According to a recent report published by FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless should be on track to debut its 5G broadband offering in several markets within the United States by next year. As pointed out by Nicola Palmer, the chief network officer of the mobile operator, the Big Red has been busy conducting field tests with customers (albeit of the non-paying kind) in 11 markets. Verizon is taking full advantage of 28 GigaHertz spectrum and 120+ nodes.
It is official -- Sprint is indeed intending on including basic Hulu service, free of charge, to its unlimited plans, beginning on November 17th. Less than a week ago, it was reported that the major US wireless carrier was planning to add free Hulu subscriptions, and the company is now taking the opportunity to confirm the news.
About a couple of years ago, Sprint had debuted its credit card offering (simply called Sprint Credit Card) as part of a joint venture with Home Credit, a financial institution operating from the Netherlands. Right now, Sprint Credit Card is currently made available in over 500 of the major US wireless carrier’s retail outlets. The number four mobile operator in the United States, however, is planning to expand the service nationwide in the next few days.
In a market research note written to subscribers, Wave7 Research says that Sprint apparently has plans to add programming from Hulu in its unlimited plans. Dealers have already been reportedly told to expect this new inclusion, with one subscription for each account and the value is said to be worth $7.99.
During a recent investor event, Marcelo Claure, the chief executive officer of Sprint, talked about a pricing increase on the carrier’s wireless service possibly happening next quarter. This marked Claure’s first public statement since news of the collapse of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger talks broke last weekend. As reported by CNET, Claure did not remark regarding which specific plans will get a price hike, and Sprint has not issued any official statement regarding the move.
Well, at least for now. Both T-Mobile and Sprint have released separate statements during the weekend, saying that they have mutually agreed to call off further discussions with regards to a possible merger transaction between the two major US wireless carriers. John Legere, the chief executive officer of T-Mobile has stated through an official press release that despite the many benefits of a combined entity consisting of the third and fourth largest mobile operators in the country, the proposed deal was not able to offer a superior long term value for the company’s shareholders.
According to a report recently published by the Nikkei Asian Review, it appears that SoftBank, the parent company of Sprint, is planning to cease merger talks with Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, at least for now.
Parental control apps are nothing new nowadays, and as a matter of fact, various mobile operators are currently offering their own respective take on the concept. For instance, Verizon Wireless has its FamilyBase app, while subscribers of another major US wireless carrier, AT&T, can take full advantage of Smart Limits. But when it comes to parental control apps from among the Big Four carriers in America, Sprint hay have just debuted the best of the bunch.
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