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Monday, 21 March 2011 09:26

AT&T to buy T-Mobile USA

Written by David Stellmack

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Combination makes the most sense
After a few false starts and stops, Deutsche Telekom has entered into a deal to sell T-Mobile USA to AT&T. The decision has been approved by Boards of Directors at both companies in a transaction that is valued at approximately $39 billion in combination of cash and stock. AT&T will assume no debt from T-Mobile USA, as the company has a strong balance sheet.

The deal provides perhaps the best combination of the companies in the fact that both companies are currently on the GSM platform and both are committed to LTE 4G deployments going forward. The combinations of networks provided significant spectrum which would be an advantage moving forward. AT&T says as a result of this plan it will be able to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans with its 4G LTE deployment meaning that it will have coverage for 95% of the US population. It is estimated that the gain in coverage from T-Mobile USA cell sites would have taken five years to build.

It is estimated that AT&T will gain an additional 33 million customers from T-Mobile USA as part of this transaction. For T-Mobile customers, the transaction will be pretty seamless as both carriers have GSM/UMTS network that is compatible which is the clear advantage in the deal. Current T-Mobile USA customers will enjoy better coverage than they have ever had before.


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+5 #1 TechHog 2011-03-21 12:47
O_O Oh my god.

This can't be true... :sad:
 
 
+4 #2 thomasg 2011-03-21 17:39
Darn it, I thought the rumor was Sprint was going to buy them?
 
 
+8 #3 iicsus 2011-03-21 17:53
So now is it gonna be AT&T&T?
 
 
+1 #4 JWellington 2011-03-21 19:33
Whoa! This news is BIG!
 
 
+1 #5 D31337Antics 2011-03-21 21:14
So now 33 million people are going to have to give up their unlimited bandwith and their phones just to make AT&T happy..... Thanks... Appreciate it...
 
 
0 #6 TechHog 2011-03-21 21:33
Quoting D31337Antics:
So now 33 million people are going to have to give up their unlimited bandwith and their phones just to make AT&T happy..... Thanks... Appreciate it...

We shouldn't have to give up our phones, but the fact remains that if I wanted to be with AT&T, I'd be with AT&T. They don't even have a goddamn family data plan. I was finally planning on getting a smartphone this year, but now it's impossible!
 
 
0 #7 ViperSpec 2011-03-21 21:46
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting D31337Antics:
So now 33 million people are going to have to give up their unlimited bandwith and their phones just to make AT&T happy..... Thanks... Appreciate it...

We shouldn't have to give up our phones, but the fact remains that if I wanted to be with AT&T, I'd be with AT&T. They don't even have a goddamn family data plan. I was finally planning on getting a smartphone this year, but now it's impossible!

Actually, saw a tech article earlier today saying T Mobile 3g users would have to change their phones to AT&T ones over time. So not immediately, but if you use 3G, before too long. I can't remember where I read it, was linked in Bing news this AM.
 
 
+1 #8 TechHog 2011-03-21 21:54
Quoting ViperSpec:
Actually, saw a tech article earlier today saying T Mobile 3g users would have to change their phones to AT&T ones over time. So not immediately, but if you use 3G, before too long. I can't remember where I read it, was linked in Bing news this AM.

Oh dear god.

What about 4G? Will I be "safe" then?
 

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