Deutsche Telekom reportedly preparing plans for T-Mobile and Sprint merger

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It’s been a little bit since we’ve heard any news or rumors regarding a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, but today that’s changed.

A new report claims that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom is preparing a plan to merge T-Mobile with Sprint. According to German publication Handelsblatt, DT is planning for an all-stock deal that’ll see DT take managerial control of the merged company, with the goal of keeping as much of T-Mobile’s current strategy intact as possible.

Last month, there were some rumblings that suggested that informal talks of a T-Mobile-Sprint merger had begun with SoftBank, Sprint, and Deutsche Telekom. Now it sounds like things are continuing to progress. There are still some details about this possible merger that are unclear, but the news that DT hopes to have managerial control over the combined SprinT-Mo could make some folks happy.

Keep in mind that all of these T-Mobile-Sprint merger reports are still very much rumors, and it’s possible that a merger won’t end up happening. Stay tuned.

Via: DSLReports
Source: Handelsblatt

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  • Sayahh

    This won’t make anyone happy except Sprint customers (as far as service, not pricing).

  • douglas futrell

    so would the company still be Tmobile or would it be Sprint?

    • gr8gatzby

      TMO is the one buying Sprint and retaining the UnCarrier strategy with the acquisition. As a more valuable brand, TMO will retain it’s namesake and likely phase out the Sprint brand within the first 12 months of ownership. Though in the acquisition of MetroPCS, the lesser brand’s name was retained and marketed as a pre-paid budget version of TMO, and the entire network transitioned from CDMA to GSM.

      • SimplyYoung

        @gr8gatzby, you have no idea what your talking about. Tmo is not buying Sprint, it’s a merger, however Tmo management team will take the lead with day to day operations.

        • gr8gatzby

          Hey dummy:

          ac·qui·si·tion
          ˌakwəˈziSH(ə)n
          noun
          noun: acquisition; plural noun: acquisition
          1.
          an asset or object bought or obtained,

        • SimplyYoung

          There’s only one dummy. Read the title and article.
          Deutsche Telekom reportedly preparing plans for T-Mobile and Sprint merger.

        • Mike

          If DT has at least 51% and control, it’s an acquisition with SoftBank having a minority stake. If it’s 50/50, that would be a merger. It’s the title of the article that’s not the best. As this report says, it would be an all stock deal with DT having control. Period. Much like how T-Mobile and Metro PCS had a “reverse merger” but it was essentially T-Mobile acquiring Metro. It’s plain and simple.

    • ltnstar

      Guessing tmobile. The sprint brand is dead

  • Josué Deseo

    I really hope this merger doesn’t happen! Sprint is a train wreck with billions and billions of debt! And the cultures are different as well! Don’t want another Nextel #2. I left Sprint in December 2013 (remembered the day vividly) and switched to Tmo; never looked back!!!!!

    • ltnstar

      Me too. Wish I would have left sprint alot sooner.
      In no way does tmobile benefit

  • Francisco Peña

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  • steadymobb

    Sad

  • Matthew Hansen

    There is absolutely no point in picking up Sprint for Tmo. I think that Sprint should be left to die its already drain circling performance, then Tmo can buy what it wants of the assets / spectrum at auction prices (a better deal….an since VZ and ATT have no cash as evidenced by poor purchases and lack of bidding in the 600 MHz auction). BATMAN don’t let this happen!!!

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      I think for Tmobile to gain scale this is something that just needs to be done.

      I think having three carriers of about the same size will make the industry MORE competitive not less.

      Sprint can give away free service like they are now but look at their network spend. Capex is down and so is quality. You can’t do something like that and have a really great network at the same time.

      • yeah right

        The less carriers there are the more likely they are to collude and rob the common folk. It’s been proven in every industry

      • Matthew Hansen

        I agree somewhat with your point except for this. The synergies between network technologies would be terrible and with the losses that Sprint is already incurring what would be the sense for Tmo to take on that kind of debt and requirement for network modernization. Do they gain footprint? I don’t think so (600 MHz outlay will already do that) Do they gain any good talent? I don’t think so (Clarue (?) under his stewardship hasn’t exactly stopped the hemorrhaging, lessened yes, but, not stopped it) Do they gain spectrum? Yes, but, is it something that they couldn’t acquire if Sprint fully implodes and goes on auction firesale? Then they can just pick and choose the pieces they really could utilize without any of the negatives that buying the whole burning husk would incur.

  • I’m in love with the fact Sprint has valuable low band that can be converted to LTE for Tmobile and of course the addition of millions of customers. Tmobile is in a good position to win with a merger with Sprint. DT will pleased with this and doing Son a favor for the lack of leadership after buying Sprint

  • iCoerce

    I recently switched to metro pcs. They’re under TMO as we all know and TMO had a great plan for them. Let’s sit back and see how TMO pulls Sprint under it’s wing and saves them.

  • DHar Harr

    What would happen with all of the MVNOs on Sprint’s network? Same strategy as MetroPCS? That is eventually migrate everything to T-mobile’s network? Just curious as I see this affecting more than what is obvious.

    • Clevenger23

      Tmobile owns Metro-PCS. They bought them a few years ago. They are virtually just pre paid tmobile service. So technically they are no longer a MVNO. But a lot of companies are MVNO’s on tmobile. Wal-Mart’s pre paid service is on tmobile. Google fi is on both tmobile and Sprint, tmobile is first choice. But all the MVNO’s would just continue as is. Except killing CDMA and moving to LTE and GMS.

  • ltnstar

    How would this benefit tmobile? Sprint has no value except for added customers . There low band spectrum is a small footprint.
    All they have is a ton of band 41. Somehow sprints leadership has all been toxic. Look what they did to nextel. So if sprint keeps any and I mean any execs, tmobile is gonna run into some issues.
    Tmobile is on its own path. Just keep adding low band spectrum, so service can improve.

    • Mariano Moreira

      Strongly agree

      Best outcome would be T-Mobile calling the shots: Killing Sprint CDMA and repurposing all Sprint spectrum for greater LTE coverage.

      Sprint should have decommissioned CDMA at the same time they killed iDEN towers when rebuilding newtork from scratch. Why rebuild network with Tech that is not compatible with Future plans?!?

      Unfortunately I left Sprint(Startac era) for Nextel(i95 to i930/920 era)…then just recently left Sprint again for T-MOBILE.

      Really hoping a merger doesn’t have some Government stipulation of having to support CDMA service for X months(years)

      The longer that Bandwidth is tied-up with Legacy Support , the larger the handicap for merger success.

      • dtam

        sprint is like a disease that just keeps following you, isn’t it?

        • Mariano Moreira

          lol , that is a little harsh. At least this currently proposal has Magenta taking the reigns.
          I was on Sprint when Analog network was shutdown, acquired by Sprint for them to Shutdown iDen newtork, and then remained on Sprint to see WiMax come and go. If the merger allows me see Sprint CDMA network be vaporised; then it will have been worth the infection.

          SERO was good to me until Sprint removed the Ability to Upgrade with no more 2yr contracts. (Also going from Nextel WiDEN, only live for like 7months at 80+ kbps, to EVDO was a huge boost at that time.)

          It irks me: Carrier with proprietary requirements to have a device be whitelisted, decided to get away from Phone subsidy and claim to offer ‘BYOD’. They have a very limited BYOD device listing due to CDMA device whitelist.

        • ltnstar

          Somehow sprint seems to make the weirdest moves. I use to love nextel until sprint bought them.
          But sprints annoyance has been there transparency.
          Funny how sprint made a commercial with someone calling tmobile ghetto. And now how the cards have turned.

      • Francisco Peña

        Please leave TMO and take that Sprint disease with you.. lol

    • Mark G

      Nextel was dead when sprint bought them…. sprint also has tons of value…their spectrum holdings alone are said to be vauled at over $50 billion, tmoble is in need of spectrum. Also the spectrum sprint has is perfect for 5g …so yea merging with sprint, almost double your customers and inherit a trove of spectrum is a no brainer

      • ltnstar

        So sprint paying 35 billion for a dead company is what? Second, if there spectrum is so valuable, then why has no other wireless company bought them. Verizon could have since both ran same CDMA on just about the same bands. Na sprint has been using Verizon to roam though.
        Okay yes sprint has a ton of spectrum, more then anyone. But in higher range, this won’t go through buildings well. Ie why tmobile has finally bought low band.
        The only way I see sprints band 41 work is with sticking an antenna on buildings

        • Mark G

          At the time almost all of sprint customer bass were consumers and Sprint did not have much presents with business subscribers so next Tales situation was the opposite of Sprint. So the two companies thought that if they got together they could make a company that was more broad-based among customers. Where the issue came in was Sprint’s and ability to switch off nextels network in a timely fashion and migrate customers to the Sprint network. Before Sprint put in the winning bid for Nextel Verizon was interested in the purchase as well. All mergers don’t work out, Sprint’s biggest mistake was it the purchase of Nextel but spinning off their landline business which at the time was their Cash Cow. The Spectrum that Sprint has wasn’t the most ideal Spectrum for 2G and 3G that’s why the tables are turning where 5G will run better on those frequencies

        • ltnstar

          why do top executives make the big money? Either they only care about there bottom line, the companies bottom line or the investors. look at what Wells Fargo did to its customers while the big dogs get paid and investors are happy.
          so how is looking on paper x customer with x customer for 35 billion a win win? there tech could never be combine, there towers could never be combined. at the end only the customers end up paying. just look at charter buying two. here in socal there is no competition. at this point no one has a real at look at 5g. Because there test is only a test, when deployed into the real world the outcome is different

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      The PCS stuff could be used relatively easily. THe BRS bands might look desirable but would require new equipment to take advantage of. They could be used as pure data capacty though, since it’s such short range, meaning they don’t have to figure out how to deploy VoLTE on it.

      The 800 MHz band would be useless considering how much 600 MHz they just picked up.

    • Trevnerdio

      Here’s a thing I’m wondering about: Would phones be able to switch between FDD and TDD LTE easily? Or would there be a big delay? Sprint chose to use a predominantly Asian country LTE technology, as opposed to all the other North American carriers settling on one technology.

      • ltnstar

        It would be a nightmare. Before I left sprint one of the issues was different band hand offs.
        The few ppl that are for this, just remember sprint has no data and voice at the same times, no volte. More higher band spectrum,which doesn’t penetrate inside buildings well.
        They are behind technologically wise at least a year.

        • Mariano Moreira

          Sprint supports Simultaneous Voice and Data only on their early LTE devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One M7 (OG) as they had a separate LTE modem allowing both CDMA and LTE to connect and transfer.
          (This was a huge killer on battery life as basically 2 Modems were continually searching for different towers.)

          The overlapping Bandwidth on 1900 Block and 800mhz could help assist with T-Mo.

          Band 41 (2.5ghz) spectrum would be best as Leased to the other North American Carriers. This way all handsets and carriers could utilize this spectrum and T-Mobile (after Sprint merger) could control the lease agreements and also offset deployment costs by having At&t and Verizon build out deployment as part of Band-sharing agreement.

          Basically the once wholly owned Clearwire 2.5ghz Spectrum would be the common shared or ‘Roaming’ LTE Band ….like Verizon used to be with EvDO & 1xRtt when Alltel and Sprint had roaming agreements.

        • ltnstar

          oh my mistake. since its been just about 3 years since I left. what I remembered my ego let phone did voice and data simultaneously. so in that time frame your saying sprint does do data and voice simultaneously on a selection of lte only phones?
          I have to apologies since before I would follow spectrum band and phone tech closely, since I wanted to take advantage of the least and greatest. But day 1 on tmobille, I’ve had Volte and a larger lte footprint.
          Bro I dont know if you work with sprint or what logic you have.
          but if sprints band 41 is so valuable, why has no one bought them since having that spectrum? Verizon bought alltel, and never has looked at sprint
          softbank only half way invested in sprint, and less then 3 years has wanted to merge them with someone els.
          that band is trash for indoors, its a huge highway in the middle of nowhere. so unless tmobile wants to sell home broadband the only one I see benefiting them is dish, thats if they still want its band 41.
          all tmobile wants is there customers but they need to run away from this. just pick up the pieces when sprint dies.

        • Mariano Moreira

          Let me clarify me earlier comment: Current devices on Sprint do not support Simultaneous Voice and Data over cellular network.

          (Earlier devices when Sprint was transitioning from WiMax to LTE, did support Simultaneous Voice and Data by having a separate LTE modem/chip)

          As for Spectrum:
          Low frequency Spectrum is better for coverage/range/penetration but not -speed/bandwidth.

          Higher frequency Spectrum is better for Speeds & bandwidth but not coverage/penetration/range.

          I do not work for Sprint.

          Band 41 was Clearwire until SoftBank provided funds to buy. Just previous to Sprint buying Clearwire, SoftBank purchased majority share of Sprint.

          •Sprint took their leisurely time in finding a coverage solution (without expensive Band 41 only Tower deployment) in the form of small-cell and HPUE (Dubbed: High-performance User Equipment)

          800mhz (former Nextel iDen band) used to have working Nextel Radio coverage almost everywhere. (Was weird how Nextel radio Push to talk seemed to always work, but actual SMS/MMS and phone calls were terrible. If anyone remembers hearing the iconic chirp followed by someone blabbering over the great speakerphone)

        • ltnstar

          I’m confused bro. So does sprint have simultaneous data and voice now?
          look sprint bought Nextel for not only is business customers but licenses at 2.5. from what I remember that services had build out dates and that service was to called Xohm. since many who had or have followed sprint know that would be wimp since sprint wanted to be first at 4g and supposedly would loose those llcense. so sprint being sprint invested into something called clear wire. owning 51% softbank invested into sprint so they would buy the rest.
          that was 4 years ago. so with a ton of spectrum and potential, why has soft bank not taken sprint to the Nextel level.
          as you said small cells would have to be deployed all over a city to take advantage of the band. i.e. as I said unless tomblike wants to sell you and compete with wired broadband then band 41 is useless. 5g is years away with no one tech path yet.

        • Mariano Moreira

          Let say Sprint does not Universally support Simultaneous Voice and Data

          Only select ‘Older’ devices support Simultaneous LTE Data and Voice calls (Circa 2012-2013 LTE CDMA Sprint devices)
          Anything newer device on Sprint that supports Sprint Spark (Tri-band LTE) or LTE-Plus, etc…cannot utilize Simultaneous Voice and Data

          (Think of it like a feature the devices had and then newer devices no longer supported that feature. Like WiMax.)

        • ltnstar

          its funny and annoying. sprint going from wimax to lte to sprint spark to lte plus all while still deploying network vision. and yet not have something basic as what mobile has. so how will tomblike customer right away benefit from this?
          sprint brings nothing grown braking no better tech.

        • Mariano Moreira

          Quite literally, Sprint Merger/acquisition would provide nothing more than the asset of bandwidth & that together T-Mo&Sprint post-paid subscribers would put them at #1.

          Reminiscent of Nextel acquisition/Merger except it took Sprint forever to shutdown Nextel iDen network.

          Which is why for me the best case scenario would be the immediate termination of Sprint CDMA network.{original intention of my initial post}

          (They could basically UICC unlock almost every current Sprint Device to work on T-Mobile and/or offer voucher/credit discounts to move subscribers to T-Mo friendly handsets.

          •This is a 2-stone & 1 Bird move
          Counts as customer service by making the transition easier to customers and readily allows network to be prepped to be shutdown with minimal back-slapping

          Could count as 3rd stone as then Legere could have more ammunition to rip on Verizon as being the only ‘Old network’s without Simultaneous Voice and Data as standard.)

        • ltnstar

          So basically, your telling me your a sprint customer. All examples would benefit customers on the sprint network. With worthless spectrum.
          tmobile has acquired low band spectrum so sprints 800 band which is a small footprint is eh.
          if there are 2 towers with the same band on either tmobile or sprint then what would be the cost benefit. since sprint has deployed or working still on network vision they had to renegotiation leasing these towers. one of the reasons sprint mis handled Nextel. they could not get rid of these towers. so they let the network fall apart. and it answers ur statement of the chirp working and cell and sms not.
          third. your analogy is mute. tmobile has twisted Verizon into offering unlimited, despite Verizon getting rid of unlimited.
          they have pushed att to become somewhat better. and all this while passing sprint as the third largest. what old network does Verizon have. even if that where true then why are they the biggest. sprint has had all the chances to dent and be the one company but its full fail. and tmobile doesn’t need, not one sniff of that trash

        • Mariano Moreira

          On Nextel Radio working and not cell & SMS/MMS predated Sprint merger.

          (SMS and MMs in that time was notorious for delayed messages or duplicates being sent)*

          Omnipoint which used Sprint’s old GSM network, was purchased by Voicestream Wireless, which eventually became T-Mobile & still operates.

          Current T-Mobile 600mhz is Band 71, which I don’t believe any current devices support. So no actual usable 600 deployment.
          •To me this means they will be in the process of using capital to do deployment nationwide.
          Which before that process happens they seem to be conveniently talking about a merger in which SoftBank seems to want to provide capital to assist in a network development. Which would make sense to retool Sprint frequency at the same time as 600mhz deployment.

          Even allowing for Carrier Aggregation of both 600 and 800 mhz which would increase both speed and capacity on low band.

          Sprint has some 800mhz as CDMA & some as LTE, Same with 1900mhz spectrum.

          Carrier Aggregation is where T-Mobile would benefit from the greater spectrum without even looking at the 2.5ghz spectrum being deemed useless.

          Current Band 25 could be left as-is but with Carrier Aggregation with T-Mobile 1900mhz LTE on band 2.

          I don’t get all the resistance to having more bandwidth for Carrier Aggregation with Y-Mobile in control.

          I can understand the feature of Sprint being at the reigns of the merger as that can only be repeat failure.

          But T-Mobile treating Sprint like a larger MetroPcs and gutting it would be much more likely.

          Only makes sense to put the company that is producing good results to have the Leadership role and that is not bleeding Sprint. (Sprint/SoftBank have basically given up with all their Infrastructure budget-cuts)
          Either T-Mobile merger will go through with T-Mobile talking reigns….or I expect to see SoftBank dump Sprint holdings after next year’s churn.
          (When all the current low ball Sprint promotions end: $90 for 5 lines, or Free 1-yr Verizon to Sprint customers)
          Literally they bought themselves 1yr to make a deal before the curtain comes crashing down.

        • ltnstar

          What? I had nextel. There network was advanced back then. I.e. Why truckers and ppl in government had them. Once sprint took over they stopped with maintenance. I talked to engineers who would tell me to switch.
          Bro. You seem to have somewhat knowledge of sprint.
          But answer me this why is it 90% of ppl in this forum do not want this?
          Sprint has a cultural of messing things up.
          In the last 7 years they still haven’t taken advantage of what u call there main spectrum.
          In the past 15 they haven’t done 1 positive thing to benefit the consumer, despite softbank claiming to disrupt the industry.
          Tmobile is far from perfect, but there cultural is so positive, all wireless consumer have benefited.

        • Mariano Moreira

          90% of people on the forums, seem to want Sprint and everything tied or attached with it to just vanish.

          To be blunt: Sprint doesn’t seem like they could Manage their way out of a box.

          Sprint doesn’t seem to have a long-term plan: They have gutted Infrastructure network funding, and basically are giving away service until summer of 2018.(People aren’t going to stay when the low cost deals are gone….people are already avoiding Sprint even with free service)

          SoftBank basically has given Sprint 1yr to merge or just be dissolved.

          If there is no T-Mo merger than I see Sprint spectrum going to Verizon, Dish, At&t, Comcast, FirstNet, and others.

          I guess others feel that T-Mobile controlling Sprint’s spectrum would just be a down fall for T-Mobile as they would also be unable to manage it …

          I see Sprint/SoftBank current actions like a [s]slum[/s]Landlord whom doesn’t have the money to replace a Roof, but gets some ‘No paperwork’ tenants to occupy the unit so they can list it for sale and currently occupied with ‘Tenant who wants to stay’

          -Someone is going to be controlling that Spectrum after 2018 and doesn’t look like it will be Sprint/Softbank

        • ltnstar

          Just shows you how sprint tarnished there brand. And everything with it should vanish. Dish, tmobile, or Comcast will pick up the pieces.
          Long term as in what? At this point bringing band 41 to urban areas is costly. Dish to me seemed perfect since they have employees who can mount equipment to each residency
          Verizon here in California get rid of there fios and is offloading the rest. att picked up direct.
          sprint is bound to dissolve, just like sears. its only a matter of when, and how.
          so I keep saying unless tmobile sells broadband and wants to add customers, I see at this point no need for them to merge
          But on sprints side they are pushing it

        • Trevnerdio

          That sucks…I hope this doesn’t go through. I would like all the extra spectrum, but T-Mobile’s generally got cities pretty covered. We don’t need all these really high frequencies.

    • Isaiah

      Sprint owns Nextel’s nationwide 800MHZ spectrum which T Mobile USA could put to use. That does not even include their high frequency spectrum which will be needed for 5G deployment. Sprint’s customers would be a bonus.

  • Chris

    Oh Google has a bit to do with this as well.. oddly Google’s cell phone service is in highly reliant on the worst carrier in the market .. that being Sprint. … And the Sprint ads are complete BS about the service being within 2% of other carriers as what ever towers Sprint has are so saturated with users that 4G data is slower than 3G speeds.

    • Francisco Peña

      1%..

      Former Verizon Dude now on Sprint says so…

      • Chris

        Of course Sprint hired the guy from the old Verizon commercials..

        I just quit Sprint after few days..
        I knew about the lack of rural coverage.
        I was not expecting the over saturated latency from the usable towers.
        That was the deal breaker. Unlimited data is worthless if you can’t do anything with it.

  • kev2684

    Boy somebody block it

  • Daniel Darnell

    I look forward to this, Sprint actually has better Voice/3G coverage in my area. Quite a number of spots in my area where only Sprint and Verizon work! Sprint has some surprisingly rural coverage that T-Mobile lacks. That being said T-Mobile’s data network around here where you get coverage is faster and more stable. At least in my area bringing them together gives you the best voice and data coverage. Sprint for the better voice and rural 3G coverage and T-Mobile for faster and better LTE in the more urban parts. If this is done correctly a marriage of the two carriers in my area of these two would be very nice.

    • Marco

      “IF”

      • Daniel Darnell

        Yes but it looks like T-Mobile management and other positions will be staying in place. If they do this merger and put the technical and managment part in T-Mobile’s hands I’m sure it can be done fine. Sprint is the one that always messes up everything. I think Softbank even knows and accepts that and is wiling to let their management handle it all so it can be done right.

      • Daniel Darnell

        BTW from the way this article is worded it sounds like DT is buying Sprint? It’s a little unclear but it may be a merger of equals or some sort of form but the way this is worded it sounds like T-Mobile is the buying partner and the one in charge.

        • Warp

          I think softbank really wants to drop this flaming turd on somebody else, even it means taking a bath. Anything to get out alive.

  • jj201367

    Noooo T-Mobile has better coverage and LTE speeds

    • TechHog

      I’m against this too, but why would coverage be lost?

    • Why would this change that? They aren’t going to remove T-Mobile towers and only use Sprint’s towers.

  • TechHog

    I’m against this too, but the article basically says that T-Mobile would be in control.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    So essentially T-Mobile would be buying Sprint. My how the tables have turned in such a short time…

  • dtam

    why? there’s no good reason to merge/acquire sprint. sure they have plenty of spectrum but their network is in shambles. Much better off with a dish network/comcrap merger

    • Sprint has high band spectrum which is what will be needed in the future. They merged with MetroPCS and basically shut down most of their sites.

  • some people..lol.. im leaving tmo cause sprint was terrible.. what is your thought? that sprint will abandon their GSM network and switch to the terrible sprint CDMA… it says Tmobile will be in control for this deal to go through.. iim sure tmobile will ONLY begin migrating sprint customers over once they feel their infrastructure can support it.. calm down.. lol.. while i agree its not ideal, its going to be ugly before it gets super pretty

    • Matthew Hansen

      I only think that they should pick and choose what remains after Sprint is done imploding. Buying the whole burning husk is just dumb. Sure you get spectrum, but, would it be ready to be repurposed for Tmo needs? Probably not. Would there be huge network migration / synergy issues? ABSOLUTELY. Plus the good old FCC would probably incur some penalty that Tmo would have to support the CDMA portion of Sprint for a good 3-5 years (couple of phone generations for those people still rocking Nokia 3310’s) before they will let them sunset the legacy tech. I think that these issues combined with the crap show that is Sprint management and lack of coherent network outlay and debt (can’t forget the debt) would sink any of the progress Tmo has made in the last few years.

      • Warp

        TMobile could just do something that they’ve already done when retiring 3G in some regions. Send all impacted users new replacement handsets with equal or better features as a Trade-in.

  • Jason Caprio

    I think this will be a great thing. It will give T-Mobile a RIDICULOUS amount of extra spectrum to play with, which can all be combined for use with 5G technologies. Just imagine, 5-Way Carrier Aggregation: Band 2, 4, 12, 26, and 41. (1900, 1700/2100, 700, 800, 2500). This is going for some INTENSE competition between Verizon and AT&T. When you have 3 carriers with nearly equal power, they will do anything they can to win over the customer, including great increases in quality of service as well as competitive pricing!

    • Locust Gee

      Or TMO+SPCS can eff it up with execution & it will be the Big 2 & 1 big turd.

      I have had experience with SPCS & their purchase of Nextel.
      It literally made them hemorrhage from day1.

      • turtle6988

        T-mobile and Sprint will merger the Network the same way we did with MetroPCS. Look at Sprint sites to keep and Sprint sites to get rid of. The site T-Mobile decides to keep will have t-mobile equipment put on site. The others will go away once Sprints Network is turned off. Within 6 months of the finalized merger. Sprint stores will be selling phones with T-Mobile radios in them. And the sprint phones that have radios that are compatible with T-Mobiles network will have those bands unlocked in there phones. I see it taking 3-4 years to completely shut Down Sprints network

        • frankinnoho

          Where are you pulling all this wishful thinking out of? Sprint could frak up a wet dream. Nobody on this board knows who’s on top in this merger, what stays and what goes. We’re all gonna find out slowly, long after it’s too late. But, Sprint being Sprint, I’m betting they will find a way to frak it up hard!

        • Mariano Moreira

          I don’t see that being the case because of Band 41 2.5ghz spectrum.

          That spectrum is basically the main course for acquiring Sprint Network.

          Wouldn’t make any sense to completely shut down the largest Bandwidth spectrum. Better to just enable that Band to be T-Mobile network friendly and further enhance current network.
          (Retooling of 800mhz & 1900mhz bands is to be expected!)

        • turtle6988

          Sprint isn’t even using that spectrum. T-Mobile will use it for 5G

        • Mariano Moreira

          3xCA on Sprint is Band 41+Band 41 + Band 41 and HPUE

          Just abysmal deployment, so basically only Test Cities…like when Sprint was claiming to have Wi-Max coverage :SMH:

      • Jay Holm

        You aren’t the CTO, it’s the CTO’s job to figure out how to integrate the two networks, Neville Ray is a good CTO. There will definitely be a PCS phasing out period.

  • Do you think all of a sudden T-Mobile will ditch what they have been doing and have Sprint lead?

  • They_Call_Me_Bruce

    I am not looking forward to another shakeup to the big 4 cell companies. I remember a couple years ago when AT&T was going to buy T-mobile. I wanted nothing to do with AT&T and jumped the gun by switching to Sprint. I don’t remember much about my service except for the high fees and them constantly reducing my employer’s discount. The AT&T deal ended up falling through, and I used Sprint’s new price increase as a way to get out of my contract early and go back to T-mobile where I have been pretty happy since.

    I’ll save you the time, COOL STORY BRO!!!

    • 8tackOnTit

      Your happiness is due to the breakup fee in money and spectrum AT&T paid. T-mo didn’t magically get better out of thin air.

      • vinnyjr

        Break up fee was peanuts compared to what T-MOBILE has invested in their Network. Instead of pocketing the cash, T-MOBILE put it in the future. John Legere is the reason of their success, the man is a marketing genius. My service has never been better, Thank You John Legere, Thank You T-MOBILE.

      • millenialkid

        Your right.

        Then, Verizon and AT&T both sold their real estate portfolio to third party rent/management companies. Making it possible for T-Mobile to put their equipment on towers originally owned by Verizon and AT&T.

        There was a tradeoff though- TMobile undoubtedly benefitted from AT&T and Verizon’s engineering work. AT&T and Verizon originally performed that engineering to provide service in those areas. However, TMobile is lower on all those towers so their equipment doesn’t have the same range.

        In a nutshell, T-Mobile didn’t have to do much engineering work at all.

        Verizon sold TMobile Band 12 across most of the US.

        I see an issue with TMobile sending most of their profit from the US to fund German and European network expansion and upgrades following this merger with one less competitor.

  • mreveryphone

    I had a conversation with a sprint network tech and he stated that sprint currently has 25000 errors in their network right now with no way of fixing them in a timely manner with the loss of the ericcson contract. Right now there are 100’s of jobs postings at the headquarters in Kansas City for network techs… Sprint is hanging on by a thread at this point…

    • ltnstar

      See, this is where you would assume after network vision and change in ceo’s this would be things of the past

    • Jay Holm

      In one way or another, Sprint has been hanging on by a thread for over a DECADE!!!

  • enigmaco

    lol we left verizon to go to T-Mobile, good luck with that decision.

  • DKBNYC

    What part of “T-Mobile BUYING SPRINT” leads you to believe T-Mobile will go downhill?

    • Frankwhitess

      It’s Sprint .. What part of Hell do you not see there is No Good in Hell ??

      Sorry.. But Sprint ruins everything.. … Keep in mind, t mobile will now have to waste millions on converting there network.. (Hint hint.. Do you remember what happened to sprint when they brought Nextel ??)

  • Dakota_Offspring

    Look at the prices and plan offerings in Canada with 3 major carriers. We as consumers will pay through the roof like the canadians are paying right now if this merger goes through

    • CAL_08

      Those networks don’t have near the same volume of customers supporting it as the U.S. based carriers do. More customers (U.S. market) means more revenue to cover the operational costs. If you’ve noticed, costs have actually gone down over the past several year while the plans have actually been offering more for less.

  • steve

    guess that softbank is selling sprint like scraps they must off be so desperate to sell it to tmobile. tmobile will take it and let the war start against verizon and att. go tmobile never stop.

  • Deswaga

    Could possibly be the reason Virgin mobile is no longer selling android phones, only Iphones.

    • Jay Holm

      I don’t think that has anything to do with this.

  • Sharti24

    Dual coverage and new spectrum would be nice

  • Trevor Lee

    John Legere said he is out of the country, and he isn’t really telling people where he went. My bet is Germany, and this is why.

  • Crackers luv M3TH

    I’m curious to see how they will pan out. Sprint has a lot of debt plus I believe Dish would be a more valuable partner. ATT is now offering HBO for free and DIRECTV Now for $10 . Verizon is soon to be a partner of Comcast. T-Mobile has no TV content partners but Dish has TV content and Spectrum.

    • Jay Holm

      I like your idea!

  • ” J.D. “

    { POSTED ON FACEBOOK / 6/22/2017 1:47 PM }
    I am sick and tired of this whining & crying by softbank T-MOBILE stay on your own ! I had these losers for both personal & business Worst ever customer service & network / They lost 156 GM employees plus my own dealership I pulled them all . I was a rep ( ZONE MANAGER ) for GM and responsible for the move in the first place talk about embarrassing They Killed the nextel network completely me and my service writers were going crazy not to mention the internal office workers – NEVER NEVER NEVER AGAIN ! ! ! Been with you guys 8 yrs & Im happy )))) T-MOBILE HOPE YOUR LISTENING (((((

    • ltnstar

      I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one with this issue. sprint merged with Nextel for its business customers only to f that up. then through all there upgrades and tech path, it was denial with admitting any service issues. what last drove me crazy was that any network issues was met with a tech to do all sort of things to your phone. so you can call 3 times a day and all week and have that same experience, this drove me crazy. no transparency. no accountability

      • Sprint is the Worst Mobile phone company in the world. I hate Sprint.

  • Sprint is the Worst of all.I hope it dies

  • millenialkid

    With any luck, AT&T and Verizon will ask for spectrum divestitures.

  • DHar Harr

    I saw a tweet that the talks between T-mobile and Sprint have halted and that Sprint is now talking with Comcast. Will two crappy companies make a good one?

    • ltnstar

      Yup. The wall street journal is reporting.
      Logically a merger with tmobile doesn’t make sense unless they want to add more customers overnight. Guess it shows softbank wants out asap.