Rumor: Iliad looking to Google, Microsoft to support bid for T-Mobile

The logo of French low-cost telecoms provider Iliad is pictured during the company 2013 annual results presentation in Paris

The New York Post is reporting today that Iliad is looking to raise financial support from two of the biggest companies in tech to help get another bid on the table for T-Mobile. The French telecoms giant is said to have approached Microsoft and Google after having its initial $33 per share offer for 56% in T-Mo rejected immediately. Braxton Carter, last week, stated that the initial offer was “very inadequate” and acknowledged that very rarely does any company submit its best bid first. Perhaps expecting a second, more favorable offer.

We don’t know how far advanced these talks are, or if Google or Microsoft will consider jumping onboard with the ambitious French company. And none of the three parties respond to The Post’s requests for information.

From my own personal standpoint, I wouldn’t be too disappointed by a French independent company owning T-Mobile providing it was committed to the Uncarrier mentality. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d be hugely upset if the branding was changed and the ethos of smashing down customer pain points was gone with it.

What do you guys think? Will T-Mo remain in Deutsche Telekom’s hands, or will it end up Iliad-owned?

Source: New York Post

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  • Paul

    I’m going to side with DT right now. Their offer was lame to begin with and after Sprint’s was publically known to be higher. There also isn’t a part of me that is convinced Google and Microsoft want to be involved with a carrier. Bring a reasonable offer to the table and we’ll debate. Otherwise, their wasting a lot of people’s time.

    • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

      I disagree. While S’ offer was higher, it’d face an uphill regulatory battle. Iliad’s offer discounted this battle. But given that TMUS is now at less than $30, Iliad’s offer of $33 seems rather generous.

      What I think that led DT to rejected was that Iliad wanted to acquire only 56% of TMUS, while they want to sell all of their stake.

  • redman12

    Leave TMOUS alone. Let it succeed by itself. DT just need to let John Legere run the show.

    • Joe

      Thank you! Is TmoUS some sort of whore that is up for grabs to anyone with enough cash? For fks sake!

      • Thomas Su

        It is though. Tmus is going to start bleeding money quickly with margins like this.

        • Justin747

          Armchair Analyst

        • Nearmsp

          Yes, and I recall that AT&T too said T-mobile will go bankrupt without them taking over. Badly managed companies remain badly managed companies even when they buy out a good or bad company. Sprint buying out Nextel is a good example. Now Sprint is wanting to do the same thing and expecting different results. It is also called insanity. Innovation and a good product and good service is the only key to stop “bleeding money” as you put it. Even a monopoly will lose money if badly run.

  • Thomas Su

    Imagine a carrier with a Google in it… Awesomeness…

    • bob90210

      Why limit yourself to just one Google? Imagine a carrier with many Googles in it. There will be Googles everywhere!

    • Bilesha Welton

      No thanks. I’ll be switching carriers immediately to avoid having my identity sold to the highest bidder for more ad revenues.

      • TMONEW

        Umm your posting on a public website with your name and your picture. You are already being commodified by every company you have ever interacted with. They all take your info and sell it.

        Google actually defends their users against not only abuses by world governments but actually tries to impact the world in ways that benefits humanity (self driving cars for safer transportation, balloons that broadcast wifi in underserviced global areas, designing cheap smartphones for developing countries, google fiber in the U.S. which brings superfast internet to rural/underserved areas).

        Im guessing you use facebook? ya consider all your info sold already.

        • BlackJu

          Google doesn’t aim to help humanity. These are long shot projects designed to own the infrastructure. They want to own the software (Android), the hardware (Moto), and the infrastructure (fiber and now wireless?). Not a lot of checks there. I’d be a little concerned.

        • John Doe

          They sold moto, android is free to use, fiber is used compete with isps to get them to build faster fiber network (its working check AT&T uverse), I think I would be fine with a faster cheaper wireless network.

        • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

          Nope, she posted with her Twitter account, which is just as bad as Facebook.

        • Bilesha Welton

          And they do that to spread to more areas, steal more information, and sell more ads. Your point?

      • John Doe

        Google does not SELL your information. If they did that they would be bankrupt by now. They sell ad placement to companies based on your information.

        • Bilesha Welton

          My mistake. The point is…no.

      • sahib102 .

        ^this!!!!! I don’t like google or their services, ill be out the door. I never liked google then and I sure I wont like them as a carrier now

    • JJCommonSense

      I would definitely expect to see Google moving to roll out LTE Advanced, like what they have in S.Korea…

  • Mike Palomba

    Rumor submitted by me lol and I truly hope google just bids for tmobile on it’s own, that’s one company that IMO does everything right. Plus when google fiber goes nationwide maybe we’ll be able to bundle cell and wireless or maybe it would be best if dish bought them because they have a lot of spectrum that can really help tmobile

    • k

      Im with you. Google Fiber + TMOUS provided there is Wi-Fi calling WITH HANDOVER to the wireless spectrum seamlessly like Republic Wireless…truly awesome

      • Adrayven

        Meh, I have enough trouble trying to keep from being Google’s product. Last thing I want is google selling me and my cell phone, texting, and other traffic. pff.. keep Google out of it.

        • Bilesha Welton

          Thank you.

        • derp hurr-durr

          “I have enough trouble trying to keep from being Google’s product.”

          Everyone is a product. Avoidance is futile – the only successful response is marketing yourself better.

          Playing the fictional “lone wolf” only makes your eventual failure that much more painful (or entertaining – depending on one’s perspective).

  • S. Ali

    MS wouldn’t even think about it with all the problems with Windows Phone adoption (carriers would be upset and drop WP) and they already spent billions on Nokia. Google wouldn’t get involved either for the same reason they dumped Motorola (OEMs would be upset and drop Android). These rumors aren’t even worth talking about. Illiad is just posturing now.

    Whoever wants to go after TMO, will need to put up $10B more than they hope to invest just for the 600mhz auction alone.

    • JJCommonSense

      Android has the lion’s share of the global smartphone market… theyd be hard to just drop…

      • http://twitter.com/tabascotx Mike Roberson

        True,but if the other three carriers banded together to drop Android phones from the US market? It would be enough to make Google think twice.

        • JJCommonSense

          That would be like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Not every1 wants an Apple or WP device, and the companies would lose subscribers in droves. Furthermore, (depending on the manufacturer) Android devices typically offer some sort of profit margin whereas most retailers dont make any money on Apple devices. So that too wouldnt make any sense. Im not 100% sure but i think i remember reading somewhere that a phone maker couldnt own their own cell company as a regulation or something.. not sure how true that is so dont quote me.

    • DirkDigg1er

      Long story short, it’s not worth it.

  • itguy08

    If MS has anything to do with it I’m out. They are a cancer on the world.
    If Google, it may not be too bad but they would need to be monitored closely.

    They should have approached Apple. They had tons of ambition to run a wireless company when the iPhone launched. And they could do great things with T-Mo!

    • Adrayven

      Prefer they (T-Mobile) keep all the ‘mobile phone’ players out of it.. no matter who, Apple, Google, Microsoft.. It would end up being bad for all those who choose differently; be you iOS, Android, or Window Phone user.

      I’m not sure who would be a good fit over iliad, but I know those 3 wouldn’t be the best fit.. nor would Dish or Sprint.. honestly prefer they stay solo or go with iliad really..

      • Mike Palomba

        I think dish would help, they have a lot of spectrum that could improve Tmobiles coverage in rural areas.

    • Bilesha Welton

      Google is the cancerous one. Which of the two companies sued the federal government over spying on its users? You fanboys and your “logic” LMAO.

      • itguy08

        Which company was convicted of abusing their users, disallowing competition, and abusing the market? Hint: It wasn’t Google or Apple.

        • Ordeith

          abusing their users: If abuse of privacy counts, Google.
          disallowing competition: if abandoning W3C standards, creating an OS around a browser (that doesn’t allow any competing browser to be installed), and tying APIs to their “store” to control their “open” OS counts, then Google.
          Abusing the market: If using ad revenue gained from aggressive privacy violations to buy out your competition and subsidize the price of your product below market to kill competition you cant buy; if being one of the biggest lobbyists in the US and buying legislation that benefits your business model; if getting your employees embedded into other companies to steal those ideas for your own product counts, again Google.
          Convicted? Yes, but it depends on the country and how deeply embedded Google has managed to get itself in local governments.

        • DirkDigg1er

          Are you mad or nah?

        • Kasukeo

          Ordeith is not mad, he has valid points and you can’t refute it.

        • Bilesha Welton

          LMAO again, your”logic” Google has essentially become the Microsoft of the 90′s in the modern age. They’re worse than Microsoft ever was. Look at all these companies they’re snatching up. Yeah sounds like market abuse and disallowed competition to me ;)

        • DirkDigg1er

          Disagree cutey. Microsoft has crippled competition, left users with viruses without Windows key, limited Windows phone support, & blue/red screen of death to name a few. Google may be bad but not 90s m$ bad.

        • vrm

          I do not work for google and I am not their fanboy but you have no idea what you are talking about.

      • vrm

        really ? even if you worked for the govt, you should see the futility of your argument here.

    • BlackJu

      Every company, when it becomes too large and powerful, inevitably abuses that power. If you think Google stands on higher moral ground than MS, think again.

      • itguy08

        MS has been that way since day 1. I think you should read up on the history of the company.

        • Ordeith

          MS has turned a lot around in the last decade or so. It is like they have grown up.
          Google is still in that arrogant adolescent phase.

        • vrm

          no, they haven’t- m$ is still evil, corrupt and avaricious. Also, they are a co. that steals, apes ideas. Why is it that inspite of raking in 10s of billions every year due to clueless business execs, they only want to chase in the market what other people (such as google or apple or anyone) have, instead of blazing their own trail ?

          It is an organization completely bereft of vision or even some good ideas.

        • Ordeith

          I am not sure you can be objective. Too much emotion there. Why the hate?
          Re MS:
          •2014 CR’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Corporate Responsibility Magazine (Microsoft named among top 5)
          •2014 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For (for 16th consecutive year since the list began in 1998)
          •2014 Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index – 100% rating for 9th consecutive year
          •2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies, The Ethisphere Institute, New York
          •2013 NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index (QCRD)
          •2013 EPA Green Power Partnership Award – (Microsoft ranks 2nd on Top 50 List)
          •2013 Climate Performance Leadership Index (The Carbon Disclosure Project Global 500 CPLI)
          •2012 Burson-Marsteller’s Global Corporate Reputation Index Top 25

        • vrm

          believe me, its not hate. It is an objective assessment, as a software developer in the IT industry for > 20 years. Initially, I also welcomed m$ (early 80s). Soon their business tactics became the nemesis of the s/w industry and they killed many small companies that were promising and had far smarter people than m$ ever had.

          They have done tremendous damage to the tech industry as a whole and together with companies like IBM, pushed IT costs very high for everyone, while lying about lowering them all the time.

          Just consider the total IT spending in the USA, compared to pre-m$ era; even adjusted for inflation, it is orders of magnitude more. And most of these costs relate to simply maintaining the infrastructure (s/w, h/w, services) necessary for these cos to exist, not actually deliver any value to the customers.

        • Ordeith

          Not just hate. But hate and ignorance. Gotcha.
          As far as the history repeating bandwagon, though, don’t you notice the parallels between modern Google and the old “evil” Microsoft? Doesn’t that give you pause?

    • Deadeye37

      Apple would be the worst choice. The only devices that get to play on an Apple network (either owned or puppeteered) would be Apple devices. Also, they would turn around and make users pay more, but the users would feel cooler.

      If they need funds, do it the traditional way with banks. If they are looking for partners to bring added benefits to the party, find one with lots of spectrum that can be utilized, or towers that can be used in rural locations.

  • Mike

    This french company would ruin TMO if they got their hands on it. They would be in debt up to their eyeballs and because of it, TMO wouldnt improve.

    • Bilesha Welton

      Have you seen what Iliad has done in France?? They’re like the uncarrier of French phones! I don’t see why they wouldn’t be a perfect fit. I am a little bit
      concerned about a branding change though. People are starting to associate T-Mobile with greatness. It would only take more time with Iliad or any other name change.

      • Mike

        T-mobile is a much larger company. I’m not saying that Iliad is bad, but they are a dwarf in terms of size when compared to T-Mobile. They would not have the capitol to continue to invest since they would carry a lot of debt.

  • Adrayven

    BTW, this rumor happened shortly after Sprint formally dropped out and they said iliad offer had been rejected but was looking for others… so I’m not sure this is really news since we knew this..

    If fact, you already reported it once Cam.. :)

    • randomnerd_number38

      I don’t think the Google and Microsoft names were dropped last time.

      • Bilesha Welton

        You’re right, this is the first time I’ve seen either one.

    • TechHog

      Did you read this article at all? Hell, it sounds like you barely read the title.

    • Mike

      This offer was announced a few days before SoftBank dropped their bid for T-Mobile.

  • VG

    Bundling TV, Internet and telephone service is the present and future. AT&T and Verizon are able to offer bundling discounts to consumers who have all their services. T-Mobile will eventually need to get together with a TV partner in order to succeed, be it Google or Dish or some other company like Comcast. Iliad as a partner/owner makes no sense since they will bring nothing to the US market.

    • BillSmitty

      I agree, but Comcast…god no. I’ll leave Tmo faster than anything if that happens. Comcast sucks.

  • UMA_Fan

    I feel like the ‘wow’ of what people had imagined with a Google run cell phone company has already occurred with tmobiles I carrier movement.

  • notyourbusiness

    Why do Google and Microsoft care about Iliad getting its hands on T-Mobile??

  • Mirad77

    Google, yes but no MS please.

  • Coksuc

    Google should have bought MetroPCS and Merged it w/ LEAP. Now GOOG needs to buy TMUS–w/o illiad. F the frnch.

  • Coksuc

    If goog buys tmus then selling Moto a mistake.

  • Coksuc

    Dish and Goog buy TMUS, no illiad needed.

  • Coksuc

    GOOG could provide global cell coverage for free if buys TMO and bulid out global network which includeds space/airspace.

  • Coksuc

    if goog buys tmo, the goog price doubles.

  • Coksuc

    really apple should buy tmus not msft nor goog.

  • Coksuc

    APPLE TO BUY TMOBILE FOR $45B

  • Ordeith

    Maybe if MS got involved we would see better Windows Phone offerings from T-Mobile.

    • vrm

      That is what worries me – it is attractive to m$ to gobble up t-mobile and force windows phones down everyones’ throat. I do not know if that would run afoul of antitrust law but I wouldn’t put it past them.

      Other than that, I see no reason for either co. to put in that much money to buy a co. that does not directly add to their core business.

      • Chris

        Google actually has some projects they can integrate with T-mo if they want to. Since they want to go to Internet Services via Balloon Project and Google Fiber.

        MS, not too sure, they are still in the middle of their own mess. They just laid off 18000 people. I would rather have MS focus on their own problems than gobble up T-mobile (like they did with Nokia) and stall the momentum.

      • sahib102 .

        hmm I wonder what google+ is then…. oh yeah something google forces us to use to comment on YouTube >.>

        • TechAce01

          You go realize Google owns Youtube right?

        • vrm

          who forces you to use either of these ? You can use FB, twitter, skype, viber or anything you want on the two platforms that Google owns- android and chrome.

      • jarredsutherland

        Microsoft is not in a position to buy a carrier to then force only their devices down the throat of their users. There is no financial gain to be had doing that.

    • josephsinger

      Or maybe if BlackBerry bought them we’d have better selection of BlackBerry devices!!!!!

    • Cornelius Hardy

      Maybe but I don’t agree 100% because they don’t even advertise what they have now. Microsoft carries nearly every windows phone but you don’t get an advertisement unless you’re subscribed to a newsletter. Yeah they have a few commercials now but should have been doing this a long time ago. As long as that 2′ section in tmobile grows to offer more of the phones available, I’m happy.

  • ” J.D. “

    Iliad is like a French T-Mobile but I got this thing about product branding we love our magnificent magenta T-Mobile ( just check out my icon hehehe ) Google = Android Microsoft = Windows ——- I don’t see this happening. But either way the uncarrier attitude has to remain ! …

  • RobSleezy

    I certainly hope not. When T-Mobile needed a suitor… AT&T was there and now they simply don’t need one. They’re doing great and moving fast.

  • Coksuc

    come Apple or goog A GOOG APPLE PARTNERSHIP BUY TMO FOR $45b

  • FILA

    why dont T-Mobile USA just buy themselves out of DT. we dont need a buyer and I dont want any

    • Chris

      Because that requires a lot of money that TMUS doesn’t have at the moment. People keep telling TMUS to get their coverage in check. So they spent money buying spectrums and doing projects like network modernization. Then now you’re asking them to buyout DT? Where do you think they would get the money to do so?

      • Goat

        You are 100% correct. It’s impossible to expect this of T-Mobile- and unreasonable. They can buy themselves out of Iliad if they need to later on after they progress more in the US :D

    • Seth

      Where is T-Mobile USA going to come up with $20+ billion?

      • DirkDigg1er

        T-mobile can put it on a equipment installment plan lol.

    • Cornelius Hardy

      This would be the best idea to me. Go on shark tank. Lol

  • morbid

    Phone companies getting more involved with the cell carrier is a very dumb idea. I don’t even think that the carriers should be selling phones… that really screwed up the US cell market. Let the consumer decide what phone they want and which carrier they want. At least for GSM… I really could care less about CDMA phones/carriers.

  • Aurizen

    My wish is for comcast to buy them (Hear me out!) and John Legere takes over both companies and revolutionize cable!

    • http://rosarynovice.stblogs.com/ Augustine

      Cable? That’s so 20th century!

      • Aurizen

        Hey, he can make cable 21st century!

    • josephsinger

      Comcast are you serious? They won the WCIA (worst company in America) award from Consumerist this year.

      • Cornelius Hardy

        Lol I never liked Comcast when I lived in California. I think ATT owns this area so no Comcast. I hate them too. I don’t even waste money on cable. Not enough on for what it costs. Especially since I can fond anything I ever wanted including amateurs creating better shows online.

    • archerian

      If that ever happened, chances of which are low, Legere would most probably not be in charge. His policies although great for the consumer and for increasing user base are not attractive enough to keep him around for longer as its the very policies he is going against that makes telecos very rich in the first place. In all probability even he was planning a short stint where his policies would pump up the stock and make T-Mobile ripe for a good acquisition.

    • Maximus

      Or TMO gets into the cable business and revolutionizes that industry. They need another player in that market.

  • jj

    I don’t think one thing will change whether it’s DT or Iliad so long as they keep Legere at the helm.

    • Seth

      Funding would. Iliad if they bought T-Mobile (alone hence the rumors of additonal partners) would be pretty much financially taped out with debt. That has important implications with CapEx and the forthcoming spectrum auctions.

      • Justin Merithew

        It wouldn’t be much worse than DT at the head. They really don’t want to put money into T-Mobile at this point, they just want out of the US.

      • jj

        Didn’t even think of that aspect. I was more thinking that nobody cares (or thinks) of T-Mobile as a DT company, they just think of it as T-Mobile, so it would likely be the same with a French company. But if the company is tapped out, and you need deep pockets for auctions, well that’s different. Here’s hoping that Iliiad fails in securing the bid.

  • Cornelius Hardy

    If Google or Apple ever purchased Tmobile, I’m done. I don’t care for either company. All of you talking about Microsoft cramming WindowsPhone down your throat should pause for a second and realize that both of these companies do the exact same thing. Microsoft barely advertises windowsphone. Tmobile barely rarely ever advertises windowsphone. There is a small decimal space spot in every store and that’s it. The employees try to cram android or a new iPhone down my throw every time I walk in. These discussions always turn into a windows vs iPhone and android. I could of swore it was about lliad buying the company. I don’t know home well enough but I like tmobile where it is. I need to find some funds and buy this company.

    • vrm

      wow ! m$ astroturfs have hit full throttle. Google or apple do not own even a part of t-mobile, at&t etc. All carriers do carry WP and they will sell/promote the phones that sell. It is not the carriers’ job to promote or sell m$’s products; they are focused on selling their products/services; they will promote 3rd party products only to the extent that they make them money.

      Also, since t-mobile doesn’t offer phone subsidies, why don’t m$ fans buy unlocked m$ phones and use them on the carrier they want ? I stopped buying phones from carriers awhile ago- I always buy retail.

      And, there are dozens of good, well priced android phones that t-mobile does not carry and they all sell much more than WP .

      • Cornelius Hardy

        Obviously you responded before reading the entire comment. The main point was not about tmobile not selling windows phones. I used it as a reference for previous comments of how Microsoft is cramming windows phone down people’s throats. I used Google and apple as a reference because they require you to use certain services, and those products are crammed down people’s throats daily. Don’t talk to me about tmobile offering what sells because before I even got my 521 or 925, reps have tried to get me to get android and now apple. When I walked in to get my 925 and pay off the 521 the rep didn’t know that. Instead of offering a 925 since I was paying off the 521 he fought hard to get me on a galaxy. I don’t buy hype or what’s popular. I buy what works for me and my business. The windows section has always been small in T-Mobile stores. A lot of people have never noticed it. When people buy phones, they buy what friends have, hype, or what reps promote and the cycle repeats. THE POINT OF MY PREVIOUS comment was that people always turn every comment about windows vs apple vs android. Noticed I mentioned all 3. Before you say someone is whining take a sec to read and comprehend what you’re reading.

        • jarredsutherland

          “I used Google and apple as a reference because they require you to use certain services” … yeah just as Microsoft does if you want to get into their ecosystem. It’s arguable that Google requires LESS use of their apps because you can choose to not have a gmail account and use another app store such as Amazon’s. The point is you’re whining about sales people doing sales people things. If it really bothers you that much just order from the website and stop crying about it. The windows section is small because the windows selection of phones is … SMALL! Android is on about a billion handsets, so you would expect the store to have a few more Android handsets. Either you dislike logic or you just want to whine.

        • Cornelius Hardy

          Another idiot who failed to read the end of the comment. It’s like you’re standing in line to get a chance at being stupid. No one is whining about sales. You have no logic because you are still talking about the same thing. I’m already off that subject and was never really on it to begin with. Why can’t we just talk about lliad buying the company or not. The whole story had nothing to do with either platform. It was solely about what will happen if lliad buys the company and that he was approaching Google and Microsoft. Honestly I wouldn’t want either company to buy tmobile. Tmobile is the only carrier I still like. I don’t use Google products anymore and I don’t use all of Microsofts either. I’m not a Xbox fan or a MS fanboy. I use windows and WindowsPhone because it works for what I need it for. Unlike some of you, I’ve used every platform so I can make evaluated decision. I was only responding to comments about cramming. We all have our opinions but it’s crazy when some of you have to call names or tell someone they are whining when you didn’t understand the comment in the first place. It was never about sales. I’m unchecking the notify me box and I’m done replying to this so move on.

        • jarredsutherland

          Do you suffer from multiple personality disorder? You started the whole rant and raving about having Google and Apple products shoved down your throat.

  • vinnyjr

    As long as John Legere & team stay running T-Mobile this company will continue to grow. In just a very short period of time Legere has turned T-Mobile completely around. I’ve never been a happier T-Mobile customer.
    Thank You T-Mobile.

    • Cornelius Hardy

      Yeah I think he’s done a great job too. I feel like tmobile has come this far just to turn around and sell.

      • Maximus

        Selling is not necessarily a bad thing. Just because the stock ownership changes doesn’t mean the management and philosophy changes. Why would new owners really want to change a company that has an extremely positive trajectory right now? Owners want their investment to appreciate. They are smart enough not to get in the way of a good thing.

    • Nearmsp

      He did a good job, but he is pushing how own wheel barrow. He was all for “consolidation” (read merger with Sprint) and against Iliad.

      • dtam

        he was all for the consolidation with Sprint if he was the CEO in the end. why wouldn’t he be in favor in controlling a company with a higher subscriber base and more resources?

  • Alex Zapata

    Seems like Iliad is quite busy lately…….

  • Nearmsp

    Antitrust issues will prevent Google and others from acquiring a telecom company. Google’s acquisition and now sales in bits of Motorola are evidence of this. I see Iliad partnering with a satellite TV company more likely.

    • Justin Merithew

      Why would antitrust laws prevent this? It’s not in any way monopolizing carriers. If Google bought T-Mo there would still be 4 big US carriers.

      • Nearmsp

        Google is already owning the operating system used by all other wireless providers and can get an unfair advantage over other providers. They got away with Motorola purchase but are unlikely to get away in the future.

        • Justin Merithew

          It wouldn’t really be an unfair advantage. It wouldn’t motivate Samsung or HTC to make exclusives for them. The only product that would possibly be exclusive on a Google network would possibly be Project Ara, which is a fairly niche product to begin with. Also, there was already rumors about Google either wanting to start an MVNO or start their own carrier, and this would be the best way.

        • Mike

          It would be unfair. The carrier could push android phones over phones with different interfaces. It would be a conflict of interest not antitrust.

        • Rod

          How is that any differnt than Verizon pushing android over apple because they don’t want to pay Apple royalties?

        • Mike

          Its easy. Verizon is not owned Apple or Google. No Conflict of interest there. They can push whatever phones they want. It may not be ethical to push Androids over other devices, but it is not a conflict of interest.

        • Justin Merithew

          I don’t think theres any laws or precedence that would stop them from owning a carrier. I don’t think they would push Android too heavily, Google services are available on iOS. It is possible Windows Phones would get the boot though.

        • maximus1901

          If they don’t want their customers having lte or even 3g in strip malls then yes, it is the best way ;)

        • dtam

          but android is open source

        • Ordeith

          There are still people that believe that, how cute.

        • dtam

          samsung, htc make android their own. amazon completely took the entire ecosystem and replace it with their amazon fire crap, how’s that not open source?

          how about come out with examples instead of being a troll

        • Ordeith

          ARS technica has a great article on this, it is titled:
          Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary.
          It is about a year old now, but Google has only gotten worse in that time.
          Go read it, come back educated.

        • dtam

          I read it. it still sure sounds like android is open sourced. it’s their apps that aren’t. they are still offering the android code for free, they allow you to modify it, hell you can even rip off the entire eco-system.

          in response to the original comment, yes, it is open sourced so there is no “unfair advantage”. it’s still in googles best interest to not alienate other providers

        • Ordeith

          Apparently the Google faithful have lousy reading comprehension skills.

        • dtam

          and haters gonna hate

        • Ordeith

          Hate how Google is trying to control everything? Who wouldn’t?

        • dtam

          then switch to the iPhone or WP8 or Blackberry

  • chardog

    As long as TMO can stand on its own two feet and do its thing… An infusion of cash from a third party is always welcome to facilitate the ability to do bigger and better things. Much better than cannibalization from a substandard wireless co looking to boost their position (Sprint) or a big bully that is simply trying to make the competition go away (AT&T).

  • menace

    google or microsoft being involed sounds like a huge privacy concern IMO

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    well with Microsoft involved, we could end up with another T-Mobile Sidekick relase! :P

  • charlieboy808

    I saw the title and immediately starting laughing. Even if they get the support of M$ and Google, T-Mobile shouldn’t even think about taking the offer. If this company can’t come up with it’s own money, then what’s the point?!

  • maximus1901

    This is complete bull.
    Both are dependent are carriers in US and even overseas, other carriers might get antsy thinking micro and goog are coming are them too.
    #CLICKBAIT

  • Randall Lind

    If Microsoft buys or is part of buying I am gone. I will not be on a carrier and stuck with a Windows phone.