Having finally turned on its long-awaited LTE service yesterday, Sprint is throwing the doors wide open, launching a new package making it easier for businesses to become mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) on its 3G and 4G networks. As part of the new Single Source Enablement package, Sprint will cover "systems, processes, customer care, online Web enablement, and the warehousing and distribution of devices," leaving MVNOs free to pour resources into marketing and customer acquisition.
Sprint's new MVNO package will sit alongside two similar solutions: the Standard Enablement Model, designed for MVNOs "seeking the maximum amount of control," and the Joint Enablement Model, in which Sprint handles rating and invoicing but leaves other functions to the client. Its launch comes less than a week after MVNO FreedomPop announced an agreement to lease data access from Sprint's fledgling LTE network, moving on from its WiMAX deal with Clearwire. FreedomPop plans to offer users 500MB of free data each month, allowing them to trade megabytes as a form of currency — it will be interesting to see whether any other innovative ideas come out of this latest package.