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Old May 9th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default T-Mobile USA reported in talks to acquire MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom Talks to MetroPCS on T-Mobile
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Deutsche Telekom Talks to MetroPCS on T-Mobile - Businessweek

Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) is discussing a merger of its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS Communications Inc. (PCS) (PCS) as it reviews options for the customer-losing business, according to people familiar with the matter.

Deutsche Telekom is considering a stock-swap transaction that would give the German company control over the combined entity, which would be publicly listed, said two of the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. Other options include an initial public offering or an outright sale of T-Mobile USA, the people said, adding that Deutsche Telekom is also in talks with other companies. MetroPCS shares jumped 14 percent in New York.

Europe’s second-biggest phone company, whose $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T Inc. (T) (T) failed last year due to regulatory resistance, wants to bolster the business’s ability to gain size and customers, the people said. Following the deal’s collapse in December, T-Mobile USA cut jobs and stepped up investments in faster networks as it tries to stop a flight of contract subscribers to rivals.

“The thing they lack is size and it would be easier to be part of something larger,” said Alexandre Iatrides, an analyst at Oddo & Cie. in Paris who recommends investors reduce their holdings in Bonn, Germany-based Deutsche Telekom.

Sprint’s Role

Combining with a smaller player “isn’t really the option they prefer, but they don’t really have a choice” after the disposal plan failed, he said, adding that Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) (S) could be a viable, alternative partner.

MetroPCS climbed 94 cents to $7.50 by 4 p.m. Leap Wireless International Inc. (LEAP) (LEAP), MetroPCS’s main rival in the pay-as-you-go wireless market, rose 12 percent to $5.76. The two companies often trade in tandem, and Leap may be expected to benefit from consolidation in the industry. Deutsche Telekom shares, meanwhile, dropped 0.2 percent to 8.54 euros earlier in Frankfurt.

Sprint discussed buying T-Mobile USA last year, people familiar with the talks said at the time. It also abandoned plans to buy MetroPCS, people with knowledge of those discussions said in February. Sprint is on the lookout for deals that would help it pose a more credible threat to bigger competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Andreas Fuchs, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman, declined to comment, as did MetroPCS representative Drew Crowell and Sprint’s Bill White.

Previous Deal

MetroPCS had been the front-runner to buy assets from AT&T and T-Mobile when the two companies sought to complete their deal, people familiar with the matter said last year.

The current negotiations with Deutsche Telekom had been complicated by a 24 percent decline (PCS) by MetroPCS shares this year before today, and the talks still might fail, the person said. The stock drop, partly wiped out by today’s gain, may require the companies to adjust the ratio between their respective contributions.

MetroPCS is also in discussions with other potential partners, the people said.

T-Mobile USA’s 33 million clients make it the fourth- largest wireless provider in the country, behind Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint.

Customer Losses

Deutsche Telekom’s wireless U.S. business lost 1.65 million contract customers last year, or 6.2 percent of its base of highest-paying users. The division’s bet on devices running Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG)’s Android system failed to stem customer losses as Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Sprint lured away users with Apple Inc. (AAPL) (AAPL)’s iPhone.

Verizon Wireless added 501,000 contract customers in the first quarter, while AT&T netted 187,000. Sprint added users for its main brand, though it lost a total of 192,000 contract users for all its services. MetroPCS, based in Richardson, Texas, reported a quarterly gain of 132,000 new customers.

Deutsche Telekom, which is scheduled to deliver results tomorrow, is projected to report the loss of 470,000 T-Mobile USA contract customers in the quarter ended March 31, according to the average estimate of seven analysts compiled by Bloomberg.

In March, T-Mobile USA said it was cutting 1,900 jobs and closing seven of its 24 call centers to adjust costs to a shrinking customer base. Deutsche Telekom has said it is looking at other strategic options, including a sale of T-Mobile’s U.S. tower network.

‘Nonsupportive Stance’

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom both agreed to abandon the T- Mobile USA deal, which would have created the largest U.S. mobile-phone operator. Deutsche Telekom cited unwillingness by the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to change their “nonsupportive stance” even after the companies proposed changes to the size and structure of the transaction. The Justice Department had sued to block the deal.

U.S. regulatory agencies likely would approve a combination of T-Mobile and MetroPCS, said Jeffrey Silva, a Washington-based analyst with Medley Global Advisors LLC.

“Such a transaction is probably the precisely the kind of merger the Obama administration would welcome as a limited counterbalance to wireless juggernauts Verizon and AT&T,” Silva said in an e-mail.

When the Justice Department sued to block AT&T from buying T-Mobile last year, it said in a complaint that the smaller company is an “aggressive competitor” that helps constrain prices across the wireless marketplace.

Verizon Wireless and AT&T serve about 60 percent of U.S. wireless subscribers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. T-Mobile accounts for 9.5 percent, and MetroPCS has 2.7 percent.

To contact the reporters on this story: Serena Saitto in New York at ssaitto@bloomberg.net; Cornelius Rahn in Frankfurt at crahn2@bloomberg.net; Matthew Campbell in London at mcampbell39@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net; Jacqueline Simmons at jackiem@bloomberg.net; Jennifer Sondag at jsondag@bloomberg.net; Nick Turner at nturner7@bloomberg.net

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if metro ends up connect with tmobile, I'll be finding someone else to go with, tmobile sucks its the worst carrier ever.
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If that happens I'll move back to Sprint.
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Interesting, because for the past month I've actually been considering switching over to T-Mobile by the year's end because the MetroPCS' 4G connection has been so horrible.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 07:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We were with T-Mobile for 11 years before coming to Metro. Always liked their service and had no complaints other than we realized we could get more services for the same money from Metro.
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Personally, I'd welcome a T-Mobile USA buyout. MetroPCS's Customer Service is just awful. I've never seen such a bunch of inept people in my life. Why should anyone need to travel to a "corporate store" ever to resolve an issue? MetroPCS does this to discourage issuing credits.

Despite numerous reports, my Online Account Access is still incurring a "technical error". For 3 months, really? MetroPCS offers decent price points, but the rest of the company is no bargain.

What happens to MetroPCS customers post merger is another story. Being that T-Mobile USA is a GSM provider, it's a given they will phase out the CDMA Networks as soon as possible. Will T-Mobile allow customers to keep plans and provide either a free or heavily subsidized phone as a goodwill gesture? Will they simply keep the spectrum, and sell the customer base to Sprint? Will T-Mobile USA enable 4G Customers a transition to "VoLTE" for capable phones? Sprint or Verizon make sense from a customer standpoint (overlapping service, networks), but T-Mobile may prove to be a "bag of hurt".

T-Mobile USA's Customer Support and Web Presence would be a godsend however. I preferred dealing with T-Mobile USA. Had them from 2004-2012. It wouldn't be so bad to return, if the price is right.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Moved you over to the MetroPCS carrier forum since this effects Metro as a whole and not just the Esteem
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Why would T-mobile buy Metro? Isn't Metro CDMA and T-mobile GSM?
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if metro ends up connect with tmobile, I'll be finding someone else to go with, tmobile sucks its the worst carrier ever.
I just switched from Metro to T-Mobile and T-mobile is quite a bit better in every aspect.
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I came from t-mobile back to metro because of the 4G Now i wish i had stayed with tmobile they are way better..... I hope they get taken by t mobile that will be the best thing ever for the end users .
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T-Mobile is a GSM company and metro is a CDMA company. Do you know how hard it is to transition? Think logically, what if T-Mobile is buying metro and is going to make it like virgin mobile is to sprint. Personally, I'm in favor of this deal but in the end if it doesn't go through then it's okay with me.
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Quality of Service is always gonna depend on where you live. I'm doing good with metro here in the D. People out west seem to have issues.

I would be down for a merger if it meant more high end phone options and better and faster 4G coverage at the same price I'm paying.
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We were with T-Mobile for 11 years before coming to Metro. Always liked their service and had no complaints other than we realized we could get more services for the same money from Metro.
I started with T-Mobile back in 2005, on prepaid to try out the service, then in early 2006, I switch to a monthly contract. I stayed with them until last year when the AT&T fiasco was announced, then switched to metroPCS. I was with AT&T when it was known as Cingular Wireless and did not like their service. I will not go back to AT&T.

Although I am disappointed that the Boston area does not yet have 3G on metroPCS, I am otherwise happy with their service.
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Interesting, because for the past month I've actually been considering switching over to T-Mobile by the year's end because the MetroPCS' 4G connection has been so horrible.

Do most users feel the 4G connection to be "horrible" ?
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depends on your location.
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I do not want to see this happen as it would herald a return to having to pay fees & taxes and less than unlimited plans at higher prices.

On the other hand it would probably be that last little push I need to jump to Ting.com.
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Do most users feel the 4G connection to be "horrible" ?
4G?

We don't even have 3G here.
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Do most users feel the 4G connection to be "horrible" ?
I did a speed test with my friend's new Samsung from Metro, it got 2mbps in fort lauderdale, pretty decent for metro.
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I'd like to see Sprint and Metro merge. I think that'd be awesome. **** Boost mobile too.
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I'd like to see Sprint and Metro merge. I think that'd be awesome. **** Boost mobile too.
That would be better. I don't like T-Mobile I stayed on their network for 10 days and canceled it because their signal sucks I had no bars where even metro, Sprint, and boost had bars but im just going to stick with AT&T or Verizon
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looks like eventually Sprint will buy Metro we are F...ckkk
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not neccessarily any bigger phone carrier that buys out metro will get to keep the spectrum but better yet add more spectrum for us. think about it if u buought out a company with millions of customers u aint gonna be stupid enough to drive out all those customers out! instead u want to bring more customers and get your money's worth. so the way i see it LET THEM BUY IT OUT!!!
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not neccessarily any bigger phone carrier that buys out metro will get to keep the spectrum but better yet add more spectrum for us. think about it if u buought out a company with millions of customers u aint gonna be stupid enough to drive out all those customers out! instead u want to bring more customers and get your money's worth. so the way i see it LET THEM BUY IT OUT!!!
As long as they keep it like boost and virgin than I wouldn't mind and keeping the prices intact but we know how that goes
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Sprint does need a collection of mini-me's.

While I wouldn't rule it out, Metro's upper management seems to be moving away from that and ahead with the concept that they may just survive on their own. What with the talk about actually doing things that mobile companies do, such as releasing phones and such...
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Sprint does need a collection of mini-me's.

While I wouldn't rule it out, Metro's upper management seems to be moving away from that and ahead with the concept that they may just survive on their own. What with the talk about actually doing things that mobile companies do, such as releasing phones and such...
You have a point but analysts keep speculating that but then again metro has turn things around lately and maybe they can survive on their own
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You have a point but analysts keep speculating that but then again metro has turn things around lately and maybe they can survive on their own
The analysts have been predicting the same thing for a while. Same with T-Mobile. Granted with T-Mobile it at least went as far as negotiations and money changing hands.

But I think the analysts just keep expecting a repeat of the old phone industry to happen. They expect all the mobile companies to consolidate until either Verizon or AT&T absorbs the remainder, thus keeping the anti-trust people from getting bored.


Let's just hope they get more creative with the names this time. Because I'd rather not see a 100 Bell's all over the place again...
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I personally won't mind if this happens. Bigger can only mean better signals and phone choices. So long as they don't mess with our unlimited and prices.
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yea i seriously dont think if they got pcs they would jack up the prices cuz then they would lose customers and losing customers is losing money.
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I could see the customer/price thing going either way really.

One would think that holding onto the existing customer-base of the absorbed company would always be a good thing, but look at Sprint with Nextel. The Nextel customer-base they absorbed became much more trouble then it was worth in the long-run.
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I prefer sprint over t-mobile buying out Metro any day. I still have mixed feelings special after the way the merged Nextel. They basically told Nextel customers switch or lose service if I remember correctly.
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