Dish Network values its offer at $7 a share, including $4.76 in cash and the remainder in its shares. The offer is 12.5 percent above Sprint Nextel’s closing share price on Friday.
“The Dish proposal clearly presents Sprint shareholders with a superior alternative to the pending SoftBank proposal,” Mr. Ergen said in a statement.
Mr. Ergen said a “Dish/Sprint merger will create the only company that can offer customers a convenient, fully integrated, nationwide bundle of in- and out-of-home video, broadband and voice services.”
Dish Network said it would be able to combine its existing broadband and TV offerings with Sprint Nextel’s cellphone operations, allowing it to better compete with rivals like Verizon that are moving into new areas in search of revenue.
Dish Network’s effort to take over Sprint is the latest of many moves toward consolidation in the highly competitive broadband industry. In 2011, AT&T tried to buy its rival T-Mobile USA, a move that was blocked by the Justice Department because of antitrust concerns. Last year, Verizon scored a deal with a group of cable companies that agreed to sell it spectrum licenses to build its wireless network in exchange for allowing them to sell their cable services inside Verizon stores.
Step Two: Download NFC Task Launcher.
Some tags (like Samsung’s) will come with their own app, but we’re going to use a better, third-party app called NFC Task Launcher. It’s powerful, easy to use, and completely free, so once you’ve got your NFC tags, grab a copy of Task Launcher for your phone of choice.
Step Three: Create Your Tasks
Assigning tasks to your NFC tags is incredibly easy. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Open up NFC Task Launcher and tap “Create a New Task.”
2. Choose NFC as your task Type.
3. Tap “Add Actions” to create your task. You have a number of categories and actions to choose from. For example, if you wanted this tag to turn Wi-Fi on, you would tap “Wireless & Networks” and check the “Wifi On/Off” box.
4. Click Next when you’ve chosen your actions, and configure them if given a prompt to do so.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any additional tasks you want this tag to perform. When you’re done, tap “Save & Write.” Put your phone on top of the NFC tag you want associated with these actions. Your phone will make a sound and notify you when it successfully writes the tag. Press Done to finish.
Repeat this process for all your tags, then peel them off and stick them wherever you perform those actions most often. Here are a few examples of tasks you could perform.