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[update: Sprint has informed us that the issues have been resolved.] Some customers on the Sprint network have been notified by the carrier that it is working on LTE connectivity problems, likely induced by a Sprint carrier update made at the same time as Apple's iOS 9.3 update. Customers impacted by the problem, which span multiple versions of the iOS confirming that the problem is linked to a carrier update, report that certain bands are unavailable, limiting some to slower LTE speeds and others to only 3G connectivity.
Sprint is expanding its retail presence in the United States, by receiving some help from a European mobile phone retailer. Following on from a successful pilot scheme that ran last summer, Dixons Carphone's Connected World Services division will be working with the carrier to open up 500 more retail locations in a number of states across the country, with the two companies holding an equal ownership interest in the Sprint-branded stores.
Sprint has seemingly reversed course on a recent decision to quietly eliminate two-year contracts for new plans, by reinstating the option just one month later. Following a general trend by carriers to push customers into installment plans for smartphones and a separate cheaper plan for the line, Sprint removed the two-year commitment option for new customers last month, but the ability to pay for a 24-month contract has since returned in the Sprint online store.
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.