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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.

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

  • Avatar of steve gaudreau

    I hope it does happen. I’m pretty sure that both carriers will benefit from this. I just hope that they share the towers and remain separate.

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  • Avatar of Calob Horton

    As long as John Legere is kept around, I’m all good for this. He knows how to turn a profit without stealing from his customers which is why I switched in the first place. Add that to Sprint’s rural coverage and I’d be a happy customer.

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    • I doubt he would stick around – it’s highly unlikely for the CEO of a company that’s being taken over to remain the CEO.

      Sprint’s rural coverage would likely not benefit current T-Mobile subscribers for a while. Most T-Mobile compatible phones aren’t compatible with Sprint’s LTE bands, so users who want to take advantage of the rural coverage would have to get a Sprint-compatible device and likely lose access to T-Mobile’s fast HSPA+ in metro areas.

      Also, with 3 similarly-sized nationwide players, what motivation would Sprint have to continue on with T-Mobile’s innovative business practices? I think the first thing to go would be free international roaming, and the first thing to come back would be phone subsidies + contracts.

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