Former Boost Mobile CEO concerned for the future of prepaid wireless with the Sprint-T-Mobile merger

Former Boost Mobile CEO concerned for the future of prepaid wireless with the Sprint-T-Mobile merger
The prepaid wireless market has been providing millions of customers a low-cost service alternative to postpaid programs, but with the Sprint and T-Mobile merger complete, it's making the former CEO and founder of Boost Mobile USA deeply concerned. Peter Adderton, the former CEO of Boost Mobile, has been one of the louder critics about the merger, which would consolidate MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile USA, and Boost Mobile under one umbrella.

On one hand, the consolidation would result in a nearly 50% share of the prepaid wireless market. That would be an impressive share no doubt! And on the other, it's a scary prospect because there's uncertainty when it comes to protecting the over 30 million prepaid customers out there. Adderton's fears seem to be justified, just because the 700-page filing to the FCC regarding the merger doesn't offer any sort of mention about T-Mobile-Sprint's plans with the consolidation of those existing prepaid carriers.


Prepaid wireless has proven to be an alternative solution for millions, so it's going to be interesting to see how the market responds with this merger. It's not clear what are the plans and intentions of T-Mobile-Sprint when it comes to this. Not only do prepaid plans offer affordable services to consumers, but devices also receive big discounts as well. Adderton's response was the formation and launch of the website ALL4PRICE.COM, which aims to raise awareness about these concerns. Even bolder, he plans on acquiring one or more of the prepaid brands if executives won't proactively offer a series of price and service protections to those going to be affected by this merger.

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12 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2443; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah. As a MetroPCS customer I'm afraid of what is going to happen to the prices as well.

4. Acdc1a

Posts: 457; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Metro merged with T-Mobile to form TMUS. What are you worried about?

5. matistight

Posts: 870; Member since: May 13, 2009

Tmus has been used for years. The only difference is that metro runs off TMobile, slowing down the higher paying customers. But metro is still their own business just like TMobile.

9. Acdc1a

Posts: 457; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

No, they aren't. Metro merged with T-Mobile and they are the same company.

11. andynaija

Posts: 1230; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

MetroPCS is a subsidiary of T-Mobile, but the company is operated independently, just as it was before the merger.

12. andynaija

Posts: 1230; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"The only difference is that metro runs off TMobile, slowing down the higher paying customers." This is false, because without MetroPCS giving T-Mobile the spectrum that it had from the merger, there would still be congestion in certain areas from data consuming T-Mobile postpaid customers, before MetroPCS customers are even factored in.

6. matistight

Posts: 870; Member since: May 13, 2009

Use mint then. They're super cheap and run off TMobile (not sure how they're prioritized though)

2. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

MetroPCS > Boost

3. matistight

Posts: 870; Member since: May 13, 2009

That's like saying OKC is better than the Kings. Pretty obvious.

7. Astros1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2018

I had boost mobile customer service sucks it keeps telling me i have no connection too the network so i went to at&t prepaid i love it

8. thedizzle

Posts: 180; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Boost should be more worried about ZTE being banned as that is a good amount of the phones they carry.

10. southernzombie

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm more curious about how it will trickle down to effect the smaller/regional MVNOs with agreements with T-mo and Sprint to use their networks. Especially considering I work for one

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