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RUMOR ALERT: Samsung Galaxy S III may be just weeks away

RUMOR ALERT: Samsung Galaxy S III may be just weeks away

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 6:09 PM MST   Could the newest Samsung flagship, the highly anticipated Galaxy S III, be weeks away from being announced? That is the claim of Eldar Murtazin, the Russian tech blogger. Murtazin tweeted “HD resolution, 12 mpx camera, sw tweaks, android 4 - i like my new phone. Eager to see official announcement in Barcelona.” By official announcement in Barcelona, he means it will be announced at the MWC in B

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AT&T's charges of Sprint's disinvestment in rural areas the height of hypocrisy

AT&T's charges of Sprint's disinvestment in rural areas the height of hypocrisy

by Andrew J. Shepherd Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 9:59 PM MST   On AT&T’s Public Policy Blog recently, AT&T Senior Vice President Bob Quinn makes some bold claims about Sprint "disinvestment" in rural areas. But, at best, AT&T has failed to do its homework. And, at worst, the AT&T blog piece is an old fashioned hatchet job. The claims of Sprint "disinvestment" in rural areas in this case are largely contradictory to the facts. And the disp

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Will it soon be a crime to Root, Jailbreak or MOD your personal devices?

Will it soon be a crime to Root, Jailbreak or MOD your personal devices?

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:01 AM MST   Many of us enjoy the freedom that rooting or jailbreaking our phones gives. Adding custom ROMs, removing “bloatware” or Carrier IQ, and adding additional controls are just the start. We knowingly take the risk that that we may turn our phone into a brick, and our warranty will likely not cover repair or replacement. But will we knowingly commit a criminal act to unlock our phones? Apple has cl

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Clearwire turned the corner? Or just holding its hand out?

Clearwire turned the corner? Or just holding its hand out?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:01 AM MST   Clearwire let loose today with a select reporting of Q4-2011 financial results. Of course, these are cherry picked to get the mood about Clearwire's financials prospects reversed into positive light. However, I must admit they look a little better than I was expecting. Clearwire managed to double revenues from the previous quarter reported in 2010. This is attributable to sizable growth in its wh

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Clearwire secures additional $300 Million for TD-LTE network

Clearwire secures additional $300 Million for TD-LTE network

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, January 27, 2012 - 2:21 PM MST   Earlier this week, Clearwire announced it was seeking $300 Million in additional funding, suspiciously timed with announcing cherry picked results from its 4th Quarter 2011. And now today, Clearwire has announced that they have closed sale on that $300 Million in debt. Clearwire said that these monies were raised “for the deployment of mobile 4G LTE technology alongside the mobile 4G WiMAX techno

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Does this image tell us that Sprint is beginning iDEN decommissioning sooner than previously announced?

Does this image tell us that Sprint is beginning iDEN decommissioning sooner than previously announced?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Monday, January 30, 2012 - 4:45 PM MST   In a new graphic BriefMobile.com has released (see at bottom), Sprint is claiming to begin retuning iDEN towers in Louisiana (presumably in February) and the rest of the country starting in April. But what is retuning in this instance, really? In the graphic they are prepping Sprint CSR’s with info of what to tell iDEN PTT customers. It also mentions who can get out of ETF’s (Early Termination Fe

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus Plus?

Sprint Galaxy Nexus Plus?

by Jeff Foster Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 7:46 PM MST   Since last fall, there had been talk of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus launching on American carriers other than Big Red. Sprint has finally announced several weeks ago that it is the another vendor slated for release in the U.S. Suffice to say, many of us out there, especially those adverse to heading to Verizon and paying its premium prices, are excited about the impending release. The good news is t

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LightSquared given stays from Sprint and FCC

LightSquared given stays from Sprint and FCC

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 10:13 PM MST   LightSquared has now been in the tech news headlines for two days in a row. Yesterday, it was announced that the FCC is opening up a public comment period for the LightSquared Terrestrial LTE network and today it was announced that Sprint extended LightSquared’s deadline by another 45 days. Both are seen as good news for the beleaguered would-be 4G LTE network wholesaler.   Dan Hesse has o

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Want a Samsung Galaxy Note on the Now Network? Maybe you can...

Want a Samsung Galaxy Note on the Now Network? Maybe you can...

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 7:51 PM MST   Tim Godsil wants you to sign his petition. What petition do you ask? The petition he started on the Change.org website to motivate Sprint to carry the mega-sized Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone. The Android powered, not-quite tablet, not-quite smartphone is making many waves this season. If all the hype turns into sales, Samsung has the making of a new iconic smartphone series. And dozens of knock-off

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iDEN Decommissioning details emerge with NOLA work beginning after Mardi Gras

iDEN Decommissioning details emerge with NOLA work beginning after Mardi Gras

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 12:50 AM MST   On Monday of this week, we published a story about Sprint ‘retuning’ its iDEN network. We pondered what retuning meant. We now have been given a few more details. An internal source from Sprint sent us information on a slide regarding iDEN decommissioning. Retuning basically entails complete decommissioning of many iDEN sites. Basically the iDEN towers being removed from the network are excess cap

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Sprint’s Network Vision and LTE Deployment details emerge for Chicago

Sprint’s Network Vision and LTE Deployment details emerge for Chicago

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 1:15 AM MST   Last month, Sprint announced that Network Vision and LTE Deployment is under way in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Sprint 4G Rollout Updates can confirm that Network Vision and LTE Deployment is well underway in Chicago also. As well as a few communities in Northeast Iowa. Sprint 4G Rollout Updates was able to receive information from internal Sprint documents that have not been released

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Shentel and Sprint ink deal to bring Network Vision & LTE to the Greater Shenandoah Region

Shentel and Sprint ink deal to bring Network Vision & LTE to the Greater Shenandoah Region

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 11:03 AM MST   Regional Sprint affiliate, Shenandoah Communications (Shentel) and Sprint Nextel have completed their agreements to bring Sprint's Network Vision and 4G LTE to the Shentel service areas. Sprint 4G Rollout Updates initially reported back on November 29th that Shentel committed to Network Vision and LTE build out. Shentel also has been actively recruiting for Network Vision related employment positions t

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Artificial scarcity and the iPhone empire

Artificial scarcity and the iPhone empire

by Scott Johnson Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:00 PM MST   The iPhone is something many people see as a status symbol. Many who have never owned one, long for their upgrade date so they can go out and buy the "exclusive" iPhone that they have been denied access to for years. Even some who had the iPhone, and then switched carriers, long to repurchase another. Yes, the iPhone is a well made smartphone with access to a loaded app store, and has many desirable fea

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Sprint unveils iDEN Network Website with Decommissioning Tower Maps

Sprint unveils iDEN Network Website with Decommissioning Tower Maps

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 10:15 PM MST   Sprint has gone live with a new Nextel iDEN network page. A graphic on the launch page states, "Important news about Nextel network coverage. We're making changes to the Nextel network. Find out how this might impact you." From this page you can enter in a zip code and it will take you to a map showing iDEN network towers in the area of the zip code you entered. In an article yesterday, Sprint 4

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Sprint Regional Affiliate Shentel releases some more Network Vision info in conference call with investors

Sprint Regional Affiliate Shentel releases some more Network Vision info in conference call with investors

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates- Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 11:21 AM MST   In a conference call yesterday with investors, Sprint Regional Affiliate, Shenandoah Telecommunications (aka Shentel) provided a little more clarity with their Network Vision and LTE plans for the next 24 months, as well as some details of their new agreement with Sprint Nextel. "The amendment creates a win-win situation for both Sprint Nextel and Shentel and allows us to upgrade our network in accor

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New iPhone 5 LTE coming in October as Sprint Exclusive?

New iPhone 5 LTE coming in October as Sprint Exclusive?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Friday, January 20, 2012 - 1:09 PM MST   It's a slow Sprint 4G news day. So I have been saving this write up for just such a moment. We don't want to get stale and boring here at Sprint 4G Rollout Updates. Even if it means delving into the hysterical world of fantastical rumors. A week ago, the Kansas City Business Journal broke with a story about the possibility of Sprint getting an exclusive shot to first carry the iPhone 5 with LTE. Of

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Sprint VP to provide Network Vision/LTE Update at RCA Expo

Sprint VP to provide Network Vision/LTE Update at RCA Expo

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:42 AM MST   Bob Azzi, Sprint Network Senior Vice President, will present at the opening keynote address at the RCA Competitve Carriers Global Expo on March 29th in Orlando. In his remarks he is expected to provide a Network Vision deployment update. Let's hope we hear some juicy details long before that! If so, you know you'll hear them rebroadcast at Sprint 4G Rollout Updates!  

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Anonymous on the Rampage!

Anonymous on the Rampage!

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:09 PM MST   Anonymous is on the rampage! It appears that the famous (or infamous) hacking consortium is displaying its displeasure of the FBI raiding and arresting the head of MegaUpload today. Anonymous is believed to be responsible for taking down the websites of the DOJ, White House and FBI in retaliation. Additionally, just for good measure, Anonymous has also attacked the sites of the Universal Mus

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Carl Icahn buying out bonholders at LightSquared...cashing in or bailing out?

Carl Icahn buying out bonholders at LightSquared...cashing in or bailing out?

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 3:29 PM MST   Bloomberg is reporting that billionaire Carl Icahn (with two other investors) has bought out $300 Million worth of bonds from LightSquared bondholders. This begs the question? Icahn coming in as Savior or as a cold hearted liquidator? It seems like an odd time to all of a sudden get faith in the fledging start up that is LightSquared. So motives have to be in question, here. Icahn is reporte

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OK...Yours truly may have come up with the LightSquared solution

OK...Yours truly may have come up with the LightSquared solution

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 2:29 PM MST   OK. I'm gonna stick my neck out there, and I know there are going to be a lot of naysayers that say it can't be done. But I think I may have a solution for LightSquared that could solve their terrestrial LTE network problem. Currently, LightSquared is trying to gain approval to deploy and operate a FD-LTE network on its L-Band spectrum. This L-Band is paired spectrum that has downlink allocated

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LightSquared writes scathing letters to the FCC and NTIA sounding desperate yet accurate

LightSquared writes scathing letters to the FCC and NTIA sounding desperate yet accurate

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 4:09 PM MST   Embattled LTE wholesale upstart LightSquared has written a letter to Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and filed with the FCC blasting how Phase 1 testing was conducted on destructive interference trials between their terrestrial LTE network and high precision GPS systems. In the letter, LightSquared starts in the fir

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Riverside/San Bernardino is scheduled to be in the Second Round of Sprint Network Vision/LTE Deployment in 2012...Good news for the Inland Empire

by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 5:05 PM MST   Going inland to the empire! We are now prepared to tell you about another Round Two market in Sprint's Network Vision/LTE deployment plans for 2012...   Riverside/San Bernardino!   Sprint's Riverside/San Bernardino market   Sprint's R/SB market basically covers all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It also includes a portion of Imperial County that is on the north and west side of the Salton Sea

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