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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:38 PM   #1
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AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion



AT&T and Deutsche Telekom AG announced that AT&T would be acquiring T-Mobile USA in a cash and stock transaction worth $39 billion.

Article Link: AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:39 PM   #2
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I guess there will be no T-mobile iPhone then

My question is - why did Apple not buy them and tell AT&T to pound sand?
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:39 PM   #3
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And then there were three...

So are they doing it to get TMob's 4G infrastructure?
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:40 PM   #4
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iPhone 4 incoming to tmobile customers or should I say "new" att customers...
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:40 PM   #5
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This will not go I prey. Ma bell takes over world?

Expect less even more. Sad
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:40 PM   #6
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wow... so now its down to 3.
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$39 billion, is that all!?
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:41 PM   #9
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Well then, I hope this doesn't mean they're going to be lazy and just piggyback off of T-Mobile's 4G infrastructure and never go through with building their LTE network. Might be a good time to jump ship to Verizon if Apple were to release an LTE iPhone
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$39 billion, is that all!?
They may be taking on debt as well...don't know.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:41 PM   #11
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I guess there will be no T-mobile iPhone then
I beg to differ ... T-mobile will have the iPhone sooner than everyone thought

this is a smart move by AT&T
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wow... so now its down to 3.
Is it? Most folks should have a choice of several regional carriers as well.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:42 PM   #13
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If they keep existing customers prices, this could be great for people on tmobile that enjoy the iPhone
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****. I'm on Tmo, I was about to switch to ATT. I wonder what this'll mean.
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Next up: Verizon buys Sprint.
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I don't wanna share the network with iPhone users
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Does anyone know how this will improve AT&Ts coverage and network?
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:45 PM   #18
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American cell/mobile/handy service is already horrible on a global level. I can't imagine that reducing the competition will help at all.

I weep even more for the digital consumer in the US
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I can see this
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Does anyone know how this will improve AT&Ts coverage and network?
When our cell towers combine! lol

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Also, T-Mobile doesn't require a tethering plan to tether if the phone comes with the option. I don't want that option to disappear!
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Well then, I hope this doesn't mean they're going to be lazy and just piggyback off of T-Mobile's 4G infrastructure and never go through with building their LTE network. Might be a good time to jump ship to Verizon if Apple were to release an LTE iPhone
You have no idea what you are blathering about.

T-Mobile USA has a nice HSPA+ network. However, HSPA+ is not technically 4G, it's more like 3.5G. T-Mobile USA does not have any allocated spectrum for 4G (LTE or WiMax). They were in a bit of a quandary because of this.

Verizon and Sprint already had 4G spectrum (the 700MHz frequency freed up by the FCC when the transition from analog television broadcast to digital). AT&T lost out to Verizon during the government's auction, but later acquired 700Mhz 4G frequencies from Qualcomm.
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Old Mar 20, 2011, 01:47 PM   #24
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How does not scream higher prices for all?
Who can think this is possibly good? AT&T will now have the only GSM spectrum (basically) and can raise the prices, lower the caps, and constrict users even more.
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So I guess there will be no more of those annoying att bashing tmobile ads from that chick in the pink dress with the shirtless iphone user?!

Those are pretty annoying
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