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  1. Yung_Dilla's Avatar
    Big news in the wireless space: The Wall Street Journal reports Sprint is working on a bid to purchase rival T-Mobile. Combining the two smaller carriers to compete with mammoth leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T T -0.12% would whittle down US wireless competition to just three major networks.

    The unanswered question is whether such a bid would make it past regulators. Two years ago, the Justice Department refused to let AT&Ts $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile go through.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprints interest in T-Mobile is driven by Masayoshi Son, the billionaire Japanese founder and CEO of Softbank, which owns more than 80% of Sprint stock. Son has been acquisition-happy recently. In addition to buying Sprint, Softbank made a $1.26 billion investment in mobile phone distributor Brightstar and grabbed a majority stake in Finnish game maker Supercell for $1.5 billion. Sons net worth is over $17 billion, based largely on the 180% rise in Softbanks stock since the beginning of 2013.

    Meanwhile, Deustche Telekom owns about 67% of T-Mobile stock. Its unclear if they would be interested in an unsolicited bid.

    T-Mobiles current market cap is just over $20 billion. The stock leapt up 8% just before close Friday on the news of a possible deal. Investors were also happy to see Sprint thinking about making an offer. Sprint stock closed up 3.44%. AT&T and Verizon were down slightly.

    And Then There Were 3? Sprint Said To Be Prepping T-Mobile Bid - Forbes
    12-13-2013 05:28 PM
  2. Mikey47's Avatar
    Wouldn't that just tick off all the people who left Sprint for the greener grass of T-Mobile! ;-)

    But seriously, how do you reconcile the different technologies? This would be a many, many year project. Wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to see Sprint move away from CDMA.
    12-13-2013 05:56 PM
  3. Central n ohios best's Avatar
    I just left sprint for T-Mobile not because of slow speeds but due to bad billing services.

    Sent from my T-Mobile LG Escape running 4.1.2 using Tapatalk 2 (Central n Ohio Austin IL)
    12-13-2013 06:04 PM
  4. Yung_Dilla's Avatar
    This is exactly what i wanna know how can they have cdma/gsm running on one network together?
    12-13-2013 06:27 PM
  5. Central n ohios best's Avatar
    This is exactly what i wanna know how can they have cdma/gsm running on one network together?
    Excuse me but isn't or was metro pcs cdma correct? And sprint been had plans to abandon cdma and the n5 and the other gsm capable Sprint phones are the course run.

    Sent from my T-Mobile LG Escape running 4.1.2 using Tapatalk 2 (Central n Ohio Austin IL)
    12-14-2013 08:46 AM
  6. VW Maverick's Avatar
    12-14-2013 12:48 PM
  7. blacksapphire08's Avatar
    Wouldn't that just tick off all the people who left Sprint for the greener grass of T-Mobile! ;-)

    But seriously, how do you reconcile the different technologies? This would be a many, many year project. Wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to see Sprint move away from CDMA.
    Yes it would! I think the only reason Sprint would do this is because they consider T-Mobile a threat. T-Mobile should counter with a bid to buy out Sprint, that would be great.
    12-14-2013 01:29 PM
  8. VW Maverick's Avatar
    T-Mobile should counter with a bid to buy out Sprint, that would be great.
    Never gonna happen.
    An offer maybe, but Softbank did just drop a ****-load of cash just to have themselves bought out someone else.
    It sounds like the whole thing may just be an ugly rumor.
    But, we will wait and see what transpires.
    Just my $.03 (inflation)

    Mav.

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    Robbie317 and UJ95x like this.
    12-14-2013 01:42 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    Wouldn't that just tick off all the people who left Sprint for the greener grass of T-Mobile! ;-)

    But seriously, how do you reconcile the different technologies? This would be a many, many year project. Wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to see Sprint move away from CDMA.
    Why would it tick us off? I didn't leave due to the name Sprint.. I left due to dial up speeds.

    If Sprint bought it out I'd still have my network here that isn't dial up. So.. Yeah I wouldn't care at all .

    Even though I left Sprint I've always said I'll support them. Sprint and T-Moblie are the only ones brining unlimited data to our smartphones so we can use them as smartphones and I love that. I want them both to be successful to rival the bigger guys who like to put stupid caps in place.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    The Hustleman and ttwiitch like this.
    12-14-2013 01:43 PM
  10. blacksapphire08's Avatar
    Never gonna happen.
    An offer maybe, but Softbank did just drop a ****-load of cash just to have themselves bought out someone else.
    It sounds like the whole thing may just be an ugly rumor.
    But, we will wait and see what transpires.
    Just my $.03 (inflation)

    Mav.

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    I know they wouldnt actually do that and I doubt T-Mobile would actually make a serious bid on them anyway. They're too preoccupied trying to build up the business and possibly separate themselves from Deutch Telecom.
    12-14-2013 02:30 PM
  11. VW Maverick's Avatar
    And another opinion:
    http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/14/a-...ious-problems/

    Mav.

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    12-14-2013 11:09 PM
  12. UJ95x's Avatar
    Just my $.03 (inflation)

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    LOL, can I use this?

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-14-2013 11:13 PM
  13. VW Maverick's Avatar
    LOL, can I use this?
    Sure. No charge.

    Mav.

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    12-15-2013 12:05 AM
  14. The Hustleman's Avatar
    If they do merge I hope they have fewer dropped calls like sprint and faster data like t-mobile and more reliable data/signal like sprint.
    12-15-2013 12:47 AM
  15. lennyj17's Avatar
    I don't see the Fed's allowing this myself.....What Sprint/Softbank should be working to buy up the rest of USCC, C-Spire, and NTelos (I DO see the FCC allowing these) to give them coverage where they need it. T-MO doesn't fill in any of Sprint holes, it just brings more subs under the umbrella.
    12-16-2013 10:03 AM
  16. cgardnervt's Avatar
    Tmo and Sprint merger would be a bad idea IMO. Tmo is making good ground and Sprint is too. Let them stay as they are. Choices are all good!
    12-21-2013 01:30 PM
  17. VW Maverick's Avatar
    Update:
    http://www.techtimes.com/articles/23...-investors.htm
    Mav.

    Sent from my Sprint Tri-Band LG G2.
    01-01-2014 08:50 PM
  18. sierrajinx9's Avatar
    Actually... Both TMOBILE and Sprint (After Network Vision Upgrade) Will both have VoLTE Networks capable of hosting all DATA AND VOICE on the LTE SPECTRUM...

    This means SPRINT Would just DECOMMISSION its CDMA NETWORK, Convert the Spectrum to LTE.... Only downside to all of this is Sprint is currently using 3 BANDS of Frequency... 2 LTE and 1 CDMA... TMobile will be using 1 after network upgrades....

    Also, the FCC has always said they would back a SPRINT/TMOBILE Merger, because it wouldn't put them as a DOMINATE carrier....

    Also... Yes... SPRINT Should just be swallowing up the rest of USCC... Although, Sprint GOBBLED up all of USCELLULARS MARKETS that didn't have 4G LTE... (Northern Illinois)... Just More work for them
    01-02-2014 09:03 PM
  19. VW Maverick's Avatar
    01-08-2014 06:59 PM
  20. cgardnervt's Avatar
    I think thisi s great news for Tmo. It will allow us to have more choices and maybe we can see a price drop again!
    01-09-2014 12:28 PM
  21. sierrajinx9's Avatar
    Sprint and TMOBILE could put all there VoLTE Power together and make a BEAST with all the spectrum and Backhaul they have... Plus SPRINT Would Convert all of its CDMA Tech to VoLte/HSPA as well... They would still be a smaller carrier but be a BEAST like Verizon
    01-10-2014 03:40 AM
  22. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    Sprint and TMOBILE could put all there VoLTE Power together and make a BEAST with all the spectrum and Backhaul they have... Plus SPRINT Would Convert all of its CDMA Tech to VoLte/HSPA as well... They would still be a smaller carrier but be a BEAST like Verizon
    But then all the carrier rates would go up.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk 2
    01-10-2014 04:52 AM
  23. sierrajinx9's Avatar
    Why? From what is being said about the merger talks..... SPRINT WOULD CONVERT its network, even though it just rebuilt it, and they would MERGE onto TMOBILES KILLER Pricing STRUCTURE.....
    01-10-2014 05:35 PM
  24. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    Why? From what is being said about the merger talks..... SPRINT WOULD CONVERT its network, even though it just rebuilt it, and they would MERGE onto TMOBILES KILLER Pricing STRUCTURE.....
    4 competitors is better for consumers than only 3.

    Sent from my LG-LG870 using Tapatalk 2
    01-10-2014 05:38 PM
  25. sierrajinx9's Avatar
    T-Mobile CEO on Sprint Deal: ‘I Have a Couple Things to Say’ - Digits - WSJ

    Looks like they have a way to Merge, and still have 4 Players on the field (Which is what FCC Wants)!!

    The Entire Process would actually involve SPRINT, TMOBILE & DISH NETWORK (4TH Carrier)

    Option 1: Merge with SPRINT, Eliminate Sprint, and Convert the Network's CDMA Portion to GSM HSPA+

    They would then, hand over or sell the Sprint Footprint Portion of the NEW TMOBILE Network to Dish Network, and in retrospect, get access to all parts of that new network for its own Network (Portions that over lap or the fcc would require them to divest)

    Option 2: Merge, and only Convert the PARTS Of the Network and Spectrum it needs or wants, Leaving the REST a VoLTE/CDMA Network and handing that over to Dish Network..

    Option 2 would give Dish Network a SMALLER Footprint to start with, But none the less, its a start!

    If Dish Network is ready to go right with being a carrier right away... ALL SPRINT CUSTOMERS not in an area TMOBILE is allowed to acquire, would thus become "Dish Network Wireless" customers... I think if DISH NETWORK isn't ready to go right off the bat... Then those SPRINT Customers would thus be told Service was ending... or TMOBILE would offer buy outs to those customers
    01-11-2014 10:46 PM
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