Dish Network Nearing Deal for Boost Mobile as T-Mobile and Sprint Unload Assets for Merger Approval

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Dish Network is close to securing a deal to pay $6 billion for Sprint's Boost Mobile brand and wireless spectrum, reports Bloomberg.

Sprint is selling Boost Mobile in an effort to unload assets to gain regulatory approval for its upcoming merger with T-Mobile. The two companies have been aiming to sell Boost Mobile to appease U.S. regulators who believe the merger raises antitrust concerns.


The United States Justice Department wants Sprint and T-Mobile to ensure there continues to be a fourth major carrier in the country as the combined T-Mobile and Sprint company would leave just AT&T and Verizon as the other major carriers. Sprint and T-Mobile's combined company, set to be called T-Mobile and led by John Legere, would have close to 100 million customers.

Sprint and T-Mobile first announced a merger agreement in April 2018, but the completion of the deal requires government approval. As of May, U.S. regulators were said to be "leaning against" approving the merger unless some of T-Mobile and Sprint's assets were sold off.

Dish may be planning to announce a deal as soon as this week, according to sources who spoke to Bloomberg. The terms of the deal have not yet been finalized and it could still fall through, however.

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mytdave

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Hello DOJ: We don't need 4 major carriers... News flash, Sprint and T-Mobile each by themselves are not major carriers, they are minor carriers. We actually need them to merge to become big enough to actually compete with the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Their merger will HELP foster competition in the marketplace, not hurt it. The only caveat (which it looks like might have been taken into account here) is protection for MVNOs, and that should hold true for all carriers.
 

a104375

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Boost mobile didn’t own any actual towers I thought. This just means they’ll still be another MVNO of Sprint
Dish has a ton of stock piled spectrum though, so there's reasonable chance they could build out their own network over time using that. There also may be a equipment swap deal too where Dish acquired the towers which Tmobile plans to sunset after the merger is complete.
 

avtella

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Hello DOJ: We don't need 4 major carriers... News flash, Sprint and T-Mobile each by themselves are not major carriers, they are minor carriers. We actually need them to merge to become big enough to actually compete with the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Their merger will HELP foster competition in the marketplace, not hurt it. The only caveat (which it looks like might have been taken into account here) is protection for MVNOs, and that should hold true for all carriers.
T-Mobile has grown a ton, by no means some third rate carrier as you make it seem. Tons of low band spectrum and with the 700 MHz rollout coverage has improved significantly over the past 5 years. It’s not going to foster more competition by reducing to three carriers. TMO for one is slowly raising rates already as expected by their growth. They got the greatest share of the 600 MHz band as well in auction, if anything they’re pretty competitive with the other two top ones in most places.

Right now I pay $130 after taxes for 4 lines and international calling (Global, not just Mexico and Canada) (all lines) as part of my grandfathered T-Mobile Simple Choice plan from 2014. LTE to 4GB then 2G for unlimited on all lines. They’ve gotten really far in terms of coverage and speeds since then so they have upped the pricing of plans for newcomers.
 
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BuffaloTF

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Boost mobile didn’t own any actual towers I thought. This just means they’ll still be another MVNO of Sprint
Nope, but Sprint's macro platform was built to provide hosting services for any other carrier. So, perhaps an agreement to do exactly that would be part of this.
 

iosuser

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I've been with TMo for 4-5 years now and have been very pleased. I just received a text that 3 of my lines are bumped up to unlimited data at no charge. Also love their TMo Tuesday freebies, namely the monthly Redbox rentals, also racked up quite a bit of Dunkin Donut giftcard balance while that lasted.

I am unsure how I feel about this merger. Less competition almost always amount to higher costs and/or lower services.
 

predation

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I just really hope the Sprint/T-Mobile merger doesn't mess up my current deal. Paying $80/month for 2 phones with unlimited data and an Apple Watch. Can't beat it.
same here
7 lines
1 tablet line
1 watch line

$126/month lol
 

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The United States Justice Department wants Sprint and T-Mobile to ensure there continues to be a fourth major carrier in the country as the combined T-Mobile and Sprint company would leave just AT&T and Verizon as the other major carriers.
How would a standalone Boost Mobile be a viable 4th carrier if the argument in favor of a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is that Sprint won't be a viable competitor on it's own?

A standalone Boost Mobile is weaker than Sprint.
 

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In between a rock and a hard place
Boost mobile didn’t own any actual towers I thought. This just means they’ll still be another MVNO of Sprint
This just means Boost would still be an MVNO. They would not be an MVNO of Sprint. They could be an MVNO of Dish Network that piggypack's on Sprint's network though. Since Boot's phones are CDMA, Dish could hypothetically work a deal with Verizon to use their network (guessing big time here) or work a deal to use either Verizon's or Sprint's network based on location.

Bottom line, they wouldn't be an MVNO of Sprint.
 

JetTester

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My wife and I are on the T-Mobile senior plan. Unlimited calls, texts, and data for 2 phones at $60.00/month. A real bargain compared to what we would have to pay AT&T or Verizon for the same service.
Similar here. We switched from Verizon to Consumer Cellular, 2 phones plus a wifi hotspot for about $60 vs. $180 on Verizon.
 

thornburg

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Happy T-mo customer hoping that either a) the merger fails or b) Legere and co are somehow able to avoid allowing the extremely debt-burdened Sprint to sink the ship. (mostly speaking of financial debt, but they also have some technical debt and reputational debt)
 

bigjnyc

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Isn't Sprint CDMA and T-Mobile GSM... How would this merger work out in that regard? I thought Sprint CDMA phones were always really cheap in the secondary market because it was impossible to unlock them to work with other networks.
 

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Isn't Sprint CDMA and T-Mobile GSM... How would this merger work out in that regard? I thought Sprint CDMA phones were always really cheap in the secondary market because it was impossible to unlock them to work with other networks.
Some of their phones are locked but would otherwise be usable on GSM. If the merger goes through they'll just unlock the phones capable of being used on GSM and ship them sim cards. Those with phones that can't be used on GSM will have to buy new phones, they may or may not have special deals for these people.
 

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Isn't Sprint CDMA and T-Mobile GSM... How would this merger work out in that regard?
Both the CDMA and GSM networks should be considered legacy by now and ideally both carriers run LTE/VoLTE, just like Verizon.

CDMA data (EVDO) tops out at 3 Mbps, so for consumers it's good as dead right now. All of Sprint's consumer data is effectively on LTE. Voice is what's left on CDMA.

T-Mobile is in a good position for pure LTE, however, Sprint only started rolling out VoLTE last year.
 
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a104375

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Both the CDMA and GSM networks should be considered legacy by now and ideally both carriers run LTE/VoLTE, just like Verizon. T-Mobile is in a good position for that, however, Sprint only started rolling out VoLTE last year.
Sprints the only carrier who requires sim activation though, so it's sim cards are device paired rather than interchangeable across devices.
 

2010mini

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Happy T-mo customer hoping that either a) the merger fails or b) Legere and co are somehow able to avoid allowing the extremely debt-burdened Sprint to sink the ship. (mostly speaking of financial debt, but they also have some technical debt and reputational debt)
T mobile need more spectrum to expand and meet demand. Unfortunately the FCC isn’t offering any.
 

wakedoo

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I like your logic! Maybe a merger could result in better, stronger coverage w/ sensible pricing with Mr. Legere as boss.
I agree also. Why is it that the government gets to decide who is the largest carrier and that three major companies isn't allowed. Sprint could simply close it's doors and then there would only be three major networks. What would the government do then? Buy Sprint and become a 4th carrier themselves. Oh wait! They sort of tried that with obamacare crap and we see how that turned out. Higher prices and worse coverage for most people.
 

nutmac

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I think it's a matter of which company will create bigger competition for AT&T and Verizon (and Comcast). T-Mobile in its current form or New T-Mobile with Sprint's spectrum.

While T-Mobile during the "Un-Carrier Era" (2013 to 2017) brought intense price competition and great innovations, that era is sadly gone.

T-Mobile is now more focused on 5G (not just for wireless but for fixed line broadband) and merging with Sprint seems essential. Since 2017, the company hasn't made any efforts toward lowering prices nor launching innovative features. Again, Sprint or not, the "Un-Carrier Era" is sadly gone.

I am not personally convinced that 5G is all that it's crack up to be, but I like the idea of 5G bringing competition to monopolistic fixed line broadband market. If it takes merging with Sprint to accelerate the rollout, then I am all for it.
 
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