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Rumors State That Deutsche Telekom Wouldn’t Have Sold To Iliad Anyway

October 14, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Near the end of September, we heard from various places through the grapevine that Deutsche Telekom would not be selling its U.S. company, T-Mobile U.S.A.  But now, we have a reason and some future plans for the magenta carrier. Deutsche Telekom (DT for simplicity) had been looking to sell and subtly offering up its stake in the big magenta carrier for years, and has gotten multiple bids and many interested companies.  Sprint’s parent company Softbank, AT&T, and the French carrier Iliad are the big names in the bid for T-Mobile.  But now, after Iliad has formally announced that it will no longer pursue its bid to buy out T-Mobile, we have something interesting on the mind: DT didn’t want to sell T-Mobile, even before Iliad pulled out.

Sounds weird right?  Especially weird if you know how badly T-Mobile has done in past years.  But as of late, T-Mobile has turned losing customers in droves into stealing customers in droves.  August was T-Mobile’s best month ever, and it outdid (in number of customers added) the entire third quarter of 2013.  One single month bested three months (and it wasn’t by a hair either).  And since T-Mobile shook United States carrier by the collars with its radical new approach to offering mobile phone service, they have garnered more and more attention, as well as new customers. DT had considered selling T-Mobile because it would take large amounts of money to fix the carrier, then even more to invest in getting more and better spectrum for the network to use across the U.S.  But, seeing as customers means money, DT has had a change of heart, and looks to follow through with the somewhat-costly improvements to T-Mobile.  The biggest and most looming factor was the upcoming sale of spectrum among the U.S. carriers, and now DT seems almost ready to spend a little to help T-Mobile succeed like we have seen up to now.

DT has been suffering for T-Mobile’s deal of buying you out of your existing contract, but the magenta carrier has managed to turn from loss to profit, as well as revenue increase.  The big things are to come though, so we will have to wait and see if DT is willing to invest as much as it takes to improve T-Mobile’s coverage and spectrum enough to make it competitive without those great deals and offers.  Do you think that it’s possible for T-Mobile to get the popularity and interest of the other three larger carriers?  Are you rooting for T-Mobile and DT?  Let us know down below.