CWA: Sprint/T-mobile merger would be bad for consumers and workers

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If there’s one hot topic in the world of U.S. carriers right now, it’s the rumored takeover of T-Mobile by Japanese carrier, Softbank. Only last year, the company bought a controlling stake in Sprint. And if speculation is to be believed, it’s got its focussed aimed squarely at T-Mobile, currently owned by Deutsche Telekom (mostly).

Today, the CWA – or Communications Workers of America – spoke out about the deal, believing it would be a terrible move and that the governing bodies should not allow it to go through. In a statement issued today, the CWA stated:

“The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission insisted that four national wireless carriers were necessary for competition when they opposed AT&T’s proposed bid for T-Mobile in 2011. At that time, the Justice Department called T-Mobile an “aggressive competitor” that benefits consumers by ensuring that the other three carriers would be forced to compete on price. Since that time T-Mobile has been strengthened by spectrum from AT&T and Verizon, as well as its acquisition of Metro PCS.”

It went on to say that for the regulators to approve the bid by Softbank “would be irresponsible“, and that it’s a company that brings less to the table than the AT&T bid, for both consumers and workers.

“The synergies that investors look for would mean that T-Mobile US workers, who already were hit with the closing of seven call centers in 2012 as that work was offshored by T-Mobile US would likely see more jobs disappear in a SoftBank-Deutsche Telekom deal. It is about time that concern for jobs is more than lip service from regulators.”

The CWA is America’s largest union for communications staff, with 700,000 members. A strong voice in the industry. Let’s hope that it’s a voice that ends up being heard by the regulators.

With the number of rumors and mentions of the deal currently in circulation, it’d be foolish to completely ignore the possibility that Softbank really does want T-Mobile in its war chest. Currently, Sprint isn’t even threatening to challenge any of the other carriers, and it won’t be long before it’s the #4 carrier (in terms of subscribers). There’s also no doubt that this move will face strong opposition and may not get regulatory approval.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled and our ears to the ground on this one. It’s not going away anytime soon.

Via: BGR

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  • Roger Sales

    I currently heart the CWA.

    As far as Sprint goes, with T-Mobile starting to eat ETF’s and assuming it exponentionally increases their customer base while Sprint continues to lose customers in droves, we could see T-Mobile shift to #3 as early as next year.

    • NYCTheBronx

      No, #2 this year. Wannabes who think they have good coverage like Sprint impersonates it’s self as a major U.S. carrier.

      • g2a5b0e

        I have no idea of what it is you just said.

      • Roger Sales

        That makes no sense

      • kev2684

        T-Mobile is literally less than half of AT&T. how are they going to snatch 60mil++ customers in a year?

      • FluX

        No matter how great it is to be optimistic like you, most of us really know that T-Mobile cannot get up to AT&T this year, let alone any time soon (few decades maybe?). :)

  • sushimane

    I hope if this firm get to the doj and FCC. Thanks CWA for speaking out they know job is important.

  • TMO97

    I disagree with it being bad for consumers. Putting real pressure on the big 2 with a viable 3rd carrier with a similar customer count is going to drive down prices. Verizon and AT&T have pretty much been able to set the market. T-Mobile USA has made some headway in recent months, but they are going to hit a wall on spectrum and money. The more customers they have, the weaker you will see their network be.

    Bad for the workers? Most definitely. But many jobs that have been cellular staples are going the way of the dinosaur. With increased tower mounted radio equipment, the need for field engineers who don’t climb is becoming less and less mandatory. Even in RF engineering there is software that has begun to make parameter changes automatically, lessening the need for engineers to monitor the network constantly.

    The future is coming with more automated networks, and the use of contractors instead of standard hourly employees.

    • g2a5b0e

      No. What makes you think a “viable” third carrier with a similar customer count to Verizon & AT&T would drive down prices? Tell me exactly what incentive another company that big would have to keep their prices low when they can already go toe-to-toe with the Big 2 on all other aspects. The incentive T-Mobile has to do all the things they’ve been doing as of late is the fact that they were the smallest of the Big 4 & losing customers. They needed a foot in the door, so to speak.

      If T-Sprint happens, it’s almost certain that they will rest on their laurels & stop caring about trying to innovate in the industry. It’s extremely bad for customers because it means that roughly 95% of America’s mobile customer base will reside with three companies. That’s an oligopoly if I’ve ever seen one. Good luck finding a decently priced carrier that isn’t regional if that ever happens.

      • TMO97

        Because when you have higher customer count, you can negotiate better handset pricing and availability for your customers. You can sign roaming agreements that give better pricing to the consumer. It also makes it a real threat when your now, larger carrier, institutes pricing plans taking all of that in effect. Thus driving down prices in the name of competition.

        Of course they could just pocket the profits, but thats a corporate decision.

        • Roger Sales

          Or you can you screw people over like the big 3 in Canada do. They have 3 year contracts up north, by the way.

        • g2a5b0e

          You’re right, but which road do you actually imagine being taken? I would side with the latter.

    • KingCobra

      I’m not too sure about that. Take a look at the Canadian market with its 3 carriers of similar size.

    • Jay Holm

      If all it takes is software to monitor and upgrade towers, then why isn’t it easier & faster for T-Mobile to deploy 20×20 Wideband LTE??? Dallas is the only city with it so far. . .

    • philyew

      Concentrating the market in three closely matched companies would help drive down prices? Well that turns well over a century of anti-trust theory and experience on its head!

      What little evidence there is on handset prices suggests that the the volume variances aren’t that great. Take a look at the relative prices paid by the carriers to Samsung, as revealed in their sales disclosures during the Apple case.

      When you are buying roaming service from one of the other two major competitors, it makes more sense for the competitor to set the price to your disadvantage regardless of the volumes being purchased. That is almost certainly what happened with the most recent roaming agreement with AT&T. There may ultimately be a reduction in roaming because of the larger mutual footprint, but that would require the ability to move between networks, and that could be years away.

      What we do know is that Sprint and TM are committed to paying tower operators Crown Castle for the next 6 and 8 years respectively to lease tower space, so there are ways that costs will be doubled up for many years.

  • UMA_Fan

    These are the same guys who said at&t buying Tmobile would CREATE jobs. The CWA based on their statements alone have come across as a corrupt organization only motivated by union dues. At&t is unionized so if THEY swallowed Tmobile employees that would be a lot more union bills they would have to pay out

  • NYCTheBronx

    Darn you wannabe major carrier Sprint. T-Mobile should be #2 major carrier by the end of this year. Sprint dares to call it’s self a major U.S. carrier? Hehe, I don’t think so. Even Metro PCS has faster speeds then Sprint. This is going to be a good year T-Mobile to be #2. =]

    • g2a5b0e

      Do you even have any idea of what’s going on here?
      Verizon: 120 million customers
      AT&T: 110 million customers
      Sprint: 54 million customers
      T-Mobile: 48 million customers

      Those are all rough estimates, but exactly how do you see T-Mobile becoming #2 any time soon? The likelihood of it even happening in a decade is tiny. I do, however, think that we will overtake Sprint sometime in the latter half of 2015 though.

      • IamTwone

        Well if tmobile adds another 4 million customers this year and sprint continues to lose customers at the speed its going. Tmobile might overtake them by the end of 2014 look up. How many customers sprints been losing every quarter.

        • g2a5b0e

          It’s possible, but highly unlikely. You never know what the tide may bring.

      • Jay Holm

        Umm, I know you said those are rough estimates, but 120 million on Verizon? I don’t think so…U.S. consumers fall for marketing too damn easily. That’s all Vzn is about, marketing, marketing, marketing

        • g2a5b0e

          I’m not really sure what marketing has to do with it. Unless they’re completely lying about their subscriber base, the latest estimates I’ve heard are just shy of that mark.

        • Jay Holm

          As of Q3 2013, I got this from gigaom’s website…

          Verizon Wireless kicked off the mobile industry’s earnings season with some positive results. It reported 1.1 million new retail connections in the third quarter, 927,000 of which were contract subscribers. In total Verizon now hosts 101.2 million mobile connections.

        • g2a5b0e

          Well, if Wikipedia is to be believed (I know it isn’t the most reliable source), the totals as of Q2 2013 are 117.2, 107.9, 54.9, & 45 respectively. I really don’t think I was that far off.

      • NYCTheBronx

        I know that. But didn’t Verizon lose a chunk of customers? I don’t understand how Sprint has more customers than T-Mobile since their speeds are horrible. T-Mobile started testing speeds in Texas and those speeds were showing us insane speeds. Now that T-Mobile also bought Verizon’s low spectrum, wouldn’t T-Mobile gain more customers in the near future?

        • g2a5b0e

          Verizon hasn’t lost any net customers recently. They’re on top of the heap by a large margin.

        • Jaramie Black

          sprints speeds are comparable to verizon where I live. I’m getting mid 20′s for download and about 5-8 upload.

    • bkin94

      in order for tmobile to just overtake sprint, they would have to have growth 2-3x that of this year, right? and that’s if sprint stands still. (I suppose they could shrink which would help TMO out)

    • KingCobra

      You’re way too optimistic. At the soonest T-Mobile might catch Sprint sometime in 2015. It’s pretty much impossible for them to become #2 without possibly buying out Sprint, US Cellular, and a bunch of other small companies which isn’t going to happen.

      • NYCTheBronx

        Don’t worry. I have my ups and downs with T-Mobile. But I’m happy that I pay less than what AT&T & Verizon customers pay monthly for unlimited texts and calls and data. No overage fees or hidden fees. Yeah T-Mobile still has problems with rural areas and building penetration when it comes to LTE but they’re new to it as well. All I’m really saying is that I’m going to watch T-Mobile top the other major carriers one by one.

        • Spanky

          T-Mobile will not top any carrier until it matches their coverage.

  • xmiro

    hahah
    These filthy jerks are quoting the DOJ decision, when they came out publicly blasting the DOJ for suing to stop the AT&T/T-Mobile merger and claimed 96,000 jobs would be created

  • Roger Sales

    The more negative publicity the deal gets, the more SoftBank will want to back off. Social Media platforms like this website are helping kill any deal that could be made.

    • Moby

      The traffic to this website is so tiny, it can’t affect the merger. Please! There are only 36 comments total in this thread thus far.

      • Roger Sales

        This isn’t the only website these things get discussed – and you’re talking about people who comment and not actual web traffic over such articles. and yes, people in the industry buzzing about it does make a difference.

      • KingCobra

        It isn’t just this website. Pretty much all the tech blogs are talking about this potential deal and the negative effect it would have on the market.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This deal will not through since T-Mobile value went up. Sprint doesn’t have many options to raise the money.

    • FluX

      I hope you are very correct about that. I think Softbank would keep more people from joining T-Mobile; more debt for them?

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Yep more debt. Sprint/Softbank has to carry T-Mobile debt on top of buying DT 67% so 50Bil will not be enough. More like 60Bil

    • Moby

      Sprint already has secured $30 billion to buy T-Mobile’s stock and $20 billion to pay off T-Mobile’s debt. The banks have already signed on.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        DT wants at least 39 Billion T-Mobile is valued at 42 Billion. Sprint will need 62 Billion

      • KingCobra

        DT just stated that they’re going to want almost 40 billion. Sprint is already up to their ears in debt and taking on T-Mobile’s debt as well isn’t a great idea. Son may have to just back down. It’s beginning to look like too much to risk.

  • FluX

    I agree that the statements by the CWA are a bit “stuffed” with information but I truly do hope that Softbank takes its hands off of T-Mobile. After all, who wants backwards evolution? :)

  • Christopher_McG

    I hope Softbank takes heed. There wasn’t even THIS much outpour so soon back when AT&T was trying to buy us!

    • FluX

      Yeah, with AT&T, most outpour came after it was announced!

      • GinaDee

        And Sprint was the most vocal critic citing how reduced competition would make AT&T too big and strong and poor Sprint would be unable to compete.

        Sprint doesn’t care about reduced competition as long as they are the ones doing the acquiring.

        SoftBank together with Sprint want to squash T-Mobile as a competitor. It will make things easier on them. It’s not about the customer.

        • Moby

          A Sprint/T-Mobile merger will put Sprint on equal footing with Verizon and AT&T. That’s fairness all around.

        • vrm

          99.9999% likely sprint will run both into the ground. Even without odds not being as unfavourable for tmobile acquisition, sprint has shown an unequalled ability to mismanage.

        • Moby

          Well Softbank is in charge now, not Sprint. So Sprint’s past missteps aren’t really a good predictor of future performance.

        • Jay Holm

          If Softbank was really leading Sprint, they’d fire Dan Hesse!!!

        • themask128

          If softbank were in charge sprint would not be still continously fumbling. They had had close to a year being with softbank now and they still can stop the customers from Fleeing. The day sprint combines with T-mobile is the day I will gladly take every line I have every had with T-mobile to verizon – sprint has tons of spectrum and they still put together a network akin to something that came out of the early 2000s – sprint we have LTE just feels more like a 1.5MBPS DSL line LOL

        • SouthernBlackNerd

          Close to a year. You do realize that they deal officially closed in july right? It has barely been 6 months and they have already made strides. They have already announce Spark with partnerships in place to deploy their TD-LTE network. It is going to take a couple years for them to be complete, but once they are, they will likely have the best network(speed wise ) in the US by a large margin.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          AT&T might sue because there the bitter ex buyer

        • Jay Holm

          Bitter ex, that’s funny!!!

        • KingCobra

          You’re absolutely right and I agree.

      • Moby

        That’s because there were no rumors that AT&T was buying T-Mobile. They kept it under complete wraps because they didn’t have to involve outside banks. AT&T had the cash to buy T outright.

  • david

    I just tried to upgrade to the htc one because it was on sale and now it’s pulled from the upgrade section. Any news on this? They still have it for new customers though.

  • mingkee

    This will be a major clusterf’, period.
    Why should the government let a dying company to grab another company and die together?????

    • bob90210

      It’s not the government’s job to determine which companies will die. That decision should be left with the customers. The government’s job is to make sure that customers have that choice to make.

    • Moby

      Sprint has far more customers, more spectrum and more revenue than T-Mobile. Sprint is hardly a dying company.

      • mingkee

        Sprint is nothing but motherf’er. Look at the divorce letter and more of half of them are from Sprint.

        • Moby

          Those “divorce letters” are mostly T-Mobile forgeries. John Legere probably wrote a bunch himself after he got tossed for trespassing at CES. Just another lame marketing gimmick. Meaningless.

        • KingCobra

          Source? The numbers don’t lie. Sprint’s customers are currently the main defectors to T-Mobile.

        • Jay Holm

          Sprint’s been bleeding customers for5-7yrs, nnothing new.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          John Legere, is that you? :-)

        • mingkee

          Hell NO!
          Check his twitter.

      • KingCobra

        They do have more spectrum. But spectrum that’s not being used is a waste. It doesn’t do much for us here in 2014 if it’s going to take them until 2017 to use it all. They don’t have very many more customers right now. They’re only around 8 million ahead and if current trends continue they could be at risk of falling to 4th sometime in 2015. They have a massive amount of debt so yes they are a company that is on the decline (for now).

        I personally think Son should clear house at Sprint and start from scratch.

        • Moby

          T-Mobile US has a massive amount of debt as well. Look at their latest balance sheet. It’s $21 billion. Detusche Telekom loaded up the debt before they went public.

        • SouthernBlackNerd

          The spectrum is being put to use now. Also they do not have to use all of it to gain an advantage over the competition. As of right now, all other carrier are not able to provide speeds faster than 20×20, which caps out at about 300Mbps theoretically. Sprint already has plans to deploy 60Mhz TD-lte of spectrum, which will give them speeds of 1Gbps.

          The marketing team should be cleared. They need to create their own uncarrier strategy. The network guys have a very solid plan in place, which should put them in the top 2 in terms of network. Also focus on coverage. TMUS has the hot hand, but that hand will blow out if they do not increase their coverage to 100% of their network. Sprint could take advantage of this buy providing fast LTE to 100% of their network.

      • Jay Holm

        Ohhhh yeah! Such a healthy company! They’ve only been bleeding customers for 5-7 YEARS!!!!!! C’mon, get back to reality!

        • SouthernBlackNerd

          This is false. Sprint has not been bleeding customers for 5-7 years. I am not sure where you got that idea, but the bleeding of customers is a fairly new thing for Sprint, which started a quarter or two prior to shutting down the nextel network, which means it is barely 1 year of bleeding. TMUS was bleeding customers for years before uncarrier. They routinely lost 500k postpaid customers.

        • themask128

          You may want to check your facts – Last time I checked sprint was pretty desperate when they finally got the iphone and it was to help stem customer losses. Unlike T-mobile they could not use unlocked iphones and unofficially support it. Sprint has pretty much since the nextel acquisition been a day late and a dollar short. They are the only carrier who has effectively charged most of their subscribers a fee for a non-extistant 4g network when it was wimax and a pretty penny too.

        • SouthernBlackNerd

          You ask me to check my facts, but do not post any in your rebuttal? Look up Sprint’s quarterly earnings reports, which show subscriber numbers. They only recently ran into trouble. Getting the iPhone was more about not becoming Tmobile and covering nextel losses, who was losing subscribers at the time, but since the Evo came out to around last year, Sprint was gaining subscribers. Do an Image search of “Sprint subscriber growth”, you can see graphs that show Sprint was growing until recently.

          The fee was because Sprint has to pay Clearwire a fee for their customers to use their wimax network regardless if they had coverage, but Sprint could have easily embedded the fee, but decided to not force all customers to pay for what only a few customers were using. Of course later on they changed it to a premium smartphone fee to cover the higher costs of subsidy by devices like the iPhone. And now they have switched to embedding the fee into new pricing structure.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      There’s a better chance of Google going bankrupt than T-Mobile and Sprint merging. It will NOT happen. I guarantee it. Not in a million years.

      If it does, I will amputate my loins.

  • Bori

    I think Softy is regretting their purchase of, the “Hot Mess” we know as Sprint and now they want to go for Tmobile which is now showing signs of major progress. I sure hope this does not materialize.

  • steveb944

    Thank you CWA

    • kalel33

      Screw the CWA. They were one of the biggest proponents of AT&T buying T-mobile.

  • Bori

    BTW just out of curiosity, how many of you would jump ship if this were to actually happen?

    • Jay Holm

      Not me. Unlimited data is a must. There is going to be a whole lot of pushback to this merger though!!! Competition is already bad enough as it is with ATT & Vzn controlling 67% of the entire U.S. market.

    • KingCobra

      It would depend on how it’s implemented. If T-Mobile because the primary network like in a reverse merger situation, maintaining the GSM standard and the Uncarrier, I would stay put. If Softbank dismantles T-Mobile as it stands and integrates its network and plans into Sprint then I would regretfully have to go back to AT&T.

    • fentonr

      If sprint tried to buy T-Mobile I wouldn’t even wait around to see if it would go through. I used to work for T-Mobile, I’ve used them for years, I really like them, but I would go without a cellphone before I used sprint.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      If it happens, I will castrate myself. That’s how certain I am it will not occur.

  • galaxymaniac

    Looks like Son forgot to pay off the CWA, maybe he should have taken a few lessons from Randall…

  • 0neTw0

    Piss off sprint!

  • Nearmsp

    I personally wrote around 100 blogs on my name in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, CNN etc., against the AT&T merger with T-mobile. I gave well articulated reasons. I also wrote to my senator Al Franken, who was the only politician not bought out by AT&T and gave a statement against the merger. In the end, the bridge was too far for FCC and FTC to rubber stamp the deal. T-mobile customers carried the day. I am keeping my powder dry until Sprint actually makes an offer. The stock price of T-mobile reflects hedge funds are out because they have made a determination that Sprint is unlikely to be successful in its bid. When the satellite company stocks falling down, that will be a signal that there is a buyer for T-mobile. Vonage might also come back to the US. Not many others have the ability to put down $30 billion plus cash.

    • Jay Holm

      Seems like your doubtful it’ll happen.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Vodafone should stay home. Let’s keep this in America.

      • donnybee

        I love it. It would be fantastic if T-Mobile was able to ever buyout the DT shares and stand on it’s own. They’ve had their purpose, but with TMUS being practically it’s only positive note at this point, we all know they’re using some of the T-Mobile revenue for other ventures under the DT name.

        I’m really not a fan of Dish. I would rather a mobile telephony company deal in mobile telephony.

        On a side note.. Wasn’t Dish supposed to have 35% of it’s spectrum holdings covered by LTE by now?

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Dish is really eager to get into the game. I genuinely think they’d allow T-Mobile to do the driving on the wireless side. TV over LTE could be a thing someday. :-)

          I am not aware of that 35% statistic you mentioned. I am not saying you’re wrong, I just mean I wasn’t aware of anything like that.

        • donnybee

          I read somewhere that Dish was supposed to have 35% covered by LTE as a rider for their winnings in the 700 MHz auction. But they were supposed to have those pops covered by mid 2013, which has passed a long time ago. Did they already sell their 700 MHz spectrum?

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Not sure, actually! I’m sorry I can’t provide the answer. :-(

  • Aurizen

    T-mobile is gonna get a nice boost from Sprint when the merger fails.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    How are so many of you confusing Vonage with vodaFone

    • donnybee

      Good question

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    If Sprint were in charge of the Sahara Desert, there’d be a shortage of sand. They’re the DMV of wireless. I’ve never seen a company so inept.

  • M&AKing

    Toyota is nonunion what makes you think Softbank cares about the CWA.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      I can’t stand the CWA either, but Toyota has nothing to do with it. Son probably DOESN’T care about the CWA… you’d be right. But regulators sure do.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    The CWA is a bunch of hypocrites. They took Randall’s bait, bash T-Mobile the other 364 days of the year, but now cry foul because they fear their uselessness will be spotted by Son if this actually happens. (Which it won’t.)

    These people are the epitome of phonies.

    • philyew

      Both Sprint and T-Mobile are non-union companies. Doubtless that’s the main reason why the CWA opposes this deal while previously supporting the takeover by unionized AT&T. It’s not hypocrisy, it’s looking after the interests of their members.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Duly noted, but CWA harms the industry by spending millions to bash T-Mobile. They’ve organized extensively to push a union on T-Mobile, even though the majority of their employees say they DO NOT want it.

        They don’t want to see a larger ununionized company because it would put pressure on AT&T and Verizon Wireless to reexamine their labor scenario. CWA does little to help its members and much to help elites. It’s the people in charge of these organizations that benefit – they are paid millions.

        • philyew

          Standard union-bashing, which fits pretty comfortably with your sympathy for “benevolent” corporations ;-)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I hope you’re joking. I never said that or used that term. And you should know that unions drive UP the cost of products and services with little to no discernable benefits, even to members. In this industry, quality of service is also adversely impacted.

          Case-in-point: FedEx vs. USPS. You tell me which is better.

        • philyew

          I was simply trying to sum up your previous comment “When corporations turn a profit, it usually HELPS people, not hurts them” in a couple of words. Seems to me that “benevolent” fits that pretty well.

          I’m not going to get into a big debate about the benefits/ills of unionized labor. I pointed out why the CWA would take a different view of this takeover attempt than the last which, in my view, was more accurate than your implication that they’ve been paid off by AT&T.

          The discussion didn’t need a tangential excursion into the relative merits of organized labor…and it still doesn’t.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Sometimes the truth is uncomfortable or unpopular, but it still doesn’t change the facts. I prefer to infuse some history into the discussion: the CWA is traditionally a very anti-T-Mobile force, and any skepticism should be understandable. I find it disconcerting that they suddenly have a love for all things T-Mobile and are vying for its independence. Also, believing that a capitalist system generally works pretty well isn’t necessarily benevolence.

          While their behavior is generally unqualifiable, I agree that their opposition is slightly baffling, and I appreciate your perspective. :-)

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          In find it absolutely repugnant that an organization that claims to be a voice for workers in the communications industry spends MILLIONS demonizing and demoralizing T-Mobile and its employees for personal gain even when their employees are happy with the way things are – and if you don’t, I don’t see how you could like T-Mobile either.

          It is patently WRONG for them to demonize any player in the industry, much less the best one. They have the right to actively engage in efforts that further their cause; it is uncalled for for them to engage in efforts that attempt to harm T-Mobile. Period.

        • fentonr

          Say what you will, but I used to work for T-Mobile and I have a bunch of friends who do. Most employees don’t want to be part of CWA.

        • donnybee

          If workers don’t want to be in the unionized labor trap, why should they be forced? And now days, unions aren’t needed. They had a purpose when they came about, but now the only ones who benefit from a union being in place are the union leaders. They are leaches in the workforce and make in impossible for their companies to have the ability to compete well.

          Example: AT&T vs. T-Mobile. Which one is better able to meet the low cost-demands of the population? T-Mobile. Does that mean T-Mobile isn’t able to be innovative? Or that they don’t take care of their employees? No. Obviously their employees are very happy the way things are. Especially after getting those stock options Legere handed them. AT&T’s unionized labor will make it almost impossible for them to compete on the same level as T-Mobile. T-Mobile and their employees will thrive because of this.

        • philyew

          I pointed out a basis for the CWA’s different attitude to AT&T and Softbank takeovers. It didn’t require the PP’s anti-union comments to respond to that. Nor does it need yours now. It is a tangential debate into which I was trying to avoid being sucked at this time…though it is very hard to ignore your bizarre claim that unionization is preventing AT&T (with its ~109 million customers) from competing with TM at less than half their size.

  • SKA

    This happening is about as likely as my good ol cubbies winning the world series this year. It won’t happen

  • At The Party Its All Over

    Well it just happened. The government approved it. Tmobile and sprint are one company now. Masayoshi is throwing huge party in tokyo now, I am there. i just read it on wall street journal. the new company will be called just Sprint. This good thing bring much good fortune to ex t-Mobile customers.

    Happy to hear that the antiquated gsm will not be the new standard. CDMA ftw. HARD TO HEAR BECAUSE MUSIC IS BUMPING HERE IN JAPAN. TMOBILE IS NOW SPRINT

    • NYCTheBronx

      Wow if that’s true then back to those demon hellhounds at Verizon for me. Been a T-Mobile customer before the G1 came out.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        It didn’t happen. I think he’s just being a tool. :-P

        • NYCTheBronx

          Got me conecerned for a bit. Thanks.

    • Durandal_1707

      Or not.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This will not happen trust on that Tmobile will remain Tmobile bank on that.

    • squiddy20

      You do realize you just basically said the same thing twice, right? What a moron.

      • Oliver Jackson

        It takes on to know one.This isn’t about insults little boy.

    • G Money

      I hope you are right by 100 percent

  • mreveryphone

    This has about as much of a chance happening as my beloved Chiefs winning a playoff game this season…

  • Oliver Jackson

    It won’t go through.Back in 2011 before then,TMo was that girl the high school jocks didn’t want anything from her except to cheat on a SAT.Now TMO is looking attractive and sexy and it’s milkshake brings all the boys to the yard(SOFTBANK)and getting gifts(Verizon giving them 700mHz A Block spectrum and AT&T giving them $7,000,000,000 and spectrum)and now Softbank want to get with her and DISH is sitting in VIP at the club watching her work so he can formulate his move.

    What a Magenta carrier to do?!!!GO TMOBILE!!!!

    • Flyincloud

      LOL! FUNNY! Then rumors that Vodafone may want a piece of her too, now that she is all grown up.

  • Flyincloud

    The more I think about it, I really don’t care what happens between Softbank and DT. If they buy TMUS, I just simply leave for greener pastures. Prices will rise again. If I’m going to pay a premium, I go with a premium network.

  • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

    I would support this IF John Legere ran the combined company… if it’s that Dan Hesse guy, he’s the one that’s fucked Sprint up so far he’s got to go.

  • zombiexm

    Funny thing is I just read thiat DT mighit be looking to merge with Orange in Europe. wonder if this happens what will happen with Tmobile US :]

  • vinnyjr

    I just want to keep T-Mobile a GSM & LTE Network. When or if you drop out of their LTE coverage you are dropped to their HSPA+ Network which is extremely fast and capable. Sprint’s 3G Network is pathetic, unusable and want nothing to do with it.

  • Spades

    First of all this merger would be good for everyone because of the chance of better coverage for both companies. T-mobile has good service but out of all 4 compaines Sprint has the mostt spectrum, and that is where money comes in because we as customers what to use our 4LTE all over the U.S. Now i do agree with Sprint CEO going some place with his not knowing how to run a companuy ass but lets remember this whole Sprint and T-mobile merger talk has beeen going on for years and will continue to go until it happens. Here is the thing that alot of people are for getting if soft bank really wants T-mobile then they can go after the main share holder of T-MOBILE. The justice department can try to stop and say whatever they want but all T-mobile has to do is let go Metropcs and sell that off to us celluar or siomething like that and there is the fourth major company the US wants. The price of cell phone might go up but the people who should worry about that are the ones who buys a new phone every 6 months and those people need to go broke and, if the iphone deal was such a bad idea why is Tmobile carrying them. And yes T-mobile now can usse AT&T spectrum was because of the deal getting blocked . That was part of the deal which was smart for T-mobile which can now hurt T-mobile because that might be old ass spectrum that they now have to dump money into. Verizon and AT&T will finally be equal with this merged company and things can really be better for us as customers.

  • HeatFan786

    Well, I know I am leaving if this merger becomes a reality. Sprint literally ruins everything it touches. Ever since Clear 4G was boughout by Sprint, they just ruined it with pricing and the dearth of service.