Deutsche Telekom Considering T-Mobile USA Sale To Sprint?

If you may recall, just last week, Deutsche Telekom CFO Timotheus Hoettges ruled out rumors of DT selling its U.S branch. But now, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Sprint is in talks with DT to acquire T-Mobile USA.

According to people with knowledge of the matter, Sprint Nextel Corp. and Deutsche Telekom are holding meetings to discuss a possible acquisition. Citing multiple anonymous sources, Bloomberg states that discussions have been on and off between the two companies and they haven’t been able to agree on a valuation of T-Mobile USA.

When asked to comment, Deutsche Telekom Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Hoettges said only that the company “could sell all or part of the U.S. business, and all options are open.”Hoettges also stated that, “We’re [Deutsche Telekom] flexibly positioned,” claiming that DT is working on several options. “We’re not under pressure. We want the best solution.” Sprint declined to comment.

Could we really see our beloved T-Mobile USA acquired by Sprint?

[Via Bloomberg]

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  • quikk312

    Y’all hatin’ hard on Sprint!! Atleast Sprint has REAL “4G” coverage, unlike the misleading T-Mobile

    • Sprintluvr

      Spotty slow WiMax….. No thanks.

    • quithating

      enjoy your “real 4g” in the 4 cities its live in.

    • Anonymous

      my friends have the evo and they could not get 4g to save there lives here in Dallas clearwire there provider is stretched way to thin you get 56k if your lucky from there 4g

      • Anonymous

        I can vouch for that. I’m an evo owner in Michigan and can barely get 4g! This is till the best phone I’ve. Ever owned.

    • Ali

      My friend has the Evo here in Miami and the most i have seen it pull on download is 1.5 megs on wimax and here with mytouch i pull on average 2.5 megs and 5 with a strong hspa+ signal.

      • quikk312

        Sooo if Tmo is so much better…. then why is Tmobile still at the number 4 spot on the US carrier list? Considering Tmobile is much easier to aquire a service agreement with than Sprint is

    • Ajg1718

      How does sprint have real 4g coverage- they barely have coverage! and the most that are saying that at&t buys T-Mobile they would still have to figure a way to use T-Mobile 3G since it’s a different bandwith and a larger spectrum at that with old at&t devices… These rumors always show up either or someone will benefit from this… there is no issues on mergin besides the success rate will stay which tmobiles strategy will stay since it has been successfull as of late

  • Dmcgr3

    Honestley, I would preffer if AT&T buy T-Mobile than a Sprint merger just based off of the GSM compatibility, Sprint has a habbit of jacking up a metger of two different tec’s

    • Anonymous

      why so you can get a freaking iphone screw you if at&t bought t-mobile we would have there horrible over priced call and data plans

  • http://twitter.com/deutscher83 Stephan Brubaker

    i would mosey on over to big red with the rest of the drones

  • Ferrarilover

    you guys who say you dont want this becuase of how horrible sprint is how thier customer service sucks and all that. Are you guys all idiots? let me break this down T-Mobile is rich (well the german version is) they dont need to do anything. Sprint is in debt and needs this badly. So it would be sprint buy DT it will be DT buying sprint if it plays out like that. meaning ALLL of T-MObile USA’S great quilities like customer support, pricing, and grandfathered plans will likely stay. And to sweeten it all of sprints phones and coverage and other things they are better at then T-Mo is will become T-mobiles stuff to. Sprint has some really nice androids i would love to have one of thier phones. Have comon sense people.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

      Im with you on this..

    • Sad t-mobile customer

      You’re an idiot. Sprint has the evo which is just about a year old and the only phone they advertise because it’s the only one worth a damn, wifi is their “4g” network, and a million customers who have developed a nasty taste in their mouths for any number of reasons. AND DT is looking to get out of the US specifically because they don’t need us; we need them. So sprint would find a financier and buy tmo, which would totally suck for everyone involved. Except for sprint customers that is…

    • Sad t-mobile customer

      You’re an idiot. Sprint has the evo which is just about a year old and the only phone they advertise because it’s the only one worth a damn, wifi is their “4g” network, and a million customers who have developed a nasty taste in their mouths for any number of reasons. AND DT is looking to get out of the US specifically because they don’t need us; we need them. So sprint would find a financier and buy tmo, which would totally suck for everyone involved. Except for sprint customers that is…

    • Deee

      I have to disagree with you. First off, the technologies are completely incompatible. The excellent service T-Mobile gives will undoubtedly suffer when they have to focus on figuring out Sprint’s system, which is a nightmare. T-Mobile would have no choice but to adopt some of Sprint’s flaws because that’s what a merger is. Nextel merged with Sprint and 5 years later they were still operating as two separate entities. If you have a Nextel device even today, they have to transfer you to someone else.

      This would be a huge mistake for T-Mobile. Sprint’s phones are NOT that great and overall, the merger makes absolutely no sense.

  • Dobby

    Pray it cells. Maybe then I’ll be able to make a call from my phone.

    • Benrmattson

      *sells

  • Anonymous

    Just what Sprint needs — a third incompatible technology.

  • Anonymous

    Just what Sprint needs — a third incompatible technology.

  • Damiza88

    i wouldnt care if this happen if they come true. if they keep the goods of tmobile and the goods of sprint i’ll be happy and price and data a good price. i like tmobile why dont tmobile buy sprint hahaha

  • Damiza88

    i wouldnt care if this happen if they come true. if they keep the goods of tmobile and the goods of sprint i’ll be happy and price and data a good price. i like tmobile why dont tmobile buy sprint hahaha

  • craigers

    Let me be clear to $print, if you buy T-Mobile I’m going to Verizon the day you announce, and I won’t be the only one. Stay away from our T-Mobile!

    • http://doughboydesigns.com Anonymous

      I was thinking that same thing

      • Guest

        I like LTE.

    • Petey

      I’m going to att if sprint buys T-Mobile. I like GSM.

      • Anonymous

        i like GSM too…

    • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

      I’ll be going AT&T cause I want WP7, but leaving none the less. Just wait till they change your contract to put you on a sprint rate plan cause then you have 30 days to leave with no ETF because they are modifying the contract and have to allow you a no pain exit from it.

  • bing0bingobingo

    how can sprint do anything if they are struggling with everything and tmobile is doing ok but still making money? from what i know and read sprint is in debt while tmobile isnt?

  • Snimaster

    It would make them the a real competitor with at&t and Verizon..get real you guys, Sprint is going to announce there new 5 billion innovation plan for there network, possibly making something that can handle both print and t-mobile better. This will only make there wireless spectrum better, imagine we would get coverage everywhere, not to mention Sprint and t-mobile have the best prices.

  • Anonymous

    This is not a threat…that will be the day I can guarantee departure from t-mobile….or sprin-t-mobile if you will…
    We’ll see under what terms this happens in if/when it happens…
    Imma be out!!

  • Anonymous

    This is not a threat…that will be the day I can guarantee departure from t-mobile….or sprin-t-mobile if you will…
    We’ll see under what terms this happens in if/when it happens…
    Imma be out!!

  • Anonymous

    Everyone needs to chill for a moment. Sprint will buy the u.s branch of tmo. Tmo will have a 50% stake in the merged companies.deutsche telekom – tmo u.s.A’s parent company will buy sprint completely out, not too much later after that. Nothing against tmo but, sprint almost always seems to have the better handset lineup though. Could be a win !-win!

    • Dmcgrog

      Are you the freggin CEO of DT or something? How would you know that is the plan or if DT could even pull that off financially? You dont, but thanks for calming us all down with your pure speculation…..rolls eyes.

  • Chivyballz

    verizon here i come

  • Chivyballz

    verizon here i come

  • Anonymous

    vipshopper.us

  • http://androidsupportforum.com/index.php?topic=806.msg1585#msg1585 AndroidMan

    If you actually read the Bloomberg article these are merger talks not Sprint buying T-Mobile talks. Not saying that’s a good idea. They may likely share bandwidth and infrastructure, but Sprint buying T-Mobile isn’t even on the table. As they build out their networks for the future a partnership may make sense. If Sprint goes the LTE way which is GSM technology they may have more in common for the future.

  • Anonymous

    So should I call T-Mobile or Sprint about getting the promised update for my Behold II?

  • Anonymous

    Well if Sprint (whom I quit to go to T-Mobile back in 2003) is in the new name, I’m moving to the UK and getting this phone, that T-Mobile is giving for free on a contract:

    https://www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop/coming-soon/lg-optimus-black/

  • Mike

    I was DONE with Sprint 15 years ago when they refused to cancel my service 5 years after a 2 years contract was up. I had to hire an Attorney to keep them from screwing up my credit rating and that cost me nearly $3,000. If T-Mo and Sprint merge I’m just plain screwed again. That would mean for me that EVERY provider in the USA has screwed me in one way or another, Right now T-MO was the last one that hadn’t. AT&T (double billed me repeatedly and refused to fix it), MCI (my employer even, back then billed me for the courtesy phone the mobile development teams were GIVEN so we could write the switch software), Verizon (don’t even get me started with this one – every month the bill went up by $5 to $15, had to call and complain EVERY month; final straw was when they changed my calling plan without me asking and without informing me that resulted in a monthly bill of nearly $7,000 – they cut my minutes in half and pulled the data plan!)

    • Anonymous

      Wow… you sound like me. Thanks for the detailed post. I too won’t have anything to do with Sprint. They basically angered me, so I said when is my contract up. (I knew the month, not the exact day.)

      One guy said “in two weeks.” So in two weeks I canceled. Then got a bill for two ETFs (had two lines) for $500 total. Called, a supervisor said “you are on a two year contract, not one.” (I knew that was incorrect.) But like you, I was stuck since they said “go fu__ yourself, pay the money or we will mess with your credit.”

      I was in the middle of a big “project” back then so I did not have time to mess with it. Paid the $500 and just swore to never go back to Sprint, regardless of deals or whatever. I also put a hex on the Company (a curse). That seems to have worked because 1) Sprint has lost billions each year since 2007; 2) Sprint lost lots of customers, for reasons such as yours and mine; 3) The Sprint CEO has had to go on TV, in tears, begging for people to come back; 4) The Sprint-Nextel merger was a financial flop, including Sprint posting an almost $30 billion loss in 2007; 5) Sprint canceled accounts of what it considered “high maintenance” customers that resulted in worldwide negative news coverage; and 6) I joined a class action settlement where class members will be getting those ETF fees refunded. http://www.sprintetfsettlement.com/php/home.php

      So when it comes to Sprint that old maxim appears spot on: “What goes around comes around.”

    • http://twitter.com/lilfatlata Angel Portillo

      I have a friend that is contantly being double billed by AT&T. He has contacted them every month and they have refused to assist him. Finally I found the CEO’s name and number and had him e-mal the CEO where they had a “supervisor” call him and got the same results.

      I don’t understand how these cellular phone companies exercise such bad business practices when there is lots of competition out there. You would think or hope to think that they would do everything they can to keep their customer’s.

      Personally I’d take crappy service area coverage from a lesser yet equally advertised company (metro) over these companies that are constantly screwing people over. i don’t have any complaints about T-mobile and always get the assistance I’m looking for but these other companies are a serious joke.

  • Indisjoint

    I’m leaving I will not deal with sprint they’re horrible I will have to find another service provider.

  • Chill137ks

    .I.. sprint

  • Chill137ks

    .I.. sprint

  • Deee

    The Sprint brand is trash. T-Mobile has done such a great job of maintaining incredible customer service and affordable rate plans. Merging with Sprint would be a huge mistake. It was mistake for Nextel, and it would be an even larger mistake for T-Mobile. If Sprint comes knocking, I am packing my bags for another carrier.

  • Angarmat

    sprinews? new name for your site? big mistake by DT, but money talks…

  • Tmoreten

    Wasn’t it Bloomberg that said there wouldn’t be a T-Mobile in 2011 to begin with? They’ve lost all credibility in my eyes.

  • Philosoraptor

    I’d switch to ATT or Verizon.

  • Ean

    How can Sprint afford to buy T-Mobile if they can’t even finance the expansion of their own 4G network????

  • Anonymous

    Keep GSM and SIM card, keep my unlimited plan w/no price increase, give us better phones – I’m onboard!

  • SiN

    Looking for a new T-Mo promo. Like the V Day one w the free phones. Any leaks on something new coming our way?

  • SiN

    Looking for a new T-Mo promo. Like the V Day one w the free phones. Any leaks on something new coming our way?

  • Emerycan

    I left sprint to come to tmobile 5yrs ago. This would suck

  • Emerycan

    I left sprint to come to tmobile 5yrs ago. This would suck

  • http://twitter.com/lilfatlata Angel Portillo

    If Sprint were to acquire T-mobile I would leave T-mobile after 12 years of loyal service to them. Sprint can take my early termination fee and stick it where the sun don’t shine. Everyone that I know that has Sprint service has done nothing but complain about it.

    Looks like I’ll be headed to Metro or Verizon should this merger .. buy out… take place.

    • Deez Nutzzz

      You’re a freakin’ idiot….

    • Deez Nutzzz

      You’re a freakin’ idiot….

    • Jtorres

      Stfu u metro sexual fagget, I’ve had no problems with sprint and their service

    • That’sA_Laugh

      Metro???? That’s a laugh… Poor service for poor people. Not stereotyping, just saying….