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Old 05-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #31
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You totally neglected the other option of purchasing an existing carrier. I believe that would be the only true viable option. Sprint would not be it.....way too much debt
How do you figure? The price of T-Mobile was $39B, and that was before AT&T gave them $3B in cash and $1B is spectrum. Sprint's stock price and debt combined is still less than that.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:21 AM   #32
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How do you figure? The price of T-Mobile was $39B, and that was before AT&T gave them $3B in cash and $1B is spectrum. Sprint's stock price and debt combined is still less than that.
I agree. But Apple has historically done well in reviving sinking ships (products). Sprint will be a great target for apple to acquire, but then they will SURELY boot Dan Hesse and force Sprint to become profitable. The amount of liquid cash Apple sits on, they can afford to "FIX" sprint and actually enhance it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:32 AM   #33
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It would be something new if apple became a CNP. Fortunately, I believe we will just have to wait and see. I remember when sprint and metro were sprint pcs, dose anyone else?
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #34
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It would be something new if apple became a CNP. Fortunately, I believe we will just have to wait and see. I remember when sprint and metro were sprint pcs, dose anyone else?
They probably quit doing it because people were saying POS instead of PCS.

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Old 05-04-2012, 12:37 PM   #35
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How do you figure? The price of T-Mobile was $39B, and that was before AT&T gave them $3B in cash and $1B is spectrum. Sprint's stock price and debt combined is still less than that.
The price that AT&T was going to pay for T-Mobile was highly inflated. AT&T was willing to pay that because it was worth it to knock out a competitor. For Apple, there wouldn't be any knocking out of a competitor, so they would pay a more reasonable price, probably somewhere between $20 billion and $30 billion. The cash gift can't be factored in because that's going to DT, not T-Mobile, so the only new asset they really gained was the spectrum.
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Old 05-04-2012, 12:44 PM   #36
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The price that AT&T was going to pay for T-Mobile was highly inflated. AT&T was willing to pay that because it was worth it to knock out a competitor. For Apple, there wouldn't be any knocking out of a competitor, so they would pay a more reasonable price, probably somewhere between $20 billion and $30 billion. The cash gift can't be factored in because that's going to DT, not T-Mobile, so the only new asset they really gained was the spectrum.
Say they buy T-Mobile, how much would it cost to 1. Make every iPhone today work on TMobiles AWS 1700 band or 2. Retune TMobiles frequencies that the IPhone has 3g capabilities on right now. Either way the cost will go up for other than just buying a network.
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While I can see Apple doing some type of metro wifi and NFC system for Apple devices, I can't see them peeing on Sprint, Verizon and AT&T especially.

Apple needs collaborations, and offering cellular service would be a huge bridge burner.

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Say they buy T-Mobile, how much would it cost to 1. Make every iPhone today work on TMobiles AWS 1700 band or 2. Retune TMobiles frequencies that the IPhone has 3g capabilities on right now. Either way the cost will go up for other than just buying a network.
1. Impossible, as far as I know. It would require hardware changes.

2. About the same as what T-Mobile is currently spending to do that very same thing.

I don't think they will buy T-Mobile. However, if pigs grow wings and Apple does decide to buy a carrier, T-Mobile would be the better buy over Sprint. Apple has the cash to bail either one out, but Apple doesn't like spending their money. They're better off with a carrier that they'd have to spend less on.
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:10 PM   #39
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I'd say I hope they fail and lose a lot of money in the process, but that won't happen... too many sheep.
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What WOULD be awesome is if they did this but you could only talk to other iPhones on the Apple network.
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:54 PM   #41
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What WOULD be awesome is if they did this but you could only talk to other iPhones on the Apple network.
Why would anyone want to do that?

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Why would anyone want to do that?

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Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, Cricket, C Spire, and countless other providers would buy the US Senate to prevent this from happening...smh

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