Since July the American public has been wondering just what the union of Sprint and T-Mobile will mean for their wireless service. In the past when two gigantic communication companies have come together, critics and some historians charge, customers usually are gouged with much higher fees and prices, while overall service does not much improve. But merger supporters, which includes most of Wall Street, say that wireless service for Sprint and T-Mobile customers will undoubtedly improve greatly due to the broader access to networks when both systems become fully integrated.
Here is the lowdown on what T-Mobile and Sprint customers can expect to happen once the merger is complete:
Sprint customers should keep an eye on the Sprint brand to be engulfed by T-Mobile — which is part of the merger agreement. So Sprint as a separate entity will no longer exist. All Sprint customers will automatically belong to T-Mobile. T-Mobile will form the executive team that not only handles the merger, but will then remain as the head honchos. Sprint executives are already looking to their golden parachutes in anticipation of this happening in 2020. Those who use Sprint prepaid cards, such as Sprint Prepaid, Virgin Mobile, and Boost Mobile, will automatically be switched over to Dish Network prepaid cards.
Things will not be so confusing for T-Mobile customers. They can expect very little change to their accounts or service, at least for the time being. Integrating the two networks so that the mesh seamlessly is going to take some time. While T-Mobile customers won’t see much going on, the technicians working behind the scenes are going to be extremely busy figuring out exactly how to stitch the two network technologies together without wasting any of the two firms current assets.
Just how long this whole thing will take to blend together for customers is still up in the air, especially since several states have filed lawsuits claiming the merger will be harmful low income customers if rates are raised too much.