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Sprint Seals Deal to Buy 100 Percent of Clearwire

December 17, 2012 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint's bid to own 100 percent of Clearwire has been accepted at $2.2 billion, which equals the $2.97 per share cap that Sprint majority stake holder Softbank placed on the deal. In a statement, Sprint said the deal takes the enterprise value of Clearwire to approximately $10 billion.

Softbank Caps Sprint's Bid for Clearwire; Investors Ask for More

December 14, 2012 10:41 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint’s bid to buy the remaining portion of Clearwire is proving more complicated than originally thought, as Softbank, which plans to acquire a 70-percent stake in Sprint next year, draws a cap on Sprint’s bid for Clearwire, and investors say they want a lot more per share than that bid will allow.

Sprint Officially Offers to Buy Clearwire

December 13, 2012 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Clearwire today filed an 8-K to inform investors of Sprint's filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, disclosing its intent to acquire the Clearwire Corporation capital stock it doesn't already own. Clearwire's filing reports...


Report: Sprint, Clearwire Deal Could Come Soon

December 12, 2012 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint and Clearwire are nearing a deal that would allow Sprint to buy the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a report  from CNBC. In October, Sprint acquired a 4.5 percent stake in Clearwire from Eagle River Holdings LLC to push it up to a 50.8 percent...

FCC Gives Dish OK on AWS Spectrum

December 12, 2012 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC late yesterday gave approval for Dish Network to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on its holdings of what was previously spectrum reserved for satellite transmissions. The decision came concurrent with the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an auction of the H Block, a chunk of airwaves adjacent to Dish’s AWS spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

MVNO FreedomPop Enters In-Home Broadband Market

December 12, 2012 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FreedomPop, an MVNO operating on Clearwire’s WiMax network, today announced its foray into home broadband and the company has begun accepting pre-orders for its Hub Burst modem/router. The broadband service will operate on a freemium model similar...

Virgin Mobile Pulls Offensive Ad

December 11, 2012 9:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint Nextel, has removed from its website and disavowed an offensive ad, citing it as a "rogue post by an external agency that was not approved by Virgin Mobile US." Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joined the Twitter chorus that decried the ad as distasteful and vaguely supportive of violence toward women.

Dish: Sprint Trying to Block New Market Entrant

December 10, 2012 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The back and forth between Dish Network and Sprint continued today, as Dish submitted an ex parte filing that blasts Sprint's suggestion that the FCC do more to protect the H Block from being interfered with by Dish's AWS-4 spectrum.


Report: Dish to Sell Mobile Phones at Blockbuster Stores

December 6, 2012 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dish Network will start selling mobile phones from Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile in its Blockbuster video rental stores, according to a report from Bloomberg that cites people with "knowledge of the matter." The plan is an extension of Dish's current mobile phone sales through Blockbuster's website.  

Dish Concedes 5 MHz of Uplink Spectrum

December 5, 2012 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Dish Network says it's willing to accept a 5 MHz guard band on its AWS spectrum that would protect the H Block from interference. In a filing with the FCC, Dish said it recognizes that the commission desires to retain flexibility in the future use of the H Block...

Phone Dream: Behind the Scenes with Sprint

December 3, 2012 4:27 pm | Videos | Comments

Take a close look at how Sprint made its latest big-budget commercial, which actually posits that phones have an active dream life. While actually dream when we're skeptical on the nocturnal lives of smarpthones, it's an interesting process Sprint went through to suggest that to prospective customers. 

Sprint Offers New Solution Aimed at Auto Manufacturers

November 30, 2012 5:21 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint yesterday announced Sprint Veolcity, a new end-to-end in-car solution for automakers. The company formally unveiled solution yesterday as part of the Technology Showcase at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sprint is billing the new solution as an enabler for auto manufacturers looking to integrate the components and vendor relationships needed to provide connected services in cars and trucks.

Sprint Buys US Cellular’s Midwest Markets for $480M

November 7, 2012 6:50 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is selling five top midwest markets including Chicago and St. Louis to Sprint for $480 million as it continues to fall further behind national competitors.


Sprint Investments in Clearwire Limited by Softbank Deal

October 29, 2012 7:27 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Softbank's pending control of Sprint's purse strings could be bad news for Clearwire's ability to tap its largest shareholder for cash.

Sprint Lures Tablet Users with New Data Plans

October 25, 2012 7:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With a pair of new iPads released this week and Microsoft's Surface tablet also making its debut soon, Sprint thought it was a good time to start luring any and all slate users to its network.

Softbank Pays $20B to Gain Control of Sprint

October 15, 2012 7:38 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Japanese operator Softbank is shelling out $20.1 billion to acquire a controlling 70 percent stake in Sprint, a transaction that will give Sprint much-needed cash to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Sprint, Softbank Deal Renews Clearwire Rumors

October 15, 2012 7:35 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Softbank's massive investment in Sprint has renewed analyst speculation about the transaction's implications for Clearwire.

Sprint, Softbank Hold Buyout Talks

October 11, 2012 7:25 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Sprint has confirmed that it is holding buyout talks with Japanese operator Softbank after rumors of the negotiations surfaced this morning.

iPhone 5 Side Effect: Profit Margin Pressure

September 14, 2012 7:58 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings is reminding investors that the new version of Apple's iPhone won't be all upside for AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

Verizon, Sprint Declare FaceTime over Cellular for All

September 13, 2012 7:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it will enable Apple's FaceTime over cellular on all of its data plans.

T-Mobile Goes Live with Unlimited Data Plan

September 5, 2012 7:26 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans.

Report: LTE Performance Tops All Other Network Technologies

August 23, 2012 7:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile customers on LTE devices see fewer data-related issues than do customers on 3G and HSPA+ or WiMAX devices, according to the a new study released today by J.D. Power and Associates.

A Look at Unlimited Data Plans at Top 5 Carriers

August 23, 2012 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two smaller wireless companies, T-Mobile and MetroPCS, announced unlimited-data offerings this week as they try to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Here’s how data plans offered by the five largest U.S. carriers compare.

T-Mo Goes Unlimited, Nixes Throttling and Tethering

August 22, 2012 7:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile can finally claim that it offers truly unlimited plans without the caveat of throttling.

Cash Isn’t King in the Mobile Wallet

July 31, 2012 11:32 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

Cash might not be the reigning monarch in the mobile wallet, but it’s not clear who is as operators fight to create the winning solution.

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