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2 months 3 weeks ago #37843 by st3fx
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FCC and DOJ may agree on Sprint, T-Mobile merger
nypost.com/2019/05/24/fcc-and-doj-may-agree-on-sprint-t-mobile-merger/
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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #37846 by Diedrich_Duo

st3fx wrote: FCC and DOJ may agree on Sprint, T-Mobile merger
nypost.com/2019/05/24/fcc-and-doj-may-agree-on-sprint-t-mobile-merger/

Thanks for the update. Just wondering... if the merger is approved, do you (or does anyone else on this thread) have any idea or prediction as to how quickly it might be implemented?
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2 months 3 weeks ago #37848 by st3fx
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Diedrich_Duo wrote:

st3fx wrote: FCC and DOJ may agree on Sprint, T-Mobile merger
nypost.com/2019/05/24/fcc-and-doj-may-agree-on-sprint-t-mobile-merger/

Thanks for the update. Just wondering... if the merger is approved, do you (or does anyone else on this thread) have any idea or prediction as to how quickly it might be implemented?

"The companies say it would take about three years to migrate customers over to the T-Mobile network." www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-and-sprint-are-merging-heres-what-you-need-to-know/
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2 months 3 weeks ago #37850 by realLexusl21
Hope not

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2 months 3 weeks ago #37855 by Diedrich_Duo

st3fx wrote:

Diedrich_Duo wrote:

st3fx wrote: FCC and DOJ may agree on Sprint, T-Mobile merger
nypost.com/2019/05/24/fcc-and-doj-may-agree-on-sprint-t-mobile-merger/

Thanks for the update. Just wondering... if the merger is approved, do you (or does anyone else on this thread) have any idea or prediction as to how quickly it might be implemented?

"The companies say it would take about three years to migrate customers over to the T-Mobile network." www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-and-sprint-are-merging-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

That's a little bit of a relief, anyway... my phone (on a Sprint MVNO) is not a universal unlocked model, so I might have to get a new phone sometime down the road unless T-Mo can come up with some sort of a solution to bridge the CDMA/GSM divide. Guess time will tell -- all part of the MVNO adventure. :)
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2 months 3 weeks ago #37867 by PEW
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2 months 3 weeks ago #37869 by KentE
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PEW wrote: www.prepaidphonenews.com/2019/05/two-companies-interested-in-acquiring.html

Boost to get discarded to the highest bidder...


I'm not against the idea of Boost being sold off-- but thinking that it's a panacea for competition doesn't make sense to me. Boost will still be a New T-Mobile wholesale customer, so they're really only moving those customers another arm's length away. The necessary ingredient for divesting Boost to be a boost to competition is if wholesale rates are guarantied to be low enough to allow Boost to aggressively compete with Metro.
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2 months 3 weeks ago #37874 by st3fx
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Could Boost become MVNO for AT&T and/or Verizon as well?

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2 months 3 weeks ago #37875 by KentE
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st3fx wrote: Could Boost become MVNO for AT&T and/or Verizon as well?


Sure (and a good point)-- at considerable back-office expense, and risk of loss of customer base (which will be an issue anyway, as people have to replace phones when CDMA starts being orphaned......).
And if Boost needs to switch to AT&T or Verizon, they'll then be negotiating in a 3-carrier 'sellers market' instead of a 4-carrier wholesale 'buyers market'.

Frankly, it might make more sense to force New T-Mobile to divest Metro, since Boost will face a 3-year ticking bomb of CDMA death, while Metro will be at less risk for compatibility moving forward. (Just a quick thought, there-- I haven't read or researched extensively......)
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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #37880 by st3fx
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T-Mobile, Sprint could sell Boost for up to $3 billion, potential bidders say
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"Stephen Stokols, chief executive officer of prepaid wireless company FreedomPop, said an undisclosed private equity group he is speaking with have placed Boost’s future value at about $4 billion, such as in an initial public offering.

While FreedomPop is not a bidder, Stokols said he is advising a private equity group preparing a bid. If that bid succeeds, he believes the group would combine their acquisition with FreedomPop and have him lead a combined company with the Boost assets.

Peter Adderton, founder of Boost Mobile who sold the U.S. business to Nextel in 2004, which was then acquired by Sprint, has also said he is interested in buying back Boost. He declined to comment on his valuation for the business.

Adderton said he and his lawyers have urged regulators to require T-Mobile and Sprint to also divest wireless spectrum to ensure Boost will be a viable competitor in the market.

Adderton added that regulators must also ensure the new T-Mobile does not employ anticompetitive practices to harm Boost, and the contract between the companies should be non-exclusive, which would allow Boost to buy network access from other carriers."
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