Deutsche Telekom in the works of taking over Sprint?

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Deutsche Telekom in the works of taking over Sprint?
T-Mobile USA might have a small portion of the American pie when it comes to total wireless customers – consistently trailing the other big three contenders every year. We've seen companies merge to form an alliance in order to sustain longevity, or even their very well being, in this increasingly vast competitive wireless market. We saw Big Red become the top dog with their acquisition of Alltel while Sprint gobbled up Nextel a few years ago with some headaches along the way.

Over in Europe, recent news made headlines with T-Mobile UK and Orange forming an agreement to form a subscriber base with monstrous proportions. Now T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, may soon become a giant force here in the US with a possible multi-billion dollar bid for Sprint. The UK's Telegraph is reporting that the telecoms behemoth is allegedly preparing to submit a $10.6 billion offer for the current value of Sprint within the next three weeks. Deutsche Telekom has been putting in roughly one billion dollars a year to maintain, grow, and improve T-Mobile's network in the US. There might be some problems if the deal falls through – Sprint's network runs off CDMA while GSM for T-Mobile USA. That might not be a factor when you consider the fourth generation network status comes into play in the future. We'll have to sit back until parties from either companies make any official word on the matter. The wireless landscape in the US may change very soon if this goes through – we'll just have to wait and see.

source: Telegraph via Engadgetmobile

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21 Comments

1. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

oh my god. please. the u.s. worst carriers combine to make. THE CRAPPIEST CELL PHONE COMPANY EVER!!!! LOL

7. dirty j harry

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

yes I have a name for the new company DUSCH BAG MOBILE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Im a hardcore VZW fan, but i personally think (and so does consumer reports and jd power) that TMO isnt that bad a carrier. They are ranked 3rd behind VZW Alltel. Anything Sprint can do to help its struggling business is a positive thing.

19. mistapersia

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Oh Please Grow Up! Sprint and T-mobile have always been the underdogs when it comes to U.S wireless service, so a merger would make sense. Verzion might be the best when it comes to coverage, but with a recovering company consumers like thier options, and their wallets are the most important thing to them right now, not the coverage they get in the middle of no where. My Tmobile works perfectly fine in any major city and the likely hood of me visiting some small town in the middle of no where is very low. In the 3 years I have had Tmobile I have not had one dropped call, and coming from Sprint which I had before I must say Sprint wasn't bad either the only reason I made the switch was because Tmo had a better selection of phones at the time! Verzion is so overratted and I know this becaused I worked for them! And yet when I worked for them I still kept my T-mobile service. MyFaves is still a better deal then their lame attempt at "Friends and Family" and I know this because I work for T-Mobile now and it gives me so much joy to switch people over from Verizon everyday. Suck it up, with Sprints 49 million subs and T-Mobiles 32 they will surely match Verizon's current 80 million subs and with the value T-mobile offers and Sprints 4G, someone just might give Overratted Verizon a run for their money!

20. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

ROFLMFAO!!!! exactly! dusch bags! like the dude who put a neg on my comment even though everyone knows its true! ha

2. EraserXIV

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2009

to be honest this may be interesting. since WiMax and LTE are both compatible on the same hardware, we could be looking at the first, best, and most widely available 4G network in the future. also, sprint and t-mobile coverage isn't that bad... although i personally have verizon, my friends with t-mobile and sprint don't seem to have many problems. sprint and t-mobile are also pretty open in terms of UI and features whereas verizon locks down the UI and features of their phones like no other. on top of that t-mobile and sprint have some of the nicest phone options out there. palm pre, myTouch, HTC Touch Pro2, BB Tour, the upcoming HTC Hero, Motorola Cliq also, sprint and t-mobile don't charge an arm and leg, and your first born child for data and voice service like verizon does.

3. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

No no no...those bastards better not sell the dam company. i'm already bald and don't have anymore hair to pull out...god no say it ain't so!!

4. volvo

Posts: 38; Member since: May 26, 2009

hmm...I think this is a good idea. T-Mobile is a good company...in New England anyway....and Sprint kinda sucks, so think, VZW is 5*, T-mobile is 4*, Att is 3*, sprint is 2*, if we combine the two, do we get a 6* cell phone company?

5. Bored_Shitless

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 16, 2009

Expect to see a lot of dual mode (cdma/gsm) phones and the discontinuation of iden (FINALLY)

6. jamess661

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

damn damn damnnn this sucks now there going to change every thing are plans prices might not get the htc diamond 2 now what about our free incoming calls damn you sprint damn you to hell why don't they just sell nextel that will be a start stop routing our calls over seas and keep up with the new high end quality phones they been putting out I don't want to go to verizon just got a new house and I can't get another loan from the bank to join verizon they sold us out again

9. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

?????????????? Where is the rational to this comment.

8. JEEPOFFROADV8

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 01, 2009

i really hope this doesnt happen, sprint is really starting to make some good changes with hesse. and after being with shitty at&t and overrated vzw i'm loving sprints service and value. i dont care what anyone says sprint has been great for me in the year i have had them. the only carrier who has service where i work. i would rather not have a cell phone then go back to vzw or at&t.

10. dirtjenkins

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

no you wouldn't.

11. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

who writes this crap get it right phone arena sprint has made a offer to buy tmobile usa http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/6180195/T-Mobile-owner-e yes-multi-billion-dollar-bid-for-Sprint.html

12. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Your own link states the same as this article....that the company that owns TMO is offering to buy SPRINT. Shows your ignorance when you post things like this.

14. jsnika

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

tuminatr is an idiot

15. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I dont think thats as important as http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/29/vodafone-tmobile-wireless-markets-equity-telecoms.html that would make Vodafone own t mobile Verizon and sprint and they do have the money to do it

16. jovel16

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

I second that, he's a moron for not reading it correctly the first time before saying something!

17. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

18. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

21. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Dan Hesse will even let u sleep with his wife if you buy 5 new lines. . . WTF? now call any cellphone free? Desperate are we Danny boy? AT&T is going to drop the A-List. . .it's basically my Faves + Rollover. . . Phuck all this. . .just give me $50 Unl data, GPS, email and text and let me add unl voice for 9.99

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