Sprint's LTE Headed to Baltimore by End of August
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse today said that Sprint will activate its LTE 4G network in the city of Baltimore by the end of August. Baltimore was one of Sprint's first WiMax markets, and was expected to be among the initial batch of LTE cities. Sprint launched LTE in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, and San Antonio earlier this month. Hesse did not name any other LTE markets, nor did he say exactly when LTE will go live in Baltimore. Additionally, Hesse mentioned a previously unannounced device, the Motorola Photon Q, which is an Android smartphone that will include LTE 4G, worldwide roaming, and a QWERTY keyboard. No other details of the device were revealed, though Hesse said it is launching soon.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Sprint Hangs Up on Dan Hesse, Names New CEO
Sprint today announced it has named Marcelo Claure as President and CEO of the company, who replaces Dan Hesse. Claure already served on Sprint's board of directors, and is the Founder and CEO of Brightstar Corp.
Sprint Doubles LTE Plus Footprint
Sprint today said it has doubled the availability of its LTE Plus coverage from 77 markets in November to more than 150 markets today. Some of the new markets include Boulder, Colo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y.
Sprint Says LTE Plus Now Available In New York City
Sprint today announced that its LTE Plus wireless service is available across all five boroughs of New York City. LTE Plus relies on Sprint's three LTE bands (800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2.5 GHz) and carrier aggregation to improve capacity and speed.