More T-Mobile-Sprint merger reports surface, announcement may be weeks away

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Following last week’s report that claimed that T-Mobile and Sprint are reportedly close to agreeing to terms of a merger, more details on the negotiations have leaked.

SoftBank is willing to take a stock-for-stock merger that would value Sprint at or near its current market price, say sources speaking to Bloomberg. Originally, T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom felt that Sprint shares should be valued significantly below their market value, but DT has recently told SoftBank that it’s willing to come up on their value.

A separate report from CNBC claims that T-Mobile and Sprint are entering due diligence in a stock-for-stock merger that would result in Deutsche Telekom being the controlling owner. The exchange ratio will reportedly be at market, and the companies involved hope to reach a deal by the third week of October.

These latest reports make it sound like this T-Mobile-Sprint merger deal is making progress, but nothing is set in stone quite yet. Any agreement that’s made will also have to get the green light from regulators, and while some have suggested that this administration may be receptive to a deal, it’s tough to know what’ll happen unless a deal is struck.

What do you make of this news? Do you think a T-Mobile-Sprint merger deal is going to happen?

Sources: Bloomberg, CNBC

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  • steadymobb

    Yuck

  • Kilroy672

    I really hope this does not pass. Not sure what that would mean to current T-Mobile customers. I’ve been with T-Mobile close to 14 years. Im really not ready to give up my godfathered plan. Some say this might be good but I say it won’t.

    • Trevnerdio

      Just because they’re acquiring another company doesn’t mean your plans will change, necessarily.

      • Andrew Addison

        Bullcrap. This merger needs to get blocked. Prices are going to go sky rocketed high for new customers though. Current customers that have the same plans as before, will be grandfathered in. For those that are new comers will have a hard time getting a plan at a way cheaper pricing. This merger will get Blocked.

        • riverhorse

          Are thou planning to drop thine plan and then comedst back?

        • Trevnerdio

          So…you agree, but call my point “bullcrap”

        • Andrew Addison

          Re read my messages you idiot. I said bullcrap to the Merger and said bullcrap to you leaving out the new customers would have to face high pricing of plans. Learn how to comprehend and read a little bit better.

        • Trevnerdio

          Aww, resorting to childish insults :) cute. Good debate. I said the *current customer’s* plan would likely not change, and you said the plan would be grandfathered in. We’re talking about the same thing.

      • zeiferx

        at first no but after things are settle get ready to go back to tier data (its better for profits) and all bunch of limits. remember how verizon and att were forcing customers to give up unlimited to upgrade their phones. or how airlines didnt charge you to check a bag cuz it was ok to bring clothes for your trip. same thing.

        • Trevnerdio

          Yeah…but everyone is gonna have to start going in a different direction. As streaming services of all kinds become higher quality and more accessible, customers will get fed up with having absurdly low data caps.

          Then there’s that one that sacrifices some profits in order to gain customers…that used to be T-Mobile. It’s why the free market works. If T-Mobile/Sprint doesn’t do it, someone else will. It’s inconvenient for us, but we do have opportunities.

    • riverhorse

      It’s gonna be better for you…less dead spots.
      Say Hurrah! Stop imagining boogeymen.

  • jj201367

    Hope this does not pass it would be bad. I’m
    Not gonna loose my plan I currently have

  • Bklynman

    Will it be like Tmo and Metro? Or Sprint will be no more? If so how would this be good for customers? Even those Tmo is acting more and more less uncarrier like,still better prices than the deathstar,and big red. If there is only 3 big carriers,who to say they just won’t decide,just charge all the same price?Since these 3 would control all the tower’s,then they can just tell Metro up your prices,Boost,Virgin? Cricket,what ever other carrier big red owns,then what? I said no to this.

    • Andrew Addison

      I say no to this also. I do not want this merger to happen at all. This Merger needs to get blocked Asap.

    • riverhorse

      We need more competitors with FULL NATIONAL COVERAGE.
      Just because you are happy with a low price because you don’t travel much…does not mean it’s good for all.

      • Bklynman

        I didn’t say it was good for all,I agree with you for full coverage,with more competitors. But tell me if this goes thru,how can this be good for us? Just like OS,we have choice between Android and ISO,but if windows or firefox gotten a foothold just think of the prices of handset would of been. I been reading on this blog for a while,what I have read on here,every carrier has holes in there coverage. No matter what state,or highway,or city.

  • Carlos Rodriguez

    Aslong as they don’t change my plan I don’t mind even though I like the competition I think Sprint should offer more since TMobile has gained a lot of ground the past few years!

    • Nearmsp

      You are very naive to think better and larger coverage will not increase your plans. Sprint is not spending money for charity.

  • Nearmsp

    Reduction in competition is never good for consumers. This is not about Legere. The merger is much bigger than personalities. Republicans are crony capitalistic and Trump’s ego can be pumped up by praise and he will sign off anything after that. Mr. Son knows how to make Trump dance through ingratiation. Mr. Pai is a Republican political hack, too willing to rubber stamp what ever Trump orders him to do so. But elections are coming and politicians are very sensitive these days due any insinuation of belonging to the swamp. So I am hoping Trump may come to his senses, and even FCC chair, Mr. Pai will have an iota of self respect to reject something that is a blatant reduction of competition in the US wireless market.

    • donnybee

      Republicans are crony capitalistic and Trump’s ego can be pumped up by praise and he will sign off anything after that. Mr. Son knows how to make Trump dance through ingratiation. Mr. Pai is a Republican political hack, too willing to rubber stamp what ever Trump orders him to do so. But elections are coming and politicians are very sensitive these days due any insinuation of belonging to the swamp. So I am hoping Trump may come to his senses..

      Quit vomiting your rehashed BuzzFeed and NPR bullshit to us. You really expect us to believe this somehow hurts your choices in wireless service? Look around – you’ve got MVNO options for days, more national carriers than some countries have (even after such a deal), and prepaid options from any of them. Oh, and another thing your granola radio host won’t tell you is that people who need the type of coverage and reliability they see from AT&T / Verizon (aka around 250 million people according to their subs) would love this INCREASE in competition on this type of scale.

      Lastly, anyone with any sense of how investor/company relationships work would know that T-Mobile couldn’t just become idle once they reach the size or scope of the big 2. If they all priced themselves the same, investors would rip the company apart for not pursuing growth – something that happens by differentiating yourself from the competition. Right now, VZW & AT&T use their network as a differentiator, but that won’t work anymore when T-Mobile matches or even surpasses them. Then we’ll see competition that’s not just based on the network anymore. Price, features, service – those will need to be the focus at that point. Sounds great to me.

      Spare us your left-wing puke session and maybe look up from the toilet long enough to think critically. This isn’t the forum for you.

      • Nearmsp

        MVNO’s parent’s are the same 4 wireless companies. Each is tied to the umbilical cord of the major company whose network they rent and use. So no, that is not “competition” by any means. AT&T used the same argument that T-mobile would go bankrupt unless they were allowed to merge. FTC and FCC threw the argument out of the window. Nothing major has changed since then, other than a receptive environment for crony capitalism with the new administration. After the merger was rejected, T-mobile took market share from all 3 companies. Reducing the number of providers/companies leads to more concentration of the market, less competition and higher prices. There is no left wing or right wing views on this. It is just plain economics. Lastly, FTC has to certify the affect of the merger on competition not impact on investors. I am not going to respond to your diatribe on puke/vomit/other crap.

        • donnybee

          Ah, you’re unfamiliar with why MVNOs exist it seems. I’ll give you a pass on that due to ignorance. See, wireless companies are required – by law – to resell unused bandwidth to third party companies. Hence MVNOs. The reason? To increase competition and not let a company sit on activated, unused bandwidth assets. They may go through a parent network but are definitely competing for the minds and pockets of customers along with the rest. Lesson #1.

          Lesson #2 is actually pretty understandable – T-Mobile didn’t magically rebound after the drama with AT&T’s buyout, they got billions from AT&T and put it to use effectively. Without that, we wouldn’t have the T-Mobile we do today. Hell, maybe T-Mobile would’ve failed and assets be sold to the remaining 3 huge carriers. Sprint doesn’t seem to be in a position to get billions right now from anyone – and certainly isn’t doing anything worthwhile to generate that on its own. So, you see, sprint is actually in a worse spot now than T-Mobile was during the AT&T talks. We all see joy in watching sprint suffer while T-Mobile succeeds, so tell me – what happens when sprint can’t make it on its own anymore? It’s not getting a “failed merger” payout or any freebies from anyone.

          You were the one bringing trashy political spout into a tech discussion. We don’t want it.

        • Nearmsp

          If Sprint can’t face the competition, it’s share price will fall and new investors will come in. The market will decide. But it is not the role of regulators to play God and pick winners and losers. T-Mobile is doing well because it has a fantastic CEO. it is time Mr. Son odd Sprint hired some top notch executives to bring value for Softbank shareholders. Killing competitoon by merging should not be allowed by the regulators.

        • donnybee

          Legere came in because T-Mobile could afford him. If sprint gets new investors that’s great, but they already are backed by enormously deep pockets and can’t make people want them. Nobody wants sprint. Their network sucks, their plans aren’t great, their customer service is terrible. Public perception is a very hard thing to overcome and Sprint has been on the downhill slope for years. Meanwhile, people currently with Verizon and AT&T are getting screwed because their needs likely require a network of the scope they’re on and haven’t changed yet for the lack of better options and full-scale competition.

          It’s curious to me that you don’t consider an MVNO as competition but you consider the worst national carrier to be competitive. I’m assuming price is the only thing you consider to be competition, but then that doesn’t explain your thoughts on MVNOs. And, that would also fully embrace the idea that when all networks are arguably the same, the true competition will be in the other market positionings such as price.

          Killing competition, you say?

        • Nearmsp

          MVNO-Mobile Virtual Network Operator. All they are doing is buying talk time and data in bulk at discounted rates and re-selling them with lower paid staff at lower costs with less features. At every price point there is a market segment. Because they own no network they can rarely give more features such as better speed than the wireless company. So in reality they are virtual competitors. So they add value to the market but they never provide competition to the parent from from they lease capacity. But Sprint owns their network. The owner of Sprint bought a lemon. In a true market economy, they will either have to invest in better trained customer service personnel and improve their service to make their investment whole. By allowing a merger, the government is forcing less competition with the sole intention of profiting a private company. American consumers should not have to pay the price of less competition so Japanese Softbank can make their investment whole. When corporations make wrong investments the shareholders get punished. Just because Mr. Son went to Trumpmower, praised Trump and promised to invest $100 billion in the US does not mean, the same FCC that determined merger of honor the four major wireless companies would affect competition is now somehow good for consumers. If Mr. Son sells Sprint at a discount, I am sure there would buyers. Even Chrysler, at the right price was “sold”. It s essential to maintain 4 large wireless companies in a U.S. wireless market which is already more concentrated than any other western market. This merger is not about consumers, it is about profiting a billionaire at the cost of American consumers and must not be rubber stamped by FCC.
          .

        • riverhorse

          Please refer also to my answers to others.

        • donnybee

          Because they own no network they can rarely give more features such as better speed than the wireless company.

          Obviously. There aren’t going to be any brand new national networks ones that pop up – proving how important MVNOs are in our mobile landscape.

          The owner of Sprint bought a lemon.

          Agreed. No reason to keep a lemon around for the sake of keeping a lemon around.

          In a true market economy, they will either have to invest in better trained customer service personnel and improve their service to make their investment whole.

          They will either have to do that, or what? You forgot to end that with the very real fact that if they don’t do that then they disappear. The exact trajectory we’ve seen from this lemon of a network.

          It’s essential to maintain 4 large wireless companies in a U.S. wireless market which is already more concentrated than any other western market.

          The burden of proof is on you for this. There is no reason that keeping a failing lemon on life support just to do it helps anyone. ROI dictates that Sprint needs more help than it’s worth. You and I agree that Softbank bought a crappy network and investment. It doesn’t matter who bought it, it would’ve still been a crappy network and investment.
          The point is that MVNOs currently do, and will continue to, exist as further options for customers beyond the real 3 competing carriers. Options for people who don’t want any of the real 3 competing carriers.

        • riverhorse

          Spot on with all your answers.

        • ltnstar

          But that’s what softbank did. They fired sprints ceo’s and brought in a new one. Yet they continue to fail. Obviously they have improved from where they were at. Trust me I had no lte despite them announcing it and there coverage maps insinuating it. Softbank just wants to get rid of sprint and gain his money back

        • donnybee

          Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
          ROI – return on investment. Sprint is a pile of assets that don’t provide a proper ROI anymore. Someone else could come in and buy them but the race to the bottom in pricing only causes them to compete with other bottom-priced options (see, MVNO) but with the big differentiator being the network. This is a lose/lose scenario for Sprint.

        • ltnstar

          But no one has come in and bought them out. Softbank has been the only one. Softbank is the one who keeps approaching tmobile, so it seems. I say allow them to file for bankruptcy, no one at sprint deserves a compensation package

        • riverhorse

          I agree. In fact, many mvno offer better plans the main carrier…TMo included[teltik].

        • zeiferx

          We both agree on #2 but number one goes a little more than what you just explain there.
          MVNO are use in many cases as loopholes but they dont really compete. (they do between them but not with the big carriers)
          MVNO are limited networks that dont really innovate and bring new tech for their users, instead they make you believe they are giving you the best while being very limited and slow on the role out of features, technologies or however you want to call them.
          MVNO are oriented to an specific market, Straight talk, Simple mobile, metro, etc etc etc, all have a customer in mind. and that why they really dont compete with the big 4.
          im one to thing that in some twisted way Sprint wants to fail because Softbank had tmo on its radar since the beginning, if sprint really wanted to compete they would have done so already. Softbank has spend a lot on it and has the resources to make it relevant. Look at softbank in japan and you’ll see what im talking about.

        • donnybee

          This isn’t true. In fact, Metro PCS ran ads recently that specifically named Sprint customers as their target. They are virtual, sure, we all know this, but that doesn’t change their impact on the market. And if you think Sprint in fact wants to fail then wouldn’t you rather see their assets improve your favorite carrier rather than go on auction to all the carriers? You’re a contradiction to yourself.

        • zeiferx

          in all honesty, this is the first time i see this ad. but i would put it as tmobile trying to get more of sprint customers matching their cheapest plans on their b network. have you seen the same thing targeting vz or att customers? or have you seen any other mvno targeting the big 4? bet 10, republic wireless, straight talk ? only other case i can think of is cricket when it says it has more coverage than tmobile, mainly talking about prepaid, but i think we can agree that most of them dont ever mention the big 4 right?
          to your other point i dont contradict myself at all. if sprint absolutely fails some other company will show interest because of the much lower investment they will have to make and they should get preference over any of the big 3 (in a fair market of course), unless no one else steps up we shouldn’t have to worried about the other 3 splitting it even. i say sprint has been trying to fail because since the beginning they been talking about tmobile and what better justification for a merger attempt than one of them is failing, is like you you do everything possible to make your girlfriend dump you so you can go out with a different girl and not look like a jerk. it has always been your plan but it doesn’t look bad cuz you didn’t cheat on her.
          you want a good merger, DIsh or softbank should make a move to partner with each other.

        • donnybee

          The point was to show that MVNOs are considered another option for consumers, and there have been times they’ve targeted the big guys to make that point. They don’t need to specifically say who they’re better than to appeal to consumers. Most people don’t make their decision just because their wireless carrier targeted a specific other carrier, they make a decision based on their needs. However, MVNOs do understand they have an opportunity to take customers from the other big carriers and they can and do position themselves that way. Case in point.
          As far as Sprint setting themselves up to fail – whether they have or haven’t (we can’t know absolutely), I’m sure a company that either wants to fail or just can’t succeed doesn’t present real competition for consumers. Sure, it seems great to get a year of service for $1 – we all want that! But that’s what causes Sprint to fail and that race to the bottom is all they can do to increase their subs. That’s not competition, that’s just a fire-sale. Unfortunately, that’s the only trick up their sleeve. Sprint has deeper pockets than T-Mobile and it’s insanity to think they just need even deeper pockets. The bleeding trend will continue for them until there is nothing left because the market has already spoken.

          Whether the market decides Sprint should disappear in favor of other options or Sprint takes itself out of the running, we still have other options that people can rely on and have been choosing in masses.

        • Jak Crow

          Hilarious someone tried to use MVNOs as some kind of competition.

        • donnybee

          Hilarious that you don’t think they are. What do you think they do, then? Just because they use a network that wasn’t built in-house doesn’t mean they’re not an additional option for customers. The whole purpose of the government requiring bandwidth to be resold to MVNOs is to increase competition and not allow bandwidth to go unused.
          Just because you personally would never switch to one doesn’t change the fact that others do.

      • zeiferx

        You want to see how true it is that this will hurt us.
        think back when we had over 10 big airline carriers and how much it cost to fly and how you where treated, then think about now with the big four and all the fees that they have manage to set and come together in an agreement that none of them will do anything to change them so they can all keep them because it great for their business. check the numbers before 08 fees for the airlines brought in barely millions, last year it brought them 4.2 billion. what do you think is going to happen when they are on the same plane field. VZ, att, Tmosprint? only reason you got what you got know is because a merger didn’t happen, t mobile got $$ from att that it needed to start competing and them it needed to survive and get customers. the uncarrier bullshit is nothing more than tmobile last chance for survival and it paid off, they didnt do it for us they did it to survive!
        in a condense merger friendly atmosphere the only one that loses is us, the people.

      • ltnstar

        Hold on. Left or right, you got to look at reality. The US will be left with 3 major wireless company’s. Now all those mvno work off those big 3(many piggy back off sprint). Besides rates and coverage is tech. When there are more company trying to outperform the other with tech we all benefit. So the next one to push 5g and beyond that. Tmobile right now is the only one that offers tech to block those spam callers for free, Verizon wants to charge for that. We could have an oligopoly. I’m not a leftist, but in reality what merger that has 2 or 3 major companies have benefited the US consumers?

        • donnybee

          The reason I called out his left-wing speech is due to the unrelated rant I quoted from him.
          I agree, this should be focused on the facts.
          Facts are that there would be 3 remaining carriers. My argument is that there are really only 3 REAL competing carriers anymore anyway. Sprint can’t compete with the big guys. Price, maybe, but tech/coverage/speed/customer service is lacking so bad that they’re bleeding. If you can only compete on price than it’s a race to the bottom and that won’t allow them to be a real competitor.

        • ltnstar

          Okay. Then as a real Republican then sprint shouldnt be allowed a bail out by mean of a merger. They should file bankruptcy and allow others to pick up the assets or a none wireless company to but them out.

      • Loco Mole

        Saying MVNO are options when commenting on carrier mergers is well, idiotic.

        • donnybee

          I guess talking about options when people yell there aren’t options is idiotic.
          The crowd here sure has taken a turn for the worst.

    • bkat11

      CNN is strong with this one!

    • MadMartigan

      Maybe, just maybe, the carriers shouldn’t control the spectrum. :)

      • Andrew Addison

        Hmmm sad way to think. Carriers should control lots of spectrum. I wan’t 4 carriers to remain in the United States of America. Plus Sprint-BoostMobile seriously do not need to merge with anyone at all for that matter. Go away T-Mobile-MetroPCS. T-Mobile-MetroPCS is so good all by itself now.

        • MadMartigan

          “I wan’t 4 carriers to remain in the United States of America.”

          I want dozens of carriers competing on services, policies, and support, rather than their unilateral control of specific spectrum.

        • Bklynman

          It was like that at one point,until the big fish,ate up all the little fish. Even if another small company come alone,it would attack by all 3 big ones(if this happens),unless they unlimited funds,they would either have build their own towers,or rent space on the big 3 ones,if they all tell them no,then what?

        • donnybee

          Yes, larger companies bought smaller ones, but there needs to be a healthy amount of consolidation because networks on such a national scale and with as much tech and as many features as people demand, having customers divided between tons of companies wouldn’t provide any of them enough capital to survive.
          As for renting space, the U.S. government requires unused bandwidth to be resold for use, so they can’t say no.

        • Bklynman

          Ok,now I see why Sprint have so many mvnos. Everytime I see new one,it always has to do with Sprint most of the time,just how much bandwidth is Sprint sitting on?

        • Andrew Addison

          Don’t count Boost Mobile as an mvno though. Boost is the same as Sprint.

        • Bklynman

          If you say so.

        • Bklynman

          Ok,if you say so.

        • MadMartigan

          “then what?”

          There’d be no big 3. It would be a bunch of what amounts to what we now call MVNOs.

          Spectrum, towers, wireless communication advancements, etc would be managed by a Consortium, or some other entity.

          I’m not saying it’s the best option, but it would at least allow for a more level playing field. I’m sure there are better options out there as well, but our “current state” ain’t one of ’em.

        • Andrew Addison

          One Carrier can have more spectrum. Why so jealous. That’s why Sprint-BoostMobile is way Better. This merger will still fail either way. If anything you should bark at Dish Network and AT&T.

        • MadMartigan

          “jealous”

          I don’t think you know what that word means….I’m not jealous of anyone; I’m not in the game.

          Doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the rules.

          “One Carrier can have more spectrum.”

          Say ATT had all the good spectrum and was really the only choice for travelers. That’d work out great, right? They wouldn’t abuse that, would they? Nah…. /smh

  • mavricxx

    I really hope this doesn’t happen. This week hurt all of us not just T-Mobile customers. Less competition means higher prices for everyone. I hope our leaders in the White House don’t allow this to happen

    • J.J.

      Don’t count on it the new fcc/doj is known for loving mergers.

      • Andrew Addison

        Yes coun’t on it. Screw that part, I doubt this merger will ever happens, even if the new bosses are in town, you just may never know. I believe that this merger deal will not happen at all.

        • ltnstar

          In reality it seems possible. Remember Softbanks ceo’s was kissing trumps ass in the beginning of the year. Softbank all along has been wanting to ditch sprint and drop them off tmobile. Wish out government had a better brain but seems this could go thru

        • Andrew Addison

          Noooo in reality you are lying. Watch it fail. more like a Monopoly.

        • J.J.

          Hope your right

    • riverhorse

      Better TMo than Verizon, AT&T or one of the big cable / satellite or even network tv entities.
      Sprint is downward trending and not going to stay / last independently for very long.

      • zeiferx

        Actually i think that the best merger scenario would be with DIsh.
        Dish has a ton of spectrum for them to use on Sprint network and make it better and more capable plus it will bring competition to att/directv (see how they are lowering prices for customers of both) and Verizon/Fios.
        competition would be more aggressive in two areas, plus rural customers would also have more options, when you get to big you dont care for people outside of cities, look what Verizon just tried to do dumping customers .

        • ltnstar

          I agree it makes more sense with dish since they can basically add an antenna to your home to receive service. Perfect for band 41, but dish seems to have just been waiting for a bankrupt sprint.

  • SteveD

    One of the positive takeaways is for the disruption of employees. Since Sprint has completely handed off all network responsibility to Ericcson as a 3rd party vendor that means that the job losses should be minimal.. At least as far as Network OPS is concerned.

    It won’t be a Sprint/US Cellular bloodbath where every USC employee in effected markets was told to get bent and find another job.

  • zeiferx

    If this happens then is game over for consumers. just like in the airlines world where we are left with 4 big airlines in the states that control over 85% of the market, having 3 big carriers will mean the end of a consumer friendly wireless industry like we have now.
    It wasn’t until tmobile started their “uncarrier” movement to gain customers, that we saw a change but until that point every carrier was the same, there was no pressure on them, just like it would happen if we go to 3 carriers with very a very close amount in their subscribers numbers.
    i understand all the reason from the tech point of view, but if this gets done it doesn’t matter who is leading the tmosprint company because the factor that makes them compete will be gone. Best thing that would ever happen is that sprint finds their Jhon.

  • J.J.

    More Corporate consolidation. This will not help competition only help the big three align their hustle. Shortly they will all have similar coverage, same plans, same high price.

    • Noremacam

      But is Sprint bringing much value to the market right now? If they’re looking to merger, it could be because they’re sinking and their assets could be used to stay competitive with the bigger telecoms.

      • zeiferx

        actually in some way it does. their plans are so cheap that if you live and dont go out of one of their spark (or however they are calling it this days) markets you should consider them. Tmobile use to be the same as sprint is now and look where we are. Dont ever forget that.

        • donnybee

          Those cheap plans won’t help them afford a better network.

      • J.J.

        60mil customers is something. And i understand if they are tanking they may also want the merger so the big wigs can take their millions and run. All that said it’s one less major wireless company i.e. less competition overall

      • J.J.

        If i was the boss at Sprint i assume I would be looking to merge too so i don’t blame them, but my point is what’s good for them Is not necessarily good for the customer

      • Acdc1a

        Sprint’s spectrum holdings are massive. So yes, they bring that to the table.

        • donnybee

          Sprint is just a pile of good assets that are on a sinking ship. At some point the ship goes under, but it can barely be considered competition as-is.

        • ltnstar

          If there assets were any good an American company would have picked them up a long time ago.. Softbank seems to really have no clue what they got into, that why after a year they have been pushing merger. No cable company want to pick up sprint.

    • John Doe

      Well sprint has been offering lower prices than T-Mobile but T-Mobile still increased their pricing so clearly competition is not working.

      • Tony Chen

        sprint lower prices becausde their network is shit get real we dont want you

      • J.J.

        I understand your point but Sprint is still competing because they are still here(60 mil customers). When they are gone that level of competition, no matter how small, is gone.

        • John Doe

          Someone else will take sprint’s position US cellular or dish network or even Google or charter or comcast or who knows.

        • onlinenetizen

          us cellular has been shrinking for years. they won’t take sprints position.

        • Bklynman

          Also US Cellular,is only in certain markets,to my knowledge they have no service in NY,maybe upstate someplace.

        • J.J.

          Yes if they are gone the next will automatically be forth(whoever steps up) but likely no where near 60mil subscribers for a long long time and really won’t be competing

      • Acdc1a

        Actually Sprint has been GIVING away their service and can’t touch T-Mobile for net additions.

        • Sharti24

          Yeah. $1 for a year or service. Sprint is just racking up the customers before they sell out

  • Steven

    I hope this happens. Gobble up Spectrum, use it where areas are weak. BOOM #winning.

    • AJ2

      Less competition. Prices go up. Bad for consumers. #Losing

      • Dummy Up Meathead

        You can make the case that competition will increase with the new T-Mo being more capable of actually competing with AT & T and Verizon. Sprint is/was in no position to do so on its own, and the added spectrum will only help T-Mo.

        • onlinenetizen

          t-mobile has about 30 billion in debt and sprint has 40 billion in debt. a combined company would have close to 100 billion(the minority shareholders want a premium). prices in a combined company will go up. its bad for consumers

      • Joseph Cathey

        The only reason Sprint is so cheap is because their network is trash. They have all but ceased network improvements. Consumer value is only as good as the service their getting. It’s not competition if the value isn’t the same… Same reason you don’t even consider something like US-Cellular “competition”… they techinically have great prices, but their quality of service doesn’t outweigh the money you save.

        Sprint is hemorrhaging money and about to have some debt mature… so they are likely going under anyway. Better to have three massive carriers than can compete on even footing than two massive carriers and one (T-Mobile) that is still pulling itself up by the bootstraps.

      • jeff grace

        You all keep thinking how a tradition carrier would do things . This is the Uncarrier they dont do what Verizon,at&t and Sprint would do . If you are with T-Mobile and follow John Legere blog and what his goals and his mindset , you would know that he won’t act or do what a traditional carrier would .

  • Sharti24

    I would like to see the merger happen. Coverage would improve and the added spectrum would be nice. Tmobile would finally be on Att and verizons level with the same amount of customers.

    • Nearmsp

      If you want good coverage go to Verizon now. Sprint owners are not selling and part owning a larger part of the combined company for charity. They want to make more profit from less competition and higher prices. I am amazed to see the naivety here.

      • Sharti24

        No thanks. I’ll keep my grandfathered 3 for $80 1 plan and would love to have dual coverage in cities and suburbs. Verizon and Att are for the rural folks

        • Tony Chen

          sprint network is shit i hope its blocked we dont want their shitty network even if they give it for free. screw sprint so bad.

        • turtle6988

          Sprints network will get shutdown and in areas that sprint has good coverage and t-mobile does not t-mobile will biild on those towers. Thats what T-Mobile dis when they merged with MetroPCS

        • kanakamaoli

          I don’t care about sprints network. I’m interested in the load of spectrum they have especially, the 800mhz low band

      • Sean Sorlie

        You stay with Verizon and call people naive? If they have an advantage at all is incredibly minor. This kind of Verizon elitism was justified 3 years ago, but not today.

        • Nearmsp

          I have been with Tmobile fir more than 14 years. I am happy to pay less with them for a lower coverage area compared to Verizon. I fear my tmobile plan cost will go up once the level of competetion goes down due to one less major witeless company in the market.

    • AJ2

      Unless youre a stock owner, I never understand Tmobile customers worried about whether Tmo is as big as ATT or Verizon. What do you care? In fact, the bigger a company gets, the less consumer friendly they usually are. If youre happy with your service and your rate plan, why do you care how many customers they have. More customers , more congestion. Fewer companies, less competition. Just read an article today about how only 3majors in Canada has led them to have among the highest priced rate plans with no unlimited. Look at what competition has done to the US mobile industry, thanks to Tmobile

      • Sharti24

        Good points. I see it as more customers more money to invest in the network

  • riverhorse

    Trolls will be trolls no matter what. Legere has one tough job with this merger- not only does he have to dodge arrows from competitors, but also from his own customers for improving T-mobile too much.
    Millions today who can’t even hold down a job decent enough to pay for regular expenses- know better than the already accomplished and society in general.

    • Andrew Addison

      Sorry but this merger is going to be getting blocked in the long run. Sprint-BoostMobile is looking way Better for those that are not about traveling to places where they normally do not hang out in. So why stress so much? I seriously do not see much need for T-Mobile to even be affiliated with Sprint-BoostMobile. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has way too many dead spots going on with it’s own network there. Go away T-Mobile-MetroPCS. Sprint-BoostMobile are better off alone verses it having to be a total merger situation.

      • dtam

        we don’t want you either

        • Andrew Addison

          Someone’s using my name falsely I see? Well I’m sorry, but Sprint-BoostMobile has way Better reliability/connectivity/better coverage in most rural areas over Bummy T-Mobile-MetroPCS with a crap loads of Dead Spots, believe that part. That’s why Sprint-BoostMobile will allow blocked text messaging at free of charge, right??? Free Monthly services for those that miss their due date. Free 120 days of Free Incoming Calls/Text Messaging for those that cannot pay their phone bill off on time??? Boy Bye. Cry Cry Cry.

        • ltnstar

          We? So you own sprint now? If your so happy then why go into a tmobile forum #trollingmuch

        • dtam

          um…no, i was replying to a sprint troll. the context could have been lost as that persons comment was deleted. I’m quite happy with my tmo service actually

      • ltnstar

        LOL. You know it’s sprint’s softbank that keeps approaching tmobile for a merger. Fine your right sprint has improved, it just took them 6 years to catch up. At that rate how much longer will it take them to be a real competing company. Yes tmobile has dead spot, I’ve experienced them. Yet I rather stay with tmobile then go back to sprint. The only benefit anyone sees out of this is the additional pops. If anything sprint will benefit with real tech like volte, spam call blocking, and a real GSM network.

        • Andrew Addison

          Someone’s using my name falsely I see? Well I’m sorry, but Sprint-BoostMobile has way Better reliability/connectivity/better coverage in most rural areas over Bummy T-Mobile-MetroPCS with a crap loads of Dead Spots, believe that part. That’s why Sprint-BoostMobile will allow blocked text messaging at free of charge, right??? Free Monthly services for those that miss their due date. Free 120 days of Free Incoming Calls/Text Messaging for those that cannot pay their phone bill off on time??? Boy Bye.

      • Sharti24

        LOL. Last month you were a tmobile fan boy, Now you’re a tmobile troll… gtfo dude. Why you even on a tmobile site anyways if you support sprint and their crap network. Bye hater

      • RealShit

        You sound like a complete jackass. You must be the only person within US borders who thinks that highly of Sprint. You must not own a smartphone.

        • Andrew Addison

          Someone’s using my name falsely I see? LOL Well I’m sorry, but Sprint-BoostMobile has way Better reliability/connectivity/better coverage in most rural areas over Bummy T-Mobile-MetroPCS with a crap loads of Dead Spots, believe that part. That’s why Sprint-BoostMobile will allow blocked text messaging at free of charge, right??? Free Monthly services for those that miss their due date. Free 120 days of Free Incoming Calls/Text Messaging for those that cannot pay their phone bill off on time??? Boy Bye.

      • Jason Caprio

        LMFAO!!! You switched to Sprint and now you trash T-Mobile? Can’t imagine your excitement if you switched to a REAL carrier, aka Verizon or AT&T. You wouldn’t know what to do with yourself with the reliable coverage.

        • Sharti24

          That dudes a joke. Remember him loving tmobile and bashing sprint? It was a week ago. I asked him why he switched and he didnt answer lol

        • Bklynman

          This joker left Tmobile for Sprint? Now the sun rise’s with Sprint,go down with Sprint in his eyes. LoL.

        • Sharti24

          Lol he will be back to tmobile soon

        • Brandon

          Because he has absolutely no credibility

        • kanakamaoli

          Jason, what is your definition of a real carrier? One that slows down video content streaming to only 720p max on premium unlimited data plans? Why, does Verizon sell top of the line flagship phones(2k displays) if their network can’t even support it? Verizon “we have the best network” Hypocrisy at its best.
          Your underlying hate for T-Mobile is so obvious. You mostly come here to point out in some way or another that Verizon is the ultimate carrier? Verizon is known to nickel and dime, kick people out of their service for no reason except for high data use? Your goto statement is always coverage? I can safely tell you Verizon isn’t always the best in terms of coverage and speed in each and every location in the US. I can however, tell you that for my needs? Verizon would not come even close to the plan and price I have with T-mobile. (4+1 free (5) unlimited data lines @150.00 – 15% corporate discounts =127.00 before taxes and fees) And coverage here in Hawaii where I live. We have 40mhz of B12 coverage which equates to excellent signals here. Additionally, I spent 3 weeks in Japan last July roaming just fine on Softbanks network. I used wifi calling to call back home daily. I didn’t spend a single penny more on my bill than the previous month. I ave near or over 100MB download speeds to boot.Be that as it may? I’m happy to be a customer at a wannabe/fake carrier called T-Mobile

        • Sharti24

          Tmobile sucks in rural areas. No coverage in Charleston WV? Come on get serious

        • superg05

          THEY JUST STARTED BUILDING OUT THE BAND 600MHZ THEY WON TONS OF IT THEY DIDN’T WIN UNDER 10X10 ANYWHERE
          http //maps spectrumgateway com/t-mobile-600-mhz html ADD THE ://. DOTS OR HIGHTLIGHT RIGHT-CLICK AND SEARCH WITH GOOGLE ON FIREFOX

        • Sean Sorlie

          This was a reality 4 years ago, but not today. T-Mobile has reached parody with Verizon and ATT.

        • Brandon

          He has absolutely no credibility

        • Bklynman

          LoL,he also claim that Stlyo3+and that new ZTE Blade pro max,are flagship phones!!! They were 6 yrs ago!!! Have no idea why Lg came out with G6,and V30! Who konw what kind flagship phone ZTE is coming out with since they only release them unlocked! What what would he think if got a real flagship hignend phone!!!

        • Andrew Addison

          Haaaa AT&T/T-Mobile-MetroPCS are trash to me now. At least Sprint-BoostMobile is very comparable to Verizon, except Verizon has a larger footprint than Sprint-BoostMobile that’s all. Other than that, I root for Verizon Wireless/Sprint-BoostMobile.

        • thepanttherlady

          If they’re trash why do you continue to post on this site?

  • Dark Ages

    I see prices going up.

  • Alex Zapata

    Given the current climate, I don’t see this getting too much resistance from the powers that be.

  • RealShit

    To answer that question at the bottom. I don’t make anything of this news. This is a load of bullshit until official announcements happen.

  • Jon

    I feel bad for the folks who will be unemployed very soon. If this takes place in October and the combined entity starts consolidating jobs and reassinging roles yeah people will be laid off. Hopefully the little guys at the bottom of the barrel are given a severance package. Sucks that this is happening so close to the holidays.

    • Ben

      I think the article said the deal may be announced in October. The approval from the regulators will likely take longer, so I’m sure they’ll all still be employed over the holidays, if they want to stick around.

      • Audio

        If this is the time line, I’ll probably stick around juuuuust long enough to get my free MLB at bat in the spring

    • jeff grace

      A majority of the asstwats at Sprint deserve to be fired their customer service sucks let alone retention of a customer or keeping one .

  • STARK11

    I lived through the sprint Nextel days. I will never associate myself with anything sprint again. I’d rather pay more at Verizon then stay with tmobile if they did this

    • Dummy Up Meathead

      It T-Mobile is controlling partner, and John Legere is running the combined entity, I can live with it. I hear ya though….

      • Andrew Addison

        Nope lies you won’t live with it. And good part is, This merger will fail.

        • Dummy Up Meathead

          Can you please translate this to English?

    • Iceman

      Me too. I left Sprint after 15 years for T-Mobile. I’ll go to Verizon if I need to.

    • Sean Sorlie

      You guys understand that a ship with a new captain is a totally new ship right? Leave your feelings behind and think of what T-Mobile can do with all of Sprint’s spectrum and current coverage. All that comes over is customers and hardware. Sprint and its poor marketing and brand will die.

      • STARK11

        If sprint wasn’t close to 50 percent share holder I would agree. It’s not gonna be where tmobile owns most of it and does what they want. This sounds like a partnership. Not a takeover.

        It’s bad

      • Andrew Addison

        Ewww sorry, but Sprint-BoostMobile is way better than T-Mobile-MetroPCS. This merger will not happen anyways.

      • ltnstar

        True. But when you have a crew with toxic morality, there’s a chance it speeds. See sprint has had this type of culture with 3 ceo’s. For me this past March I had horrible data speeds with tmobile. I call cs and was told they begun network improvements around me and would last a month. Now I have no issues with the network. When I was with sprint I got the run around for 14 months. See what we benefit from volte tech, sprint has not even implemented that tech so they added this tech called sprint calling plus. Sprint has a habit of using a tech that isn’t an industry standard.

    • jeff grace

      T-Mobile is way better than Verizon ,you want 22 to 25 unlimited vs 50 unless congested tower tmobile rarely if at all has congested .

    • Audio

      I agree

  • Hurlamania

    There will be no more Sprint. T-Mobile will absorb them. Take the customer base convert it to T-Mobile they only need a Sim card. Convert The spectrum they can use and need and sell the rest. The only thing sprint like will be the old owner on the board. Metro will absorb boost.

    • Andrew Addison

      Merger will not happen. Go away T-Mobile-MetroPCS

      • jeff grace

        Andrew ,I think you had bad luck with T-Mobile. T-Mobile rocks!!! The merger will go through.Sprint will go under otherwise . This isnt made up or a possibility Sprint is done!! They are looking customers and millions of not billions a month.

  • AJ2

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! more competition is better for the customer.

    • THXULTRA

      Totally agree this will not be good for the customer. Only hoping that the merged company could compete more with Verizon and AT&T as far as network performance in rural areas and drive prices down. Really don’t see that happening though.

      • jeff grace

        Where there is John Legere there is hope for almost anything happening. The prices will always be affordable.

        • THXULTRA

          John Legere’s job is to make money for T-Mobile. I honestly don’t think T-Mobile’s offering now is as good as it was before T-mobile one. Before you had more options for plans. The old plans were also a better value then T-Mobile one. For instance simple choice unlimited offers a option for hd quality streaming with t-mobile one you have to pay for the more expensive plan to get this. I don’t see less competition enticing him to be more competitive.

  • Good

    Screw sprint

  • Steven Blythe

    This is another case of Crony Capitalism. There should be many Cell phone companies. Only then will you get a truly free market.

    • Bklynman

      There was,until the big fish ate up all the little fish.

  • John from Richmond

    T-Mobile merging with Sprint would be a disaster for coverage here at my apartment in Richmond Indiana, I just left MetroPCS for Boost because T-Mobile covers this part of town with 5 bars of LTE but my calls disappear Into thin air without any indication of a dropped call. And don’t get me started on the westside of Richmond and the hole that is the Kmart where your phone goes to emergency calls only. At least Sprint covers 100% of Richmond with reliable circuit switched voice coverage and LTE data. Needless to say if this merger becomes official my next Sprint phone will be my last until the date they shut off CDMA coverage. I refuse to go back to dropping calls left and right with full service on T-Mobile. I even had the issues in my former hometown near Cincinnati so don’t tell me it’s because I’m in the middle of bumbfuck Indiana. It’s an issue with T-Mobile voice over LTE. That or the Moto E4 is a piece of garbage. Which I doubt because I’ve had even worse phones connect to voice over LTE with no problems whatsoever.

    • donnybee

      “…even worse phones connect to voice over LTE with no problems whatsoever.”

      VoLTE issues on Moto E4 + no VoLTE issues on other phones (better/worse) = device problem, not network problem.

      In any case, a merging of the spectrum would only be a win for you. Sure, CDMA will disappear, but CDMA is on a limited lifespan anyway.

      • John from Richmond

        What about the giant coverage hole in the west side of town where Sprint has full LTE and T-Mobile has nothing? Would that would that area magically become T-Mobile LTE coverage

        • Aaron Tillery

          Also sprint is cdma T-Mobile is gsm

        • superg05

          Lte is GSM period so switch wont be as hard as some think especially on Samsung devices and some lg

        • Andrew Addison

          Not the same in this case. T-Mobile-MetroPCS has gsm because of other technologies verses the cdma network that Sprint-BoostMobile has. Sprint-BoostMobile is not GSM at all. Sprint-BoostMobile also does not use hspa+ to within their network or perhaps their network is fully LTE only with 3G, while T-MOBILE-METROPCS still has 2G. I say noooo to this MERGER

        • jeff grace

          Metro PCS that T-Mobile brought out was CDMA it’s not GSM T-Mobile had no problem dealing with that spectrum and all that went with it . It takes money to buy it and money to change all over tmobile did it at record pace as they have 600mhz in 6 months instead of a year. John Legere will be at the helm of what will be known as what was Sprint or they will do what they are doing with metro now , metro has all GSM phimes now all tmobile all run on tmobile network hair thr branding is still there but tmobile gets all profit. Sprint tried this with a cdma company named Nextel and it took to much capital and it destroyed Sprint and they are still paying for tjat one . tmobile kniws what they are doing. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claire will step down and either leave or be a demoted position working for T-Mobile .The coverage is awesome at Tmobile the speed Tmobile has is way faster than anything Sprint has or had amd tmobile gets million of customers every quarter so. Tmobile would take iver all towets that Sprint has and the stock and they would eventually go after at&t next so why complain unless you dimt like 50 gigs use per month (congestion tower based) never happens . upgrade very 30 days 80,100,150,300 meg speeds on T-Mobile well then get ready for the magenta take ovet and some awesoem service

        • Andrew Addison

          Huh? This merger is getting blocked. Sorry. Blocked blocked blocked. Sprint-BoostMobile has way Better connectivity/reliability in rural areas than what T-Mobile-MetroPCS really has going on for it’s customers there.

        • jeff grace

          Trust me they don’t . The merger won’t get blocked, Sprint will go under if they don’t merge with T-Mobile.

        • Sharti24

          Why do you say it wont happen? Sprint wants to sell and trump will approve because of his boy “son”. Only question is at what price will tmobile be interested in paying

        • jeff grace

          CDMA technology is done . GSM is taking over . Even Verizon is getting rid of and phasing out CDMA.

        • Derek Mounce

          Yes the Coverage would get better as well as the speed would be faster because you would possibly have more towers but definitely a LOT more spectrum

        • Joseph Cathey

          Yes… and what’s more, the spectrum that Sprint holds, could be added to existing towers making places where you already have T-Mobile coverage even better.

          Right now you have one apple. Sprint has two apples and aren’t eating one. If you decide to combine what you have, you all now have three apples to share. Does that make more sense?

    • SirStephenH

      I don’t understand how you’d think this would do anything but increase coverage.

      • SirStephenH

        If this deal goes through they’re not going to just go though and shut down every Sprint cell tower. They’ll go though both Sprint and T-Mobile’s holdings and keep the ones that best serve their needs for coverage and capacity and eliminate unneeded overlap.

        They’ll also combine the spectrum holdings of the two companies leading to better coverage for Sprint due to T-Mobile’s lowband and much better capacity overall for the combined company.

    • Sean Sorlie

      I dont think you understand how these things work. Just trust that your signal will stay the same or get better.

      • Audio

        i’m not worried about the signal or coverage (tho when i was with sprint it SUCKED) i left sprint because of their AWFUL customer service. if this merger goes through, i will leave tmobile without hesitation. my wife can’t use android so Project Fi isn’t an option, so i’ll probably go with Ting; all our phones are tmobile compatible anyway.

    • Mike

      Sprint phones now and other Sprint phones 2-3 years ago can work on tmobile network. I’ve unlocked these phones for use on tmobile network iPhone 6 and up, Samsung S6 and up, Galaxy Note 5 and up, LG G5 and up, and LG V20 and and up .

      • Audio

        That’s good they’re compatible now. My mom’s LG g3 wouldn’t work when we tried to bring her over.

    • Andrew Addison

      Sprint-BoostMobile now has Voice over LTE technology (Calling Plus meaning you can talk while on the internet with Wifi Calling implementation now).

      • Sharti24

        For what phones?

      • Audio

        dude, do you work for sprint, or are you a spam bot?

        • Audio

          LMFAO guess it really was a bot! All the “sprint-boostmobile goes to 11” comments got deleted.

        • thepanttherlady

          No, just annoying. He was banned.

    • ltnstar

      I’ll agree tmobile has spot where service can be iffy. But at least they are trying to change all that, #1 reason they bought 600band. For me volte is the only way to go. Sprint has good call service but for me that was about it. Yes CDMA has been a good tech for voice call but it’s 2017 volte needs to be standard and wide spreed.

  • SirStephenH

    A T-Mobile/Dish merger would be soooo much better than this.

  • jtrpop

    Sprint is dying and just needs someone to grasp onto. Only if T-Mobile gets complete control over Sprint can this go well.

    • Andrew Addison

      Nooo they are not dying. They are actually improving now. I also will say nooo to this Merger. Sprint-BoostMobile is more reliable/stable within most rural areas over T-MOBILE-METROPCS.

      • Sharti24

        Tmobile covers more people nationwide than sprint

  • Dracono

    Can we just have all of the big 4 carriers NOT merge with each other. They are practically cousins trying to hook up.

  • Audio

    i have been a customer of tmobile for 12 years and i will leave if this goes through

    • Sharti24

      Care to explain why?