) has announced that it will offer Windows Phone 8.1 Upgrade on
HTC 8XT and Samsung's ATIV S Neo. The upgrade on select phones
allows Windows phone users to experience enhanced features. These
add-on features will help Sprint to retain its customers and
attract more Windows phone users to its network.
Sprint has a rich collection of smartphones including Android,
tablets, USB modems, hotspots and routers, all of which are
performing well. The company sold nearly 5.6 million smartphones
in the fourth quarter representing 95% of its post-paid
During the fourth quarter, the company launched Sprint Spark,
which incorporates the company's 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz
spectrum along with devices offering tri-band capability and
high-definition voice. The service is available in 14 key cities
with plans to deploy it in 100 additional cities over the next
Under Sprint Spark, the company also offers 10 triband LTE
capable devices, which include updated Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung
Galaxy MEGA, HTC One max, LG G Flex and NETGEAR Zing Mobile
Hotspot. The company expects all its post-paid smartphone
launches to support tri-band capabilities in the future.
Further, Sprint in collaboration with U.S. based IT and
telecom infrastructure provider, A&T Systems has received a
mobile services contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs under which it will now offer an array of wireless
devices. We believe that continued smartphone penetration will
improve average revenue per user on the Sprint platform as well
as result in lower churn rates courtesy of the contract package
that sells along with these smartphones.
Sprint has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Better-ranked stocks in this sector include
Shenandoah Telecommunications Co.
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp.
). While Shenandoah has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Nippon and
AT&T carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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