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Sprint — the nation's third largest wireless company — with billions in revenue has adopted a low-road employment strategy based on sending tens of thousands of jobs overseas and opposing workers' rights at home.

Eye on Sprint shines the light on Sprint and provides a comprehensive view of Sprint's employment practices, business strategies, and corporate behavior.

February 10, 2012

Sprint build-out? Shutdown more like it.
Sprint subscribers in many areas of Kansas and Oklahoma will no longer
receive service on the Sprint network, according to a recent report in
the Kansas City Business Journal. Rather, Sprint will route those calls
over other companies' infrastructure, a service known as roaming.

Instead of investing in its own network - and creating jobs - Sprint has
chosen to ride off other companies' networks.

And while customers are roaming, some Sprint services won't be
available, including Sprint Mobile to Mobile and Any Mobile and Anytime
plan features. Customers using those services will be billed roaming
charges.

Sprint data coverage

Why is Sprint doing this? With the rise in smartphones and I-Phone
costs, Sprint is looking for ways to save money. "Due to rising network
costs, we are making adjustments to the coverage we provide to some
areas of Oklahoma and Kansas," a Sprint spokeswoman told the
Kansas City Business Journal.

Sprint voice coverage

But what may help boost Sprint's profits, hurts consumers and
communities. Rural consumers with few competitive choices pay higher
roaming charges, and get potentially spotty voice service and slower
data speeds. At the same time, communities see no new network deployment
and no related job creation. The irony is that Sprint -- with its
majority ownership in Clearwire - sits on more spectrum than any other
wireless carrier, yet, at least in Kansas and Oklahoma (and who knows
where else they plan similar moves), Sprint is not putting the resource
to productive use.

Once again, Sprint shows its true colors: profits before service, and no
job creation at home.

Posted by EyeOnSprint in: Uncategorized

January 5, 2012

Sprint and T-Mobile – No Way

Remember in September when Sprint CEO Dan Hesse strongly hinted that Sprint would try to buy T-Mobile if the AT&T merger doesn’t happen?

Well, Sprint is at it again – stoking that very possibility in a series of new stories today.  If there is one thing that investors, analysts and experts have made clear is that Sprint is in no position to merge with T-Mobile or any other company.  That’s aside from the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile share very different technologies that would take years to overcome.

Above anything else, Sprint needs to focus on getting its own house in order.

Over the last months, EyeOnSprint has covered Sprint’s many financial and technological challenges the company will face over the next years from funding their Network Vision plan, their rocky relationship with Clearwire, and the disastrous merger with Nextel.

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Posted by EyeOnSprint in: Merger

Sprint’s Employment Practices

Sprint – the nation’s third largest wireless company with $8.3 billion in revenue in 2010 – has adopted a low-road employment strategy based on sending tens of thousands of jobs overseas and opposing workers’ rights at home.  Since 2006, Sprint cut 25,000 U.S.-based jobs, closed 30 domestic call centers, and offshored the work to India, the Philippines, and Mexico.  The move hurt U.S. workers, their families, and the communities in which they live with reduced income and a shrinking tax base.

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Posted by EyeOnSprint in: Jobs

January 4, 2012

DSL Reports: Sprint CEO Says They’re Throttling Unlimited Users

“While Sprint has continued to insist they’re dedicated to offering unlimited data, the writing has been on the wall for some time that this dedication is going to have a short shelf life. Sprint has killed off unlimited data for everyone but smartphone users, and now CEO Dan Hesse is acknowledging that they are throttling the heaviest unlimited users. At a conference Hesse acknowledged that Sprint throttles about 1% of those users, telling investor attendees that “for those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off.” While you’d expect network management, the problem is their ads say they don’t throttle.”

Read More at DSLReports.com 

 

Posted by EyeOnSprint in: Technology

USA Today: Sprint places data consumption cap on phone-as-modem feature

“It turns out Sprint’s claim of unlimited data has a few limits.”

“In October, Sprint placed a 5-gigabyte monthly cap on Sprint Mobile Hotspot, a service that allows you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi modem for $29.99 a month. Data used over 5GB now cost 5 cents per megabyte. Previously, the service was unlimited if you used it on Sprint’s network.”

Read More at USAToday.com

Posted by EyeOnSprint in: Technology

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