Mobile Closes Deal with DISH to Divest Sprint Prepaid Business

Yolanda Curtis
July 3, 2020

T-Mobile and Dish today announced that the deal to sell off Sprint's prepaid business to Dish has closed.

Boost has begun, and will continue, to activate customers with a compatible device onto the new T-Mobile network, where customers will receive a stronger signal, faster speeds and more coverage.

T-Mobile Shuts Down Sprint’s 5G Network

Divesting Sprint's prepaid business to Dish was one of the things that T-Mobile had to do for the regulators to approve of its merger with Sprint.

Sprint's 5G network shutdown will go away house owners of early Dash 5G phones that use more mature Qualcomm X50 modems - such as the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, Galaxy S10 5G, and LG V50 ThinQ 5G - in the lurch, as their phones are not new sufficient to hook up to the T-Mobile community.

This deal is giving T-Mobile approximately $1.4 billion for the prepaid business that Sprint had.

T-Mobile US Inc. Giving the company 9.3 million customers to start with. That's why starting tomorrow, July 2, Dish will revive the $hrink-It! plan, which starts at $45 for 15GB. It also reduces the monthly rates for customers by $5 after 3 on-time payments and another $5 for 6 on-time payments in total. In connection with the closing of the DISH transaction, T-Mobile, Sprint, and DISH entered into certain other ancillary agreements, including a spectrum purchase agreement.

Along with the sale of Boost, 5G was a big selling point for T-Mobile's Sprint acquisition. Additionally, Boost will offer a 10-GB plan for $35 that includes unlimited talk time and SMS plan.

The DOJ, which plays an active role in the divestitures, believes that the deal can be considered a significant milestone, despite reducing the USA wireless market from 4 major carriers to 3, as it can help strengthen the competitive landscape for high-quality 5G networks as well as benefit the consumers nationwide.

DISH continues to make progress on its 5G network deployment and recently announced the selection of Fujitsu for radio units and Altiostar and Mavenir for cloud-native, Open RAN software.

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