DISH Puts Sprint Acquisition Defeat Behind It, Mulls T-Mobile Bid

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DISH Network chairman Charlie Ergen isn't about to give up on his dream of offering wireless telephone services. He says acquiring T-Mobile is still an option, even after the satellite TV giant failed in its bidding war against SoftBank to buy Sprint earlier this year.

"I don't ever rule out anything," Ergen said in an interview with Bloomberg. "I think acquiring a company, selling our company, merging, partnering [with a wireless operator] — those are all on the table."

DISH hopes to add to its wireless spectrum holdings. T-Mobile or no T-Mobile, the company has made an offer to buy LightSquared Inc.'s airwaves for $2.2 billion. It will also participate in January's government H-Block auction with a bid of at least $1.5 billion.

Last week, DISH announced it would close its remaining 300 Blockbuster stores, cutting about 2,800 jobs.

"Blockbuster was a poor strategy for us," said Ergen.

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