As some carriers make their move towards 4G, T-Mobile USA is losing some customers for their inability to even provide 3G access, something the carrier is looking to fix for their next generation network. Rumor has it that T-Mobile is working on a join venture opportunity with Clearwire to support their 4G data network.
Two pretty interesting facts:
- T-Mobile USA and Clearwire have headquarters right next to eachother
- Clearwire is majority owned by Sprint
The United States mobile market is fierce right now, with Verizon and AT&T leading the way and both Sprint and T-Mobile struggling a little bit. T-Mobile essentially “purchasing” 4G data from Sprint would give their competitors a nice insurance policy.
There have also been reports of T-Mobile’s parent company buying Sprint or even spinning of T-Mobile USA or selling it. Doesn’t seem likely according to TMO CEO:
“What you never want to do is take one company that is going through challenges and take another company going through challenges.”
I guess somebody learned something from Sprint Nextel.