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

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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14 Comments

1. Danalvi1981

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 02, 2010

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

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

3. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

12. Danalvi1981

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 02, 2010

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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

5. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

6. rasinhussy

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

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

7. StringCheese01

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 27, 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

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

10. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

9. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

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

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

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

13. miguel6632

Posts: 21; Member since: May 25, 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

14. jasmyne

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

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

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