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Sprint aims to recover market share

Sprint's (S) troubles are not yet over, as the company is still in the backseat for service and product offerings, and lost 2.5M customers in the last five quarters.

Problems at Sprint date back to its 2005 merger with Nextel that left it with a set of conflicting networks and declining service quality. However, in the past three years Sprint has swapped out old equipment at tens of thousands of cell sites nationwide, in the hope of regaining its market share. Sprint also announced yesterday that it will carry the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport.

In a move resembling last week's T-Mobile announcement, Sprint will also now offer customers a 30-day trial period on its network. Sprint difficulties are also signalling a possible future merger between it an T-Mobile.

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  • Patent News
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    wtf? why would the US gov't block it with verizon and att so massive and such ripoffs?
    24 Jun 2014, 05:52 AM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    Because eliminating competition doesn't spur competition. T-Mobile is doing quite well competing with $T/$VZ; most sub growth in Q1.
    24 Jun 2014, 06:02 AM Reply Like
  • BigAppleGuy
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    T-Mobile is growing because of aggressive promotions. Most feel the promotions are only sustainable over the short-term. It is a weak business that can only grow on promotion. In the long-term they don't have capital to maintain promotions and continue network build out.


    Three true nationwide mobile carriers would serve the people better and increase competition in that top tier. A merger would be a rare win-win.
    24 Jun 2014, 06:53 AM Reply Like
  • Energysystems
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    I agree that TMUS promotional growth is just that. But, the goal to grow the subs has worked. In fact, ever since Legere came to the top of the heap at TMUS, it's been a turnaround/growth story.


    I'm a believer in M Son, but he's got to do something to stop the sub losses, outside of just pushing for an unlikely merger with TMUS. The regulators don't want it, and I doubt the consumers want it(since when has less competition, increased competition?). Clearly, the only carrier currently losing subs(over 300K lost last quarter), is Sprint. Son needs to can Hesse, whether or not the merger goes through. A hail mary($S/$TMUS merger) isn't a play with a high completion rate.
    24 Jun 2014, 07:12 AM Reply Like
  • VernonDozier
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    Most Likely, if consolidation continues to occur, Verizon and AT&T will be allowed to merge.


    Mergers which consolidate companies is something like a snowball down a mountain. One competitor merges, then another competitor merges... It basically just allows people on Wallstreet to discuss cashflow metrics. More cashflow doesn't necessarily equate a "bigger" or "better" company, it just means someone's college finance buddy made some cash when a merger occurred. Consolidation and getting bigger and bigger is interesting because often there's no creation of new physical labor.


    I believe eventually, AT&T and Verizon will be allowed to merge again. The reason why is because AT&T hasn't dramatically lowered rates for the services they sell. In all reality, a cell phone should cost less than a home phone. However, it seems this additional cashflow is valuable to the AT&T Brand. It allows AT&T to find ways to finance mergers and acquisitions that it probably shouldn't be considering.


    But AT&T's CEO is someone with a background in finance, so I imagine they prefer to create merger & acquisition situations are preferred.


    When the AT&T/Verizon merger occurs, I plan to be out of college, perhaps working in finance. The banker's fees from that one merger will pay off all my student loans and debt...! I'm looking forward to it!
    24 Jun 2014, 03:45 PM Reply Like
  • PeteCal
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    Watch for T-mumble signups to go negative. They joined with Target and got many signups but service was so poor the phones were returned before 30 days. That would be early June.


    That is what I did and so did many friends.
    24 Jun 2014, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • putzandcallz
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    Sprint is spending money to get "Network Vision" Sprint Spark up and running, and clear as a bell. This is just the beginning for Sprint's new Network. Why some people don't see that the current communication business is CAPEX dependent. Sprint should have the best Cellular service soon. Or, will continue to spend money to that end. IMHO In one year we should see phones that will be more productive,and faster, as well as Data Speed increases. I want to be able to do more that one thing at a time with my phone.. we will see .. And, I don't care about T-Mobile coming on board. I think Mr. Son and Mr. Hesse can, "git r done". Hesse is taking all the heat for this construction business. 
    24 Jun 2014, 10:34 AM Reply Like
    , contributor
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    Yes putz, Sprint is about M Son and his other holdings.
    24 Jun 2014, 01:59 PM Reply Like
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