T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it’s approved

The planned $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the Justice Department and the FCC, but it’s not a sure thing yet. To sweeten the deal, T-Mobile is dangling three big free and cheap data initiatives that will only go through if the merger does. A little sugar helps the medicine go down.
Contingent on creating the “New T-Mobile,” there are three big moves planned, all of which to be fair sound great:

10 years of free 5G for all police, fire, emergency medical services, and other first responders countrywide

Free wireless service and reduced cost devices to 10 million disconnected households in U.S. and Puerto Rico

New $15/month prepaid plan with unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data

Obviously these are all aimed at making it seem like T-Mobile is concerned with the public good. And no one is disputing that these programs would help a lot of people out. It just feels like such a transparent play to balance out the anti-competitive risks of the merger.

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