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Top message:  T-mobile is buying Suncom for $2.4B with the assumption of debt by nextel18   Sep 17, 2007, 6:00 AM

Replying to:  Re: T-mobile is buying Suncom for $2.4B with the assumption of debt by wombough   Sep 17, 2007, 7:21 AM

Re: T-mobile is buying Suncom for $2.4B with the assumption of debt

by nextel18    Sep 17, 2007, 7:45 AM

I am not denying that buying this company, SunCom, would be great for T-mobile, but SunCom hasn’t been doing that well and has extensive debt load. Their financial and operational outcomes, as of late, have been good but a while it hasn’t been at all. The assets of the company is what T-mobile was looking at and with the valuations makes it more attractive especially gaining spectrum, but I think they should have looked at a roaming agreement. They possibly could have done a roaming deal, which is usually cheaper than the buyout. I would have pursued that roaming deal possibility and then if the economics doesn’t work, let’s say over a few years, and then buy them out especially since roaming deals are a lot cheaper than buying a company. they didn’t have to build the network out just partner up. Obviously with the spectrum already there and infrastructure its easier because they don’t need to spend anything. Costs would depend on how much sq miles and the spectrum.

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