T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says He’s Open To Deals With Sprint, Dish

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As T-Mobile’s CEO made the interview rounds yesterday there were a few notable remarks that caught our attention, including some comments made in a brief interview with CNET. It’s here that Legere says he is open to potential combinations with Dish Network and even Sprint. By no means does Legere say he is actively looking at them, but as CEO he has a duty to look at any potential deal and how it would benefit shareholders.

“When I look at the medium to long term, I’m intrigued by Dish’s vision,” Legere told CNET in an interview Wednesday.

With Sprint’s deal with SoftBank now finalized and Dish still very eager to partner their network with a wireless carrier, T-Mobile is the next logical move. Legere did say he was interested in the capabilities and spectrum Dish could offer T-Mobile.

“Strategically, we look at all options,” he said.

Sprint might have been on the receiving end of quite of few of Legere’s quips yesterday, but wouldn’t rule out any potential industry shakeups down the road.

“When we look at the medium to long term, we don’t know what the industry structure looks like,” he said.

Prior to Sprint’s SoftBank tie-up, regulators might have looked at any potential Sprint tie-up or partnership with more of an open mind as a way to combat the consolidated power of the big two carriers. Now, Sprint has chartered a new path and there’s no question if or when T-Mobile will ever fit in. Hopefully, T-Mobile’s new sense of direction with UNcarrier will allow to continue to stand on its own or partner with another group that doesn’t shake its entire identity to the core.

CNET

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  • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

    ***Looks around for Sprint retail stores in my area – doesn’t find any within 40 miles*** alright… I’m interested….

  • TechHog

    NO
    NOT DISH
    PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD

    • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

      …care to expound upon that…?

      • TechHog

        They’ll raise prices and bring back contracts. :/

        • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

          I’m assuming you have evidence to support this claim? Didn’t think so. Go home – you’re drunk.

        • lastxit

          It’s not hard to find numerous complaints and examples of unscrupulous billing practices by Dish. Go back to your bridge, troll.

        • TechHog

          Well, Dish has contracts for their TV service (which is far more ridiculous than cellular contracts), so if they owned T-Mobile they’d obviously want T-Mobile to have them too.

        • vrm

          yeah, TWC doesn’t have contracts.

      • Whiskers

        I will .
        My wife worked for them for six months and they are in the top three as the most hated company to work for by a national pole.
        Also they treat their employees like trash and do everything they can to cheat you out of your selling bonus.
        Then once they have you on contract you are screwed again to get any real service changes and they will bend you over without lube if you want out of your two year contract because their service sucks and you want to move on.
        If Dish combines with T-mobile you will see a huge cluster f**ck nightmare just like AT&T is.

        I will be gone ASAP if that happens no matter how cheap the pricing is .

  • Jose Hernandez

    I don’t know how I feel about a deal with DISH. I have them right now for my TV service and they are pretty good.

    I have had Sprint as my provider before, and I feel like throwing up just thinking about them buying T-Mobile. They are truly bad, bad, bad when it comes to their network/service.

    If this benefited T-Mobile and its customers, I would be all for it. If DISH “Partnered” with T-Mobile, helped them build an ever larger better network and they used that network to offer their services, great. I just don’t want to be a part of “Dish Mobile” ;(

    Sprint? At this point it would be us becoming part of Softbank?

    I want my T-Mobile to be “T-Mobile” I want them to be as good as they can be, but still be T-Mobile USA

  • S. Ali

    I would rather see a DISH/T-mobile partnership, rather than acquisition. Dish should build out their network and sell it whole sale to T-mobile in rural markets.

    • Whiskers

      If they stayed separate divisions and each control their own service and billing , maybe it might work.
      But if it becomes an acquisition between the two , hello nightmare.

    • Baxter DeBerry

      I agree, if they where able to do something like that then both would gain from it

    • Zero0

      Yeah.

      An acquisition scares me, because I’m not sure that I want Dish’s business strategy imposed on T-Mobile. They’re looking at becoming a full ISP, not a cell service.

  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    impossible to merge Sprint and T-Mobile before 2017…on a technology basis…After Spint migrates to an all-LTE network, then things would be different. On a business side, sure, you can merge any companies. Heck, you can merge Coca-Cola with T-Mobile if you want…

  • http://www.kdmstance.com BiGMERF

    Jeesh from trying to get rid of tmo to ATT to sprint acquisition talks? bit of a turn around.. lol

  • PogiBoy

    i say buy Leap first for spectrum then look at Dish… forget Sprint… baby steps TMO

    • Chris

      I totally agree with you

    • Baxter DeBerry

      Leap, then US Cellular or Cspire

    • Chris

      I totally agree T-Mobile need to go after Leap first and look at Dish later on !!!

  • D Velasquez

    as i see it most likely Dish will end up with T-Mobile, the FCC and the government will not allow another foreign carrier to control airwaves…it would be awesome if more foreign investment comes e.g. Telenor, Telia or even Vodafone but again that is just wishful thinking.

    • UMA_Fan

      I don’t think they see it that way. The government wants to create, more than anything, more of a competitive threat to verizon and att. They feel there is a lack of true competition in the industry already.

    • Baxter DeBerry

      Why would Vodafone want anything to do with T-Mobile when they own half of Verizon Wireless?!?!?!

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I hate Sprint. They have too much debt and Softbank gone make that worse. Dish we’ll have to see how that goes. I think leap is the better choice right now. T-Mobile need to focus on trying to get revenue up. The growth is coming

    • Chris

      I agree T-Mobile needs to go after Leap then look at Dish later on !!!

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Dish and tmobile should merge out of all things. Take the cash Dish got and ugrade and spread coverage every where lol then the customer will.

        Until Dish and Tmo can come up with a logical deal Leap looks right

    • Zero0

      Leap is going to cost in excess of $5 billion between the stock and its debt. Their spectrum is nice (more AWS and PCS), but not THAT nice.

      If T-Mobile had $5 billion to spend, their best option would be to save for the 600MHz auction and buy big. As in 20MHz or so.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        I totally agree. But tmobile still can buy specturm from both.

  • Aurizen

    the only think I want is for them to Merge with Dish, and Leap, similar to the Metro deal. keep the business as is approach and just use each other spectrum. that should be all.

  • Trevnerdio

    Here’s a crazy idea…let’s see where T-Mobile goes on its own for a while! Things are looking up as is.

  • Don Kim

    It will be complicated to deal with Sprint being a CDMA network.
    Once both carriers go all LTE, it might happen. But right now, it doesn’t make much sense.

    • Mike

      The network wouldnt matter by point of closing on any big merger. By then we will all be using multi banded LTE Phones.

  • sushimane

    Im hoping for the best for tmobile I love tmobile I been with them for 10 years. Their innovative, value if anything bad happens I guess I’ll go down with u. Value leader

    • GinaDee

      I love them too. They’re so awesome. Like totally! I use auto pay for my monthly bill because I can’t wait to pay them. I just get so excited!

      • sushimane

        are u being sarcastic?

  • Jeff

    Go get them tiger, we got billions from AT&T, let us have next one. If the organization is so good, have employees and customer in mind like in all other articles company mention, why would you like to sell it? Sprint, AT&T and Verizon is not trying to sell, they are here to serve their community, employees and customers they are not a greedy management which here to pull some $ in quick short term.

  • iansltx

    Mark my words, Sprint and T-Mobile will merge if Dish doesn’t buy T-Mobile out. It won’t happen near-term…three or four years from now, though, I’ll be here to say I told you so :)

    And for all the Sprint haters out there, their upgraded network works fine, though it’s slower at the moment than T-Mobile in areas where TMo has 10×10 LTE in AWS. I have accounts on both so i’m not just talking out of my butt here. My main line is Sprint but ~30ms pings on T-Mobile LTE are quite a bit better than what I get on Sprint LTE (~55ms). Or Verizon LTE for that matter. I don’t have an AT&T LTE device yet; my CricKet Optimus Regard doesn’t count.