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    by Published on 10-03-2011 05:27 PM
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    New details, not previously reported, give a rare look at Apple's closely guarded dealings with carriers, and reveal just how high the stakes are for Sprint.

    Mr. Hesse told the board the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years—a commitment of $20 billion at current rates—whether or not it could find people to buy them, according to people familiar with the matter. In order to keep the price people pay for the phone low and competitive with rivals, Sprint would be subsidizing the cost of each phone to the tune of about $500, which would take a long time to recoup even at the high monthly fees iPhone users pay.

    Directors debated what they had just heard. Some worried the payoff would be too long in coming. One member questioned whether the multiyear deal might outlast the iPhone's popularity. To sell that many iPhones, Sprint would have to double its rolls of contract customers, convert all of them to the Apple device or a combination of the two.

    "This is a bet-the-company kind of thing,'' said a person familiar with Sprint's decision-making. The projected hit to the company's operating income is "staggering," the person said.

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    Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...#ixzz1ZkLoXQFn

    Wow, I hope it's worth it! If they fail, they might as well shutter the company up.
    by Published on 10-01-2011 01:23 PM
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    From the horse's mouth:

    http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_d...rticle_id=2051

    Sprint’s New Push-to-Talk Service – Sprint Direct Connect – to Launch Next Week
    3G CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect will expand push-to-talk coverage, enhance customers’ broadband data capabilities, and enable new features

    Kyocera DuraMax available exclusively from Sprint Oct. 2 for $69.99


    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 27, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced a Sunday, Oct. 2, launch date for Sprint Direct Connect®, ushering in the next generation of push–to-talk service from the company that pioneered push–to-talk. Sprint Direct Connect will come packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012. ...
    by Published on 09-20-2011 11:54 AM
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    AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) and Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) to sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc., said two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
    AT&T has also reached out to CenturyLink Inc. (CTL), Dish Network Corp. (DISH) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to gauge their interest in buying assets, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private.
    AT&T, based in Dallas, is seeking ways to salvage its agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) after the Justice Department sued on Aug. 31 to stop the deal. The talks with competitors are preliminary and may not lead to a deal, and the Justice Department may also deem the remedies insufficient, the people said.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...-t-mobile.html

    The problem is that Sprint really has no money to purchase either customers or spectrum. Is AT&T also financing the sale?
    by Published on 06-03-2011 11:22 AM
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    (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) is close to completing a $2 billion-a-year network sharing agreement with hedge fund billionaire Phil Falcone's LightSquared [MOSAV.UL] telecommunications venture, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

    Under the proposed agreement, LightSquared would pay $2 billion a year to rent space on Sprint's network to launch its own high-speed wireless services, according to a person who asked not to be named because the details are not yet public.

    The eight-year contract would allow LightSquared, a start-up backed by Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, to use Sprint's network equipment on 40,000 cellular broadcast towers along with its own wireless airwaves, to launch its own high-speed service.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...sSector&rpc=43

    Of course the critical question is where Lightsquared is going to find $2B/year?
    by Published on 05-16-2011 08:18 PM
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    Dan Hesse had to open his mouth about Sprint probably being acquired if the AT&T-T-Mobile deal goes through. Now the rumors/speculation are flying about Sprint being acquired by CenturyLink. For more on this go to Bloomberg:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...nturylink.html

    To me it looks like they're just throwing spaghetti against the wall and seeing if it sticks. I don't know if I buy it.
    by Published on 05-11-2011 10:55 PM
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    http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=464629

    Sprint drops strongest LTE hints yet
    By Nick Wood , Total Telecom, in San Jose
    Tuesday 10 May 2011
    U.S. mobile operator says announcements to be made soon; aims to reuse 800-MHz iDEN spectrum.
    Sprint has given the strongest indications to date about adopting LTE to power its high-speed mobile network.

    "There is a high likelihood that LTE is in our future in one flavour or another," said Geoff Martin, who heads up the U.S. operator's M2M collaboration centre in Silicon Valley, on Monday.

    "Announcements will be made soon," he declared, without giving a specific date.

    Sprint has until now used WiMAX technology as the basis for its next-generation mobile network, but with LTE adoption more prevalent among the world's mobile operators the ecosystem for WiMAX is likely to be limited by comparison.

    "We don't want to be an island," said Martin.

    A switch to LTE would bring Sprint in line with its rivals, and Martin said it plans to reuse the frequencies currently utilised by its iDEN network.

    "Sprint has been sitting on 14 MHz of contiguous 800-MHz spectrum, which is really valuable, really powerful, and using it for a 1.5 [generation] push-to-talk network," he said.
    by Published on 04-21-2011 10:56 AM
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    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lucy Tutwiler

    April 19, 2011 (202) 449-9866

    RCA Welcomes Sprint as Newest Affiliate Member

    Las Vegas, NV – Today, at its 19th Annual Convention & Innovation Expo, RCA (Rural Cellular Association) welcomed Sprint as its newest affiliate member. In the opening session of the Convention, RCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry announced that Sprint (NYSE: S) has joined RCA to help fight for issues critical to wireless competitive carriers in Washington, DC.

    In a statement, Berry said, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Sprint to RCA as an affiliate member, and we look forward to working with them on all policy issues that are crucial to competitive carriers. This is a very timely addition to RCA’s membership, and a stronger membership will certainly help ensure that our voices are heard at the Federal Communications Commission, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House and other parts of the Executive Branch.”

    Full press release here.

    Is Sprint joining just to use the RCA as a club against the AT&T-T-Mobile merger or are they totally disgusted with the CTIA as being dominated by the big 2?
    by Published on 04-11-2011 10:11 AM
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    Sprint Nextel is using an alternative to diesel backup generators typically used to keep cell towers powered when natural disasters cut power.

    With the help of a $7.3 million federal grant and $10 million of its own money, Sprint is rolling out a second phase of its experiments with hydrogen fuel cells.

    Sprint began using the cells in 2005, eventually adding around 250 of them to cell towers in areas most likely to see power failures, said Bob Azzi, senior vice president of network for the Overland Park, Missouri-based company.

    With the U.S. Department of Energy grant, the company is adding 260 cells to towers in California, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and upgrading 70 cells in Texas and Louisiana.

    Hydrogen fuel cells work like a battery, using the readily available substance to create electricity and emitting little more than oxygen and water. They’re also much quieter than diesel generators and can provide as much as 72 hours of power without needing refueling, compared with eight hours or less for diesel.
    More: http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/04...gy-efficiency/
    by Published on 04-07-2011 09:47 PM
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    Credit Suisse expects Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will sign network sharing deals both LightSquared and Clearwire Corp. (NASDAQ: CLWR) between now and mid-year.

    The brokerage said the LightSquared deal could be announced within the next month, while the Clearwire deal will likely follow the announcement of new wholesale pricing.
    "We have assumed the same basic deal terms for both LightSquared and Clearwire in the analysis that follows: We assume partners pay Sprint $2,400 per base station per month. We assume both LightSquared and Clearwire will pay 50 percent in cash and 50 percent in capacity. We assume $700 per site per month per partner in incremental operating expenditure," said Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at Credit Suisse.
    Chaplin assumes Sprint incurs additional upfront capital expenditure of $2.2 billion in total ($1.4 billion for LightSquared; $0.8 billion for Clearwire), with the bulk of the spend occurring in 2012 and 2013.
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