Sprint Communications Company L.P.
- Homepage: http://www.sprint.com/
August 2002: "Sprint is a global communications company serving 26 million business and residential customers in more than 70 countries. With approximately 80,000 employees worldwide and $26 billion in annual revenues, the Overland Park, KS-based company is represented on the New York Stock Exchange by the FON group and the PCS group." http://www.sprint.com/sprint/fastfacts/overview/
June 2010: 'A day later Sprint started back pedaling , saying it had "inadvertently erred in the comparison." It turns out that Sprint sold as many Evos out of the gate as it did Pres and Instincts combined -- good sales numbers, but not quite rocket-to-the-stars sales numbers.'http://www.infoworld.com/d/adventures-in-it/lies-damned-lies-and-technology-hype-751
June 2008: "ALBANY — Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/10/nyregion/10internet.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Status/Name Change to Sprint Nextel Organization Nov 19, 2005 Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Sprint PCS Organization Nov 19, 2005
Articles and Resources
Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 22, 2010 Tips for Using Your Cellphone Abroad
QUOTE: one way to reduce the international bill, at least for travel to some countries: Call your mobile service provider ahead of time and temporarily change your phone plan.
New York Times Jun 09, 2010 Lies, damned lies, and technology hype
QUOTE: in this age of short attention spans, where stories flare up and die off on the Web in the matter of hours, it could well be a tactic. Get the headlines first, correct the mistakes later, hope nobody notices.
InfoWorld May 18, 2010 How to work the the rebate racket: Gripe Line readers have strong opinions on rebates -- and share some strategies for dealing with them
QUOTE: companies only offer rebates in the expectation many of them will go unfulfilled; the obstacles people encounter getting their money are intended to discourage their participation and, thus, improve on the percentage of unfulfilled rebates. For some people, this means avoiding any rebate offer, but others take a more calculated approach.
InfoWorld Oct 09, 2009 FCC to investigate "gating" role of middle-mile access lines
QUOTE: As DSL or cable customers, consumers usually pay directly for that last-mile access. But large businesses and other ISPs shell out humongous sums for middle and secondary transport services to connect their networks or cell towers with the Internet backbone.
Ars Technica Jul 30, 2009 Take Back the Beep Campaign (From the Desk of David Pogue)
QUOTE: Last week, in The Times and on my blog, I've been ranting about one particularly blatant money-grab by U.S. cellphone carriers: the mandatory 15-second voicemail instructions.
New York Times Jul 18, 2009 Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks (Driven to Distraction Part 2 of 3)
QUOTE: [Americans] increasingly use phones, navigation devices and even laptops to turn their cars into mobile offices, chat rooms and entertainment centers, making roads more dangerous. A disconnect between perception and reality worsens the problem. New studies show that drivers overestimate their own ability to safely multitask, even as they worry about the dangers of others doing it.
New York Times Jun 13, 2009 Employees May Be Taxed for Texting If IRS Updates Work Cellphone Rules
QUOTE: ...IRS would more strictly enforce an existing law that classifies company-issued cellphones as a taxable benefit -- an idea decried by employers and wireless companies who argue that mobile phones are now essential tools in the workplace...
Washington Post Mar 25, 2009 What Do Your Minutes Cost? You Can’t Tell by the Cellphone Bill (Phone Smart)
QUOTE: many people don’t bother to closely read their cellphone bills....Now a consumer advocacy group is arguing that, actually, there’s not enough information on a wireless bill.
New York Times Jun 10, 2008 Net Providers to Block Sites With Child Sex
QUOTE: The move is part of a groundbreaking agreement with the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, that will be formally announced on Tuesday as a significant step by leading companies to curtail access to child pornography.
New York Times Mar 05, 2007 Top Secret: We're Wiretapping You
QUOTE: Imagine a government agency...accidentally gives you a copy of a document marked "top secret." And it contains a log of some of your private phone calls...Then, two months later, the FBI shows up at your door, demands the document back and orders you to forget you ever saw it.
Wired Mar 31, 2006 Porn-dialing firm loses appeal (Police appeal)
QUOTE: The Federal Trade Commission sued Verity International and other defendants, claiming a downloadable dialer program that phoned Madagascar was deceptive and unlawful.
News.com Dec 23, 2005 Agenda at FCC Depends On Powers of Persuasion: Martin's Negotiating Skills Face Tests in Coming Year
QUOTE: In the nine months since he became chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin J. Martin has pushed through a series of decisions that have made the country's largest phone companies even bigger and, in the view of critics, made it harder for smaller companies to compete with them.
Washington Post Nov 18, 2005 Companies Recast Roles In Wireless Contract
QUOTE: Two wireless companies have revised statements about their role in a controversial telecommunications contract that was awarded by a key congressman to a company linked to indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Washington Post Sep 12, 2005 Sprinting To Hold On To Customers
QUOTE: ...both talked to the Sprint representative to make sure they understood what Sprint was offering if they would stay with the service...it turned out there was a large measure of untruth in what the Sprint rep told them.
InfoWorld Jul 21, 2005 Sprint and Cingular Named in Complaints
QUOTE: A California consumer advocacy group said in complaints filed yesterday that Sprint and Cingular Wireless had duped cellphone customers into overpaying for some services.
New York Times Dec 28, 2002 Fees Hidden in Plain Sight, Companies Add to Bottom Line
QUOTE: Companies are adding new surcharges to all kinds of services and products as they try to compensate for a sputtering economy and price-conscious customers.
New York Times Aug 29, 2002 Fast and Loose At WorldCom: Lack of Controls, Pressure to Grow Set Stage for Financial Deceptions
QUOTE: [WorldCom Inc.] was plagued by loose business practices, inadequate financial disclosure, and widespread internal chicanery and corruption...a grow-at-any-cost culture that made it possible for employees and managers to game the system internally and to deceive investors about the health of the business.
Washington Post Aug 17, 2002 Record Labels Want 4 Internet Providers to Block Music Site
QUOTE: ...record companies asked a judge yesterday to order four major Internet service providers to block Americans from viewing a China-based Web site that offers thousands of copyrighted songs free of charge.
New York Times Jul 13, 0201 Report: Unauthorized phone charges cost Americans $2 billion a year
QUOTE: A key Senate chairman says Congress needs to pass legislation to protect customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because the telephone industry has failed to prevent the practice.
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