Deutsche Telekom Mulling MetroPCS Tie-Up for T-Mobile
T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom is considering merging its U.S. operations with pre-paid provider MetroPCS, reports Bloomberg. According to sources familiar with Deutsche Telekom's plans, the company may offer MetroPCS a stock swap in order to gain control of it and then merge the operations of the two firms. Bloomberg's sources also note that Deutsche Telekom is considering an IPO of such a merged entity, an outright sale of T-Mobile USA, and is also holding discussions with other companies. Deutsche Telekom's plans for T-Mobile USA, which has struggled to retain customers in recent quarters, have long garnered industry speculation. The FCC and DoJ blocked Deutsche Telekom's attempt to sell T-Mobile USA to U.S. rival AT&T last year.
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Asus ZenFone 5Q Hits US Retail Today
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SoftBank Pulls Rug Out from Under Sprint / T-Mobile Merger
Sprint and T-Mobile may not be merging after all. SoftBank, the majority owner of Sprint, plans to break off merger talks, according to Reuters.
That alone wouldn't concern me but due to their failed attempt to sell to ATT and their fleeing customer base I suspected they were going to become a pre-paid service only.
I'm in my 9th year with them and this is the first time in history no representative in any of their local stores offered me a discounted upgrade on my handset. They usually offer it up without my mentioning it but I recently inquired at three of their local stores and all of them declined, telling me the price I was getting was a really good price
It was recently disclosed that T-Mobile was going to start requiring customers to pay their first months service upfront, then pay for their regular service one month prior to actually using it.
That alone wouldn't
Probably the best
As it stands now we as ...
Tmobile UP for sale again.
I think it could work
Advantages to this is that T-Mo would get a headstart on LTE which would be great and acquire some AWS spectrum in the process. It could work but it's tricky.
CDMA VS GSM
Plus, MetroPCS uses PCS/AWS for their spectrum, and is currently launching LTE using AWS. This is exactly what T-Mobile is doing.