Sprint has been openly against AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile since the very beginning. If this proposed acquisition goes through, that would make AT&T and Verizon the leaders of mobile telephony in the US, placing Sprint on a lower, more vulnerable position. Now that the merge is going through its process, and the FCC has even asked for consumers’ opinions, Sprint seems to be making some interesting moves to stay alive if the said deal comes goes through.
Sprint has given us a nice incentive to head over to their protecting arms, offering ETF (Early Termination Fee) credits to those that switch over to the first 4G network in America. Though Sprint is now giving this ETF credit to anyone that moves from a rival company, this offer was meant mostly for T-Mobile business customers (it has been cleared that individuals can also take advantage of this), who might be afraid of their impending “AT&T doom”.
Under the conditions of this offer, one would be able to switch to Sprint and receive an ETF credit, upon porting a number from an existing contract (just to make sure). According to CNN, such credit would be of $175 for business customers, $125 for individuals purchasing a smartphone, and $75 for individuals buying a feature phone.
Thought that was good news? Wait for this detail… If the AT&T/T-Mobile merge does not go through, and one decides that T-Mobile is still a sweet and comfortable spot, Sprint will waive their own ETF, allowing you to make a seamless return to T-Mobile (as long as you do it before 90 days after the announcement). If the deal does go through, though, you are pretty much with Sprint for the duration of the 2-year contract, or until you decide to pay the ETF and cancel. Of course you also get a guaranteed first 30 day window, in which you can choose to opt-out and cancel all attachments with Sprint.
What do you say? Good deal, right? This just shows you how much Sprint (along with many of us) is worried about a possible cellphone carrier duopoly, and it is an open invitation find a safe spot as a refugee in the middle of so much acquisition havoc.