T-Mobile’s CEO Is Trolling Sprint Hard Over Their Failed Merger

The Twitter tirade isn’t pretty.

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Dustin Volz
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Aug. 6, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

T-Mo­bile’s chief ex­ec­ut­ive is not happy about Sprint back­ing out of a pro­posed plan for the two car­ri­ers to merge, and he’s taken to Twit­ter to air his griev­ances.

In a series of in­creas­ingly bizarre tweets, T-Mo­bile CEO John Legere bashed Sprint and en­cour­aged his fol­low­ers to change phone plans.

Legere, who is no stranger to be­ing out­spoken on Twit­ter or else­where, also took a pot­shot at Sprint’s new CEO Mar­celo Claure, who is re­pla­cing Dan Hesse at the top after the com­pany’s board voted for a change of lead­er­ship.

Legere, who is no stranger to be­ing out­spoken on Twit­ter or else­where, also took a pot­shot at Sprint’s new CEO Mar­celo Claure, who is re­pla­cing Dan Hesse at the top after the com­pany’s board voted for a change of lead­er­ship.

The Wall Street Journ­al first re­por­ted Tues­day even­ing that Sprint — and its par­ent com­pany Soft­bank — de­cided at a board meet­ing to give up on a pro­posed $32 bil­lion deal to pur­chase T-Mo­bile. The board said the reg­u­lat­ory hurdles to such a mer­ger were in­sur­mount­able.

The Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion had sug­ges­ted it might not ap­prove the mer­ger, due to con­cerns that com­bin­ing the third- and fourth-largest mo­bile car­ri­ers would be bad for con­sumer choice.

Sprint had tried to con­vince reg­u­lat­ors a mer­ger would be a way for it to scale up to com­pete more eas­ily with Ve­r­i­zon and AT&T, the na­tion’s top two car­ri­ers.

T-Mo­bile, mean­while, still has a bid on the table. Last week, French tele­com Ili­ad made a $15 bil­lion of­fer, but in­dic­a­tions are the deal was not well re­ceived.

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