Sprint and T-Mobile Aiming to Reach Merger Deal Next Week

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this month, reports suggested Sprint and T-Mobile had once again resumed merger talks, and now it appears the two U.S. carriers may be close to inking a deal.

    According to Reuters, Sprint and T-Mobile have "made progress" negotiating merger terms and are aiming to complete deal talks as soon as next week.


    T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom and Sprint parent company SoftBank are said to be discussing an agreement that would "dictate how they exercise voting control over the combined company."
    Previous merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile failed after the two companies were unable to reach "mutually agreeable terms." Sprint parent company SoftBank was said to be unsatisfied with the deal because of ownership terms, with SoftBank concerned about losing control of the combined company after Deutsche Telekom requested a controlling stake.

    If T-Mobile and Sprint are able to establish a satisfactory deal, the combined company would have more than 100 million customers.

    Sources that spoke to Reuters said there is "no certainty" a deal will be reached, given the dissolution of the previous merger talks.

    Article Link: Sprint and T-Mobile Aiming to Reach Merger Deal Next Week
  2. augustrushrox macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2015
  3. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Here's hoping my T-Mobile bill doesn't go up. Loving that $72 a month unlimited for 2 lines.
  4. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    On one hand a merger of Spring and T-mobile might combine to make a real competitor to Verizon and AT&T but on the other it would make it easier for the three to collude.

    Sprint may fail eventually anyway though they limp along.
  5. EW800 macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2012
  6. lyngo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2007
    This is bad, bad news, I feel for people in the long run.
  7. BeforeTheMeds macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2016
    Edomx, MX
    Me too except 2 lines unlimited for 60.00.
  8. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    I really hope this falls through and luckily, even if they can ink a deal, the regulators could still block it, here's hoping that they do. This is a bad idea all the way around.
  9. michael31986 macrumors 68040

    Jul 11, 2008
    Why would this be bad for consumers. T mobile and Sprint have cheapest rates.
  10. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2003
    Southeastern Louisiana
    Dang, nice. The lowest I can manage is $64, and that's if my wife uses less than 2GB of data by some miracle.
  11. oldhifi macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2013
    Hopefully they will put up more towers in rural areas..
  12. Kingrsmchugh macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2012
    I wouldn’t worry to much about competition. In a few years amazon, google and Apple will probably all be carriers.
  13. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    If this means better 5G for the future than T-Mobile or Sprint could bring by themselves to their customers, then by all means merge. I suppose a triopoly is better than a duopoly. And there's certainly places in my area where Sprint gets signal and T-Mobile doesn't, and vice-versa.
  14. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    Because Sprint has the worst customer service of just about any company I have dealt with (United Airlines takes the cake for the absolute worst though) and it would reduce competition, which will result in them raising prices.
  15. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I feel like this is just to "save Sprint" so they don't go bankrupt. T-Mobile is doing exceedingly well now. They don't need Sprint. Not to mention... that's just going to put a really bad taste in people's mouths. Sprint needs to die, period.
  16. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    Nobody would win in this situation. +1 for T-Mobile doing well enough. Sprint is only going to drag them down.
  17. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Less competition. The combined company could more easily raise its rates to be comparable to AT&T or Verizon.
  18. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    I used to dread the day as a person who used T-Mobile when visiting the US. Now their PAYG plans stink for short visits. Let the merger take place!
  19. radiology macrumors 6502


    Feb 11, 2014
    Westlake, OH
    This seems like an attempt to put lipstick on a pig (or two in this case).
  20. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    10th times a charm, right?
    --- Post Merged, Apr 26, 2018 ---
    Less competition. Less competition means less incentive for the combined company to offer good rates. They can simply raise their rates to those of AT&T and Verizon. Don't like it? Who else you gonna go to?
  21. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Let the free market decide which companies it wishes to use. We don’t need the gubmint stepping in to dictate.

    It’s not like T-Mobile or Sprint towers and service would disappear from a merger.
  22. HutNews macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2017
    Google already is, Facebook next, then Apple
  23. PeterL111 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2015
    Bad idea? I don’t know what Sprint has been doing but whenever I pass by their store, it is often empty. Better a merger than declare bankrupt.
  24. UnusedLoginID macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2012
    No, no, no…! Sprint is a big mess, their activation policies are a mess - ever tried switching a Sprint SIM card to a new phone? It never works, you always have to call them! -, they use a technology (CDMA) that’s unique (US only) and proprietary (Qualcomm anyone…?), they’re bleeding money, etc… etc…
    T-Mobile doesn’t know what they’re getting into, the merger will kill them!
    How do we tell Légère that Sprint is a scam?
  25. Kpeterk2444 macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2018
    I think everyone is missing the point. Sprint has a lot of spectrum assets that can be very useful in deploying 5G networks and competing better with Verizon and AT&T. Regardless of what you think of the anticompetetive aspect, both T-Mobile and Sprint customers would benefit from this. T-Mobile's network would gain the use of extra spectrum for faster data speeds, etc. Sprint customers would benefit from better coverage and a company looking to expand its footprint to better compete in the marketplace.

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