The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is complete: What does this mean for T-Mobile customers?

After two years, it first announced, the deal to merge T-Mobile with Sprint has finally happened. The combination of the third- and fourth-biggest wireless carriers in the US means that the newly merged company, T-Mobile, now has over 140 million wireless customers.

by Sabiya

Updated: Apr 02, 2020 17:56 IST

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Sprint customers

After two years, it first announced, the deal to merge T-Mobile with Sprint has finally happened. The combination of the third- and fourth-biggest wireless carriers in the US means that the newly merged company, T-Mobile, now has over 140 million wireless customers. That puts it ahead of Verizon Wireless, which has 117 million wireless customers, but still well behind AT&T with its 153 million customers.

What does this mean for T-Mobile customers?

  • T-Mobile bought Sprint for $26 billion, and the newly merged company has the name T-Mobile. 
  • Customers should have nothing to worry about for now. 
  • T-Mobile has pledged to keep prices for its plans at the same level for the next three years.
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What does this mean for Sprint customers?

The merger with T-Mobile states that those customers won’t see anything change shortly. They can keep their smartphone or tablet. They can always keep their same Sprint wireless plans. The brand itself is not going away anytime soon, according to the FAQ. The brand, along with Sprint stores and customer support, are also sticking around.

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Can we expect price increases?

T-Mobile said won’t happen, at least on its end, for the next three years. The carrier has pledged to keep prices for its wireless plans the same (or lower) during that period. 

What does this mean for Expanding 5G service?

  • T-Mobile already launched a Nationwide 5G network.
  • With support for over 5,000 US Cities and Towns, low-band 6GHz signal, but it’s not as fast as the 5G solutions from Verizon or AT&T. 
  • T-Mobile claims that in six years, its 5G network will be accessible to 99% of the US population and that 90% will have an average download speed of 100Mbps. 

What about Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile?

  • Virgin Mobile USA has done. 
  • All of its current customers have moved over to Boost Mobile.
  • Boost Mobile in control of Dish Network.
  • No-contract carrier from T-Mobile. 
  • Dish also bought some of Sprint’s spectrum from T-Mobile for a total of ~$6 billion. 
  • New National wireless network, technically competes with the other three carriers. 
  • Dish will begin building that 5G network over the next seven years. 
  • In the meantime, T-Mobile’s network was used in an MVNO agreement to serve Boost Mobile’s customers.

What does the T-Mobile-Sprint merger mean for the entire industry?

T-Mobile's Plans to keep current Sprint stores, programs, and customers. In three years, T-Mobile’s commitment to maintaining plan prices the same will be over.

 

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