Poll results: Respondents seem split on Sprint buying T-Mobile

Poll results

A week and a half ago, we asked you whether or not Sprint should proceed with its rumored plans to acquire T-Mobile. The question came shortly after the Wall Street Journal reported that Softbank, which owns 80% of Sprint, might put in a bid of around $20 billion for Deutsche Telekom’s 67% stake in T-Mobile.

Since then, Bloomberg reported that Softbank’s CEO was meeting with a handful of big banks to talk about financing the deal, while Reuter’s said that the two companies are nearing the end of their negotiations for a deal. Simply put, it looks more and more like this might actually happen.

While emotions are flaring from both T-Mobile and Sprint subscribers about the implications for both carriers should the deal proceed, Pocketables readers seem to take a more balanced approach: according to our informal poll results, 50% of respondents want Sprint to proceed with the acquisition, 40% don’t, and 10% remain undecided.

Some of you commented that the FCC would probably stand in the way of such a deal, citing AT&T’s previous attempt at merging with T-Mobile, only to be told that the US needs four major wireless carriers in order to remain competitive for consumers. Some of you questioned whether or not Sprint really needs T-Mobile, or whether Softbank is doing this just out of fear of losing its number 3 position in the US.

In any case, we’ll know soon enough whether this deal will actually happen. We’ll also find out if another company might be interested in starting a bidding war over T-Mobile, as well (maybe Dish Network?). 2014 is shaping up to be an interesting year for the nation’s fourth largest mobile carrier.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.