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Bloomberg is reporting (link below) that Dish will close on Boost by July 1, Dish reported this in a regulatory filing, without providing terms. Dish is expected to pay about $1.4 billion for Boost. The acquisition, which includes seven years of access to T-Mobile’s network, was coordinated by DoJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim in order to help Read more…

According to an article on Mobile World Live (link below) T-Mobile doubled down on their promise to add 5,000 new jobs by May 2021 – just as it began laying off more employees. T-Mobile confirmed jobs were going, arguing in a statement the move was “essential” for it to “remain a fast-moving and competitive growth company” and would Read more…

T-Mobile is pulling out of “Sprint”‘s National Retail locations and firing that staff. As far as National Retail, T-Mobile will only be in Costco – for now. The question that remains is will T-Mobile, under their brand, take over the space Sprint had in places like Best Buy, Sams Club and Walmart, or will they eliminate those Read more…

Sprint customers have begun receiving text messages that they can now roam on the T-Mobile network. This is the first step in decommissioning the Sprint CDMA network – which will take quite a while to complete. Sprint dealers have already received a memo stating June 15 as the beginning of “Phase II” – giving approximately 1 million Read more…

According to a report on FierceWireless (link below), Boost Mobile stores are reporting shortages of phone inventory. As part of the government’s conditional approval of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, Dish is supposed to buy Boost for $1.4 billion. It was widely expected to close by June 1, but technically, it has 90 days since the April 1 filing Read more…

Reports are that the “done” “well, almost done” deal is “not done at all?” Apparently, T-Mobile is getting a bit tired of Charlie Ergen and DIsh and may be looking for someone else (*cough Peter Adderton?? *cough*) to purchase Boost. According to the article (link below): Ergen, one of corporate America’s toughest negotiators, may force T-Mobile to Read more…

The Dish / Boost deal is supposed to close by July 1, but Dish recently sent a memo to Boost employees stating: “T-Mobile has met all the closing conditions set forth in the consent degree and purchase agreements. Nevertheless, DISH has asserted that they do not believe all closing conditions have been met…  That being said, we Read more…

According to an article in Fierce Wireless (link below) there are industry analysts that are asking “Why hasn’t Dish closed on Boost yet?” “We are unaware of why Dish has not closed the Boost deal,” wrote LightShed Partners analysts Walter Piecyk and Joe Galone in a blog post today. “It should have been done by June 1st. Read more…

The Boost deal isn’t “done done” yet and already Dish and T-Mobile aren’t getting along. According to a Lightreading post (link below) and based on a recent FCC filing, Dish has complained that T-Mobile inappropriately used Dish’s spectrum as a marketing ploy during COVID-19 lockdowns. “Since T-Mobile gained temporary access to Dish’s 600MHz spectrum on March 15, Read more…

No sooner do we report on one of the last pieces of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger (see here) but now we learn that Softbank (Sprint’s owner – and owner of 24% of the “new T-Mobile) is looking to SELL a large part of that share. SoftBank has opened talks with Deutsche Telekom to sell a significant proportion of Read more…

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