Deutsche Telekom’s effort to sell T-Mobile US paused due to spectrum auction

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Rumors of Deutsche Telekom looking to sell T-Mobile US seem to pop up every now and then, like last year when it was suggested that DT may sell T-Mo to Comcast. Today the topic has come up again, but this time DT is said to be halting its search for a buyer for T-Mo, at least temporarily.

Deutsche Telekom has put its effort to sell T-Mobile US on hold due to the upcoming 600MHz spectrum auction, sources have told Reuters, in a move that’ll let potential buyers wait for a political environment that’ll make it more likely for an acquisition of T-Mo to be approved. The auction will kick off on March 29 and could last for months. “During that period, there will be no M&A activity in the US telecoms sector,” one of the sources of today’s report said.

DT has been looking to sell T-Mobile for a while now, including to AT&T, Sprint, and Dish. Obviously no deal has gone through yet, though, and now DT will have to wait until the end of the 600MHz auction before it resumes its search. T-Mobile has said that it plans to go big in the spectrum auction to improve coverage in markets where its 700MHz coverage isn’t yet available, and in areas where existing 700MHz could be bolstered.

As for who Deutsche Telekom might sell T-Mobile US to, that’s still up in the air. The US government has opposed sales to AT&T and Sprint in the past, so a sale to another US carrier seems unlikely. DT is under no pressure to move T-Mobile — it’s not like the company is doing poorly or anything — but it does want to move T-Mo, having said that it’ll consider offers that comes its way.

Do you think that we’ll see any significant news regarding a T-Mobile US sale any time soon after the 600MHz auction?

Source: Reuters

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  • kev2684

    Hopefully they stop searching for partners altogether when they finally get a nationwide low band spectrum. I’d hate to see them stall again once a potential merger is in the horizon. The AT&T and T-Mobile merger gave them a huge boost, but now’s not the time to slow down when the momentum is up and they’ve beaten Sprint as the third largest carrier in the US.

  • Hopefully Not…

    Hopefully not, that is, sell T-mobile to Comcast which has the worst customer service.

  • Steven

    Don’t sell!!! You are now profitable per quarter, numbers continue to rise, and with 600mhz to fill the gaps the sky is the limit.

    • Dustin Roe

      You are not looking at the big picture. Wireless and content are merging. Content providers have cash spectrum is needed to reach to masses. This is the next transition in the information build and Verizon and AT&T already have acquired content (Fios, and Direct TV) if you think the dying transmission method content providers(charter, comcast, dish, etc.) with deeeeeeeep pockets that do not have a wireless means to get the content to the customer are not looking to get into the market you are missing the boat.

      • Steven

        But I am thinking of the big picture. With fresh revenue rolling in and more spectrum up for the gobbling, T-Mobile could be the first to provide content services much like the big Cable and Sat companies, but directly over the newly issued blocks of signal. We all know things have been, and will continue to go the way of wireless, and live television content is no exception. This would eliminate a large infrastructure over haul, broaden the user base from those who simply have cell service, and this would be a great avenue to allow for “a la carte” channel purchases. Now, people are going to pick holes in my idea, but its an idea that would DEFINITELY gain interest. Don’t sell out, think about all options first.

        • Dustin Roe

          Content licensing has just as much cost and hurdles as spectrum licensing and the cable providers have the money and the leverage in existing content contracts to make much more headway than the Telco companies. Look at the limited offerings of Verizon’s Go90 and even amazon with huge cash is limited severely in its prime offerings.

  • kbiel

    A sale to Comcast would be the end for me. I would jump to Project Fi despite being grandfathered in on some seriously good deals with T-Mo.

    A sale to Dish, hmmm. I would have to consider the options. In my experience, Dish is the least worst of the cable/satellite providers and has some of the same customer focused/industry bucking spirit of T-Mo, but still has a ways to go.

    Obviously, a merger with any of the other carriers would be a deal breaker.

    • Isaiah

      I doubt Dish Network is going to buy T Mobile USA. They are more than likely are going to sell the spectrum they have before the government takes away their spectrum for not meeting build requirements.

    • Acdc1a

      A dish sale if properly managed afterwards could be a real win for everyone involved. Unfortunately I don’t have the faith in executives at Dish to keep this train moving.

    • John Wentworth

      Why would just jump right away? ride out the good deal until they screw it up at least.
      Cablevision was sold to Altice, my ISP and I have a good deal 50/25 internet only for $55, even though the rumors are the altice will not be good for customers.
      I’ll stick with the good deal until they raise my prices or the connection becomes unreliable or too slow.

      I’ve got a similair good deal on T-mobile 2 unlimited lines for $100
      If they are sold I’ll do the exact same thing I’m doing with my cablevision internet.

      • kbiel

        Project Fi is almost as good a deal and I prefer to make my preference known to Comcast. The only they will know that they are a consumer hostile corporation is if consumers leave. Like a dog, you have to make the events (acquisition and loss of customers) close enough in time for them to make the connection. It probably won’t make a difference for as long as they have government to help them monopolize various markets, but it will make me feel better to know that I am not contributing to their bottom line.

        • John Wentworth

          Eh, I guess I’m just more of a pragmatist and realist.
          Project Fi isn’t as good of a deal for me as I use a lot of data, and your money would still eventually end up at Comcast anyway as Project Fi uses T-mobile, so a good portion of it would arrive at Comcast as mvno fees.

          The vast majority will stay until it causes a problem, some comcast or whoever isn’t going to notice or care about a few users leaving after a M&A.

          But if it makes your feel better more power to you :)

      • maximus1901

        my parents have 75/10 on comcast for $45 including taxes.

  • Isaiah

    If the democrats hold the office of the president then I do not see any mergers getting approved with T Mobile USA since they are making a profit and have brought the kind of competition that the FCC wanted in the wireless market. It seems that Deutsche Telekom is hoping the GOP will win the office of the president so they can sell T Mobile to Sprint, AT&T, and or Verizon. Since the GOP are bought and paid for. Now if Sprint’s financials get worse or they file bankruptcy then I could possibly see the FCC allowing T Mobile USA to buy Sprint with strict and enforceable condition’s on that kind of a merger.

    • Acdc1a

      If you think the Democrats are not bought and paid for I have some land to sell you.

      • Isaiah

        The Democrats have said no to an AT&T T Mobile merger and they have said no to a Time Warner Cable Comcast Merger. If the GOP was in charge both of those transactions would have been approved once the money hit their bank accounts.

        • ThatsMrtoyou

          LoL, the Democrats hate people… Look how they use black people for political gain

        • emcdonald75

          As a Black man, I don’t feel used by the Democrats, I feel they are my only alternative, until a viable third party arises, because the Republicans have gone completely insane. All I hear is racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism from the Republican camp. I miss the days of moderate Republicans, at least then you could have a decent conversation, whether if you agreed with the content of the conversation or not. Ted Cruz went to a religious event that called for the federal government to round up and execute gay people in this country. Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims and he calls women fat pigs. Marco Rubio is afraid of immigration, even though he and the rest of us in America are the products of immigration. Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are screaming at each other about putting on make-up back stage and peeing in their pants. John Kasich was the only person that at least talked about the issues without demeaning someone because Ben Carson didn’t talk much at all, except about fruit salads. I don’t know what has happened on that side of the political isle. So don’t say Black people are being used. If anything, poor whites and middle-class persons of all demographics are being used by Republicans. Democrats didn’t challenge the Voting Rights Act, Republicans did. Democrats don’t have strong ties with White Supremacists and the modern-day Confederacy, Republicans do. Black people are not stupid. We are watching and voting our best interests. We only fail in one aspect. We fail to hold our elected officials accountable.

        • WiseArse

          You are full of crap.

        • maximus1901

          if you have proof of bribery, then air it.

        • maximus1901

          Corrupted in a diff way. Doesn’t make one party’s corruption any bette.

    • k

      It wouldn’t make sense for Sprint to buy TMUS if Sprint were bankrupt. Where’s the money? Softbank CEO has deep pockets, but not for the price that DT would sell TMO at, especially in a LBO. Recall also, TMUS OWES money to DT. So not only would TMO be bought out at a certain price, but they’d be paying DT for some debt.

      • Isaiah

        I made a typo and corrected the mistake. I was saying I could see T Moblile USA being allowed to buy Sprint if they keep on bleeding money and have to file bankruptcy.

        • k

          That I could see, but still no upside from DT in that transaction

        • Isaiah

          Deutsche Telekom maybe SOL considering the FCC is not going to allow any more consolidation of the wireless market.

    • taxandspend

      Since the GOP are bought and paid for.

      Hypocrisy to the highest degree.

      Hillary for example.

      • Isaiah

        The GOP is owned by the Koch Brothers except Donald Trump. You can disagree with me all you want. But the GOP does not care about the people who voted them in. All they care about is what they need to do to keep the special interests money, even if it hurts America and the people who voted them in.

        • taxandspend

          You are blind as a bat if you believe the democrats aren’t looking out for themselves only.

        • Isaiah

          To a degree they do but they have not sold out the middle class or approved mergers that would have created a huge monopoly that would have hurt the American people. Lets not forget about health care reform which stopped insurance companies from dropping you when you got sick, claiming pre existing conditions, and or the lifetime coverage cap. Lets not forget about the people who now have health insurance. The GOP has offered no alternatives but to go back to the old system which hurt the middle class. Lets not forget the insurance lobby who was using the GOP and some Democratic members to derail healthcare reform.

        • RLB63

          Sorry, but ObamaCare has destroyed healthcare.I lost company healthcare. They made it so no one gets over 29 hours regularly. The healthcare requirements are just to too expensive. My mom’s retirement secondary healthcare was destroyed by ObamaCare. Recent poll only 15% of people think they have better care. Probably the illegals that the government subsidizes.

          Where I work the cost is so bad for the subsidizes plans if you need it, it’s better to just be unemployed because the cost is so high.

        • Isaiah

          Your company choose not to pay for health care not Obama. I would rather pay more for health care than go back to the old insurance system where you actually had death panels your insurance company when they decide not to pay anymore.

        • taxandspend

          old insurance system where you actually had death panels

          Either it was covered or it was not. There were no death panels.

        • Isaiah

          I can see we are not going to agree so why don’t we both get back on topic.

        • maximus1901

          “i’m losing. let’s stop talking”

        • emcdonald75

          Insurance companies have destroyed healthcare. President Obama did not do anything but signed a bill into law from Congress that removed lifetime limits, made preexisting conditions a thing of the past, and allowed children to stay on their parent’s health plan to the age of 26. Also, it expanded Medicaid (But the Supreme Court gave states an option to decline) and allowed a marketplace for people to buy different insurances within their state and across state lines, with a subsidy for assistance. Obamacare was too much of a conservative plan (American Heritage Foundation plan) without the cost controls. There should have been a public option in place to help control costs (high deductibles and monthly premiums). What incentives do insurance companies have to actually engage in competition? If Insurance company A charges $99 and insurance B charges $103, does it matter which one I choose; I’m still paying roughly the same. Or we could implement a single-payer healthcare system, like most other countries. just a thought. It is not illegals (which is a stupid term to use against a population of people, should I call corporations illegals since they hire said population) that’s the problem, it is Congress. There are so many problems in healthcare that can be fixed if Congress made meaningful changes to the healthcare law, but we have a political party refusing to do anything but engage in smear and fear politics.

        • taxandspend

          President Obama did not do anything but signed a bill into law from Congress that removed lifetime limits, made preexisting conditions a thing of the past, and allowed children to stay on their parent’s health plan to the age of 26. Also, it expanded Medicaid

          You conveniently left out the part that makes it offensive to so many people. The part about how you get fined if you don’t buy it.

        • emcdonald75

          You’re right. I apologize, but that was also part of the Republican idea for the healthcare marketplace. I do not like it, but I understand it. The hope was that as more people get on board, a larger pool is created to help minimize and offset costs with younger people (who are more healthy) and others joining to pay into the system, but not necessarily use the services as frequently and with much intensity as your sicker and more elderly persons. The fee was an incentive to push people to get insurance and join the marketplace. You could always keep your employer insurance or Medicaid was an option for poor persons, except Republican governors blocked the expansion of Medicaid for many states (I believe, 19 states). Remember the expansion was for adults not children because CHIP and Medicaid already covered children. Adults are only applicable for Medicaid if they are aged in, blind, deaf or have some form of disability, which is Medicare, or Medicare/Medicaid for dual eligible adult persons.

        • taxandspend

          that was also part of the Republican idea

          Not one republican supported this. Nor did most Americans. This is all on the democrats.

          The fee

          It’s not a fee. It’s a fine.

          This is known as the Affordable Care Act. Do you see the irony in the name? It does absolutely nothing about affordability, competition, etc.

        • emcdonald75

          You mean Republicans didn’t support the fee and the healthcare law after President Obama announced his support for it. Once again, in Congress you have to garner support, by obtaining votes. Everything that would have made the healthcare law more affordable and competitive was removed because of lobbyists sent by the insurance companies to remove/input language that would give them more profits without offering substantially better health coverage. Republicans and Democrats would only give their support based on certain riders and language placed in the bill, which was based on what their particular interest group wanted. Republicans could have helped to make the law more affordable and competitive but chose to do the opposite, which is why we, the American people, lost some very valuable provisions that ensured affordability. And to this day, we still have not heard what the Republican plan would be. Rep. Allan Grayson said it was “Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” I don’t know what is. It started out as repeal and replace, and now just repeal. Nothing else. Without a replacement, the old system goes back into effect, which is something that we can all agree was awful and harmful.

        • taxandspend

          Republicans could have helped to make the law more affordable and competitive but chose to do the opposite, which is why we, the American people, lost some very valuable provisions that ensured affordability.

          If that were true, then you just admitted that democrats passed a law that was bad. Was getting something done so important that they’d sell us out? Looks like the answer is yes.

          Your point is invalid anyway. The bill was passed without any republican support.

        • emcdonald75

          No. You read into that statement what you wanted. this bill passed with no Republican support but the founding ideals of the bill were conservative/Republican-based. The healthcare law was a great move to start to improve healthcare coverage in this country, but it should not be the last move. To just say we shouldn’t do anything is nonstarter. You cannot blame Democrats because Republicans refuse to do anything to help the American people have better access to healthcare services and more affordable healthcare coverage. Remember Democrats wanted a single-payer system, the ACA was the compromise. My point is indeed valid.

        • taxandspend

          this bill passed with no Republican support but the founding ideals of the bill were conservative/Republican-based

          Let me read into your statement again then. You’re saying that despite all the valiant efforts of democrats in congress to placate republicans to gain their support, when they didn’t get it, they let the bill pass after it was stripped of all the goodies they wanted. Are you really naive? The reason there was no republican support is because there was virtually nothing in there that was supportable. democrats did not help at all.

        • emcdonald75

          Yes. When the President announced his support for the healthcare law, Republicans ran away from it. Similar to how Marco Rubio ran away from his own immigration bill once the President announced support for it. Anything the President supports becomes toxic to the conservative base, so their elected officials have to denounce it. Ask your Conservative elected officials in Congress. The one funny joke made on Capitol Hill by Republicans is “I have to prove to my colleagues in Congress that I’m not crazy, but go home and prove to my constituents that I am.” That was actually told by several Republican congressmen, not me. All Congress lawmakers say that there was a time when you could at least talk to each other because each congressman/congresswoman knew each others’ families and shared similar interests no matter what side of the political isle a person was on. Because of all of this obstruction from the Republican party, the climate has changed for the worse. If you don’t agree with something, that’s fine but come up with your own ideas, then meet and compromise. Now, it is my way or no way, whether if the government functions or not. This has been madness to say the least.

        • taxandspend

          When the President announced his support for the healthcare law, Republicans ran away from it.

          You’re delusional if you believe that the republicans liked the bill until obama said he supported it.

          Because of all of this obstruction from the Republican party

          democrats don’t roll over and support bills they don’t like either. “my way or no way” is the president’s middle name. he won’t compromise at all. he says he’d like to compromise, and in the next sentence starts saying what he won’t do. he kept republicans out of meetings.

          if it’s madness, leadership comes from the top. he should try compromising and set an example.

        • emcdonald75

          You’re crazy if you don’t think the President has tried to compromise on practically everything. His middle name has been, “if you have any ideas that can help elevate the American people or any ideas that can help on a whole host of issues, bring it forth so it can be debated.” It has been to the point that Democrats have criticized him for so much outreach to Republicans, even though the Republicans have called him everything in the book and they have obstructed him on nearly everything. See the problem you and many conservatives have, is that during this entire administration, you all have been living in a fantasy world, because the Conservative media has created a weird version of President Obama that you all despise, but it does not represent the real President Obama. If we were living in a country where the Media actually provided journalism based on facts instead of outlandish opinions, the majority of Americans would actually have a clearer understanding of the country and the problems within it. So leadership from Senator McConnell is, during 24 hours of Justice Scalia’s death, “we refuse to hold a hearing on anyone President Obama nominates.” That’s leadership? Or when McConnell said that our primary job is to make the President a one term president is leadership? But McConnell was ready to give the President sweeping unlimited war authority, that was fine for a man that doesn’t trust the President? It’s all politics. There comes a time when we have to stop making things up and rely on facts. James Lowell wrote it best, “Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.” President Obama does well because God stands watch over all of the racism, obstruction and everything else that is thrown his way. That’s why all of that nonsense doesn’t work against the President, and things still progress forward even with conservative blockades. The Universe or whatever you want to call the Great Spirit doesn’t like ugly and for the most part, the American people do not like it either because the President won by a huge 5 million vote margin, even after all he withstood prior to 2012.

        • maximus1901

          Dems are lazy that’s why they don’t vote in midterms. If people supported obama guess what: they wouldn’t have given the republicans the house in 2010, 2012, 2014

        • maximus1901

          pelosi said we have to pass it before we can read it.
          that’s the mentality that the authors adopted.
          law’s not working out? maybe shouldn’t have been passed with dem-only votes.

        • emcdonald75

          Still waiting to see the Republican plan so it can be discussed for a vote.

        • taxandspend

          have not sold out the middle class

          When this administration is finished, it will have added 10 trillion dollars to our debt. If you are middle class, ie. pay income tax, then this means that you and every tax paying member of your family will have each incurred $65,000 of additional debt. A clearer illustration of selling out the middle class cannot be made.

          Superdelegates – are you familiar with those? Democrat voters are being disenfranchised with this and their vote is being replaced by the democratic establishment.

          So as far as democrats not having sold out the middle class, dream on for that hope and change.

        • Isaiah

          I can see we are not going to agree on this subject so why don’t we both get back on topic.

        • taxandspend

          The topic was skewered when you made your inflammatory remark. If you kept those things to yourself, we wouldn’t be here.

        • Isaiah

          That is your opinion on the situation not mine. So I think it is best we both get back on topic.

        • taxandspend

          When you make a statement that’s going to offend approx half of the readers, that’s what happens.

        • Isaiah

          If that offends you I suggest you do not read or post comments online if you are so easily offended by people who do not agree with you 100% of the time.

        • taxandspend

          Or you could stick to the topic.

        • Isaiah

          I will say this one more time. I am not going to debate this with you. If you can not handle this like an adult I will. Lets get back on topic since we are obviously are not going to agree here. I have a right to my opinion rather you like it or not. This is my last reply to you. If you still can’t handle the situation like an adult feel free to continue to comment.

        • taxandspend

          Good because your trolling was annoying. Stick to T-Mobile and related topics here.

        • maximus1901

          Just report him.

        • maximus1901

          then why the hell did you start this?

        • Isaiah

          I stated my opinion you disagreed with it. I decided to end it due to the fact we are not going to agree and I am not going to spend all day arguing back and forth with you. That is why I made the statement about going back on topic since we booth veered off topic since it is about DT waiting to after the auction to look for a buyer for T Mobile. This will be my last response to you and this subject is over far as I am concerned. I am not going to waste any more of my time responding to you.

        • emcdonald75

          You do realize that some of that 10 trillion dollars came from the previous administration, just hidden from the books, right? Democrats failed themselves for giving up Congress during the midterms. Congress has blocked nearly everything the President has wanted to accomplish; now, the budget is being contested as well as a Supreme Court nomination hearing. I am familiar with Super-delegates, but that has been the democratic system since the 80’s now. Republicans have super-delegates as well but the difference is that Democratic super-delegates get to pledge their votes to any candidate and Republican super-delegates go to the candidate that won the state. If Democrats sold out the middle class, then Republicans have thrown the baby out with the bath water. Do you hear the homophobic, xenophobic, and racism coming from the party and presidential candidates? Democrats must hold elected officials accountable, Republicans are accountable to only the 1%. If it wasn’t for the 1960’s social policies of the Republican Party, they might could win more people over with their message of financial conservatism. I would be one willing to listen to it. and I have been a Democrat my entire life. But you cannot ask me to vote with my pocketbook in mind and forget my cultural and personal identities first.

        • taxandspend

          You do realize that some of that 10 trillion dollars came from the previous administration

          Actually tarp was paid back with interest, making this adminstration look better than it actually is.

          And that war you guys like to bring up as an excuse. The eight prior years of that cost 1/2 of any of this guys first 3 deficits.

          I have been a Democrat my entire life

          I would have never guessed that.

        • maximus1901

          The GOP, however, has decided to establish fewer superdelegates than the Democrats. In the Republican Party, the only people who get superdelegate status are the three members of each state’s national party. This means that in the GOP, superdelegates are only about 7 percent of the total number of delegates.

          The more important distinction, though, is that Republican superdelegates do not have the freedom to vote for whichever candidate they please. The national Republican Party ruled in 2015 that their superdelegates must vote for the candidate that their state voted for, and that’s the biggest difference between Republican and Democratic superdelegates.

        • emcdonald75

          That’s true, but let’s see what the Republicans will do with Donald Trump sweeping the delegates. Are they going to contest his nomination at the convention? He is winning the majority of the delegates, but strangely only to national politicians have announced support (Chris Christie, a known bully, and Jeff Sessions, a known racist).

        • TMOTECH

          For the moment let’s assume that you are correct. That being said, the DNC is owned by Warren Buffet and George Soros. Both left wing billionaires that donate millions to Democrats. Both men have made their billions by crashing currencies and hijacking government projects. So even if the Koch brothers are steering the GOP the DNC is no better.
          And don’t fool yourself about Trump. He is more crooked than any of them and has admitted so.

        • maximus1901

          and open borders benefits SOOOOO many americans.

        • Mike Palomba

          That is not true, open borders hurt Americans

        • emcdonald75

          I disagree. Insecure borders, not open borders, and the corporations that hire undocumented immigrants for cheap labor hurt America.

        • Mike Palomba

          Yes, that’s exactly what I wanted to say, I did not choose the right words

        • emcdonald75

          Then, we are in agreement. :-)

        • maximus1901

          I’ll give you that. It’s why trump is winning in primaries.

    • Trevnerdio

      Both parties are bought and paid for.

      • Isaiah

        Both parties get corporate interests, but I look at their history in office. It does not take long to figure out which party benefits the public interest.

        • Trevnerdio

          The Libertarian Party?

  • k

    There maybe another play left with either Comcast or DISH. Both, however, need to have deep pockets.
    That said, I could also see DT selling incrementally on the open market, their shares to be able to get some money back. I could then see a VC outfit buying TMUS.

    • Isaiah

      I do not see many plays left, Dish Network has no intensest in buying or starting a wireless company. I do not see Comcast buying T Mobile due to the regulatory environment. So a foreign buyer would be the only solution for Deutsche Telekom if they want to sell.

      • maximus1901

        huh? it’d be perfect if comcast buys tmo as it would guarantee 4 national wireless cos.

        • Isaiah

          So Comcast can restore the oligopoly that John Legere ended with uncarrier which forced the wireless carriers to compete for customers. Not to mention I could see Comcast ending the upgrades and maybe evening selling the low band spectrum. Since Comcast does not generally serve rural areas. Comcast would make it profit one way or another at the customers expense.

        • maximus1901

          comcast wireline competes with zero, sometimes one, almost never two and never more than two companies.

          how many competitors would comcast+tmo have? 3. everywhere. forever. see the difference?

          comcast may try to do what you’re saying . . . then they’d lose bunch of customers . . . then they’d reverse.

          how exactly would comcast restore the oligopoly, by raising prices? then we’d all go to vzw and get vzw coverage if we’re gonna be paying verizon prices.

          you and others are too rabidly hateful of comcast to objectively look at the effect of comcast buying tmobile.
          grow up. it’s about money. if being nice to customers is necessary for comcast wireless to make money, then they’ll do that.

          but you can’t extrapolate their behavior in wireline where there’s no competition to wireless. unless you’re a child of course.

        • Isaiah

          Comcast would more than likely bundle in T Mobile service with their cable packages. Not to mention other cable companies could pay Comcast so they can bundle in T Mobile in their packages as well. Since Comcast does not serve rural areas they have no interest in spending their money to bring their presence in rural areas even if it is wireless only. Comcast would bring back the old pricing system where AT&T, T Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint would match their prices and services so that you are basically paying the same no matter who you go to. That is an oligopoly. Considering Comcast is already using their current power anti competitively I expect they would run T Mobile the same way.

        • maximus1901

          Why woul att and vzw match TMO pricing? They have a better network. If TMO-comcast raised prices to match att zw then everyone will leave TMO. I’ve already said this.

          Comcast can’t raise prices without consequences. In wireline it has no competitors so no consequences. You are for some reason unable to see this logic.

  • lion7718

    I’ve been with T-Mobile for almost 15 years, they get sold…I’m going to Project Fi.

    • TechHog

      … which runs on T-Mobile’s (and Sprint’s) network.

      • lion7718

        Yes, but I won’t be paying Verizon, AT&T or whoever buys them & raises the plan prices.

        • TechHog

          First of all, it definitely won’t be Verizon or AT&T, since everyone knows that it would get blocked by the FCC. Second, of course you’d be paying for whoever buys them! Do you think MVNOs operate for free? Finally, there’s no garuntee that they’d raise prices, since that would hurt T-Mobile’s growth and could cost them money in the end. It would make sense to wait and see if anything changes before switching.

      • 9to5Slavery

        his emotions got hurt. can not think logical. he wasn’t ready.

    • WeWillSee

      I have 2 phones on fi as well as my plan with T-Mobile. I have a great grandfathered plan but if they sell I can see me moving away. Fi runs on t-mobile so I don’t know how that would work. ;) Ive been with t-mobile 13 years.

    • Mad Llama

      Hopefully they get sold to Google. I’m hoping they surprise everyone and grab T-Mobile.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    I don’t think DT is selling T Mobile anytime soon, given the momentum the company has going for now. I am really hoping they fill the holes with the 600 MHz spectrum. I am talking about places where they have no coverage at all.

    • Joe

      They better fill in the Black hole called West Virginia.

      • Acdc1a

        They’ve got Huntington…not sure how much if any other spectrum they hold there.

      • kgraham182

        West Virginia will always be a black hole. Sugar Grove Naval Station is located there, and it handles all communication coming from the east coast as well as from outer space. The area around Sugar Grove is called the United States National Radio Quiet Zone, only low powered transmitter are allowed. When I was in WV, AT&T worked perfectly through out the state. It probably would be cheaper for T-Mobile to roam off AT&T than build towers with a low range/power in a rural state. Low range = more towers and more money for a less result/population

        • Joe

          Well with 600 mhz I’m sure they could at least cover the main freeways so that people can travel through WV and have good service not just crap ATT roaming.

        • Isaiah

          I wonder why they did not place that facility in the middle of the dessert so that way it does not effect as many people.

        • kgraham182

          WV is like a desert, lol. But if want to protect the east coast from international threats and aliens you kind of have to have an communication center on the east coast.

        • 9to5Slavery

          WV isn’t a desert. It’s for smurf people.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          All tmobile would have to do is use the same towers lol not hold new ones. How you think they are deploying in the Dakota’s

        • maximus1901

          Irrelevant. They’re not onna build in West Virginia. They don’t have low band there which other 3 carriers have. It’s pointless.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          If they have the spectrum they will. Which they are in the process of fighting ATT in court over low band in WV

    • maximus1901

      how much money does TMUS return to its shareholders quarterly? Zero.
      how much money does ATT return to its shareholders quarterly? ~$3bil.
      you’re clueless if you believe DT wants to have so much of its capital locked up with no return.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Why are you comparing Tmobile with ATT, ATT has cable, Internet, and just bought Direct TV….. ATT makes way more… tmobile just provides Wireless coverage

  • Android_God

    I bet John can’t wait until it sells so he can deploy his golden parachute

    • RLB63

      I think he truly enjoys running the company. He seems to live and breath T-Mobile magenta.

      • maximus1901

        It’s an act. Look at youtube videos when he was CEO of global crossings. John’s suit is pink but he’s still a suit. He’s not beholden to anyone but his bosses who are DT shareholders.

        • Isaiah

          I disagree to a point. He has ended data overages, allowing videos and music streaming not to count against your cap as long as the provider works with T Mobile to get added to the list at no charge. They have invested money in their network and are expanding coverage by using low band spectrum. If that is acting I will take that any day of the week considering all the nice perks I get.

    • Isaiah

      You have to remember John Legere is not your typical CEO. You probably could make the argument that he could be considered the Steve Jobs of Wireless. He has managed to resurect a dying mobile company who was worse than Sprint. It was considered a lost cause a brand expected to die out. He has transformed the company where it is making a profit, record growth, and money being invested in the network. He even wants to put T Mobile in a postion so he can take AT&T and Verizon’s Number 1 and 2 Spot. Their is a lot of work that T Mobile needs to do to accomplish that but look how far they have come. That is probably why DT wants to sell due to the fact they are going to have to densify their network in rural areas that have 700mhz and 600mhz coverage in order to take the number 1 and 2 spot.

      • Drewski

        I’m sorry to break it to you like this Brother, but T-Mobile is not planning on being bought by anyone nor will DT allow anyone to buy T-Mobile in the near future. Trust me, T-Mobile is going to remain as is now.

        • Isaiah

          Stop trolling! I did not say that T Mobile was going to being sold I was stating a reason why DT wants to sell T Mobile USA.

        • Drewski

          Whose trolling? Then stop saying that DT is wanting to sell T-Mobile? And All I was saying to you that so sorry to break it to you, but T-Mobile is not going anywhere. Why the attitude and anger for there Brother? Stop assuming that I was angry with you in all of this. T-Mobile will not be sold to anyone now. At least say right back to that part I can agree on. You also could have said to me: Lets hope it remain as is insteading of talking about me trolling. Another thing you could have said was: DT might talk about selling T-Mobile in the near future, but at the end T-Mobile will end up remaining as is. Now stop with your assumptions and attitude there Buddy. Goodbye now.

  • YABD

    Nobody want to pay a dime for a spotty wireless company underdeveloped.

    • Interested Suitors

      Who is No-Body? It is apparent that T-mobile had interested suitors in the past, as well as, now. Personally, I hope T-mobile is not sold to Comcast…

      • Isaiah

        Their is a couple of problems scaring buyers away from buying T Mobile USA. The first issue is the FCC more than likely is not going to approve any deal as long as they are making a profit and continuing to bring competition to the US wireless market. The second issue is that DT is going to want a lot of money in order to sell T Mobile USA since it is a valued product and brand. Third issue is the money that will be required to continue to improve T Mobile USA network in order to stay competitive with AT&T and Verizon. Fourth issue is the quality of customers T Mobile attracts. Meaning too many customers with bad credit. Meaning a high number of people defaulting on EIP or monthly payments. I believe that was briefly mentioned in their fourth quarter results.

        • Interested Suitor…

          Impressive response, thank you!

    • Willie D

      Must be talking about Sprint.

      • YABD

        Sorry we are in a tmobile forum.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Spotty sometimes vs Unusable sometimes

    • Fabian Cortez

      Funny you should day that as AT&T was willing to pay a then unheard of $39 billion for a less-developed T-Mobile with less AWS, no lowband, and no LTE.

      • maximus1901

        That was to take out a competitor not bc TMO was so good.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Their mid-band was good.

        • Fabian Cortez

          That’s a lot of money to take out a competitor that was not “so good.”

        • maximus1901

          doesn’t matter. if att had raised prices a lot before taking out tmo then tmo could’ve raised prices a little or not at all, invest in network and attract enough subscribers to hurt att.

        • Fabian Cortez

          I’m not so sure what that has to do with the fact that AT&T was willing to pay top dollar for a “spotty wireless company underdeveloped” nearly 5 years ago.

          Also, your if statement is rather silly. The other three wireless carriers’ prices were already higher than T-Mobile’s. There was no need for T-Mobile to raise prices when they were still making money with what they already offered. To “hurt att” is to do what they’re doing right now: expand their native network and be more consumer friendly than the others.

    • E.J.

      LOL how T-Mobile has acquired more customers than ATT and Verizon for 8 straight quarters. Funny how people from Sprint, ATT and Verizon troll this site so hard to say nonsense since they are all scared how T-Mobile was a few years ago to what it is now.

      • dave73

        I used to only like Verizon, because of the coverage for where I traveled. T-Mobile used to have poor coverage in my immediate area, & was non-existent in most of rural America. The only reason I even gave T-Mobile a try in 2014, was because I’m on Verizon prepaid, & at the time, they were refusing to offer 4G LTE to prepaid customers. So I signed up for the #30 5GB plan with unlimited text & 100 minutes of talk time. My first phone turned out to be a 3G phone, rather than a 4G LTE phone, but it was faster than Verizon’s 3G service. I practically needed a smartphone in oder to take advantage of certain offers from local & national stores & restaurants. Verizon eventually started offering 4G LTE to prepaid, & I found their coverage to be as bad as the old T-Mobile service. I then upgraded my T-Mobile to a 4G LTE phone, & saw major improvement in coverage, that between their 3G & 4G LTE, that T-Mobile chose to build out almost all LTE only towers and add GSM on some towers for those with basic phones. I was surprised that for rural towns like Hebron & Demotte Indiana, those towns used to have no coverage for T-Mobile, & now, T-Mobile built out in Band 2 (PCS band), since they skipped 3G in those areas, & T-Mobile’s coverage blows away Verizon. With Demotte Indiana, when I last traveled there in July 2015 (might have changed since then), only Verizon didn’t have 4G LTE coverage, & T-Mobile blew Verizon away on coverage. I don’t know what T-Mobile did to optimize the PCS band in those 2 rural towns, but at least outdoors, T-Mobile worked perfectly (worked great indoors in downtown Hebron Indiana), while Verizon barely worked outdoors. In Demotte, T-Mobile had excellent 4G LTE coverage, while Verizon’s 3G coverage sucked, because Verizon uses band 2 (PCS) for 3G in my area, & 3G was poorly built out. For where Verizon built out 4G LTE, it’s poorly spaced out, that I have at times dropped data connections, when the 4G LTE signal is weak, & might revert to 3G, or no service. While there are still a couple of areas where T-Mobile still doesn’t work, I’m taking my chances, because I can’t be on Verizon with a poor 4G LTE network, & that they refuse to let a long time prepaid customer upgrade to their new plans (they’re only offering the new plans to new customers, while existing customers are stuck with older plans). I am a firm believer that T-Mobile has improved dramatically. I’ve been told that even AT&T (at least local to me around Gary Indiana) has better 4G LTE coverage than Verizon.

    • AS118

      To be honest, that doesn’t really apply to T-mobile anymore. Sprint? Yes, but T-mobile’s really improved.

      They’re not #4 now for a reason. It’s far from the days when they were only the value option and were the worst at coverage.

  • Hamster

    “The US government has opposed sales to AT&T and Sprint in the past, so a sale to another US carrier seems unlikely.”

    Keep in mind there will be a new US administration in place next year that may or may not come to the same judgments on mergers.

    • Isaiah

      An AT&T or Sprint deal would more than likely be approved under a GOP administration than a Democratic administration. Could it still be denied in a GOP administration possibly but highly doubt it.

      • Hector Arteaga

        If Donald is president, he will just nationilze it lol.

        • Isaiah

          If he does that. lol. The question is who will own it all Verizon or AT&T?

      • Durandal_1707

        That’s only a possibility if you really think Trump has a chance in a general election.

  • Bryck

    Since the company is making a profit and attracting customers, the only way I see DT selling is If someone is willing to over pay.

    • maximus1901

      Att pays out $3bil per quarter to investors meaning AFTER it pays for network upgrades, it has that much money left.
      TMO made like $300mil last quarter? Lol.

  • Anon

    CoBranding –

    Kinkos / Fedex
    Mailboxes Ect / UPS

    so now,

    AT&T / DirectTV
    T-Mobile / Dish -or- Comcast

    Its going to happen………………….

    • Drewski

      Nope it will not. Trust me. T-Mobile will remain as is.

    • AS118

      I hope Dish does it if anybody, Comcast is the devil.

  • guest

    i hope its Comcast

    • Drewski

      Screw Comcast Bro. I hate Comcast. T-Mobile needs to stay as is. Please please please do not sell T-Mobile US. Thank you.

    • lomsha

      Hell no

  • mikeZo6

    better hope it stays Tmo cause anybody else will get rid of CEO and bring their own in and everything about tmo will change

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      No no no.

      There are stupid companies out there but the likelihood that they would take something successful and tear down everything about it (for what logical reasoning commenters on here won’t say) is just not going to happen. They will use their own strengths to supercharge what’s working

  • YABD

    1 hour ago I went to the tmobile store to pay off my phone because I am leaving tmo and the store was empty only me, on the other hand verizon store few stores down, was packed full of customers. Why? Because tmobile is the spotty network.

    • Thomas

      And yesterday i went to a verizon store because im leaving them for tmobile and it was only me and yet the tmo store in front was packed and i also said why. Ain’t that something ah.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      It’s packed because customers are switching and hate the prices smh

    • James B

      Verizon stores are always packed because of customers wondering why their bill is so high. Or why their phone doesn’t work. And they won’t even let you buy the simplest thing without being checked in and waiting for a sales associate. I hate going into a VZW store.

  • Sushimane

    Maybe they would let tmobile be it’s own company but of course pay dt for the tmobile name?

  • nukejello

    Dropping Tmob if it gets bought by Comcast

  • Phil

    If they sell T Mobile to Comcast; guess I’ll give Google project Fi or whatever a chance.

    • maximus1901

      Meaning you’ll be on sprint and TMO but paying $10/GB.
      Excellent trade off

      • 9to5Slavery

        his emotions got hurt. can not think logical. he wasn’t ready.

        • Chrsytt8

          What about Apple buying TMO?

        • 9to5Slavery

          it wouldn’t be favorable because all the androidgeeks would petition against that. and the applesheeps wouldn’t care.

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      So you’ll give Comcast money anyway but through a third party?

      You sure will show them!

  • Philip

    I hate to see Tmobile go. I love this company along with Southwest with 2 free check in lug.

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      No one ever said they’re going anywhere.

      Just because there’s a merger doesn’t mean T-Mobile is gone. You can only come to that conclusion if you have no understanding of the current market.

  • Philip

    Is DT milking and building Tmo for fun and then sell it? Why would you want to sell a golden goose that lay big eggs for you?

    • Drewski

      T-Mobile isnt going anywhere. So no worries Bro. T-Mobile will remain as is.

    • maximus1901

      How much dividends has DT received since TMUS was formed in metro merger? ZEEEERRRRROOOOOO

      So what golden eggs?

      • Ascertion

        TMUS stock has increased 116% since the beginning of 2013. AT&T’s stock has increased a whopping 6.1% since the beginning of 2013. I think it’s safe to say that an investment with T-Mobile has been better in the last few years.

  • NexusFan

    It better not be Comcast. I don’t like other carriers, but I absolutely hate Comcast and will switch immediately if the end up the parent company.

  • FILA

    If anyone, sell to Google

    • 9to5Slavery

      Google would discontinue T-Mobile in 1 year. Or name it Google+ or Soup, for Alphabet Soup. Or something weird like, tart or tutti fruity.

      • Isaiah

        Google would be a better solution than Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and or Sprint. I could see google continuing the successful uncarrier and maybe the CEO depends on what they want done with it if they bought T Mobile.

        • 9to5Slavery

          They would incorporate google ads into tmobile calling.

      • Alphabet Soup

        LOL, LOL…too funny!

      • Gaius_Baltar4

        Yep. It has to be one of the top most irrational desires for Tmo fans to ever express.

        Look how great Google buying Motorola turned out?

  • gadget_hero

    I doubt it, DISH is FUBAR with all that spectrum it will miss significant buildout targets, I don’t think Comcast will lay that kind of cash out as they are being all out assaulted by Google Fiber (every time Comcast has to lower prices even before Google really gets up an running is an issue for Comcast). Plus who knows if Charter will be allowed to buy TWC and BrightHouse (I am hoping the deal is blocked). It would be great if the FCC opened up cable franchising and allowed all HFC providers in all markets.

    • Isaiah

      I look for Dish Network to either lease or sell that spectrum in the coming months so they do not lose the money they paid for all that spectrum. My guess is that T Mobile will either buy or lease that spectrum assuming if Dish Network does not want outrageous money for it.

  • A|E

    in 2011 T-Mobile got billion dollars from AT&T failed acquisition. Since then T-Mobile has start the uncarrier..

  • Tory

    I’d really like to see Vodafone buy T-Mobile US

    • disqus_2iYl5CFioz

      That would suck

  • Botiemaster

    I don’t think it’s necessarily a terrible thing if someone like comcast bought Tmo. You’d have to be a massively large fool to drop billions of dollars on acquiring Tmo then turn around and try to turn it back into a status quo carrier. All you would do is lose all the customers Tmo worked to gain back to ATT or Verizon because they rather be raped by those two than tmo-CC and it’s lesser able service. Right now you stick with tmo for it’s all around better pricing deals and services with the tradeoff of not so great coverage. That’s changing with the rollout of better coverage for tmo but still, it is etched in the customers mind that Verizon is #1 coverage with ATT a close #2. No amount of years or tv ads is going to change that perception.

    So yeah. BUT….men in suits are not always the brightest bunch. I get it. It takes risk to make a shit billion dollars. But you’d have to be a real special moron to think the path to billions is buying Tmobile and then spring cleaning it with Verizon and ATT right there, ready and willing to help put an end to Tmo’s uncarrier campaign. If you’re going to buy Tmo, you better be prepared to purchase it and leave it untouched, sit back in your $5000 exec chair and collect your paycheck from JL’s uncarrier exploits. Those big profits are around the corner for the tmo owner who has the patience to wait.

  • mallard1967

    John T-Mobile president takes time out to answer questions from average folks email him he responded back within a day and even had fellow customer service management call me back how many big shots do that for a average working person. Not many thank you Mr John now only wish Mr John could extend coverage to my area freedom ny 14065 would sigh up and leave greedy verizon behind. In a heart beat and.with Verizon and AT&T only cell providers in are area folks have no choice but to stay with either greedy provider but if t-mobile could just add a few extra towers to extend coverage lots of unhappy verizon and AT&T customers would join T-Mobile happy family in a heartbeat maybe Mr John T-Mobile president can look into doing this maybe not

  • vinnyjr

    Would like to see John Legere put together some private investors and buy T-Mobile from DT. Every year no matter how great T-Mobile has done those SOB’s are looking to sell out. T-Mobile & John Legere has turned this Carrier around and the future has never been brighter. John Legere may just surprise everyone.

    • gpt2010

      In a perfect world that would be a great option. I liked how Verizon bought back whatever amount Vodafone owned in shares. It gave Verizon the ability to do more without having Vodafone involved. I just can’t see TMO doing the same thing especially with the auction just around the corner. Who knows what DT will ask for TMO after the auction? As good as John is, this is a pipe dream. It still would be nice if it did happen.

      • Allen Alberto Enriquez

        Truly a dream, now the FFC has announced that one can subscribe to premium content, it’s going to be good news to T-Mobile USA if the right moves are made. As much as DT wants to sell they know they need us in USA because of global plans being introduced at a ever low price and need to exchange towers vice versa. After T-Mobile USA and Telcel America reached an agreement with using each other’s towers it made a North American without borders a tower wars it’s going to be really big deal! I was shocked when my mother told me she was only paying only 20 a month to call from USA to Mexico or from Mexico to USA at unlimited text & talk! Their is definitely many ways like you said that John + USA Magenta Team can do to make this happen, shoot maybe even buy some DT’S other countries!

    • Isaiah

      All T Mobile would need to do is buy enough of DT to where T Mobile becomes the majority shareholder and DT becomes the minority shareholder. That way DT could sell their minority share to somebody else without raising an eyebrow with the FCC or any other regulatory agency.

      • Allen Alberto Enriquez

        Yes this is what I am taking about.

    • Anthony S Jennings

      Vodafone, anyone?

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      I don’t think you’re grasping at what’s going on.

      Legere himself is open to M&A and all DT has ever said in these articles is that they would entertain offers but are in no urge to sell. The shareholders would go nuts if they flat out said no we won’t sell to anyone.

      DT is aligned with Tmo and its needs and there’s no indication otherwise. They would do a merger to bolster T-Mobile and that’s it. A merger with Sprint would bolster T-Mobile. Tmo has propped itself to a point in the market where it’s brand is highly valuable.

    • Allen Alberto Enriquez

      splendid idea!

  • Moe

    DT needs to stop. Tmo has made a successful turn around and DT needs to be 100% behind this growth. Suspect DT still needing cash to build infrastructure in Europe. Maybe John should run DT.

  • IMHO

    I can’t wait until a Republican get into office. That way Verizon will be able to purchase T-Mobile.

    • disqus_2iYl5CFioz

      Never will happen

    • Hector Arteaga

      Major hello no. If Verizon buys Tmo, then competition will be stifled.

    • RR

      Dumb comment the president doesn’t have the authority to approve a merger. This is done through the FCC and DOJ.

      • calvin200

        Although I think the comment is dumb because I don’t believe anyone would allow this the Pres does appoint the head of both of those departments. I don’t think the appointment would be help up over questioning on this subject.

    • vinnyjr

      Asinine comment!

  • Fabian Cortez

    No thelma.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I think tmobile and US Cellular should merge because of all the lowband they have… buy some fiber/ Internet providers companies maybe that’ll stabilize tmobile more

  • Tmo1082

    T-Mobile leadership has already said they need to merge with a cable provider to compete in the business market. Its just a matter of time before T-Mobile merges with a US company that only does home internet, T.V., and land line service.

    • Apple

      So Comcast or TimeWarner can package the HELL out it. No Thanks!
      #CableCutter
      #NetFlix&Chill
      #iPhone4EveryKing

  • If Deutsche Telekom

    As someone said earlier, if Deutsche Telekom truly decides to sell, it would be great for Google or Apple to buy and/or merge with T-mobile…

    • Hector Arteaga

      Not Apple, but Google would be nice. Not sure Apple would be interested in selling anything but iPhones.

    • eanfoso

      Not happening, it’ll be too much of a monopoly, I would leave t mobile if that ever happened (which it won’t) .

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      This Google buying T-Mobile has been a tech blog site perverted fantasy for some time now however I think everything we got from T-Mobile in the past two years since Legere took over is a lot better than anything Google could have come up with.

  • josephsinger

    Your picture appears to be reversed. Should it not be -T- – not – -T-