Sprint, SoftBank reportedly start informal talks with Deutsche Telekom about T-Mobile merger

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After both the parent companies of Sprint and T-Mobile discussed merger deals earlier this week, a new report claims that talks between those companies have begun.

Executives from both SoftBank and Sprint have started informal talks with Deutsche Telekom about a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. The talks are still preliminary, and no banks have been hired yet to help work out a deal.

Considering that both the CEOs of SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom expressed interest in merger talks this week, it’s no surprise to hear that SoftBank and Sprint have reached out to DT about a T-Mobile merger. The talks sound very early, though, and so at this point there’s no guarantee that they’ll evolve into anything more serious. For now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Hurlamania

    Here we go again

  • Steven J. Rash

    This is going to be a done deal. The whole thing was just put on the backburner pending a change in administration. Masayoshi Son was one of the first people in Trump Tower after the election.

    • dtam

      that’s not good, one of the contingencies for a merger is to probably get rid of legere…we know that the two have had beef in the past

      • John Doe

        What? Legere is Masayoshi Son’s prodigy LoL

        • dtam

          no, legere and trump

        • John Doe

          Trump has more things to worry about than who T-Mobile’s CEO is.

        • dtam

          you would think…

        • gmo8492

          Yeah, he’s worried about what SNL says about him during their skits.

      • Andrew Addison

        You are incorrect. Deutsche Telekom are going to be the ones to be buying all of Sprints assets, and folding all of it into the T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nation branding. So therefore there no way in heck that John Legere will be leaving as CEO of T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nation. It is Marcelo Claure that will be the one to be leaving as CEO and Sprint being rebranded right on into the T-Mobile-MetroPCS branding of things.

        • dtam

          I doubt DT is that stupid. Sprint brings almost no value to tmobile. Sprints only value is their spectrum which tmobile just bolstered their own portfolio. If they wanted more spectrum, dish would be a better partner since there is some value add. Only Sprint needs a merger, why would tmobile risk a breakup fee?

        • Andrew Addison

          Well I must not have understood your question the correct way then. It said something about getting rid of John Legere so that’s why I said what I said. lol

        • dtam

          it’s more of a dig at how petty the trump is

        • Derek Mounce

          To be fair in my area Sprint not only brings Spectrum they also bring towers Sprint supposedly has 4 while T-Mobile has 1
          Altho when I left Sprint back in October of 2014 they were only upgrading 1 of those 4 towers but I would assume (if this merger goes thru and T-Mo gets Sprint instead of vice-versa) T-Mobile will use all 4 towers with both specrum holdings which would benefit me cause the Sprint tower is actually closer to me than the T-Mobile tower

  • Goat

    I don’t know if I’m ready to get on this wild ride of emotions again..

  • Jason Caprio

    Not sure exactly how a merger would improve T-Mobile’s network. Sprint runs on 800 MHz ESMR Band 26, 1900 MHz PCS Band 25, and 2.5 GHz BRS/EBS Band 41 with barely the same coverage T-Mobile has today.

    • JBLmobileG1

      Exactly. Pointless for them to even consider this merger because there really isnt any gain except for extra customers who for some odd reason haven’t dumped Sprint already. If anything they should focus on the new spectrum that they bought at the auction to improve the network.

      • iansltx

        The new spectrum that won’t be cleared for awhile? I like TMo but 600 is going to take a bit to deploy.

        • Andrew Addison

          Yes that is true. So making use of the other lowband spectrum that Sprint currently has will definately help out awhole lot my Dear Brother.

    • kpb321

      My thought exactly. There may be some area’s here and there where one has coverage the other doesn’t where the merger could help but by and large they are both strong in the same general areas and weak in the same general areas. They aren’t even a very good compliment when it comes to spectrum as most of Sprint’s is in odd blocks that aren’t commonly supported on phones. Not to mention Sprint’s CDMA legacy network.

      US Cellar would be a much better carrier for T-Mobile to merge with. They’ve got more complimentary coverage with T-Mobile and even have the band 12 licenses in some areas.

      • Jason Caprio

        I’m very surprised US Cellular is still in business. They have LTE in only a handful of states and most of their national coverage is roaming on what appears to be coverage similar to that of T-Mobile.

        • SirStephenH

          That’s because T-Mobile and US Cellular have a mutual roaming agreement that allows customers to roam on either network as if it is native coverage.

    • iansltx

      Nationwide ESMR. Which is nice when you’re waiting for 600 to clear and can’t get 700 everywhere. Only 5 MHz but it really does help.

      For PCS, aside from the 5 MHz G band that’s Sprint specific, T-Mo could immediately unify their own PCS LTE (I see a lot of that in the Denver area, for example) with Sprint, without swapping customer handsets. Lots more areas would be able to hit 10×10, 15×15 or even 20×20 on PCS this way. And then chop whatever cell sites overlap with weaker characteristics (backhaul etc). T-Mo already knows how to clear CDMA spectrum in favor of (Vo)LTE; they’ve done it once with MetroPCS. And all Sprint devices made in the last half-decade can do voice on ESMR spectrum, so you can probably get down to one PCS and one ESMR CDMA carrier, which with enough contiguous spectrum doesn’t actually impact how much LTE you can drop in, as LTE channels are actually 4.5 MHz wide. A lot tighter than shoehorning GSM (200 KHz) into WCDMA (3.84 MHz) channels, but still possibly doable.

      For B41, well, there’s a lot of spectrum there and with HPUE propagation isn’t actually that bad. And it’s pretty fantastic anywhere you need a bunch of capacity. Great for small cells.

      Again, that’s just talking about spectrum. There are plenty of cell sites that’ll get dropped as part of this merger, just like a bunch were dropped when Nextel got folded into Sprint. But the spectrum portfolio, given T-Mobile’s general ability to get good backhaul (except in a few areas, where T-Mo is sitting at a few Mbps and Sprint can hit 90 Mbps…yep, I pretty regularly go to such an area…and in that case TMo would probably keep Sprint’s kit and add onto it), would keep them out in front, even with the added subscriber count.

      • SirStephenH

        T-Mobile will just let the 2 year phone upgrade cycle take care of folding Sprint users into their network just like they did with Metro PCS. They kept Metro online for something like 2 or 3 years while they worked on merging the infustructure and refarming spectrum. Almost everyone was on T-Mobile’s network by the time Metro was finally switched off.

    • frankinnoho

      Not to mention Sprints LTE is actually a hodge podge of CDMA and
      LTE… they serve EV-DO via LTE! That will do people a lot of good.

      They have a crap ton of Band 41, but that crap’s useless. It the old WiMax
      spectrum. Ask anybody who tried that back in the day how that was. LSS,
      if you weren’t line of sight within 1500′ of the tower, forget about it. The rest of their spectrum? They can’t even service there own customers adequately, of what benefit will it be to T-Mo customers. Speaking of T-Mo customers, what happens to us when we suddenly have to start sharing with 60 million more people!

      Band 41 is useless*… Sprint’s network is a disaster and can’t even service it’s own customers adequately… T-Mo is getting stretched by recent growth… How is this good for a union?

      * If Band 41 is as great as it proponents claim, why did WiMax fail in the past, and how come nobody’s beating the door down to get on Sprints network today? The crap is frakking useless, at least for cell phones, despite it’s over-hyped potential. It may have potential for stationary applications with dedicated external antennas IF you can build out a sufficiently dense array of cell sites. IF!
      Which, by the way, is exactly what ClearWire was trying to do with it, but they never had enough towers, AND FAILED.

    • Derek Mounce

      Sprints b25 spectrum is a subset of b2 so it will fit in nicely with T-Mobile as far the 800Mhz and 2.5Ghz i don’t know tho i guess T-Mobile could use the 800 for voice calls and get all of the other spectrum off voice for LTE. (just an idea or option) In my area T-Mo and Sprint each have 10×10 1900Mhz so that would turn into a 20×20

  • JBLmobileG1

    This disturbs me. I was against the At&t merger and I am HIGHLY against this one. DT wants to be idiots then I hope they crumble to the ground if this deal passes. Seems to me this type of news is already causing losses in tmus stock. To me its obvious companies with yellow and black and begin with S seem to fail in the States. I mean look at Spirit Airlines… the colors have Sprint all over them and they are a HORRIBLE Airline company from what I have been hearing and seeing in the news. If Tmobile wants to inherit a crap of a company then they too will fall. Yes Tmobile was always dead last in Wireless… they were always the underdogs… now their CEO John turns it around. If DT think just because Tmobile started out small and now is playing with the Big Boys thinking the same will happen if they pick up Sprint… they are wrong. Tmobile was never crap they just needed to grow. In this case I think DT thinks they can improve with Sprint but I promise that would be worse than the At&t merger which Thankfully failed.

    • JBLmobileG1

      On an added note… I see Sprints stock is up a little… almost a whole $8! ooOOO. While Tmobile is down a little. If DT wants to see the stocks fall for them then bring in Sprint. One thing is for certain… If T-Mobile gets involved with Sprint I can almost guarantee this customer since 2004 won’t be around. Verizon has Unlimited now so I may just pay a little more for a better network as T-Mobiles will fall apart because they wasted their money to aquire Sprint. If its the other way around then DT is nuts since I hear Tmobile in the US is their money maker.

      • Mike

        That’s the point of trying to get more customers and spectrum because like you said Verizon has unlimited and tmobile customers can switch at any time rather tmobile acquires Sprint or not

        • JBLmobileG1

          I would rather them merge with Dish Network or even At&t since they are better than Sprint.

        • JBLmobileG1

          Besides just because you gain more customers from a merger doesnt stop you from losing it all. I would think the Germans would be a little smarter than that and stop trying to play Russian Roulette.

    • Andrew Addison

      Well it disturbs me too, but you have to think about all of this for a second. Deutsche Telekom will aquire all of Sprints assets and transition all of Sprint into becoming the T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nation branding, with all of Sprints policies/CEO Maurcelo Claure to be dismissed, which will leave John Legere as incharge of transition all of Sprints employees to make use of T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nations policies terms and conditions, Forever. So therefore this will still be Excellent for the consumer. Just think about it for a second. :) This right here could turn into something excellent to all of us here Brother.

      • marvin bolden

        Why u keep saying the same damn thing… Ok we get that

        • Andrew Addison

          I say what I want. Seriously I was only reminding those that think this merger deal is going to happen. I did say things in different ways, without it being repetitively. If I want to say the same thing, then so be it. Everybody else is reminding others just like I am. Others are not agreeing that this merger would go through. All I’m doing is helping out. Goodbye. I do not need you to tell me what to do and what not to do.

        • marvin bolden

          1st of all who u think sprint gave the GSM network to in 1998 omnipoint cause sprint knew that the GSM network is sum bullshit at least CDMA the call quality is clear and at lease u can hold a call longer and better with no signal vs GSM yall call is lost with ony 1 signal bar

        • Andrew Addison

          That is irrelevant. I no longer care about your long paragraphs, stories and you trying to prove a point. Sprint has always smelled very bad with rotten eggs. Nobody on here really cares about any of Sprints assets. T-Mobile/VoiceStream/MetroPCS have always had Better Voice quality over Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. GSM is way Better than CDMA in today’s world now. Check this part out Buddy, Whose the one to have been able to create Enhanced Voice Services, HD Voice, VoLTE, Advanced Messaging RCS services, Advanced Wifi Calling, Video Calling services within their own GSM/Advanced LTE network? T-Mobile-MetroPCS did. Again why are you here trying to prove a point? You are teaching me what? Nothing. You are a nobody to me. Im over you already. Stop addressing me and move on already. Nobody cares, myself included. You are now blocked. Every message you send to me is when you will then see that I have you blocked. Bye Bye Troll.

    • steveb944

      Spirit is pretty successful due to the drastic measures they take to save. Everyone may hate them, but they’re successful.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I wonder of the CEO of DT ever heard the saying “Don’t bite off more than you can chew”? Getting involved with Sprint is basically that…. and now he’s about to choke.

  • Rob H.

    DT should avoid Sprint and their debit. There is no fixing the mess that Sprint is. SoftBank couldn’t manage to do it. A merged Tmo/Sprint does not solve anything.

    • Andrew Addison

      I agree

    • Jay Holm

      Wasn’t TmoUS in bad shape prior to Legere? 3+ years ago? Just saying, T-Mobile turned around under Legere’s leadership…get rid of the Sprint name and executives, and Legere will turn that mess around also.

      • Andrew Addison

        Well said there my Dear Friend. I totally agree with you on that part there. The CEO of Sprint Marcelo Claure will soon be let go.

  • Paul Garrison

    It’s going to happen and I don’t see it turning out good for the consumer.

    • Ascertion

      Exactly. Because it won’t. T-Mobile’s only downside to Verizon/AT&T is coverage. Without Sprint, T-Mobile won’t have to compete on price as much and as T-Mobile expands, prices will inevitably go up.

      Less competition, higher prices for consumers.

      • Andrew Addison

        We shall see what happens. At least Sprints name will be phased out.

        • Haze1nut

          You keep saying that, as if sprints name being phased out is worth tmobiles prices going up. It isnt.

        • Andrew Addison

          Sprints name is going to be phased out. Face Facts. T-Mobile-MetroPCS pricing are not going up. Why are you even telling me this? What was the point of you trying to get your point across??? Sprint is going to be sold to Deutsche Telekom and if you were paying close attention to the person that started the conversation in the first place, you would then know that he too mentioned about the T-Mobile-MetroPCS branding name remaining as is, while Sprints name will soon be retired. Have a Nice Day now. Bye.

        • Haze1nut

          Again.. You keep saying that, as if sprints name being phased out is worth tmobiles prices going up. It isnt.

        • Andrew Addison

          Again why are you telling me this??? Sprint will be phased out. I will say it a few more times. Sprint will be phased out. Sprint will be phased out. La la la. I Love it. Sing along with me my Friend. Sprint is already Dead. It will remain dead last way behind T-Mobile-MetroPCS. Pricing is not going up. Everybody is saying the same things as I am. How about you get on their case about it. Sprint is deceased.

      • iansltx

        Hey, maybe prices increase enough that Dish finally gets off their butt and builds a network with their spectrum. Not like the carriers own the towers anymore to prevent them from doing that; they sold those off to tower companies years ago.

        • SirStephenH

          If they don’t work on using it soon, they’ll lose it. The auctions set build-out requirements so companies couldn’t just sit on spectrum forever.

    • Andrew Addison

      Great thing about it is that T-Mobile-MetroPCS branding will remain being the same, while Sprints branding will be phased out asap.

  • Francisco Peña

    Please let it be DT being the primary…

    If I’m sprint, i’m back to VZW…

    • Darryl Hende

      yes that is the plan, M. Son (CEO of Softbank) is selling not buying. And, T-Mobile leadership would persist

  • Bryck

    The only way this could work is if the Sprint brand is phased out after a few years in favor of the T-Mobile name.

    I’m sure Tmobiles management will stay in power, and some of Sprint spectrum and assets will be sold off.

    • iansltx

      99% sure T-Mo’s name will stay around unless DT insists Softbank phase it out.

      As for spectrum and assets, you want that spectrum. 2.5GHz is actually quite good for 5G stuff compared to the crazy-high freqs AT&T and VZW are fighting over. And 800MHz (ex-Nextel) basically nationwide for LTE helps tons for areas that don’t have 700 now and won’t have 600 for awhile.

      Source: I have a Pixel, have had Sprint for nearly a decade, and have had T-Mobile in some form or fashion for maybe half of that time.

      • Andrew Addison

        You mean unless DT insist that the T-Mobile name should be phased out, otherwise your statement should not be stated as: unless DT insist that Softbank should see the name being phased out since Softbank does not have ownership over T-Mobile. So your statement should have been left as DT are the ones to decide whether or not the T-Mobile branding remains or perhaps use Sprints branding, in which the Sprint name won’t ever be used once DT fully aquires all of Sprints assets, and rebranding it into T-Mobile-MetroPCS branding. Makes sense? Good. :)

        • iansltx

          Based on previous discussions, 90% sure Softbank will own at least a fair sized chunk of the merged company. They have more cash for this sort of thing than DT does, as I recall, and DT hasn’t stopped wanting to sell/merge TMUS. It’s just been a matter of timing and suitor. Which means Softbank at the very least remains in play, and DT winding up owning the entire company is a very unlikely move, unless you have a shell game in which Softbank ends up owning part of DT (highly doubtful).

          All that said, it’d be in DT’s interest to stay in the game at least somewhat, albeit dropping their stake in TMUS significantly and taking a good chunk of cash as part of the merger. In that case, the TMUS name would stay, as would the exec team. Claure gets pushed down to managing retail operations or MetroPCS or something, John Saw starts reporting to Neville, and the combined company’s Kansas City operation drops dramatically. Seattle’s easier to get to from Japan anyway.

        • Andrew Addison

          Okay awesome. I could have sworn that Softbank was talking about selling all of Sprints assets right on over to Deutsche Telekom, though. Shoot at least Softbank could have a fair ownership over T-Mobile-MetroPCS, while Deutsche Telekom will be more of the ownership for T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nation. We all shall see what happens next. Yes, I could see Marcelo Claure being bounced right on down to being prepaid offer for MetroPCS. Great deal. Again time will tell. Oh and yes No more Kansas City. Goodbye Kansas and Hello Seattle, Washington.

  • frankinnoho

    Just tell Sprint you’re flattered, but you really don’t see it going anywhere.

    • Andrew Addison

      I think sooo too. Sprint is already Dead.

  • Limeybastard

    By low sell high, good job DT. By the way dont blame DT for the sale, they merely do what the system allows them to do. Blame those who allow this conduct to happen.

    • fentonr

      Well, if DT sold now they wouldn’t make a dime. TMUS has a market cap of 54 billion and DT paid 35 billion for Voicestream and 24 billion for Powertel, not to mention the 2.4 billion for Suncom and the acquisitions of Omnipoint and Aerial. The Voicestream and Powertel acquisitions alone mean DT’s stake needs to be worth roughly 81.86 billion now for them to make a profit after adjusting for inflation. They’re on the right track for sure, but they have a long way to go. Point is, selling now would be buying high and selling low, not the other way around.

    • SirStephenH

      DT has said that they’re not so interested in selling anymore, although they would be open to a merger. Plus all the merger rumors over the past year or two place DT in control with the combined company retaining the T-Mobile name and leadership.

  • Jay Holm

    Something has to happen in the U.S. market because ATT & Vzn are way, way too big! And as much progress as T-Mobile has made in the past 3yrs, ATT & Vzn aren’t exactly losing a substantial amount of customers.

    • Andrew Addison

      Verizon/AT&T both are losing customers left and right. They may claim to have alot of customers, but their customer growth is drastically dropping like bird crap left and right.

    • superg05

      T-mobile is adding millions a quarter there feeling it which is why there changing there plans all the time to compete with t-mobile

  • Kaulana1989

    You guys T-Mobile has more money than Sprint they are going to be buying Sprint and inquiring their customers and Spectrum they will be firing all Sprint executives DT has 81 billion in market cap they are the parent company of T-Mobile they own 64% they are going to be acquiring Sprint and their customers and Spectrum assets they will have a total customer in the USA of 130 million AT&T and you don’t have to worry about your bills increasing T-Mobile has the Bill promise they will not raise your bill the only way you Bill can increase if you switch to a more expensive plan that give you extra benefits

    • Seth Rogers

      Try some punctuation. It is good.

      • Francisco Peña

        Glad to know we are safe, now that the Grammar Police are here.

      • Andrew Addison

        Well said there my Dear Friend.

  • gmo8492

    Sprint needs better leadership and network staff, not a merger. We’ve already seen that problems tend expand once two like companies merge. This would be the most anti-competitive merger than the proposed At&t merger back in 2011. T-Mobile can get by on it’s own so can Sprint. The only merger that I think would be mutually beneficial would be Dish and T-Mobile.

    • Andrew Addison

      agreeable. we shall see what happens.

    • fentonr

      I couldn’t agree more. SoftBank bet on the wrong horse and now they’re trying to salvage things by throwing more money at the problem rather than looking at T-Mobile and what has made them successful. Bad strategy, and it risks taking T-Mobile down with Sprint.

      What I don’t understand is why DT would be willing to sell still. T-Mobile US accounts for a large part of their growth and clearly T-Mobile US can make it on their own. Their stock price has been growing at a pretty quick pace. I would think this would finally get DT to stop thinking about selling T-Mobile US.

      • Garblicks

        DT isn’t the one who is selling. They are buying. No way they give up their cash cow. TMobile US makes them more money than their European base. Softbank had already conceded they don’t hold the upper hand and are willing to let DT have majority ownership plus keep John as CEO.

        • fentonr

          Most likely, that’s true, but it would likely still dilute DT’s stake unless they kick in more cash, which I don’t see happening. I also think that sprint is an anchor that Tmo doesn’t need. Sure there are spectrum assets, and sure Tmo has the better management team and network team, but integrating two companies and networks still creates distractions and a lot of the value would be lost in shutting down sprints network and converting stores over to T-Mobile. Sprint has run short term promotions designed to bring people in but not keep them (cut your bill in half promotions as an example). Add to it that customers tend to leave during mergers and I just don’t see the value. Tmo is eating everyone’s lunch, let them continue to do so and they will get the customers anyway. Unless they’re really getting sprint for a steal, this seems like a classic it’s not broke so let’s fix it situation.

        • Andrew Addison

          So understandable there’s Buddy.

    • abolds4397

      I’m still hoping T-Mobile and Dish would merge sometime in the future.

  • Nobody Special

    SprinT-Mobile

    If they merged and combined network coverage . i could drop my expensive limited sprint line and finally get to use my unlimited T-Mobile phone lines in my house!!!!!

    • SirStephenH

      Why would you keep Sprint just for coverage inside your house? T-Mobile supports Wi-Fi calling.

      • Nobody Special

        i have a note 3 and i have a samsung avant, and an iphone SE…… and only the Iphone SE somewhat works with the WiFi calling…. i may as well tie a string to 2 cans if i want to make phone calls in the house with my other phones. The iphone SE does work using WiFi…. but i lose signal although its WiFi…. my home dsl works well in the house so that’s not the issue. But i have a sprint phone that works with no issue at all in the house…. and i don’t need to use wifi calling with it…. it just work, and t-mobile doesnt :(

        • marvin bolden

          Say it again

        • steveb944

          You need to buy a brand new phone with better bands and get the signal booster. You’re just wasting money for now.

  • NavyVeteran

    I’m out. I’m out of the contest. If this happens, I’ll leave for the Death Star company. Never going to the red check mark.

  • MattPortland

    Not going to happen.

    • Andrew Addison

      That is exactly what I’m thinking here. We shall see what happens next.

  • abolds4397

    Again??? T-Mobile is ahead of Sprint, why would they muddy the waters with such talk of a merger? I doubt it happens!

    • Andrew Addison

      Everybody else already knows the truth about it not happening. Fot those that think otherwise, well Good Luck to them thinking that way. LOL. Sprint is out of Luck at this point. T-Mobile-MetroPCS will remain as is. Hollers. Cheers.

  • Nearmsp

    I will do everything in my power to stop the further reduction of competition in the US market – including writing to FCC, FTC, my congressman and writing at least 25 posts with my name in the wall street journal, Washington post etc. If everyone does this, this will not happen. Even FCC chair will have problems certifying there is no reduction in competition. Mr. Sons of softbank bought a lemon. He needs to sell the lemon, not to make it home by bribing Trump with a promise of job creation so Trump’s adminstration will look the other way for Son to make good his lemon investment in Sprint. Mr. Son you made a poor investment decision, could not turn Sprint around. Instead of selling you have become a crony capitalist. Trying to bribe the Trump administration to look the other way so you can buy up your competition. This will not happen. You tried once and failed, you will fail again.

    • Andrew Addison

      I believe he will also. This merger is not going to happen. Some other people believe that this merger will soon go through. It will fail gracefully. I dislove Softbank/Sprint.

  • Andrew Addison

    I agree. This merger will not pass. Goodbye Softbank/Sprint.

  • Justin Feld

    The merger would actually be a good thing, hear me out for a second. T-mobile would probably handle it like they did when they merged with metroPCS. T-mobile’s GSM/HSPA+/LTE network is far more superior. Hence they would dismantle Sprints CDMA network and integrate their LTE network into T-mobiles. The reason this would be so beneficial is first, from a company stand point that would increase the overall number of subscribers to Tmobile by a acquiring sprints customers. From a customers stand point, it would be a huge benefit because of all of the spectrum that would be brought together out of the deal. This would allow for far more network capacity which would translate into even Faster LTE speeds and a more reliable network, as well as gives access to coverage in some of the (very few) places sprint has coverage that Tmobile doesn’t currently have. So keep in mind, I see 0 chance that if a merger does occur that Tmobile would even consider keeping sprints CDMA network as it is the worst in the terms of all major networks in the U.S. That means TMobile can make there already superior network even better leaving AT&T and Verizon even further behind in terms of network speeds and network quality.

  • Justin Feld

    I hope this happens, The merger would actually be a good thing, hear me out for a second.
    T-mobile would probably handle it like they did when they merged with
    metroPCS. T-mobile’s GSM/HSPA+/LTE network is far more superior. Hence
    they would dismantle Sprints CDMA network and integrate their LTE
    network into T-mobiles. The reason this would be so beneficial is first,
    from a company stand point that would increase the overall number of
    subscribers to Tmobile by a acquiring sprints customers. From a
    customers stand point, it would be a huge benefit because of all of the
    spectrum that would be brought together out of the deal. This would
    allow for far more network capacity which would translate into even
    Faster LTE speeds and a more reliable network, as well as gives access
    to coverage in some of the (very few) places sprint has coverage that
    Tmobile doesn’t currently have. So keep in mind, I see 0 chance that if a
    merger does occur that Tmobile would even consider keeping sprints CDMA
    network as it is the worst in the terms of all major networks in the
    U.S. That means TMobile can make there already superior network even
    better leaving AT&T and Verizon even further behind in terms of
    network speeds and network quality.

    • JBLmobileG1

      I can see where your coming from but thats IF Tmobile and DT stay 100% in control and owns Sprint. If Softbank has any controller or ownership… you can bet the Company will only go downhill. I know Softbank has money, and Sprint Spectrum, however if Softbank hasnt put up the money to make Sprint any better… what makes you or anyone else think they will if the two merge? Unless Sprint is sold to Tmobile directly I see nothing positive for Tmobile customers or the Wireless industry period.

      • Justin Michael Feld

        I agree with that john legere will most likely stay on as ceo from everything ive read

    • frankinnoho

      Sprints LTE network will be of use to no one. They have a funky system that serves up ED-VO over LTE. CDMA over LTE! Nice.

      Who really wants Sprints customers… People on Sprint these days are best described as “Credit Risk”. Lots of Boost and Virgin Mobile Pre-Paids with $50 phones that seem to have “service trouble” every 30 days.

      As for who controls the merger? Masa Son hit the jack pot when cashed out his Ali Baba stock. He already bought ARM Technologies. He could probably buy DT if the Germans would let him.

      • Justin Michael Feld

        The main reason evdo overrides lte is because evdo is operating at a lower frequency like tmobile extended range lte does. So it penetrates buildings better and travels longer distance. There lte is on a higher frequency im not positive on the exact frequency but its 2000mhz+ so inside buildings the phone is selecting the strongest signal. They have poor allocation… if T-Mobile merges with them you can expect that they will reprogram and refarm that Spectrum, so that it aligns with T-Mobile current Network so after reprogramming you can expect it to operate like T-Mobile’s Network currently does T-Mobile know Sprint’s network has issues. That’s why they would never leave the acquired Network the way it is it would be upgraded so that it operates as consistent as their current network does

        • frankinnoho

          Not what I said at all. Not EVDO “overrides” LTE. An EVDO type signal “carried over” an LTE frequency. CDMA via LTE. It’s a hot mess, but they did it because the would drop calls when people went from a 3G/CDMA area to 4G/LTE area. This type of jury rigging doesn’t go away with reprogramming. It goes away with a trip to the dump.

    • Tony Chen

      john legere already said they are interested in teaming up wityh a cable provider not sprint they dont need sprint spectrum.

    • DKBNYC

      While this may may sense to a Sprint customer… Not so much to a T-Mobile customer. We just see Sprint dragging down our network.

    • Emery Ellis

      Yes, do the merger, leave everything T-Mobile. Have SoftBank pay to convert the Sprint network over to T-Mobile technology.

  • Paul Garrison

    It’s going to happen and we all are screwed no matter the carrier. Softbank hasn’t done one thing to compete or to make Sprint better. Son will gobble up T-Mobile and real competition well be over. I know big red and deathstar are hoping this happens from a profit standpoint.

    • Andrew Addison

      This is not going to happen. We are not screwed. What are you talking about? Softbank is planning to sell mostly all of Sprints assets right on over to Deutsche Telekom, and Deutsche Telekom merging all of Sprints assets right into T-Mobile-MetroPCS Nation. Then again Deutsche Telekom have verbally spoken out about wanting to not sell T-Mobile-MetroPCS.

      • Emery Ellis

        The only assets that Sprint has is spectrum and customer’s. SoftBank should pay T-Mobile to convert the Sprint network to T-Mobile technology if the merger would happen.

        • Andrew Addison

          What customers?? Sprint has no customers from the looks like. T-Mobile-MetroPCS are the ones with the customers/advanced Technology. Lol you’re kidding, Right? Sprint is losing customers left and right.

  • Paul Garrison

    People that say it will not happen please explain why. If DT wants out of the US then I don’t see any obstacles unless we underestimate this White House.

    • Tony Chen

      dt has said t mobile usa is bigger then dt in europe, dt does not want to sell t mobile does not want to give away t mobile.

  • SirStephenH

    I honestly believe that a T-Mobile/Dish merger would be most beneficial.

    • DKBNYC

      As long as T-Mobile takes over Dish and fires all it’s management, yeah.

    • dcmanryan

      For the right price. With in 5 to 7 years Dish and DirecTV will meet Blockbuster Video in heaven.

      • Marcus Rose

        Dish needs a savior….However DirecTV will be around for a long, long time. Nobody in the industry….not internet…not dark web….not cable tv…NOBODY has the sports coverage that DirecTV has. So until someone (or some technology ) comes around to knock them down…DirecTV will be for decades!

        • TylerCameron

          Eh, sports are boring anyway. There’s real important things that happen in the world outside sports.

  • Dracono

    Dear Sprint, go away.

    Softbank, you want to talk? Dump sprint first.

    • JBLmobileG1

      We don’t need to talk to Softbank at all. They have money but didn’t even want to spend it to help Sprint for the better…. so why should we let them get their dirty hands anywhere near T-Mobile? If anything they will just tear them down. And if their spending is trying to buy T-Mobile… they can go back to where they came from and work with what they got.

  • vinnyjr

    John Legere must remain CEO. SPRINT CDM Network cant be used. It’s a relic. T-Mobile doesn’t need Sprint. T-Mobile has proved that.

  • DKBNYC

    I hoping this gets no where. T-Mobile is in a good enough position to go it on its own without have the Sprint anvil around it’s neck. Let Sprint die already. Lord knows it’s being propped up by a little old lady on crutches.

  • bkat11

    This makes absolutely no sense at all. T-mobile is in fantastic position to take over every customer Sprint has left…why buy them? They are stocked to the gills with spectrum, they have all the momentum, their network is leaps above where it was two years ago and have nowhere to go but up. Tell Softbank to go fund themselves and steal away what little Sprint has left

    • steveb944

      It’s in Sprint’s favor to consume them and become a prominent third competitor for the top two.

      • Jeremy Keeler

        It would be TMobile doing the consuming at this point.

  • TK – Indy

    People are missing the point completely. Mergers are about giving executives a huge windfall, for which they blow a big kiss on their way out the door to devote their lives to philanthropic pursuits. It has nothing to do with spectrum, ability to compete, or making any consumers better off. The big wheels will hit the cash register and then, hasta la vista, baby.

    • Andrew Addison

      Check this, this merger will not Happen. T-Mobile-MetroPCS will be remaining as is.

      • TK – Indy

        “Check this, this merger will not Happen..”, mumbled Andy the Ostrich, while burying his head even more deeply in the sand.

        • Andrew Addison

          This merger is not going to happen. It is a fact. There is noooo denying that part. Sorry, but you actually believe that T-Mobile-MetroPCS will die. Never.

        • TylerCameron

          He never said T-Mobile would die.

    • Tony Chen

      dt told wall street incvestor t mobile usa is larger then dt europe now they are not selling t mobile usa they are not giving up control of t mobile usa. john legere already said they are interested in merger with a cable company not sprint. sprint does not benefit t mobile in last conference call quarterly earning he even said that on tv cnn money interview.

    • Tony Chen

      if you have watched the entire quarterly earnign conference call youd know that t mobile is highly interested in merger with a cable company provider aand sprint is not even in their interest. it doesnt benefit t mobile as a whole.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    It will most likely pass the regulatory hurdles because Donald Trump being the president and Mr Son already had a one on one meeting with him. Also with Ajit Pai as commissioner there is no way they would block anything.

    • Andrew Addison

      Even if Donald Trump/Ajit Pai are in charge, it does not necessarily mean that it will pass. I doubt this merger would go through. We shall see what happens.

      • TylerCameron

        This merger would actually benefit consumers tho. No more terrible Sprint and T-Mobile gets dramatically better. Win-win!

    • Bryck

      I agree. the deal if definitively going through this time around.

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