Both parties need to get their shit together first before I entertain the idea. So far T-Mobile has been doing a good job this year with price and network upgrades. I look forward to further market disruption and them making headway in expanding coverage.
Sprint on the other hand has a long way to go and hasn't made much progress from my limited point of view. I don't like their current pricing either and would consider leaving T-Mobile if the cost of service were to go up; I left VZW because I'd be saving $50/mo.
Sprint and their Softbank overlords need to GTFO with this nonsense. They're probably just trying to goose their stock price at a time when they have high churn and a substantial base of dissatisfied customers. Either way, it'll be blocked just like when AT&T tried to buy T-Mo.
hopefully that's all their doing.., i doubt they will be able to get it threw the DOJ and FCC anyways.. government is likein the idea of having 4 especially now what T-mobile has done this last 2 years... Sprint doesn't even need T-Mobile.. they have alot of spectrum already this is more buying up customers, most of which will flee since we don't like slow speeds, hate cdma phones, or the prices that sprint charges..
I'd think the Feds will only allow it when one or other is severely hurting. I guess it depends on what they consider 'severe'. Seems likely they'll merge in the end, just a matter of when. DT still seems to want out of US market according to reports.
It would be stupid for TMO to go to CDMA when their GSM works fine and includes Wifi Calling which works unlike Sprint's AiRave products.
I don't see Sprint being able to handle a GSM network, it'd be another Nextel all over again, and more laid off employees up in Washington State after Sprint outsourced all their jobs to other countries.
I agree...US Cellular can't even keep a recurring automatic payment working (didn't draft for 3 months), and cannot keep their website working long enough for you to pay a bill online (although it is better now than it was a few months ago). I love my USC coverage, but they really can't keep anything straight right now. At least Sprint knows how to mail a bill every month.
Sprint's been fumbling from one bad deal to another.. after not quite getting right the Nextel deal, Sprint's been fumbling around the wireless industry like a drunk sailor who thinks WWII is still going strong 75 years later...
Ask yourself has wireless prices & value really improved for the consumer? For wire line access in many major cities, you can probably say yes... for wireless, no. After about 2006, the state of competition began a steep decline-- since the foxes with control of the hen-house were selling other interest to the highest bidder.
Any move to merge with another company tells you the investment the Japanese made in Sprint is not going well (on their ROI- that it was not well justified). Nevertheless, they probably (or SHOULD HAVE) been going into that transaction EYES WIDE OPEN (at least in a LEGAL SENSE).
Sprint would destroy TMO-USA and Metro. We seen how well Sprint merged iDEN into the CDMA network, God only knows how they'd treat GSM customers.
You do realize that Sprints network vision buildout allows a merger like this (two technologies) to happen quite easily and seamlessly. Network integration isnt a problem in that regard. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts
Now that is a great idea. Let me take a group of irresponsible, incompetent, and inept fools and allow them into an expensive crystal shop. Sprint cannot create an outstanding experience for the subscribers it has, how is it supposed to take care of T-Mobile's subscribers with consistent excellence.
DT is getting out of the US market by dramatically reducing their TMO share ownership. They are, for the time being, still the controlling share holder but TMO is not any more their subsidiary. I am a happy TMO customer and a take over by Sprint would be almost as disastrous as by AT&Tea.
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They're not going to be any better together, since they both have horrible coverage. And iDen was a mess. Imagine adding T-Mobile. Sprint already has a technology mess on their hands. T-Mobile has the most standardized technology of the four, but their coverage sucks so bad that it doesn't matter.
the real issue is never the technology side. That is usually worked out. The issue is 5 yrs after this proposed merger would consumers wallets have been better off without it. That question usually takes some time to answer and by then we never get to go back and unwind these things. Look at how consumers wallets have benefited from airline consolidation...right. See how things turned out post ATT/Tmob failure. Just fine thanks. So att as usual was just making up all the BS in their pro merger stuff. I think 90% of mergers benefit wall st types and 10% actually benefit consumers in the long run
Unfortunately, Sprint is still a CDMA based carrier and will be for the foreseeable future. Eventually all carriers will be LTE at a minimum as well as whatever 5G technology eventually evolves but the CDMA 2G and 3G will still be around for a while and that will be a problem for integrating T-Mobile and Sprint.
Personally I hope this does not pass. I really dislike Sprint now and am hoping I can get my employer to switch to T-Mobile. It would really stink to make the jump only to have them back in my life again. -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
but the CDMA 2G and 3G will still be around for a while and that will be a problem for integrating T-Mobile and Sprint.
I am not sure of any markets where sprint still has 2G services. With the new network gear being installed on every sprint tower they could fairly easily integrate T-Mobile into it. -- Usenet Block Accounts | Unlimited Accounts