Sprint to listen to Dish offer

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 1:02 PM

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Wireless company Sprint Nextel Corp. says it can now let Dish Network Corp. see its books and talk with Dish to see whether its competing offer to buy Sprint is better than its current deal with Japan's SoftBank.

Sprint said late Monday that SoftBank had waived provisions of its deal with Sprint that will allow Sprint to talk with Dish.

SoftBank currently has a $20.1 billion deal with Sprint to buy 70 percent of the company. Dish last month offered $25.5 billion for the whole company.

Softbank says it brings expertise and cash to Sprint. It says it still wants to close its deal by July 1.

Many Wall Street analysts view Dish's bid as superior but risky, as it will result in a combined company with high debt.

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