Verizon Sprint Merger Not Looking Likely

T-Mobile Rolls On with 4G Expansion

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As you probably know, AT&T and T-Mobile USA announced plans for the former to acquire the latter from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock. While the deal, expected to close in a year, has to go over some regulatory hurdles from the FCC and the DoJ, there have been concerns that the deal will narrow choices for consumers.

Part of these fears have also included speculation that Verizon would try to acquire Sprint to stay competitive with AT&T. Verizon is trying to quiet down such talk, however. CEO Daniel Mead told Reuters, “We’re not interested in Sprint. We don’t need them.”

Well, time will tell whether that remains the case, and opinions have a funny way of changing in the telecommunications industry. See recent T-Mobile ads blasting AT&T’s network:

That is the nature of competition.

T-Mobile announced itself today that its doubling the speed of its 4G network to achieve a theoretical download speed of 42 Mbps starting in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando to be followed closely by Chicago and further expansion of the New York network into Long Island and Northern New Jersey. By mid-year, T-Mobile says it expects 140 million Americans in 25 markets to have access to increased 4G speeds.

“As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today,” said T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray. “We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience.”

T-Mobile also says it intends to offer more 4G products this Spring. These include: the T-Mobile G2x, T-Mobile G-Slate, T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, Rocket 3.0, T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot, and prepaid Rocket 4G.

Mead said this morning that Verizon never looked at buying T-Mobile and that Verizon will not be distracted by the AT&T T-Mobile merger.

Sprint CEO Dan Heese is quoted as saying, “I do have concerns that it would stifle innovation and too much power would be in the hands of just two.”

Verizon Sprint Merger Not Looking Likely
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  • billy greathouse

    I think it would be great if Verizon took over Sprint. If that took place that would be a big competition for AT&T. I have had all of the services Verizon is what I have now but there rates are higher than everyone else but awesome service. The next service I liked real well was sprint at&t has to be way at the bottom as far as service. T mobile the bill was always changing. If Verizon can do it I say they buy sprint because then you would have 2 great companies together and will be able to cut rates and in the end buy AT&T.

  • justin

    AT&T being competetion is a joke. They running off the money they made with the i phone and there isn’t much left. IT’s no question that sprint and Verizon have far supperior networks then AT&T and T-Mobile. Sprint and Verizon are the only carriers with true 4G. Sprint leads the pack with covergae in 78 cities totaling over 300 mil people. sounds like T-Mobile will be half way there.

  • AnG

    Not sure what planet you’re on but verizon & sprint with the best networks… Please i dont think so and as far as having the most expensive plan no AT&T and verizons plans are identical $ for $ just do some research and true 4G ok maybe but what happens when ur not in a 4G area you have no data period AT&T atleast let’s you drop to 3G and you can’t leave out being able to talk and do anything else on your phone at the same time which ONLY AT&T allows you to do… So better network ???

  • james

    Well to inform you that you can talk and do anything on all verizon 3g and 4g phone with the exception of the pos iphone4

  • reginald

    That would be a devastating day bcuz verizon is one of the highest companey even highter than at&t sprint dont need verizon. After they bought out altell my bill got hight so sprint please stay sprint

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