As of May 2018, Sprint and T-Mobile will merge and the plan is to help both companies grow larger as one, introduce the new 5G technology, and drop the CDMA technology that powers the Sprint network in favor of the GSM network that T-Mobile (as well as AT&T and Verizon) uses.
What is going to happen to the Sprint subsidiaries that also uses the CDMA like Virgin Mobile, Boost, etc.?
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I presume that we will have to buy new phones by then, as in GSM phones, since our current CDMA phones will be rendered obsolete and useless.
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Virgin Mobile has become the first iPhone only carrier in the US, and many iPhones are compatible with both CDMA and GSM. For instance, all iPhones 6, 6S, 6S Plus, and SE are compatible with both CDMA and GSM. Therefore, these phones can be used on all 4 main US carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon).
So depending on the phone you have, you might not have to buy a new phone after Sprint and T-Mobile merge. It is estimated that more than 20 million Sprint customers have phones that are compatible with the T-Mobile network.
If you buy a new phone before the merger, just make sure it is also compatible with GSM, because the only CDMA carrier other than Sprint in the US is Verizon. And you probably don't want to switch to Verizon after the merger (they have a great network, but it is also the most expensive carrier in the US).
Hello, sliderider. After the close, we'll inform costumers of any changes, and expect to deliver a faster more reliable network, at lower prices and with better value.