"We have definitively put a stake in the ground around the kind of company the supercharged Un-carrier will be and the ways we can put this radically better 5G network to work doing GOOD for this country - good for consumers, good for competition and good for innovation!" said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile.
In an effort to try and win support for (and to speed along) its still-pending merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has rolled out a suite of initiatives that include everything from "Project 10 Million" (which will bring free internet to 10 million households) to a new wireless plan announced Thursday that costs a shockingly low $15/month. Verizon is now charging extra for its 5G service.
Rather than charging extra for 5G, this telecom will combine it with 4G service and lower the cost. It will initially cover 200 million Americans in 5,000 cities and towns. With it, users would get unlimited talk and text, as well as 2GB of data.
T-Mobile also plans on prioritizing network traffic from these agencies, which should help keep responders connected during emergencies.
T-Mobile committed to providing free 5G access, with unlimited data, texting and calling, to all public and non-profit state and local police, fire and EMS agencies across the nation.
And T-Mobile will offer free wireless service and hotspots, along with lower-priced laptops and tablets, to 10 million US families over five years. In a statement provided to CNET, an AT&T spokesperson called out T-Mobile's newest pledges for first responders and education as a "marketing stunt". And they're added to committments T-Mobile and Sprint made earlier this year before receiving Department of Justice approval. "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.