Sprint’s Dan Hesse Ready To Bring The “Nukes” To Stop AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

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Tucked away in Sprint’s “White Room” CEO Dan Hesse is mapping out his plan to “nuke” the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile. With red, blue and green ink as his weapons Hesse is laying out his tactics for stopping the merger which include both personal and corporate resources.

“Clearly, purely, we want to win and block the merger,” said Hesse, during an interview with Bloomberg.com at the company’s Overland Park, Kansas headquarters. “This one poses real risks.”

Hesse has tripled the amount of time he’s spending on government affairs and makes regular trips to Washington to to testify before Congress. Hesse even went so far as to employ Sprint’s engineers to show AT&T how to get more out of their current network capacity so it wouldn’t need T-Mobile and he’s just getting started. His current mission to get at least 18 state regulators to scrutinize the purchase. That’s just one tactic as Hesse says he has more in his arsenal but isn’t ready to let them all out of the box just yet.

What’s the driving force behind Hesse’s attack on the AT&T/T-Mobile deal? “The industry just won’t be as innovative and as dynamic as it has been,” said Hesse, 57. “It’ll gum up the works when everything has to go through these two big tollbooths, one that’s called AT&T and one that’s called Verizon.”

While Sprint may be our competition right now at T-Mobile, the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’ is being personified by Sprint’s efforts. While Sprint’s motives may be selfish and rightfully so  as they should be concerned about their own position post-merger, their efforts to stop the deal would allow for T-Mobile to keep being T-Mobile and we can get on board with that idea.

Check out the full Bloomberg article, it’s a pretty good read.

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  • BigMixxx

    let’s say I’m optimistic and the buyout is blocked.  Will T mobile go public?  What would be the asking price per share?  

    • http://twitter.com/Beomoose Beomoose

      No, D-T would sell to Sprint or buy Clearwire.

  • Petey

    I appreciate his hard work regarding trying to stop this deal from being approve. Hope he archive his goals. it will impact us t-mobile users.

  • Bambeastie

    The only reason that I am concerned about this merger is that it will unionize t-mobile’s employees, god knows the last thing we need is another union.

    • Auser72

      Huh, so you are cool with corporate greed, Higher prices, stagnated technology, and dismal customer service because of lack of competition.

    • Auser72

      Huh, so you are cool with corporate greed, Higher prices, stagnated technology, and dismal customer service because of lack of competition.

    • Auser72

      Huh, so you are cool with corporate greed, Higher prices, stagnated technology, and dismal customer service because of lack of competition.

    • Auser72

      Huh, so you are cool with corporate greed, Higher prices, stagnated technology, and dismal customer service because of lack of competition.

    • Lesha_m

      Don’t worry, AT&T will simply fire them

      • Anonymous

        Like AT&T has fired most of its union employees vs T-Mobile’s non-union? I get what you’re saying, but you’re OT.

    • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew

      unions are not as bad as you think.

  • Weaseldj

    “Hesse even went so far as to employ Sprint’s engineers to show AT&T how to get more out of their current network capacity so it wouldn’t need T-Mobile”

    LOL’z… AT&T not smurt ‘nuf.

  • Yyevo

    Good, I’m actually looking forward to this fight. If it goes through, I will switch to Sprint.

    Hell, even if it doesn’t go through, I might anyway. And Yes, Hesse is doing it for primarily selfish reasons, but i ‘d like to think he might actually care about the consumer and the industry.

    If allowed to continue, Big Red would snatch up Sprint, then Death Star and Big Red would merge and set the US Wireless industry back 20 years. Only you’ll start paying by the kb for data instead of by the minute for calls.

    And yeah, I said kb.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    I love T-Mobile but if this merger goes through I will unfortunately have to switch to Verizon.  I can’t stand Att and I fear that Sprint wont be around long after that happens so I will basically have no choice.

    • The Truth

      Well you better switch to verizon now cause there new tirered data plan is high! $30 for 2gb is the cheapest one

    • The Truth

      Well you better switch to verizon now cause there new tirered data plan is high! $30 for 2gb is the cheapest one

    • The Truth

      Well you better switch to verizon now cause there new tirered data plan is high! $30 for 2gb is the cheapest one

    • The Truth

      Well you better switch to verizon now cause there new tirered data plan is high! $30 for 2gb is the cheapest one

    • The Truth

      Well you better switch to verizon now cause there new tirered data plan is high! $30 for 2gb is the cheapest one

    • Petey

      that’s my plan, but i’m going to switch when the new iPhone comes.

    • Petey

      that’s my plan, but i’m going to switch when the new iPhone comes.

    • None

      I want the new droid anyway.

      • None

        As soon as they waive my etf for being a data hog, I am Audi

      • None

        As soon as they waive my etf for being a data hog, I am Audi

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    I love T-Mobile but if this merger goes through I will unfortunately have to switch to Verizon.  I can’t stand Att and I fear that Sprint wont be around long after that happens so I will basically have no choice.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    Sprint is easily the 2nd worse out there next to AT&T at #1 … now way i’d switch to Sprint or Verizon .. i’d just hope for the best with the merger because let’s face it … they all have their issues .. it’s just a matter of which one do you want to deal with.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    Sprint is easily the 2nd worse out there next to AT&T at #1 … now way i’d switch to Sprint or Verizon .. i’d just hope for the best with the merger because let’s face it … they all have their issues .. it’s just a matter of which one do you want to deal with.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    Sprint is easily the 2nd worse out there next to AT&T at #1 … now way i’d switch to Sprint or Verizon .. i’d just hope for the best with the merger because let’s face it … they all have their issues .. it’s just a matter of which one do you want to deal with.

  • Asdf

    I might not be wild about the deal, but if T-Mobile were merging with Sprint, I would already be talking to Verizon.
    Sprint is one of those companies that I will never deal with again.

  • SStarMovies

    Wow this is going to be so interesting to see what happens. Dan Hesse is so right, we have to fight. The wireless industry could die if the merge together (att and t_mobile) and people could loose there jobs and more. We dont want the US to go more in dept, ATT just wants to win and take all of the money that’s why they messed our bill up 3 times and that was with a landline.

    • n900mixalot

      We have to fight just to show them that we aren’t fat and lazy!

      • Respawn

        I’m not fat. Just lazy

      • Respawn

        I’m not fat. Just lazy

      • Respawn

        I’m not fat. Just lazy

    • n900mixalot

      We have to fight just to show them that we aren’t fat and lazy!

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

    Welp… Dan is my best friend right now. Then afterwards (if he succeeds in getting the “buyout” blocked) we can go back to being friendly rivals :)

    • Dwntwnchiguy

      D, 

      Would you share my getting screwed story on twitter, I have been reaching out for help on this. 

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

        Sure, where is it?

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

        Sure, where is it?

  • Mike

    Then verizon and att can merge and only carry the iPhone. Merge for the apple att takeover of the world!

  • Mike

    Then verizon and att can merge and only carry the iPhone. Merge for the apple att takeover of the world!

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Hardly, USA maybe.
      The world, NO.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Hardly, USA maybe.
      The world, NO.

  • Anonymous

    If Sprint puts out a 3G+ phone I can use anywhere else in the world (HSPA+ besides WiMax/CDMA in the USA) AND low monthly tariffs on data/minutes/features for families, then they’ve won the war against T-Mobile’s value, and my number port.

  • TweetMo

    Dan is great at marketing and being invested in his company. In the past few years his commercials have almost made me want to move to Sprint. Great marketing and great involvement.
    He realizes that this acquisition would be bad for consumers and bad for Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully with Hesse pulling out all the stops to stop stop this merger, T-mobile stepping up their game by getting awesome phones (Sensation/Slide/G2x to name a few), and all the extra goodies T-mobile gets when the merger falls through, T-mobile will become a very attractive cell phone provider for a lot of people and will see their subscriber base grow to the point that Sprint is #4 and T-mobile is #3.

    Now if T-mobile steps up their game and fires their Marketing people and hires someone who knows how to market (some of the commercials are ok, but they need help building hype) and expands their HSPA+ network over the whole country and blankets most of rural USA, T-mobile would probably beat out AT&T & Verizon.

    If only this were a perfect world….

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully with Hesse pulling out all the stops to stop stop this merger, T-mobile stepping up their game by getting awesome phones (Sensation/Slide/G2x to name a few), and all the extra goodies T-mobile gets when the merger falls through, T-mobile will become a very attractive cell phone provider for a lot of people and will see their subscriber base grow to the point that Sprint is #4 and T-mobile is #3.

    Now if T-mobile steps up their game and fires their Marketing people and hires someone who knows how to market (some of the commercials are ok, but they need help building hype) and expands their HSPA+ network over the whole country and blankets most of rural USA, T-mobile would probably beat out AT&T & Verizon.

    If only this were a perfect world….

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully with Hesse pulling out all the stops to stop stop this merger, T-mobile stepping up their game by getting awesome phones (Sensation/Slide/G2x to name a few), and all the extra goodies T-mobile gets when the merger falls through, T-mobile will become a very attractive cell phone provider for a lot of people and will see their subscriber base grow to the point that Sprint is #4 and T-mobile is #3.

    Now if T-mobile steps up their game and fires their Marketing people and hires someone who knows how to market (some of the commercials are ok, but they need help building hype) and expands their HSPA+ network over the whole country and blankets most of rural USA, T-mobile would probably beat out AT&T & Verizon.

    If only this were a perfect world….

  • alt-mobile

    Big fat hug, butt slap and attaboy to Hesse for being proactive.  I agree with him 100%.  Sure, this merger may be good as far as spectrum and coverage is concerned.  But this merger would be detrimental for competition and innovation in the cell phone industry.  Here’s hoping that this merger does not go through…

  • None

    If Hesse was that powerful, Sprint would not be in 3rd place.  Awesome marketing sold the hell out of the Evo. I think Sprint was just as surprised by their success with is as anyone else.  I think it has given him an issue with ego.

  • Anonymous

    well being that i dont know if i will have a job once Tmo gets eaten by the death star, i think i may have to switch to sprint.  I cant seeing paying $30 for 2gb of data, that is insane!  Life after the death of Tmo is starting to look worse and worse by the day.

    • Petey

      True, I think owning a smartphone nowaday isn’t worth it (cost of phones and cost of data plan plus extra cost if that occurs)… I wished data plans wasn’t mandatory like back in the days.

      • Mattythemongoose

        Amen! I don’t like how they force you to get the data with a smart phone. I dumped my smartphone for a more simple one (G1 for the Smiley) and I have NO complaints. Saving a TON of money not having the data costs and I only charge my phone about once a week.

  • Anonymous

    well being that i dont know if i will have a job once Tmo gets eaten by the death star, i think i may have to switch to sprint.  I cant seeing paying $30 for 2gb of data, that is insane!  Life after the death of Tmo is starting to look worse and worse by the day.

  • Anonymous

    People really don’t understand how dangerous BLOCKING this merger could be.  Deutche Telekom wants OUT of the US and the At&t deal was the smoothest most straight forward transition for its network and employees.  When the Sprint buy out of T-Mobile was rumored didn’t the CFO of Deutche Telkom mention selling the T-Mobile USA network off in pieces was on the table too?  Good luck to anyone keeping their job then.  At least with the At&t merger we will see T-Mobile exist WITHIN at&t… they will have access to all their IPs, brands, wifi calling… maybe an at&t Sidekick?  Why not?  We could actually witness a T-Mobile with some resources!

    • Mopar6464

      And actually get full 3G coverage while paying for it ,.
      Not like T-Mobile , pay for 3G service but get edge data 75% of the time.

      • MIKEEEEE

        @mopar, come out here in the real world and experience the blazing 84k speed of att edge, i do when i walk out of my t-mo wifi enabled home.

        • Mopar6464

          So where would “out here” be ?
          In My neck of the woods (Ohio) ,T-Mobile service sucks 10 minutes outside of the three major cities.  
          And i am constantly roaming off of AT&t as well.

        • MIKEEEEE

          38221

        • Mopar6464

          Looks like a beautiful part of TN.
           

        • MIKEEEEE

          38221

        • SaceedAbdul

          Yeh I have the same problem expesialy going to cleaveland or cincinati for columbus ( sorry for the bad spelling typing fast on my cliq.).

      • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

        AT&T even has HSPA+ where I live but I am on EDGE with T-Mobile. It is really sad that I am still with T-Mobile but my Nexus S is the reason I stay, until the next Nexus comes out and I will switch if it has AT&T 3G/4G bands.

    • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

      OH look, an AT&T shill.

      AT&T closing T-Mobile down and taking all their customers will not be better than some hypothetical, and highly improbable, scenario in which DT breaks up T-Mobile and sells it in “pieces”.

      • Anonymous

        Highly improbable?  You realize the CFO of Deutche Telekom specifically SAID that was on the table before at&t was in the picture don’t you?  I mean he actually SAID that.  Do you choose not to hear these things?  DT is in debt!  They want to pay it off.  They haven’t been invested in the US market for YEARS now.  You want to force a disenchanted company to do business in the US when they no longer want to?

        • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

          What a load of nonsense. What was “on the table” until AT&T went in was Sprint taking over T-Mobile. There’s virtually no realistic scenario in which T-Mobile will be sold in “pieces”.

          As for the rest of your drivel… if you can’t respond to what I said, and feel the need to make stuff up to respond to, I suggest you not respond. What a maroon!

        • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

          What a load of nonsense. What was “on the table” until AT&T went in was Sprint taking over T-Mobile. There’s virtually no realistic scenario in which T-Mobile will be sold in “pieces”.

          As for the rest of your drivel… if you can’t respond to what I said, and feel the need to make stuff up to respond to, I suggest you not respond. What a maroon!

        • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

          What a load of nonsense. What was “on the table” until AT&T went in was Sprint taking over T-Mobile. There’s virtually no realistic scenario in which T-Mobile will be sold in “pieces”.

          As for the rest of your drivel… if you can’t respond to what I said, and feel the need to make stuff up to respond to, I suggest you not respond. What a maroon!

      • Anonymous

        Highly improbable?  You realize the CFO of Deutche Telekom specifically SAID that was on the table before at&t was in the picture don’t you?  I mean he actually SAID that.  Do you choose not to hear these things?  DT is in debt!  They want to pay it off.  They haven’t been invested in the US market for YEARS now.  You want to force a disenchanted company to do business in the US when they no longer want to?

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      T-mo exist within ATT?
      More like T-mo exist in your dreams.
      Wake up buddy!! Wake up!!

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      T-mo exist within ATT?
      More like T-mo exist in your dreams.
      Wake up buddy!! Wake up!!

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      T-mo exist within ATT?
      More like T-mo exist in your dreams.
      Wake up buddy!! Wake up!!

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of his motives, he will be able to stir up more trouble for the merger than we (consumers) can. I agree that competition will be stifled, especially with the selection of cell phones. Even currently, AT&T only has 8 Android phones as opposed to T-Mobile’s 14. And T-Mobile without a doubt has a better current selection of higher-end Android devices (with a Samsung Hercules and MyTouch 4G slide upcoming as well).

    The OEM’s for the phones will have one less carrier to offer exclusives to and AT&T will probably not increase the number of high-end phones they offer, since they still want to suck the teats of the iPhone even though Verizon has one now. They currently have 6 Windows phones as well and I expect them to increase that while decreasing Android. 1 Windows phone currently for sale at T-Mobile website. It doesn’t matter what platform you prefer, your choices will become more limited if this acquisition happens. So I say “give ‘em Hell Hesse.”

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Michael

      Amen!

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of his motives, he will be able to stir up more trouble for the merger than we (consumers) can. I agree that competition will be stifled, especially with the selection of cell phones. Even currently, AT&T only has 8 Android phones as opposed to T-Mobile’s 14. And T-Mobile without a doubt has a better current selection of higher-end Android devices (with a Samsung Hercules and MyTouch 4G slide upcoming as well).

    The OEM’s for the phones will have one less carrier to offer exclusives to and AT&T will probably not increase the number of high-end phones they offer, since they still want to suck the teats of the iPhone even though Verizon has one now. They currently have 6 Windows phones as well and I expect them to increase that while decreasing Android. 1 Windows phone currently for sale at T-Mobile website. It doesn’t matter what platform you prefer, your choices will become more limited if this acquisition happens. So I say “give ‘em Hell Hesse.”

  • Anonymous

    Regardless of his motives, he will be able to stir up more trouble for the merger than we (consumers) can. I agree that competition will be stifled, especially with the selection of cell phones. Even currently, AT&T only has 8 Android phones as opposed to T-Mobile’s 14. And T-Mobile without a doubt has a better current selection of higher-end Android devices (with a Samsung Hercules and MyTouch 4G slide upcoming as well).

    The OEM’s for the phones will have one less carrier to offer exclusives to and AT&T will probably not increase the number of high-end phones they offer, since they still want to suck the teats of the iPhone even though Verizon has one now. They currently have 6 Windows phones as well and I expect them to increase that while decreasing Android. 1 Windows phone currently for sale at T-Mobile website. It doesn’t matter what platform you prefer, your choices will become more limited if this acquisition happens. So I say “give ‘em Hell Hesse.”

  • MIKEEEEE

    as any competing ceo should.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    People really don’t understand how dangerous NOT BLOCKING this merger could be. Most of you don’t remember when MaBell ruled the land. Back in the 70′s if you house phone broke you had to go to Mabell to get a new one. No where else. Now fast forward to 2013 where if you want GSM you can only get it from the new BELLS
     
    Say goodbye to all the new android phone for they will be 2nd to iphone. Rates will go up .Jobs will go down And while your trying to call customer service and your call is dropped a few times and when you do get throught and they don’t care. You will – for it will be too late.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      I read this and only thing that came to mind is… “I’ve got big bells, she’s got big bells, but we’ve got the Biggest Bells of them all!”

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Michael

      also while your call(s) are dropped trying to get through to a CSR, most likely, this call will be outsource to some CSR farm in India, etc…

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Michael

      also while your call(s) are dropped trying to get through to a CSR, most likely, this call will be outsource to some CSR farm in India, etc…

      • dave

        Exactly,or a call center in china,if you can’t speak manderin too bad.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      What he said.

    • SpanD

      but now considering you can get GSM from MetroPCS and Verizon as LTE, they aren’t the only GSM carrier….

    • SpanD

      but now considering you can get GSM from MetroPCS and Verizon as LTE, they aren’t the only GSM carrier….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    People really don’t understand how dangerous NOT BLOCKING this merger could be. Most of you don’t remember when MaBell ruled the land. Back in the 70′s if you house phone broke you had to go to Mabell to get a new one. No where else. Now fast forward to 2013 where if you want GSM you can only get it from the new BELLS
     
    Say goodbye to all the new android phone for they will be 2nd to iphone. Rates will go up .Jobs will go down And while your trying to call customer service and your call is dropped a few times and when you do get throught and they don’t care. You will – for it will be too late.

  • TMoFan

    Sprint knows it’s in a very bad place if this takeover gets the green light. Even if conditions are imposed the consequences of losing a nationwide carrier (MVNOs don’t count) will be felt by everyone. I’m glad Sprint is on our side on this and a thorn on at&t’s rear-end.

    I think it needs to be more emphasized that at&t could care less about T-Mobile customers, its great cs and rates. They will dump it all, including employees, and take what they want namely spectrum and infrastructure.

    I hope this gets blocked and T-Mobile turns public. We’d be better off without DT. They’ve done nothing but mismanage and are out for a huge payday that only at&t/Verizon could offer.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      I agree that we could take care of our own. Heck DT wasn’t even involved in the bidding of the current bandwidth. Hey, Hesse, if it goes through I know how to get a larger percentage of American market.

  • Dwntwnchiguy

    T-mobile is already acting like at$t. I originally signed up for an even more plus plan. We all remember that great deal a few mths ago, well the service didn’t work for me and now they are saying I owe an ETF on a no contract plan. Epic fail T-Mobile.

  • Dwntwnchiguy

    T-mobile is already acting like at$t. I originally signed up for an even more plus plan. We all remember that great deal a few mths ago, well the service didn’t work for me and now they are saying I owe an ETF on a no contract plan. Epic fail T-Mobile.

    • CRT24

      If you ORIGINALLY signed up for em+ then you will not have an ETF…..if you had a contract then switched to em+ then your original contract is enforced.

      • Dwntwnchiguy

        signed up for the EM+ the day they had the $59.99 promo, came for VZ. I had 2 customer service rep managers agree with me and issue credits then someone else removed them. I was told the this was a special even more plus plan and it required a contract. When I asked them where it said that they said it was because I had a corporate MSA, checked the msa, all it states is that a contract may be required for service. I had a nexus S my work purchased for me. Hense the epic fail. 

        • CRT24

          Well I can tell you with 100% certainty that there is no “special” em+ plan and being on an mcsa means that you would get a monthly discount if you were on a contracted plan…..em+ is no contract….I would go into a store and have manager look at it or something because if you started on em+ and didn’t change to something that was contracted then if you are showing on contract there is a mistake somewhere.

        • Dwntwnchiguy

          That is exactly what happened, I have my bills that show when I activated it was the $59.99, I came from VZ at that time. I had a nexus S that my company had bought for me to use. I will go into a store tomorrow. Last time I called customer service they gave me both lines of BS. I have all the docs to prove what I am saying too. 

        • Dwntwnchiguy

          Too bad we can not get D.H to see this, I am sure he would have a field day saying look at how tmo customer service went from #1 to att level even before they were purchased. 

        • Skenderbogdanovic

          Doing a mcsa discount waives activation fee and puts in a two year contract.

        • CLT FTW

          But a customer cannot legally be placed onto a 2 year contract while staying on EM+. This is two years of working in customer loyalty talking. Keep fighting this!

        • Dwntwnchiguy

          Fight won. Thanks for your support.

        • Rommy0515

          Take them to small claims court. It’s highly unlikely they will show up. If they don’t show, you win by default. 

        • Rommy0515

          Take them to small claims court. It’s highly unlikely they will show up. If they don’t show, you win by default. 

  • Lenny_mills

    they have no choice to raise the price rate cause more people you merge the bigger they have to purchase spectrum build new tower and who have to suffer att and tmobile why people like you wouldnt mind paying more for this merger ya remeber cingular and att merger they promise ya they would spike the prices up remember.. so what make you think if i was a new customer im gonna pay for unlimted evrything for  199.99 a month come on people wake up

  • phone capo

    lets face it people this is going to happen

    • Realcool2000

      Since you can tell the future so well, you may as well get into stocks and gambling…bet you predicted the last 4 presidents, last 2 earthquakes, and when your ex was gonna dump you too…..lets face it you dont know what will or wont happen with this or anything else outside your control.

      Valid points are good, but saying this merger will or wont happen is just pretending that you know something that you dont….unless you are a child pretending is just silly.

  • phone capo

    lets face it people this is going to happen

  • TN97

    How many times do I have to say this.

    One way or another, whether the deal goes through or not, T-Mobile is gone, done, finished even.

    DT isn’t going to fork out enough money to launch a real LTE network.  A merger with sprint would be like the two lame ducks combining to try and make one that can run.  

    Hesse is fighting because he knows if we are gone, Sprint is gone.  The issue that Hesse has is that no one needs his company, so the price will plummet to nothing.

    • Petey

      I rather let someone else buy t-mobile rather than AT&T. Actually, I rather prefer someone who’s new & aggressive (not any of the cellular provider in the US).

      • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ✔

        You mean like Google? or do you mean like Comcast – cause Comcast would LOVE that.

        • Petey

          Doesn’t matter who, as long as they’re aggressive and competitive with the other 3.

        • Petey

          Doesn’t matter who, as long as they’re aggressive and competitive with the other 3.

        • IT Guy

          Unfortunately, nobody wants to buy them. DT has been looking for buyers for a couple years now. Sprint came in with a lowball offer, and AT&T came up with the deal we’re currently discussing — and that’s mostly just for the exisiting network.

          Other than that, nobody has been interested. It’s just not profitable enough. DT made about a $50 billion investment to make $700 million over 10 years. Those numbers look big, but in the real business world where dollars and cents are everything, it’s just not enough to interest buyers.

        • Christos

          It’s been mentioned before but there is more out there than just US companies???Hmm… Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange are ALL bigger than AT&T and are Euro companies who could help keep this a competitive market.

        • Nova5041

          Oh NO!!!!, Dont say that, I could see Comcast charging out of the butt for wireless service, just like their cable service, which they really have a monopoly on! Scary Thought!!!!!

        • dave

          i love my android…a google wireless company is fine with me. Where do I sign.

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

      I don’t think no one is concerned about them being gone. I think it’s the matter of who their gone too. We’ll be more happier if we go to anyway other than AT&T. Like Sprint or Google.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ✔

      DT doesnt have to fork over money to launch an LTE network. AT&T is giving T-Mobile a multi-year roaming deal of ALL AVAILABLE TOWERS (assume that would mean HSPA+ as well) plus $2-3BILLION in cash. That money could be spent building out an LTE network, or spend to fund LightSquared, the company building out an LTE Wholesale network, or this could be a perfect time to negotiate with Sprint who is also rolling out an LTE network of their own along side LightSquared deal they have. No need to think that this wont happen if AT&T-Mobile doesnt happen.

      • IT Guy

        DT wants out of the US market. They’ve been trying to offload the T-Mobile USA brand for a couple years and have been looking for buyers. The only interested parties have been Sprint, who gave them a lowball offer, and AT&T.

        $2-3 billion is a lot of money, but nowhere near enough to build out an LTE network.

        As others have said, if this deal does not go through, you’ll most likely see DT begin breaking up T-Mobile and selling it off in pieces. At that point, everything’s up in the air.

      • IT Guy

        DT wants out of the US market. They’ve been trying to offload the T-Mobile USA brand for a couple years and have been looking for buyers. The only interested parties have been Sprint, who gave them a lowball offer, and AT&T.

        $2-3 billion is a lot of money, but nowhere near enough to build out an LTE network.

        As others have said, if this deal does not go through, you’ll most likely see DT begin breaking up T-Mobile and selling it off in pieces. At that point, everything’s up in the air.

        • Susanl

          There is always the Euro GIANTS: Orange Mobile or Telefonica.  Or even Rogers in Canada.  There is more to the world than just the 3 “American” cell companies.  Any number of people could buy it.  hey, Verizon is pretty much a British operation.

        • IT Guy

          This is true, but the European carriers have expressed no interest in taking over.

        • Death to Deathstar

          Verizon wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey the company is a joint venture of U.S. telecommunications firm Verizon Communications and British multinational mobile network operator Vodafone, with 55 and 45 percent ownership respectively

        • guest

          BS they would be the largest single stock holder of ATT if this merger goes through so obviously they don’t really want out of the US market

      • TN97

        3 billion dollars is nothing, nothing to launch a network.

  • TN97

    How many times do I have to say this.

    One way or another, whether the deal goes through or not, T-Mobile is gone, done, finished even.

    DT isn’t going to fork out enough money to launch a real LTE network.  A merger with sprint would be like the two lame ducks combining to try and make one that can run.  

    Hesse is fighting because he knows if we are gone, Sprint is gone.  The issue that Hesse has is that no one needs his company, so the price will plummet to nothing.

  • TN97

    How many times do I have to say this.

    One way or another, whether the deal goes through or not, T-Mobile is gone, done, finished even.

    DT isn’t going to fork out enough money to launch a real LTE network.  A merger with sprint would be like the two lame ducks combining to try and make one that can run.  

    Hesse is fighting because he knows if we are gone, Sprint is gone.  The issue that Hesse has is that no one needs his company, so the price will plummet to nothing.

  • Miro

    I love this man
    And the ‘it’s going to happen’ people, what losers. At least he’s not sitting on his hands with a defeatist attitude

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

    Dan Hesse should worry about his own network  and quit spending money on trying to stop this merger. He should invest that money in LTE and buying all of clear wire  that would help them in the long run. This merger is a done deal nothing you can do about it  T mobile  future is not a good one even if this merger fails it will still be bad for t mobile. That 3 billion that at&t will give will help DT with their debt it was never promised to help T mobile USA . Look at the future when the 3 networks Sprint Verizon and At&t will be LTE and T mobile will be still use 3g and still be far behind the times and still losing money and customers. What does sprint gain if this doesn’t go through well they will have a chance to buy T mobile and shut the whole network down.

    3 companies can compete without the fourth just look at the video game market they are still innovative that is the same with cola market one trying to compete with each other to see which cola is better. If you want to talk about a monopoly in a market look at coke they have more restaurants with there colas in it. What I am trying to say is that sprint can still compete in a 3 market race they can still be innovative they just have to be smart because now they have 2 large companies  instead of 4 they will probably have to sell themselves to  Century link. And buy out clearwire that will make them the 3 largest company and help them compete with  Verizon and AT&T Mobile. I believe consolidation should be said when Verizon and AT&T merge together  that will be a problem if that happen that is the real ma bell. Not this merger 

    • Anonymous

      The f*&k? You start talking about colas as if they’re something that you sign a contract for and have a high premium to use. Totally different businesses bro. 

  • Craig4life20089

    Im a little skeptical about why verizon isn’t getting involved in this. This merger would make them the number 2 seed. Everybody’s looking for more spectrum & more infrastructure. Verizon said at&t needs to manage there network better. So why is sprint the main carrier fighting this merger? Makes u wonder about a verizon/sprint merger down the road. Go head mr. Hesse and stop this monopoly!

    • http://twitter.com/NunubuttTWIT onetimeuse

      Because if it gets through, verizon can buy sprint justifiably.

    • http://twitter.com/NunubuttTWIT onetimeuse

      Because if it gets through, verizon can buy sprint justifiably.

  • Craig4life20089

    Im a little skeptical about why verizon isn’t getting involved in this. This merger would make them the number 2 seed. Everybody’s looking for more spectrum & more infrastructure. Verizon said at&t needs to manage there network better. So why is sprint the main carrier fighting this merger? Makes u wonder about a verizon/sprint merger down the road. Go head mr. Hesse and stop this monopoly!

  • Craig4life20089

    Im a little skeptical about why verizon isn’t getting involved in this. This merger would make them the number 2 seed. Everybody’s looking for more spectrum & more infrastructure. Verizon said at&t needs to manage there network better. So why is sprint the main carrier fighting this merger? Makes u wonder about a verizon/sprint merger down the road. Go head mr. Hesse and stop this monopoly!

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Need I say the obvious thing that most of us are thinking? Dan The Man 8)

  • Dan the Man

    The only one that’s going to get nuked is old Dan, when he gets his pink slip after the merger and Sprint fades away!

  • Dan the Man

    The only one that’s going to get nuked is old Dan, when he gets his pink slip after the merger and Sprint fades away!

  • Dan the Man

    The only one that’s going to get nuked is old Dan, when he gets his pink slip after the merger and Sprint fades away!

  • Jarvis Billena

    Dan!! I gotta pour some Crown Royal for you homie>>>You is da man!!!