Mobile's 5G network will go live on December 6th

  • Mobile's 5G network will go live on December 6th

Mobile's 5G network will go live on December 6th

Earlier this week, T-Mobile and Sprint's merger deal received regulatory approval from the FCC, the voting had taken place last month. That's half what the carrier now charges for 4G service. Verizon is now charging extra for its 5G service. And rather than in a few scattered areas, the service will be available to "more than 200 million Americans and more than 5,000 cities and towns across the country including millions in rural America", according to a statement from T-Mobile.

Rather than charging extra for 5G, this telecom will combine it with 4G service and lower the cost. It includes unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data. This is why it's also good to know there's a $25/month version of the plan that bumps up the data allowance to 5GB.

T-Mobile also plans on prioritizing network traffic from these agencies, which should help keep responders connected during emergencies. "This is what more competition is all about".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, on the other hand, asserts that the merger "will provide New T-Mobile with the scale and spectrum resources necessary to deploy a robust 5G network across the United States", and make it competitive with Verizon and AT&T. All of the major carriers, including T-Mobile, now offer significant discounts to individual first reponders. And T-Mobile promises to increase the monthly capacity of both by 500MB every year for five years. The idea is to bring internet access to kids who might not otherwise have it.

Dropping prices seems to part of T-Mobile working to convince skeptics that its merger with Sprint will be a big win for consumers.

The companies still plan to sell Sprint's prepaid division, Boost Mobile, to Dish Network, effectively creating a fourth carrier, but Slover argues that the deal amounts to trading an established carrier for an unknown player with no experience.