T-mobile To Buy Sprint Rumor, Take 24


This rumor seems to pop up every time the wind blows in a certain direction. T-mobile wants to acquire Sprint, Sprint wants to acquire T-mobile, Sprint and T-mobile dance the Samba etc etc. Deutsche Telekom (T-mobile USA parent company) has a market value six times that of Sprint and while Sprint seems to be on a roll these days with a bounty of surprisingly affordable yet all encompassing plans combined with a super star winter lineup they hemorrhage customers at every turn. Any tech blogger or tech fan in general immediately jumps at the notion to point the incompatibility of the two company’s networks, CDMA and GSM. Considering Sprint doesn’t exactly have a strong record of accomplishment merging companies with incompatible networks we can at least be thankful T-mobile is leading this dance. That being said, there are still an unfathomable amount of questions as to how this would work, what would this do to the wireless landscape with only three major players. Telegraph UK, the newspaper responsible for this round of rumors reports that the Deutsche Telekom has called in Deutsche Bank in preparation for an offer for Sprint. This could get very interesting, very quickly and while the prospect of jumping right onto AT&T’s back with a customer base that rivals their own makes my heart fill with joy, that doesn’t mean it’s the smart play. If I were the boys at the FCC I’d want to see the best damn play by play integration schematic ever created by man on how exactly this merger would work.

Telegraph UK

Interestingly enough, this report comes hot on the heels of a PCWorld story, which all but bashed T-mobile USA proclaiming “T-mobile has little to offer US mobile providers.” Well sorry Tony Bradley, I disagree and I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Tmonews readers. While T-mobile’s 3G network continues to roll out at a furious pace onward toward its 2009 goal of 250 million POP’s it has yet to really turn the T-mobile image around. The dominant player in the Android game thus far has also failed to really give T-mobile the same type of customer rush AT&T has felt with the iPhone deep in its pocket. On the positive side, T-mobile continues to roll with JD power award after JD power award, for both customer service and call quality. Unfortunately, those awards don’t seem to materialize in significant gains for our beloved magenta. I received a very insightful email from a reader two days ago who made two very interest points that I would like to consider, 1) The Microsoft experience shows that inattention to details and poor user experience can relegate even a dominant player to the sidelines over time. On the other hand 2) Apple shows that even a small player with a well-developed idea can grow rapidly. With Sprint still suffering from the stigma of failed customer service and a plagued wireless network, with AT&T taking nothing but a beating in the press lately T-mobile is in the perfect position to capitalize on its strengths. For all its network awards, Verizon still suffers from the image of uber-expense and while T-mobile who rivals Verizon in almost every JD power award and has prices less than that of Verizon has yet to really exert that power. Forwarding customers to billshrink simply isn’t the right move, it’s not going to produce a sudden influx of millions of customers. That needs to happen by reputation, reliability and marketing. T-mobile needs to do more to showcase the strengths it has rather than its weaknesses and any good tech blogger worth a damn will tell you, pick the carrier first, and phone second. Whatever the end result of a Deutsche Telekom/Sprint Merger is, T-mobile USA needs to focus on the now, and what it can do without spending billions of dollars to swallow up one large competitor or a handful of tiny ones. Android is great, but it’s not the end all be all of wireless, T-mobile is ripe to make a move on both Sprint and AT&T without spending billions to acquire either. AT&T will continue to shoot itself in the foot with the iPhone network woes and Sprint, well Sprint will be Sprint and lose customers no matter what they bring to the table. So T-mobile, spend the money, don’t spend the money but acting fast to take advantage of one of the most exciting times in wireless isn’t just a recommendation right now, it’s a full blown necessity.

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  • Anthony

    I have sprint and never really had a problem. On the other hand my girlfriend has t-mobile and her reception isnt so great. Her internet is slow lots of dropped calls and it takes forever for her to send a text or receive one. Though i must admit T-Mobile has better phones then sprint I think sprint has a lot better reception then T-Moblie. just my opinion..

  • Devone

    Okay let’s not get carried away with the claims of Sprint® having a better coverage map than T-Mobile™. Place the two coverage maps over top of one another and it is clear T-Mobile™ has a superrior coverage map. Studies shows T-Mobile™ has WAY fewer dropped calls than Sprint®. Let’s face it, should this happen Sprint® and its customers stand to gain A LOT.

  • Jose

    I have been with all the major carriers and with Tmobile for about 8 years and I must say I moved to an area that has some coverage issues but that alone isnt enough to make me switch. I love T mobile they have always been reliable when i really needed them. The customer service is the best, I hope that Tmobile buys Sprint. I understand there will be challenges with network merging but the end result will be an increased service area for both Tmobile and Sprint users with customer service for the sprint customer that they desprately need.

  • Markus

    I can’t speak for sprints reception, only for t-mobiles and at&t/alltel (now verizon)
    although even though i do have problems from time to time (weird distortion on calls 3 or 4 times in the last 3 years), i rarely drop calls, or get into an area where i cant make a call.
    I have never had to pay roaming charges on t-mobile.

    My sister on the other hand moved from oklahoma to arizona, and was always roaming, she called sprint and was told they had no service there, and nothing could be done to remedy the situation, other than cancel service, and pay early termination fee…. or just continue to pay roaming charges.

    Ive heard they cannot charge early term fees if you move to a place where they have no service, but this was not the case in her situation, they did charge her, and she had to pay it.

  • John

    Sprint by far has much better coverage then T-Mobile, anyone that thinks T-Mobile has the better coverage is blind. I’ve had T-Mobile for a little over 6 years now, and because the coverage is so bad in East Texas with T-Mobile, I had to decide to either get a sprint phone, or go with the straighttalk phone that walmart is putting out with tracfone. I went with the $45.00 plan with the pre-paid all unlimited straighttalk phone. I have not lost a singal yet (they use Verizion Towers), and since it is pre-paid, I’m not under any contract. But I will still keep my 2 T-mobile phones, cause I like the phones, and now I have the more plus plan for both. If T-Mobile buys Sprint, it can only boost T-Mobile’s coverage. T-Mobile cannot boost Sprints coverage, not in the US anyway.

  • http://www.tmonews.com/2009/09/t-mobile-to-buy-sprint-rumor-take-24/ alex

    Markus your an idiot. I work for sprint/nextel they haven’t charged a national roaming fee in almost 2 yrs. You should get your facts straight before you run your mouth.

    • Francis

      well it funny how when i had sprint for 2 yr.i had roaming all the time. and + what i hated the most is they messed up my bill all the time. now i have T-Mobile, they never messed up my bill OR had a roaming fee.

  • http://gtfosho.webs.com gofor

    i idood nt know

  • http://gtfosho.webs.com BIGIsli,m

    yeyye i got a print iphone and it works gud so i dont now dawg. maybe yalll haked it or somtin, dat also be the problem, try it

  • http://gtfosho.webs.com BIGIsli,m

    yeyye i got a (S)print iphone and it works gud so i dont now dawg. maybe yalll haked it or somtin, dat also be the problem, try it

    my bad, i mesed up on

    • Bill48105

      Ummm who let you outta yer cage again. Can someone get BIGIsli,m his meds plz?

  • fallenangel

    but tmobile charges way to much on taxes.. wow, living in florida i was paying almost 26.00 a month in taxes a month.my bill went from 39.99 a month landed to almost 74.00 a month in taxes. rediculous.

  • inlamike

    Fallenangel: T-Mobile has NO control over what taxes they are REQUIRED by FEDERAL, STATE and LOCAL laws to charge. Granted, it’s strange, but some of those charges DO change from location to location. I moved from one County in California with a lower sales tax rate to a county with a higher sales tax rate, and BOOM…. My bill jumped a 1.27… Just goes to show how the real world is…. Taxing us for EVERYTHING now a days…

  • Bingwa10

    Just wanted to chime in on this T-Mobile/Sprint merger, I hope that it improve
    on Sprints billing, customer service and coverage. I had a sprint phone for my Elderly Mother and every month there was a problem with her billing there was some type of overage or roaming charge. This is a woman who does not go many places outside of her home and when she does I take her. One month I kept the phone off and with me in my laptop case and when I received her bill there was an overage charge on the bill and the phone had no actual talk time for that month. I call customer service and was told that she went over and had roaming, I then expressed that the paper bill did not have roaming on it the rep. argued me down about the roaming and refused to make the adjustments needless to say my mother now has T-Mobile. My brother had sprint and had a bill of $69.99 +tax monthly he paid the his bill with the exception of $0.27 and his service was cut off in the middle of his vacation I had to go pay $0.27 on his bill so that I can contact his he is now with AT&T (I-PHONE). I hope T-Mobile make a (great business decision) over all else. Not bashing Sprint but if Sprint is what you want then go with it. T-MOBILE FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAITING ON THE G2 PHONE!

  • Nio

    Sprint destroys T-mobile

  • http://www.hornypharaoh.com/ Amanda Valentine Sxy

    have been with all the major carriers and with Tmobile for about 8 years and I must say I moved to an area that has some coverage issues but that alone isnt enough to make me switch. I love T mobile they have always been reliable when i really needed them. The customer service is the best, I hope that Tmobile buys Sprint. I understand there will be challenges with network merging but the end result will be a success!