Sprint still in talks with Comcast and Charter; carrier plans to open 73 new stores

Sprint still in talks with Comcast and Charter; carrier plans to open 73 new stores
Yesterday, the exclusivity period that Comcast and Charter had with Sprint to work out a partnership or investment, expired. That means that the more logical talks with T-Mobile can continue. With Sprint's high-frequency spectrum and T-Mobile's low-frequency airwaves, the combination of the nation's third and fourth largest wireless operators sounds like a match made in cellular heaven.

Despite the end of the two-month exclusivity period, sources who are familiar with the talks told Reuters that both Comcast and Charter are still in the middle of discussions with Sprint. The cable companies are eager to sell Sprint's services under their own name, also known as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). Both Comcast and Charter have MVNO agreements already with Verizon, but Sprint is believed to offer a better deal. Still,, Comcast's Xfinity Mobile is a hybrid MVNO that uses both Xfinity hotspots and Verizon's 4G LTE pipeline.

Some say that some sort of partnership between Sprint and the cable firms would be easier to accomplish since it wouldn't be subjected to the same sort of regulatory scrutiny that a merger would bring. At least one analyst says that a four-way deal between Sprint, T-Mobile, Charter and Comcast would provide the best outcome for John Legere and company. The worst case scenario for T-Mobile would be a deal made with Sprint, Charter and Comcast that leaves T-Mobile out in the cold.


Sprint also announced the other day that by the end of the year, it will be adding 73 new stores in Northern California and the Midwest. 300 jobs will be created with the 43 new retail locations coming to Bakersfield, Fresno, Hayward, Napa and Reno, Nevada. 30 new locations in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska will net 200 new jobs.

source: Reuters, FierceWireless (1), (2)

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1. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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2. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Whoever buy Sprint and they need to fix the activation from 2nd hand. It is biggest bottle neck to get new activation with current one. Att and Tmobile don't this kind problem from begin and Verizon join the wagon, Sprint is only one left...... switch SIM done

3. andrewc31394

Posts: 284; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Find a dictionary and study it. HARD.

4. Bonez87

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 21, 2017

Sprints getting there on the byop. I work for a boost store and we can activate unlocked iphones, unlocked samsung s7, moto g4 and g4 plus, moto g5 plus. Little by little sucks still cant activate the unlocked s8 and s8 plus. I really think a tmobile deal would work out great for both tmobile customers and sprint as the coverage would be considerably larger and fewer dropped calls for both customers but we will probably see some jobs decrease if they do allow a sprint/tmobile merger

5. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Please Comcast, no investment in Verizon. Verizon Cust Serv is not the best but I shutter to think of what might happen to it if the "Darth Vader" of CS, Comcast, starts to influence them.

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