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Sprint may finally buy Clearwire after all

December 11th, 2012

Sprint (S) is reportedly in talks to acquire the remaining stake in Clearwire (CLWR), according to CNBC. While a deal isn’t believed to be imminent, the two companies are involved in “active negotiations” and could announce an agreement before the end of the year. Sprint already owns a 50.8% stake in Clearwire and has long …

Sprint acquires a controlling 50.8% stake in Clearwire

October 18th, 2012

With Softbank (SFTBY) acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint (S), it was speculated by Bloomberg that the latter would be unlikely to push on with its efforts to buy  a controlling stake in Clearwire (CLWR). Reuters is now reporting that Sprint has “acquired control of Clearwire Corp after buying out one of the company’s other shareholders,” however. Sprint will purchase 31 million Class …

Sprint may not want to buy Clearwire after all

October 17th, 2012

One of the predicted benefits of the Softbank (SFTBY)-Sprint (S) merger is that Sprint will now have enough cash on hand to buy up Clearwire (CLWR), the troubled wireless company that has partnered with Sprint in the past and that has valuable spectrum that Sprint can use for its LTE network. But unnamed sources have …

NetZero reinvents itself as America’s first free 4G service provider

March 19th, 2012

NetZero burst onto the scene in 1998 as the first in a crop of Internet service providers that gave subscribers free access to the Web using an advertising-supported model. NetZero’s patented ad technology displayed highly targeted ads to users as they browsed the Internet at dial-up speeds, but it was forced into a freemium model …

Sprint seeks an additional $2 billion from investors

February 27th, 2012

Sprint on Monday announced that the carrier is issuing another round of notes due in 2017 and 2020 in an attempt to generate approximately $2 billion in capital. The investment would allow Sprint to fund general operations, build out its LTE network and possibly help fund the Clearwire as it continues to struggle. “The company intends …

Google to sell stake in Clearwire at a huge loss

February 24th, 2012

Google on Friday filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to sell its entire stake in Clearwire. The Mountain View-based company spent $500 million in 2008  to acquire a 6.5% stake in Clearwire, and now the search giant is now looking to sell its share for $47 million, less than a tenth of …

Sprint reveals initial 4G LTE markets; rollout begins in coming months

January 5th, 2012

Sprint on Thursday announced the first markets that will be upgraded with 4G LTE service this year. The company’s LTE network will launch in the first half of this year in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, CEO Dan Hesse revealed during a talk at the Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference. Hesse also said …

Clearwire raises another $734 million in funding from Sprint and public offering

December 14th, 2011

Clearwire announced recently that it has garnered another $734 million in funding after closing its public offering of Class A common stock at $2.00 per share. The public offering earned Clearwire $384.1 million after commissions, and it pulled in an additional $331.4 million selling Class B shares to Sprint. “This equity raise is a critical step …

Sprint and Clearwire ink new 4G WiMAX and LTE agreement

December 1st, 2011

Sprint and Clearwire on Thursday announced a new 4G LTE and WiMAX agreement that will extend over the next few years. The agreement could be worth up to $1.6 billion over the next four years for Clearwire, which it will earn selling its services to Sprint. “These agreements are a result of the technical MOU …

Sprint to help finance Clearwire’s 4G LTE network

November 4th, 2011

Sprint announced on Friday that it will offer new notes due in 2018 and 2021, the proceeds of which may be used in part to finance Clearwire’s build-out of a 4G LTE network. “The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, which may include, among …