Blockbuster to sell Sprint phones

Blockbuster to sell Sprint phones

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DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#1 Dec 10, 2012
Blockbuster reportedly will start selling Sprint Nextel Corp. phones at its movie retail stores as a way for Dish Network Corp. to dip its toes into the wireless market, Bloomberg reports.

Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg said Dish-owned (Nasdaq: DISH) Blockbuster also will sell the devices of Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA, whose parent company Deutsche Telekom said in a Thursday financial statement that it had entered into an agreement with Apple Inc. Many in the industry expect T-Mobile to carry the iPhone in 2013, based on the statement.

A Sprint (NYSE: S) spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a request for comment on the retail deal with Blockbuster, which has significantly reduced its storefront footprint in the Kansas City metropolitan area and nationwide.

Sprint’s alignment with Dish comes as the two wireless carriers go back and forth over technical power requirements with the Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to vote soon on Dish’s proposed wireless network.

At issue is wireless spectrum.

Satellite TV provider Dish intends to launch a 4G network using wireless broadband spectrum it already owns for cell phone use.

Overland Park-based Sprint, which owns nearby airwaves, supports an FCC proposal aimed at preventing interference between Dish’s network and neighboring spectrum. But Dish has opposed parts of the FCC proposal, saying the power restrictions would make its network less viable.

Dish is expected to partner with an incumbent wireless provider to help it enter the market quickly.

Telecom industry professionals have pointed to Sprint as a likely partner for Dish despite the FCC proceedings.
Amused Slew

Kent, WA

#2 Dec 10, 2012
Was there a point, putz ???
Bob Schmahl

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Dec 10, 2012
so what?

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