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Sprint Buys U.S. Celluar

Sprint Buys U.S. Celluar

Postby Shinigami » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:23 pm

Sprint has agreed to buy several central Midwestern markets from competitor US Cellular, the companies announced Wednesday. Sprint hopes to use the $480 million cash acquisition to boost its business in the Midwest and stay competitive with rivals Verizon and AT&T.

The 20MHz of spectrum in the 1900MHz trading hands in the deal will help fill out both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE coverage in areas including Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; South Bend, Indiana; and parts of Michigan and Ohio. The transaction will place 585,000 of the roughly 5.8 million US Cellular customers under Sprint's umbrella.

This deal comes quickly on the heels of Sprint’s merger with SoftBank of Japan, which gave the Japanese telecom a 70 percent stake in the company for the price of $20.1 billion. Sprint pitched this move as a way to improve 4G LTE coverage, as well, indicating that it’s anxious to try to meet the blistering pace of Verizon’s LTE rollout, as well as catch up to the slower AT&T.

The transaction will require the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission before any money trades hands. Sprint expects both its SoftBank and US Cellular deals will go through in mid-2013. According to Reuters, US Cellular, the sixth largest carrier in the US, will carry on with business as usual in its other markets, including Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Source:Ars Techinica

Also Sprint has confirmed 4G Coverage will be coming to the South Bend-Mishawaka Area, and the Elkhart- Goshen Area

Some Sprint Members are reporting 4G Coverage up in some areas of Elkhart Source: Sprint Forums

Personally I switched from AT&T to Sprint last year, for the Unlimited Data plans, and I'm very excited to have 4G Coverage in this area soon, my Personal Estimates by mid 2013 it should be complete and online.
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Re: Sprint Buys U.S. Celluar

Postby clearblue1096 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:53 pm

I occassionally pick up 4G on my Sprint phone near the interstion of Angela and 933. Very strange...
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Re: Sprint Buys U.S. Celluar

Postby bdcbbq » Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:03 pm

I get Verizon 4G all the time around here. Verizon coverage has significantly improved the past couple of years. I was almost ready to give up because of dropped calls in the various parts of the Michiana area I frequent. Bought a Droid and the problems have gone away except for a couple of isolated places.

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