Sprint to pay Clearwire $1 billion in wholesale fees

Clearwire logo

Sprint and WiMax operator Clearwire have, at long last, announced a resolution to their pricing dispute over wholesale access to Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network: under terms of a new deal, the companies have amended their long-term agreement so that Sprint will be paying Clearwire a minimum of $1 billion for wholesale WiMax service during 2011 and 2012. The deal has Sprint paying at least $300 million in case for WiMax services in 2011, $550 million in 2012, and throwing in an additional $175 million in pre-payments for 4G WiMax services that can be used in 2011 or beyond.

The companies have also agreed to new pricing terms for devices that run on both Sprint’s 3G network and Clearwire’s 4G network that include minimum payments to Clearwire for every 4G-capable device sold. The companies have also agreed to mutual re-wholesaling rights, meaning Sprint can resell access to Clearwire’s 4G network, and Clearwire can resell access to Sprint’s 3G network, expanding market opportunities for both companies.

“Sprint has been our biggest and most important customer and partner since we launched 4G services in the U.S. more than two years ago,” said Clearwire Interim CEO John Stanton, in a statement. “Today’s agreement further aligns Sprint and Clearwire’s interests and lays the foundation for a continued, constructive relationship. We are pleased to have the resources and partnerships necessary to maintain our 4G leadership and leverage our significant spectrum and capacity for delivering mobile broadband services.”

Clearwire has been saying it expected an “imminent” resolution to its pricing disputes with Sprint since February; the companies have been in arbitration over the dispute since late 2010. In the meantime, Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow left the company in March, clearing the way for Clearwire chairman (and former Voicestream and Western Wireless exec) John Stanton to take the reigns while the company engages in a CEO search.

The agreement gives Clearwire a much-needed cash infusion: the company went through a round of layoffs and cost-cutting measures in November 2010 designed to keep the company operational through mid-2011; however, it’s not clear how much of a dent Sprint’s initial cash outlay will put in Clearwire’s outstanding debt and operational costs—and Clearwire is now facing heated competition from high-bandwidth LTE and HSPA+ services being deployed by other mobile carriers. And there’s another cloud on Clearwire’s horizon: the company has been accused of knowing overselling its services and then charging substantial cancellation fees when customers tried to back out.


Following AT&T, Sprint confirms it will carry Samsung’s 5G smartphone in 2019

It's been a long time coming but 5G smartphones are arriving sooner than you may think. One day after Samsung announced it will be launching a 5G smartphone on Verizon's network early next year, AT&T and Sprint reveal they will also do so.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

Sprint confirms it will launch a 5G smartphone with Samsung in 2019

Like other carriers, Sprint is working hard on bringing the next generation of cellular connectivity to customers. In fact, the company has even announced that it's working with HTC and Qualcomm on a new 5G smart hub.

Free yourself! How to unlock a phone from the icy hands of your wireless carrier

Do you want to know how to unlock a phone through your carrier or a third-party service like DoctorSIM? Regardless of which way you want to go, we've compiled a list of requirements and methods for doing so.

Yes, we really are getting a special McLaren edition of the OnePlus 6T

OnePlus has announced a partnership with McLaren F1, emphasizing a shared interest in speed. The phone company is known for producing special edition devices. Here's what we know about the OnePlus 6T Mclaren Edition.

Simplify your life with one of these wireless smartphone charger deals

Banish nightly cable fumbling with a wireless smartphone charger. If your smartphone is compatible with wireless charging, the simplicity of placing it on a pad is a beautiful thing. Wireless chargers are also excellent gifts for coworkers.

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.

Microsoft Outlook for iOS gets big redesign, with Dark Mode coming soon

Microsoft has deployed a huge redesign for its Outlook for iOS app, which includes new blue branding and some quality-of-life improvements. Dark Mode isn't included, but it's coming soon.

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.

Vanquish lag for good with the best routers for gaming

Finding the best routers for gaming is no easy task. With so many out there, how do you know which to pick? We've looked at the many options available and put together a list of our lag-free favorites.

Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 now available on the Apple Store

The Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 is now available on the Apple Store for $150. The sensor strip, which is only 2 millimeters thin, automatically tracks a wide array of sleep data when placed under the user's sheets.

Save up to $750 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $750.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Folding canoes and ultra-fast water filters

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Google to end support for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich

Anyone with an old phone that is still running Android 4.0 may want to look into upgrading their phone, as Google has announced that it will be ending support for this older version of Android.