T-Mobile tells FCC that if Sprint deal closes, prices won't rise for at least three years

T-Mobile tells FCC that if Sprint deal closes, prices won't rise for at least three years
T-Mobile and Sprint are awaiting FCC approval of their merger, which was announced last April. Those opposing the $26 billion deal say that consumers will be hurt by higher prices once the transaction closes. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) estimates that 28,000 employees will be laid off as the newly merged firm starts shutting redundant retail stores and duplicate positions.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere told Sprint employees back in October that this merger is unique, and will result in new jobs being added as soon as the two wireless providers are merged. Today, the unconventional executive told the FCC in a letter (via TmoNews) that prices will not go up if T-Mobile and Sprint get the thumbs up to combine. Legere says that the merged carrier will offer the same rates as those available to T-Mobile and Sprint customers right now, or they will be lower than today's prices. He promises that the "New T-Mobile" won't have higher prices than today for at least three years.

Legere did tell the FCC that the combined company might have to raise the taxes, fees and surcharges on its wireless plans. It also might have to raise the prices of third party services whose costs are not controlled by T-Mobile. Both T-Mobile and Sprint have told regulators that the deal needs to be approved in order for the U.S. to be a leader in 5G connectivity. Both carriers expect the deal to close sometime in the first half of this year.


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