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Sprint and T-Mobile call off merger after months of talks

05 November 2017, 02:06 | Jenny Fowler

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and his executive team announce Un Carrier 12.0 from the company's Bellevue

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and his executive team announce Un Carrier 12.0 from the company's Bellevue

Because merger talks have been called off, United States wireless consumers will continue to benefit from competition among four nationwide carriers as T-Mobile and Sprint challenge market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

The companies said they ended talks because they "were unable to find mutually agreeable terms". "However, we have been clear all along that a deal with anyone will have to result in superior long-term value for T-Mobile's shareholders".

T-Mobile is the healthier of the two USA companies.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in the statement that even though the companies could not reach a deal, "we certainly recognize the benefits of scale through a potential combination".

Wireless carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have called off a potential merger, saying they could not come to an agreement that would benefit customers and shareholders. However, we have agreed that it is best to move forward on our own.

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Sprint parent company Softbank is reportedly chatting up Charter Communications about a possible merger, amid indications that Sprint's merger deal with T-Mobile US has tanked.

The other day, Sprint majority owner SoftBank had made a decision to end merger talks with T-Mobile and its majority owner Deutsche Telekomover which side would have majority control of the combined firm. The companies dashed a previous plan to merge in 2014 after meeting resistance in Washington. Claure, the Sprint CEO, is also a member of SoftBank's board.

The companies expected to have a better shot at the merger this year under the Trump administration.

T-Mobile, meanwhile, has provided Deutsche Telekom with growth at a time when the European market has been stagnant. The tone of the release suggests T-Mobile and Sprint are still on pleasant enough terms, so it's not unthinkable to imagine the two to partnering in some capacity in the future. "We won't stop now".



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