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Say goodbye to the T-Mobile girl
AT&T to shake up the U.S. wireless market with T-Mobile purchase

Well, that one came of left field. It was just a few weeks ago that we were talking about the possibility of Sprint snatching up T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. However, the tables turned today when AT&T announced that it would be purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD – the actual breakdown will include $25 billion in cash and the rest in stock.

"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.

"This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

The deal would of course have to be approved by U.S. regulating bodies, but if all goes well, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom hope to have the transition finalized within the next year. 

AT&T currently has 95.5 million customers putting in second place behind Verizon’s 102.2 million customers. Adding T-Mobile’s 33.7 million customers will make AT&T the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. by far. 

AT&T is also looking to boost its nascent LTE efforts with this transaction, and will bring the technology to 95 percent of the U.S. population. AT&T will also spend an additional $8 billion over the next five years to boost its infrastructure investment within the U.S. 

We can only hope that the T-Mobile acquisition, broadened LTE deployments, and increased spending on infrastructure will improve AT&Ts famously "fragile" wireless network. 

AT&T made headlines last week – and drew the wrath of many – when it announced that it would start cracking down on users that were using “illegal” jailbreak apps to tether data with their smartphones.

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Unlocked GSM phones in the USA...
By CZroe on 3/20/2011 3:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
Unlocked GSM phones in the USA are not going to be quite as valuable anymore.

RE: Unlocked GSM phones in the USA...
By shortylickens on 3/20/2011 3:50:45 PM , Rating: 2
If you're really worried, get a SIM with two year contract from Tmobile RIGHT NOW.

And hope to god they dont force everyone to transfer to their plans immediately. As I recall Cingular and ATT honored each others contracts until term.

By hcahwk19 on 3/20/2011 5:06:38 PM , Rating: 2
They will have to honor the existing contracts, or AT&T risks facing an enormous number of lawsuits for breach of contract. It's the same reason why people with existing contracts on any of the carriers are not affected by the ever changing prices and caps until it is time for them to renew their contract. Just as you pay an early termination fee for breaking away before the contract is up, the carrier will face consequences for breach as well.

By fotoguy on 3/20/2011 5:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T did honor Cingular's contracts, even after the contract expired. I had a $29 plan with free incoming text messages with Cingular (which was actually my AT&T Wireless plan before Cingular bought it) up until the iphone 4 came out and I finally jumped.

I really miss my free incoming Text messages :(

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