Mobile teases the cheapest phone plan ever ahead of merger

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No matter the capacity, these plans will come with unlimited talk and text. For personal plans, T-Mobile recently extended its military discount to first responders and anyone on their family plans.

But, if the merger goes through, T-Mobile promises that 200 million customers in 5,000 cities and towns will have access to 5G network speeds immediately, with no extra charges or changes required.

All of the major carriers in the USA offer reduced cost plans for emergency workers.

T-Mobile is green-lighting its 5G network in the U.S. just in time for the holidays. T-Mobile CEO John Legere committed to supporting this program for the next 10 years. AT&T already has completed 60% of the FirstNet 4G first responders network.

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Project 10 Million, which T-Mobile describes as "an unprecedented new program created to eradicate the homework gap that exists for millions of children by offering free service and hotspots and reduced cost devices to 10 million households around the U.S. over five years". Its "Project 10 Million" initiative will give households across the states access to free Internet to help kids connect to their school work.

"Where you live shouldn't determine where you go in life", added Sievert. It includes unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data. "But these people have yet to realize that what they want is what we want", said Legere by way of trying to sell the merger. That's compared to their $30 a month plan that requires four lines, which is T-Mobile's next lowest cost plan.

The FCC said T-Mobile and Sprint have committed to deploy 5G service to cover 97 percent of United States customers within three years, and 99 percent within six years. And, for each year customers stay with the plan, they'll see their monthly data allowance rise by 500 megabytes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and two other Republican commissioners voted to approve the merger, while the two Democratic commissioners opposed. "(The T-Mobile Sprint merger) is exactly the type of merger that the Justice Department and the Commission have discouraged and rejected in the past: "one that would harm competition and result in higher prices and poorer service, particularly for the most vulnerable consumers".

But attorneys general of 15 states and the District of Columbia aim to block it, saying it will raise prices for consumers.