Deutsche Telekom Says “Plan B” Available Should AT&T Deal Fall Through

Deutsche Telekom Chief Technology Officer Olivier Baujard speaking at the Broadboand World Forum Conference in Paris Wednesday reiterated his company’s position of faith that the AT&T deal will go through. Deutsche Telekom is already preparing how to spend the influx of cash received from the AT&T deal in order to bolster their German business as well grow in emerging European markets.

Taking his talk a step further Baujard said that as any company should, Deutsche Telekom has a Plan B allowing for other opportunities for its United States branch should the DOJ succeed in blocking the deal. While Baujard declined to say specifically what a Plan B would look like, he did declare that T-Mobile USA is still of value to Deutsche Telekom.

“For us the main problem would be how can we keep T-Mobile competitive in the mobile data race,” he said.

“It’s not as if we have no other opportunity than to close T-Mobile USA if the deal doesn’t work. We have other opportunities. (T-Mobile USA ) may not be an economical jewel, but it is a true asset that has many ways to be valued,” Baujard said.

Reuters

 

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  • Ramiro

    Haha ppl keep dreaming! DT has no intentions of investing on Tmobile USA, If you read the article, it says they’re planning on spend the influx of cash from the At&T deal on expanding service in Germany and all across Europe! As a Tmobile customer our best bet is hoping that the At&t deal goes through! Otherwise Tmobile will be sold to sprint or some other company or just go out of business, DT has proven many times that they just want to get rid of us!

    • Hamster

      I’d prefer T-Mo go to Sprint if it has to go to one of the other three carriers.

      • Littlesis1774

        I would not mind Sprint getting T-Mobile since I will going there when my contract expires

      • Littlesis1774

        I would not mind Sprint getting T-Mobile since I will going there when my contract expires

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

    Personally I’m hoping for any of the following:

    * Plan C – customer buy-out.
    * Plan G – Google buys T-Mobile
    * Plan P – I buy T-Mobile. That’d totally rule.
    * Plan T- T-Mobile buys AT&T. Haha! That’ll teach ‘em.

    Anyway, can all the maroons who have been pretending that if the AT&T takeover falls through, DT will simply dismantle the network and fire everyone, please, now, shut-up? Nothing you argued ever made sense, it wasn’t something DT ever claimed, and it was, frankly, silly. The above is an absolute refutation of your bizarre conspiracy theory. Go away!

    • Anonymous

      Plan C – don’t see this happening, especially with the customer base now compared to what it had been

      Plan G – sounds plausible

      Plan P – You got some good stuff there, you need to share, let me have a sip…etc…

      Plan T – I said pass it around… Your gonna hurt yourself!

      Maroons? see it’s killing blood cells already.

      No they wont immediately close and fire everybody. they will try to pull some other deal together

    • Ralph Exantus

      let’s put some money together and buy tmobile

  • Willcr73

    Fuk tmobile!!! As for today I’m a AT&T costumer with a brand new GS2. WOW what a difference

    • Anonymous

      Buh bye!!!

    • Anonymous

      Buh bye!!!

    • JT

      you must have resevations or still care because you are still here…………….

  • Willcr73

    Fuk tmobile!!! As for today I’m a AT&T costumer with a brand new GS2. WOW what a difference

  • Anonymous

    not gonna happen

  • Will

    DT obviously wants to rid themselves of T-Mobile. If the deal falls through why not see if Comcast would buy T-Mobile. Yeah, I know ppl have a bad image of Comcast but it makes sense to me. Currently Comcast offers a bundle of home phone, cable, and internet. More and more ppl are getting rid of their home phones and just using cell phones. Comcast obviously wants to get into the cell phone business as they have in Boston and Oregon (not sure if its still up). DT wants a buyer, and it would allow Comcast to expand immediately. 

    • Suanb

      Yes, comcast was very interested and is against the merger….hmmm….

      • Afterburner

        I work for Comcast I would love it if Comcast bought Tmobile. It would be a nice bundle addition.

      • Littlesis1774

        They just brought NBC so why would they get T-mobile?

      • Littlesis1774

        They just brought NBC so why would they get T-mobile?

  • Will

    DT obviously wants to rid themselves of T-Mobile. If the deal falls through why not see if Comcast would buy T-Mobile. Yeah, I know ppl have a bad image of Comcast but it makes sense to me. Currently Comcast offers a bundle of home phone, cable, and internet. More and more ppl are getting rid of their home phones and just using cell phones. Comcast obviously wants to get into the cell phone business as they have in Boston and Oregon (not sure if its still up). DT wants a buyer, and it would allow Comcast to expand immediately. 

  • Anonymous

    not gonna happen

  • Anonymous

    not gonna happen

  • Briteyfan23

    Honestly I could care less about t-mobile USA over here in germany its all good I have an iphone4 on t-mobile.

  • Youremail

    Nowadays it’s wise not to believe anything Deutche Telekom/Germans are saying…..

    • Anonymous

      Now that’s wisdom!

    • Anonymous

      in this case it might be wise to believe what they are saying….

      on one hand they are saying they are chomping at the bit to spend the $39 billion from AT&T.   

      The other direction they’re saying T-mobile USA is not working financially so we’ll find some other way to sort it out and get value out of the company in case the deal doesn’t go through.  Just plain fixing T-mobile USA doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

  • pkd’las;l

    noooooooo!

  • Mopar6464

    Maybe Walmart is their plan B and C .
    I can see it now , Walmart Mobile , lol.

    • Ralph Exantus

      Walmobile the big W

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      Walmart Family Mobile already exists. And it uses the Tmobile network… so you never know. ;-)

      • Mopar6464

        To bad Simple Mobile could’nt pony up the cash and buy T-Mobile USA outright.
         

    • Littlesis1774

      If they sale to Walmart I will differently pay early termination fee.

    • ogopogo

      Interestingly enough, a study was done that speculated the same thing. It also stated that if a cell tower was placed on each Walmart store in the US, the footprint would provide the most coverage nationwide.

      • Mopar6464

        That’s interesting.

    • ogopogo

      Interestingly enough, a study was done that speculated the same thing. It also stated that if a cell tower was placed on each Walmart store in the US, the footprint would provide the most coverage nationwide.

    • Anonymous

      plan b and last will be i imagine whoever offers the germans the next best profit margin  (if any), or the least in losses.It will be sold of in parts so as to minimize regulatory hurdles and ensure success rather to attempt another sale in whole

  • Robert Turner

    They can just team up or sell out to Clear or one of other broadband whole sellers. This is the reason sprint is so against the merger, because one way or another Sprint will gain from it – via Tmobile being forced to work with Sprint or Clear. Sprint has been hoarding spectrum.

  • Kerry

    Remember when DT was issuing press releases saying how dedicated they were to the US market… blah, blah, blah.  They did this right up to the point when the AT&T deal was announced.  So basically they lied to us to try to keep us signing contracts.

    So now this release is again to try an appease the masses that aren’t sure what to think of all of this.  The we have a plan message and “…may not be an economical jewel, but it is a true asset that has many ways to be valued,” stinks of shoveling the BS to again keep the people happy, signing contracts, and buying phones.

    I stopped trusting DT after the AT&T deal was announced.  Anything they say is just chatter, it will be interesting to see what they truth really is.

  • Anonymous

    Google PLEASE buy T-Mobile!!!

    • jay_max

      No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Cmon

      As a tmobile employee speaking…. if google bought tmobile I would invest in a house immediately LOL

    • Littlesis1774

      They won’t touch it now

  • Brianb

    hmmm–Plan B is Telefonica or Orange Mobile.  DT already knows thoughs guys well.  They won’t make as much money off them as with AT&T but they can still sell the division to them.  Changing the Tmobile name in USA to Orange or Telefonica might actually be refreshing for the image of the USA division as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

      Plan “B” is Plan “G”  Trust Me!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

      Plan “B” is Plan “G”  Trust Me!

    • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

      I would perfer Orange if there was a choice of a European Company to buy us, but not Telefonica, its bad enough that most of T mobile customer service is being replaced with South Asians

  • Anonymous

    Samsung should buy TMo…

    EDIT: I’m going wherever the Nexus Prime goes…

    • Littlesis1774

      Why would they since their phones are on all carriers?

      • Anonymous

        It’s hair-brained. :)

    • Anonymous

      Cell Phone manufacturers are prohibited by U.S. law from owning cell phone carriers or vice versa. Which is why neither Google OR Samsung could be in the mix.

    • Anonymous

      Cell Phone manufacturers are prohibited by U.S. law from owning cell phone carriers or vice versa. Which is why neither Google OR Samsung could be in the mix.

      • The Observer

        google do not manufacture phones

        • Jcj1

          well they just bought motorola’s mobile phone division, so they do know

        • Anonymous

          No but they now own Motorola which DOES manufacture phones thus disqualifying them from owning a carrier.

  • H>A*T

    I don’t get why ppl think Google would buy T-Mobile. A few years ago, yeah. But now, no. It doesn’t seem like a smart business move to me. Right now, every carrier is selling Android phones. If you were Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T why would you keep selling their phones and making money for them.

    • Littlesis1774

      Google won’t touch it probably because T-Mobile lost too much value and losing customers

      • IT Guy

        Yeah, they’ve said they’re not interested.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

          But on the contrary… I have knowledge that Google will be in the mix!

        • mrmiddl

          only issue would be the actual android OS. would they make a new one or remove the open source. it would be shooting yourself in the foot to give away your OS to everyone and then push your phones with it. exclusivity makes makes the average joe feel important (average iPhone user)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Hmmm… My MBA tells me that’s the best time to buy!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Hmmm… My MBA tells me that’s the best time to buy!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

        Hmmm… My MBA tells me that’s the best time to buy!

  • Anonymous

    I’m closing a multi-billion dollar drug deal in a few days so If AT&T is out, I’m in

    • MIKEEEEE

      if you need some product moved………………………….

  • Dave Macias

    If the government blocks the deal I could see Vodafone selling its Verizon part and buying T-Mobile ,they been wanting to put their brand here for a long time so why not??

    • MIKEEEEE

      if that happened, there would really be competition instead of 2 former bell companies ‘competing’.

  • CRT24

    It is profitable…..not sure where you get your info

  • PatheticLoser

    Plan B – Sell off the spectrum. Sell off the towers. Sell out the employees.

    • mrmiddl

       the very next day if blocked

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I dont think plan B will be like the ATT deal. Plan B will consist of scrapping us out for parts. Also… If ATT deal fails, look for CS hold times to quickly skyrocket, as I suspect weekly attrition rates will jump quickly and steeply.

      • the_truth

        That’s why I left the company after 6 years of employment and went to Verizon. Night and day they way they treat employees. I am happy to go to work again.

      • the_truth

        That’s why I left the company after 6 years of employment and went to Verizon. Night and day they way they treat employees. I am happy to go to work again.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I dont think plan B will be like the ATT deal. Plan B will consist of scrapping us out for parts. Also… If ATT deal fails, look for CS hold times to quickly skyrocket, as I suspect weekly attrition rates will jump quickly and steeply.

  • Maureewy

    My personal guestimate is that T-Mobile USA will be around this same time next year. I am just not sure they will be here in two years time. 

    • Anonymous

      Sounds about right. If ATT deal fails, there will be some form of plan B to try and salvage  some kind of cash deal before just dumping us at the curb and moving on

    • Anonymous

      Sounds about right. If ATT deal fails, there will be some form of plan B to try and salvage  some kind of cash deal before just dumping us at the curb and moving on

  • 123

    Att better go through. Tmobile has nothing but been behind. The T don’t even have plans for LTE. If the deal falls and Att gives money to the Germans , then T USA goes unnder.

    • Jcj1

      you do realize HSPA+ rivals LTE. It can be as fast and in eventual enhancements even slightly faster. T-Mobile has always taken a different path and it has worked for them. HSPA+ is cheaper then LTE and will keeps costs low while giving equivalent speeds. 

  • http://twitter.com/LTEstyles LTEstyles

    Correct me if i misunderstood this, DT said they would spend the money AT&T gives them should the deal not go through only to their German business as well grow in emerging European markets? meaning non of that money will be used to help keep T-Mobile USA stay a float??

    • IT Guy

      Yup, that’s pretty much what they said.

    • IT Guy

      Yup, that’s pretty much what they said.

    • IT Guy

      Yup, that’s pretty much what they said.

    • TaraLee

      it says they have plans to spend the money growing the German business if the deal does go through, not if it does not.  if it goes through then they don’t need money to keep t-mobile usa afloat.  it would be at&t at that time.

  • Guest

    I love T-Mobile, but this picture looks like a sinking ship… Could it be a picture of the truth?

  • Guest

    I love T-Mobile, but this picture looks like a sinking ship… Could it be a picture of the truth?

  • Rolf

    I think that his is a plan by DT to make it look like they want to sell but really justwant ATT assets.