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Sprint gets tagged with $300 million lawsuit for tax fraud

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Apr 2012, 19:52

It seems like Sprint is really having trouble getting itself any good press these days, between failed acquisitions, a non-existent LTE network, and slow service, and this story isn't going to help at all. It seems that...

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posted on 19 Apr 2012, 20:16 3

1. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

Dun dun dun. They are done for.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 06:31

11. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 64; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)

If they did fail, the government would step in. As they did for the airlines and auto makers. There is no way Verizon and AT&T would be able to handle 70 million Sprint, Boost, Virgin, and Assurance customers overnight. No cellular company would fail slowly.
Here is what everyone would face:
* Phone supplies for Verizon and AT&T would probably be set back 6-10 months, And new phones would go up in price.
* Verizon and AT&T would need 2 years to get the networks in place to handle the additional customer load, in the meantime they would have network failures from coast to coast.
* Finally, everyone's phone bill would probably skyrocket to handle the situation.

If any of the 4 major carriers were to go belly up, it would be a disaster for America cell service. The government would not let that happen.

Not surprisingly Phone Arena writers might know cellular tech (well maybe), but I am often baffled by their interpretation of the business and the law. Often they seem misinformed or that they didn't understand what they read elsewhere. You'd think they would have someone with an MBA review their business stories before they post some of their articles. I guess if you want better articles with less imprudence, complain to their sponsors.

Also about the article... How can 1.8 million (including family plan) customers be accumulating $4.6 million in missed taxes each month? The AG is stating (theoretically) that Sprint is 25% short in tax collections. But for those numbers to be correct, the average Sprint bill would be about $158/month. It's not. Also, how can the AG claim that 1% is giving Sprint a competitive advantage? That is about 70 cents/mo.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 20:16 4

2. iphonegroupie (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


posted on 19 Apr 2012, 20:21 5

3. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

Now they have something to use as an excuse to throttle data and charge overages.... :)

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 20:28 3

4. idaman12000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)

im glad i left crappy service over 3 yrs

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 20:41

5. iblackdroid (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

pretty sure it's attorney's general

posted on 20 Apr 2012, 01:24 1

9. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

So the attorney has a general? The Attorney General aka AG is one person.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 22:01

6. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Well I guess we will be paying as much as Verizon and AT&T.

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 22:11

7. highper (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

I know they got plenty of taxes from me!

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 22:16 2

8. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Did AT&T/Verizon hire someone for this?

posted on 23 Apr 2012, 11:12

10. kabukijoe (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

This is just New State trying to make up for the exuberant amounts of tax payer dollars that they waste. They took thousands out of my paycheck in taxes and the bastards claim that I still owe them more. Even though there are still roads with tolls here, and EVERYTHING is over taxed to the point that it is ridiculous. I have Sprint and NY state taxes and fees average almost 20% every month, which is MORE than enough.

Maybe they should stop giving large amounts of our hard earned money to people that refuse to work and cheat the system, then go spend it on luxury items, booze and illegal drugs. Also, all of the goverment officials that allow this corruption to continue should have their salaries lowered (rather than propose raises for themselves) I'm sure they could live on less than several hundred thousand dollars per year. They should not be awarded unnecessary amounts of money for their failure. And I'm POSITIVE these over paid/underworked government officials don't need brand new $30,000-$50,000 work vehicles every year to drive around in.

New York is a greedy, corrupt, joke of a state.

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