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Speed and range are key variables in the 5G race

by Justin Ho Jan 13, 2020
There's a trade off between how fast people can download things … and whether coverage can reach people in remote areas.
A crew for Verizon works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019.
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Why is the Sprint-T-Mobile merger taking so long?

by Peggy Lowe Nov 15, 2019
The deal continues to be subject to a lawsuit by state attorneys general.
A pedestrian walks by a Sprint store in San Francisco, California.
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T-Mobile-Sprint merger depends on promise to bring 5G to rural America

by Meghan McCarty Carino May 21, 2019
But it will require big spending on new tech in areas with small customer bases.
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
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T-Mobile-Sprint merger plans spark concern

by Andy Uhler Feb 13, 2019
Representatives from T-Mobile and Sprint are on Capitol Hill today and tomorrow to discuss a planned $26 billion merger.
John Legere (R), CEO and President of T-Mobile US, and Marcelo Claure, Executive Chairman of Sprint, testify about the T-Mobile and Sprint merger during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 13, 2019.
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The proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile could mean big changes for Sprint’s home town

by Peggy Lowe Jan 2, 2019
Employees at Sprint’s suburban campus say they’ve weathered many rounds of lay-offs over the last 20 years, so change is the norm.
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You have more choices for wireless than you might think

by Molly Wood and Stephanie Hughes Jun 20, 2018
Here's how mobile virtual network operators work.
T-Mobile owns the mobile virtual network operator MetroPCS.
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Sprint and T-Mobile have to sell $26.5 billion deal to antitrust cops

by Associated Press and Marketplace Staff Apr 30, 2018
A merger between the two companies could mean higher prices for you.
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Mobile merger greenlight more likely now

by Reema Khrais Sep 21, 2017
Sprint and T-Mobile have tried to merge before, but federal regulators nixed the plan. The business climate under Trump may smooth the way for a deal. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Can Tidal and Jay-Z get Sprint new users?

by Reema Khrais Jun 19, 2017
The phone carrier is offering its users a 6-month free trial of the streaming service.
Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage at Barclays Center of Brooklyn in 2015.
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Trump announces that Sprint is keeping 5,000 jobs in the U.S.

by Adam Allington Dec 29, 2016
Was he really the reason behind it?
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