Inside sources say T-Mobile, Sprint merger talks have resumed

Although they are at a very preliminary level and informal in nature, inside sources says officials with both SoftBank Group and Sprint have contacted Deutsche Telekom, majority owner of T-Mobile, about a possible merger. The resumption of talks may have been triggered by¬†an April 27th deadline passing that concluded a spectrum auction¬†blackout period for participants to pursue deals. Investors were told this week by both SoftBank’s chairman Masayoshi Son and Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Tim Hoettges that they were open to the idea of a merger. Earlier this year T-Mobile’s John Legere indicated there was still interest on his part as well.

T-Mobile rolls out a new premium insurance package for customers

T-Mobile has announced a new mobile device and insurance package for their wireless customers, and it’s easily the most comprehensive thing that’s currently in the market. For $15 per month you get the usual accidental damage protection, extended warranty, and some cloud backup services, but it also includes identity theft protection, security features like a password manager, and personal technical support.

Sprint’s Magic Box is a quick and small solution to building out their network

Sprint talks up their reliability next to Verizon, but when it comes to coverage and speed, it’s really tough to spin Sprint’s network as anything but mediocre. They’ve struggled to build up their network to stay competitive with the big guys, and T-Mobile has overtaken them from behind. Despite all of that, however, Sprint might have just found a magic bullet for its wireless woes.