Akron, OH - Median download speed increased from 22.7Mbps to 30.8Mbps.
Baltimore, MD - Median download speed increased from 24.4Mbps to 32.8Mbps.
Charlotte, NC - Median download speed increased from 14.7Mbps to 22Mbps.
Des Moines, IA - Median download speed increased from 16.8Mbps to 23.8Mbps.
Fort Meyers, FL - Median download speed decreased from 15.5Mbps to 8.6Mbps.
Mobile, AL - Median download speed increased from 18Mbps to 29.9Mbps.
Sprint can't afford to go private, they can't afford to buy back shares from stockholders, going private won't happen. Either the merger will pass (60/40 chance at this point), if not Son will find a buyer for Sprint and take a loss (hello WeWork) and as a trader the way Sprint's shares are trading its almost as if market makers are already pricing in a merger failure. Sprint would have to do some serious trimming off its balance sheet, sale portions of its network and subs, or even file Chapter 11. I don't really see Sprint filing bankruptcy I've seen companies with worse earnings and survive. Son just wants out of the U.S. wireless market and merging with T-Mobile is the fastest way to do so all while pitching this "5G for all" bs <--- I don't even have faith in T-Mobile post merger if it happens. Sprint needs someone with deep pockets like Altice or another large cable company (and most certainly not Dish).
Yes, some of you disagree with me. That's to be expected. Sprint sucks in some places. But Sprint is not only great in my area, but they're actually the best. And in most metro areas, they are perfectly usable. But guess what? T-mobile sucks in many places. And I can tell you here in their home market, they're the worst carrier. Verizon also stinks in places too.
I suppose if I lived in a crappy Sprint market, I'd go. But I can tell you I see more and more people who leave Sprint and either come back or even if they don't, admit that the network wasn't as bad as they thought and there was a complete over dramatization in the disparity in networks.
Everybody's gotta do what's best for themselves. And if leaving Sprint is best for you, I certainly wouldn't hold it against anyone. I've seen many go over the years. And I still sit here plugging away behind the keyboard.
But the one thing that won't continue is the overly negative drumbeat that's happening in this thread. You all are starting to build off each other's negativity, causing the conversation to become one sided and pointless. Don't want to hear ad infinitum the same droll negative grumblings. Especially the same 'ol criticisms and Sprint can't be trusted. Frankly, the drama is not true. Sprint took longer, yes, but it did upgrade its network, and the performance is better. And on the whole, it's better than its ever been. So it cannot be said Sprint didn't do it. They did.
So let's stick to the thread discussion, which is the merger. Not on the network performance on Lower Botswana Avenue and your thoughts on changing networks because of your block.
While I see your points, I respectfully disagree with some of them. Properly managed, Sprint does have the resources to compete successfully. But the key phrase is "properly managed", and that's where Sprint has shown critical weakness time and time again.
Since Dan Hesse was screwed over in the Metro PCS debacle, and then dumped after Softbank took over, Sprint hasn't shown any signs of intelligent strategic management. Tactically, they have tried hard to succeed, and have kept up with technology, and have tried to keep up with deployments. But Softbank's refusal to provide capital (either directly or through 3rd parties), Claure's ham-handed cost cutting, and Masa's tunnel-vision focus on merger have all combined to put Sprint in a desperate situation.
So I agree with you that Sprint could compete in the future, but I think it is unrealistic to expect Masayoshi and Softbank to actually try to compete. If the merger fails, I think that it is far more likely that Masa will basically dump Sprint just like he dumped Hesse, and loyal Sprint employees and the few remaining independent stockholders will be left swinging in the wind. Sprint customers (I've been with Sprint for 20+ years) will also be hung out to dry. I hope that I am wrong. Actually, I hope the merger goes through, but if it doesn't, then I hope that I am wrong. But I'm not counting on it.