These days, Sprint is best known as a wireless operator, but its roots can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century when Cleyson Brown, the son of a grist mill owner formed Brown Telephone to compete with AT&T.

In 2006, Sprint shed its local telecom business, which was purchased by the former CenturyTel and now is run as CenturyLink, and focused its attention on metro and long-haul business opportunities and wireless services that run over its IP/MPLS network backbone.

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Report: FCC's planned incentive auction rules would set aside spectrum for smaller carriers

The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a  Re/code  report.

T-Mobile to drop domestic overages for all plans, calls on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to follow suit

T-Mobile US will drop its overage fees for all of its domestic plans and is launching a petition to get Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint to do the same thing.

Sprint revives market for kid-focused phones with new WeGo

Sprint today launched its new WeGo phone designed for kids age 5-12. The phone allows parents to track and contact their children, and allows children to place calls or send text messages to a pre-defined list of numbers. Sprint is selling the phone for $120 with monthly service of $9.99 for 1,000 voice minutes and 1,000 text messages per month.

Analysts: Sprint/T-Mobile must merge or one will fail

According to a new, detailed analysis from New Street Research, Sprint and T-Mobile US need to merge in order to effectively compete against AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, because one of the companies will ultimately fail if they are not able to merge. However, New Street Research said that, if Sprint and T-Mobile attempted a merger today, regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice would move to prevent the transaction.

SouthernLinc: We're committed to iDEN network through 2020

SouthernLinc, a smaller wireless carrier that provides service in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi, said it has committed to maintaining its iDEN network through at least 2020. The company said it made the commitment in order to assure its customers--which include public safety workers, utilities workers and others--that they will continue to be able to use their SouthernLinc service in the years ahead.

Sprint to bring Wi-Fi calling to Spark-enabled Samsung Galaxy S4

Sprint is adding another phone to its lineup that can access is Wi-Fi calling feature, the tri-mode LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sprint now supports four phones for Wi-Fi calling.

Rumour Mill: SoftBank eyes Vodafone as part of wider European M&A probe

SoftBank is reportedly turning its sights on a possible bid for Vodafone in the face of growing opposition by U.S. regulators to the Japan-based company's desire to merge Sprint with T-Mobile US.

Sprint to shutter WiMAX network by end of 2015, will turn off at least 6,000 towers

Sprint expects to shutter at least 6,000 cell sites as it makes plans to shut down WiMAX service by the end of 2015. Sprint has long said it would maintain WiMAX service through 2015, but has not given many details on what exactly it will do with the network after that date.

Analysts: T-Mobile Uncarrier momentum accelerating into Q1, handset financing programs catching fire

According to a new research note from analysts at Jefferies, T-Mobile US is poised to step up its momentum in the market with increased subscriber gains in the first quarter. According to the analysts, those gains will likely be at the expense of Sprint.

Analyst: Sprint might pass on FCC's spectrum auctions

Now that the FCC has set a band plan for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum this fall, a complex bit of game theory is underway to see which spectrum blocks Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US will bid for.