Now that we know the T-Mobile and AT&T merger or acquisition — or whatever you want to call it — is not going through, T-Mobile’s German parent company, Deutsche Telekom, is trying to reassure U.S. workers they’ll still have a job and the parent company still has some plans for its struggling U.S. business.
T-Mobile has already tried to address its current customers in this note from the head of the company:
Dear T-Mobile Customers:
By now I am sure you have seen media reports that AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have mutually decided to terminate their agreement for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA. This announcement effectively ends the acquisition process launched March 20.
What does this mean for T-Mobile USA customers? Our focus is unchanged: make the latest mobile products and services affordable for everyone.
And there are many reasons to choose T-Mobile as your wireless provider:
- Great Value. We’re offering our best plan ever – 2 lines for $49.99 each that includes voice, text and data (including 2GB at full-speed) on each line with a new 2-year agreement. We also now offer aMonthly4G no annual contract plan that gives you unlimited talk, text, and web (including 100MB at full-speed) for $50.
- Compelling Products. We offer a great line-up of 4G smartphones. We continue to rapidly expand our selection of amazing and affordable 4G smartphones, tablets and other devices that make mobile internet service easy and affordable. This holiday, we have cutting edge smartphones including the 42 Mbps-capable HTC Amaze™ 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S™ II. In January, we will begin selling the Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia for as low as $49.99 after mail-in rebate with a 2-year agreement on a qualifying plan
- America’s Largest 4G Network – now faster than ever. Whether you need driving instructions that are fast enough to keep up with your car, or want to stream a full-length movie uninterrupted, our 4G network delivers. We have expanded our 4G coverage to more than 200 million people in 208 markets and doubled speeds for nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, we appreciate your business and we will continue to focus on earning your loyalty every day.
Chief Operations Officer
T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Now the company is trying to reassure employees although the note from Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene’ Olbermann doesn’t exactly say much about where the company is heading. But still, here it is:
Following the termination of our agreement with AT&T regarding the sale of T-Mobile USA, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to each and every one of you.
I know that the past few months have been especially challenging, however you have persevered under trying and uncertain circumstances to remain focused and move T-Mobile USA forward. I have immense respect for that.
Special mention and thanks must also go to Philipp Humm for his inspirational leadership. He personifies the dedication, loyalty and fighting spirit in each one of you.
I know that Deutsche Telekom can continue to rely on your commitment and support. I look forward to working with all of you on a plan to grow the business. Please be assured of my full support; you are a great team.
May I wish you a wonderful festive season and a prosperous new year.
CEO of Deutsche Telekom
With the breakup of the acquisition/buyout now complete, Deutsche Telekom gets $3 billion in cash and $1 billion in wireless spectrum from AT&T as part of the deal. That money is said to be heading to Germany and DT isn’t under any obligation to spend that cash in the States on anything T-Mobile.
What if DT decides to spend that $3 billion on more spectrum, which would allow it to launch a real 4G network? And what if T-Mobile can get a deal with Apple for a certain iconic phone that sells by the millions? There’s also a potential partnership with DISH Network, a satellite TV company that plans to build its own 4G network. That cash infusion and a partnership could make a lot of sense, as would DT trying to sell T-Mobile again.
The AT&T part of the story may be over, but T-Mobile’s story is not done. Not even close.