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Deutsche Telekom would hold a majority stake in the new company.

There's been a lot of craziness going on in the mobile sector in recent months. Apple recently hooked up with Verizon with the iPhone 4, Microsoft and Nokia are now partners with Windows Phone 7, and Google's Android OS has been burning up the global smartphone sales charts.

When it comes to wireless carriers, the move to LTE isn't the only big thing that's grabbing headlines these days -- a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Deutsche Telekom AG is considering selling its T-Mobile USA division to Sprint Nextel. When it comes to selling the entire business or just portions of the business, all options are on the table according to Deutsche Telekom.

Discussions are still ongoing as a final valuation on the deal has yet to be agreed upon.

T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the United States, is having a hard time staying afloat in an increasingly cutthroat market. Whereas as wireless competitors like Verizon (largest U.S. carrier) and AT&T (second largest U.S. carrier) saw an overall net gain in customers during 2010, T-Mobile actually lost over 50,000 customers during the same period.

It was leaked today that T-Mobile has plans to launch a new 10GB webConnect data plan for its smartphone users at a cost of $79.99 per month. The new service plan will be available starting March 13. 

Sprint has also been in the news recently following reports that it is considering a move away from WiMAX in order to embrace LTE technology. The adoption of LTE would bring America's third-largest wireless carrier in line with Verizon and AT&T, which have already rolled out LTE in select markets.

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By TheRequiem on 3/8/2011 11:24:00 AM , Rating: 2
Incorrect information. Sprint has said many times that the decommissioning of it's Iden network will take place by 2013 at the latest. They have already begun the restructuring process of multi-modular cell site technology in their "Network Vision" project that will allow for just about any type of combination of technology on one system. This could include anything from CDMA to GSM to WiMAX to LTE with no issues in spectrum or backhaul. It's a design that will last awhile and the sales agents at Sprint have already started a massive push to get customers off of Iden. In fact all of Sprint's latest PTT phones are on the Sprint CDMA Advanced network now and with better, future technologies already on the time table.

Also, Sprint has stated that even if they adopt LTE, Clearwire will continue to operate and build their own WiMAX network (as long as they don't go bankrupt). This will not be an issue for Sprint as Clearwire basically owns and builds WiMAX, so it's in Sprint's best interest to do whatever they need to do.

I think alot of people are misunderstanding the nature of Sprint's business agreements, their spectrum holdings and new technology they are creating with help from Samsung, Alcatel Lucent and Ericson to save money and build a very advanced and reliable network.

Sprint is actually in a good position to do what they want and switching to LTE really in fact is not as big of a deal as people think. Also, their design for their future network is very ingenious in the fact that it has twice the range and costs half of what regular cell sites cost. Not only that, they can adopt any technology they wish and implement it to make whatever business decision they have effective. Learn the facts before talking about networks and if you don't understand the design process or technical standpoints, then please review informationw idely available on the internet from professionals and technicians that can explain it to you. Thanks.

By DanNeely on 3/8/2011 12:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have citations for any of that? I've looked in the past and never seen anything about their consolidation plans. I just tried googling a few minutes ago and only turned up a statement from oct 27 2010 saying that they intended to shut iDen down eventually

The cnet article I found listed 3 iDen phones that had launched in 2010 and which appear to be available for purchase today. This seems odd if they're planning to pull the plug in the near future. Feature phone buyers are less likely to be active on the 2 year upgrade treadmill. Forcibly having the plug pulled will probably also encourage a number of them to switch carrier as well.

By acer905 on 3/8/2011 12:42:00 PM , Rating: 2
Forcibly having the plug pulled will probably also encourage a number of them to switch carrier as well.

Not if they just give them a replacement feature phone, or credit toward a better one.

The main issue is that certain people don't want a phone without the tried and true Nextel Direct Connect, so Sprint just keeps the network around to make people happy.

By DanNeely on 3/8/2011 1:26:08 PM , Rating: 2
On the contractual front, do you know what the status is WRT sprint and the half dozenish smaller independent carriers in the US also using iDen? Because of their size they're presumably very dependent on sprint's network for nationwide roaming, and could be hurt very badly by it being shut down.

The only one I could find info on easily is SouthernLINC Wireless which only operates iDen phones; if they don't have spare spectrum to start up a cdma/gsm/etc network well in advance and switch most of their customers over in advance the transition would be much more disruptive for them than it is for Sprint.

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