Together, the companies claim 43 million subscribers and could cover up to 200 million customers with LTE service before the end of the year. Current customers on either carrier won’t notice much of an immediate difference, at least when it comes to branding and aesthetics. The two brands will continue to operate separately for the time being, but will eventually shift to a shared network infrastructure.
T-Mobile US says that with the merger, it’s now in a better position for its 4G to begin rolling out in 2014. MetroPCS could also become available in more areas as it hitches on to T-Mobile’s spectrum.
T-Mobile made waves recently as it unveiled its “Uncarrier” plans, completely ditching contracts and subsidies. Company CEO John Leger still believes the company’s pricing structure will be what sets it apart going forward, which will only be strengthened by the merger.