I don't really understand the benefit of merging a fairly large GSM carrier with a fairly large CDMA carrier. Wouldn't it be more beneficial for sprint to continue gobbling up regional CDMA carriers like they did to US Cellular?
I think the point is to take advantage of the new LTE rollout and the fact most phones support CDMA and GSM anyway. Not to mention that business plan wise Softbank and TMobile are very compatible, and in fact almost mirror images (though tmobile uses mainly unlimited call plans while softbank has to stick to per-minute calling since japanese rules are ridiculous).
I got a Sprint HTC One. It has full support for CDMA and GSM, with the ability to smartly switch between them. It can even roam over to GSM when it doesn't have a CDMA signal. And yes I do have a SIM card, which is required for LTE.
Most newer smartphones have much the same ability. All it would take would be a small software update and boom, the phone will switch between CDMA, GSM, and LTE as required.
Also 3G GSM is actually a type of CDMA (WCDMA to be exact), which is the reason you can use voice and data at the same time on TMob and AT&T.
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