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  • Aug 03, 2019

    T-Mobile/Sprint Merger, Its Wacky Facets, and Travel Plans | #211

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    If there’s one thing we’ve learned as consumers, its that huge corporate mergers never work out in our favor. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, discusses the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint  that has the attorneys general of California, Texas, and New York up in arms. There are a couple of weird facets about this merger that leave us scratching our heads, like its inclusion of Dish Network as a propped up fourth cell phone carrier. We also chat about the roll out of 5G internet and SpaceX’s plans with low orbit satellite internet. Geoff also shares why he switched to Google Fi from T-Mobile, how to save money while abroad with your cell phone plan, and how to avoid getting financially destroyed by predatory travel packages. Tune in for more!

     

    ·[00:00:00] The Best Ways to Be a Cellphone Roamer
    ·[00:05:59] Travel Packages / T-Mobile Sprint Merger
    ·[00:12:31] T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Facing Pressure
    ·[00:19:51] Dish An Unlikely Third Wheel in Merger
    ·[00:27:09] 5G vs Low Orbit Satellite Internet
    ·[00:35:52] Likelihood of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

     

    [00:00:00] The Best Ways to Be a Cellphone Roamer
    Are you frustrated with paying ridiculously huge phone bills while traveling abroad? Well, we have some tips and tricks for you. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, suggests purchasing a local SIM card to save on your travel expenditures. The only problem with this solution is that your phone needs to be unlocked for this to work. Tune in to hear more tips for saving money abroad.

     

    [00:05:59] Travel Packages / T-Mobile Sprint Merger
    If you’re overpaying while visiting foreign countries, your carrier may be the problem. Verizon and AT&T punish roamers with high fees and pricey travel package, but Google Fi, T-Mobile, and Sprint offer widespread coverage with no extra fees, albeit with reduced data speeds. In other news, the impending potential merger of T-Mobile and Sprint that was previously rejected by the Department of Justice (DOJ) has now been approved by the DOJ. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, chat about the implications of a combined T-Mobile/Sprint entity.

     

    [00:12:31] T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Facing Pressure
    The attorneys general of New York, California, and Texas have agreed on something: a T-Mobile/ Sprint merger will only hurt consumers. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, and host, Mike Etchart, would have to agree. The proposed merger would reduce market competition from four to three major players, but don’t worry, the DOJ has thought about that and have come up with a solution, and it’s very weird. Enter Dish Network. Set to gobble up excess Sprint assets, Dish will be the unforeseen beneficiaries if this merger goes through, acting as a sort of propped-up fourth carrier to preserve market competition. If this smells funny to you, you’re not alone. Tune in to learn more.

     

    [00:19:51] Dish An Unlikely Third Wheel in Merger
    With Dish Network’s shoehorned introduction into this T-Mobile/ Sprint merger deal, we see two possible outcomes. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, and host, Mike Etchart, explain why Dish is in a sink or swim situation and how this could benefit the new proposed T-Mobile/ Sprint entity in the future. Either Dish ends up running a successful cellular telephone carrier service, or they flop and the new merged entity gobbles them back up in a couple of years. Tune in as we explore this topic deeper.

     

    [00:27:09] 5G vs Low Orbit Satellite Internet
    Dish Network’s inclusion in the T-Mobile/ Sprint merger proposal continues to puzzle us, we just have so many question! Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, and host, Mike Etchart, discuss one of the most obvious benefits for Sprint and T-Mobile to combine forces: an easier 5G rollout. This makes us wonder, how can Dish Network stay competitive in an industry that is poised to transition into a completely new cellular technology. We also discuss reasons why Dish can’t compete in a new arena in their area of focus – Satellite technology. SpaceX has been making leaps and strides in a bid to corner the market on low-orbit satellite internet service, which requires an inordinate amount of orbiting satellites to work. Dish just isn’t prepared to launch or maintain this many orbital objects. Listen in as we explore Dish Network’s viability moving forward.

     

    [00:35:52] Likelihood of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
    Now that we’ve examined all of the facts, it’s time to put on our robe and wizard hat, grab our crystal ball and make a prediction. Freelance Writer, Editor, and Photographer for CNET and The New York Times, Geoffrey Morrison, and host, Mike Etchart, give the likelihood of the T-Mobile/ Sprint merger coming to fruition a solid maybe. Either way, this isn’t something that will be resolved quickly and we will be hearing news about it for a long time to come. Tune in as we chat about the potential ripple effect of big mergers like the T-Mobile/ Sprint and AT&T/ Time Warner deals.

     

    Explore More with Helpful Links:

    ·Special Guest: Geoffrey Morrison | Freelance Writer, Editor/ Photographer, CNET/ The New York Times 

    ·Website: Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

    ·Website: Sprint

    ·Website: T-Mobile

    ·Website: Dish Network

    ·Website: Google Fi

    ·Website: SpaceX

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    Host: Mike Etchart
    Producer: Cody Castleberry
    Audio Engineer: Cody Castleberry
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Contributor: Geoffrey Morrison

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