Quick Overview of Sprint
Sprint is a well-respected member of the cellular service industry. It is the third largest telecommunications network in the U.S. Sprint has been at the front of the telecommunications industry for many years, and only began to produce and market their cellular services in the late 1990’s.
In 2007, Sprint was able to boast more than 23 million customers in at least 70 countries.
Approximately a hundred years before Sprint provided cellular services, they were associated with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Eventually the SPR became known as the Southern Pacific Communications Corporation, or the SPCC. By the 1980’s, it was time for another significant change, when they merged with GTE in order to create competition for the mighty industry mogul. At that time, it was renamed to GTE Sprint.
At about the same time, Sprint began using fiber optic lines, which their competitor US Telecom took close notice of. Eventually, the two merged and began to offer phone cards to their customers, offered the almost unheard of “toll-free numbers” to their residential customers and doubled the number of clients in their database.
By the 1990’s, United Telecom owned Sprint, and now made it possible for people to make international phone calls from the privacy of their own homes, and for a reasonable cost. The once again renamed company “Sprint International”, soon went on to dabble in the world of cellular service, and experienced a rapid growth pattern. They soon bought their competition “Nextel”, and compromised on the name of Sprint-Nextel in some markets. By 2009, the company itself was one of the most well-known cellular service companies in the United States, with a heavy emphasis on customer service and discounted wireless phones. They are often known to be lenient on credit requirements for new and existing customers.
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