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Sprint, T-Mobile looking to raise $10 billion for auctioned wireless airwaves

As Sprint and T-Mobile prepare to merge, the companies are now reportedly looking to raise money to bid for wireless airwaves. The Wall Street Journal notes that the wireless giants want to raise $10 billion for a 2015 auction of airwaves owned by television broadcasters. The money would be part of a financing package between the companies that, as… Read More

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Sprint adds 4G LTE service in 28 markets, including Seattle

Sprint customers in Seattle will finally be able to have access to 4G LTE service. The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier announced today that it is expanding its 4G LTE coverage to 28 markets, including Seattle, San Jose, Miami and Cleveland. Several other areas of Washington, including Tacoma, Everett, and Yakima now have 4G LTE coverage from Sprint,… Read More

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere makes case for wireless merger

Answering questions from reporters Wednesday night in front of an audience of enthusiastic employees and partners, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was careful not to comment specifically on T-Mobile’s widely reported merger talks with Sprint — a deal that would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. However, he promised the cheering crowd, “In anything we do, it will… Read More

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A T-Mobile and Sprint tie-up will look more pink than yellow

What do you get when you mix the third-and-fourth-largest wireless phone carriers together? You get a combined wireless carrier that serves about 100 million subscribers and a coverage area that nearly blankets the U.S. (It’s closest rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless are both nationwide and have 100 million subscribers apiece.) In the map below, provided by Mosaik… Read More

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Sprint, T-Mobile reportedly moving closer to $50B merger

Sprint’s merger with T-Mobile is moving closer to reality. Sources tell Bloomberg that Sprint is set to offer 50 percent stock and 50 percent cash for Bellevue-based T-Mobile US as soon as next month in a major deal that would combine the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless carriers. Bloomberg notes that T-Mobile US parent company Deutsche Telekom… Read More

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Sprint chairman hints again at T-Mobile merger plans, praises John Legere

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son isn’t giving up on a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, based on his comments at Re/code’s Code Conference. When asked about Sprint’s lackluster LTE coverage, Son said that both Sprint and T-Mobile are lacking the nationwide spectrum needed to compete. “Neither one of them has a sufficient network today,” he said…. Read More

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T-Mobile adds another 2.4M customers in record quarter, within shouting distance of Sprint

T-Mobile added a net total of 2.4 million customers in the first quarter — the biggest growth in its history — including record expansion of 1.3 million customers in the coveted category of branded postpaid accounts. The continued growth takes the Bellevue-based wireless company to more than 49 million customers overall, up from 34 million a year ago. T-Mobile is… Read More

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Sprint loses 467K subscribers as T-Mobile CEO gloats

Sprint may have posted better-than-expected first quarter earnings today, but the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier is losing customers at an increasing clip. Sprint reported a loss of $151 million (4 cents per share) in Q1 2014, which beat Wall Street’s expectations and was far lower than its $643 million loss at this time last year…. Read More

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New data: T-Mobile leads Q1 subscriber growth in U.S.

It seems like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” moves are continuing to work. According to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, T-Mobile saw the greatest subscriber growth out of any U.S. carrier during the first quarter of 2014. The Bellevue-based carrier has been working hard to woo new subscribers with a number of competitive moves, and announced in… Read More

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Wireless performance study: Verizon tops the charts, T-Mobile languishes

Planning a cross-country road trip? Verizon’s the best bet for cell phone service. According to new research into wireless network performance released by RootMetrics, Verizon has the best overall service, though AT&T is nipping at its heels. The Seattle-based wireless metrics company tested performance by all four major carriers in every state, driving almost 218,000 miles and… Read More

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Sprint cutting 91 staffers in Seattle area following Clearwire acquisition

Sprint continues to trim staff in the Seattle area following last year’s acquisition of Clearwire, the Bellevue broadband wireless operator started by telecommunications pioneer Craig McCaw. Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., notified the state via a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that 91 employees at the company’s operations in Bellevue and Kirkland will… Read More

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Sprint posts $1B quarterly loss, but surprises Wall Street with customer additions

T-Mobile isn’t the only carrier adding customers. Surprisingly, Sprint too just laid down positive results, adding 58,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter. Analysts had expected a loss of about 83,000 subscribers, according to Reuters. In total, the company, which sold an 80 percent stake to Softbank last year, had 53.9 million platform subscribers, its highest total… Read More

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Sprint steps back from T-Mobile deal following regulators’ public opposition

Sprint executives are reconsidering their bid for T-Mobile following regulatory pressure, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. While Sprint always knew getting a merger approved would be an uphill battle, unnamed sources familiar with the matter told the WSJ that the company wasn’t expecting a strong, swift and very public opposition from regulators. … Read More

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T-Mobile improves in J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey, AT&T tops Verizon

It looks like T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” makeover has been not only in gaining subscribers, but also in improving customer satisfaction. While T-Mobile didn’t quite beat the average score in J.D. Power’s survey on customer care from major cell phone service providers, the Bellevue-based carrier saw the most improvement out of any company in the survey, placing… Read More

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A T-Mobile-Sprint merger? Not so fast, say U.S. regulators

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Dan Hesse met with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this month to discuss a possible merger between Softbank-owned Sprint and T-Mobile, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. However, the Justice Department officials were skeptical about a possible merger between America’s third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. One of… Read More

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Dish reportedly looking to make bid for T-Mobile

The battle for who might buy T-Mobile is heating up. A report by Reuters today said that Dish Network is considering a bid for the Bellevue-based wireless carrier. It also says that the satellite provider has already reached out to Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company and majority shareholder about a potential takeover, and that company’s chairman… Read More