Sprint to supply non-phone gadgets with Internet

Sprint to supply non-phone gadgets with Internet
Looks like Sprint is going for some alternative solutions in order to gain additional revenue. A Wall Street Journal article gives details on the carrier’s future plans, which involve making a good use of its existing high-speed wireless network. The idea is that Sprint will rent the excess part of its data network to non-phone manufacturers in order to provide wireless Internet service for their products. According to a person who is said to be familiar with the case, among these companies are GPS manufacturer Garmin, storage device maker SanDisc and Eastman Kodak, specializing in the photographic industry. The actual fee that the carrier would collect will be based on the amount of data used by the devices.   

source: WSJ via Yahoo!

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32 Comments

1. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

being able to post pics from your camera to your photobucket wirelessly anywhere you go, thats pretty bad ass.

2. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Loving this. Looks like ATT is dropping rapidly and sprint is going to be taking their place very shortly...

8. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

What the heck does this have to do with AT&T? You hits just throw AT&T into every sentence now. And by the way, what happened to Verizon's open source thingy back into 2008? It was such a huge success that no one has ever what happened with that. This is all crap to me. Spring is just trying to raise prestige for the Palm Pre. I doubt iris a coincidence that they decide to do this 3 months before the expected release of the pre. Sprint has been one of the weakest carriers in terms of number of customers for a long time now so why now with the big news? It's kind of funny how sprint was like invisible for months and now there are two articles (back to back I think) on sprint and it's call quality and it's future plans. It's just raising hype for the Palm Pre. They've already got people saying crap like spring will replace Att worth just this article so I guess their subtle and clever form of advertising is working pretty well.

11. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Dude, calm down, I totally get what you're saying, but there are always going to be fanboys talking smack about the other wireless companies; its a message board. But, with this Sprint news being a marketing ploy, it wouldn't surprise me. The majority of ppl are sheep, so they'll pretty much follow anything.

12. plnelson

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Remove the iphone and ATT is a fish living in a poisoned lake. It may still be alive, but you wouldn't want to eat it.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

haha...imagine if verizon got the iphone instead of at&t...

15. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

There's no denying that they dont' have the subscribers as VZW or ATT, but not being in the news? Their everything plan seems to have shaken things up. Competition is good, it helps out us consumers.

17. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

who even brought up the pre? and how has sprint been invisible the past few months it seems u are extremly out of the loop in the wireless industry. did mommy buy u a iphone for christmas? and know u think you know something about wireless. sprint offering its wireless service is something they have been talking about since 4q 2008 and is already being offered for several products.any yes it is big news that they are pushing it out to more medians. its going to change alot in the wireless industry. while i agree heavy breathing comments are a bit off, your rant on sprint and the pre sounds just as uneducated and useless

22. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

hey heavybreathing. What call center do u work for? I bet its in arnold missouri. Also your comments are useless and childish. Your also annoying.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

oh wow, I didn't know I sounded mad. I use "what the heck" a lot when someone says something stupid, but I didn't mean to sound angry. But I still think I'm kind of right. I'm just saying that Sprint hasn't really been there with Verizon, AT&T, and T-mobile. And I was watching television with my brother one day when he all of a sudden said, "Oh wow, a Sprint commericial." I don't want to sound like I'm mad or anything, so I'll just say that I'm expecting a lot of advertising and good publicity for Sprint, because that's what they have to do to remove the negative opinions that are for some reason always attached to the company. And when I said invisible, I didn't mean they actually disappeared (I have to say that because someone might actually take it seriously). I mean that they have been a little overshadowed. I just wanted to say what I was thinking, I hope I'm not sounding too bitter.

3. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

agreed there are deff gonna be big changes with sprint this year...for the better ofcoarse

4. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

i can really see this blowing up in thier face

5. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

would u like to elaborate

19. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

examples would be over-extending their network which results in slower speeds, etc.

6. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

^ doubt it would blow up in their face, its more income to be spent on this they need to improve on. that mixed with some hot new phones, equals huge improvement.

7. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

yea they already provide the internet on the kindle and seen a huge revenue increase and thats just one device, imagine takeing a picture on you digital camara and being able to post it online instantly! the apps are limitless!!! this is gonna be huge for sprint

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Whatever Sprint brings, I'll be lookig forward to seeing it. But, I still don't think it'll be enough to pass VW and AT&T.

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

sprint will never pass at&t or verizon in terms of customers or cell coverage

16. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

Customers, yeah. cell coverage? This isn't the year 2000. Their voice coverage has been very good recently. Their data coverage is top notch. CDMA will always have better call/data quality and coverage when compared to GSM.

18. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

i agree with customer base but coverage your way off sprints voice is better than at&t's and data has far surpassed both at&t and verizon. due some research before u post your opinion

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

verizon has best us coverage hands down, i have no clue what your talking about insider80

24. musiqlives

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2008

Thank you insider80! It seems so many VW & AT&T customers are ashamed to admit that fact. I would much rather have a better (the best!) data connections. I don't know very many people that talk more than they check email, Facebook, twitter, view stocks & look up information on google, yahoo, MSN, ect. And as far as Sprint cell coverage goes, most sprint plans include roaming. So if you happen to be in some back ally hick town thats not on any map. Chances are you'll pick up something.

25. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

if you read my post i didnt say sprints voice coverage was better than verizon i said it was better than at&t but sprint DATA network is better than verizons

26. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

define better

27. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Better because it cost less

28. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

and because its about 5 times faster

29. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i would rather have voice and 3g coverage wherever i go, instead of caring about the price or speeds. i use bolt browser on the storm and i couldnt ask for faster internet, every page loads sooo much faster than the blackberry browser. look at ny state. everywhere there is voice coverage there is 3g. even up in the boonies!! also look at cali or florida. verizon ftw

10. plnelson

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

This isn't new news, persay. They have been talking about this for the better part of a year. The only difference is that previous mentions of mobile internet itegrated into comsumer electronics have focused on WiMax. It's nice to see that they are not waiting for WiMax to mature before they roll out these services.

21. halcyoncmdr

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Sprint has done this in the past, it isn't particularly new, but they do seem to be extending the number of partners using the network. The Kindle (1 & 2), Ford's new in-dash computers, it isn't a new thing, there just are nore devices coming out lately that use the netwok that people are starting to notice.

30. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

vzfanman, back away from the Kool Aid. Can any article, especially a Sprint one, get by w/o some vzw sub/employee going on about the supposed superior network or the mythical Storm

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