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sparc

join:2006-05-06
reply to Crookshanks

Re: If it doesn't go through then what?

T-mobile USA has five years of declining profits and recent subscriber losses. DT faces an uphill battle in turning around the company.

Then add in the costs of funding an LTE upgrade which probably hits the tens of billions and the value isn't there anymore running T-mobile USA.

DT paid a fortune for Voicestream. The article i read indicated they wouldn't be making a whole lot at AT&T's price. They basically get out with their shirts and can reinvest the money in their european operations.

The only other company we know of that was interested in T-mobile USA is Sprint and they couldn't offer as much as AT&T.

Our prospects as T-mobile USA customers without an AT&T merger aren't that bright. We are screwed either way but may gain better coverage with AT&T and possible grandfathering of old plans. Nextel customers are leaving Sprint in droves so it's not like we'll get treated a whole lot better merging with them.

The hating on AT&T is completely fair, but i think overall most consumers underestimate how bad things could get if T-mobile USA isn't picked up by a financially stable company.

sparc

join:2006-05-06
reply to Alcohol
totally agree on google never being interested in this big of of an infrastructure buy.

Google does everything solely to protect search and advertising business. Even the Kansas City fiber buildout is expected to be a next generation test bed to protect their search and advertising. Plus they get some good PR out of it with the public. Anything to get people to look away from their near monopoly on search traffic.


tiger72
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join:2001-03-28
Saint Louis, MO
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reply to Crookshanks
DT wants to stay, but doesn't want to invest any money into the market. They want to use the earnings from TMO USA to pay off DT debts. It looks they wanted to sell for cash, plus get 8% equity in ATT for continued income to pay off debts without having to worry about further expenses for building out a network.

Of course, if the deal doesn't go through they get valuable AWS spectrum, and $3bil in cash which could definitely help pay for network improvements to increase competitiveness. So either way DT wins.
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NObama
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join:2005-11-09
Nashua, NH
reply to hottboiinnc
You are uninformed. Sprint is in the process of rebuilding their entire network. The decommissioning of iDEN will start as each market nears or completes the upgrade. The work has started, so it looks like hell will be getting colder soon.


batterup
I Can Not Tell A Lie.
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join:2003-02-06
Netcong, NJ
said by NObama:

You are uninformed. Sprint is in the process of rebuilding their entire network.

Good for them. On a clear day if I climb a tree I can see the Empire State Building but there is no Sprint 3G let alone 4G coverage available. Even if they buy Clearwire there still won't be mobile broadband coverage.

Don't worry the FCC is demanding they be permitted to leech off Verizon's network; four bars in my house.


InternetDude

@spcsdns.net
reply to xenophon
Please Google buy Tmo and Sprint.

NObama
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reply to batterup
Not every carrier covers the same area. So, if Sprint doesn't work for you, get another service. 4G is currently provided by Clearwire, which is not run by Sprint, though Sprint owns more than 50% of it. If you are paying for Sprint service, it is probably because they are a cheaper option to AT&T and VZW. One reason Sprint is cheaper, is due to their smaller footprint. You want better service, then pay for it. Simple.


batterup
I Can Not Tell A Lie.
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join:2003-02-06
Netcong, NJ
said by NObama:

One reason Sprint is cheaper, is due to their smaller footprint. You want better service, then pay for it. Simple.

I do. My comment was in response to "Sprint is in the process of rebuilding their entire network".


iLive4Fusion
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join:2006-07-13
reply to NObama
Right.


ISP1

@multacom.com

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reply to batterup
Clear's implementation of 4G (WiMax) is mostly a ground wave. It can work poorly if your high up in an office building or too close to a tower.


batterup
I Can Not Tell A Lie.
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join:2003-02-06
Netcong, NJ
said by ISP1 :

Clear's implementation of 4G (WiMax) is mostly a ground wave. It can work poorly if your high up in an office building or too close to a tower.

As I said on a clear day if I climb a tree I can the the Empire State Building. Only Verizon, T-Mobile and at&t offer 3G broadband service I can get in my house. Darn Verizon's 4G is a few towers away; like their FiOS a few poles away.

rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to ISP1
Curious about this. Do you have any links that explain this? Does Clear somehow focus the signal in a specific plain with a directional antenna?