T-Mobile previews new features available if Sprint merger completed

T-Mobile previews new features available if Sprint merger completed
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T-Mobile on Thursday previewed a set of new offerings that will become available if the wireless provider's merger with Sprint overcomes its final legal hurdle.

The announcements came two days after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally approved the merger of the country's third- and fourth-largest U.S. wireless providers.

The deal is still facing a roadblock as a group of 17 state attorneys general forge ahead in their lawsuit to prevent it. 

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere laid out several new programs and commitments that the company will offer if that lawsuit is resolved.

The Connecting Heroes Initiative would give free unlimited talk, text and 5G internet for law enforcement, fire and EMS services.

Project 10million, meanwhile, would aim to close the "homework gap" by investing $10 billion in providing free internet to 10 million households

The carrier also introduced its cheapest plan to date: $15 per month for unlimited talk, text and 2GB of data.

"Today’s moves show once again how the new T-Mobile will change wireless for good, with more competition, lower prices, and innovative solutions," T-Mobile President and COO Mike Sievert said during a live rollout of the products. "This can all come together with a T-Mobile/Sprint combination and we’re ready to go."

T-Mobile executives stressed that the new offerings are contingent on the merger's completion.

“Everything we announced today is dependent on the massive capacity expansion that comes from the new T-Mobile," Sievert said.

The wireless company expressed optimism about the upcoming challenge from states, which claims that the combined telecom giant would ramp up prices for consumers and result in significant job losses. 

"We're prepared for litigation on Dec. 9 with the states who have taken action to block the deal," Legere said Thursday.

"We've been meeting with many many states, including New York where we are today, and hearing what's important for them. We have had a number of states pull out of the suit."

Legere noted that he sent a letter today to several state attorneys general, including New York's Letitia James (D), who is leading the effort, outlining efforts T-Mobile has made to assuage concerns.

"I think through either or a settlement or a very successful trial the new T-Mobile is coming," he said.