Verizon or T-Mobile might be best option for your 5G iPhone

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T-Mobile offers 5G in more areas than any of its rivals. But Verizon is faster.
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It’s not too soon to pick out the best 5G network for your 5G iPhone. And right now, there are two top contenders, according to testing dozen by an analytics firm. Verizon offers the fastest download speeds by a wide margin. And T-Mobile offers 5G in a much broader area.

But AT&T is in there swinging too.

US mobile data still costs way more than it should

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Americans pay mobile data costs well above the global average.
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Americans pay far more for 4G service than much of the world, according to a report released Tuesday by a price-comparison firm. The cost for 1 gigabyte of LTE data in the United States costs almost twice the global average. And U.S. 4G service costs more than similar offerings in a whopping 187 other countries.

T-Mobile and Sprint start combining their 5G networks

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T-Mobile's 5G nationwide network.
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T-Mobile is wasting no time expanding — and solidifying — its 5G network in the U.S. following its recently completed merger with Sprint. The two companies, now one, are combining their networks following the landmark merger.

On Tuesday, T-Mobile announced that its 5G 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum is now live in parts of Philadelphia, offering T-Mobile customers with compatible 5G phones the opportunity to take advantage of the new super-speedy connectivity — with peaks of nearly 600 Mbps.

T-Mobile completes long-awaited mega-merger with Sprint

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere is stepping down as big boss.
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The T-Mobile and Sprint merger is now officially complete, transforming the third and fourth-biggest wireless carriers in the U.S. into a more giant-sized rival to take on Verizon and AT&T.

The New T-Mobile, as it will be known, will be run by CEO Mike Sievert. Sievert takes over from T-Mobile boss John Legere, who has been chief executive of T-Mobile since 2012. Legere will remain on T-Mobile’s board until June.

FCC plans to hit U.S. cellphone carriers with massive fines

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All the major carriers are about to get fined.
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America’s largest cellphone carriers are about to get hit with hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from the Federal Communications Commission according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

Officials at the FCC found the companies broke the law by selling customers’ location data to third parties and are prepared to make AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint pay big time. The companies have reportedly been notified that fines could be on the way.

T-Mobile and Sprint rejig terms of their megamerger

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The $26 billion deal has been years in the making.
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T-Mobile and Sprint have finalized their deal terms as their all-stock “New T-Mobile” merger continues to head toward completion. They’re hoping that the megamerger could be officially approved as early as April 1.

Originally, Sprint owner SoftBank was scheduled to trade 9.75 shares for each T-Mobile share. According to the new agreement, it will trade 11 shares per T-Mobile share. Sprint’s other shareholders will get the original exchange ratio.

Judge approves Sprint and T-Mobile megamerger

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Deal has sent stock rocketing upwards.
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T-Mobile’s $26 billion merger with Sprint has been given the go-ahead by a U.S. district judge, rocketing the companies’ stock prices upward.

Sprint increased 74% this morning, hitting $8.34. T-Mobile, meanwhile, increased 11% to $93.62. However, the deal won’t officially be done until the California Public Utilities Commission approves the merger.

T-Mobile and Sprint merger may finally be approved Tuesday

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Colorful T-Mobile CEO John Legere will hand over the reins to a successor.
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A verdict regarding the long-delayed megamerger between T-Mobile and Sprint is expected to be announced Tuesday, The New York Times claims.

The ruling would combine America’s third- and fourth-biggest wireless carriers to create one with a massive 100 million customers. It follows an “unusual suit” filed back in June by attorneys general from 13 states, alongside the District of Columbia. They are concerned that a merger would reduce competition in the industry, which could drive up cellphone bills.

T-Mobile makes 5G just $15 a month. Maybe.

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T-Mobile 5G hits the airwaves next month, for way less that most people probably expected.
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When the 5G iPhone launches next year, it’ll be able to connect to the T-Mobile 5G network for as little as $15 a month. That’s half what the carrier currently charges for 4G service.

Dropping prices seems to part of T-Mobile working to convince skeptics that its merger with Sprint will be a big win for consumers. And that’s the ringer here: its new ultra-low cost plan is available only if the merger goes through.

FCC approval makes T-Mobile/Sprint merger almost a done deal

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai openly supports the big T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
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The Federal Communications Commission reportedly will grant approval for the multibillion-dollar merger of T-Mobile and Sprint. This is one of the last hurdles before the third- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers can blend into a single entity almost as large as AT&T and Verizon.