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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. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Guess we don't need an unlock now huh?
    1. yikee's Avatar
      yikee -
      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.
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      I don't think that they will or can change our prices
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I'm furious...unlimited internet for $5 a month, free tethering, world-class customer service...all gone
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      This sucks
    1. corkey20000's Avatar
      corkey20000 -
      Well there goes my monthly bill. Shot to hell. So pissed.
    1. Robsbrutal's Avatar
      Robsbrutal -
      I am excited about this.
    1. grimball's Avatar
      grimball -
      If 4G LTE wasn't crappy, it will be now...........
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      It's only a matter of time before we are down to 2 carriers. I've always felt like AT&T would buy T-Mobile sooner or later.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      said this was gonna happen eventually AGES ago.
    1. n80r's Avatar
      n80r -
      awesome $299 for the next new iphone, not awesome higher prices, no unlimited data, and crappy service
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by n80r View Post
      awesome $299 for the next new iphone, not awesome higher prices, no unlimited data, and crappy service
      It will better service for everyone.

      This is for the better guys read it all before making a judgement about it. Will you be grandfathered? we ill have to wait and see. But as a network perspective both att and tmobile will have a lot more bars in alot more places.
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      Quote Originally Posted by DevouredDreams View Post
      they cant alter you bill, or you able to opt out for free.
      What AT&T will do is let those contracts that are in effect now run out and will simply not renew.
    1. dscottjr81's Avatar
      dscottjr81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      It will better service for everyone.

      This is for the better guys read it all before making a judgement about it. Will you be grandfathered? we ill have to wait and see. But as a network perspective both att and tmobile will have a lot more bars in alot more places.
      I have to agree with you on this one.
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      Ok this is scary lOl
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dscottjr81 View Post
      I have to agree with you on this one.
      Thank you
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      So I guess there won't be a T-Mobile iPhone
    1. snl0710's Avatar
      snl0710 -
      T-mobile iPhone on att they did it, hehe
    1. aeromac18's Avatar
      aeromac18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      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.
      Actually, AT&T Has the Best Customer Service out of all the wireless providers (look it up), if this doesn't shock you, and price wise you might as well be paying for verizon, they aren't that bad.