According to The Nikkei newspaper, the third largest mobile carrier in Japan, Softbank (also, they are the only ones with an iPhone exclusive in that part of the world) might actually be mulling over the possibility of forking out a cool $19 billion for up to a 75% stake in Sprint in the US. This would definitely send a strong signal to folks who think that the wireless industry in the US are slowly ending up as a duopoly between Verizon Wireless and AT&T.
What do you think of a possible takeover by Softbank? Just what kind of strategic foothold will Softbank be able to gain in the US market assuming the $19 billion buyout goes through, receiving nods of approval from financial regulators in the US? What kind of repercussions will happen in Japan itself, and ripples through the mobile wireless carrier industry across the Pacific? Only time will tell, so stay tuned.
Boingo Wireless And Sprint Offer Connectivity In US Airports
Both Boingo Wireless as well as Sprint has just announced a multi-year Wi-Fi agreement. In other words, this particular agreement will deliver access to seamless and secure Boingo Wi-Fi networks across 35 major airports ver in the U.S. This will make use of Boingo’s industry-leading network technology, where connecting to Wi-Fi will soon be a snap, and is as safe as cellular.
Basically, all Sprint devices that are within proximity of a Boingo hotspot can connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network without missing a beat, offering service at the fastest speeds available, regardless of whether that cellular is from Sprint or Wi-Fi from Boingo. Thanks to the auto-authenticating Wi-Fi connections, they are available at no extra charge to all Sprint customers who happen to have capable devices, while usage when connected to Wi-Fi will not eventually count towards a customer’s monthly service plan.
Sprint and Boingo has already conducted successful market trials through millions of Sprint handsets, and it has clearly shown the consumer benefits of effortless authentication onto Boingo’s network. [Press Release]
Sprint Offers Wi-Fi Calling To iPhone Customers
It was just yesterday that we learned how Sprint has decided to entice travelers with something that is worth checking out – especially if you happen to be one who lives out from a suitcase. I am referring to Sprint offering them free texting as well as international 2G roaming, now how about that? Well, it seems that Sprint has a whole lot more up their sleeves, where iPhone customers on the network can also initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi with their very own phone number.
This is made possible through a software update that will be delivered, and such a capability will then enable Sprint to dramatically expand not only coverage, but also connectivity options for customers via a simple and easy Wi-Fi Calling experience for the following handsets from Apple – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s.
David Owens, senior vice president of product development for Sprint, shared, “Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity. Traditional wireless technology has some limitations in places like basements and high-rise office buildings. Wi-Fi expands our customer’s connectivity in a big way. The addition of Wi-Fi Calling for iPhone customers is just one more example of how Sprint is getting better every day.” [Press Release]
Uber To Arrive Pre-loaded On Selected New Sprint Android Handsets
It seems that Uber has gotten itself into some bad press lately, but this certainly does not detract from the popularity of this particular service that allows you to get from point A to point B in a safer manner as opposed to seasoned taxi drivers. It is said that there will be an Uber app which will be pre-loaded onto Sprint’s new Android-powered smartphones, although this particular promotion is said to run until the end of the year. Majority of the new Android-powered handsets on Sprint will feature the Uber app, although not all.
In addition, as an added incentive, Sprint is willing to fork out $20 toward your first Uber ride, assuming that happens sometime this month. How do you take advantage of this offer? Well, when you are about to register with Uber, just enter the coupon code SPRINT, and the carrier will then go ahead to lower your very first Uber bill to the tune of $20. Sounds like a pretty good start to your Uber experience, don’t you think so? [Press Release]