Report: Sprint planning summer T-Mobile bid

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Bloomberg reports tonight that T-Mobile is to become subject to a buyout offer from Sprint. It’s not something we haven’t heard before, but this news comes after SoftBank/Sprint met with banks to make debt arrangements for the offer.

The site’s sources claim that Sprint’s CFO, Joe Euteneuer and Treasurer, Greg Block met with six banks to make sure lenders were ready with financing packages in place for when Sprint decides to push the “BUY IT NOW” button. Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s CEO is said to be planning a bid in June/July, despite the fact that both the FCC and Department of Justice have both expressed concerns over any consolidation between two of the major four carriers in the States.

The report also claims that if a deal does go ahead, that John Legere, T-Mobile’s current CEO is the leading candidate for running the new, merged company. If so, it would stand to reason that the merged network operator would keep the Un-carrier spirit and simply use Sprint’s unused spectrum to make it a much stronger and more realistic competitor to the big two.

The talks with banks centered around how much Sprint should borrow for the deal, a move that would have it also take on the $8.7 billion in net debt that T-Mobile has amassed, the people said. T-Mobile’s market value is currently almost $24 billion. No financing commitments have been signed, and Son is still debating how to pay for a deal, the people said.

As has been mentioned in the past, Son is wary of having the deal blocked by regulators, potentially costing him and his company more money than they can afford in compensation should it go south. Nevertheless, it would seem his belief is that Sprint needs to merge in order to make it successful. A view shared by others too.

As it stands, however well-sourced it may be, this is speculation for now. Even if Bloomberg‘s sources are correct, there’s always potential for plans to change or for the deal to become financially and logistically unviable. This isn’t the last we’ve heard of this.

Via: Bloomberg

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  • taron19119

    Here we go again im getting sick of this Sprint buying t-mobile sh/t

  • David

    Go away Sprint, no one want your stupid phone locking policy and slow data even though on unlimited.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      David… David Beren?!

      Is that you?

  • sushimane

    Why is he trying so hard to merge two major cellphone company the FCC and doj expressed their concerns about having three major carrier then havig four. Does he really want to pay T-Mobile that break up fee. But its whatever sumbody is bound to make a petition and were going to sign it.

    • TheVorlon

      Greed.

      • sushimane

        7 deadly Sin.

    • mjfadaway

      I don’t really understand why everyone is so against this merger. You all act as if every T Mobile customer will just fall into a black whole the day the deal went through.

      I’ll admit I am a current Sprint customer so I know first hand that Sprint has some issues. But if this deal were to go through, Legere becomes the new CEO, they lose the current Sprint execs and the Sprint name this could turn out to be a great deal in the long run.

      I know for sure it can only be a good thing. Verizon and at&t has over 100million customers a piece. T-Mobile alone isn’t catching up to either of them. If you think they are, you’re fooling yourself. The combined T-Mobile/Sprint company could do some damage with the right leadership in place. Be more optimistic people!!

  • UMA_Fan

    I feel as of Sprint or people who have financial stakes in Sprint seed these stories every few months or so since Sprint has no clear future path laid out for them to grow BUT to merge with Tmobile.

    • Adrayven

      That is exactly my thought.. it helps to keep the stock from tumbling..

      I would be wary of any deal with SoftSprint.. Even with John at the helm, though I have much more respect for him than any other carrier CEO…. I feel it would bog him down and especially with Son back seat driving …

      Second.. They would have to gut old Sprint.. I mean completely.. Only keep the old stuff in area’s that T-mobile has no presence.. move customers over to GSM/LTE Sprint side of things.. this ‘Spark’ network would have to go.. Even then, it wouldn’t happen as quickly as Metro because Sprint customers don’t trade in their phones nearly as often.. Metro customers had much faster.. almost annual, upgrade cycles.. Sprints firmly in the 2-3 year upgrade cycle with their customers..

      Makes me wonder if this is why, especially the past few months, Sprints been dragging its feet.. thinking, hoping, something like this was to happen..

      • UMA_Fan

        With the whole industry reacting to EVERY move Tmobile has made in the past year what case could they make to regulators?

    • Bryce

      Sprint’s stock jumped after their earnings call yesterday, before this was announced. As a whole the company has been improving. They had a net loss of subscribers but they are still making more money and reducing churn. Sprint has shown that they are coming back slowly but surely.

      • UMA_Fan

        The loss of customers show weakness in the Sprint brand since so many people are jumping ship.

        • kalel33

          That can be turned around. T-mobile lost customers for 3 years straight and now they’re doing fine.

        • DirkDigg1er

          Be real. You just hate Sprint lol.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        are you serious??? lol Sprint loss almost 600,000 customers they only reason there making profit is from stupid people getting the Framily plans.

        • Bryce

          Sprint lost a net 200,000 customers which is the least they have lost in a while now. The popularity of Framily definitely did contribute to their profits, but it is undeniable that with 7-10 people Framily is a deal that cannot be beat. It is $45 for Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data. Anyone who is willing to sign up for that seems pretty smart to me.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          It’s still a loss and it’s bad. Haha that’s where u are wrong it includes 1 GB of data which is retarded. You can get unlimited everything with tmobile for 40 dollars a month. They are extremely stupid. Unlimited everything on framily is 70 dollars. unless u have like 7 ppl on the line. Then it becomes efficient.

        • Bryce

          According to T-Mobile’s own site, Unlimited Everything is $80 a month. You basically reiterated what I already said. Sprint with 7-10 people is $25 per month. Unlimited Data is $20 extra. 20+25=45. Sprint’s deal is better if you add more people.

          I don’t know where you found $40 for Unlimited Everything.

          And you forget that T-Mobile lost customers for almost 3 years straight. A loss is certainly a loss but it can change almost instantaneously.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          The plan is called Simple Starter.

          I don’t understand why you prompting Sprint Framily. R u a shareholder or employee of Stintch?

        • Bryce

          I think you mean promoter, and the answer to your question is no. I just know a good deal when I see one. And by the way, the Simple Starter Plan only includes 500MB of LTE data. The rest is HSPA+ and EDGE, which I suppose is decent enough.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          It’s better then 1.2cent per megabyte of overages. And your not including EIP on the framily.

        • Bryce

          I don’t see how if I’m paying $5 more for truly unlimited data on LTE. And I still get my early upgrade if I’m financing my device.

        • thepanttherlady

          http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/simple-starter-40-dollar-plan.html?icid=WMM_TM_SMPLSTRTR_XK5YBIMK5KI174

          Right on there on the front page of their website. Not sure how you missed it.

        • Bryce

          I see , see my response below.

        • milanyc

          Sprint actually lost close to 600,000 subscribers during the last quarter. Check the financials again.

      • DirkDigg1er

        It’s not worth explaining. Some people refuse to accept change or company turnarounds.

  • Nurdface Gamerhandz

    here’s REALLY hoping for a reverse merger. Softbank buys T-Mobile, slaps the T-Mobile name and ethos onto everything Sprint, and retires everything Sprint.

    • UMA_Fan

      That’s likely the only thing that would make sense.

  • Bklynman

    Son take that money you borrow and put to use to get your Sprint up and running the right way.
    Then maybe TMobile and Metro,won’t pass you by,you become 5 biggest cell company in the USA.

  • Nicholas

    I wonder if we reached out to John and everyone tells him we are against the merger what he would say/do.

    • Bryce

      This is above him. Sprint is really just a catalyst for T-Mobile to be purchased by Softbank. John probably won’t care as long as his pockets are full at the end of the day. If this merger goes through, there’s a big fat paycheck at the end. This is part of the reason why he has stated no open denial of the merger or dislike of it.

      • Sectime

        All of the principals have a long history together in different companies

      • Bud

        I think John worked Son before.

        • DirkDigg1er

          I think John is working for Son now.

  • shadlom

    They just won’t give up! Sheesh.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    The only thing is interesting about Sprint is there spectrum lol

    • myremarq

      ok yea i want that spectrum from softbank just like happen with att GET LOTS OF FREE spectrum

      • DirkDigg1er

        you must not have read the article. They are not putting up a high breakup fee.

  • adam

    New name: S-Mobile

    • Bud

      kinda like that name.

      • myremaq

        I dont wan’t any thing even S from SPRINT Nor yellow color. well how about U-Mobile or US-Mobile ? :)

    • mjfadaway

      Guarantee it would eventually become SoftBank USA

  • taron19119

    The day this is announce is the day I’m launching a petition on change.org for this Mergen not to go through

  • taron19119

    The day this is announce is the day I’m launching a petition on change/org for this Mergen not to go through

    • Sectime

      You must be joking.

      • Trevnerdio

        Why not?

  • Ky

    Stupid stupid stupid

  • stefan

    Spieralać z tym sprintem !!

  • Ky

    If only Sprint as spend much effort in building up a network they wouldn’t be in a desperate situation. Maybe another failed merger will be great for T-mobile, we’ll get another chunk of free spectrum and $5 more Billion?

    • Kidney_Thief

      I’d rather just have more money than money and spectrum. There’s no spectrum that Sprint would be willing to divest that T-Mobile would want.

      • Eric

        1900 MHz PCS? That would be great for increasing capacity in markets that do not have enough AWS and/or deploy LTE in more places using PCS.

        • Kidney_Thief

          If Sprint were willing to divest that if the deal goes sour, I would be monumentally surprised, considering their limited amount of it. Chances are they’d offer up some of the spectrum that they got from Clear, which doesn’t help T-Mobile at all.

      • DirkDigg1er

        How do you know?

    • Chris

      More like $5,000. That’s all Sprint can afford.

    • DirkDigg1er

      You buying a smaller company makes them desperate?

  • Js__

    The only way I can see this working well is if its a reverse merger, Sprint becomes Tmobile, and John Legere remains CEO.

  • 0neTw0

    Piss off Sprint. No one wants to be your “Framily”. Deal with it.

  • Bud

    deja-vu all over again.

  • Chris

    Wow I’ve never heard this before. This must be true. Not click bait.

  • ChitChatCat

    So SprintBank has tons of spectrum and capital from the Bank side.. Tons. T-Mobile knows how to run a network, run a marketing campaign, etc., but lacks the capital to expand its footprint. So you combine the capital and spectrum from SprintBank and the know how from T-Mobile, you’d probably have one hell of a carrier.

    Also, the fear and loathing regarding a Nextel type merger can be allayed pretty easily looking at T-Mobile’s handling of MetroPCS. As of June 30, several of the existing MetroPCS markets will have their CDMA networks shut off. Sure, converting Sprint’s markets would involve many more customers, but if the LTE is made to match and the phones sold at Sprint (even if they currently have CDMA) have match LTE and WCDMA/HSPA frequencies, the changeover could be fairly seamless and decently quick.
    It might not the reactionary apocalypse many want it to be if it is handled properly.

    • Kidney_Thief

      A few problems here. The spectrum doesn’t match. PCS aside, nothing else is really useful to T-Mobile. Simple as that.

      The transition between MetroPCS and T-Mobile was easy because they operate similar networks on the same bands. The only difference was that their legacy network was CDMA.

      When you find a way to defy the laws of physics and make a 2600 MHz tower cover the same area as a 600 / 700 MHz tower, then you can call the transition “seamless.” Otherwise, how do you expect for Sprint’s spectrum to fix any of T-Mobile’s coverage problems?

      • ChitChatCat

        First, Sprint also holds nationwide 800Mhz spectrum now that they finally shut down iDEN. That spectrum is being reallocated to LTE, supporting in-building coverage. The high-band spectrum is being used for capacity. This is much the same as the plans for T-Mobile’s new 700MHz spectrum.

        Second, a larger company means more scale for network build-out. Both carriers suffer from rural coverage problems. When you are building out for a combined customer set instead of two customers sets, you will easily save money.

        Third, the combined company could compete together for 600MHz spectrum.

        What has to bring all of these together–for both companies–is compatible handsets. Both companies will need to get newer handsets to support the bands being reallocated and/or purchased, so when doing that a eye towards the future means getting handsets that work with all potential combined spectrum.

        • Kidney_Thief

          So, Softbank, a company that’s already overextended from buying both Sprint AND Clear is somehow going to be able to buy T-Mobile AND have a strong showing at the spectrum auctions? Unless Son is printing money, I don’t see that happening. There would just be too much debt. Both companies together might suffer more than if they stayed separate.

          And yeah, I know all about Sprint’s spectrum holdings. They don’t have enough 850 MHz to support a decent quality of service compared to the rest of their network. If anything, it’s a band-aid, not a solution. Then there’s PCS, which is always useful, but not worth it to suffer through the network transition. And, as I indicated earlier, 2600 MHz just costs way too much to build out.

        • DirkDigg1er

          lol. you seem to have it all figured out.

        • jim

          Son might as well be printing money with Alibaba’s looming IPO.

        • Bryce

          Sprint has enough 800MHz spectrum for a 5×5 which is exactly what they’re running on PCS. When they activate 800MHz, PCS often gets alleviated which increases speeds overall as well as capacity. Sprint has even started deploying a second 5×5 PCS carrier in areas for added capacity already. So no, it’s not a band aid. And T-Mobile only has enough 700MHz to deploy a 5×5 as well.

          PCS, is Sprint’s bread and butter, just like AWS is for T-Mobile. Neither company has any problem deploying that.

          2.6GHz is not expensive to build out, it’s expensive to offer blanket coverage with it. Sprint is already deploying 8T8R base stations in order to give the LTE network on that spectrum, the same in building penetration as the PCS network. Sprint is also building new towers and putting up small cells that’ll offer coverage on 2.6GHz where it never existed before.

      • besweeet

        That’s what would bother me. Their high-band spectrum seems plentiful but of course has it’s own natural problems that T-Mobile’s trying to look away from themselves with their 700A and soon broadcast TV auction.

    • A harrington

      You can guarantee Sprint killing anything T-mobile if the buy out takes place. They destroyed Nextel and then used the lame excuse of the technology was at its limit and could not progress forward. Anyone that had a Nextel phone new that the network was reliable, secure, and just worked. Anyone on the Sprint network right now knows the coverage is shotty, slow and horrendous.

      • ChitChatCat

        I think that gets into the discussion of who runs the combined company. Just because SoftBank orders Sprint to buy doesn’t mean that the new company will be lead by Hesse and Co.

      • josephsinger

        Well, if the story is correct there’s a very good possibility that should the buyout happen that John Legere would be the CEO of the new combined company.

    • TylerCameron

      Sprint has tons of spectrum, but most of it is useless high band spectrum.

  • Guest

    Aren’t the networks completely incompatible? (CDMA vs GSM) Wouldn’t they have literally shut down an entire network and move everyone over to either the Sprint or T-mobile network? Or is it technically possibly to run both CDMA & GSM and have phones that use both at once?

    • Michael Constantine

      It’s not about the towers, it’s about the spectrum. Making a cell phone tower isn’t that expensive, owning the spectrum license necessary to broadcast the signal is what’s expensive.

    • besweeet

      T-Mobile’s acquisition of MetroPCS proved to be a smooth one. They’ll eventually be transitioning everyone off of their CDMA network and onto T-Mobile’s GSM & LTE ones. It may not be the end of the world in terms of compatibility.

      • TylerCameron

        MetroPCS is a drastically smaller network then Sprint….

    • Alexander

      Five years ago that was a valid concern as network operators either ran CDMA or GSM networks. Now everyone is moving to LTE with all of their phones supporting their current network, CDMA (Sprint/Verizon) or GSM (T-Mobile/AT&T), and the new LTE network. Sprint would not switch any between two network technologies that are going away, they would simply continue to push towards an all-LTE network and sunset the CDMA and GSM networks on the same timeline an independent Sprint and T-Mobile have already set.

  • hanfeedback

    Sprint is better off spending that money bettering their network, sprint is abysmal and should not be allowed to buy tmobile. I don’t see how they can make the case to the government now anyway, all the moves tmobile has made has been making appear a more viable contender, just wai for more good news tomorrow with their quarterly report.

  • Praisedeath

    Sprint buys Tmobile, I will leave for Verizon or Att. Sprint has the worst customer service and there coverage sucks.

    • Jared

      Softbank will scrap Sprint and put T-Mobile as the parent company. John Leadger will probably be the CEO as he is on the short list of CEO to run this new company. But none of this will happen because the DOJ and FCC will block this merger. Mark my words Sprint wont be able to buy T-Mobile.

  • Cam Fas

    PLZ NO SPRINT LEAVE T-MOBILE ALONE!!!!!! DONT MAKE ME GO BACK TO ATT OR VERIZON THEY WILL TAKE AWAY ALL THE PERKS THAT KEEP ME ON THE NETWORK I WILL LITERALLY JUST JOIN MY GFS ATT PLAN IF YOU DO THIS

    • josephsinger

      Typing in all CAPS does not make your message any better and only makes it look like you are shouting.

      • Cam Fas

        I was shouting

        • northrode

          And I don’t blame you. I am shouting the same thing too.

  • Winski

    Sprint is BY FAR the WORST mobile carrier in terms of coverage, customer service, customer service and especially their customer user agreements/contracts. READ the small print if you don’t believe.. You’ll find that YOU DO NOT OWN THE PHONE(S) YOU PAID FOR… They own YOU and all the short hairs you have left.

    IF Legere is the CEO of some weird conglomerate of Sprint and T-Mumble, that would be a potential for success. Hasse needs to be exported. You pick the destination. AND a fundamental decision must be made in the VERY early stages of any kind of deal between the two.. WHICH NETWORK TECHNOLOGY will the merged company deliver?? Modified CDPD for their idiotic Walkie-Talkie offerings; WCDMA?? (HA) Or, current and future GSM ?? SOMETHING ELSE???

    I’ve been a Sprint customer before. I swore on multiple cultures’ holy books that it would NEVER happen again because they were such dirt bags, so John if you’re listening…. “DON’T F*** THIS UP” !!

    • mingkee

      Sprint is total failure of wireless industry.

  • Romeo

    In my opinion that merger will never happen. First the FCC won’t approve it, second T-Mobile started to imporove its position in the US market by providing a better coverage which gonna happen from using 700 mhz spectrum. Finally, T-Mobile has a plans and I’m sure part of those plans to become no.3 carrier.

    • josephsinger

      T-Mobile would be the number 3 operator in the US were in not for4 Sprint taking over Nextel.

    • Gmov58r

      Son is an idiot!

  • Paul

    “Nevertheless, it would seem his belief is that Sprint needs to merge in order to make it successful.”

    Exactly.

    I doubt it’ll go very far. But bless their hearts for trying.

  • steveb944

    Let them try so we can get the NO DEAL package of money and spectrum

  • FB Philly

    United Europe it’s a reality today. That’s the reason why Vodafone is out of USA and T-Mobile wants to get out of US market. They need the money more then ever in order to buy out European Providers. This is the time for both companies to invest in Europe market. Otherwise they will be as small as sny other one.

    Both companies are smart enough and they know exactly how the market geography will change in Europe shortly.

  • Matt

    Sprint’s brand image is tarnished. If a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile happens, I see the T-Mobile brand being retained along with the T-Mobile leadership.

    • josephsinger

      That’s of course if DT wants to maintain a presence in North America. They’ve stated that they want out of North America so they can concentrate on their European holdings. The only way it could retain the T-Mobile brand is if DT consented to license the name much like Orange has licensed their brand in some countries.

  • mingkee

    It’s better FCC and FTC to stop this f’up or we have to take action ourselves.
    Sprint is nothing but f’up of ENTIRE WIRELESS INDUSTRY!!!

  • jdubb

    I have to say, I’m about tired of hearing about Sprint buying T-Mobile. I’ve never seen a carrier so afraid of another carrier that it is willing to pay a fee to be told no by regulators or risk a petition started by all of us promoters of UnCarrier.

    Fact of the matter, we don’t want you Sprint. We don’t want your debt, bad reputation, lack of innovation or cut rate network. Nextel was an unfortunate circumstance that was not given as much consideration to the company or its many very happy customers only to have the iDEN network completely destroyed, and for what…I still don’t know why the hell Sprint wanted Nextel.

    Spend your money on your network improvements, make a name for yourself and then talk crap to the industry. Until then I don’t see anything in your future except unhappy framilies and bogus policies. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it took the 4th place carrier to stand up for consumers and T-Mobile has not only revolutionized its network and business model but has forced the hand of number 1, 2 AND 3. This is NOT something American consumers are willing to sacrifice!

    Btw, I too will start a petition contact doj and the fcc, Tom Wheeler himself and telecom lobbyists to block the attempted premature dismantling of T-Mobile. And yes I am a T-Mo fanboy, what can I say…I like doing business with a reputable company I can trust.

    • Stan

      The reason Sprint wanted Nextel is they had alot of spectrum. Because the FCC wanted Nextel to leave the 800mhz band, they gave them lots of upper frequency bands. Sprint needed more spectrum, but did not need or want Nextel. That’s why they bought them and closed them down.

      • jdubb

        If there was ever a statement that stood to be a reason NOT to allow Sprint to even consider buying T-Mobile it is this comment. Sprint bought Nextel for its spectrum, but didn’t want or NEED them…what do you think will come of T-Mobile if the merger is allowed in this instance?… Nextel anyone?

  • Nearmsp

    Softbank bought a lemon – Sprint. The only way they can convert the lemon in to an orange is by throwing good money after bad money. FCC has repeatedly said, they want 4 wireless providers at the national level. Sprint can go on talking until the cows come home, but they will not be able to buy out their competition. The coalition that frustrated AT&T is live and kicking. They are waiting in the wings. Sprint will a few billion dollars if they fail. Like AT&T they may end up paying cash and spectrum for their failure. Go for it Sprint. We need your cash and spectrum!

  • Aurizen

    Well seeing as though John Legere would be in charge of the new company I’m sure everything will be ok. but I’m interested in what the break up fee will be and what T-mobile will get. the FCC chairman is intrigued by the idea if it holds good reason.

  • D Velasquez

    Son does not understand he won’t be able to buy T-Mobile, he should have bid for T-Mobile before he bought Sprint, now that he knows that deal is as stinky as rotten meat he is trying to get back the money he is losing and will lose with the Sprint deal, out of the 3 main carriers in Japan only DoCoMo (as DoCoMo USA , mvno running on T-Mobile) and au KDDI(as KDDI mobile running on Sprint) have a very minor presence here in the State with Softbank been the big absent, the 3 carriers in Japan know their market is saturated , it is one of the reasons why Softbank is starting to invest outside Japan buying Sprint, trying to get T-Mobile and Vodafone mobile division. The only way I see for them to make it here is to invest in their dead cow Sprint heavily, perhaps renaming Sprint to Softbank, if they bring the devices they offer in Japan as well Im more than sure that will stir up competition as well…

  • superg05

    they need to take that money there borrowing a pour it all into there current network so that its not sh!t anymore

  • Maximus

    NOOOOOOOO…..don’t do it T-Mobile!!!!

  • Maximus

    And this idea that Sprint is not able to compete against the industry giants is hogwash. You don’t compete by buying your competition, you compete by having a quality product that is reliable and people want. T-Mobile is a perfect example of a smaller company competing with the big boys. T-Mobile should be buying Sprint!

    • elmodern

      i was saying t-mobile should buy sprint too, sprint is crap. Everyone i know who has sprint has slower data, a higher bill and somehow a weaker signal. hmmm

    • Paul

      Or you buy a competitor that has better product and use their better product to increase you product.
      I do agree that Sprint should have invested in their product and offered a better product to begin with.

  • Paul Garrison

    It is simple for me, if the deal goes through I’m out. At&t will be my next home. Just take my phone over there.

    • notyourbusiness

      AT&T is the last major wireless carrier I’d go with. They are the most evil of all. You wouldn’t like it with them.

  • Paul

    I have a whole bag of “NOPE”s for Son and his Sprint peeps.

  • jaxgrim

    It is a desperation move. Sprint has nothing left in the tank as far as the network goes. They have a big spending account, but no direction.

  • Fabian Cortez

    This is doubtful considering the FCC has included Dish and Sprint’s spectrum in the new spectrum screen.

  • dkbnyc

    “Nevertheless, it would seem his belief is that Sprint needs to merge in order to make it successful.” Sprint doesn’t need to merge to become successful. They need to upgrade their network. That should be the only place they spend money. Once that’s done then talk about mergers.

  • Son is Delusional

    Masayoshi Son needs to OPEN HIS EYES and see this is a bad idea. Oh wait, he can’t.

    Oops.

  • thepanttherlady
    • Paul Garrison

      Thanks Mod.

    • nycplayboy78

      Thank You Panther Lady….LOVE YOU :)

  • notyourbusiness

    Hahaha… At this point, Sprint is in lala land thinking they can get their grubby paws on T-Mobile. Of course they want to now that T-Mo’s doing so well and coming up with all this innovative stuff that’s been shaking up the wireless industry like crazy for the past year. Dream on, Sprint!

  • JBrowne1012

    T-mobile shouldn’t even entertain the thought of a merger right now, we just exited that stage which put t-mobile thorough hard times financially. NOBODY wants to be apart of an unstable company. People want to be apart of companies that are here to stay! What good is a company that has low prices and great coverage if after a year or 2 from now the company disbands? T-mobile has to stay because they are such an important figure in the mobile industry.

  • Joe Duh

    This merger is gonna happen or one these two companies will be finished complete out of business. Massive job loses and price increases.

    • drtish

      wait, what, you must be a speculator. On the consumer level and business level this makes no sense. T-mobile is flying financially now. Sure Sprint could go down, but it’s there fault with poor service, bad customer relations, and over buying the iphone.

  • Guest

    T-Mobile announced that they were buying Verizon 700 MHz airwaves early in January. The FCC approved this transaction a few days ago and T-Mobile just closed the deal and now owns these airwaves. On the other hand FCC approved At&t’s buy out of Leap Cricket in March which took about 8 months for that deal to close. The point I’m trying to make is simple the T-Mobile deal closed way faster than the At&t deal. It’s clearly obvious that the FCC and DOJ want the smaller National carriers and even regional carriers to prevail. They let the National Carriers buy the regional carriers to make them more completive. jjj..

  • mloudt

    T-Mobile announced that they were buying Verizon 700 MHz airwaves early in January. The FCC approved this transaction a few days ago and T-Mobile just closed the deal and now owns these airwaves. On the other hand FCC approved At&t’s buy out of Leap Cricket in March which took about 8 months for that deal to close. The point I’m trying to make is simple the T-Mobile deal closed way faster than the At&t deal. It’s clearly obvious that the FCC and DOJ want the smaller National carriers and even regional carriers to prevail. They let the National Carriers buy the regional carriers to make them more completive but don’t want National Carriers buying each other. Son is ignorant and arrogant they already kindly implied to him when they met with him that if he went ahead it would be met with heavy scrutiny.

    People that’s a trick don’t fall for that Jonh Legree will be the new CEO it’s just to justify the merger. T-Mobile is doing fine without them let’s keep it this way. T-Mobile is taken care of the coverage at a faster than schedule pace. I could fix Sprint easily. First, for their Boost and Virgen brands offer free voice and text roaming instead of native only coverage like T-Mobile did for years for their pre paid. Second, update Sprint As You Go plans again and make them like T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Base plans with Jump. Third, go the route of no contracts like T-Mobile concentrating on Framily and Sprint As You Go plans only. Fourth, Son reverse merger some of that 80 percent stock you have in Sprint and sell to Dish. Dish has complimentary spectrum that neighbor’s Sprint’s. These two already testing out home broadband in a Texas city so they could be real completive in that area. Fifth, Son invest in spectrum and rollout of that spectrum in a timely manner. As for T-Mobile they just need a parent company that will invest more so DT needs to wait until November where there contract with Metro is up and they can either sell all or some of their stock. I say at that point DT either buyouts Metro stock and own the whole company and later sell the entire company or DT sell soon to Vodaphone.

  • Doble-A

    What happened to Nextel, again?