Pokemon GO, the social exploration game by Niantic and Nintendo, is still going. Not as strong as it was when it first launched but still, it is going. As the game gets a little long in the tooth for many players, Niantic is more open to making deals to keep it alive and in the news. One such deal was announced recently and it involves the Sprint cell phone service.
Sprint has struck a deal with Niantic that will go into effect on December 12, 2016. What is in this deal? Read on to find out.
Sprint, Boost Mobile, and RadioShack–are those still around?–locations across the United States will become Pokemon Gyms and Pokestops. Also, apparently there will be a bit of Sprint product branding in Pokemon GO that we have not seen yet. Product branding is a missed opportunity in my opinion–so much money could have been made by swinging deals like this that make certain stores and locations major stops for Pokemon GO players.
Now Sprint has done just that. According to the press release there are allegedly 10,500 Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at Radioshack locations across the United States. Um, where? Here in Arkansas, I can think of, off the top of my head, one Boost Mobile store and no Radioshack locations–they closed down those locations a while back. Now, if they are counting Walmart stores in this list, as most sell Sprint and Boost Mobile phones, then it may get close to that number. Maybe.
Additionally, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at Radioshack locations will offer complimentary phone charging options–handy and quite decent of them.
Pokemon Gyms at these locations will apparently be Sprint-sponsored so get ready for product placement, ads and the like while playing.
Here you go, if you are still playing Pokemon GO, then you will have additional locations to stop at, fight at, and recharge your phone. Things go into effect on December 12, 2016.