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What about downtown?

My issue was always in a city itself (when I was traveling for perceptive). It seems their towers in congested areas were always overloaded.
I'll do a test when I get downtown on my way home (which is in midtown).
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at sporting events or concerts its very hard to get a signal with Sprint.
It is nearly impossible to get signal from ANY carrier at ANY major event.
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That's not true at all. I've been with many people who don't have as many issues as I do in super crowded areas.
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That's not true at all. I've been with many people who don't have as many issues as I do in super crowded areas.
Must be your phone.
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Which is why stadiums are adding wifi
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That's not true at all. I've been with many people who don't have as many issues as I do in super crowded areas.
It depends on the sporting event, how many towers the provider has in the area, etc.

For some sporting events, providers will bring in a COW to alleviate the strain on the permanent towers in the area. Some stadiums just are in range for a few towers for a given provider, so it's unnecessary. On top of all of that, it depends on how many people in a crowd have a certain provider and are trying to use their phone too.

It also doesn't help that so many people in the KC area have Sprint, so at major events here, there just happens to be a lot of Sprint traffic.
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It depends on the sporting event, how many towers the provider has in the area, etc.

For some sporting events, providers will bring in a COW to alleviate the strain on the permanent towers in the area. Some stadiums just are in range for a few towers for a given provider, so it's unnecessary. On top of all of that, it depends on how many people in a crowd have a certain provider and are trying to use their phone too.

It also doesn't help that so many people in the KC area have Sprint, so at major events here, there just happens to be a lot of Sprint traffic.
Very true. I normally do not have any issues at Truman Sports Complex (Sprint is a sponsor for the Royals) but have had issues at concerts and Sporting events in Manhattan.
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Ive never had an issue attending concerts or ball games here on AT&T or T-Mobile.
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Very true. I normally do not have any issues at Truman Sports Complex (Sprint is a sponsor for the Royals) but have had issues at concerts and Sporting events in Manhattan.
Yeah, Sprint has dedicated antennas at Kauffman. They also sponsor NASCAR, so anytime there is a race at Kansas Speedway, they bring out a COW cell.

I didn't know Manhattan had gotten cell phones yet.. I thought they still operated by messenger cow out there.
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Yeah, Sprint has dedicated antennas at Kauffman. They also sponsor NASCAR, so anytime there is a race at Kansas Speedway, they bring out a COW cell.

I didn't know Manhattan had gotten cell phones yet.. I thought they still operated by messenger cow out there.
NASCAR sponsorship ends after the 2016 season I believe.
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NASCAR sponsorship ends after the 2016 season I believe.
That is very possible. I haven't worked with Sprint for a year and a half, but towards the end of my tenure there, I heard rumors of ending that sponsorship.
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Sprint is laying off 829 at Overland Park campus

Heavy cuts were expected, but number wasn’t specified until Friday


Filing with state didn’t say how many jobs were being cut elsewhere


Headquarters campus is expected to have 6,000 workers there after cuts













Sprint Corp. has given layoff notices to 829 employees at its Overland Park campus in the past 90 days, the company said late Friday in a filing with the Kansas Department of Commerce.


Substantial job cuts have been expected since early October when Sprint announced a $2.5 billion cost-cutting plan, but the company hadn’t released any numbers until Friday. The number of layoffs in operations outside the Kansas City area still hasn’t been disclosed.


Michelle Boyd, a Sprint spokeswoman, said about 6,000 employees would remain at the Overland Park campus after the job cuts, some of which won’t take effect right away.
“Job reductions are never an easy thing to do, and we don’t make these decisions lightly,” Boyd said. “We value and support our employees and are committed to assisting them through this transition with separation benefits and outplacement services.”


Boyd said the layoffs were across Sprint’s various operations in Overland Park, including part of its customer care call center.


She said the affected employees would be eligible for the company’s current severance package, which generally gives two weeks’ pay for each year employed plus $1,000. After this month, the severance terms will be reduced to one week’s pay for each year worked.



The notice, filed with the state under a federal law designed to give workers more notice when there are mass layoffs, was posted long after markets closed. In trading Friday, Sprint shares had jumped nearly 15 percent, their best day in five months, rising 37 cents a share and closing at $2.87.
That came in reaction to the company saying it was moving up its next earnings announcement to Tuesday, a week earlier than originally planned. That report is expected to show Sprint closed 2015 with its first full year of subscriber gains in eight years, analysts said.


“Sprint is slowly improving; possibly not quickly enough to get out of the way of the balance sheet, but we don’t see any near-term liquidity issues,” Phil Cusick, an analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co., wrote in a note Friday.



While Sprint has added subscribers in the past few quarters using promotions, it has also burned through about half its cash and other more liquid cash equivalents.



The company had about $2 billion of cash and short-term investments on its books at the end of September, which is about equal to the debt maturing it has to refinance in 2016, a year that so far has been tough for bond issuers.
The layoffs announced Friday are part of the second wave of cost-cutting since Marcelo Claure became Sprint’s CEO. His first wave eliminated $1.5 billion in costs and included job reductions totaling 2,000. But fewer than 200 of those job cuts were at headquarters, according to other filings Sprint made with the state.






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Sprint To Overhaul Network With Small Cells & 2.5GHz Spectrum





Amid plans to cut costs, including by way of numerous layoffs, Sprint is also busy overhauling their network. Although network overhauls have historically meant issues for Sprint subscribers, they are promising that this time around will be different. The plan is to overhaul the network using small cells, as well as moving off of leased land when possible to go with cheaper options, such as government-owned land. As part of this overhaul, smaller, more agile cells will be used. These new small cells will, of course, require their own support and backhaul. To that end, Sprint CTO John Saw has indicated that the smaller cells will utilize Sprint’s existing 2.5GHz spectrum and “dark fiber”, fiber optic cable laid out as extra at the time of the network’s installation to save having to install more later, which is often leased out until it’s needed.


According to CEO Marcelo Claure, the company is currently on track to focus on network densification and optimization in the midst of budget cuts to make the most of Sprint’s current resources. Fairly high subscriber growth in the most recent quarter has helped Sprint to keep their new strategy going, but they haven’t been doing terribly well lately. After losing their buyer, Masayoshi Son of Softbank, over $3.2 billion, it stands to reason that there is a lot riding on this network revitalization. Claure and Saw both did state that they are aware of the challenges that Sprint’s long-term leases on equipment may present for the network densification and revitalization, but there are currently no plans to break those leases.


Saw noted that, once the leases are expired, they will be looking at all available options for optimizing their network, saying “As we densify and add more sites we will optimize the costs and look for lower cost infrastructure to attach antennas…” He also added that the company is undergoing testing using its 2.5GHz spectrum holdings for network backhaul, saying “I am confident that with a backhaul strategy of dark fiber and microwave radio and small cells being surgical and precise, we can have a very low cost and efficient backhaul plan…”
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Sprint poached Verizon's 'Can you hear me now?' guy

Actor Paul Marcarelli will now appear in ads decrying his former employer.














Geico has a Gecko, Progressive has Flo and Verizon... doesn't have the "can you hear me now?" guy any more. That's because actor Paul Marcarelli has been signed up by Sprint to be the new face of its brand, while mugging off his former employer. In the first of a series of commercials, the former Verizon guys says that his oft-repeated question is now irrelevant because "it's 2016 and every network is great." Sprint is using him to push the idea that its coverage is just one percent behind Big Red, so people shouldn't have to worry about coverage issues.




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It's a big deal for Sprint, which is celebrating its coup with a fresh round of publicity and plenty of tweeting from CEO Marcelo Claure. It is, after all, a rare ray of sunshine for a company that has suffered the most over the last few years. A revitalized T-Mobile stole the firm's third-place position in the US mobile world, and (parent company) Softbank refused to bankroll further success. Claure was given instructions last year to slash $2 billion from the firm's budget. It's led to a war of words with T-Mobile, with Claure famously calling the third-placed company's Uncarrier marketing as "bullshit."
1/7 Good evening @Verizon – someone special just joined #TeamSprint & I think you may recognize him... pic.twitter.com/78N36iFT0H
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Mobile networks have spent plenty of time and money to groom faces that'll help to give their brand an edge in a fiercely competitive market. T-Mobile hired Carly Foulkes in 2010 to be the face of the company until she was dropped in 2013 -- ironically, for John Legere to take the spotlight. AT&T, meanwhile, uses Milana Vayntrub to play the character of Lily Adams, a well-meaning store supervisor. Verizon has taken to using the lovable, relatable Ricky Gervais in its own attack ads on Sprint. It's ironic, given that Verizon already employs the world's most engaging screen presence -- he reviews mobile phones for Engadget.
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Sprint is the carrier that everyone loves to hate. They’re struggling to keep up with the big boys, and their past reputation still haunts them. Their newest marketing campaign uses the former “Can You Hear Me Now” guy to show that Sprint is just as good as everyone else. Has the plan worked? Kinda.


Sprint has reported its financial numbers for Q1 of 2016. The good news for Sprint is they posted the highest subscriber additions in 9 years. 173,000 new post-paid subscribers and a net of 377,000 new subscribers in total. This is the fourth quarter in a row that Sprint has seen subscriber growth. The bad news is Sprint still had a net loss of $302 million. That compares to $20 million loss in the same quarter last year. That’s a pretty big difference. Operating revenues came in at $8 billion.


It’s not all doom and gloom for Sprint, but they definitely still have some problems to work through.
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Attention, Sprint: Price check on a T-Mobile merger is $93.4 billion










President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Tokyo-based parent company of Sprint Corp. has agreed to invest $50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the United States. Trump made the remarks with Masayoshi Son, chairman of Sprint and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp. that owns more than 80 percent of Sprint. The Associated Press






How’s this for a holiday season price check? Renewed speculation about Sprint’s interest in bidding for rival T-Mobile US got around to the price tag: $93.4 billion.
Sprint’s original pursuit of T-Mobile was shot down by the Obama administration a couple years ago. Now that Donald Trump is president-elect, speculation about a deal is swirling again. This time, fans of a Sprint/T-Mobile merger expect a Republican administration to be more receptive.
Driving home the point, Sprint chairman and Tokyo billionaire Masayoshi Son warmly welcomed the president-elect in the Trump Tower lobby last week by promising to invest heavily in U.S. businesses and jobs.
Sprint declined to comment. And there is no certainty that the Overland Park-based wireless carrier will pursue a merger or that the Trump administration would approve one.
But at least we have a price tag. Wells Fargo Securities analyst Jennifer Fritzsche penciled out that monster number.

In a note to clients Monday, Fritzsche said Sprint would have to take on T-Mobile’s $33.4 billion in debt and come up with $60 billion more to buy out T-Mobile’s shareholders. The total price tag on T-Mobile: $93.4 billion.
We’re talking about a bigger ticket than when AT&T purchased satellite-television operator DirecTV, $67.1 billion counting debt. Bigger than when Charter Communications dealt for cable operator Time Warner Cable, $81 billion counting debt. It’s nearly as much as AT&T faces in its bid for media and entertainment giant Time Warner, $108.7 billion counting debt.
Why so much?
Because T-Mobile has been wildly successful in attracting new subscribers, improving its wireless network and thinking up features that its rivals have decided to copy.





Any buyer also would have to pay a premium to the current stock market price to gain control. Fritzsche said T-Mobile stockholders would collect $72 a share, compared with T-Mobile’s $56.14 share price before her report.


Wouldn’t it make more sense for T-Mobile to buy Sprint?
No. Just the opposite, according to Fritzsche’s math. Sprint’s stock already is high priced and its debt burden heavy compared with the business the buyer would gain. In short, Sprint is still in a turnaround but is being priced on gains not yet cemented.


“Therefore, we believe a transaction would only make economic sense if Sprint is the acquirer,” Fritzsche wrote.
On the other hand, Sprint might not get everything it hoped for in a blockbuster deal to buy T-Mobile, said Roger Entner, an industry analyst at Recon Analytics.

A sale would leave T-Mobile’s top executives with sudden and sizable windfalls based on their existing stock options and shareholdings, Entner said, particularly its CEO, John Legere.


“Legere, I think he’d take the money and run,” Entner said. “He would walk out as the genius who turned around T-Mobile.”


Sprint also might not get the valuable T-Mobile brand in a deal. The brand belongs to Germany based Deutsche Telekom, which owns most of T-Mobile US and uses the T-Mobile name in other markets such as Poland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.


Take away T-Mobile’s management and the T-Mobile brand, and the $93.4 billion price tags looks steeper than before.
To be clear, Sprint’s parent company, SoftBank Group, essentially would be the buyer. It would need to support Sprint’s effort to raise the $60 billion.


Which is why Trump’s meeting a week ago with SoftBank’s Son grabbed so much attention. Their public session in the Trump Tower lobby in New York included Son’s pledge to invest $50 billion and create 50,000 jobs in the United States. Son said he made the pledge knowing Trump would deregulate a lot.


Add this to the mix: Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has had warm things to say about T-Mobile, which surpassed Sprint to become the No. 3 U.S. carrier early on Claure’s watch. On Twitter, Claure told T-Mobile’s finance chief that he was “trying to follow some of your footsteps.”


Claure even tweeted this week that T-Mobile’s Legere had been “doing a great job” and deserved recognition as being a more powerful person in the U.S. telecommunications industry.


There are other alternatives to a Sprint bid for T-Mobile. Fritzsche noted that a Trump administration may mean that Sprint and T-Mobile each could be buyout targets. She didn’t list possible bidders, but Comcast has been mentioned as a logical T-Mobile suitor.
In the Kansas City area, the costs of such a merger could be higher in another way.


Sprint still ranks among the largest private employers in the area, provides broad corporate support to the community and does business with other businesses here.
Fritzsche said a merger with T-Mobile makes sense only if it produced $4.5 billion in cost savings in its first three years. First on her list of cost-saving moves: “headcount reduction.” A battle for jobs would ensue.


Kansas City and Seattle, where T-Mobile is based, would be in a battle for the merged headquarters. The last time that happened, Reston, Va., became Sprint’s official headquarters with the Nextel merger. It moved back to Overland Park in 2008.


These are many of the same calculations the Kansas City area faced when Sprint was pursuing T-Mobile in 2014. Some were ready to look at the costs as perhaps the price of salvaging a struggling Sprint.




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Sprint says it will "bring back" 5000 jobs to America, even though it cut 2500 US jobs earlier this year


Sprint announced today - shortly after a Donald Trump name-drop - that it was planning to "bring back" 5000 jobs to the United States. Trump claimed the deal was brokered in part by Sprint's owner, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son.
Predictably, the new jobs seem likely to be centered around sales and customer service positions if Sprint's press release is any indicator. This means the vast majority of these new positions will be poorly paying and first in line for any future belt-tightening if things go south at America's #4 carrier. Of course, there could be positive ramifications for Sprint subscribers in the form of improved customer support and reduced wait times in stores.
The already somewhat bittersweet news is further tempered by the fact that Sprint actually cut 2500 of these same jobs earlier in the year - all in the US. This would mean the net number of jobs being created is far less than 5000, and if you go back a little further yet in recent Sprint history, they had cut another 1700 jobs in 2014. In short, Sprint has already done its fair share in the other direction here, and adding 5,000 employees to fill low-quality, low-paying positions that were previously on the chopping block doesn't make them look especially competent.
It also reeks of pandering to the President Elect, though we should probably avoid the beast of politics in this forum. Regardless, Sprint is definitely trying to use the current climate to get some time under the positive PR limelight. Whether they're truly deserving of such recognition for today's announcement is far less clear, though. It also appears the jobs we already planned as part of a previous announcement this month made by Masayoshi Son that he eventually planned to create a far less believable 50,000 new jobs in the US.
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Meet the man Sprint just hired to lead its ‘turnaround’ and create those 5,000 jobs it promised Trump



Above: Spring COO Néstor Cano


Not everything has gone according to plan since Japan’s Softbank acquired U.S. telecom provider Sprint. This is why it was a slight surprise the company promised President Trump it would create 5,000 jobs this year — after cutting 10,000 over the past several years.
But with its optimism undimmed, the company announced that it has hired Nestor Cano as its chief operating officer, a position it described in a press release as “newly created.” Perhaps most interesting is the extent to which the company publicly acknowledged that it is in turnaround mode.
“I’m so proud of the progress Sprint made in 2016, and now it’s time to accelerate our turnaround with operational excellence and superior execution,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure in a statement. “Néstor is a proven transformation leader with an incredible work ethic.”
In his own statement, Cano emphasized the same theme:
“Sprint has already undergone tremendous change and has seen great improvement under Marcelo’s leadership,” he said, “and I am excited to join Sprint at this critical time in the company’s turnaround. I am committed to driving focused execution of Sprint’s strategic plan to ensure Sprint remains a strong and relevant competitor in the wireless industry.”
That turnaround theme is also echoed in the terms of Cano’s pay package. According to his employment letter filed with securities regulators, Cano will get an annual salary of $1.3 million and a signing bonus of $300,000. But he’s also getting $16.1 million in 1.75 million restricted stock units that the company has called a “turnaround incentive award.”
Softbank acquired Sprint in 2013 for $21 billion. Despite billions of dollars in investment by Softbank, Sprint has continued to struggle and lay off employees.
Cano is now on the hook to fix that. According to his biography, he had been European president of Tech Data Corporation since June 2007.
Of course, it’s quite possible that his biggest task may be handling the company’s long-rumored merger with T-Mobile. With a friendlier administration in office, there’s a feeling that such a large deal would theoretically face fewer anti-trust hurdles. But it could also be dangerous, given that such mergers often result in big job cuts.
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Red-hot telecom deal market about to get even hotter with reported Sprint, T-Mobile tie-up talks

  • Sprint has approached T-Mobile-owner Deutsche Telekom to discuss a potential merger with the U.S. wireless carrier, according to Bloomberg News.
  • The value of telecom M&A deals is already up 27 percent year to date to $38.8 billion through Thursday, according to Thomson Reuters data.





















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It's a great time to be a telecom investment banker and it may get a lot better.

The value of telecom M&A deals is already up 27 percent year to date to $38.8 billion through Thursday, according to Thomson Reuters data.

And that was before Bloomberg News reported Sprint approached T-Mobile-owner Deutsche Telekom to discuss a merger with the U.S. wireless carrier.
Deutsche Telekom owns a 64 percent stake in T-Mobile, according to FactSet.

"Sprint Corp. has started preliminary conversations to merge with T-Mobile US Inc. ... Executives of both SoftBank Group Corp., Sprint's largest shareholder, and Sprint itself have had informal contact with T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom AG about a transaction," the report said, citing people familiar with the matter.

T-Mobile has a current market value of $54 billion compared with Sprint's $32 billion, according to FactSet. Given the size of the companies a merger between the two wireless carriers would be the largest deal of the year.
Johnson & Johnson's $31.4 billion acquisition of Actelion in January was the biggest deal so far in 2017, according to Dealogic data.

"The TMT [tech media telecom] sector has been one of the hottest sectors in the last few years, and if a T-Mobile-Sprint merger goes ahead, it would push deal volume in this sector this year to levels not seen since before the financial crisis," Dealogic's head of Americas M&A research, Agnieszka Zalecka, wrote in an email. "The deal will face huge regulatory scrutiny, and previous talks for Sprint to buy T-Mobile fell through in 2014 because of regulatory concerns."

As mentioned, Sprint was forced to abandon its attempt to acquire T-Mobile three years ago. However, the companies may believe large telecom consolidation is possible under the President Donald Trump administration.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges also hinted Thursday, he is open to a T-Mobile deal.

"Purely theoretically, we can see several advantages to consolidation and convergence," Hoettges said according to a Reuters report. "The strong position we have established for ourselves gives us the time and space to evaluate all options together with colleagues in the U.S."

If the merger talks get serious, other companies may decide to jump into the fray. Bloomberg News reported in April that Sprint thinks it may get acquisition interest from cable companies such as Comcast, Charter and Altice.

Sprint shares closed up 1 percent on Friday, while T-Mobile stock closed down slightly negative. Both companies did not immediately return requests for comment.
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T-Mobile and Sprint merger reportedly on the horizon







Rumors of a possible merger between T-Mobile and Sprint have popped up once again. According to a report by German newspaper Handelsblatt earlier this week, T-Mobile’s owner Deutsche Telekom is gearing up to join forces with the fourth largest carrier in the US. It wants to make an all-stock deal with Sprint owner Softbank that would allow it to maintain control of the combined telecom company.

This isn’t the first time we have heard rumors on this topic. Sprint wanted to buy T-Mobile back in 2014 but the deal was prevented by US regulators. As soon as Donald Trump became president, the talks between the two companies regarding a possible merger started again. This is because of the Trump administration’s push for lighter regulations and lower taxes.
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Sprint’s merger talks with T-Mobile are temporarily on hold while the carrier mulls over a number of potential deals with the United States’ two biggest cable companies, Comcast and Charter, according to The Wall Street Journal.


The trio of companies have reportedly agreed to a two-month exclusivity period on cutting a deal. Comcast and Charter appear to be interested in reselling Sprint’s wireless service under their own name. That’s something Comcast has already been doing with Verizon, and it could use Sprint’s network to improve coverage.
Comcast just launched a wireless service, and Charter plans to start its own
Such a deal would likely involve the two cable companies making an investment in Sprint, which the carrier would then use to build out its network, generally known to be the worst of the four major phone service providers. The Journal alsoreports that Comcast and Charter could make a bid to acquire Sprint outright, but it said the outcome was seen as less likely.
Though they’re usually an unlikely pairing, Comcast and Charter agreed in May to team up when making deals around wireless coverage for a full year. For the most part, both companies have been slowly losing TV subscribers year after year as customers shift over to online services. They see phone service as a new offering that could help to restore growth and lock in subscribers.


Comcast started launching its Xfinity Mobile phone service last month. The service uses Verizon’s network for mobile data, but it also relies on the 16 million Wi-Fi hot spots Comcast has placed throughout its wired coverage area. Because it has to pay Verizon for all data usage, Comcast tries to offload as much as possible to its Wi-Fi network. Bringing Sprint into the equation could provide it with a better deal on data and expand coverage to new areas.
Charter doesn’t have a wireless phone offering yet, but the company’s CEO indicated last year that it has every intention of launching one. Like Comcast, Charter also has a deal with Verizon to use the carrier’s network. So by teaming up, the two cable providers can get a better deal for their own wireless networks, while very likely continuing their practice of never actually competing with one another by only offering service in areas that they already have wired coverage.
None of this means that Sprint’s talks with T-Mobile are done for. Though Comcast and Charter seem to have teamed up for the express purpose of talks like this, the Journal doesn’t say there’s a clear indication that a deal will be made. And even if they do make an investment in Sprint, that still doesn’t mean Sprint won’t ultimately be bought up by T-Mobile, which has been eyeing it for months.
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T-Mobile and Sprint will complete merger within weeks, report says







Rumors have been swirling for months about a T-Mobile/Sprint hookup, but things are getting very realistic, very fast. A new report from CNBC quotes sources who say that both sides are now entering due diligence, with a formal deal announcement expected for late October.
The deal will be all stock, and the exchange ratio will be “at market,” according to CNBC‘s sources. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s owner, would become the majority shareholder after the merger.





A merger would likely see T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks also become as one, although that would take much longer than the merger on paper. Sprint uses CDMA technology to power its 2G network, while T-Mobile is on GSM. The two technologies are not compatible, and CDMA would likely have to be phased out (along with some customer devices) before the two networks could truly unify.
That union of networks would actually be good news for customers: although there’s a lot of overlap, the two networks combined would have much better coverage than either T-Mobile or Sprint currently. Room is also there for aggressive future expansion, as T-Mobile recently bought new spectrum from the FCC for a 5G network, and Sprint already has spectrum licenses it’s not using that could be built out.
But don’t be fooled that a merger would ultimately be a good thing: going from four to three national carriers would massively reduce competition, so things that you’re used to like cheaper cell plans and unlimited deals will quickly become a thing of the past. Losing Sprint would be particularly bad: it’s the cheapest of the four carriers, and that downwards price pressure is the only thing that forces T-Mobile to keep prices a little lower than Verizon and AT&T.
Canada provides a cautionary tale: it has only three national wireless networks and a handful of regional players, and the result (with a demographic similar to the US) is one of the most expensive cellphone industries in the world. There’s no unlimited plans, customers are still locked into multi-year contracts, and a basic plan with a few GB of data can cost upwards of $100.
There’s no indication that a T-Mobile-Sprint merger would suddenly turn the US into Canada, but it’s an awful time for competition to slow down. 5G is just around the corner, and the amount of competition cell companies currently face will dictate how fast it’s deployed and how much companies can charge. The theory says that with 5G offering more bandwidth, the cost per gigabyte of mobile data should plummet. Without competition, however, wireless companies could just pocket the savings and not pass them on to consumers.
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T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Net 150MHz in Most Areas





Lately there has been a lot of talk about T-Mobile and Sprint merging, as the two sides are reportedly close to agreeing to terms for a merger, once again. It is definitely a subject that is gaining a lot of headway these days, and it has a lot of people wondering what this might mean for customers of either carrier. Well Mosaik has put together a map showing what the spectrum of a combined company of T-Mobile and Sprint may look like, and it looks really good for customers.



Right now, neither T-Mobile nor Sprint covers the entire US with spectrum, although T-Mobile is a bit closer now with its purchase of 600MHz spectrum in the most recent auction. However, the two of them together would net around 100MHz to 150MHz of spectrum in most areas. With some having closer to 200MHz of spectrum. Which means more bandwidth on their current bands, and what that means in laymans terms is that more users can use the network without speeds slowing down to much. This would actually put them ahead of Verizon, who has around 50-100MHz in most areas. With very few areas having over 150MHz of bandwidth. Now, unfortunately this wouldn’t help the new network instantly, since GSM and CDMA don’t really work well together, customers would really see the network bolster once 3G is phased out and both go full 4G LTE in the next few years. But it is definitely promising.



Of course a big part of this is due to Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum, which the company doesn’t want to sell even though it needs the money. And that is because the 2.5GHz band is going to be crucial for 5G in the coming years. On top of that, between the two carriers, there is a ton of low band spectrum – 600MHz and 700MHz from T-Mobile and 800MHz from Sprint thanks to its Nextel purchase all those years ago. And low band spectrum is going to be important for the new combined company to cover more area than mid and high-band spectrum would allow them to do.










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