Sprint CEO sees T-Mobile merger as plausible

Despite the fact that Sprint has been rapidly expanding 4G technology on its network, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse appears to be quite receptive to switching to LTE technology -- an older technology, based upon a revised 3G standard.

Back in March, Sprint announced that it would be expanding 4G to at least eight additional cities -- those cities include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and St. Louis. The addition of LTE technology to Sprint's network would clear the path for a merger with T-Mobile. The fact that both Sprint and T-Mobile are losing customers to Verizon and AT&T means that a merger could be beneficial to both carriers.

According to Gizmodo via Financial Times, Sprint and T-Mobile have been considering a merger for a while now. In his statement to the Financial Times, Hesse stated "We have the spectrum resources where we could add LTE if we choose to do that, on top of the WiMAX network. The beauty of having a lot of spectrum is we have a lot of flexibility...” Sprint's network flexibility is further proven by the fact that they are seeking additional network infrastructure in order to implement both WiMax and LTE.

The only issue for Sprint would be that they would have to make the decision to keep both LTE and WiMax, or choose to abandon one of them. It will be quite some time before 4G is common enough to justify a merger based on these terms. However, based on Mr. Hesse’s comments, it does appear that the executives at Sprint are giving it some serious thought.  

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techbeck said,
I am a T-Mobile customer. 4g would be nice to have, but not sure about Sprint.

I am a T-Mobile customer as well. It would be great to have 4g for sure. However, I don't see it happening in Erie, PA anytime soon. We are always one of the last cities to get a new technology as far as I have seen. As far as Sprint, I haven't had much experience with them, but a friend of mine is on their service and he is happy with them. I only have one issue so far with T-Mobile and that is the poor coverage out where I live. Although, it was the only carrier that would accept me without a deposite and their prices were low.

winlonghorn said,

I am a T-Mobile customer as well. It would be great to have 4g for sure. However, I don't see it happening in Erie, PA anytime soon. We are always one of the last cities to get a new technology as far as I have seen. As far as Sprint, I haven't had much experience with them, but a friend of mine is on their service and he is happy with them. I only have one issue so far with T-Mobile and that is the poor coverage out where I live. Although, it was the only carrier that would accept me without a deposite and their prices were low.

Problems with T-Mobile is lack of 3g coverage and lack of new devices. They were the first to get Androids and now they are the worst provider to get an Android with. I hope the rumors are true about a dual core Android or a 4.3in Android in the fall.

I am a T-mobile customer too.
T-mobile has one of the best prepaid non-data plans in the US.
I hope they don't get scrapped if they do merge with Sprint.

Unfortunately in the the US the best phones are sold by the mobile carriers instead of being available unlocked in the open market -- this is hurting T-mobile. In several Asian countries like Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India & Pakistan all phones are sold unlocked, this has kept the price of the mobile services low and more choices of mobile phones are available to everybody.

techbeck said,

Problems with T-Mobile is lack of 3g coverage and lack of new devices. They were the first to get Androids and now they are the worst provider to get an Android with. I hope the rumors are true about a dual core Android or a 4.3in Android in the fall.

To be honest, they are already getting a 4 inch Android on Thursday. In fact, my local store just let me know that they have had them arrive and that they only need to add them to their computer.

techbeck said,
... They were the first to get Androids and now they are the worst provider to get an Android with. I hope the rumors are true about a dual core Android or a 4.3in Android in the fall.
The handsets that T-Mobile offered drove me crazy, they were so under-powered and crippled. When I left them, they started offering more powerful devices. The re-release of the T-Mobile Dash with a different colored case was just sad.

Does Sprint still not use SIM cards? I'm a T-mobile user, and I don't want my future phone plans/purchases to involve handsets that don't have SIM cards.

Spartan Erik said,
Does Sprint still not use SIM cards? I'm a T-mobile user, and I don't want my future phone plans/purchases to involve handsets that don't have SIM cards.

CDMA phones do not use SIM cards, ie Sprint and Verizon. GSM phones such as T-Mobile and ATT use them. Sprint's Nextel line with iDEN uses them as well, but that's only the Nextel stuff.

Silverskull said,
Keep both! Dual-technology carrier? Awesome.

But if it means T-Mobile gets "premium data" fees, no.

+1! A dual technology carrier would be great and it would make them a very solid competition to Verizon and AT&T. I also agree that they should keep T-Mobile's fees. They offer great prices.

A GSM carrier merging with a CDMA carrier? Interesting.

Oh well, even if it goes through, I can't see how they would compete with Verizon and AT&T

Eh.. I was going to go back to T-Mobile once I have moved back and I noticed this article today and I hope T-Mobile stay the same. If not, I will probably stay with AT&T or switch to something else.

The thing I love about T-Mobile is that they're one of the few remaining large companies that still have American-based customer service. If they merge with sprint, i got a fear that their customer service will decline.

Joey H said,
The thing I love about T-Mobile is that they're one of the few remaining large companies that still have American-based customer service. If they merge with sprint, i got a fear that their customer service will decline.

That is a very valid fear! T-Mobile customer service is currently awesome! I pray that if they merge, that will not destroy the quality of service that I see on T-Mobile. The only thing that bothers me about them right now is the fact that they need to put more towers where I live to fix the signal issues. They have already stated that they plan to do that within a year (at least without considering this merger anyway).

Einlander said,
Keep your cdma away from my gsm!! (¤_¤)

+1

Cingular, AT&T and T-Mobile were the big 'gsm' carriers back few years ago. Now its AT&T and T-Mobile. We lose T-Mobile [sector] we have some bad and limited choices which is very unfair!

Keep it the way it is, if the company is doing reeaally bad then alright but not until then!

Both Verizon and Sprint (CDMA carriers) offer phones that allow for SIM Cards as well, which become handy when one is outside of the US. Unfortunately though, these phones only come in the BlackBerry flavors. I'm on a BB Tour with Sprint (because it has the dual carrier capability) but would love to get an Android that has allows for both. The potential merger may open up doors for this, but I can't imagine that a GSM phone with the merger, would be able to benefit from Sprint's strong CDMA network. How would they make that work??

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