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Comments on news posted 2012-10-11 12:37:48: Sprint has confirmed this morning's rumors that they're in talks with Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank regarding some form of acquisition. ..


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Not sure how i feel...

I know nothing about softbank but if there is significant backing maybe network vision / LTE can get completed quicker and make for a better overall company.
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Re: Not sure how i feel...

The better question is, if this does not happen, does Sprint have hte money to even keep NV going.

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Softbank

So I think Softbank is a GSM provider? I have a Panasonic Softbank 830P phone here I wonder what this also means?

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Re: Softbank

It's not going to mean anything other than a source of cash to "fix" Sprint's financial situation.

It would be nice to get Softbank branding and their domain though as some sites I want to access in .jp you can only do through a mobile handset in Japan like LOVE9CUBE...you need either Softbank or AU.

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Re: Softbank

Yeah I got this japanese phone and a DoCoMo Sony So905ics for testing awhile back but I haven't really done much because of the work to get them to work here and I never had much luck with t-mobile.

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End of the line?

Wonder if this means no more unlimited data and an end of the line for Nextel/Sprint company? Sure hope not because AT&T sucks in coverage and reliability in the Bay area. Verizon will bleed you dry for anything more than 4 GB of data. Sigh
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Re: End of the line?

Softbank offers unlimited data, but just like Sprint, you're limited in what you can use because of the quality of the network.
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Son sounds like a loose canon

»online.wsj.com/article/SB1000087···044.html

»seekingalpha.com/article/918241-···ce=yahoo
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Re: Son sounds like a loose canon

He should have bought lightsquared instead. Maybe threatening self immolation will sway the FCC.
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Loose cannon? Seems like more of an innovator: »www.forbes.com/sites/terokuittin···-sprint/

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Good for them...

Now Sprint can finally pay off that ridiculous iPhone deal.
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Japanese cell phones

Seem to be pretty awesome, maybe we will see some of that innovation in the USA with the purchase. ( a little innovation there might draw more folks to sprint/softbank.)

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Re: Japanese cell phones

said by slckusr:

Seem to be pretty awesome, maybe we will see some of that innovation in the USA with the purchase. ( a little innovation there might draw more folks to sprint/softbank.)

Japanese phones are more about style then anything else.. they recycle them so quick each phone cycle.
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Subaru See Profile already mentioned it, but there's nothing special about Japanese mobile phones. And service here is expensive. If you think service in the US is expensive, try out a Japanese carrier for a while.
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Re: Japanese cell phones

said by openbox9:

Subaru See Profile already mentioned it, but there's nothing special about Japanese mobile phones. And service here is expensive. If you think service in the US is expensive, try out a Japanese carrier for a while.

I just wondered because they use nfc, have ota tv etc... (maybe those things are easier to support in a country the size and population density of JP.

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Re: Japanese cell phones

My Sony phone uses NFC for train tickets and vending machines..

You know what's funny is Japan has been using QR codes for at least 5 years and NFC I think for around 4.. it took SO long for it to come here.

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Otosan the sprint dog?

I wonder if well get Otosan commercials here?

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx6JvQgNVC8


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2GNx-oXXrw


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mjkc38yA3w


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Pvbbadd4s


»www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od3nBvG59iA