Rumor mill: T-mobile to aquire Sprint?

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As many of you have heard, there are a lot of rumors floating around that T-mobile, and big daddy Deutsche Telekom are looking to acquire Sprint. Key word in that sentence being RUMORS. We can credit this wave of rumors to the German newpaper Spiegel, who posted their article online.

Click here to view the Spiegel article translated to English

This would be a huge move for T-mobile USA, and the Wireless market in the US in general. While there is still no official word from either company, we have gotten wind of some interesting news. Supposedly T-mobile is working on a 8 week program to help convert Sprint Customer Care from the dark side, to T-mobile, where they will now be required to assist customers. Interestingly enough, on hofo, it was reported that before hanging up with T-mobile CC, the employee said “Thanks for contacting Sprint…er…T-mobile.” Of course this was most likely a coincidence, but possibly some signs of what is to come.

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  • William Gary

    I’m not sure about T-Mobile acquiring Sprint. Sprint customers would be really happy about anyone running the company other then Sprint. I think a merger of Sprint will make T-Mobile kill itself. I understand that T-Mobile would like to expand their cell coverage (Deutsche Telecom should have competed with ATT & V Wireless in the FCC auction if this is what they wanted) and want of course to gain customers so rather then just say I don’t like the idea I have two suggestions that will accomplish the latter part and most profitable part for the company.

    1. Most important EXPAND YOUR PHONE SELECTION….PLEASE! I’m looking to buy a Windows Mobile phone soon and the only two choices I have is the WING and Shadow (one I will probably get)
    2. How to steal all of Sprint Customers in an affordable way? ANSWER: Do something that no one else in the biz has done before and do something that will make it EASY for Sprint customers to switch. What is what you say? Offer to PAY ALL Sprint Customers term FEE if they sign a two-year contract with T-MOBILE (offer a new phone as well). Within 6 months 60% of Sprint customers will be in T-Mobile’s hands.

    Don’t waste money buying a company..investment money acquiring their customers! :D

  • kchino

    DT wants sprint’s bandwidth, it would give them the deepest coverage in the US, 700mhz or not. Also they would gain 50 million customers valued at about $1000 a piece, do the math. The per share acquisition would be cheaper than that of VoiceStream when they acquired them. I think it would be great! More GSM, more standards with the added 1900 band, and best of all more magenta in everyones life!

  • Josh

    I believe the chaos theory dost apply here

  • matt

    Compete at auction? Tmo KILLED verison at the AWS auction on EVERY property but one (great lakes) and won EVERY auction they went in to win.
    Look at it this way… DT buys sprint with Euros… Euro is worth so much more than the dollar that they buy sprint for less money than the original voicestream deal.
    Make sense now?
    DT carries a big stick. They are way bigger than ATT and Verizon already. Don’t forget that.

  • Josh

    One must remember a little organization called the FCC. They carry the biggest stick in this neck of the woods ;)

  • I dont think the FCC will allow DT a non American based company to own what would be the largest cellular company in the United States.

  • smubound

    Please let this be true!!!! I would be excited just for coverage sake. I’m a very happy tmo customer, BUT my coverage around the area I’m in the most sucks, and sprint’s is amazing in the area I’m in. This would be exciting if it actually happens.

  • Joseph Singer

    Spectrum isn’t the only thing DT/TM should be looking at. The boat anchor of the iDEN network is part of why Sprint is where they are now. Bad idea.

  • mao

    If this is true, tmoble will be the biggest and strongest company in usa.

  • Alcoholicaust

    buying customers out of a competitors contract obligations sounds a little unethical to me. this merger would be tough on tmob as far as maintenance and expansion. perhaps the best idea would be not a merger, but dt just buying out sprint and operating two seperate marques. market sprint as your high-end multimedia, corporate powerhouse, and t-mobile your low-cost basic phone value brand.

  • arsalan19872000

    I hope T-Mobile only buys spectrum from them rather than actually aquiring them.

  • William Gary

    Alocholicaust there’s nothing unethical about it my idea. It will almost kill Sprint but it would accomplish its tasks and in business thats whats it all about.

    Your idea for them operating the two companies separately I think is the only way a merger like this will work. Trying to integrate the two will be fatal for T-Mobile.

  • matt

    Yeah, operating two separate brands has really proven to be a killer strategy… For driving a company into the toilet! Are you kidding? Are you an ex sprint exec? Come onb guys, this is why Sprint is so bad off right now. No way can DT build two seperate wireless businesses in the US. Hell, I don’t know if they could pull it off with it being just one. They would have to kill both these brands (sprint and nextel) in realitive short time and sell any spectrum that didn’t fit the bill. It just seems a shame to dimantle one of the better data networks in the country to swap in gsm. But Sprint got itself where it is today and that maybe exactly what makes the most sense for this company now.

  • William Gary

    I just think its a bad idea for T-Mobile to even acquire Sprint. T-Mobile is a great mobile company, all they have to do is gain more customers (steals Sprints), get a wider selection of pones, and somehow get more coverage. Hotspot@HOME is an excellent way to make up for lack of coverage @HOME but they will have to expand coverage where they don’t have for people who don’t be @HOME.

    DT should just focus on T-Mobile rather then trying to acquire a company that is the weakest of the wireless companies.

  • KESHIA

    I THINK THAT AS FOR AS MY DAILY TALK TIME TO NON T MOBILE USERS, I WOULD BE HELPED, AND SO WOULD ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. MOBILE TO MOBILE TALKING WOULD BE INCREASED GENERALLY IF THEIR WAS A MERGER. HOWEVER T MOBILE HAS TO FULLY OUTLINE WHAT IT WOULD DO B4 THE MERGER TAKES PLACE, BECAUSE IN THE PAST ITS CLEAR THEY HAVEN’T FULLY THOUGHT THINGS THROUGH. AS FAR AS THE PHONES GO, ONCE THEY HAVE SETTLED THEY CAN CREATE PHONES THAT CAN APPEAL TO THE MASSES THAT ARE UNIQUE AND AFFORDABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL DOMINATE.

  • Nwahs

    AHH why are you yelling at me?!

    K, see that S key on your keyboard. Now look to the left, at the A key. Now…do it again…and see that button to the left of the A key…press it! (Unless you have been holding down shift this whole time, in which case you should have a well-deserved sore pinky)