WSJ: Sprint looking to buy T-Mobile US

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I have to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to make of this story, but I’m certain it’s going to create a lot of conversation and debate. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Sprint is looking in to the possibility of buying out T-Mobile. This would obviously create one larger carrier capable of competing with Verizon and AT&T.

Whether or not a purchase would go through is another matter entirely. AT&T tried – and failed – to buy T-Mobile from its owners, Deutsche Telekom just over 2 years ago, a plan which was blocked by the governing bodies. In that instance, it was clearly not in the best interests of American consumers. It would have essentially created a duopoly with Verizon and AT&T leaving Sprint with little hope of ever catching up.

This interest from Sprint is different entirely. According to WSJ, it’s the CEO of Japanese carrier, Softbank who’s wanting to drive the move. Of course, Softbank recently bought 80% of Sprint stock, placing the carrier under Softbank’s ownership. The Japanese firm has also purchased a $1.26 billion slice of Brightstar and grabbed a large chunk of Finnish game-maker, Supercell for $1.5 billion. Softbank are clearly not shy about spending money.

There are two big questions here. Firstly, with T-Mobile’s position in the market strengthening, is it really in its best interest to sell up? Secondly, as mentioned already, would the governing bodies allow the move? Circumstances are different this time compared to the AT&T bid. Joining up with Sprint would more than double the subscriber base, and would create a third genuine force in the smartphone market. So, when judging it purely based on the American smartphone market, it’s a good move for consumers.

However, we have to look at this as T-Mobile fans. In a financial sense, Tmo no longer needs to sell up. Its customer base has grown tremendously over the past 9 months and it’s raised $3 billion of its own cash through stock and debt sales in order to expand and acquire spectrum. Are these the moves of a company looking to sell?

As for Deutsche Telekom’s view on this, T-Mobile US has turned from being a struggling part of its empire to being one of the only bright spots in its business. Apart from in its homeland, T-Mobile networks have not had the best of times recently.

What do you guys think? Was this year’s effort just for the sake of making the company look good for potential buyers, or is it a genuine effort to provide competition to the big two?

Source: WSJ [subscription required] 

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  • Frank Rodriguez

    I don’t care what is the Sprint company name they just suck and you know it Sprint just have all those costumers and that money form Softbank they can not do anything about it and for your information T-Mobile have HD voice that you can listen better than a crappy company like Sprint don’t be crying if you see that Sprint did not buy T-Mobile

  • tonyfatex

    How is Sprint going to try and buy T-Mobile, hands down, Sprint is the worst network out there! Their plans are crap, their coverage is extremely spotty, they have a bad track record of mergers and switching technology over, and who still uses Sprint?? Really? Sprint keeps investing into the wrong technology. I give Sprint one more year to reach the bottom of the top 4 carriers. Then T-Mobile will buy them out!

  • Frank Rodriguez

    Yeah I know that T-Mobile have better speeds than Sprint on 4g than sprint on LTE on those countries you don’t have to remember me you bastard go away with your creepy sprint to other side

  • tonyfatex

    ^^YOUR INVALID like Sprint =)

  • tonyfatex

    How is Sprint going to buy out T-Mobile when they don’t even exist anymore, the article should be titled, “Japanese carrier SoftBank plans on buying out T-Mobile”

  • Alex Zapata

    I get the feeling that the DOJ will say no to this. Sprint is already building what I expect will be a very impressive network. Keep the big 4 separate so we can have more competition, and the consumer wins!

  • just me

    Cam, please save us. You need some moderators, man.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Yeah! Where’s thepanttherlady? I miss her…

      • thepanttherlady

        Just a lurker now since the new owners got rid of all the moderators without warning. Nice, huh?

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          I was surprised to find out that I lost moderator status as well. :(

        • Cam Bunton

          I’ll re-add you.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Yosh! Thanks!

        • Bklynman

          Wow,Lady this site going down isn’t? I wonder
          where u been hiding. Nice going phone mutt,
          now the trolls will take over. Sorry to hear that.
          Not going viste this site like I did before,there
          really no news on it like before. Once awk for me
          will be enough. Merry Christmas Happy new yr to
          you and your family Lady.

        • thepanttherlady

          Miss you guys too but it just isn’t the same around here anymore. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours as well. :)

        • Cam Bunton

          If you’d like to be reinstated, let me know. I can add you.

        • thepanttherlady

          I emailed you.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          WHAT?!

          You’re not a moderator anymore? You can’t be serious…

        • thepanttherlady

          No, all moderators were removed. I have my shiny badge back though. :)

    • pips78

      Yeah I’m probably making things worse by messing with this guy but it’s just too darn fun!!

      • tonyfatex

        LOL He’s funny!

        • pips78

          What makes even more funny is that is unintentionally funny.

      • donnybee

        It’s funny crap! Especially when you end with “a donkey says>>>” and he responds again. I’m not sure why I find it so funny… But he really doesn’t make much sense.

    • FuturePS4Gamer

      I’ll moderate

  • mreveryphone

    Wow this thread got real immature……

  • bucdenny

    Here is how it can be done. To those that are concern about CDMA/GSM. It is actually CDMA and WCDMA.

    Set up WCDMA/LTE on Sprint Network Vision sites would be pretty easy. Then shut down all redundant Tmo sites. Then convert all unique Tmo coverage sites to Network Vision to include CDMA/WCDMA/LTE.

    On the device side, continue with Sprint’s device ecosystem with CDMA/LTE and WCDMA support too on all new devices. Obviously a CDMA/WCDMA/LTE device is not a big hurdle anymore. And with 90M subscribers, Sprint/Tmo combined would have plenty of girth to get OEM’s to support this undertaking in new devices.

    Existing devices would not be affected. As CDMA customers and WCDMA customers will still be able to access all their existing coverage, and would even have it expanded as more sites are converted with the other technology. The only hindrance to this really is money and the time to pull it off.

    • pbxtech

      The real number would be 80M+ (combined T-Mobile and Metro PCS) on or about January 2015.

      By then Sprint will be around 8M subscriber left.

      • pbxtech

        edit: and dying.

  • Guest

    Are you John Legere’s personal fluff boy? I haven’t encountered the kind of fanboyism you exhibit in your posts even amongst Apple fans!

  • donnybee

    Are you rooting for or against T-Mo? The comment you replied to wasn’t saying anything about the merger, but rather Sprint will fall to T-Mo with it’s current strategy. Your comments are a little strange.

  • donnybee

    Dude you say the weirdest things.. And to be honest, Sprint isn’t that great. Tell me why they’re so great..because SoftBank owns them? Tell me what’s so awesome about SoftBank other than their deep pockets. Tell me something about either one other than “SPRINT WINS, DON’T TRY ME CAUSE I’LL DROP YOU ON YOUR HEAD”

    Maybe lay off the coffee and speed..

  • donnybee

    Dude, get off the sprint teet.

    I think there’s a way this buyout can help both sides, but if it has anything to do with Sprint changing T-Mobile, it will fail. If it means Sprint will adopt T-Mobile’s strategies, give T-Mo it’s spectrum, kick out Hesse and bring in Legere to run the entire show, now we’re talkin. And then we can start taking apart Sprint’s TERRIBLE network.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    As a former Metro PCS shareholder would never support such a deal. I love T-Mobile and I hate Sprint. Softbank is only pushing this deal because Sprint is a sinking ship. DT wouldn’t let this deal go through because they have invested extra money recently to strengthen T-Mobile. This deal would never go through. They want 4 competiters not 3

    • Alex Zapata

      I still think TMO could benefit from picking up regional carriers like US Cellular and CSpire. Maybe I’m just crazy though. Lots of A block for LTE would be really nice.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Yes I agree US Cellular has nice spectrum holdings in the west of Mississippi river and T-Mobile definitely should buy those holdings. And build out coverage.

  • Chris

    If sprint actually bought T-Mobile (they won’t) I’d move to AT&T

  • D Velasquez

    i would only move to Sprint the day they rename to SoftBank and agree to bring some fujitsu, sharp smartphones to this side of the globe other than that i guess i would go to straight talk for my cellphone needs i guess, of course if this hapens anyway…

  • donnybee

    Well thanks for the enlightenment on why these companies are so great. You’re obviously a well educated man. I feel like we’re all talking to a kid. Well, it IS the internet, so we more than likely are.

  • pips78

    I dont care about T-mobile and Sprint merging enough to start insulting EVERYONE with an opposing opinion. This merger talk is so old. It’s been going on for years. Leave it alone until an actual news announcement is made. This is nothing we haven’t heard before.

  • pips78

    Cuz you like to come in here and insult people. Horribly at that. Need a salt lick, Donkey? It’ll calm you down. How bout a carrot? Try apoloigzing for calling people queers and losers. It’s unnecesary and immature. So now i will f with you and apparently you dont like it and can’t take what you dish out. I still haven’t seen any intelligent input from you.

  • tonyfatex

    LOL You crazy all right… Anyone defending Sprint is crazy.

  • fsured

    Hey my “Dearest Friend” UniqueDrewski85. It’s already being reported that regulators and the DOJ are not in favor of a Sprint attempt to buy T-Mobile. Go check out the article on CNET. Your highly intelligent and trustworthy insight to it’s “going to happen” just went out the window bud. The reasons mentioned are the same reasons everyone here has been telling you. Peace out.

    • pips78

      Dude.. now hes going to kill your family. What have you done???

      • Alex Zapata

        Not if I do it first

    • Freddy

      Lmao ! It’s just saying pretty much that they think it’s not in favor off the FCC & DOJ ! Just give this merger a chance

      • fsured

        The article says regulators in DC are signaling they would not allow it already. The title of the article is not their position but why the author thinks they are against it. She then goes on to list the various statements and ideas. We don’t know why regulators are already signaling no to this merger as we are not them. If you put the evidence together as the author did then it’s a pretty strong case to what would be their thinking. Key part is they are already leaning toward not allowing it.

    • mingkee

      It’s time to do a bit house cleanup to clean the poop from the troll.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    Wow 575 comments!!

    • mingkee

      Unfortunately, most of them are from a spammer “unique***85″.

    • just me

      @Cam Bunton please, please, tell me you’re looking into getting more moderators after this article. Please.

      Note: this is not directed at OP. Just piggybacking off the first comment.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    Your making yourself look stupid. Please stop

  • mingkee

    Your comment has been captured.
    It’s time to throw ban hammer.
    Enjoy.

  • Alex Zapata

    Oooooh, someone thinks they can fill the shoes of Andrei Chikatilo. Very cute ;-)

  • mingkee

    Off topic.
    Everybody, please cap the picture of comments from the spammer, and save them, and send these captured pictures to Bunton.

  • pips78

    case and point. nothing intelligent to say.

  • sidekicker89

    I just want to say this, if David was still running this site he wouldn’t let the disgusting language that is bring said by a certain spammer.

    • sidekicker89

      being*

      • FuturePS4Gamer

        I agree it’s pathetic

        • mingkee

          He should get a life.

        • pips78

          I’ll admit. I was really digging into the guy. I just don’t like when people talk to others like that. He used and continues to use some really harsh and unacceptable language and has no valid input. It was just so damned fun to drive him up the wall. Although I’m sure he was already up the wall and headed for the attic before I jumped in. I apologize for egging the guy on if it annoyed any of you. It was really slow at work today and I couldn’t resist. Some of you had me cracking up. ANd I honestly hope I made some of you laugh as well! :)

        • tonyfatex

          I apologize as well for feeding the troll. Let’s continue to keep TmoNews friendly and free of ignorance. Again, I apologize for my part in this whole thing.

    • D Nice

      I agree… Some of our fellow TMOERS need to stop acknowledging him by responding to the negative comments. They are just fueling the fire.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    …..

  • Guest

    In T-Mobile markets that have Ericsson LTE, Ericsson UMTS
    and Ericsson GSM, Sprint will keep Ericsson LTE and add the technology by reframing
    the spectrum. In T-Mobile markets that have Nokia, Sprint is removing the
    Ericsson equipment and installing Nokia. These comments and questions that the
    two networks will be difficult to integrate are bogus because Sprints build out
    plan of its network is to mirror T-
    Mobile’s network which is happing right at this moment. The merger is to make
    the marriage official.

  • justmee002

    Anyone get PhoneDog’s Aaron Baker’s attention about the troubling troll and his attacks?

    • donnybee

      I’m not sure that will help. PhoneDog and Tmonews have 2 different systems for comments. Livefyre (I think that’s what it’s called) is the one on PhoneDog’s site. I think Aaron knows more about that system than Disqus. I could be wrong though..

      Personally I think Disqus is way better than the systems on the other PhoneDog sites too.

  • daphantom

    Wow i see theres someone in here being stupid damm dude settle down who cares if sprint buys tmobile if you dont like it then switch carriers thats what ill do theres no point be name calling or threating anyone in this comments area

  • Cam Bunton

    Wowsers! That got out of hand. Anyone on here keen on being a moderator to help keep an eye on comments?

    BTW – The user in question has been blacklisted and all comments deleted that I could find.

    • justmee002

      Please consider thepantherlady for that position. She has done great job moderating on TMONews!

      • Longtimecustomer

        I second that motion

      • Bklynman

        Yes Lady would do great job,plus she good looking too! :-)

      • thepanttherlady

        Thank you :)

        • sidekicker89

          I agree! she’s the bestest! :D

      • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

        definitely

    • Thomas Czinder

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Stone Cold

      What would it take to become a mod?

    • mingkee

      Thanks, I considered his posts as spam or junk.

    • sidekicker89

      By the way, that user went on Sprint’s Facebook page announcing how he hates T-Mobile and Metro PCS even though his own cover photo on Facebook was a picture of Metro PCS… clearly he was doing this just for attention.. ugh the hypocrisy!! lol

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      What about the panttherlady, Cam? She was the best moderator you could possibly find.

  • mingkee

    Thanks. Such spam with attacking should not be tolerated.

  • thepanttherlady

    Pretty interesting that someone not only hacked your account but they did it right from your computer with your IP address. You really should be be more careful. ;) Buhbye!

  • John

    T-Mobile has 45 million and Sprint has 54 million. Hopefully T-Mobile can dethrone them down the road

  • superg05

    the government would not allow a foreign company to buy two major carriers

    • bucdenny

      What are you talking about. T-Mobile is foreign owned. What is the difference? Softbank is making billions and wants to invest into T-Mobile so it can be more profitable and compete against the big two. Look at the big picture, T-Mobile is not make billions in profits.

  • dduckster

    Pleeeease don’t do it!!!!!
    You(TMO) will be #1 soon enough. Why doesn’t TMO buy Sprint?!?!?!. That would make great headlines!!!!!!

    A LOYAL HAPPY TMO CLIENT!!!!!!

  • sidekicker89

    Not to mention you also posted “Please remain alone TMobileUS” and now you want Sprint to buy T-Mobile… clearly you post just to get attention…

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    You’re trolling, I can tell. DOJ already said it doesn’t want a big 3, Sprint is debt-ridden and delusional, and it just won’t happen.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    If you believe it’s going to happen, I have a bridge I can sell you.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    I agree with the Dish statement, but the Sprint deal simply won’t happen. Trust me.

  • stefan

    bullshit !!

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Why? Why would it be a plus?

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    You today:

    “Guess what, if Sprint does not ruin T-MobileUS most likely Dish Network will ruin T-MobileUS.”

    You yesterday:
    “Noooo its not a crime Paul. Leave Dish Network alone my friend. Dish Network with help strenghten T-Mobile.”

    Ummm… #FeelingUndecided

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Ummm… you yesterday:

    “THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT!!! I OBVIOUSLY THINK T-MOBILE US COULD STAND ON ITS OWN TWO FEET TOO!!!!! ALL THEY NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT IS MOBILE DEVICES AND THAT IS THAT!!! FORGET ALL THAT EXTRA STUFF ON WHAT VERIZON, SPRINT AND AT&T IS ALWAYS ON!!!! T-MOBILE IS ALREADY TOP DOG IN ITS OWN TYPE OF PERFECTIONIST WAY!!!”

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    You’re not really thinking logically. But clearly you’re trolling, so I’m gonna just walk away now… *walks away, winks*

  • KazarX

    “T-MobileUS will monkey stomp on AT&T all the freaking TIME!!!!! T-MOBILE US IS GOING TO WIN!!!! T-MOBILEUS ALWAYS WINS!!!” quote from you I realize it says “stomp AT&T” but “T-MOBILE US IS GOING TO WIN!!!! T-MOBILEUS ALWAYS WINS!!!” is kinda something i don’t get. i need a good reason on your change of opinions.

  • techymexican

    sorry my friend, but you have yet to give a legitimate reason why it would happen. and the truth is that sprint is losing customers and T-Mobile is gaining. truth hurts doesn’t it my friend?

  • techymexican

    this guy is just trolling, don’t feed the troll. We all love educated conversations with legitimate answers, not random responses with all caps and saying this thing RULES.

  • techymexican

    what does unlocking phones have to do with anything? unlocking phones only really matters on AT&T and T-Mobile phones. The never had Verizon or Sprint in mind.

  • techymexican

    since when does customer numbers matter? we are all passionate about it because we actually enjoy the service and enjoy seeing the new ideas being thrown out there by T-Mobile vs the competition. Yes it might be small, but any change is better than no change.

  • donnybee

    It’s not so much that we’re fanboys, as much as it is that we know why Sprint customers leave Sprint. You may think Legere is a clown, but the fact is that he’s single-handedly changed the U.S. wireless market as a whole for the better. Once T-Mobile made the change to separate phone and plan costs, every single U.S. carrier, including Sprint, followed suite. Legere is a very vocal, rash, forward thinker. This has helped the entire industry and customers across the board. Talking about customer numbers, T-Mobile has gained more than any of the other carriers the past two quarters. T-Mobile is making the changes it needs to in order to compete with top companies. We’re not even worried about Sprint, we’re going for the big dogs and succeeding.

    Anyone who doesn’t want to be part of this T-Mobile turn around, should default to their beloved carrier of choice. I’m not a fanboy of any one carrier, but rather, I know what carriers to stay away from and I love seeing progress and success.

    Anyone on any carrier who is now benefiting from similar programs to JUMP! (that still don’t match the benefits and cost savings of JUMP!) can all thank T-Mobile and Legere for the shakeup.

  • candylicksticks

    Uh, yes I know what i’m talking about. Sprint SUCKS. The END

  • techymexican

    please show me a phone on sprint, besides the Nexus 5, that can properly use T-Mobile’s network?

  • candylicksticks

    Yes, that’s all I have because I have NO TIME arguing with someone who is not a T-Mobile user. I have been with TMO since 2004, I have been there through all the changes and been loyal. Before that I was with Sprint and I was so glad to have left them when I switched to TMobile back then. So yes, that’s all I have to say because from experience TMobile has proven that time and time again, even as being the #4 on the list, they somehow battled through and stood their own. So yes, that’s all I’ve got. And it doesn’t make me a “weakling” as you say it. Just because Sprint has better coverage doesn’t mean they’re the best. When I lived in NYC it was TMobile who gave the best coverage, where was Sprint then and where are they now on the East Coast if you claim that they have this so-called best coverage? Even in a major city they don’t deliver. So don’t EVEN try.

  • techymexican

    we aren’t mad, and we are still waiting for a legitimate argument. Please reframe from the name calling. It’s uncalled for and unprofessional.

  • techymexican

    please stop it with you “trust me on that part my friend”. Unless you are a board member of Sprint or Deutsche Telekom you don’t know what will happen.

  • ziggy123

    UniqueDrewski85 stop trolling. techymexican stop falling for the bait and feeding this troll.

  • techymexican

    could you please give me an example on how this will help in pricing? In Canada there are only 3 cellphone companies, and they all have similar pricing because of the lack of competition. Yes, we will get better signal with the third carrier, but at the cost of losing true competition.

  • techymexican

    Sprint is also going to start selling unicorns with built in LTE advanced! just watch. I’m always RIGHT!!!

  • techymexican

    please give a professional and legitimate response, you are giving 2nd grade responses. Please back up your argument with a legitimate counterargument. Saying “watch” isn’t something that has much creditability toward it.

  • techymexican

    I agree with your statement. He has yet to give a legitimate response. Look at how much negative feedback he is getting. I respect all arguments and will listen to them, I will also acknowledge it if they are right, but this user has been calling everyone inappropriate names.

  • techymexican

    they CHOSE to go non contract for a reason. Please give me a company outside the U.S that is non-contract that is owned by another company? of wait, they aren’t because they have no contracts! That is what T-Mobile CHOSE to do.

  • techymexican

    what truth man? First of all , it’s a rumor. second of all, the Department of Justice has stated that they want competition and smaller carriers. They blocked AT&T from buying T-Mobile for that reason alone.

  • techymexican

    Nice one dude, instead of having an educated response this is what you give.

  • techymexican

    give out what? do you really care that much? you never gave a real response

  • techymexican

    So now this is about physical appearance? I could say something about you too but this is a website to discuss wireless technology, not someone’s face.

  • techymexican

    this is where you are wrong, you cannot just take a phone from Sprint or Verizon to AT&T and T-Mobile because it’s a CDMA device vs GSM. If a device is GSM compatible then it must be unlocked to use with another carrier. The only carriers in the US that fully use GSM is AT&T and T-Mobile. -this is how an ADULT response looks like, learn please.

  • techymexican

    aha, you are just making yourself look bad. You know you lost an argument when you start insulting people for no reason.

  • candylicksticks

    Remember this fact: T-Mobile has covered 230 million people with nearly 231 markets, while Sprint, the one you so-call claim to be a thousand times better ONLY covers 130 million people with 71 markets. So….read that fact again, do your research, whatever you say at this point is meaningless. And YES, I know what I’m talking about. Sprint may be “better” because of devices. But T-Mobile wins on this one overall because the most important thing is COVERAGE. You can’t argue with these statistic facts. I’ll say it again…Sprint sucks!

  • techymexican

    So what you are telling me is that a Sprint Device can be brought over to Verizon? Oh I would love to see that. and thanks for continuing with the insults, your mother must be so proud

  • techymexican

    someone has anger issues.

  • techymexican

    So please tell me how my race and physical appearance has anything to do with Sprint buying T-Mobile? yes, that is completely on topic.

  • candylicksticks

    Yeah. He can’t accept the facts. And his comebacks are insults. Which has nothing to do with this article anymore. AND he always ends with “sprint is better”. how (un)original LOL

  • techymexican

    this is where you are wrong, you cannot just take a phone from Sprint or Verizon to AT&T and T-Mobile because it’s a CDMA device vs GSM. If a device is GSM compatible then it must be unlocked to use with another carrier. The only carriers in the US that fully use GSM is AT&T and T-Mobile. Due to carriers using different types of frequencies, you cannot simply take a phone from Sprint to Verizon or vice versa.

  • techymexican

    please tell me what I missed out on?

  • techymexican

    this is where you are wrong, all the carriers in the U.S use different types of frequencies for LTE. AT&T and T-Mobile do have the 1700Mhz LTE band. So you can take a AT&T phone and use it on T-Mobile’s network and vice versa. You cannot take a Sprint or Verizon phone and use it on any other carrier.

  • naum

    The agreement they came to was to unlock phones after a reasonable time. Nothing was said about making phones that are compatible with other networks. So, you’ll be able to unlock your phone but Verizon and sprint phones will largely be useless on other carriers, just like they are now.

  • mjs64

    Were you born stupid or do you work at it?

  • techymexican

    so i’ll take that as a no then. Nice one, mister macho man

  • GinaDee

    ………………………….

  • naum

    Not sure if you’re trolling ,or if you’re ridiculously uneducated and ignorant

  • fsured

    You are the one not understanding that it doesn’t matter if the FCC sets a rules that carriers are to unlock phones. If the technology inside of the phone doesn’t allow for it to pick up the signal then it is still useless. They can set whatever rules they want but they can’t force manufactures to make phones with the ability to pick up every frequency that is out there. That may also drive up the price of handsets.

  • fsured

    Both

  • techymexican

    you are correct on both parts :P

  • charlieboy808

    You really are the dumbest person ever. Did you even read what we have been saying? Fruit cake? Really? What are you, 8? Get a grip and stop being so full of yourself. Listen to the facts not the claims. Also take your foil hat off because it is ruining your reading comprehension skills. If you are paying attention you would understand that it doesn’t matter what the FCC has said about phones being unlocked and swapped. It all comes down to whether or not the phone even supports the frequencies. The only “dummy” I see here is you. You tell people to get their facts straight when there are at least four people here telling you the and thing. You are alone in your claims. Now I suggest you go and run along now child.

  • naum

    “You can use any phone on any network”
    Wow. Just wow.

  • naum

    The only thing he’s agreed on you with is the support of a potential merger, everything else you’ve said on this forum has given us all cancer. Please stop posting, delete your account, and do the world a huge favor and go play in traffic.

  • mingkee

    Unfortunately, many customers coming from Sprint will strongly disagree with what you said.
    I had Sprint for short time and never again.
    Ask them why they leave Sprint.

  • fsured

    haha T-Mobile is still better than At&t is one statement I will agree with you on. I’m not in favor of this merger because it gives customers options to have 4 providers. I think to combine the two networks will be a technology nightmare and cost more. I wouldn’t see them building out both networks. Sprint could do wonders if they were to take T-Mobiles network and use it for their 3g service. Decommission their CDMA and use that to expand LTE and the HSPA+ technology foot print of T-Mobile. Even T-Mobile Edge has better speeds than Sprint 3g and the HSPA+ can hold it’s own against the big 2s LTE netowrks. It is the superior 3g technology in this country. But this will be a very expensive move and take a years.

    They will also have to make huge concessions in their spectrum holdings for the government agencies to approve this deal. As it is they have more spectrum than the other 3. It’s just mess and needed Softbanks money to fund the needed improvements to make it all work. IF sprint were to make their current improvements work properly then they could be the sleeping beast that can make Veizon shiver. There is a lot that would need to go into this deal and everything anyone says right now is speculation.

  • mingkee

    In addition, merger is job-killer. Let’s check the history.

  • enkay1

    Um… T-Mobile’s new equipment is the same equipment that Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T are using for their networks. In some areas, even better in fact. Ericsson AIR and NSN Flexi make upgrades WAY easier for T-Mobile and save them a lot of money in tower maintenance and upgrades. The upgrade to LTE-Advanced and adding 700-A into the mix will be easy for them. Sprint, however, has four different networks (CDMA, CDMA2000, WiMAX, and LTE networks across three different bands and two different technologies) to maintain and four different equipment providers (Samsung, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and NSN). T-Mobile has only three networks to maintain (GSM, 3G/HSPA+, and LTE. All of which are designed to work well together) and two main equipment providers (Ericsson and NSN).

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Oh please, you’re posting these childish comments for attention. First off, this Sprint T-Mobile deal has a lot of obstacles and hurdles, it is VERY VERY unlikely it will go through. Second of all, smaller carriers are owned by other companies that’s true, but not by a competitor such as the situation that would be happening with Sprint owning T-Mobile. Third AT&T buying circket is such a not a big deal is a cockroach compared to T-Mobile’s size.
    The reason why AT&T and Sprint are so obsessed with T-Mobile is because they are threatened by T-Mobile and they know that T-Mobile can overtake their position with the right coverage which T-Mobile is already after by making deals with Verizon for the 700 MHZ spectrum which will their coverage effectively. The FCC and DOJ will be looking to shut down this supposedly future deal. Sprint and AT&T will just have to compete with T-Mobile whether they like it or not.

  • mingkee

    MAY YOU JUST SHUT THE F’UP ?!

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    HAHAHAHAHHHA Listen you hooligan, T-Mobile had 4G LTE BEFORE it merged with MetroPCS. OKay? get your facts straight you big hooligan clown. Second of all I am not crying any rivers, Sprint sucks, and T-Mobile rules. The merger will NOT happen if it’s the last thing I do! I will write letters to the FCC I will bash SPRINT NEXTEL corporations and their anticompetitive practices in letters to the DOJ.
    So come down from the clouds sweetie, Sprint will not get T-Mobile, HA HA HA HA. Oh and FYI T-Mobile is not broke ok, they have raised 4 BILLION dollars for Verizon’s 700 MHZ spectrum okay so get your facts straight you big hooligan.

  • enkay1

    GSM = 2G

  • enkay1

    WiMAX is still being operated but is being decommissioned (Both Clear and Sprint’s networks). iDEN is gone.

  • enkay1

    They just went public on the NYSE and gained 2 million customers in the last two quarters. Goldman Sachs is praising them for their progress. That isn’t “broke” by a long shot.

  • enkay1

    See above “WiMAX is still being operated”

  • enkay1

    Unless you live out in bumfuck nowhere, you are probably within range of T-Mobile 3G or better. Building penetration will be solved in 2014 with 700MHz from Verizon and in 2015 with 600MHz from the FCC auction.

    (feeding the trolls is soooooo much fun)

  • enkay1

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • enkay1

    This is how it’s gonna go down ok buddy?

    Fire Hesse

    Drop Sprint Spark

    Tank the company

    T-Mobile gets to pick up extra Sprint’s PCS and SMR spectrum

    Everybody wins!

    Got it? Good. Zip it.

  • enkay1

    Listen here you jumped up roryeyed. If you combined AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Bell, and Telus all into one, it would still be better than Sprint and its trashy network.

  • enkay1

    VerRogBeTel&T FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sprint is as slow as my paraplegic grandmother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • enkay1

    On T-Mobile I won’t age 70 years waiting for a webpage to load on their 3G! Sprint just CANNOT do it! I wonder why? It must be because they suck… ;)

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Listen you’re the loser, MetroPCS doesn’t even have NATIONWIDE coverage. It used to be a regional carrier ok? Who’s the dumb loser now ?! And how will you punch me through a computer??

  • enkay1

    Yeah ok only a Sprint customer who WASTED THEIR MONEY would try and say that

  • enkay1

    No that is truth

  • enkay1

    Its very much truth

  • pips78

    It’s always truth!

  • enkay1

    “OR OUT HERE IN FLORIDA”

    Your comment says otherwise

  • Alex Zapata

    I hear that for the right price Sindra and Brokkr will make you something to take care of trolls.

  • Alex Zapata

    Actually, there’s a few Verizon phones that have WCDMA built in and will work in refarmed areas. If they have AWS LTE support they’ll also work. I believe there’s a couple Droid DNAs on TMO.

  • tonyfatex

    LOL you amuse me!

  • pips78

    You care. Don’t lie.

  • tonyfatex

    I know, fortunately for you, I have a life and that involves not spending it to defend a crappy carrier like Sprint. Good day miss! Good day! It’s been nice meeting a Sprint troll.

  • pips78

    No your not

  • Alex Zapata

    Technically no. GSM was the original first generation technology, after which came GPRS and EDGE. If memory serves me well they’re backwards compatible from EDGE, though I could be wrong. They went from TDMA to WCDMA with UMTS.

  • enkay1

    GSM is the first in the GSM line. It is a 2G technology in the grand scheme of wireless communication tech. 1G would be AMPS and others.

  • pbxtech

    Must be a Sprint employee – nothing to do I guess.

    Oh.. I remember now! Remember those picture John posted as he walked by (spied) the other carrier store – they were empty right.

    You know why?

    Because they were fleeing to T-Mobile.

    Sprint’s tactic to reduce its shrinking subscriber, announce that they have an interest on their closest competitor, in hopes that subscriber losses will halt. They will bleed more subscriber well into 2014.

    They must have done some projections on their LTE role-out and it probably doesn’t look good at the rate they are losing subscribers versus the completion of that role-out. So, why not create some buzz. About us (Sprint) buying this little guy who’s about to overtake us. They must be very desperate over there that they are resorting to such tactic.

    There’s probably some pressure from the new owners, I don’t Softbank has another $40B lying around, beside regulators will allow this.

  • pbxtech

    edit: Regulator will NOT allow this.

  • pbxtech

    Must be a Sprint employee, on the graveyard shift, monitor this site.

    You responded to my post 11 minutes right after I sent it @ 2340 on 12/15.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Okay, whatever. Not sure if you’re joking…

  • x646x

    This is weird, as I never actually posted this..

  • Alex Zapata

    Ah, this would be true. I was mostly referring to the GSM family of technologies, but AMPS would definitely come first. I think I have a few old analog phones lying around now that I think about it….

  • donnybee

    Dude, there are more former Sprint customers here than you think (keyword: former). I was a former customer of Sprint on two different occasions. Their service sucks. When I finally switched, I went to T-Mobile for a year and a half and loved the service but not my phone, then went back to Sprint for an iPhone before T-Mobile had the iPhone. It wasn’t any better..it sucked. In fact, it seemed worse. I would get 5 bars of 120kbps 3G with them. What’s the point of having fantastic reception on a crappy network? I can see where your opinion would be that Sprint is good in some places, and I’m sure you’re looking forward to Sprint’s changes; but Sprint has been saying their network would get better for years and years. This must be their way of making it better: getting T-Mobile to come fix it.

    If Sprint was so great, they wouldn’t need T-Mobile and would just destroy them. If T-Mobile really sucks, why buy them? Think about it. They’re scared and think they have the money to fix it.

  • Chris

    …what? It was a good thing the deal with AT&T didn’t go through…

  • pips78

    No it doesn’t

  • pips78

    No we won’t

  • pips78

    You’re not welcome

  • pips78

    No you wont

  • Guest

    You’re so cute when you’re angry Doctor Teeth. It’s funny. I see an awful lot of rate downs for you and a lot of likes for me. I wonder why… Hmmmm..

  • pips78

    You’re always invaild

  • tonyfatex

    It’s true… I don’t want it with you. LOL

  • pips78

    He passed on the red and blue and went for the crazy pill.

  • pips78

    I’ve been playing games with you all day you dummy. I picked you for a reason. Everyone else here is cool as far as I’m concerned. You’re easy, angry and pathetically stupid. So when can I expect you to come stomp me into the ground?

  • Alex Zapata

    Freak? I went to Freaknik once, very overrated.

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    Wow

  • FuturePS4Gamer

    They haven’t even announced the merger yet. This is merely chatter take a chill pill brotha

  • fsured

    What hurts my feelings is how you try to be intelligent yet can’t even form proper sentence structure to support your argument. I’d hate to hear how you would speak in person. The way you present yourself here shows lack of proper education and communication skills. If you claim an article stating it is going to happen then where is it? I certainly have no seen one. You are not longer worth my time as you will remain ignorant to your view.

  • donnybee

    He’s going to a stomp.. like a high school dance stomp. He likes to dance. Don’t be mean to someone who just likes to dance and yell all the time. He’s the new Justin Bieber. Without the girls and the money obviously cause he can’t afford to switch from Sprint.

  • pips78

    No it won’t. Just like the merger won’t happen.

  • pips78

    No it won’t.

  • donnybee

    You’re right pips78. Understanding sarcasm requires some level of education..

  • donnybee

    You didn’t really have to express how crazy you are for us to take a stab at it by now

  • donnybee

    He’s back..

  • mingkee

    Get some spammer!

  • Alex Zapata

    Well, I can’t deny that. I think someone needs a nappy wappy cause they’re all tuckered out from trollin.

  • Chris

    T-Mobile>AT&T>Sprint. You’ve obviously just some kind of troll, so this will be the last response you get from me.

  • Napster87

    Martin, don’t be alarmed. Calmly step away from your computer. I think something is dangerously wrong with your keyboard. Carefully unplug your computer, and throw it into a lake and stay away from internet access for about 2-5 years to fix the issue.