T-Mobile and Sprint continue to advocate for their merger as they officially file FCC documents

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As expected, T-Mobile and Sprint today continued work on their merger deal by filing a Public Interest Statement with the FCC. The two companies also made announcements to talk up their merger and share some more details on their plans.

5G is a major focus of T-Mobile and Sprint, with the two carriers saying that together they’ll be able to deploy a much better 5G network than either could if they remain separate. T-Mobile CEO John Legere claims that the new T-Mobile’s network could offer average speeds of 444Mbps and peak speeds of 4.1Gbps. The company has a goal of offering 5G speeds that are 5 times faster than LTE speeds today by 2021, all while boosting LTE speeds, too.

The combined T-Mobile-Sprint plans to offer better coverage to rural consumers, too, with download speeds of at least 10Mbps offered to 45.9 million rural residents, improved indoor and outdoor wireless coverage to tens of millions of consumers, and fixed in-home broadband service of 25/3Mbps to 52.2 million rural residents. “In fact, I plan for the New T-Mobile to be the country’s fourth largest in-home ISP by 2024,” says John Legere.

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T-Mobile and Sprint also claim that their merger will create jobs, with a plan that could create 3,000 jobs in the first year and up to 9,600 direct and indirect jobs by 2021. The companies also say that they plan to focus on rural communities by adding at least 600 new stores and up to 5 advanced customer experience centers in those parts of the country.

Competition is another major focus of T-Mobile and Sprint. The companies claim that their merger will result in an increase in capacity and a lower cost to deliver a gigabyte of data. Legere points to analysis from economist Dr. David Evans, the T-Mobile and Sprint’s 5G network will get responses from AT&T and Verizon that’ll decrease the cost of a gigabyte by up to 55 percent. “This merger is about creating a company that can TRULY compete for the long term with the massive incumbents, who are getting bigger every day,” Legere says.

While T-Mobile and Sprint have laid out many arguments for why their merger should be approved, there are several opponents of the deal. One example is Peter Adderton, founder of Boost Mobile, who has said that the combined T-Mobile and Sprint’s share of the prepaid market would have “the effect of being a monopoly or extreme dominance in the category.” That could lead to increased wholesale rates for MVNO competitors as well as less competition and higher prices for prepaid customers, Adderton claims.

T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger is subject to regulatory approval, and the two carriers have said that they expect their deal to close no later than the first half of 2019. If you’d like to read T-Mobile and Sprint’s filing to the FCC, you can find it right here.

Sources: T-Mobile, Sprint, FCC

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  • francob911 .

    Say goodbye to competitive prices. I’m against this merger. If this happens less promotions will happen and prices on phones and monthly service will spike up due to less competition

    • iCrap

      no, this is necessary to battle att/verizon. this will be very good for the consumer. with 5g, tmo/sprint will also be able to enter the residential internet market. att and verizon already offer home internet. i’d bet you dollars to donuts you have two options for internet at home. one cable company, and one telephone company. tmobile/sprint will bring competition to that.

      • KMB877

        As francob911 stated very well, goodbye to the competitive price! All this Sprint acquisition means money and money and money. The “new” Sprint customers will cost over $500 each. This cost must be returned, guess where from?
        Also, I can’t believe the sweet story about creating 3’000 new jobs in the first year!

        • iCrap

          like i said, this will grant them a new revenue stream, potentially doubling the number of customers. prices are going to go up regardless, might as well get better service. sprint is going to go bankrupt without this merger, leaving three players anyways. would you rather att and verizon to gobble up what’s left of sprint?

        • francob911 .

          There’s always a way … T-Mobile is improving service without merging with Sprint. The only benifit for this would be coverage and maybe the 1st in the world to have 5G THATS IT.
          The ideal way would be to merge with a cable company that way prices would always be competitive (DISH, TIME WARNER, COMCAST, SPECTRUM ETC.)
          Just look what happened to France and Canada they now have 3 main carriers each and its just a Monopoly consumers dont have no choice.
          Bottom line is Either way if T-Mobile merges with Sprint or a cable company, cell phone service is just going to get better not worse

        • francob911 .

          People just needs to do their homework and buy a compatible phone with the latest band (band 71& 66) and if at the end it still doesnt work out ,they “now” have a choice

        • Acdc1a

          Dish has spectrum that must be deployed. Comcast reselling Verizon service is going to be a huge disruption as well. This isn’t the landscape of 5 years ago. A merger does not mean higher prices in all cases. Check the rates in France, you’ll be surprised. Canada is expensive, but they have almost as much territory as the US with 10% of the population.

    • Cory

      Manufacturers set the price of the phone. Not the carriers and prices on high end phones are already going up.

      • francob911 .

        Not 100% Verizon and At&t had their S9 & S9+ $75 more at launch

  • Bye bye Sprint it was nice competing with you now tmobile is buying you lol. Welcome to the family

  • NardVa

    When has companies merging ever made the prices lower for the customer? Less competition never creates lower prices.

  • alfonzso

    I’m all for competition and T-Mobile and Sprint are true competitors. Prices will not go down with this merger. That said, mobile data is becoming an expected utility that carries humongous investments. Most countries don’t have more than 3 major players because of the barriers to entry. Although I wish there were more competition, it’s hard to ignore the necessity of the merger.