FCC Officially Approves T-Mobile Sprint Merger

Yolanda Curtis
November 9, 2019

T-Mobile on Thursday announced its latest Un-carrier initiative, which is actually the first under the "New" T-Mobile. It now offers 5G service in certain parts of a handful of major metropolitan areas.

Rather than charging extra for 5G, this telecom will combine it with 4G service and lower the cost. Legere went on to claim that 90 percent of Americans would get access to 100Mbps speeds by 2024 thanks to its potential 5G network.

· Prepaid plan of $15/month with unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data. That's half what the carrier now charges for 4G service.

Under the plan, T-Mobile chief executive John Legere would hold that role at the combined company. And, for each year customers stay with the plan, they'll see their monthly data allowance rise by 500 megabytes. The program, called T-Mobile Connect, while add 500MB of data to the plan each year. "This is what more competition is all about".

Project 10Million aims to eliminate the so-called "homework gap" for children across the U.S. T-Mobile plans to offer free service, hotspots and savings on devices to 10 million households with children, distributed to states based on population. "Specifically, T-Mobile and Sprint have committed within three years to deploy 5G service to cover 97% of the American people, and within six years to reach 99% of all Americans".

In the midst of the FCC approving the T-Mobile Sprint merger, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that the deadline for the carriers to extend their merger agreement passed on November 1. The idea is to bring internet access to kids who might not otherwise have it. This difference means T-Mobile's network might have slightly slower speeds, but it might also be better at penetrating buildings and tree cover compared to Verizon and AT&T's 5G networks.

Notwithstanding, the enormous proviso to this is each of the three plans are dependent upon the T-Mobile Sprint merger being finished, something the New T-Mobile may use as influence to persuade singular states like NY and California to drop claims trying to hinder the arrangement.

The companies have said they would not finalize the deal until an antitrust challenge from more than a dozen USA states is resolved.

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