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Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.

Palm Pre to land June 6

The Palm Pre, the secret weapon of US carrier Sprint Nextel and struggling handset vendor Palm is set to hit shelves on June 6.

Browned off

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is finding life much tougher than its Brown Telephone Company antecedent.

3G a let-down in the US

The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is […]

Sprint Nextel axes 8,000 jobs

Sprint Nextel, the beleaguered number three mobile operator in the US, is cutting 8,000 jobs, or around 14 per cent of the company’s workforce. Sprint aims to save $1.2bn a year by reducing its labour costs, although it will take a charge of $300m during 1Q 2009 for severance and related expenses associated with the […]

Beceem steps up CDMA/WiMAX dongle efforts

Beceem, a US-based WiMAX device chipset supplier, has entered into a formal partnership with Franklin Wireless to continue development of their 3G CDMA/4G USB modem product (the U300). The U300 was first made available by Sprint Nextel last month, which can be used on both the US mobile operator’s EV-DO network and the mobile WiMAX […]

Sprint unveils dual mode 3G/4G device

US-based mobile WiMAX pioneer Sprint Nextel this week unveiled its first 3G/4G dual mode device, to be made available December 21. The USB Modem U300, or dongle, connects to Sprint’s ‘Now’ branded mobile WiMAX network as well as the carrier’s existing 3G EV-DO network. The dongle is manufactured by Franklin Wireless and is priced at […]

Warrantless wiretapping case kicks off in US

On Tuesday afternoon the Bush administration will go to federal court to defend a law allowing retrospective immunity to communications operators alleged to have spied on their customers and passed information to national security services without a warrant. The country’s largest operators, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have all been hit with lawsuits following the exposure […]

Clearwire polishes up WiMAX brand

As US operators Sprint Nextel and Clearwire complete the merger of their next generation wireless internet businesses, the mobile WiMAX pin up known as “the new Clearwire” has unveiled its service brand – “Clear”. Late Monday, Clearwire said that in the coming moths, the Clear brand will replace the Xohm service name previously used by […]

Clearwire approves WiMAX deal, shares plummet

  As expected, Clearwire shareholders on Thursday approved the ‘new’ Clearwire joint venture. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 per cent) and Clearwire (27 per cent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – the new company has ambitious plans to roll out mobile WIMAX across the US. […]

IPCS backs down over Clearwire JV – for now

IPCS has withdrawn its request for a temporary injunction against the proposed New Clearwire joint venture, comprising Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX business unit (Xohm) and Clearwire. Shareholders of Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are due to vote on the deal Thursday but IPCS, an affiliate of Sprint, thought this would be premature since it is starting court […]

Sprint posts bruising third quarter

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is losing more customers and more money than most analysts expected. During 3Q 2008, Sprint’s subscriber base shrank by 1.3 million, of which 1.1 million were post-paid subscribers closing their accounts. According to five analysts surveyed by Reuters, the average expected post-paid subscriber loss for […]

FCC approves New Clearwire, IPCS objects

The FCC has given the go-ahead to the New Clearwire Corporation joint venture, which has plans to roll out mobile WiMAX across the US. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 percent) and Clearwire (27 percent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – AT&T had objected to the […]

Sprint commits to iDEN, Moto rejoices

US mobile operator and WiMAX pioneer, Sprint, said it intends to rejuvenate its ageing iDEN network after failing to find a buyer for the unit. The carrier, which acquired the iDEN network along with Nextel in 2005, said it has extended its long term partnership with Motorola, the creator of the proprietary push to talk […]

Sprint finds buyer for iDEN unit?

US operator Sprint Nextel is understood to have received significant interest in its iDEN push to talk operation originally set up by Nextel. Sprint bought up Nextel for around $36bn in 2005, giving it a solid enterprise customer base. But the flagging operator has been haemorrhaging subscribers of late and more recently shifted its evolution […]

iDEN suitors in the frame, says Sprint Nextel CEO

Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel CEO, says there is “significant interest” in Nextel from potential buyers. Nextel, which runs the push-to-talk iDEN network – a proprietary technology from Motorola – was purchased by Sprint in 2005. Speaking at the launch of WiMAX-embedded laptops for Xohm, the WiMAX business unit of Sprint, Hesse added that the harsh economic […]

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