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T-Mobile’s merger with MetroPCS might have been merely an appetizer for things to come, if new reports surfacing today of SoftBank’s interest in acquiring Sprint pan out. SoftBank, a Japan-based telecom, is said to be in talks to purchase the third-largest carrier in the US, a sale that could go as high as $19 billion when all is said and done.

There are reasons to see the move as beneficial to both parties. SoftBank gets an established base from which they can enter the US market while Sprint gets additional financial support. It wouldn’t be the first time SoftBank rose on the coattails of another. The company launched service in Japan in 2006 after the purchase of Vodafone’s stake in the nation’s wireless market.

If a deal is agreed upon, it will leave AT&T as the last national carrier to be fully headquartered in the US.
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I hope it does go through.

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torn, wondering if this will improve after the purchase or if they will kill unlimited data etc....
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Apparently communists are taking over America with this purchase.....


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I hope it does go through.

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Wish I would have put more $$ into sprint when it was around $2. Still I am up over 100% so I can't complain.
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Softbank will pay $20 billion for a 70% stake in Sprint



It’s official: Sprint (S) is getting bought up. Japanese wireless company Softbank (SFTBY) announced on Monday that it will pay just north of $20 billion to acquire a 70% stake in Sprint, which has long been languishing as the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States. As for specifics, Softbank says that $12.1 billion will be paid directly to Sprint’s shareholders while $8 billion will go toward strengthening Sprint’s balance sheet. The $20 billion deal has been approved by the boards of directors at both Softbank and Sprint, although the two companies still need approval from Sprint shareholders and the Federal Communications Commission. The Softbank deal could be a huge boost for Sprint since Softbank has a strong history of turning around smaller wireless carriers to compete with telecom giants.
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Softbank CEO on why he bought Sprint: ‘I am a man and every man wants to be number one’




Softbank (SFTBY) CEO Masayoshi Son may hail from Japan, but he’s already showing a cowboy-like swagger that will help him fit right in here in America. Per CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Son said that one of the reasons why his company bought up Sprint (S) for $20 billion was that “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” Softbank on Monday formally announced that it will pay just north of $20 billion to acquire a 70% stake in Sprint, which has long been languishing as the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States.
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How will this affect the HQ in OP?
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nothing has been said
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Best possible news for me: They keep the Sprint name and nobody at the HQ is effected too much. (aka my parent's income)

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Im thinking of switching from Tmobile to Sprint. Would you say now is a good time or wait and see?
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Im thinking of switching from Tmobile to Sprint. Would you say now is a good time or wait and see?
not sure how this really relates to be honest since it doesn't give details about service or anything just ownership
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Softbank Corp. (9984) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) told a U.S. lawmaker they won’t integrate equipment from Chinese gear maker Huawei Technologies Co. into Sprint’s network after they merge, the legislator said.
“I expect them to make the same assurances before any approval of the deal” by U.S. agencies reviewing the proposed $20 billion merger for national security implications, Representative Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who leads the House Intelligence Committee, said in an e-mailed statement.
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The U.S. government should block acquisitions or mergers by Huawei and ZTE Corp., China’s two largest phone-equipment makers, Representative Mike Rogers said in an e-mailed committee said a report in October. It said the companies’ equipment can provide an opening for Chinese intelligence services to use U.S. telecommunications networks for spying. Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

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March 1 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, talks about cyber security legislation and impending U.S. spending cuts. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)



Tokyo-based Softbank and Overland Park, Kansas-based Sprint, the third-largest U.S. carrier, are trying to meet U.S. concerns about potential electronic spying by China.
The U.S. government should block acquisitions or mergers by Huawei and ZTE Corp. (000063), China’s two largest phone-equipment makers, Rogers’ committee said a report in October. It said the companies’ equipment can provide an opening for Chinese intelligence services to use U.S. telecommunications networks for spying.
“I have met with Softbank and Sprint regarding this merger and was assured they would not integrate Huawei in to the Sprint network and would take mitigation efforts to replace Huawei equipment in the Clearwire network,” Rogers said. Sprint owns a majority share of its wireless partner Clearwire Corp. (CLWR)
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The deal has been reviewed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department and an interagency group called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or CFIUS, that checks for security implications of foreign purchases of U.S. companies.
Huawei doesn’t have knowledge of the national-security review, Bill Plummer, a U.S. spokesman, said in an interview.
“If government approval of the transaction is somehow contingent on an agreement to restrict purchase of equipment from any vendor based on the flag of heritage, then it is a sad day for free and open global trade and it does nothing to secure the network,” Plummer said. “Everyone is global and every company faces the same cyber challenges.”
U.S. agencies previously have reached security agreements in telecommunications mergers, most recently for the March 13 approval of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE)’s combination of its T-Mobile USA Inc. unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS), based in Richardson, Texas. Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom agreed to tell the U.S. what equipment it has and inform the government if new vendors are used, according to documents released by the FCC.
Softbank buys base band units and antenna systems from Huawei and ZTE for its fourth-generation mobile network in Japan. Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson AB provide the core network.
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Clearwire uses gear from Huawei at the edge of its network, and its core network is supplied by domestic vendors such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Ciena Corp. (CIEN), John Saw, the company’s chief technology officer, said in October. Clearwire is “materially reducing” Huawei’s presence in its network that delivers high-speed wireless service, Saw said.
John Taylor, a spokesman for Sprint’s Washington office, declined to comment, as did Mark Wigfield, an FCC spokesman. Dean Boyd, a spokesman for the Justice Department. Softbank declined to comment, and Holly Shulman, a Treasury Department spokeswoman, said the department doesn’t discuss CFIUS cases.
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Dish tries to trump SoftBank with $25.5 billion Sprint offer



(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite television provider, offered to buy Sprint Nextel Corp for $25.5 billion in cash and stock, a move that could thwart the proposed acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank Corp.



Sprint shares soared 16.2 percent to their highest level since September 2008, leaving them well above the value of the Dish offer on Monday.



Dish's surprise bid is the latest development as the U.S. wireless business undergoes a wave of consolidation. Dish was already in the midst of an unsolicited offer for Clearwire Corp, the wireless company majority-owned by Sprint.



It was also the boldest step yet by Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen, who has bought billions of dollars worth of wireless spectrum in the last few years and has been seeking some sort of deal to make use of the airwaves.



"This is the culmination of a lot of years of work. Whether it be the purchase of spectrum, entering auctions, the acquisition of Sling Media, all those things come together now with the merger with Sprint," Ergen said on a conference call with analysts and reporters.



Dish said it would pay $4.76 per share in cash and about 0.05953 shares in Dish stock for each Sprint share. The offer, which works out to $7 per share, represents a premium of roughly 12 percent to Sprint's close on Friday.



Dish claimed its offer represented a premium of roughly 13 percent above SoftBank's existing bid. Sprint shareholders would own 32 percent of the combined company.



"The offer from Dish appears credible since it has the financing lined up and can justify a higher price than SoftBank's offer because of the synergies with its existing operations in the U.S.," said Nick Brown, a telecommunications analyst with Espirito Santo investment bank.



Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. mobile services provider, agreed in October to sell 70 percent of its shares to SoftBank for $20 billion. No date has been set yet for a vote on that deal.



Sprint declined to comment on the Dish offer. SoftBank could not immediately be reached for comment on Dish's bid. SoftBank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son is known to be as fierce a competitor as Ergen, and analysts eagerly awaited his response to the Dish offer.



Dish shares fell 3.8 percent to $36.19 in early trade. Sprint added $1.01 to $7.23.



'BETTER FINANCIAL OFFER'



The combined entity would have 63.1 million retail subscribers and $50 billion in annual revenues, Dish said in a regulatory filing.



Dish said it could offer consumers immediate benefits, like bundled pricing for video, phone and Internet, and further access to unlimited data, if it were to combine with Sprint.



Ergen also said he has not formally withdrawn Dish's $3.30 per share offer for Clearwire, but would be willing to honor Sprint's existing agreement to buy Clearwire for $2.97 per share.



A source familiar with the offer said Ergen's company saw buying Sprint outright as the best solution to its wireless ambitions. While Dish had already accumulated a sizable chunk of wireless spectrum, the play for Sprint came together in the last few months as Dish started to think through all of its alternatives to gain even more spectrum, the source said.



As much as Dish wants a wireless partner, analysts said Sprint also needs a deal to compete more effectively.



"There is a realization among the smaller players in the U.S. market that they need to merge or partner to compete against Verizon and AT&T, which are both so strong commercially and in terms of network quality," said Kester Mann, telecoms analyst at consultancy CCS Insight.



Mann said while any deal would likely strengthen Sprint, Dish's spectrum assets would probably help support Sprint's pricing strategy, which includes unlimited mobile data access.



Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche said in a note that "Ergen and his team clearly bring a better financial offer" for Sprint shareholders.



But, Fritzsche wrote, Sprint management likely prefers the SoftBank offer, given the Japanese company's deeper background in the wireless market.



READY FINANCING



Barclays is serving as financial adviser to Dish. The satellite company said it intended to fund the bid with $8.2 billion in cash from its balance sheet as well as debt financing. Earlier this month, Dish priced a debt offering of $2.3 billion, more than double what was planned.



In its letter to Sprint's board, Dish said it had received a "highly confident letter" from Barclays with regards to its financing. Dish said it would have to raise about $9.3 billion total in new funding, though its structure has not yet been set.



In the letter, Dish suggested its offer was more compelling than the SoftBank bid because of the synergies: $11 billion in cost savings and the creation of a national provider of video, broadband and voice services.



Analysts said they considered the offer a good strategic move on Dish's part, albeit a potentially expensive one.



"Forget the execution, next move is there a bidding war for Sprint and how big does it go and how expensive does it get? Dish has synergies SoftBank does not (have)," said Vijay Jayant, an analyst at ISI Group.
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yeah ill leave sprint in a heartbeat if dish takes over.
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Sprint either needs to buy someone or get bought. It is that simple. They can't keep being the third tier carrier.

What is so bad about Dish? I know Dish wants to get into the mobile game.
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SoftBank cleared for $20 billion purchase bid of Sprint

Looks like the Japanese have made a compelling bid and case. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. has just approved SoftBank in its possible acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Clocking in at $20.1 billion. That is a little shy of Dish Networks bid to snag the carrier when they put their bid in of $25.5 billion last month. Claims that a Japanese carrier controlling 70% of the U.S. carrier would compromise national security were abound. Apparently the CFI didn’t think it would. The deal is expected to close on July 1st. The agreement for purchase will also make the companies ”appoint an independent security director to the new Sprint board.” Which makes sense.
None of this means you just jump ship, not yet anyways. It still needs to be agreed to by all parties. We all saw how long it took for the AT&T/T-Mobile process to take that eventually failed. Along with the long process of T-Mobile/MetroPCS. It is rather interesting though that a Japanese carrier wants in with Sprint. I would be much happier to see Dish Network be the controlling company.
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People here in Japan seem to really like SoftBank. I wouldn't be upset with this as a recent sprint convert.
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I like this. I'm ready to switch off Verizon and I'm torn between the uncarrier T-Mobile and "SoftSprint"
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It looked like SoftBank had a clear path to acquiring Sprint before DISH jumped in, but CEO Masayoshi Son is still confident that a deal will get done between his company and the US wireless provider. DISH had put in its own bid to absorb Sprint and its subsidiary Clearwire Corp but failed to submit a revised offer earlier this week, leaving the door open for Son’s SoftCorp to move forward with their own acquisition plans.
SoftBank offered a counter-offer to DISH’s, raising their initial bid to $21.6 billion and including a higher cash incentive to win over support from Sprint shareholders, who will meet on June 25th to discuss the proposals. Sprint recently made a move to further secure ownership of Clearwire, raising their own buyout offer. Interestingly, their prime competition here is Dish.
If everything shakes out in SoftBank’s favor, the deal could be sealed as soon as early July.
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People here in Japan seem to really like SoftBank. I wouldn't be upset with this as a recent sprint convert.
That's because they have great service, and fantastic customer service.

I used SoftBank while in Japan in 2010.

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PSA: Sprint changed their ToS. You have until July 31 to get out of your contract free of charge.

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Free?! No early termination fee? That’s right, friends, a change in your Terms of Service often lets you escape those obnoxious early termination fees altogether. In most cases, the subscriber has 30 days to challenge the new ToS and escape unscathed. Continuing to pay for service is basically your compliance with the new terms, so watch carefully for changes.

Material Change

Any change in the Terms of Service represent what is called “material change”. In legalese, a material change is any that alters the agreed upon terms. When you paid for your device and agreed to the service contract, you signed a contract. By changing the ToS, Sprint has effectively changed that contract, and vioded the agreement between yourself and them.

Sprint does not determine what material change is: that’s a legal term.
Now that Sprint has changed that contract, you may call customer support and ask that you be relieved of your contractual obligation due to adverse material changes in the terms of service. From the Sprint ToS:

If a change we make to the Agreement is material and has a material adverse effect on Services under your Term Commitment, you may terminate each line of Service materially adversely affected without incurring an Early Termination Fee only if: (a) call us within 30 days after the effective date of the change; (b) you specifically advise us that you wish to cancel Services because of a material change to the Agreement that we have made; and (c) we fail to negate the change after you notify us of your objection to it.
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ome language under “General Terms and Conditions.” While the changes aren’t poignant or structurally significant, they do represent a change in the terms of service. Any time a company changes something as simple as the language in your contract or ToS, you have the option to get out.

It also seems the change to LTE from WiMax has caused some language to be changed:

New Agreements on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network: Your Service on a device activated on the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network may require a new one or two-year Agreement per line. Sprint expressly reserves the right to migrate your Service during this Agreement term from the Sprint 4G (WiMAX) Network to the Sprint 4G LTE network to complete your Agreement term. Reasonable advance notice of the Service change will be provided to impacted customers, who can then select one of the followingoptions: (a) Choose to complete the Agreement term using your existing device without 4G (WiMAX) capability (b) Elect to complete the Agreement term by contacting us after receiving notice from Sprint to transition to the Sprint 4G LTE networkwith no additional term commitment required (Transition Option)(c) Deactivate service. Deactivations because of this Service change will not result in an Early Termination Fee (ETF).
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The bottom line

You may not have the best experience with Sprint, and this is your opportunity to get out of the contract. Sprint does not determine what material change is: that’s a legal term. Any and all changes to a contract represent material change, and you have the right to terminate the contract free of charge when any carrier makes changes.

I have no regrets about saving $77/month with prepaid service compared to my Sprint “everything” plan.
Speaking personally, I left Sprint when the Nexus 4 came available. I have no regrets about saving $77/month with prepaid service compared to my Sprint “everything” plan. We’ve already covered how to get one of the best plans available for T-Mobile prepaid, so please consider this another step in your evolution toward contract-free living!

If you’re ready to get out of your Sprint contract, be sure to do so by July 31. It may also be a good idea to not pay any monthly service bill until you have come to an understanding with Sprint about your desire to end the contract. Be sure to cover your bases, also: my experiences with Sprint often led to undocumented conversations on their end, so get something in writing (email should be fine) from customer service that officially states your desire to end the contract. This also doesn’t mean you need to leave Sprint immediately, as the termination of a contract will just put you on a month-to-month plan as though your contract had naturally expired.

If you’re interested in cancellation, dial *6 from your Sprint phone to speak to customer service, or call (88 211-4727. To send a letter certified mail regarding your desire to end the contract (recommended by some lawyers), mail to:

Sprint Corporation

Customer Service Department

6200 Sprint Parkway

Overland Park, KS 66251

Some in the Sprint Community are reporting difficulty in getting Sprint to let them out. It’s those who stick to their guns and fight hard that win, so be diligent and unwavering in your desire to leave.
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Is this why the wife and I all of a sudden started roaming in our home with wifi connected? Started a few days ago.. Haven't been able to do anything at home without roaming since. I'm about to call and bitch them out today. Nice to know I can break contract.
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PSA: Sprint changed their ToS. You have until July 31 to get out of your contract free of charge.
I'm fighting with them over this right now. I canceled before August 1. Was told when I canceled that I would not be charged. Now I'm being charged, and the minions escalated my claim. Sprint's legal department called me back and stated "we only changed some of the wording of our ToS" which does not allow you break your contract".

It's basically coming down the phone recording. As the lady who canceled it knew exactly what I was talking about and stated several times that I would not be charged. Basically, IF it was recorded, they will honor that. If not, she said I will have to pay the $188 charge.

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