Dish’s acquisition of Boost Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid wireless business, is now complete. The Dish Boost acquisition is valued at $1.4 billion and includes more than 9.3 million customers. Dish also gains a seven-year MVNO agreement with T-Mobile that will put new Boost customers on the T-Mobile network as Dish builds its own mobile network.

Additionally, Boost mobile customers will be able to roam on the T-Mobile network in “certain areas” until Dish’s 5G network is built out, according to a T-Mobile press release.

“Boost has begun, and will continue, to activate customers with a compatible device onto the new T-Mobile network, where customers will receive a stronger signal, faster speeds and more coverage,” Dish noted in its own press release.

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Boost Goes Retro
Dish also said that it plans to keep the Boost name but has launched a new logo for the service. Also on tap: Dish will bring back a previous Boost mobile offering known as $hrink-It!

The $hrink-It! Offering is designed to reward customers who pay bills on time with price discounts. Prices start at $45 for 15GB per month, and that price decreases by $5 after three on-time payments, and by an additional $5 after six total on-time payments. A Dish/Boost press release notes that Boost previously offered a similar plan in the early 2010s.

Boost also will offer a $35 10GB plan that includes unlimited talk and text.

The Dish Boost acquisition fulfills commitments that Dish and T-Mobile made as a condition of the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. Regulators were concerned that without the divestiture, the merged company would have a too-dominant position in the prepaid market.

After a prolonged negotiation, Dish and T-Mobile reached a deal a few weeks ago.

The merger conditions also required T-Mobile to sell some of Sprint’s spectrum holdings to Dish. Neither the Dish press release nor the release from T-Mobile includes details about that. But the T-Mobile release does note that “In connection with the closing of the Dish transaction, T-Mobile, Sprint and Dish entered into certain other ancillary agreements, including a spectrum purchase agreement.”

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