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What a Sprint/T-Mobile deal could mean for prepaid plans

Tech Yeah! Pros & cons of Sprint/T-Mobile merger

Prepaid cellphone plans could get more expensive if a Sprint and T-Mobile merger is sealed.

That's because often cheaper prepaid plans initially came about as a way for wireless carriers to get their foot in the door with consumers, noted Mike Prospero, reviews editor at Laptop Mag.

"The reason Sprint and T-Mobile offer these plans is a way to grab market share at the expense of revenue. Combined, they would have nearly as many subscribers at AT&T and Verizon, so there'd be less incentive to offer lower-cost deals," Prospero said.