Should you switch to the new T-Mobile now? [telecom]

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With the T-Mobile-Sprint deal approved, the combined company will be
more than an alternate choice when shopping for a US wireless carrier.

By Clifford Colby

And another one's gone. With the Justice Department on Friday signing
off on T-Mobile's $26.5 billion acquisition of Sprint, the number of
nationwide wireless carriers will drop to three, for the moment. But
joined together, the newly formed company has the potential to be much
more than Sprint and the scrappy underdog T-Mobile were before. In
both network coverage and subscriber numbers, it could become a
significant rival of Verizon and AT&T.

The merged mobile carrier -- which will keep the T-Mobile name -- will
have a combined 135.8 million subscribers, not far behind No. 1
Verizon's 158 million and No. 2 AT&T's 155.7 million. Perhaps most
important for those 135.8 million customers, the combined carrier with
its broader coverage will have a running start at building out perhaps
the first usable 5G network that spans the country.

Bill Horne
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)

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