T-Mobile US CEO John Legere would likely lead a combined company if Sprint and T-Mobile were to merge, according to a Bloomberg report. Legere is just one of the personalities at the center of the deal, which is being driven by SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son.
With reports indicating that Sprint and T-Mobile US are closing in on a deal that would see Sprint pay around $32 billion for T-Mobile, the biggest question is: Could such a deal win approval from regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice? The outlook is decidedly unclear and probably not that favorable, according to most analysts and industry experts.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he does not see the carrier going head-to-head in the near-term with the likes of Comcast, Verizon Communications and AT&T in the market for wired home broadband Internet access. Hesse's comments, made during a Sprint meeting with industry analysts and relayed by an analyst, stand in contrast to the long-term vision of Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who has said Sprint could eventually compete in and shake up the wired broadband market in the U.S.
Sprint is enabling Thinking Phone Networks' business customers to get access to cloud-based unified communications (UC) by bundling Thinking Phone Networks' service with Sprint's global business MPLS services.
By a number of credible accounts, a merger between telecom giants Sprint and T-Mobile is only a matter of time--in fact, news outlets believe an announcement could come as soon as July.
Sprint is jumping into LTE Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation later this year as part of its Sprint Spark initiative, and the operator is also taking hard looks at numerous other cutting-edge technologies, such as SON and even Cloud RAN, for inclusion in its long-term roadmap, said a top executive.
Sprint and T-Mobile US are nearing a deal in which Sprint would pay $32 billion for T-Mobile in a transaction that would combine the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. wireless carriers, according to multiple reports.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is planning to phase out its support for the government's Lifeline service. The company said it will continue to support its existing Lifeline customers on CDMA phones for the next 18 months or so, and that it will not sign up any new Lifeline customers on Cricket GSM phones.
T-Mobile US is the only U.S. carrier that has so far confirmed it will support Wi-Fi calling for Apple's iPhone, a new feature Apple is enabling via its iOS 8 software update.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere again intimated that the carrier would benefit through larger scale, likely via a merger with Sprint, and served warning to the company's larger competitors about a potential deal.