69 Facts About Sprint PCS


Sprint PCS offered wireless voice, messaging, and broadband services through its various subsidiaries under the Boost Mobile and Open Mobile brands and wholesale access to its wireless networks to mobile virtual network operators.

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Sprint PCS used CDMA, EvDO and 4G LTE networks, and formerly operated iDEN, WiMAX, and 5G NR networks.

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Sprint PCS traced its origins to the Brown Telephone Company, which was founded in 1899 to bring telephone service to the rural area around Abilene, Kansas.

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In 2006, Sprint PCS left the local landline telephone business and spun those assets off into a new company named Embarq, which later became a part of Lumen Tech, which remains one of the largest long-distance providers in the United States.

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In July 2013, as part of the SoftBank transactions, Sprint PCS acquired the remaining shares of the wireless broadband carrier Clearwire Corporation which it did not already own.

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Sprint PCS operated thousands of miles of track as well as telegraph wire that ran along those tracks.

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In 1986, GTE Sprint PCS merged with the United Telecommunications Inc property, US Telecom.

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In 1988, GTE sold more of Sprint PCS to United Telecom, giving United Telecom operational control of the company.

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Sprint PCS Corporation entered the Canadian market in the early 1990s as a reseller of bulk long-distance telephone lines that it bought from domestic companies.

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In 1993, Sprint PCS entered into a strategic alliance with Call-Net Enterprises, a Canadian long-distance service, and bought 25 percent of the company.

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In 1994, Sprint PCS spun off their existing cellular operations as 360° Communications to comply with an FCC regulatory mandate.

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In September 1996, Sprint PCS announced a deal with RadioShack, and in 1997, Sprint PCS stores opened at RadioShack to offer communications services and products across the United States.

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In 1999, Sprint PCS began recombining its local telecom, long-distance, wireline, and wireless business units into a new company, in an initiative known internally as "One Sprint PCS".

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Sprint PCS tried to address this with the advent of PowerSource phones.

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In 2006, Sprint PCS spun off its local telephone operations, including the former United Telephone companies and Centel, as Embarq.

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Sprint PCS's acquisition of Nextel was a disaster from a fiscal standpoint in 2008, the company wrote down $29.

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In 2005, Sprint PCS Nextel acquired three of its ten wireless affiliates: US Unwired, acquired in August; Gulf Coast Wireless, acquired in October; and IWO Holdings, acquired in October.

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SoftBank stated that Sprint PCS will remain a separate entity, and will remain a CDMA carrier until it is an all-LTE carrier.

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Sprint PCS stated that this deal would increase the company's retail footprint by more than double.

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Sprint PCS derives revenue as a wireline IP network operator and as a long-distance telephony provider.

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Sprint PCS is the United States' fourth largest long-distance provider by subscribers.

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In 2006, Sprint PCS Nextel exited the local landline telephone business, spinning those assets off into a newly created company named Embarq, which CenturyTel acquired in 2008 to form CenturyLink.

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Sprint PCS later expanded their Ethernet services to 65 markets in September 2011.

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Sprint PCS then launched Ethernet over copper and Ethernet over DOCSIS in 2016 to complement its Fiber Ethernet offerings.

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Sprint PCS offers its enterprise customers managed web-based services through its Sprint PCS Web Services program.

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In 2015, Sprint PCS powered the Connected Officer program for the Los Angeles Police Department in partnership with Samsung, VMware, and Prodapt.

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Sprint PCS wireline is responsible for traditional telecommunications relay service, speech to speech relay service, and captioned telephone service .

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Sprint PCS is in the process of upgrading these services from a TDM network to an IP-based network.

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Sprint PCS Corporation offers postpaid wireless voice and data services primarily under the Sprint PCS brand.

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Sprint PCS Prepaid Group was a division of the company formed in May 2010 that is responsible for the operations of Sprint PCS's pre-pay subsidiaries.

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Boost Worldwide, Inc was a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprint PCS that provides nationwide, prepaid wireless voice, messaging and broadband data products and services to customers in the contiguous United States under the Boost Mobile brand.

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The services are provided as an MVNO hosted on the Sprint PCS-owned CDMA, EVDO, WiMAX, LTE, and LTE Advanced networks.

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Sprint PCS Velocity was Sprint PCS Corporation's Connected Vehicle Platform, announced in 2012 in partnership with Chrysler.

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Sprint PCS Corporation provided services using both its own spectrum and network equipment through affiliate agreements.

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Sprint PCS provided back-end support such as billing and telephone-based customer service, while the affiliates built and maintained the network, sold equipment to customers, and staffed the retail stores in their specific regions.

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Sprint PCS is given access to the SRA network in return for allowing the use of Sprint PCS spectrum.

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Sprint PCS Corporation provides wholesales capacity on its CDMA2000, EVDO, and LTE wireless networks to mobile virtual network operators, which allows other wireless providers to utilize its networks to offer its services.

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Sprint PCS then continued to upgrade their 3G EV-DO network until it reached 260 million people in 2007.

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Sprint PCS has recently added eHRPD to its network in order to facilitate smooth handoffs between LTE and EV-DO.

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Sprint PCS had announced that it entered into a 15-year agreement that included spectrum hosting, network services, 4G wholesale and 3G roaming, with LightSquared.

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Sprint PCS projected that the LTE network would cover 123 million people in 2012 and over 250 million people by the end of 2013.

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Sprint PCS has begun to roll out VoLTE, although the deployment is currently limited to certain markets.

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Sprint PCS has a variety of wireless and mobile broadband products selection from a full range of manufacturers, that are preloaded with the largest mobile operating systems including Google's Android, Apple's iOS, and Microsoft's Windows Phone.

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That being said, Sprint PCS is one of the only carriers that historically has not charged its customers for this type of device if the customer can demonstrate that Sprint PCS coverage is inadequate where they live.

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Sprint PCS ended the CLEAR brand in September 2013 shortly after it closed its acquisition of Clearwire, and it no longer offers CLEAR-branded products and services to new customers.

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Sprint PCS Nextel intended these products and services as a lower-cost alternative, charging $.

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The products and services were initially available through Walmart stores; Sprint PCS Nextel had planned to expand the distribution of Common Cents Mobile to other outlets, but never did.

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Sprint PCS Nextel decided to decommission the iDEN network it had acquired after merging with Nextel Communications in order to repurpose the network for LTE coverage, Sprint PCS stopped offering Nextel Direct Connect walkie-talkie service.

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Sprint PCS Corporation acquired the iDEN network as a result of its merger with Nextel Communications in 2005.

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Sprint PCS later marketed "push-to-talk" services under the Nextel Direct Connect name.

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Sprint PCS provided its prepay partners Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile access to data services via the WiMAX network; including other Mobile virtual network operators under wholesale agreements.

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Sprint PCS became the owner of Clearwire, after outbidding Dish Network for the company.

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Sprint PCS Corporation is working on migrating WiMAX customers to LTE compatible devices in order to begin transitioning the WiMAX bands to TDD LTE.

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In July 2013, Sprint PCS announced its first tri-band products capable of accessing TDD-LTE data connections in the 2.

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The groups, Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen, said that the network shutdown violates the contract which requires Sprint PCS to provide high-speed internet services for low-income families and public institutions, as most of the equipment was still not LTE-compatible.

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Sprint PCS pledged to provide upgrades to the equipment and work out a solution with the groups as soon as possible.

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Unlike the aforementioned companies, which have comparatively lenient policies about unlocking phones, such as when the device is paid off or the contract is fulfilled, and Verizon, whose GSM-capable devices ship with the GSM portion already unlocked, Sprint PCS will unlock devices for international use only for customers in good standing after contacting customer support.

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Additionally, the resale value of Sprint PCS-sold iPhones generally are the lowest of devices sold by the top four carriers in the country.

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Sprint PCS was ordered to implement a comprehensive two-year plan to comply with the commission's rules including training of Sprint PCS employees on how to comply with Do Not Call rules.

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Sprint PCS was featured in Baywatch by Dwayne The Rock Johnson's character, Mitch.

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Sprint PCS was the official wireless sponsor of the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Since then, Sprint PCS signed a contract extension with NASCAR to continue sponsoring the series through the 2016 season.

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Sprint PCS was replaced by Monster Energy after the 2016 season.

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Sprint PCS Corporation held the naming rights to the Sprint PCS Center in Kansas City, Missouri; after the merger in 2020, the arena was renamed the T-Mobile Center .

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Sprint PCS Nextel announced in December 2011 that it reached a multi-year exclusive partnership with the National Basketball Association to be the league's official wireless service partner.

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Sprint PCS was a sponsor for the Copa America Centenario in 2016.

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Sprint PCS was a sponsor of the Fox television series 24 and Fringe.

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Sprint PCS was a major sponsor of the NBC television series Heroes and provided exclusive web content to subscribers.

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Sprint PCS is a major sponsor of competition reality shows, such as Big Brother and Survivor on CBS, enabling viewers to vote each week for "Player of the Game".

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