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T-Mobile looking to pair up with a carrier rather than sell itself off

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T-Mobile looking to pair up with a carrier rather than sell itself off
It appears that the AT&T acquisition shenanigans of last year have left a bad taste in the mouth of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent company. As a result they are no longer looking to sell the company outright, according to Rene Obermann, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

Speaking at an annual meaning in Germany, Obermann went on to elaborate, saying “We do not exclude any option for the T-Mobile unit in the U.S., also not a merger, (but) a complete sale is unlikely. You understand that I can’t say more in public on T- Mobile USA.

In the past Dish has expressed an interest in pairing up with T-Mobile to build out an LTE network, while other analysts have speculated that T-Mobile’s network could be paired up with either MetroPCS or even Sprint. In the meantime, T-Mobile has responded to its current uncertainty by undergoing an internal restructuring, including the elimination of 2,800 jobs.

According to “people familiar with the matter” speaking to Bloomberg, the most likely outcome will be a stock-swap between Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS that would still leave Deutsche Telekom with a controlling share in T-Mobile as a publicly traded entity. This would allow MetroPCS to build out its LTE offerings more rapidly, and could meet Deutsche Telekom’s goals of increasing their return on their investment in T-Mobile.

What do you T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers think of sharing a network? Sound off in the comments below.

source: Bloomberg via The Verge

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posted on 24 May 2012, 12:19 2

1. Danalvi1981 (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)

I think it's a great idea... Better coverage for all!!!

posted on 24 May 2012, 12:30 2

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

I'm going to drop Verizon and buy a straight talk sim card unlimited plan which uses at&t. I really would've liked those 2 to merge. Then they could compete with Verizon's coverage.

posted on 24 May 2012, 12:32

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1238; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Sounds like a freaking mess. And Tmobile works well for me. Last thing I want is it to become an over cluttered network like sprint.

posted on 25 May 2012, 08:50

12. Danalvi1981 (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)

Well I think there going to work on 4g LTE together which would only require 1 technology.

posted on 24 May 2012, 12:40 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

If t-mobile partners or merges with metro for LTE, it would be good in the short run if they have enough bandwith to go around. if they buy/merge with metro, that would be good for Tmobile, as metro is one of the biggest thorns in their sides right now. Gets rid of a main competitor.

posted on 24 May 2012, 13:37 2

5. cncrim (Posts: 916; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I like the idea MetroPC and Tmobile merger. Let it happen.

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:20 2

6. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)

T-Metro. T-PCS. Metro-Mobile.

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:23 1

7. StringCheese01 (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

Is this really a good thing? I mean more data coverage but wouldn't you be getting either a CDMA phone or a GSM phone? Maybe they can use both..like the 4S. But even then wouldnt it eat more battery changing between networks

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:33 1

8. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

The only problem with that is that since T-Mobile is trying to improve their image of being a budget carrier, Metro will certainly not help that situation.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:42 1

10. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Tmo been budget carrier for a long time. Its not working!

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:58

9. itiswhatitis (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

T-mobile users, dont forget to pay your bill or else bill collectors will be behind your ass!!!

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:53

11. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

I fully support this.

This partnership (closet merger) would make the combined entity a much stronger Number Four.

posted on 25 May 2012, 12:30

13. miguel6632 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 May 2012)

well im not sure what some of you call bennifiting for more coverage since one is cdma and the other is gsm. the only advantage i see is getting lte on tmobile handsets. but even that lte on metro is averaging 5-7 mps i sell phones and i usually test them and im in dallas fort worth metroplex

posted on 03 Oct 2012, 17:43

14. jasmyne (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

I think it would be great for tmobile and metro pcs to pare up!!!!!!!!!

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