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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  • DrSaV20

    No T-Mobile are better alone

  • Mystery Man

    Yea I would never go anywhere near sprint.

  • Abe_The_Babe

    Is this why T-Mobile stock jumped over 2 dollars at the end of the day?

    • 21stNow

      I started looking for news related to both carriers as I noticed that the stock price of both carriers had an unusual jump for an otherwise quiet Friday during the holiday season.

  • Eduardo Espinoza

    If they keep the Tmo business I’m all for this deal. If they take on the sprint business model this deal can go

  • donnybee

    Wow, Sprint has already forgotten the huge mess that was the Nextel buyout. Clashing technologies and ideologies. Sprint would be stupid to not put up a fight against their 80% owners on this one, seeing as they still have scars from the first bad fight.

    • donnybee

      One thing to add though, is that Sprint is a hoarder of spectrum. Can you imagine if we got our hands on that goldmine? If it happens, it should be a reverse merger. T-Mo has more credibility in the market, so the brand name is best to keep. The network tech on T-Mo is better, so maybe Sprint is looking to (finally) decommission it’s CDMA network and adopt the GSM tech. If we could get the money of SoftBank, the spectrum of Sprint, the tech from T-Mobile, and the direction from John Legere this deal would be AMAZING!

      Any other outcome would suck…

      • galaxymaniac

        why would Softbank give money from Japan and let Legere lead? All the capital and spectrum from them and T-mobile runs the show? T-mobile has more credibility in the market, than Sprint? that’s a long shot… and Sprint has more customers than T-mo and MetroPCS combined.

        • donnybee

          More customers has nothing to do with it. Last year I would have not said T-Mo has more cred, but this year turned not only them around, but the whole wireless industry on it’s head..all because of T-Mobile. T-Mobile has the brand. Sprint hasn’t had much luck at all. They DO have customers, but no momentum. They’ll be number four pretty soon if next year is anything like this year was.

          Why wouldn’t SoftBank want John Legere to run the U.S. show? Look what he just did to the industry! If i was putting up money, I’d want my venture to be headed by the most capable individual. Someone who thinks radically and instrumentally to achieve the dreams he has for this industry, even if he’s the head of a bleeding company. 2013 was T-Mobile’s year, thanks to Legere.

  • TayshaunBoba

    Sprint,

    GTFO.

    Sincerely,
    All T-Mobile customers.

  • Hector Zombronie

    Makes sence. It would give Sprint the best chance to compete. How long can TMo ride the uncarrier train? Furthermore, how long until its no longer relavant because TMo changed the market?

  • galaxymaniac

    If the price is right, the Germans will sell T-mobile and their mothers…

  • jdubtrey

    Haven’t both Sprint AND T-Mobile executives publicly stated in the past couple of months that further consolidation was likely?

    I couldn’t envision them uttering that if they weren’t at least open to the possibility of a merger with each other. There aren’t that many (non-MVNO) carriers left.

    • Further consolidation likely means acquiring the smaller operators. The U.S. government will not permit a merger of national operators.

      • jdubtrey

        In the end, that might be the deciding factor.

        However, it is obvious from comments in September that TMo is willing to a merge with Sprint.

  • besweeet

    My initial concern would be how they would end up merging the two networks, or if they’ll continue to operate separately. Sprint has quite a bit of financial backing, I guess, and T-Mobile’s network is generally faster (not counting their 2G, of course). It might work. Too early to tell. Not really looking good initially, though.

    • jdubtrey

      There’s very little chance the networks would be operated separately once the combined company reaches the two-year mark. They’ll likely pick one before the deal is approved, activate all new customers on that chosen network, and re-purpose the other once the customer contracts run out.

    • Cam Bunton

      Going by Deutsche Telekom’s approach in the UK. T-Mobile and Orange’s owners decided to merge the two companies, form one bigger carrier (EE) and share networks. But then, on the technical side, there is the issue that both use different wireless technologies and frequencies. This seems like it’d be a big headache to actually get nailed down and put in place.

  • NOYB

    Nooooooooooooo!!!

  • No, T-Mobile just laugh at Sprint’s offer. If Sprint and T-mobile merge, it’ll be a nightmare. Sprint’s network is so bad. YOu can even load a damn webpage on their network.

  • Mark

    Sprint could never buy TMOUS. Could you imagine how much spectrum Sprint would have to give up to competitors for this deal to be approved? Sprint owns more spectrum than Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile—- combined!

    I also do not see regulators approving a deal with Sprint because it would not be good for competition. What would keep Sprint prices low and in check? Certainly not AT&T nor Verizon.

    I think TMOUS should try buying out U.S. Cellular. That would enhance their coverage in the midwest where they need it most.

    Just my 1/2 cent on this issue.

    • jdubtrey

      I agree with part of this.

      TMo and Sprint do compete in the no-contract segment. If one goes away, prices will go up, most likely.

  • SEBA

    Let T-mobile do what they did with MetroPCS. The only option I see.

  • sidekicker89

    ORRRRR we could let Sprint attempt to buy T-Mobile but have even bigger break up fees/spectrum than what the AT&T buy out plan had! That way we can fight for the deal to be shut down and T-Mobile will walk away with more cash AND more spectrum! mauahaha :D

    • galaxymaniac

      the “twilight” time between the announcement of the acquisition by ATT and its ultimate cancellation was really bad times for T-mobile. Don’t think it will survive another engagement like this, even if the deal is ultimately cancelled.

      • fsured

        They may survive it if they continue to expand their network instead of letting the company go idle. That hurt the company bad. To stop this massive growth going on during a potential deal would be insane since it is working and pulling customers from At&t. This would only make the combined company better if they were to continue as is.

        If the technology was the same I’d possibly be for this deal. Since it isn’t it will take a considerable amount of money to switch one massive network over to one cell technology and then replace millions of handsets. Would it cost more for manufactures to make handsets that pick up CDMA and GSM signals?

        • bucdenny

          The Nexus 5 does exactly that. It already works on both Sprint and T-Mobile.

      • philyew

        Ironically, the only reason they have been able to move on as a competitive entity is because of AT&T’s buyout attempt and the break-up deal that went with it.

        Prior to that deal being attempted, TM were effectively dead in the water, with neither the spectrum nor the financial commitment from the owners to compete in the broadband market.

        They would be thoroughly marginalized now without their rapid deployment of LTE over the last 18 months.

        Three things happened as a result of the resource injection from AT&T: network modernization, the MetroPCS merger, and public listing on the NYSE.

        While the steps that Humm’s management team took to prepare for the AT&T takeover were scorched earth in many respects, the process itself was invaluable to TM’s ultimate survival.

        TM would now have to abandon the Uncarrier strategy entirely in order to inflict the same damage that was done by Humm. The thing is that all the components of Uncarrier are extremely difficult to reverse without it putting the customer numbers in a tail spin which would more than surpass that decline. Imagine how bad would have been the losses in 2010, if TM hadn’t had contracts to slow the exodus. While contracts still exist, every month that goes by significantly shifts the balance from contract to non-contract.

  • sirwill4

    Tmobile is number 4 in amount of subscribers. I’m confused how they could more than double Sprint’s subscriber base.

    • fsured

      They don’t have the same number of subscribers and Sprint has more (I don’t know how many they have but I think it is over 50mil). But if you add in T-Mobiles 42-45mil customers to sprints then it gets them way closer to that 100mil mark or possibly over it. That makes them a huge thorn in the side of Verizon and AT&T.

      —-
      Looking it up online, Sprint has about 54mil, Verizon 119mil, and AT&t 109mil. This merger would put them right at the heels of AT&T concerning the number of customers.

  • vinnyjr

    Much rather keep T-Mobile a GSM Network. Combining Sprint and T-Mobile would cause a clusterfuck in Network issues, not to mention the kind of phone that would have to be built to utilize both kinds of Networks. No thanks that sounds like trouble, big trouble. T-Mobile gets stronger and stronger every day, their Network has come so far so fast. I hope they stay away from Sprint.

    • Stone Cold

      I agree 100 percent.

    • 21stNow

      I think that Sprint is addicted to acquiring incompatible networks, then sustaining years of losses as they try to integrate those networks.

      • Magenta Man

        Exactly

      • bucdenny

        This is Softbank and not the same Sprint that acquired Nextel years ago. Sprint’s Network Vision new network would allow such an integration to work.

  • best

    HAHHAHHAH. Sprint, you are so funny but go home because you are drunk.

  • UMA_Fan

    Hopefully Tmobile somehow would control the combined entity of the two.

    I bet Softbank is really regretting not buying tmobile in the first place. I can see how on paper you would think Sprint is better positioned to take on att/verizon but you really have to know the US industry to see that tmobile always had the best shot.

    • donnybee

      I agree. I’m not entirely opposed to this deal, even though I hate Sprint. They have very sought after spectrum and a huge cash flow from SoftBank. It would be opportunistic of SoftBank to get rid of the decision makers inside Sprint, replace them with T-Mobile executives; this gives them an avenue to get rid of CDMA and focus on GSM, with an already built out network. If we could get the best of T-Mo (the network, the execs, and the image) but get only the best of Sprint (the cash flow, the SPECTRUM!!) this would be a HUGE win for both sides. And if they could structure it after T-Mobile without changing the model or the leaders, I’m all for it. And I’m sure SoftBank would be too.

      If it means that we would become anything like Sprint is now, it’s not going to be a good idea. And I’ll be against it. This is a very interesting buyout idea.

      • 21stNow

        Sprint has some 800MHz spectrum that they are building out for LTE,
        which would be beneficial. Sprint’s other spectrum holdings include the
        1900MHz band and either the 2500MHz or 2600MHz band. Those wouldn’t be
        as beneficial right now because T-Mobile’s main problems are lack of
        coverage and building penetration. Sprint’s high frequency bands would
        do nothing to help T-Mobile with those two issues.

  • HELL NO, WE WON’T GO!

    • macman37

      John Legere, T-Mobile’s Board of Directors, and shareholders should see how belittling the amount that Softbank/Sprint is trying to buy T-Mobile for – they want to spend only $20 billion when AT&T tried to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion – and tell off Sprint/Softbank. Sprint/Softbank, GTFO of T-Mobile’s affairs and stop trying to slow down their positive momentum!

  • Chris

    Oh hell no. Sprint made some bad network decisions. Don’t want them handling T-mobile. If DT really wants to sell T-mo, sell it to Orange or Vodafone or someone else other than Sprint.

    • Trevnerdio

      That would be interesting…it’d give Vodafone a share again in the U.S. market (a controlling one this time) since they used to own 45% of Verizon

  • Qbancelli

    I’m not down with this…

  • Aurizen

    This better not happpen! T-Mobile would be ruined!

  • John Blanco

    That is just crazy. No way in hell im going back to sprint. I will go with verizon. Sprint is awful and i live in an lte area.

    • vrm

      I’d rather go with sprint than verizon but I’d sooner go with att; their lowered plan rates are competitive.

  • j

    “would create a third genuine force in the smartphone market”!!! What are you saying?!?!? If we’re neck and neck with Verizon in terms of total new subscribers (combined postpaid and prepaid) the past two quarters, then we’re already a third genuine force in the smartphone market! Why would we agree to be bought out by a company who we’re taking customers from every month (just like we’re taking at&t’s customers)! that just makes no sense!!!

  • taron19119

    The day sprint announces that they are buying T Mobile I’m going to do the same thing I did when AT&T tried to buy T Mobile you write a letter to the FCC to block the deal and why is a bad ideal

    • 21stNow

      And if this were to go through, AT&T would get three new lines. I will not become a Sprint customer.

  • vrm

    too many incompatibilities in n/w, spectrum etc. Not sure if it help.

  • Jazzyjeff215

    I honestly think if it was the other way around, it would be good in the long run if T-Mobile brought Sprint. But it would be a bad move for Tmobile to be brought out by sprint especially after this great turn around that Tmobile is having and regaining customers. The main thing Tmobile needs to work on now is coverage. Once they improve in that area they will have a chance to really compete with AT&T and Verizon.

    • mattv34

      Bought not brought … bought means to buy … brought means to bring

  • taron19119

    This is not going to happen until they change the valuation Sprint is going to try to buy T Mobile for 20 billion when t mobile is Gaining customer and at&t try to by T Mobile for 39 billion when they were losing customers I don’t see Deutsche Telekom selling for 20 billion dollars when there ganing customers left and right

    • kalel33

      T-mobile was only worth $16-20 billion at the time AT&T offered to buy them.

      • macman37

        Offering a bid that is $19 billion less than AT&T’s previously failed acquisition is very belittling especially when you see T-Mobile doing a complete turnaround and success. Softbank/Sprint should offer at least $39 billion for
        Deutsche Telekom to consider having T-Mobile be acquired.

  • wyn50

    This is a joke right. If the att buyout failed, this is should fail too….at least i hope so.

  • Genecio

    When HELL freezes over! Sprint’s whack struggling network. T-mobile is better off by themselves. Too many network incompatibilities and issues. Can you say Sprint-Nextel 2.0?

  • Bennion

    I heard of people with Alltel that got grandfathered into cheap plans when Verizon acquired them, and kept them for quite a while afterward. Get the plan that works for you, and you’ll very likely be able to keep it for a long time.

    Everyone thinks the networks are incompatible, but they’re both going to LTE and new technologies are allowing a lot more bands and protocols to be supported on handsets, so it might not actually be as big of a deal as it has been in the past.

  • Say no to Sprint

    Dear Lord Baby Jesus, please don’t let Sprint buy Tmobile, being that tmobile’s Edge is faster than Sprints LTE we would only be downgrading our network. Amen

  • JJ

    I don’t think this will be approved . They also have not decided to make abid yet.

    “Sprint has yet to decide whether it is going to go ahead with a bid, which could be risky due to concern from regulators.”

  • Heck no..

    Really sad to here news like this and all that can be hoped for is that it never happens . Besides another merger is not good for the consumer, less choice and eventual higher prices like ATT, Verizon and even Sprint. Not a winning story folks unless your into wall street mentality only. Besides Sprint don’t go after ATT like T-Mobile does !!
    GO T-MOBILE…. continue to grow on your own and become #3

  • Ike820

    Dont think for a second that
    Deutsche Telekom isnt thinking of selling. T-mobile is still not what they want
    it to be. They want high class customers but still mostly attract the low
    income customers. Sprint on the otherhand built an empire on attracting the
    lower class customer.

    There would be a huge problem if
    Sprint purchases T-mobile. This problem will come from the technology
    differences between the two companies. T-mobile is predominantly GMS with a
    recent buildout in HSPA+ and LTE. Sprint is predominantly CDMA with past
    buildouts of WiMAX and only recent buildouts of LTE. I like being able to
    switch out my SIM card and would hate to lose that. Sprint would have to pick a
    side. And I doubt it would go smoothly.

  • raysfan1985

    Oh please no.

  • 0neTw0

    Piss off Sprint.

  • kgoodson88

    In the last 5 years this story has come up like 25 times. Lets see some actual tmobile news. Sprint is not going yo buy tmobile. The federal government has already made it very clear that it wants 4 major carries in the US. Im a long time tmonews reader, but it will stop if you guys keep writing about the same store over and over and over and over and over and over and over. It gets extremely annoying.

    • kgoodson88

      Plus the site has 10+ pages of sprint articles. Is this a sprint blog, or tmobile?

  • sushimane88

    In my opinion I highly doubt that the FCC and doj would allow anything to happen to the 4 major carrier especially if sprint is the number 3 carrier its still bigger then T-Mobile but I do wish that the WSJ should stop to post up this subject. The FCC and doj stated that they would like 4 national carrier for competition so having three instead of 4 is a no Go. But for insist if a outside company for insist Google they would still be 4 lol. But I’m hoping for the best for my beloved T-Mobile its not so far until the parent company sell their share of the company which is 74% and when T-Mobile us is their own company

  • GABoi78

    WoW! Didn’t SEE this coming!

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Hey what if they fire Dan Hesse and put John Legere imcharge of the combined company?

  • taron19119

    I have a question who’s going to pay 20 billion that is rumor Sprint is going to buy T Mobile for because I don’t think soft bank is going to pay 20 billion after spending 20 billion for Sprint and I don’t believe Sprint has 20 billion to pay for tmobile

    • KingCobra

      They would borrow money to finance the deal

      • taron19119

        Do think Deutsche Telekom will sell T Mobile for 20 billion dollars when there gaining customers left and right when AT&T try to buy t mobile for 39 billion dollars and was losing customers

        • KingCobra

          Not sure what the number would be. I know TMUS market cap is around $20 billion right now so that’s probably where that number came from. No official offer has been made yet.

        • taron19119

          its rumor that Sprint will try to buy at 20 billion dollars but you’re telling me a company that has gained 2 million customers in less than one year is less valuable then when they were losing millions of customers

        • kalel33

          Yes, because AT&T was overpaying by quite a bit to knock out a competitor, be the only big GSM carrier in the US, and finally pass Verizon in customers.. At the time of the T-mobile acquisition attempt, T-mobile was valued at 16-20 billion dollars.

          By the way, T-mobile wasn’t losing customers until they brought in a new CEO who was making T-mobile ready for an acquisition. They had done tons of anti-consumer changes right before the acquisition, which pissed off customers.

        • philyew

          While AT&T were prepared to overpay, DT needed that kind of inducement to get over the fact that, otherwise, they would exit the US market with a huge loss.

          Let’s not forget that it cost them a staggering $55 billion in acquisition costs and assumed debt to buy Voicestream and TM’s other components. Back then, there were less than 10 million subscribers. Analysts at the time of the AT&T acquisition attempt calculated that DT would emerge with a modest profit over the lifetime of the investment, if the deal went through. Receiving only $20 billion would constitute a huge loss.

          I never gave much stock to the “only GSM carrier” argument, since everyone is now purposefully headed away from CDMA with the move to LTE.

          I do, however, agree that the great customer drain was compounded by conscious policies geared to optimizing the value of the company in an acquisition, though the process was started by AT&T’s exclusive iPhone deal.

  • macman37

    Both the DoJ and the FCC have already expressed that they don’t want any of the Big 4 Mobile Carriers merging. For a company like Sprint, who is having a slow rollout of their LTE network, that along with the amount of current and former subscribers’ complaints of how badly they’re run from top to bottom, to possibly acquire T-Mobile, a company who has had a great year for 2013, this would be a nightmare for many consumers! Please have both the DoJ and the FCC intervene to block this possible acquisition immediately! In the meantime, let’s find a way to start a petition to block this acquisition. God knows that Softbank’s CEO will not stop at making a large bid!

    John Legere, it’s time to be the leader that T-Mobile needs to tell off screwed up companies like Sprint that T-Mobile has no aspiration whatsoever to be a company whose management is poorly run from Dan Hesse to the store/branch managers. Sprint/Softbank is offering less than AT&T’s bid when they tried to acquire T-Mobile a few years ago. Don’t let them have T-Mobile and their subscribers kiss off the great momentum that we have been experiencing with any bid no matter how large the amount!

    • kalel33

      Can’t be that bad. T-mobile has been ranked dead last in customer service for 3 years straight, so you can’t say they are worse when it comes to helping out customers.

      • just me

        You are one jaded person or have a personal issue with T-Mobile. I don’t think I’ve seen one comment from you without some kind of negative comment/backhanded remark.

        • kalel33

          Am I wrong? Nope.

        • macman37

          You’re dead wrong!

        • kalel33

          I must be imagining that T-mobile has been dead last in customer service rankings by JD Powers and Associates for the last three years. Just checked and I am not imagining things. They’ve been last for 3 years straight.

        • macman37

          Superdope, check prior to then, like say when I first started checking- like 2004 ’til 2010; and you’ll see that it usually went #1 was Verizon, #2 was T-Mobile, and #3 & 4 was always a toss-up between Sprint and Cingular (AT&T).

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          You’re completely wrong.

        • philyew

          Actually, he isn’t wrong. Even though I just moved over from a legacy family plan to a Simple Choice option which has saved at least $60/month, I still have contracts on the lines that had subsidized upgrades in the last two years. Those contracts don’t run out until the end of August next year.

          No new customers have contracts, and some old contract customers can move over to Simple Choice with waived migration fees, but they are not canceling contracts outright.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Oh yes, haha, I said that earlier in response to another thing he said. I wasn’t referring to that :-)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Oh, haha. I wasn’t referring to that statement in particular, mainly the other aspersions he said. I don’t doubt that. :-)

          If you look at the dates you can see I said that in response to his earliest comments.

        • x646x

          He’s not wrong at all.

          1. Puniest network in America; will switch to (E) within a mile of large metro areas. Literally 100 feet outside the metro area of 5 million people and I will see (E) and even gprs on my handset.

          2. Worst Frequency allocation of any cell network.

          3. Worst in-building/in pocket coverage.

          4. Poor network performance. Often see (E) on my handsets, even while living in one of the largest and wealthiest metro areas in the country.

          5. Worst sales process/systems of any carrier.

          6. Indifferent and useless customer service agents, with the sales reps or the outsourced sales being the worst. Absolute joke as every other carrier, including prepaid, is smart enough to put their best foot forward at this early stage.

          7. Rapid battery drain due to poor signal.

          8. Very departmental, so one division cannot assist another. Web sales cannot assist in-store and vice versa; nor cares to help either.

          9. Reps will transfer you to anything, to just get you off the phone.

          10. Reps will never follow through to see if you have been
          assisted by whoever they transferred you to in the first place.

          11. Easy to get caught in the t-mobile support circle of hell transfer game.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          He, and you, are both completely wrong. You don’t seem to be a very patient or understanding person, so I imagine you must be very easily disappointed in general.

          Nobody’s making you keep T-Mobile; leave if you don’t like it. After all, there are no contracts. It’s better to have an ex-customer than an insatiable, disgruntled customer.

        • kalel33

          No contracts? Hell, I better call up customer service and tell them that my contract that ends in February of 2015 has been voided by KlausWillSeeYouNow, on Tmo news commentary section. They’ll get a laugh out of that.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          ah, so you’re not a new customer. You’ve had them for a while then, since you would have known that there is now a no-contract model.

        • kalel33

          Ah, so you know that the vast majority of customers still have contracts, since they started the no contract option just 9 months ago. You can’t tell any T-mobile customer to leave at any time because there are no contracts, when any customer that signed up or even just had to change their plan 10 months ago or longer are in contract.

        • x646x

          Actually, I worked in customer service in retail, phone tech support, and phone customer support and never received 1 complaint. I never ever just transferred a customer and always did my best to help them and solve their problem; which is why I cannot stand indifferent reps. If they don’t care about what they do or to assist the customer, they should go work at waallymart.

          Of course I am going to leave and once those who signed up to the smallest carrier in America with the puniest network, topped off with the worst customer service and crappiest corporate policies outside cable companies see this for themselves, they too will leave.

          This lipstick on a pig, smoke and mirrors, game will ultimately fail and tmobile usa will end up being sold to the cheapest bidder and dismantled.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Whoa, whoa. First of all, Walmart has some good reps working there. I don’t know where you worked, but perhaps the corporate culture was so viscous you feel compelled to generalize competitors unfairly. Your animus is overpowering; you can’t say a single positive thing about T-Mobile. It’s fairly clear they didn’t stand much of a chance with you.

          Also, your aspersions about their network and customer support are so outlandish they don’t even require a reasoned response. Done.

          If you really feel that strongly, feel free to go. You are the exception, not the rule, of T-Mobile customer experiences. I highly doubt they even had a chance to begin with.

        • x646x

          Um the only person who would say this is someone based out of Middle-America. Out in the states that actually pay the bills and bankroll America, Walmart is frowned and looked down as the dollar store.

          Tmobile did have a chance and many good chances but they screwed it up again and again. As soon as they receive and process the 4 handset returns, I am switching out immediately. Laughably but sad, this will be a 50 to 60 day ordeal and require multiple calls to get to sorted out first.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Um, I’m not in the Midwest. I’m in the Northeast. And you represent a loud yet underwhelming minority.

          Also, I’ve never heard of such an ordeal. I’ve had Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and now T-Mobile, and every time I’ve switched carriers I’ve never had to talk to the old one. They just send the early termination fee in the mail. :-P

        • x646x

          You missed the point. It is going to take 50-60 days to have them remove any EIP from my account, to allow me to leave and not have to pay them out. The exact same return process with AT&T or Verizon takes about 1 to 2 weeks tops. Again, tmobile didn’t pay for the handsets, so they don’t give a crap; which is precisely why they are unwilling to spend the 2 minutes to correct the delivery address of a $703 dollar phone.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

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

        • x646x

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

      • macman37

        One good reason why they were ranked really low the last few years is due to being almost acquired by AT&T. At that time, a great amount of workers stopped caring; but prior to then T-Mobile and Verzion were always No. 1 & 2 when it came to performance and customer satisfaction. With John Legere as T-Mobile’s CEO, we will be seeing those days of being No. 1 &/or 2 again.

        • x646x

          Being a new customer to Tmobile, but soon to be ex, I strongly disagree. The majority of Tmobile reps I dealt with operate on the same level as cable company reps or walmart clerks.

          For starters, their crappy sales process/systems are an absolute joke and sprint runs circles around them in this department. I experienced many systemic failures from this company, that just don’t happen with anyone else.

          My favorite involved a rep essentially saying ‘s-cks to be you’ when a phone order was processed to the wrong address. Apparently, an order cannot be changed no matter what. They couldn’t even be bothered logging into ups and spending the literally 30 secs to update an address.

          Then again, of course this is going to happen now that we (the customer) are on the hook for the entire handset cost; which are not even a deal, as they are typically msrp.

          How about, they’d rather I send a handset back and buy the same handset again, than just credit the price difference?

          How about the “7-10 days” it apparently takes to send me a return label? Which they forgot to include in the first place and something at&t reps email on the spot.

          How about the 50+ days plus multiple calls it took to credit my account for a return handset? Or the fact that I cannot return a handset at a store.

          After dealing with Tmobile and with various reps, I am more than happy to switch back to gun networks like Verizon and AT&T.

        • fsured

          It really must stink to be you. I called yesterday to ask about tethering on my moms line and ended the call with unlimited data and 2gig of tethering for her line and mine for the same price i was paying. The rep redid my entire plan structure with ease. Every company has incompetent employees and you seem to have the luck to speak with them.

          *You as the receiver of the package with a tracking number could contact UPS and have them hold the package at a UPS store for pick up free of charge. Once a package has shipped companies do not change the shipping details. Ive experienced this situation plenty of times.

        • x646x

          Unfortunately, that doesn’t address any of the systemic issues I faced with tmo. 3 reps all confirmed that a return label must be shipped out to me and it take “7-10” days. Worse off, I never received the return label anyway.

          How about the 50 days and multiple calls to process a new handset return/refund? Plus being asked the exact same questions and for the same proof of delivery over and over again; even after I told then that I received an email from tmobile stating the handset had been returned over a month ago.

          Most companies allow you to verify an address at the final stage of an order. They don’t don’t just process it automatically. Almost every single large company allows you to at least cancel an order with an x time period. Tmobile does neither and refuses to assist.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          As someone who just went through that process, I completely disagree. It can be tough at first, but speaking calmly to the right people really helps. I purchased an iPhone 5S 32 GB. It came cracked. I called them. They re-placed an order (I wasn’t charged) for an iPhone 5S 16 GB, until I reminded them that wasn’t the right one. Cancelled the order on the spot; sent the undamaged one with Next Day Air. Couldn’t be happier with the service.

          Customer loyalty, as a last resort, is always there to patch things up. Make sure you talk to the right department first.

        • x646x

          As a new customer, I should not have to run around the company to figure out t-mobiles inner workings. Everybody has experienced bad service or an isolated dimwit do-che rep but I have never had so many reps with such an indifferent attitude. I have never dealt with a company that deliberately makes it so difficult to deal with them during the crucial sales process.

          Tmobile had a good chance to secure at least $200 of business from me per month and have now lost this business. We were also thinking of transferring our work phones, which would have been another few grand a month, gone too.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I agree wholeheartedly. But even good companies have bad agents sometimes. I’m a generally impatient person, but once I calm down and explain myself, they’re usually more than happy to oblige. Like I said, for what it’s worth I’ve had generally good experiences with them; when they’ve fallen short they’ve always made it right.

          I certainly hope you’ll reconsider. I believe that most people here recognize that there is something unique and special about T-Mobile; it’s very much like a community.

          Give ’em another chance. You won’t be disappointed.

        • kalel33

          Workers stopped caring? Hell no they didn’t! They wanted to help the customers but T-mobile change many of the policies that were anti-consumer, which didn’t allow them to help the customers anymore. They also fired a vast majority of the best reps that had been there for years and moved much of the customer service to the Philippines. That’s how they were able to shut down 7 customer service centers in the US, which are still closed.

          It wasn’t the reps fault, it was T-mobile’s fault. Prior to then, they were ranked number one 12 out the last 14 times. They were actually ranked dead last before the announcement of the AT&T takeover. It was when they dropped Dotson as CEO and removed Sue Nokes from head of customer service when the downfall started, which was 6 months prior to the AT&T takeover attempt.

        • x646x

          It’s clear that it’s a management/executive problem at t-fail. DT doesn’t care to invest in Tmobile USA and this uncarrier scam is all a front to prop up this failed venture for an eventual sale or “merger”.

    • jdubtrey

      When did the fed say that they don’t “want any of the big four carriers merging”?

      That not nearly the same thing as blocking one of the top two from acquiring #4.

      • It was implied in the reports released two years ago by the Department of Justice and the one that was nearly released by the FCC before AT&T cancelled its attempt to buy T-Mobile.

        • jdubtrey

          You are correct: in looking it up, it is implied that the DoJ didn’t want any of the other 3 buying TMo, not just ATT. I’m not sure if that view would have changed in the two years since though.

  • Shadlom

    No thanks, Sprint sucks, we don’t want gprs speeds passing for 4g lol.

  • scuttlefield

    The most important issue…this site would have to change its name! But, to what? “The Carrier Formerly Known as Tmo News”?

    • josephsinger

      This not a “sight” it’s a site :)

      • scuttlefield

        Oops. Fixed.

        • josephsinger

          Dadburned homophones!

        • scuttlefield

          At least it wasn’t a your/you’re or its/it’s mistake, right? :D

        • josephsinger

          Yeah, there’s that, but I don’t have my sights (ha!) set too (not to) high that a majority are going to get it.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          In no way was anything he said homophobic.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          :-) It was a joke, dear sir. I was being facetious.

  • KingCobra

    The only way I would be for this merger is if the combined network is a GSM/LTE network and they eventually shutdown the old Sprint CDMA network. Also they would need to keep T-Mobile’s existing Uncarrier model. It’s working and I like it. Otherwise I would have to complain to the FCC and suggest they block this.

  • So Cal Techie

    No Sprint….just stop please..stop trying to merge and buyout other carriers. You already have Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Clear 4G, and just recovering from the Nextel buyout that caused you to invest and operate 2 separate networks (IDEN & CDMA) because they were not compatible with each other. If Sprint buys T-Mobile that is going to create more incompatibility issues because T-Mobile is GSM/HSPA+ and Sprint is CDMA. Even though they both now have a LTE network they both utilize different frequencies and its going to take a while to sort everything out.

    T-Mobile is currently doing a well job quickly expanding their LTE coverage along with their HSPA+ network, I don’t want Sprint to get their dirty hands on our T-Mobile network and slow it down. Plus T-Mobile JUST bought Metro PCS, what is Sprint going to do with yet ANOTHER prepaid brand if they buy out T-Mobile (along with MetroPCS)??

    So Sprint just save yourself the trouble of trying to be the “I can do it all” carrier, and just focus on sorting out YOUR OWN network and satisfying your own customers rather than trying to take over our beloved T-Mobile and slow things down for us.

  • colbats

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • colbats

    GSM is the way to go! pretty much the standard in global telecommunications. CDMA is crap!!!!

    • macman37

      Not exactly. What makes the technology whether it’s CDMA or GSM is the network. ex: Verizon compared to Sprint. Also, keep in mind that a good portion of GSM’s UMTS came from CDMA technology. The way Verizon has pulled off using both technologies is very amazing – CDMA for 3G and LTE/GSM for 4G.

      • RedGeminiPA

        That isn’t what colbats was referring to. I see exactly what’s being said, and I agree.

        GSM is the world-standard in cellular. It’s simple to swap SIM cards as needed for different countries or carriers. You can’t do that with a CDMA-based phone. That’s why I’ll never use a CDMA-based carrier again.

        • mingkee

          CDMA also has smart card, but US based companies don’t use it.

        • macman37

          Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE devices use CMDA for 3G and LTE; and are the only ones that are GSM unlocked out of the box due to the rules set by the Open Handset Alliance {Google}; and any subscriber can replace the SIM card at will without having to contact any Verizon employee. The point I made earlier, of Verizon versus Sprint, is referring to how the mobile carrier manages their technology whether it be CDMA or GSM; and this is clearly shown in reviews like Consumer Reports, JD Power & Associates, performance, % of satisfied subscribers, and the coverage map.

      • Nearmsp

        The whole world has moved to GSM technology. US can’t remain a dinosaur by sticking to the English measurement system of miles and gallons and also the CDMA. In other countries, such as Australia, the CDMA network was forcibly removed by the government.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Right… because there’s something inherently bad about CDMA and something inherently great about government intervention :-P

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Sprint is awful. I really hope this doesn’t happen. In other news, I’d be amused if DT got screwed out of any deal. :-) Rene Olbermann’s arrogance was enough to permanently soil my opinion of DT as a benevolent, caring parent.

    • mingkee

      Does anybody remember the CEO before Legere? He fucked up T-Mobile.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Philipp Humm?

  • N2NY

    Im a current TMO customer but if that happen Ill switch to VERIZON or ATT, Im not wasting my money with SPRINT…

    • bakgwailo

      Damn right man, I left Nextel back in the day due to the Sprint merger. Never again.

  • Angel Gonzalez

    They should be the ones buying Sprint. T-Mo seems to know what they are doing now and should be the ones the would run the combined company. At the end of the day spectrum is where the value is and T-Mo needs more of it.

    • jdubtrey

      DT eventually wants to get out of the US market, according to reports. Metro PCS is one thing, but buying Sprint is not a move that would position them to exit easily.

      • That would be foolish for DT, since the US market is rewarding them well. The European assets are the ones failing them now.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I want DT to go away. They’ve been very negligent parents of T-Mo.

    • Ewesuk

      Yet Sprint has the most and you know that won’t be cheap.

  • ceegii63

    i wonder when SOFTBANK will realize they wasted all that money buying Sprint

    • Nearmsp

      They are recovering their money by killing competition.

    • Ewesuk

      As of this moment Sprint has the most spectrum beating out the big two. With Softbanks money and Nextel finally dead they can now use it. It’s the finite resource that was the end goal. Even the new plans out right now were created before the buyout. If you think the CEO of T-mo is disruptive Softbank’s makes him look like a bible salesman.

      • Eric

        Spending billions of dollars on companies around the world is very disruptive!

        *Sarcasm.*

  • Freddy

    I’m all down for this acquisition ! Yea I know Sprint sucks but , Sprint & T-Mobile combined will bring them rite on the heels of Big Red & Ma bell ! Yea T-Mobile could move into #3 alone but ! They would be nowhere in site of The big 2 ! More Spectrum Combined customer base = competitive #3 ! Do us all a favor and support this deal ! Sprint-Mobile

    • Freddy

      I know I’m not the only one tired of Verizon And AT&T domination ! And there customers trashing the T-Mobile network

    • Nearmsp

      Sprint T-mobile combination is not T-mobile but Sprint! Watch what you wish for. If Sprint had the capability of beating T-mobile it would not buy it. It would fight it with much less money than buying it. This is about killing competition.

      • Freddy

        So what was AT&Ts reason for trying too buy ? They’ve been Kicking our T-Mobiles ass forever !

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          No, they were threatened by T-Mobile. And wished to eliminate competition (the only other GSM competitor, I might add).

        • Freddy

          So your Saying AT&T was threatened by a company losing half of its customer based ?! Lmao

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yes, absolutely. The only other GSM carrier had (and still has) plans that were (and still are) a far better value than AT&T.

          Also, what does T-Mo’s customer base have to do with AT&T’s? There is no correlation. Just because theirs was shrinking doesn’t necessarily mean AT&T’s was growing, or that AT&T’s customers were aware of that, particularly the dissatisfied ones.

  • Joe

    “A market with only three major carriers would be much more prone to ‘coordinated effects’ where ‘competing’ companies act as an effective cartel, even if they don’t meet secretly to split up the market,” he wrote. “All they need to do is match each others’ pricing moves and pay attention to press statements and you have the same result as an illegal cartel without any lawbreaking. This is just as bad for consumers. … In a market with just three carriers, it’s less likely that one of them would make the same kinds of disruptive moves T-Mobile has made recently with its ‘Uncarrier’ program. … [P]olicymakers should be clear that we need a minimum of four national carriers.

  • Dan

    If Sprint buys T-Mobile and raise its price afterward (and the price of its MVNO), what are your option?

    AT&T high prices?
    Verizon high prices?
    Sprint high prices?

    MVNO? But the MVNO have all raised their prices too since there is no competition now.

  • Nearmsp

    The Japanese owners of Sprint overpaid for the company and Sprint has huge debts. T-mobile has become an aggressive competitor and AT&T, Verizon and Sprint would prefer T-mobile would go away. Expect AT&T and Verizon to NOT raise objection to this deal! Expect to see the troughs on the hill filled by lobbyists for our lousy politicians to come out in support against the big 2. But under Obama, FTC for once in their lifetime following their charter to ensure a competitive market. In the past both FCC and FTC have rubber stamped most buyouts. The FCC board consists of political hacks who vote based on what their party bosses tell them. The only thing that can prevent this merger is if T-mobile customers take to the social boards and their members against this deal. I myself had written almost 40 comments with my own name in the Wall Street Journal every time an article supporting the AT&T deal came out. 100 nameless pigs on the hill signed a document supporting AT&T and T-mobile. Al Franken wast he only senator who stood up and said, this deal is bad for consumers. I also accused the FCC of being fox guarding the hen coop and listed all of the take overs FCC rubber stamped and gave data showing how concentrated the US wireless market was. FCC finally wilted. I expect the same forces to talk up this deal. T-mobile stock was up over 8% yesterday. Expect moneyed interests to start a campaign for the merger in the name of YOU, the consumer.

  • ImSoDallasTexas!!!

    It’s not going to happen….

  • mingkee

    This will not happen either way. The FCC and FTC will not allow T-Mobile acquiring Sprint or other way.

  • Michael Richey

    Don’t Really care. Just keep it affordable. I think that every network should give unlimited data.US is so for behind in technology. They are all raping us anyway. Anyone have KY jelly.

    • fsured

      I thought data prices in other countries was expensive for the allotment given? We are for sure behind in terms of network speeds and the handset market.

  • xmiro

    I hope the yellow turd bird gets whacked

  • I wish for them to stay away from Sprint. Being a T-Mobile customer for 8 years, I seen T-Mobile go thru some pretty rough spots to even the almost AT&T merger I was scared to death of. But within the past year they have rebuilt themselves tremendously and started a move in the mobile industry in regards to upgrades and no contracts.

  • wezra

    One word… “Stupid”

  • Jason Steinbach

    Sprint’s Christmas wishlist is exactly that. A wish. And a distant one at that.
    T-mobile has a secret weapon in their back pocket called “Solavei”. They are the first MVNO that will bridge customers internationally via T-mobile and Deustsch Telekom’s network, which has a vastly larger international footprint than the other big 3 American carriers. Solavei has already secured over 300,000 customers in the U.S. in their first 14 months. Future international projected earnings considered, there is no way T-mobile and parent company Deutsch Telekom would sell. In addition, the governing bodies would likely not allow this to happen because the newly formed conglomerate could corner the entire US market by providing mobile service on both CDMA and GSM networks, allowing anyone with an unlocked Verizon phone to switch. With the new unlocking regulations forcing carriers to make it easier to unlock devices, it would be a grim day in Verizonland if this deal went through. If this deal moves forward, Verizon is going to need to do extreme lobbying in Washington to prevent the approval of such deal and their own demise.

    • 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?

  • Bangincrazy

    A dream, this is only Sprints dream that will never happen

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

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

      • 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

          please tell me what I missed out on?

  • Freddy

    What I don’t get is why do you people want T-Mobile too suffer ?! I love T-Mobile but they need Sprint And sprint Needs T-Mobile ! Sprint needs T-Mobile for the network And T-Mobile needs them for the spectrum and Size ! Combined they would be rite on the big 2s tail ! They combined would be waaaay more competitive then they would be going alone ! T-Mobile Customer since middle school just graduated high school last year !

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      T-Mobile does NOT need Sprint. They can continue to compete. When there’s more choice, consumers win.

      • 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

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

  • Joseph Tongret

    Nooooooo…. Not this $hit AGAIN!!!!

  • Joseph Tongret

    If we must go down this road, let’s make it a 10 billion dollar payout to Tmo if it doesn’t go through, lmao! This has to be BS

  • Soft bank knows that t-mobile is on the rise, and they want in. However, this will not happen.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

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

    • stefan

      bullshit !!

  • mreveryphone

    I think the nexus 5 was a test. I mean really look at that for a minute… You can take a unlocked phone and activate it on a gsm or cdma network. Pay attention is all I’m getting at.

    • 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

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

        • 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

          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

  • 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

      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!!!”

      • 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

          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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • volvoV70guy

    This will not help T-Mobile USA or Sprint. The problem with both carriers is that there is a very widespread negative perception of them. For Sprint, the negativity is mostly accurate, but T-Mobile has been getting better and better every year. I don’t know what it will take to change peoples’ minds about T-Mobile, but until they do they will suffer no matter what.

    • Turb0wned

      Ummm start by having service outside of big cities??? That will change peoples mind. Can’t believe you even asked that.

      • techymexican

        well T-Mobile does have service out the big cities, it’s just on edge. If you travel a lot, then yes, please go pay more with Verizon. It’s all about your needs. I go all around Los Angeles and get service, it works. It’s all about case by case scenarios

        • Turb0wned

          Lol… Outdated EDGE technology doesn’t even count. Try using data with that.. Then go look at all the dead spots to.

          I rooting for Tmo but it seems like they are never going to expand thus never going to be able to be a real threat to the big two.

          This sprint deal wouldn’t be a bad move if Tmobile were buying sprint.

        • techymexican

          yes it’s outdated. Data does work better on Edge than it does on Sprint 3G. I only see Edge when I get out of Los Angeles and go toward Las Vegas or Bakersfield. Going to San Diego or toward Santa Barbara has full LTE at 30Mbps. Dead spots do exisit one every carrier, in my neighborhood, strangely enough, Verizon doesn’t work, but all three other carriers do. T-Mobile is looking to invest in areas they already exist. How would T-Mobile buying Sprint be bad vs the other way around? T-Mobile has a CEO that is actually trying to change things. Sprint has what? Spectrum, that’s it.

        • Turb0wned

          T-Mobile having the better CEO and system than sprint is the reason why it will work if tmo bought sprint instead.

        • 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

          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

          I agree. With T-Mobile’s CEO and Sprint’s spectrum, it may work. The problem is that there is no guarantee that he would be CEO. That is what worries me as well as lack of competition.

  • Freddy

    I have T-Mobile and had them forever love them ! But it’s time for a change ! I support this because I want a bigger #3 that could be just as competitive as Verizon and AT&T ! Think about it combined there much bigger Sprint already gets deals on certain smartphones that T-Mobile doesn’t . They would be the leaders in pricing ! Keep the T-Mobile approach , and start nipping at the heels of Big Red And Ma bell. It would be years before either could truly catch up too the big 2 by themselves ! That’s why I support the deal bigger #3 more spectrum bigger customer base

    • techymexican

      although a sounds awesome to have three major carriers, Canada has the same thing but they all match their competitors pricing instead of making it better. I personally thing we should have 4 and make it so that everyone has fair share of spectrum, instead of Verizon and AT&T hogging it.

    • Wilfredo Martinez

      Not really, 3 big companies means less completion Freddy. They will have fixed pricing that may vary very little compared to the options we have now thanks to T-Mobile’s aggressiveness.
      Let’s analyze this, Verizon has about 120 million customers, AT&T has about 108 million customers, the new Sprint and T-Mobile combined would have about 54 + 44 = 98 million customers. 3 top dogs with very little gaps in customers, do you think that they are going to compete after all 3 having about the same market power? They instead of competing will have collusion instead. Look at Canada’s wireless industry. The top 3 fixed pricing, no fourth national carrier just small regional carriers struggling to compete.
      If it isn’t broken don’t fix it. T-Mobile so far is doing excellent on its own being it’s own independent company even if they are in fourth place. Sprint now has massive cash flow from Softbank. AT&T and Verizon are doing well as usual but have much more price pressure and competitive forces from T-Mobile. So why would it be in the public interest to destroy what we have now? Leave the fourth competitor alone.
      Sprint AT&T and Verizon all want T-Mobile to be gone just because they know T-Mobile will interfere with their plans of high prices and anticompetitive behavior such as Sprint never unlocking iPhones for domestic use until they’re forced to.
      Also Sprint is a CDMA carrier that forces people to use phones brought ONLY at Sprint. T-Mobile has BYOD and is much consumer friendly.

      • techymexican

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

    • candylicksticks

      T-Mobile is no longer having consumers sign up for a 2 year contract. Going with Sprint means having to go back to that 2-year contract and phone upgrade. WHY IN THE WORLD would you want to go back to that?!

      • jake

        That seems like a pretty massive assumption. Couldn’t it possibly be the other way around, with Sprint becoming more like T-Mobile? After, T-Mobie’s new way of doing things seems to work very well for their bottom line.

        • 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

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

      • candylicksticks

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

        • 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

          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

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

        • 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

          someone has anger issues.

        • 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

      • Freddy

        Well don’t say two year contracts will be back . Because truly we don’t know that !

  • 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.

  • Wilfredo Martinez

    Oh yeah of course, now Sprint wants to purchase T-Mobile. Can’t they understand that the FCC and Antitrust regulators from the DOJ want 4 NATIONAL carriers, FOUR, not THREE? THE PUBLIC’S INTEREST WANT FOUR NOT THREE! Three top dogs instead of two top dogs and two underdogs is a very bad idea for the U.S economy and competition. One, because the THREE top dogs can eventually fix prices (AND THEY WILL JUST LOOK AT CANADA), and compete less because there’s less incentive to compete since they are all TOP DOGS. So Sprint and softbank, please go away and forget about buying your competitor and instead go compete like T-Mobile is competing!

    Sprint has a huge cash flow coming from Softbank, why not use your cash to be more innovative and competitive instead of trying to buy a smaller carrier that is soon to take your spot because you aren’t stepping up your game?! T-Mobile doesn’t need Sprint, T-Mobile has been gaining customer quarter after quarter, the competition is healthy already. Four national carriers drives competition because the 4th competitor has nothing to lose by being disruptive and maverick!

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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??

  • Omar

    Screw Sprint!!! T-mobile has demonstrated that could do it on his own. Look at t-mobile all these months how strong has gotten. I won’t support that. Look at sprint network it sucks!!!!.. 3rd place and can’t even offer a decent network.

  • Aaron Peromsik

    So, if this happens, will all the Metro users who are in the process of getting switched from CDMA to GSM be switched back to CDMA? Or will the combined company operate both/all networks indefinitely? Sounds like a potential mess to me.

    • 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.

      • GinaDee

        ………………………….

    • Jarobusa

      Why would they switch to CDMA? CDMA is dead, even Sprint is going LTE.

    • ziggy123

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

  • candylicksticks

    This is NOT going to happen. This means we would be back into another 2 year contract. T-Mobile stands alone because we are the underdogs and we can make it through alive without being bought out. Sprint can piss off!

    • 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.

  • Freddy

    I support the deal ! If they do make an official offer I’ll support ! If not I’m still with T-Mobile ! My reasons behind it is Coverage ! Yea I have great in city coverage and signal ! But out in the country boy ! Non but 2g or no service. T-Mobile needs that spectrum ! These two companies combined will make a stronger network ! Better phone selection for T-Mobile because AT&T and Sprint are kicking. Ass when it comes too selection. And they would be the value leaders. 2014 will be Sprint-Mobile ❤️

  • charlieboy808

    Its not going to happen. I just won’t. GSM vs CDMA. Nextel/Sprint made sense technically both being CDMA. GSM is the way a lot of the world does it. I know of a good amount of people that travel all over the place with a GSM phone because of it’s capabilities. T-Mobile would have a lot of customers to lose if this happened.

    • Jarobusa

      Sprint is going LTE.

      • charlieboy808

        And your point? So they’ll have yet another technology sitting on top of their already cluttered architecture? Oh yay maybe it’ll be GSM. Sprint’s mish mash of technology is what is going to kill it in the end. Why should T-Mobile a allow it self to be a part of a sinking ship.

    • 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

        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

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

        • fsured

          Both

        • techymexican

          you are correct on both parts :P

        • 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.

        • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

      • mjs64

        Were you born stupid or do you work at it?

    • Nextel was iDEN, a strange fork of GSM technology with PTT features and RF customization out of the wazoo. No CDMA there at all until Sprint got its hands on it.

  • 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.

    • techymexican

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

  • Freddy

    I also was for the AT&T buying T-Mobile ! I’m for anything that’s gonna get me better phone service

  • mingkee

    Troll alert!
    Using all caps means yelling at others.

    • 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.

    • Guest

      that’s right

  • 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.

  • concerned

    Then I am gone. I have T-Mobile now and they are great. Sprint sucks.

  • i’d just go to the dreaded ATT .. no way i want to be associated with anything Sprint.

  • Irfan

    Sprint even can not run its own Company perfectly how possibale they can run T -Mobile …What a joke , fix yours then buy….

  • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

    Cam ……. can you please do us all a favor and block UniqueDrewski85 Kick him out ! No one wants him here … Thanks

    • 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.

    • techymexican

      It is quite sad knowing that a reader is being threatened and given racist remarks, I’m sure Tim will do something, just write to his twitter.

    • Cam Bunton

      It’s done.

      • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

        Thank you!!

  • Alex Zapata

    As of now this would only benefit Nexus 5 owners…..

  • fsured

    Sprint needed the investment by Softbank to save their company from the massive debit and fiasco with their different networks. T-Mobile did it on their own since their parent company needed to shore up their own business in Europe. The reason T-Mobile went down hill was the CEO making the company ready for a sell and paint the company as bleak. It was remaining profitable and had a plan for their high speed network presented to their shareholders before At&t made their bid.

    • 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).

      • enkay1

        GSM = 2G

        • 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.

        • 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….

      • enkay1

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

        • enkay1

          See above “WiMAX is still being operated”

      • 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

          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

        • 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.

        • 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… ;)

  • mjs64

    Had Sprint few years ago, will never go back. If they do buy T-Mobile I’m gone!

  • Eric

    If this deal goes through, I am gone. Probably Verizon, maybe ATT. I *NEVER EVER* want anything to do with Sprint.

  • Frank Rodriguez

    Well, well, well my friends this is not happening because this is not proved you know Sprint cannot buy T-Mobile because this is competition the FCC will not allowed sprint to buy T-Mobile I know what you are thinking AT&T bought cricket , T-Mobile Metro PCS why not sprint buy T-Mobile, this is because as AT&T and T-Mobile bought those carries that doesn’t affect competition because those not are very popular carriers and they are smalls carriers that could not do anything facing T-Mobile or AT&T and another thing remember the time that AT&T was about to buy T-Mobile this is happening again but Sprint to T-Mobile The FCC will not allowed again no matter what carrier tries to buy T-Mobile because all they want is competition if you know how to think (if you are not dumb) if Sprint will buy T-Mobile why didn’t AT&T bought them they are just trying to buy that carrier because they are scared of them because they now that in a certain amount time T-Mobile will over pass AT&T and Sprint because of T-Mobile cheap plans what people want is this century is cheap and good stuff (Like T-Mobile) as the time passes people of AT&T and Sprint will change to T-Mobile they will became a very small ant besides T-Mobile

    • Rapist on BAIL

      LOL!!! Too bad T-Mobile have no coverage outside major cities for people to take advantage of their “cheap plans”. And besides, T-Mobile isn’t really all that cheap once you factor in plan cost, EIP, and insurance/JUMP!. People will look at that and say they might as well go to SPRINT, or Verizon or even AT&T and pay $85 – $100/mo for superior coverage and network. T-Mobile is only cheaper with family plan pricing and if you bring your own phones.

      LMAO!!!

      • Frank Rodriguez

        It looks like you are in love with AT&T or Sprint because I have go to many places that AT&T does not work (poor signal or no service) and T-Mobile working perfectly with full signal they are many places in the US that Sprint does not work either and T-Mobile working perfectly you guys are just scared of T-Mobile if you don’t believe me switch to T-Mobile and you will see

      • donnybee

        Oh man, my bill is higher because I got my EIP on it. I obviously am not an intelligent person because I didn’t know about this, so let’s do the “smart” move and jump to Sprint.

        Oh man, I went to Sprint and had to get a new phone. Luckily they let me finance it, but my speeds are sooo slow. I’m fully expecting my phone to make the dial up sounds because that’s about how fast my unlimited is. Good thing LTE is nearby so I can get 3mbps download! OH DANG, now I have another EIP. This is more expensive and slow. Good thing it’s not T-Mobile. I wonder if Cricket has cool deals…

        ^^Thought process of Sprint customers^^

    • Alex Zapata

      It’s not the FCC so much as the DOJ and the shareholders that will determine this outcome.

  • mingkee

    MAY YOU JUST SHUT THE F’UP ?!

    • Alex Zapata

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

  • enkay1

    Fire Hesse

    Drop Sprint Spark

    Tank the company

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

    Everybody wins!

  • enkay1

    Sprint is and always will be useless. SoftBank wasted their money!!!!

    • enkay1

      Its very much truth

    • pips78

      It’s always truth!

  • enkay1

    Sprint is and always will be useless. SoftBank wasted their money!!!!!!!!

  • enkay1

    Sprint is and always will be useless. SoftBank wasted their money!!!! !!!!!!!

  • enkay1

    Sprint is and always will be useless. SoftBank wasted their money!!!! !!!!!!!!!

  • enkay1

    Sprint is and always will be useless. SoftBank wasted their money!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • enkay1

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

      • enkay1

        No that is truth

  • enkay1

    Oh so you’re from Florida? Figures…………

    • enkay1

      “OR OUT HERE IN FLORIDA”

      Your comment says otherwise

  • enkay1

    IT IS SOOOO TRUTH and i have a Mac so my comp is super unhackable

  • enkay1

    I’ve got Norton360…….I KNOW my computer s unhackable

  • enkay1

    You just said Florida again :3 Last time I was to NYC, Sprint had 30 Kbps download and 10 Kbps upload………

  • 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 =)

    • pips78

      You’re always invaild

      • donnybee

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

  • 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”

    • tonyfatex

      LOL you amuse me!

      • 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

      • pips78

        You’re not welcome

    • pips78

      You care. Don’t lie.

  • 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!

    • pips78

      No it doesn’t

    • pips78

      No we won’t

  • 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?

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

        • Cam Bunton

          I’ll re-add you.

        • 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……

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • FuturePS4Gamer

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

  • 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

    • FuturePS4Gamer

      Wow

    • 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

    • Chris

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

      • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • donnybee

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

  • 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.

  • pips78

    No you wont

    • 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.

  • 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

      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?

      • 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.

    • Alex Zapata

      Freak? I went to Freaknik once, very overrated.

  • 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.

        • donnybee

          He’s back..

    • mingkee

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

    • 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.

  • 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 ;-)

    • Alex Zapata

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

  • mingkee

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

  • pips78

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

  • pips78

    No it won’t.

  • 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.

  • mingkee

    Get some spammer!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!