This is part two of a week-long series on the cell phone capacity crunch.
With the iPhone, Sprint is learning that it should be careful what it wishes for.
The International Consumer Electronics Show, the giant gadget convention that wrapped up on Friday, has brought some frustrating news for AT&T or Sprint customers who bought a cutting-edge 4G smartphone last year.
Facing heavy resistance from the U.S. government to its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile, AT&T on Monday officially killed off the deal that would have created by far the nation's largest wireless company.
Carrier IQ is a piece of software installed on millions of mobile phones that logs everything their users do, from what websites they browse to what their text messages say.
Sprint Nextel Corp. is still losing money and prime customers, but there are signs that the nation's third-largest wireless carrier has begun a turnaround.
C Spire, a wireless carrier you've probably never heard of, announced Wednesday that it will become the fourth U.S. wireless provider to sell the iPhone 4S.
Technology advances quickly in the wireless industry, but animosity can fester.
Sprint is trying to convince investors that it really could be the comeback story of the year -- next year. Or maybe the year after.
Sprint hopes the iPhone is just what the doctor ordered. But it might just make Sprint even sicker.
The U.S. government is seeking to stop AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, claiming that the deal would "substantially lessen competition" in the wireless industry.
If Sprint gets the iPhone, it may be surprisingly good news for AT&T.
If you're in the market for a new cell phone, you'll probably have a better buying experience if you visit the carrier's store to shop and make the purchase, rather than buying online or over the phone, a new survey says.
This earnings season, the market has been unforgiving to any company that fell short of expectations.
Sprint is losing its most valuable subscribers to its biggest rivals. Shares are plummeting. And its once-leading 4G coverage is getting passed by.
A number of Sprint customers report difficulties receiving SMS text messages from cellular customers outside the Sprint network.
Will Friday's U.S. release of the first 3-D smartphone turn out like the blockbuster opening for "Avatar" or fall flat like the "Jonas Brothers" in 3-D?
This proposed takeover puts our mobile broadband future at a crossroads. We can choose the open, competitive road best traveled, and protect American consumers, innovation and our economy, or we can choose the dead end that merely protects only AT&T and leads the rest of us back down the dirt road to Ma Bell.
Sprint doesn't have the iPhone in its arsenal, like AT&T and Verizon.
Sprint is offering up to $175 to customers who switch from other wireless carriers.
When news broke of AT&T's proposed mega-deal with T-Mobile earlier this week, investors sold Sprint stock as fast as they could get it off their hands. Shares of the country's third-largest wireless carrier dropped 13% as pundits foretold a future in which bigger carriers would batter Sprint more than they already have.
With AT&T dealing for prized asset T-Mobile, Sprint's options may be down to two: buy everything smaller than it or get bought by Verizon.
Once again, there are rumblings that the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers may merge to form a larger combined No. 3. But would this be enough to keep the U.S. wireless market competitive for consumers?
As demand for the latest smartphones and other mobile devices soars to a fever pitch, more retailers are jockeying to snatch up older gadgets.
Half the nation woke up Wednesday to some combination of snow, ice, sleet, or a wind chill so cold two winter coats wouldn't cut it. Outside my Northeast window, I see snow mounds piled higher than my 5-foot-6 frame, a car ready to be shoveled out for the tenth time this season and temperatures hovering right around freezing. At this point, I really don't care if Punxsutawney Phil says we'll have an early Spring, because unless it comes tomorrow, virtually everyone east of the Rocky Mountains isn't happy.
You've seen the 4G advertisements from T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, bragging about a much-better wireless network with blazing fast speeds.
Android smartphones can do a lot, but unless you're already an Android power user or enjoy configuring a sophisticated device, getting set up on your first Android phone is probably a bit of an ordeal.
Residents of the two largest U.S. cities will finally be able to tap into Sprint Nextel's 4G wireless network soon.
While the Android mobile operating system is free, the smartphones and tablets that use it have generally been rather pricey and thus out of reach for many consumers.
At first blush, there's not a lot for an investor to love about Sprint Nextel.
Shares of Sprint Nextel rallied 4% in early trading Wednesday after the wireless provider posted its first quarterly gain in wireless customers in three years.
I can't tell you how many people I've talked to this summer who have told me that they had finally made their decision to get a new smartphone only to have their plans thwarted when they got to the store and their well-researched choice was unavailable.
Were you still deciding whether or not to pick up that shiny new HTC EVO 4G smartphone?
If your smartphone seems more like a slowphone, hang in there. The next generation of wireless technologies, known as 4G, promises blazing-fast data transmission speeds.
To no one's surprise, Sprint kicked off CTIA 2010 here by announcing its first 4G phone.
Sprint Nextel has been maligned in the past for poor customer service and network quality, but new evidence shows that the nation's No. 3 wireless company's improvement efforts are starting to succeed.
Users of BlackBerry phones in North America reported widespread interruptions in sending and receiving e-mail Thursday.
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday that it plans to cut between 2,000 and 2,500 jobs as part of a restructuring plan aimed at reducing labor costs by at least $350 million, on an annual basis.
Sprint is betting the farm on the WiMax standard. The U.S. mobile phone carrier's customers are melting away. Yet it has scrimped on cellular network capex to double down on wireless broadband. Putting another $1 billion into cash-burning partner Clearwire, while a rival technology is catching up, amounts to a binary bet for shareholders.
Sprint's $36 billion acquisition of Nextel in 2005 has been a headache. Sprint Nextel has suffered from poor call quality -- especially on the Nextel network -- poor customer service, and a tepid product lineup.
The prepaid cell phone market has finally hit the U.S. in a big way as economically strapped consumers flock to inexpensive pay-as-you-go services. The result will likely mean that big cell phone providers may be forced to slash prices on contract service plans to keep consumers from defecting.
Following the outbreaks of SARS and avian flu earlier this decade, Sprint Nextel has taken the threat of a global flu pandemic very seriously. And in 2005 the company created a special group within its Emergency Incident Management team to plan what to do in such an emergency.
It's been clear for some time that Sprint Nextel needs a major turnaround. Lots of Sprint users switch to AT&T and Verizon -- not many move in the opposite direction. And with the news this week that No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S. is laying off 8,000 employees, the resurrection of Sprint won't be easy or painless.
Another day, another job cut announcement by a major company.
Sprint Nextel Corp. will cut a total of about 8,000 jobs by March 31, the company said Monday.
An animated video shows a woman jogging by the side of a road - until a wayward car sends her flying into the grass. In another, a motorcycle crashes into a truck parked in the bicycle lane at twilight. In a third, the pipes in an attic tilt, causing moisture to collect and creating mold that spreads spores through the house and into the inhabitants' lungs.
WiMax hopes were revived Wednesday morning, and once again the wireless broadband opportunity is huge - in more ways than one. The big buzz around the wealth of mobile Net potential is almost overshadowed by the massive tab that even six tech giants can't fully cover.
Clearwire and Sprint Nextel will combine their wireless broadband units to create a $14.55 billion communications company
Sprint may be exploring a set of spin-off options that would splinter the company into a number of parts.
WiMax may not be dead after all.
Sprint's world of pain puts a sting on rivals AT&T and Verizon.
Sprint chief Dan Hesse will face investors for the first time Thursday morning. His biggest challenge? To stop people from gawking at all the problems he's inherited and get them to focus on the fixes he's making.
The cutbacks are only beginning at Sprint.
CNN's Veronica De La Cruz looks at some of the year's best bets in cell phones.
To what extent can an employee plaintiff use testimony from co-workers to prove that a company discriminates based on age? That's the issue that the Supreme Court took up Monday morning in Sprint and United Management Company versus Mendelsohn.
A few weeks ago, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire, an upstart wireless company backed by cellular pioneer Craig McCaw, severed plans to jointly build wireless broadband services, a venture that was supposed to accelerate the nationwide rollout of a technology called WiMax.
Sprint Nextel has rejected a massive investment bid that would have installed a former company chairman as CEO, according to a report Thursday afternoon.
Sprint Nextel said Monday that Gary Forsee, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, is leaving immediately.
The Dow dipped and the Nasdaq gained Monday as investors played it cautious after last week's rally and ahead of the start of the quarterly earnings reporting period later this week.
Sprint Nextel CEO Gary Forsee is feeling the pressure from activist investor Ralph Whitworth, according to a published report.
Sprint Nextel Corp, the No. 3 U.S. wireless service, posted lower quarterly profit on Wednesday but beat analysts' average forecast as it added new subscribers.
Google Inc. has made its biggest move yet on the U.S. mobile Web market by signing a deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. that positions the Internet company to build services to run on Sprint's planned WiMAX high-speed wireless network.
Almost a year after Sprint Nextel Corp. announced it would develop a mobile broadband network using WiMax technology, the wireless provider said Thursday it was teaming up with competing provider Clearwire Corp. to help build it
In a service economy, complaining is necessary -- which is why the cell phone company should have kept its customers
Sprint Nextel Corp. isn't apologizing for its decision to ax customers it determined were calling customer service too often
Shares in Sprint Nextel Corp. surged as much as 16 percent in afterhours trade after a media report South Korea's SK Telecom Co. was preparing to bid for the No. 3 U.S. wireless company. Shares in South Korea's top mobile phone operator also each in Helio, which rents network space from Sprint.
Wireless Internet service works great - so long as you're in a Wi-Fi hotspot. But what if you could have wireless Internet everywhere you go, available on your laptop and cell phone, at speeds that can leave both DSL and 3G data networks in the dust?
On April 26, a hearing will be held in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, where NASCAR will represent itself against team sponsor AT&T in order to protect the rights of its series sponsor, Nextel. The case will determine if AT&T has the right to sponsor Jeff Burton's No. 31 Chevrolet in 2008 and beyond following the company's permanent name change from Cingular (the current sponsor of the No. 31) to AT&T. Depending on the outcome, Burton's team may need a new sponsor next season.
It's been a tumultuous couple of months for Sprint Nextel, and that has led to some speculation that the wireless company could be a takeover target.
[HIT] Getting Sirius. Everyone from the competition to the media to Wall Street ridiculed Sirius Satellite Radio for spending $500 million to land Howard Stern--but the King of All Fart Jokes seems...
Sprint Nextel Corporation ranks no. 165 on FORTUNE's Global 500 this year, with $34.7 billion in revenues, up 26.4% from the previous year. The Reston, Virginia-based company was ranked no. 192 on the 2005 list. Its 2005 profits were $1.8 billion.
Sprint Nextel saved WiMax. Now it's up to WiMax to return the favor.
Craig McCaw, it appears, has done it again.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp., the No. 3 U.S. wireless service, has seen interest from other cable television companies wanting to join its venture with four cable TV providers, its top executive said Monday.
With TV's upfront advertising sales set to start next month, the habits of TiVo owners and other digital video recorder users -- who comprise about 9 percent of the audience, a figure that's set to double by the end of 2006 -- are a hot issue. Two seemingly contradictory reports have come out. The first claims, unsurprisingly, that DVR viewers skip ads so much that they barely add anything to the TV ratings advertisers pay for. The second *argues* that even though viewers fast-forward through commercials, they still recall the ads just as well as viewers who watch in real time. The reason, a hopeful CBS executive tells MediaDailyNews, is that when fast-forwarding, a viewer's attention is necessarily fixed on the screen so that they don't miss their show. So they still see the advertiser's message, albeit speeded up and without sound. Regular TV viewers, on the other hand, are prone to such advertiser-unfriendly habits as getting snacks and going to the bathroom during commercial breaks.
Collegeboxes ships and stores the belongings of more than 6,000 students from 35 colleges and universities across the country--quite a logistical feat for a small, fast-growing outfit. The company'...
Users of Sprint's mobile and long-distance phone service in the Western United States faced a widespread outage that lasted more than three hours Monday after a fiber-optic cable was cut in California, the telephone company said.
Users of Sprint's mobile and landline long-distance phone service in the western United States faced a widespread outage Monday after a fiber-optic cable was cut in California, the phone company said.
For those in the technology industry, the real holiday season starts on January 5, when the annual Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas.
(or even anything like this), you're in luck: The three biggest wireless carriers in the country--Cingular, Sprint and Verizon Wireless--have incorporated video programming into their mobile-phone service. ...
It's as though you'd found a new best friend. Your real estate broker chauffeurs you around town, hangs on your every word and takes pains to flatter your family at every turn.
Does the idea of being away from the television on game day give you the shakes? When you come home, do you--even before you put down your keys--reach for the remote? If you're somewhat like this (...
Q Three years ago someone opened a cell-phone account in my name. After a long dispute, including collection notices (I even called my state attorney general), Sprint confirmed it wasn't mine and p...
Three years ago someone opened a cell-phone account in my name. After a long dispute, including collection notices (I even called my state attorney general), Sprint confirmed it wasn't mine and promised my credit would be cleaned up. But the delinquent item is still on two of my three reports. I'm in the military, where perfect credit is a must. Mine's been spotless for 19 years. Help! -- F.W., San Antonio
Sprint Nextel, the company created from the merger of the two wireless giants, has assumed the old ticker symbol of Sears, the single-letter "S."
A simple bowling simulation played on tiny LCD screens wouldn't normally generate excitement about a young software company. Yet by combining hypnotically simple games with a seasoned management te...
Sprint Corp. (FON ) launched a pay email service with Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) for its mobile phone customers, as the companies look to tap into the rapidly growing wireless data-service market.
Cell phone carriers are looking to give satellite radio operators a run for their money.
Price wars. Turf battles. New services. Ever-cooler gadgets. For consumers, what's going on in telecom these days is nothing short of boom times. Baby Bells and upstarts have come in with low-price...
AFTER SHUNNING BIG DEALS FOR more than three years, corporate America has suddenly launched a new merger wave that marks not a tentative comeback but what looks like the start of a swaggering, full...
A FEW YEARS AGO, A SPRINT/NEXTEL merger would have seemed like something out of a Raymond Carver short story: Two down-on-their-luck losers hooking up out of loneliness and despair. After the telec...
Cell phone service providers Sprint and Nextel announced plans to combine in a deal valued at about $35 billion Wednesday.
What is it with big tech deals always happening right around the year-end holidays? Don't the tech titans realize we business journalists have vacations to attend to?
Sprint and Nextel announced plans for a $36 billion merger Wednesday, creating a new major wireless phone power with a customer base to challenge its two larger rivals.
The $35 billion merger agreement of Sprint and Nextel could give a lift to U.S. stocks at Wednesday's open, but concerns about higher oil prices may hold down any gains.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - And then there were four?
Is the wireless phone industry down to its final strike? That's a viable, if loaded, question to ask the industry, which is in San Francisco this week for the big conference of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association.
When most other telecoms looked like clunkers, wireless carrier (and NASCAR sponsor) Nextel performed like, well, a racecar. In the two years since FORTUNE urged investors to take a closer look at ...
--NOT QUITE MILLER TIME
The worst may finally be over for many telecom stocks.