It seems the relationship between the two companies has fallen apart as it didn’t quite work out as well as they had hoped. Now it looks like they will be seeing different people as they go their separate ways.
This was all of course triggered by the negotiation over who would have what (and how much) control over the newly combined wireless company. It would have quickly boosted the companies to a competitive subscriber number (more than 130 million subscribers) against AT&T and Verizon, allowing them to thrive with these new numbers and combine technologies for a stronger network.
Of course there was the worry of competitive pricing if the big four became the big three, possibly causing pricing on plans and hardware to rise. The outcome of the situation means they will continue to compete against each other, preventing this from happening. The fact that it even got this close was impressive, as in the past it would have been shut down by regulators if it were anyone else.
It would have been interesting though to see how they would have approached the combining of the two companies together when it comes to their networks, and how that would have benefited the subscribers. Sprint is CDMA while T-Mobile offers a GSM network. Normally phones from either network wouldn’t function on the other. However, with phones releasing with dual radios now, it could be that we may see a bridged network out of it that could compete with the likes of Google Fi. For now, we are left with the wonder, but no conclusion.
All of this of course doesn’t mean anything is set in stone as they could easily make another approach in the future. It seems both companies still value and respect each other while confirming the merge could help them both–if it were to ever happen. Thus it seems it all comes down to control issues, in a friendly race to figure out what would be the best solution for everyone.