Here's how the two companies stack up in terms of size, market share and more.
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T-Mobile and Sprint got the go-ahead for their $26 billion merger Friday from the US Department of Justice. The merger will create a carrier that has the size and scale to better go toe-to-toe with industry leaders Verizon and AT&T in an effort to attract consumers by offering better service at lower prices.
The DOJ wasn't alone in scrutinizing the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. Thirteen state attorneys general, including New York's and California's, filed a lawsuit alleging the merger would raise prices for consumers.
While the Federal Communications Commission gave the deal its approval last month, the DOJ was looking for T-Mobile to sell off additional assets to create a new wireless competitor. In response to the DOJ's concerns, T-Mobile reached a deal with Dish Network. The satellite provider would receive wireless spectrum from T-Mobile and Sprint's prepaid wireless network, Boost Mobile.
To ease antitrust concerns, T-Mobile and Sprint have promised to hold prices steady for three years. They've also pledged to create customer service centers to spur job growth.
Here's a comparison of how T-Mobile and Sprint stack up:
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