T-Mobile Considering to buy Sprint

By: Juan September 14th, 2009

The amount is a cool $10.6bn.  So far, the bid is just a thought and no definitive agreements have been made.  This is still in the works but the implications would be huge!


Consider:

“The US operation is struggling to compete against larger rivals AT&T and Vodafone’s 50pc-owned joint venture Verizon Wireless, which have more advanced 3G networks. T-Mobile US is also losing customers to small operators offering cheap deals.

Combined, T-Mobile, the fourth-placed operator, and Sprint, the third biggest player, would closely challenge AT&T’s second-place spot with 78.2m customers.”

Here is an article describing the whole story.  What do you think?

Filed Under: Sprint News

Comments

57 Responses to “T-Mobile Considering to buy Sprint”

  1. MizzSprintPCS on September 14th, 2009 9:25 am


    Are you serious? Like why WTF is this world coming to. I hate T-mobile why couldn’t they say Verizon or AT&T

  2. mfabela on September 14th, 2009 9:56 am


    man i left t-mobile cause they didn’t have any good phones and now i could possibly go back…ugh!! i have a question…what if i left t-mobile on bad terms??

  3. everette25 on September 14th, 2009 10:38 am


    I never had a desire to go to tmo!! This is speculation so im not gonna think about it much. If it did happen because we run cdma and tmo gsm, the merger wouldnt be for a long time!!!!

  4. sprint know-it-all on September 14th, 2009 11:44 am


    T-mobile is way too large overseas to even begin to think about making that purchase! The restrictions in thair parent country are far to strict to allow it at all.

  5. oldnightnurse on September 14th, 2009 12:25 pm


    T-Mobile coverage absolutely REEKS here. With the two different networks, I’d imagine it would take a long time and a TON of money… If anything, I think it would be more likely to see a merger w/AT&T in order to overtake big red…

  6. dyamond on September 14th, 2009 5:42 pm


    I’ll leave sprint..i hate tmobile..I’ll go to verizon

  7. cyapp on September 14th, 2009 8:40 pm


    This deal makes no sense except if you look at a conspiracy theory I have, which is as follows: Both Verizon and AT&T cannot even think about bidding on Sprint because of antitrust issues; however, due to Sprints financial problems they have been hammering away at pricing structures that are starting to cause issues for other carriers. T-mobile is probably being used to purchase Sprint and then jettison off various pieces to different carriers. I am only thinking this because the marriage just does not make any sense other than to eliminate competition.

  8. Wud_e on September 14th, 2009 9:58 pm


    No thanks!

  9. Anad on September 15th, 2009 12:46 am


    if that happen… well i just when to any pre pay phone’s.. i be wit sprint for 10yrs .. i never likes at&t.verizon sucks. cingular never have signal and t-mob is wack..i hope they dont do it.. if sprint brough nextel, and virgin mob.. why they want to sell the comp? thats no maken no sense.

  10. LBriggs on September 15th, 2009 7:41 am


    I agree. This makes no sense with the different networks each is running (CDMA vs GSM).

    Only benefit I see is that newer devices (BB Tour) could be configured to take advantage of both networks for more enhanced coverage. Unfortunately this wouldn’t play out with TMobile’s hardware and overall would result in new hardware standards for the new ‘company’ which would support GSM and CDMA networks.

  11. Clinton Embry on September 15th, 2009 8:15 am


    What ever happened to the Anti Trust law! This could also be considered as being very close to a Monopoly.

  12. eve on September 15th, 2009 8:27 am


    I HAVE BEEN WITH SPRINT 10 YEARS AND DEFINITELY – I WILL QUIT SPRINT!!!

  13. Elow on September 15th, 2009 9:22 am


    Bottomline, lets realize…
    T-Mobile is a German company.

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing???

  14. floorguy on September 15th, 2009 9:27 am


    HELLLLLLL NO

    Was with voicestream way back in the day, and CS went to crap when t-mo bought it, thats why i switched to sprint…

    screwwwwww that

  15. b_rad_w on September 15th, 2009 9:33 am


    STOP and think about this from a BUSINESS standpoint.

    This would be a God send for sprint.

    Remember, they’re two TOTALLY different technologies, so we wouldn’t have the crappy TMO coverage map that so many people are used to. We’d have a WORLDWIDE company that’s not about to be bankrupt running the show.

    Also, remember we’re just years away from transforming to a LTE/4G platform. ALL towers regardless of current technology need to be upgraded. So acquiring the tower real estate is a HUGE benefit.

    Too bad the German government would never allow the majority of a German company (Deutsche Telekom) to be owned by the United States. The FCC probably wouldn’t be fly with this either.

  16. Cathy Heiselman on September 15th, 2009 9:33 am


    Helllllll No I Would Leave Sprint and everyone else I know that has Sprint would take their business elsewhere…

  17. J_Corcione on September 15th, 2009 10:04 am


    I don’t agree with this merger. We have the most reliable and fastest digital network in the country IMHO… You cannot risk spotty coverage in this volatile wireless market. The only advantage is the gsm coverage for those traveling over seas and international coverage becomes a big player in this.

  18. Mac Wildstar on September 15th, 2009 10:32 am


    Gowd I hate AT&T. And now sprint/tmobile combination? I dunno. Ive been with sprint since 1983 in one form or another. I wouldn’t use AT&T if they gave it to me free. But this merger? humm.. I just might go phoneless.

  19. Pwabbit on September 15th, 2009 11:03 am


    If Sprint is to be sold, T-Mobile has decent customer service. AT&T and Verizon are pit vipers as far as customer service is concerned. I just ditched my home phone and home internet because of the horrible CS that Verizon provides. I could go on for hours about how bad Verizon is but I wont.

  20. Ken on September 15th, 2009 12:16 pm


    I think the advantage to T-Mo users is that maybe they can use Sprint’s towers, even though T-Mo is GSM and Sprint is CDMA?? Also, if they do merge, the userbase will be close to AT&T, and with the iPhone contract expiring next year, it gives Apple something else to look at.

    I am just wondering if T-Mo will switch to CDMA, or vise-versa….

  21. Beth on September 15th, 2009 12:20 pm


    If Sprint gets bought out by T-Mobile I will stop using cellphone service altogether. I love Sprint, but if T-Mobile gets on board I will be jumping ship. I hate Verizon and AT&T, so I just won’t use a cellphone period. T-Mobile sucks. The only good thing about them is their customer servive.

  22. Angela on September 15th, 2009 12:27 pm


    I love Sprint but I hate T-mo! I would leave without a second thought! I have worked for both companies and saying that T-Mo service and phones stinks is putting it nicely.

  23. richard on September 15th, 2009 1:22 pm


    This is bad for consumers. Less competetion and more lays offs for workers if it happens.

    No more big business mergers.

  24. bigbecks on September 15th, 2009 1:44 pm


    It will never come to fruition anyway. Completely different sets of technology AND completely different frequency ranges. This is an ongoing lost cause. The rumors have been around for 3 years now.

  25. Sammy on September 15th, 2009 2:08 pm


    ARE YOU SERIOUS? T-MOBILE IS THE WORST CELL PHONE PROVIDER, THEY BOUGHT SUNCOM WIRELESS IN PUERTO RICO WHICH OFFERED AN EXELENT SEVICE UNTIL T-MOBILE BOUGHT IT, I HAD TWO LINES WHICH I HAD TO CANCEL, THEY DONT KNOW HOW TO HELP CUSTOMERS, I CURRRENTLY HAVE THREE LINES WITH SPRINT, AND I WOULD CANCEL THEM IS THIS THING IS DONE…

  26. DarkManX4lf on September 15th, 2009 4:24 pm


    So Sprint gets the go ahead to buy Virgin mobile and now T-Mobile is trying to buy Sprint…that Pac Man symbl is right…

    I think it would be better the other way Sprint buyout T-Mobile…to set T-Mobile straight…

  27. cts627 on September 15th, 2009 4:26 pm


    so what will happen to NEXTEL i thought the merge with them initially was to try and monopolise sprint is really crazy to try and team up with t-mobile and t-mobile along with AT&T their rates suck their service sucks no bundle plans and the customer serv sucks pooooooor NEXTEL ive been an original nextel cust or about 14 years except for the past 2 which i became sprint once i purchased the IC-902 and really hated to do that but loved the phone what needs to happen is NEXTEL needs to step their game up……

  28. Ojen on September 15th, 2009 5:19 pm


    the mobile world wont be the same or satisfying, i prolly wont even get a new carrier if this did happen, i love their phones and their plans…….

  29. dragon on September 15th, 2009 7:25 pm


    Well let’s see in one breathe the news letter says t mobile might purchase sprint and if you read on sprint is gonna buy virgin . Sprint used to have great everything I thought sure I was over charged 1300 dallars sure I haven’t gotten a rebate since 05. But they do have it on file that the check is on the way ,yeap the check from 05 was sent out unfortunatly I’ve only upgraded my 6 lines so many times I can’t keep count . They used to have ok customer service and honestly I’ve really never lost a call . But sprint has begun to add rediculous fees to their products and services . I’ve been a customer for almost 10 years . Now there’s upgrade fees there really is no upgrade bonus because if you try and buy a phone or upgrade its worse than buying a car . If I have 150 upgrade where does that show on the website ? I was recently told by an idiot in the retention center that I should go to best buy to get my phone because they have the best prices . So explain to me why do I deal with these boneheads to start with ? Oh that’s right they are my carrier . If they can call themselves that . Since nextel hooked up with them they went from bad to worse . Honestly does it really make a difference who takes em over ? Sprint has been selling off towers like gangbusters to verizon , their coverage has gotten worse along with the service . I cringe when they make a mistake and I have to call . In the end its like obama time for a change .sprint sucks they don’t take care of their customers they double talk better than G bush and u see how far that got him . So think on it is it really gonna happen ? Why would they ask you and I ? We have no control over what they do . They just want to know if when they do sell if they should keep the name for fear everyone will run for cover . When we signed up with sprint we thought they were a classier company , they have sunk as low as at@t

  30. diveborg on September 15th, 2009 7:25 pm


    If I had read this story as a post in the Forum, I would have called the OP a TROLL.

  31. tatical on September 15th, 2009 8:09 pm


    If T-Mobile buys Sprint, I’ll wait and see what happens with my service. But at the moment, I don’t like T-Mobile because sometimes I have issues with their calls. I’ll probably move over to at&t if I don’t like my service.

  32. papaw on September 15th, 2009 8:19 pm


    What happened to the other buyout possibility;
    Huge Tea Party Rally in Downtown this afternoon. I was surprised I had not heard about is as it is gigantic. Even in the rain. Saw it on Fox News also. One of the biggest events I have ever seen downtown. Certainly the biggest Rally I have seen in my 3 years Downtown. Guessing several thousand marching and rallying. Quite a sight. I will post a YOUTUBE video later. They are still meeting on Main near the convention Center at 4pm.

  33. papaw on September 15th, 2009 8:25 pm


    What happened to Mondays news of Deutsche Telekom’s interest?
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ibd/20090914/bs_ibd_ibd/20090914tech

  34. kmburck on September 15th, 2009 8:31 pm


    I almost left when Sprint purchased Nextel. I loved Nextel’s customer service, plans, etc.

    But if this goes through, I WILL leave, and go with Verizon. I can’t stand AT&T or T-Mobile. I’ve been a customer of both, and will never return to either.

  35. Darealohio on September 16th, 2009 10:23 am


    GEEZE people post some of the dumbest stuff, T mobile has crappy phone! Guess what if they merge now you will have acess to more!!! T mobiles service sucks! I heard the same stuff when sprint took over Nextel!!!! T mobiles customer service sucks!! Hey dummy why is there business sucking, have you not experienced Sprints new customer service attitude. A phone is a phone no matter with who god stop whinning about a what if and for real, you wont even notice any difference when you make a call or your phone rings!!!!

  36. DonGreen on September 16th, 2009 5:56 pm


    The end result of this would be to limit or to eliminate competition – higher fees. Will the anti-trust folks wakeup and do their jobs?

  37. Dean on September 17th, 2009 12:54 am


    eyNow

  38. foogle on September 17th, 2009 8:51 am


    What is T-Mobile thinking? Did everyone forget how horrible was the marriage of Sprint and Nextel? That marriage was also between two different technology and never create any synergy and cost savings!

  39. laurkar2006 on September 18th, 2009 1:30 pm


    This kinda sucks..I do not like T-Mobile

  40. pocketpc09 on September 18th, 2009 3:02 pm


    It should be Sprint TO BUY T-Mobile. Not T-Mobile to buy Sprint. Yes T-Mobile service sucks and so our there connection. Please Sprint buy AT&T instead. :)

  41. Jule on September 18th, 2009 9:42 pm


    no nO NOOOOOOOO! T-MOBILE…NEVER!!!!!! I’ll not have ANY contract cellphone service then, because I sure won’t hop onto the overpriced, under-performing bandwagons of Verizon or AT&T!

  42. pocketpc09 on September 19th, 2009 10:06 am


    ha ha ha Jule you don’t know. It’s not the price that matters it the service and expanding the phone coverage even greater if they bought AT&T or Verizon. Not T-Mobile which is terrible phone coverage and which totally a lost signal coverage has well.

  43. Lito187 on September 19th, 2009 12:04 pm


    I doubt that Sprint will sell to Tmobile. If they were to sell they would have to create a whole new line of phones and because of two networks you would have gsm and cdma all in one phone. It sounds good but it would be to expensive and probably take years to be completed.

  44. jander on September 19th, 2009 4:25 pm


    Terrible news. Of all the other companies out there T-Mobile is the least I would like to be associated with. Yuck. If this would go through, would any contract be null and void? Don’t know how that worked with Nextel. Would we be able to leave? I could not stand being stuck with TM and their lousy service.

  45. Mini on September 20th, 2009 1:56 pm


    I went through a godillocks thing with carriers. Verizon had great phones, good coverage, but overpriced service. AT&T ditto. TMobile was pretty affordable, but the coverage was awful and their phones were ugly.

    Sprint was the perfect fit. Good coverage, reasonable fees and great phones.

    Teaming up with TMobile would be a nightmare. Since their networks are different, surely this is just a rumor?!

  46. grace141906 on September 21st, 2009 10:00 am


    If this merge happens Im leaving and going with a cheaper local phone company

  47. halfdriven on September 21st, 2009 10:12 am


    not gonna happen, and where did you read this dragon? “Sprint has been selling off towers like gangbusters to verizon , their coverage has gotten worse along with the service”

  48. Lynne B on September 21st, 2009 3:35 pm


    I can’t stand T-Mobile, in Northern Nevada the service was terribly spotty. I won’t go back to them, and besides that they added some crap to my account that I didn’t ask for and extended my contract without my knowledge or permission

  49. rdubb76 on September 22nd, 2009 11:49 am


    If you haven’t already, check out Yahoo today and it lists the 10 large companies most likely or in danger of filing bankruptcy. Around #5′ish is our beloved Sprint. You can’t lose as many subscribers as Sprint does every year and continue to do business. At some point, the water goes through the whole in the boat faster than they can come up with new devices to save current subscribers. Phones will only hold people for soo long, customer service keeps them and there is no question Sprint is amongst the worst of all the carriers..IMO, Tmobile is the best….but get ready..there will only be 2-3 carriers in total pretty soon…

  50. Kala on September 23rd, 2009 12:04 pm


    Someone please tell me that this will not happen, I do plan to drop sprint and go to virgin mobile but wow sprint really would be lowering its standards as far as service and phones if tmobile buys it.

  51. MacUser on September 24th, 2009 7:29 am


    Oh hell NOOOOOOOOOOO! I left T-Mobile for Sprint almost 10 years ago! I said I would NEVER GO BACK EITHER!!!!!!! Looks Like I’ll be going prepaid if this happens!

  52. BCDuel on September 28th, 2009 11:11 am


    I will not do business with T-Moble. If this happens, I will be leaving Sprint for another cell phone service provider.

  53. amy ray on October 1st, 2009 7:32 pm


    I have 6-7 yrs w/sprint. while browsing t-mo at a mall I asked a few questions. next I know the guy pulls up my brother’s acct. (unique last name) & tells me he has better credit! WTF! I said why would u tell me someone else’s credit info? he then tells me he can get me a better deal than SPRINT if I use my brother’s credit. being Paralegal I say & how is that legally possible. Your brother won’t mind (pulls out a contract) just sign/forge his name here. I was fuming! I demanded my drivers license back,he got nervous said he was calling security, told him go ahead, again demanded my license, gave him my attys card w/my SPRINT # & stormed out w/ my sprint phone & FDL. NOTHING BELONGING TO T-MO. 2hrs later my SPRINT CELL stops working. call SPRINT, they tell me T-MO PORTED MY SPRINT # OUT BECAUSE A NEW CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY MY BROTHER (neither of us were w/in 25 miles by that time) my brother was never there 45-50 miles away,I refused to forge called my brother right after. sure enough he called & said he was there & signed 2yr contract for my SPRINT # to be ported to his acct. He blasted the w/proof he was NEVER in their store. If he was where was the new phone for new # & long story short we had to go all the way to State Attorney’s ofc & file fraud, forgery & mess it was. I never got my old # back, my brother took his entire family to Verizon. I’m still w/Sprint but if T-MO BUYS SPRINT I will take all my friends & family including all the county workers who switched their cell company cuz the promos/deals sprint had offered. that’s at least 200-300 people in one fell swoop. I love sprint! You bring in T-MOBILE in I’ll miss em

  54. pretty amazing on December 3rd, 2009 6:59 pm


    T-MOBILE can KISS MY ASS =)

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  56. Evol on July 14th, 2010 12:24 pm


    Anad, you need to learn to spell before you start dissing anybody. I like T-Mobile. I used to be with Sprint until they slapped a bunch of hidden fees on me which caused me to leave them. T-Mobile at least tells me everything they are charging me for, besides T-Mobile has flex-pay. Another thing that Sprint doesn’t have. T-Mobile BUY Sprint. It will be the best decision you have ever made.

  57. Evol on July 14th, 2010 12:30 pm


    Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint. If T-Mobile buys out Sprint, they own Virgin Mobile too.

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