Deutsche Telekom wants T-Mobile USA to merge with MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom, who owns T-Mobile USA, doesn’t want to do business in America anymore, but they can’t take their company behind the barn and but a bullet in its head. They tried to offload T-Mobile USA to AT&T, but the government stepped in and told them that they’re clinically insane. According to Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom’s newest plan is to have T-Mobile USA merge with MetroPCS. What most people tend to forget is that T-Mobile USA uses GSM technology while MetroPCS uses CDMA technology, so merging those two networks would be a nightmare so hellish that it harks back to the days when Sprint bought Nextel and had to deal with integrating iDEN. There’s no further information as to when a decision is expected to be made and how much money will change hands, but we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more about this by the end of the year.

In a perfect world, Sprint would buy T-Mobile, announce that they’re going to deprecate CDMA, EV-DO, and WiMAX within 12 months, and then they’ll introduce a new $60 per month unlimited everything plan. Both Sprint and T-Mobile would reduce the number of stores they own and operatore, focus more on web sales, and the combined entity would be the first operator to say how much of your monthly phone bill goes towards paying off your mobile phone. They would also be the first operator to offer many of the latest and greatest phones for free, but of course you’ll have to pay a higher monthly bill. Sounds crazy? Probably because it is.

Whatever happened to Dish Network and their willingness to enter the mobile market? According to FierceWireless, they’re still eager to become an operator. So why not give a new player a try?

All we know is that America’s top two operators, AT&T and Verizon, are growing more and more with each quarter. It’s increasingly looking like America wants the industry to consolidate, which wouuldn’t be a good thing.

[Via: The Verge]

  • Your Sprint buying T-Mobile theory doesn’t sound crazy to me. 

  • Shirondale Kelley

    I would be much more happy if Sprint had of bought T-Mobile. That was the original plan until AT&T swooped in and screwed up the deal.

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