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Sprint Mulling Switch to LTE and T-Mobile Merger

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Jul 13, 2010, 7:29 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speaking to the Financial Times, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse indicated that the company is considering adding a Long Term Evolution network to its growing list of supported networks. Hesse said, "We have the spectrum resources where we could add LTE if we choose to do that, on top of the WiMAX network. The beauty of having a lot of spectrum is we have a lot of flexibility." Sprint's WiMax partner, Clearwire, has also said that a switch to LTE is a possibility in the future should it become necessary. Sprint competitors AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have all committed to building LTE networks of their own. Hesse also noted that a merger with T-Mobile was "logical" if both companies build out LTE networks, though he didn't confirm that a deal between the two companies is forthcoming.



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Jul 13, 2010, 9:03 AM

Merger Question


If it did happen, Would Sprint buyout T-mobile or the other way around?

No clue. Each has considerable assets. Clearwire will likely play some role if it happens.
T-Mo will buy Sprint because Sprint has been losing money like crazy and wouldn't have enough cash to buy T-mobile.
Regardless of who buys who, it's a perfect union for a perfect couple. LOL
Unless Deutsche Telekom decides to unload T-Mo USA you'd think it would have to be DT placing a bid for Sprint. There were talks last September about DT submitting a mult-million dollar bid for Sprint after they merged with Orange UK.
Wouldn't a merger just be another spectrum under the Sprint umbrella that already has to many different technologies? I mean could they really afford to merge with T-Mobile which bring GSM to the table. Because even if it is after LTE it would still...

Jul 13, 2010, 9:39 AM

Well...I knew that would happen...

Sprint wanted to be the first to launch WiMAX and probably hoped that with success and a lot of backing, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile would switch to it instead. But those companies kept their ground.

I do think it would be smart to just go with LTE. I mean, we all get boners over the thought of keeping your handset and moving to whatever company simply has the best service, not just the best phones. When LTE is nationwide and there aren't any hybrids (CDMA/LTE) (GSM/LTE), I know I am doing away with contracts and buying my phones at cost. I can move to the cheapest service or the best service at will...
That's would be great. From the looks of it, there are going to be four LTE bands if Sprint/Clear go with it. Verizon and AT&T have both 700MHz and 1700MHz (which T-Mobile also has, but uses for their 3.5G network), and Sprint would have 2500MHz. Unfo...

Jul 13, 2010, 2:50 PM

CDMA to GSM or GSM to CDMA/LTE???????

You decide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😲
Most likely neither.

Hello - can anybody say iDen?? Still alive and kicking.

Jul 13, 2010, 10:51 AM

If the CEO say's it's "logical"

Chances are the rumors may come to fruition.

I would love to merger!
Only so long as T-Mobile customer service remains the default. I'd hate to think about it going the other way...
Android Ace

Jul 13, 2010, 1:06 PM


You'd think Sprint would have learned their lesson with Nextel.

What exactly would t-mobile or Sprint gain from such a merger. other than increased spectrum and subsriber bases?
lol is that not enough?

Jul 13, 2010, 5:58 PM

As I long as I keep my Sprint Plan

I dont know about equal plans. Depends on how you look at it Ill take my everything data plan on Sprint with a 2year contract with anymobile anytime and 450 landline mins plus the added benefit of nights and weekends 2hrs earlier for 63 and some change with my discount over Tmobiles contract price of like 70 and they give you only 50 more anytime mins but not anymobile like Sprint Etc. To me at least Sprint has the best rate plans going and dont wanna lose that!
flip mode

Jul 13, 2010, 3:35 PM


If T-mobile bought Sprint or merged and customer care was under T-Mobile then I'd say the merger is in good hands. Think about it...T-Mobile EVO 4G. Not to mention with T-Mobile's no nonsense flexplay plans that afford you virtually all the luxuries of contract plans sans subsidized prices on phones. Sprint devices would be flying off the shelves thanks to tmo's no credit check/no deposit and equal plans with great value.
I dont know about equal plans. Depends on how you look at it Ill take my everything data plan on Sprint with a 2year contract with anymobile anytime and 450 landline mins plus the added benefit of nights and weekends 2hrs earlier for 63 and some chang...

Jul 13, 2010, 10:39 AM


Alphabet soup of standards?

Never say never I guess. Sprint is still alive and kicking despite all the predictions.
I know right!

Wow, what a nightmare.

Jul 13, 2010, 2:52 PM


If every other company is mergering, ATT got Cingular and Verzion got Alltell. So maybe it's time for Sprint to get something else yoo
they did nextel. its not going so well...
AT&T didn't get Cingular. It's actually closer to the other way around. Cingular was a joint venture of SBC & Bell South. Cingular acquired the assets of AT&T Mobile and continued under the Cingular name.

Later, SBC (already 60% owner of Cingula...

Jul 13, 2010, 3:06 PM

LTE call quality

Is there anyone who can attest to LTE performance, more importantly the call quality on it? I know it's in very limited use but it better be damn good if it's gonna be the new industry standard.
All I can say is VOIP on regular hard line IP networks still sucks(despite the fact that there should be no vocoder limitations the way circuit switching has placed).

Jul 13, 2010, 7:52 AM

Nextel part deux?

A merger when LTE is the current medium of communication is all fine and dandy, but what about when it's not yet. Didn't they learn anything with the clusterf*ck that was the Nextel merger?
Nextel was a mess because of iDen and the fact that Sprint was ,and possibly still is, trying to sell the iDen network. iDen is a dead technology now and was on its way down when Sprint purchased them. The only thing iDen had to offer was PTT which ...

Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM

Told you.

It's like I can see into the future!
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