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    Other Suitors for Sprint if the Merger Doesn't Happen

    Good article on who may want to buy Sprint if the Sprint/T-Mobile merger is stopped by the states.

    https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/...-t-mobile.aspx

    Kind of surprised that Google isn't one of the companies listed given that Google-Fi uses Sprint (as well as T-Mobile). And Google has the cash to invest in Sprint to make it competitive, it would be a rounding error on their balance sheet. Given Sprint's assets and the very low share price, it would be a bargain. If the merger fails the share price will fall to between $3.00 and $3.50 making it even more attractive.

    The key thing is that there are definitely some legitimate buyers out there and they are waiting to see what will happen. There could even be a bidding war for Sprint, though of course none of the offers would likely be as good as the current T-Mobile offer.


    Note: Please don't destroy this thread with baseless personal attacks, act like adults.
    Last edited by CanadianAngela; 01-31-2020 at 06:48 PM.

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    Google history of doing things halfassed and then giving up on them doesn't bode well for a Sprint buyout. I would find it ironic that the same AGs that say they don't trust Dish to buildout a network would be ok with Dish buying Sprint and well.... build out a network. I only see Comcast doing it if they went in with Charter and possibly Altice. All 3 are regional not nationwide so I don't see them running a nationwide network on their own. Even with all 3 there would be large parts of the US that don't have any of those 3 available.

    I see Sprint just selling off it's spectrum and other assets in their least profitable markets each year until the inevitable happens. Maybe they can stretch out an existence for another 10-12 years, Doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianAngela View Post
    Good article on who may want to buy Sprint
    There's nothing good about this article. This is just more fantasy from the anti-merger people trying to act like there's some legitimate buyers out there when there are none. Your own posts state how poor Sprint stock is doing. If anyone believed that someone else other than T-Mobile was willing to make a deal, the Sprint stock wouldn't be tanking. But it is.

    Sprint doesn't have any potential return on investment for anyone aside from T-mobile.


    Kind of surprised that Google isn't one of the companies listed
    Why? Google doesn't want to stain their reputation with such an acquisition.

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    Doesn’t look like that article’s author did any research before he wrote that article that been repeated for several years. First of all the deal with T-Mobile is $26.5 billion in T-Mobile stock plus they are taking over all of Sprint’s massive debt that was well over $40 billion at some point. Sprint’s spectrum in a breakup sale is worth more than $26.5 billion. Dish, Amazon, Comcast and Google have already passed several times when Sprint was in better shape and rejected the merger with Sprint.

    Dish doesn’t even have $10 billion to build out their own network with all the spectrum they own. Dish doesn’t have deep pockets and this deal could bankrupt them since Sprint can’t make a profit.

    Google can’t get into the Cell service business as a major player since they own Android Mobile OS. If Google purchased Sprint then AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile would only sell Apple phones since they wouldn’t want to continue the revenue stream to a direct competitor

    Comcast thinks WiFi hotspots is a good plan and roam on Verizon instead of a tradition cell tower operations. Comcast is a regional cable company and seems to be moving into their NBC network and content production instead of being a serious cell network player. .

    Amazon or SpaceX maybe a good fit. Amazon’s and SpaceX’s plan is to put up thousands of low earth orbit satellites to provide Internet service around the world. All these plan would require is some spectrum. Not sure what frequency or how much spectrum is needed but they are both talking about the whole earth not just the USA so Sprint would at best help only in the USA.

    I just don’t see enough cell phones to keep four major national networks financially profitable unless they are all selling home internet service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianAngela View Post
    Good article on who may want to buy Sprint if the Sprint/T-Mobile merger is stopped by the states.

    https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/...-t-mobile.aspx

    Kind of surprised that Google isn't one of the companies listed given that Google-Fi uses Sprint (as well as T-Mobile). And Google has the cash to invest in Sprint to make it competitive, it would be a rounding error on their balance sheet. Given Sprint's assets and the very low share price, it would be a bargain. If the merger fails the share price will fall to between $3.00 and $3.50 making it even more attractive.

    The key thing is that there are definitely some legitimate buyers out there and they are waiting to see what will happen. There could even be a bidding war for Sprint, though of course none of the offers would likely be as good as the current T-Mobile offer.


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    The article is extremely lightweight on analysis of why those companies with billions would want to invest in Sprint. It looks like someone just had an article deadline and cobbled together some junk speculation.

    Companies don't just say, "Well, we have enough money to buy something. Let's do it and figure out later if we can make a profit on our investment."

    Buying Sprint for tens of $billions just gets a company that is not capable of making a profit. It would take tens of $billions more investment to build Sprint to possibly be marginally competitive with even T-Mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shilohcane View Post
    Doesn’t look like that article’s author did any research before he wrote that article that been repeated for several years. ......
    He did research. He read the T-Mobile forum on HowardForums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRNewcomb View Post
    He did research. He read the T-Mobile forum on HowardForums.
    He followed the same tactics as the T-Mobile forum on Howard forums. Just state your opinion, and try to pass it as factual. The truth is nobody knows who, if anyone would be interested in sprint. Would Comcast? Maybe. People bring up they didn’t strike an agreement before, but, the issue is nobody has any clue WHY Comcast backed away before. Was it Son insisting a larger ownership stake than Comcast was interested in giving? Was it Sons asking price? Was it they just weren’t interested? Nobody knows for sure, so they just fill in the blanks with what they think happened, and use that to make the narrative. Same with every other company listed really. People fill in the blanks with what they feel, and write the narrative from there.

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