Sprint Moves Closer to T-Mobile Buyout Deal

Another merger is getting closer to reality with news of the latest negotiations between Sprint and T-Mobile making headlines at Bloomberg. Sprint looks to acquire T-Mobile in a $32 billion deal that would create the third largest wireless carrier in the US.

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The two carriers would boast 99 million subscribers combined, falling in behind AT&T's 108 million and Verizon's 120 million customers. SoftBank, which owns 80 percent of Sprint, is looking to create a more formidable competitor in the market. The news comes as other consolidation deals are being scrutinized in the industry, including AT&T's planned buyout of DirecTV.

T-Mobile Still Considering a MetroPCS iPhone

Talks of launching a MetroPCS-branded iPhone have resurfaced one year after T-Mobile acquired the pre-paid carrier. Marketing Officer Mike Sievert told Re/code, that the company is very interested in bringing the iPhone to its customers.


Last summer, T-Mobile CEO John Legere told AllThingsD that a MetroPCS iPhone was not out of the question, but also not "imminent". T-Mobile is struggling on how to make Apple's handset "affordable enough for all of MetroPCS’s customers," according to Re/code. Pre-paid iPhones are not a new concept, the AT&T owned Cricket offers the 16GB iPhone 5s for $600, but that may be a stretch for some budget-minded MetroPCS customers.

T-Mobile "Abolishes Consumer Overages"

After changing the way mobile providers dealt with cellphone subsidies, T-Mobile has now decided to "abolish consumer overages". The mobile carrier today announced part three of its new three part Un-carrier movement. Part one involved rolling out the company's Starter Plan which gave "value-conscious Americans" unlimited talk, text and up to 500MB 4G LTE data for only $40. Part two, entitled "Operation Tablet Freedom," allowed tablet owners to save money while upgrading to a 4G LTE model.

Abolishes Consumer Overages

Part three challenges AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to eliminate overage penalties. John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, who says "overage fees are flat out wrong," has created a petition on Change.org asking all wireless carriers to abolish their "greedy, predatory" practices.

T-Mobile Announces $40 Simple Starter Plan for "Value-Conscious Americans"

T-Mobile today announced the continuation of its "Un-carrier revolution" by rolling out the first of three new data plans geared towards "value-conscious Americans". The company's first offering is the Simple Starter value plan which gives users unlimited talk, text and up to 500MB 4G LTE data for only $40.

T-Mobile Simple Starter Plan

Users who exceed their 500MB bandwidth cap will have the opportunity to buy "additional data sessions" instead of being hit with extra charges, according to the official T-Mobile announcement.

T-Mobile Offers $250 to BlackBerry Users Who Upgrade Their Device

T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently created a social media storm after his company sent out emails urging BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s. The backlash caused BB CEO John Chen to pen a blog post condemning Legere for not speaking to him before launching a "clearly inappropriate and ill-conceived marketing promotion." How did T-Mobile respond? By offering BlackBerry users $250 if they trade-in their current device for a new model:

T-Mobile BlackBerry

"Starting this Friday, we’re offering $200 credit toward a new device when you trade in your current BlackBerry and upgrade to one of the latest, greatest devices. Purchase any device we offer at T-Mobile. It’s that simple. Bring in your old, working BlackBerry and we’ll give you $200 toward a new BlackBerry or any of our other state-of-the-art smartphones.i In addition, for those existing T-Mobile BlackBerry customers trading-in and choosing a new BlackBerry Q10 or Z10, we’re offering an ADDITIONAL $50 off the purchase price of that new BlackBerry. These offers will be available for a limited time.


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