T-Mobile/Sprint Merger: New Owner, Virtually Same Coverage to Boot

Recent rumors and reports, (on and off again since late December 2013), have stated time and time again that Sprint Communications’ major shareholder/owner, a Japanese company known as SoftBank, wants to buy T-Mobile USA. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s major shareholder/owner, wants out of the US market.

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son wants SoftBank to get their hands on T-Mobile. Now we’re not 100% sure that this means a merger as Sprint and T-Mobile could remain separate entities but reports are saying that the SoftBank/Deutsche Telekom agreement of T-Mobile US is a done deal. Don’t jump out of your seat quite yet – this deal still needs to pass FCC and Antitrust Commissions of the US Government.

Considering that both companies wern’t doing too well just last year, with T-Mobile gaining more subscribers very fast lately, these companies were in desperate need of a “save”. T-Mobile had Uncarrier to save them, and Sprint has SoftBank backing them financially. Analysts report that Sprint was very well a sinking ship before SoftBank.

Both companies have very similar coverage maps, with T-Mobile in the lead here yet again. We wouldn’t be too surprised if SoftBank wants to merge both Carriers. Note: This map does not include roaming coverage which covers most of the US for each carrier’s roaming agreements with 3rd Party Networks. If both carriers do merge, once network enhancements and compatibility adjustments are done, this is the network they’ll have to start before expansion, with little overlap.



Credit: Wall Street Journal
Credit: Wall Street Journal


Many have said that such a merger would ruin T-Mobile, and from the looks of it, Sprint is loosing on all ends here.

Reportedly, SoftBank is possibly looking into renaming the merged company to SoftBank US, which just doesn’t have an appealing classic ring to it like Sprint or T-Mobile, huh?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Mosaik Solutions / TMoNews

  • Frettfreak

    I would leave cause the name alone! Lol

  • Haggie

    I just switched from Verizon to T-mobile. If this merger happens, I’ll be going back to Verizon.

    • Erick

      Why would you go back? It’s not like your phone will stop working the moment the merger happens

      • Jamison Shaw

        Because people are stupid Erick. That is why. They think that magically tmobile’s coverage and LTE speeds are just going to disappear.

        • Haggie

          Because Sprint sucks and they will bring T-mobile down to their level. No merger has ever resulted in a good company starting to suck, right?

          Verizon is evil incarnate, but they have a great network.

          • Jamison Shaw

            You are so naive that it;s not even worth debating anything. Have fun at Verizon. Enjoy your data caps and expensive bill.

    • Jamison Shaw

      No you wouldn’t.

    • Guest

      Because Sprint sucks and they will bring T-mobile down to their level. Verizon is evil incarnate, but they have a great network.

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  • JA

    If these two merge, you can bet I’ll be jumping ship from T-Mobile after 10 years as a loyal customer.

  • Goblin Shark

    People keep wanting to point at Sprint, but you apparently don’t realize that T-Mobile is also a stinking ship, hemorrhaging money. The ‘uncarrier’ ploy is just pumping the company up to be acquired. They won’t be able to afford to sustain those policies beyond the end of the year, and they have worse systemic performance issues than Sprint by almost all measurements. So stop fooling yourselves, T-Mobile fans. This is a story of two failed companies desperately trying to survive.