I’m not sure what to think about the T-Mobile / Sprint merger. On one hand, I see the benefits of more rapid deployment of 5G, which I think will be greatly improve bandwidth and download speeds. But on the other, it would knock down the number of major wireless carriers from four to just three.
I know T-Mobile’s John Legere has promised that prices will remain competitive, but that has a yet to be seen. If the new T-Mobile ends up having the best 5G around, I highly doubt that their prices will be anything but the highest.
But then again, T-Mobile is the first carrier (or Un-Carrier, as they call themselves) to come out with unlimited data. This must have caused the shareholders of the other two big carriers—AT&T and Verizon—to wet themselves, because it wasn’t long before they followed suit. It’s as if T-Mobile is the one making their decisions. Gotta hand it to John Legere, he really did change wireless plans for the better.
Another idea that comes to mind is that if the new T-Mobile brings its rapid deployment of 5G faster than the other two carriers can, perhaps they will be the ones to compete with aggressive pricing. Because who wants to pay more money for slower service?
It’s really hard for me to make a decision on this one, especially with how complex our political system is. But one thing I do know is that corporations love to take advantage of capitalism. The rich will keep on getting richer, and the middle class will keep on declining.
And if the price of premium phones can rise rapidly, what’s to say that our phone plans cannot?