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Dish Network chair Charlie Ergen has offered a pointed response to Japan's SoftBank after it made what he called "personal attacks" in its bidding war with the US company over US mobile network Sprint. The exec said yesterday that Dish is the better bet because its employees are Americans who speak English. Ergen pointed out …


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  1. Spanners Silver badge

    We're English-speaking Americans

    What they speak may be the same as other people around them but are we sure it's actually English any more?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: We're English-speaking Americans

      No habla Ingles.

  2. h3

    The Japanese generally speak pretty good English as well as Japanese in my experience.

    Softbank are generally at the cutting edge when it comes to doing stuff so would be the better bet.

    (Blockbuster was/is a part of Dish they don't have a good track record so letting them take on loads more debt is not a good idea when there is a sane option).

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I think Americans stopped speaking English in the early 1800s if not before! Those who ever did speak it and not German or Polish or Yiddish or who knows what. Now Spanish, the Samsung of American language - taking over fast apparently, could be the majority language soon.

    Japanese English, on the other hand, tends to be rather good.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Pardon?

      You might be countering your own argument about "Japanese English", because your entire posts is honestly the worst written post I have read since I've been a member (~6 months). Do you speak English natively, or was the grammatically train wreck intentional?

      1. Irony Deficient Silver badge

        pot, kettle, …

        MyBackDoor, if Anonymous Coward’s post* above is the worst that you’ve read here, then count yourself fortunate. It could use some extra punctuation, but it is grammatical†. I also disagree with his conclusion of soon‡, but that’s a different topic.

        * — Rather than posts.

        † — Rather than grammatically.

        ‡ — Unless he meant soon on a geological timescale.

      2. Gray Ham

        Re: Pardon?

        If you stick around, you'll see plenty more people mangling the English Language.

  4. easyk


    Maybe it got personal because the dish CEO is generally known to be a dickhead. Japs are saying "You don't really want to work with THAT guy, do you?

  5. Chad H.

    One question

    Where are his call centre workers?

    1. David Kelly 2

      Re: One question

      Those I have spoken to at Dish have a very honest Colorado/Nebraska accent. And they don't seem to be reading a script. It was sad how Sirius/XM's CSR's have to read a little speech after each step in their script. Even sadder when it didn't fit the problem at hand.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A Dutch door.

    Dish has a less than satisfactory record with customer service, not to mention they are price hike hungry (but who isn't anymore).

    Japan can stay in Japan. Once the Yen spun out of control, prices have never come back down to what they once were, so the probability of a higher costing network is a little higher with that particular country (yes it is naive, but anything can be used as an excuse for a price hike in today's world).

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