Wow, Sprint's trying to steal some of that Microsoft-Yahoo! merger thunder, huh? First they hit the headlines as a possible acquisition target for Deutsch Telekom (T-Mobile's parent co.) and now this.
According to the Wall Street Journal (says CrunchGear), the US's #3 mobile carrier is looking to get rid of Nextel after a 2+ year marriage that didn't really do much good for them. Nextel lost almost three and a half million subscribers in '06-'07 and according to CG they're primed to lose a whole bunch more in the coming year or two.
Could it be that DT is serious about acquiring Sprint - which would make T-Mobile/Sprint the US's #1 carrier just like that - but is putting some pressure on them to dump the sinking Nextel brand before making a move? Losing Nextel would make things easier business and tech-wise for DT if they are in fact serious about Sprint. We'll just have to wait and see ...
Meanwhile, did you catch that Instinct vs iPhone video? Pretty gutsy play here, especially (as a reader pointed out) considering that for all we know Apple's going to unleash a 3G iPhone with a feature set that'll blow Instinct out of the water