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T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS)

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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 11:19 AM
    • Deutsche Telekom (DTEGF.PK +6.6%) reports Q2 EBITDA of €4.4B, in-line. Net income comes in at €530M (+10% Y/Y) .
    • The company lowers 2013 guidance, forecasting EBITDA of €17.5B versus a prior €18.4B. The most pessimistic analyst estimate was €17.6B.
    • The company's T-Mobile USA (TMUS +6.2%) unit saw a big turnaround, adding a net 688K contract customers in the quarter (compared to a net loss of 557K customers in Q2 2012). The increase, driven by iPhone sales and new contract-free service plans, represented T-Mobile's first postpaid gain in 16 quarters.
    • DT will continue to raid cash flows to fuel customer growth. CEO Rene Obermann: "We are winning droves of customers on both sides of the Atlantic."
    • The company expects to add 500K-700K new customers in H2 2013 in the U.S through aggressive marketing, iPhone sales, and the expansion of its LTE network.
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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 9:17 AM
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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 3:27 AM
    • T-Mobile US (TMUS): Q2 adjusted EBITDA -16% to $1.1B.
    • Revenue +27.5%, boosted by the inclusion of MetroPCS results for May and June this year, and by higher equipment revenues due to record smartphone sales.
    • On a pro forma basis, including MetroPCS, adjusted EBITDA -30% to $1.3B, mainly due to higher promotional costs.
    • Service revenue +8.6%.
    • Added 685,000 contract customers in Q2 vs consensus of 140,000.
    • Expects 2013 pro forma adjusted EBITDA of $5.2-5.4B, and cash capex of $4.2-44B. (PR)
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  • Aug. 8, 2013, 12:05 AM
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  • Aug. 6, 2013, 2:24 PM
    • Spurned by Sprint and Clearwire, Charlie Ergen states during Dish's (DISH +0.9%) Q2 call T-Mobile USA (TMUS -2.4%) could be the satellite TV provider's only M&A option. Nonetheless, he adds "there's a lot of options for [Dish] in the wireless business."
    • T-Mobile initially spiked higher on the comments, but has since given back its gains. Speculation about a Dish/T-Mobile tie-up has been around for a while.
    • Dish submitted a $2.2B bid for bankrupt Lightsquared's spectrum in July, a move that has the backing of some Lightsquared creditors.
    • T-Mobile's Q2 report arrives on Thursday.
    • Dish Q2 results, details
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  • Aug. 4, 2013, 1:34 AM
    • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has quashed a decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the U.S. sale of some older Apple products for violating a Samsung (SSNHY.OB) patent that enables devices to transmit multiple services at the same time via 3G.
    • The ITC had wanted to bar the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, the iPad 3G and the iPad 2 3G that were designed for use on networks operated by AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and two regional operators. The prohibition was due to come into effect this week.
    • In a letter, Froman said he overturned the ban because it gave Samsung "undue leverage" to delay rivals' use of a standard-setting technology, although he noted that the South Korean company can appeal in the courts.
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  • Jul. 23, 2013, 1:23 PM
    The Pentagon suggests in an FCC filing it's willing to largely move off the 1755MHz.-1780MHz. spectrum band, which is coveted by T-Mobile USA (TMUS -0.9%) and other carriers. The filing follows the arrival of House legislation proposing to reallocate the band for commercial use, and opens the door to pairing the spectrum with frequencies in the 2155MHz.-2180MHz. band, which the FCC is set to auction off. The DoD hasn't provided a timetable for when it will leave the band, and other details still need to be worked out. (FCC H Block auction) (T-Mobile spectrum purchase)
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  • Jul. 16, 2013, 12:38 AM
    AT&T (T) responds to T-Mobile USA's (TMUS) Jump smartphone upgrade plan by launching its own monthly installment/early upgrade offering, and Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) might not be far behind. AT&T Next lets users pay for devices via 20 monthly installments, and with no activation/upgrade fees. Unlike Jump ($10/month, no contract, 2 upgrades/year) there's no additional monthly fee, but there is a service contract requirement, and a 12-month wait between upgrades. Meanwhile, a leaked Verizon slide suggests the carrier is about to launch VZ Edge, a plan that combines installments with the option to upgrade after a device is 50% paid off.
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  • Jul. 15, 2013, 7:23 PM
    "We believe AT&T (T) is overpaying for Leap’s (LEAP) spectrum," says BMO's Kevin Manning, expressing a common view. He estimates AT&T is paying $5.25B for Leap after factoring debt and lease obligations, or $2.31/MHz/POP. That's well above the prices attached to recent spectrum deals (I, II), something attributed to a desire to keep Leap out of T-Mobile's (TMUS) hands. Much of Leap's spectrum resides in the AWS band, where T-Mobile has a huge presence. Though few analysts expect a higher bid, Leap closed 13% above AT&T's offer price, in part due to expected spectrum proceeds. One unanswered question: What will happen to AT&T's AIO prepaid brand, given the carrier's plans to support Leap's Cricket brand? (AT&T/Leap: I, II)
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  • Jul. 12, 2013, 5:23 PM
    More on AT&T/Leap: AT&T is paying $1.18B for Leap's equity, and assuming $2.8B in net debt. Leap shareholders will also receive net proceeds from the sale of spectrum Leap bought for $204M last August. Leap has 5M prepaid subs on a network covering 96M people, and AT&T says it will keep the Cricket brand and expand its reach. But this deal is mostly about acquiring Leap's spectrum (covers 137M people), much of which is unused and could be of use in AT&T's 4G buildout, especially in urban areas. Expect the FCC to closely scrutinize the deal; will new leadership yield a different outcome than the one for the T-Mobile deal? LEAP now +106.5% AH to $16.48, investors are betting on a higher bid. TMUS +4.1%. T -0.4%. (PR)
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  • Jul. 12, 2013, 5:07 PM
    AT&T (T) is buying Leap Wireless (LEAP) for $15/share in cash. LEAP +88% AH to $15. Sprint (S) +1.7%. T-Mobile USA (TMUS) +0.4%.
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  • Jul. 11, 2013, 4:18 PM
    Sprint (S) overhauls its prices and provides lifetime unlimited voice/data guarantees just a day after the SoftBank (SFTBF.PK) merger closed. The carrier is offering smartphone users unlimited voice/text/data for $80/month for the first line on an account, with the price gradually dropping for lines 2-4. A $110/month plan that throws in 5GB of hotspot usage is also being rolled out. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has made it clear Sprint will compete aggressively on price against AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), who have been trying to migrate subs to costly shared data plans. Sprint's announcement shortly follows the launch of T-Mobile's (TMUS) Jump smartphone upgrade plan.
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  • Jul. 10, 2013, 6:51 PM
    T-Mobile USA (TMUS) CEO John Legere says his firm is open to tie-ups with Dish (DISH) and Sprint (S). "When I look at the medium to long term, I'm intrigued by Dish's vision," says Legere amidst widespread speculation Dish will try to partner with or acquire T-Mobile now that Sprint/Clearwire are off the table. He hints any deal with Sprint, which will have its hands full in the coming months digesting Clearwire and merging with SoftBank (SFTBF.PK), wouldn't be a near-term proposition. "When we look at the medium to long term, we don't know what the industry structure looks like." (Jump plan: I, II)
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  • Jul. 10, 2013, 2:55 PM
    T-Mobile USA (TMUS -0.1%) announces its rumored Jump upgrade plan. For $10/month, customers can trade in their phones twice a year, for the same price paid by new customers (in tandem with installment plans) or less. The #4 U.S. carrier is also launching a family plan for the ~1/3 of U.S. customers whose credit isn't strong enough for a regular postpaid plan, and (as expected) announcing it's selling Sony's (SNE) Xperia Z and Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 925. Also: CEO John Legere tries to counter the view the iPhone is solely responsible for T-Mobile's recent postpaid strength. He claims the iPhone (AAPL) made up 39% of April smartphone sales, but only 29% of May sales, and that May was the stronger month for the carrier. (live blog)
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  • Jul. 10, 2013, 12:37 PM
    T-Mobile USA (TMUS +1%) will unveil an unlimited phone upgrade program called Jump at a 2:30 PM ET event today, The Verge reports. The program, discussed in a CNET report earlier this year, would allow subs to pay the same price for a new phone as new customers, possibly in exchange for trading in their existing phones and paying a small monthly fee. T-Mobile eliminated traditional phone subsidies (and related contract requirements) earlier this year, but does offer installment plans for the iPhone and other high-end smartphones. The report comes at a time when AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are starting to require subs wait a full 24 months to receive a fresh subsidy.
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Company Description
T-Mobile US Inc provideswireless communication servicesin the postpaid, prepaid, and wholesale markets.The Company's products and services includevoice, messaging, data services,wireless devices, smartphones and other mobile communication devices.