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

Sprint joins T-Mobile, both ask FCC to block Verizon's spectrum deal
Back in December 2011, Verizon inked a huge $3.6 billion deal with major cable companies over spectrum - the scarce resource for mobile data networks development. The deal is supposed to alleviate the burden on the congested Verizon Wireless network, but there’s another side to it.

T-Mobile has already disputed the deal highlighting its anti-competitive edge last month, and now Sprint joins in by asking the Federal Communications Commission to block the spectrum deal. The carriers and other groups addressed the FCC with a letter urging the Commission to require information on “pricing, compensation and marketing strategies” from Big Red. Those would allow the regulator to make an informed decision that doesn’t hurt others competitiveness.

If the FCC allows it, Verizon Wireless will get airwaves from cable providers Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Bright House. On Monday, the US biggest carrier argued that the FCC shouldn’t bother reviewing the deal as it’s already in the Justice Department. It also says the newly acquired spectrum would allow the carrier to bring mobile broadband to more Americans.

The deal will get Big Red 122 AWS spectrum licenses which will help it further deploy 4G LTE services.



1. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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!

2. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

8. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

3. Ralston1983

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

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

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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

11. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

4. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 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.......

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

7. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

9. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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!!!

10. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 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.


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011


13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

15. annonymous1

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 16, 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).

16. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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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