Sprint Can't Offer Service In iPCS Regions
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Replying to: IPCS bought up? by Slammer
This will NOT happen. Sprint is hoping to exhaust all measures by means of lawsuits, get iPCS to loose millions due to these lawsuits and then buy them out. Sprint doesn't have the financial means to buy out iPCS anytime soon. Plus, iPCS is a fully operational wireless service, yes it's branded with Sprint, but they put up their own towers and offer Sprint services. They do not offer Nextel Direct Connect via iDEN. That's the big issue. Sprint Nextel would like to put Nextel Stores in iPCS regions and sell Nextel there. As iDEN Slowly fades out, Nextel will offer QChat with is on the CDMA network, which obviously is what Sprint uses. That's the issue. Sprint Nextel can't sell in iPCS regions in fear of selling CDMA service someday. This is a preventive measure.
On the other note, iPCS lost the Clearwire Sprint blockage for the merger because Clearwire is the primary company, Sprint is just a financial backing. Therefore it's basically Clearwire with no mention of Sprint, if that makes sense. It's Sprint's way of getting in to iPCS territory without breaking their deal.
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