As for cellphone bills? MetroPCS customers, who now get low-cost, contract-free plans, might be pressured to sign up for two-year service agreements, which are more lucrative for cellphone companies. But T-Mobile also offers contract-free plans already, so MetroPCS customers wanting to stick with such plans should have more options, Golvin said.
Bergmayer from Public Knowledge, meanwhile, said the new company ‘‘could offer a really compelling product’’ for low-income people looking for a better value.’’ That said, he’s concerned that MetroPCS customers may be forced to buy new phones.
‘‘(And) we don’t want to see them forced off their existing price plans. So I really hope that as they move forward on this transaction they find a way to make sure that there’s minimal disruption to existing customers,’’ he said.
Germany’s stock market was closed Wednesday because of a national holiday. But the prospect of seeing Deutsche Telekom finding a solution for its struggling U.S. business sent the stock higher Tuesday after both companies had confirmed their talks.
Shares of Dallas-based MetroPCS fell $1.33, or 9.8 percent, to close at $12.24 Wednesday. It had shot up 17.8 percent on Tuesday to close at $13.57.
Baetz reported from Berlin. Ortutay is an AP Technology Writer. AP Television Producer Mathew Friedman in Washington contributed to this story.