Filed by T-Mobile US, Inc.
pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act of 1933
and deemed filed pursuant to Rule 14a-12
under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Subject Company: Sprint Corporation
Commission File No.: 001-04721
Tweets related to the transaction:
JOHN J. LEGERE (Twitter @JohnLegere)
|Tweet: For the history buffs ... can you tell me the last time someone testified at a Senate Hearing In Sneakers and a Magenta tshirt? #proudtmobile #tmobileallthetime and I mean #allthetime
|Tweet: Cant wait to read the four long reads for this weekend! ;) [link to Fortune article excerpted below]
MIKE SIEVERT (Twitter @SievertMike)
|Tweet: This merger comes down to 5G & a whole lot more! Its about the competition in all the businesses & industries 5G enables. We dont just want 5G cities. We want a 5G America. Only New @TMobile will build it. Key info: http://newtmobile.com [link to CNET article below]
Data SheetT-Mobile CEO John Legere Emerges From Capitol Hill Grilling Unscathed
By Aaron Pressman and Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, June 29, 2018
Maybe you werent impressed with the dozens of members of Congress who tried to pin down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg back in April. Lawmakers each had only a few minutes to ask questions and some seemed wildly ill-informed, at best, about how Facebook operated.
Many fewer viewers, no doubt, tuned in to C-Span on Thursday to watch the Senate Judiciary Committees subcommittee on antitrust grill T-Mobile CEO John Legere about his proposed merger with rival Sprint (you can catch the replay here). They would have been considerably more impressed. Just three lawmakersSen. Mike Lee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Sen. Richard Blumenthalspent more than two hours quizzing Legere and other witnesses and going through the deals promised benefits with a fine tooth comb.
Legere, appearing in a black T-Mobile-logoed sports coat and a magenta T-Mobile tee shirt, was unflappable. T-Mobile is a proud disruptor, he declared at the outset, setting a tone that would continue for the entire session. It is in our DNA. It is what drives my magenta-wearing employees. It is our brand.
And if a boxing referee adjudicated the hearing, they might say no one laid a glove on Legere. But the senators certainly tried. All three lawmakers brought up apt historical comparisons and asked Legere and his partner in the deal, Sprint executive chairman Marcelo Claure, to account for past contradictory statements. Noting that Legere was now counting cable companies like Comcast as key competitors in the market, Sen. Lee noted you appear to have walked back some statements you made as recently as February. Legere, who back then said the cable companies would fail horribly, miserably, so bad, danced around the issue. Im glad you brought this up, he began, going on to explain that he meant the cable companies hadnt been competing up to their potential, but now had over half a million customers and analysts said theyd grab 5 million within two years. Theyre becoming a viable player.
Finding the weakest part of T-Mobiles case was left to witness and longtime antitrust veteran Gene Kimmelman (whose impressive list of former jobs includes chief counsel to the very subcommittee where he was testifying and chief counsel at the Justice Departments antitrust division). In short, the carriers claimed they had to merge because competition was failing in the wireless market, with T-Mobile and Sprint unable to do much damage to market titans AT&T and Verizon. But at the same time, Kimmelman said, the carriers also argued that if they merged there would be robust competition from many new entrants like Comcast and Google. I kind of dont think you can have it both ways, he observed deep into the hearing. Theres a problem here in the whole presentation of whats going on.
A few other economic experts testified, too, but didnt add much. As a side note, I still dont understand how American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar Roslyn Layton, while under oath, offered this whopper: T-Mobiles Binge On was wildly popular earning it million of customers. What was the response of the prior FCC and now the California legislature? Shut down the program consumers love. The prior FCC under Obama-appointed chair Tom Wheeler reviewed and approved of Binge On. And the California legislature added an exception for such programs last week to a bill it is still considering.
At the end of the day, marathon racer Legere successfully ran through the gauntlet of objections and emerged unscathed. The question now is whether regulators at the Justice Department will agree.
T-Mobile, Sprint lay out 5G merger arguments in FCC filing
No less than the future of 5G rests upon T-Mobile and Sprint getting together. At least, thats what they say.
By Roger Cheng, CNET, June 19, 2018
It all comes down to 5G.
T-Mobile and Sprint on Tuesday filed their public interest statement to the Federal Communications Commission as part of their bid to merge. The key message in the statement is that their combination would create a single, more powerful company better able to invest in 5G wireless technology. Both T-Mobile and Sprint published blog posts on the FCC filing.
Building a 5G network is an attractive argument given the hype surrounding the next-generation wireless technology. 5G, which is expected to be much faster and more responsive and to power more gadgets, is expected to change our lives. The merger between the nations No. 3 player (T-Mobile) and No. 4 (Sprint) wireless companies would create a company with more resources to invest in the network and a portfolio of spectrum able to deliver it.
The stakes are high technology leadership for the next decade is at stake, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in his blog post.
Sprint, meanwhile, said the deal would improve 4G LTE coverage as well.
The deal is slated to close in the first half of 2019, but still needs regulatory approval.
Important Additional Information
In connection with the proposed transaction, T-Mobile US, Inc. (T-Mobile) will file a registration statement on Form S-4, which will contain a joint consent solicitation statement of T-Mobile and Sprint Corporation (Sprint), that also constitutes a prospectus of T-Mobile (the joint consent solicitation statement/prospectus), and each party will file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT CONSENT SOLICITATION STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. When final, a definitive copy of the joint consent solicitation statement/prospectus will be sent to T-Mobile and Sprint stockholders. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain the registration statement and the joint consent solicitation statement/prospectus free of charge from the SECs website or from T-Mobile or Sprint. The documents filed by T-Mobile with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at T-Mobiles website, at www.t-mobile.com, or at the SECs website, at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge from T-Mobile by requesting them by mail at T-Mobile US, Inc., Investor Relations, 1 Park Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or by telephone at 212-358-3210. The documents filed by Sprint with the SEC may be obtained free of charge at Sprints website, at www.sprint.com, or at the SECs website, at www.sec.gov. These documents may also be obtained free of charge from Sprint by requesting them by mail at Sprint Corporation, Shareholder Relations, 6200 Sprint Parkway, Mailstop KSOPHF0302-3B679, Overland Park, Kansas 66251, or by telephone at 913-794-1091.
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T-Mobile and Sprint and their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of consents in respect of the proposed transaction. Information about T-Mobiles directors and executive officers is available in T-Mobiles proxy statement dated April 26, 2018, for its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Information about Sprints directors and executive officers is available in Sprints proxy statement dated June 19, 2017,
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