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  • AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile and Become the Largest US Wireless Provider


    In a surprise announcement that has rocked the mobile world Sunday, AT&T has announced what's being called a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock combo. With this transaction, the wireless giant says in a formal statement heralding the buy, "AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns."

    If the deal is ultimately given the green light via regulatory approval, AT&T will effectively become the largest wireless provider in the US. The move comes as a major blow to Verizon as the carriers (both of which now boast the iPhone) duke it out to an entirely new degree for mobile supremacy. By bringing T-Mobile customers into the fold at AT&T, the carrier is poised to potentially regain some of the mobile mojo it lost to Verizon earlier this year.

    “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

    To read the official announcement from AT&T, click here.

    Source: AT&T
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile and Become the Largest US Wireless Provider started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 306 Comments
    1. zeroskater61's Avatar
      zeroskater61 -
      I think AT&T is only doing this to try and regain control of the iPhone drama... I mean now that verizon also sells the iPhone there loosing sells and customers... And since there's a lot and I mean a lot of unlocked iPhones out there running under t-mobile wouldn't this be a good way to get control of the situation once more?? I mean my thought but I know I could be so wrong...

      Either way if this helps at&t push out a 4G, LTE network then better for us AT&T customers right?
    1. morean51's Avatar
      morean51 -
      its shocking news i heard it by my colleague now i am seeing it
    1. Sarge78's Avatar
      Sarge78 -
      So I guess unlocks in the US will be pretty much useless soon.

      I wonder if they will keep T-Mobile as a seperate service and just share networks or do away with the name all together and roll it all together...

      I didn't read the official ATT announcement so no flamin' if that question is already answered in there
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by evchau View Post
      Many of you say "better speed, bigger network, bigger coverage" WRONG!!!! ATT will charge you once they see you using the Iphone. ATT will cut off or decommission T-Mobile Towers, and custmer service will go down hill because the competition from T-Mobile will be gone! (I had seen it happen when they acquired ATT from Cingular, Cingular kept the name ATT cause not many people knew Cingular), so history will just repeat itself, except that we---(the general public), will be screwed coming and going!

      Someone should tell the FCC that this merger is NOT serving the well-being of the public, it is filling the money coffers of AT&T at our expense~~~~~
      Att sold their wireless decision to Cingular and then bought it back. I kept my cell phone plan through the entire ordeal. They will make the billions back in half of a year.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Tmobile customers will get grandfathered in bcuz if att starts messing around with the plans then tmobile customers will leave n not only will att lose money with the purchase it will possible see tmobile customers go to their carrier enemy verizon or other carriers
      Everyone gets grandfathered in, ya noon
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Att sold their wireless decision to Cingular and then bought it back. I kept my cell phone plan through the entire ordeal. They will make the billions back in half of a year.
      really?
      verizon is any better?
      are u 4real?
    1. Spiru's Avatar
      Spiru -
      WOW, what huge news! Didn't see this coming.
    1. bck9900's Avatar
      bck9900 -
      We will still need unlocks if this is allowed to go through. Everybody forget about the CDMA Iphone?? Just means dev team will be able to focus on it that much more.
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Tmobile customers will get grandfathered in bcuz if att starts messing around with the plans then tmobile customers will leave n not only will att lose money with the purchase it will possible see tmobile customers go to their carrier enemy verizon or other carriers
      Yes and no, the Grandfathering of old Cingular plans and old At&t plans before Cingular bought At&t have been discontinued just this month.

      Tmobile plans may or may not all be Grandfathered, exspecially the ones that mimic At&t or arereal close.

      So I would say some may but the $10 and 5.99 Data plans you can forget it.

      I once read that Texting costs the Carries about nothing, its like 0.00001 Cent that its already part of the system so they make just about pure profit from that.

      How much does Data truly cost At&t and Verizon?
    1. snuffdog22's Avatar
      snuffdog22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cranie View Post
      We are the Borg. You will be assimilated- AT&T
      LOL that's funny.
    1. Burk's Avatar
      Burk -
      this definitely took me by surprise, cant wait for tha iPad 4g

      and i wonder if att is goin for the jugular with this one, they buy tmobile becoming the largest us carrier.

      Their next move should be to match sprints unlimited plan, and change their slogan to "who does it better?" lmao
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Wow. But T-mobile network isn't very good.
    1. quicknight's Avatar
      quicknight -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Will it now be AT&TMobile?
      AT&T(mo) or ATT(mo) or AT&Tmo
      lol
    1. scottw03's Avatar
      scottw03 -
      Does this mean that AT&T will finally get to have more color on the map of the USA for 3G or faster coverage over Verizon?

      Because I would love for the Verizon guys to finally have to eat their own words.

      However, with that said, I was probably going to jump ship with AT&T when my contact was done and get a 3G (or whatever G) iPad 3, 4, or 5 with data plan and a dump phone. I hate talking on the phone so a iPad would be better for me. I could "forget" my dumbphone at home........ a lot!!!!!!!

      sh!t, might now even get a dumbphone and stick with free texting, skype and whatever else they come out with for the iPad later.
    1. Sfarijo's Avatar
      Sfarijo -
      AT&T = Everyone can hear us!
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sfarijo View Post
      AT&T = Everyone can hear us!
      Don't count on that...
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      very shocking AT&TMobile gsm to gs,
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      AT&T definitely has the wrong idea... Try spending a few billions on networks, and you might actually be the biggest.
      lmao... they are spending billions on their network. 39 billion to be exact. Adding T-mo to their network will only make ATT's network stronger.
    1. Gr0undBreak1ng's Avatar
      Gr0undBreak1ng -
      Quote Originally Posted by squassss View Post
      lmao... they are spending billions on their network. 39 billion to be exact. Adding T-mo to their network will only make ATT's network stronger.
      Plus when they spent a billion on the whole 3G expansion!
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by squassss View Post
      lmao... they are spending billions on their network. 39 billion to be exact. Adding T-mo to their network will only make ATT's network stronger.
      lol. Spending $39B and creating absolutely nothing. What a waste of money.

      At least when Apple spends their money they create a whole new user experience surrounded by new and innovative products.