Does Marcelo Claure's tweet to John Legere hint at an upcoming merger?

Does Marcelo Claure's tweet to John Legere hint at an upcoming merger?
Is it possible that the icy relationship between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is defrosting? As recently as January, Legere took Claure to task for laughing (via a tweet) at a joke made by Chelsea Handler about a woman who drove her car into a T-Mobile store in Florida. The woman was told that she could not get a free replacement for a damaged iPhone. As Legere noted in a tweet to Claure, "many lives were endangered & it was a criminal act. It's actually not funny."

But it seems as though there has been a change, at least on Claure's part. On Thursday morning, T-Mobile released an exceptionally strong earnings report. Based on the numbers, the nation's third largest carrier will be responsible for all of the industry's growth in net new postpaid phone subscribers for the three-month period. Yesterday, Claure disseminated a tweet in which he congratulated both Legere and T-Mobile "for a great quarter."

Could Claure's friendly tweet have something to do with an increasing possibility that T-Mobile and Sprint are going to get together at last? The most recent news about a marriage between the two carriers came back in June. Last month, talks between Sprint and T-Mobile were reportedly put on hold so that Sprint could hold exclusive talks with Comcast. But since that report was unverified, we really don't know what is going on behind the scenes. But what we can see is that Sprint's CEO is acting more friendly to T-Mobile's CEO and that is more legitimate than rumors from an anonymous source.

It might mean absolutely nothing, or it could be a sign that T-Mobile and Sprint are ready, willing and able to get together. Just keep in mind that with a majority stake in T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom will be making any final decision on that carrier's part while SoftBank will be doing the same for Sprint.


source: @MarceloClaure

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7 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Merger will be a loose loose to customer, less competition mean higher price and worse service. Sprint can still live under new comer owner.

2. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Sprint kills everything it touches. Let it die and the customers can move to other carriers on their own.

3. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

well if trump is moving against monopolies like the news is saying... then maybe either a merger or a breakup of the duopoly. either way... i can care less because im secured with my sero-p

6. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Foolish thinking from a backwards guy. TMobile doesn't have better service coverage than Sprint. Root metrics has them in last place every quarter. Speed wise where they HAVE SERVICE they are fine. For all of you haters investigate this before rattling off foolish opinion. Yes past Sprint leadership screwed up, but having both services I can tell you that it's a lot of smoke and mirrors. Eliminate Sprint will not make it better. TMobile is now asking for the same price as Verizon for it's half ass service....go figure. Why does everything on this site have to be opinionated fan boyism. I applaud TMobile for making Wise decision,and improving their speeds and service in CERTAIN AREAS. Coverage Wise they have more work to do. Root Metrics backs this statement up.

7. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

BTW without their aggressive rate cutting we would all be screwed. Sprint has built it's network with New hard Ware from the ground up. they have some of the best And The most spectrum of all the carrier's. Dan Hesse made A 15 billion dollar iPhone deal instead of building out the network infrastructure, which debt is causing financial issues needed to complete The network expansion. No competition and we'll all lose... wake up And lose The fan boyism

8. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Not a fan boy, I switch networks routinely. T-Mobile has driven the prices down and forced the big 2 to re-introduce unlimited plans. Sprint had nothing to do with it. Sprint has had a decade of failures and losses and nothing suggests they will succeed this time either. Keep them far away from T-Mo! If I sound like a fanboy, you sound like a Sprint marketing guy.

4. TechGirl90 unregistered

He's just making a commendable statement towards His Business Rival. Companies do this every now and then towards their competitors. Even Athletes do this to their Opponents showing Sportsmanship, but at the end of the day want to take that Trophy home, Corporations are no different. Google and Apple for example, Google develops their Apps to work well on IOS and Apple grants them permission to access their Firmware, but they are still Rivals. This is a Frenemy type situation, nothing more, nothing less.

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