Call centers in Sacramento, Calif., and Elmsford, N.Y., also are closing. A television station in Florida reported a fourth call center in Orlando, Fla., will lay off about 400 people. And in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the newspaper there, 450 jobs are being cut at that city’s call center. Overall, the paper reported, Sprint is cutting 1,550 customer service jobs, citing greater efficiencies.
In Washington, Masayoshi Son promised price wars and faster Internet service in return for a little regulatory flexibility. Known as a blunt and sharp-elbowed maverick, the 56-year-old Tokyo businessman is on a mission to revitalize Sprint, which has been losing subscribers as T-Mobile has been adding them.
Customers were without voice or text service for more than two hours after maintenance problems disrupted the network.
The plan follows similar programs at the three other national wireless companies to allow customers a new phone each year. One Up, like plans at other carriers, also includes an installment payment feature for the new devices. Sprint said One Up spreads the cost of the new phone over 24 monthly payments, with the size of the final payment varying in some cases.
Approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States gets the $20.1 billion deal closer to a July consummation. Clearance included a deal to let the U.S. government approve a “security director” who would be a member of Sprint’s board.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. and the two companies reached an security agreement following a thorough review of the proposed transaction, according to a person familiar with the matter. The agreement, which could be announced any time, would remove a hurdle to the deal to give Tokyo-based SoftBank control of Sprint.
SoftBank Corp. has agreed to appoint a U.S. government-approved “security director” to the wireless phone company’s board to address national security concerns. It made the unusual commitment to several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, as it presses for federal approval of its agreement to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion.
The approval of a $3.40-a-share bid followed the boards previous approval of a $2.97-a-share deal. A statement said the board determined Sprints offer is the most favorable potential transaction for the investors who own about 49 percent of Clearwire.
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday opened its wallet a bit wider to gain full control of its longtime wireless network partner Clearwire Corp. and the valuable airwaves it owns. The Overland Park-based company also said Tuesday it would open its financial books for Dish Network Corp. and negotiate with the company on its buyout offer.
Four banks will help finance its $25.5 billion takeover offer. Dish has talked to Overland Park-based Sprint about the financing and the two sides will continue meeting to discuss the offer, which compares with a $20.1 billion bid from SoftBank.
Mount Kellett Capital Management LP said it forged an alliance with other Clearwire investors to coax Sprint Nextel into making a better takeover offer for the struggling wireless Internet company.
The financing, part of a prearranged agreement with Overland Park-based Sprint, can be exchanged for Clearwire stock at $1.50 a share under certain conditions. The move gives Sprint a way to tighten its grip on Clearwire as a rival suitor, Dish Network Corp. seeks to wrest control of the wireless Internet company’s valuable airwaves – perhaps by acquiring Sprint itself
The new Samsung phone will still go on sale by Sprint this Saturday through Internet and phone sales, but its arrival in Sprint stores will be delayed.
The CEO says marketing strategy, network upgrade and Clearwire purchase depend on the outcome of the SoftBank and Dish bids.
The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone. It’s the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.
The launch of the iPhone 5 helped AT&T attract more new customers in the holiday quarter than it has in three years, but it posted a big loss because of an annual adjustment to its pension obligations.
More Clearwire Corp. shareholders have joined the chorus of investors asking Sprint Nextel Corp. to raise its bid for the wireless-network operator after a counteroffer from Dish Network Corp.
Dish Network asked U.S. regulators to pause their consideration of Softbank’s proposed $20 billion purchase of Sprint Nextel as the satellite television provider pursues Sprint partner Clearwire.
A bad day for regional stocks was punctuated by the ongoing slide in Sprint stock.
Shares in Sprint Nextel fell for the second consecutive day Tuesday, following downgrades by two Wall Street analysts.
Shares in Sprint Nextel fell nearly 4 percent Monday after an analyst at UBS downgraded the wireless companys stock.
T-Mobile USA Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Legere said the carrier has put in place the necessary pieces—– the iPhone, a faster network and a service plan that lets customers buy phones in installments— to end subscriber losses next year.
Carriers including Verizon Communications Inc. didn’t follow their own procedures for backup power and system design, causing 911 emergency-calling service to fail for more than 2 million people after storms last June, U.S. regulators said.
Stock market investors drove shares of Clearwire Corp. higher Wednesday, exceeding the price Sprint Nextel Corp. has proposed paying in its $2.2 billion buyout offer for its wireless network partner.
Apple is considering selling a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone as soon as this year as part of its push to get customers in developing nations, according to published reports.