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Best Buy, Sprint offer free wireless plan for students

Students who buy a qualifying phone under Sprint’s My Way plan get 12 months of free unlimited calling and texting and 1GB of data.

Students looking to slash the cost of a mobile phone plan will now find a new option available through Sprint.

Announced on Monday, the My Way Student Promotion provides students with a full year of free calls, text messages, and data from Sprint. To qualify for the offer, buyers must purchase a Sprint phone at the student activated price through Best Buy and activate a new line via Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan.

The plan offers unlimited talking and texting and 1GB of data per month for smartphones and unlimited calls and texts for feature phones. The promotion starts Monday and runs through January 4.

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FCC Delays 2014 Mobile Airwave Auction After U.S. Closing

FCC Delays 2014 Mobile Airwave Auction After U.S. Closing

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission rescheduled an auction of airwaves for high-speed mobile data to Jan. 22 from Jan. 14, the agency said. The commission cited the 16-day partial closing of the U.S. government that ended last week in its e-mailed notice today about the sale of airwaves known as the H Block. Sprint Corp. (S) had pressed the agency for an auction in January, and the commission accepted that idea over a proposal to wait so the auction coincides with other sales later in 2014. The auctions can leave winning companies flush with frequencies to feed smartphones and losers barraged with complaints of slow apps and Web pages.

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Sprint Aims to Ease Access to Near Field Communication

The carrier’s new Pinsight Touch platform could help developers and mobile users more readily tap into near-field communications.

Sprint is trying to offer its subscribers a smoother way to take advantage of NFC technology for making mobile payments. A new platform called Pinsight Touch promises to securely store and access a user’s credentials on a mobile device. Users with touch-enabled NFC, or near-field communications, smartphones can turn on the technology by answering “yes” to an opt-in question from mobile apps offered by credit card providers and other issuers. The user’s credentials are then securely shared with other trusted apps, Sprint said in a blog posted Thursday. Despite its push from mobile and financial companies, NFC has yet to truly take off. The slow adoption is partly due to the lack of widespread support across the various industries. But consumers have also expressed concerns over security issues involved in using their phones as mobile wallets.

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Softbank acquires 70 percent stake of Sprint

“In a joint press conference, Softbank has officially announced that it is buying a 70 percent stake in US mobile carrier Sprint for $20.1 billion. The Japanese company is paying $12.1 billion for existing shares, with a further $8 billion for new shares that the network is issuing.”

via Softbank confirms 70 percent Sprint acquisition for $20.1 billion — Engadget.

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More LTE Markets for Sprint

“The third-largest U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. ( S ) added 4G LTE services to four more cities namely Baltimore, Gainesville, Manhattan/Junction City and Sedalia. 

The move is part of the multi-billion dollar restructuring program known as Network Vision plan, which aims to combine 3G and 4G technologies into one seamless network. This would lead to the efficient use of capital, reduction of cell sites, the elimination of dual networks, backhaul efficiencies, reduced churn, lower roaming charges and energy cost savings. As a result, the plan is expected to generate $10 billion to $11 billion in savings over a seven-year period (2011-2017). The company expects the Network Vision deployment to be over by the end of 2013.”

 

More LTE Markets for Sprint – Analyst Blog – NASDAQ.com.

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Carriers hate the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone is the most profitable product offered by the most valuable company in the world. With only three iPhone models in its lineup, the Cupertino-based technology giant shipped more smartphones last quarter than any other vendor in the world. Carriers that sell Apple’s sought-after smartphone enjoy huge activation figures each quarter as a result, but activations and unit sales don’t necessarily paint a complete picture. In fact, according to some industry watchers, carriers hate the iPhone. Read on for more.

Wireless carriers trip over themselves to offer Apple’s iPhone, especially in the United States. Sprint wanted the handset so badly it was willing to guarantee Apple $15.5 billion over four years for the privilege of selling its sleek smartphone, and it certainly didn’t help matters much in the fourth quarter when Sprint posted a $1.3 billion loss. T-Mobile is still sour over failed negotiations with Apple, and the carrier has resorted to offering up free microSIM cards to iPhone users willing to come aboard and forgo 3G data speeds.

http://www.bgr.com/2012/02/08/carriers-hate-the-iphone/