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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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RE: Relevance?
By amanojaku on 3/20/2011 4:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
So whatever AT&T does/has done in the past will be something that T-Mobile customers can look forward to.
Not me. I've stuck with T-Mobile because I have never had a dropped stationary call in over seven years, and I have a three-day-weekend plan with 600 minutes and unlimited calls Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $40. Even if AT&T continues to honor my plan, it's only a matter of time before I get stuck on its crappy network. I left AT&T for T-Mobile; I will not go back. Time to look at Sprint or Verizon. Sprint's Epic 4G with the keyboard was looking pretty nice, anyway, and I have a corporate Blackberry on Verizon.

RE: Relevance?
By lightfoot on 3/20/2011 11:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
As a T-Mobile customer I also will be jumping ship due to this news. It's sad too; as recently as yesterday I could have thought of nothing that would convince me to leave T-Mobile.... AT&T has managed to show me just how wrong I was.

RE: Relevance?
By Omega215D on 3/21/2011 2:18:52 AM , Rating: 2
If you do go Verizon i'd suggest getting a world phone or wait till LTE becomes a prominent feature. That is if you travel outside of the US a lot.

T-Mobile will be missed. It was the first cell phone provider I had while in high school and had to pay for out of my own pocket. Reliable enough and quite cheap. Bought an unlocked Samsung V205 and popped in my SIM. Later on I found myself away from major metropolitan areas quite often and switched to Verizon.

I had AT&T but at the racing school I went to it just wasn't getting a good signal. I had to drive to town just get decent service.

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