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Which Deal Should Sprint Choose?

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S  ) is suddenly red-hot as two suitors fight for the blushing bride's hand. First there was a 70% ownership offer from Japanese iconoclast Masayoshi Son and his SoftBank business -- a pure wireless combination that puts Japanese interests into Sprint. Then Charlie Ergen's DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH  ) countered with a larger cash-and-stock offer that would swallow Sprint whole. This combination would create a brand new hybrid -- let's call it a wireless broadcaster.

Either deal is sure to shake up the wireless industry, but with very different endgames. Which one is better for the company, for investors, and for the American smartphone market overall? In this video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund walks you through the pros and cons of each deal.

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  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 9:39 AM, laddieboy1 wrote:

    "Which one is better for the company, for investors, and for the American smartphone market overall?"

    Is this guy kidding ? The first two are the only things it cares about, lol....get real for a change.....;p

  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 9:53 AM, exfoneman wrote:

    I agree with Mr. Bylund's conclusion. The TV industry is mature, maxed out, while the mobile phone business is still growing, having hit homerums in data (texting, internet, gps, etc.) and video. Much more is in the works, including TV broadcasts. Mobile technology is the future while the TV box is about to leave the station.

  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 10:38 AM, tariqh wrote:

    I would also agree with this assesment of the options. Being a small shareholder of Sprint, I think the SoftBank deal would be better from the sense that, more synergies between the companies - better negotiating power with vendors/ supplier and pottencial for more growth oriented future investments. Sprint will be able to retain its unique Identity. And a better fighting chance agaist the current Big 2. Dish offere does not bring anything new to the table, othen the immidiate cash

  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 2:35 PM, TMFZahrim wrote:

    @laddieboy, it's true that the companies and shareholders here only care about their own interests. But that shouldn't stop me from thinking about the larger market's health, and regulatory bodies will certainly have that angle in mind. It's not *all* about the money, all the time.


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