

Apr 20 2004 - 02:47 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS had a great quarter, adding over 414,000 net new customers. Counting additions from wholesale and affiliate partners the number swells to 558,000. Annualized data revenues were $713 million, a 32 percent improvement from the fourth quarter. Sprint's two...

Sprint PCS launches Sanyo 8200

Apr 15 2004 - 01:24 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has launched the Sanyo 8200, an update to the popular Sanyo 8100. The Vision ready camera phone is fairly well loaded with features: * Improved camera resolution (VGA) and a built-in flash * Sprint's nationwide walkie-talkie service *...

Spidy locks deal with Sprint PCS

Mar 23 2004 - 01:34 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
In what may very well be a sign of times to come, Sony Pictures inked a deal with Sprint PCS to distribute games and other materials based on the upcoming Spiderman 2 movie. The first Spiderman was one of the...

CTIA: Sprint PCS ships Nokia PM-6225

Mar 22 2004 - 10:19 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced at CTIA that it has begun to ship the Nokia PM-6225. It can be bought today at Sprint PCS stores nationwide. The retail price is $229.99. Here's a quite rundown of the features: * Camera (VGA...

Sprint PCS launches NCAA content

Mar 16 2004 - 10:34 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament, Sprint PCS has launched a special section in its Vision service loaded with content: * 1KTV - scores and highlights from each round. $2.95 per month. * ESPN Tourney Pick'em - a...

Sprint to combine tracking shares

Feb 29 2004 - 11:22 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint today announced the combination of wired and wireless stocks. Interestingly enough, one of the cited reasons for the change was to make it easier for a takeover. bq. The PCS common stock will be eliminated and each share of...

Sprint launches second video phone, Toshiba VM4050

Feb 03 2004 - 02:54 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS announced that starting today, it is shipping the Toshiba VM4050 which it announced December 2003. The phone is the second in Sprint PCS's line of video phones. The first was Sanyo's VM4500. Here's a quick feature wrap up...

Music ringtones hot on Sprint PCS

Jan 08 2004 - 12:59 PM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
Universal just inked a deal to bring music from its releases to Sprint PCS phones. The company has a similar deal with Sony. In the deal with Universal, several big names came to play including Sheryl Crow and Sting. The...

Sprint PCS announces Game Lobby

Jan 08 2004 - 12:54 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS is going after the mobile gamer with its newest push, Game Lobby. The company says the service is, "a nationwide virtual mobile community for gamers to meet, recommend games and challenge each other", which if pulled off right...

Sprint adds 1M subscribers

Jan 06 2004 - 11:01 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to a news release by the company, Sprint PCS is expected to announce that it added 1 million subscribers in Q4. The churn rate (customers that are lost) is thought to be 2.7%. Shares of Sprint PCS jumped 4%...

Sprint shipping T608, phone orders only

Dec 23 2003 - 11:16 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS is shipping a limited number of the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson T608. To land your hand on this Bluetooth enabled handset, call 1-866-PCS-AUTO. The total after tax and shippings seems to come out to $221....

Sprint introduces Samsung VI660

Dec 11 2003 - 12:21 PM ET | Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has introduced its latest phone, the Samsung VI660. The phone is said to be the first with "Voice-Activated Status Updates" built-in. Users can use a keyword to hear the status signal strength and battery. Although highly touted, this...

MobiTV to carry debate

Dec 09 2003 - 11:26 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
MobiTV announced that it will carry the US Democratic presidential candidate debate tonight on channel 5. This will make the debate the first such event to be broadcast live to mobile phones. The debate starts at 7PM ET. If you...

T608 still kicking

Dec 08 2003 - 06:33 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to a report by Gizmodo, the Sony Ericsson T608's fate is still up for debate. The phone was supposed to be marketed by Sprint PCS, but Sony Ericsson cut the model from its line up before its debut. Lots...

Sanyo ships video phone for Sprint PCS

Dec 05 2003 - 11:42 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sanyo's latest phone is now available from Sprint PCS, the VM4500. Like the other new phone from Sprint PCS, the Toshiba VM4050, the Sanyo VM4500 is video savvy. Customers that subscribe to Sprint PCS Vision are able to send 15-second...

Toshiba ships video phone for Sprint PCS

Dec 05 2003 - 11:32 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Toshiba has announced a new phone dubbed the VM4050 that among other things allows Sprint PCS Vision users to create and receive video messages. The messages can be up to 15 seconds in length. As you might assume, this phone...

Yahoo! Photos available on Sprint PCS

Dec 01 2003 - 08:41 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS announced a partnership with internet powerhouse Yahoo! concerning its photo service. Customers that subscribe to Sprint PCS's Vision service will be able to access their photos from photos.yahoo.com, and even create albums from their phones. The service costs...

Sprint PCS perfects native SMS

Nov 19 2003 - 01:38 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to RCR Wireless News, Sprint PCS is in the final stages of bringing native SMS to its customers. This falls inline with other reports we have heard. The carrier has long been criticized for its WAP-based text messaging service....

Sprint PCS launches coast-to-coast PTT

Nov 17 2003 - 08:48 AM ET | Push-to-talk, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS today announced its long rumored push-to-talk serviced dubbed PCS ReadyLink. It's a nation wide walkie-talkie like service akin to Nextel DirectConnect. Currently the service is only available on two phones, the Sanya RL2000 and the Sanyo RL2500. Both...

Sprint extends nights by 2 hours

Nov 14 2003 - 03:37 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS has added a tier to its "free nights" promotion. For $5 more a months, all calls made after 7PM are free. With basic free nights, calls must be placed after 9PM to qualify. T-Mobile recently updated their "free...

Treo 600 quietly appears

Oct 07 2003 - 07:19 PM ET | Handspring, Sprint Nextel
Word is spreading fast that the Handspring Treo 600 has begun to ship in limited numbers from Sprint PCS. Unlike Nokia who is spending $100 million to market the N-Gage, Handspring seems to be letting the device to all the...

Nokia launches 3588i

Sep 30 2003 - 08:42 AM ET | Nokia, Sprint Nextel
Nokia has taken the wraps off its latest PCS phone, the 3588i. It will available exclusively on Sprint PCS in the US and boasts a nice list of features: * Color screen * Xpress-On faceplates * E911 (built in GPS...

CompUSA flirts with Virgin

Sep 10 2003 - 05:31 PM ET | Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile is on a hot streak. First it was locking down sales at 550 Sprint PCS stores, and now it is 220 CompUSA's. Virgin's phones and accessories will be sold throughout the CompUSA chain starting at an unknown date...

Virgin scores 550 times

Aug 27 2003 - 12:37 AM ET | Sprint Nextel, Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile has inked a deal with Sprint PCS to add its prepaid phones to some 550 Sprint PCS stores nationwide. This is a huge deal for the up-and-coming pre-paid company. Sprint PCS was one of the few companies that...

Sprint PCS gets name ringers

Aug 22 2003 - 09:28 AM ET | Ringtones, Sprint Nextel
If a normal polyphonic ring tone is too pass for you, check out what Sprint PCS is offering. The program is dubbed "name ringers" and it's basically a collection of ringtones made just for people with common names. Sounds crazy,...

Samsung VGA1000 camera phone debuts

Aug 12 2003 - 11:35 AM ET | Camera, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
Samsung's newest offering for the Sprint PCS network isthe VGA1000. This is the 6th picture phone that Sprint has launched in the US, making it a leader among the major carriers (Verizon Wireless only hopped on the picture bandwagon a...

Sprint PCS Launches Streaming Video

Aug 11 2003 - 12:33 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS teamed up with RealNetworks to launch RealOne video services on the Sprint PCS network. Sprint PCS users can subscribe for $4.95 a month and get breaking news, market reports, sports highlights, weather forecasts, and entertainment services, right on...

Samsung SPH-A600 available via Sprint

Aug 01 2003 - 11:55 AM ET | Camera, Samsung, Sprint Nextel
The very spiffy looking Samsung SPH-A600 (pictured at right) is now shipping through Sprint PCS. It looks like a typical clamshell, but it sports a rotating color screen as well as a camera. It costs $349.99 and can be purchased...

Sprint PCS releases Game Pad

Jul 31 2003 - 09:55 PM ET | Accessories, Sprint Nextel
Sprint PCS launched a gadget that it says will convert cell phones into wireless gaming consoles. The Game Pad game controller works with Samsung A600 handsets. The phone slides into the Game Pad, allowing people to play using its key-press...

Sprint PCS, AOL launch enhanced email, IM

Jul 30 2003 - 03:05 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
You can now acccess AOL's email and Instant Messenger services via a Sprint PCS Vision enabled phone. AOL and Sprint PCS have a longstanding agreement to work together and this is simply the latest partnership....

Hitachi SH-G1000 launched through Sprint

Jul 25 2003 - 10:51 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
The Hitachi SH-G1000, which is launching today on SprintPCS, includes an integrated rotating camera, built-in keyboard and wireless phone. It's powered by Microsoft and aims to keep PDA functionality while tying in the fast data speeds of the Sprint PCS...

T608 Lives

Jul 08 2003 - 06:51 PM ET | Rumor, Sony Ericsson, Sprint Nextel
Even though the T608 was listed as KIA (and had its own movement), it looks like it will see day light. A posting at the mobile site PowerPage.org says Sprint PCS confirmed that it will be available: bq. "I was...

Sprint eyes labels for ring tones

Jun 27 2003 - 04:16 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
CD's aren't selling, so record labels are looking to ink a contract to turn top 40 hits into ringtones. Sprint PCS aims to use real clips of the songs as ring tones instead of the monophonic tones that are prevalent...

Sprint PCS Boosting Ties with Affiliates

May 20 2003 - 06:13 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
According to Reuters, Sprint PCS is playing to its affiliated partners: bq. Affiliates of the Sprint Corp. unit sell wireless services under the Sprint PCS brand, using the No. 4 U.S. wireless operator's airwave licenses. Sprint PCS maintains the brand...

Yahoo! On Sprint PCS

May 08 2003 - 08:58 PM ET | Sprint Nextel
If you have a Sprint PCS phone, check out the wireless web--Yahoo! is on board. Starting today the two companies are partnering to deliver many Yahoo! services to Sprint's mobile customers. The most notable of the services are Mail and...