T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 5.0 event has seen its topic speculated about many times, but with talk of a possible buyout of T-Mobile by Sprint floating around, the possibility that this event will be to announce plans of this purchase are increasing. If “inside sources” of TK Tech News are to be trusted, new “Framily” plans from this merged company (referred to as SoftBank USA) have been exposed.
Reportedly, offerings would start at $60 for unlimited talk, text, and data, with 5GB of tethering. This comes with T-Mobile’s previously announced international data roaming, and text messaging to loads of different countries.
For Framily plans with more than eight people attached, each line will reportedly only cost $25 a month, for the same deal as described above. In a separate tweet, TK Tech News says 10 people (contradicting their blog post), so it’s unclear which one is allegedly the correct number.
TK Tech News says more information is coming soon, which we are excited about, but we remain skeptical — after all, nothing has been made official by either Sprint or T-Mobile.
Update: TK Tech News has gone ahead and clarified some of the questions we had with their initial blog post. First of all, you can have between 8 and 10 people on a Framily plan to get the $25/month deal.
They are also going back and forth on the name, with their sources now reporting that SoftBank USA may not be the name at all — it could end up being Sprint with magenta coloring (to represent both companies, and to instill the American trust).
Also added was new financial information — The Wall Street Journal reported correctly in saying the buyout would be for $32 billion, but there’s an extra $4 billion in cash to Deutsche Telekom bringing that to $36 billion.
As far as MVNOs not owned by T-Mobile or Sprint go, their current contracts would still be honored, but “networks may have to change”.
Sprint will also allegedly see its CDMA network scrapped entirely, which is huge news. VoLTE was expected to replace it soon, anyway, so it shouldn’t be too big an issue.
The combined company would also acquire more roaming agreements to fill coverage gaps between the two, which is understandable.
More information is promised, and we will update this post as we hear more.