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Report: Sprint preparing to bid on rival carrier T-Mobile USA

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Dec 2013 0:10 User comments (3)

Report: Sprint preparing to bid on rival carrier T-Mobile USA On Friday, the WSJ reported that Sprint is preparing to bid on rival carrier T-Mobile USA in a deal that will cost them over $20 billion.
The report claims Sprint will explore antitrust issues before proposing any deal, which will take months, suggesting a mid-2014 bid, at the earliest.

A merged Sprint/T-Mobile would be a major competitor to market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T, especially as Sprint and T-Mobile offer the best values for their plans, offering as low as $60 a month for unlimited everything plans.

Both companies have significantly expanded their LTE offerings in recent months, and are competitive on that front, although Verizon is the clear winner as far as national support goes.

Before any deal could be completed, the companies would have to get FCC approval that the deal would not lead to higher prices for consumers. AT&T was rejected from buying T-Mobile in 2011, due to antitrust issues, but Sprint and T-Mobile are the third and fourth largest carriers in the nation, so a combination would make them competitive with the current almost-duopoly of Verizon and AT&T.

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3 user comments

115.12.2013 10:17

Misprint:
"especially as Sprint and T-Mobile offer the best values for their plans"

Should Read

"especially as Sprint and T-Mobile offer the lowest priced plans"

Saying best value is not only biased, it is untrue for anyone who lives outside of (or even occasionally leaves) a city center...unless of course you don't want to get (or make) any calls yet you are required to have a cell phone for work...then they are great.



215.12.2013 20:42

As long as the GSM spectrum is not eliminated from current and future phones like Sprint did to BoostMobile most recently. I was a Nextel user right before Sprint shut down the network. Many of us would not like to abandon T-Mobile but if it suffers a similar fate an exodus is most likely. I like the GSM spectrum because they can become unlocked and having the luxury to use them in different countries or use devices from other countries is to the benefit of the user. Sprint and Verizon are primary CDMA the one notable drawback that most dislike.

317.12.2013 19:27

Quote:
especially as Sprint and T-Mobile offer the best values for their plans, offering as low as $60 a month for unlimited everything plans.
Well, I pay $50 for unlimited talk/text, and 500MB of data. I rarely even use 100MB because I can get Wifi pretty much wherever I go. Most places will let you connect to their wifi connections.

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