T-Mobile headlines: T-Mobile, Dish Continue Petty Squabbles As Sprint Merger ‘Solution’ Looks Shaky

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To gain regulatory approval for its $26 billion merger with Sprint, T-Mobile made numerous promises. One was that the deal would immediately create jobs (there’ve been 5,000 layoffs so far). Another was that the company would work closely with Dish Network to help them build a fourth wireless network that would replace Sprint, theoretically “fixing” the reduction in competition the deal created. As predicted, that plan isn’t working out so well.

T-Mobile was supposed to closely shepherd Dish’s own network build over a period of 7 years, but the two companies have proven largely incapable of getting along. Recently, Dish accused T-Mobile of shutting down its 3G (CDMA) network (which Dish is currently using as it builds a 5G network) prematurely. T-Mobile in turn accused Dish of being too cheap to pay for 4G and 5G upgraded phones for its fairly tiny userbase. This week T-Mobile balked, issuing a hilariously passive aggressive press release saying T-Mobile would be leaving its 3G network on for a little bit longer because Dish was, effectively, incompetent:

Salty! T-Mobile goes on to accuse Dish of being generally terrible, and throws in a few references to the “digital divide” for good measure:

Recall that it’s T-Mobile that spent millions of dollars lobbying the Trump administration (including spending more money at Trump’s hotel) to approve a $29 billion merger with Sprint that experts warned would reduce competition, ultimately raise consumer prices, and result in thousands of lost jobs. And recall that the Trump DOJ and FCC approved T-Mobile’s demands before even seeing the full impact analysis of the deal.

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