There's a lot of Sprint news today. Sprint reported more subscribers, new 4G LTE markets and donations from its recycling program.
Sprint reported total net subscriber additions of 1.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2011. It claims the best quarterly result in six years total subscribers are at the highest level in the company’s history. Forty percent of Sprint’s 1.8 million iPhone sales in the fourth quarter were to new customers.
Approximately 9 percent of postpaid customers upgraded their handsets during the fourth quarter. Upgrades as a percentage of Sprint subscriber base increased sequentially, likely due to the iPhone launch and customers’ expectations of the launch, which depressed third quarter upgrades.
Sprint announced that Baltimore and Kansas City will have access to the 4G LTE network by mid-2012. Metros already announced for mid-2012 4G LTE include Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
The initial products to connect to 4G LTE will be:
- Galaxy Nexus features include a 4.65" Super AMOLED touchscreen, 32GB internal storage, front-facing camera, 5MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth , dual-core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and 4G LTE access in LTE markets.
- LG Viper 4G LTE with eco-friendly features and a type of screen that is very clear even in direct sunlight, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1.2GHz dual core processor, 5MP camera/LED flash, VGA front-facing 4-inch WVGA NOVA touchscreen, hotspot capability and a microSD slot (up to32GB). It is also compatible with DLNA-capable devices.
- Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot, a 3G, 4G and 4G LTE mobile hotspot.
Sales generated from recycled wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards received by Sprint’s charitable phone-recycling program, Sprint Project Connect, are used to fund new content to the NSTeens.org site and other free Internet-safety resources available from NCMEC.
Sprint has launched a new website that shows how and when they will shut down the iDEN network starting in 2013. It shows maps and when there will work in areas according to city or zip code.