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


Tucked in T-Mobile CEO's memo to employees about the decision to merge with Sprint, is that the resulting third-largest carrier that will be breathing down AT&T's neck like never before, will be again... T-Mobile:



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. 

Still, a "new" T-Mobile, what do you think about Sprint ceasing to exist, and turning into just T-Mobile for users if and when the deal gets approved by the regulators. Will you be sad to see Sprint's name and jolly yellow logo gone for good?

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%

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34 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Glad that less different versions of firmware for same phones and better for development.

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

I'm devastated beyond belief. Spent all night crying. Dunno why though as I'm in Ireland and actually don't give a sh1te..

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Then this poll isn't for you, not all articles are for everybody. If you don't care, just ignore it

19. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Whoosh, right over your head.

29. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Why are you saying that? He is saying that he doesn't care at all for this merge, and I am saying that if he doesn't care then it is best to ignore, not mocking or being sarcastic but to ignore So what do you claim, I didn't get?

30. Jacksie66 unregistered

I guess humour isn't your thing. OK lads. From now on nobody is allowed to mock or be sarcastic in any articles on phonearena. We might upset this poor fella.

32. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

IT. IS. A. JOKE.

33. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Not allowed anymore, ever again. Everyone is B A N N E D

23. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

You sir or madam, deserve a cookie.

27. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Agree with the other guy polls are not for everybody I also dont give a sh1t about what u think .

3. Nobias23

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Verizon will have to aquire something quickly.

4. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The complete death of CDMA, finally. As sprint fully transitions to A GSM network and only Verizon using CDMA, hopefully phone manufacturers will say screw you verizon we are only making GSM/LTE phones. I selfishly want this to happen so I can have a. Eye phone selection. OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi, and the nicer exynos version of phones.

7. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

most current smartphones, let say snapdragons, are gsm+cdma friendly. only some stupidphones and half decade ago phones are carrier specific.

9. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Verizon has been transitioning from CDMA to full LTE for quite some time. They even have a few devices that are purely LTE. The death of CDMA was immanent regardless.

5. cleatglitch

Posts: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

TS-Mobile

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They should name it SprinT-Mobile

8. Kelley71

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

I was a long-time Sprint subscriber before switching to Project Fi. I never had a problem with them (aside from tethering, which every carrier was asinine about at the time). The switch to Fi was more getting away from 2-year contracts and lock-in via subsidized phones than any shortcoming to be addressed. With Fi, we're still Sprint consumers and their network upholds its portion of the bargain. The "We're not quite as good, but only half the price!" campaign was probably Sprint's white flag. T-Mint probably competes head-to-head with Verizon, but the US market is certainly big enough to split into thirds without outright colluding. Look at Canada. Less choice leads to less value. As deep as they've cut, though, and as bad (albeit exaggerated) as their reputation is at the moment, I'm not sure if Sprint has a path back to profitability at this point. The "merger" looks like an acceleration of the inevitable.

10. det_bradlee

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Would have much rather seen tmo merge with Dish.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'm happy Sprint will be gone. Because they needed a remake back when SoftBank bought them. I wish they'd switched to GSM back in those days and renamed their company SoftBank to restart their horrible reputation. But they didn't so they never escaped that prison. I think New T-Mobile sounds better than the idea AT&T-Mobile used to sound.

13. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Hopefully if their merger is approved and is allowed to proceed, then possibly in 2 or 3 years then Sprint might get rid of CDMA and of the GSM route and then Vastly improve their LTE Network where it will Improve on All fronts from Speed to Call Quality. And if the Merger is allowed to go through and Sprint eventually switches over to GSM, then the Choices of Phones would Vastly Improve. The only thing that would make it Better is that the Carriers Stop Crippling the Phones by telling the Manufacturers to Disable specific Features that the Manufacturers had originally designed into their Phones. The Only way around this is to purchase an Unlocked Phone. Then if Sprint / T-Mobile will use a Global GSM Standard instead of the US GSM, then We could get the Better Spec Phones that are kept out of the US Marketplace. Then, Pricing. Hopefully if the merger is allowed, then the Pricing for All Tiers stays the exact same or when 5G comes online, then a tiny bump in Pricing and loose the Data Caps in reference to Throttling.

14. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Death of complication CDMA, hey.

16. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Death of complication CDMA, hey. However it is suck there will be only 3 major carries left.

17. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Get ready for prices to go up.

18. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Prices will go up, but it could lead to better nationwide coverage. Can't wait to see how it impacts the other carriers who've not been T-Mo fans for quite some time but not threatened by it because it was a bit too small. This will only work if Legere's team takes total control.

20. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I am okay with it, if Sprint prepaid services (like Boost which I'm on) gets T-Mobile's bigger better network, I'm all in!

25. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

I'm pretty sure Boost will become Metro PCS, but hey...

21. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Verizon and AT&T will have to learn to be more agile and completitive. I think this is a good move. Although I am worried that with more customers and a bigger company: T-mobile won't be as price competitive.

22. superguy

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

How about an option for something like "It sucks and it'll screw us all in the end?" Mergers, historically, have been anticompetitive and hurt consumers in the long run. We hear it every time one comes out - airlines, cable/satellite operators, comms companies, etc. They say what the government wants to hear - jobs will be created, prices will decrease, and we'll get better service. What happens is that with less competition, it's easier to make price hikes stick and for service to take a nosedive. After all, where else are you going to go? The other guys suck too. Passing the savings from a combined company onto the customer? Sure, I believe that. I'm sure shareholders are all for that. I think Legere is more likely than most CEOs to try to make that happen, but I think the realities and shareholder priorities will end up overtaking those interests. After all, the whole reasons companies merge is because it's good for THEM, and what's good for THEM often isn't good for US. I'll take a wait and see attitude, but I'm generally skeptical. Show me the money. I want to be proven wrong.

24. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Why not just work together (roaming agreement for free) on 5G, instead of merging? This is bad news for consumers!

26. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

I'm currently a SPRINT customer and I just migrated one of my lines into an AT&T Business account and with 4 lines more to follow in a few days.. and considering T-Mobile has always been a far away option for me because they are equally as bad... In most areas and most people that I know suffer with both Sprint and T-Mobile.. But to be honest, I'm excited to see what FULLY develops after the merger is completed if approved of course. I have always been one that would give things a chance and if the new T-Mobile does pan out after the merger, I would give it a chance and tested assuming I really need to 1 or 2 years in the future. Will see.. :)

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