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What’s next for Sprint customers now that the T-Mobile merger has gone through?

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After years of negotiations and authorized battles, Dash and T-Cellular have lastly accomplished their merger right into a single service. Whereas the shift from 4 carriers to only three — AT&T, Verizon, and the newly expanded T-Cellular — can have enormous implications within the coming months and years, there are extra quick questions for Dash prospects: what is going to occur subsequent for them within the quick time period now that their cellular service is technically T-Cellular?

The reply, for now, is not a lot — a minimum of within the quick time period. T-Cellular has beforehand mentioned that it’s going to take about three years to completely combine Dash into its operations and community setup. Meaning it’s at present enterprise as typical. Dash prospects will nonetheless use a separate Dash community, whereas current T-Cellular prospects will nonetheless use T-Cellular’s.

In different phrases, Dash prospects shouldn’t anticipate to see T-Cellular’s branding pop up within the nook of their telephone, and neither community will likely be leveraging the expanded protection and speeds promised by the merger simply but.

Equally, telephones, tablets, and different units will proceed to launch individually for every community as they arrive out — a minimum of in the intervening time, though there are plans for a extra unified {hardware} setup down the road.

Dash’s plans may also stay unchanged in the intervening time, though Dash prospects ought to ultimately get extra advantages, just like T-Cellular’s plethora of extras that it gives its subscribers. However once more, there’s no precise timetable for when these adjustments will happen or what they’ll appear to be after they do. Billing and funds for Dash prospects will nonetheless be the identical as typical, though there could also be up to date branding on the precise invoice they obtain sooner or later.

In the same vein, Dash pay as you go prospects (together with Increase Cellular and Virgin Cellular), who will ultimately be heading to Dish as a part of the merger deal, will nonetheless stay with Dash for now. There’s no timetable but for when that transition will happen, both.

The brand new T-Cellular additionally plans to maintain its T-Cellular and Dash places as they’re, which is smart provided that the 2 buyer bases will largely stay separate throughout this time. Whether or not that can change sooner or later remains to be unclear.

The largest caveat in all that is that the established order right here is momentary. T-Cellular and Dash will be integrating far more deeply within the coming months and years, and there’s nonetheless so much we don’t learn about what is going to occur in that point or when these adjustments will really happen. Larger questions, like what T-Cellular and Dash will likely be doing with current and future cell tower integration or whether or not Dash will likely be adopting T-Cellular’s privateness insurance policies and phrases of service, additionally stay unanswered.

And naturally, there’s the largest looming concern: what occurs in three years? T-Cellular has solely promised that costs will keep the identical for a minimum of 36 months — but it surely’s not binding itself to comparable charges previous that time, which is identical time that it expects to complete absolutely absorbing Dash.

At the moment, although, the merger’s results stay totally on a company degree, with greater impacts on govt positions and the inventory itemizing than on a person degree for each Dash and T-Cellular prospects.

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