Dish says T-Mobile and Sprint are doing fine on their own, no need for merger

Dish says T-Mobile and Sprint are doing fine on their own, no need for merger
The FCC can’t complain from a lack of opinions about the pending merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Companies have shown both their support and opposition regarding the acquisition and now satellite TV provider Dish is making a last-ditch effort against the merger, FierceWireless notes. Dish submitted a 240-page document to the FCC on the last day the Commission accepted formal comments.

As you can imagine, the document is quite thorough. In the span of 100 of the 240 pages, Dish explains why the merger is not a good idea. Here are some of the more interesting reasons:

According to Dish, the combined power of T-Mobile and Sprint will not put pressure on Verizon and AT&T to reduce prices by offering lower ones themselves, but instead the consolidation of the mobile market will lead to a rise in prices for both postpaid and prepaid plans.

Sprint has pointed out before that it’s having financial troubles and a merger with T-Mobile will secure the future of the company and its employees. Dish, however, uses Sprint’s own financial reports and to show that Sprint is far from failing, in fact, it’s been steadily making profit.

With this argument, Dish fights back against T-Mobile and Sprint’s boasting about how their combined efforts will bring faster 5G deployment, and argues that the benefits of both networks working together will be largely for the operators, rather than the consumers. Again, Dish uses statements made by T-Mobile and Sprint that focus on how both companies are already successfully laying the foundations of their 5G networks, showing that a merger is not a requirement for their customers to get 5G services.

T-Mobile and Sprint are in a very awkward position right now. On one hand, they can’t afford to not continue business as usual, in case the merger doesn’t go through, but on the other hand their individual efforts are working against their plans. 

Will the FCC find reason in Dish’s arguments, or will it allow the merger to happen anyway? The Commission’s usual 180-day decision period has already passed, but it stated that it will take longer to decide, due to the importance of the merger. All that’s left now is to wait and see.



1. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Dish... sit down little puppy, and take a Chill-pill. You already know SprinT-Mobile will kick your sorry ass' own expansion-plans when it becomes one entity and gets into the Home TV Service game. Poor you!

2. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I never knew Dish gave a flying f**k about consumers ever. My understanding is T-Mobile purchased Layer3 to get into Home Television. This merger MIGHT create serious competition to Dish. I really doubt Dish cares about consumers the way they are portraying it here. P.S. This is just my opinion. I could be wrong about this completely.

6. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You're actually right, Dish doesn't really care about consumers in this way they're trying to portray. They are just trying to make these efforts to block the merger because they know that if T-Mobile and Sprint combine then all of the spectrum they have been greedily hoarding to make a profit from will be a waste, because no carrier will purchase it from them (except potentially Verizon).

3. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Well since Dish said it, everything must be true right?

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I remember Dish wanting to buy a carrier several years ago. I want to say it was sprint, and I think T-Mobile said something similar. I hope the deal goes through just to spite Dish

5. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Dish, why do you care? Oh, right. You want to look disinterested.

7. andrewc31394

Posts: 302; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

As much as I don't care for Dish, I do agree that this merger will definitely lead to price increases. So def not supporting the 2 to come together.

8. det_bradlee

Posts: 163; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Spri-Mo is and always was a bad combination. What would actually benefit all involved (corp and consumers) would be something like TMo/DishNET and Sprint/Comcast.

9. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

I hate to admit that I agree with Dish, but I do. T-Mobile is growing rapidly, organically, and Sprint has proven surprisingly resilient. A merger of the two would be disruptive and anti-consumer, because there will not be lower prices and the coverage will only marginally be better

10. drazwy

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Customers say, Shut the F up Dish. No one asked you.

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