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‘Thanks for throwing us back to the big carriers’: Ryan Reynolds Slammed for Throwing His Customers Under the Bus, Selling Mint Mobile to T-Mobile in $1.35B Deal

'Thanks for throwing us back to the big carriers': Ryan Reynolds Slammed for Throwing His Customers Under the Bus, Selling Mint Mobile to T-Mobile in $1.35B Deal

What was supposed to be the start of a new era in mobile phone technology turned out to be just another business deal that ended up disappointing the customers. The subject in question here is Ryan Reynolds and it was his initiative with Mint Mobile that astounded the people into absolute awe. A wealthy celebrity businessman actually coming up with an idea that helps people instead of adding to their ever-growing list of problems, needs, and necessities was too good to be true. And, by the looks of it, we now know – it really was too good to be true.

Ryan Reynolds
Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds’ Business Deals are Getting Out of Hand

When Ryan Reynolds began promoting Mint Mobile, the effort that he put into the business was remarkable. One of the best creative adverts occupied our screens throughout the actor’s ownership of the company. And it looked like Mint was here to stay and Reynolds was here to help – the authentic Canadian that he is. But if that indeed was the case, then why the sudden change of mind? Not to mention, Mint Mobile was posed as a direct competition against T-Mobile, its current owner.

Ryan Reynolds-backed Mint Mobile up for sale
Ryan Reynolds-backed Mint Mobile up for sale

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Mint’s business couldn’t have been floundering or going under given the staggering amount ($1.35 billion) that T-Mobile splashed on closing the Ka’ena Corporation acquisition deal. Ryan Reynolds spent 3 years curating Mint Mobile and making it one of the most consumer-friendly, approachable, and favored buys ever since he purchased an ownership stake in the direct-to-consumer wireless provider company in November 2019.

Now, as the business takes off, Reynolds deems it the right time to sell Mint to its direct competition – but there is a poetic undertone to all his deals. All the businesses that he has invested in were relatively unknown or unpopular products floundering in the shadows – he plucks them from the dust, heals and helps them soar, and then passes them along, out into the world.

Folks Unhappy With Ryan Reynolds Over Mint Mobile Sale

Among all his ventures, Reynolds has had a finger in every pie – tech (Mint Mobile), entertainment (Maximum Effort), sports (Wrexham), and the alcohol industry (Aviation Gin). Like an episode from Fixer Upper, Reynolds has adopted each of these projects and turned them over into a profitable establishment.

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Ryan Reynolds at the world premiere of 6 Underground

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The CEO of T-Mobile, Mike Sievert, claimed in a statement:

“Mint has built an incredibly successful digital direct-to-consumer business that continues to deliver for customers on the Un-carrier’s leading 5G network and now we are excited to use our scale and owners’ economics to help supercharge it – and Ultra Mobile – into the future.

Over the long-term, we’ll also benefit from applying the marketing formula Mint has become famous for across more parts of T-Mobile. We think customers are really going to win with a more competitive and expansive Mint and Ultra.”

However, the folks are not happy, even though Sievert promises to retain the company’s $15 per month pricing.

The talks of T-Mobile acquiring Ka’ena became public in January 2023. The deal valued at $1.35 billion will still observe a probationary period for Mint’s performance based on which the final purchase will be conducted. Ryan Reynolds will also retain his position at the online company in a creative role and ensure the company’s ease of transition into the new era.

Source: Twitter

Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.