Report: T-Mobile and Mint Mobile in acquisition talks


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TL; DR

  • A new report suggests that T-Mobile and Mint Mobile may be in talks about an acquisition.
  • Mint already uses T-Mobile’s network, so it probably won’t affect coverage too much.
  • Pricing, plan availability, etc. could change if this agreement materializes.

Mint Mobile is an MVNO of T-Mobile. This means that Mint operates independently but leases cell tower access from T-Mobile. This is why Mint can keep its prices so low while still having decent national coverage.

However, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that T-Mobile and Mint Mobile might want to get a little closer. The report alleges that T-Mobile is interested in possibly buying Mint. If that happens, Mint will join Metro PCS as a sub-brand – which T-Mobile bought and replaced with Metro by T-Mobile.

Since Mint leases access to the tower from T-Mobile, this deal likely won’t affect customer coverage. However, plan names, data caps and prices may change.

Actor Ryan Reynolds owns about a quarter of Mint Mobile. If this deal goes through, Reynolds would likely earn hundreds of millions. It is unclear whether or not Reynolds would continue to act as owner and spokesperson for Mint if T-Mobile purchased Mint Mobile.