Customers were without voice or text service for more than two hours after maintenance problems disrupted the network.
The plan follows similar programs at the three other national wireless companies to allow customers a new phone each year. One Up, like plans at other carriers, also includes an installment payment feature for the new devices. Sprint said One Up spreads the cost of the new phone over 24 monthly payments, with the size of the final payment varying in some cases.
Approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States gets the $20.1 billion deal closer to a July consummation. Clearance included a deal to let the U.S. government approve a “security director” who would be a member of Sprint’s board.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. and the two companies reached an security agreement following a thorough review of the proposed transaction, according to a person familiar with the matter. The agreement, which could be announced any time, would remove a hurdle to the deal to give Tokyo-based SoftBank control of Sprint.
SoftBank Corp. has agreed to appoint a U.S. government-approved “security director” to the wireless phone company’s board to address national security concerns. It made the unusual commitment to several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, as it presses for federal approval of its agreement to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion.
The approval of a $3.40-a-share bid followed the boards previous approval of a $2.97-a-share deal. A statement said the board determined Sprints offer is the most favorable potential transaction for the investors who own about 49 percent of Clearwire.
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday opened its wallet a bit wider to gain full control of its longtime wireless network partner Clearwire Corp. and the valuable airwaves it owns. The Overland Park-based company also said Tuesday it would open its financial books for Dish Network Corp. and negotiate with the company on its buyout offer.
Four banks will help finance its $25.5 billion takeover offer. Dish has talked to Overland Park-based Sprint about the financing and the two sides will continue meeting to discuss the offer, which compares with a $20.1 billion bid from SoftBank.
Mount Kellett Capital Management LP said it forged an alliance with other Clearwire investors to coax Sprint Nextel into making a better takeover offer for the struggling wireless Internet company.
The financing, part of a prearranged agreement with Overland Park-based Sprint, can be exchanged for Clearwire stock at $1.50 a share under certain conditions. The move gives Sprint a way to tighten its grip on Clearwire as a rival suitor, Dish Network Corp. seeks to wrest control of the wireless Internet company’s valuable airwaves – perhaps by acquiring Sprint itself
The new Samsung phone will still go on sale by Sprint this Saturday through Internet and phone sales, but its arrival in Sprint stores will be delayed.
The CEO says marketing strategy, network upgrade and Clearwire purchase depend on the outcome of the SoftBank and Dish bids.
Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel Corp. said its board has formed a special committee to evaluate a takeover bid from Dish Network, which is seeking to counter an offer from SoftBank Corp.
SoftBank is facing an increasing risk of losing the deal, as some Sprint shareholders have said they prefer Dish Network’s offer.
An online promotion placed the Dish Network and Sprint Nextel logos side by side and declared, “It’s all coming together.” Sprint, however, had no involvement in the ad.
Billionaire John Paulson, one of Sprint Nextel Corp.s biggest investors, said he favors a $25.5 billion takeover proposal from Dish Network over a board-endorsed bid by SoftBank.
Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. calls a competing bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. a highly conditional preliminary proposal. Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen counters that this is a Japanese company against an American entrepreuner.
Charles Ergen, the billionaire chairman of the Dish Network, is challenging SoftBanks bid to buy Sprint, forecasting a different corporate culture if he triumphs over SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.
Denver-based Dish Network Corp. has offered $25.5 billion to buy Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel Corp. The offer threatens to disrupt Sprint’s planned $20 billion acquisition by Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. and casts doubt over its future in the Kansas City area.
As more consumers use cellphones, the state of Kansas may phase out customer charges that subsidize landlines in rural aeras. The House approved such a measure Monday.
A report says the company may need to complete Sprint’s pending purchase to avoid doubts about Clearwire’s future as a “going concern.”
Sprint Nextel Corp. lost subscribers as 2012 came to an end, a trend that will continue into summer, the company said Thursday.
Sprint Nextel Corp. is trumpeting a renewed recommendation from Clearwire Corp.’s board of directors that its shareholders accept the $2.2 billion offer Sprint made for the roughly 49 percent of Clearwire it doesn’t already own.
Profits doubled in the third quarter at SoftBank Corp., the Tokyo-based company that is buying 70 percent of Sprint Nextel Corp., as Japan’s No. 3 wireless carrier lured new customers with Apple Inc. smartphones and tablet computers.
A Justice Department request to defer regulatory action on Softbanks $20 billion bid for Overland Park-based Sprint Nextel Corp. follows criticism that an acquisition could expose domestic networks to Chinese companies.