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5 minutes ago, imex99 said:

Lol, quality Sprint advertising....
 

Wasn't that in Baywatch with Zac Efron in it too?

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The Rock?!

Where/when did you see this?

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On 2/16/2018 at 5:38 PM, Arysyn said:

I haven't heard much on the Tidal situation. What is Sprint TV? Is it similar to Go90? I remember back around 2005-2006-ish there were some tv packages Sprint had I didn't understand exactly what they were for, and if I'm recalling correctly Sprint's internet packages were a bit of a mess back then. I was in a few stores alot during that time talking with store staff who let me use their info helping people on HowardForums get into the SERO program. Yet, even the staff weren't aware fully of the differences between the internet plans back then, and as I was looking for service ahead of its time and needed to know exactly what was being offered to avoid the overage mess Verizon caused me back then, I didn't end up switching to Sprint. However, I still supported them by helping with the SERO referrals for awhile.

From way back when: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1974126,00.asp

It’s been on Android for a while.

Sprint TV Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobitv.client.sprinttvng&hl=en

Here’s when it came to iOS (2012): https://9to5mac.com/2012/02/28/sprinttv-comes-to-iphone-bringing-abc-cbs-nbc-espn-disney-mtv-and-comedy-central-with-it

iOS App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sprinttv/id494686127?mt=8

I wonder what the future of Sprint TV is. It doesn’t seem to be getting any attention at all. Perhaps they’ll shut it down entirely after the HULU Live Upgrade is available for Sprint customers.

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On 2/16/2018 at 6:46 AM, derrph said:

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I happened to come across this nugget. Based on the before images and looking at the completed sites map on here and the planned towers, it looks like Sprints coverage will look like the before pics.


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Holy moly that's old.  Like 7+ years old.  Prior to LTE.  Who's pushing this as new???

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10 hours ago, RedSpark said:

The Rock?!

Where/when did you see this?

It's from the recent Baywatch movie.

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Ohio is  mostly covered even in the archaic map .  I remember when I got Sprint, there was no native coverage to my east.  My home site was the edge of Sprint's footprint in the mid 2000's.  The roaming was probably alltel.  Alltel built out here several years before the others.  Some of the towers have been around so long that they're painted red and white (still).  And yet a strobe was installed atop the local tower anyway once Verizon took over.  I guess they want to make absolutely sure planes don't crash into it.  :loco:

If only Sprint has bought Alltel.

 

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12 hours ago, Joski1624 said:

Alltel's mostly rural coverage is what sunk them financially.  I don't think Sprint was in any position to acquire them at the time.

Alltel was a very healthy company financially with very low debt that would have complemented Sprint's coverage. Alltel had approached Sprint repeatedly about a merger but Forsee was totally blind. Alltel finally gave up and sold itself to a hedge fund that used Alltel's borrowing ability to borrow the money for the buyout. So Alltel was heavy leveraged after the buyout but not before. Sprint was in perfect position to merge with them before the hedge fund buyout.

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Alltel was a very healthy company financially with very low debt that would have complemented Sprint's coverage. Alltel had approached Sprint repeatedly about a merger but Forsee was totally blind. Alltel finally gave up and sold itself to a hedge fund that used Alltel's borrowing ability to borrow the money for the buyout. So Alltel was heavy leveraged after the buyout but not before. Sprint was in perfect position to merge with them before the hedge fund buyout.
Wow, that's news to me. I've lamented the missed AllTel opportunity many times, but never heard they actually approached Sprint.

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http://investors.sprint.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2018/Sprint-Announces-1-Billion-Senior-Notes-Offering/default.aspx

Sprint’s issuing $1 Billion of Notes.

”Sprint intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes.”

Thoughts on this?

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Sprint put this up on YouTube. 

 

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Sprint put this up on YouTube. 
 
Thought someone said it was working on there iPhone?

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2 hours ago, RedSpark said:

http://investors.sprint.com/news-and-events/press-releases/press-release-details/2018/Sprint-Announces-1-Billion-Senior-Notes-Offering/default.aspx

Sprint’s issuing $1 Billion of Notes.

”Sprint intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general corporate purposes.”

Thoughts on this?

I wonder if they had trouble getting another spectrum lease co offering to market. Why would they go for the higher interest rate of loan not back by asserts? 

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32 minutes ago, Tengen31 said:

Thought someone said it was working on there iPhone?

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My understanding is that Sprint is doing limited testing for VoLTE on iOS devices in certain markets. It’s not actually Calling Plus. iOS devices are not getting Calling Plus, but instead making the jump directly to VoLTE when it launches this Fall.

According to Apple, VoLTE is supported on the iPhone 6 and later: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203078

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2 minutes ago, utiz4321 said:

I wonder if they had trouble getting another spectrum lease co offering to market. Why would they go for the higher interest rate of loan not back by asserts? 

That’s a good question. Perhaps Sprint feels it can get a better rate on the open market now vs later. The Spectrum Lease Co seems like it can be done at a later time with more flexibility.

Looking at Sprint’s debt schedule (maturity dates) and its liquidity (on Page 17), things seem like they’ll get busy in the coming 1-2 years. Perhaps Spectrum Co Lease would be used as a supplement then?

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It must be going well?

Why wouldn’t it? It’s free.


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2 hours ago, RedSpark said:

It must be going well?

Well enough to keep it around but not well enough to hurt the bottom line.  So yeah, I guess.  

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So I’m guessing this is a loan they’ll have to pay back but under more favorable interest? I hope this 1.5b going towards the network. Each day Sprint kinda makes me nervous cause so much is riding on them his year. Failing to make commitment is not even an option.

 

 

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37 minutes ago, derrph said:

 

So I’m guessing this is a loan they’ll have to pay back but under more favorable interest? I hope this 1.5b going towards the network. Each day Sprint kinda makes me nervous cause so much is riding on them his year. Failing to make commitment is not even an option.

 

 

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They already announced they are raising CapEx and the network is a priority....did I miss anything else? 

 

 

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12 hours ago, derrph said:

 

So I’m guessing this is a loan they’ll have to pay back but under more favorable interest? I hope this 1.5b going towards the network. Each day Sprint kinda makes me nervous cause so much is riding on them his year. Failing to make commitment is not even an option.

 

 

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It's bonds that will have set payment schedules and maturity dates.  My guess is they're using this debt to pay off current debt that's about to come due.  They've done it in the past. 

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6 minutes ago, marioc21 said:

 

It's bonds that will have set payment schedules and maturity dates.  My guess is they're using this debt to pay off current debt that's about to come due.  They've done it in the past. 

 Paying off debt with newly created debt. Thanks for that explanation. 

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3 hours ago, marioc21 said:

 

It's bonds that will have set payment schedules and maturity dates.  My guess is they're using this debt to pay off current debt that's about to come due.  They've done it in the past. 

You can see Sprint’s debt schedule, associated interest rates, and maturity dates here: http://investors.sprint.com/financials/default.aspx

Seems like they wanted lower interest debt while the rates are still good. As you can see from the schedule, Sprint has been able to get its interest rates down overall.

Sprint will probably do another Spectrum Co tranche down the road.

Some good Bloomberg pieces on this:

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-02-20/sprint-to-sell-1-billion-of-junk-bonds-as-it-builds-5g-network

Sprint issued $1.5 billion of unsecured junk bonds in a sale it boosted from $1 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The eight-year notes, which the Overland Park, Kansas-based company can’t buy back, priced to yield 7.625 percent, after around 7.75 percent was discussed, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the details are private.”

and

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2018-02-20/sprint-s-endless-turnaround-effort-takes-it-back-to-junk-bonds

The smallest of the four leading U.S. wireless carriers sold $1.5 billion of unsecured junk bonds due in 2026, which can’t be bought back even if interest rates rise. It was Sprint’s first sale in the high-yield market in three years, putting pressure on the carrier’s existing bonds, which were among the worst performers in the Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Index on Tuesday.”

and

”Sprint faces about $9 billion in debt maturities over the next two years and plans to use another batch of its airwave licenses to raise more money, Combes said on a Jan. 2 earnings call.”

Sprint now has over $37 Billion in debt from this: https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2018/02/20/sprint-debt-public-offering.html

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