Remember back when AT&T was trying to acquire T-Mobile? Some two-and-half years ago AT&T attempted to snatch-up T-Mobile USA in a deal worth nearly $40 billion. Ultimately, the whole thing fell apart, following strong governmental objections to making a mobile player as big as AT&T that much bigger (and giving it that much more control over the market). Since then, we’ve really seen T-Mobile find a new identity for itself, and it’s been doing great things in rethinking how we approach moth plans and subsidies. However, it looks like other carriers still have their sights on acquiring it, and and some new rumors suggest Sprint could make a bid.
Right off the bat, that’s a very different story than AT&T absorbing T-Mobile. While the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would have made the new carrier the largest around by far – some 25% larger than Verizon – the combination of Sprint and T-Mobile would still fail to knock AT&T out of the second place spot.
What it would do is put the three big US players, Verizon, AT&T, and this new Sprint/TMo combo, on a much more even playing field. Sure, there would big logistical issues to overcome – merging a CDMA with a GSM network – not to mention having to navigate through the regulatory web that ultimately doomed the AT&T/TMo deal, but it doesn’t sound outright crazy or anything.
For now, nothing’s even confirmed, and Sprint may simply decide not to move forward with this plan.
Source: The Wall Street Journal