Sprint WiMax Changes Afoot, Including Possible Merger With Clearwire

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Okay, maybe the sky is falling for Sprint. According to the WSJ, Sprint's board is looking at several hard choices regarding their risk-laden WiMax venture, one of which is to spin off the WiMax unit to merge with frenemy Clearwire, forming an entirely new public company. For investors, this might be a sweet spot because it'd ease WiMax doubters' minds (and wallets) while the more daring money-flingers can throw capital at it to their hearts' content.

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Other possibilities include enticing new investors to pump more cash into their WiMax division, buying Clearwire or locking up their sort-of deal from earlier this summer. But, anything involving fireworks will have to wait until a new, permanent CEO jumps into the mix, which could take a while. [WSJ]

DISCUSSION

WiMax spun out is best for Sprint and WiMax. That is because the natural way for Sprint is to "ease into WCDMA". That's an advantage for a CDMA carrier, especially if they work with Qualcomm. Then they can build dual-mode camera-phones. So great news for both. Sprint wins by focusing on its "natural evolution".