Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sprint, Gains 1.1 Million Wireless Customers, Android Does Work
Looks like Android is working for more people, even wireless carriers like Sprint. Sprint has added more than a million customers during a quarter and it is a first for the carrier. By bringing WiMAX and EVDO with Android phones like LG Optimus STM, Sanyo ZioTM by Kyocera, and Samsung TransformTM with integrated Sprint ID. Sprint ID, introduced in October, is a user-friendly way for customers to personalize their AndroidTM experience, conveniently downloading ID packs that feature applications, screensavers and more. Sprint has collaborated on the development of Sprint ID packs with ESPN, HSN and MTV and previously announced its collaboration with BodyMedia, Inc., among others. The Android 4G phone, HTC EVOTM Shift 4G helped Sprint launch 4G service in 16 new markets during the quarter, including New York, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles. Sprint 4G is now available in 71 markets, reaching more than 110 million people.
Mobile hotspots, MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless, also seem to have helped Sprint. I too own a Sprint MiFi and it does what I need to, while on the run with a notebook.

Talking about notebooks, during fourth quarter 2010, Sprint added embedded 3G/4G netbook and notebook, DellTM InspironTM Mini 10 (1012) and DellTM InspironTM 11z. Last month,

According to a press release, Sprint says it added nearly 1.1 million total wireless subscribers including net postpaid subscriber additions – both bests in nearly five years – and highest ever fourth quarter prepaid net subscriber additions

    * Best ever fourth quarter and annual postpaid churn results
    * Twelfth consecutive quarter of improvement in Customer Care Satisfaction and First Call Resolution
    * Sequential and year-over-year total quarterly net operating revenue growth
    * Free Cash Flow* of $913 million in the fourth quarter and $2.5 billion for 2010
“I am pleased with the progress Sprint made in 2010 in each of our three focus areas. Sprint’s customer experience and brand continued to strengthen during the year, and we generated excellent cash flow, It had been almost five years since we added over a million customers in a quarter, and the annual improvement in postpaid subscriber results of 2.7 million vs. the previous year is unprecedented in the history of the U.S. wireless industry.” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO.



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