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Should Sprint Partner With T-Mobile?

Posted In Polls - By Mark Hearn On Monday, February 13th, 2012 10:05am PDT With 35 Comments

Last week reports of a possible Sprint/T-Mobile partnership began circulating after Sprint’s 2011 Q4 conference call. A popular premise is that Sprint would allow T-Mobile access to their shiny new LTE 4G network in exchange for spectrum and additional revenues. The possibility of America’s third and fourth wireless carriers teaming up to take on the big two sounds appealing to some, but others think that such a partnership is a disaster waiting to happen.

Of course such a shift could have a major impact on Sprint’s customer base, so what better way than to reach out and ask you guys how you feel about such a venture? Be sure to cast your vote and share your thoughts on the possibility of a non-purchase Sprint/T-Mobile partnership. Remember, this is currently nothing more than analyst speculation at this point, but stranger things have happened.

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About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

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  1. Ryan says:

    sprint shouldnt merge with tmobile,remember when sprint bought nextel?T mobile runs off of a differnet network just like nextel.I hope sprint decides NOT to merge with tmobile.It would be a BIG MISTAKE

  2. Ty says:

    To Be Honest, I think that if this did come together for sprint, soon enough they would soon take of the second spot of the big three, # Sprint Mobile PCS# lol.

  3. SOUNDS Like a good idea, but Im not so sure. Unless T-Mobile is willing to rapidly part with and force migrate customers off some PCS spectrum (rather than refarm it for HSPA+) that they are already pretty limited in a lot of areas, for the shared Sprint/T-Mobile LTE network, then I dont see it happening.

    The fact that T-Mobile wants out of the US market also is a key factor. This would require investment more than DT may be willing to put in. Aside from this, Sprint may not want to partner with the company that buys T-Mobile should DT sell out. If that happens, what happens to Sprint? They certainly cant buy out T-Mobile USA, regulations and the FCC would pretty much prevent a full on buy out. At the end of the day, Sprint may benefit from some of the extra PCS licences that they could acquire from T-Mobile as part of the network sharing agreement, if thats written correctly and beneficially into the contract. Ultimately, if T-Mobile stays in the game, I see them doing their own LTE on a hybrid of AWS in some areas where they have excess spectrum, and in PCS in other areas they have excess spectrum. I dont see them really teaming up.

  4. Davidksims says:

    I cound not wait to come answer this, Not only NO but He** no! They should do what they are currently doing, making their network better! T-Mobile is GSM, Sprint is CDMA, why carry the burden of 2 networks?

    Not to mention, they will get T-Mobile’s customer base in a minute. T-Mobile is a dead dog with no money, its only a matter of time before it crashes and burns. Most people are on T-Mobile because they have credit issues and no one wants them (AT&T & Verzion have Credit Checks, Sprint does not I don’t think) So in the end, they will grow without the overhead! JMO

  5. Josue Ruiz says:

    Yes, only if Sprint starts using SIM Cards like tmobile! that is it.

  6. Tommy Thompson says:

    It’s not a merge…

  7. Almamort says:

    I doubt the fcc would allow this to happen since they basically didn’t let ATT take them over either….

  8. Jimjones says:

    anytime Sprint gets in bed with another company that company doesnt ever wake up.

  9. Rellesh says:

    What LTE Network does Sprint have to share if Lightsquared can not get cleared to operate??

  10. Nathan says:

    Everyone who has commented negatively on this matter seems to be under the impression that this is a merger. IT IS NOT. It is simply allowing Tmobile to “piggy back” off of our 4G LTE towers. If some of you read engadget or cnet or some other tech sites, you will commonly see HSPA+ referred to as “faux G” instead of 4G. Basically what that means is that Tmobile “4G” technology is faster than most existing 3G networks, but does not meet the requirements to be considered 4G. Honestly, I don’t know how they got away with calling it that in the first place. ATT did the same thing, however, they are currently building out their 4G LTE network. Yes, Sprint was the first to have the first 4G network, however, you compare wi-max speeds to LTE speeds, LTE is clearly the way to go. Not to mention that our LTE is LTE=A “advanced’ which will have speeds that make our own wi-max look like dial-up. Sprint will never be the top tier service provider or maybe even the second, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think being a big enough company to expand/maintain a solid network with a reasonably sized customer base and hands down, the best coverage/price point ratio has put us in a solid spot. Here is the concern. When is the last time Sprint reported a gain in revenue? We have a lot of debt with getting into the iPhone, expanding and making improvements to our 3G network, and building out our LTE network. This is to be expected, but, I would imagine you will see Sprint trying to partner with far more companies than just Tmobile to try to gain revenue by letting them pay us to use our superior network.
    As for a merger, you have to realize that had ATT picked up Tmobile, it would have overtaken Verizon as the number one wireless provider, which would have put Verizon in position to buy Sprint at a ridiculously low price. Verizon and ATT are somewhat close as #1 and #2 competitors, far, far down the list at a very distant #3 is Sprint. (Strictly in terms of total customer base), then even farther is a VERY distant Tmobile. IF Sprint and Tmobile merged, they wouldn’t even have a combined customer base large enough to come close to overtaking ATT or Verizon.
    That being said, if in the future, there were the possibility of Sprint buying Tmobile from DT- would it be a mess, with a CDMA, GSM, LTE, HSPA + crossover? Putting at least 4 different radios in a phone sounds a little over the top, however, if it were profitable for Sprint, I would stand behind it. If/when Sprint is profitable, think of the possibilities in terms of expanded/improved 3G and 4G coverage, being able to spend more on higher end devices, and HOPEFULLY, finally becoming a player in the tablet game. Dan is no dummy!

  11. Malcolm Wilson says:

    You are a moron. Your statements are full of conjecture, innuendo and falsehoods. Sprint would be lucky to get into bed with T-Mobile (incredibly fast data speeds and the ability to use voice and data simultaneously – without the use of wifi and LTE). And just so you know, dumbass, T-Mobile does perform credit checks as well as Sprint. KNOW your carrier.

  12. Tommy Thompson says:

    Sprint is building their LTE SEPARATE from Lightsquared and Clear.

  13. If this does happen sprint would not be taking over tmobile. sprint would allow tmobile to use its 4g lte network in exchange for spectrum and money. so this isnt like att buying tmobile or sprint buying nextel. tmobile 4g phones would be able to use the new lte network. this has nothing to do with 3g so there would be no issues with cdma vs gsm or sprint trying to make phones that can use cdma, gsm, hspa+, and lte. that would be stupid and i think sprint learned its lesson in the after math of the nextel purchase.

  14. HeLLo says:

    So Sprint will let T-Mobile use their LTE network in exchange for spectrum and money?.LMAO sounds to me Sprint is getting the better end of the deal.T-Mobile should charge Sprint for using their spectrum.And yet again this is the reason why T-Mobile should build out their own LTE network.And of course the fanboys are going to rise right on cue.

  15. HeLLo says:

    T-Mobile a dead dog?.Just by that single statement no one is EVER going to take you serious.All the ignorance you just showed gave me a headache.So please before you post stupidity make it at least seem that you know what you are talking about.

  16. HeLLo says:

    It’s going to take them MORE then that to get to #2.

  17. Rellesh says:

    Thank you, I did not know that. I always heard Lightsquared when LTE is mentioned for Sprint..

  18. Anna071610 says:

    Nnnnnoooo.!!!!

  19. Gator Sdibari says:

    They are not taking over anything. Sprint is just allowing them to use their LTE towers. It’s not that hard to understand.

  20. Iceman says:

    tmobile needs to cut his nails. he seemed to have missed one

  21. idc, what would be the pros and cons to us as sprint customers?

  22. Anonymous says:

    I believe the partnership should be a network sharing agreement over tmobile selling spectrum to sprint for access. A network sharing would create a partnership that would have tmobile and sprint equally funding network vision. It would also allow them to increase the speed of their LTE rollout because of the extra money from TMOUS. I believe the real way for Tmobile and Sprint to compete is to combine network forces and find rural partners like Shentel. I believe the real reason ATT and Verizon has the numbers they do is because they are able to cover rural areas. If Sprint/Tmobile cover these areas with native coverage instead of roaming agreements, they will gain ground on ATT/Verizon.

  23. Williamjcmoran says:

    If it’s a partnership and not a merger, fine, but a merger, heck to the no!!!!!!!!

  24. ADH says:

    If Sprint can leverage the LTE network to bring in additional revenue, I say go for it!!! We all use each other’s networks at some point or another.

  25. J7 says:

    SPRINT → CDMA
    T-MOBILE → GSM

  26. Anonymous says:

    You’re wrong about HSPA+. It is 4G. I would call it backwards compatible 4G. There isn’t just one type of HSPA+ though. HSPA+ 42 with an HSPA+ 42mbps device is MUCH different experience than HSPA+ 14, which are the majority of HSPA+ 4G phones.

    HSPA+ 42 gets LTE speeds and in a lot of cases beats out Verizon LTE. There are videos on YouTube to prove. Remember, the device has to support HSPA+ 42 for those kind of results.

  27. Zoranmilo says:

    Sprint should only partner with T-Mobile if they keep Sprints unlimited pricing plans and T-Mobiles policies for roaming and unlocking phones. Although as a current T-Mobile customer contemplating a move to Sprint, they should fire all of T-Mobiles upper management they really suck.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I know, but this is not 2007. Chipsets these days are able to handle CDMA, GSM, and LTE. 2nd Sprint is switching all its towers to have multimodal basestations. Instead of having a separate tower and basestation for each technology and band, they can have all the bands and technologies on the same tower, so it does not matter if it is GSM, WCDMA, CDMA, iDEN, WiMax or LTE.

    I believe sprint has a video of the multimodal basestations on their youtube for more information.

  29. Mike says:

    I can’t say I see this going any better than did the Sprint Nextel debacle / “merger of equals”. We all saw Sprint Nextel became famous for all the wrong reasons, and they still don’t seem to be all the way out of that hole coming up on 7 years later. The reasons aren’t so much the technology challenges, but rather how Sprint Nextel in-fighting will likely cause a failure in best addressing those challenges.

  30. Anonymous says:

    If T-Mobile were smart they will turn around and RUN!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Sprint is nothing more than a bloodsucking parasite

  32. Sexydredlocs says:

    What Sprint should be doing is taking time to better develop product and making better efforts to roll out the latest tech/updates.

  33. Deval says:

    Just keep in mind that HSPA+ 42 will give you those speeds, as long as there is sufficient backhaul at the cell site. At the end of the day, backhaul is what dictates your device speed.

  34. Fabio says:

    Sprint Nextel, needs to advertize more. I seldom see any commercials from Sprint, the only one I’ve seen is the iPhone one which is great because it is definitely bringing attention to them.

  35. Charlie says:

    Will this even work though because sprint is a CDMA network and Tmobile is a GSM network. I think it will bring frustrations to everyone. Sprint should look into another smaller company. But if sprint can partner with them without making very big changes to customers then i say go for it.

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