T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks Sprint, possibility of merger

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Following today’s Un-carrier Next announcement, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took some questions from the media. And unsurprisingly, a question about Sprint came up.

Legere was asked about the possibilities of a merger with SoftBank and Sprint with President Donald Trump and a new FCC. According to The Verge, T-Mobile’s CEO didn’t come out and say definitively yes or no to a T-Mobile-Sprint merger, but he did say that it was a possible outcome under the new administration.

“Sprint themselves is like an exploding plan. They’re making progress but they pretty clearly have a ways to go,” Legere said of his competitor. “So in the future structure of the industry, there are a number of people who think, well, it may make sense from a scale standpoint to consider the coming together of T-Mobile and Sprint.”

Legere went on to say T-Mobile has many ways to increase shareholder value and that as we enter 2017, T-Mobile’s brand is strong. He then added, “We will consider continued strong individual growth as a company or various forms of consolidation around our brand and platform of growth. And so that you pretty clearly have to say that is one of many potential future outcomes of the industry structure.”

Rumors of a Sprint acquisition of T-Mobile were swirling in 2013, but late in 2014 it was reported that Sprint had backed off its attempt to buy T-Mobile because it didn’t think that such a merger would get regulatory approval. Many have suggested that President Trump’s administration may be friendlier to such a deal, though.

Sprint and T-Mobile are in different positions now than they were in 2014, with T-Mobile surpassing Sprint to become the No. 3 carrier in the US and continuing to grow each quarter. Some folks think that a combined T-Mobile-Sprint would make for better competition with AT&T and Verizon, though, and the CEOs of both Sprint and SoftBank have expressed interest in merging with T-Mo.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Source: The Verge

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  • Aurizen

    Bad move they need a cable company to be stronger.

  • Asael

    They should merge with Cox enterprises

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    That sucks

    Hopefully they will takes sprints direction instead

  • Mr.Bean

    I’m not too keen on seeing T-Mobile merge with a cable company

  • notyourbusiness

    No, no, no and NO!!!

  • Panzer

    Well I guess I know when to cancel my service. I’ll never do sprint again.

    • japonei

      Unless the merger make into tmobile subsidiary or it’s run how tmobile is now, I also need to cancel my service. I will also never do Sprint again.

  • Joe

    The FCC should be an independent committee, under the new administration with 1 party controlling the entire country and no balance opposition, scary times ahead.

    • BlueBlood86

      STHU with the “scary times”. Trump is our President DEAL WITH IT!

      • William Beach

        Not all of us are thrilled with having a fascist pumpkin leading the country. In fact, more people are against him then support him.

        • BlueBlood86

          THEN MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!
          & I bet you don’t know what word fascist means.. You just stole it from propaganda media you watch.

        • Thorhand

          I will never deal with it and I will never move. I’m staying right here calling him out on every single dum move he does and supporting the people who will uproot him in 4 years. That means I also get to call you out for being a person who supports cheatful corrupt megalomaniac which makes you a bad citizen of this county and someone unworthy of having the capability to cast a vote.

          Moving on to the subject at hand: sadly… yes this rotten pumpkin elected by the likes
          of BlueBlood86 will properly support monopolistic practices in wireless and ruin the competitive state we currently enjoy.

        • Yankee

          You are a victim of the propaganga of major media CNN, NBC, CBS, NYT etc. SAD…

        • William Beach

          And you are a racist, misogynistic, homophobic xenophobe who is getting conned by an illiterate reality star

        • Sassinak

          Umm.. lets see (per OED):

          Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe, influenced by national syndicalism. Fascism opposes liberalism, Marxism and anarchism and is usually placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum.

          Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete, and they regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict and to respond effectively to economic difficulties. Such a state is led by a strong leader—such as a dictator and a martial government composed of the members of the governing fascist party—to forge national unity and maintain a stable and orderly society. Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature, and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation. Fascists advocate a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.

          Does THAT sound like anyone you know?

        • frankinnoho

          You don’t get to make that call for people, buddy.

    • Jason

      No the FCC is not an ‘independent committee’ and never was. It has officials appointed by the administration in power and will now have a Republican majority, as it should. Why would you think single party rule would trouble us? We voted for single party rule over the last few years and finally accomplished it. Ill be honest with you, our goal is now to absolutely frickin destroy the liberal agenda once and for all.We control the House the Senate the Presidency and the Court and it is finally possible for us to do everything we have ever wanted to do. The only thing left on our way is the Fillibuster in the Senate and that can be killed with the Nuclear Option. I understand you dont like what we made happen, but tough sh-t. And by the way about your moronic list of deplorable characteristics, Im brown and I enthusiastically voted for Trump twice. Your bs didnt work before the election and isnt working now

      • T-Mobile User

        REALLY? MOD please do your job and deleted that comment above. Political bullsh*t like the one this guy is spewing shouldn’t be allow on a Tech/ T-Mobile Site! Regardless if you are on the left or right.

        • MadMartigan

          “this opinion offends me, you should ban it.”

          Sounds about right for this country… Time for a change.

        • Guest

          We should stop waiting for a green light and just run the red light. Time for a change.

      • Mike

        As of 2014, countries that have a one-party system include the three communist states of North Korea, China and Korea, as well as Iraq. In the 20th century, one of the most prominent examples of a state with a one-party system was the Soviet Union.

        A common feature that is shared in countries with one-party systems is the banning of political opposition by law.

      • Guest

        Jason, I seriously doubt your a minority! But we can be anything we want on a faceless Internet.

        Even a troll!

  • tmo_user

    Soft bank already owns Sprint, now with T-Mobile they would own 2 major U.S carriers that seems monopolistic to me. Hope this does not happen.

  • FILA

    T-Mobile doesnt need Sprint. look at the numbers of T-Mobile already. Come on

    • Derek

      But Sprint has something T-Mobile doesn’t, MONEY! Softbank support sprint %100. T-Mobiles parent company, Duches-Telecom?, they have been trying to sell T-Mobile for years.

      • Tony Chen

        dt stockholder meeting for q4 have said t mobile usa makes up 50% of total revenue, they have no plans of selling t mobile because its a cashcow for dt.

      • moonoverparma

        T-Mobile has plenty of money now. At one they didn’t, but it’s a different story now.

  • maanshu

    Dish and T-Mobile = D-Mobile.

    • noyb

      I like Tish myself.

  • Mike

    I don’t think acquiring T-Mobile would be all that beneficial for Sprint. Sprint always has people bashing them in comments all over the web, but I couldn’t be happier and wouldn’t want any other carrier. I live just outside of Atlanta, and Sprint is MUCH better than every other carrier in this area.

    Unlimited everything, 100 mbps download speeds, and $45 a month = AWESOME!!

  • frankinnoho

    It seems this maybe inevitable, so this would be the best case scenario: Softbank buys T-Mobile, not Softbank via Sprint, just Softbank. Softbank then closes up shop on Sprint, transfer any remaining customers and all bandwidth and tower holdings to the new T-Mobile, and uses Sprint one last time for a tax write-off (only thing they’re good for anyway). I won’t have anything to do with anyone that has the taint of Sprint.

  • Larry E

    If they do merge, John need to fire ALL the execs. Honestly, I think a merger between Sprint and ATT would be better since they both believe in treating existing customers like crap so they can dedicate funds to market to new customers.

    • Bye

      yes bye bye stupid and silly marcelo who don’t know whats going on

    • Asael Delgado

      That would be up to Son from Softbank

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    Personally, I would much prefer a T/Mobile-US Cellular Merger and wipe out US Cellular since USCC has some of the rural Coverage that Magenta needs right now

    • kpb321

      That is what I was thinking. Buy out the smaller regional carriers to improve their coverage their and get their band 12 coverage nation wide.

      Sprint does have a bit of low frequency coverage and a lot of higher frequency spectrum but they can’t really make use of that on their own and I don’t know that T-mobile would change that much. They also tend to struggle in the same types of areas. The rural coverage so I don’t know that combining their networks would really strengthen them it that much.

  • jj201367

    Nooooo not good that would be bad

  • JBLmobileG1

    I have a feeling it has already begun. When calling into Tmobile the setup is very very similar to Boost which is own by none other than Sprint. It sucks… I HATE Sprint. I really hope Tmobile doesnt consider them… they will only bring the company crumbling down. If they think its because Softbank has extra money… who cares… they aren’t even using it to fix Sprint so why do they think they would use it for improving Tmobile?

    • Critic4U

      Well being I used to work for Sprint up until march of last year till they closed all the US call centers and sent all the work to Brazil and the Philippines. The only reason why softbank probably wants T-Mobile is for the network bands and because they still haven’t figured out how to do VoLTE so they would acquire that technology to make their network better. They would ruin the T-Mobile brand in my opinion.

  • master94

    The Sprint brand is really looked down upon because it sucks. If Tmobile and Sprint merge, the Sprint name needs to go. If they keep the Sprint name Im moving carriers back to Verizon. I remember my high school and college years when if you told someone you had Sprint they would make fun of you and with good reason. Terrible network.

    • Melissa Cardenas

      and is the same now haha if u tell someone u have sprint they laugh in your face and make fun of you. Before when you told someone u had tmobile it was the same , not anymore . Tmobile came a long way now they dont make fun of me when i tell someone i have tmobile.

    • Jason Caprio

      Haha yep! I’m a field tech and I have to contact my clients every day to set up appointments. One particular client would either never answer his phone or it would go straight to voicemail. I asked him about this, and claimed he never got any missed calls, or the voicemail prompt. He said he’s on Sprint. I was no longer surprised lol

  • Nobody Special

    T-Mobile should merge with Microsoft and become:

    MicrosofT-Mobile or Mobile Windows or X-Mobile-Box

    the next X-Box would have a sim card slot featuring unlimited internet ($85 Dollar a month service)…

    • Fuuuuuuuuu

      Frankly, I can’t think of a worse idea.

      • Nobody Special

        :(

        and my name is not “Frankly” I am Nobody Special … lol

    • Not unless Microsoft resumes phones running Windows 10 Mobile.

  • SirStephenH

    They need to stay away from a Sprint merger. They’re doing well on their own and should focus on acquiring smaller carriers like US Cellular to expand their coverage and bandwidth.

  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    Oh god, no. Sprint’s network speed and reliability is far behind T-Mo, Verizon, and AT&T. They would only drag T-Mo down.

  • JG

    Last I heard, Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile’s parent company) wasn’t interested in off-loading the carrier as they were starting to become profitable (having claimed the third largest US carrier spot from Sprint etc).

    But IF T-Mobile were to go anywhere… Personally, I would like to see if merge with Alphabet Inc who could then blend T-Mobile, Project Fi and Google Fiber into one company.

    Project Fi subscribers could upgrade to an unlimited data option.

    Google Fiber has been looking at possibly introducing a wireless component. T-Mobile says they’ll have 1Gbps LTE in 2017, and their 5G should hit around 12Gbps for stationary sources.

    Rather than sending Fiber directly to everyone’s home, Google could use the LinkNYC kiosks to set up a basic fiber network throughout the town. The kiosks could serve as maintenance access to the fiber network as well as microcells broadcasting the spectrum throughout town. Google could partner with regional carriers in areas where T-Mobile doesn’t have spectrum offering and broadcast their frequencies instead. Then, when GCI customers venture from Alaska to the rest of the US, they could access the Project Fi network as if they were on GCI’s, and when Project Fi subscribers go to Alaska, we can access GCI’s network getting unlimited data as well.

  • Tell you this: Sprint better ditch CDMA and go with GSM-only. If they refuse to go to GSM-only, I’m done.

  • Dakota

    Please no. Look how much Canadians are paying for wireless service with only 3 providers. I’m afraid we could expect the same fate if this merger where to happen

  • Gavriel Ostrow

    oh, G-D no. If anything T-mobile Should Slowly buy Sprints Towers out and then eventually completely take them over. Then sprint can be a Prepaid provider Like Metro Pcs, Or fade Away completely…. personally i say kill off sprint.

  • #Note5 IsBoss

    This makes since ONLY IF it’s T-mobile buying Sprint then they can get rid of sprints tired useless CDMA technology.

    At the end of the day John will do what makes since for T-mobile and MetroPCS Sprint will never be better than T-mobile that day is long gone.

    • squiddy20

      This stuff is hilarious!
      1. You apparently don’t know the difference between “since” and sense”. No surprise to me though since you usually don’t know how to spell.
      2. You clearly don’t understand the meaning of the word “merger”. Maybe you should use that “pimp slapping” Samsung device you have to educate yourself for once in your miserable life.
      3. You also don’t seem to understand how a business works. How T-Mobile performs and what they do/don’t do is not solely based upon “John’s” decisions. But who am I kidding, I’m talking to the guy who thinks what smartphone a person owns is indicative of how wealthy or poor they are.

      • Matt E

        Do you feel better perhaps more superior? What was the cost? Imagine the value you could have added by articulating why you disagree with their point, instead of responding with mean spirited irrelevant comments.

  • vinnyjr

    Hoping this merger never happens. T-Mobile is kicking ass, just a few more years and T-Mobile will be on easy street. (If there is such thing)

  • Jak Crow

    The best and fastest way to destroy t-mobile would be to allow a merger with Sprint. I can’t believe they’re even entertaining this.

    • aaron

      Best way to save both of them. With 5g around the corner T-Mobile and sprint not investing into expansion they both need each other to survive.

      • Jak Crow

        No, they don’t. Consolidation in the wireless market is something customers don’t need, and 5G is PR spin for an industry that can’t even deliver the maximum speed 4G provides for without throttling and bandwidth caps.