Microsoft launches Office for iPads

The Office for iPad apps – specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps – went live Thursday morning in Apple’s iTunes App Store. The apps are free if users only want to view and present documents, spreadsheets and slides.

Sprint will provide rural carriers access to airwaves

In an agreement with the Competitive Carriers Association, which represents smaller mobile providers, Overland Park-based Sprint will let rural carriers focus on improving their own networks rather than expanding coverage. The partnership is designed for areas underserved by high-speed Internet.

Sprint starts marketing its network with Framily campaign

A new tagline, “happy connecting,” caps commercials that introduce “a strange mix” of characters that the Overland Park-based wireless carrier says will become identified with the company. One ad features comedian Andrew Dice Clay as the voice of a hamster.

Another Sprint network executive leaves, report says

The departure of Iyad Tarazi, a vice president of network technology development and integration, comes after Sprint’s chief network officer left and the company said its president of network, technology and operations would leave later this year.

Sprint is closing Overland Park call center, cutting about 200 jobs

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.

Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator gives medical tech firms a leg up

Ten specially chosen startup companies — each focusing on merging health care with mobile technology — have come to the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator at 210 W. 19th Terrace. They will gain up to $120,000 in funding, share space, swap ideas, work with experts, pair with mentors and hone their business strategies — all with an eye toward impressing potential financial backers on Demo Day in June.

Sprint adds LTE speeds in 20 markets

Overland Park-based Sprint Corp. said its network’s expansion of Long Term Evolution, or LTE, coverage reached 20 more markets Monday. The addition of Omaha, Neb., and markets in 14 other states brings the faster wireless broadband service to 250 markets.