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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. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      *logs into e-trade.com*
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xgus69 View Post
      this sucks.. now the prices go up and no more unlimited data.. **** att
      We don't know what the prices will be yet We'll have to wait and see!
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      So no need unlock iPhone to use for t-mobile in US,.......

      and this is suck for t-mobile customers who have $29.99 plan --> the plan automatic change to $39.99 since 03/21/2011.....
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      I hope the FCC and/or the Justice Department blocks this merger. With a Democrat in the White House, there is a greater chance DOJ might step in. I expect the Democrats in Congress will furiously oppose this merger, but their options are limited.

      This needs to be blocked.
    1. nightsoarer's Avatar
      nightsoarer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bdiddy619 View Post
      Your joking right? thats pretty much just happened when they aquired them buddy
      I know I was just going to write the same thing. This is fantastic news to both AT&T and T-Mobile customers, we are now going to have much better coverage on both ends.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      So the U.S only has three carriers now?
      AT&T, Verizon and Sprint ya?or am I missing someone?
      Less competition can mean higher prices so that sucks.

      Can't believe we've 6 carriers on our small island
    1. reVain's Avatar
      reVain -
      According to the AT&T website, the full effect will take place in 12 months. So I'm assuming that unlocking will be needed still for iDevices for a little while longer.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by yikee View Post
      This is bad for us t-mobile customers, fees are higher and customer service is the worst. I know, I have at&t before switching. No more fun of unlocking the iphone anymore.

      Unlock is still needed for a lot of people. Especially those of use that travel abroad. That was my main reason for unlocking. No roaming in other countries... I remember unlocking of phones (carrier unlock) back in 1999. Very popular in EU... And still will be... so I doubt unlock will not go away, in fact my 3gs was unlocked by t-mobile for 50 euro when i left DE...
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Will it now be AT&TMobile?

      That's great x)
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Less choice, less competition. Eventually it will come down to two carriers. Then they can set their prices to whatever they want. Scary stuff.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I actually like t-mo... Only problem is the coverage in the USA is lacking. Always roaming on ATT net. But... wouldn't it be great if all T-Mo customers went to CDMA (spring or Verizon)? lol... Of course if most customers are like me. Once you go GSM you wont go back!

      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Less choice, less competition. Eventually it will come down to two carriers. Then they can set their prices to whatever they want. Scary stuff.
      If it turns out like it did in EU. Then yup that could be the case. However, there could be some good out of it as well. lets see what happens and I bet the FCC is keeping a close eye along with the FB.
    1. reVain's Avatar
      reVain -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      I bet the FCC is keeping a close eye along with the FB.
      I would have to agree. It would literally mean that 2 huge corporations run a significant portion of the United States' wireless market. I'll just hope my Simple Mobile plan remains the same price as well, since they are on those T-Mobile towers.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Well if rumors hold true... Apple could launch its wireless network... Just imagine the options. The idevices would be unleashed!!! And if the cost of MME vs enterprise based clients are used as a comparison then their wireless fees would be competitive.... ""We hope""
    1. farahm2's Avatar
      farahm2 -
      Do any of you think that, if indeed this does happen, AT&T will bring back the unlimited data plan?

      God I hope so!
    1. Kfchotwings's Avatar
      Kfchotwings -
      I have an unlocked iphone 3g using a tmobile sim card. I pay a monthly fee of 15$ to get unlimited texting and 10 cents per minute used on a phone call. Can at&t get rid of this or am i allowed to keep it if they make the change?
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      ^if your not under contract thell be changing it i almost guarentee that lol
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by farahm2 View Post
      Do any of you think that, if indeed this does happen, AT&T will bring back the unlimited data plan?

      God I hope so!
      It did happen.... Not sure about the latter but i doubt it. Especially since they (att) finally went to no unlimited on their dsl as well. I believe they were one of the last to do so.... I think bandwidth is no longer going to be a free for all. (plus if you look at the lobbyist for the movie and music industry they are both begging for it to keep pirate's at bay). Then you have netflix and such not wanting bandwidth limits...hmmmm push and pull.. But, Ill bet the bandwidth limit will remain. at least until the next big tech break through...
    1. PAPER CHASER's Avatar
      PAPER CHASER -
      Quote Originally Posted by mm8 View Post
      wow, did not see this coming, question is will the FCC allow this merger ? if it does get ready for your tmobile bill to jump by about 25% to 50% if not higher......goodbye unlock

      last time i heard there were few millions iphones on tmobile network, i wonder if ATT will allow iphones from tmobile with the same plan AND jailbroken and unlocked...i am guessing since now there is a new "sheriff" in town they wont

      i was with att on the phone about 2 months ago for at least 3 to 4 hours telling them i am with tmobile and i want to sign up with them so i get 3G instead of EDGE.....i did not get anywhere.... i told them i am paying $140 for unlimited EVERYTHING for 2 lines...and i wanted att to match it....i was even going to sign a 2 year contact with the iphone is ALREADY owned, they did not have to subsidize, they said we understand what you want us to do but we are not going to do it no matter what...they said they rather lose $140 a month and a customer....then they literally said go to verizon...

      What T-MOBILE PLAN are you on ???
      2 phones unlimited everything for $140 is damn good . I have 1 phone on T-MOBILE unlimited everything including DATA & I PAY
      $101.69 .
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      I don't see anyone benefiting should AT&T raise T-Mobile prices...
    1. Harambur's Avatar
      Harambur -
      The reason iphones can only work at edge speeds is because of the different 3g frequencies between ATT and Tmobile. Just because they merge doesn't mean this magically goes away.

      You won't an improvement in speed until LTE is rolled out for either carrier.

      Now as far a voice calls, I imagine there must be some sort of rollout to each tower to make them look like ATT towers. I wonder if this means that ATT is going to give people incentives to trade in their phones.