Rumors and speculation about a T-Mobile and Sprint coming together have been plentiful for years now, but it looks as though the terms have all been hashed out between the organizations as they've jointly announced a $26.5 billion merger and will be seeking approval from U.S. regulators and shareholders.

"This combination will create a fierce competitor with the network scale to deliver more for consumers and businesses in the form of lower prices, more innovation, and a second-to-none network experience – and do it all so much faster than either company could on its own," said John Legere. "As industry lines blur and we enter the 5G era, consumers and businesses need a company with the disruptive culture and capabilities to force positive change on their behalf."

"The combination of these two dynamic companies can only benefit the U.S. consumer. Both Sprint and T-Mobile have similar DNA and have eliminated confusing rate plans, converging into one rate plan: Unlimited," said Marcelo Claure. "We intend to bring this same competitive disruption as we look to build the world's best 5G network that will make the U.S. a hotbed for innovation and will redefine the way consumers live and work across the U.S., including in rural America. As we do this, we will force our competitors to follow suit, as they always do, which will benefit the entire country. I am confident this combination will spur job creation and ensure opportunities for Sprint employees as part of a larger, stronger combined organization, and I am thrilled that Kansas City will be a second headquarters for the merged company."

Officially, the combined company will be named T-Mobile, and Sprint branding will fade off into the distance to help reduce cost.

The combined company will have lower costs, greater economies of scale, and the resources to provide U.S. consumers and businesses with lower prices, better quality, unmatched value, and greater competition. The New T-Mobile will employ more people than both companies separately and create thousands of new American jobs.

Additionally, there will be some movement within the ranks and board structure as well where Germany's Deutsche Telekom as T-Mobile's parent company, will control a 42% stake and seat nine board members, while Sprint's parent Softbank would have a 27% stake and four board members.

Following closing, the new company will be headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with a second headquarters in Overland Park, Kan. John Legere, current President and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile US and the creator of T-Mobile's successful Un-carrier strategy, will serve as Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Sievert, current Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile, will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of the combined company. The remaining members of the new management team will be selected from both companies during the closing period. Tim Höttges, current T-Mobile US Chairman of the Board, will serve as Chairman of the Board for the new company. Masayoshi Son, current SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO, and Marcelo Claure, current Chief Executive Officer of Sprint, will serve on the board of the new company.

The press release from both is worth taking a look at and the announcement has been a long time coming but the announcement is just the start because again, it all has to go through U.S. regulators which historically haven't had much interest in approving deals which reduce the number of carriers available. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

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