T-Mobile and Sprint 'Close' to Finalizing Merger Deal, John Legere Said to Lead Combined Company

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T-Mobile and Sprint are said to be "close to agreeing" to terms regarding a deal that would merge the third and fourth largest United States wireless carriers together. People close to the deal told Reuters that Sprint parent company SoftBank would own 40 to 50 percent of the combined company, while T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will gain the majority stake.

The terms of the deal are expected to be finalized by the end of October, "though talks may still fall through," the two sources said. Previously, U.S. antitrust officials told Sprint that a merger with another wireless carrier would face intense scrutiny because having four major carriers in the U.S. was important to maintaining a competitive market. During those talks a few years ago the situation of the companies was reversed -- since T-Mobile had yet to gain in popularity -- with Sprint seeking to acquire T-Mobile for more than $20 billion.


Now, those concerns are said to come into play again with regulatory scrutiny expected to face any deal between Sprint and T-Mobile "over concerns that the U.S. wireless market is becoming too concentrated."

T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with peer Sprint Corp, people familiar with the matter said, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.

Once terms are finalized, due diligence by the two companies will follow and a deal is expected by the end of October, though talks may still fall through, the sources said.

If the merger happens, the resulting company would have revenues topping $70 billion and more than 130 million subscribers, falling in line behind the two other major U.S. carriers -- Verizon and AT&T -- in terms of subscribers.

The combined company would be led by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, according to the sources, thanks to T-Mobile outperforming Sprint under his leadership. The new company would also undertake a "massive" effort to cut costs early on.

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41 months ago
Are they going to form a super, mega horrible network?
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41 months ago

Are they going to form a super, mega horrible network?

Currently driving from NY to Georgia as I type this. I haven’t lost LTE once on my T-Mobile iPhone 7.
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41 months ago
I’m torn... as a tmobile customer, I want the sprint towers/spectrum coverted to tmobile, but it is nice having 4 players vs 3 players that all look the same... time will tell if this even gets gov approval.
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41 months ago
I'm really conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I think more competition in the marketplace is better. On the other hand, it's quite likely that Sprint will go under in a few years. If the latter is the case, I'd rather T-Mobile scoop them up now than having their towers and infrastructure auctioned off to the big two. T-Mobile has been really instrumental in keeping the big two in check, but I can't help but think they'll become more like the big two if they suddenly are in the big two. As it so often happens, the top dog gets really greedy. Either way, the regulatory climate in the U.S. right now is probably a lot more favorable towards approving mergers like this than they were a few years ago, so anything could happen.
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41 months ago

Will John Legere still wear magenta t-shirts after the merger??

He only does that stuff as an act. He said so in a recent Fast Company article. He's really a suit-wearing business man just like the rest.
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I’m cool with this as long as it’s T-mobile branded, Legere led, and keeps the Uncarrier mentality. Sprint is dying anyway.

I’d be tempted to sign up for one of those Sprint promotions where they are giving away service if it was known that they’d be getting access to T-Mobile spectrum soon. But reality is that it will probably take a long time to merge networks.

AHahahahahahahahaahahahah! Those things are never going to happen. Legere has said he's looking to make the transition back to his more traditional roots of business. T-Mobile isn't profitable enough at this point.

They're currently bleeding money with promotions in order to gain customers but are making far less per customer than other providers. That can't continue forever. They'll be raising their prices once they get a good customer base.
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Currently driving from NY to Georgia as I type this. I haven’t lost LTE once on my T-Mobile iPhone 7.

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