Which I find surprising, considering the different networks but: Tower firms at little revenue risk from Sprint/T-Mobile merger, Cowen says - RCR Wireless News The thinking also seems to invert the conventional wisdom re: the different networks. Something like "Sprint has already learned how to do this with Nextel, therefore they will know how to do it with T-Mobile." T-Mobile's public statements have been in the "neither confirm nor deny" vein so it's a possibility from their point of view. One statement I found very surprising was: "The firm also said that tower overlap between Sprint and T-Mobile is minimal." I wouldn't have expected this but it makes the idea more geographically sensible, anyway. If their coverage only minimally overlaps, then they already have the tower locations to expand if necessary. If both move to LTE for everything, they can continue to operate separate networks until both divisions deploy the new technology. Sprint is already working to migrate their outdated Nextel Iden to a CDMA-based PTT technology so they can do this. How cost-effectively they can do this is another matter. The end result might be one more big carrier better equipped to do battle with the other two rather than two smaller ones ablating customers. Of course, they still won't have near the footprint of VZW but the same is true of AT&T and that obviously doesn't bother them very much. I really don't see how VZW's coverage isn't a bigger draw for more people than it apparently is. I guess it's because of the concentrated nature of the country's population.