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T-Mobile-Sprint 合并:如何决定是否应该切换

随着T-Mobile-Sprint交易接近批准,合并后的公司在购买美国无线运营商时将不仅仅是一个替代选择。

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And another one's gone. With the Justice Department signing off on T-Mobile 以 265 亿美元收购 Sprint in July, and with the Federal Communications Commission 设置为投票 on the merger soon, the number of nationwide wireless mobile carriers will drop to three, for the moment. 

With the merger moving ahead, you might wonder if now is the time to switch to T-Mobile. Joined together, 新成立的公司 has the potential to be much more than 冲刺 and the scrappy underdog T-移动 were before. In both network coverage and subscriber numbers, it could become a significant rival of Verizon and AT&T.

合并后的移动运营商将采用T-Mobile名称,其用户总数将达到1.358亿,与排名第一的Verizon的1.58亿和排名第二的AT&T的1.557亿用户相差不远。也许对于这1.358亿客户来说,最重要的是,合并后的运营商将启动构建第一个覆盖全国的5G网络。

And the merger -- which has been in the works for a year and is expected to close by the second half of this year if it gets past the 十几个州检察长提起的诉讼 -- comes at the start of pre-holiday new-phone season, with devices expected from 三星 苹果 Google and others. The combined carrier may very well offer these phones as incentives to get you to switch.

如果你正在考虑跳,下面是要考虑的。

组合无线覆盖会是什么样子?

根据一家移动分析公司Open Signal的数据,在4G覆盖方面,Verizon和T-Mobile的覆盖率为94%。AT&T紧随其后,为89%,斯普林特达到88%。

And the new T-Mobile said it plans to eventually offer coverage to 99%的美国人

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4G 覆盖范围。

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合并后的 5G 覆盖范围如何?

5G is a more interesting story. The major 美国航空公司提供 5G 覆盖范围 over a range of spectrum bands, and each carrier's mix of bands determines their coverage. At one end is "sub-6," which is extremely efficient and reliable at providing connections over long distances, indoors and out. On the other end, is millimeter wave, or "mmWave," which offers higher capacity, but over much, much shorter distances. And mmWave reception is fussier indoors, with seemingly everything -- walls, glass, hands -- capable of blocking the signal.

T-Mobile is strong on both the long-distance sub-6 side and the short-distance mmWave side. Sprint's strength lies in the midrange spectrum between the two extremes. So T-Mobile's and Sprint's combined spectrum should deliver broad, fast and reliable 5G coverage, especially in 农村地区, which have lagged behind cities in access to fast connectivity. 

As part of the deal, T-Mobile已同意积极推出5G to 97 percent of the US population in three years. And in six years, that number goes 99 percent. In rural areas, T-Mobile will have 5G coverage for 85 percent of the population in three years, and then 90 percent in six years. And T-Mobile also agreed to provide mobile broadband service in rural areas as part of the deal.

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5G 的推出现在主要运营商在哪里?

目前,Sprint已在9个大都市地区建立了5G网络。T-Mobile 在六个城市拥有 5G 网络。相比之下,AT&T在从加利福尼亚到北卡罗来纳州的12个州的21个城市拥有5G,但它最初推出的不是覆盖全市范围,而是通过5G热点创建无线网络口袋。Verizon与10个城市的5G生活在一起。

(如果您希望跟踪您所在地区是否提供 5G,Ookla 正在通过其Speedtest.net服务监控 5G 网络的全球部署。借助其方便的交互式地图,您可以向下钻取到城市级别,查看谁在部署 5G 或不是部署 5G。

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阻止合并的诉讼怎么办?

A 诉讼 brought by 15 states and the District of Columbia looks to halt the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The suit filled in June by state and district attorneys general argues that the merger would "harm mobile subscribers nationwide by reducing access to affordable, reliable wireless service, hitting lower-income and minority communities particularly hard." 

诉讼有可能推迟或停止合并(视结果而定)值得在向新的移动运营商承诺之前监督诉讼的进展。

迪什和一个新的第四个全国无线运营商呢?

As part of the approval process,  T-Mobile said it will sell 斯普林特的一些资产给迪什卫星电视公司, creating a new fourth nationwide carrier. Dish will get spectrum, Sprint's Boost and Virgin Mobile businesses -- and prepaid customers -- and access to T-Mobile's wireless network for several years to help kickstart its own wireless service.

The major carriers are all working to attract subscribers, offering everything from affordable data plans to 免费订阅 Netflix 一年.

冲刺 has a compelling "切换到冲刺" program that gives you up to $650 to cover the costs of switching carriers, such as buying out a phone contract. T-Mobile 也有类似的报价。

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And T-Mobile should have plenty of devices -- especially 5G 就绪电话 but perhaps not the 三星银河折叠 -- it can dangle in front of you to entice you sign up. 

如果还没有,我会感到震惊,如果T-Mobile没有很快有少数转换交易,以吸引你注册。

您现在应该换一下吗?

合并后,T-Mobile承诺建立一个网络,以可预测的价格提供全国范围的服务:作为交易的一部分,T-Mobile已同意在三年内保持价格稳定。新的T-Mobile具有广泛的覆盖范围,有望保持5G价格的稳定和强劲,因此,新T-Mobile正在不断发展壮大。但合并不是最终的,仍然需要清除各州的诉讼,寻求阻止合并。如果你正在考虑搬到新的T-Mobile,最好是等待,一个关注交易和奖励,另一个在各州的西装,看看会发生什么之前,你切换。