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Julie Romero 2016-08-26
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Carriers are starting to revive the idea of unlimited data plans, but they all seem to have a catch.

For example, T-Mobile s new plan limits you to SD video.

Sprint s last unlimited plan did the same, but now they re letting you pay an extra $20/month for the privilege of streaming higher quality video, audio, and games.

Sprint s current Unlimited Freedom plan is $60/month and caps your video streaming at 480p, audio streaming at 500kpbs, and gaming at 2Mbps.

The new plan, called Unlimited Freedom Premium Plan, lets you pay an extra $20 a month so they ll cap your video streaming at 1080p, music at 1.5Mpbs, and games at 8Mpbs.

It s a bit confusing, but you ll find a full breakdown over on Sprint s site.

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Michael Fewell 2017-11-02

T-Mobile and Sprint aren’t calling it quits on their potential merger yet despite recent disagreements over which side would have control over the combined company.

The Wall Street Journal reports that T-Mobile US has restarted talks by presenting Sprint with a revised offer, and it’s still possible that a deal could be struck “within weeks.” T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure spoke on Wednesday, with Legere making it clear that T-Mobile doesn’t want the deal to collapse.

Earlier this week, SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son reportedly wanted to walk away from negotiations after his shareholders expressed concern about handing over control of Sprint if the merger were successful.

Deutsche Telekom would presumably hold a majority stake in a combined T-Mobile/Sprint, but SoftBank has reportedly been exploring ways to guarantee itself a powerful say in the company’s direction.

Both carriers skipped their traditional conference calls when reporting quarterly earnings this month; the move was seen as a way to avoid questions about the long-rumored, on-again-off-again merger.

Sprint’s board of directors reportedly discussed the situation — and T-Mobile’s newest offer — on Thursday.

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Samuel Norton 2018-07-31
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Sprint has a new device leasing deal for new and existing customers who want to open a new line.

Starting today and running through August 9, the carrier is offering customers the opportunity to lease an iPhone 8 for $8/month under its Sprint Flex program.

This is the company’s latest online promotion, a great one for customers who want an iPhone and live somewhere with decent Sprint coverage.

The new device leasing deal works via a bill credit, which applies a $21.17/month credit to the subscriber’s accounts within 2 months of signing up.

The customer must agree with an 18-month lease, as well as a new line; Sprint also mentions needing credit approval.

As with similar other promotions, the customer will be charged if they drop the lease before the 18 months end.

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Michael Rase 2017-09-19
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The nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers are in active discussions for a merger, according to a person familiar with the talks.

It could take anywhere between three and five weeks before the deal might be made official, although there's no guarantee it will go through.

A merger would mark the culmination of years of flirting between T-Mobile and Sprint.

The combined company would have a shot at shaking up the industry, sizable enough to compete with larger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT But opponents of a deal say the presence of four carriers has resulted in stiffer competition, lower prices and better deals for consumers.

T-Mobile eliminated contracts and phone subsidies and last year led the push to bring unlimited plans back to the industry in a bigger way.

Sprint introduced the concept of a phone leasing plan and this year began offering a year of its service for free.

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Bob Sun 2016-07-26
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The company just released its latest financial numbers, and even with its highest post-paid subscriber bump in 9 years, it was still hit with a $302 million loss.

Other than the loss, it s mostly been good news for Sprint.

This past quarter, it saw 173,000 post-paid customers enter the fold.

It s the fourth consecutive quarter in which Sprint has seen growth.

Churn, or the rate at which people move to Sprint and then switch to a different carrier, is just at 1.39 percent, the lowest in the company s history.

Sprint also had an operating revenue of $8 billion with a total liquidity position of nearly $11 billion.

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Eric Erikson 2017-11-04
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About a week ago, an unverified report surfaced claiming that the rumored T-Mobile and Sprint merger was being called off.

Now comes official word from both T-Mobile and Sprint that negotiations have permanently ended “as the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms.”

In a joint statement addressing the recent turn of events, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that while the prospect of a merger remains compelling for a number of reasons, it wasn’t entirely clear that a merger would provide significant benefits to T-Mobile shareholders.

Echoing Legere’s remarks, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said:

While we couldn’t reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination.

However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.

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Donald Koontz 2017-04-07
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In 2014, Sprint introduced its “Cut Your Bill In Half” promotion in an attempt to steal customers from its competitors and bolster its lagging sales.

The marketing was aimed at AT and Verizon customers.

According to Engadget, people who switched would only pay half of what they had been paying with the other two providers, so long as they kept their plan.

In January 2016, the Denver Post reported that Sprint would cut 2,000 more jobs in an effort to bring its cost down by $2.5 billion.

Customer care centers were the hardest hit with reports of layoffs in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Engadget reports that the “Cut Your Bill In Half” program is being replaced by a new “unlimited” plan structure.

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Troy Schindler 2017-06-12
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Andy Rubin's recently unveiled Essential Phone will be exclusively available on Sprint in the US, according to USA Today.

Rubin, known as the father of Android, worked at Google for many years, before moving to China to work for Xiaomi.

Now he's back in the US with a high-end device designed to breathe new life into the concept of modular phones, and Sprint has the exclusive.

"I feel like we are a new brand and a new consumer electronics company and we are partnering with the network of the future," Essential President Niccolo de Masi told USA Today.

That doesn't mean it will only be available to Sprint customers though.

Sprint will be the only carrier to offer the phone to customer, but it can also be purchased directly from Essential.

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Mary Jones 2016-10-18
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There s a bad trend going around the mobile industry right now of describing a plan as unlimited , and then going to specify three paragraphs of limits.

Sprint is not the only network guilty of this, but it s certainly doubling down on its unlimited plans.

The latest addition to the family is a new Unlimited tablet plan, which offers unlimited data for a tablet for $20 per month.

DON T MISS: Apple might actually give us a new MacBook Air

First off, the unlimited data is subject to the same restrictions as Sprint s unlimited phone plans.

Video streams are capped at 480p standard definition , music is capped at 500kbps, gaming is capped at 2 megabits, and you ve got 5GB of data to use on personal hotspots or VPNs.

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John Robidoux 2016-07-11
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If you were planning to get either the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge on Sprint, you may now have one less way of doing that, as the carrier seems to have silently removed the Galaxy Forever leasing program, reports FierceWireless.

Announced alongside both phones, Galaxy Forever allowed customers who were leasing either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge to upgrade to a new Galaxy phone the moment they made 12 monthly payments.

Perfect for those constantly changing phones, the program restarts once the upgrade is complete.

It is unknown what led to Sprint nixing Galaxy Forever, with possible reasons ranging from cost-savings to Android users switching phones more regularly than iPhone users, since iPhone Forever is still around.

Regardless, we doubt the decision was due to poor sales — thanks in large part to Samsung s flagship phones outperforming expectations, the company expects to report $7 billion in operating profit for the second quarter, a two-year high for Samsung.

Regardless, it looks like Galaxy Forever is no longer offered in Sprint stores and is no longer available online.

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Everett Toliver 2017-06-12

Speaking to USA Today, Essential President Niccolo de Masi was very nice to his launch partner, calling Sprint "the network of the future," saying “We like to bet with where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was.”

Where "we like to bet" = they're the only ones who returned our calls.

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Richard Baty 2017-10-06
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At this point, a deal between wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint seems all but inevitable.

The talks are close to wrapping up, according to Bloomberg, which pegs an announcement coming by the end of the month, likely during one of the companies' earnings reports.

The two sides are just deciding on the final exchange ratio for the stock swap deal, the report says.

A merger would bring together the third (T-Mobile) and fourth (Sprint) largest wireless carriers in the nation, creating a stronger competitor to Verizon Wireless and AT Theoretically, their combined wealth of spectrum and network infrastructure assets could lead to better coverage, although that could take years to settle out.

The deal would call for T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his management team to take control of the combined company, according to a person familiar with the deal talks.

The two companies have flirted with a merger before.

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Walter Winkel 2017-10-13
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If you want to know what your family is up to at all times, Sprint's got a new app to help you do just that.

The Safe & Found app offers a variety of functions, Sprint said Friday, like alerts when family members arrive at or leave designated areas like home or school.

You can see where your family is in real time, send an SOS with your location in the event of an emergency, and lock down who calls your family members (like your kids), as well as block content from phones.

And when someone inevitably loses their phone, you can also remotely lock and wipe it.

Sprint didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The app is available for $6.99 a month for Sprint customers and is compatible with Android and iOS phones.

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Joseph Wiles 2018-08-23
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Sprint's insanely low offer for wireless service is back, if a little bit more sane.

The nation's smallest national wireless provider will bring back its Unlimited Kickstart plan for a limited time.

The original sale, which launched in early June, offered a basic unlimited data plan for $15 a month.

It's back this time, but $10 more expensive at $25 a month.

Like the last sale, which was available for only a week, this isn't expected stay around too long.

Sprint is calling it a "flash sale."

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Cedric Sams 2017-11-06
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The nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, said on Saturday that they have ceased discussions about a possible merger.

Up until a week ago, people in the industry and on Wall Street assumed the two would get together, forming a potentially stronger combined company to take on larger rivals Verizon Wireless and ATThat's no longer happening.

CNET breaks down the winners and losers from T-Mobile and Sprint walking away from each other.

"Although we think that a combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would not have led to higher wireless prices for US consumers, it could have prevented irrational competition," said Mark Stodden, an analyst at Moody's.

Okay, hear me out, since there's a flip side to the argument.

That's especially useful in big cities where you're surrounded by people all uploading selfies or streaming videos at the same time -- that high-band spectrum is a fat pipe that can handle all of that traffic.

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Brian Plymel 2017-05-03
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p Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage.

While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired.

If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint’s new Magic Box network extender.

Network extenders are nothing new, but Sprint is trying to make this stand out from the crowd by claiming that it’s the world’s first all-wireless small cell.

In non-marketing speak, that means all you need to do is place it by a window – perhaps a window that isn’t easily visible from the street, given the look of this thing – and plug it into a wall outlet.

There’s no installation aside from that, which should take some of the hassle out of getting these things set up.

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Julie Romero 2016-08-26
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Carriers are starting to revive the idea of unlimited data plans, but they all seem to have a catch.

For example, T-Mobile s new plan limits you to SD video.

Sprint s last unlimited plan did the same, but now they re letting you pay an extra $20/month for the privilege of streaming higher quality video, audio, and games.

Sprint s current Unlimited Freedom plan is $60/month and caps your video streaming at 480p, audio streaming at 500kpbs, and gaming at 2Mbps.

The new plan, called Unlimited Freedom Premium Plan, lets you pay an extra $20 a month so they ll cap your video streaming at 1080p, music at 1.5Mpbs, and games at 8Mpbs.

It s a bit confusing, but you ll find a full breakdown over on Sprint s site.

Samuel Norton 2018-07-31
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Sprint has a new device leasing deal for new and existing customers who want to open a new line.

Starting today and running through August 9, the carrier is offering customers the opportunity to lease an iPhone 8 for $8/month under its Sprint Flex program.

This is the company’s latest online promotion, a great one for customers who want an iPhone and live somewhere with decent Sprint coverage.

The new device leasing deal works via a bill credit, which applies a $21.17/month credit to the subscriber’s accounts within 2 months of signing up.

The customer must agree with an 18-month lease, as well as a new line; Sprint also mentions needing credit approval.

As with similar other promotions, the customer will be charged if they drop the lease before the 18 months end.

Bob Sun 2016-07-26
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The company just released its latest financial numbers, and even with its highest post-paid subscriber bump in 9 years, it was still hit with a $302 million loss.

Other than the loss, it s mostly been good news for Sprint.

This past quarter, it saw 173,000 post-paid customers enter the fold.

It s the fourth consecutive quarter in which Sprint has seen growth.

Churn, or the rate at which people move to Sprint and then switch to a different carrier, is just at 1.39 percent, the lowest in the company s history.

Sprint also had an operating revenue of $8 billion with a total liquidity position of nearly $11 billion.

Donald Koontz 2017-04-07
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In 2014, Sprint introduced its “Cut Your Bill In Half” promotion in an attempt to steal customers from its competitors and bolster its lagging sales.

The marketing was aimed at AT and Verizon customers.

According to Engadget, people who switched would only pay half of what they had been paying with the other two providers, so long as they kept their plan.

In January 2016, the Denver Post reported that Sprint would cut 2,000 more jobs in an effort to bring its cost down by $2.5 billion.

Customer care centers were the hardest hit with reports of layoffs in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Engadget reports that the “Cut Your Bill In Half” program is being replaced by a new “unlimited” plan structure.

Mary Jones 2016-10-18
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There s a bad trend going around the mobile industry right now of describing a plan as unlimited , and then going to specify three paragraphs of limits.

Sprint is not the only network guilty of this, but it s certainly doubling down on its unlimited plans.

The latest addition to the family is a new Unlimited tablet plan, which offers unlimited data for a tablet for $20 per month.

DON T MISS: Apple might actually give us a new MacBook Air

First off, the unlimited data is subject to the same restrictions as Sprint s unlimited phone plans.

Video streams are capped at 480p standard definition , music is capped at 500kbps, gaming is capped at 2 megabits, and you ve got 5GB of data to use on personal hotspots or VPNs.

Everett Toliver 2017-06-12

Speaking to USA Today, Essential President Niccolo de Masi was very nice to his launch partner, calling Sprint "the network of the future," saying “We like to bet with where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was.”

Where "we like to bet" = they're the only ones who returned our calls.

Walter Winkel 2017-10-13
img

If you want to know what your family is up to at all times, Sprint's got a new app to help you do just that.

The Safe & Found app offers a variety of functions, Sprint said Friday, like alerts when family members arrive at or leave designated areas like home or school.

You can see where your family is in real time, send an SOS with your location in the event of an emergency, and lock down who calls your family members (like your kids), as well as block content from phones.

And when someone inevitably loses their phone, you can also remotely lock and wipe it.

Sprint didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The app is available for $6.99 a month for Sprint customers and is compatible with Android and iOS phones.

Cedric Sams 2017-11-06
img

The nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, said on Saturday that they have ceased discussions about a possible merger.

Up until a week ago, people in the industry and on Wall Street assumed the two would get together, forming a potentially stronger combined company to take on larger rivals Verizon Wireless and ATThat's no longer happening.

CNET breaks down the winners and losers from T-Mobile and Sprint walking away from each other.

"Although we think that a combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would not have led to higher wireless prices for US consumers, it could have prevented irrational competition," said Mark Stodden, an analyst at Moody's.

Okay, hear me out, since there's a flip side to the argument.

That's especially useful in big cities where you're surrounded by people all uploading selfies or streaming videos at the same time -- that high-band spectrum is a fat pipe that can handle all of that traffic.

Michael Fewell 2017-11-02

T-Mobile and Sprint aren’t calling it quits on their potential merger yet despite recent disagreements over which side would have control over the combined company.

The Wall Street Journal reports that T-Mobile US has restarted talks by presenting Sprint with a revised offer, and it’s still possible that a deal could be struck “within weeks.” T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure spoke on Wednesday, with Legere making it clear that T-Mobile doesn’t want the deal to collapse.

Earlier this week, SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son reportedly wanted to walk away from negotiations after his shareholders expressed concern about handing over control of Sprint if the merger were successful.

Deutsche Telekom would presumably hold a majority stake in a combined T-Mobile/Sprint, but SoftBank has reportedly been exploring ways to guarantee itself a powerful say in the company’s direction.

Both carriers skipped their traditional conference calls when reporting quarterly earnings this month; the move was seen as a way to avoid questions about the long-rumored, on-again-off-again merger.

Sprint’s board of directors reportedly discussed the situation — and T-Mobile’s newest offer — on Thursday.

Michael Rase 2017-09-19
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The nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers are in active discussions for a merger, according to a person familiar with the talks.

It could take anywhere between three and five weeks before the deal might be made official, although there's no guarantee it will go through.

A merger would mark the culmination of years of flirting between T-Mobile and Sprint.

The combined company would have a shot at shaking up the industry, sizable enough to compete with larger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT But opponents of a deal say the presence of four carriers has resulted in stiffer competition, lower prices and better deals for consumers.

T-Mobile eliminated contracts and phone subsidies and last year led the push to bring unlimited plans back to the industry in a bigger way.

Sprint introduced the concept of a phone leasing plan and this year began offering a year of its service for free.

Eric Erikson 2017-11-04
img

About a week ago, an unverified report surfaced claiming that the rumored T-Mobile and Sprint merger was being called off.

Now comes official word from both T-Mobile and Sprint that negotiations have permanently ended “as the companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms.”

In a joint statement addressing the recent turn of events, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that while the prospect of a merger remains compelling for a number of reasons, it wasn’t entirely clear that a merger would provide significant benefits to T-Mobile shareholders.

Echoing Legere’s remarks, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said:

While we couldn’t reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination.

However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.

Troy Schindler 2017-06-12
img

Andy Rubin's recently unveiled Essential Phone will be exclusively available on Sprint in the US, according to USA Today.

Rubin, known as the father of Android, worked at Google for many years, before moving to China to work for Xiaomi.

Now he's back in the US with a high-end device designed to breathe new life into the concept of modular phones, and Sprint has the exclusive.

"I feel like we are a new brand and a new consumer electronics company and we are partnering with the network of the future," Essential President Niccolo de Masi told USA Today.

That doesn't mean it will only be available to Sprint customers though.

Sprint will be the only carrier to offer the phone to customer, but it can also be purchased directly from Essential.

John Robidoux 2016-07-11
img

If you were planning to get either the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge on Sprint, you may now have one less way of doing that, as the carrier seems to have silently removed the Galaxy Forever leasing program, reports FierceWireless.

Announced alongside both phones, Galaxy Forever allowed customers who were leasing either the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge to upgrade to a new Galaxy phone the moment they made 12 monthly payments.

Perfect for those constantly changing phones, the program restarts once the upgrade is complete.

It is unknown what led to Sprint nixing Galaxy Forever, with possible reasons ranging from cost-savings to Android users switching phones more regularly than iPhone users, since iPhone Forever is still around.

Regardless, we doubt the decision was due to poor sales — thanks in large part to Samsung s flagship phones outperforming expectations, the company expects to report $7 billion in operating profit for the second quarter, a two-year high for Samsung.

Regardless, it looks like Galaxy Forever is no longer offered in Sprint stores and is no longer available online.

Richard Baty 2017-10-06
img

At this point, a deal between wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint seems all but inevitable.

The talks are close to wrapping up, according to Bloomberg, which pegs an announcement coming by the end of the month, likely during one of the companies' earnings reports.

The two sides are just deciding on the final exchange ratio for the stock swap deal, the report says.

A merger would bring together the third (T-Mobile) and fourth (Sprint) largest wireless carriers in the nation, creating a stronger competitor to Verizon Wireless and AT Theoretically, their combined wealth of spectrum and network infrastructure assets could lead to better coverage, although that could take years to settle out.

The deal would call for T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his management team to take control of the combined company, according to a person familiar with the deal talks.

The two companies have flirted with a merger before.

Joseph Wiles 2018-08-23
img

Sprint's insanely low offer for wireless service is back, if a little bit more sane.

The nation's smallest national wireless provider will bring back its Unlimited Kickstart plan for a limited time.

The original sale, which launched in early June, offered a basic unlimited data plan for $15 a month.

It's back this time, but $10 more expensive at $25 a month.

Like the last sale, which was available for only a week, this isn't expected stay around too long.

Sprint is calling it a "flash sale."

Brian Plymel 2017-05-03
img

p Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage.

While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired.

If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint’s new Magic Box network extender.

Network extenders are nothing new, but Sprint is trying to make this stand out from the crowd by claiming that it’s the world’s first all-wireless small cell.

In non-marketing speak, that means all you need to do is place it by a window – perhaps a window that isn’t easily visible from the street, given the look of this thing – and plug it into a wall outlet.

There’s no installation aside from that, which should take some of the hassle out of getting these things set up.