Japanese Carrier Softbank Buys Controlling Interest in Sprint

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As was rumored last week, Japanese carrier Softbank is purchasing 70% of Sprint for $20 billion. The deal is expected to be announced tomorrow morning, but the boards of both companies have agreed to the transaction. Softbank will buy $8 billion in shares directly from Sprint, and another $12 billion from existing stockholders at $7.30 per share, a 27% premium from Friday's close.

    This puts another major carrier in the United States in foreign hands. Verizon is 45% owned by UK carrier Vodafone, T-Mobile is owned by German-firm Deutsche Telekom, and Sprint will now be majority owned by Softbank. There are no details regarding Sprint's branding in the US, or if Softbank will begin promoting itself within the country.

    Sprint became the third of the four major U.S. carriers to offer the iPhone upon the release of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, with company executives moving to "bet the company" on the iPhone in committing to purchase more than 30 million iPhones worth $20 billion over the first four years of the partnership. The move has impacted Sprint's financials over the short-term, but the carrier believes that the long-term effects of having the iPhone will be positive.

    Article Link: Japanese Carrier Softbank Buys Controlling Interest in Sprint
  2. macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Good luck and lets hope more competition drives down prices.
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2010
    staying american with at&t ;)
  4. macrumors 68040

    Nov 20, 2008
    so the worst of the big three japanese carriers bought the worst of the big three american carriers?

    cool strategy
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    What is this going to do to the stock price tomorrow?
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2009
    116th & Broadway
    AT&T should play the patriotism card. "If you want to support your country, select AT&T!*"

    *Decent service not included.
  7. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Who cares?
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Here's to hoping it goes up! :D
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2007
    I do. That's why I asked the question. See, by asking the question, I answered yours...
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    Great! Perhaps Sprint will be run less poorly now. Only time will tell.
  11. macrumors demi-god


    May 10, 2010
    Good luck ... I also wish they would invested that money into their local business/network first. It getting really slow these days with all the smartphones
  12. jav6454, Oct 14, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012

    macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Pretty soon, SoftBank USA.
  13. macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Me too. Our communication. Infrastructure is too important to rely on foreign countries.
  14. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2012
    If Verizon or ATT offered "unlimited data" ever again to new activations I'd leave Sprint in a heartbeat.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    With Softbank's resources, Sprint could expand its LTE market to every major city. That would make their unlimited plans quite attractive if they keep them.
  16. macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2012
    You and me both. I just left AT&T for Sprint. What really drove me away was the separate charge for FaceTime. Granted i wont use facetime over 3G, but its the principle of it. I pay for my data, let me use it as I please. Its just a gimmick to get grandfathers off their plan
  17. macrumors 68040


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I can imagine Americans thinking that Sprint is now owned by a Japanese bank.


    Well we would at least grandfather in to the old ones, and we would have unlimited LTE for a price lower than the other guys!


    Too bad that "our communication infrastructure" is now running at the speeds of .002mbps, so if a foreign country can do a better job, have at it. I am not staying with something "American" just because it is American, if they want me to stay American, make a better product (You know, like capitalism is designed to do!!!)
  18. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    Phoenx, AZ
  19. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    In an ideal world that would be true. But these days it seems like capitalism is designed so that huge companies can make huge profits with as little effort as possible. The big telecoms offer similar services at similar prices, as do the cable companies, utilities, gas stations, etc.... There's a happy illusion of choice.

    My happy illusion currently is AT&T. ;)
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    Phoenx, AZ
    I did too on my iPhone 5, but not because I like AT&T. I bought a Verizon 3rd gen iPad and find I drop to 3g way more than I like. I figured at least if I lose LTE coverage on AT&T I will drop to a faster 3g/4g network.
  21. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Detroit, Michigan
    Probably folks who own shares of Sprint stock.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Curious to see what, if any, impact this has on the current promise of unlimited data plans, not to mention data improvements and service.
  23. macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Healthy competition drives down prices. Sprint also did merely lead every innovation in the past then years with US carriers -- first with widespread, first with 2g, first with 3g and first with (albiet problematic) 4g -- it also led by being the most open, not using the walled garden approach of Verizon. That is beyond the unlimited data and lower prices.

    Its data network is obviously stressed because of financing plus the problem with wimax. More money is the only thing needed to solve that and this buyin means more money.

    VErizon continually had manufacturers remove features already present on phones it adopted if those features harmed their walled garden revenue approach. That included removing standalone GPS back when GPS nav was an added paid feature, and even disabling handsets' abilities to send camera pictures over bluetooth when Verizon had a $0.20 a picture over network scheme to get your pictures off your own phone. Verizon refused to unlock worldphones for years when Sprint readily did so as well

    i cant see who in their right mind would be interested and happy with this
  24. macrumors demi-god


    May 10, 2010
  25. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    As a Softbank customer stuck in a two-year contract (that will thankfully expire in April), I can say this with certainty: Sucks (now) to be a Sprint customer.

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