Google or Apple should consider partnering with DISH Network to make a unified play for Sprint Nextel, according to market analyst Walter Piecyk, who says the addition of "a strategic cash player" into Charlie Ergen's DISH deal would help strengthen the company against potential competitive backlash. According to Piecyk, Sprint's spectrum holdings and DISH's nationwide video-content relationships would make the combined company a broadband powerhouse with the potential to reshape the market in which Google and Apple compete.

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