Source: Sprint doesn't stand a chance getting regulators to agree to T-Mobile deal
Regulators' fear that by taking over T-Mobile, a consumer friendly carrier would be eliminated. The nation's fourth largest carrier, with its new innovations, has been leading the way in net new additions. Last quarter, T-Mobile added more than 2 million new customers, the most among the four major players in the states last quarter. Sprint lost 364,000 subscribers during the same period
But there is speculation that the man responsible for T-Mobile's innovations, CEO John Legere, is the top name on the list of possible CEO's to run a combined Sprint-T-Mobile. That could reduce some of the FTC's and FCC's worries. Also smoothing over any objections to the deal would be the emergence of Dish Network as a possible fifth carrier. Dish recently won some H block spectrum in an auction and it is well known that the satellite content provider's Chairman, Charles Ergen, wants to turn Dish into a wireless carrier. The FCC would love to see Dish step into T-Mobile's shoes if Sprint goes ahead with plans to buy T-Mobile.
32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5712; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Son-boy stands even less of a chance than Sprint.
Son - can you say Not. Gonna. Happen?
2. Augustine (Posts: 696; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Does DT still want to divest itself from T-mobile? I had the impression that it had changed its mind with the results by the new management.
31. tuminatr (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
I don't think so, sounds like they still want it gone
3. an4564 (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)
the only way i can see this work out is if the new company is called tmobile and everything that was sprint become tmobile. all of sprints prices and plans replaced with the current tmobile one.
5. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
As we have been saying wont happen. Softbank will probably just unload sprint on Dish who will finally fire Dan Hesse and work on the other issues of sprint like coverage.
6. npaladin2000 (Posts: 132; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
I wouldn't mind seeing Legere head up a legitimate competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile is not one, they're just not big enough. The FCC could make that a condition of the acquisition.
Personally I like what T-Mobile is doing, but they have jack for coverage in my area, so I can't use them. No one is even willing to sell them here because of the lack of coverage.
8. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Please dont ruin the excellent T Mobile carrier with Sprint.
11. zinger69 (Posts: 30; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
How would that ruin T-mobile? A larger company with more resources and more spectrum to compete with AT&T and Verizon is a bad thing?
As long as Legere is running it, I don't see an issue with it.
14. dorian827 (Posts: 126; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Sprint has been promising national spectrum and 4G and LTE for the last 3 years. Still not fulfilled while T Mobile has 4G everywhere and better rates and services. The simplicity of the company from the website to signing up to searching for coverage.
I had Sprint since 2008 then Boost, then Virgin Mobile which all are sub Sprint companies and they all sucked in coverage.
16. Jr7188 (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
You make me laugh dorian827
Do you remember wimax 4g? I bet you dont, that covered majority of the United States. When LTE came around sprint had/has been taking down those towers and replacing them with LTE capable towers. At the some time sprint had to get rid of nextel and make its frequency apart of the lte network. Now all of this takes time in my opinion its actually going faster then it could have. Ive had sprint,verizon and now i have T-Mobile, let me ask u shouldnt a major network be able to have its LTE cover all of a major US freeway like the I5? Because i can tell you T-mobile hasnt got there yet.
17. Augustine (Posts: 696; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Oh, cry me a river! I couldn't care less why Sprint has failed to deliver on LTE. The competition wasn't as incompetent and made the correct decisions or corrections and have delivered LTE at the expected speed and in most places.
19. Jr7188 (Posts: 6; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
key words there is "most places". Augustine if you just listen to what the commercials have to say you'll never get anywhere in this world. All four carriers have theyre issues. Sprint maybe slow in your area but in my area its fast. The only reason i moved was for the jump plan and verizon cost a crap ton to go with edge. Im not saying sprint dosnt need a new leader because they do, but Sprint & T-Mobile would benefit from the merger as would the customers of both.
21. Augustine (Posts: 696; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Better yet: Sprint goes bankrupt and its assets, like spectrum and equipment, are purchased for cents on the dollar by the better managed competitors and they grow to provide better and cheaper services to consumers. The joining of an adroit small carrier and an incompetent small carrier will cancel each other out and benefit no one.
26. engineer-1701d (Posts: 747; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
jr7188 sprint sucks in my area and i am on i270 12 miles above washington dc the usa capital sprint does not care they did lte in puerto rico before dc.
30. rdaex (Posts: 87; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
TMO reached 200MM pops faster than any other carrier has.
WIMAX covered around 120 MM POPs, far from "the majority of the united states" as you claimed... and in many areas that were listed as covered, the coverage was awful. WIMAX devices also had the terrible quality of not switching back to WIMAX after being out of a covered area, so millions of people ran around on 3G when they THOUGHT they were on WIMAX.
Sprint has been 'upgrading' for years. Its not even about 4G, WIMAX, LTE. etc. Their 3G network is pathetic, turning in speeds that would make dial up seem like a breath of fresh air.
Their dropped call rates are through the roof, even in their better performing areas.
Sprints network overall is a joke.. AND they're more expensive now, to boot.
25. engineer-1701d (Posts: 747; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i have had sprint since 2000 how do you think i feel cant wait to leave just need a good new phone to jump to tmobile with
9. PBXtech (Posts: 973; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Say this does go through and Legere is the CEO. 5 years later he's canned, what options does the FCC have then?
35. npaladin2000 (Posts: 132; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
What makes you think he's going to be with T-Mobile any longer than 5 years?
10. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2936; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
When a company has bad management and has made bad choices over a long period of time, then there really isn't any future for that company. Sprint -- which used to be a much better company -- has been going downhill for many years. Dumb decision after dumb decision has doomed the company to mediocrity. Softbank will soon realize they need to invest more into Sprint so Sprint can buy better quality bandwidth and buy/rent more towers. And Softbank will have to fix Sprint's management team.
This merger with T-Mobile would be more costly than just doing what needs to be done, just as ATT's acquisition of T-Mobile would have been. They are both bad mergers that do not address core problems.
18. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Honestly this is bad for consumers. Sprint and T-Mobile are both so small, them joining together may stand a chance against AT&T and Verizon but right now both Sprint/T-Mobile are going to die.
20. Augustine (Posts: 696; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
What do you mean by that? It's not a game between the Yankees and the Red Sox, this is business providing a service to consumers. As long as a company closes in the black it is not going to die, even if it's not the largest one. The mere existence of a larger company does not spell death to smaller ones. This is real life, not a fairy-tale about giants.
27. engineer-1701d (Posts: 747; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
if verizon and att dropped prices and planes to t mobiles how many people would jump ship that day everyone, t and s would die over night thats why they need to combine but keep all of team t mobile
28. Augustine (Posts: 696; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Per your rationale:
If t and s combined and verizon and att dropped prices and plans to t's, how many people would jump ship that day? t and s would die overnight.
And that's why they do not need to combine.
29. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Legere needs to focus on buying tmo out from dt
33. chrisgmaher (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
I Love Sprint. 40gb per month. I live in mn and get usually 20mb down. My bill is 50 after taxes unlimited everything on framily of 8.
34. benzb (Posts: 26; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)
Verizon and AT&T will never lower the prices so much to where T-Mobile does not have an edge. They only see $$$ and profits and would make sure to charge as much as the possibly can so they can make the most amount of money. T-Mobile charges much less because they are trying to be reasonable to their customers - not just over charge them. Now, if T-Mobile had AT&T and Verizon's overall coverage, I am sure their prices would be much higher. If you can't provide the coverage, provide the right price!
Sprint and T-Mobile merging would be horrible. Sprint's board of directors have no idea what they are doing and Dan Hesse enjoys watching his bank account grow as he leads Sprint to bankruptcy. Softbank have bought Sprint but have done nothing to improve the company. Now they want to buy another carrier who is finally on the right path? Definitely not! T-Mobile should stay away from them as much as possible.