T-Mobile CEO Philip Humm Discusses Sprint Buyout Rumors

It’s not unusual for large corporations to respond to certain rumors involving sales/acquisitions/buyouts especially those that have been ongoing for some time. We just received this letter written by Philip Humm, T-Mobile CEO in response to the ongoing rumors that once again surfaced. As expected, it’s a non-denial response that in our estimation leaves open any and all options for the company to pursue. There is nothing here that I can read as a denial regarding the Sprint rumors and given the line “…DT will always explore options for maximizing the value of its portfolio and profits,” I almost read that as a “yes, we’ve spoken to Sprint.”

For now, we’ll continue to watch this story closely as most of the tech blog world will and hope that while T-Mobile and Sprint may be speaking, they can’t come to terms. We wish the very best for T-Mobile and while there is an argument that can be made for a long term merger with Sprint, we simply don’t want it to happen. Still, what’s in the best interest of T-Mobile is in the best interest of those who love her, so we’ll watch on the sidelines now and wait.

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

    what they should do is buy the Clearwater spectrum, or buy the GSM from sprint and develop it. That would help tmos coverage issues and help us grow.

    • J-Hop2o6

      They can buyout Sprint, take all their customers, towers, and spectrums.. and then turn Sprints CDMA towers into HSPA+/LTE towers (after most of them have HSPA capable phones).. so tmo should look like this down the road by acquiring Sprints spectrum (and not using Clear’s crap 2500 spectrum).

      1700/2100 & 1900 = 3G/HSPA/HSPA+
      850 = 4G/LTE
      2500 = wholesell for others

      -or-

      1700/2100 = 3G/HSPA/HSPA+
      850 & 1900 =

  • MIKEEEEE

    non denial denial.

    publicly traded companies have to do ‘due diligence’ before mergers or acquisitions, looking at eachother’s books.

    probably going on right now.

    just hang on for the ride, deals will get sweeter as not to stir up churn.

  • Albertov12

    Sprint right now with all the trouble they are having with their service

  • Anonymous

    He really didn’t say anything to put rumors to rest. It’ll more than likely happen…I hate letters like this!! VAGUE!!

  • Anonymous

    He really didn’t say anything to put rumors to rest. It’ll more than likely happen…I hate letters like this!! VAGUE!!

  • Yomama

    i dont think a merger will happen. but due to the whole other thing about wimax. i think sprint will be selling part of ther spectrum to tmobile for LTE network. :)

    • Dswagg2k10

      best comment i’ve heard so far. T-Mobile has been having talks with Clear about buying some there spectrum. And Clear and a partnership with Sprint. So this could very well much that Sprint is selling a portion of their company or spectrum, they’ve sold/leased most or all of there tower a year or so ago… hell they can’t even pay Clear what they owe, how they gone buy a company.

      • J-Hop2o6

        Bad idea.. Clear’s spectrum SUCKS!

  • Yomama

    i dont think a merger will happen. but due to the whole other thing about wimax. i think sprint will be selling part of ther spectrum to tmobile for LTE network. :)

  • Benzworld

    :(

  • Benzworld

    :(

  • Overbord

    Living in the third largest city in the US sprint is one of the worst providers. their coverage sucks and horrid phone pricing. To many people complain about it.

    • quikk312

      The 3rd largest city in the US would be Chicago. I’ve had Sprint before and even had them when they were Sprint PCS… and coverage in the Windy City was ALWAYS good… even underground in the subway it worked. I never had an network issue with them, even when I traveled domestically it worked great. However, Sprint customer service is HORRIBLE and they are very criminal when it comes to billing and fees. They put you through absolute HELL when it comes to device insurance and replacement.

      All companies have their flaws though. The one carrier I had that I probably didn’t almost have not one issue with, was probably Helio.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Even worse, you are in Chicago…a scorn on my city.

        • quikk312

          Smh I had a feeling you were performing your inaccuracy from Chicago… wow… SUCKS!! Ehhhh… Go Bulls!!

        • Anonymous

          To hell with The Bulls, Go Lakers! West side!

        • quikk312

          Lakers are not trying to see the Bulls in the finals. Kobe rather go up against Boston, than the young Unstop-a-BULLS! Go Bulls! Midwest side!

        • Anonymous

          I imagine that is what its ultimately gonna come down to as well the Lakers are gonna come out as champions again.. for a third time in a row ;) Kobe vs D. Rose championship style? oh yeah its fitting to be good. The Bull’s will ultimately feel the wrath of their own horns.

        • Anonymous

          I imagine that is what its ultimately gonna come down to as well the Lakers are gonna come out as champions again.. for a third time in a row ;) Kobe vs D. Rose championship style? oh yeah its fitting to be good. The Bull’s will ultimately feel the wrath of their own horns.

        • quikk312

          Bulls got the most energized and defensive bench in the league. Other than Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown, the Lakers have NO bench. If you don’t think the Bulls can take the OLDER Lakers to at least a 7 game series… then you are truly delusional. Mind you, if the Lakers run into the rising OKC Thunder in the second round, they will run out of gas by the time they get to the Finals to face the Bulls. If OKC exhausts LA to a 6-7 game series… then the Bulls will beat the Lakers in 5-6 games… you can bank on that!!

          Love the Lakers (Kobe my fav player), but my baby BULLS and the 2011 MVP D.Rose is bout show the world what Chicago is all about once more. =D

        • quikk312

          Bulls got the most energized and defensive bench in the league. Other than Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown, the Lakers have NO bench. If you don’t think the Bulls can take the OLDER Lakers to at least a 7 game series… then you are truly delusional. Mind you, if the Lakers run into the rising OKC Thunder in the second round, they will run out of gas by the time they get to the Finals to face the Bulls. If OKC exhausts LA to a 6-7 game series… then the Bulls will beat the Lakers in 5-6 games… you can bank on that!!

          Love the Lakers (Kobe my fav player), but my baby BULLS and the 2011 MVP D.Rose is bout show the world what Chicago is all about once more. =D

        • Bratty

          Was it the same kinda burning feeling you get when you pee?

        • quikk312

          Why are you concerned about another man’s penis?

    • TMoChris

      Yeah I live on houston 4th largest city and sprint sucks here!!! And their billing department is crazy

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  • Doomed

    New phones, new plans, new strategy, same results……. T-Mobo getting sold. Shoulda just never raised all your internet prices and added all these lame fee’s. stabbed your very loyal customers in the back like all other companys do. T-Mobile deserves to get sold for all its poor choices.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

      T-Mobile hasn’t done any price raising until now, with its webConnect 10GB plan, and that plan didn’t even exist until now anyway!

  • Tito!

    Don’t worry, Phillip’s strategy + his determination = T-Mobile .
    They are, just spreading their wings.
    If there’s a company that should be bought it should be Sprint. (:
    But nothing will come of this.

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

    At this point, I don’t even care anymore. As long as it’s a JOINT partnership, I’ll live. Because I am not gonna bow down to Sprint, NEVER! If they can make a “merger”/”partnership” & become a better company, more love & respect to T-Mobile. Just don’t put Sprint in the driver’s side, keep them at passenger distance.

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

    At this point, I don’t even care anymore. As long as it’s a JOINT partnership, I’ll live. Because I am not gonna bow down to Sprint, NEVER! If they can make a “merger”/”partnership” & become a better company, more love & respect to T-Mobile. Just don’t put Sprint in the driver’s side, keep them at passenger distance.

  • quikk312

    Slow news day, David?? This letter is old and I already seen it from another source. Why hold on to it til now 4 days later? Oh yeah, that’s right… needed some kind of story to post for 3/12/11 and keep the traffic going. Nice!!

    Anyway, nothing new being reported about this speculated merger between SprinTmobile (lol)… just coming from the worst wireless CEO of the year’s mouth… or writing.

    Oh yeah, I kinda sorta hope that this merger DO HAPPEN!! As long I can still be able to swap devices when I want and the customer service remain the heaviest from the Tmo division… I’M ALL FOR IT!!!

    • David, Managing Editor

      Ok dude, slow news day? Wow, you are totally insightful with your brilliant arguments about traffic driving and growth. Congrats. I’m astounded by the level of intelligence you are putting forth in your comments. Just like you tried to prove me “wrong” in the last attack comment and only served to make yourself look foolish. Speaking of, I’m still waiting for you to tell me which rumors I’ve been wrong on recently?

    • Ricktrann

      Damn bro, dunno if you meant it, but you sound like a douche… Do you have a phone blog too???

    • jarjon76

      If you already read this letter, why did you not only click on the link but too the time to complain about David posting it? And I didn’t see a link to your blog (perhaps you forgot to include it in your rant), which I’m sure is so awesome because you are just that cool!

      • quikk312

        Ummmm, well, let’s see…. because I feel like it? Problem?

        • jarjon76

          Your defensive attitude aside, you didn’t answer my question. And you still haven’t provided a link to your super cool blog. I’m sure it’s as great as you think it is.

        • quikk312

          David blocked me from posting any links lol…. sorry, clown!!

        • jarjon76

          Nice excuse, but you can reveal the name of your blog and I can find it via google. Wanna try again?

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Ummm no I didn’t, I can’t block anyone from posting links. Good try!

  • Hoop327

    The letter sounds like a deal is close and loyal T-mobile customers are just going to suck it up and grow or move on. T-mobile is starting to sound like other businesses before the big sale or trade. Make the pot look sweet with improvements then hand over the keys.

  • Navylostboy

    i would like them to eat up sprint to grow the company, but a merger would be bad as sprints customer service is less than desirable

  • rarriz

    O hope t mobile buys out Sprint and no the other way around Sprint sucks

  • Anonymous

    I have been with all the carriers and T-Mobile has been the best. Hoping T-Mobile figures their next move and kicks butt. I will stick with T-Mobile.

  • Anonymous

    I have been with all the carriers and T-Mobile has been the best. Hoping T-Mobile figures their next move and kicks butt. I will stick with T-Mobile.

  • Rfgenerator

    Translation: The sale is in the works and you can bet it will cost our customers and employees, but to T-Mobile employees, please don’t quit until we are ready to lay you off. Have a nice day

    • Anonymous

      Hey, unemployment! Oh god, please let that happen, that’d be sooo sweet!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    Alot of negativity today, geez.

    • Anonymous

      Including your comment about negativity

    • Anonymous

      Including your comment about negativity

  • Deff

    SO it’s one extreme or the other? Ether Sprints gonna buy T-mo, or T-mo is gonna buy out a portion of clear? Why is all this stuff so complicated. This better not mess up the releases of the G2X or the “Pyramid” -__-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SV4ULKDQAPIY7VPEPU3LHHV4OM Mr Tibbs

    No good will come from this… sprint sucks!!!!

  • quikk312

    Anyway, since mobile carriers (like T-Mobile) measure their success by how many customers they have and NOT by quality of service or being able to handle the load, acquiring T-Mobile will put Sprint right in the thick of things and then the top three carriers in the US will only be separated by a few million customers. However, T-Mobile wants $25 billion for its acquisition (LMAO)… wayyyy too much, like 5-10 billion more than the actual worth. Now with LTE poised to become the dominant 4g technology what better time to merge than when there’s a new technology to merge to? Its like starting over with a new slate and hopefully they won’t muck it up; we all know Sprint has made its share of blunders, the Clearwire deal may go down as the latest. So yeah, just forget about CDMA and GSM and maybe even WiMAX and get their LTE house in order. When you think about it the timetable makes sense now; an LTE network by late 2012 or early 2013, the merger will be done, convince or force all your customers to switch to LTE devices and they’ll be a brand new company with 80 million plus customers just like AT&T and Verizon.

    So yeah, I’m all for this merger. It needs to happen, asap!! Don’t like… well… there’s always CRICKET!!

    • quikk312

      Oh yeah, under Dan Hesse control, only this Sprint/T-Mobile merger will work. DT needs to FIRE Philip Hummingbird when/if this happen. Oh hell, fire that clown now!!

      • MagentaMadness

        Are you a TMO employee? If so what field?

        • quikk312

          No, i’m just a consumer with a lot of mouth.

        • Bob123

          Honestly you sound like someone that knows everything about nothing. Where did you come up with the 5 – 10 Billion dollar figure? Why does Dan Humm need to be fired?

          Sprint is hovering around 48 million customers and T-Mobile was pegged at just under 34 million as of Jan 2011. Yeah, thats 82 million. But, At&T is at 94 million. Verizon is now just above 102 million customers. So my question too you sir; What are you basing of your statements off of?

          I think a Sprint merger would work, and I agree that Sprint/T-mobile is not a good name. Something should be done about it. Maybe something catchy…Sprint Mobile. I don’t know, I don’t care but I do want good service at a reasonable price. Both companies offer that and a merger could continue that. OR, blow operating costs out of the water and causing the new company to raise their rates of service to the level of Verizon and At&T.

        • quikk312

          I know everything about nothing, but you just said a bunch of “nothing” then turn around and say you agree with what I said on the Sprint/T-Mobile merger would work, simultaneously. I read, study, and analyze information and specifics that OFFICIAL and FACTUAL technological journalism has to offer.

          Thus, I get my chuckles from sites like TmoNews and its account holders. Lol

        • http://www.crapcast.com Endophoria

          Yet again, you didn’t provide a single link or piece of proof about where you got your information.

          Why should we even care about ANYTHING you have to say when all you do is borderline troll on this site?

        • http://www.crapcast.com Endophoria

          Yet again, you didn’t provide a single link or piece of proof about where you got your information.

          Why should we even care about ANYTHING you have to say when all you do is borderline troll on this site?

  • craigers

    I can see, and would be ok with, T-Mobile buying up Sprint, but if Sprint takes over T-Mobile it will be a very sad day. It will be the second time I’ve lost a good cell phone company. I really liked Cingular, then AT$T destroyed it. Then I found an even better company, T-Mobile. I can’t believe it might be destroyed as well. I guess I may end up with that Verizon iPhone. Why is it that the best cell phone companies can’t stay in business? I mean AT$T just sucks in every way possible. Verizon may have good coverage but their customer service is the worst I have ever experienced in my life. Yet these two do great business. Perhaps American’s just really enjoy being mistreated by big businesses, I don’t know.

    • Anonymous

      Because they keep getting screwed over because of people who keep wanting more and more

  • E Hugus

    Please stay T-Mobile. We need the the best world coverage this company can provide and we really like the great service and the forward technology TM has given us.

  • Manusferrera

    Maybe sprint and tmobile are talking about investing in more of clearwire spectrum and both share an lte network

  • Manusferrera

    Maybe sprint and tmobile are talking about investing in more of clearwire spectrum and both share an lte network

    • Chris

      Agreed. I think this is what’s going on. They both don’t have an LTE network, but are interested in having one. Why not split the costs between companies? They both win and are able to build out a network that customers want.

    • J-Hop2o6

      bad idea.. Clear’s spectrum SUCKS! Hopefully Sprint can haste the iden/nextel spectrum (850) free-up and use it for LTE.

      • Anonymous

        Sprint owns 51% of clear so it’s unlikely they will not use clear spectrum.

  • Fjftokyo

    I hope Sprint does buyout T-mobile since Sprint offers better coverage then I hope after the buyout Sprint switches to HSPA+ & WIMAX so people could buy unlocked phones and use them with Sprint finally I hope this happens so the new formed company could ago after Verizon

    • J-Hop2o6

      Nope.. read the second comment (my comment up the very top).. It’ll be HSPA+ & LTE.. and it’ll be Tmo/DT buying out Sprint, as in getting their customers, tower, and spectrums.. The new name would be SprinT Mobile/SprinTmobile, T-Sprint, lol.. or a whole new (better) name.

  • Anonymous

    The reason for this letter is because T-Mobile employees, including management, are running around like chickens on the hook, seeing the slaughterhouse (processing) entrance. The chickens know from other sales, acquisitions or mergers that what comes out the other end of the slaughterhouse are dead chickens. In other words, probably 95% of TMOUS employees are freaking out, fearful of losing their jobs.

    End result, no one is doing what they are paid to do, resumes are being updated and lots of people are calling in sick so to attend job interviews.

    This is the worst of circumstances for T-Mobile’s top management because if vice presidents, regional managers and managers are fearful of being fired (because of a change in ownership) there’s no one to calm the worker bees down and make sure they are working.

    Add to the problems that in addition to not working or simply not giving a sheet any longer, many employees will start stealing Company information, to take with him or her to a new job. Internal theft also goes up.

    Basically the entire operation comes to a halt.

    This kind of stuff decreases the value of T-Mobile on any sale or acquisition. For example, the first quarter numbers can go way down because CSRs don’t care about customer service (many harboring a bad attitude because T-Mobile has not assured them that they will still have a job on any sale or company changes), retentions does not care about retaining customers, and employees direct their efforts to abandoning ship instead of doing their jobs.

    This can also affect the customer/sales side. People won’t buy a phone if they sense the company won’t be around in a few months or the next year. (People do care about customer service, for sure.) And there’s those people who won’t do business with Sprint. On hearing that T-Mobile will somehow be associated with Sprint, they won’t sign with T-Mobile.

    This is a huge headache for Humm. Because the information (“leak”) was so detailed and T-Mobile’s denials have been evasive or cryptic, the rumors this time around are no longer such. It’s pretty clear from Humm’s letter that he has admitted a deal is in the works. And the purpose of the letter indicates his desperation (wants people to keep doing their jobs).

    Sidenote: Having analyzed letters, e-mails, etc. in the litigation context, many of those communications examined by experts, IMLO (in my learned opinion) this letter tells me this deal is going to happen, as long as the parties can agree on a valuation for TMOUS (I suspect DT wants $20 billion, which would be the high end of earnings valuation. Sprint is probably more at the $10 billion end.)

    Of course, the real issue is that Obermann and Humm want a high price, so to better shine to DT investors, as having got a good price for T-Mobile US. The higher the price the more likely Obermann can save his job.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      all of what you had said is unfounded without proof and completely false. If I were you I’d keep my personal opinion to yourself since you are obviously so inaccurate and speculative when in actuality you don’t know a THING about whats going on.

      • Anonymous

        Sheesh… what are you 16 years old? What a caboose.

        • Anonymous

          There are several tips to understanding when someone might be lying. One is when they leave out valuable information such as “I have about years of dealing with mergers and acquisitions “, Notice how the writer forgot to put in how many years because they were too busy trying to sell the lie. Secondly, “about” is another dead giveaway on lying. You either have a certain amount of years or you don’t.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

      DT does not want to leave the US market, they want to grow. The only way this is going to happen is with a merger. Trust me, Sprint customers do not want to ‘play’ T-Mobile, and T-Mobile customers do not want to ‘play’ Sprint. A merger with either of the two companies names will only pad one thing, ego. When this merger does go down, from the ashes of both companies melding into one, a completely brand new entity must start to exist. One that reflects the strengths of both former companies, not just one for egotistical name sake.

    • TreeFrogs

      Why use so many words when fewer would do. Not everyone wants to know what you just learned in your writing class.

      • ATL Guy

        Seriously Mike get your own friggin blog! KISS dude! We dont need like 4 paragraphs.
        We get that you are arrogant.
        No one cares.

        • Senor Chang

          Arrogant? I thought he was just Forever Alone.

    • jarjon76

      If you want to write a novel, get your own blog. No one is nearly as interested in what you have to say as you are. You come off as a windbag who says a lot without saying anything. That’s talent!

    • Adam7986

      Alright so after reading your long and embarrassingly assumptive post, I wanted to clear something up.

      I work for T-mobile in one of the Technical Care call centers and it is the single most positive place I have ever worked. The reaction I get to the rumors is “Well there is a new sale rumor every couple days, I will believe it when I see it.” No one has stopped taking care of customers and no one has given up on their jobs.

      There is absolutely not any widespread panic or panic in general. It is people going about business as usual. People here are confident and happy, not scared and running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Those JD Power awards (11 out of 13 awarded btw) show that our customer care is the model for the industry. If Sprint merged with TMO, even if they were the controlling stake, do you think they would get rid of something that works that well? No, they wouldn’t. So stop trying to manufacture panic by guessing things you have no idea about.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    It sounds to me that DT and T-Mobile USA are committed to NOT merging but strengthening strategies for competition and exploring ways to flourish and NOT sell out to anybody. T-Mobile USA is here for the long haul people and as you all should know even tho they have lost customers they’ve also Always made nice profit unlike Sprint who was bleeding money and customers left and right. I for one am VERY Happy that they are serious about keeping T-Mobile competitive and on its toes.

    • Anonymous

      Other than a poorly written compendium of words that one might come across in a high school sophomore business course, do you have anything to support your extremely general points. E.g.:

      “It sounds to me…”

      What are you referring to, this article, which would be something you LOOKED at, not heard, so the correct phrase would be “looks to me.” In any event, are you basing your comment on THIS article or the hundreds of pages of financial analysis that you have not read?

      “strengthening strategies for competition and exploring ways to flourish”

      Oh really, please enlighten us: what “strategies for competition” are you referring to?

      Do tell, exactly how are DT and TMOUS ” strengthening those strategies?

      And illuminate the site with information you are privy to: exactly how is DT/TMOUS “exploring” and what do you (and they, I guess) mean by “flourish?” LOL… I suspect your teacher did not use that word… “flourish.”

      “T-Mobile USA is here for the long haul..”

      Again, how do you know this? Hmm…. come to think of it, what the hell do YOU mean by “long haul.” You sound like a T-Mobile store manager ordered to mislead employees by giving them a pep talk (so they can get back to work and quit defecting).

      “[T-Mobile ] Always made nice profit unlike Sprint who was bleeding money and customers left and right.”

      Uh, what have those facts got to do with anything? You obviously don’t know the basics of business valuation, mergers, acquisitions and partnerships.

      • Bratty

        Hey Mikey, learn how to use commas properly. You think you know how to write but you essentially are a windbag without much substance.

        • ATL Guy

          I would like to second that.
          Mike always seems to enjoy telling all of us how to think and what to do.
          Also mike your, “read my other post” that you always seem to begin with is getting old.

      • jarjon76

        For someone playing grammar nazi, your grammar skills aren’t anything to write home about. Not to mention your punctuation skills are embarrassingly poor. I understand even you don’t want to read what you spew, but you’d benefit greatly from proofreading your rants.

      • jarjon76

        For someone playing grammar nazi, your grammar skills aren’t anything to write home about. Not to mention your punctuation skills are embarrassingly poor. I understand even you don’t want to read what you spew, but you’d benefit greatly from proofreading your rants.

      • Jonathon

        Thanks Mike. You just made the forum even dumber for having to read that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    Well, T-Mobile has got to do something, quick. An outright purchase of T-Mobile by Sprint and assimilation of customers is not the right path though. It would be a wasted merger with the way Sprint does business, especially customer service wise. Numerous customers would leave the new Sprint and in the end, they would be in worse condition. Now, a completely ‘new’ company, with T-Mobile’s customer service model and capability to market ‘all’ types of frequencies on numerous types of devices (i.e. GSM, CDMA, iDEN, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSPA, WiMAX and then of course LTE), now that is an excellent idea and true ‘universal’ mobile phone company…………………..me like, but will the Government approve?

    • Anonymous

      See my post from yesterday, that vanished inasmuch as the article got pushed to page two, so to speak. I completely agree that merging companies and offering CDMA or GSM to a customer (depending on the customer’s needs and coverage, whichever phone works at home and the office, that’s the one he should get).

      Or in the alternative, having dual chipset handsets, phones with BOTH CDMA and GSM capability, with the handset seamlessly switching to GSM or CDMA depending on which signal is stronger.

      • elarella

        CDMA is a dying technology, IMHO. The wireless provider are all, at some point, switching over to LTE, which is a GSM based technology. I think that if there is going to be a merger of some type between T-Mobile and Sprint, it would be around the time that both are ready to deploy their LTE networks. T-mobile has mentioned that at some point, they are going to switch over to LTE from HSDPA+ and Sprint has commented on switch to LTE from WiMax, so anything is possible at this point.

  • http://tmonews.com David

    Yet again I’ve responded, albeit begrudgingly to your responses with questions asking for evidence pointing to the claimed inaccuracies of this site. Please show me them so I may make amends and ensure that the proper information is being disseminated.

    • quikk312

      Wow, sounds like your responding to I something I said YESTERDAY in another story (*cough* Project Emerald=Sidekick 4g *cough*). Do we really have to go down the list here, David? Can it wait, please Mr. Jedi “I leap from building to building” during my 6 hour sleep??

      The Bulls game will be on shortly, therefore trying to remember and pointing out your countless mistakes, misleading headlines… could take hours and a potential waste of my weekend. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. I rather wait til the next rumor you post, to go there.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Which is a fantastic piece of evidence you provide since not only was I the originator of BOTH rumors but also amended each of them first. Therefore your argument is null and void. Still, I await any other shining examples. Feel free to type them after Mommy picks you up from the movies.

      • Anonymous

        LOL, not providing any evidence using a basketball game as an excuse really means, “i’m just a bitter troll that reads blogs, whines, and watches basketball games by myself”.

  • Deceptivesmiles

    My only question is what color what they be after a “merger” lol

    • WhatThefRencHtOaSt

      orange xD

      • Deceptivesmiles

        Nah, it’s been done. I’d like a purple or a green tho.lol

      • SDguy

        I like orange……..

    • Tmoreader

      Brown!

  • Schippma

    Sprint and T-Mobile are not going to merge IMHO. I believe they are both in talks over sharing their network coverage since Verizon rapes Sprint over roaming charges and AT&T does the same to T-Mo. If they share towers and frequency, then they could dump roaming agreements with both Verizon (Sprint) and AT&T (T-Mo) or at least reduce them in many markets to help with roaming costs thus enhancing the bottom line. If both companies worked together, then they could compete with AT&T and Verizon.

    • jay

      very ture but both companies already compete with verizon and atat infact atat is losing credibility by the day

  • ATL Guy

    Did humm spell his own name wrong when he signed that?

    • ATL Guy

      Oops nevermind I didn’t realize he spells his name ending in 2 p’s.
      With all the fake crap floating around the internet…..

  • http://twitter.com/stevensteve steven

    “We just received this letter written by Philip Humm, T-Mobile CEO in response to the ongoing rumors that once again surfaced.”

    lol wat. You just have a screen cap of a notice that was placed on the T-mobile channel.

  • Anonymous

    Hey T-Mo, can try not to cover up the letter with your logo next time please? Thank you.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Unfortunately Rob, it must be done in order to avoid other sites from being able to cut off the logo and use the letter for their own purposes. In this game, watermarks are annoyance but a necessary one.

      • quikk312

        Yeah, like totally watermarking a piece of information thats been out in the atmosphere already because YOU want to hold on to it 4 DAYS LATER, due to your lack of REAL NEWS REPORTING and just a SLOW news day/weekend for you anyway. Right, Jedi?

        Smdh!!

        • Manusferrera

          Yo quikk shut up

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Once again, point out the website that posted this before we did. Not to mention I don’t get everything the day it goes online, I have to wait till it’s sent my way. You’d realize that but I tend to you think you have zero idea what goes on in running a blog, never mind tying your shoes and getting up in the morning. Just remember, it’s cereal first, then milk.

        • Anonymous

          Cereal… first… milk… second. Got it!

    • BoboBaggins

      It wasn’t a watermark someone actually copied this from the internal T-Mobile site and sent it inn. Look inthe upper left corner and you can see the “pathway” followed to get to the letter. He didn’t recieve this “written” letter from Phillip Humm all T-Mobile employees had access to this one of them decided ti was a good idea to do a screen shot, hope their job is worth it if they get caught.

  • Anonymous

    Hey T-Mo, can try not to cover up the letter with your logo next time please? Thank you.

  • mtnman

    If the rumors of Tmo still aquaring Sprint are getting this much attention that Humm had to respond to it, it just may be true. Sprint isn’t like it once was, all the nicest phones in the world can’t save it from declining sales.

  • quikk312

    Hey David, you forgot to report on the new REVAMPED T-Mobile Prepaid plans which now includes unlimited international calls. But don’t worry, being the nice THOUGHTFUL guy that I am, I’ll do it for you…. genius!!!

    Prepaid monthly plans with domestic and international service
    More details

    International Unlimited Talk & Text with 2 GB
    Same great service as our Unlimited Talk & Text with 2 GB data. Plus, unlimited calls to landlines in over 50 countries, and unlimited texting, and discounted calling to over 220 countries.
    $80.00 /month

    International Unlimited Talk & Text with 100 MB
    Same great service as our Unlimited Talk & Text with 100 MB data.Plus, unlimited calls to landlines in over 50 countries, and unlimited texting, and discounted calling to over 220 countries.
    $60.00 /month

    • jarjon76

      You spewed this in another thread. Stalker alert!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You are a day late and a dollar short. Way to get burned by me…again. Why don’t you take another stab at your Project Emerald story again?

      http://www.tmonews.com/2011/03/t-mobile-to-launch-new-international-data-plans/

      That post was on the 2nd of March, you’re telling me about it now? GOOD JOB!!

      • quikk312

        Not exactly, genius!! You didn’t report on the actual date the new T-Mobile plans hit the market and available for new customers. All you did in that previous post was let your readers know that will be innovative changes to these plans. I beat you too it when they were ACTUALLY available today, and you know it a**hole!!

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I think it’s time for you to leave. I have that right, you can preach freedom of whatever till you are blue in the face.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I think it’s time for you to leave. I have that right, you can preach freedom of whatever till you are blue in the face.

  • David

    As a long time T-Mobile customer (Actually from wen t-Mobile was Voicestream) if this is true and Sprint buy t-Mobile the first thing I am going to do is switch to another company. Sprint has the worse network and even worse than awful customer service.

    If Sprint buy T-Mobile most probably thy kill their GSM network and replace it with CDMA crap. Even if they don’t because of their very poor customer service AT&T will be the only option to go with GSM.

    I am sure I am gonna miss T-Mobile great customer service but no way Ideal with Sprint customer service.

    • Og

      Ask yourself this: If you were Sprint and you paid a bazillion bucks to buy T-Mobile and all of it’s infrastructure, why would you throw away all of that and convert it all to CDMA (or, whatever)?

      For one thing, you’d have to replace every existing customer’s phone with a new one. Can you imagine the expense associated with that? Not to mention replacing all the infrastructure you just paid dearly for?

      Companies have talks with other companies all the time. Some of them even float rumors or mergers and acquisitions to get attention in the press or manipulate their stock value indirectly. Sometimes it’s done to throw the competition off from what’s really going on.

      Until the invoices change colors from magenta & white to yellow & black, I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • frigadroid

    I really don’t care whatever will be will be. I stuck around after powertell & voicestream and service and coverage got better. Sure sprint sux now but nobody knows for sure what the final outcome would be after some kind of partnership with Tmobile. I will wait and see before I get to excited either way.

  • Jixxxxer

    maybe if the rumors come true, i can get my hands on a sexy HSPA+ EVO =D

    • Jason1

      There is a hspa+ evo its called the Mytouch 4g, infact its far surpasses the evo

  • Puffy

    Wow this would not be a merger, this would be a full blown buy out of T mobile. Sorry guys but the days of terrible c sat at Sprint are long gone. The were named 2011 customer service champs by JD Powers so that has to count go something. Churn is being driven by phones and I here there is a new Evo coming out that is 3d. So long T Mobile. Happy hello to Sprint.

    • jay

      One year of good customer service, thats it? what about the last ten years? A full blown buy out makes no sense, Gsm and cdma are compleatly different why merge. the only thing that will happen is tower partnerships. So yeah maybe eventually you will be able to say you have the largest/fastest 4g network at sprint but until tower partnerships tmobile will still be in the lead.

      • strangenation

        Sprint is updating their towers to software based management. This means they could support just about any wireless technology out there. The old CDMA/GSM ways of the 90s are all hard-coded and truly incompatable. By 2013/2014, this will not be the case. However, I agree another merger would be rough no matter if it is call center routing, billing, customer perception, and a bagillion other issues.

  • steelers0131

    I stopped visiting this site 6 months ago due to the idiots that blog here with their worthless opinions that they pass off as facts and give grammar lessons ( can’t believe he is still here. Dude, get a life.) to show off a self inflated sense of worth and “intelligence”. I came back to get info on new and upcoming handsets because it’s upgrade time. Now there is a new idiot in town…..quikk312. What ax do you have to grind? You respond to comments about you within minutes. Do you not have anything else to do? Are you related to a certain English teacher? To quote Stu in The Hangover, “you are literally too stupid to insult”.

  • parrothead10

    GOD I HOPE NOT!!!!!!
    I will say good by to tmobile if it happens

    As a long time T-Mobile customer (Actually from wen t-Mobile was Voicestream) if this is true and Sprint buy t-Mobile the first thing I am going to do is switch to another company. Sprint has the worse network and even worse than awful customer service.

    He is so right!!!!!!

    • FoMerlot Ent.

      Who stated that they will use CDMA or GSM (If merger or buyout at all “Do your research people”…), why people just cant wait and see what happens. You have no idea or whats possible until after trying. Stop being so blind folded and think outside the box. Society has taught us in School to live life in a box, but a higher education shows us to think outside of what we are used to which causes us to progress. I keep seeing i wil do this, i will do that, but you are human and all humans are subject to change. I speak from the sides of one who is in the industry of wireless and a consumer standpoint.

    • FoMerlot Ent.

      Who stated that they will use CDMA or GSM (If merger or buyout at all “Do your research people”…), why people just cant wait and see what happens. You have no idea or whats possible until after trying. Stop being so blind folded and think outside the box. Society has taught us in School to live life in a box, but a higher education shows us to think outside of what we are used to which causes us to progress. I keep seeing i wil do this, i will do that, but you are human and all humans are subject to change. I speak from the sides of one who is in the industry of wireless and a consumer standpoint.

  • MagentaMadness

    unsubscribed lol