Sprint and T mobile are preparing to merge but the deal has not been done just yet.
Sprint has reportedly preparing to purchase T mobile for $20 billion which would potentially make it one of the leading carriers in the US.
In 2011, AT&T attempted to purchase T-Mobile but they ran into issues, the same issues that is now facing Sprint.
The US Justice Department has some regulatory concerns including the lack of consumer options. In 2011, the FCC stated, “we feel the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers across the US facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products.”
Another concern facing the two phone carriers is that Sprint runs on a CDMA network while T-Mobile runs on GSM and HSPA+. These different units are not able to be crossed and neither company has issued their plan of action.
Both Sprint and T-Mobile come lower in the pecking order of phone carriers in the US with AT&T and Verizon leading the way, while it may seem logical that the two underdogs unite, many are skeptical on their ability to take back the market.