Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier

Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier


Now that T-Mobile and Sprint have been given approval from the Department of Justice to merge as New T-Mobile, all of the details surrounding that approval are out. The big takeaway you should know is that the DoJ believes that this merger is fine because Dish says it will step up and become the new 4th major carrier. Without Dish buying up pieces of Sprint and agreeing to a number of items with T-Mobile, this all would have likely fallen apart.

Dish put out a press release just as T-Mobile and Sprint did to announce that they will become a “national facilities-based wireless carrier.” They’ve committed to building out a 5G network that will serve 70% of the US population by 2023.

They’ll do that in part by acquiring all of Sprint’s prepaid businesses, which include Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and other Sprint-branded prepaid services. Those combined amount to around … Read the rest

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FCC Chairman is Cool With T-Mobile-Sprint Merger (Updated)

T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Approved by Department of Justice


The merging of T-Mobile and Sprint to create New T-Mobile has been approved by the US Dept. of Justice.

The $26 billion deal will go on as planned, so long as T-Mobile sells its current prepaid assets, which includes Boost Mobile, to Dish Network and grants the company seven years of “robust access” to its network.

Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim says, “With this merger and accompanying divestiture, we are expanding output significantly by ensuring large amounts of currently unused or underused spectrum are made available to American consumers in the form of high quality 5G networks.”

Once combined, T-Mobile will have roughly 80 million customers, moving very close to Verizon and AT&T in terms of customers, who both have around 100 million each.

We’ll have more on this, and how customers will be affected by the merger, as it develops.

// Wall Street Journal

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Report: Amazon Has Interest in Buying Boost Mobile

Report: Amazon Has Interest in Buying Boost Mobile


For the merge between T-Mobile and Sprint to take place, it’s been reported that the joined companies, known as the New T-Mobile, would have to sell off Boost Mobile, a Sprint-operated prepaid brand. A likely buyer appears to be Amazon, as reported by Reuters.

Along with getting Boost Mobile, Amazon would receive 6+ years usage of  New T-Mobile’s network, as well as the possibility to acquire divested spectrum from the carrier merge.

According to the Reuters, the sale price of Boost Mobile would be about $3 billion or up to $4.5 billion if it includes wireless spectrum.

We have no idea what Amazon would do with a prepaid carrier, but if we had to guess, it’d be to sell its lineup of Prime phones that come loaded with Amazon’s suite of apps and services. They could also use Boost as an outlet to sell its Echo devices. … Read the rest

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