Sprint to Risk $20 Billion on Apple iPhone
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Sprint has committed itself to purchase 30.5 million Apple iPhones over the next four years. Based on the current full retail cost of the iPhone, the agreement amounts to about $20 billion. The Journal's sources call the deal a "bet-the-company kind of thing" that will likely lose Sprint money ($1.5 billion in profits) until 2014. Sprint's board signed off on the deal believing that without it the company has no other way to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has said in the past that the carrier's lack of growth in recent years can be attributed to its lack of the iPhone. The Journal's sources also indicated that they believe Sprint will offer the iPhone with unlimited data plans, contrary to what AT&T and Verizon do. Apple and Sprint did not confirm the Journal's story.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
Sprint to Cut Headcount and $2.5 Billion in Costs
Sprint is prepared to reduce expenses by as much as $2.5 billion over the next year, reports the Wall Street Journal, and is likely to cut jobs to help it reach that goal. An internal memo sent to staff by CFO Tarek Robbiati obtained by the Journal said the cuts "inevitably will result in job reductions." Sprint had about 31,000 employees as of March.
Avago Technologies May Buy Broadcom
Avago Technologies is in advanced talks to acquire Broadcom, reports the Wall Street Journal. Terms of the deal are not yet available, and the Journal's sources say the deal may not be signed.
Sprint Uninterested In the Uncarrier, Will Abandon Merger
Sprint plans to end its pursuit of T-Mobile. The company and its owner SoftBank have been weighing the idea for nearly a year.
Not even the iPhone can save Sprint
how about spending that 20 billlions improving the networks instead?
people don't care how hot is your phone, if coverage sucks people will stay away!
Blame it on the iPhone...
Sprint and Verizon were rated as the most satisfying carriers, followed by T-Mobile.
Combine this with the fact that Sprint has the cheapest plans except for T-Mobile and the...
Money would have been better invested into Sprint's Network!
Does this mean i can finally have 4G
The greatest risk is not ever taking one...