The deal between Sprint and the game’s developer, Niantic, will ensure that the stores are at least one guaranteed destination for fans — ready to take on the game’s newest features like trainer-to-trainer battles and the reinstatement of the Nearby tracker — to visit. These stores will also provide charging docks to Pokemon GO players fee-free.
If anything, the deal seals a first link in a possible series of others between Sprint and Niantic. This week, Sprint’s parent company, SoftBank, pledged $50 billion of investment into the US tech environment.
T-Mobile also offered its own perks to Pokemon GO players nearer to the launch of the game.