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Sprint joins T-Mobile, both ask FCC to block Verizon's spectrum deal

0. phoneArena 07 Mar 2012, 09:28 posted on

Back in December 2011, Verizon inked a huge $3.6 billion deal with major cable companies over spectrum - the scarce resource…

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:37 9

1. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Sheesh, Sprint and T-Mobile need to get their money up. Stop complaining, didn't all of these companies start out pretty much at the same time? VZW made lots of deals and invested wisely, Sprint on the other hand, well cough...cough...we know what happened there. T-Mobile well let's just say, it was strange to see the once popular Sidekick network running around halfassed these days. This deal VZW made just looks like it's renting or something but not outright buying anything. Start making deals guys, do something and stop complaining so damn much, especially Sprint...the Cry Now Network!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:43 6

2. bigdawg23 (Posts: 343; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Well not exactly. Sprint started from the ground up to compete against then Airtouch. Meanwhile T-Mobile was Aerial before Deutsche Telecom got on board. However you are correct they were similar in size but AT&T and Verizon made better financial decision. Sprint is still paying for Nextel and not to mention jumping the gun on WiMax. Both of them are upset that they don't have the Financial Sense to get this type of deal.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:45 1

8. JC557 (Posts: 830; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Funny because Sprint has roaming deals with Verizon, I think they best wise up and shut up.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:07

3. Ralston1983 (Posts: 65; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)


I wonder why AT&T hasn't chimed in yet, being as the government stepped in and blocked their recent attempt to expand.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:25 3

6. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Mostly because AT&T probably has plans getting hatched very similar to Verizons to expand their spectrum. Besides, Verizon didn't fight AT&T on the T-Mobile deal. AT&T owes them one free pass. :-D

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:36

11. bigdawg23 (Posts: 343; Member since: 25 May 2011)


AT&T just got FCC approval for the Qualcomm spectrum Dec 11, so they really do not need to complain, plus I think they will look for more.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:08

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)


Dont hate the player hate the game.... i told everyone verizon is number one carrier....... most people go to other services because they are cheap not better...... like comparing a car to a skateboard..... now people will have to buy new phones on tmobile sprint if and when they get lte...... lte is the future.....anyone who dont have it now....... will lose.......

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:34

14. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Always hated that phrase. It's the players that choose to play the game in the first place, and the players that often bend the rules of the game to the point they are eventually disregarded.
But yes, LTE is the foreseeable future of mobile phones.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:23

5. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


T-Mobile hasn't got firm plans to expand their markets or get a LTE network going. They aren't even sure who will own them in a couple years, much less what type of network they will have. Sprint, drowning in red ink and unable to launch an entire new network alone at this stage, is watching one of their partenrs they were going to lean on for a LTE network (Clearwire) go broke right before their eyes and the other (lightsquare) unable to get GPS concerns resolved and now are the proud owners of useless spectrum. Meanwhile, AT&T is rolling out LTE at a very respectable pace, and Verizon is about to launch LTE+ to dust them all.

Yep, I would file all kinds of paperwork at the FCC. Lawyers are cheap compared to actually catching up to Big Red.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:40 1

7. Knicknevin (Posts: 135; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


Verizon is buying the spectrum, not renting. It would involve also allowing bundling with the cable networks, something that will benefit many people.

Sprint and Tmo just do not have the capital to do this. Verizon is expecting a huge number of New LTE customers since their lineup is more and more becoming LTE only. I would wager that only a handful of phones introduced will not be LTE for Verizon. They want to move as fast as possible to empty their 3g network to start the conversion for even higher bandwith.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 10:46

9. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


T-mobile and Sprint cry to damn much!! Why dont they try to improve their service instead of preventing the big boys (AT&T and Verizon) from improving theirs........THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE BEAST!!!!!!!

Businesses compete to survive in this world and if you dont make moves, you wont last long. Sprint and T-mobile should have merged and called it a day because they would have competed with AT&T and Verizon better 2gether vs. separately!!!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:18 1

10. Astreo (Posts: 98; Member since: 05 May 2011)


It seems the only thing sprint cares about is trying to stop the big boys from getting bigger. but then again its probably just raging because they cant afford to buy the waves.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 12:05

12. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


VERIZON IS THE BEST THERE IS! LOVE WORKING FOR THEM

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 16:05

13. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Every time I see articles like this, it makes me wonder how Sprint and T-Mobile are still able to be national carriers and compete with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint really has nothing going for it, other than it's "truly unlimited data," which is slow as molasses. T-Mobile is a value carrier with some decent phones and fast HSPA+ speeds. Honestly, T-Mobile should be #3 because they're better than Sprint, IMO. The only thing T-Mobile needs is a company who is willing to invest in it and build its network out.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 21:51 1

15. annonymous1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Your right T-mobile needed the AT&T merger, but that didnt happen because of stupid sprint who apparently hates competition (even though their network sucks).

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 13:53

16. Forsaken77 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I think both Sprint and Tmobile should stop being national providers. I think Sprint should go from the middle of the country to the west coast and Tmobile go from the middle to the east coast. They can swap resources that they owned across the country so they don't have to build out a new network. That'll save them alot of money and it'll allow them breathing room to compete in their respective areas.

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