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.



1. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Very tough situation... on the one hand, it is pretty clear that Sprint will waste away to nothing but a regional carrier if they don't combine with T-Mobile, but on the other hand we are giving up on the four-major-carrier system and settling for three instead, which is a reduction in marketplace competition. It stinks either way, and the big corporations end up being the same as big government in the end because the government drives the corporations to be larger, for tax survival and efficiency synergies, and the corporations drive the government to be larger, for regulatory standing and oversight... but in the end there is no real oversight when these deals get done in back rooms and back alleys, and the government and corporations are all equally corrupt and have the fix in for all the 'little people.' And then the 'little people' get envious of the rich, famous, and powerful, and start feeling sorry for themselves, and the communists come along and tell them that they have to rise up and kill all of the rich, famous, and powerful, and then when that happens, the communists become rich, famous, and powerful, and the 'little people' just stay where they are... a never ending cycle of envy, violence, crime, and power-hungry strong-men. Lawful good becomes chaotic good becomes chaotic evil becomes lawful evil. It just stinks. Oh, and by the way, LOL!

6. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Alright, so I got called out on this opinion of mine, particularly regarding communism, and I stand corrected. I still think of communism as a poor form of government, and I still believe that it is a sham, but I have been reminded by others recently that I often come across as someone who encourages resistance against communist regimes... if this is how I have come across, then I have been in error. I do not endorse rebellion, especially to the point of anarchy, as even 'bad government' is better than 'no government'. Government, even 'bad government', can change over time as a result of good people becoming involved and working within the existing systems of government, even when that government and/or its laws may currently be corrupt. I believe in sustaining the law, in avoiding violence, and in everyone participating in government by way of responsibility in whatever capacity they can attain given their circumstances. I hope this clarification and correction of my prior statement is helpful...

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

All they are doing is pairing s**t with vomit. Two crappy networks won’t make a good one. Why would you raise the price on a s**tty network this two will create?? Not even close to Verizon.

3. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

Will prices go up? YES. Will "Unlimited" go away? HELL YEAH.

5. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

They can't touch grandfather plans and for sure not touching my SERO plan

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