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  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 2 hours 14 minutes ago Flag

    Marcelo.... Tom the Rat is a mole or a troll. He's personally trying to take you down . Be smart... Connect the dots .....

    May 19, 2016 9:57 AM Flag

    Yeah, Sprint's the foremost authority on advertising (/sarcasm)... Just look at how #$%$ their brand is and their advertising compared to the big 3. No company worth a s would ever hire them. Unless they want to call their competition politically incorrect slurs and receive a backlash.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 2 hours 19 minutes ago Flag

    Tom the Rat deleting his posts? Weakness !

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 3 hours ago Flag

    Marcelo is a Bolivian Immigrant who came to America and has done well. He's a stand up Latino. Tom the Rat is trying to bring him down, but why?

    ttwiitch • May 19, 2016 9:57 AM Flag

    Yeah, Sprint's the foremost authority on advertising (/sarcasm)... Just look at how #$%$ their brand is and their advertising compared to the big 3. No company worth a s would ever hire them. Unless they want to call their competition politically incorrect slurs and receive a backlash.

  • Lots of fuzzy math here...

    AT&T, Verizon Face ‘Funding Gap’ Tied To Device Financing Plans

    The big four wireless firms — Verizon Communications (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile US (TMUS) and Sprint (S) — will face a $55 billion funding gap by 2018 due to customer loans tied to mobile phone financing plans, says Moody’s Investor Service.

    Wireless firms have stepped up marketing of so-called equipment installment plans (EIPs) amid stiff competition for subscribers that want Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy devices and others.

    Verizon could see its funding gap from EIPs rise to $25 billion by 2018, with AT&T close behind at $19.7 billion, according to the Moody’s research report. T-Mobile and Sprint would have outstanding loans of about $4.4 billion and $4.7 billion, respectively, estimates Moody’s.

    Verizon has said it’s looking at how to securitize customer contracts to help lower its capital costs. Securitizations would reduce its reliance on new corporate debt. Verizon is close to issuing such debt, analysts say.

    The Moody’s report said “EIPs now account for the majority of phone sales, which poses significant working capital shortfalls for wireless carriers.”

    Craig Moffett, an analyst at MoffetNathanson, says the Moody’s report is consistent with his research.

    “The telecommunications industry is far more leveraged, and therefore far riskier, than it initially appears,” Moffett said in an email. “The new plans also significantly inflate EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), thereby understating leverage ratios.

    “After you add capital leases and unfunded pension and post-retirement health care benefits, you get a balance sheet picture that is much different than the relatively rosy one on the surface.”

  • Key CFO phrase; "we do want to retain ownership of the spectrum"!
    Sprint CFO: We will lease some spectrum assets via 'spectrum leaseco' within next several months
    May 25, 2016 | By Mike Dano
    Sprint's (NYSE: S) CFO said the carrier is working on a financial arrangement where it will sell the rights to some of its spectrum licenses to an unnamed entity that will then lease those rights back to Sprint. Sprint's Tarek Robbiati said the company expects to finalize the money-raising effort within the coming months.

    "There's a lot of work happening on the spectrum leaseco," Robbiati said in an appearance at the 44th Annual J.P. Morgan Conference. "I did not want to do that early on, for a very simple reason: Spectrum is at the heart of value for Sprint."

    However, Robbiati said Sprint is moving forward with its spectrum leasing plans, which likely will focus on its trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses. "Right now we're in the middle of driving work on spectrum leaseco," he said. "This is expected to happen within the next several months. I don't want to give a specific date because I do want to drive the lowest cost of capital in the cost structure."

    Added Robbiati: "We do want to retain ownership of the spectrum," he said. "We want to do it in a way that allows us to raise capital without relinquishing the rights on the spectrum."

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 26, 2016 1:16 PM Flag

    and Tom the Rat implies below that Marcelo, who BTW is a standout in the Latino community, promotes 'slurs'? and bashes Sprint's brand, again. and, Tom the rat is once again attacking his 'friend' Marcelo. But why all this angst?

    ttwiitch • May 19, 2016 9:57 AM Flag

    Yeah, Sprint's the foremost authority on advertising (/sarcasm)... Just look at how #$%$ their brand is and their advertising compared to the big 3. No company worth a s would ever hire them. Unless they want to call their competition politically incorrect slurs and receive a backlash.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 26, 2016 1:09 PM Flag

    Tom the Rat gets more and more frustrated at Marcelo and Sprint. What is behind all this angst? Below, Tom the Rat is bashing [again] Sprint's business, run by Marcelo. [Tom the Rats 'friend'] What is Tom the Rat's motive here? Why does he have such a negative attitude towards Sprint and Marcelo? Is the Rat really a Tmus mole? maybe-maybe not. OR, Is Tom the Rat a Sprint vendor or former Sprint vendor of some type? Something is odd about 'Tom'....

    ttwiitch • May 19, 2016 9:57 AM Flag

    Remember when I said that Sprint would branch out into other business to try to distract the colossal charlie foxtrot that is their core business?... See your post. LOL.

    Yeah, Sprint's the foremost authority on advertising (/sarcasm)... Just look at how #$%$ their brand is and their advertising compared to the big 3. No company worth a s would ever hire them. Unless they want to call their competition politically incorrect slurs and receive a backlash.

  • Reply to

    Social media strategies of Sprint and T-Mobile.

    by mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 4:53 PM
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 26, 2016 10:52 AM Flag

    Speaking of Social media engagements,

    Marcelo, do you use Twitter to communicate? Is the address below yours?

    MarceloClaure ‏@marceloclaure · 12h12 hours ago

    MarceloClaure Retweeted Sharee ❁

    So happy you made the #SwitchToSprint & took advantage of our #iPhone6s #BOGO offer! Welcome to @sprint!

    Social media engagement

    When it comes to social media engagement, the leaders of these two companies truly lead by example.

    Both CEO's of Sprint and T-Mobile are heavily involved on Twitter, and not just with reporters, bloggers, or celebrities. They're interacting with everyone, including their most important audience, their customers.

  • Reply to

    Rinse and Repeat

    by b.sandoval1968 May 4, 2016 4:11 PM
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 26, 2016 10:24 AM Flag

    Tom the Rat, besmirching Marcelo once again on this board, but claiming Marcelo is his 'friend' elsewhere. What kind of a person does this? Tom the Rat says below that Marcelo is inept at running a business. The Rat also implies that Marcelo is driving the dialogue on this board. Marcelo's brilliant social media strategy? Tom the Rat has a motive. Marcelo, he is personally going after you....

    ttwiitch • May 4, 2016 9:19 PM Flag

    You guys have to be the dumbest investors on the planet. Either that or you work for Sprint or are one of whigglees or greekmonsters 100's of logins (part of Marcelo's brilliant social media strategy i.e. pump and dump on a yahoo discussion board). The stock is worse than a penny stock at this point and you're totally being played by S leaders. You fail at the 1st rule of investing... don't get emotional. The company still has a ton of debt, is offloading all it's valuable assets, and barely gets positive postpaid adds for the quarter. LMAO. All Marcelo can do is say it's better than AT&T and Verizon?? Why doesn't he compare it to T-Mobile? Oh, that's right, T-Mobile crushed their adds by 3x their first quarter of un-carrier, when it took Marcelo's whole second year to get 1/3 of the same. And Sprint had to cut prices by 50% to achieve even that. While T-Mobile grew revenue and achieved a lot more. Feel free to ignore the facts and call Sprint "innovative."

    Sad thing for you lemmings is that there's no catalyst for Sprint in the near future. The stock is going to fall below $3 again. Especially when the next root metrics report is released which will include VoLTE for the first time. Even when they sell, it will just be the assets and not the entire company.

    Have fun. I'll be laughing

  • Seems as though Sprint's 2.5 spectrum, in part, is mentioned below, as preferred by wireless carriers, etc. so, Sprint has the spectrum BUT doesn't have the MONEY to build out it's network, small cells, etc. Dish should come out of the auction in good shape. Ergen always wanted to get into wireless and Sprint needs help, so?
    Bidding for the FCC's reverse auction of 600 MHz airwaves is slated to start May 31, kicking off what Chairman Tom Wheeler has predicted will be a "spectrum extravaganza." But Wells Fargo Securities analysts are questioning just how valuable carriers view that low-band spectrum.
    "Spectrum residing on the lower end of the RF range has long been preferred by wireless carriers to serve as a base coverage band when building out wireless network infrastructure," Jennifer M. Fritzsche of Wells Fargo wrote in a research note published this morning. "Lower-band spectrum (i.e.: 700 MHz band) propagates better than higher-band spectrum, in that the longer frequency waves can travel farther and penetrate obstructions (i.e.: buildings, residences, etc.) more effectively. Wireless carriers have opted to use mid-band spectrum (1.7 GHz – 2.1 GHz) and high-band spectrum (2.3 GHz – 2.7 GHz) to overlay their base coverage network layer and provide capacity to deliver wireless services."
    "With the exponential growth in mobile data traffic, capacity has become increasingly important in densely populated areas," according to Wells Fargo. "Mid-band (1.0 GHz to 2.2 GHz) and high-band (above 2.2 GHz) spectrum can deliver more data over shorter ranges, which allows for larger spectrum channels, frequency reuse and faster data speeds. In fact, ultra-high-band spectrum (28 GHz, for example) is playing an increasingly large role in the development of the 5G ecosystem."

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 25, 2016 11:03 AM Flag

    Marcelo, Tom the Rat is pumping T-Mobile. Rat claims Tmus is a "safer bet" The Rat also claims " the majority of S investors HERE are clearly EMPLOYEES....etc. and then goes full throttle by thrashing you personally and also trashing Sprint on this board. Smart move, Rat. Tom the Rat isn't your friend Marcelo. He's got a axe to grind with you personally and is proving it daily on this board. Backstabbing you while making you believe he's your 'friend' What kind of a person does that? A Rat?

    ttwiitch • May 14, 2016 3:07 PM Flag

    Depends on what you mean for your time horizon for near-mid term. I agree that once SB announces they're cutting the S baggage/ownership it will be attractive, but I see Sprint's (core) problems getting a lot worse in the next 6-18 months. Toward the tail end of that, if you time it right, I see SB popping. Sprint has plenty of room to crater in value. Too many forces that will not all them to add enough postpaid phone subs, customers will drop them, and opening up more distribution will compound their troubles (to name a few).

    The majority of the S investors here are clearly employees as they feel like they have to ride it out (since their 401K is at stake) and have let their emotion/foolish hope get the best of them, versus a normal investor who would've cut their losses and moved on. If they truly want a safer bet in telcom with some hope from a pop from M&A they would be investing in T-Mobile. And, if they're hellbent on owning tech stocks they should be buying Facebook and Amazon on every significant pullback. Facebook will be where Apple was last year in a couple more years, and AWS is a monster.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 25, 2016 10:52 AM Flag

    Hey Marcelo, your 'friend' Tom the Rat, says one thing to your face, BUT, here behind your back, he thrashes your company and you personally as a inept CEO.......tom the rat " it's a horribly run company,with no innovation and no future'. Marcelo, Tom isn't a friend. He's a Rat.

    ttwiitch • May 15, 2016 7:44 PM Flag

    I'm not sure which part you're referring to, but everything I wrote is factual. If you do research about the history of these companies, look at their financials, listen to their customers, understand their philosophies and look at their trajectory and roadmaps, you would know this.
    The people on this board that are bullish on Sprint aren't smart enough to not let their emotional investment and blind hope not get in the way. Everyone else is a paid pumper by the Company as part of their "social media strategy." I'm not here to give anyone advise. Just balance the delusions of the blind pumpers with facts. I've never been wrong about these things. If you're a day trader, good luck on timing Sprint right. If you're long, you're incredibly stupid. Regardless, it's a horribly run company, with no innovation, and no future.

  • Reply to

    Buying all the S i can now

    by maxwellsmaet007 May 9, 2016 9:10 AM
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 5:13 PM Flag

    Tom the Rat follows the industry And claims to have no position on Sprint, while publicly trashing Marcello, Sprint and SoftBank. Why would someone go to those lengths to try and publicly destroy a person and company ? What's the motive?

    ttwiitch • May 10, 2016 9:53 AM Flag

    And again, I have no position on Sprint. I just follow the industry (I'd say I've been following it since you were in diapers, but you're still wearing them), and have to weigh in as you guys are clearly delusional or maliciously attempting to mislead investors. Both are easy and fun to expose when I have time.

  • Marcelo and John, getting it out there ...

    What We Learn From the Social Media Strategies of Sprint and T-Mobile
    MAY 20, 2016
    PATRICK ANTINOZZI
    social media strategies sprint tmobile

    We like to keep our finger on the pulse of the wireless industry. Analyzing trends, building a community, and interacting with industry reps via social media is an important part of that.

    After spending a great deal of time interacting with wireless industry experts, analysts, and sales reps on Twitter, one thing has become abundantly clear.

    Sprint and T-Mobile are killing the competition. And it's not even close.

    Social media presence

    Let's start with the actual online presence of these two companies.

    Not only does nearly every single Sprint and T-Mobile dealer have a Twitter account, but most of the individual reps do as well.

    This is important for 3 reasons:

    No one cares about yet another faceless brand.
    People want to see who they're interacting with on social media.
    It encourages deeper engagement and stronger relationships with potential leads.
    It fosters a healthy, competitive spirit among team members.
    Let's explore that last one a bit.

    Social media engagement

    When it comes to social media engagement, the leaders of these two companies truly lead by example.

    Both CEO's of Sprint and T-Mobile are heavily involved on Twitter, and not just with reporters, bloggers, or celebrities. They're interacting with everyone, including their most important audience, their customers.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 4:48 PM Flag

    Tom the Rat claims Marcelo will be fired from Sprint and further claims Sprint will not exist in 3 years. Marcelo, your being sabotaged publicly by a loose cannon who you believe to be an ally.

    ttwiitch • May 18, 2016 7:40 PM Flag

    Never going to happen. Marcelo is canned and/or will quit. Sprint will not exist in 3 years.

  • mr_whigglee by mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 12:50 PM Flag

    VZ buying Yahoo? More pressure on Sprint, Dish?
    Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam acknowledged on Tuesday that buying Yahoo! (YHOO) would add size and scope to the company's fledgling mobile-advertising business.
    "We can't talk about Yahoo!, but that's a possibility," McAdam said at an investor conference in Boston hosted by J.P. Morgan (JPM) . "That's a possibility to gain greater scale."

    Verizon has emerged as the top contender for Yahoo!, the curiously enticing Internet services company that has long struggled to become the No. 1 provider in an array of services that includes search, mail, news and finance, digital advertising and its Tumbler platform.

    Sentiment was high at the conference that Verizon should buy Yahoo! if the two sides can agree on a price. Verizon is keen to combine Yahoo! with AOL, the company it acquired a year ago on the belief that it can help Verizon grab a large share of an automated advertising market largely controlled by Alphabet's (GOOG) Google.
    Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman cut to the chase in his own presentation at the J.P. Morgan conference. CEO Marissa Mayer and "the bulk of the major folks" at the company as well as the board have been keenly focused on selling the company.

    "It is a very robust process," Goldman said. "This clearly composes the majority of our time. It is our collective goal that we find a way that wherever this ends up that ultimately Yahoo! will do better with the benefit of wherever it goes than staying independent."

    Goldman wouldn't comment on how far along the sale process might be, choosing not to estimate "an inning" that might help shareholders gauge the timing of a deal.

    "It's going very, very well," Goldman added. "We continue to work tirelessly to get to the right place."

    Yahoo!'s quest for a buyout partner comes after the company reported an operating loss of $167 million for the
    quarter ended in March amid an 11% revenue decline.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 12:26 PM Flag

    Tom the Rat.....continues his trashing of Sprint....Marcelo, Tom isn't a ally, he's a Rat...

    The first time pumpers ever heard of a V shaped recovery...

    by ttwiitch • May 12, 2016 3:28 PM Flag
    .

    Was when Son mentioned it on the call. Now it's all over the board.

    Btw this is the same guy that bought the company for over double what's it's worth today, even though the competitive landscape in Japan (his benchmark) is not even close to the same as the US.

    This is also the same guy who is benefiting from raiding and spinning off any assets of Sprint that might be attractive to buyers (into Softbank holding companies).

    Unless you own Softbank, which is a horrible investment compared to other companies you could invest in, your position in Sprint is going down. It's barely a retail company with a horrible brand.

    Here's what you'll see next from Marcelo as he's running out of ways to drive traffic, confidence, subs etc.:

    1) He'll play up 5G testing as their network plan is behind and by the time they get full deployment the window of opportunity to take profitable customers will have slammed shut (if it hasn't already)

    2) He'll talk about new stores/points of distribution. Problem here is if your marketing is #$%$, this actually hurts you as it's tons of overhead unless you're growing comps and/or sales/subs per store.

    3) He'll talk about a bunch of innovation without a clear plan to have Sprint play in the space or customers wanting to participate. They'll try and fail at numerous new business units (like wireline). Marcelo might even go so far to hint at partnerships and/or being acquired without ever showing any evidence.

    Have fun pumpers, those that listen to calls, read the earnings releases, will be laughing as this thing continues to crash further into the iceberg

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 12:22 PM Flag

    tom lures marcelo into believing he's a ally, when in reality Tom the rat, publicly implies Marcelo as CEO is incompetent and will be fired from Sprint....tom the rat.....

    ttwiitch • May 16, 2016 3:41 PM Flag

    .
    Too funny. If it was Sprint Soccer for Miami MLS all the balls would be over-inflated, burst as soon as they are kicked, and the fans would not get a refund for the full game they were promised.

    The pumpers on this board would tell you that this is going to be a huge win for Sprint. The reality is that Marcelo doesn't give a rip about what happens to Sprint considering his family spends most of their time at their place in Miami, and he's looking to bounce (if he's not fired first) as soon as the MLS team is up and running. I don't blame him. It would be next to impossible to mess up that gig and he lives a short limo ride away. I just think it's hilarious to think that Sprint employees and investors think he's invested in the Company long term considering the downward trajectory of the company, and the competitive landscape. Son would get rid of him sooner, if it weren't for the fact that booting a CEO during the middle of a silent wind down would be very bad for any assets that will be up for sale

  • Reply to

    Sprint joins zero-rated data bandwagon .....

    by mr_whigglee May 19, 2016 2:39 PM
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee May 24, 2016 12:15 PM Flag

    Tom, still on defense.? you befriend Marcelo, luring him into believing your a ally, but in reality? Tom is a rat...besmirching Marcelo, Sprint and Softbank.....keep those posts coming......

  • So,, AT&T loses subscribers but it's CEO take the high road.

    AT&T's de la Vega addresses postpaid customer losses, outlines DirecTV cross-selling plans
    May 23, 2016 | By Mike Dano
    AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said he is not concerned about the decline in the number of the carrier's postpaid phone customers because of the growth of AT&T's (NYSE: T) Cricket prepaid wireless business. And he said that AT&T has a significant cross-selling opportunity following its acquisition of pay-TV company DirecTV.

    "It's a really great position that I feel we're in," said de la Vega in comments at the 44th Annual J.P. Morgan Conference. De la Vega is vice chairman of AT&T and CEO of the operator's Business Solutions & International division, a position he gained in February. De la Vega previously was the head of AT&T's wireless business before being promoted to president and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions in 2014.

    "We have the best base of wireless customers in the industry," de la Vega said, explaining that AT&T continues to maintain a solid base of iPhone customers because the carrier was the exclusive provider for the iPhone for years before the rest of the nation's wireless carriers began selling the device.

    When questioned about AT&T's ongoing postpaid customer losses, de la Vega said that those shortfalls are being countered by the success of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand. De la Vega said that the average revenue per user of the carrier's departing feature phone customers is roughly $35 per month, but the ARPU of the carrier's Cricket users now hovers around $41.

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