Tracfone tests cheap unlimited plan on Verizon

(AP) -- Tracfone Wireless, the country's largest provider of "prepaid" cell phones, is quietly testing a new service that appears to be a response to the fierce price competition in the prepaid market.

Sprint to sell dual-screen 'Echo' smartphone (w/ Video)

(AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. on Monday unveiled a smart phone with two screens, one stacked on top of the other. The top screen slides out and can be snapped it into place so that the two lay side by side, producing screen ...

Sprint axes China's Huawei, ZTE on security grounds: WSJ

Sprint Nextel is excluding China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp. from a multi-billion dollar contract to upgrade its cellular network largely because of national security concerns in Washington, The Wall Street Journal ...

MetroPCS to launch 4G phone before Verizon

(AP) -- MetroPCS Communications Inc. plans to be the first wireless carrier to introduce a phone using a new network technology that provides faster data access. It's beating Verizon Wireless, the country's largest carrier.

4G cellular networks might not live up to hype

If today's fastest smart phones deliver e-mails and Web pages with the speed of a thoroughbred racehorse, then the next generation of phones - now rolling onto the runway - may feel like jet planes.

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Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) is a telecommunications company, based in Overland Park, Kansas. The company owns and operates the third largest wireless telecommunications network in United States, with over 49 million customers, behind Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. Sprint is a global Internet carrier (Tier 1 network) and makes up a portion of the Internet backbone. In the United States, the company also operates the largest wireless broadband network and is the third largest long distance provider.

The company was created in 2005 by the $35 billion purchase of Nextel Communications by Sprint Corporation. In 2006, the company spun off its local landline telephone business, naming it Embarq. The company also completed the $6.5 billion acquisition of Nextel Partners, one of its largest affiliates, which primarily provides Nextel wireless services to more rural markets.

Sprint also operates and maintains DCSNet, the U.S. Federal Government's private surveillance network.

In 2009, Sprint announced that its entire wireless network will be turned over to the Sweden-based Ericsson. Under the deal, Sprint will transfer many of their employees and Ericsson will take over the full maintenance and operations of the Sprint wireless network. Additionally Ericsson will be housed within the Sprint headquarters. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of Q3 2009.

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