It’s official. Sprint has decided to shut down its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand in the U.S. This decision comes as a move to get ready for its merger with T-Mobile. The merger has been talked about by the wireless carrier industry for months now and it looks like it could go in Sprint and T-Mobile’s favor.
So now that Virgin Mobile is shutting down, what will happen to its customers? According to Sprint, the existing customers of the prepaid brand will be transferred to Boost Mobile, which will be acquired by Dish Network under its agreement with the New T-Mobile.
The big four wireless networks in the US have been doing their best to fight spam calls. So far, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have already done their part to help their customers. Following their footsteps is Sprint with its newest spam call protection service that it launched today.
If you are a Sprint customer, you will have to download the free app called Sprint Call Screener Basic. With this app, unwanted malicious calls can be identified and blocked. You can also use the app to report these fraudsters.
Sprint is also offering extra service for $3 per month. This service, called Sprint Call Screener Plus, lets you get more benefits; such as:
Months ago, state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The trial is already set to take place in two weeks, but two states recently announced that they will be withdrawing their support for the lawsuit.
Earlier this week, the four major carriers in the U.S. have set their rivalry aside to pave way for something beneficial for its customers.
The big four carriers, namely Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, have formed an alliance called the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). This group aims to make Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging available to a wider scale across the United States.
As of this writing, the group is working on creating a messaging service that uses the RCS standard. When it is ready to deploy, the service will be available first to Android users. Together with “other companies in the RCS ecosystem”, the group is working hard to launch this deliverable by 2020.
It looks like the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger may finally be nearing the end of its battle. Earlier today, the two carriers received the green light from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). And with the approval of the Department of Justice (DOJ) back in July, it looks like the two carriers have only one challenge left to conquer.
The FCC’s approval of the merger does not really come as a surprise to many. Back in May, FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, already expressed his plans to approve the request. Today’s decision, as told by an FCC official, was “pushed through on a party-line vote with Democrats dissenting.”
AT&T has just been named as the fastest carrier in the country. The recognition comes from Ookla, a company known as the most popular testing tool throughout the world.
The results of its latest quarterly analysis named AT&T as the winner of the Q3 2019 report. The test gathered information based on the users of its Speedtest app and web service. The exact number of respondents, unfortunately, is kept under wraps. But it’s easy to assume that the tool was able to gather enough feedback.
Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its three latest iPhone models under the iPhone 11 brand: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Now that these devices have been revealed, their pre-orders are scheduled to go live tomorrow, September 13th. After that, the devices will be released next Friday, September 20th.
If you are interested in getting your hands on one of these devices, a great idea is to take advantage of the introductory deals or discounts being offered by third-party retailers and carriers. Here is a short run through of what’s in store with your iPhone 11 purchase, along with the pre-order/release date:
Robocalls are no fun. Nobody enjoys receiving these calls because they are almost always from scammers. Thankfully, a number of U.S. carriers and state attorneys general are working together to combat these calls.
Earlier this week, a total of 12 U.S. carriers and 51 state attorneys general announced their collaboration in fighting robocalls together. The list of carriers include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bandwidth, Charter, CenturyLink, U.S. Cellular, Comcast, Frontier, Windstream, and Consolidated.
There are rumors that suggest the Justice Department could be giving T-Mobile and Sprint an approval on their proposed merger by this week. The news comes after reports that Dish has reached an agreement to purchase wireless assets from the two companies.
According to reports, Dish will be paying $5 billion for these assets-- $1.5 billion will go to its prepaid mobile businesses and $3.5 billion will be spent on spectrum.
The deal also comes with a seven-year wholesale agreement that allows Dish to sell service under the networks of T-Mobile. With this agreement, Dish can be a wireless provider while it builds its own wireless network. The deal also requires T-Mobile to offer three years of operational support as prepaid customers make the transition to Dish.
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