T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm resigns

T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm resigns
T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm has resigned from the carrier on Wednesday and will also leave parent company Deutsche Telekom. In the meantime, while the carrier searches for a replacement, COO Jim Alling will take over the CEO position. Humm moved to Bellevue,Washington in May 2010 to work at T-Mobile, leaving his family back home in Europe, and in November of that year he was named CEO of the carrier. He had joined Deutsche Telekom in 2005 and was in charge of the telecommunication giant's mobile business.

It has been an eventful term in office for Humm who was in charge when AT&T offered $39 billion to but T-Mobile. After the purchase was blocked by regulations in the States, AT&T pulled out of the deal and Humm turned his focus toward making T-Mobile the most affordable carrier amongst the nation's top four mobile operators. T-Mobile, though. has been losing post-paid customers and its pre-paid business has been bailing the company out.

Humm also was in the CEO's office at a time that T-Mobile became a force in 4G with its HSPA+ 42Mbps network. Recent tests showed that network beating Verizon's LTE pipeline in 11 cities. The mobile operator is currently planning out an LTE network of its own using its AWS spectrum for the service. T-Mobile has a deal with Verizon to buy some of the latter's AWS spectrum only if Verizon gets approval from the Feds to close a deal it has to purchase spectrum from a group of cable companies. Humm was never able to get the Apple iPhone for his customers, although 1 million unlocked units are said to be running over T-Mobile's pipeline.

source: FierceWireless



1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ho Humm!

2. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I guess he'll be Humming a different tune now....

12. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Humm whatever as long as he humms out of Tmobile.

20. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Just so everyone is clear and can stop with the puns (lol) , it is pronounced Hue-mm.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Maybe they can get somebody who will get a top of the line phone and not CHARGE 300$ for it and decide to call it a subsidy... tisk, tisk, tisk... republicans these days..

5. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I have no idea what you just posted. "who will get a top of the line phone" wat.

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, i was typing one handed and trying to mop at the same time. Had a buisy day lol.

14. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

What's a buisy?

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

that was the most idiotic thing ive seen since the last time Taco posted. seriously.. stop smoking crack.. its bad for you.

17. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Stop smoking bath salts. You snort them not smoke them. They're good for you.

22. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

I don't think something that makes people eat other faces can be deemed " good for you" even sarcastically.

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Well he was always a Humbug.

6. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

I wonder how many millions he will cart away to Europe with him...

7. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Best news all year. Now tmobile can truly begin to rebuild.

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

The rats are the 1st to go when the ship starts sinking.

11. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Thank goodness! This guy sucks! Has no clue the needs of customers.

13. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Actually had a chance to talk briefly with him when I met him at a T-Mobile meeting not long after the announcement of the ATT acquisition. Very nice gentleman. He seemed that he liked living in Germany more than Washington. Jim Ailing always seemed like a natural fit to replace the previous CEO but I think DT wanted a home grown executive to run the ship while they shopped TMO. Now that it's clear that is not happening and no true chance for growth Humm probably wanted to go on to greener pastures. T-Mobile is moving more towards a 50/50 post/pre carrier with the success of the Monthly 4G and MVNOs like Simple Mobile. I do think they are better off, as they have been, plowing their money into the network and their frontline sales people.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i was with you until the last 3 words. the front line sales people get jack compared to every other major carrier in the US. sad but true.

18. disneydad

Posts: 114; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I hear what you're saying Remixfa. I always attributed that to the fact that T-Mobile's pockets are shallow and because the plans don't cost you an arm and a leg. Not like VZ and ATT, where your monthly plan revenue pays their advertising costs and commission. By the way, I still don't get how Sprint stays in business with their massive debt load. lol

19. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Hopefully Tmo will find someone who's smarter at the game.

21. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Tmobile has been thru alot this year and now the CEO resigned?? Im going to say it again............WHY DIDNT TMOBILE MERGE WITH AT&T??? all of this wouldve been avoided. i know that im the only one that thinks this, but Tmobile has been the 4th leading carrier for years now and even if the iPhone wouldve been added to their lineup, they would still be in the red like Sprint is right now What else will happen to Tmobile before New Years Day 2013????????

23. balkan

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

what??? merger with ATT?? LOL... I left ATT because a lot of reasons, and i don't care for Iphone, hope T-MO never add this terrible phone to their line..why in the world people want Iphone anyway ..they need add more high end MOTOROLA phone for sure..

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