Thanks to 5G, the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint may actually lower plan prices


Let's face it, 5G will be awesome, at least as awesome as the move from 3G to LTE, if not more. It will allow faster connections, way more devices on a tower, and lower the latency to a high-chase game streaming level. Not only that, but analyst Joe Madden has plied us with charts and graphs that say 5G will lower the price per GB of data drastically, to the extent that any anti-trust and monopolistic pricing worries regarding the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, will be more than offset in savings when the new 5G networks are up and operational.


He also gives plenty of examples with countries like Korea or Japan, that have only three major carriers, and still have more to show for it than others with four or more major carriers, like Germany, for instance. Granted, the average monthly outlay for a user (ARPU) in Korea is $32, and in Japan $41, while Germans make do with $15-$20 ARPU, but at the same time they consume 2-4 times less data per month on average, and 5G is still a distant pipe dream for German subscribers, while Korea and Japan are rolling out those networks as we speak.


Thus, the analyst's conclusion is that the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is unlikely to affect plan prices negatively in the longer run, and we'll probably even have much more GB per month for the same prices we are paying now, to the extent that a lot of folks might ditch their broadband home connection once 5G kicks in.



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14 Comments

1. Toyoman24

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

What merger ? this is going to be rejected. It was already stated to be such

2. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

it's going to go through, cannot wait.

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It’s not going to happen overnight though. It’ll probably be 2-3 years before it’s all complete

3. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Different times...

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Catch up one the times mate, they talked about merging again after the first time and actually manged to come to an agreement.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Catch up one the times mate, they talked about merging again after the first time and actually manged to come to an agreement.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Wasn't LTE supposed to make unlimited and unthrottled data plans a reality? It never happened and 5G won't really change anything for consumers. Only carriers will benefit from being able to service more devices for the same cost as before.

6. rebretz

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

In what universe does a company end up charging less if it costs them less to "produce" the goods?

7. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

You've never bought a TV or Computer have you?

8. maximuslyricus

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

This is a pretty disingenuous argument that is really based upon the premise that the only way that the U.S. will have 5G is to allow this merger. We're going to have 5G anyway. Why? Because the carriers already said that they're going to roll it out. They know that they really have to deploy it in the name of competition. Four carriers offering 5G is better than three carriers offering 5G because prices will undoubtedly be lower because of competition.

11. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

When 4G debuted we were still lugging around early IPhones, Motorola Droids and Blackberries. If I am not mistaken the first 4G phone was debuted by Sprint and was an HTC. Given the time period and how fast tech has changed. I think based on tech at the time we just didn't imagine how much we would progress in almost a decade. I think now we have a better understanding of what our possible tech needs will be in the next decade and can better forecast then the previous decade. Then again this has been an argument in tech for ages. I remember people saying 128MB of RAM will be more then enough. Only time will tell.

12. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Yeah, but back then everyone complained about paying a $10 premium data fee, now look. $10 premium data doesn't exist BUT at a certain point, your throttled and during peak times.

13. Alcyone

Posts: 467; Member since: May 10, 2018

The "so called" 4G HTC phone on sprint was the Evo. WiMax wasn't true 4G. I had that model, fast, yes, but WiMax was doa.

14. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Lol it was around 5-10mbps, I remember standing on the top of a parking garage to get that speed. Then if you drove past 70mph it didn't connnect

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