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Wireless carrier Sprint has laid off 2,500 employees of its pool of 33,000, spanning six customer care facilities and the company's headquarters. The employee count reduction, in conjunction with austerity measures undertaken company-wide, is intended to reduce operational costs for the company by $2.5 billion dollars per year.
Sprintis becoming the latest carrier in the United States to end two-year contracts for new accounts, according to a leaked internal document. The carrier will allegedly only offer subsidized agreements for smartphones to customers on a "reactive basis to select customers," forcing subscribers on new accounts to either pay for a device outright or to take up a leasing agreement for the hardware, instead of getting their mobile device paid for as part of a contract.
US Cellular has become the latest carrier in the United States to start selling the Apple Watch to its subscribers. Available through its online store since yesterday, the fifth-largest carrier is offering both the Sport and standard models of the Apple Watch, and is expected to start selling the smartwatch through its retail outlets later today, though it appears the selection of devices is a bit limited.
T-Mobile is offering Sprint customers an extra $200 on their account if they switch carriers. The second "gift" announcement in the Un-Carrier Unwrapped campaign, T-Mobile claims it will provide a credit of $200 per line switched over to a Simple Choice postpaid plan from any Sprint number, including prepaid and postpaid plans, as well as those on Boost and Virgin Mobile, with the limited-time promotion starting from tomorrow.
Earlier today, wireless carrier Sprint activated its implementation of the LTE Advanced network, which the company calls LTE Plus. The new network delivers speed in some markets around 100 megabits per second in 77 of Sprint's larger markets, such as the Baltimore, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and New Orleans metropolitan areas.
Amazon has opened up its first physical book store today, in what can be best described as an unusual decision by the primarily-digital online retailer. It has built its brick-and-mortar store in University Village, Seattle, where it will provide real copies of books to customers, alongside gadgets including the Fire TV, Echo, Kindle eBook readers, and the Fire tablet range, with Amazon using its digital strength for stock selection.
The upgrade to iOS 9.1 brought more than bug fixes for iPhone owners subscribed to Sprint, with a major alteration to the carrier's existing Wi-Fi Calling service adding more functionality. The carrier has enabled an enhanced version that offers Continuity-style features for calls, namely the ability to make and receive phone calls on another Apple product using the same Apple ID, including the Apple Watch, iPads, and Macs.
Sprint is updating its policy to limit the connection speeds of high-bandwidth subscribers it believes is abusing the service, within weeks of revealing it is increasing the cost of unlimited data plans. A new Quality of Service (QoS) practice will now apply to unlimited data plans, throttling the connection of customers using more than 23GB of data on their devices in a month, though only in cases where the network in a market is congested.
Sprint is expanding its Direct 2 You personalized delivery program to cover customers in more cities, bringing the total number of metropolitan areas it now delivers smartphones within to 27. The new areas now serviced by Direct 2 You representatives are Charlotte, N.C., Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City, with more cities expected to join the list next year.
Sprint is preparing to increase the cost of its unlimited plan for a single line. While it is currently priced at $60 per month for unlimited calls, texts, and data, the carrier will be raising the plan's monthly charge to $70 from October 16 for new customers. Existing customers on the plan will continue to pay the $60 monthly rate, with Sprint advising they can also activate a new phone and remain on the same $60 Unlimited Plan, as long as they still meet the plan requirements and are either purchasing or financing a phone.