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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: Different 3G frequencies
By wolrah on 3/21/2011 2:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
You have a few things wrong.

1. AT&T does not have any CDMA phones. What would be the point? It's pretty much unused outside of North America. You may be thinking of Verizon and Sprint who both offer "International" phones which add a GSM radio so they're actually useful off this continent.

2. T-Mobile's 3G is not on any of the frequencies you'd typically find on a quad-band international phone. There are a few other North American carriers using 1700 and two Chilean carriers, but right now it's rare. Because of this, there are very few phones capable of using 3G services on both networks. If you have a T-Mobile phone, you get T-Mobile 3G, if you have almost any other GSM 3G phone you can get AT&T 3G, and if you have a new Nokia you might be able to get both.

I expect future devices, particularly higher-end models, will have the five-band radios to properly support all of the important frequencies, but if this deal were to go through tomorrow and the roaming systems be immediately updated to allow it, a few thousand Nokia N8 users would be delighted by it and the rest of the world wouldn't notice.


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