Sprint agreed to sell 70% of the carrier to Japan's Softbank and T-Mobile announced it would purchase MetroPCS. That would leave Verizon and AT&T remaining and we don't see either operator hooking up with Dish and the outspoken Egren. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski recently said that he would sign off on having Dish become a wireless carrier under the condition that it lower the power of its signal to prevent interference.
The number of physical Blockbuster stores peaked around 2004 when Viacom owned the chain and there were about 9,000 locations. When Dish bought the chain last year it acquired 1,700 stores which it has cut in half to the current 850. Offering smartphones in the physical stores could be a great way to attract potential Blockbuster members into the stores while making money from smartphone sales at the same time.