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just a play...


Feb 26, 2008, 9:33 PM
I'm guessing that this is just a play on Qwest's part, to get better terms from Sprint. They know that Sprint is hurting and needs the business. Also Qwest had stated that their main dissatisfaction is that they are losing revenue from their wireline business, so *somehow* they want more revenue from wireless. Well how is teaming up with Verizon going to get Qwest more revenue, when it is likely that Verizon will be charging them more than Sprint ? Its just as likely that this is all a negotiation ploy to get Sprint to give them better terms, and thus... give Qwest better revenue margins.

Feb 26, 2008, 10:40 PM
I was thinking the exact same thing, in all reality, its might be in both Sprint and VZW to let them fail, then each along with the two other major carriers pick up a portion of their customers with far more lucrative post paid plans. Even more so for Sprint because the phones already work fine on their system and are configured similar.

VZW for the most part has never been a good MVO player, they don't need it.

Feb 26, 2008, 11:57 PM
I agree. VZW seems to be doing just fine on its own. I don't see the benefit of letting an MVNO sell a watered down version of its product. Frankly, I think it weakens the brand. What I really don't understand is why Qwest sold their network assets to Sprint in the first place, only to end up renting it back from them. I have a hard time beliving the anylists at Qwest were thinking 'land lines are the future'. Surely that greedy pig Naccio stood to benefit from it solely.

Feb 27, 2008, 12:17 AM

Feb 27, 2008, 4:02 AM
First and foremost, Qwest Wireless HAD a CDMA network, they sold partly to Sprint and partly to Verizon.... They got out of wireless because unlike Pac-Bell and Nevada Bell and Bell South *all becoming Cingular*, it was NOT lucrative for them. Part of the problem also is that Qwest has NOTORIOUSLY horrible customer service, so why would anyone want WIRELESS AND LANDLINE on one bill from ONE company is beyond me. I understand ONE bill, but not ONE company.

Moving along.... Qwest went with CDMA Sprint over CDMA Verizon for many reasons, cost being one, phone selection being the other.

To see Qwest kill their Sprint contract for Verizon will not only be a problem, as ALL PHONES are on Sprint to begin with, and why anyone would want to swi...

Feb 27, 2008, 8:33 AM
Just so you know not all cdma phones are on the sprint network.

Feb 27, 2008, 11:04 AM
I don't think this is going to be a MVNO deal. I'm thinking something about incorporating wireless and wireline together, not as a package deal, but more of a system integration.

Feb 28, 2008, 5:49 PM
Ed Mueller came out and said he is unhappy with Sprint. Access to equipment and coverage area.

It is possible that Ed is using it as a ploy to bully Sprint into a better deal. However, I don't think Sprint is going to be able to satisfy Ed's demands.

As someone who would benefit from said deal, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT!

Combining their wireless with the rest of their Telecommunication and Entertainment needs would become a lot more desirable to people.

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