Sprint to Give 1M Free Devices, Service to Low-Income Students
Sprint today said it plans to give away 1 million free devices with up to four years of service to low-income and/or disadvantaged high school students around the country. The program will provide a free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or hotspot device with 3 GB of high-speed LTE data per month. High school students who receive a phone will be able to use it as a mobile hotspot as well as make unlimited calls and send unlimited text messages. Sprint believes the 1Million Project will help create opportunities that students without internet access might otherwise not have. "Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning," explained Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. The 5 million households that lack internet connections are at "a huge disadvantage and we are failing them. All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections." Sprint is partnering with non-profits EveryoneOn and My Brother's Keeper Alliance to help identify eligible students as well as distribute the devices. Sprint didn't say what devices might be provided.
Apple's iOS 9.3 Targets Education
Apple today released a beta of iOS 9.3 and revealed that the system update will bring new features to education. This version of iOS 9.3 is chiefly for developers.
Sprint Offering $20 LTE Starter Plan
Sprint today added a new option to its list of service plans. The Starter Unlimited Data Plan includes 1GB of high-speed data and unlimited 2G data for $20 per month.
Sprint Offering a Free Year of Service to Those Who Switch
Sprint today leveled a huge gun at the competition: it will give a year of free unlimited service to people who switch from other postpaid carriers to Sprint. The deal, detailed on Sprint's web site, requires switchers to jump through a lot of hoops and meet a wide variety of conditions.
Sprint Adds Unlimited Data to Open World Program for Rio Games
Sprint today said customers who travel to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be able to talk and text for free, as well as use an unlimited amount of high-speed data for free. The Open World program already covers a number of countries across Latin America, but normally only includes unlimited talk, text, and 1 GB of data.
Well I guess that's one way to do it...