News from Sprint at Mobile World Congress 2018

February 22, 2018

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona offers one of the world’s largest gatherings in the mobile industry, and Sprint again will be among the companies sharing exciting news throughout the show.

Leading the Sprint delegation is CEO Marcelo Claure, who will appear on a keynote panel at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, titled The Future of the Industry: Transatlantic Digital Policy and Regulation. Key U.S. and European telecom policymakers, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and other industry executives will engage in a discussion regarding digital policy and how future policy decisions may affect their citizens. Available via livestream here:

Of course, Sprint has boldly stated its commitment to building the nation’s first 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019, and Claure is excited to share his vision and discuss collaborative efforts with key equipment vendors and government leaders.

Sprint is also proud to be nominated for a number of GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards (The GLOMO Awards), which recognize and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry. The awards will be announced during the show.

  • The Sprint Magic Box, the world’s first all-wireless small cell, is a nominee for “Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough” with our partner Airspan.
  • Wallet Card™, from Dynamics Inc., received more nominations than any other product. Sprint is providing IoT technology, support and expertise to the world’s first connected, secure payment card in addition to being the first telecommunications entity to power the card. The innovative technology is up for “Best Mobile Service for the Connected Life,” “Best Mobile Innovation for Enterprise” and “Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce” awards. Award winners will be announced throughout the week and can be seen here:
    • Monday, Feb. 26:
      • Best Mobile Innovation for Enterprise announced at 10 a.m. CET
      • Best Mobile Service for the Connected Life announced at 2:15 p.m. CET
    • Tuesday, Feb. 27:
      • Best Mobile Innovation for Commerce at 10 a.m. CET

Those at Mobile World Congress can catch other Sprint executives speaking about how Sprint is leading the industry toward mobile 5G. They include:

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March 2, 2018 – Sprint closes door on successful 2018 at Mobile World Congress



That’s a wrap! Mobile World Congress served as the optimum venue for several exciting announcements from Sprint this week – the first six U.S. markets to undergo 5G transformation starting in April; the availability of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+; a GLOMO Award for Sprint Magic Box as Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough; and presentations from Sprint leaders Marcelo Claure, CEO; John Saw, chief technology officer; Scott Rice, chief information officer; and Doug Garland, vice president-Innovation and Partnerships. Until next year…


March 1, 2018 – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon unveil next-generation mobile authentication platform details

Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon announced product details of the next-generation mobile authentication platform under development by the cross-carrier Mobile Authentication Taskforce (MAT). The group was formed last year to develop a mobile authentication solution to help protect enterprises and consumers from identity theft, bank fraud, fraudulent purchases and data theft. The taskforce also announced the launch of a website later this year enabling service providers to learn more about the solution and sign up to participate as an application developer. Learn more about the MAT’s highly secure application ecosystem in today’s press release. 

Find the full Sprint release here:

February 28, 2018 – Sprint Magic Box wins prestigious GLOMO Award at Mobile World Congress

Sprint Magic Box, the world’s first all-wireless small cell, which improves data coverage and increases download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent, on Tuesday won a Global Mobile (GLOMO) Award for Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough at the 2018 Mobile World Congress. The award is shared with Airspan Networks, which designed and manufactured the Magic Box in collaboration with Sprint. The GLOMO judges noted, “With this solution, the partnership has successfully addressed the small cell deployment issues around speed, ease and cost.”

Find the full Sprint release here:

February 27, 2018 – Sprint Unveils Six 5G-Ready Cities; Significant Milestone Toward Launching First 5G Mobile Network in the U.S.

Starting in April, Sprint (NYSE: S) customers in select U.S. markets will experience the future of wireless as the company prepares to deliver the nation’s first 5G mobile network in the first half of 2019. Customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will begin experiencing 5G-like capabilities, including significant increases in data speed and capacity, as Sprint rolls out advanced network technology called Massive MIMO. Sprint will aggressively expand to additional markets including Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C. later this year. In 2018 and 2019 Sprint expects to deploy thousands of Massive MIMO radios, significantly increasing network capacity for millions of customers across the country.

“The race to 5G is heating up, and let me be clear, today’s announcement is a huge step toward Sprint being first to offer a 5G mobile network,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “Our deep spectrum position gives us an incredible advantage no other carrier has in the U.S. We’re making significant investments using state-of-the-art technology, and working with leading chip and handset partners to deliver an incredible Next-Gen Network for our customers.”

Find the full Sprint release here:

February 26, 2018 – GSMA RCS Messaging Initiative Takes Off As Mobile Operators, Including Sprint, Interconnect Networks

The GSMA today announced that mobile operators América Móvil, Rogers and Sprint have interconnected their networks across the Americas enabling customers in these regions to access advanced Rich Communications Services (RCS) across 22 networks in 17 countries. The upgraded service allows users to enjoy enhanced messaging services such as chat, group chat and file share amongst many others. Sprint’s support of interconnectivity increases the number of contacts a customer can reach with RCS messaging on Android devices.

Find the full GSMA release here:

February 26, 2018 – In Collaboration With Sprint, Global Brands Launch RCS Business Messaging Based On GSMA Universal Profile

The GSMA today announced that multiple global brands have launched live trials of RCS Business Messaging based on the GSMA’s Universal Profile for Advanced Messaging. The service upgrades existing SMS business messaging to create a richer and more interactive experience for consumers, allowing them to engage directly with brands within the messaging platform via artificial intelligence and chatbots. In the U.S., Google is collaborating with Sprint to enable campaigns with 1-800-Contacts,,, Express, SnapTravel and Subway in collaboration with messaging partners 3C,, Mobivity, OpenMarket, Smooch and Twilio to launch through Google’s Early Access program.

Find the full GSMA release here:

February 26, 2018 – Sprint Selects Synchronoss Technologies to Aid in its Digital Transformation

As part of its Sprint Now program, the company has selected the Synchronoss’ Digital platform to help simplify its online order management process, generate more revenue, and reduce its costs. Stage one of the new deployment will be focused on Sprint’s wireless business customers, but will extend to include wireline, IoT, and Sprint value added solution business operations in the future.   

“Our Sprint Now transformation program is a multi-dimensional strategy, designed to offer the best possible user experience, while making us more agile, innovative, and profitable,” says Kim Green-Kerr, senior vice president of Sprint Business Solutions. “Our relationship with Synchronoss will help us dramatically simplify our online environment for our business customers, giving them control of their order management and customer care requirements. This will combine to accelerate new service availability, drive better online adoption, and reduce customer care costs.”

Find the full Synchronoss release here:

February 25, 2018 – Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, Airtel Announce the Formation of Seamless Air Alliance Enabling Airlines to Empower Passengers with Seamless In-Cabin Connectivity Experience

The Alliance welcomes interested parties to join as members to be at the forefront of driving global change to enhance passenger experience

Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) are announcing at Mobile World Congress that they are forming the Seamless Air Alliance  which will usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes. This alliance will empower member mobile carriers to extend their services into airline cabins. Seamless Air Alliance will allow mobile carriers to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – with the same high speed, low latency connectivity from ground, to air and back again. It will also significantly reduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positive user-experience.

Find the full Sprint release here:

February 25, 2018 – Sprint is the Best Place to Get Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with the Best Price for Unlimited

Sprint will launch Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on Friday, March 16, with the exclusive benefit of Galaxy Forever. Pre-order begins on Friday, March 2, at with a savings of $350 with eligible trade-in and Sprint Flex.  Sprint is the carrier of choice for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ because: 

  • Sprint customers get the best price for Unlimited among national carriers2.
  • Exclusively from Sprint, Galaxy Forever lets customers upgrade to the latest Galaxy after just 12 lease payments. Galaxy Forever is included in all Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ purchases.
  • With Sprint Flex, Sprint customers can lease any phone and have the option to upgrade or purchase later.
  • With Hulu, get unlimited access to the most popular next-day TV, original series, thousands of hit shows, movies, and more on your smartphone, tablet or TV.3  
  • Sprint Unlimited customers get six months of TIDAL HiFi, on us. Enjoy more than 52 million tracks, 200,000 music videos and 500 plus exclusive playlists from your favorite artists.4
  • Only Sprint pairs Gigabit LTE capability with HPUE (High Performance User Equipment) to bring our customers a better network experience for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Sprint customers can look for an improved experience with streaming videos, mobile gaming and other online apps and services – less latency, faster connections and fewer moments waiting for your phone to catch up with you.   

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February 23, 2018 – LG Uplus, Etisalat, KT, Telefónica and PLDT to support the Carrier Blockchain Study Group

The Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG) announced five new member companies are joining the consortium – South Korea’s LG Uplus and KT, Emirati Etisalat, Spain’s Telefónica and Philippine’s PLDT. CBSG launched in September 2017 and is led by companies from around the world – Japan’s SoftBank, America’s TBCASoft and Sprint, and Taiwan’s Far EasTone. With these new members, CBSG will accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology among telecom carriers and continue to expand carrier networks on a global scale. Learn more about what CBSG has accomplished to date and future goals.

Find the full Sprint Blog here:

February 23, 2018 – Sprint to Integrate with Google Assistant

Google is launching a program to support the integration of wireless carriers with Google Assistant. The program will give carriers the tools to build integrations with the Assistant to help their customers learn about their wireless plan including data usage, bill due dates and more. Sprint will be the first U.S. carrier to participate with Google Assistant.

Find the full Google Blog here:

February 22, 2018 – Sprint is Collaborating with Google to Connect Businesses and Customers through RCS

Google is working across the global mobile industry to improve the messaging experience on Android with RCS (Rich Communication Services), bringing more enhanced features to the standard messaging experience on mobile devices. In the U.S., they are collaborating with Sprint to enable campaigns with 1-800 Contacts,,, SnapTravel and Subway, among others, along with messaging partners 3C,, Mobivity, OpenMarket, Smooch and Twilio.

Find the full Google blog here: