T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Deal Falls Apart

Reuters reports:

Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc said over the weekend they have called off merger talks to create a stronger U.S. wireless company to rival market leaders, leaving No. 4 provider Sprint to engineer a turnaround on its own.

The announcement marks the latest failed attempt to combine the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers, as Sprint parent SoftBank Group Corp and T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG show unwillingness to part with too much of their prized U.S. telecom assets. The failed merger could also help keep wireless prices low as all four providers have been heavily discounting their cellphone plans in a battle for consumers.

“Consumers are better off without the merger because Sprint and T-Mobile will continue to compete fiercely for budget-conscious customers,” said Erik Gordon, a Ross School of Business professor at the University of Michigan.

  • David J

    I always loved the T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG adverts they showed in Europe. Things like flash mob dances, etc. Wish they had some of those great productions here.

    • djcoastermark

      Yes, instead of the viral phone vids we see here of fights and brawls and shootings and….

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  • Frostbite

    Left AT&T a few years ago for T-Mobile, been a happy customer paying 40% less every month for just as good of coverage.

    • Rambie

      I’ve tried all of the big 4 and in my experience, Verizon has the best coverage, followed by AT&T with TMo and Sprint pretty much tied in a close 3rd place. I always tell people if the coverage will work for you go with TMo or Sprint to save money.

    • William

      AT&T is the only reliable network at my house.

  • Tawreos

    Something that is good for consumers? How long will that be allowed to go on?

  • Leo
    • Rambie

      When will the American voter wake up?

      • canoebum

        When the right to vote is gone forever.

        • djcoastermark

          When will they ever know?

    • Bluto

      Vaginas – legislate & control.
      Guns, water, air, environment, endangered critters, corporations, wall street, law enforcement, government – no fucking way!

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I heard that the other day and was seething with anger. These motherfuckers read “A Handmaid’s Tale” as a how-to guide and not a dystopian future.

    • Jeffg166

      Scott should be made to give birth. Then let’s see what he has to say about it.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I’ve heard tell that getting kidney stones is the closest experience a man can come to that.

        Surely there’s a way of inducing kidney stones?

        • Rebecca Gardner

          He should be made to pass a softball sized kidney stone.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Does the actual size of those things matter? Or is it the number of them that pass thru?

            Instead of giving birth once a year, it’s possible to pass several hundred kidney stones. If I understand how that affliction works. Which I really don’t. 🙂

          • JAKvirginia

            Imagine the branches of a tree leading to the trunk. The stones usually originate in the outer branches and move down. The kicker is that when a branch reaches another the connection narrows, that’s the pain of “passing” stones — getting past that narrowing. And it continues until it reaches a passage that can accomodate it easily. Lotsa fun, eh?

        • JAKvirginia

          Having had them……yuuup!

        • William

          Just pull a few watermelons out of his ass.

          • Karl Dubhe

            Better to use soccer balls, or such like. Watermelons might be compactable enough…

          • William

            Show a little mercy!

          • Karl Dubhe

            As much as they’re willing to show. 🙂

            D’ya think one of those old “medicine balls” would work better?

          • William

            Yikes!

    • Friday

      That’s not even how the *economy* works.

      • JAKvirginia

        And we’ll just overlook the fact that WI has the highest employment rate ever right now.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      A lot of countries have insane amount of babies popping out of women’s bodies. They’re usually shitty countries with bad economies and low life expectancy. Also, even most men don’t want a zillion babies to have to support or their wives to keel over from having the 10th baby and/or having serious health problems from the damage.

    • Todd20036

      Hmm, well if Spice ever becomes a monetary unit, and Axlotl tanks get basic civil rights, I’m all for it!

    • Ninja0980

      They aren’t even pretending anymore.

  • djcoastermark
  • Ross
    • HanyBaal

      The “congrats” on lower right may be puzzling, yet shows his opportunism.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    So the inevitable march toward everything being owned by one corporation is temporarily slowed.

    • djcoastermark

      Darn. I was so looking forward to only one place shopping.

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    • Karl Dubhe

      If the voting day voters are voting on machines, I’ll bet that their votes won’t count.

      • Leo

        They won’t. It’s all paper. Terry banned the machines that were in some of the precincts and they swapped them out a few weeks ago.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Very good to hear. It never should have gone paperless in the first place.

    • Leo

      Terry won based on NoVa – precinct down to Woodbridge area specifically. On that note: https://twitter.com/JoePalank/status/927320983513559040

      • JAKvirginia

        55%!!! WTF!!!! In one of the most educated parts of our country!! Screw it. How do we take back anything with such laziness? I’m over.

    • Gustav2

      Thanks for reminding me we needed to check the tracking on our absentee ballots…both were accepted on Friday.

    • Ninja0980

      I remember how well we did in the early voting in Florida last year…
      We all know how that went.

  • Jeffg166

    I still don’t own a cell phone.

    • Gustav2

      A neighbor called this AM about a folding table he had borrowed. He was not happy his early morning text was not answered. He had called our landline and I informed him we don’t give out our cell numbers, he was not happy.

      It is amazing how upset people who you are not close to get when you are not available to them 24/7

      • Mikey

        don’t people get some sort of warning that the landline doesn’t take text messages or something?

        I don’t have, and refuse to get, a cellphone – I have absolutely zero use for one. Does this mean that I’m going to have to start letting all these cellphone users know that they should never try to message me?

        • Gustav2

          He probably thought he was blocked and took offense rather than realizing it was a landline.

  • Do Something Nice

    I’m happy about this. As I’m outside the US a lot, my US T-Mobile service provides me with the best options as the lowest prices. I was worried that a merger would change all that.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This is good. The last thing we need are monopolies/oligopolies.

  • William

    Repeat after me: Mergers are bad for consumers.

    • JAKvirginia

      And sucks for employees, too!

  • Ninja0980

    Not the least bit upset about that.

  • Jim Maloney

    Couldn’t be happier. It’s their discounting that lead to lower prices – especially T-Mobile. There would be much less incentive for that if they merged.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Wait…what? You mean there will be some competition in marketplace for a while longer? I’m shocked, I thought for sure the amalgamation and monopolizing of consumer goods was still going strong in the U.S. Sorry, I know it will continue, but for this one brief moment, may I say I’m impressed.