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Sprint considering partnerships with fellow Rural Cellular Association members

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 2:00 AM MDT   Sprint Nextel joined the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) in April 2011, the reasons for joining at that time could have been motivated by the proposed AT&T purchase of T-Mobile and increasing their lobbying power with the RCA. Recently though, Sprint has been working towards partnerships with other RCA members on network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements to increase their LTE coverage footprint.  

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The dynamics of carrier loyalty are shifting

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:09 PM MDT   Prior to the rise of smartphones, carrier loyalty was tied more to network coverage – and for many it still is. Consumers don’t want to worry about signal strength or proximity to a cellular tower in order to place a call. At their most basic level, phones have to work for their primary purpose. In the early days of cellular, there wasn’t much difference between most voice-only handsets.   Of course there

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Silver Lining for Phoenix and Tucson/Yuma Markets...the schedule appears to be moving up for the Grand Canyon State

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 30, 2012 - 1:46 AM MDT   What about Phoenix? What about Phoenix? What about Phoenix???   I get asked that every day. Sometimes several times per day! On social media, our forum pages and our chat rooms are filled with Phoenicians and Arizonans who feel they have been more than patient with Sprint awaiting for first 4G WiMax and now just even to hear an announcement on 4G LTE.   And here we are, S4GRU.com has announced all of th

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Could there be one iPhone to rule the world’s LTE networks?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 12:47 PM MDT   When Apple first released the iPhone in 2007, they introduced a technological renaissance. The iPhone ushered in the “smartphone era” bringing phone technology to an entirely new level. Since the iPhone release, the iPhone has seen some technological advancement along the way, but not to the degree of changing the industry.   The next iPhone is not only expected to introduce LTE capability to the line,

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Mark Hearn of SprintFeed.com on to a New Position with TechnoBuffalo

Mark Hearn of SprintFeed.com on to a New Position with TechnoBuffalo

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 11:10 AM MDT   Mark Hearn, the founder, editor and daily operator of SprintFeed.com is closing shop and heading on to new opportunities as an Editor at TechnoBuffalo. We will be sad to see him go from the daily news makings at Sprint. I personally visited SprintFeed.com several times per day. I have enjoyed my interactions with Mark talking about Sprint and about personal issues. We even share a similar faith.

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S4GRU

 

Stop freaking out...the next iPhone will be on Sprint's network

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:44 AM MDT   Fear not Sprint iPhone fans, Sprint will not be left out when the next iPhone model is released. There has been speculation that Apple may only manufacture LTE enabled iPhones to AT&T and Verizon after the iPad with LTE connectivity was only released for those carriers. While he didn’t come out and confirm that Sprint would be receiving a LTE iPhone, Sprint Nextel CFO Joe Eutenuer went on record sayin

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South West Florida and Ft. Wayne/South Bend are slated to begin Sprint Network Vision/LTE in the 2nd Round of 2012 Deployment

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 3:41 AM MDT   Sprint fans in the plains of Northern Indiana and also along the white sandy beaches of Florida's Paradise Coast have cause to celebrate! We are now prepared to tell you about the final pair of Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   South West Florida and Ft. Wayne/South Bend!   Sprint's South West Florida market   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson is s

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HTC EVO 3D free from Sprint and Wirefly for new lines/accounts

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 8:59 PM MDT   Looking to buy a smartphone but not looking to spend $200+? Look no further! WireFly and Sprint are selling HTC EVO 3D for a low price of $0, yes free. Requires you to be a new customer or adding a new line of service.   The EVO 3D can still hang with some of the higher end smart phones. The 3D has a dual core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3" qHD display and dual 5MP cameras that can take 3D shots and vid

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Sprint continues Nextel iDEN site thinning measures at full-steam ahead!

Sprint continues Nextel iDEN site thinning measures at full-steam ahead!

Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Update Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:41 PM MDT   Sprint continues its iDEN thinning plan that it announced a few months ago in full force. It is wrapping up the removal of 83 sites in the Nextel New Orleans market and readily preparing to mobilize nationwide in 20 of 21 remaining Nextel markets to do the same. Based on newly obtained internal documents, from mid April 2012 through the end of June, Sprint plans on decommissioning over 9,000 of Nextel's

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S4GRU

 

The Sprint markets of Memphis & Minnesota are slated to begin Network Vision/LTE in the 2nd Half of 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 1:29 AM MDT     From the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes to the gates of Graceland! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Memphis and Minnesota!   Sprint's Memphis market   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson is scheduled to begin the Memphis market early in the Second Round. Ericsson and their subcontractors are scheduled to be

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S4GRU

 

Yeehaw! Austin is moving up to the First Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment with some sites already live!

Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Update Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30 AM MDT   BREAKING NEWS and a S4GRU.com EXCLUSIVE...We have some good news for y'all in the Heart of the Lone Star State! Sprint's Austin market is now confirmed to be in the First Round of Network Vision/LTE deployment.   Austin was originally slated to be in the beginning of the Second Round of deployment. However, since the original Network Vision schedules were compiled back in October 2011, Austin has apparently

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S4GRU

 

Could we see a non-HTC “Evo” make its way to Sprint’s shelves?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 5:00 AM MDT   Every Evo ever released on Sprint’s network has been manufactured by HTC. Does this necessarily mean that it is exclusive to HTC? The “Droid” line of Verizon phones have been manufactured by Motorola, HTC and Samsung. Would Sprint consider extending the Evo name to another handset maker as Verizon has done?   Sprint and Evo   [float right][/float]The Evo “franchise” has defined Sprint’s Android line of phone

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The Subsidy Quandary...Do you prefer cheaper phones or cheaper plans?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 4:14 PM MDT   What would you do to get a $20 per line discount on your monthly bill? Would you pay full price for your cellphone? That is what Cole Brodman, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer would like to see happen. In fact, T-Mobile already offers a discounted plan for customers who forego a subsidy on their device. This works out fairly well for T-Mobile’s GSM customers who want to use an unlocked international or AT&a

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Data usage continues to explode in unlimited channels. Is Clearwire positioned to be LTE relief for all Wireless Carriers?

Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 12:18 PM MDT     The forerunner of Clearwire was a Texas based company then known as Clearwire Technologies, Inc. Clearwire Technologies raised at least $100 million and used it to acquire spectrum allocated to various educational institutions known as EBS or Educational Broadband Service.   In 2007, Clearwire and Sprint Nextel announced a partnership to accelerate deployment of WiMAX technology across the US. In 2008, Spri

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iOS 5.1 confirms next generation iPhone supporting LTE

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Update Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 10:44 AM MDT     According to iDownloadBlog, the iPhone 5, or whatever Apple decides to call it, will reportedly pack 4G LTE according to iOS 5.1 code strings. Until now, all the other LTE iPhone rumors have just been speculation and wishful thinking. The code strings says:     We can gather that this line in iOS5.1 must be created for use in the new iPhone, because the new iPad cannot make phone calls. Although it see

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LTE iPhone spell disaster or success for the Now Network?

Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Update Friday, March 23, 2012 - 3:14 PM MDT   Many Sprint fans were put off by the downgrade of the “S” stock and remarks of Craig Moffett of Bernstein Research released Monday morning. Moffett claimed a looming bankruptcy risk on the horizon thanks to mounting debt, Network Vision costs, and smaller channels of spectrum for their LTE network.   On top of all that, Moffett claimed that the LTE iPhone, which Sprint executives claim will secure the future o

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S4GRU Resident "Geek" on the new iPad

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Update Friday, March 23, 2012 - 2:44 PM MDT Hello S4GRU readers, today I will be giving my verdict on the new iPad. I will tell you what I like about the new iPad and what I don't like about the new iPad. Let's get started... What I like about the new iPad 1.) After using the iPad for a few minutes at BestBuy, I fell in love with it's beautiful retina display. This display's PPI is 264, while packing an astonishing 2048x1536 resolution. The screen is

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The Sprint markets of Tampa & Jacksonville are slated to begin Network Vision/LTE deployments in Summer 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, March 23, 2012 - 4:00 AM MDT   Another double Sunshine State announcement! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Tampa and Jacksonville!   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Ericsson is scheduled to begin these markets in the early Second Round. Ericsson and their subcontractors are scheduled to begin mobilization into these markets in July with the

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S4GRU

 

Is this Samsung's Highly Anticipated Galaxy S-III (GT-i9300)?

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 2:45 PM MDT   I'm sure you've seen some of the latest leaks of the Galaxy S-III. Some are obviously fake and already proven so, but might this leak be the real deal? The good folks over at PhoneArena received were tipped with a picture of a button-less Samsung device running Google's Ice Cream Sandwich. By looking at the picture, the screen looks big, 4.6" big like some of the latest GS-III rumors have suggested.   Anoth

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Is 4G LTE Connectivity pointless when capped or throttled?

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 23, 2012 - 1:15 PM MDT   I'm sure you know Sprint offers unlimited data, but what about the other wireless carriers? Well that's a totally different story. Out of the Big 4 carriers in the United States, Sprint is the only carrier to offer "true unlimited data." Verizon killed off their unlimited data plan just last year, leaving their heavy data users in the dust. AT&T on the other hand killed off their unlimited data plan in J

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(UPDATED) PRL builders and network spelunkers pay heed; Sprint CDMA1X 800 channels and SIDs revealed

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:50 AM MDT   Update 2: See below for potentially all SMR 800 MHz SIDs.   Two weeks ago, S4GRU reported that the FCC had just issued a proposed rulemaking that would officially allow Sprint to launch non iDEN, wideband operations (CDMA1X and/or LTE) in its rebanded SMR 800 MHz spectrum. In that article, we referenced Sprint Network Vision internal documents that S4GRU used to determine where in the SMR 800 MHz ba

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WiWavelength

 

Turn that 3G iPhone 4/4S into a 4G WiMax iPhone by just installing this case!

Danny Bullard Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 11:39 AM MDT   FreedomPop is a company that aims to provide free broadband, founded by Niklas Zennstrom (Skype Founder). FreedomPop plans on releasing a case for the iPhone 4/4S with an integrated 4G WiMax radio according to a "high level source inside FreedomPop." Not only will it allow your iPhone device to use a 4G signal, but this case will be able to share a WiMax connection with up to eight devices, for 30 hours. At

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S4GRU

 

Norfolk & Long Island are scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 12:00 AM MDT   Two Non WiMax markets to tell you about! We are now prepared to tell you about two more Round Two markets in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Norfolk/Hampton Roads and Long Island!   Sprint's Network Vision vendor Samsung will likely begin Network Vision and LTE deployment in these two Sprint markets in 2012. This is not an imminent start in the next few weeks. These are S

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