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Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to "broad outlines" of a $32 billion merger

0. phoneArena 04 Jun 2014, 19:30 posted on

The rumors about a potential Sprint/T-Mobile merger (which is to say a Softbank/Deutsche Telekom merger) have been circulating for quite a long time, though they have been picking up steam recently. Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal may be close to complete as the two sides have agreed on "broad outlines" regarding a deal worth $32 billion...

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posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:34 9

1. Totse2k15 (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


... I hope Sprint don't turn T-M to crap. Lol @ new logo. Good luck T-M and Legere. Legere ftw!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 22:22 2

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not. Gonna. Happen. T-Mo/DT is going to be booking a one-time earning result and Sprint/SoftBank will be taking a one-time hit.

Wages of arrogance and what-not for Son-boy.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:50 1

41. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is actually going to be a good thing because eventually everything will be LTE. Voice & Data. So CDMA & GSM will become obsolete, sooner than later.

In 6 short years 3G will be no more. Bank on that!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:51 2

42. DonkeySauce (Posts: 194; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


I think this has a lot of potential. Sprint has a ton of spectrum and some really great network assets, some still need a good bit of improving. But what's really hurting Sprint now is reputation. The network has massively improved and is running great in a lot of areas, but that doesn't matter when the reputation is in the gutter, people just assume it still sucks. If they can pool resources, and re-brand the new company as T Mobile to capitalize on the upward momentum they've got, we could see great things and maybe, finally, a true competitor to Red and Blue

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 10:43 1

46. rdaex (Posts: 149; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yea! So lets take the company with the garbage (VERY MUCH EARNED) reputation, and let them buy the company who has been more consumer friendly than any other!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:38 5

2. MartyK (Posts: 846; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Dang...I guess; If it's allow there should be a clause in the deal that requires T-mobile CEO and upper management operate/run the new company for no less than 10 years.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:40 3

3. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)


I hope it don't go threw just pay t mobile the break up fee so they can do more changes like they been doing sprint sucks they need to just go away and die t mobile is doing fine the way it is with more t mobile changes in the pipe line no

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:42 12

4. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Every merger results in higher costs for consumers. I don't know why this is even a "question". Many times, this is the entire point of the merger in the first place.

Sprint is throwing money at T-Mobile instead of fixing its own house. The same approach Sprint has used for years and gotten nothing but disastrous consequences.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:49 4

6. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Yup. If everything you say about prices is true, I might have to make my one way trip into a round trip (back to AT&T).

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:51 5

7. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why don't they spend that revenue on infrastructure, liquidate and enhance and provide value for money, rather than buying T-Mobile.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 00:10 3

36. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1046; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


because they wasted a ton of money on the iPhone deal that they're not even getting a profit from. Sprint should have used the money they used to get the iPhone to improve their network.

Thats my opinion tho

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:00 2

10. youlookfoolish (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


So wait, you're saying the current Softbank entity spent that money?

Softbank bought Nextel? Softbank had anything to do with Sprint before 2013? You did say year"S". That is why it is a "question", genius. Because Softbank wants to be more competitive and has a history of running competitive mobile telecoms in Japan.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 22:39 2

34. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Softbank is 3rd in Japan. Likewise Sprint is in a similar position. Is Softbank even doing good in Japan?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:58 4

17. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Mergers mean more money for the 1% and a loss of jobs for the nation...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 00:23 1

38. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You neglected to mention more former wage-earners being pushed below the poverty line as a consequence of the merger(s). How else do the financials get made to 'work'? The 1% sure as Hell won't take the hit.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 00:54 2

51. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


If I was the government, I'd demand that every off-shore call center job is returned to the United States as a stipulation of the merger to go through.

T-Mobile has horrid call centers, 4 of 5 are off-shore and you are lucky to get a CSR who speaks quality freaking English. 1 in 5 calls gets routed to Kansas if you are lucky.

But, the government won't do this because they get their pockets padded by these corporations and would rather have every citizen at their mercy on government assistance.

Trash.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:49 2

5. youlookfoolish (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


The level of education reflected in the spelling and grammar from T-Mobile fans is high comedy.

I hope the US government doesn't ask for too many concessions. I hope the new company uses its capital to quickly sunset CDMA and make their LTE uniform and robust. I actually don't care for Legere but if he stays, fine. I hope the new company and its new scope can really push AT&T and Verizon with earnings and revenue. And I hope the T-Mobile trolls get over themselves.

For months its been painfully obvious what was going to happen. Phonearena his posted multiple articles as well as numerous other sources. This was never a rumor. T-Mobile as it was just honestly lost a ton of money. Even with their subscriber growth recently which more than half of which was prepaid.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:52 11

8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"The level of education reflected in the spelling and grammar from T-Mobile fans is high comedy."

...

"Phonearena his posted..."
"T-Mobile as it was just honestly lost a ton of money."
"Even with their subscriber growth recently which more than half of which was prepaid."

Enjoy the high comedy of irony, much?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 19:56 1

9. youlookfoolish (Posts: 174; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


I mis-typed "his" instead of "has".

Oops. Nowhere near as embarrassing or egregious as some of the other post. Everything else was just fine. Thanks.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:58 9

18. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Open mouth and insert foot...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:03 7

24. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


wow, your name is so....ironic...

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:19 2

13. Canaan (Posts: 335; Member since: 25 May 2014)


T-mobile didn't lose that much money, it still managed to make billions and fell short by 150 million based on projections of the company if I recall correctly. I assume the losing profits came from T-mobile paying/closing off the contracts of their new customers?

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:03 2

23. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I would think so - hey that extra 1 billion would help ease the loss, for now, but, DK wants to sell T Mobile....
What if T Mobile buys itself out, like Verizon did....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:12 4

26. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


As a T-Mobile customer, I would like to kindly say that you're making a hasty generalization, and that you should really read your own writing. Its pretty ironic, given that you're calling us out for the same thing you're doing. Also, I'd appreciate it if you would point out any errors that I may have made. Wait a moment! THERE AREN'T ANY!

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 22:17 2

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Wait a minute - there aren't any!*

-T-Mobile customer

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:04 3

11. wrm2013 (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I have tmobile and if this happens I'll drop them and go to Verizon.

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:59 1

19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yuck, but, I may go to Straight Talk....

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:31

27. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


no you won't its too much money

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 20:09 4

12. eman99 (Posts: 380; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Well I'm sad to say I'm a sprint costumer and I hope it goes through just for better service

posted on 04 Jun 2014, 21:32 2

28. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


amen for people with sprint

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