Rumor: Sprint Investigating T-Mobile Purchase

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LGA1156

Tmob is a GSM carrier, while Sprint is a CDMA/wimax, Doubt this will happen, Sprint cant even finish killing of Nextel IDEN and its been years.  If any carrier buys Tmob it will be ATT, due to like networks, But I dont even think they would want it, due to Tmob sub par customer base.

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DogPatch1149

Sprint still hasn't addressed the integration of iDEN technology into their CDMA network after this long, and now they want to throw another technology into the mix?  *shakes head in disbelief*

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chart2006

I had Sprint at one point in time.  In all honesty I didn't mind them.  In fact the only reason I switched to Verizon was because when I moved Sprint didn't have home coverage in my new area and this was before roaming was incorporated.  Sprint has by far better coverage than T-mobile since you can roam on Verizons network.  Additionally they have very good pricing.  I've thought about switching back to Sprint now that I moved again and am back in Sprint home area since my Verizon bill is larger than all my other bills combined even with basic stuff.  I'm getting to the point where I can't afford Verizon. 

An issue I see happening with the two coming together is the same issue that plagued Sprint when they merged with Nextel.  Their two technologies weren't compatible and this is no different.  How will they mitigate this issue?  Will they over many years merge their technologies such as that of the previous merger?  Creating devices that can accommodate multiple technologies is expensive.  This means there is going to be 4 different technologies used: CDMA/WIMAX/GSM/HSPA.  Additionally T-Mobile has said they plan to begin rollout of LTE once their HSPA+ network has been expanded and when more LTE devices become available.  This will put a serious toll on Sprint in terms of unifying their network.  If they were to acquire T-Mobile I’d suggest dropping WIMAX and move towards LTE.  This will allow them to take advantage of AT&Ts and Verizons LTE networks. 

As technologies begin to advance more Verizon will shut down their 2G technology and focus on 3G and LTE in order to make that migration to next-next generation technology.  Same goes for AT&T.  Sprint needs to think long long term and how the diverse pools of wireless technology will hurt them.  It would be nice to see all carriers begin to merge in terms of using compatible technologies which would greatly expand our “coverage” area and when new technologies become available communicate with the others and agree which route would be the best for all.  That would be in a perfect world so it'll never happen.  Sad thing is from a business stand point it would work great.

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deadsenator

I would leave T-Mobile if this happened.  Sprint is the very bottom tier of wireless companies.

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thetechguy2010

I prefer Sprint myself. I always had dropped calls with T-Mobile. This can only mean that Sprint's coverage will increase.

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deadsenator

They are still on different networks, BTW.  I have had dropped calls with T-Mo, Sprint and Verizon, but never enough to be an issue with any of them.  My chief problem with Sprint was their abysmal customer service (this is from 5-yrs ago).  A misbilling would force me to call and the automated system would inform me that I'd be charged $3 to talk to a human.  lol, I was floored the first time that happened.  Of course, when I did get the human on the line, I told them they should not charge me especially because I was calling to rectify an error on their part.  They did not charge me the Human Fee, but the practice was underhanded and it happened every time I called (~6 times in 9 months).  How many people would go ahead and simply pay.  When my phone was cut off for being 6-days late *once*, I had had it.  I am a steady billpayer, just not always on the dot.  I was forced to pay by CC to continue service, but that was the last time I used my Sprint phone.

I once missed a month by accident with Verizon and they penalized me the $5, but never cut off the phone.  The Sprint model just gave me a very slimy feeling all the way around.

I turned off the phone and went back to Verizon before my contract was up.  I still payed off the last few months to avoid the penalty, but Sprint sure went out of their way to leave a lasting impression for me.

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