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MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom Confirm Merger Talks

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Oct 2, 2012, 1:27 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Oct 2, 2012, 1:30 PM

Updated: added MetroPCS statement

Deutsche Telekom today confirmed earlier reports that it is discussing a strategic tie-up with MetroPCS and its T-Mobile USA subsidiary. Deutsche Telekom said that "significant issues have not yet been finalized" regarding the deal, and it has not reached a final decision on the matter. Separately, MetroPCS issued its own statement confirming the talks. It said, "MetroPCS is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached." T-Mobile and MetroPCS are the fourth- and fifth-largest network operators in the U.S., respectively. T-Mobile provides post- and prepaid services using GSM-based technology and is currently planning to roll out LTE in 2013. MetroPCS provides prepaid services using CDMA technology. It is already deploying LTE in some of its markets. Both companies have 1900MHz and 1700MHz spectrum holdings. Deutsche Telekom has been mulling options for its T-Mobile USA business for years, and failed to sell it to AT&T in 2011.

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Slammer

Oct 2, 2012, 5:10 PM

This Would Be a Bad Move.

Tmobile is GSM based and MetroPCS is CDMA. While both carriers transitioning to LTE would eliminate compatibility issues, the GSM, CDMA legacy would remain for several+years. This would inherently re-live a Sprint/Nextel mess. I doesn't make sense to me. Personally, I don't know what DT is thinking.

John B.
Slammer said:
Tmobile is GSM based and MetroPCS is CDMA. While both carriers transitioning to LTE would eliminate compatibility issues, the GSM, CDMA legacy would remain for several+years. This would inherently re-live a Sprint/Nex
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Slammer said:
Tmobile is GSM based and MetroPCS is CDMA. While both carriers transitioning to LTE would eliminate compatibility issues, the GSM, CDMA legacy would remain for several+years. This would inherently re-live a Sprint/Nex
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GSM carriers acquire CDMA carriers, and vice versa all the time, you do need some time to make the transition but it is not horrible, I live in one of the old Altell markets that was divested to at&t, it took about a year for Altell;s CDMA towers to b...
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Slammer said:
Tmobile is GSM based and MetroPCS is CDMA. While both carriers transitioning to LTE would eliminate compatibility issues, the GSM, CDMA legacy would remain for several+years. This would inherently re-live a Sprint/Nex
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Versed

Oct 2, 2012, 3:40 PM

Should Not be Allowed

This should not be allowed, fair is fair. And for more reasons then just one, foreign asset ownership as well as decreasing choice in carriers.
Foreign Asset Ownership is one reason why you enjoy very low cell phone prices. Move to Canada, then tell me you don't want foreign asset ownership. Your tune will change VERY quickly. Believe me.
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Then Vodafone must GET THE HELL OUT from VZW!!!
On the contrary, Metro PCS and T-Mobile are two of the weaker companies on the markets, combining forces would make T-Mobile (or Metro PCS, whichever label they wanted to go by after the merger) a much stronger and more competitive company...instead o...
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Versed said:
This should not be allowed, fair is fair. And for more reasons then just one, foreign asset ownership as well as decreasing choice in carriers.

Aren't most of the factories and their workers that produce...
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Is Metro foreign owned? At the end of the day Metro will be the owner of the new T-Mobile merged entity at the end of the day.
 
 
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