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Sprint to Offer Free Devices and Data Plans to Students

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Sprint has just recently launched the 1Million Project, a multi-year program they have put up together with the Sprint Foundation. The partnership hopes to provide free high-speed wireless internet and mobile services to 1 million less fortunate high school students in the country. In doing so, they can help those individuals who do not have internet at home by reducing the "homework gap" that affects them.

A study recently conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that there is about 5 million families in the US do not have access to the internet at home. In a statement, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that "Education is the foundation for our society to prosper." Claure shares how important and powerful of a tool the internet can be for learning. With the initiatives of the 1Million Project, a number of these individuals will be able to get the help they need.



The 1Million Project was inspired by a couple of programs that President Barack Obama established-- My Brother's Keeper and ConnectED. Sprint intends to work with a couple of non-profits, My Brother's Keeper and EveryoneOn, to provide free phone, tablet, laptop or hotspot. In addition to these devices, 3GB of LTE data will be provided each month. After they start the initiative in select markets, the carrier hopes to roll out the program throughout the country in preparation of the 2017-2018 school year.


Source: Sprint

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  1. Really appreciable.

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  2. Corporations never do anything out of altruism.

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    1. A nutty conspiracy theory there...

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    2. Corporations do a better job of this than government .... where bureaucrats in welfare deoaetments take in millions on stolen money (forcibly taken from taxpayers) as they cut services to the poor.

      This Sprint idea sounds good: no one is being forced to pay for it.

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    3. My first thought when I heard about this a few days ago was that it's a desperate attempt by Sprint to keep their customer numbers propped up.

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    4. > This Sprint idea sounds good: no one is being forced to pay for it.

      Sprint customers are paying for it and they don't have the option to opt-out. Taxes pay for many great social services we ALL enjoy. Sprint is giving away service they can't even afford to give their own customers. Many of us still don't have LTE, but they have capital to provide handouts.

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    5. Sorry, you are making a fallacious claim. If Sprint choose to pay for this, it is the same as them giving workers raises, buying a new office building, or spending money on charities.

      No one is being "forced to" pay for this. You have paid for your service from Sprint, and you are receiving it. The money you paid to Sprint is now theirs to squander.. .or waste... as they see fit.

      And on top of that, no one is forcing you to use Sprint.

      I am the last person to defend this poor-quality network. But economic fallacies are a different matter entirely.

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    6. have to agree on this. there is an ulterior motive. I wouldn't call it hidden either. Its becoming very plain and evident why corps are more and more willing to give away mobile service. Android (google) collecting EVERYTHING, packaging it and selling it- now, or in the future. Your usage data is more valuable to advertisers, governments, etc, than the cost of the service. Even if there isn't currently a market for some of the data they are currently collecting, there will be a future market as enough pieces are collected and the picture on the puzzle becomes more and more clear. I've had enough. Android is dead and beyond repair. RIP

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    7. " Its becoming very plain and evident why corps are more and more willing to give away mobile service."

      More and more... Let's see. Sprint and and RingPlus. It hardly counts as more and more. If you have evidence that Verizon is now free, let me know. I am so there, dude!

      But anyway, thanks for the evidence-free conspiracy-theory comment.

      I will wait for you to present evidence that this effort has anything to do with Google.

      I will hear Crickets. Buggy ones, not wireless ones. I have no doubt of that.

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  3. Sprint is in no financial position to offer charity. If they can afford to give away free service, they can afford to fix their network. We should consider the ulterior motives behind this. Tax breaks? Kickbacks? Just last week Marcelo was raising money for Hillary Clinton. So while these kids will enjoy 3GB, you're on 3G, and its coming out of your pocket. Corporate charity is a gimmick.

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    1. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth

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    2. "and its coming out of your pocket"

      That's a major claim. Is there any evidence of it?

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    3. > That's a major claim. Is there any evidence of it?

      Wireless service isn't free, somebody has to pay for that service. It's either coming out of the pocket of Sprint customers or through Government subsidies. Either way, the worst network in this country is getting another bailout. The worst is Sprint will claim these students as "customers"

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    4. "It's either coming out of the pocket of Sprint customers or through Government subsidies"

      1) If Sprint is paying for this out of THEIR money, which comes from customers which have paid for and received services, it is coming out of Sprint pockets, not the customers.

      2) Allegations of subsidies? It would be interesting to see if their is evidence of this (as opposed to claims of "Tax breaks", which amount to $0 in subsidies: no money is given).

      3) "Either way, the worst network in this country is getting another bailout." Where did this come from??? Who is giving a bailout, and of what amount?

      4) Again, I am the last to defend Sprint. There's three networks better than them. USC is worse, as are dozens of other companies. The claim "the worst network in this country" is fact-free hyperbole. Which probably explains the rest of your comment: nothing true anywhere in it.

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  4. I wonder if the guy making the same preposterous claims here is the same one with the racist conspiracy theories about Boost and the polling places.

    Get real. I will gladly criticize Sprint has being a network with poor coverage that makes questionable business decisions that don't benefit their bottom line or their future (or customers!). But that's as far as it goes... making poor business decisions does not mean that a company is controlled by some sort of evil political cabal.

    Besides, if "they" wanted to take over the world, they would associate themselves with Verizon instead of a relatively minor and un-influential company like Sprint.

    Hold tight your tinfoil hats, it's going to be a bumpy ride...

    The rest of us give a pat on the back for what Sprint is doing here and also with the Boost Mobile polling places.

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  5. Appreciate the information but does this writer proofread? Her articles are oftentimes unreadable, grammatically incorrect and nonsensical.

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    1. I read it over and over... the meaning was very clear. And I did not see any glaring typos or spelling mistakes.

      And not only this, the post was rather sound from a "here's the news" point of view, rather than looking like an unaltered press release from a company.

      Overly pedantic much?

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  6. Sprint... just focus on your business. Extend networks and than do whatever you want!

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    1. "Sprint... just focus on your business. Extend networks and than do whatever you want!"

      Now THAT is a fair criticism. None of the entirely baseless "footing the bill", "we all pay for it", conspiracy stuff that has been flung out there like dung in the monkey house.

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  7. 2G for everyone. Thank you Sprint!

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  8. Sprint severed their agreement with Ringplus to give away service in favor of this "Charitable" offering.

    Given their inability to attract paying customers, Sprint is willing to give away service to keep customer numbers up.

    Marcelo is desperate. Sprint owes Dan Hesse a big apology. They should bring him back.

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    1. Interesting if it turns out to be true.

      However, if it is not, I suspect you will never come back and say you were flat out wrong.

      And you will show up two weeks later and claim that a 3 hour web outage at the T-Mobile web site is proof that AT&T bought them out.

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