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FCC approves Sprint merger with SoftBank

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Sprint confirmed on Friday that the FCC has given its approval to the merger of the US wireless carrier with Japanese carrier SoftBank. SoftBank will have majority control over Sprint and will play an integral role in Sprint’s upcoming acquisition of Clearwire. This approval is the last government hurdle for the merger, and both Sprint…

Dish pulls out from the Sprint race

Dish pulls out from the Sprint race

Dish Network declined to submit a new bid for Sprint Nextel, leaving the carrier to Japan’s SoftBank. The satellite TV provider quoted “extreme deal protections” included in Sprint’s revised acquisition agreement with SoftBank for its decision not to pursue the deal. Here’s what they said: While Dish continues to see strategic value in a merger…

SoftBank may go for T-Mobile USA if it fails to acquire Sprint

SoftBank may go for T-Mobile USA if it fails to acquire Sprint

SoftBank is apparently super-cereal to enter the U.S. mobile market – if it fails to acquire Sprint, the Japanese company will apparently go for the local branch of T-Mobile. The information about this “Whatever Works” strategy comes from Reuters, which claims that Dish can only partially ruin SoftBank’s plans. After acquiring MetroPCS, T-Mobile USA became…

Sharp AQUOS 206SH announced in Japan; Probably not hitting the West

Sharp AQUOS 206SH announced in Japan

Japan’s SoftBank has announced the Sharp AQUOS 206SH, a fancy-lookin’ Android 4.2 smartphone with features that include a 5-inch full HD screen, Qualcomm’s quad-core processor and 13.1-megapixel camera. All this comes as standard in similar products sold elsewhere (i.e. Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, etc); what doesn’t is an enormous 3,080mAh battery, which is…

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