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Re: FCC Gives Blessing to Sprint, Nextel Marriage

Steve Sobol (
Sun, 07 Aug 2005 19:05:45 -0700

Joseph wrote:

> Actually, this is good for Sprint PCS which has been in the pits. The
> benefit to Nextel is illusive. It's more than likely Sprint PCS had
> more designs on spectrum than any real benefit to Nextel.

Perhaps, but both companies will end up combining spectrum - there are
towers where Nextel has antennas but Sprint doesn't, &c.

Nextel probably figured Sprint was a good partner since (as I
understand it) they're dumping iDen for a CDMA-based platform,

> when have mergers ever really benefitted the end user? Look at what
> happened with AT&T Wireless and Cingular. If you were an AT&T
> Wireless subscriber and you got absorbed by Cingular you basically got
> reamed and were not even given any Vaseline to make it easier on you.

What do you expect? SBC has done the same thing to hundreds of thousands of
landline customers by buying RBOC's... I'd *never* use Cingular.

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