08
Mar
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News comes this morning that Deutsche Telekom has been having talks to sell its T-Mobile US unit to Sprint in a deal that would combine the third and fourth largest US carriers. Deutsche Telekom would reportedly still have "a major stake" in the newly merged company, so this would be seen as more of a merger than a selloff.

Deutsche Telekom Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Hoettges said about the possible deal: "In general, all options are open in the U.S. -- the sale of the whole business or of parts." Business Week reports that the talks have been on and off and that one of the biggest hindrances to a deal has been the failure to come to a mutual agreement about the value of T-Mobile.

Sprint and T-Mobile currently rank behind Verizon and AT&T for largest share in the US market.

While this is very interesting news, keep in mind that we have heard this before (here, here, and here). We wouldn't advise holding your breath on this one, but the folks at Bloomberg are taking this one seriously so take it as you wish.

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Source: Business Week via Phandroid

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  • Matt

    *comment* Might be interesting.

  • Duffin

    Noooo, I don't want to belong to Sprint unless I'm allowed to still have my GSM phone. I don't like CDMA phones. I like being able to put my SIM card in whatever phone I want without having to go through my cell phone company.

    • nitramoh

      Much like sprint Nextel I'm sure tmob would still operate off their same gsm network. Could be interesting to see which way sprint goes later down the line though.

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    There is a lot in play here. Sprint would most likely not tear down the GSM network, but bring it into their current network. As they did with Nextel, years down the road if the technology is not viable (which we all know it is) then they may phase it out. Also, since T-mobile doesn't own spectrum for enhanced data traffic (and Sprint does), this would open up new avenues for the T-mobile customers.
    I for one am waiting for the actual writing on the wall, the speculation could go on for a while.

    • Duffin

      Yeah, I've just had some bad experience with being forced into a company I didn't want to be in in the first place. There are reasons I didn't go with Sprint or any other carrier and chose T-Mobile instead.

  • bedwa

    With the wimax vs lte Sprint debate, this could be why. They could keep the Nextel network for Boost, and have both the CDMA/WIMAX network alongside the GSM/LTE. It would be a headache on network standards, but possible. GSM/LTE is the more flexible pathway as it is....

  • Snake

    Why tmo gotta be the girl lol?!

    • civil

      Seen all of the recent tmo commercials? The "tmo mytouch4g" is a girl so why not?

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    While Sprint kills T-Mobile's GSM may sound bad, what is even worse is when the merger gives them an excuse to kill off Sprint's current unlimited data plan.

  • Chris

    Indeed, this is going to be rather interesting if it does happen. I doubt Sprint is going to immediately or within the next few years force T-Mobile GSM users to jump ship. Realistically speaking, GSM is the more "useful" network with a better upgrade path.

    It could be a way for Sprint to get off the sinking WiMAX ship and start transitioning to GSM/LTE using T-Mobile's existing network, since building their own would probably cost at least as much as buying out T-Mobile, without any guarantee of more subscribers.

  • DavM

    Oh ya I wish! Just wonder what happens to the customers...

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah Samir Shah

    Merge, definitely.

    Wimax or LTE?

    Let Verizon be on the bleeding age for LTE.
    Decide afterwards.

  • http://www.dominikstriplin.com Dominik

    Seems like 2005 all over again, just replace GSM with iDen.

    Sprint is finally starting to fix the issues that had almost killed off two companies, please don't make the same mistake.

  • The Guy Named Guy

    Well in all aspects this would be a way for sprint to move to Gsm witch they should have done like 6 years ago. With the right timing they can move the network after the merger in under 4 years to Gsm, this way they can drop wimax and move to true 4g by that time.
    This also brings up a true point if the two does come together it will be under a new name ie: "universe mobile, sprint mobile" etc. And the true funny part is do any one remember "alltel" tho that was a complete sell out but the point is it happen ppl went on and no one cares about that now.

    So I say kudos! To sprint if they can pull this off. SPRINT LTE 4 (LIFE) G

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