T-Mobile reportedly asking its MVNOs to publicly support Sprint merger

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T-Mobile has been busy lately launching new rate plans and Un-carrier movies, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also still working on getting regulatory approval for its merger with Sprint.

According to a new report from Reuters, T-Mobile is reaching out to smaller providers that utilize its network and asking them to come out and publicly support the T-Mo-Sprint merger in order to push regulators to approve it. T-Mobile’s suggestions include issuing public statements in favor of the deal or writing newspaper editorials. T-Mo is also said to be offering talking points that these providers could use when speaking about the deal, like how the merger could help with the buildout of a 5G network.

One provider that utilizes T-Mobile’s network confirmed that it received an email from T-Mo with info on how it could support the merger. Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick said that he was contacted by T-Mobile, too, having received an email asking if he’d submit a comment to the FCC. Marick hasn’t yet submitted a comment but says that he’s not opposed to doing so and that he didn’t feel pressured to comment by the email.

T-Mobile wants the merger to go through, so it’s no surprise that it’s reaching out to its partners to try and get more support for the deal. However, Duke Law School professor James Cox told Reuters that there could be a little coercion going on since T-Mobile has a direct relationship with some of these wireless companies.

The FCC began taking public comments about the T-Mobile-Sprint merger one month ago, and will continue to do so through August 27th.

Source: Reuters

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  • Hurlamania

    We’re going to have to get Mueller on this to investigate collusion

    • Francisco Peña

      he’ll fail

    • Acdc1a

      He may not find collusion but may find that Dan Hesse was guilty of jaywalking shortly after leaving Sprint.

      • riverhorse

        Most excellent point you make. After all this blows over, all the convictions will be thrown out for overstepping limits of power given. Special counsel has a very specific and narrow mandate already delineated…and cannot overstep those boundaries / find other charges– much less this broad fishing expedition to find any and all past transgressions.
        Otherwise you’d have to jail the entire country, since no human is perfect.

    • Bklynman

      The Russians might be for this,and China. The Chinese want there spy phones back in the USA,so they see all those cat video people watch from You Tube

  • pda96

    I wonder if they are really “asking”. Threatening is more like it, probably.

    • Jason Caprio

      T-Mobile is probably going to “Make them an offer they can’t refuse” lol

    • iCrap

      “support this merger, or we’re all f*cked” is more about the reality of the power of the duopoly than collusion

  • Captain Insano

    I just wanna know if the mvnos will be changed in any way if the merger goes through. I mean metro pcs is pretty big and boost is very well known. Then there is simple mobile.

    • Ben

      MetroPCS and Boost are not MVNOs, they are owned and operated by T-Mobile and Sprint respectively. Tracfone, Simple Mobile, Consumer Cellular, etc. are MVNOs.

      • Captain Insano

        True.

      • jesse_guthrie

        Sprint owns Boost for now.

      • marque2

        Virgin is Sprint, and Cricket is AT&T as well.

      • Hurlamania

        I found it very hard over the years for people to understand that it’s the same company just a prepaid brand no matter how many times you tell people they still think it’s different

  • (J²)

    It would be in the best interest of MNVO’s to support this merger. I can see them on life support after 5G launches. Carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint offer their network up to small operators but at reduced and deprioritized speeds.To the best of my knowledge, T-Mobile does not do this.

    If AT&T were to offer 5G, do we really think Cricket would also see the full benefits? Likely no.

    T-Mobile does not have such a bad track record.