Sprint today announced that it plans to sell notes in a bid to raise more cash. According to Sprint, any proceeds derived from the sale of notes will be put toward network expansion and modernization efforts, its pension program, and other general corporate purposes. Sprint didn't say when it will sell the notes, nor how much it is looking to raise. SoftBank recently paid Sprint more than $20 billion for a large equity stake in the company. Sprint recently launched Sprint Spark, an effort to speed up its LTE network, and continues to deploy LTE around the country.
Sprint recently indicated via its support forums that Samsung Galaxy Note II owners should expect to see their devices updated in the days ahead. The update boosts the system software to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and adds compatibility with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. The update also adds Knox compatibility and makes improvements to the Note II's HD Voice performance. The update is being rolled out in stages.
FreedomPop today announced the availability of a new device, the HTC EVO 4G. FreedomPop is selling the EVO 4G for $99 with no contract. FreedomPop also said that it will accept a broader range of old Sprint devices on its network with its "bring your own phone" option. FreedomPop is an MVNO that uses Sprint's network. Rather than use traditional voice, FreedomPop's voice calls are sent over the data network through VoIP technology. FreedomPop offers 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data free each month, and recently introduced a plan that includes unlimited texting and calling for $10.99 a month. Earlier this year FreedomPop announced that it is transitioning from Sprint's WiMAX network to Sprint's LTE network, but it is so far offering only one LTE-capable product (a mobile hotspot). FreedomPop said that it will offer LTE-capable smartphones later this year, though price points will be closer to $200. The EVO 4G uses WiMAX.
Sprint and Best Buy have teamed together to provide students with up to a full 12 months of Sprint service for free if they buy a new device from Best Buy. The offer applies to part-time or full-time students enrolled in elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or university. The offer, which went into effect November 15, provides free talk, text, and 1GB of data on Sprint's Unlimited My Way plan. All students can add unlimited data for an additional $10 per month, as well as share lines. The promotion is available until January 4, 2014.
Ting, an MVNO that runs on Sprint's network, recently announced that it will support the Google Nexus 5 smartphone. According to Ting, customers will need to acquire their own Nexus 5 handset and a Ting SIM card. They'll then be able to activate the Nexus 5 on Ting's network. Sprint, too, supports the Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 can be ordered directly from Google, though most models are currently backordered by at least a couple of weeks.
Sprint today filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to acquire the spectrum licenses held by a company called Cleveland Unlimited Inc. At issue are 12 licenses that provide PCS coverage across portions of Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. If the transaction is approved, Sprint will gain 10 to 16.4MHz in 56 counties, giving it a total of 129.5MHz of spectrum in the coverage area. Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint would not gain Cleveland Unlimited's customers. Sprint says the spectrum will help it improve its network, expand deployment of new wireless services, and better meet growing consumer demand for mobile broadband. Sprint operates both CDMA and LTE services in the 1900MHz PCS band. Sprint recently indicated that it won't participate in the H Block spectrum auction, set to take place in January. It said it would pursue spectrum in other ways. Purchasing it from other companies is one such way toward bulking up its spectrum holdings.
Sprint today announced that it will give customers who trade in an old device a minimum account credit of $20. The offer is valid in Sprint stores on November 15, which is America Recycles Day. Sprint said the $20 offer is good for any phone in any condition from any carrier. Sprint's existing buyback program offers customers up to $300 depending on the make/model of device being traded in, but it requires that devices are in good functioning order. This new promotion applies to all devices, including old and non-functional ones, though it is good for one day only. The $20 trade-in deal is available at select stores in San Antonio, Houston, LA, and NYC. Sprint said that it recycled 4.4 million devices during 2012. It hopes to beat that number this year.
Sprint today announced that the HTC One max will be available online and in stores beginning Friday, November 15. Sprint is charging $249.99 for the One Max with a new two-year contract or $25 per month with Sprint One Up.
Sprint today followed in T-Mobile's footsteps by announcing that it will not bid in the upcoming auction for H Block spectrum. The Federal Communications Commission plans to begin auctioning off a 10MHz slice of 1900MHz PCS spectrum in January. Sprint was tagged as a potential bidder due to the proximity of the H Block spectrum to its own 1900MHz holdings. "Sprint is focused on gaining access to more low-band spectrum to add to the company's spectrum portfolio, so we have opted not to participate in the upcoming H Block auction," the company said in a statement. "With the launch of Sprint Spark, Sprint is working to deploy its 2.5GHz licenses along with licenses in 800MHz and 1900MHz to provide customers greater network speeds and capacity. We expect to offer Sprint Spark in approximately 100 of the largest U.S. cities by the end of 2016." Sprint may be eyeballing the 600MHz-band spectrum that the FCC is hoping to wrest away from broadcast television providers through a separate incentive auction. Cell signals propagate better and farther in lower spectrum bands.
AT&T might have to pay Sprint millions of dollars if it is successful in acquiring Leap Wireless. Leap has an existing MVNO contract with Sprint in order to roam onto its CDMA and LTE networks. The agreement contains a clause specifying that any company that purchases Leap could terminate the MVNO agreement, but "would be required to pay to Sprint a specified percentage of the remaining aggregate minimum purchase commitment." The MVNO contract was forged in 2010 and was worth $300 million at the time. Based on the payment schedule, Leap has already paid Sprint about $175 million, leaving $125 million unpaid. Leap did not disclose the amount of the final minimum payment. AT&T proposed to buy Leap Wireless earlier this year for $1.2 billion. If the proposal meets regulatory approval, AT&T will eventually transition Leap's CDMA customers to its GSM/HSPA network and repurpose Leap's spectrum for its own LTE 4G network.
Motorola has expanded the availability of its Moto Maker tool to customers of Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Moto Maker lets people customize a Moto X smartphone online and have it delivered to their house. The Moto X offers a range of different back panels, accents, and screen-customization options. Motorola says there are more than 2,000 unique variations of the Moto X. Orders will be assembled at Motorola's Ft. Worth plant and shipped to most customers in four days. Moto Maker was an exclusive to AT&T customers for several months. Further, the price of the Moto X has dropped from $199 with a contract to $99 with a contract. Last, Motorola confirmed that the Moto X will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat in the near future.
Sprint today announced Sprint Phone Connect System, a service that uses Sprint's cellular network rather than hard lines to provide in-home or in-office telephony. Customers can get two home phones for $49.99 when initiating a new line of service. The service offers unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling for $19.99 per month. Sprint is pitching it to cord-cutting home owners and small businesses as a way to get basic voice service without the hassle of equipment installations or the need for wired networks. AT&T and Verizon offer similar products using their own cellular networks.
Karma, an MVNO that resells access to Sprint's network, today announced that it is making the jump from WiMAX to LTE. Karma's single product is a hotspot that connects people to the internet via Wi-Fi. Karma will continue to sell the WiMAX-based mobile hotspot but will add an LTE/WiMAX-enabled hotspot to its lineup during the first half of 2014. Customers who purchase the WiMAX hotspot before the LTE hotspot launches will be able to upgrade once the LTE hotspot is available. Sprint's WiMAX network is still up and running in 80 markets across the country, but its LTE network now covers 230 markets.
Boost Mobile today announced pricing details for the Apple iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. It will sell both phones beginning Friday, November 8. Boost is charging $549.99 for the 16GB iPhone 5s, and $649.99 and $749.99 for the 32GB and 64GB models, respectively. Boost is charging $449.99 for the 16GB iPhone 5c and $649.99 for the 32GB model. It is selling the iPhone 4s for $299.99. Boost Mobile provides pre-paid service that runs on Sprint's CDMA/LTE networks. It does not require contracts. The prices it is charging for most of the iPhones mentioned above is $100 off the full retail price charged by Apple.
Google today announced the Nexus 5, a new smartphone that runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The handset, manufactured for Google by LG, is similar to the LG G2. It features a 5.0-inch full HD display that is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Significantly, the Nexus 5 adds support for LTE, and it is compatible with the LTE networks run by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. It also includes Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC. The Nexus 5 has an 8-megapixel camera with a optical image stabilization, HDR+ for improved colors, PhotoSphere, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera for selfies and video chats. It also features some of the innovations seen on the Motorola Moto X, such as Touchless Control. This lets users say "OK Google Now" to wake the phone and launch Google Now voice searches. The Google Nexus 5 is available for preorder from the Google Play Store. It ships November 5. It is being sold in both black and white. The 16GB model costs $349 and the 32GB model costs $399. It will also be sold by several online retailers, such as Amazon.com, and brick-and-mortar retailers, such as Best Buy. Sprint and T-Mobile have announced that their own variants will be available shortly.
Sprint today announced Sprint Spark, its next-generation networking technology that will make use of all three Sprint spectrum bands to boost mobile broadband speeds to 50-60Mbps. "Sprint Spark is a combination of advanced capabilities, like 1x, 2x and 3x carrier aggregation for speed, 8T8R for coverage, MIMO for capacity, TDD for spectral efficiency, together with the most advanced devices offering both tri-band capability and high-definition voice for the best possible customer experience," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Sprint said it will deploy Spark in 100 of the country's largest cities over the course of the next three years, but five markets are launching Spark today: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. Sprint expects 100 million Americans will have Sprint Spark or 2.5GHz coverage by the end of 2014. Sprint Spark gives tri-band devices the ability to actively hand-off data sessions between its three spectrum bands. Sprint says this helps boost both speed and capacity. The devices first to include Sprint Spark are the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini, and the LG G2. All three handsets will reach stores November 8. The two Samsung phones will receive a system update shortly after they go on sale that will activate their tri-band services, while the G2 will receive the same update in early 2014. The Mega will cost $199.99 with a contract or $19.59 per month with Sprint One Up; the GS4 Mini will cost $99.99 with a new contract or $16.67 per month with Sprint One Up; and the G2 will cost $199.99 with a new contract or $22.92 per month with Sprint One Up. Sprint also said that the HTC One max will be available "soon." It will cost $249.99 with a new contract or $25.00 per month with Sprint One Up.
Sprint today detailed its wireless network plans for the next 15 months. During its quarterly earnings call with media, Sprint said that it is on track to cover 200 million POPs with LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum by the end of the year. Its 1900MHz LTE network will be finalized by mid-2014. At the same time, Sprint has already begun to deploy LTE in the former Nextel's 800MHz band, which it is repurposing for 4G. Sprint did not say where it is lighting up 800MHz LTE, nor when it expects to complete its 800MHz LTE network upgrades. The bigger picture concerns Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint plans to have 5,000 2.5GHz TD-LTE cell sites up and running by the end of 2013, and it will accelerate its 2.5GHz build-out during 2014. Sprint hopes to cover 100 million POPs with 2.5GHz LTE by the end of 2014. Sprint says it expects to see significant speed boosts in markets served by the 2.5GHz spectrum. On unloaded test sites, Sprint is seeing download speeds in the 50-60Mbps range. Moving forward, most Sprint devices will support LTE in the 800MHz, 1900MHz, and 2.5GHz bands. By way of comparison, Verizon's LTE network covers more than 300 million POPs; AT&T's will cover 270 million POPs by the end of the year; and T-Mobile's covers 202 million POPs.
Sprint is prepared to demonstrate new wireless networking technology at an event in Silicon Valley today. The demonstration will show how Sprint plans to use its 2.5GHz spectrum holdings to deliver even faster mobile broadband, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Sprint's plans, both the networking technology and handsets that can use it will be available to consumers soon. At issue, notes the Journal, is whether or not the 2.5GHz spectrum will suffice for Sprint's network plans. Signals sent across higher spectrum bands don't propagate as well as they do across lower spectrum bands. Sprint explained that it will have to build 12 to 15 cell towers with 2.5GHz to match the coverage provided by just one cell site with 700MHz. The Journal did not note what this new networking technology is, but Sprint is in the middle of deploying its LTE network around the country. To-date, it has been using its 1900MHz spectrum holdings for LTE. However, Sprint has long planned to use 2.5GHz for LTE, as well. The FCC has already approved devices that include LTE support in the 2.5GHz band, and Sprint sells one mobile hotspot with that spectrum on board. SoftBank, which acquired a 79% equity stake in Sprint earlier this year, also uses 2.5GHz spectrum for its own network in Japan.
Sprint today announced a significant expansion of its LTE 4G network. The company launched service in 45 new markets today. Notably, Sprint's LTE network is now available in all of New York City, adding the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Other major markets that now have access to Sprint's LTE network include Santa Ana and Anaheim, Calif.; Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; and Spokane, Wash. According to Sprint, its LTE network now reaches 230 markets, though the company didn't say how many POPs are covered. In addition to LTE, Sprint has improved its CDMA-based network in many of the same markets. Sprint and T-Mobile trail AT&T and Verizon in terms of LTE coverage, but are catching up.
Samsung today announced that the Galaxy S4 Mini will become available from the top U.S. network operators beginning in November. The GS4 Mini was first announced in May. AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless have all agreed to sell the phone. The Mini swaps out the S4's 5-inch FHD display for a qHD 4.3-inch display; it drops the 13-megapixel camera down to 8 megapixels; and changes out the quad-core processor in favor of a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. The user-facing camera rates 1.9 megapixels and the Mini includes many of the same imaging features found in its larger stablemate. The Mini also carries over the GS4's multitude of apps, such as S Translator, S Health, WatchOn, Samsung Hub, and others. The Galaxy S4 Mini has 8GB of internal memory (5GB accessible by users), 1.5GB of RAM, and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. It includes GPS and GLONASS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and an IR blaster for the remote control app. Availability and pricing will be carrier dependent.
The Federal Communications Commission today rescheduled a spectrum auction that was originally planned to begin January 14. The new date for the auction has been pushed eight days to January 22. The FCC plans to license spectrum in the H Block, which includes the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz bands. Companies interested in participating in the auction will need to apply by November 15. This auction is expected to draw interest from Sprint and Dish Networks, which own spectrum that abuts the H block, among others. The FCC was forced to revise the auction start date due to the partial government shutdown, which interrupted the FCC's operations.
Scratch Wireless, an MVNO that runs on Sprint's network, today launched a new service offering that promises to deliver free calling, texting, and mobile data. Scratch is selling a single phone, the 2012-era Motorola Photo Q for $269, and lets customers make calls, send text messages, and surf the web all for free when connected to a Wi-Fi network. When Wi-Fi isn't available, Scratch Wireless devices will roam onto Sprint's network, where text messages will still be free, but voice and data cost extra. According to Scratch, it offers daily and monthly voice/data plans that can be used on Sprint's network when the user roams away from Wi-Fi. The 24-hour plan costs $1.99 for 30 voice minutes and 25MB of data, and the monthly plan costs $14.99 for 250 voice minutes and 200MB of data. Scratch does not have an agreement in place with Wi-Fi aggregators, such as Boingo, so customers are on their own to map out Wi-Fi hotspots and availability. Scratch does not require contracts or recurring monthly fees.
Sprint today confirmed that it will offer the HTC One Max to its customers later this year. Sprint didn't say exactly when the device would become available, nor how much it will cost.
Sprint today announced Messaging Plus, a cloud-based messaging service that connects Android and iOS devices across carriers. The application, which is powered by Jibe Mobile, lets smartphone owners send text, instant, and group messages; share photos and videos; and conduct live, two-way video chats. Sprint says the service lets Sprint customers connect with any mobile device in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Once Sprint customers have installed it, they will be able to invite their friends and family to download it -- even those who are using service from other network operators. The app is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. It is compatible with the HTC EVO 4G LTE and One; the Apple iPhone 4, 4S, and 5; and the Samsung Galaxy S III, S4, Victory, and Note 2. Sprint said that it will be included with most Android smartphones moving forward.
Kevin Packingham, who ran Samsung's mobile device business in the U.S., has left the company. The news, reported by The New York Times, was confirmed by Samsung. "Kevin Packingham has departed Samsung Mobile. We thank Kevin for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," said a company spokesperson. Packingham was with Samsung U.S. for two years, during which time he oversaw numerous important product introductions, including the Galaxy S4 and Note II. Prior to that, he worked at Sprint. No reason was given for his departure.
HTC announced via Twitter that the Sprint variant of the HTC One will gain access to the Android 4.3 system update beginning today. In addition to improving the base OS, the update also adds features to Sense, including Instagram integration and video highlights in Blinkfeed.
FreedomPop today announced the availability of its first smartphone. It is selling the HTC EVO Design for $99 without a contract. The smartphone, though several years old, can access Sprint's CDMA and WiMAX networks for data and voice services. FreedomPop is not selling new smartphones; instead, the EVO Design has been refurbished and loaded with FreedomPop's software. Rather than use traditional voice, FreedomPop's voice calls are sent over the data network through VoIP technology. FreedomPop offers 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data free each month, and today introduced a plan that includes unlimited texting and calling for $10.99 a month. FreedomPop is an MVNO that uses Sprint's network. In August, it announced that it is transitioning from Sprint's WiMAX network to Sprint's LTE network, but it is so far offering only one LTE-capable product (a mobile hotspot). FreedomPop said that it will offer LTE-capable smartphones later this year, though price points will be closer to $200.
Dish Networks is looking to win control over bankrupt LightSquared's spectrum assets in an auction scheduled for December. A judge will set initial terms for an auction of LightSquared's assets on Monday. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has been acquiring LightSquared's debt on the side, which gives him a say in how the auction of the failed company's spectrum assets is handled. If Dish comes to own LightSquared's L-Band satellite spectrum, it will be in a better position to make a play as a wireless network operator. Earlier this year, Dish failed to acquire Clearwire and Sprint, which it wanted for their spectrum assets. Dish believes it can use LightSquared's L-Band spectrum for uplink operations while using its existing spectrum assets for downlink operations. Dish wants to become a mobile network company, and this may be the opportunity that helps it achieve that goal.
Boost Mobile today announced the ZTE Warp 4G, an updated version of last year's phone that includes support for Sprint's LTE 4G network. The Warp 4G runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and includes a 4.5-inch HD display with durable glass; an 8-megapixel main camera and 1-megapixel user-facing camera; dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage; and Wi-Fi, GPS, and Stereo Bluetooth 4.0. The Warp has a 2070mAh battery and is preloaded with a number of Boost Mobile apps and services, such as Boost Zone and Mobile ID. The ZTE Warp 4G is available from Boost Mobile's web site for $199.99. Boost Mobile does not require contracts and operates on Sprint's 3G/4G networks.
Sprint today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be available beginning October 4. Sprint is charging $349.99 for the Note 3 smartphone with a new contract. The Gear is available separately for $299.99 without a contract. The Note 3 has a full HD 5.7-inch display, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and 13-megapixel camera. It runs Android and is loaded with customized software from Samsung.
Sprint today debuted a new upgrade program that looks to compete with those offered by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Sprint's program is called One Up, and lets customers upgrade their device once every 12 months. The One Up plan costs $65 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and data for the life of the line. Customers will then have to add in the cost of their device, which will be broken down into 24 equal payments and added to the monthly bill. The monthly payment price will vary depending on the final cost of the phone, though Sprint mentioned there will be no financing fees for customers with good credit. Sprint said that customers won't need to make a down payment on the phone "for a limited time," but didn't say how long it will offer the no down payment promotion. Existing customers who are eligible for upgrades can take advantage of the new program, which goes into effect today for new contracts. As a special offer until the end of the year, current customers not upgrade-eligible but who have had their existing phone for 12 months can trade their phone in to join One Up. Sprint One Up can be activated at company stores, but it is not available in Florida and Washington, D.C.
Republic Wireless today announced that it will soon offer the Motorola Moto X for $299 without a contract. Republic is an MVNO that uses Sprint's network and offers unlimited everything for $19 per month. Republic Wireless uses a combination of cellular data and Wi-Fi to pass VoIP-based calls through the internet rather than through traditional voice networks. The Moto X includes improved voice call quality over Wi-Fi, and makes significant improvements to call hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Republic did not say exactly when the Moto X will go on sale. Republic Wireless also announced that it will be overhauiling its service plans in November. The first plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data on Wi-Fi only for $5 per month. The second includes unlimited talk and text on Wi-Fi and cellular, and unlimited data on Wi-Fi for $10 per month. The third includes unlimited talk, text and data on Wi-Fi, plus 3G cellular for $25 per month. The fourth includes unlimited talk, text and data on Wi-Fi, plus 4G cellular for $40 per month. Once the new plans launch, Republic will continue to offer its original $19 plan only to the Motorola Defy XT.
Sprint today announced that it will expand its retail presence within Costco stores. Sprint already operates kiosks at 106 Costco locations around the country. Sprint said it will nearly double that footprint with the addition of 100 new stores. According to Sprint, it will sell its premiere devices, such as LTE 4G smartphones from HTC, Motorola, and Samsung, at Costco stores. The kiosks will be staffed and managed by Wireless Advocates, a third-party provider of wireless products and services, on Sprint's behalf.
Sprint has acquired Handmark, reports AllThingsD. Handmark is a mobile app and services company perhaps most well known for its Pocket Express app for Palm smartphones. In recent years, Handmark has turned toward mobile advertising, and it is this expertise that attracted Sprint's attention. "As a long-time partner of Sprint, we've worked together on some of the mobile industry's most successful initiatives," said Handmark founder and CEO Augie Grasis. "Joining forces is a natural progression to our relationship and will help scale our mobile media business." Sprint will put Handmark's assets to use with its Pinsight Media advertising unit.
Sprint today announced that its LTE 4G network is available in 34 new markets around the country. The total number of markets covered by the company's faster mobile broadband network now stands at 185. Sprint didn't say how many POPs are covered by its LTE network but said it is on track to cover 200 million by the end of the year.
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that Auction 96, which will sell spectrum licenses in the H Block, will begin on January 14, 2014. Before today, the schedule and rules regarding the auction were tentative. The H Block includes the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz bands. In addition to firming up the date, the FCC also fully adopted previously proposed procedures, reserve price, and minimum opening bids for the auction. The FCC suggests that interested parties begin familiarizing themselves with the rules. This auction is expected to draw interest from Sprint, which owns spectrum that abuts the H block, among others.
Walmart today announced that beginning September 21 customers will be able to receive instant credit for old phones that are traded in for new phones. The program is being run for Walmart by CExchange, which will responsibly recycle the old devices. Walmart said that it will accept most functioning smartphones and will offer credit ranging from $50 to $300, depending on the device and its condition. For example, Walmart said that it will provide $300 in credit for an Apple iPhone 5, or $175 for a Samsung Galaxy SIII. In order to receive the trade-in credit, however, customers must sign a new two-year agreement with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. The trade-in program will be available at some 3,500 Walmart and Sam's Club locations throughout the country.
Sprint today announced that the LG G2 will be available for pre-order beginning October 11, and available for purchase "before the holidays." The G2 will cost $199.99 with a new contract. Sprint is offering the Quick Window case ($49.99) for free to customers who pre-order the G2 via its web site. The G2 is LG's flagship smartphone and has a 5.2-inch full HD screen, 13-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon 800 processor.
Sprint today announced that the Motorola Moto X will be available online and in stores beginning Friday, September 6. Sprint is charging $199 for the 16GB Moto X, but will offer a $100 credit toward the purchase of a Moto X to those who port their number from another carrier. The promotion runs for a limited time. Sprint is selling both the black and white variants, and said that its customers, too, will have the opportunity to customize their Moto X with Moto Maker in the months to come. Sprint was not more specific about Moto Maker's availability.
Sprint today reminded U.S. Cellular customers located in the St. Louis metropolitan area that it will shut down existing U.S. Cellular service on October 31. Sprint acquired some spectrum and assets from U.S. Cellular earlier this year. The shutdown will affect the customers, leaving them without service. Sprint is urging those who've not already switched to Sprint's devices and services to do so as soon as possible. Sprint says U.S. Cellular customers can port their existing number to Sprint, but they have to buy new devices, as their old ones are not compatible with Sprint's network. Sprint began notifying the customers in June, and is offering them incentives to update their device and service to either Sprint or Boost Mobile. Sprint intends to use the former U.S. Cellular spectrum in the St. Louis region to supplement its own network.