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  1. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I don't think that any spectrum needs to be divested. However in order to make the merger palatable to regulators Sprint/T-mobile will need to promise to match/exceed coverage of Verizon. They also might preemptively agree to host Dish's network on commercially reasonable terms and might even divest part of the network to them. There will no longer be a need for two EPCs duplicate enodeB can be eliminated, duplicate PCS antennas might not be needed (although I don't think that holds true with multi element, multi-frequency panels). Of course duplicate sites will be eliminated.
  2. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    You would be roaming on the other if your phone supports it. It will just be unlimited roaming. VOLTE will happen sooner rather than later but WCDMA might be used as a bridge.
  3. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Since it looks like the merger might finally be agreed on, there are a few issues to consider, mainly voice integration. For example the AT&T/T-Mobile version of the iPhone 8 and 7 support the same LTE bands as the Sprint/Verizon ones but do not support CDMA. So they will not be able to take advantage of CDMA coverage where there is not WCDMA coverage. On the other hand 6s and 6 variants support CDMA. Conversely the Sprint and Verizon variants support WCDMA so Sprint subscribers will be able to take advantage of expanded WCDMA coverage and simultaneous voice/data. Now I believe that integration will be on VOLTE. Data will be no problem and both sides will benefit from the each other's network especially if Sprint does not postpone network improvements once the merger is announced. I am looking forward to wider PCS channels as they do some spectrum horse trading.
  4. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Because Sprint has couple of substantial debt payments over the next couple of years and their cash flow is not healthy enough to make those payments and also maintain Capex. Unless they can reschedule their payments, those loom large in their financial picture.
  5. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    it's not just Verizon that limits video to 480p. T-Mobile is also.
  6. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    While as a greedy consumer you may want to keep them at 4 with a weak Sprint competing strictly on price because they cannot afford to expand their network, as an objective observer you have to admit that this is a highly capital incentive industry and the more customers you can spread capex over the better. I do believe that a third strong competitor will be better for consumers than two large ones and two weaker ones. A combined t-mobile/Sprint can compete on network quality and not just price
  7. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Charter is raising prices because of the content providers. Nothing new, every cable co is raising prices. All I can speak for is my area and they have kept the internet prices the same as Brighthouse Networks which they acquired. In our area, their cable prices are very reasonable. Their internet speeds are better than what I pay for by a good 10-15Mbps. TWC was the troubled franchise and were despised in pretty much all of their areas with the exception of NYC. It will take a little while for them to straighten everything out. Just like it will take a little while for T-Mobile to straighten Sprint out, although Sprint is on its way.
  8. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Where did you see that Charter is doing horribly?
  9. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    I meant their spectrum mainly but Verizon could buy Dish with no anti-trust problems.
  10. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    From the graph above it is evident that contrary to popular belief, T-Mobile has been cannibalizing Sprint mainly. That's not really competing against the big 2 now, is it?
  11. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If AT&T or Verizon want spectrum they can buy Dish.
  12. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    With or without the merger, prices will go back up. Right now price is what Sprint competes on. After they expand their network and have a network that can compete with others, they'll no longer have to compete on price.
  13. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    T-Mobile raised theirs already.
  14. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    No, I don't think so!
  15. [Proposed] Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    If Sprint and T-mobile do not merge, I hope that Sprint, once they are on their feet financially and have their network in order, enters into some kind of agreement with Dish with respect to some of their spectrum, namely their 600Mhz spectrum. It would not hurt if they sign an agreement for a discount on Dish's Sling service.
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