My Take On A Sprint/T-Mobile Merger/Acquisition/Buyout/Sale/Purchase/Transaction/

While I like to jokingly consider myself T-Mobile’s number one fan, it’s hard to argue that its position in the wireless marketplace is looking good. After a disappointing fourth quarter in 2010, we’re back today with yet another round of rumors and tech talk regarding a potential deal with Sprint. Only this time, things are a little different since, as Bloomberg reported earlier, Sprint would actually be the buyer this time.

I’ve watched many of your comments both in response to me on Twitter, Facebook and the blog itself show extreme negativity with morsels of “ehh, it won’t be so bad” responses to the potential sale. However, we have to look long term here and not short term. Any deal wouldn’t likely take effect for months (years) and wouldn’t adversely affect your current service.

Humor me for a moment and think long term. Sprint has been putting the idea around lately that they are considering a move away from WIMAX and over to LTE. T-Mobile has said that, at least on some scale in the next two years, LTE is the direction they are heading. It is possible, however you may feel about it, that any merger could result in two concurrent networks running simultaneously while both companies work toward an LTE rollout that would allow them to join as one. Sprint isn’t foolish. After their troubles with Nextel migrations to Sprint, they won’t make snap decisions on joining two networks that are already being shown the future. Sprint could do fantastic things with T-Mobile HSPA+ spectrum providing a faster network for its customers than its current 3G network provides. Simultaneous voice and data for their customer base? They’d love it. It’s far too early to predict if Sprint would try and fold the T-Mobile customer base into the Sprint CDMA network. Far, far, far too early.

Let’s call a spade a spade though. T-Mobile and Sprint, merger or not, both need to discover new ways to attract customers from the behemoths of Verizon and AT&T. A combination of the two companies would provide greater reach with manufacturers, up to and possibly including Apple which would be remiss not to make arrangements to provide both the iPhone and iPad to any combined company.

More subscribers and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network give Sprint a much larger footprint if and when they decide to move to LTE and give them a stronger backup 3G network than their current CMDA offerings. That’s the second time I’ve made that point in this article and it’s one that can’t be ignored.

While most of you might be in shock mode over any sort of a potential deal, that’s not to say it’s all bad.
T-Mobile may keep its name or both companies may come up with a new name. It’s likely that T-Mobile which continuously wins awards for its customer service could help Sprint out in that area giving both companies a win. Let’s be clear and say that I am not recommending this deal in place nor am I giving my blessing. Not to say I am delusional enough to think that it will have any effect on a possible deal, but I do understand why the tech world is running around discussing the possible benefits of any arrangements. If you think long term, LTE style long term, an argument can be made that both companies could benefit from a potential deal.

I want T-Mobile to remain my beloved T-Mobile. Unfortunately, my beloved T-Mobile is my beleaguered T-Mobile and, given that the Deutsche Telekom CTO said in plain wording that all possibilities are possible, we have to prepare ourselves for bad news. T-Mobile needs to do something and I’m not sure what the answer is. Lower prices aren’t working. Newer and more powerful phones aren’t working and Carly, as lovely as she is, isn’t winning over new customers en masse.

My fingers are crossed this doesn’t happen and, if anything were to happen, this website would morph along with the new company. We’ll always be here covering the T-Mobile news and we’ll follow it wherever it may go – to Sprint, Clearwire or infinity and beyond.

David

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  • I really hope this does not happen, I REALLY dislike Sprint, its customer serive and its shitty network. Remember when there were rumors that Google wanted to jump in ? Could they be a player in this ? I would like the best stock Android phones and cheapest prices. If Google is playing with cars that drive themselves then they can play as a cellphone carrier. lets make a Google/T-Mobile (G-Mobile) deal happen !

    • Boomerxyz

      IDK…. my experience with t-mobile has been less then stellar lately. Sprint’s inexpensive everything plans, not requiring us to start our plan over when we change something in our plan, and better phone selection is very appealing. I just hope they keep t-mobile’s network coverage as Sprint’s isn’t very good. I also hate that I can’t use my t-mobile phone in Canada without having a $1,000 monthly bill! Expanded international coverage is a plus.

    • Boomerxyz

      IDK…. my experience with t-mobile has been less then stellar lately. Sprint’s inexpensive everything plans, not requiring us to start our plan over when we change something in our plan, and better phone selection is very appealing. I just hope they keep t-mobile’s network coverage as Sprint’s isn’t very good. I also hate that I can’t use my t-mobile phone in Canada without having a $1,000 monthly bill! Expanded international coverage is a plus.

    • Boomerxyz

      IDK…. my experience with t-mobile has been less then stellar lately. Sprint’s inexpensive everything plans, not requiring us to start our plan over when we change something in our plan, and better phone selection is very appealing. I just hope they keep t-mobile’s network coverage as Sprint’s isn’t very good. I also hate that I can’t use my t-mobile phone in Canada without having a $1,000 monthly bill! Expanded international coverage is a plus.

      • Creighton

        Wow your one of the first & few ive seen say that Tmobiles coverage is better then Sprints. Depends on what and where you mean. Coverage or lack there of has been Tmobiles main problem!

      • Ash

        When you are out of the country, local pre-paid sim card ftw.
        And that is the reason people use GSM phone/carriers, no?

        Let’s see your Sprint/Verizon phone bills if you use alot outta the country…
        I travel all over the world often and never get $1000 monthly bills.

      • Ash

        When you are out of the country, local pre-paid sim card ftw.
        And that is the reason people use GSM phone/carriers, no?

        Let’s see your Sprint/Verizon phone bills if you use alot outta the country…
        I travel all over the world often and never get $1000 monthly bills.

  • NO $print

    Nooooo!!!! No $print!!!! $$$

  • im in miami and sprint is way better then tmobile 3g so i hope it dose happen they both need the help

    • Negative, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ in Miami makes Sprint’s WIMAX 4G look like crap.. I’ve tested both throughout South Florida and T-Mobile wins each time. I used a MyTouch4G and HTC EVO 4G for the tests.

      • Andre

        Yeah i was going to say Sprint is awful in Miami espically on the fring/qik and tango

      • Exactly. South Fl is GREAT [in my experience] The only place I’ve never tried my service is the Everglades.

    • Yo

      This is a lie….T mobile is way better in miami with its 4g….my father in law has sprint and he never has good signal…unless your talking about miami in Ohio then my comment is wrong!

    • Edcasas789

      Miami heat sucks! go lakers!

  • As long as the customer service stays amazing and nobody forces me to get a phone without a SIM. I’m cool with whatever.

  • tato22

    lets hope for it

  • tato22

    lets hope for it

  • Elchiztro

    Cant tmo just change their band frequency? They need more towers. More coverage. That’s why people are leaving. They have to give all customers a chance to sign up. This no deposit herez flexplay bulilshit is just that. I left tmo for att because they actually approved a line for me with no deposit, with an iphone omg! Even sprint offered me lines with only 50 bucks down. But not tmo, they blatantly denied me and I just refused to go flexpay. I can and do pay my bills. I mean, how can they get more towers up? How about letting me get a phone on contract price? F u tmo hope u burn…….just kidding. Please woo me back. Love, me

    • Dearestdennis

      Perhaps if you investigated your credit report, you may find reason behind T-Mobile’s credit check system’s decision to approve you for flexpay, don’t be a moron and suggest T-Mobile is to be blamed for something like that. Generally, T-Mobile checks you through TransUnion, your score with them is probably lower than Equifax or Experian. The funny part about your story is, you took 3 hard inquiries looking for cellphone service, which lowers your overall score across the board, and took an iphone out of that deal LOL! loser..

      • Elchiztro

        I still got an iphone out o
        it. :-)

      • Elchiztro

        I still got an iphone out o
        it. :-)

  • This is terrible. I’d switch if it weren’t for the fact my plan is amazing…

    • I don’t think I could EVER switch unless I was forced. Great plans, manageable price. I’d have to be forced into a more expensive plan or the company would have to fall apart completely for me to look elsewhere.

  • This is terrible. I’d switch if it weren’t for the fact my plan is amazing…

  • keep affordable plans and unlimited internet

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so now may be a great time for my to port my number over to Google for safe keeping, I doubt Google will be bought out any time soon.

  • Mike

    if t-mobile rolls out prices similar to Virgin Mobile’s then watch people running to T-Mobile…

  • Hamster

    If Sprint would want to continue with Tmo’s strategy for Wifi Calling, then I think a merger could be great, if they execute it properly. If Sprint would kill Wifi Calling off, I’d be rather less enthused.

  • Anonymous

    I love T-Mobile. My Nexus One and MyTouch 4g loves the speed and the plans are 2nd to none. My future phone the dual core beast coming down the pipe line is making me foam at the mouth. Everything said, nothing beats my Nexus One.
    THANK YOU T-MOBILE.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you in NY I get great speeds on my Nexus one same with my Mytouch slide. If this really does go down I hope T-Mobile’s GSM network isn’t phased out. I love the fact I can pick up a nexus and just pop in my sim and I am good to go. Thats the one down side thing a deal like this brings, the

  • Anonymous

    First of all mergers/acquisitions like this take a very long time to be approved by the SEC. So this potential deal could not even come to reality for at least a year or two. By the time a deal would be approved by both sides as well as the SEC Tmobile and Sprint will be close to releasing LTE if not one side will have already released it. As much as i like Tmobile if LTE is successful the Verizon marketing machine will convince more people to switch over. They have already done this with in my opinion a lesser technology CDMA. The point is most people dont know which company truly has a better network in their area. People look for a name they can trust. So as the years go by a deal like this can make Tmobile/Sprint a force to really compete with Verizon as well as AT&t. I think a potential deal like this can make a combined company to really give Verizon and the majority of people out there who dont read blogs like this an idea who really rules the air

  • Anonymous

    First of all mergers/acquisitions like this take a very long time to be approved by the SEC. So this potential deal could not even come to reality for at least a year or two. By the time a deal would be approved by both sides as well as the SEC Tmobile and Sprint will be close to releasing LTE if not one side will have already released it. As much as i like Tmobile if LTE is successful the Verizon marketing machine will convince more people to switch over. They have already done this with in my opinion a lesser technology CDMA. The point is most people dont know which company truly has a better network in their area. People look for a name they can trust. So as the years go by a deal like this can make Tmobile/Sprint a force to really compete with Verizon as well as AT&t. I think a potential deal like this can make a combined company to really give Verizon and the majority of people out there who dont read blogs like this an idea who really rules the air

  • TMOTECH

    Well I for one hope we simply merge with sprint and keep the T-Mobile corporate structure. I am a Field Engineer for T-Mobile for 12 years now and it would be a real change in my life if we end up becoming Sprint.

    This is a very sad day in my book.

  • alt-mobile

    I don’t know how I feel about this potential deal. I’ve been a T-Mobile since they were Voicestream (way back when I got my FIRST cell pone). And although I have always been happy with T-Mobile, their prices, and have come to just accept the fact that they won’t have the BEST phones out there, lately I have been VERY very disappointed with the coverage that T-Mobile has to offer. I go to school in East Lansing, MI and I BARELY get 3G service over there (and Lansing is the capital). Then, when I drive back home (suburbs of Chicago) my service goes down to GPRS. And when I got back to Chicago (I live about 30 minutes out of downtown) my phone is now showing EDGE connectivity (when I was getting 3G before). I guess what I’m trying to say is that if this acquisition will keep T-Mobile at the top of customer service but just translate into a bigger network and being called “Sprint” now (or whatever the new name may be) but still allow us to have sim cards, then I’m all for it. Hopefully whatever is in the future of T-Mobile is nothing but goodness for its loyal customers.

    • Kascade Brown

      I felt the same way for years. I was a customer since they were Powertel (before Voicestream). Almost 10 years, later and things have greatly changed. As you stated compared with the big two (even sprint), T-mobile has not had the best phones. They would set the mark like the G1, but could not bring it home. For a company that was the first with the Android platform they fell behind, which in the past 2 years alone has proven very costly to T-Mobile. Not to forget the lowest prices in town are almost non existent (unless your an old customer). At this point I think that this could be a good idea when you look toward the future in cell phone/wireless service.

    • Anonymous

      I live in Lansing so I know what your talking about

      • alt-mobile

        you do? I live in East Lansing and the signal pretty much sucks. If I drive more than 3-5 miles in any direction I can kiss 3G good bye..

        I barely get reception in my own apartment!

  • craigers

    I love T-Mobile and my MyTouch 4G. If T-Mobile buys Spring, great. If Sprint buys T-Mobile I’m heading over to Verizon and getting an iPhone the day it is announced.

  • craigers

    I love T-Mobile and my MyTouch 4G. If T-Mobile buys Spring, great. If Sprint buys T-Mobile I’m heading over to Verizon and getting an iPhone the day it is announced.

  • GuruAD

    If they merge and both companies make the best of their strong points and are willing to change their weak points, then I would believe this would be a good deal. If this is anything along the line of the SprintNextel fiasco then it might be a bit more tricky. Being 100 percent honest, Sprint and T-Mobile both need something to boost themselves up and compete against Verizon and ATT. If the best solution is to merge and take VZW and ATT on a collective front, then so be it. Its whats best for people in the long run.

  • Where I see a win is both networks could get access to each others cell towers and allow them to turn up more coverage without erecting new towers (which are often opposed by NIMBYs)

    LOL at the idea of having T-Mobile customers migrate to CDMA, not many things could get me to jump to AT&T but being forced onto CDMA is one of those. Even if i don’t travel much I want my phone to be able to work in more than the U.S., Japan and a half dozen smaller countries.

    As I see it, if the merger happens they would maintain their legacy networks (GSM for TMO and CDMA & WiMax for Sprint) while building a single LTE network

  • i think its a good idea. tmobile only get GPRS in my town and sprint has had 3g here for years

  • David

    Finally, someone who knows what he’s talking about.

  • This is my point, all of that would be good if T-Mobile keeps the name T-Mobile USA & doesn’t turn into anything Sprint. Like I said I would be could deal with it, if it was a joint, equal merger, not DT selling part of or all of T-Mobile USA to Sprint.

  • MagentaMadness

    This would be bad for TMO employees…Sprint outsources its operations and maintenance out to Ericsson…NOT GOOD. IMO, the meeting was quite the opposite…Sprint owns Clearwire and TMO has shown interest in purchasing some of Clearwire’s spectrum.

  • God I don’t want to have to switch over to being a Sprint Event Rep

  • Allen

    I left Sprint because of customer service quality, or lack thereof. If they merge, can I get out of my contract? I would be done with T-Mo. At this point we’re just waiting out our contracts to go to Verizon.

  • Youngt82

    Well done said David! :)

  • Youngt82

    Well done said David! :)

  • I left Sprint due to their poor customer service and even worst service areas and high priced plans, over 6 years ago… if they buy out T-Mobile, then I’m on to Verizon or ATT!

  • Delonta06

    to infinityyyyyy..and beyond

  • I was shocked this morning to read that Sprint might buy T-Mobile, as many thought, if there ever were to be a buyout T-Mobile would be the one doing it. I do think that Deutsche Telekom might be talking Sprint into a 50/50 merger. Similar to what they did in the UK, when they merged Orange and T-Mobile UK, making them the largest network. If there was to be any type of “hookup” between T-Mobile and Sprint I think that both brands would still be their own and just work together on their LTE network. Going deeper into it, I would think that Sprint would eventually migrate all of its customers over to the T-Mobile network and shut down it’s CDMA network as it is slower and not backwards compatible with LTE. Then transform all of Sprints Cell Sites into HSPA+/LTE sites amplifying the new companies coverage. Well this is what I’ve been thinking for a while now. Eventually though one brand would drop, I really want to say that Sprint would disappear only for the fact that T-Mobile is a global brand. There really isn’t a question of if this union will happen, but more of when. At this point I really do think if Deutsche Telekom agrees to merge with Sprint, Deutsche Telekom should buy the part of Clearwire that Sprint doesn’t own, and then drop the Clearwire brand.

    • Guest

      Why would Deutsche telekom buy sprint?

      Listen buddy, I bet Phillip Humm probably had only task- get the damned iphone on the US network. I bet they’re all laughing at him in europe.

      If this is the case, Sears, co-inventor of android, probably isn’t the best guy to have as Humm’s board.

  • TDG

    I have been with T-Mobile since it was VoiceStream. Before that, I had Sprint and AT&T, and another one I can’t even remember.

    I HATED Sprint!! I hated their service, their customer service, their super spotty coverage, their prices, and the fact I couldn’t walk into a building without dropping a call. I couldn’t wait for my contract to expire to get away from them.

    I liked AT&T, but that was almost 20 years ago. I hear a lot of bad things about their dropped calls now – and their prices.

    My son and son-in-law had Verizon for work, and T-Mobile for their personal phones. While they say they like Verizon’s coverage, their pricing is ridiculous and they weren’t grandfathering contract prices as their contracts came up for renewal. They had to pay the going rate to renew, instead of keeping the same plan and price going forward, until they changed it themselves. And they HATE their customer service.

    Until the iPhone came out, T-Mobile and AT&T shared cell towers in certain areas of the country. Verizon at that time had never shared cell towers, nor had Alltel. Apple and iPhone coming out hurt a lot of people in that respect.

    If T-Mobile was the one trying to acquire Sprint, I might consider it a possible good thing. The other way around…. not so much. I’d like T-Mobile to acquire Clear.

    • MagentaMadness

      Carriers(even Verizon) have been “sharing towers” since forever. Unless you’re talking about roaming agreements, then that is different.

      • Actually, in the United States, pretty much only the CDMA carriers have been sharing towers, and only out of necessity. AT&T, instead of sharing towers, just buys up the regional carriers to increase its footprint. T-Mobile can’t really share towers with anyone since nobody else operates on their spectrum with a UMTS+HSPA network in the United States except for Cincinnati Bell. Now, if DT and Sprint-Nextel decide to merge Sprint PCS and T-Mobile USA, the resultant carrier could easily double or quadruple total coverage area. Here’s the thing: T-Mobile’s towers are only dual mode towers, towers that only maintain GSM and UMTS connections. However, Sprint’s towers are true multi-mode towers. They can switch from CDMA to GSM, from EVDO to UMTS, and from WiMAX to LTE with literally a baseband swap, a software upgrade, and a frequency band reconfiguration. Sprint’s towers have been getting upgraded to this new multi-mode design over the past year and a half in preparation for WiMAX. Many of Sprint’s new towers are already built that way as well.

        It will be far less painless for Sprint to switch over from CDMA+EVDO+WiMAX to GSM+UMTS+LTE. The painful part will be replacing their subscribers’ devices. If they handle it well enough, they could easily replace their devices with UMTS+LTE equivalents. If a merger does happen, I expect that Sprint will fold and switch to the technology path T-Mobile USA uses because it has a significantly larger footprint than Sprint’s. And a disproportionately large portion of Sprint’s CDMA+EVDO network is roaming, which isn’t healthy for the company’s network.

        Remember that DT already did this with T-Mobile UK too, and it worked out quite well for both T-Mobile UK and Orange UK.

        • Jon

          Thank you for being someone who knows what they’re talking about.

    • I know people who are forced to use sprint for work and I can never get in touch with them. Texting them was hit and miss also.

    • I know people who are forced to use sprint for work and I can never get in touch with them. Texting them was hit and miss also.

  • En2Mente

    Deutsche Telekom expressed that T-mobile US is still a large source of income for them. So i doubt they will just sell it. But if they did the reverse and buy sprint it would be an amazing advantage.

  • Thesman202

    I think that DT should approach Google about a purchase. Just imagine Google backing a mobile network. They have the cash I’m betting.

    • i would love that if all the perks that Google employees reportedly get are true.

    • i would love that if all the perks that Google employees reportedly get are true.

  • Thesman202

    I think that DT should approach Google about a purchase. Just imagine Google backing a mobile network. They have the cash I’m betting.

  • NexOne

    agreed with David.i just want them merged(dual gsm/cdma LTE maybe?) to whip verizon and at&t.

  • nol

    Wow, way to misread the story. I guess blind speculation is good for website visits, but — what’s the point?

    • Was that in reference to me?

      • nol

        More to everyone. I don’t blame you for having a ‘get you thinking’ story on your site, but people should take the 4 minutes to read Bloomberg and realize that what DT said here is ‘meh, we could do pretty much anything and we’ll take our time to decide what’. Perhaps a better discussion is “how would you work to reinvent and expand if you were Tmobile” as this is what the real grit of the Bloomberg article is — something you spoke to, but most commenters missed.

  • nol

    Wow, way to misread the story. I guess blind speculation is good for website visits, but — what’s the point?

  • Zee

    I’ve been a Sprint customer once and I absolutely hated it. As the saying goes for the economy: “It’s the economy, stupid,” that is true for Sprint: “It’s customer service, stupid.” Yes, economic times are hard, yadda-yadda-yadda.
    Sprint’s CDMA network aren’t completable with Europe’s GSM, and as a traveler I would not accept that as an option.
    Once Sprint becomes a partner, or whatever, I am going elsewhere.
    Period.

  • Manit Suri

    if they merge, I just want them to let me out of the contract. After company changes are to take place, the consumer should have the options of what is right, doubt it but hey.

  • Manit Suri

    if they merge, I just want them to let me out of the contract. After company changes are to take place, the consumer should have the options of what is right, doubt it but hey.

  • JG01

    First , I reall y hope this does not happen…I would leave tmobile and go back to AT&T ( as much as I dislike them). BUt CDMA technology is old and clunky, plus not big anywhere else in the world(can’t use your phones outside th e USA). Sprint is very limited on their phones and the service is bad……so really the only choice we have it AT&T, Verizon or BOOST mobile !

    Tmobile can alright by themselves…just need to keep on being fair to the comsumer on pricing, offer more UNLOCKED and locked devices and sell their plans …..like they do in europe. It’s time for a change ,

    • Ytown4

      Boost is Sprint’s network

      • who uses Boost?

        • Bob123

          Poor People…

    • I think I will stop having a cell phone if this sprint tmobile merger actually happens. Different story if Tmobile is thinking on buying sprint though. It would be cool to have some nextel features on tmobile

  • Sam_in_Austin

    Funny. I left Tmo for Sprint last year because 1) Tmo had no good android superphones (vs. the HTC Evo on Sprint), 2) Sprint let you upgrade phones every year, and 3) Sprint had good plan pricing 4) Sprint had 4G.

    Now I am getting ready (this week) to jump back to Tmo because 1) Tm is getting the LG Optimus 2X 2) Sprint canceled their yearly upgrade policy (Premier) unless you have a high-priced plan 3) Tmo is offering 1500 minutes for $80, which beats Sprint’s pricing by far and 4) Tmo has 4G whereas Sprint’s Wimax is so limited and spotty in Austin that is it useless and just drains the battery looking for a signal. I hope I get grandfathered t the 1500 minute plan if Tmo gets sold.

  • Sam_in_Austin

    Funny. I left Tmo for Sprint last year because 1) Tmo had no good android superphones (vs. the HTC Evo on Sprint), 2) Sprint let you upgrade phones every year, and 3) Sprint had good plan pricing 4) Sprint had 4G.

    Now I am getting ready (this week) to jump back to Tmo because 1) Tm is getting the LG Optimus 2X 2) Sprint canceled their yearly upgrade policy (Premier) unless you have a high-priced plan 3) Tmo is offering 1500 minutes for $80, which beats Sprint’s pricing by far and 4) Tmo has 4G whereas Sprint’s Wimax is so limited and spotty in Austin that is it useless and just drains the battery looking for a signal. I hope I get grandfathered t the 1500 minute plan if Tmo gets sold.

  • Sam_in_Austin

    Funny. I left Tmo for Sprint last year because 1) Tmo had no good android superphones (vs. the HTC Evo on Sprint), 2) Sprint let you upgrade phones every year, and 3) Sprint had good plan pricing 4) Sprint had 4G.

    Now I am getting ready (this week) to jump back to Tmo because 1) Tm is getting the LG Optimus 2X 2) Sprint canceled their yearly upgrade policy (Premier) unless you have a high-priced plan 3) Tmo is offering 1500 minutes for $80, which beats Sprint’s pricing by far and 4) Tmo has 4G whereas Sprint’s Wimax is so limited and spotty in Austin that is it useless and just drains the battery looking for a signal. I hope I get grandfathered t the 1500 minute plan if Tmo gets sold.

  • John

    I don’t want to work for Sprint… I didn’t like them as a customer and I don’t think they would make a much better employer! TMo has the highest rated customer service for a reason!

    • Guest

      “TMo has the highest rated customer service for a reason! ”

      It may also probably the most expensive, hense the reason why sprint is buying you out?

      • Most expensive? Been with Tmo for 13 years so far and I pay for unlimited voice and data with 1000 sms for $94 after taxes. If your carrier can do better that, prove it!

      • Most expensive? Been with Tmo for 13 years so far and I pay for unlimited voice and data with 1000 sms for $94 after taxes. If your carrier can do better that, prove it!

        • Guest

          no. im talking about opex and ccpu via 10-k reports. do teh calculations and tmobile = most expensive.

      • Not at all. Customer Service isn’t the expensive part of T-Mobile. Technical Support is. This merger is a crappy idea. You’re meshing a crappy company with a good but small company. This is a big mistake.. UNLESS Sprint becomes T-Mobile and their CDMA network gets changed to GSM but that would cost so much money. This is a mistake whichever way u see it. Verizon should step I hate AT&T

      • first off, all of the talk of a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is purely speculation at this point. second, T-Mobile has, for the most part, the most affordable voice and data plans out of all of the major carriers in the US.

    • If Sprint were to buy T-Mobile, and the company were to be called “Sprint” I would look for employment in Verizon.

    • If Sprint were to buy T-Mobile, and the company were to be called “Sprint” I would look for employment in Verizon.

    • TMoChris

      dude ive worked for both i currently work for mangenta and trust me when i tell you working for sprint sucks pay really sucks if sprint buys tmobile im out the door

  • I just hate to lose the customer service, the upswing in phones and the pricing. I’ve been through one of these before when Suncom became Cingular and then AT&T and that was what eventually sent me to T-mobile. The customer who is fine with how things are now loses out.

    • Also, lets just say around the end of the year I was about to switch to Sprint because they had the EVO and they had 4G and my vibrant sucked. Then I realized their coverage map was even more spotty than ours, and you have to pay extra for 4G even tho it exists nearly nowhere here. Even tho T-mo still has my city as a fringe city with no coverage the other cities all have HSPA+ pretty much everywhere so when I’m out at work I have HSPA+ all day. Now the EVO isn’t quite the top android phone by far anymore and he tablets coming to T-mo are just what I was waiting for. If we can just get that Galaxy S II in an unadultered form and a little HSPA+ love in my city, things will finally be perfect.

    • Suncom was purchased by T-Mobile. Cingular was purchased by AT&T.

    • Suncom was purchased by T-Mobile. Cingular was purchased by AT&T.

      • Suncom in the midwest went to at&t, then cingular, and the current new at&t. Milwaukee was a suncom market back in the voicestream days. (and at&t gsm stopped near racine/kenosha. Sucked, i move to milwaukee with my new sony ericsson t68i i got from my visit to sweden on at&t and it was a brick in milwaukee. That’s when i went to then voicestream)

      • Anonymous

        actually i’m pretty sure cingular bought at&t and then took the name because its more prestigious. and here’s proof:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cingular_Wireless

        the whole story behind at&t’s evolution is fascinating. the government broke up ma bell like a T-1000, and over time it has congealed back together to terrorize america again. why was this allowed to happen? ask your government.

  • Brodie

    I still miss Voicestream… yes I’ve been with T-Mobile since before it was T-Mobile. I think it is time for ATT to step in not Sprint. The networks are compatible and their weaknesses are each others strengths. Better phones-ATT, Better Customer Service-Tmobile, faster network-Tmo, bigger network-ATT, Better pricing -Tmo…

    They would make more since than Sprint line of BS

    • I’m in total agreement with you! As good as T-mobile is with it’s service, I really miss the days of Voicestream! Shoot, I miss the days when Voicestream was Omnipoint!! An AT&T merger makes more sense than Sprint considering both of their roots are GSM which in fact “share” each others towers in order to give their customers the best possible coverage! A merger like that would really hurt the CDMA market.

  • justmee

    Before Sprint consider buying out T-Mobile, they need to get rid of the stupid Sprint Relay Store (their deaf unit) and its annoying independent staff.

    • Anonymous

      Why do they need to get rid of that? That service is for the deaf and hard-of-hearing who cannot use the phone part since most hard-of-hearings have difficulty to hear on the phone and besides I have tried the hearing aid switch thingy that the Evo has, my voice does not even come out to the person that I’m trying to talk with over the phone, so that switch the Evo has in the settings is better off, being off. And besides the deaf and hard-of-hearing use texting and browsing as well as VRS on their Evo’s and Epics that Sprint has. T-Mobile as far as I know only has ONE phone that’s capable of doing the VRS and that’s the MyTouch 4G. The Samsung Vibrant 4G needs to be added for the VRS to work on it.

    • Anonymous

      Why do they need to get rid of that? That service is for the deaf and hard-of-hearing who cannot use the phone part since most hard-of-hearings have difficulty to hear on the phone and besides I have tried the hearing aid switch thingy that the Evo has, my voice does not even come out to the person that I’m trying to talk with over the phone, so that switch the Evo has in the settings is better off, being off. And besides the deaf and hard-of-hearing use texting and browsing as well as VRS on their Evo’s and Epics that Sprint has. T-Mobile as far as I know only has ONE phone that’s capable of doing the VRS and that’s the MyTouch 4G. The Samsung Vibrant 4G needs to be added for the VRS to work on it.

  • The problem with T-Mobile is their coverage, and their phone lineup. I personally like the T-Mobile lineup but they do need better phones, like a signature phone that would bring people to their network, like how the EVO bought many people to sprint, or the iPhone bought many people to AT&T. I hope sprint doesn’t buy T-Mobile though T-Mobile could become better if that future 2013 coverage map is true

  • The problem with T-Mobile is their coverage, and their phone lineup. I personally like the T-Mobile lineup but they do need better phones, like a signature phone that would bring people to their network, like how the EVO bought many people to sprint, or the iPhone bought many people to AT&T. I hope sprint doesn’t buy T-Mobile though T-Mobile could become better if that future 2013 coverage map is true

  • Actually T-Mobile plans on phasing out 2G(GSM) anyhow & CDMA/GSM use WCDMA as part of their 3G. They’d need to add UMTS, HSPA & HSPA+ together. They can switch frequencies upon request over to AWS frequencies on Sprints WCDMA counterpart. Both of them then can join in LTE.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Welcome to SprinTMo News everybody. Ewww, that just doesn’t roll off the tongue right.

    Anywho, if they sell off the US division, I’ll either switch to the UK division that gets MUCH better phones for WAAAYYYY better prices OR go with either Verizon, Orange or O2. I just like O2’s water logo but Orange and Verizon are real possibilities. Most people think that Verizon is MUCH more than Tmo and it’s really not. I have a friend that’s paying around $100 for unlimited Everything on Verizon and I’m paying $100 for unlimited Everything on Tmobile and I’ve been with Tmobile since 03′. Never renewed contracts either.

    I hear people talking about they are getting great deals on some Loyalty plan or whatnot. I need to know how much they are paying and how do you get on the Loyalty plan?

    • prncss3079

      I am on the loyalty plan and its about 70 for unlimited everything. You should be eligible for it. You have been a customer as long as i have. Just ask, if level one reps don’t know about it ask for a level 2 and so on

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Thanks. Will do.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        I just contacted Customer Service and they said that I’m on a Loyalty & Grandfathered plan but mine is $50 for unlimited Minutes and $35 for Unlimited Text and Web Bundled before taxes. What plan do you have because they said that they don’t have anything lower than what I’m paying?

        • $45 for Unlimited voice, $25 for unlimited text and data. My coworker has the same but $20 for text and data.

  • As much as i would hate for this to happen I wouldn’t mind getting the phone discounts that Sprint employees get.

  • Jerod825

    This move is only good if tmobile buys sprint. Tmobile has not been doing a good job at all i love tmobile but they seem to go backwards instead of forward. Wasting money on the mytouch branding which is absolutely garbage dont get me wrong i have a mytouch 4g but come on sense is slow enough without the tmobile skinning of it waste of money. And now they are advertising the hell out of this “new”samsung galaxy s 4g come on is the same original galaxy s just with HSPA+ dont tell me about the front camera, because the euro version had it …..im sorry i love tmobile i have been with them since 2001 but if the are bought by sprint im moving to verizon and i wont be alone…..sprint and att have the worst service in nyc so ill skip them

  • Pergojr

    I had service with sprint. It sucked. Tmobile works great for me. If sprint does buy tmobile i will move to att or verizion. thank god my contract is up in 4 months.

  • Pergojr

    I had service with sprint. It sucked. Tmobile works great for me. If sprint does buy tmobile i will move to att or verizion. thank god my contract is up in 4 months.

  • 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!

    • wow where did you get your info??

      • Anonymous

        Bloomberg report. Deutsche Telekom, Sprint Said to Have Held Talks About T-Mobile USA Merger

        By Serena Saitto, Jacqueline Simmons and Jeffrey McCracken –
        Mar 8, 2011 4:56 PM ET

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        Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) has held talks
        to sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) in exchange
        for a major stake in the combined entity, said people with
        knowledge of the matter.

    • Guest

      yep, wojax2 knows how the mergers work.

      cuz i sold my car last year and they still let me drive it. pbbt! i think the first layoffs will be in the super expensive customer care department. wanna be a star employee and see the workd? start watching the NBC show ‘outsourced’ now!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pj7pAaayi8

    • Jabombardier

      Sprint does not have great phones except for the Evo and Epic 4G. They don’t have phones that can roam anywhere in the world unless you buy one of their world smart phones which are nothing to right home about. T-mobile has a waaay better and versatile handset line up than Sprint. T-mobile’s handset line-up is factually second to. Verizon offerings. When you actually look at the phones and compare. As for me, I really don’t see a merger happening on any level, or even a buyout because sprint is broke, has an antiquated network (CDMA is considered antiquated) and their customer service is bad, though I do hear it is improving. What T-Mobile just needs to do is build new towers and build out their HSPA+ network, which has started as 3G 3 years ago. Once they do that, they will have a slew of customers coming to them. But I know that something is keeping them from building out, because they did say they are going to expand.

  • Chivyballz

    I rather pay a early termination fee and bounce to the big red machine

  • JOHNDOE

    working in retention for tmobile i must say that the 2 problems with tmobile is phones and network….without good phones or without a good network you have nothing. i think a merger would make sense after LTEA (LONG TERM EVOLUTION ADVANCED) not LTE.

  • Realdeal1205

    If this is going to bring better phones and lower plans I’m all for it.

  • Realdeal1205

    If this is going to bring better phones and lower plans I’m all for it.

  • I recently left Sprint. Oh no not again!

  • Anonymous

    vipshopper.us

  • trife

    If this will somehow give me a “get out of jail free” card on my 3 lines, I’m all for it.

    Actually, either way I’m for it b/c if they do merge, it’ll make my decision to leave that much easier. Not a huge fan of Sprint due to past experiences.

  • Rell

    Im all for competition and but I don’t like this for several reason
    1. This would mean only 3 major companies will be around
    2. I rather merger with Metro PCS
    3. Sprint may not be the best fit remember they have like 4 different branches Sprint, Sprint/Nextel, Virgin mobile, boost mobile
    4. Isn’t Sprint close to being bankrupt?
    Now here are reasons this may be a good thing
    1, Those who love the evo now will be able to get one
    2. More phones
    3. more coverage
    4. better coverage

    • Dswagg2k10

      Hate Ghetto PCS(The reason T-Mobile is having a hard time). They they only have 2 branches Sprint and Nextel… Virgin I think is Verizon, but Boost is there own company, they just use Sprints towers.

      • Chris

        Virgin Mobile is owned by sprint, purchased back in July 2009.

      • Marc

        Boost is still owned by Sprint

  • Dswagg2k10

    My take on this. Yes T-Mobile loss a stupid amount of customer. And yes, “we” have the lowest customer base. Now look at everything thing else. Tmobile is on a path to have 84mbps speeds by 2013, Has vowed to take the number 3 spot by 2015, Sprint doesn’t have enough money to pay Clear which is why Clear is suing them for none payment and though Tmobile lost a shtload of customer, they made a shtload of money! Check the numbers. So how Sprint can buy a company when they can’t pay their own bills? _(0_o)_/ I’m out!

    • Dswagg2k10

      P.S. I worked for Sprint PCS 6 years ago and have been working for T-Mobile ever sense. Yes we make mistake but far better company than sprint. No Way I’ll ever work for Ghetto PCS again.

  • Guest

    this would be great! especially looking forward to the part where Sprint teaches TMobil employees in europe how to pack iPhones in boxes and air mail them to customers in the USA.

    that would be killer.

  • If T-Mobile could figure out how to get a cell signal inside of buildings they may do better. They need new ways to get better coverage. I know Sprint sucks, but if they both build a better infrastructure it might allow me to answer my phone in my house without Wi-Fi calling? Don’t lose that feature T-Mo.

    • Chris

      You hit the nail on the head. When I was with TMO they stopped leasing towers in my area and while I could get a signal in some places (outside) their solution was to use UMA, they even sent me a new blackberry. It was fine as long as I had access to Wi-Fi. I had to switch to another carrier.

  • Angel

    Well here in PR Sprint have good CS but crappy signal for data and way to expensive, I’m on Tmo and I have EVERYTHING unlimited, protection for my G2 and after tax pay $82 there aren’t any company that can beat that. If they don’t change my plan then I won’t change carrier, although I wouldn’t like the merge.

    • Guest

      wow! For $45 a month ($540 a year), customers can get unlimited nationwide verizon minutes rebranded as “straighttalk” with unlimited data. Isn’t that a good price? I will haveto do that as soon as they unlock the Verizon ifone!

      Why didn’t tmobill compete in mvnos? tmobill’s so ronery on this list-
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_MVNO

      • invisible

        tmobile does own a part in straight talk and other mvnos… get your facts straight

        • Guest

          oh yah. and the link was provided for decoration.

        • nest11

          u r an idiot, those companies are own by the carries, read ur so called article again, db!!

        • Guest

          oh yah. and the link was provided for decoration.

      • Pete

        Wal-Mart Family Mobile son……thats a T-Mobile MVNO….

  • guest

    Sprint is not going bankrupt, far from it. Sprint CSR is on the up and up.
    http://phandroid.com/2011/02/17/sprint-receives-customer-service-champion-award-from-j-d-power/

  • Screw that! I have left Sprint twice. I do not want to be a Sprint customer again. If this does go through I will immediately cancel my service and switch to AT&T (I love my WP7 and could go for a Focus to replace my HD7). I will not stay with any Sprint owned company. They are terrible and I hate them on every level.

  • meagan

    Sprint buying tmobile will benefit all current Tmobile customers. There will finally be a lot of higher end flagship mobiles to purchase.

  • meagan

    Sprint buying tmobile will benefit all current Tmobile customers. There will finally be a lot of higher end flagship mobiles to purchase.

    • Anonymous

      How many higher end flagship mobiles does Sprint have right now.

  • Anonymous

    It’s foretelling that Google Keywords detected “Sprint” on this page and thereupon placed three display ads for Sprint phones.

    Très intéressant.

    • I use Adblock Plus to block all those sill ads. :)

  • Mr Tibbs

    Big Red here i come i fn hate sprint nothing good has come from sprint one could say the evo whats a 4g phone without 4g the have 4g in like two cities get the f otta here

  • Pam Beasley has sweet titties

    My contract is up in 3 months. Verizon here I come.

    • See Ya!

      BYE!

  • not impressing. at all. for now i think that 4g is too much. maybe for children and games no but in general older people are just getting used to all this stuff and it is developng to fast i think to be able to follow and use it.

  • lnichols

    I’m a current Sprint customer, have been for almost 10 years now. I want to switch carriers this summer as Sprint’s future plans are a CF, and the CDMA network is not improving because of this ill conceived, unholy alliance with Clear for WiMax. T-Mobile was at the top of my list because I liked their plans for the next few years that they released at the investor conference in January. It was a clear roadmap for expanding HSPA+ and their footprint, and moving to LTE in a few years, which I think is a much better strategy than LTE now. I hope this deal is wrong because everything Dan Hesse and Sprint touches turns to crap. Don’t get me wrong, I have great service and coverage, but Sprint has been implementing a lot of fees of late and just pricing family plans above the competition.

  • Anonymous

    “Lower prices aren’t working. Newer and more powerful phones aren’t working and Carly, as lovely as she is, isn’t winning over new customers en masse.”

    There is one thing missing from this statement and I believe that its the answer: COVERAGE

    What good is Pyramid to someone that lives in Blair, Nebraska? That is only 20 minutes north of Omaha, but there is only EDGE there… When I drive from there to MN, through IOWA, all I get is GPRS…

    Leave my home in Tampa and go 20 minutes north of here and its EDGE for the remainder of the state, all the way to GA… In order to get reliable 3G, I have to get to Atlanta, 500 miles away…

    As long as I stay near downtown Tampa, TMobile is awesome! 4G, super phones, etc etc… But in order to get customers, they are going to have to get SUPER android phones like Pyramid, AND coverage…

    THAT is the answer…

    • Thedjinn13

      I completely agree! I live in the twin cities and coverage is great here but when I go back to Duluth to see my family I hop on at&ts network and only receive edge because tmo only covers the suburbs of mpls and st paul anything 45 mins out and there isn’t even a tmo signal

    • Petey

      Coverage and the iPhone will surely help T-Mobile.

    • Knows much

      I know for a fact that what u just said about the coverage in Tampa is completely false. I in fact live in TAMPA and have had tmobile for 6yrs. You can go to Spring Hill, FL (1hr away north) and get HSPA+ up there! I live about 20 from downtown and I have full signal and reach 8-9mbps on my mytouch 4G. Infact, Gainsville and Ocala are both 3G HSPA.
      Coverage is what u ask? It all depends where u live and go. I have only been to one place where I didn’t have coverage, Warm Springs, GA. I have been in situations where I was the only one that had coverage, whereas, ATT and VZW didnt! Its going to get better. I saw the coverage map for 2013 and it was amazing!

      • Senor Chang

        Did you all bother to stop and consider what handsets you’re using? Everyone is so quick to blame the network when problems could exist with your handsets.

        My G1 found 3G signals better and faster than my HD2 did in the same places. (Orlando btw).

        I have found 2 places in my travels where I got NO signal at all… one was Yosemite in California (yet my buddy on At&t had a signal the whole time!) and the other is up around Ocala Nat’l Forest (where again, no Tmo users get a signal, but At&t do). On a road trip from Orlando to Chicago and back, I never lost a signal ever… it would drop from 3G to EDGE to voice only, but never cut off completely.

      • Senor Chang

        Did you all bother to stop and consider what handsets you’re using? Everyone is so quick to blame the network when problems could exist with your handsets.

        My G1 found 3G signals better and faster than my HD2 did in the same places. (Orlando btw).

        I have found 2 places in my travels where I got NO signal at all… one was Yosemite in California (yet my buddy on At&t had a signal the whole time!) and the other is up around Ocala Nat’l Forest (where again, no Tmo users get a signal, but At&t do). On a road trip from Orlando to Chicago and back, I never lost a signal ever… it would drop from 3G to EDGE to voice only, but never cut off completely.

      • Anonymous

        I was exagerating a bit dude… I love TMO and been with them for over 10 years… And even if Gainesville and Ocala have 3G, the road between here and there is EDGE only…lol

  • Michaelkagan8

    I understand T-Mobile ‘s. position but being a former Sprint customer it would make me read mad if T-Mobile were bought out by Sprint. First of all their customer service is the pits and second of all their coverage is poor especially here in Florida. Third of all Sprint is using CDMA for its phones verse T-Mobile is useing PCM connection for its phones how is going to work??

    • 73uf31

      T-Mobile uses GSM not pcm

  • Jeffldavis

    better coverage. thats whats needed. it is obvious. just the dumbo executives don’t see it.

  • DBarnes

    I could care less about whom aquires whom. I love low prices, good service, a decent network and the capabilities to utilize voice and data simultaneously. Ive been down with Tmobile for the longest and they have kept me very satisfied. Yeah, we might not get some of the latest most innovated phones since the G1 but they are fairly competitive. Everyone makes a big deal about the phone issue which compared to Verizon and Sprint, is lacking but with a merger who wants to go over to the red green eyed giant. Sprint, if they keep prices down and allow the network to remain GSM and “in addition” add LTE later. As a consumer we may not necessarily be negatively be affected.

  • S-Mobile

    A Sprint and T-mobile merger?? Now that is what I call winning! I look forward to the release of the most amazing phone ever… The MytouchNexusEvo 4G with PTT support. Imagine Carly in a black, yellow, and magenta dress!! This deal has got winning written all over it. Stop hating you trolls; the future is now!!

  • S-Mobile

    A Sprint and T-mobile merger?? Now that is what I call winning! I look forward to the release of the most amazing phone ever… The MytouchNexusEvo 4G with PTT support. Imagine Carly in a black, yellow, and magenta dress!! This deal has got winning written all over it. Stop hating you trolls; the future is now!!

  • erik60505@aol.com

    Had Sprint. Never again. Messed up every single bill for a year and no one wanted to fix. I had issues with t-mobile but they always do everything they can to resolve. Sprint customer service is so bad. I will not have anything to do with Sprint or anyone associated with Sprint. I love T-mobile but looks like I will have to go back to US Cellular. Will not consider Verizon or AT&T as ripoffs. The I-Phone is just silly. Android blows it away by far. With my G-2 T-mobile phone my bill is $95 a month and have unlimited everything and can use my phone to connect other devices to internet wirelessly or use cable to computer to give fast internet. Gotta love HTC!!!!!

  • Chill137ks

    Well if Tmobile joins Sprint you can expect customer service to go in the crapper, I have been a loyal tmobile customer for 6 years but if this deal goes they may just loose me as a customer. I HATE SPRINT since they are the worlds largest unemployer, well in the mid west that is.

  • Rfgenerator

    My take on what I would expect from a Tmobile/Sprint sale or merger. 1) The cost of my service would likely increase by about $30 to $40 a month. I have a 2 line 700 minute plan with free My Faves. Grandfathered $19.99 internet on one line $10 internet on the other other. Sprint’s MO would be to force me onto new plans at next upgrade time. The other factor is that the 3 remaining major (Sprint/Tmo, Verizon and ATT) would likely be more comfortable jacking rates up since the one low cost player will now be out of the picture). Might have to seriously about going with prepaid for voice and an Ipod touch for portable internet/email. Upwards of $130 a month for 2 lines with limited internet is too much $$

  • JessieJ

    Its the man out to get you again. Take to him. Go on strike. Picket Carly!

  • Punisher2all

    I wouldn’t mind a tmo/sprint merger, only if t mobile is the buyer and gets to keep its name and logo. C’ mon tmo! God I hate the other wireless carriers.

  • Rickb928

    Well, Cringley is ‘reporting’ that this is about T-Mobile putting its towers up for sale. Sprint could buy them, TMO leases back space and backhaul, nothing changes for users, and Sprint can either move to GSM/UMTS/etc, or just expand their coverage.

  • Busayo

    I fled from Sprint 4 years ago and paid the disconnection fee to get away from their horrible customer service reps. If this is replicated at T-Mobile. I will have to get out of there.

  • Busayo

    I fled from Sprint 4 years ago and paid the disconnection fee to get away from their horrible customer service reps. If this is replicated at T-Mobile. I will have to get out of there.

  • Sprint is technically broke, so is clearwire, so the most logical way to go about this would be for DT to buy out sprint and maybe one smaller gsm carrier, buy a considerable portion of clearwires spectrum (if allowed of course by the feds), kill off iden (keep as legacy network for 3 yrs), create a LTE version of iden and slowly integrate/migrate cdma users onto gsm. DT has more money, and T mobile USA still makes money for them here in North America, so it should be Sprint that gets asborbed.

  • Sprint is technically broke, so is clearwire, so the most logical way to go about this would be for DT to buy out sprint and maybe one smaller gsm carrier, buy a considerable portion of clearwires spectrum (if allowed of course by the feds), kill off iden (keep as legacy network for 3 yrs), create a LTE version of iden and slowly integrate/migrate cdma users onto gsm. DT has more money, and T mobile USA still makes money for them here in North America, so it should be Sprint that gets asborbed.

  • Steve55

    I was with NEXTEL for approx. 9 years when they merged with Sprint. I have had nothing but great customer service. The IDEN coverage 900 MHZ had better signal into buildings. I have coverage in the basement Buffet at Planet Hollywood on the Vegas strip.

  • Steve55

    I was with NEXTEL for approx. 9 years when they merged with Sprint. I have had nothing but great customer service. The IDEN coverage 900 MHZ had better signal into buildings. I have coverage in the basement Buffet at Planet Hollywood on the Vegas strip.

  • MIKEEEEE

    if it’s as amicable as the t-mo/orange mashup in the UK, BRING IT ON!

  • MIKEEEEE

    if it’s as amicable as the t-mo/orange mashup in the UK, BRING IT ON!

  • cybah

    Any merger of Sprint and Tmo will be the last straw, I will be dumping Tmo after 8 years. (after leaving Sprint for them)

    Customer service is what keeps me at Tmo, and Sprint’s is horrible (and continues to be horrible years after I left). Customer Service will suffer.

  • Anonymous

    iPhone.

  • Ch123

    T-Mobile’s customer service is outstanding. I have been with them for 12 years. My sister has Sprint, and their customer service is a nightmare! I would have to find a new carrier if the merger goes thru and Sprint takes over customer-nonservice.

  • smart

    Sprint is only in the us regional company and tmobile is a global company. Why would tmobile even bother to merge. Dt considers tmo usa a growing asset so it would obviously not sell…yes the q4 2010 results lacked growth in customer base, but tmobile still made a profit because of data arpu increasing by 25% over last year. That means that tmobile is in a great position to only get better. Sprint who?

  • Just me

    Sprint Sucks… I live in Dallas, and I have great services… to me.. Verizon sucks and so does ATT…. I’ll keep tmobile… if they sell… i may just have to make the unwanting desiring move to Metro… :-/

    Question: If T-Mobile is going to sell to Sprint, why are they the hot topics to get all the new powerful phones… Plus why are they doing so much marketing to attract new customers now….

    IDK… Maybe Sprint is up for sale… because from what I hear… Sprint is -20,000,000,000 in the hole… I put the 0’s in just to make that much of an emphasis of their deficit…

    TMO-stay your tail where you are, build more towers and keep getting better phones and you will succeed… SPRINT you SUCK, I will never go back to you ever again!!!

  • RANDOM

    I don’t understand why T-Mobile USA can’t get the iPhone. i’ve read that T-Mobile in Germany (i believe) has the iPhone. Aren’t they the same thing?!

    • It is business in different countries. Also T-Mobile USA uses AWS (1700/2100) as opposed to the world standard that AT&T also uses.

      • durandal_1707

        AT&T doesn’t use a world standard — the 850 band that they use is not used much outside of North America.

      • Guest

        your point is invalid. reprogramming the baseband soc is a lot easier than you think. the iphone 4 soc, a mdm6600 supports both cdma and gsm/hspda+ AND in virtually every frequency band. it just needs a sim tray which in quantity may run 5-10 cents. its a business decision, not technical.

    • Rob

      T-Mobile in Europe has the iPhone and many other phones we would love here like the HTC desire hd which is basically a super evo minus the kick stand. I wonder if one was to buy the european verison on ebay if it would work here in the states.

    • Petey

      That’s what I’m wondering too. Wasn’t phillipp humm the CEO for tmobile Germany and made T-Mobile successful in Germany? Since he have the connection… iono why its so difficult for him to try bring it to the US. He knows for a fact that T-Mobile is getting or being hurt due to the iPhone not available for T-Mobile US.

  • Im not goin to Cdma if anything at&t here i come no voice and data at same time hell no

  • Trapper

    I have to say, that if Sprint’s in control, I’m gone. Their customer service (or lack thereof) was the main reason that I left. I love T-Mobile, but they’d need to be autonomous or in charge for me to stay. Sure, I’d like an iphone on T-Mobile, but for now, my hacked one works just fine.

  • Amac81

    Trapper, You and I are in the same boat. I came to Sprint through the Nextel merger. I paid for two early termination fees to escape the horror that was SprintNextel. If T-Mobile merges or is sold to Sprint, I will be among the first leaving for Verizon. I’d rather pay more for my service than deal with the customer service Sprint has to offer.

  • tmobile is a bigger company than sprint!!! they can’t do that

  • Benzworld

    I so don’t want this to happen. I totally see the pros and cons but Sprint is horrible. I had them a while back and there customer service sucks. I remember I spoke to a rep who said my bill was due. I told her I would pay it as soon as I got off of work and I didn’t realize my phone didn’t ring for the rest of the day. I made it home and my friends were like man your phone is off. I was like damn Sprint couldn’t wait until I made it home. It was things like that that made me leave Sprint back in 2001 and move on to T Mobile.
    If this is going to be a merger I can see it and also understand it but if Sprint is buying T Mobile out then I’m very concerned.
    I’m in advertising and I think T Mobile needs to find that one high-end power house phone and back it all the way. I know the Samsung Vibrant was a huge seller for T Mobile as was the Galaxy S serious as a whole. If you look at Verizon they know how to work that whole Droid movement between Motorola and HTC. Look at the HTC ThunderBolt commercial! Believe it or not people get excited over futuristic/spaceships/robots/explosion/post-apocalyptic feel or just a huge build up to something big coming. Look at the Motorola Xoom commercial! Carly is a beautiful girl but talking about your 4G network is not exciting and not having a powerful phone to back it up is lame. If T Mobile gets the Samsung Galaxy S2 this would be the ideal phone to showcase, back and promote.

    Check out the link below that Samsung did as a teaser for the Samsung Galaxy S2 right before MWC 2011. This is just a teaser and there is more build up and excitement in this 30 second clip in any of T Mobile’s commercials.

    http://www.samsungunpacked.com/html_ver2/explore_1.html

    T Mobile is lacking excitement at this point in time!

    • Petey

      The carly girl can be attracting, but she isn’t wining alot of people heart… sadly to say… I totally agree with you regarding Verizon commercials/ads… they are very interested! unlike T-Mobile where it’s all talk… it’s boring and people are not easily persuade with t-mobile commercials unlike verizon commercials

  • Anonymous

    After working for the company and seeing how bad the coverage is and how desperate they are, I would only hope to watch the company wither away… Not to mention the company treats their employees like robots. If it is to survive it needs new VPs and senior leaders that work, a union for their employed folks and a network outside major city limits… Or in them for that matter.

    • Canderson1977

      Agreed… They expect the world from there reps but will cut them down in a heart beat… T-mo leadership is as bad as their coverage. I can’t wait to bail post contract. Their network is comprised of mostly 2g with a downtown area covered in 3g. The phones are second rate and the customer service is ok but mostly filled with inaccurate information and a forced sales tactic which is a class action waiting to happen.

  • WSj

    What a mistake to sell to Sprint, I left them years ago for at that time the only GSM carrier Voicestream. I am already upset that T-Mobile cannot get an I-Phone in the USA, When DT can have it all over Europe. That would be the last straw, I need GSM and it would be AT&T for me my 10 phones.

  • Guest

    A big problem for T-Mobile’s lack of sales are the phones. They do not offer the greatest selection. I agree the commercials are lacking. And peaople fall for the Iphone gig and customers are taking advantage of. Tmobile has great customer service with no price gauging of Iphone like services. Also, prices and services are great. I will sadly miss T-mobile. I will leave if merged with Sprint. I have bee a customer for 10 years.

  • my heart hurts every time i see this article…

  • Freddy1

    Tmo don’t need Iphone, Tmo needs more high end androids and MORE COVERAGE to use all that power of the droids.

  • Anonymous

    When I was vacationing in California some out of the way towns were still on EDGE/2G. If Sprint buys TMo hopefully their signal will offer more coverage. Sprint will have to make big changes to adapt GSM on their present setup and vice versa.

  • Senor Chang

    Tmobile doesnt have ANY ‘high-end’ phones. Kid yourselves all you want, but there is no iPhone, EVO or Droid equivalent.

    Samsung rolls out the Galaxy line and Tmo picks up the LEAST desirable variations. At&t shows the Captivate before Tmo can even start selling the Galaxy, practically one upping them and cutting them off.

    The Nexus phones you can’t even get directly from Tmo; Dell Venue Pro the same thing.

    The only decent WP7 they offer directly is practically a re-badged HD2.

    That only leaves the G2 as their ‘premiere’ phone.

    Now… I’m not talking down to all the G2 and myTouch users, you all know what your phones can really do and how versatile they are, that’s not the point. The point is perception, and neither of those brands are perceived to be on the iPhone/EVO/Droid-level by general consumers.

    Phones and coverage. This is why At&t and VZW constantly battle for the top. They have BOTH. While Tmo coverage is excellent for me, I understand some areas are crappy.

    So yes, Tmo certainly does need the iPhone. And an EVO. And a Droid.

    • Anonymous

      “Samsung rolls out the Galaxy line and Tmo picks up the LEAST desirable variations. At&t shows the Captivate before Tmo can even start selling the Galaxy, practically one upping them and cutting them off.”

      What are you talking about? The Vibrant was out way before the Captivate.

      T-Mobile’s problem is not phone selection; there are plenty to choose from. Their problem is coverage, pure and simple.

      Having said that…I’ve experienced Sprint customer service and it’s just awful. If this happens, I’m off to AT&T.

      • Anonymous

        It’s about marketing…not coverage, I have friends who are all giddy about the iphone. We can discuss whether or not other phones are better, but it IS about image and the PERCEPTION that the iphone is THE phone to have. So, until some other company is able to market a better iphone, ipad, ipod then it will always come down to the Apple device. Yes android is the number 1 O/S out there, but it’s because they are flooding the market with android phones. Tmobile has always lacked ingenuity and the courage to be the first out there with a new device. ATT took a risk with the iPhone, the Motorola Razr way back when, and look where that got them. Tmobile, yes the first android phone, but who heard about the G1 when it came out? What marketing occurred? Almost none…Tmobile will continue to shoot itself in the foot. This “merger”/”buyout” may be the best thing.

    • t mobile dropped the vibrant before at&t showed their capitvate, get your facts straight and stop jacking off to blonde chicks on your macbook while your mom is screaming for you to come downstairs cause your beef burrito is out of the microwave, and stop hacking this site you blood soaked douche bag

    • only thing i agree with you on is that tmo does need a powerhouse phone, no scratch that, they need at least 5 high end androids, the next gen iphone, 3 wp7 devices, and 2 hp/palm devices, then they will be on point.

    • ghostnik

      no they don’t, what tmobile needs to do is stick with there customers, like you said its perception, and all iphone and verizon and at&t is, is a bunch of hype, and eventually mass consumers get bored and when they get bored with iphone thats when they will say I want something different and thats when you will see people hoping on board to android powered phones which tmobile have the most of. Also you have to consider that this a hectic economy where people are losing jobs and won’t have the ability to pay for an iphone plan on at&t or verizon, so they will come to tmobile, which out of the big 4 have the best pricing available for new and current customers. If tmobile can just strength its coverage to 1/4th that of verzion, where people on there network are getting signal under some subways in nyc and basement of malls then tmobile will be good as the word will spread that tmobile network has gotten stronger and will bring more people to tmobile and keep current customers happy. I think a lot of people should look at the economy and see that tmobile is going to be a good company for people who are trying to save in this crazy economy where unemployment is growing.

    • ghostnik

      no they don’t, what tmobile needs to do is stick with there customers, like you said its perception, and all iphone and verizon and at&t is, is a bunch of hype, and eventually mass consumers get bored and when they get bored with iphone thats when they will say I want something different and thats when you will see people hoping on board to android powered phones which tmobile have the most of. Also you have to consider that this a hectic economy where people are losing jobs and won’t have the ability to pay for an iphone plan on at&t or verizon, so they will come to tmobile, which out of the big 4 have the best pricing available for new and current customers. If tmobile can just strength its coverage to 1/4th that of verzion, where people on there network are getting signal under some subways in nyc and basement of malls then tmobile will be good as the word will spread that tmobile network has gotten stronger and will bring more people to tmobile and keep current customers happy. I think a lot of people should look at the economy and see that tmobile is going to be a good company for people who are trying to save in this crazy economy where unemployment is growing.

  • Senor Chang

    Tmobile doesnt have ANY ‘high-end’ phones. Kid yourselves all you want, but there is no iPhone, EVO or Droid equivalent.

    Samsung rolls out the Galaxy line and Tmo picks up the LEAST desirable variations. At&t shows the Captivate before Tmo can even start selling the Galaxy, practically one upping them and cutting them off.

    The Nexus phones you can’t even get directly from Tmo; Dell Venue Pro the same thing.

    The only decent WP7 they offer directly is practically a re-badged HD2.

    That only leaves the G2 as their ‘premiere’ phone.

    Now… I’m not talking down to all the G2 and myTouch users, you all know what your phones can really do and how versatile they are, that’s not the point. The point is perception, and neither of those brands are perceived to be on the iPhone/EVO/Droid-level by general consumers.

    Phones and coverage. This is why At&t and VZW constantly battle for the top. They have BOTH. While Tmo coverage is excellent for me, I understand some areas are crappy.

    So yes, Tmo certainly does need the iPhone. And an EVO. And a Droid.

  • WideAwake

    I truly think you guys are blowing the whole phone thing way out of proportion. What are you guys looking for…for the phone to microwave your food, drive your car while you sleep, walk the dog and watch your kids…oh and use it as a light saber to fight against the droid robots that go rogue….So what it takes about a whole bigillasecond longer to load a page, and so what it doesnt stroke you with an animation as the clock changes…whooooaaa!! These are phones. And although called smart phones, they only make you more dependednt on functions you dont really need. Its all an insatiable lust. Todays technology seems so much more advanced and its the newest latest and greatest and yesterdays technology is deemed as obsolete. Talk about taking a bite outta the apple or (marketing hype). THEYRE PHONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Stop yelling at the kids to get off your lawn, grandpa. Cell phones haven’t just been “phones” for years now.

    • yyevo

      Yes. Yes, I do want my G2 to double as a lightsaber. If they could make that happen, it would drive TMo up to the number one spot.

      It’s 2011, where’s my flying car and my lightsaber?

    • A built in light saber to fight against the droids would so out way the need for a FFC and a 4.3in super display amd a lot cooler too!!

    • Hawkeye7593

      Where can I get the light saber phone? I am sick of all these rogue droids!

    • you could potential hack your phone to drive ur car in your sleep, probably hack it to walk the dog and watch your kids.. no microwave or light saber… YET!

  • Ted C.

    From what I’ve read any “buyout” would most likely be that TMobile would be sold to a new company that combines Sprint and TMobile and that DT would retain a significant ownership stake much like Verizon Wireless’s structure (Verizon and Vodafone jointly own it). TMobile has 2 problems they are looking to fix, a short-term one and a long-term one. The short term one is the inadequate coverage problem. Verizon constantly beats on the strength of their coverage. TMobile has the worst coverage of the big 4. Fixing this is expensive but the TMobile CEO has said that this year and next year they will be making major changes to correct this. Forget high-end phones, and how good the ads are. This is the single biggest customer retention issue. But the longer term issue is spectrum. TMobile doesn’t have enough spectrum to grow beyond the next couple of years. Spectrum is limited and while some new spectrum will be auctioned soon it makes sense to consider acquiring it from organizations with underused spectrum if that’s possible. The two key organization that have underused spectrum are Clearwire (which is slightly more than 50% owned by Sprint but is in deep financial trouble) and LightSpeed (which is looking for a deep pocket player to partner with). TMobile is just looking for the most cost-effective way to deal with these problems. DT has said that they aren’t interested in exiting the US market so any outcome will almost certainly retain a large DT presence. DT has said that they would like to integrate TMobile into their global brand instead of running them separately as has been done for years now. But they have to deal with these infrastructure issues first. At that point, the fact that DT as a whole is as large or larger than all the other competitors could start to make an impact and they would have the leverage to get phones in the US that they already get in Europe. All that sounds good to me as a customer since brands are just a marketing device. What I care about is will my current provider get me what I want. The answer now from TMobile is decidedly mixed. I’m hoping that whatever happens will move this answer to a much stronger: Yes!

  • Darin Allison

    Don,t do it! I tried sprint a few years back and they did not honor a rebate I was supposed to get and the cost of the plan was a lot higher than they told me it was going to be in the store. They destroyed Nextel so I am now with verizon because Sprint cares nothing about their customers and make terrible decisions. I would think their past ridiculous behavior would be enough not to do it. Sell to Verizon if anyone.

  • steelers0131

    When all is said and done, it’s not the phones or the network…..it’s the perception of T-Mobile being an “inferior”or cheap carrier. Example…..The Hyundai Genesis is an excellent car. It delivers all the specs of some Mercedes for 30-40,000 less. The problem is that Hyundai, no matter how great their cars are now, will always be looked at as the cheap car with a great warranty ( much like TMobile, the cheap company with great customer service). They even took their logo off the back of the Genesis. Face it, driving a Genesis doesn’t make your d*** hard,to coin a phrase. We had the first Android phone but because we market like sh**…people think Verizon was the first. The Galaxy S and the MT 4G are GREAT phones on par with the EVO, but because they have the robot prance around in the commercials, people think it’s cool and ground breaking. We, as a nation of consumers are idiots….Jack in the Box was reeling from E-Coli deaths and very bad publicity and what was their answer???? They brought back the fuc*ing clown and now business is great !!!!!! T-Mobile had flagship devices in the past ( remember when the Sidekick was young Hollywoods phone of choice? It was the iPhone before the iPhone.) to no avail. Perhaps we have gone as far as we can, ON OUR OWN. Merge, change the name, My Touch/EVO/Galaxy the hell out of it. Get an aggressive marketing campaign ( Droid, iPhone, remember the Chocolate???) and make it cool or smart to have T-Mobile (or whatever the name will be). We have tried being cheaper. We have tried being easier (flex pay). Much like the a woman or man who is cheap and easy, you would sleep with them but never marry them.

    • TedC

      The perception of TMobile being inferior is accurate from a coverage standpoint. While every carrier has coverage issues TMobile has by far the most of the big 4. They are stuck between having worse coverage than any of the other 3 majors and being more expensive than the pay-as-you-go carriers (Cricket, MetroPCS, etc.). That’s a position that is death in the marketplace.

  • JohnJacob2342

    T-mobile can’t get sold to Sprint because I use to work at Sprint and quit because I got to stressed out working there. So if this merger takes place I wonder if they will look pass my previous status at Sprint.

  • Gaerielsky

    If Sprint buys TMo I’m moving to Verizon and I’m not sure if I’d go for a Droid or iPhone. I’ve been with TMo since Voicestream was it’s name and have left and come back (from Nextel – horrible service). Just get more cutting edge phones. Hell, you can even up your rates if you have better phones.

  • Bluerave007

    I was with Sprint for 8 years before switching to Tmo last August. I did not have any problems with Sprint, in fact I found them to be very accommodating. Sprint coverage was fine in the U.S., but nonexistent internationally. My Sprint phone (palm 800w) is a brick in Japan, as expected, however I could use Skype via wifi with relative ease. I plan on going back to Japan in the near future and an curious how Tmo will work. My whole reason for switching was the international coverage with the option of switching to a local SIM card. I wonder how it will affect Tmo’s international coverage if the two merge. Perhaps they will start a line of GSM/CDMA phones? Could be interesting…

    • Guest

      I was in Japan last year and had a very difficult time getting a local SIM card. I must’ve went to at least 6 shops representing all the different carriers, but none of them had SIM cards available. In the end, I was forced to roam using my Blackberry 9700. I thought it was very unusual that I was getting roaming reception but they didn’t have any SIM cards to purchase. I think I just found the reason why on Softbank’s website. (*1 3G SIM cards are available only at airport counters. You cannot receive it at SoftBank Mobile Shops in town or by delivery. http://www.softbank-rental.jp/en/phones/sim3g.php) My advice is to get the SIM card at the airport, as they recommend. Also, if you have a wifi-calling enabled phone, that may come in very handy for you.

  • DAVID H

    TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

    http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?singlepost=2452436

    The problem with such a combination is that T-Mobile’s network is GSM-based while Sprint’s is CDMA and (for those still on legacy things from their previous combination) iDEN.

    The fun is that half their userbase would have to re-equip no matter which way this goes. That’s not so good, and harkens back to the hilarity that ensued when they bought Nextel with their iDEN infrastructure. That combination was a flat-out disaster.

    T-Mobile, for its part, is bleeding customers. Why? They’re pricing as a premium carrier like Verizon or AT&T but aren’t equipped like one. DT is simply nuts with their pricing considering the dramatically inferior network on a data-centric comparison. Huge swaths of their data network are still GPRS (~40kbps!) since DT didn’t bother going to EDGE in outlying areas as AT&T did (which would get you into the ~110-150kbps range) and as such outside of major markets their data service sucks to the point of being functionally unusable.

    Well that’s fine if you’re half or 3/4 of everyone else’s price like the MVNOs are – but they’re not. And many of the policies T-Mobile used to have (like being ok with you tethering your PC via the handset and even supplying handsets with tethering installed and supported from them – a practice that went all the way back to the Nokia 6161 “candybar” phone and continued up through the Windows Mobile 6.1-equipped HD2) have disappeared. Now they’re actively content-examining like everyone else and attempting to force data upgrades for tethering on a “for fee” basis, which means you may as well go over to Sprint and buy their EVO or similar – the money is roughly the same and the data coverage is dramatically superior, especially outside of major metro areas.

    If I’m going to pay as much as AT&T or Verizon and I don’t get anything better then why would I buy from T-Mobile? Arguing “The largest 4G Network!” may be good advertising copy but as soon as you drive 10 miles out of town your so-called “4g network connection” turns into a 40kbps – or slower than an old dial-up modem – dinosaur!

    I’m not kidding on that, by the way. I travel a fair bit and I’m a T-Mobile customer. If you have a legacy grandfathered deal they’re still ok. But if you don’t they’re simply not competitive. I’d either go with Sprint or, if I didn’t want a contract, Virgin Mobile with their Android handsets for $60/month “all you can eat” and a network that is actually 3g speeds in most places, and where it’s not, has at least ISDN speed capacities. T-Mobile cannot compete with this today for new subscribers, contract or no.

    So from my viewpoint here the deal sucks but Sprint would get a hell of a subscriber boost and the stock will likely move big if it happens. For this reason I’m interested in a speculative play.

    I like the April $5 calls at 20 cents. If there’s no transaction by expiry I’m willing to do it again for the August’s, provided I can get it around that price. On the Aprils there’s no good sale on the other side to offset (the $6s are three cents) but if the Aprils expire worthless and you can do the August $5/6 bull call spread for less than a quarter that looks good too. If a deal is announced I think you’ll easily see $6 almost immediately, and it’s entirely possible the stock challenges the three-year highs near $10. Yeah, that’s nuts, and there’s no support for it on the fundamentals (at all), but the tie-up would put Sprint in a position to have a customer base that rivals Verizon and AT&T – which is exactly how you’ll see it positioned and “sold” by the street.

    This is a highly speculative play and thus is one to play “small ball” with, as it’s one of those deals that if it hits is a 4 or 5:1 payout, but if it’s a miss you will get nothing. And while I think Sprint would be absolutely insane to do this transaction unless they can steal the deal from DT, one cannot ignore the possibility that DT sees the writing on the wall. By an EBIDTA analysis DT has lost half of what they paid for Powertel and affiliates originally, and there’s only so far you can go throwing good money after bad.

    Were I DT I wouldn’t do this deal. I’d instead cut prices and try to cannibalize the MVNOs, roll EDGE everywhere right now (that’s small ball on money as it’s a software change) and get more-aggressive with the 3g/4g roll. At the same time they must toss the punitive policies and explicitly and publicly go back to how it used to be with them, where their handsets supported tethering and similar uses. Use the “soft cap” system they have now (they throttle you but not bill you if you use too much data) but increase the cap to 150% of the most-generous major competitor at the same time. The intent would be to aggressively attack the “big core” competitors’ most-lucrative customers – the business and professional who can get rid of a data connection (e.g. his “plug-in dongle” for his laptop) and device. To do it you have to not only hit all the big markets though you have to get rid of the GPRS stuff – nobody’s going to deal with that in today’s world, so the commitment to be “at least” EDGE everywhere has to be made and kept on an immediate basis. The gambit is that such an offering can be put forward profitably, and intentionally luring the most-lucrative customers from other carriers won’t leave them DT an overloaded network they can’t pay for and thus trash their reputation further while failing to bring in the requisite revenue.

    The credit markets are reasonably-favorable to financing such a build, but the risk – if you fail – is considerable. The problem is that DT has pretended for far too long trying to be a Tier 1 player without actually being one, and their reputation – flashy advertising aside – may be too far gone to be salvaged.

    Contrary to popular belief the issue is not spectrum – it’s build-out and the business decision not to build EDGE network-wide. T-Mobile just is NOT competitive with 40kbps data speeds, and once outside of major cities, even on the interstate system, that’s what you get, all their advertising aside.

    • TedC

      Dead on. The only thing I would add is that even voice coverage is inferior. TMobile is stuck between first tier carriers and the PAYG (pay-as-you-go) carriers (which are not all MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) since MetroPCS and Cricket actually have a lot of their own towers and backhaul) both on a data basis and voice. They either have to lower prices to compete with the PAYGs or make some significant investment in coverage (data and voice) to compete with the big guys.

  • all you people saying that sprint customer service sucks and tmo has a way better one think that if the merge goes through it will be the end.. why? is there not a possibility that sprint wants tmos customer service? could they not use tmos cs instead of their own crappy cs? honestly ive been with tmo for 5 years. they had a great phone that was HUGE. sidekick. everyone wanted it. they need a new marketing plan for newer phones. maybe the mytouch line needs to die and extend the G line. make it all vanilla and market that.. “want an android phone thats not bogged down by crapware? go tmobile and get vanilla, its faster. we gaurantee.” that could work! keep android the way it should be, crapware free. its linux.. it should be customizable to our own needs.. and those needs are blowing the competition out of the water.

  • all you people saying that sprint customer service sucks and tmo has a way better one think that if the merge goes through it will be the end.. why? is there not a possibility that sprint wants tmos customer service? could they not use tmos cs instead of their own crappy cs? honestly ive been with tmo for 5 years. they had a great phone that was HUGE. sidekick. everyone wanted it. they need a new marketing plan for newer phones. maybe the mytouch line needs to die and extend the G line. make it all vanilla and market that.. “want an android phone thats not bogged down by crapware? go tmobile and get vanilla, its faster. we gaurantee.” that could work! keep android the way it should be, crapware free. its linux.. it should be customizable to our own needs.. and those needs are blowing the competition out of the water.

  • Hoop327

    I was with Sprint for a few years until I had my first true customer service issue that showed me who I truly was just another number that pays the bill. The problem was a easy fix, but you have to care on the phone as well as in the stores. I payed the early termination fee on two phones and moved on to Nextel the customer service was better, then Sprint purchased Nextel and once again I payed and early termination fee on two phones not wanting to deal with Sprint. I moved on to now my favorite cell phone provider out of all of them, because I tried them all under one name or another. The customer service is superb on the phone with customer care as well as in the stores. This news is very disappointing to hear T-mobile and Sprint. The problem we are having at T-mobile is so so products nothing cutting edge. Lets get some high end phones in store instead of on line. People stand in line for products that look good, new tech, and advertisement to match.

  • ArkAngel_X

    I will say this, If Sprint does happen to buy out T-Mo, i will most likely be moving to Verizon, But, with the way T-Mo is going LTE, i wouldn’t be suprised if somehow Verizon pulled the rug out from under Sprint and bought T-Mo, hell if T-Mo and Verizon did some sort of merger or buy out, yeah people would have to upgrade phones in due time, but then we would have one hell of a super company, “America’s Largest and Most Reliable 4G Network” would be one hell of a show-stopper.

  • noeallstar3

    Hey, I’m paying 103 for 1000 mins and a grandfather android play with t-mobile and everyone is paying 80-85, hmmmm

  • noeallstar3

    Hey, I’m paying 103 for 1000 mins and a grandfather android play with t-mobile and everyone is paying 80-85, hmmmm

  • SlightlyAmiss

    I’ve had cellular service with every major U.S. carrier. I can say with confidence that T-Mobile and Sprint are the only providers that have compelling hardware and plan offerings.

    I kind of doubt that T-Mobile is going anywhere. They haven’t made huge gains lately, but a DT bigshot said that T-Mobile US makes them a shit load of money. Would they sell it off for the right price? Of course. Is someone offering to buy T-Mobile? Not to my knowledge.

    Rumors are rumors. Let me know when a competitor makes a serious bid for TMO.

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t sprint die? Lol. They couldn’t stay afloat so they merged with Nextel now this?? Uh oh, I no likey

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps it’s best to revisit what was reported at the end of January to figure out where things are going.

    Remember that Obermann (the boss of DT) has his own head on the chopping block (DT, like Sprint, lost money). IMO, Obermann is looking at the U.S. operation to salvage DT’s numbers.

    As the pressure mounts on Obermann, so too is it on Humm’s head. What’s it like for them?

    Well, imagine yourself on the T-Mobile submarine “cruise ride.” Obermann is the captain, Humm the XO. Something is amiss on the boat and it’s in an uncontrolled dive. You are heading deeper and deeper, where you know the sub will explode (merger, sale, some other radical change).

    Sidenote: We are lucky, sitting all comfy in our escape pods, ready to press “eject.”

    ________________________

    NEW YORK — T-Mobile USA, the country’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has some tough marching orders from its German parent company: do a better job of keeping your customers while cutting costs. And don’t expect help from Germany.

    Rene Obermann, the CEO of parent company Deutsche Telekom AG, on Thursday said the goal is to have T-Mobile USA increase revenue by $3 billion by 2014 while cutting $1 billion in costs.

    The goals for new T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm come after two years of flat revenue for the company, which is struggling to compete with much larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. A decade of fast growth is behind the industry, and most Americans already have a cell phone.

    (ItsMichaelNotMike bonus commentary: Recall what I said last year and keep saying. The market is flat, there’s only so many cell phone customers out there and the carriers are simply fighting each other to get the customer to switch. That’s why the two year contract is critical and why carriers got rid of one-year deal. And this also why carriers have retention departments, to do anything to keep the customer from switching.)

    Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile USA’s subscriber count has stalled at just under 34 million, though it posts consistent profits.

    Humm replaced T-Mobile USA’s longtime CEO, Robert Dotson, in November 2010. Humm previously headed Deutsche Telekom’s German wireless arm from 2005 to 2008.

    Now that the pool of potential new wireless subscribers is smaller, a key objective for Humm is to persuade T-Mobile subscribers to stay. The company has the highest “churn,” or percentage of subscribers who leave every month, of the four national carriers.

    Obermann said last year’s (2010) churn rate of 2.3 percent for subscribers on contract-based plans is “just not acceptable,” and the goal is to reduce it to 1.8 percent by next year. That would bring it more in line with competitors.

    Sprint Nextel has managed a similar reduction in churn by focusing strongly on improving its customer service. But Sprint took two years to bring churn down the same amount T-Mobile aims to do in one year.

    Analyst Jan Dawson at consulting firm Ovum said the reason the three bigger carriers have lower churn than T-Mobile is that they’ve been more intent on retaining customers.

    “From that point of that view, it’s about time that T-Mobile put the same level of operational focus on churn,” Dawson said.

    Speaking to journalists ahead of an investor meeting in New York, Obermann said T-Mobile USA aims to gain market share in wireless Internet access, with the help of inexpensive smartphones and data plans.

    But wireless Internet access is a tough field. T-Mobile USA was late in building out its wireless broadband network, and coverage still lags those of the major players.

    T-Mobile doesn’t do a lot of business with corporations, who are big users of wireless laptop modems and smartphones.

    TMOUS isn’t able to sell the hottest smartphone, the iPhone, and will soon have to contend with not just one but two competing carriers who do have the phone, since Verizon Wireless will start selling it in two weeks.

    There have been reports over the last year that Deutsche Telekom has been looking at radical moves to let it get more value out of its U.S. holding, including a possible combination with Sprint Nextel or some other U.S. partner.

    On Thursday, Obermann signaled that the parent company is trying to make the best of the situation by letting T-Mobile USA stand on its own legs.

    If it needs to invest, perhaps to buy more airwaves to use for its services, it should finance that on its own, he said. He said that could mean selling cell towers to a cell-tower management company, then renting space for antennas. That’s a common practice among wireless carriers, and Obermann said T-Mobile USA hasn’t necessarily acted in the most efficient way by keeping ownership of many cell towers.

    T-Mobile hopes to cut the $1 billion in costs in customer service by forestalling and fixing many of the underlying issues that customers call about. Eventually, that could lead to job cuts, Humm said.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I agree with what others have said (Wall Street Journal, etc.). Any T-Mobile/Sprint financial transaction is not going to affect T-Mobile US customers because Sprint and T-Mobile would continue to operate as separate divisions, if you will.

    Yes, over time administration, customer service and other behind-the-scene operations will become one, but that will not affect the user experience.

    This makes sense to me because the two technologies are incompatible. Rather than trying to hurriedly convert subscribers and handsets from GSM to CDMA or vice versa, it’s better to keep them separate and technology-wise let the two companies act independently.

    In other words, all stores would be rebranded “TMo-Sprint” and the handsets would all say “TMo-Sprint.” Inside the handsets, however, they can remain CDMA AND GSM. The CSR can recommend whatever phones would would work best in the customer’s area.

    Or maybe there’s technology that permits both CDMA and GSM chipsets to be installed inside a handset. The the “dual-signal” phone can seamlessly switch between the two depending on need (signal strength). When inside a building if CDMA gives a signal but GSM does not, the phone can handover the call, so to speak, from GSM to CDMA.

    That would be a pretty slick move to me, T-Mobile / Sprint merging their coverage areas to where the competitors can’t compete with the size of T-MoSprint’s coverage map. And what I would call “CDMA-GSM switching technology” could advertise “far less dropped calls than our competitors.”

    Where a merger also makes sense is that TMo-Sprint would have bigger clout in terms of marketing, handset development and acquisition, cost cutting (e.g. rolling separate departments into one), and eliminating duplication.

    Although I don’t like the old Sprint (from when I was a customer in 2003), in 2011 I can see where a merger makes sense. On the negative side, I am not too keen on doing a deal with Sprint, a company who for years abused its customers. While that’s something we might over time forgive, we will never forget.

    (IMHO the biggest sin a business can commit, justifying it being shut down, is mistreating and abusing its customers, the very people who are paying their salaries. A company should be closed down when it behaves as if it is doing me a favor allowing me to pay for its services.)

  • Michael

    This deal will not happen, doubt very seriously that Sprint would want to change over their network or even tmobile to GSM/CDMA….this guys knows nothing of how cell phone technology works or else he wouldn’t suggest such a dumb idea. Also there is a proprietary matter from the FCC that would have to be resolved, so like I was saying this guy is about as intelligent as my left nut!

  • Guest

    The reason lower prices, newer headsets, nice customer service, and fancy advertising with Carly are not winning new customers is basic. T-Mobile still has a much smaller network footprint than some of the other providers. And when it comes down to it, if your phone can’t connect reliably to a tower AND reliably transfer between them, it is just a worthless brick.

    T-Mobile additionally shoots themselves in the foot by not having full roaming on their prepaid plans.

    T-Mobile is so focused on new technology that they seem to have forgotten about the basic idea that got this industry so profitable: make a successful telephone call from almost anywhere.

  • Guest

    The reason lower prices, newer headsets, nice customer service, and fancy advertising with Carly are not winning new customers is basic. T-Mobile still has a much smaller network footprint than some of the other providers. And when it comes down to it, if your phone can’t connect reliably to a tower AND reliably transfer between them, it is just a worthless brick.

    T-Mobile additionally shoots themselves in the foot by not having full roaming on their prepaid plans.

    T-Mobile is so focused on new technology that they seem to have forgotten about the basic idea that got this industry so profitable: make a successful telephone call from almost anywhere.

  • No real way to judge what would happen other than.. prices would go up. After all, if the lowest two denominators don’t have any one below them nipping at their heels, then their wont be a reason to keep prices lower then the guy below them. http://news.netapex.org/?p=883

  • Ms.Khmai

    Sprint Sucks…their reception is wack…this is 1 loyal customer they’re going to lose if tmo merges with sprint

  • As a T-mobile customer, the only thing I’m worked about is customer service. I have had awesome customer service with T-Mobile…I would hate to lose that with any merger.