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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. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kfchotwings View Post
      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?
      Ask ATT... But I do believe their is similar plans with ATT. I think what most customers are forgetting is the iPhone is more than just a phone. I would hate to have it and not use the data. Im just saying...

      But.. yes you can get a $20 SIM card and pay as you go... Just do expect to get your e-mail and surf the net. Might I suggest a regular phone if that is all you need. and perhaps a ipod... no bashing just saying...

      Quote Originally Posted by Harambur View Post
      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.
      Not true. I used my phone on t-mo with 3g no problems...
    1. Dizzy714's Avatar
      Dizzy714 -
      Lol @ so many people crying about this. Only people complaining and bitter about it are the cheapasses on T-Mobile. It's an awesome move that's gonna better everybody's service both on AT&T an T-Mobile, only difference being you T-Mobile users will start paying what you should be paying. Stop being cheap.
    1. Robsbrutal's Avatar
      Robsbrutal -
      Please please please let us all know how you got an iPhone on tmobile 3G bands
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      ... only difference being you T-Mobile users will start paying what you should be paying. Stop being cheap.
      Got money to burn? ...and waste? Possibly people like you should wake up and stop paying for those expensive yachts, beach-front properties, million dollar salaries, and multi-million dollar bonuses. Cellular service should NOT be AT&T expensive!!
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      This ******* blows. I left Att to be back on them what a ****** move by tmob. Aghhhh
    1. reVain's Avatar
      reVain -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Lol @ so many people crying about this. Only people complaining and bitter about it are the cheapasses on T-Mobile. It's an awesome move that's gonna better everybody's service both on AT&T an T-Mobile, only difference being you T-Mobile users will start paying what you should be paying. Stop being cheap.
      I'm not a T-Mobile customer, but I would also like to add that as a consumer, I like to have the freedom of choice for who I do business with. So for T-Mobile customers to be worried about their rates increasing is a legitimate concern to a great deal of T-Mobile iPhone users. Only thing to note is that the move is expected to take 12 months, and if a customer is under contract, there is no need to worry until then.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Interesting. Will be fun to follow.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      It's about time. This has been predicted for how long now?

      Nice move AT&T
    1. jme2712's Avatar
      jme2712 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iFrosty View Post
      I look at it like this:

      More coverage, more network, more 4G. I think this is a great idea and it will probably help the rollout of 4G to speed up tremendously. So i dont understand what with all the whining.

      If anything T-Mobile will KEEP their existing plans or have no ETF to leave so dont complain. Until more information is given i would stay optimistic. When ATT took over Cingular i was allowed to keep my plan.

      All in all this is a great thing and i look forward to seeing what unfolds.
      Didin't Cingular acquire At&t and then change their name to At&t because Cingular brand wasn't as serious as At&t?
    1. Kfchotwings's Avatar
      Kfchotwings -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      Might I suggest a regular phone if that is all you need. and perhaps a ipod... no bashing just saying..
      I had a "regular" phone and an ipod touch before i bought my iphone. Whats the point in carrying around a phone and an ipod when you could just carry around 1 iphone? Also, i have wifi pretty much eveywhere i go so the data isnt really needed for me
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Which is a good thing. The only question I have would be how are they going to handle the two different frequencies that AT&T and T-Mobile use.

      The acquisition still has to be approved though so nothing is final. And like Alltel (which was purchased by Verizon) all current T-Mobile customers will most likely get to keep their rate plans and be grandfathered in. The T-Mobile name may still stick because Alltel is still around even though Verizon owns them. It took Verizon 7 months to finalize a deal with Alltel after they announced they were acquiring Alltel so T-Mobile won't be getting the AT&T treatment for a while.

      Also the US has more than just four carriers, we have regional carriers but they use bandwidth from the majors.

      AT&T, Verizon, Spring, T-Mobile are the majors

      Amp'd Mobile, Boost Mobile, Cellular One, Cricket, MetroPCS, TracFone, US Cellular, Virgin Mobile USA, and others are regional wireless carriers all use either CDMA or GSM. There is quite a selection with different rate plans so the choice is still there.
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      With AT&T buying t-mobile I'd think it'd be the other way around! I have AT&T n I'd hope they would get some of t-mobiles pricing! With the merger I'd hope for an iPhone 5 on LTE unlimited, another thing I'd like to see if they didn't allow the " unlimited " is to give out a hotspot box that would tie into a AT&T provided phone line( that AT&T owns ) that would give wifi unlimited. What I envision in the future is apple work with a company that would let wifi's be hooked up all over, schools , subdivisions , cities etc. N let iPods iPhones n iPads connect for a simple monthly plan! O if I were just in charge..........
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Who couldn't see that coming?
    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by unlvsac View Post
      What does this mean for people on Tmobile with iPhones? Rate plan changes?
      Wow this is Bad really bad

      Competition is going going and may be GONE! soon

      ALTELL
      Nextell
      Cingular

      now T Mobile

      who will be next?

      It may be only 2 carrier's in the US in the future
      At&t and Verizon

      Which one is better?

      You can choose from Bad to Worse because with less Carriers you end up with less

      We want more Data plans with more GB

      now why should they?

      This really really could be bad.
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      Y couldn't it be vice versa-.- tmobile buys at&t
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I guess AT&T got tired of those T-Mobile commercials that dissed AT&T's network speed, so AT&T decided to just buy them out! I hope this gives AT&T customers better coverage and faster speeds.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I would have to think that AT&T would grandfather every T-Mobile customer like they did their AT&T customers... AT&T is buying T-Mobile and now they got to buy Sprint and their all set.... can you hear me now? "Good!" I wonder what Verizon is thinking right now about this? Really though its a big surprise to me as well!
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      AT&T FTW. Nice Move... Just an idea of possible logo? lol... just plain weird.

    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Wow.

      I didn't see this one coming I just hope we can maintain or improve or 3G speeds.


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    1. MYPHONEI's Avatar
      MYPHONEI -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      With AT&T buying t-mobile I'd think it'd be the other way around! I have AT&T n I'd hope they would get some of t-mobiles pricing! With the merger I'd hope for an iPhone 5 on LTE unlimited, another thing I'd like to see if they didn't allow the " unlimited " is to give out a hotspot box that would tie into a AT&T provided phone line( that AT&T owns ) that would give wifi unlimited. What I envision in the future is apple work with a company that would let wifi's be hooked up all over, schools , subdivisions , cities etc. N let iPods iPhones n iPads connect for a simple monthly plan! O if I were just in charge..........
      I had Cingular when At&t bought them and the Customer service and prices changed and it was not for the better.

      For some reason when Cingular bought At&t it was the other way around

      they used the At&t name
      they used the At&t philosophy of service

      why would they trade the At&t name, one of the oldest in the USA for Tmobile a German company?
      Don't see it, and I do not see At&t giving away service the way TMobile does.....................