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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  • Adam

    Yeah it is about time

  • Ginuwinlady

    Gosh,i sure hope not, the only cool thing would be a duel network phone (both gsm/cdma) better coverage

  • Youngt82

    First I would like to know what would be the outcome of it but if it doest happen, then guess I’ll go with Verizon, even tho I wouldn’t want to but they have the best phones and are getting them

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny how, as usual, everyone complains. If you don’t like t-mobile then LEAVE! No one’s forcing you to stay. And, see that question mark (?) at the end of the Title? It means that it is a rumor…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      the actual merger is a rumor but the talks are very real

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      the actual merger is a rumor but the talks are very real

    • Camille

      Reading comprehension. Most of the comment are not complaining about T-Mobile, but about Sprint. Most of these people, including myself, do not want service with Sprint.

  • heybobitsme

    Hasn’t it been rumored for the last two years or so that T-mobile would buy Sprint? Now it’s the other way around? Wtf? I was really liking beating my friend on speedtests with his Evo on 4G and me with my G2.

  • Digital

    Thats gonna b a mess!!

  • Lanikaibum

    If Sprint has been failing since 2007, why does Sprint sell a lot of flagship Android mobiles?

    Sprint has 4.3″ Android with LED Evo mobile. Sprint has the Shift, that has a better feel than the G2 keyboard access design.

    If Sprint buys TmobileUSA, maybe Sprint will be the first carrier to sell GSM/CDMA type mobiles. More coverage everywhere. Think outside the box.

    • LC

      Just because someone sells a lot of phones doesn’t mean that they’re business practices are going to keep them a float…That just means they happen to have a phone someone likes. If they’re spending more than they’re able to bring in, they’re still going to be in the red regardless of the products they’re able to sell.

  • Youngt82

    But my whole thing is if Deutsche Telekom is doing really good in the UK, how come they don’t help or give T-Mobile Usa the right moves and marketing schemes to make. Like bring out the best and hottest phones and best everything else!!!

  • MIKEEEEE

    if sprint takes over i get a 24% discount on everything that i don’t get with t-mo.

    if you want to get an idea of what might happen look at the UK where t-mo and orange merged.

    http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/

    • Quailallstar

      You beat me to the punch. Watching this little clip talking about the Orange UK and T-Mobile UK merger

      http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/share/

      • MIKEEEEE

        t-mo USA treats us like a bunch of dumb step children.

        they don’t realize we got the interwebs and can surf their flagship sites and see how shabbily they treat us here.

        • Quailallstar

          Sounds like the same gripes I have with Volkswagen of America and Volkswagen GMbH in Germany ;) The latter being the better of the two.

          Back on topic. I wouldn’t mind a merger. This would bring the best that the two companies have to offer us, the consumer, bring it on :)

        • MIKEEEEE

          on topic, you’re right.

          off topic, i want an AMAROK.

    • Tmofosho

      yeah this is when TMobile “bought” Orange think more of when Sprint bought Nextel…

    • Tmofosho

      yeah this is when TMobile “bought” Orange think more of when Sprint bought Nextel…

      • Jutecat

        greaaaaaaaaaaaaaat :(

      • Jutecat

        greaaaaaaaaaaaaaat :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-LeCompte/47912789 Lucas LeCompte

    i think this is stupid. Tmo should just buy the clearwater spectrum and build their network. I think the more companies you have the better the competition. Plus i dont want to lose my job at tmo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

      Clearwire* :D

    • J-Hop2o6

      Clearwire spectrum (2500MHz) really sucks.. that’ll be a terrible decision for Tmo since that spectrum rarely gets indoor reception.

  • Mar

    Wouldn’t really bother me. I had Sprint for a long time before T-Mobile and always had awesome service everywhere I went. Only reason I switched was T-Mobile was cheaper (at the time)

    With dual chipset CDMA and GSM phones becoming more common, I would think that the phone would be a negligible issue. In fact, I would say if they could ever get the networks working in harmony, Sprint could fill some GAPING holes in T-Mobile’s coverage.

  • http://twitter.com/jrfischbach jrfischbach

    When I get my ‘Welcome to Sprint’ letter then I will worry, until then business as usual.

  • Flaviom

    Anyone remember the fiasco was the Nextel acquisition?

  • Rallywrx783

    Tmobile isgoing to buy Sprint. Not sprint buying out tmobile. Duh

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      “Deutsche Telekom Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Hoettges said only that the company “could sell all or part of the U.S. business” – Sprint wants to buy Tmo lol read again..

  • Rilesman

    If Sprint buys T-Mobile…hello Verizon

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      Exactly. Then, hello Chase (applies for loans, files for bankruptcy shortly after)

  • whosaidwhat

    Some of you need to take a chill pill.

    I will admit that I’m not exactly sure how this will turn out if it’s indeed true. However, common sense tells me that this means much better selection of phones for us (something people around here complain a lot about, including me). Secondly, I anticipate better coverage for a lot of us. The fact that we might end up with CDMA/GSM phones sounds like another plus to me.

    So, are we all bitching because we hate sprints customer service or is there something else I don’t know about sprint?

    • Jutecat

      I am bitching because I used to work for radioshack and as a result had to call cust service for every phone company in existance. Sprint had the worst cust care even for the retail side of things that i have EVER experienced, I do not like their phones, I do not like their network, and i do not like their prices.
      while a merger would anticipate changes to these things, the concept of them buying out another GSM company to mess up and never properly merge is not what i call a good time.

    • Jutecat

      I am bitching because I used to work for radioshack and as a result had to call cust service for every phone company in existance. Sprint had the worst cust care even for the retail side of things that i have EVER experienced, I do not like their phones, I do not like their network, and i do not like their prices.
      while a merger would anticipate changes to these things, the concept of them buying out another GSM company to mess up and never properly merge is not what i call a good time.

  • http://twitter.com/eb101 Eli Bohnert

    i hope this happens tmobile only has gprs in 90% of the town and 10% is edge but 45 miles away they have 4g. If them merged with sprint i would have 3g everywhere.

    • VIVIT

      But T-Mobile is a GSM carrier while Sprint is CDMA. How will that happen? Its going to be like the Nextel fiasco again.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        They would run two separate networks now and meet at LTE.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        They would run two separate networks now and meet at LTE.

        • http://twitter.com/WhyCantMyPhone Neal Elward

          If they didn’t destroy themselves in the process. IDEN is still running strong, so it would be one company with CDMA, IDEN, GSM, and WIMAX, with probably two separate LTE roadmaps. Also there are, of course, all the variants of the aforementioned networks. It would be a nightmare to maintain that, but it might actually be doable depending on what was learned and developed through the Sprint/Nextel merger.

          I am hoping for the best here, but I will definitely jump ship if a merger is announced. The only thing T-Mobile can compete on, for me, is price. If I can’t get what I pay for, then I’m gone. I’m saying this because I anticipate problems with the merger. I do believe that all major networks are about the same quality, and that Verizon is 90% marketing hype, but the fact is that they are a bit better. If they were even in the same ballpark as T-Mobile for pricing, I would have been gone a long time ago.

        • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

          If DT acquired SPRINT to runs side by side with T-Mobile UDA I’d be like “ok”; but, DT thinking to sell T-Mobile USA to Sprint, nada.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Yet a new reason to switch to Verizon.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Yet a new reason to switch to Verizon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZN4R26AZIYQ5HOYLIO4RENMGEE Wayne

    David, are you already working on a new possible name for the blog?? something like Sprinews…. I am sooo pissed off. Well I guess we should have seen it coming, I kept writing about T-mobile fading ;(

    • pantlesspenguin

      You…you realize this is just a rumor, right? Reading comprehension ftw!

      • http://twitter.com/WhyCantMyPhone Neal Elward

        Best blog comment of all time.

      • http://twitter.com/WhyCantMyPhone Neal Elward

        Best blog comment of all time.

    • pantlesspenguin

      You…you realize this is just a rumor, right? Reading comprehension ftw!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZN4R26AZIYQ5HOYLIO4RENMGEE Wayne

    David, are you already working on a new possible name for the blog?? something like Sprinews…. I am sooo pissed off. Well I guess we should have seen it coming, I kept writing about T-mobile fading ;(

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    T-Mobile: “We’re not outright selling the whole company. Don’t worry”

    *7 days later*

    T-Mobile: “We may sell all or part of the whole company”

    ——–
    If I’m forced off my plan, billed higher, or otherwise swept under the rug (assuming this happen) I am going prepaid.

  • A. Nony Mouse

    That would be kind of cool in some ways because they could compete directly with Att and Verizon. A lot more leverage!! Then what would we see cricket and metro pcs try to take over 4th or maybe an expansion of US Cellullar??

  • A. Nony Mouse

    That would be kind of cool in some ways because they could compete directly with Att and Verizon. A lot more leverage!! Then what would we see cricket and metro pcs try to take over 4th or maybe an expansion of US Cellullar??

  • A. Nony Mouse

    That would be kind of cool in some ways because they could compete directly with Att and Verizon. A lot more leverage!! Then what would we see cricket and metro pcs try to take over 4th or maybe an expansion of US Cellullar??

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Garreth Whyte

    It’s just a rumor…..and if it does happen, i’m riding with tmobile until the end, and im holding off on getting a cell phone until a decent carrier or someone on par with tmobile hits the market…damn sure aint getting verizon, or att or anyone else….what a ****ed up tuesday man.

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Garreth Whyte

    It’s just a rumor…..and if it does happen, i’m riding with tmobile until the end, and im holding off on getting a cell phone until a decent carrier or someone on par with tmobile hits the market…damn sure aint getting verizon, or att or anyone else….what a ****ed up tuesday man.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      LOL if it does happen there will be no T-Mobile to ride with it’ll be Sprint

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      LOL if it does happen there will be no T-Mobile to ride with it’ll be Sprint

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Garreth Whyte

    It’s just a rumor…..and if it does happen, i’m riding with tmobile until the end, and im holding off on getting a cell phone until a decent carrier or someone on par with tmobile hits the market…damn sure aint getting verizon, or att or anyone else….what a ****ed up tuesday man.

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Garreth Whyte

    It’s just a rumor…..and if it does happen, i’m riding with tmobile until the end, and im holding off on getting a cell phone until a decent carrier or someone on par with tmobile hits the market…damn sure aint getting verizon, or att or anyone else….what a ****ed up tuesday man.

  • Lnxarep

    more worried as an employee of t-mo what affect this would be

  • Lnxarep

    more worried as an employee of t-mo what affect this would be

    • TMORep

      I’m with you, I work in the Largest T-Mobile call center and am worried about closure or downsizing. Of course if they do what we did when we took over Suncom they will keep the centers. After all, they will need the centers to handle the extra customer calls. It is pathetic that we have to hear about this kind of stuff on the news and not from our employer. I am tired of hearing “Everything is Fine, we are just restructuring” then hear that they are considering selling us. I kind of feel let down, we should buy Sprint! Thanks Mr. Humm, wish I could ship your a** back to Germany!!!

      • ivan

        I like what Phillip Humm is doing, as an employee of T-Mobile.(retail Rep) But true hearing of things like this from a website really is a damper. Humm is still better than Dotson.

      • ivan

        I like what Phillip Humm is doing, as an employee of T-Mobile.(retail Rep) But true hearing of things like this from a website really is a damper. Humm is still better than Dotson.

  • Lnxarep

    more worried as an employee of t-mo what affect this would be

  • Lnxarep

    more worried as an employee of t-mo what affect this would be

  • JasonO

    I cant believe such a cell phone gaint outside the US is having a hard time getting on top here. Also i will jump ship to Verizon is Tmobile gets sold to Sprint!!

  • Tech

    This would be good IF Sprint could pull off operating such a complex network. Would be nice to have universal MiFi device (EVDO, WiMAX, HSPA+, LTE). Too bad it’s not likely to be that way.

  • http://twitter.com/munale ed lanum

    yuck. i left sprint to come to tmobile. I will never go back to them

  • Anonymous

    So what if I’m on contract? If T-Mobile is bought out, am I still stuck on contract, or can I get out of it?

    • Snowdaze

      you might be able to if you resign a contract with the owner, and then cancel with in the 14 day “buyers remorse” period. At least it worked for me when Cingular bought out ATT 6-7 years ago.

    • Snowdaze

      you might be able to if you resign a contract with the owner, and then cancel with in the 14 day “buyers remorse” period. At least it worked for me when Cingular bought out ATT 6-7 years ago.

    • DeeWhyS

      That all depends on 2 things, first, if this is true or rumor. If true, it then depends on what kind of business deal goes through. If its just a merger, you MAY still be obligated to a contract. If there is a complete take over and you the customer are totally disadvantaged by this take over and the current contract you have states that you are to be supplied a particular service, nine times out of ten you will be offered an alternative or let out of your contract.

    • DeeWhyS

      That all depends on 2 things, first, if this is true or rumor. If true, it then depends on what kind of business deal goes through. If its just a merger, you MAY still be obligated to a contract. If there is a complete take over and you the customer are totally disadvantaged by this take over and the current contract you have states that you are to be supplied a particular service, nine times out of ten you will be offered an alternative or let out of your contract.

  • Anonymous

    So what if I’m on contract? If T-Mobile is bought out, am I still stuck on contract, or can I get out of it?

  • http://twitter.com/stevegowski Steve Pstragowski

    its all just smoke and mirrors

  • DeeWhyS

    Whether this be news or rumor, T-Mobile call centers are being inundated with calls from these articles and a lot of customers are contemplating ending contracts and being shipped to loyalty for saves. I hope T-Mobile has prepared the reps with a response to these calls. Customers dislike the response, “sorry, we’re unaware of any such information”. The reps begin to question the info received and start bolting themselves. T-mobile is struggling to keep the customers they have I hope they have their thinking caps on this time.

  • DeeWhyS

    Whether this be news or rumor, T-Mobile call centers are being inundated with calls from these articles and a lot of customers are contemplating ending contracts and being shipped to loyalty for saves. I hope T-Mobile has prepared the reps with a response to these calls. Customers dislike the response, “sorry, we’re unaware of any such information”. The reps begin to question the info received and start bolting themselves. T-mobile is struggling to keep the customers they have I hope they have their thinking caps on this time.

  • Bncavazos

    Why!! so that Sprint can screw up another carrier like the did Nextel!!!

  • Deceptivesmiles

    Look at all these rumors, surroundin me everyday. I just need some time, some time to get away. Stop all these rumors, I can’t take it no more…

    Until I hear an official announcement and see thing change, I’m not worried. The plus would be dual banded phones. The negative would be Sprints prices

  • Deceptivesmiles

    Look at all these rumors, surroundin me everyday. I just need some time, some time to get away. Stop all these rumors, I can’t take it no more…

    Until I hear an official announcement and see thing change, I’m not worried. The plus would be dual banded phones. The negative would be Sprints prices

  • guest

    Wow, if this happens, I can’t wait till Sprint closes the T-Mo call center here in my city and outsoruces all the CSR jobs to Philipines. I’m gonna stand across the street watch the exodus and laff my a$$ off.

  • Magenta Magic

    T-Mobile isn’t opening any more corporate stores. They are leaving it to premium retailers to develop and grow markets. It’s more cost effective for them, or so the line goes. But given these “rumors” that have been flying around, makes you wonder doesn’t it?

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    *Kidnaps Carly & high tails it to the UK, or off a bridge*

  • Jutecat

    If this happens, than I am leaving t-mobile like a rat fleeing a sinking ship! Out of the big 4 I hate sprint the most!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_37YSXKDDU6NMWLH3DQZOT2NIJE Benedict

    I left Sprint to go to T-mobile because the customer service and coverage was horrible. With my contract expiring in a few weeks, I’ve been teetering between staying and going to the evil Verizon. If T-Mo gets bought out, Verizon here I come (with my fully loaded family plan)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_37YSXKDDU6NMWLH3DQZOT2NIJE Benedict

    I left Sprint to go to T-mobile because the customer service and coverage was horrible. With my contract expiring in a few weeks, I’ve been teetering between staying and going to the evil Verizon. If T-Mo gets bought out, Verizon here I come (with my fully loaded family plan)