Sprint said to be halting talks of T-Mobile merger

Sprint feels a deal that meets regulatory approval would be impossible

According to sources at the Wall Street Journal, Sprint is said to be abandoning any plans for a proposed T-Mobile merger or buyout. According to these sources at Sprint, the regulatory challenges are too steep to further the idea, as there were serious doubts within the company about reaching any deal between the two companies that would be approved by regulators.

This makes the talk of Iliad's $15 billion bid for control of T-Mobile much more interesting, though reports today have said that T-Mobile has rejected Iliad's initial $33 per share offer. It's worth noting that Iliad isn't trying to buy T-Mobile outright, but just purchase a controlling interest in the company.

Supposedly, Sprint will give an official announcement on the matter early Wednesday. We're waiting for the official story on this one, but it certainly sounds like dreams of a Sprint and T-Mobile combined force to take on AT&T and Verizon are dead.

Source: WSJ (paid content)

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346 Comments
  • Called this week's ago. Good, now I can leave sprint for TMO... And won't sprint owe something like $1 billion for it like AT&T did? Thought I read that somewhere. Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't think so since it didn't go as far as the AT&T deal Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm hijacking this in hopes NoNexus sees it since I'm so late to the party. Told you so buddy! You are certainly confident in your opinions, which is fine for the most part. Never, ever was going to get through the regulators as anyone actually in "the know" (not me) has said since the rumors started. Oh, well. I thought it could be good for the USA but knew it was very unlikely. Sorry Bob.
  • No Sprint owes t mobile nothing deal did not go for approval Posted via Android Central App
  • Cone on over, there is plenty of room on Team Magenta, lol! Posted via Android Central App
  • As long as you don't only get 2G where you live you should see an improvement. Other than data speeds though Sprint is usually the better carrier.
  • Even 2G is a huge improvement over Sprint's LTE speeds of 0.02mbps.
  • I get 5 to 8mbps on Sprint in Chicago and have seen 40mbps on Spark. Each carrier has good and bad areas. Sprint works great for me. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sprint has way better coverage too than T-Mo, my friend's sprint phone always had coverage where my T-Mo didn't, I left T-mo for Verizon. T-mo is a terrible company.
  • Only if they proposed the buyout officially, Sprint was measuring there worth & it's not work it. Before you go to T-Mobile I suggest going to T-Mobile Google+ page. See the complaints that their customers pay even when they try and trash talk Sprint. Hey you can test drive any phone in T-Mobile as long as it's an iPhone and for a week while they hold a credit card deposit, Sprint is giving everyone a month to "Test drive" there phones for a month, without any deposit & you can go on a month to month no contact deal with sprint, & it's any phone not just iPhone... T-Mobile also takes the pleasure of picking the iPhone for you, it's like a you get what we send you block, gold or space grey.16 or 32 gigs & they will try hard to convey you from android, blackberry... Anything to impress apple. They want iPhone 6 for their network at the cost of you buying an iPhone 5 or 5s now.
  • Lol you know, I work for Sprint and that's how I know you do too. That was basically a quote out of our weekly playbook. Way to go.
  • I also work for the company and we are destroying the t mobile store next to us so idk why people say sprint is dead.
  • They live in their own world, Sprint is more in touch with reality. They're upgrading legacy towers, we're building a whole new network. & with all that they think it makes no advantage over there network. I know Sprint is planning for the future.
  • Who is "we"? You said you don't work for them.
  • We, Sprint users I guess. I talk to my friends about Sprint and sometimes they ask me if I think I work with sprint because I always say we when talking about "my network", see.
  • The problem I see here is, if Sprint was a superior carrier, why is data network in my area horrible? And when I called to finally cancel, of course I was sent to the retention department and they said, and I quote, "Ma'am we both know coverage in your area is not good and it won't be getting any better. We are going to cancel your services, with no penalty, as long as you return the devices." Sprint had excellent customer service, but their coverage blew. Posted via Android Central App
  • Because you probably live in an area that is not as heavily subscribed to sprint as many others therefore your area is on the back burner as far as upgrades go. Posted via Android Central App
  • No I live in NYC where even Verizon was congested so bad there network in NY went down for 3 hours, sprints 3 bands 25,26 & 41 level each others load to the point that all 3 bands are mostly free of useage. NYC has the most smartphone and Sprint customers, but Sprint has the most modern & future proof towers there is in the US, only Japan had a network like this FDD & TDD carrier congregation. In rush hours I still get the 50 to 60 Sprint said we'd get.
  • That may be true, but I had service for 32 months and it was never great. We kept getting told it was going to get better, over and over, and then they flat out tell me, it isn't going to get better. Honestly I was disappointed: my Sprint store here has THE BEST salespeople and manager. I am AT&T now, simply bc of their network and availability. I have decent signal strength and data strength wherever I travel. That is worth the extra price to me for my needs. Posted via Android Central App
  • Check them out in a year,2Q 2015. I'm not saying they're the best in saying they're the fastest in NYC, no dripped calls & never congested. I wouldn't be with them if they weren't. But they'll soon finish their network vision 2.0 (spark, with over 200 MBS) before the years up. I'm guessing to maximize profits you have to go to the concentrated areas and the major cities are it after them I'm sure they'll finish everywhere else article. Rural areas don't need that much towers to supply then with LTE, NYC has about 28,000 towers of the 60,000 across the main, in NYC they use micro cells, where in rural a areas they have giant towers with dishes 8 ft radius & around 8 of those giant dishes on a 1000 ft high tower, maybe not 1000 ft but really high talk towers.
  • This is hilarious to many of us. You must be the only person on Sprint in NYC or your head is stuck in the sand. I wish Sprint well but quit the sales pitches and come back to reality.
  • Con tejas, don't hate, if I know what I say something and type allot, then fuck it. If I say things that your big head think is over complicated go back to school, these aunt apples pitch's in other blog this is regular info. If I want to say some extra info & you don't to bad, better to learn something than talk about stale shit. Besides it's not all networks talk, read my convos if wanna judge,I'm letting people know that all the BS they hear or think about Sprint isn't true & if I wanna do that, so what it's the truth. You don't like it so stick it. Want reality go outside, and enjoy this is a n area for comments...can't stand guys that act out of emotions for BS, that's some female thing.
  • This is a crock. Long time customer. Sprint coverage sucks no matter where I'm at. I hit full lte once in a while but not consistently anywhere. I was on at&t for a brief moment and I couldn't find a dead spot even if I tried. That's not bragging on at&t. That's how bad sprint is. Posted via Android Central App
  • Sprint just got a sub GHz frequency, but Verizon & att had them from the start that's why they're the big 2. But now Sprint has 800 MHz for lte & voice. Evening things out for sprint. T-Mobile had bought 700 MHz block A but it's not nation wide like sprints spectrums are all 3.but their 800 MHz is what's going to give them the rural small town coverage with only one tower or two because it can reach farther distances than Verizon's 850 MHz of about 8 miles, sprints should spread out to about 9 miles.
  • They have it, but not using it. How the fuck do you get 2mbps on LTE? Because #Framily
  • I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and the coverage and data speeds I had for Sprint were beyond horrible. Left Sprint for Verizon - which is a lot better in my experience. My wife left Sprint for T-Mo, and though it's not the greatest, she says it's a lot better than Sprint. My brothers have Sprint and constantly complain about their service. I keep asking if their service has been getting better - since I'm always hearing from people about these "upgrades" in our area - and they always say they see no improvement. They can't wait to move to another carrier. I know it's just a few people, but from reading comments, and judging by Sprint's loss in subscribers (and subsequent gain in subscribers by all the other carriers including T-Mo), maybe Sprint still has a little ways to go before their nationwide coverage is comparable with their competition? Their prices are decent. If they ever get their service to be on par with the other carriers in my area, I'd definitely consider going back.
  • Actually, I live IN San Francisco, and T-MOBILE's coverage is excellent...I was on SPRINT/Virgin Mobile for several years and their connection was HORRIBLE. But, the customer representatives were always really excellent though...
  • The future they won't be part of...right?
  • ...because people read earnings reports. Sprint has been loosing customers for years. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is adding more customers than all the other carriers combined. Additionally, they have a MASSIVE network expansion underway and will have converted their ENTIRE NETWORK to LTE by half way through next year. T-Mobile is kicking EVERYONES ass right now.
  • They been losing phone customers, but gaining tablet customers. Most of them just switched over to tablets, most sites don't want to overcomplicate things and it just gives them bad press & if you know your history then you would know how the Rothschild family got rich, they started a rumor in ww1 the the Germans were winning when they were really losing. All earopeans bought German sticks and sold their European stocks. Rumors control stocks to even T-Mobile stick prices where jumping up & down because of the merger rumors, up when merger was positive & down when they seemed like they weren't so their stick should be going down right about now.
  • Lmao, auto text :( why...
  • German sticks ftw! Posted via Android Central App
  • LoL I meant stocks but, I guess sticks are the same
  • hahhhahaa I died. Posted via Android Central App
  • SERIOUSLY!
  • true, but that's only because merger/buyout talk drives stock prices up. Not because Sprint is considered better than T-Mobile. T-Mobile will overtake Sprint as #3 in less than a year and will likely challenge Verizon and AT&T on it's own in less than 3.
  • That's yet to be seen, as I said before remember T-Mobile when dutch telecom was going to shit them down & T-Mobile rose up because of simple fiber optics & backhaul upgrades. A whole network built brand new with the latest towers money can buy will do the same for sprint, T-Mobile was less than sh** back then, but look at them now. It can happen to sprint & by the way things are going in NYC it's a sign of the network to come. Before the year end well have 200 MBS average speed, & with carrier aggregation up to 300 MBS .we have the bandwidth the towers and the money, the build it will end soon and things will change I don't think Sprint is going to budge room no.3 but maybe they'll go up. T-Mobile, Verizon, att are all legacy towers at the core. Soon they'll need to do what Sprint has done.
  • Those are some powerful drugs you are on.
  • LMAO!
  • It wasn't worth not being able to bid for 600 MHz & it would keep the merged network from the goal of the merged networks. Sprint will hopefully buy prime 600 MHz LTE for nationwide sub GHz frequency & with an 800 MHz & 600 MHz carrier aggregation or 600 MHz alone they could deploy nationwide VoLTE. 32 billion dollars is enough to but the prime 600 MHz block.
  • There is an ENORMOUS difference between the "Dutch" and the "Deutsche"! Know your WW2 history...
  • Wut? They added 1.5 million connections in Q2, only around 300k of that were tablets. So they are losing phone customers? Where did you learn math?
  • Its was sprints words of buying that rise their stock, not T-Mobile words that there selling.
  • Keep telling yourself that.
  • I get sprint service in my house but No T-mobile but I rather deal with T-mobile then Sprint any day of the week... That is how bad Sprint is
  • Cool, yeah go with the best obviously, I support unlimited data is all & a measly 2.5 gigs won't do it for me. Oh if you know anyone with a nexus 5 I can tell you a code to activate hotspot, best for unlimited data plans though.
  • Lol @ 2.5 gigs. People that hate T-mobile only look at one plan and totally overlook their truly unlimited plan. I guess the moral is #hatersgonnahate. Lemme go back to my 80mbps connection on Tmo, Sprint will have it by 2102
  • What state are you in, I know a small amount of areas have T-Mobile 15x15 lte. Testing case,if out search YouTube you can find Sprint downloading at 120 MBS... They're aiming for 200 MBS average before the year ends. But NYC only has thy the 50 to 60 MBS lte I peak at 73, bit other people reach the hundred mark with some 15/20 MBS on top the hundred. 40 MHz TDD lte with carrier congregation will get Sprint users *in spark cities* 300 MBS by 2Q 2015... Your either thinking of old Sprint or don't know sprints network enhances, we don't upgrade we did a full network replacement.
  • That LSD has you trippin son!
  • Do a speedtest, and you'll see why. Just because you're destroying the tmo store next to you doesn't mean the carrier's not dead. Who was the only carrier to lose customers in Q2? oh yeah...
  • "I also work for the company and we are destroying the t mobile store next to us so idk why people say sprint is dead." Sprint died 3 years ago. It's being artificially kept alive by Softbank.
  • Because they don't know anything besides media & commercial ads... But I don't work for sprint
  • Don't care. Sprint sucked as a company in the 90's and not much has changed.
  • You are beyond daft Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously? I don't work for sprint but, it's all so obviously true. Im always showing these T-Mobile fans how we don't need to be by atower for 50 to 60 MBS & howb hey do just to get 50 MBS,I had a T-Mobile Sim & it was spotty in NYC. Anyway it's all true they had a feed that saidv something like "Sprint thinks it good for you to stop and ask for directions" with picture of a car and the driver hosting a phone, screen maximized to show the navigation not working because of no reception, but T-Mobile customers just backfired with how they don't even get 2G in state to state drives & how they're trying to get attention of themselves & ask this stuff. Anyway thanks for the comment, I just left them a post about how we'll buy 600 MHz frequency now with the 32 billion & they were pissed :)
  • You say you don't work for them yet you refer to Sprint as "we". Right.
  • It is a colloquialism. The Dolphins are my team but I do not own them. Stop nitpicking and say something that is worth the 's and 0s
  • Nitpicking, say something with the 's & Os? What's that supposed to mean? NoNexus...
  • He's backing you up, just shhhh Posted via Android Central App
  • LoL I kind of figured you was messing with me when you said it was in the playbook :) auto text EF up
  • Auto correct got me too. 1s and 0s are what makes computers work and scotty boy there wastes a ton of them to say absolutely nothing but to put people down. he nitpicks all statements for the slightest thing. I have learned to ignore him and have fun at his expense. It is an easy target though...
  • Then I won't ignore him for you! :) Besides, he deserves it!
  • Oh OK,now I get it.
  • I like the Cowboys. Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha I was just messing with you man. But no I totally agree with you. And I'm not biased because I work for them. My main phone is ATT. Sprint just pays my bills know what I mean haha Posted via Android Central App
  • I had a feeling you were messing with me, when you said it was in the playbook
  • Ryanmtech: You better watch it man, CEO Hesse is gonna get canned; but he still has probably a couple of hours left at the helm; and he'll be coming after you...ha, ha...( I agree with what you've been saying by the way!)
  • He didn't fire me yet. But he's still got til the 11th!!
    Posted via Android Central App
  • Hesse has been given a crazy deal out of this. Sprint stick went up a good amount.
  • I just have to laugh at all this bs on data speed from Sprint. I've been with Sprint for 15 years and never had or seen anyone with more than 5mbs while my visiting nephew routinely shows up with 20 to 40 on T-Mobile. Thankfully most of my data usage is via Wi-Fi so no real issues. All of this "my overpriced/under-delivering provider sucks way less than yours" stuff is pretty entertaining, but until something changes within Congress to force phones to be standardized (think beta max vs vhs) consumers will always be the butt of jokes in the boardrooms. I want my sprint phone usable on AT&T when they get out of line. That's the only way we get back in control. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's to bad,I have screenshots of speedtest.net showing 53 to 65 & even 73 MBS,I don't know how to post pics here though. In thought they were in my Google Drive
  • In fairness when Sprint was testing LTE here I did get 18 Meg down, but as soon as LTE was officially launched all of a sudden the best they could muster was 5. I'm in eastern Washington state, but even in Seattle speeds are ridiculous. But as I mentioned, most of my data usage is via wi-fi so no big deal. Posted via Android Central App
  • When it's being tested no one really knows about the tower until it's official them everyone gets on it and it's much slower, I'll post some pics tomorrow, Sprint tri band lte distribute the user threw .... I'm too tired I have to sleep up post pics tomorrow jklllll look gm
  • I'm with tmobile and was a Sprint Customer for ten years before I switched 2 months ago.I just couldn't take it any more. When on the Sprint network, as soon as I left the house and Wi-Fi, I left data behind. I literally had a dumb phone on Sprint! Went to tmobile and I get 4G in my house with data speeds at about 6 to 8 Mbps down and from 3 to 5 Mbps up. That's just on 4G. Most of the time when I leave my house I'm pulling 4g LTE speeds and connection. They are anywhere from 12 to 20+ mbps down and 10 to 18 Mbps up! Those are regular and consistent speeds on tmobile for me. And, I live in Sacramento, CA. And, no lie, tmobile is anywhere from 10 to 20 times faster than Sprint was in nearly every place I go in this city. Sprint has been an absolute joke here and I can't believe I polished their knob for so long. Tmobile brought me out of the dark ages.. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah it's like that, when it's not officially announced there isn't much usage, after its officially , everyone speedtesting it & using the towers. 5x5 FDD LTE isn't wide to begin with anyway. Spark's 2.5 acts like aws IMO, but it's TDD lte allows the use of just 20 MHz for down & up data, FDD LTE. Needs 20 MHz for down stream & 20 MHz of often data... Half the spectrum and faster downloads since it's frequency is decided into a 3 :1 set up. Everyone's going TDD soon, off topic sorry. IMO , the best networks *not the largest* are Sprint & T-Mobile. They give everyone unlimited lte, WiFi voice calls, text & there plans are all basically unlimited. Verizon's & att's only claim is how large they are which in time won't mean jack.
  • I live in NYC with T-mobile and T-mobile is far from "spotty" Outside NYC yeah but that is around the CT border. Sprint on the other hand couldnt get any respectable Data speeds
  • Listen I don't know what type of phone you have, a galaxy 4,a none spark phone maybe? But saying they don't get those speeds is straight BS. I'll post pictures tomorrow. I'm going to sleep.
  • Dude, just because YOU got those speeds doesn't mean anyone else got them.
  • Here's some screen shots most are from the bus, "https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5QgJk9AigVOYnJmUVRPRXltOFk/edit?usp=doc..., "https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5QgJk9AigVOTzZIY0h5U0ktZEE/edit?usp=doc... like I said last night.
  • For some reason it only let's me post 2 links in reply, here's the other 2, "https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5QgJk9AigVOcDQ2NmNsOU93WGc/edit?usp=doc..., "https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5QgJk9AigVOTzZIY0h5U0ktZEE/edit?usp=doc...
  • Wow?! Who gives a sh*t I can post SOT of nearly 7hrs on my Nexus 5 but the majority of users don't (nor do I without trying...4+ with EVERYTHING on and syncing though..same point compared to others it seems though). As long as you can stream a HD video who cares what your speeds are. Seems they are MUCH more consistent on Tmobile and I've recently picked up a Sprint sim just to see the results. I'll go to whichever carrier suits my needs for the lowest cost. Sprint no bueno mi amigo
  • You seriously picked up a Sprint Sim, LoL there's some Sprint workers in here. You can't get a pick up a Sprint Sim... You have to either have Sprint already & use your already active Sprint iccid since Sprint does not use a micro sim card.or but a phone or try a phone. Scroll up some and see the links to my Google Drive, screenshots of my average speeds aren't bullshit. I have a an N5 too Amiga,"I can post SOT of nearly 7hrs on my Nexus 5" I don't know what you mean by " "sot" & (nor do I without trying...4+ with EVERYTHING on and syncing though..same point compared to others it seems though) what's so that mean? I don't know so I can't reply to these .. It's true you don't need more than 10 MBS IMO but T-Mobile fans talk about ohh Sprint is so slow I get 50 MBS & I tell them my experience & that sprint is not slow as they claim it is & tell them that maybe in there are it's slow but not here in NYC where I live. Like I said before and like I do I was here from the for most of the questions and comparisons , if I can answer them I will. Is not a problem for me. For you maybe, it's looks like it offends you why IDC & IDK why.
  • LMAO you do realize Sprint DOES USE Sim cards for LTE since LTE isn't CDMA.... SO if your using Sprint LTE you do in fact use a sim card I live in NYC and from my small experience Sprint is really slow... Also have a co-worker with a HTC M8 who says Sprint is Slow .... Your pics prove nothing.... Doesn't even say Sprint is your provider
  • You are not going to change anyone's minds about how crappy Sprint is. As long as you're happy with it, that's all that matters. I'll stick with T-Mobile - happy customer for well over 10 years. Just saying the word Sprint leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
  • Oh, you work for sprint? That makes sense. I know how TMobile phone customer service and stores treat my family and it is easy to see your lies. Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh no, you found out my secret! Please don't tell anyone :(....no I don't work for sprint lol
  • Seriousky though talking to T-Mobile rep's give the power to see threw lies? What about talking to T-Mobile technicians? The future, third eye,... Astral projection, that's some crazy stuff.
  • Naa He is just a Shill
  • LoL what's a shill?
  • Go google it ...
  • an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others
  • a person who pretends to give an impartial endorsement of something in which they themselves have an interest.
  • I get it now, thanks.
  • Anyone in here have a rooted nexus 5?
  • Told you, its different but looks like a Sim, att & T-Mobile are still using gsm Sim cards, but they'll be switching to uccid soon to. It'll be ready for them a software upgrade.
  • You are the liar here. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just like I said back in November 2013. This wasn't going anywhere the FCC wasn't going to allow this now Sprint and Dan Hesse are in dire straights. Tmobile has been KICKING CARRIER ASS since 2012 they pace the carrier game today nothing else matters period. From my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • You guys have to see the bigger picture, without the merger we can't get to Verizon/att at a large enough scale to make any real breakthrough. They'll still get all the 600 MHz by buying all the little networks along with their customers, towers, stores, making for a better deal than just buying the spectrum, hopefully since there won't be a merging, Sprint & T-Mobile could at least both buy large enough 600 MHz & be the first nationwide network's to have an lte roaming deal. Still keeping their own networks but working together against the big 2, it's the only way unless you don't mind the tit for tat game