Sprint in talks to be bought.... [SOLD!]

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  1. falconey

    falconey Well-Known Member

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  2. Doomstang

    Doomstang Well-Known Member

    It's way too soon to predict the future but I'm sure there will be some good points to go with the bad.
  3. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Could be good, but honestly I'm not too psyched about selling out another US company to an overseas one. AT&T would be the last fully national HQ'd mobile provider in the US if this were to go down.
  4. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

  5. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Well, I wouldn't expect things to get better without us paying slightly more. If they have the cash to infuse into Sprint for Network Vision to complete faster (and possibly more sites) - I'm all for ponying up a few bucks.
  6. falconey

    falconey Well-Known Member

    I'm sure they have plenty of cash, but having worked for a global company based out of Asia this wouldn't be some easy transition.
  7. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    What is there to transition to? Sprint hierarchy doesn't necessarily need to change. Dan Hesse still is the best man for the job.

    The infamous "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" quote comes to mind. Surely, they operate in debt, but that's what the cash infusion is for. $19B is HUGE amount of coin.
  8. nemesys06

    nemesys06 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure this will be good for Sprint. They could use the help. My only concern is the unlimited data. Sprint has sworn by this since the beginning, and with a new company taking over, will they continue Sprint's only true selling point or will the start using data caps? Unlimited data is the only reason i am with Sprint. Without that, I'm gone
  9. falconey

    falconey Well-Known Member

    Well I have few comments here. First who says Sprint isn't broken? I think the consensus is they have a pretty subpar network and lots of debt. Next, a company doesn't spend 20 bill dollars to leave things as is, so there will be a transition. Lastly, usually in deals like this the execs get pizzzaid(stock options) and they don't get pizzaaid just to sit around and take orders. They get pizzaiid because they are about to move to the side and allow the new ownership to take over.
  10. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

    I'm paying enough already. Anymore and I might as well go to Verizon. I like Sprint. I have been with Sprint for 11 years next month. I am willing to stick it out with Sprint through their Network Vision upgrades. But I am not willing to pay anymore when there is already a Network that works better. Makes no sense. T-Mobile's Network is faster than ours right now, and about the same price. I really don't see Sprint raising their prices if they really want to compete and stay in business.
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  11. jefboyardee

    jefboyardee Well-Known Member

    Amen brudda, hope Softbank is aware it
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  12. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    I too also fearful it could mean the end of unlimited data and the begining of price increases

    Of course my own opinion...they haven't really told us little people anything.
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  13. ChiweN

    ChiweN Well-Known Member Contributor

    I was reading about this on geek . com. You don't have to worry about price increases. The company looking to buy sprint is the 2nd largest telephony company in Japan and is known for actually driving prices down not up.

    The same company is saying they are looking to buy metropcs through sprint so tmobil better hurry up and cement the merger before metro gets a better offer.
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  14. Mr. Ed

    Mr. Ed Well-Known Member

    Imagine if they bought both

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  15. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

    Sprint should have bought T-Mobile when they had the chance. I am sure they regret that now. They should have never spent all that money for the IPhone. I think the IPhone has hurt Sprint more that helped them. But I could be wrong.
  16. SamuraiBigEd

    SamuraiBigEd Under paid Sasquatch! Moderator

    This could be good or bad, but I am leaning towards bad. If unlimited data goes away so do I, it's the only reason I stick with Sprint.

    If you look closer it appears it is an attempted iPhone grab http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-iphone-softbank-sprint-2012-10 and if this is all they are after what does that portend for the rest of us.

    All sales of this size and impact have to be approved by the FTC so it may be a moot point, it could be shot down before it ever gains steam.

    I also have to agree about the iPhone, it was a bad business decision to become encumbered with that much debt for a single device when the company could least afford it, and then to hang all the loyal Premiere Rewards customers out to dry for the sake of the iPhone alienated a lot of customers, me included. As I stated before, if it wasn't for unlimited data I would already be gone.
  17. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    I'm really hoping it won't mean the end to unlimited. Only reason I'm still on Sprint is it's the only provider that has consistent signal at my house. All others are awful. Verizon is very low signal, but there's no way I'm paying the prices Verizon offers.

    If they get rid of unlimited, then it makes it even harder for me to make a decision on staying or going.

    I just hope that this transaction will allow Sprint to speed up Network Vision, while still keeping the plans the same.
  18. SoulSmilen

    SoulSmilen Well-Known Member

    That trumps price in my eyes.
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  19. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it does, which is why I have been so loyal to sprint for so long. It just leaves me in a catch 22
  20. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender Moderator

    If soon its the end of unlimited data, I seriously hope the 3g speeds increase dramatically or us who is with Sprint solely for the unlimited data probably will leave for t-mobile

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  21. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

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  22. NYCHitman1

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  23. drexappeal

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  24. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    I'm curious/nervous/excited all at the same time. These actually feel like conflicting emotions lol.
  25. Haris

    Haris Well-Known Member

    I just want my damn LTE to work finally.

    Going to look at Verizon plans just in case these towers don't start popping up around here.

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