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Deutsche Telekom Considering Sprint Nextel Bid

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Sep 13, 2009, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

According to sources cited by the UK Telegraph, Deutsche Telekom — parent to T-Mobile USA — is seriously considering a bid for Sprint Nextel. The company has been examining the idea for a year, but the Telegraph's sources say that Deutsche Telekom has been making serious preparations to place a bid for about three months now. Sprint is valued at about $10.6 billion, and Deutsche Telekom would need to raise capital to make the purchase. If the purchase goes through, the Telegraph's sources indicate that Deutsche Telekom would likely merge Sprint Nextel with T-Mobile USA. Deutsche Telekom has been looking for ways to improve the financial performance of T-Mobile USA, and recently merged its UK and French operations. A combined T-Mobile USA / Sprint Nextel entity would come close to equaling AT&T's 78.2 million customers. Sources did not say how the technology differences between T-Mobile USA (GSM, LTE) and Sprint Nextel (CDMA, WiMAX) would be resolved. All the companies involved declined to comment for the Telegraph story.

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nextel18

Sep 17, 2009, 10:04 PM

This probably will not happen... Why?

There are actually a few main reasons why this wont happen of course anything can though
1. Technology risk; CDMA, IDEN, GSM, Wimax, and LTE are all at the playing field; very tough and very expensive to figure out what to do
2. Regulatory hurdles: they will control a lot of areas when it comes to spectrum so divestitures will be a must.
3. Execution: executing number 1 will be very difficult as evident by the Sprint and Nextel ongoing issues.
4. Financial: DT doesn’t have the funds to pay for Sprint.
stevelvl

Sep 13, 2009, 7:39 PM

Would the FCC even approve such a merger?

There are several reasons why the FCC would not approve such an acquisition by a foreign company.
First and foremost vodaphone already has a he chunk of the US wireless market and you combine that with dutche’s t-mobile and half the wireless customers in the us are owned by foreign entities. If you add Sprint to the list, that makes roughly two thirds of all wireless service in the US owned by foreign entities.
Then of course there are the obvious treats to national security that the merger would pose. Sprint currently has several major contracts with the DOD, DOJ, and Homeland security. The most obvious of which is the nationwide contract with Nextel for wireless services. While having a foreign company provide this service does ...
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1. FCC will be happy to sell T-mobile more spectrum in future auctions.

2. Consumer groups will raise quite a storm if they try to buy Sprint.
I think the FCC would approve such a merger but with several stipulations:

1. Nextel would have to be spun off.
2. T-Mobile USA would be required to sell off those markets in which T-Mobile and Sprint would be the only two carriers. (Which mean...
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cellfoneluva

Sep 13, 2009, 9:47 PM

Not gonna happen

Old news. Rumours like this have been heard of in the past and did not come into frutition. The FCC would never approve this anyway and even if they would, it would be extremlely confusing and problematic and not in the best interest of the DT, Sprint-Nextel and the subscribers of both networks. So just settle down, pour yourslf a cup coffee, mow the lawn, walk the dog. Not gonna happen
I hate mowing my lawn! How is that going to help me calm down?
If you say so. It is a Sunday and I appreciate the post by Eric. I doubt it would be allowed, but it gives us something to talk about.
Yeah, I can't imagine that happening either. This whole GSM/CDMA stuff would be too costly to sort out and so on. But then again some wireless carrier in Canada, I can't think of it's name right now, is switching from CDMA to GSM using the 1700 band. ...
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Wireless.O.G.

Sep 14, 2009, 12:48 PM

This is a load of *%#&

Deutsche could not afford Sprint at this point and time, nor could they raise the capital in this global economy. Nor could they afford the merger of these two technologies.

All this is, is a rumor to drive down interest in Sprint and hurt their stock price at a time when T-Mobile USA is falling short on competitive offerings and is loosing ground with having competitive devices to offer.

A childish ploy by T-Mobile to reinvigorate interest in thier small company.

Very sad.
Actually, it had a pretty sweet affect on our stock prices today! Up 12%...

This will NEVER happen by the way...
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that you are not a financial analyst. First of all Deutsche Telecom is worth over 60 Billion dollars and could easily get financial backing from a handfull of banks, they can easily afford to purchase Sprint at...
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Tell me, where did you see this being announced by T-Mobile? Also what makes you think that DT cant afford sprint? Are you a financial advisor for Sprint? I think someone is a little sour at the thought of their company being bough out by one that kno...
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RockTripod

Sep 13, 2009, 3:34 PM

End of WiMax?

I suppose this would mean the end of WiMax, as I understand that T-Mo is looking at LTE for a 4G network. Or, if the asquisition happened, would it mean T-Mo would switch to WiMax support and further splinter the whole 4G madness? I guess we'll see if this whole shenanigans actually goes through. I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing WiMax disappear. Then every carrier would begin deploying LTE and we could see, with roaming agreements of course, ridiculous data speeds and coverage nation-wide.
And quite possibly higher subscription rates due to no competition.

WiMAX is deployed by many countries overseas and a T-Mobile/Sprint Merge would create an awesome footprint for WiMAX. Whether an individual hates WiMAX or not, does not control pr...
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We would not see roaming agreements for data. We only have them for voice because the government mandates it.
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If you actually read up on LTE vs Wimax you would know that the two are very similar and use 85 percent of the same equipment so jumping from Wimax to LTE wouldnt be the big problem. In fact in earlier articles Sprint has mentioned that if LTE becomes...
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STEELRIK

Sep 13, 2009, 12:17 PM

Unexpected!!!!

Wow, totally unexpected from Deutsche Telekom, and also considerating to even merging T-mobile USA with Sprint, Im really surprised about it. Surprised Shocked Surprised Shocked Surprised Shocked Surprised Surprised Shocked
it is interesting I heard t mobile is also considering a merger with orange, basically this signals they are in trouble
justfinethanku

Sep 14, 2009, 3:33 PM

New US powerhouse.

With the backing of a huge parent co. like DT, T-mobile and Sprint might really have the potential to become an incredible player in the US market.

No one thought T-mobile would get as big as they did in the US, but they did. The path they have taken has been a long one, but they really are kicking some major tail.

As far as the FCC is concerned, it would make no sense to stop the acquisition based on anti-monopoly laws... tmo/sprint would still be #3 and they didn't care all too much about the verizon alltell thing. and honestly, they are too busy with worrying about managing the iPhones app store and making sure you completely wipe your *** before getting off the toilet to do anything.

anyway, I think it could be a good thing f...
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T-Mobile should have been open to acquiring 850mHz license years ago. They were late to the table but now not only do they have 850 but 1700 and 2100.
Jarahawk

Sep 13, 2009, 2:48 PM

Alltel would have been a better target.

I have no idea what these guys are doing. Sprint's footprint is no better than their own. They should have targeted Alltel as I suggested previously.

http://www.phonescoop.com/carriers/forum.php?fm=m&ff ... »

Long before the private equity firm purchased Alltel and then held it for Verizon, T-Mobile could have gotten them. Add to this the fact that the FCC is now controlled by the Democrats and I don't know if this merger would even be allowed.
Altell would have been pointless for them to have purchased. It would have minimal effect on the overall business because there would not have been a very significant add in carriers or spectrum. Of course there is another obvious factor, Verizon. Ver...
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Jarahawk said:
I have no idea what these guys are doing. Sprint's footprint is no better than their own. They should have targeted Alltel as I suggested previously.

http://www.phonescoop.com/carriers/forum.php?fm=m&ff ... »
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ant1171984

Sep 14, 2009, 10:31 AM

LOL WOW THIS IS FUNNY

Laughing
Sprint-Nextel has been a complete mess since the "merger" they can't really make their minds up on what to do with Iden.....now lets get GSM in the mix with T-Mobile....even bigger headache.
even funnier..... (I am a democrat in support of healtcare reform but I do like humor) Maybe we can encourage the goverment to have a "unified social mobile network", in that we pay our bill to United States Goverment Mobile LOL and they run everythin...
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ATnT Nokia

Sep 13, 2009, 8:49 PM

DT would have several advantages to buying Sprint.

1. This would give them access to a CDMA network which means:
a. More roaming income from other CDMA carriers.
b. T-Mobile USA could get GSM/CDMA capable handsets which would allow T-Mobile customers to roam on Verizon which would expand T-Mobile coverage.

2. Another possibility is that T-Mobile could take its US market to CDMA and sell off or collect roaming revenue from its GSM network. Or it could stay with GSM and use the CDMA network for roaming and or for MVNOs who wish to use the former Sprint network.
ATnT Nokia said:
1. This would give them access to a CDMA network which means:
a. More roaming income from other CDMA carriers.
b. T-Mobile USA could get GSM/CDMA capable handsets which would allow T-Mobile custome
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or maybe they can use the money they are going to use to "buy sprint" to get their own cdma up and running or even better get their 3g up and running as fast as verizon or sprint...

but hey its just an opinion right.
bluecoyote

Sep 13, 2009, 2:00 PM

Tell Uncle Fritz "NEIN!"

1) This would leave AT&T as the only major American owned carrier.

2) Technologically speaking, this would be a nightmare. Remember how smooth the Sprint Nextel merger went? Exactly.

3) I don't want to say T-Mobile worldwide is a bad carrier, but they are.

4) Sprint is our last remaining independent carrier that isn't tied in with some major phone company. Sprint has screwed up in the past but I think they're on the right track now.
1. Verizon Wireless is 55% owned by Verizon Communications and 45% by Vodaphone.

2. Dual mode CDMA/GSM phone would do the trick. The Tour supports both.
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Yeah, the technology issue wouldn't be that big. The Nextel thing was a botched merger, not an example of a typical merger.
Well, if DT decides to move T-Mobile to Sprint's CDMA network, they could sell their GSM network to Vodafone, who then would be able to launch Vodafone USA and then they could sell their stake in VZW back to Verizon so then Verizon would be 100% Ameri...
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asLeepLessman

Sep 13, 2009, 12:23 PM

Like I said before, Big Moves!

Way to go T-Mobile. Looking to make some big moves. I was told what Deutsche Telekom does in the UK does not effect T-Mobile USA, this new post however says different.

I never really thought about T-Mobile/Sprint & Nextel. This could go in any direction.

Can you imagine a MyTouch with PTT, Myfaves, Free-Incoming and Sprints new Mobile-to-Mobile? on Sprints 4G network with T-Mobiles customer service department.

I'm dreaming. Anyway, this is a very interesting bit of news. Without detail one can imagine infinite possibilities. Thanks for the news.
Government will not let T-Mobile buy Sprint. This merger is anti-competitive. Cable and Sprint merger more likely.

T-Mobile can buy more spectrum if they want to expand or merge with cable company. Government wants to auction off more spectrum....
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i dont think it will happen.

why try to buy something that is way over your head vs buying the smaller companies that are more then oviously growing like cricket for example..

i think its just a ploy to make it seem like their big and bad...

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andy2373

Sep 13, 2009, 12:47 PM

This was bound to happen.

TMO USA hasn’t been doing as well as yesteryear, especially with (most recently) very competitive pricing plans from other carriers who are ‘Top tear’ carriers.
Once upon a time TMO USA was known as a low cost…you get more than your paying for carrier. But lately they’ve been suffering an identity crisis, slow 3G roll out, small native coverage, prices have slowly crept up, no WOW factor phones like the iPhone, BB Storm, or the Pre.
Plus doesn’t Vodafone own like 45% of Verizon, so it might not be all bad.
MyTouch? BB 8900? TouchPro 2? Memoir? Still has the best Customer service (that has been its indentity for a long time now, nothing has changed about that).

Idk, I don't find anything valid in your post. Sorry. T-Mobile isn't doing any worse then s...
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ajkenj

Sep 13, 2009, 12:47 PM

This has come up so many times before

I will believe it when I see it. For the past five years, every year theres a different story about who is going to buy Sprint.
Yeah, that's true. But if I recall correctly, most of that was rumors,. . . up until now. That's the difference between now and the past, this isn't a rumor.
This is still a rumor though unless it happens. When Sprint bought Nextel there were so many issues invloving different billing platforms and of course different networks, I don't see how it would be any easier with three different networks.
tmcgrady126

Sep 13, 2009, 12:21 PM

I think its funny

If this happens then Deutsche Telekom would have bought Sprint Nextel who bought Virgin Mobile who bought Helio
Hmm, good point, another thing too is I think as you just pointed out, Sprint has too many "brands" out there!!!! There's Boost, there's Virgin, Spring, Nextel, there's this partnership with Clear and so on, and so on. All these frinking brands! ! !
KennyJ19

Sep 13, 2009, 3:03 PM

what would they call it?

ok so would they change SprintNextels name to Tmobile, or tmobile to sprint or keep them both ... and what about having 3 Networks that would be crazy.
T-Sprint
T-Mobile. The Sprint brand is not a great one. I do not believe this will come to pass, however.
How about...

T-BAG
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