February 10, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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