Mobile's post-merger pricing commitments may have been undermined by Sprint exec

Trial begins in U.S. states' effort to block T-Mobile  Sprint deal

On a cold and rainy Monday morning in NY, T-Mobile and Sprint went to court to try to get approval for their merger.

The states seek to prove in Manhattan federal court that the merger between the No. 3 and No. 4 wireless service providers would raise prices, notably for users on prepaid packages. T-Mobile and Sprint argue that teaming up will help them battle Verizon and AT&T, the nation's top carriers, and lower prices.

The companies argue that the stronger T-Mobile that would result from the proposed $26.5 billion takeover would be better able to innovate and compete to reduce wireless prices.

If the states win their case, other companies may attempt to merge with or acquire T-Mobile or Sprint, according to sources in a CNBC report.

The trial, in U.S. District Court in NY, opened Monday and is expected to last several weeks. "They will claim he 'never plays by the rules, ' a person with direct knowledge of the case told The Post", Kosman writes.

The lawsuit from 14 state attorneys general, and the District of Columbia, led by California and NY, is one of the last hurdles T-Mobile must face before it can proceed with buying Sprint for $26 billion, and cutting the number of telecom giants in the nation from four to three.

New York Attorney General Letitia James had stated in June that the deal would stifle competition, harm valuable consumers and cut jobs.

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"The more choices we have, the more options we have to get the best, highest quality product at a fair price", he added, calling it "common sense".

The deal got the nod from both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission, thanks to T-Mobile's unusual commitment to create a brand-new mobile carrier in a deal with satellite-TV company Dish. While the operator has the lucrative mid-band spectrum that T-Mobile covets, it lacks higher frequency millimeter wave positions that would allow faster speeds and a low band spectrum that would allow it to cover a larger portion of the country. This frequency allows faster data connections than the 5G low band network T-Mobile was turned on for 200 million people on Friday, but with a significantly greater range than the 5G millimeter wave of higher frequency now favored by Verizon. Dish would start using the mobile service after purchasing Sprint's current prepaid service business.

The states say the dish update is not good enough. That limits its ability to invest in network improvements.

Several T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish executives are expected to appear in the coming days, including T-Mobile CEO John Legere, President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert and Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray.

Leger, the face of T-Mobile and the rare telecom manager whose name the public may know because he tends to publish videos and GIFs on social media, will retire as CEO next spring.

Tim Hoettges, the chairman of T-Mobile's majority owner, Deutsche Telekom AG, began testifying Monday and will resume Tuesday.

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