SoftBank buying 70% stake in Sprint

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Discussion:  Sprint Nextel has agreed to sell a majority of the company to Japenese tech giant, SoftBank.  The deal may allow Sprint to compete more successfully with competitors like AT&T and Verizon, and avoid bankruptcy.  Sprint is undergoing an expensive, and late, transition to 4G-LTE, and has been losing contracted customers since it announced that… Read more »

How cell phone companies prepare for hurricanes

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Discussion:  As tropical storm Isaac heads toward Florida, wireless network providers are working hard to shore up their systems to ensure that there is no disruption in service.  Severe winds and blackouts can knock out cell towers, which disrupt communications for citizens as well as emergency crews and rescue workers.  As the storm approaches, carriers… Read more »