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According to the WSJ Sprint and T-Mobile are in preliminary talks to merge. This would make them easily the second largest wireless carrier in the U.S.
Since last summer there have been murmurs regarding these two wireless companies getting together to become one. There are a lot of questions to be answered if a merger like this were to occur:
1. Which would be their network of choice?
Seeing that Sprint operates on CDMA and is pushing their WIMAX (for now) and soon to be offering LTE (supposedly); and T-Mobile operates on GSM and has just recently launched 4G, which one would they convert to. No matter which direction they choose to go, a conversion of any sort would be difficult, expensive, and take some time. There are definitely advantages to going with either network, but the effect on the subscribers would also have to be taken into consideration.
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If they decide to go GSM, they would open the flood gates to new devices (iPhone cough cough). And cool things like talking and surfing at the same time. On the other hand, which 4G network would be better. As an early adopter of 4G I’m pretty upset with the whole 4G debacle as it is…. But, with a merger like this there could be some real advances in the ability to actually make 4G work, instead of just having a signal meter on my phone that can’t find a 4G signal….
Would the replacement for iDen still exist. As it is now, Sprint has already announced it’s plan to get rid of iDen in it’s current form and replace it with something else. I also have an iDen phone (don’t ask why, it hurts to talk about it), and I’ve come to terms with the future loss.
4. Who will run the company?
Even though Sprint and T-Mobile may have great leaders under their respective roofs, I say they need to look for an innovator that can see the true potential of the merger. Not someone who will only look at “how many people can we get to by our next phone”. What they really need is someone who can explore the true potential of the technology they have. 4G is supposed to allow 10 times the information at 1/10th of the cost, so why not take information and telecommunications to the next level?
In the end, I honestly hope they merge, but only if they have a concrete plan on what they intend to offer the world. If they merge and say, “we’ll figure it out” then its time to switch to Verizon!