If T-Mobile merges with Sprint. What will happen with the iPhones that work on one network only?


Reno Raines

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It was like when t mobile bought metro pcs. Metro was a cdma carrier and t mobile a gsm carrier. They kept metro’s network up for a while and gradually migrated their customers over to gsm phones. From what I hear sprint’s iPhones when unlocked are universal phones so that would be an easy fix as they could just unlock the iPhones so they work on a gsm network.
 

mjb59463

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Both networks will most likely remain live until they can transition over to full GSM.
 

JTravers

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If you have the TMobile version of the 7, 8, or X, you'll have TMobile voice coverage, but TMobile+Sprint LTE coverage. The Sprint version will give you TMobile+Sprint coverage for everything.
 

maflynn

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It will take years to merge the networks. I remember when sprint bought nextel, and they kept the networks seperate for many many years - far too long in all honesty but I mention that just to point out, a merger in many respects is not a simple flip of a switch.