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Old May 1st, 2014, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Most people seemed to think this deal was dead, but apparently not. Some highlights from the report:

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Sprint Corp is meeting with banks to work out funding for its bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc, a source familiar with the situation said, as the mobile carrier works to ease regulatory concerns that the deal would hurt competition.

The source said that Sprint, which is owned by Japan's SoftBank Corp, is hoping to fund the bulk of T-Mobile's estimated $50 billion price tag with corporate bonds and cover the rest with syndicated loans and convertible bonds. Softbank is expected to make a formal offer in June or July, Bloomberg added.

Sprint is facing a battle ahead with U.S. regulators who oppose consolidation in the wireless market on the basis it would inhibit competition. The company is aware it may have to give up some of its spectrum holdings to win over critics, the source said. Two of the most vocal opponents to the deal are Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. antitrust chief William Baer.
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So if Sprint buys TMobile, does that solve Sprints Network issues? Hell I don't even have 4G in my area.
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Sprint needs to focus on their network issues and spend less time on changing their plans and trying to buy T-Mobile. The US postpaid cell market needs a company like T-Mobile who is forcing the others to makes changes that benefit the customer.
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Sprint needs to buy T-Mobile to get all its customers back.
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Sprint needs to buy T-Mobile to get all its customers back.
oh yeah, god forbid they should offer the promised service to their customers, lets buy the company who got our customers instead
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On a more positive note, according to at least one report, John Legere could lead the combined company.

Sprint will reportedly try to buy T-Mobile US in June or July | The Verge
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I am paying very close attention to this. If strategically planned correctly, the combined companies could take out one of the top dogs.
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I am paying very close attention to this. If strategically planned correctly, the combined companies could take out one of the top dogs.
Just one?
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Still skeptical that it will get approved, but still paying close attention:
T-Mobile merger with Sprint inches closer with parent companies agreeing on a sale
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Just one?
Yeah. I'm not convinced that the combined coverage of Sprint and T-Mobile would be able to take out Verizon's coverage.

My other question is, for those that are technically savvy enough to explain...hypothetically, if this were to be approved and the companies merge, would they be able to theoretically create future phones that have both the CDMA and GSM radios built in?

My only frame of reference for CDMA phones that also have GSM radios are the World phones on Sprint (ala Touch Pro 2, Motorola Photon, Photon Q, Note 3, etc.). With those phones, there's a SIM slot for International GSM use.

Would it be as simple as Sprint/T-Mobile having radios built in for both networks and adding a SIM card for the GSM connection? Or would it be much more complicated than that?
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Here is some added information.

Reuters: Deutsche Telekom to keep minority stake in T-Mobile if SoftBank deal goes through | TmoNewsTmoNews
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Yeah. I'm not convinced that the combined coverage of Sprint and T-Mobile would be able to take out Verizon's coverage.

My other question is, for those that are technically savvy enough to explain...hypothetically, if this were to be approved and the companies merge, would they be able to theoretically create future phones that have both the CDMA and GSM radios built in?

My only frame of reference for CDMA phones that also have GSM radios are the World phones on Sprint (ala Touch Pro 2, Motorola Photon, Photon Q, Note 3, etc.). With those phones, there's a SIM slot for International GSM use.

Would it be as simple as Sprint/T-Mobile having radios built in for both networks and adding a SIM card for the GSM connection? Or would it be much more complicated than that?
I can't comment if it would work technically but I don't think they would try.

First, I do think they would get rid of one of the networks and go strictly GSM or CDMA -- my hope is that they keep GSM (better 3G speeds if LTE is not available). There is a huge overlap in coverage between T-Mobile and Sprint, and I think they would try to sell off the towers they determine are no longer needed. I can see a company, such as Dish, buying them to start a new 4th carrier (along with the excess frequency that would need to be sold), or likely some regional carriers would have interest in the towers.

Before turning off one network, I see them getting VoLTE fully implemented, and making LTE work regardless of if the phone is Sprint or T-Mobile. VoLTE phones could then work on either network, if the phone supports the frequency needed. This would largely eliminate the need for phones to work on both CDMA and GSM.
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I can't comment if it would work technically but I don't think they would try.

First, I do think they would get rid of one of the networks and go strictly GSM or CDMA -- my hope is that they keep GSM (better 3G speeds if LTE is not available). There is a huge overlap in coverage between T-Mobile and Sprint, and I think they would try to sell off the towers they determine are no longer needed. I can see a company, such as Dish, buying them to start a new 4th carrier (along with the excess frequency that would need to be sold), or likely some regional carriers would have interest in the towers.

Before turning off one network, I see them getting VoLTE fully implemented, and making LTE work regardless of if the phone is Sprint or T-Mobile. VoLTE phones could then work on either network, if the phone supports the frequency needed. This would largely eliminate the need for phones to work on both CDMA and GSM.
My only issue with that is, my house is an area that is difficult to get Reception, but Sprint is the most reliable. I'd be concerned that moving to VoLTE completely would hurt signal strength.
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My only issue with that is, my house is an area that is difficult to get Reception, but Sprint is the most reliable. I'd be concerned that moving to VoLTE completely would hurt signal strength.
I didn't mean they would do away with Edge. What I'm thinking is that, until they can turn one network off, they'd make both Sprint and T-Mobile's phones work with the LTE on either network, and have VoLTE in those areas.

So, if you go to an area where Sprint has poor or non-existent coverage but T-Mobile has good coverage, you will still be able to pick up LTE off of T-Mobile's tower, though you phone is not compatible with their 3G or 2G. By running VoLTE, you'll still be able to make and receive phone calls in that area and, in Sprint areas, your phone would work like normal.
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I didn't mean they would do away with Edge. What I'm thinking is that, until they can turn one network off, they'd make both Sprint and T-Mobile's phones work with the LTE on either network, and have VoLTE in those areas.

So, if you go to an area where Sprint has poor or non-existent coverage but T-Mobile has good coverage, you will still be able to pick up LTE off of T-Mobile's tower, though you phone is not compatible with their 3G or 2G. By running VoLTE, you'll still be able to make and receive phone calls in that area and, in Sprint areas, your phone would work like normal.
T-mobile doesn't get any service at my house.
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T-mobile doesn't get any service at my house.
I'm not sure why that matters. My point is, while they are maintaining both networks, the idea would be that your phone would work at your home like normal. The difference would be, if you go to an area where Sprint doesn't have coverage but T-Mobile does, you could still use LTE from the GSM tower and make phone calls.

My thought isn't to get rid of 1G, 2G or 3G networks, just make it so that you can get LTE from both T-Mobile and Sprint towers, regardless of the phone.
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I'm not sure why that matters. My point is, while they are maintaining both networks, the idea would be that your phone would work at your home like normal. The difference would be, if you go to an area where Sprint doesn't have coverage but T-Mobile does, you could still use LTE from the GSM tower and make phone calls.

My thought isn't to get rid of 1G, 2G or 3G networks, just make it so that you can get LTE from both T-Mobile and Sprint towers, regardless of the phone.
I see. I was just clarifying that, the coverage would have to stay the same for me to be okay with the merger, which means whatever connectivity from Sprint that allows me to have signal at my house currently, would have to remain (or be upgraded).
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I'm not sure why that matters. My point is, while they are maintaining both networks, the idea would be that your phone would work at your home like normal. The difference would be, if you go to an area where Sprint doesn't have coverage but T-Mobile does, you could still use LTE from the GSM tower and make phone calls.

My thought isn't to get rid of 1G, 2G or 3G networks, just make it so that you can get LTE from both T-Mobile and Sprint towers, regardless of the phone.
Isn't that kind of how Spark works?
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Spank/SpankT Mobile, or T-Spank Mobile are my votes for the new name, if this goes through
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From early reports I'm seeing, it appears the new company may just be called T-Mobile, with most of the T-Mobile management team being kept.
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From early reports I'm seeing, it appears the new company may just be called T-Mobile, with most of the T-Mobile management team being kept.
Can you post up links where you've seen that? I would not mind that at all. John Legere has been making great progress with T-Mobile, that I'd love to see what he could do with a spectrum big enough to compete with Verizon and ATT.
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Can you post up links where you've seen that? I would not mind that at all. John Legere has been making great progress with T-Mobile, that I'd love to see what he could do with a spectrum big enough to compete with Verizon and ATT.
I'm trying to remember where I've seen it all. Here is one of the articles.

Additionally, there are interviews with Hesse where he basically says that he is fine not being part of a merged company and is ready to move on to other opportunities -- he almost sounds (to me) like he has already been told he is out if the merger happens, but can't say that. By contrast, Legere seems to have consistently said in interviews that he will have a role if the merger happens.
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From early reports I'm seeing, it appears the new company may just be called T-Mobile, with most of the T-Mobile management team being kept.
I so hope this is true. I do remember reading that John Legere would most likely be head of the combined companies. And if you can find the links to this, please post it.
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I so hope this is true. I do remember reading that John Legere would most likely be head of the combined companies. And if you can find the links to this, please post it.
It's speculation by the business authors; largely based on Masayoshi Son talking about how Legere has done a great job with T-Mobile and how he admires T-Mobile shaking up the US cell phone market. He as also been highly critical of Sprint's management, including statments comparing Sprint to feudal lords who held absolute power on their lands and little power elsewhere. Though I think the fact that Hesse has mentioned he is looking at leaving combined with Legere stating that he will be part of the merged company, makes them feel comfortable with the way they are reading the signals from Son.

One other thing I've seen recently, is the people claiming that Deutsche Telekom will keep a portion of their stake in T-Mobile (about 25%) also is confirmation of the idea that Legere will run the combined company. I think part of it, as well, is that if Legere heads the merged company, he will be allowed to keep most of his management team at T-Mobile -- both because they can get to work faster, since they have a relationship already, and because of their success at T-Mobile (especially compared to Son's frustration with Sprint management).

You can find other articles that talk about it if you do a Google search, but they largely read like the article I linked. At the end, it is largely "best guesses" by the business press.
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I'm trying to remember where I've seen it all. Here is one of the articles.

Additionally, there are interviews with Hesse where he basically says that he is fine not being part of a merged company and is ready to move on to other opportunities -- he almost sounds (to me) like he has already been told he is out if the merger happens, but can't say that. By contrast, Legere seems to have consistently said in interviews that he will have a role if the merger happens.
Despite the criticism, I have actually liked what Hesse has done. Sprint would've been much worse, had he not taken certain risks. That said, he has also made horrible decisions as well and that interview really does sound telling.

Many T-mobile subscribers seem very opposed to the merger, but if Legere is heading up the company, I really see more benefit than harm. Hopefully, the FCC sees this merger as a more acceptable one than they viewed the ATT merger. As long as service at my house is still great, but the merger also improves my overall experience, I will be happy.
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Just read an interesting article where Legere is quoted about the merger. To me, Legere seems to be stating that, if the merger happens, Sprint would be merged into T-Mobile.

His quote, "The conversations that are taking place now are about T-Mobile's brand, T-Mobile's offer set, the uncarrier movement, and the management team at T-Mobile. There's nobody talking about buying T-Mobile and shutting it down for spectrum. It means that you've got a company and a board and a team looking at its options."

He goes on to say, "I would consider a consolidation opportunity with another player that allows me to use the spectrum that they have and the size and the customer base that I have to grow the business. I have no desire to turn T-Mobile into the son of something else."

That looks like a pretty clear statement about what will happen after the merger. More importantly, Legere tweeted that the author "get an A+ on my quotes!"
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June 6th interview with Masayoshi Son, here are some questions about Sprint and T-Mobile:

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You bought a controlling interest in Sprint (S) last year and became chairman. What opportunity did you see there?
The U.S. market is pretty much a duopoly. I always felt that we were coming to the U.S. market after it was already basically game over. The top two duopolists have such a strong brand, strong networks, strong customer bases. [Still] this is the richest market in the world, the center of innovation for the Internet. Mobile service is migrating from voice-centric service to data-centric service. We may have the last opportunity. If we have any chance to build a meaningful competitor, our Internet background may help a little bit on that end. But we need scale.

Yes, so you are rumored to pursuing a merger with T-Mobile (TMUS). How would that help?
I donít want to talk specifically about a company. We need scale. Now these two big companies [Verizon and AT&T] are getting even bigger. AT&T (T) has announced an acquisition of DirecTV (DTV). Comcast (CMCSA) has announced the Time Warner (TWC) deal. So wireless companies can no longer just be pure wireless companies. Thereís no longer such a thing as a pure wireless business. They all have to bundle services. The quadruple play is really emerging as a consumer offering.
Now there once was spreadsheet software called Lotus 123. It was competitive. After Microsoft (MSFT) introduced Microsoft Office, which bundled spreadsheet software with the word processor and PowerPoint and so on, they could not fight with the guy who bundles spreadsheets into the full suite of services, including the operating system Microsoft had. You cannot compete.
Now I hear people saying these big gigantic companies merging will probably get approved. If both deals get approved and the big companies become even bigger, the dominant companies become even more dominant and provide bundled service in a quadruple play. We have only a single service which is wireless. And itís only half-good wireless. How can we stay competitive unless we find a way to get meaningful scale?


Do you think you will get regulatory approval to merge Sprint and T-Mobile?
Itís a good question. If they get approved and we donít, that is very unfair. The dominant players will become even more dominant. Itís really the three big guys, itís no longer wireless or wired service. Itís one service, which is the Internet highway. We want to create a fourth option. But we have to take the first step.

It seems like Sprintís performance has improved recently, no?
It depends on how you look at it. Is it sustainable? Both Sprint and T-Mobile are free-cash-flow negative. We only have a half-good network. We donít have enough spectrum. This is a capital-intensive industry. Unless you have large amounts of capital and enough spectrum, which requires free cash flow, it is not sustainable. A few quarters can look okay.


Are you feeling regrets about entering the U.S. market?
I have mixed feelings, to be honest, considering approval [of buying T-Mobile] is up in the air. It takes a lot of [capital expenditure], and buying new spectrum is going to cost a fortune. Not only to buy it on auction, but it will require additional capex once we get the spectrum. Its not small. We are increasing the number of subscribers, but revenue per user is going down. Itís the same for T-Mobile. Even though they increased the number of subscribers, the average price per customer is decreasing rapidly, so total revenue is decreasing. But you are required to invest in new spectrum. How can you pay that back if you are cash flow negative? We might be able to survive if we scale down, if we become a small player, like Metro PCS used to be. But in the long run, that only goes in one direction.
The more viable customers have been eaten away by the Big Two. In a few years, I think it will be truly game over, and the U.S. consumer is not going to be the winner.
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I'm actually surprised that this wasn't brought up here, but a tech blog (TK Tech News) posted yesterday (via youtube) that states the following
1-The deal is final, Softbank has agreed to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom.
2-Prepaid brands will be eliminated. Basically, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will no longer exists as they will be combined into one as "Softbank USA".
3-There will no longer be any contracts.
4-Pricing for individuals will be priced at $75 for everything unlimited and
5-Framily will stay thus lowering the price to $45 after 7 or more join that plan.
6-Legere will be the CEO in charge of the newly formed company.
7-Hesse will step down as CEO but be on the board of directors.
8-Major roaming agreement between Japan (Softbank), Europe (Deutsche Telekom) and USA (newly formed Softbank USA)

Now what's funny is that since that youtube video and blog was posted, alot of other media sites posted about it as well, sourcing TK News. The thing is, TK News has been wrong in the past. Now I guess we will find out in the next couple of days whether this plays out as he describes, but in the meantime, I am posting it to see what you guys think.



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I'm actually surprised that this wasn't brought up here, but a tech blog (TK Tech News) posted yesterday (via youtube) that states the following
1-The deal is final, Softbank has agreed to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom.
2-Prepaid brands will be eliminated. Basically, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will no longer exists as they will be combined into one as "Softbank USA".
3-There will no longer be any contracts.
4-Pricing for individuals will be priced at $75 for everything unlimited and
5-Framily will stay thus lowering the price to $45 after 7 or more join that plan.
6-Legere will be the CEO in charge of the newly formed company.
7-Hesse will step down as CEO but be on the board of directors.
8-Major roaming agreement between Japan (Softbank), Europe (Deutsche Telekom) and USA (newly formed Softbank USA)

Now what's funny is that since that youtube video and blog was posted, alot of other media sites posted about it as well, sourcing TK News. The thing is, TK News has been wrong in the past. Now I guess we will find out in the next couple of days whether this plays out as he describes, but in the meantime, I am posting it to see what you guys think.

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on the tmobile and metro side of thing but i think boost and virgin should see it as well
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I'm actually surprised that this wasn't brought up here, but a tech blog (TK Tech News) posted yesterday (via youtube) that states the following
1-The deal is final, Softbank has agreed to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom.
2-Prepaid brands will be eliminated. Basically, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will no longer exists as they will be combined into one as "Softbank USA".
3-There will no longer be any contracts.
4-Pricing for individuals will be priced at $75 for everything unlimited and
5-Framily will stay thus lowering the price to $45 after 7 or more join that plan.
6-Legere will be the CEO in charge of the newly formed company.
7-Hesse will step down as CEO but be on the board of directors.
8-Major roaming agreement between Japan (Softbank), Europe (Deutsche Telekom) and USA (newly formed Softbank USA)

Now what's funny is that since that youtube video and blog was posted, alot of other media sites posted about it as well, sourcing TK News. The thing is, TK News has been wrong in the past. Now I guess we will find out in the next couple of days whether this plays out as he describes, but in the meantime, I am posting it to see what you guys think.



TS out
Didn't get to check the forum till today. Did softbank really have to keep their name? It's never sounded like a wireless provider to me.

My question now is if this means all US regulatory hurdles have been approved as well, like the FCC. If those haven't cleared, then I won't consider it done.
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Best name they are not using NexTmobile for you Nextel folks
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I just read this disturbing news that the Sprint/T-mobile merger would scrap Boost/Virgin/Metro.

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I moved this to the Sprint forum as it is a carrier discussion. If I read your quote correctly Tesla, it's only the brands going away, not the coverage. That sounds fairly benign to me.
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My question now is if this means all US regulatory hurdles have been approved as well, like the FCC.
No, it still needs to go through the approval process.
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They have to agree to buy/sell before the regulatory agencies can approve or deny the sale.

The purchase agreement isn't public yet - so it hasn't gone through the largest hurdles to whether or not this will even happen
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But costs a lot more.

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Maybe they keep the plans too?

I think I'm going to try Cricket! They are now owned by ATT and use the ATT LTE network! Good plans too! ($35/$45/$55 with auto pay)

https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-phone-plans

Also Cricket allows you to bring your own unlocked GSM phone! The Moto G LTE would be cool!
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I can't argue that. Maybe they will consolidate to a lower price point.
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Maybe they keep the plans too?
Right now everything being reported is speculation, nothing is known for sure until an official announcement is made.

It's possible people could be grandfathered in with their current plan, or they could change peoples plans. We have to wait and see what they say.
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Maybe they keep the plans too?

I think I'm going to try Cricket! They are now owned by ATT and use the ATT LTE network! Good plans too! ($35/$45/$55 with auto pay)

https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-phone-plans

Also Cricket allows you to bring your own unlocked GSM phone! The Moto G LTE would be cool!
The flip side of the Cricket plans is that they are throttled. If you have LTE, your speed is throttled to 8 Mpbs, until you reach your data limit (when you are throttled to 2G speeds). On HSPA+, data is throttled to 4 Mpbs. Cricket also does not allow tethering (at least per TOS), and Android's tethering is removed from the Cricket branded phones.

In some ways it isn't a huge difference, 8 Mbps is definitely a usable speed -- especially if it is consistent. OTOH, for those of us used to 20 Mbps or better, it can feel rather slow. I'm sure it does help AT&T manage usage on their network better.

I do think this may be one of the sticking points for the government; my recollection is that 2/3 of all prepaid customers are on Sprint's and T-Mobile's networks.
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A bit more to chew on guys...looks like sprint name may be staying

http://m.pocketnow.com/2014/06/10/softbank-usa-plans
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It should be noted to that just the names and divisions of the prepaid brands will be gone there not dumping the customers. Everyone will be merged under one name. So metro boost virgin all become sprint customers. For boost and virgin customers this is actually a good thing. For 60 a month for an inividual plan you get unlimited everything with all the tethering and roaming perks. Right now on boost 60 bucks gets you 5gb of data. Metro customers gain tethering and roaming. It actually works out better for the prepaid brands.
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Sprint in Magenta? I'd almost prefer it being T-Mobile in Yellow. Or will they combine it to be SprinT-Mobile?
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I think the name is catchy but more of

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It should be noted to that just the names and divisions of the prepaid brands will be gone there not dumping the customers. Everyone will be merged under one name. So metro boost virgin all become sprint customers. For boost and virgin customers this is actually a good thing. For 60 a month for an inividual plan you get unlimited everything with all the tethering and roaming perks. Right now on boost 60 bucks gets you 5gb of data. Metro customers gain tethering and roaming. It actually works out better for the prepaid brands.
The problem is that each of those brands have different plans that appeal to different types of customers. Those that use their phone some of the time, but not a lot, really like the Virgin $35 plan. Those that keep plans for a long time like Boost's $55 plan that, as long as you keep paying on time, ends up being $40 for unlimited talk, text and 2.5 GB data. Additionally, Virgin and, to a lesser amount, Boost subsidize their phones (though they do lock them down and won't unlock them). Metro has the unlimited plans with varying amounts of data, including an unlimited plan.

I think the big fear is that you likely will only have one set of plans; very likely something similar to what MetroPCS has now. It will give customers fewer options.
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In some ways. But when does it become ok for a company to profit also? Isnt company stability a good selling point also? The wireless industry is the only one where people feel there entitled to everything for the price they want and in some ways its because of to many options. How many complaints are there that virgins 35 dollar plan should have 1000 minutes and unlimited data. Or how many i was throttled after using all my data and its to slow! Posts are there? If you sign up for comcasts lowest broadband speed (which it think is 10mbps down) your only gonna get 10mbps down. You cant call them and complain its to slow they should give you the higher speeds for a cheaper cost. Theyd laugh you off the phone. But for some reason cell users feel there entitled to this and i never really got it. T mobile is a great example yes they added subs yes they did all this wonderful stuff basically giving away the farm and yet they operated at a 7 million dollar loss last quarter. And even with everything they gave away people still complain they got throttled on a 30 dollar plan after they used up all 5gb of there data. How dare they throttle them. Sometimes wireless consumers make me laugh.
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Just start over fresh, and call it
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In the absence of approval for the merger by the feds, why dont they just agree to allow each other's lte custoners to roam on both netrorks?
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