T-Mobile shopping for spectrum in case Sprint merger falls through

T-Mobile shopping for spectrum in case Sprint merger falls through
According to the NY Post, T-Mobile is cooking up a Plan B in case the deal with SoftBank (owners of Sprint) fails to materialize. The media says that John Legere & crew are shopping for spectrum from the Un-carrier's smaller competitors. T-Mobile is interested in low-band spectrum, which penetrates concrete and walls better. Still, the carrier might be forced to sell some of the new spectrum if it merges with Sprint successfully. Reportedly, Sprint has bowed to a $2 billion breakup fee if the FCC busts the acquisition.

This April, T-Mobile purchased $3.3 billion worth of spectrum from Verizon. The carrier's 700MHz A-band spectrum covers half the USA, while most of the remainder is spread among 33 smaller carriers, such as US Cellular and Vulcan Inc. Hopefully, if the Sprint acquisiton falls through, T-Mobile will be able to offer better coverage to its increasing user base.

source: NY Post

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24 Comments

1. mturby unregistered

Hope these guys dont merge. Sprint sucks!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think Legere is trolling Sprint. He gives the "okay" but knows it will never happen and is only in it for the break up fee.

5. bklynsnativeson

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

What arr you talking about? Legere has no say in the matter, DT owns the majority of T-mo and they give the ok not Legere. He can wakeup tomorrow and be fired.

7. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

that is true. dt has been trying to sell t-mobile for years simply because they've been losing money. also sprint isnt trying to buy t-mobile, softbank is.

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They actually retracted their sale offer a few quarters back when the US arm started to earn profits and gain subscribers I think the sprint offer only came up because of the money involved and who's looking at buying it

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If Son-boy is arrogant enough to think he can sell the idea of a triopoly to the U.S. DoJ and FCC, he should put his money where his mouth is - in a fat break-up fee. Meanwhile, Legere is free to shop for spectrum. Sounds like Legere doesn't think the deal will happen. At this point, I suspect that the only one who thinks the deal will go through is Son-boy.

13. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Stupid SonOfB should be spending that $2 B on creating a FUNCTIONAL 3G network on Sprint...

16. tuminatr

Posts: 1107; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Everthing I read says sofbank has a 70% chance of getting the merger to go through. On top of that it sounds like sofbank wants to keep t-mobils management it could be a very interisting mergerhttp://www.streetinsider.com/Analyst+Comments/Macquarie+Upgrades+Sprint+%28S%29+to+Outperform%3B+Sees+70%25+Chance+of+T-Mobile+US+%28TMUS%29+Regulatory+Approval/9568041.html

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe you have been reading the wrong things? Streetinsider is hardly objective. In fact, if memory serves, streetinsider was advocating for the AT&T acquisition of T-Mo. Lot of good that did them.

21. tuminatr

Posts: 1107; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Maybe, truth is no one knows. I just don’t think a merger would be the doomsday most people do. I worked for Aerial communications back in the day one of the companies the makes up T-Mobile and we did the exact thing t-mobile is doing right now, we were consumer focused with per second billing, first incoming minute free, no contract, nationwide service, we basically would give away the farm and everything is about growth. We did not care about making a profit and neither does T-Mobile from what I see they are in the same grow at any cost so we can sell the company for more money mode.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please do!

4. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

it should have been a 5 billion dollar break up free for making T Mobile's customer sweat.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Only $5 B? You sold yourself out too cheap.

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Just bring her back.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It'd be nice if they could buy some 700MHz Band 17. Their LTE phones already support it (presumably to work on AT&T's network if unlocked). They bought 700MHz Band 12 from Verizon, which'll definitely be nice in the future (band 700 penetrates buildings better for stronger connections indoors), but there's practically zilch when it comes to phones that support that band.

14. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

My unlocked AT&T branded LG gets 4G LTE on T-MOBILE because it has both LTE band 17 and LTE band 4 ( which T-MOBILE uses). Is it true that T-MOBILE's branded phones now have both LTE band 4 and LTE band 17? If so, GREAT!

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Many of them do; I don't know if all of them do.

10. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

More spectrum, more coverage (if the towers get the OK to be built... damn NIMBYS) and a competent CEO there's basically no need to merge with Sprint. Heck, at this point Sprint can't even provide acceptable service to major metropolitan areas.

11. tettech

Posts: 69; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

It's too bad TMobile got rid off Carly Foulkes for its commercials.

19. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Legere got a taste of fame and he didn't want to share with Carly.

22. tuminatr

Posts: 1107; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

she is way better to look at then him

12. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i really gotta respect t-mo for their aggressiveness the past few years... i've just been waiting on them to get to a certain sweet spot before i move from verizon... they're just not there yet. but i fear if sprint buys them they might never reach it :/

15. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Merger will never happen and Softbank is too stupid to foresee that. Legere will gladly take 2 billion in the break-up fee and purchase more spectrum with that money while watching Sprint limp away into 4th place with a big smile on his face.

23. jfuente11

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

Thought she was back... :(

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