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Old 04-19-2019, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Queen Creek, AZ
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With the T-Mobile/Sprint merger in jeopardy, if the merger fails, could either carrier pursue a buyout of U.S. Cellular? U.S. Cellular is a distant fifth place in national market share and either T-Mobile or Sprint might want to obtain some of their spectrum.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:44 AM
 
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US Cellular doesn't appear to have anything useful to T-Mobile or Sprint.

They don't have the cashflow to make a big enough shift for either company.

T-Mobile and Sprint have enough Spectrum, each (ironically in complimentary ways with T-Mobile having 600Mhz and Spring have 2500Mhz).

US Cellular doesn't have the infrastructure investment that both companies need.

The cost of merging two networks is too high for either company to negotiate out of the US Cellular/AT&T contract for LTE

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I would anticipate an MVNO with large cashflow to show interest in one of these networks:

Comcast is interesting because, while they have NBC, their landline infrastructure is losing value as Wireless speeds are now faster than your average cable internet connection... and Cable TV is losing customers left and right.

Google is interesting because they've shown interest in providing an internet service in the past.

Dish already tried and may try again. Dish is also vocal about the merger not going through.
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Old 04-20-2019, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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No. I don't see anyone taking on either one of those companies. Both are toxic, in my opinion. Better to leave them to their own devices. Although T-Mobile is a much better look than Sprint these days it is only because T-Mobile gives away the kitchen sink. They may have marketed their way into a corner with that strategy. And I don't see either one of those companies taking on anyone else.
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