Sprint PCS Outlines 3G Plans, Shows Live Demo
Jan 10, 2002, 12:28 PM by (staff)
In the closing CES keynote today, Sprint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William T. Esrey outlined the company's plans to be the first U.S. carrier to deliver 3G services nationwide beginning this summer. Esrey demonstrated 3G wireless imaging, advanced messaging, location-based services, new phones by Sanyo and Hitachi, and wireless gaming. Esrey also touted the company's first high-profile sneak peek of its 3G network at CES, making it the first U.S. carrier to actually demonstrate 3G products and services in action to the general public.
Google, Sprint Deploy RCS on Android Phones
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Samsung Buys RCS Messaging Provider
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Republic Wireless MVNO to Add GSM-Based Service
Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates on Sprint's network, says it has signed a deal with a GSM-based carrier and will expand service with a GSM smartphone later this year. Republic's SVP of sales Lon France told Fierce Wireless the device will be a high-end Motorola handset, though he didn't name the exact model nor the new carrier partner (likely T-Mobile).