Sprint won't be missed (poll results)

Sprint's merger will create the... new T-Mobile, how do you feel about that?

Oh, man, I'll miss Sprint
9.71%
They should've come up with something more original
17.65%
With T-Mobile taking the merger lead, that's just the way it is
72.63%

We asked you last week whether you will miss Sprint's name and jolly yellow logo, if and when the merger with T-Mobile gets approved by the regulators, and less than 10% of our 1637 respondents said that Sprint will be sorely missed. Actually, less than a third of you on aggregate, think that the deal could have resulted in anything else than... the new T-Mobile, as T-Mobile CEO's memo to employees referred to the resulting third-largest US carrier that will be breathing down AT&T's neck like never before:



If you think it's not fair that the Un-carrier is usurping both the title and the leadership, as far as Sprint goes, just remember that in the fall, the deal fell through precisely because Sprint's chairman wasn't happy ceding that much control. Sprint, however, is laden with a fair amount of debt that precludes huge infrastructure investments, and so is its parent company Softbank, so the merger, which may rack up to $64 billion in savings, is a way for the Japanese owner to retire a big portion of it, and kill a few birds with one stone. Well, it looks like Sprint might be gone for good now, and we could all be better for it.

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15 Comments

1. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I see it as Sprint joined the best team .. Verizon and att merging still can't compete .

4. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Verizon's a greedy, big ass bitch.

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1201; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Only thing I will miss is the yellow logo...

8. j_grouchy

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Yeah...kinda grew up with Sprint in a way. I remember the old 'pin drop' commercial from the 80s, then the Candice Bergen commercials...then the weird tired-looking guy in the trench coat. I even recall when they got the new logo, how they morphed the pin drop to 'become' the logo...sort of a graphic representation of that 30 year old marketing gimmick.

3. antroid

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

After the merge, are they gonna support cdma and gsm phones or only gsm varients?

5. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Soon, CDMA will be phased out of US, I'm hoping. That's the forward future.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

In short term, Sprint customers will operate the exact same but with the added benefit of the T-Mobile network. Part of the deal is that even if the merger is blocked, Sprint has a roaming contract with T-Mobile for the next 4 years. So Sprint customers starting right this very moment have access to the T-Mobile network.

9. andynaija

Posts: 1253; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

It'll be GSM/LTE/NR devices, CDMA is soon to be a discontinued technology in America.

13. TMHKR

Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

It should've be like that from day one, international phones worldwide

7. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Neither will Austria. *shrug*

10. irossdrummer

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I'm on Boost Mobile that runs on Sprint right now, does that mean I'm gonna get T-Mobile's service too?

11. OwenHarig

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Yeah, we definitely need this in Rural America. When you don't even have a download speed of 8 Mbps, and an Upload speed of 1 Mbps, this needs to be fixed.

12. turboC6

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 19, 2018

I just ported over to T-Mobile after 12+ years of Sprint. I was happy to get off that sinking ship. After 13+ years with Verizon (Bell Atlantic) , they sent me a letter telling me they were going to migrate me to a new more expensive plan, without my approval. F Verizon.

14. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

Spoke with a TMobile rep yesterday that said the plan is to use both CDMA and GSM networks. I believe that most of the phones that exist today are capable of running on both networks at the same time already. It probably going to require a minor update to our phone radios to unlock the other frequencies and/or a new SIM card that can connect to both CDMA and GSM networks at the same time, depending on which carrier you are currently with.

15. goodmorrow

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

The serious question is, how do NASCAR fans feel about?

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