T-Mobile and Sprint likely to delay merger announcement, report says

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Recent rumors have said that T-Mobile and Sprint could announce their merger as soon as late October, but now it sounds like those plans have been pushed back.

Sprint and T-Mobile might delay their merger announcement until “two or three weeks” after their quarterly earnings announcements. That’s according to sources speaking to Bloomberg, who explain that it’s unlikely that the two carriers will be able to finalize the details of their deal by the end of October.

If this timeframe is accurate, an announcement of T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger could come in mid to late November.

Today’s report also says that T-Mo and Sprint have addressed major concerns regarding the deal.

Rumors of a merger involving T-Mobile and Sprint have been swirling for a long time, but things have heated up in recent months, with several reports claiming that the two carriers and their parent companies were nearing an agreement. In response, some U.S. senators asked the FCC and DOJ to begin investigating this potential merger, and it’s been rumored that some DOJ careers staff would oppose the deal. Nothing official regarding a T-Mobile-Sprint merger has been officially announced yet, though.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Sayahh

    Hopefully delayed indefinitely.

  • YEN

    No more delays. Let’s make it happen!

    • Nearmsp

      Go to Sprint if you want.If you are on Sprint, join T-mobile. But no merger is gonna happen. One year to next election. 0 chance.

  • vinnyjr

    Don’t see how merger will help T-Mobile. Currently T-Mobile is the fastest improved Carrier in history of Mobile. At the current rate T-Mobile will overtake AT&T in 2 years. T-Mobile has the Network to easily do it. They never stop adding and updating their towers. The best move T-Mobile did was hire John Legere as their (Commanding Officer) My service improves every other month, stronger & faster, Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • Sharti24

      Lol, T-Mobile isnt passing Att in two years dream on. Maybe 5 years once their network is 100% deployed. Att has more spectrum than tmobile, including high band spectrum

      http://assets.fiercemarkets.net/public/007-Telecom/top-5-national-weighted-average-spectrum-depth_2017_05.jpg

    • Sharti24

      Lol, T-Mobile isnt passing Att in two years dream on. Maybe 5 years once their 600mhz network is 100% deployed. Att has more spectrum than tmobile, including high band spectrum

      • marque2

        5 years seems about right

      • Nearmsp

        It does not need to pass AT&T. T-mobile continues to give great return to shareholders and great service to its customers. What more can one want? Is becoming the biggest of any significance?

    • JStatt

      Even if T-Mo grows at its current rate and ATT keeps sliding it will not pass it in two years. Way to exaggerate.

  • Paul G12K

    Once it is announced I am out. AT&T or Verizon here I come.

    • Andrew

      Don’t let the door hit ya. ✌️

      • Captain Insano

        So I’m guessing you are ok with it?

    • mjfadaway

      So you’re going to leave and run to one of the companies that T-Mobile and Sprint are striving to be like? Makes sense.

      • Paul G12K

        Leave and Run? What does that mean? I probably have been with T-Mobile longer than most in this place, but I have no loyalty to any company. I have been with AT&T back before the whole Cingular thing, Cingular back before the whole AT&T thing, and Verizon, so there you go. I stayed with T-Mobile because of rates, but if we thinks that this merger will keep the prices down then we are fooling ourselves. If I have to pay premium prices, then I’ll go with the premium service. I’m not going to wait for T-Mobile any longer at that point.

        • Sharti24

          Tmobile’s rate plan for a single customer is about the same as verizons

        • Paul G12K

          Anyone in that single bracket should leave right now for a better network. It’s that simple and easy. We can thank the current uncarrier T-Mobile for reducing rates for everyone regardless of the carrier. A merger will change all of that.

        • Mike

          Not really Tmobile is $70 taxes and fees included. Verizon is $80 plus taxes and fees which is about $10 to $20 bucks more.

        • Sharti24

          Add the $10 extra for tmobile 1 which includes hd and hotspot.

        • Mike

          Ppl should of taken advantage of it while was free or when the 2 for $100 promo was running. Plus Verizon caps videos to a maximum of 720P for new customers after August 22nd .

        • marque2

          You get hotspot anyway.

        • Nearmsp

          so why is T-mobile gaining customers from AT&T and Verizon each month?

  • Kenneth Warner

    I see alot of people that don’t want this merger to happen why don’t you guys want it to happen

    • deepdebt

      Because merger will make cellular prices go up.

      • Sharti24

        If they merge it will be a better network so yes prices will go up. You get what you pay for

        • deepdebt

          Right, but since I do not need a “better” network, why would I want to pay more. If I needed a “better” network, I could switch to AT$T right now. This merger will only narrow my options.

        • Sharti24

          True but tmobiles prices will have to increase anyways due to them buying that 600mhz

        • deepdebt

          And if T-Mobile’s price increases too much, I can switch to Sprint. With a merger, there would not be this option.

        • marque2

          It wouldn’t be an option anyway. When sprint goes under your sprint phone would only allow 911 calls. But that would be free.

        • deepdebt

          I doubt Softbank will let Sprint fail. Even if something happens, he will likely form a “New Sprint” once he is out from under. So competition will continue as long as the merger is blocked.

        • Santiago Vo

          If T-mo prices go up, Sprint will raise them too – why wouldn’t they.

        • Sharti24

          Sprint just raised them from $50 to $60 last week

        • marque2

          Maybe not – depends if they can get more clients.

        • marque2

          Why don’t you just use smoke signals.

      • marque2

        If they don’t merge prices would go up more when Sprint fails and Tmo doesnt have their bandwidth to compete with Verizon and AT&T.

    • Tony Chen

      dont want their slow ass network

    • Nearmsp

      Less competition is bad for consumers. Are you Sprint customer paying a dime a month and hoping to hop onto the Tmobile network through a merger? Not gonna happen. We are ready to articulate why this is bad for consumers until the cows come home.

      • marque2

        And why is it bad. I don’t see less competition from the merger – I see more as three tier one services would exist instead of two.

  • JStatt

    Regardless of ones views of this mergers impact on T-Mobile, the fact of the matter is Sprint is most likely going to die without it. The next logical move for them is to tie up with someone like Charter, which is only going to result in more ATT style bundles that consumers don’t want and is bound to fail. Sprint is going to die either way.