Sprint buys up the rest of Clearwire for $2.2B

Sprint has bought up the half of Clearwire it doesn’t own, paying $2.2 billion for the 4G provider. The deal gives Sprint some much needed spectrum as it competes against Verizon and AT&T.

Here’s why Sprint offered $2.1B to buy the rest of Clearwire

Sprint needs spectrum and Clearwire has it. Here’s what’s behind Spint’s $2.1 billion offer for the remainder of the shares it doesn’t own in Clearwire. The deal, which values Clearwire at $4 billion, would close out a year of spectrum-related acquisitions in the mobile space.

Sprint reports wider loss on network upgrade expenses

Sprint’s narrowly missed analysts expectations for its third-quarter sales, but announced a wider loss thanks to costs associated with shutting down its Nextel business and building out its 4G network. Maybe Japan’s Softbank will help save the nation’s third-largest carrier.

Sprint LTE goes live in Baltimore, WiMAX’s birthplace

Sprint has come full circle on 4G. Four years ago, the country’s first 4G service, Xohm, went live in Baltimore using the technology Sprint championed at the time WiAMX. On Wednesday, Sprint turned up a new 4G network, using WiMAX’s competitor LTE, in the same city.

iPod touch as a phone sounds great, unless you need 911

Thinking of dumping your phone for an iPod touch with the FreedomPop WiMAX sleeve? Sounds like a good plan unless you happen to encounter something unplanned: An emergency. The device doesn’t support 911 calling and the company hasn’t yet figured out an alternative solution.

Clearwire starts shrinking as Sprint makes the leap to LTE

Clearwire lost subscribers for the first time in the second quarter as a result of Sprint discontinuing new contract WiMAX device sales. Sprint has tied its star to LTE, and Clearwire would like to follow, but if the 4G carrier may have already reached its apex.

Zippy! NSN shows off 1 Gbps wireless speeds

Nokia Siemens Networks plans to show off gigabit wireless speeds using the variant of of LTE-Advanced network that Clearwire plans to deploy. But don’t get too excited, too soon. These aren’t real world speeds and they’re not for handsets.