In his new open letter to Ajit Pai at the Federal Communications Commission, John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile makes bold promises about the proposed T-Mobile-Sprint merger.
Legere’s assurance words
In the letter, John talks about crits of the merger, whom he claims are employees at Big Telco and Big Cable. He continues to say that these crits are wrongly relying on the assumption that the T-Mobile-Sprint merger is allegedly going to cause its clients to pay more for wireless services, and reduced features if their mobile plans.
In his efforts to shut down his critics, Legere makes a huge promise that will be hard to fulfill:
To remove any remaining doubt or concerns about New T-Mobile’s prices while we are combining our networks over the next three years, T-Mobile today is submitting to the Commission a commitment that I stand behind – a commitment that New T-Mobile will make available the same or better rate plans for our services as those offered today by T-Mobile or Sprint.
Considering the letter was published recently (February 4th, 2019), implies that entry-level prices would not go beyond the base-level. Moreover, the $70 unlimited plan that T-Mobile is currently offering, also includes all levies and extra fees in the price. Apparently, users registering with the new T-Mobile, owing to that the merger goes through is predicted to be no more than, 2022.
What it means for the 5G technology
However, Legere’s letter doesn’t cover much on the current trendy technologies; such as the 5G service that is currently being deployed on multiple fronts. And because the merger isn’t confirmed yet, offering the same plans powered by 5G services will be expensive; but Legere wouldn’t have broken his promise yet.
Looking at how Legere addresses various aspects of his open letter, you can always feel the passion and commitment he has to his faithful consumers; wants to keep them happy:
We are the Un-carrier. If we broke faith by raising rates and cutting back benefits, we would lose our loyal customers and destroy the future of our brand. I want to assure you that we would never do this. My management team and I can make this personal commitment because we believe in delivering on our promises, and we know if we do not, we will lose credibility and the trust of our customers.
Besides, the proposal T-Mobile-Sprint merger already has approval from the Treasury Department; but it’s waiting on the formal acceptance from the Justice Department and the FCC.
Last summer, John and Claure took the stands to justify their proposed merger before the Senate Judiciary; but the Commerce Democratic lawmakers raised their doubts about the merger. They too had asked for a formal hearing to verify the deal. In their letter last month, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); they had requested that the Republican majority should summon another hearing to investigate company directors for the proposed merger.
What we know
When it comes to acquiring regulatory approvals, it’s evident that carriers will do anything to get them signed. That includes ranting about false promises while ending each statement with; “we don’t have the bad things they accuse us of.”
Evidently, one of the advisers consulting with T-Mobile is former FCC commissioner Migon Clyburn. And the fact that he previously opposed the attempt of AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile before makes us doubt the authenticity in the whole merger deal. Of course, T-Mobile now knows what they need to do to get the approval of the FCC; being the crucial approval they need.