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T-Mobile-Sprint Proposed Merger Likely to Get Approved

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Ever since the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint was unveiled, it has always been an unsure deal. Not to mention, there have been several companies that either showed their support or opposition of the merger.

With the recent reports, however, it looks like there is a 90% chance that the merger will happen.

The new report comes from Oppenheimer analysts, who believe the merger is already a done deal. In addition to the report, there is talk that those opposing the merger have already given up any attempts to derail it. These companies have been reportedly pushing through beneficial conditions once the merger is approved.

One such company, C-Spire, already met with representatives from the FCC. It is reported that the company expressed their concern for checks and balances from the New T-Mobile.

Oppenheimer's data, however, does not mean that the merger is already without any condition. According to the report, the merger will likely push through in the condition that there will be "divestitures that could spawn a new, fourth competitor". There are even calls for Cable or DISH to be that fourth player.

If all goes well, the FCC could be announcing three U.S. carriers before the year ends instead of four. In that case, the FCC needs to seriously express the conditions beforehand.



Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. The easyest way to do it is to require 25% of revenues for the new T-Mobile come from wholesale accounts (independent MVNO's), with $150 million penalty for each percentage missed.

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    1. Sounds like anti-competitive BS unless the condition is levied on AT&T and Verizon as well.

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    2. Your 25% revenue proposal is a perfect example of people who have no idea how to run the business arrogantly assuming that they can run other businesses for them without having any idea what they are doing.

      The arrogance, ignorance, and entitlement of the armchair CEO...

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    3. "The easyest way to do it is to require 25% of revenues for the new T-Mobile come from wholesale accounts..."

      Sounds like a hairbrained scheme. If T-Mobile decides to do this because it makes perfect business sense to do so, fine. But otherwise, no, and it would be like me barging into your kitchen and demanding that you devote 25% of your family budget to banana pudding.

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  2. I am a Boost customer. Is Tmobile likely to migrate Sprint customers to GSM like they did with Metro? I am in the market for a new phone and cant find anything that supports Tmobile's bands 66 and 71 as well as Sprint's bands.

    Should I wait to buy a phone?

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    1. The migration won't happen for at least a year or two and will likely be announced ahead of time.

      By that point, I'm sure they'll both be selling phones that take advantage of all the combined spectrum.

      Otherwise, you can always fall back on the latest unlocked Moto.

      As of now, it's far too soon for the merger to affect anyone's phone purchasing plans.

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    2. try the lgstylo 4 from t-mobile/metro.
      also, brands like umidigi, huawei, and lg will soon release phones like the tmobile/metro lg30 .
      with the spectrum sharing agreement, most sprint and tmobile recently sold phones have the bands to run on both nteworks. it just takes an ota update to enable it.

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  3. first they close 1500 mvno stores, close all sprint stores and fire 50,000 employees and then in 2 years tmobile creates "NEW" 10,000 jobs and the whole world cheers and says tmobile is doing a good thing. All along the way prices all go up 200% because of no competition between sprint tmobile metro pcs and boost who are the only big companies trying to lower prices and provide higher quality of service to customers. Sure there is a ton of mvno companies but non of them come close to the level of competition that boost and metro pcs do when it comes giving away free phones to switchers....

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    1. " boost who are the only big companies trying to lower prices and provide higher quality of service to customers"

      What are you smoking? Boost provides a very low quality of service. sure, the prices are lower with Boost, but it is still overpriced since it only works in a very tiny area and provides exceptionally bad service.

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    2. I'd do without free phones if it means a real competitor to "absentee slumlords" Verizon and AT&T.

      Between Big Red throttling my speeds down to dial up because "muh congestion" and AT&T giving me four bars of LTE yet no internet, all while whoever I'm with at the time has great T-mobile service, I'm just so frickin' sick of the Bell Twins' constant failure.

      As a consumer, I just wanna see Legere curbstomp both of them and become the new top dog NO MATTER THE COST.

      For anyone still crying about it, you can rightfully place all the blame on Congress and Obama for failing to Make the Internet Great Again with a unified,consumer-focused vision mandating adequate accessibility and crushing all the shenanigans that brought us to this point in the first place.

      The moment the duopoly was allowed to screw around with prioritization, zero rating and content throttling without getting financially castrated by the Democrat FCC, that's the moment Legere and Son could already taste their inevitable victory being delivered at the hands of their competitors' decaying LTE networks.

      Now nothing can stop the magenta revolution.

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    3. nonsense.there are 2 other networks and plenty of mvnos on those network towers to compete. furthermore, there are now cable companies also . expect a dish/psrtner company to also enter. dish has to start using all their spectrum or they will lose it.

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    4. "all while whoever I'm with at the time has great T-mobile service"

      This isn't realistic. T-Mobile's still poor coverage means that it doesn't work for most people.

      "The moment the duopoly was allowed to screw around with prioritization, zero rating and content throttling without ..."

      T-Mobile actually led the pack with throttling, zero rating, and censoring content for being from companies it didn't like. Yet, you don't mention them. Hmmmm...

      "Now nothing can stop the magenta revolution."

      Except for the customers. The T-Mobile network is still only about 2/3 as good as either Verizon or AT&T. That's why 4 times as many people go with Verizon or AT&T than go with T-Mobile.

      People simply want their phones to work.

      As for me? I had T-Mobile for a year. My speeds ranged from 0 (no coverage in half of the places) to 5 mbps. I switch to Verizon, and the speeds I see typically range from 5 mbps to 40 mbps.

      I'll take "throttled" 40 mbps Verizon over "muh" 5 mbps "full speed" T-Mobile any time. That makes me like most people.

      T-Mobile has a poor product now. They ARE building out, but are a poor choice for now for anyone looking to actually use their phone.

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    5. "you can rightfully place all the blame on Congress and Obama for failing to Make the Internet Great Again with a unified,consumer-focused vision..."

      You are talking about the government here. The President and congress are out to "Make the Government Great Again" at the expense of the people. If you want to make the Internet great again, get the government out of the way of the people and the companies that serve them.

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    6. "....first they close 1500 mvno stores"

      How many of those camera film developing shops have closed? How many fur trading posts have closed?

      The tragedy. Where do we all take our furs to trade for beads!

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    7. "As a consumer, I just wanna see Legere curbstomp both of them and become the new top dog NO MATTER THE COST"

      That sounds like a fanboy talking. The rest of us want the best value for the money.

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    8. "I'd do without free phones if it means a real competitor to "absentee slumlords" Verizon and AT&T."

      That's a curious insult for carriers which provide a significantly better cell service by putting up towers in 30% more of the US than T-Mobile has.

      If anything is "absentee", it is T-Mobile... when you look at all the thousands of cities and towns, and amber waves of grain, all covered by Verizon and AT&T... and the only T-Mobile presence is on. national TV commercials.

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    9. "The moment the duopoly was allowed to screw around with prioritization, zero rating and content throttling without getting financially castrated by the Democrat FCC, that's the moment Legere and Son could already taste their inevitable victory being delivered at the hands of their competitors' decaying LTE networks."

      Precisely, for decades the duopoly has been justifying under investment it its wired infrastructure with the promise of future wireless nirvana.

      Now, the reckoning is upon us and even with prioritization their wireless networks are collapsing under the load. Shame on the FCC for being fooled twice, did Wheeler not see this coming?

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  4. They have fired more than 50,000 buggy-whip manufacturers, horseshoe makers, and phonograph makers over the years.

    So what? These people end up finding jobs that are actually needed. Keeping these 50,000 workers at Sprint when their work isn't actually needed makes them all a sort of welfare queen.

    as for the prices going up 200%, actually if you look at the history of the cell phone age in America, you get constant mergers & company's being wiped out. All the while prices go down and the value of what you get for what you pay for it was that many times over.

    If you don't believe me, Look how much it cost to use data and nationwide roaming and anything like unlimited talk and text on Cingular many years. even the plans offered by a modern companies such as Verizon, as expensive as they are, are an incredible bargain to what we had before we had all these mergers and acquisitions.

    But you are right that nothing comes close to the level of competition of Boost right now. That level is 0. Boost offers nothing that is compelling to anyone. And it has a far inferior product.

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  5. google project fi phones already use both sprint and t mobile towers. there are other phones sold recently that have all the band s for both of those networks. with the spectrum sharing agrement they just signed, an ota update will enable sprint and t mobile phones to roam on both network towers.

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  6. Have been using T-mobile prepaid on their double promotion of $100 epin payment towards 2 months of unlimited T-mobile One domestic with the free $150 phone and after using 50GB of data the throttling is down to 70kbps (0.70mbps) whenever in a low income area with many Metro PCS customers anytime of day or night. There are many Metro PCS stores in that area and the stores are large with as many as 12 payment kiosks for customers to line up and collect cash and make payments. This merger will only make the throttled speeds worse because in these low income areas Boost Mobile also has many large storefronts with payment kiosks. There will be 24 hour network high usage traffic with Boost and MetroPCS customers constantly using their phones for cable TV and internet data usages. That leaves ATT prepaid and verizon prepaid to actually deliver non throttled speeds in these low income areas

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    1. "There will be 24 hour network high usage traffic with Boost and MetroPCS customers constantly using their phones for cable TV and internet data usages..."

      most areas including low-income areas don't have any boost coverage at all, so that's really isn't a concern. The coverage is still a little better with MetroPCS.

      But still, AT&T and Verizon are the only ones that "actually deliver non throttled speeds in these low income areas" simply because boost and MetroPCS have no presence at all.

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    2. Low income areas are also Cricket Stronk, which bogs down AT&T just as much.

      Meanwhile, Verizon just hasn't invested enough in its network and always winds up deprioritizing prepaid customers in populated areas down to near dial-up speeds.

      Wireless coverage in America sucks big time.

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    3. "
      Meanwhile, Verizon just hasn't invested enough in its network and always winds up deprioritizing prepaid customers in populated areas down to near dial-up speeds."

      Which is still faster then the "no bars" given by Boost in most of the populated areas, and still by Metro in thousands of cities and towns.

      Yes, wireless does "suck" in America, unless you are on one of the two good nationwide networks.

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  7. as a consumer, I want to see T-Mobile build a top-flight network BEFORE it goes on television claiming that it has a top flight Network.

    Instead it's the other way around. T-Mobile is still a laughingstock. It is a Plymouth Volare claiming it is a Ferrari.

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  8. Correct analogy is sprint and tmobile are more like tesla, They are fast and efficient in areas where they can travel.

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    1. Well, maybe T-Mobile is like Tesla, but here in the hinterland Sprint is only slightly better than AT&T and Verizon has only deployed a single LTE band.

      So Sprint is maybe a Nissan Leaf and AT&T and Verizon are pedal cars.

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    2. A Tesla is prettier than but less reliable than a Yugo.

      And if you are a journalist who accurate reports your experience of a Tesla dying after having been driven only a few miles, the company will harass you with a frivolous lawsuit.

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    3. You must have it backwards. The Sprint network is about only a third as good as AT&T. Sure,

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  9. Every one of T-Mobile's claims of "fastest" rely on cooked studies where data points of low speed are left out on purpose.

    That's like a kid with one "A" on their report card and 5 "F's" going and excluding the bad grades and saying "Hey, I got a straight A report card!!!"

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  10. just in time for those 3 year contracts... umm i mean 'bill credits'. you know, i was originally FOR the merger, and thinking no WAY they would start doing the same crap that the 3 canadian companies do... well i sure was wrong about that lol

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