T-Mobile CEO does not rule out Sprint merger


T-Mobile has undergone tremendous change under chief executive John Legere.

It has also shaken up the industry in a huge way: the un-carrier initiative, which introduced a new way to pay for wireless service without tying into a restrictive two-year contract, the simple unlimited plan that has no hidden fees, and a lot of little other things add up. T-Mobile has also been growing its 4G LTE outreach tremendously and is quickly moving to get additional spectrum needed for it to get further coverage.

And the customers have responded to that: the carrier has added millions of post-paid customers and has one of the highest satisfaction rates in the industry.

However, when it comes to big money, there are bigger players in town. Sprint in particular has shown some nice improvements and it is now backed by billions coming from Japanese businessman and one of the richest people in the world, Masayoshi San. We have heard rumors that Sprint and Mr. San want to increase their presence in the United States, and one way to do it is via ways of acquiring T-Mobile USA.

Well, T-Mobile CEO does not rule out this option.

John Legere admitted that this is one possible outcome in the future at T-Mobile's official keynote at CES 2017. Will it happen? Obviously, nobody knows just yet, but at least we now know that T-Mobile does not rule it out.

source: T-Mobile

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15 Comments

1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I thought in normal business dealings.. the BIG guys buy out the LITTLE guys?

3. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This is how the little guys, become big guys.

2. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

only if john remains ceo of both, if not sprint and all of it's richy boys can go suck it

4. ajwillingham

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

That is he case. Even though T-Mobile has more of a market presence in the U.S., Sprint has more dollars behind them because they were acquired by Softbank a few years ago.

5. civicsr2cool

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Both having nothing all that great, merge the two and MAYBE you could get good service?

7. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Or you can get Project Fi and have that without the network sacrifice.

8. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Just a little matter of the whole CDMA vs GSM tech to deal with. Obviously, GSM wins out, but I imagine it would be a bit of a painful process. About as fun as when Sprint bought Nextel...

9. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is exactly why I'm not a fan. It will be just a pain.

10. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Good point. As long as they keep the T-Mobile tuesdays and the name I am cool with it. I hate sprint name and everything they stand for.

13. Colombianmax

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I think a merger of the two would be a very strong threat to dumb and dumber... As is my T-Mo coverage and data speed has embarrassed Verizon and ATT in comparisons with my buddies both in urban and rural areas in Illinois/Wisconsin. I wouldn't under estimate the outcome in terms of service...

6. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't want this.

11. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

T-mobile should buy US Cellular. It would be cheaper and complements their coverage. Forget Sprint, total waste of money to merge with them. The amount of overlap and hardware changes required, plus the personal that would have to be let go, would make T-mobile highly inefficient for a couple years.

12. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

you idiots, the only reason why tmobile is doling out all these gimmicks is because of competitions. when tmobile buys out sprint, they will most likely jack up prices because the only players left are verizon tmobile and att.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

This cannot happen because Sprint uses antiquated CDMA technology and T-Mobile uses GSM. Not to mention Sprint's LTE(GSM based tech, CDMA is for 3g and lower) is a completely different frequency than the other carriers. Sprint is not compatible with T-Mobile, it is only compatible with Verizon.

15. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

I hope not!

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