Would you like to see the Sprint-T-Mobile merger blocked?

Would you like to see the Sprint-T-Mobile merger blocked?
The triple jeopardy over the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is threatening the deal's very existence. On top of the potential for job losses, price hikes, and thinning the competitive landscape that caused a political and union outcry, have come national security concerns. 

T-Mobile's parent company and using Huawei equipment is in the spotlight, but it seems that the Department of Justice is more focused on the pricing cartel and employment effects, meeting with T-Mobile and Sprint officials last week to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed merger. 

T-Mobile argued that the new entity will be lowering prices and won't charge extra for 5G, in order to poach customers from the big two - Verizon and AT&T.

T-Mobile and Sprint exhibited the pros and cons of the merger for the FCC last week

T-Mobile and Sprint exhibited the pros and cons of the merger for the FCC last week


That's good news for consumers but after the initial amassing of new customers is completed a year or two down the road, nothing could prevent a price creep and/or cost cutting measures for achieving economies of scale, i.e. layoffs. 

Leaving Sprint to hobble along is not an ideal solution, either, so the merger could be approved, after all, but in a different form and with different guarantees than the deal is proposing now. That is why we wanted to ask you if you are for or against the deal, and whether you would like the current DoJ push for blocking it to materialize.

Would you like to see the Sprint-T-Mobile merger blocked?

Yes
30.69%
No, it should go ahead as planned
62.93%
No, but it should proceed in a different form
6.38%

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20 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1155; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The merger should go through it will be great for the US and will give proper competition to Big Red and At&t. Plenty of companies that could build out a fourth US carrier Comcast & Charter, Amazon, they could buy US Cellular and expand it or start their own wireless service.

7. monkeyb

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Thisss. People think it is impossible for a new 4th player to come into the market if the new T-Mobile starts getting greedy. For many here who are not aware. India had horrible providers who were enjoying the billion people market without any real innovation. A new entrant called Jio suddenly came up and shook the nation with ultra cheap plans. The merger is important as it could give a serious competition to Verizon and ATT while improving network for their customers.

18. andrewc31394

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

India's rules and regulations are much different than in the US, if you don't believe me, just look at our ISP situation. Most of the country has only one ISP per area so "choice" is nonexistent. Making matters worse, our government is so bought out by these companies that they've stated these situations are still competitive...https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/fcc-can-define-markets-with-only-one-isp-as-competitive-court-rules/

19. RandysBuddy

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Not only that, but also look at countries with only a few wireless providers. In canada for example, 3-year contracts are the norm. This last Christmas Holiday season, T-Mobile heavily marketed a “$40.00/month” plan with the newest iphone that required a 3-year contract. I fully expect if the merger is approved that phones will be $500+ (Similar to Europe and not subsidized at all), and people would only buy gigs of service. T-Mobile isn’t the “disruptive” carrier it was back in 2013. They brought back contracts, and the price on service isn’t competitive. Comcast currently leads the industry with the best rates, and when your on a Comcast Hotspot, there’s no charge for data usage.

20. RandysBuddy

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

The only way TMobile was able to compete in rural areas was when it negotiated a deal with Verizon to have access to some of its towers and infrastructure, along with LTE Band 12. Verizon/AT&T still built the infrastructure back in the cellular days. There’s a reason why T-Mobile said Verizon would have to spend $1.5 Trillion to compete using millimeter wave... it’s because T-Mobile is waiting like a snake in the grass so it can get access to whatever tower infrastructure Verizon decides to build for 5G. If you really want competition, you’d be a Verizon or AT&T customer so they can build a network. T-Mobile doesn’t build towers anymore. They just outsource almost all of it.

2. liteon163

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Where I live, Sprint and T-Mobile both suck. Combining them won't change that anytime soon, but long-term would end up with a better carrier.

11. greenfoxz

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

For 5G it would be good for the companies to combine their spectrum since Sprint owns a large share of low end which 5G is best for. T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T are at a natural disadvantage right now as 5G begins to deploy compared to Sprint. I am surprised Verizon didn't try to nab them up but maybe they can if Sprint goes bankrupt.

3. poopypants78

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

Sprint will die on it's own, not just because it's network is perceived inferior but because of how they are running their business. And then the mess of auctioning off the remnants will be a s**t show with the bulk going to the usual suspects......

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If the merger is blocked there will be greater losses for the public. Sprint cannot survive on its own and bankruptcy protection is just around the corner. If this happens there will definitely be jobs lost. T-Mobile is severely congested right now and if they pick up Sprint casualties their network will become unusable in large metro areas. Some redundant positions may be killed off by the merger but the alternative is potentially devastating. In my 50+ years living in this country I’ve never seen such a corrosive Administration that constantly steps on the throats of the working class. Millionaires don’t read this site, I seriously doubt anyone can say they’re better off than they were under Obama, Bush 43 or Clinton. Even Nixon, Ford and Reagan threw us a bone every now and then.

6. stormchaser2011

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Oh Please! Do you really think under that last disaster administration for 8 yrs under Obozo would of been better then the current administration? You must been living under a rock for most of your natural life there not to see where we were heading down the tubes here. I don't want the merger to go thru as jobs WILL BE LOSE and who knows what these clowns as CEO's will do and that is raise prices on people like me that will make it hard but will try and managed it. Going from 4 national carriers down to 3 national carriers is not worth it as I have read in other tech sites and their comments people say to look at other countries that have 3 carriers that their prices have only gone up or are higher than countries with 4 or more carriers. You should have not brought in politics in your last part of you comment so people like me would not have to counter your comments here to show people just where we blame people. If Sprint would of not bought Nextel back in 2005 they would of been maybe in a better position today and they had a chance to by Alltel and maybe MetroPCS (GettoPCS) that both were CDMA carriers later to be LTE but I think I read that the board at Sprint at those times didn't want or so and you see where Sprint is at now. I was with Nextel from July 2001 til Sprint bought Nextel then coverted to Sprint up til Dec 2017 when I needed coverage more so I went over to the AT&T (Deathstar network) and haven't looked back. I have been happy with AT&T as I travel a lot and the coverage for what I have seen is great for me and just so you know I used to be on Airtouch from 1998 to 2001 when Verizon bought or merged til I moved over to Nextel at that time. I don't post a lot I just read as I get more info from just reading. I personally don't care what you say about my comments about what you say so don't expect me to reply back.

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's a good thing you don't post much because it will give you more time to learn to write, spell and punctuate your bigoted posts properly.

5. FLOGROWN

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Let Sprint die or get better, Tmo have plenty spectrum to build up a strong 5G with all the licenses purchased recently and still lagging way behind on coverage is not a good sign, it won’t make any difference with Sprint all together

12. greenfoxz

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T own the high frequency of the spectrum that is available while Sprint has the low. Low is preferable when it comes to 5G technology so who ever ends up owning them either from the merger or Verizon buying them up after the company goes bankrupt will gain an advantage.

13. FLOGROWN

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

What happened with the massive 600mhz spectrum Tmo purchased....??? Is Good enough to build the 5G let Sprint die and that’s it

16. talon95

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

600 mHz isn't for 5G. They need Sprint's 2.5 GHz for 5G.

17. talon95

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

greenfoxz, it's the other way around. Spring has the GHz high frequency.

8. DurTeeDee

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

We are some big telecom loving fools, yes I voted with going along as planned. But I know in my heart we may regret it if it happens. careful what we wish for.

10. maximuslyricus

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

No way! I'd rather Dish merge with Sprint. We've all seen this story before. Ultimately prices will rise, jobs will be lost, and any new innovations will come with a cost prohibitive price tag to customers. Four players seems like the sweet spot. Sprint may die (especially if Masa Son keeps his hands on it), but it will have a rebirth under Dish, Altice, or someone else.

14. Godlymansean

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

No they shouldn't. Probably won't be allowed to happen regardless.

15. Deadeye37

Posts: 287; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I say let them merge. The alternative would be to let Sprint slowly dwindle to oblivion. Have T-mobile & sprint combined will let them become a strong competitor against the AT&T & Verizon behemoths.

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