T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says T-Mo Sprint Deal Will Challenge Verizon and AT&T 'Duopoly' - HotHardware
T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says T-Mo Sprint Deal Will Challenge Verizon and AT&T 'Duopoly'

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says T-Mo Sprint Deal Will Challenge Verizon and AT&T 'Duopoly'

Like him or hate him, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is good for the mobile industry. He seems a little crazy, but crazy like a fox. The things he says in public are usually rather spot on, although his latest comments are more interesting if you read between the lines.

His company and Sprint are looking at a merger, which would take the number of major U.S. wireless carriers from 4 to 3. It seems on its face that such a merger would potentially be bad for consumers who would wind up with even further limited options in the wireless market, but Legere paints a different picture.

“We all need better scale and capability,” he told Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West”. “The question starts to be: How do you take the maverick and supercharge it? We either need more spectrum and capability and a lot more investment, or we need consolidation.”


T-Mobile CEO John Legere

On the surface what he’s saying is that something has to change in the wireless industry, and taking on the two bigger fish (AT&T and Verizon) by combining the efforts of the two smaller fish (Sprint and T-Mobile) is the way to do that.

That may be true, but he’s making a plea for “more spectrum and capability and a lot more investment” as an alternative to a merger. In essence, he’s putting out there that he’s up for either.

Perhaps we’re reading too much into his comment, but it would make sense. Legere’s efforts at the helm of T-Mobile almost seem like he’s trolling the status quo of the mobile industry. In the past six months or so alone, T-Mobile has offered a zero-down back-to-school deal; sued AT&T over the color of its Aio brand; expanded “home” data coverage to over 100 countries so users can roam internationally without absurd fees; offered 200MB per month of free tablet data for life; given free Facebook access with or without a data plan to prepaid users; and promised to pay your family’s early termination fee if you switch carriers.

It’s great for consumers, and it’s driving the competition nuts. For instance, in response to T-Mobile’s ETF deal, AT&T offered one that ostensibly is worth more money. Ironically, even as T-Mobile looks to take on what Legere calls a “duopoly” with a blockbuster merger, the company may be able to do more damage as the nimble “maverick” that it currently is.
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I was thinking about a move to T-Mobile from Verizon, but not at this deal is still on the table. I do not want Sprint.

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You can be relax if you switch to t-mobile, remember there are no contracts, so it seems you have the contract mentality still courtesy of Verizon business practices, so at any point you can leave if the T-mobile-sprint merger ever happens. Even if that happens that could take several months to complete. So try something different and save some bucks until that happens.

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T-Mobile also took over metro PCS so you could move your verizon (CDMA/4G) phone directly from what I understand.

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That framework is switching to 3G/4G as time goes by, kind of like how Japan's entire network is 3G/4G (UMTS/CDMA2000/LTE)

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I think this merger would be a horrible idea. Sprint is the worst. They lie and they bully their customers on social media. Check out this article all about it: http://mysprintexpierence.blogspot.com/2014/01/sprint-lies-and-bullies-customers.html

I hope they go out of business soon. This should not be allowed in America.

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Don't listen to Taylor or Nick. A Sprint and T-Mobile merger would be the absolute best (realistic) thing that could happen to the wireless industry. We desperately need a 3rd party in the wireless war. Verizon and AT&T have treated customers FAR worse than Sprint or T-Mobile ever has with their bloated prices and monopolistic practices. SprinT-Mobile will NOT be the next Apple or Google, and there will be growing pains. That's just what happens when mergers occur, but, they show a lot of promise in stirring things up in the near future. I agree that T-Mobile has much better management and the things they've been offering customers are fantastic, but Sprint has the spectrum, and TONS of it. They also have the Unlimited offers which by far the best offer in the industry.

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Matthew - I question if you know what you are talking about.

1. I am currently a Sprint customer. I can not even read my email without wireless in major cities. I constantly miss calls because my phone doesn't ring. Texts messages don't send 25% of the time. Calls drop multiple times every day. Sprint fully acknowledges the problem and blames it on "Network Vision Upgrades". The only problem is, they have been giving their customers this excuse for years. All the while, we are still forced to pay our bills. Has this happened on At&T or Verizon. NO.

2. To participate in monopolistic practices means that a company can do whatever it wants because it has no competitors. Verizon and AT&T compete with themselves and with all the other wireless companies. It is unfortunate that their prices are high but their prices are high because they provide the best service. You get what you pay for. If you do not like that then go to Sprint or Tmobile and pay less for worse service. Simple. No wireless company can do whatever they want because there are so many competitors for customers to run to if they are unsatisfied with their service. In fact, many, many unhappy Sprint customers are running to T-mobile since T-mobile will pay early termination fees.

3. Sprint has spectrum? What? WHERE IS THE SPECTRUM? If it has so much spectrum why can't they get their 4G working properly. (Currently in the middle of a major city which Sprint claims gets 4G. My 4 month old Galaxy 4 says it is on 1X. Not even 3G, 1X.)

4. Sprint is not unlimited. It is totally limited. Their data works practically no where. According to consumer reports, they are the worst in the industry. The absolute worst.

Sprint can't be trusted. They are currently forcing customers to pay their bills even though their service is horrendous and when customers complain Sprint just points to clause in their contract saying that they do not guarantee service.

Sprint = deceptive and dishonest. We would all be better off if it would just disappear.

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