T-Mobile / Sprint merger approved

It finally happened.

TL;DR – the T-Mobile / Sprint merger has been cleared as of a few minutes ago by a US District judge.

This overrides multiple states objections to the mergers based on that the states have failed to convince the judge that Sprint/T-Mobile would pursue anticompetitive behavior, or that soon after the mergers would yield higher prices for consumers.

It also ruled it believed Sprint was as bad as we’ve all thought with no ideas on how to stay afloat in the future, so there’s that going for it. We’ve now got a roadmap for generally perceived anticompetitive mergers – play clueless and cash strapped.

Sprint and T-Mobile had to make some concessions before the merger including that they would deploy a 5G network covering 97% of the US within three years of closing the deal, so in 2023 at this point you can expect almost 50% 5G coverage.

Sprint also has to sell Boost, Virgin, and auction off some of the wireless spectrum to Dish.

[NBC News]
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4 thoughts on “T-Mobile / Sprint merger approved

  • Avatar of Kishan Patel

    I’m curious how this will work. Also how much spectrum does Sprint lose? That’s basically all they had going for them.

    Ideally, I want to be able to upgrade to the Surface Duo at the end of the year, as my HTC U11 is getting a bit dated. So hopefully they’ll be making good progress on the merger.

    • Sprint sold 14mhz of spectrum in the 800mhz band according to this: https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/doj-tmobile-sprint-merger-dish-sale-1203279763/

      This takes them, assuming this link is correct/current: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/2017-how-much-low-mid-and-high-band-spectrum-do-verizon-at-t-t-mobile-sprint-and-dish-own

      from 202 mhz owned to 188.

      If I did the math right, they sold a little less than 7% of their spectrum and gained 110 mhz with T-Mobile.

      • Avatar of Kishan Patel

        Wow, so that’s not so bad then. I suppose all I’m left wondering is how the CDMA and GSM stuff is going to work.

        • Sprint towers will continue to support CDMA and those devices that can only do CDMA won’t benefit from the merger. Then again after I wrote this I am reading that T-Mobile uses a CDMA network as well so I think I have some research to do. If T-Mob supports it then pretty much no real changes to the networks will happen.

          Most CDMA capable devices have been able to use GSM for the past six years. If I remember correctly (and GSM Arena’s spec sheets are correct,) even my old HTC M8 could do GSM if selected. Just was settings, connections, cell, something GSM. That was a phone released six years ago.

          So I don’t think we’re going to see much impact on devices built in the past 6-8 years.


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