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  • Why Sprint Spark Won't Spark Sprint [View article]
    Bryce is correct, Author's reply "Spark is an inferior network to LTE-a, which should be rolled out by 2016." is incorrect.

    http://bit.ly/1eQuejN
    Carriers Ready LTE-Advanced To Boost Data Speed, Capacity

    Sprint is at the top of that report for a reason, they have the most spectrum to aggregate.

    http://bit.ly/1eQugrO
    Sprint's Saw: Spark to hit 120 Mbps peaks at end of 2014, 180 Mbps peaks at end of 2015

    And Clearwire's spectrum is a hell of a workhorse at 2.5GHz while being efficient too using TD-LTE rather than FDD-LTE.

    http://bit.ly/1eQugrP
    Sprint poised to become 'king of data speed,' report says

    It just doesn't travel far and isn't very powerful to penetrate buildings. That's where Nextel's spectrum (some of which is still held up by local municipalities that haven't swapped out their emergency radio equipment on time as expected) and hopefully a little more lower spectrum from the future auction comes in. In my opinion Sprint just needs a little more nationwide low frequencies to penetrate, fill in the gaps, and expand across rural markets.
    Apr 18 09:41 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Sprint Spark Won't Spark Sprint [View article]
    My understanding is that all of Sprint's Network Vision deployment (that coincided with their initial LTE deployment) was and is based on LTE: Category-10 equipment that will just need a software upgrade to activate LTE-A while incrementally adding of equipment specifically for Nextel and Clearwire spectrum when it comes time to market within a given market. Whereas Verizon and AT&T will have to do a lot more to their new LTE markets.
    Apr 18 08:29 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evaluating Sprint's Potential Upside [View article]
    I believe I read that with Alibaba's IPO, Masayoshi Son will be the first person to cross a new Billionaire threshold.
    Apr 3 08:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Based On Fundamentals, Sprint's Equity Could Be Worthless [View article]
    Even if Sprint is falling behind in activating LTE-Advanced in certain markets (probably more because of necessity by AT&T and Verizon, same reason when unlimited data was no longer being offered), at least Sprint did not dip into their Cap-Ex twice during their LTE roll-out. It was already baked into Sprint's Network Vision when purchasing newer LTE equipment.
    Mar 16 09:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint/T-Mobile Merger: 6 Things You May Want To Know [View article]
    *takes place or is pending.
    Jan 4 11:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint/T-Mobile Merger: 6 Things You May Want To Know [View article]
    "is the additional spectrum beyond the bundle already owned by S/CLWR really going to add value?"
    Softbank wanted T-Mobile along with Sprint/Clearwire but T-Mobile was afraid the regulators wouldn't approve, as was reported originally more than a year ago.
    I think Softbank had/has a plan to offer at least US/Japan roaming since I believe it's international 3G spectrum and network technology matches T-Mobile's and it's 4G spectrum and network technology matches Clearwire's (and ChinaMobile's as well as other emerging Asian markets).

    "why would this marriage of two losers produce a winner?"
    I prefer to look at their existing spectrum (1700MHz-2500MHz) and build-out as two workhorses that can't travel far or hop obstacles such as tall buildings, hills, & mountains, but can carry 3 times the data load of Verizon's & AT&T's staple spectrum (700-850Mhz) and build-out.
    I believe Sprint and T-Mobile have more invested in their condensed tower coverage and can easily add the better penetrating and propagating 800MHz spectrum relinquished from Nextel where needed on a fraction of existing towers (while removing overlaps) whereas Verizon and AT&T will have to invest more to build the cohesive less penetrating and propagating but higher bandwidth spectrum that is more suited for supporting HD video that Sprint and T-Mobile already built their coverage around. In addition Sprint's Network Vision is designed to handle spectrum hosting and network hosting.

    It's going to be interesting to see what changes might occur to the rules or future restrictions for the future 600MHz auction will be if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger place or is pending.
    Jan 4 11:03 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint Favored In T-Mobile Buyout Due To Interest Rate Arbitrage And Better Capitalization [View article]
    Alex you stated "Also I want to mention the fact that after SoftBank paid a 50% premium on the value of Sprint, I'm sure it would want to forfeit some of its ownership stake by having Sprint swap shares with T-Mobile thus reducing the total number of shares due to dilution as a result of an influx of former T-Mobile investors (sarcasm)."

    Whatever the true percentage was, I don't think it takes into account the premium that Sprint paid for Clearwire to get the Dish Network monkey off it's back. I still remember those bids by Dish (that weren't pertinent/actionable in the case of Clearwire or reasonable in case of Sprint) because Sprint got less of a cash infusion from Softbank due to both premiums that were paid.

    Just thought it may help your sarcasm or the point you were trying to make. Thanks, enjoyed the read and keep up the good work.
    Jan 4 10:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint And T-Mobile US - A Winning Proposition [View article]
    @wrscomncents
    1 iPhone rings up less on Sprint.$2064 compared to T-Mo $2338
    2 iPhones rings up less on Sprint.$3887 compared to T-Mo $4196
    3 iPhones rings up less on Sprint.$5471 compared to T-Mo $5574
    4 iPhones rings up less on Sprint $6814 compared to T-Mo $6952
    5 iPhones rings up less on Sprint $8158 compared to T-Mo $8330
    Sprint has a no contract price too of $60 compared to T-Mo $70
    Not sure about extra lines, but if Sprint can beat T-Mo with phones included they should be able to beat them without.
    Sprint may not have hotspot data built in but they give you the option to add it when you need it. And you can cancel when you are done then they will pro-rate it. I suspect their hotspot pricing will get a whole lot better when and where their 2.5GHz spectrum starts lighting up.
    Dec 27 05:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint And T-Mobile US - A Winning Proposition [View article]
    Sprint's iPhone on One-Up was about $200 less than T-Mobile's over a year's period. T-Mobile's Jump gives you 2.5GBs hotspot included but their included insurance doesn't give you much value depending on how much of the $175 deductible they charge you with depending on the time and circumstances of the damage/loss. You can buy hotspot from Sprint when you need it and then cancel after for a prorate.
    Dec 26 08:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint And T-Mobile US - A Winning Proposition [View article]
    Even if it wasn't a new company, Sprint under Dan had turned that ship around. And with Clearwire's cooperation and the shutting down of Nextel, Sprint would of been picking up steam just not as much or a new direction without Mayoshi Son. What can be said of T-Mobile? Looks like they are making a run but don't have the spectrum to carry the load or reach far enough.
    Dec 24 05:42 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint And T-Mobile US - A Winning Proposition [View article]
    @wrscomncents
    1000%? not according to JD and Phoenix. Google "2012 JD Power wireless customer care" and 2013, and you will see Sprint was better and is still better. Also google "phoenix marketing customers likely to switch" and you will find Sprint is about 10% better in that regards. What will happen next year with or without combining under Softbank, who knows; but I doubt your numbers will make sense.
    Dec 24 05:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • T-Mobile's Self-Defeating Resurgence [View article]
    To the author, Softbank wanted to invest in both Sprint and T-Mobile more than a year ago, but T-Mobile was afraid the feds would not allow it. If you want to follow Sascha Segan go right ahead, but you should also check out the specs on the new phones such as the LG G2.

    For Sprint
    LTE 850 / 1900 / 2500
    WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100
    CDMA 800 / 850 / 1900
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

    For GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile)
    LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900
    WCDMA 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    AT&T version (D800) does not support WCDMA 1700 / T-Mobile version (D801) does not support LTE 850

    I suspect Softbank can dictate new phone specs to make Sprint and T-Mobile more roaming friendly because they are now majority investors in BrightStar (the world's largest wireless phone distributor). In particular with the LG G2 as an example, replacing the 700MHz LTE on T-Mobile with the 850MHz (if not able to add it outright in the future phones) that Sprint uses which could give T-Mobile favored roaming on Sprint's 850MHz current re-farming of their Nextel spectrum. Too bad handset technology was not what it is now when Sprint merged with Nextel. And what's not to say that Softbank won't keep T-Mobile separate from Sprint as much as possible as long as it makes sense and keeps both attracting cost/value conscious customers away from the duopoly of Verizon and AT&T. According to JD Power, T-Mobile could of benefited from Sprint's customer service these last 2 years.
    Dec 22 10:21 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • T-Mobile's Self-Defeating Resurgence [View article]
    Why would you move all S customers to TMUS when S has the larger foot print and better equipment to handle spectrum hosting and network hosting?
    Dec 22 09:13 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint reportedly planning to move HQ to California [View news story]
    $4bn should be enough to get 800MHz and 2.5GHz lit up where they have Network Vision being deployed. 1st adopters of LTE (Verizon & AT&T) will have to spend a lot to replace there equipment to go to advanced LTE and it still won't be as efficient as TD-LTE. Sprint just started turning a profit after so many years running 2 networks; it wasn't a true profit, but I'm sure Mayoshi Son has done his homework and is ready to get to work here in the states.
    Dec 5 10:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprint reportedly planning to move HQ to California [View news story]
    Sprint is and will continue getting new subscribers, their one up is $200 less over the first year of financing a iPhone5s and $100 cheaper to start an upgrade after 1 year http://cnet.co/1fUrotb . T-Mo's plan my have more features like free insurance and 2.5GBs of hot spot, but it doesn't have non-throttled data like Sprint has. Look at sensorly.com T-Mo is catching up, but Sprint has signal in more places than T-Mo and arguebly AT&T and will get wider & better signal when they incorporate their 800MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum acquired from Nextel & Clearwire, look up Sprint Spark. Dish will never come to agreement unless they get everything they want and give up nothing in exchange. Sprint is going to focus on crowded cities like found mostly in Japan, that's where all the profit will come from using 2.5GHz high bandwidth spectrum same that Softbank has in Japan. Also look up Softbank Brightstar since you forgot to mention the important role carrier handsets play into attracting new customers. Softbank is looking at a lot of ways of attracting customers, that's why they invested in two of the top cell phone gaming developers.
    Dec 5 09:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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