What do you think about the T-Mobile + Sprint merger?

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, T-Mobile and Sprint announced that they had finally come to agreeable terms and will be joining forces as a single company. Rumors regarding a merger between these two carriers have been floating around for years, but no one thought it would ever happen.

Now that we're officially living in a T-Mobile + Sprint world, the wireless industry in the United States will likely be changing a lot over the coming months and years. It's still unclear if those changes will be for better or worse for consumers, but in the meantime, our Android Central forum users have plenty to say on the matter.

Here are some of the initial reactions to the merger announcement.

I'd say not enough information yet, particularly if the FCC and FTC will let the deal go through -- though it is good Legere and Sievert will head the new company.

mogelijk

We've heard the same story before - "It'll be good for consumer", last time was with the Charter/Time Warner merger. As a customer impacted by that merger I can say it overall was BAD for the customer. Yes, we're now getting 100 Mb base internet speeds but I'm paying a higher bill and getting fewer TV channels as a result, and I was paying extra for upgraded download speeds compared to base...

hallux

Sprint and t-mobile merging together was a good business move

Nick Pirce

I can say they will have a serious amount of spectrum. I am sure that makes AT&T / Verizon worried.

Almeuit

Even though we're still in the very early days of this deal, we'd love to hear from you – What are your thoughts on the T-Mobile and Sprint merger?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

42 Comments
  • From a spectrum POV, it makes sense. From a customer POV it is doubtful to bad. Mergers of this type ALWAYS result in worse options/choice for the customer while allowing companies to spew lies of increased jobs, lower costs, and more choice. In the history of capitalism, ALL 3 nirvana goals have NEVER actually been achieved in reality.
  • You will see Sprints vision on home internet (remember Clearwire?) via wireless finally within 3-5 years - nationwide. This is the best thing that ever could have happened in wireless. They will have TV, Home internet, and mobile bundles. And keeping TMUS ceo is a win for consumers. Some jobs will be lost while other jobs will be created. This is life
  • Can't wait to have all three services over 5G with a low data cap for an adsurd monthly fee
  • All comes down to data caps. 5G might be awesome but if they cap your data to 40GB or slow you down to dial up after 20 or 40GB for home internet it will be worthless and no better than Verizon's current home internet.
  • Well, we'll see.. They have to compete with Fios and Xfinity, so most definitely it would unlimited. But now without net neutrality, there will likely be caveats, but for every provider not just them. I don't recall if Clearwire was unlimited or not. I think it might have been..
  • I work for a WISP. We do some TV and it works but honestly it needs a little more umph. I imagine SprinT-Mobile could put that umph in there, however, providing a modern home with the necessary bandwidth in the boonies is still even a challenge for Verizon and Google's many abandoned attempts.
  • Honestly I'm more concerned about Asda and Sainsbury's. But less competition in a marketplace, especially one like in the US, is pretty much never a good thing.
  • More capable competitors is better though. S and TMUS were only competing with each other as VZ and T are. Now at least a new TMUS can effectively compete with the big dogs.
  • That, is a fair point.
  • Don't agree. Both Verizon and at&t were scrambling because of T-Mobile. They were definitely in the competition.
  • They were hardly scrambling..
  • Sprint and T-Mobile on their own were failing and falling far behind. Any time TM tried to shakeup the market with a radical new plan, AT&T and Verizon had a better deal within a week. Sure, you could say that changed the market, but how does that benefit TM? I hope this helps my Sprint friends get better service. I know someone that needs a personal microtower in their house to get a viable signal, and I know another person that switched back to Verizon within a week. That 1% difference must be a pretty big hurdle.
  • I couldn't use Verizon at my house or work and I lived in a very large city. Sprint and T-Mobile worked fine. Verizon is probably the best for coverage but they were unwilling to help with my signal issues.
  • This comment is complete garbage. TMobile has seen larger customer base increases than Verizon and att. In the last year TMobile has become a company to compete with and the deals Verizon and att followed up with were terrible and failed shortly after while TMobile continued almost all of them..Netflix, unlimited data, even paying off the other guys, Verizon and att both stopped this numerous times while TMobile kept it. So no your wrong
  • It's a good thing. In what would become The Big 3 I don't see the worry re competition. That's been overblown.
  • Going to guess, unlimited plans will disappear within 2 years. If not sooner
    Once the merger fully happens. Once AT&T or Verizon drops there unlimited the other will follow. But hopefully I am going to be wrong. But I doubt it. Will be interesting how the market will change after the merger.
  • While it's ideal to have more than less competitors. I do understand WHY this is going on. You have one carrier, Tmo that wants to expand and really take on both VZW and ATT. Then you have Sprint that would love to be able to do just that. But with very bad management and crippling debt for decades now. They are in no way able to much but to try and stay afloat. As had been said this is not about now but the next wave of tech in 5G. With the spectrum that Sprint has combined with Tmobile they would be in a very good place. Not only to compete but possibly to lead. For now i'm staying pat where I am. Though I am watching all this and will change if need be.
  • Who are Sprint?
  • What does this mean for Project Fi? Are we going to see more Fi compatible phones?
    I would imagine that T-mobile would want to sell devices that take advantage of both networks like Google has done with the Pixel.
  • Great question. I guess Google has some negotiating to do.
  • Fi uses Sprint and T-mobile networks already so it's probably on Google to decide what phones are compatible.
  • I think Sprint was short changed on it's value. Their spectrum holdings alone gave it tremendous value to Tmo. Sprint somehow screws its shareholder yet again.
  • I believe Sprint themselves valued their spectrum holdings at ~$16 billion
  • Do you have any links stating that? I've read for years 100+ billion. I'm referring to the 2.5GHz mostly unused spectrum. Not deployed spectrum.
  • It's around 117b but and a HUGE but... they have all most 40b in debt....soooo Which has been rising about 2b a year. So they were going to go belly-up it might not have been next year but within 10 years they would have been screwed
  • Reminds me of the nightmare Sprint & Nextel merger. Have fun Tmob!
  • If my bill stays the same I am fine with it. If my bill goes up I am not fine with it.
  • Prepare to not be fine then lol
  • I don't think you'll see any increases at all. T-Mobile is very aware of who their customers are. Value driven. And why would anyone switch if they cost the same?
  • Just think if you could develop a software that could use the phones abilities to be either cdma or gsm and they just connected to the closest tower. Imagine the coverage you could get with that software. You wouldn't have to buy a new phone or have it unlocked or any of that mess. Plus some engineer would be rich providing the FCC would allow the software .
  • iPhones and others have been able to work on either network for years. I guess the only thing holding them back from jumping between both is a bit of code and probably a new SIM card. Or they could move forward with GSM and gradually retire CDMA towers.
  • Cough. Project Fi.. Cough
  • So.... Project Fi?
  • That's project fi. It uses T-Mobile and Sprint.
  • Be weary of someone promising you the world. If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. I'm sure this will benefit their current customers, but I don't see it doing too much against AT&T and Verizon.
  • I was against the merger for a long time but I've made peace with it now.
    It's obvious that Sprint is never going to get their act together enough to be competitive with Verizon, AT&T, or even T-Mobile.
  • I’m ready for it. It’s gonna happen (or not) whether we like it or not. If prices rise, I’ll look elsewhere, if not, then I’m good where I’m at. No use crying 😢 and poking your belly button till it hurts over this.
  • I hope it will be better for Project Fi users on non pixel phones
  • Yes, finally
  • As a former Project Fi subscriber, but now a T-Mobile One Unlimited 55+ subscriber (got tired of sipping data in order to save a few $'s), I hope to see T-Mobile and Sprint accessing both companies LTE bands in a manner similar to Project Fi. And as a former Sprint/Clearwire WiMax user, I'd love to see an unlimited 5G Wireless Residential product as talked about by both Verizon and AT&T.
  • Will I still be able to get Hulu for free when the two companies merge? Lol. I really am looking forward to this. I've been waiting for this since 2014. I almost switched to T-Mobile several times. Last year I almost switched to AT&T. I'm glad I waited.
  • I really don't know what to think but that everyone is wanting to merge to make it harder on the customer. I really don't understand why these 2 carriers wants to merge, neither one is really good or better than the other. I'm hoping that the government doesn't sign off on this deal which really has a better chance of happening. But think this deal is unnecessary & hopes that it doesn't happen.