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Subject: Re: Sprint Date: 4/25/2010 8:13 PM
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from the AP, 4/23/2010:
"Here is a summary of earnings reports for selected telecommunications companies and what they reveal about the industry's prospects:

Wednesday: AT&T Inc. says it added a net 512,000 wireless customers under contracts during the first quarter. That's down 43 percent from a year ago and represents the lowest increase since 2004.

Thursday: Verizon Communications Inc. reported the lowest quarterly number of new wireless contract customers in nearly a decade: 423,000.

Among telecommunications companies' earnings coming up:
April 28: Sprint Nextel Corp."...

OKAY, so you're optimistic about Sprint. I'd sure like to be, but if VZ and T have already reported the lowest net subscriber additions in a long time, then you might have to conclude one of the following is true:
1) Sprint has stopped hemorrhaging customers to AT&T and Verizon.
2) Sprint and/or T-Mobile are grabbing market share from Verizon and AT&T based on price. [They seem to advertise lower prices than the big 2.]
3) There's little more market share to be had because the customer base in the US is saturated.
4) #3 is true for customers with credit and the remaining potential customers will be pre-paid; this might be good for Sprint, since they have been adding business this way already.
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