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Sprint Can't Offer Service In iPCS Regions

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Jan 5, 2009, 2:12 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

A judge upheld an earlier decision that bars Sprint Nextel from providing wireless services in areas covered by iPCS. iPCS had sued Sprint and Clearwire in hopes to block the merger of the two companies' WiMax businesses. iPCS is a Sprint affiliate. It offers Sprint-branded service in 80 markets, including portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. iPCS currently has about 675,000 subscribers.

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Jan 5, 2009, 8:44 PM


The whole thing is blowing up in Sprint's face again. Surprise, surprise. Back before the Nextel merger, many Sprint branded stores were actually affiliates. Most of them forced Sprint to buy them out at inflated prices in order for that merger to go through. It was a horrible idea for the two entities to merge in the first place, but the one benefit was the 2.5 MzH spectrum Nextel gained from Public Safety. That spectrum went towards Wi-Max and now one more affiliate is standing in the way. I hope Sprint has the dollars to purchase iPCS.

As to iPCS' claims...they are quite valid. Forget the dual mode CDMA/WiMax phones to come. iPCS sells Sprint Broadband Connect cards. How are they going to feel about competing directly with WiM...
On the surface, how is Clearwire offering WiMAX unfair to them? Thats like saying ATT shouldnt be allowed to sell phones in their territories, kinda silly. Yes, yes, we all know Clearwire is Sprint rebranded, but it is in fact its own entity, with a...

Jan 5, 2009, 5:41 PM


So why would a Sprint affiliate go after Sprint? I must be missing something here. Can someone please explain?
iPCS has always been a huge pain in the ass. That's all that I know.
Competition. Sprint told iPCS that they would have exclusive rights to sell sprint services in certain regions. Sprint merges with clearwire and creates wimax, a service iPCS cannot offer but is a direct competitor to their services. This violates ...

Jan 6, 2009, 9:02 AM

IPCS bought up?

Word had it several months ago that Sprint is set to make a major purchase. This could actually be that purchase. It would only make sense. Eliminate the lawsuit. This also would greatly benefit both Sprint and the IPCS subscribers. It would be a win-win situation.
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 op...
After reading that post, I had to wonder whether Sprint might be planning to buy some the Alltel markets that Verizon Wireless will have to divest. While it would make sense that AT&T might like them to fill coverage gaps, Verizon Wireless might just...

Jan 6, 2009, 5:50 PM

I h8 iPCS

A lot!
drake said:
A lot!

I will bet you 10 to 1 that Sprint feeels the same way right now.
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