Deutsche Telekom may bid for Sprint-Nextel

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  1. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120994107407665981.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    Obviously, the fact that Sprint has a fairly well-deployed CDMA network with 3G data services, but T-Mobile USA just bought an atypical frequency presumably to use with HSDPA is one of the major headaches that would be involved.

    It seems to me like Sprint has gotten quite stagnant, and I have to honestly say that I have never missed them since I left in 2003. But if T-Mobile were to adopt CDMA as part of the merger, I would probably switch to AT&T... Also, while T-Mobile's customer base has gotten quite small, the long term transition of 30M more customers out of GSM will make the US an even weaker GSM market than it is now, which is a problem for us in terms of getting the best European technology (albeit it gives us premium access to the best Korean technology).
     
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    If anything happens, they would convert Sprint to GSM before converting T-Mobile to CDMA.
     
  3. mkrishnan thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I'd think, particularly since, AFAIK, DT is GSM in all other markets. But Sprint would be ... 2/3 of the combined company? Which would be a lot of users to convert. If it were to happen, either way, it would significantly affect the market of either GSM or CDMA in the US....
     

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