Dish Gets a Sprint Deal, Just Not the One It First Wanted

The two companies plan to offer, on a trial basis, a fixed wireless Internet service to be installed by Dish using Sprint’s airwaves.
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SoftBank Net Profit Surges

SoftBank Corp. said its quarterly net profit rose 44 percent from a year earlier, helped by strong demand for the Apple iPhones its mobile-phone unit offers in Japan.

SoftBank Snags $1.26 Billion Stake in Brightstar

Already big, Brightstar will become huge, acquiring $20 billion worth of cell phones, accessories and services annually.
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SoftBank to Pay $1.5 Billion for Supercell Majority Stake

The deal values the ultra-profitable Finnish startup — which has only a handful of games and is only a few years old — at $3 billion.

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Sprint Shakes Up Sales, Marketing Teams

Sprint Corp. is reshuffling its sales and marketing departments in its first major personnel moves since being acquired by SoftBank Corp. earlier this year.

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Reports Signal iPhone’s Imminent Arrival at Japan’s NTT DoCoMo

Looks like Apple’s decision to hold a satellite iPhone launch event in Tokyo next week isn’t just a nod to the importance of the Japanese market, but to a deal with a major new carrier as well. In dueling reports published Thursday, the Nikkei and Asahi Shimbun both claimed that NTT DoCoMo — Japan’s largest wireless carrier, with 60 million customers — will begin selling the iPhone this fall, putting it on equal footing with SoftBank and KDDI, which already offer the device. Reports of the deal come amid renewed speculation that Apple is also poised to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world.

Sprint Cuts 800 Customer Service Jobs, but Doesn’t Foresee Companywide Layoffs

Happier customers mean fewer support calls.
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Sprint Sold 1.4 Million iPhones Last Quarter but Lost Two Million Subscribers Amid Nextel Shutdown

The shutdown of the Nextel network led to a major subscriber drop for the No. 3 U.S. cell phone carrier.
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Music Sales Slump Again

Don’t blame Spotify or Pandora. But you might want to show this article to the folks at SoftBank and Vivendi.
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AllThingsD’s Week in Review: A New, New Microsoft, and a $23.5 Billion iPhone Bill for Verizon

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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