T-Mobile has officially completed the acquisition of Sprint, and this means the U.S. wireless space has shifted a bit. The wireless space had four major wireless carriers, and this acquisition means we’re now down to three major carriers — AT&T, Verizon, and what is currently being referred to as the New T-Mobile.
T-Mobile and Sprint announced plans for the merger back in April 2018. There were some ups and downs, and likely some worry and skepticism in the course of these two years, but now that the merger has been completed, we suspect Swappa users will have some questions in regards to what this means for Sprint devices that are being listed in the Swappa marketplace.
Keep reading to learn more about this merger and what it will mean for Swappa users.
What does the T-Mobile Sprint merger mean for Swappa customers?
Swappa customers will not see any immediate changes when it comes to the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. However, down the line, the Sprint brand will go away. When T-Mobile begins phasing out the Sprint brand, Swappa will do the same. Until that happens, Swappa users will still be able to buy and sell Sprint phones in the marketplace. Once the New T-Mobile begins phasing out support for Sprint-branded phones, Swappa will stop allowing them to be listed for sale in the marketplace. Swappa does not have a timeline for the removal of Sprint devices at this time, but this is something that we are monitoring and we will provide updates as necessary.
Did T-Mobile buy Sprint?
T-Mobile acquired Sprint, with the acquisition having been finalized on April 1, 2020. Essentially, this means the third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless carriers have merged, and at this time, they are being referred to as the New T-Mobile. Eventually, the Sprint brand will be phased out in favor of the T-Mobile brand.
How much did T-Mobile pay for Sprint?
T-Mobile paid $26.5 billion for Sprint in an all-stock deal. The merger of the two companies was finalized on April 1, 2020. The combined company, dubbed the New T-Mobile, has now overtaken AT&T and sits as the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier.
When will T-Mobile and Sprint merge?
The T-Mobile acquisition of Sprint was finalized on April 1, 2002. While the acquisition has been finalized, the Sprint brand will not be disappearing immediately. At this time, T-Mobile has said that “both brands will continue to exist and over time everything will evolve to T-Mobile.” Further details coming from T-Mobile show that both companies began the unification process under the T-Mobile brand as of August 2, 2020. The end result will be both brands operating fully under the T-Mobile brand, but in the immediate future, account maintenance and management will not be changing for current Sprint customers.
Can I use a Sprint phone on T-Mobile?
While the acquisition of the two companies has been completed, the overall merger of the two is still in progress. T-Mobile has stated they are planning to combine the two networks into one “supercharged network,” and that they are also working on ways to assist current Sprint customers in migrating over to T-Mobile. For now, this means Sprint and T-Mobile customers will continue to use their phones on the same network they are currently using. Basically, Sprint customers using Sprint phones will remain on the Sprint network. T-Mobile customers with T-Mobile phones will also remain as they were, without any immediate changes.
How to change a Sprint plan to T-Mobile?
For now, there is no need to change your Sprint plan to a T-Mobile plan. In fact, at this time, you will not see any changes in regards to your current Sprint plan. T-Mobile will be migrating Sprint customers to T-Mobile and fully phase out the Sprint brand down the road. But for now, Sprint customers can keep the same plan and still get the same level of customer service when calling Sprint or visiting the Sprint website. A more immediate and noticeable change can be seen in Sprint retail stores, which are already being re-branded as T-Mobile stores. The good news for Sprint customers is that they can now visit a T-Mobile retail store and get support. Current Sprint customers can also visit the T-Mobile website and log in using their existing Sprint login information.
While Sprint users will not see any immediate changes in terms of the phone they are using, or with their current Sprint service — they may want to get a jump on the switch and begin looking to see what options are available for newish T-Mobile compatible phones.
The Swappa marketplace has a large number of T-Mobile phones available. Tapping the green button below will take you to the T-Mobile section of the Swappa marketplace where you can find a variety of smartphones — including various iPhones, as well as Android smartphones from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and more.