T-Mobile and Sprint Officially Call Off Merger

T-Mobile and Sprint today announced that plans for a merger have officially ended after the two companies were unable to find "mutually agreeable terms."

Rumors last week suggested the merger might be called off because Sprint parent company SoftBank was having doubts about the deal over the ownership terms. SoftBank was concerned about "losing control" of the combined company, as T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom wanted a controlling stake.

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The two companies allegedly attempted to save the merger by negotiating new terms after Deutsche Telekom submitted a revised offer, but an agreement was not able to be reached.

In a statement, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that while a deal with Sprint was "compelling," it would have needed to offer "significant benefits" for both consumers and shareholders.

"The prospect of combining with Sprint has been compelling for a variety of reasons, including the potential to create significant benefits for consumers and value for shareholders. However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile's shareholders compared to our outstanding stand-alone performance and track record. Going forward, T-Mobile will continue disrupting this industry and bringing our proven Un-carrier strategy to more customers and new categories - ultimately redefining the mobile Internet as we know it. We've been out-growing this industry for the last 15 quarters, delivering outstanding value for shareholders, and driving significant change across wireless. We won't stop now."

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said Sprint had decided that it would be best to move forward alone. Sprint will instead aim to "compete fiercely" in the wireless industry.

"While we couldn't reach an agreement to combine our companies, we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination. However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own. We know we have significant assets, including our rich spectrum holdings, and are accelerating significant investments in our network to ensure our continued growth. As convergence in the connectivity marketplace continues, we believe significant opportunities exist to establish strong partnerships across multiple industries. We are determined to continue our efforts to change the wireless industry and compete fiercely. We look forward to continuing to take the fight to the duopoly and newly emerging competitors."

This is the second time that T-Mobile and Sprint have failed to reach a merger agreement. Sprint parent company SoftBank attempted to purchase T-Mobile back in 2013 in a deal worth more than $20 billion, but ultimately abandoned its plans in 2014 amid regulatory scrutiny.

Even had the deal succeeded this time around, it's not clear if it would have gained regulatory approval. Back in 2014, U.S. antitrust regulators said having four national carriers in the United States was important for maintaining a competitive market.

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Top Rated Comments

Septembersrain Avatar
86 months ago
I worked for Boost Mobile. Let me tell you, Sprint is sitting on such a wide mass of spectrum. They are slow at converting towers. I don't blame T-Mobile for bowing out. Sprint/SoftBank wanted more control over the merger but they can't even do right with what they've got. Unless they were going to give Deutsche Telekom full control, there was no way T-Mobile customers would have benefited here. Just my opinion.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cppguy Avatar
86 months ago
Good. Don't poison the Uncarrier!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dominiongamma Avatar
86 months ago
Great! T-mobile is doing just fine without Sprint
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CPx Avatar
86 months ago
TMobile will need to start making some revenue. They've been bleeding to build up subscribers.
Where do people get these talking points? Start making revenue? They are making revenue. Tmobile has been steadily increasing their net income for a while. They increased it again last quarter.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redneckitengineer Avatar
86 months ago
HOORAY x1000000000000!!!!

I'm so glad T-Mobile decided they didn't want the garbage of the cellular industry.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
julesme Avatar
86 months ago
It's been great for the consumer the last few years to have 4 carriers competing against each other. I'll just leave it at that.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)