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[Engadget]AT&T buys T-Mobile ; Wants AWS Spectrum for LTE

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Wowzers! AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The combined customer base of this upcoming behemoth will be 130 million humans, though the agreed deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it'll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy -- if they get through, the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States -- but we don't have to wait that long to start discussing life with only three major US carriers. AT&T envisions it as a rosy garden of "straightforward synergies" thanks to a set of "complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations." For more details on that, hit up the Mobilize Everything site below or jump past the break for the official press release.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/20/a...tsche-telekom/

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Flipping through the slide deck accompanying a hastily-arranged press conference this morning to talk up AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA, it's now clear that the company is interested in augmenting its 700MHz LTE spectrum with T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS airwaves -- a move that it says would help it deploy LTE to 95 percent of the American population. AWS is currently used by T-Mobile for its 3G services, but running LTE there isn't without precedent -- that's where MetroPCS is already set up, so there's some potential for consumer hardware and infrastructure synergy there.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/21/c...m-for-lte-bui/
Edited by OmegaNemesis28 - 3/21/11 at 1:56pm
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Oh come on seriously???? So much for competition. This is not good news at all imo.
 
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Holy cow.... now I can get an Iphone on the worlds slowest network. Way to go Tmobile.
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Bring it on, AT&T-mobile.
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hmm, only 3 major telecoms left in the US then, Spring, Verizon and At&t.

This is probably a bid to maintain their #1 status for the most customers.
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You've got to be kidding me..

Less and less competition, how was this deal finalized by the FCC?

Also, don't AT&T and T-Mobile use completely different bands?


EDIT: Not finalized yet, I hope it doesn't go through We need more competition these days, not less. We pay more for less nowadays
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You've got to be kidding me..

Less and less competition, how was this deal finalized by the FCC?

Also, don't AT&T and T-Mobile use completely different bands?
No Tmobile uses GSM like AT&T.
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Wonder what this will mean to me and other T-Mobile customers.
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Wonder what this will mean to me and other T-Mobile customers.
Don't tether?
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go useless customer service.
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