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April 1, 2020
The New T-Mobile is here. No, really.
But combining two massive national carriers into a new company wasn't easy.
Here are some key milestones and coverage highlights along the way from the US having four national 4G providers to having three national carriers capable of providing 5G service.
April 2018: T-Mobile & Sprint: Marriage Made in Hell
July 2018: Sprint + T-Mobile = Security Risk?
December 2018: Anti-Huawei Forces Focus on Sprint/T-Mobile Deal
January 2019: T-Mobile Quietly Confirms 5G Network in 30 Cities
April 2019: T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Odds Sink to 55%
October 2019: T-Mobile Takes Sprint Merger Battle Down to State Level
November 2019: The Un-CEO: Legere to Leave T-Mobile
December 2019: An Insider's View of the T-Mobile/Sprint Trial
February 2020: IT'S OVER: T-Mobile, Sprint merger approved - reports
Was there any point along the way where you thought this merger wasn't going to happen? I think I changed my mind five or six times along the way but I'd be interested to hear what you think in the comments below or on social media.
— Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief, Light Reading
Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading
Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.
His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.
Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.
After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.
Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.
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