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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. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Wow this is totally shocking! I honestly didn't see this coming...I had heard Spring was thinking of T-Mobile but not AT&T!
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      I heard Sprint was going to buy T-Mobile. But AT&T makes more sense. GSM To GSM.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      AT&T definitely has the wrong idea... Try spending a few billions on networks, and you might actually be the biggest.
    1. unlvsac's Avatar
      unlvsac -
      What does this mean for people on Tmobile with iPhones? Rate plan changes?
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      Eat your heart out verizon now move over and let ATT show you how its done...basically this is a really really expensive unlock
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      It means you will now be an att customer it looks like it will impact tmobile USA at the end of the fourth quater.
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Will it now be AT&TMobile?
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      ummm they just did
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      This us what is going on at Verizon Headquarters:

      Fine, let's just buy Sprint. Then we get LTE and WiMax. And, we'll keep unlimited for the iPhone 5!
    1. bdiddy619's Avatar
      bdiddy619 -
      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.
      Your joking right? thats pretty much just happened when they aquired them buddy
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I would hope not looks stupid lol
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by unlvsac View Post
      What does this mean for people on Tmobile with iPhones? Rate plan changes?
      they cant alter you bill, or you able to opt out for free.
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      there goes gsm carrier options and fair prices out the window. I guess ill go to sprint now. At&t is the worst customer service and price wise.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Will it now be AT&TMobile?
      Lmao
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by bdiddy619 View Post
      Your joking right? thats pretty much just happened when they aquired them buddy
      Did u know that in the entire year of 2010, ATT set aside just 2 bil for network improvements?
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      We are the Borg. You will be assimilated- AT&T
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      This is very disturbing for T-Mobile customers. I choose T-Mobile because I didn't want to pay the exorbitant fees for talk, text and data that AT&T and Verizon charge.
    1. steelersfan32's Avatar
      steelersfan32 -
      A very out of the box way to kill iPhone unlocking; good job AT&T.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Wow this is shocking lol
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by cranie View Post
      We are the Borg. You will be assimilated- AT&T
      That's my line on HoFo!


      I forsee the FTC enforcing a major market split and this will mostly help superregions like Metro, Cricket and USCC... possibly Sprint too.