Sprint today said it has expanded the reach of its Rural Roaming Preferred Program to include 12 new carriers. The increased footprint covers 34 million POPs across 23 states and 352,000 square miles. The carriers involved include SouthernLINC Wireless, C Spire Wireless, nTelos, Nex-Tech Wireless, Flat Wireless, SI Wireless, Inland Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, Carolina West Wireless, James Valley Telecommunications, VTel Wireless, and Phoenix Wireless. According to Sprint, its customers will be able to roam onto the LTE 4G networks operated by these carriers and vice versa. Sprint further said it is working with these carriers to entice them to participate in Sprint's handset ecosystem. If they do, it could help them all reduce development costs and allow the smaller carriers to gain access to leading devices sooner.
This move is intended to try to strengthen competitors for their soon to be buy out attempt of tmobile...Fcc and DoJ arguments are for competition and this tries to do just that...Its a bad deal in general but not for those areas.
Do these carriers use bands 25/26/41 or a subset thereof or is this a case where Sprint's commitment to include band 12 in future devices (see Sprint presentation at Competitive Carriers Association 2014 conference) is required to take advantage of these agreements?