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Sprint Not Sprinting on Nextel’s Goodwill Value

Sprint Nextel Corp has announced that it may write down as much as $31 billion of goodwill currently recording on its balance sheet. This is due to that fact that Sprint Nextel’s evaluation of the real value of goodwill attached to the Nextel deal is far, far less than estimated.

From the 8K:

“Based . . . → Read More: Sprint Not Sprinting on Nextel’s Goodwill Value

General

Manchester, Maine Town Meeting result: No Tower

This evening, the residents of Manchester, Maine voted at a Town Meeting to reject the proposed settlement with MCF Communications. At the same meeting, the residents voting also approved a moratorium on accepting new cell tower construction applications while the Planning Board reviews Manchester’s cell tower ordinance.

The likely result is that MCF will continue . . . → Read More: Manchester, Maine Town Meeting result: No Tower

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T-Mobile USA: Nearly 30 million customers

T-Mobile USA’s customer count increased by 951,000 during 4Q07. Of that number, 733,000 were new contract customers (as compared with pre-paid customers not on term contracts). T-Mobile ended the quarter and year with about 28.7 million subscribers. That followed a 3Q07 increase in subs of 857,000. The 4Q07 churn decreased to 1.8%.

Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s . . . → Read More: T-Mobile USA: Nearly 30 million customers

Legal

9th Circuit to T-Mobile: Your Mandatory Arbitration Agreement is Unconscionable

On January 22, 2008, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision that T-Mobile’s arbitration agreement in its Washington State wireless contracts is tainted by substantive unconscionability and is not enforceable.

From the court:

“The issues on appeal are whether the arbitration provisions in Defendant T-Mobile’s service agreements with two of . . . → Read More: 9th Circuit to T-Mobile: Your Mandatory Arbitration Agreement is Unconscionable

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Most Americans in Cell Phone Jail

In an amusing-if telling-story on MSN, Bob Sullivan (MSN’s Technology correspondent) discusses how wireless “[p]roviders have worked hard to lock customers into losing situations” by way of high early termination fees.

An interesting read: CLICK HERE to view the article.

General

On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

An empirical ‘study’ conducted at MIT in 2005 sheds light on the effectiveness of aluminum foil to shied the brain from external radio frequency radiation sources. It’s a must read if you have some time to kill.

MIT Empirical Study

LINK to online version.

. . . → Read More: On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study

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More on Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

There is a follow-up story in today’s Kennebec Journal regarding the Town of Manchester’s Town Meeting. Here’s a link to the story: CLICK HERE.

General

Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

The Town of Manchester, Maine will hold an open town hall meeting on January 29, 2008 to decide whether to settle a law suit brought against it by MCF Communications and also whether to adopt a “Tower Moratorium Ordinance” for six months.

The interesting feature of this story is that the elected officials are asking . . . → Read More: Town of Manchester, Maine asks residents to approve wireless consent agreement and tower moratorium

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US Cellular sues Alton, Illinois

According to a published report:

11/20/2007: Alton, Illinois Planning Commission votes to approve 90 foot “stealth tower.”

11/28/2007: Alton’s City Council approves resolution in favor of tower.

12/19/2007: Alton’s City Council votes to deny application.

01/18/2008: US Cellular files suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Pacer Case No: 3:08-cv-00041-JPG-DGW)

Click . . . → Read More: US Cellular sues Alton, Illinois

Site Planning

T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church

T-Mobile is proposing a stylish new stand-alone Bell Tower to hide a new cell site at the Duncan Road Baptist Church. 430 N.E. Duncan Rd, in Blue Springs, Florida.

The Examiner newpaper in Eastern Jackson County has a story on the proposed site, and an interesting elevation illustration (artist’s rendering) of the proposed bell tower. . . . → Read More: T-Mobile Proposes PCS Bell Tower at Florida Church

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