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Sprint Says Merger Mania Not Impacting Network Upgrades
iDen Shutdown, LTE Build All Remain on Schedule
by Karl Bode 08:38AM Friday Apr 26 2013
Sprint is promising that neither their bid for Clearwire, or the increasingly absurd sale drama between SoftBank and Dish will impact Sprint's Network Vision upgrade schedule. "Irrespective of the two deals, we are running our business as if none of the deals are going to close and we have to remain a sustainable, standalone entity," insists Sprint CFO Joe Eueteneuer. The company's iDen remains on schedule for its shut down on June 30, and the company says it remains on schedule to deploy LTE on the 800 MHz spectrum the iDen network will have previously inhabited. Meanwhile, Sprint continues to insist that they believe the SoftBank deal will close by July 1.

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josephf

join:2009-04-26

Standard Business Practice During Merger Process

It is standard business practice to continue business unabated as if no merger is occurring, during a pending merger process. This is in large part to reduce any risk if the proposed merger falls apart.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Standard Business Practice During Merger Process

And it didn't hurt they have already received $3B from SoftBank.

hamburglar_

join:2002-04-29
united state

Hard to get worse..

Hard to get worse than slow for the "Network Vision" rollout. Somehow, I continue to be a customer, as I can't see giving my money to the big two. I would go to Tmob, but the family is afraid of coverage...
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Hard to get worse..

Not really slow, just started later than ATT/VZW LTE. It's slow if you are not in one of the pegged markets. Sprint finished 13K sites and another 12K in works, so 25K out of 38K sites in progress/complete. They'll likely be in most markets by end of year and then complete the infill next year, as well as rollout 800Mhz LTE.

There are users reporting Sprint LTE in many areas not yet announced.
sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/Sprint/lte_310sprint

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Re: Hard to get worse..

Optimistic, LTE is getting very close to me on the Central NJ Shore
Move in east of route 9 and you might become a consideration for me Sprint, without LTE I'd never consider using mainly Sprint's 3G network.

MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1

Re: Hard to get worse..

Nevermind, I checked Sprint's website, most of what is shown is WiMax which is dead.

delusion ftl

@comcast.net
What market are you in?

bobjohnson
Premium
join:2007-02-03
Orlando, FL
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said by hamburglar_:

Hard to get worse than slow for the "Network Vision" rollout. Somehow, I continue to be a customer, as I can't see giving my money to the big two. I would go to Tmob, but the family is afraid of coverage...

I was one of the "Are we there yet?" people as well and since Network Vision was completed in my area the difference is night and day from the old setup.
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Tsume
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join:2004-02-23
Johnson City, TN
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I've was tempted to jump ship to T-Mobile as well. They're the only ones with a comparable plan at a comparable price. VZ and AT&T equivalent plans are at least 40 dollars more a month than what I pay now. The problem with that is their coverage here and elsewhere is absolutely terrible. They don't even have 3G in Bristol TN/VA, which are small but not tiny cities (every other carrier has 3G and 4G there). BMS is a big tourist destination for the NASCAR fans, so if there's no coverage there it gives a good picture of what the rest of their coverage looks like. I was in downtown Atlanta with friends during March when they had that marathon, and my friends on T-Mobile could not place or receive calls even though they had good signal. In downtown Atlanta. There's no way that would be acceptable to me.
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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Sprint needs to build out

They need to build out into the other half of the country that they don't serve right now. For one, roaming on Verizon is a poor solution, and secondly, that may eventually come to an end, leaving Sprint high and dry. They also need to increase their tower density in areas that they already serve. Around here, they are dead last, and running PCS on top of it. Even with 800, they will still have fewer towers than even Verizon, who is notorious for stretching towers as far as they can go.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Sprint needs to build out

I was thinking Sprint still has more cellsites (38K) density than VZW (how many?), since Sprint has been all 1900, but now they are going 800Mhz as well, so won't need more density it would seem. Sprint recently showed a conceptual future coverage map after going 800 and expect it to significantly expand coverage and gaps.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Sprint needs to build out

Verizon has 55k. Sprint has like 75k, but that includes iDen. Sprint still has building out to do, even with 800mhz iDen coming online. T-Mobile is the densest in general, AT&T is close behind, but AT&T also has national coverage, whereas T-Mobile is mostly only in the cities with 2G, if anything, farther out.
wispalord

join:2007-09-20
Farmington, MO

i work for sprint

and most likely soft bank will stay because the dish merger is more complicated and could cost jobs and sprint don't want the negative publicity right now and dish has not put there money where there mouth is Softbank has