Sprint CEO & Chairman disagree about fixed LTE plans

June 7, 2014

JAPAN-US-TELECOM-SOFTBANK-FILES JapanTimes

Last year, Sprint was taken over by SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son amid promises of radical changes. A year later and Sprint continues to lose customers and receive rather terrible network reviews.

One of Son’s biggest project has been his insistence that a merger with T-Mobile would allow Sprint to enter the home broadband market through fixed-LTE broadband space.

Yet, this week, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated that offering a fixed LTE service is nowhere on Sprint’s horizon. Once Sprint realized the contradictory positions of their CEO and Chairman, they issued a press release stating:

“Dan was speaking to Sprint’s short-term focus–completing our 3G and voice network rip and replace, rolling out our 4G LTE network, launching Sprint Spark, expanding the Framily platform and growing EBITDA–and how they fit with our spectrum and other assets/resources,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat told FierceWireless. “Masa’s remarks have been in the context of his long-term vision.”

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Sprint has a long, long way to go before they are a legitimate challenger to Verizon or AT&T. It does not help that if the Sprint & T-Mobile deal does not go through, that may be the final blow to Sprint who would then have to hand over substantial money and spectrum to T-Mobile.

Comments

  • tabatt13

    Sprint need to die and go away. The name is too damaged by years of broken promises and poor customer service. They also always back the wrong wireless standards. WiMax, CDMA, iDEN, etc.. The T-Mobile name backed by Softbank’s new vision would be the best thing gong forward. Also was the Metropcs merger considered in the map, because that has bumped up T-mobile coverage map a bit.

    • deepen915

      yes, but I think the merger would help them a lot.. Sprint and T-Mobile need each other honestly.

      • Arturo Raygoza

        No, T-Mobile is on the right path without them

        • DirkDigg1er

          You must not have a grasp of T-mobile from an investment stand point. T-Mobile will need money next year and so on for network infrastructure, spectrum auctions, and marketing. People like you will believe in T-Mobile or Sprint for about 2 years before you get tired of lack of VZ/T quality of service.

          Example: Sprint promise to have Network Vision completed last year or T-mobile’s promise to convert 2g to LTE by the end of this year.

          It doesn’t matter whether or not T-mobile becomes the 3rd largest carrier. To be competitive with VZ they will have to continue rapid growth, and burn tons of cash for the next 5 years.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            I see you don’t understand what I care about, not only do I not care about sprint, I despise them I hate them and hope they collapse. And I also don’t care if t mobile beats Verizon or att, I just want sprint gone, not merging with tmobile

          • Gator352

            God you’re a tool.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Good argument.

          • Gator352

            No need to have a considerable argument with someone who has no clue. Otherwise I would debate you. But you have clearly shown you don’t have the I.Q.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            You are the one who can’t talk without cursing.

          • Gator352

            I will give you credit that even after my onslaught, you have kept your cool and therefore you have my respect man.

          • socialismstinks

            why should anyone care what you care about, or what you don’t care about? especially when you don’t care about what anyone else wants? you’re just a whiner.

          • Evan Lam

            I get your point, but T-Mobile never promised to convert all of the spectrum that is being used for 2g to LTE by the end of the year. They expect at least half of the spectrum to be converted by the end of this year, while most of the work will be done by mid-2015.

          • Michael Samsara

            T-Mobile doesn’t need to eclipse Verizon and they are already in the markets they are currently serving well competitive – sure they need to expand their network, and they will but nothing happens overnight in an industry that requires the type of physical infrastructure a cell phone network requires.

            T-Mobile is actually in the most enviable position of the four carriers. Unlike the competition they are now branded as the free man’s alternative to the indentured servitude of the two year contract paradigm offered by the competition. They are branded now as the company that is willing to take risks and try new things – instead of digging their heels in and trying to sell us more of the same old BS that the contract carriers have been forcing down everyone’s throats since the beginning of cell phone time.

            Will there be bumps in the road that they will encounter – of course – THAT is business, that is the real world – but they have the distinct advantage that guerilla fighters have always had when going up against big, monolithic adversaries with all the nimbleness of an elephant – the ability to adapt and move quickly and decisively.

            In the end, of all the carriers, T-Mobile will ultimately be the one to watch and the one you will see – as we already are – that the other carriers are forced to emulate, rather than the reverse being the case.

          • DirkDigg1er

            I have both Sprint /T-Mobile phones they each have there strengths and weaknesses lol. Sprint generally has superior coverage and T-Mobile has faster speeds.

            AT&Ts/ Verizon LTE build out has taken 2 years to complete. Verizon will finish rollouts of AWS before either Sprint /T-Mobile can finish there initial footprint.

            The big 2 can afford to lose the new subscriber adds as long as profits are high, other incomes, and fiber backhaul give them the edge.

            It’s no comparison YET. VZ/AT&T are years ahead and every foreseeable quarter will be a profit.

            TMO has done a great job after the MetroPCS merger. People have started to believe in them again. However, if they can’t finish nationwide LTE rollout, they will revert back to losing subscribers.

        • Gator352

          Are you sure? Are you their CFO? COO? CEO? If not, shut your pie hole.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Yes because if your not a CEO you have no opinion.

          • Gator352

            You can have all the opinions you want. But when you start stating opinions as facts, prepare for the backlash.

            I’ll fix it for you:

            “No, I think T-Mobile is on the right path without them.” OR “In my opinion, they are on the right path without Sprint”

            Notice the “I think” and “my opinion”?

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Why so mad??? Do you have sprint?

          • Gator352

            Yeah I do. Been with them for 14 years and completely happy with them. I want to see this merger as it will greatly improve Sprint’s and T-Mo’s overall nationwide coverage (if they phase out CDMA for GSM exclusively)….Sure, it’s going to have bumps along the way but the overall future and outcome will outweigh the negatives.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            That’s why your trolling me, go take your anger at sprints shitty service out on someone else.

          • Gator352

            See, I tried to talk with you with common decency and this is how it’s answered? Well, T-Mo in my area is non-existent but have great Sprint service. So in my area, T-mo has the shitty service.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Lmao I thumbed that one up, “common decency” lolol well that’s because T-Mobile ain’t there, but side by side with both having coverage sprint still buffering after my video is done on T-Mobile. There is no reason why you can’t even load Facebook in San Francisco with sprint.

            You see, my problem with sprint is that they are the ones who are failing and T-Mobile is coming up (both slowly) but sprint is trying to act like they are strong and you know ‘just buy out T-Mobile’ but what’s actually happening is that sprint knows they are a sinking ship, and are trying to grab a life jacket while they still can.

            The service will not get better, it will bring t-mobiles quality service down by having to carry sprint customers. It will also raise rates, someone has to pay for the cost of integration.

            I can see why you vehemently argue in favor of this merger though. You would finally get service closer to what I have now in your area. I know you are jelly but you know “in my opinion”

          • Gator352

            HAHAHA. Ok. Whatever you say there bud. Why don’t you head over to AC and look up my posts as Gator352. In those post is screen shots of my LTE speed. In my house. In the boonies. Wait….here’s one for ya….might not be as fast as yours but it does what I need it to do. I don’t download porn all day like some do….

            http://forums.androidcentral.com/sprint-samsung-galaxy-note-3/337413-hate-sprint-so-much-right-now-lte-sucks.html#post3285344

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Lmao you proved my point, that’s why sprint is dying regardless of my hopes that it would. They provide great service out in the sticks yet fail to deliver in the san francisco bay area, I can see why though, there’s more than one person out here ;)

          • andrew

            Damn right. I like my unlimited data just makes it more convenient to be on my phone lol

      • Michael Samsara

        No – Sprint needs T-Mobile. T-Mobile should just wait till Sprint files for bankruptcy – which it will ultimately given the way things are going, and then – buy them up lock, stock and barrel. If Sprint is going out of business and ceasing to exist the FTC can hardly fight T-Mobile from acquiring them with the resulting three carrier network system that will then result. The question is whether the people who own T-Mobile have the desire and stomach to see the game through to its ultimate conclusion and bide their time while Sprint finalizes its self-destruction once and for all.

    • Magnetic1

      I think the best solution is to return to the days of AT&T breakup to the baby bells.
      Instead of a merger to save Sprint, I think we need to regionalize AT&T and Verizon.
      Each region will have their own staff, thereby creating jobs. [period]

      And what makes you think CDMA was wrong? LTE uses a lot of what was used in CDMA, including Pseudo-Random sequences.

      • Michael Samsara

        We need less government intrusion – not more. We have already seen the debacle that proceeds from Obama’s big government, nanny state approach – you want more of the same stupidity?

        Let the market forces play out – let Sprint die – its well deserved and earned death. If anyone should be taking over anyone it should be T-Mobile taking over Sprint. You do not solve a problem by enabling it to continue – look at General Motors – another company that should have died – before it had a chance to kill those 13 people who were driving their vehicles.

        The more politicians try to control things the more out of control they become because politicians normally address only the symptoms and rarely get to the root causes of a problem.

        The market is already taking the cell phone industry in the direction it needs to go by taking Sprint ever closer to financial ruin; by rewarding T-Mobile for addressing the concerns and seriously trying to serve peoples’ needs, rather than as with their rivals entrap them in their God forsaken, self-serving two year contract paradigm.

        Sometimes it is just time to let corporations die – that’s why death was invented – to get rid of the dead wood of society and nature that has outlived its usefulness and productivity.

    • Gator352

      Yeah and when your bill rises due to non-competition, don’t you say a fucking word.

      • Arturo Raygoza

        Yes a merger would lower the costs right?

        • Gator352

          It will because as it stands, neither Sprint nor T-Mo has the user base to stand against VZW or AT&T. The merger would combine total users of both, directly threatening their bottom line. Especially if Sprint shows the network has improved and directly lowers prices to compete. Be a win for all users.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            By the way, we need less concentration of power and must not take any more steps closer to a monopoly by a few different companies. The more, the better.

          • Gator352

            Three companies competing for nationwide coverage won’t constitute a monopoly. If it continues on it’s current path without a merger, both Sprint and T-Mo will be kaput sooner or later leaving only the BIG two…VZW and AT&T (which will be closer to a monopoly). At least with the merger, there will be three.

            I get what your saying but a bunch of little companies isn’t going to make a difference.

          • Jason

            Mergers always RAISE costs.. You must be an apple fan, no? T-mobile doesn’t have the user base? LMAO dude, since 1.1.14, they have added over 3 million new lines. But yeah, they aren’t good. LMAO again, T-mobile has the best and fastest. Hell, I am on ATT and they suck. Sprints network is last, LAST I tell, for good reason, 3g mostly. Their 4g is a farce!

          • Gator352

            No I hate Apple. Do your home work!! HAHAHA. T-mo has nowhere near the subscribers as VZW and AT&T. The rest is your opinion and like assholes, everyone has one.

            Kids these days….

          • socialismstinks

            you haven’t seen many mergers have you?

  • Arturo Raygoza

    When they fall back to forth place and T-Mobile rightfully beats them I will be exstatic

    • Gator352

      UH HUH HUH uh uh uh…..it’s ecstatic you tool.

      • Jason

        You are the tool, who trolls and corrects everyone. So you have Sprint, big deal, glad it works for you. Sprint will destroy what T-Mobile has been doing. If the DOJ, FCC allow this merger to happen, the next merger is Verizon and ATT joining forces. Don’t think s, Just wait. America can’t and shouldn’t have 2 major national carriers. But they will, we are going the way of a Communist state. Taking away choices, limiting what we, the consumers can do, America is run by the tools, AKA Conservatives. They are destroying this nation. And YOU Gator, need to shut YOUR pie hole, try being less of a douche next time, and stop trying correct everyone, so someone isn’t the genius you are and can’t spell. So effing what.

        • Gator352

          No it’s you liberals that want to bankrupt America buy taking from the working class to give it to the morons who want free stuff. We have a liberal President that lies through his teeth and you tools believe him like he’s a god. It’s the liberals that’s making this country a communistic state…Reid, Pelosi, and Obama need to be put to pasture.

          Besides, I’ve only corrected him. Just him. So shut the hell up you panzie.

          Get it? Got it? Good!

          • Ludim Sanabria Jr.

            Their (Liberals) time will pass…..

          • Gator352

            I know. Just have to be Patient!
            I do hate it when people bring politics into a tech forum.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Lol you call yourself a conservative and argue in favor of less competition.

          • Gator352

            Hey. Psssst. Without the merger, one of them will most likely die and it might be Sprint which is what YOU want. IF they do, how many will be left….3. With the merger, there will be…..3. But together, they can take on AT&T and VZW because they will be in a much better position.

            So I’m not in favor of less competition, I’m in favor of better judgment.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Competition isn’t about how many customers you have, its about offering a better service at a lower price, and with that they are already competing well

          • socialismstinks

            perhaps, but like a passing kidney stone, the time will be painful

        • http://dribbble.com/nickchamberlin Nick Chamberlin

          Lol the us isn’t run by conservatives, lol!

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Or liberals.

          • Gator352

            Then who is it run by? Dipshits like Obama, Reid, Pelosi? Oh wait…they are liberals.

          • Arturo Raygoza

            Obama is a as liberal as bush was conservative.

          • socialismstinks

            oh, it’s run by liberals all right…you can see the path of destruction they’ve left behind with redistributionist policies that make EVERYONE poor.

          • Gator352

            That’s why the country is in the trouble it’s in.

      • Ludim Sanabria Jr.

        I had been a Sprint customer for 7 years and after being sold one of worst BB phones ever I pleaded for an early upgrade and was declined and quickly I joined Tmobile and have been very happy since. I don’t want anything to do with those swindlers ever again!!!

        • Gator352

          I’ve never had a problem with them. Maybe I’m lucky I guess.

          • Evan Lam

            If the phone failed, didn’t you guys think of doing a warranty replacement? While the problem could have been that the certain phone model sucked, it also could have been that the particular unit that your wife got could have been a lemon.

          • Gator352

            We eventually did. But the point was is that it was only 3 weeks, not the 30 days to exchange. They said it was because of abuse…WTF?? Abuse?? The phone never left the desk! Anywho, we had to do a warranty exchange and she got a refurb which had scratches and such. She dumped em soon after.

  • Dt Bell

    If Dan’s a visionary, I hope he see’s the door coming.

    • DirkDigg1er

      I agree. I believe Dan Hesse hears the music. He did his job by avoided bankruptcy, consolidate Sprint, and get the company sold. It’s time to move on.

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. I’m sure T-Mobile would love to see the deal fall through and net themselves a billion or two for their trouble (like with AT&T a few years ago) so they can put that towards more Uncarrier maneuvers and network expansion/upgrades.

    T-Mobile is already on the verge of overthrowing Sprint as the third biggest carrier in the US. Sprint has been floundering for years and they need a change of leadership (giving credit where it’s due, Dan Hesse did get them back on track a few years ago, but it’s been downhill since then).

  • Noel

    We have seen this ruse b4….if Softbank and Co promised all that when they bought Sprint and yet with all that money they keep losing customers and lacking any innovation. It will be a foolish and blunder of humongous proportion to give a nod to this attempt, cuz all it will do is drag down the only innovative carrier of the big four. This will put the brakes on most of the positive disruptive moves Tmo has been making. So far Sprint SoftBank can’t even get their positions straight on fixed LTE plans..hmmm trouble ahead. I see a looming disaster about to unfold that will affect millions of customers who are already enjoying their partnership with Tmobile…many of those fled from Sprint. Despite all the back slapping by Sprint and some Tmobile owners…i hope the FCC and DOJ will put the MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS at the forefront and shot down this charade. LET SPRINT USE ALL THOSE BILLIONS TO IMPROVE THEIR NETWORK AND COMPETE OR WAGE A PRICE WAR. Besides Tmobile is already doing that on its own and doing well without buying any body. IF the current trend and moves continues at Tmo…the other members of the big four should watch out.

    • Arturo Raygoza

      Uuh but r u like a ceo or sumthan cuz if not u need 2 shut ur pie whole. Lulz (that’s gator’s response)

      • Noel

        State your point or give a counter view of what u disagree about the comment, instead of…well really don’t know what to call that.

        • Arturo Raygoza

          I agree with you one hundred percent, I was making fun at gator352, that’s how he sounds

          • Noel

            Yea cuz after reading your comments it seemed were almost singing the same song or hoping Tmo had nothing to do with sinking Sprint.

  • Heimrik

    Companies that care more about profits rather than customer service and customer freedom, should die. And rightfully so. A company such as Sprint has earned its fate. Let its death be a lesson and an example for AT&T and Verizon to soon learn.