Technology T-Mobile teases $15 5G plan and other post-merger initiatives

18:55  07 november  2019
18:55  07 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the latest state attorney general to oppose T-Mobile's Sprint merger. Today, Shapiro announced that he'll join a lawsuit to block the "megamerger" of the telecom giants, making him the 18th attorney general to challenge the deal. In July, the Department of Justice approved T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint -- on the condition that it sell some of its business to Dish Network. And Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai endorsed the deal. But opposition from so many attorneys general could pose a legitimate threat.

At $ 15 , the plan is half the price of T - Mobile 's current cheapest plan . For per month, customers can upgrade to a plan with 5GB of monthly data. T - Mobile also announced that it plans to invest billion over the next five years to offer 10 million households with children access to home broadband

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When, and if, it launches its 5G network on December 6th, T-Mobile will offer a new $15 per month prepaid 5G plan to customers. The plan will include a 2GB per month data allowance, in addition to unlimited talk and text. At $15, the plan is half the price of T-Mobile's current cheapest plan. For $25 per month, customers can upgrade to a plan with 5GB of monthly data. Additionally, T-Mobile says it will add 500MB of data to both plans every year for up to five years.

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At first glance, the two rate plans seem like a great offer, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Even with T-Mobile adding to the monthly data allotment, you'll burn through your data allowance faster than you would on an LTE connection. Moreover, to take advantage of those 5G speeds, you'll need to purchase one of the two 5G phones T-Mobile plans to offer on December 6th, the Note 10+ 5G or the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G McLaren. Off contract, the carrier plans to sell the OP7 Pro for $669 to start. That's more than most people in the market for a prepaid plan want to spend on a new device.

The FCC voted to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

  The FCC voted to approve the T-Mobile-Sprint merger Today, the FCC formally approved the contested T-Mobile and Sprint merger, The Vergereports. But commissioners are still speaking out. Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks released statements explaining their decisions to vote against the transaction. In her statement, Rosenworcel said: "We've all seen what happens when markets become more concentrated after a merger like this one. In the airline industry, it brought us baggage fees and smaller seats. In the pharmaceutical industry, it led to a handful of drug companies raising the prices of lifesaving medications. There's no reason to think this time will be different.

Indeed, the pricing of 15 GB for per month is noteworthy considering AT& T offers more data for Though, as Droid Life noted, AT& T sells a 10 GB plan for per month for LTE hotspots, which Nokia and Samsung are AT& T ’s other 5 G vendors. In AT& T ’s press release, the company sought to

T - Mobile gave PCMag an exclusive look at its next-gen network hardware and a tour of its 5 G T - Mobile gave PCMag an exclusive tour around its 5 G Experience Truck, which demonstrates how PCMag: Can you talk about the multi-stage process of how T - Mobile and other carriers are rolling out

Like the carrier's expansive 5G rollout, the launch of T-Mobile Connect is dependent on its potential merger with Sprint going through. While both the FCC and Justice Department have approved the deal, 18 several state attorneys general say they oppose it.

Alongside Connect, T-Mobile also announced a 10-year commitment to providing first responders with free 5G access. The carrier says it will give every first responder at every public and non-profit state and local police, fire and EMS agency a free 5G plan with unlimited talk, text and data as part of its Connecting Heroes Initiative. In addition to making those plans free, T-Mobile says it will prioritize them on its network, no matter how much data they use.

T-Mobile also announced that it plans to invest $10 billion over the next five years to offer 10 million households with children access to home broadband internet, a free mobile hotspot and a tablet at a low cost.

The carrier is branding all these efforts under its new "5G for Good" banner in an effort to close its proposed merger with Sprint. The $26.5 billion deal is still in legal limbo, with T-Mobile going to trial with the 18 states opposed to the merger on December 9th. T-Mobile CEO John Legere recently told investors he expects the deal "to close in early 2020."


T-Mobile's 5G network goes live ahead of schedule .
Last month, T-Mobile promised its 5G network would go live in 5,000 cities and towns on December 6th -- if its merger with Sprint went through. That deal is not yet final, but today, a few days ahead of schedule, T-Mobile says it's launching its nationwide 5G network. The catch is that, for now, T-Mobile is offering 600 MHz "low-band" 5G. The network covers more than one million square miles, including many rural areas, and 200 million people. The "low-band" 5G won't be as fast as the 5G we've seen from carriers like Sprint and Verizon (Engadget's parent company), but it will have better range, so it shouldn't run into problems like not being able to travel through walls

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