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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  • http://simwit.a6studios.com Andrew Chandler

    Wow! I’ve had T-Mobile for 9 years, and I’m not feeling too confident about keeping it once my contract is up.

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

    I want Plan B!, lol

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

    I want Plan B!, lol

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

    I want Plan B!, lol

    • Anonymous

      Thats what he said lol she did as well too

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    Seriously, they should’ve thought about staying competitive rather than selling themselves off in the first place. T-mobile has done a lot of things right, they just need to do more to expand and grow their network. It’s too bad they didn’t get the iphone, as that would’ve been a valuable asset, even though i much prefer android over the iphone.

    • DIAMOND PRINCE

      I totally 100% agree with you.. I also prefer android then iphone but i have both on T-Mobile and it would be amazing to have 3g instead of 2g. But i love android its more free and you can do anything you want with android. I love both but android is the best it offers way more then iphone. Iphone is wanted and T-Mobile is going to lose ppl due to not having the iphone but hey i think its T-Mobile & Apple’s fault!!

      • Dpro

        Blame it on Apple that is typical statement made without looking at the picture. Blame T Mobile not having the Iphone on T Mobile . DT was so intent on having this sale happen they were not going to invest to a purchase plan for the Iphone. Android handset sellers are like cheap whores i.e. not expensive and easy to get. LOL

        • Dpro

          Oh and honestly I am starting to feel like its no longer worth staying with T Mobile. All these people talking about how T Mobile customers are spoiled and whatnot. I have been with T Mobile since they picked up Voicestream and came to California that is like 9-10 years. Given them lots of cash in the end its no longer the company I loved. DT saw to that with the changes implemented since the whole deal was announced. They sold us down the river period. Now they are committed to what sounds like parting it all out when the FCC denies the purchase by AT&T. No good time to leave folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Salvador-Rios/100000447016337 Salvador Rios

    i feel iffy now if i wanna upgrade this friday now…

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully plan B is find investors to keep the company afloat so i can keep my job. 

    • JayOne

      and make us truly competitive….

  • Evos469

    Why does the article gives me the creeps

  • Phershey128

    sounds to me like DT not so confident the deal will go thru, otherwise why do you need a plan B.

    • CM Punk

      /FACEPALM

      That way if it doesn’t fall through you can do something OTHER than nothing.

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

        Phershey128 brings up a valid point though, b/c in Feb/Mar DT and AT&T was all hyped about this deal happening  and just knew it would have no problem being approved but between the DOJ and government officials alot of that thunder has been stolen.

        I’m beginning to think DT is finally realizing that they aren’t invincible and that there is a small but strong  possibility this won’t go through, and that’s when doubt begins to set in..and if you’re against this deal that’s exactly what we want

        • CM Punk

          I want a feasible plan B.  I want the government to say “Look, this money has to be invested in the USA or you don’t get it” concerning the disapproval cause.

          To think there wasn’t always doubt is just crazy for a multi-million dollar company, period.  What it sounds like to me is that they didn’t know for sure it would go through but were very confident.  To put an arbitrary number, let’s say they thought there was a 90% chance the deal would go through and they would have made what they considered the sale of a lifetime selling T-Mobile for something like 25-40% more than they valued it at and still getting a share of AT&T (the largest of any stockholder) to go along with it.

          Now, they’re probably a little restless, let’s say they have 60% confidence (another arbitrary figure considering they still have more optimism than us about it…) and have to look back over their Plan B.  If I’m T-Mobile I have many scenarios worked out so that no matter what the ruling is, I’m prepared to initiate them.

          Whether that’s shopping to another provider, or turning T-Mobile into a powerhouse, it will all take time and effort and they need to be ready now, rather than preparing in the long run.

          My overall point was that for a company not to have a Plan B at this point would just be ridiculous…

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

        Phershey128 brings up a valid point though, b/c in Feb/Mar DT and AT&T was all hyped about this deal happening  and just knew it would have no problem being approved but between the DOJ and government officials alot of that thunder has been stolen.

        I’m beginning to think DT is finally realizing that they aren’t invincible and that there is a small but strong  possibility this won’t go through, and that’s when doubt begins to set in..and if you’re against this deal that’s exactly what we want

    • CM Punk

      /FACEPALM

      That way if it doesn’t fall through you can do something OTHER than nothing.

  • JayOne

    I hope that this was the plan all along….essentially extortion by the law. Why else go thru it if it wasn’t a means to a end. It may be bitter sweet ironic justice to the Death Star, and who better to do this than the Magenta. Perfect that Tmo put in those stipulations if the deal failed if they didn’t already know it was happening.

    The company itself was already revamping at alarming paces to try to maximize operating costs and marketing/expenses. They were trying to take that Euro movement and bring it here. I don’t see it stopping while this ATT drama drags on.

    In short, “the game is chess, not checkers”.

  • don’t care anymore

    No matter what, tmobile customers leave even though tmobile has the best prices and best cust service, I feel they just don’t care they just leave right away , its a shame to have these type of customers which r just spoiled just bc they don’t get what they want

  • Anonymous

    pretty much he just said that he’ll tear apart t-mo and sell it.

  • sidekicker89

    Honestly it sounds like they scrambled up a “Plan B” when the DOJ sued them… ha I like they had one from the beginning.. yeah riight

    • sidekicker89

      sued them.. by that I mean sued the AT&T deal**

  • sidekicker89

    Honestly it sounds like they scrambled up a “Plan B” when the DOJ sued them… ha I like they had one from the beginning.. yeah riight

  • BP

    Plan A is so big that it exposed DT/T-Mobile/iPhone.  Plan B is to get the deal done with AT&T by any means necessary.  There is no other options.

  • http://twitter.com/SocalFrank1 Frank Alvarez

    Ve hav Veys ov makink dis deal go tru

    • James

      Hahaha! Well played! :)

  • ixmntr

    Germans sure do like to screw over american companies!

  • ixmntr

    Germans sure do like to screw over american companies!

  • Anonymous

    ” (T-Mobile USA ) may not be an economical jewel, but it is a true asset that has many ways to be valued”

    that sounds ominous as hell. 

    • Anonymous

      translation… If we can’t get rid of it one way, we’ll get rid of it another way

  • http://twitter.com/ingram1225 William Ingram

    sell to google. I heard/read rumors google was looking to buy a carrier (sprint) but im sure this would be cheaper/more valuable. 

    • Seanmmvi

      i would be comfortable in Googles hands…

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

        Google can NOT buy T-mobile. FCC & DOJ have very strict regulations and in NO FORM can a handset manufacturer be a Mobile Services provider by law. Google it bro. Will never happen unless they give up Moto. 

        Don’t you think if this was the case all the OEM’s would have opened up carrier services to offer their own devices on their own ideals? Would be great if it could, but it CAN’T.

        • Magmaspawn

          google isnt a manufacture. they simply developed android. that is an os. they only bought motoblur not motorola. nothing about that means they manufacture. its all software. google could easily be a manufacturer to you point, but they do better making money advertising without intruding.

        • http://twitter.com/Darknicks Darknicks

          “They only bought motoblur not Motorola”.

          Read a little more idiot.
          They bought Motorola Mobility, not just Motoblur.

        • Stephanie29

          Wow…is the name calling really necessary?   You can get your point across without being rude.  Smh.  

        • http://tmonews.com David

          No the name calling is not necessary and you can get your point across without being rude. Darknicks…please respect others. 

        • OKDave

          Could you please quote the specific law you reference above? No, I don’t mean Google, I mean the specific legal citation.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Google will NOT buy Tmobile.  They will LOSE ALOT of Revenue doing so.  I will not explain why again as it should be obvious why.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Google will NOT buy Tmobile.  They will LOSE ALOT of Revenue doing so.  I will not explain why again as it should be obvious why.

  • Chantelle_sa

    I am an absolute tmobile fan.  I cannot praise them enough for the way they treat customers.  Their products are good, their plans are great, and I will stick with them till the bitter end.  ATT can go SCREW themselves.  I will never switch to them. 

  • forgotten

    This article doesn’t give us as employees much hope for our future…The merger talks have already ravaged our business. DT just wants to unload us as fast as possible. I want the old T-Mobile back.

    • Anonymous

      What was there up until now in the way of hope that you had found to hold onto? oh that’s right, the lies and smokescreen that others have been feeding. I would love to go back to T-Mobile’s glory days! oh how I miss those days.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

    If they were 100% sure it would go through there would be no Plan B. Trust me on that. I’m glad I quit and now I work at AT&T and hate it…Thinking of going to an independent retailer to work as a district. Safer if we have more than one carrier to sell. Things are too shaky in the mobile arena right now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    Hmm, so there’s a plan B? Well at least there’s a plan B! Honestly, if his plan is too break T-Mobile into peaces, I’d be happy with that! Somebody will pick it up, but none of the big 3 competitors can have it! HAHA. But on an optimistic side I just hope their plan B is to sell to a foreign carrier not available in the USA or to sell to one of those cable companies who wants to get into the wireless industry. Either way, at least our nation will have 4 national wireless carriers, instead of 3. And that’s what is important! We need 4 national carriers. Heck there should be a healthy 6 national carriers to be truly competitive!

  • rob

    What if the plan B is to actually keep Tmobile and invest in it? Rebuild the customer/employee/market relationship and sell it later?  Maybe form a real merger (not a take over) with another company that wants an entry to the US market.  A 50/50 partnership or 60/40 etc.  That could help bring investment cash to the company while maintaining it. 

    I’m also a bit confused.  LTE, not only is it supposed to be faster than 3g, but is the signal completely different in some way, maybe a stronger strength signal?  If TMO can get these really fast speeds using their same network then what is all this talk about them being uncompetitive with no plan for the future?  It is still high-speed mobile data that they are offering.  Wouldn’t they just need the back end network abilities so that people actually get the speed boots with the new signal?  The may be last to get a next generation mobile data network but in the mean time they are not building a totally new network that requires specific handsets to use it.  Just admit and eat at the fact that these other companies got it first LTE and shop around for solid technology to employ while delivering a true fast mobile network now.

    I would rather have a solid network, be it any letter in the alphabet, than have a rushed out problem ridden one.  Turn up the juice and back haul capabilities in the markets they have now so that customers who are in these 21-42mb markets can get real advances.  Impress them and the market by truly delivering their advertised speeds with out having to scrap the network and rebuild it some other standard to do it.

    But we can speculate all day on what plan B is, only they know.

    • J-Hop2o6

      I skimmed thru your post, but yea, hopefully Plan B is to reinvest into Tmo, and to get AWS iPhones, AND be the FIRST carrier to release the next iPhone 5 (next summer?).. and combine that with great plans and aggressive marketing, which means WIN for Tmo & DT.

      Also, signal strength (distance+penetration) is mainly determined by the spectrum.. Tmo’s AWS/1700&2100 has less distance & penetration than their PCS/1900 spectrum.. Why do u think Verzion and AT&T rushed and spent alot to bid for that 700MHz spectrum for LTE.

  • TMOTECH

    Holding my breath….turning blue

  • TMOTECH

    Holding my breath….turning blue

  • Anonymous

    A plan is simply a plan.  In the end what matters most is the execution of the plan.  I think they still want the large sums of money from AT&T over spending more time and effort into fixing something that is very broken at the given time.  It would be so much easier for them and everyone involved.  But everyone has a plan b.  If you don’t have a plan b in life, than what happens when something fails? right?

  • Anonymous

    A plan is simply a plan.  In the end what matters most is the execution of the plan.  I think they still want the large sums of money from AT&T over spending more time and effort into fixing something that is very broken at the given time.  It would be so much easier for them and everyone involved.  But everyone has a plan b.  If you don’t have a plan b in life, than what happens when something fails? right?

  • Jackofalltracks

    Plan B could mean selling off the spectrum. If the deal fails the $1.5bln is going straight into DT’s bank acct to reinvest in europe not tmous.

  • Stephanie29

    Sighs…these articles are depressing. 

  • The Dude

    Nothing like having your parent tell you that you’re not a jewel.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not just that we are not a jewel. Jewels are held in high esteem, they are amired and protected. I could put up with being the average child that is tolerated, but to know that your parents hate you so much that they desperately want to get rid of you. How would you feel as a 10 year old to hear your parents trying to get rid of you forever. Then when someone gives them an out, and offers them a gift of money, to help out with you, they say thanks for the money, but i’m not giving my 10 year old the help they need, I’m going to spend it on myself, and my other kids

  • Drf37

    My latest contract has been up 2 years and waiting on the iPhone, plus stuck on 2G in my area. I have been Tmob customer for a decade. C’mon Tmob, get proactive….. I think I have been patient enough.

    • Droid33

      Where do you live in a major city or just on the outskirts?  T-Mobile doesn’t work well in remote locations.  They have better connections in the city with some roaming.

    • Droid33

      Where do you live in a major city or just on the outskirts?  T-Mobile doesn’t work well in remote locations.  They have better connections in the city with some roaming.

    • Anonymous

      I’m being serious, and not sarcastic… Give up, and move on. If it hasn’t happened by now, it’s not going to happen. Those on the outside looking in, and those on the inside looking up have been scratching their heads. If being comfortable with the current experience (equipment, coverage, personell, price) without expectations of any chages is unnacceptable, then tiswatis 

  • Aleale

    tmobile is going to suffer another blow without getting the iphone 4s….at this point maybe its in tmobiles best interest in letting the att deal go through. No matter what, tmobile is just a sinking ship

    • Cmon

      As a T-Mobile rep I must agree with you. I have been with the company for 4 years and have seen so many changes, but this time its over. Customer service has taken a dip in the past year n half or so with the way they treat customers, the companys focus changes more than I do my underwear on a daily basis, all there new ideas are really old ideas for other companys (Mobile broadband, charging high prices for data packages even tho tmobile customers are used to low prices). Value plans confuse most of your average cell phone shoppers because they see both plans and get confused being that the industry has always been based around “free phones”, and of course the loss of the iphone. Its been a very fun ride t-mobile but we are just that band on the sinking titanic……. playing our last song *tear*

      • Anonymous

        I’m sorry to hear that, but what you say makes sense.  I’m not counting T-mo out just yet but if what you say is true than I can see why they are in so much trouble.

        • Cmon

          It’s very true, especially the value plans part. Ever wonder why that’s the only plan you can finance on? It makes you want to leave less because you will have to pay your phone remaining balance and the early termination fee. These plans were released to acquire more customers and make more profit off the phones themselves. They didn’t care about the long term because they knew the company was gone anyway so why not just lock people in for 2 years and let whoever buys the company worry about how to keep those customers. 

      • count on me

        So true. I’m also a tmobile rep and the value plans are good but hard to explain. People get freaked out that they are paying full price for the phone but anyway you are right costomer service sucks. When I have to call in I dread it so much.. Also I wish we did get the I phone. Not that I like it but not having the iphone is like not having blackberry or android. You leave an entire group of potential customers out because you refuse to make a deal with apple

      • Kerry

        Sad, but that’s what I see too.  Since the deal was announced I have believed that TMO is a goner.  If the deal with AT&T goes through its gone, if the deal doesn’t go through some other method will be used to offload TMO USA. Of course there is a slight change that TMO gets sold to someone who can focus it and nurture it along… it has always had the potential to be much bigger/better than it is.  But that potential has never been encouraged to grow.

        I loved having TMO for years, I enjoyed the customer service.  But sadly that now is going away.  Something that would normally be handled well by a rep had to be escalated to to a supervisor (stuff happens, just fix it).  He took care of things very well and I was pleased, but the rep really pissed me off.

        (Basically TMO’s system tried charging me for something that it shouldn’t under my contract.  The Rep basically told me it was what it was, and too bad.  The supervisor fixed it, and apologized profusely) 

  • johnwall

    If the deal doesn’t go through dt and T-mobile get the money and extra spectrum adding on to T-mobile value to dt so they might keep them In the long run and sell them just saying. I understand why a good bit of T-mobile costumers want the iPhone but at least they said they wont have the iPhone this year so maybe next year. But android in my opinion is more advance then the iPhone as of right now dual core and iPhone just now using the dual core yeah I’ll give the iPhone a classy look but android can look classy as well check out the nexus prime advance in everyway possible. Just saying that’s my opinion

    • Anonymous

      Read the article again. It says nothing about T-Mobile USA getting any benefit from the deal not going 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.***

      Notice it says DT is making the plans, and the plans include Germany and other European markets. Nothing about the USA. They have washed their hands of us and the only remaining interest they seem to have in Tmo USA is their interest in getting rid of us

      • johnwall

        I’m just saying

  • IT Guy

    ” (T-Mobile USA ) may not be an economical jewel, but it is a true asset that has many ways to be valued,” Baujard said.

    Am I the only one who reads this as “Well, the wireless spectrum is still valuable, even if the business is not?”

    • Anonymous

      that’s exactly how I read it!

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      I was thinking the same. Like the value is open for business with multiple options on how to handle or sell off the US branch. Let’s just hope they play it smart and keep Tmobile USA. While Tmobile may look like just a piece of coal to them now… It will be a diamond for them in the future so long as they hold onto what they have and continue to invest in the company. As the saying goes you need to spend money to make money.

    • Kerry

      I read that as, T-Mobile USA is still an asset than can be used to generate cash for the mothership.  

  • IT Guy

    ” (T-Mobile USA ) may not be an economical jewel, but it is a true asset that has many ways to be valued,” Baujard said.

    Am I the only one who reads this as “Well, the wireless spectrum is still valuable, even if the business is not?”

  • Anonymous

    DT Germany are a bunch of mother#@**ers. As soon as Dotson stepped down as CEO I knew something was up. 

  • Anonymous

    DT Germany are a bunch of mother#@**ers. As soon as Dotson stepped down as CEO I knew something was up. 

  • Idapimpyoudaho

    I certainly hope plan b is “make t mobile better”cause Ya know … Thats what should have been plan a…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blestsol Michael Williams

    Why wasnt not selling it plan A? sounds like some fakery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Blestsol Michael Williams

    Why wasnt not selling it plan A? sounds like some fakery.

  • Littlesis1774

    DT needs to understand that the only reason why AT&T is still pushing the deal. AT&T don’t want to the give them 6 billion break up fee however I heard that AT&T might not have to pay it.  I heard that their was something in the deal of just in case the deal might not go though

    • My2Cents

      That rumor has already been put to rest.  If the deal doesn’t go through for any reason DT will get the breakup fee.

    • My2Cents

      That rumor has already been put to rest.  If the deal doesn’t go through for any reason DT will get the breakup fee.

  • Littlesis1774

    DT needs to understand that the only reason why AT&T is still pushing the deal. AT&T don’t want to the give them 6 billion break up fee however I heard that AT&T might not have to pay it.  I heard that their was something in the deal of just in case the deal might not go though

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile in Europe carries the I-Phone, do not understand why T-Mobile couldn’t put some plan together with Apple to bring the I-Phone to the US branch. This just doesn’t seem to be right, I am not an I-Phone user or fan but many consumers are, bringing that device to T-Mobile could change things big time for T-Mobile USA. Someone from T-Mobile just isn’t doing their job. T-Mobile USA could easily turn this company around, they have so much going for them, they just need to use their freaken heads. If you are in a T-Mobile coverage area and do not give them a try you are nuts. They kill the data speeds. I’m in Boston suburb and getting over 9 MB download and over 3.5 MB upload, these speeds are during the daytime. They get faster.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Overseas Tmo gets almost all the devices.  I wish we US Tmo customers could get all the devices they have.

      • TheWayOfThings

        all of those badass nokias that we never see over here….

    • My2Cents

      DT has 120 Million subscribers in Europe.  30 million more than AT&T.  That’s why they have the Iphone there.  Sprint signed a 5 year $20B deal to get the Iphone.  T-mobile cannot budget that far into the future at this point with the AT&T deal looming.

    • Mopar6464

      I’m convinced AT&T had something to do with T-Mobile not getting the iphone.
      Think about it , if T-Mobile got the iphone and then was bought-out by AT&T allowing all T-Mobile customers to keep their current plans unless they choose to change them , all the current AT&T customers with iphones and out of contract would leave and sign up with T-Mobile now knowing they would save half the monthly costs for the same service.
      People still on AT&T contracts with iphones would be filling class action lawsuits saying their forced to pay twice as much monthly than T-Mobile customers.
      I bet AT&T had everything to do with why T-Mobile did’nt get the iphone , it’s business.

      • Food4thought

        Personally,it wouldn’t make sense for AT&T to not want Tmo to get the iPhone. And here’s why IMO, Apple would have to add the 1700 frequency to the new devices,which the AT&T iphone’s would also get along with Tmo. The way this benefits AT&T is that if the merger goes thru, ALL of the iPhone 4s customers that have the phone with the 1700 frequency will immediately take advantage of the tmo spectrum, thus alleviating strain on the AT&T 3G network. Also, the amount of customers that T-Mobile(potentially AT&T after the merger) would gain would be unbelievable. DT complains that T-Mobile USA is not as profitable as they had expected. Here’s a crazy thought, give T-Mobile USA the iPhone like the rest of the companies you own, and let the numbers speak for themselves, because an iPhone 4S on a T-Mo Value Plan would sell like crazy.

  • TMoFan

    Obermann himself said that they were in talks with five other companies before they made the deal with at&t. When this thing gets denied they will most likely sellout to somebody else. I highly doubt they will strip T-Mobile and sell the parts. There’s no point in doing that when there are other offers on the table. Despite the doom and gloom T-Mobile is not a bad company beyond any hope. The infrastructure is there. The employees are there. It still makes a profit each quarter. They just lack direction and leadership (they never advertise, their marketing sucks). Any company that is ambitions enough can save T-Mobile. I’m confident of that. Actually, getting rid of DT is the best thing that could happen to T-Mobile.

    • W3m1975

      You speak truths no one normally does, most likely options for success lie in proper management and a true long term plan. Having been with the company for over a decade they have never been stable in their business practices. Every quarter they cook up new plans/ promotions and this doesn’t do anything but piss off customers and bring their leadership into question. Although no one seems to be addressing the very real possibility of a Wal-mart buy out.

  • Mirsad Karahasanovic

    I hope plan B is to make some major investments into T-Mobile USA to expand 3G/4G and coverage in general.

  • Nickts1989

    Plan B better be them working on making T-Mobile USA similar to their European Counterpart. They dont have the fancy stores in Europe like the ones coming here. It clearly is a matter of them giving customers what they want. I was in Poland and they just became huge there, even bought out the service I was using temporarily. And hey my service was amazing even when i crossed the boarder to the Czech Republic. DT should really look at competing and not give up!

    • Anonymous

      Yah ummm…the fancy stores? Originally started in Europe ;)…we just barely started getting the stores here in l.a.

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    Plan B should be T-Mobile becoming an independent company sprung off from DT. DT could sell to an American company that has the assets and the technical know how to to run it and the business savvy to help it land exclusive deals with handset manufacters to provide premium handsets (ex iphone, nokia(wp7), and droid-like devices). This incarnation of t – mobile may not have the name but it should keep certain aspects of DT (customer service, plan pricing) and hire a pr firm to make their ad campaigns aggressive like Verizons.

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

      *Standing ovation* THIS!!! ^^^

  • My2Cents

    I’m hoping if the deal falls through that America Movil would buy T-mobile.  Carlos Slim has the know how and the money to invest to bring T-mobile where it needs to be.

    • Ginadagelatina20

      estas pendejo o que??? Tienes mierda en la cabeza o que?????? Ok I said what I had to say… I been living in mexico for 3 months and (going back to LA next week thank god finally) and carlos slim has made TELCEL one of the worse cellphone companies in mexico . Seriously he’s crap the fkin iphone 4 in mexico with telcel costs 1,200 pesos that’s about 1 thousand dollars in american money yes look it up if u don’t believe me. Not everyone in mexico can afford that obviously. Telcels 3G network is crap most of its still edge. I have been from mexico city to guadalajara, monterrey, uruapan, nayarit and sinaloa and half of those places telcel only had edge. While iusacell (another cell company in mexico not owned by slim) had 3G in all those places. Ans its half the price and also offers the iphone 4 for half the price 500 pesos which is about 400 bucks in american money which is more affordable and more people can afford it and u get better coverage. Also over here u can ask anyone and they will tell u the same thing they all say telcel which is owned by slim is rated the worse company in mexico in terms of coverage and the most expensive.

      • pancho

        Hi Gina,
        I think that your math is a little bit off since 500 pesos is around 36.00 dollars considering that the current exchange rate is 14.10 pesos/Dollar so also 1200 pesos is around 85 dollars,  I think that you meant to say is that the price of the iphone is around 12,000 pesos (with 3 zeroes) then it is close to a 1000 dollars, which I do not hesitate is true since latest technology in Mexico is very expensive and whoever pays for that is just to show off and get certain social status.

      • TMOfan

        FYI before you say “Look it up” maybe you should know what you are talking about.  1,200 Mexican pesos is $87.78 US dollars and 500 pesos is $36.58 US dollars.  You must think that no one has currency converters. I realize you probably meant to say that 1,200 pesos to Mexicans is like $1000 dollars to us and same with 500 pesos is the same as $500 to us since they are not paid the same as we are.  I just wanted to clarify that for you that if we went there to buy the Iphone we wouldn’t be paying $1,000 or $400 in US dollars but much much less when actually converted into US Dollars.