These are the most recent forum messages posted by Phineas:
Re: Good news that makes sense
Although sounds great it isn't true, this isn't a Sprint bozo situation, it is Softbank buying TMO and combining them with Sprint. This is not Sprint combining with TMO, this doesn't happen without Softbank.
Umm, let's see when the last auction occurred Sprint and TMO didn't have much in the way of funds to compete with Verizon and AT&T. You could say TMO had an opportunity with DT supporting them but they were always in a sell mode with them and didn't change much until AT&T's failed merger that gave them spectrum and cash.
Re: LTE is to Wimax as VHS is to Beta
I agree with your statement about increasing coverage, in general Sprint is upgrading network but adding relatively few towers. My real point to all this was just stating that assuming Sprint would automatically offer a comparable home internet plan like Clear had in place for these users is hopeful at best. Nothing has pointed to Sprint allowing an unlimited plan with a home modem anytime soon, I did caveat by saying that Sprint's push to acquire TMO ...
Re: LTE is to Wimax as VHS is to Beta
The article states that there are 17K Clearwire sites, 5K have been done and another 5K expected to be completed by 2016. The 7K could be in covered markets already but I bet alot of them are in areas that Sprint won't cover or upgrade. They have plenty of incentive to shut down towers ($$$) that don't provide coverage for enough pops to justify. Most clearwire plans were around $55 for unlimited use for home internet with good ...
Re: LTE is to Wimax as VHS is to Beta
I agree with the first comment, but the rest doesn't add up. Clearwire often went into areas that Sprint wasn't and they did offer extremely cheap plans for unlimited use which Sprint will not give them as that offer showed that Clearwire was a sinking ship. A lot of people didn' have options other than bad DSL or satelitte and Clear gave them pretty good speeds at a decent price. The only way Sprint will offer ...
Re: Full of it
Question, do you get the 17% off the plan or just your 10GB data allotment?
Re: Good thing I'm on Sprint
That sounds like fun
"companies like TMo and Sprint have relatively equal and in some cases more spectrum than the big two" Wow that is a misleading statement. The ASSUMPTION here is that all spectrum is equal, which it isn't. Verizon and AT&T have the largest amounts of the most valuable spectrum in the lower bands. Ask Verizon if they would like to swap spectrum with Sprint and I'll bet all my money on their answer of NO.
Re: Those speeds tho
Yes that is nice and yes that is if 1 person is on the network. The real test when enough devices are able to pick it up and see what it is during business hours in the day. Either way I'm sure it will average around 7-10 mbs which should be enough for 99% of the population
Re: Sprint has a good point.
You mean by 'investing' as in giving them all their spectrum? It was use or lose it, that is why they went with Wimax because it was available at the time. Sprint didn't have the money to meet the buildout requirements so they went public with it and had some good backers like Intel, Google, etc. The company did fail overall, i just find it funny this all happens at the same time, like where were ...
Dish is doing this because they do want to be a pain, but they have a business need to get their spectrum build out and they have obviously identified Clearwire as the best outlet to do that. This will probably cause Sprint much heartache going forward unless they sign a new agreement with favorable terms for Dish.
Re: That makes NO SENSE!!
Sprint's 51% ownership of stock, does that make them the owners of company? I guess I would care if I was an employee and not a greedy stockholder.
In the long run all we are talking about is the 25% that sits out there after Sprint buys the other large players stock. It's a play to impact the Sprint sale to Softbank and that is it. Softbank and Dish both want Clear but owning outright won't come unless you own Sprint. I think the only thing that has changed is that Clear minority shareholders are getting more money every day but the ownership of ...
Re: That makes NO SENSE!!
"Greed is good"
Re: I understand what Dish is saying. But...
The sky is falling!
Well said Cell. There are some dumb people on this site, first saying Sprint is crying to govt. about Dish (believe Sprint wouldn't mind a bidding war) and then saying ATT/TMO deal is the same as this.
Re: why finance clearwire
Because this buys them more access into CLWR and therefore more ability to take over the company. This move just closely aligns CLWR with Sprint's deal vs. Dish's offer (which isn't a real offer anyway).
Who is most interested in this real estate?
What company makes sense to purchase this?
Re: Nice review of the new Kyo Torque
I've played with this phone and was quite impressed with Kyocera and the results of their hardened smartphone, the speaker thing is absolutely amazing and I believe was first showcased in Japan. They may have a winner for Sprint and their old Nextel users that decide to stay.
Re: it's so obvious
Honestly, I thought I knew what was going on here but I get more and more confused. Number 1 fact, Sprint and Clearwire are joined at the hip so no deal with Clearwire will ever get done like Dish is proposing. If Sprint doesn't get deal done, I guarantee you the Dish one will fall through, that will lead to the overinflated (yes, very overinflated) stock price of Clearwire dropping back down to $2 or sub $2. ...
Re: This got a lot more complicated
Everytime people mention Sprint and Clearwire they see them as two different companies, I don't believe you can easily seperate them. The fact is that Sprint owns more than 50% of the shares and has contracts in place for service. There is a reason no one else has tried to buy Clearwire (besides its massive load of debt), they have to deal with Sprint one way or another. Sprint is too far committed to seeing an ...
Sorry, all I was talking about was in the past, I know TMobile and Metro are in the midst of a merger now. Before then there were talks of Sprint acquiriing one of the other PCS prepaid brands like Metro or Leap. My main question was if there were any advantages to acquiring US Cellular. It appears they have spectrum all over the place but anything that adds to 1900 for Sprint will be good I ...
Excuse my ignorance here but this move seems odd to me. I know that the talk with Sprint has been mergers with Metro or Leap, but what is the possibility of a US Cellular acquisition? It the spectrum of US Cellular all in the PCS band at 1900 as well?
Re: For Sprint to become a serious competitor
That may have been true from like 2007 to 2010, but I'm pretty sure they've increased subscriber base for a few consecutive quarters now. If you remove Nextel's defections Sprint has been performing pretty well I think, very well on prepaid.
Re: Yay for Sprint, Screw AT&T
Exactly john, how did we forget that Sprint had this spectrum before? How can we forget that they used to have majority ownership in Clearwire? They bought the stock before the deal is even finalized and will own regardless of whether the deal goes through. AT&T just doesn't like Sprint getting money and ability to do something with spectrum that is largely sitting fallow. Don't get me wrong, I support both carriers, got family working ...
Re: Sort of predictable
Your math is off, that is over a certain time period longer than 2 years. You would have to assume that those buying iphones now wouldn't buy an iphone when they upgrade or they don't upgrade at all. You still present a good point, Sprint will have to get a high percentage of people using the iPhone on all of their brands to break even.
Re: what could this do to them?!
At $4 a share anyone is interested, with billions of debt no one is.
Re: "Sprint will now forage ahead with long-time 4G partner WiMax in creating its LTE network"
Two reasons: Spectrum and money. They would have a spectrum hosting deal with LS to give them cash and have additional LTE spectrum. LS did it so they wouldn't have to build out a nationwide network and save them billions.
Re: What about 3G EVDO?
Will the LTE network only be used in that G block or can they use in other blocks as well? Won't voice moving to 800MHz help with 3G and LTE?
Re: We Won't Throttle, We'll Just Terminate
So are you saying your the top 1%?
Re: Sprint is the best!!
I love when people give specific issues they have with coverage in one specific area and say the entire network sucks, brilliant.
didn't see anything about 4g in the name so assuming not, just wondering.
Re: Caps, tiers, throttling and overages
That is correct, just gives them the opportunity to throttle later if they want to without violating the T&C's. I have never heard of Sprint throttling data.
Sprint is not opposing a 3 major carrier world, they are opposing a world where 2 carriers would have 80% of the business. If your situation did occur than it would be more aligned to having a relatively equal share of subscribers between 3 carriers.
Re: Well it looks like my family will be leaving after 10 years
Is that where spectrum and capacity are key players?
Re: i may get this phone... if...
I don't know what to expect until I see it, they said the EVO 3D wouldn't have the 850 CDMA capability but I saw a note that it was listed in the FCC application.
Re: Oooohhhh big whoomp 1.5 upload
Very funny, don't want to think about Jay actively producing porn and needing high upload speeds. Seperate question AJ: If Clear switches to LTE what kind of speeds can we expect from them? Also are they restricted to a different LTE version TDD or FDD??? (sorry a little lost on LTE terminology) Will this produce different results?
Re: consumer reports
Rage = Ahh! They've done research, crap I can't just bs my way through this one!
I had an Omnivision once, it played Atari games with an adapter or am I confused???
Re: wicth on will be???? sprint OR boost
They don't have enough spectrum/capacity to do so, this band will significantly increase existing coverage for voice/3g data
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