Sprint Open World
Earlier in this series, we discussed AT&T’s (T) Mexican acquisitions, as well as its plans for this relatively under-penetrated market. We also compared aspects of AT&T’s competitive positioning with that of other major US players in the video, broadband, and wireless segments, noting that AT&T may have a unique presence in the Mexican wireless space. However, other companies have begun to put in place plans and services to tap into the wireless traffic from the US to Mexico. Perhaps most notably, Sprint Corporation (S) has extended one such add-on through its Sprint Open World.
According to Sprint, the service doesn’t add additional international charges for calls from the US to Canada and Mexico, and this add-on plan includes discounted charges for calling from the US to other Latin American countries. The plan also drops international roaming charges for certain customers in Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American countries and allows 1GB (gigabyte) of free data while roaming to customers in these countries.
Also notably, T-Mobile (TMUS) has started its own international plan, Mobile Without Borders, which gives unlimited texting and calling to customers from the US to Mexico and Canada. It also takes care of its customers’ roaming expenses in these countries. Please read “T-Mobile Boosts Simple Choice with Mobile without Borders” to learn more.
You may consider taking a diversified exposure to Sprint by investing in the iShares US Telecommunications ETF (IYZ). IYZ held ~3.3% in Sprint on July 31, 2015. Alternatively, you may consider the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD), which held ~0.02% in Sprint at the end of July.