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Unread 2011-03-20, 05:22 PM   #1
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Wowzers! AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have entered into a definitive agreement for the sale of T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stocks. The combined customer base of this upcoming behemoth will be 130 million humans, though the agreed deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it'll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy -- if they get through, the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States -- but we don't have to wait that long to start discussing life with only three major US carriers. AT&T envisions it as a rosy garden of "straightforward synergies" thanks to a set of "complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations."

One of the other big benefits AT&T is claiming here is a significantly expanded LTE footprint -- 95 percent of Americans, or 294 million pops -- which works out to 46.5 million more than AT&T was claiming had it gone LTE alone. Of course, T-Mobile has never put forth a clear strategy for migrating to LTE, suggesting that AT&T plans on using the company's AWS spectrum to complement its own 700MHz licenses as it moves to 4G. You might be groaning at the thought of yet another LTE band, but it's not as bad as you might think: MetroPCS already has a live LTE network functioning on AWS, so there's precedent for it. For further details, hit up the gallery below, the Mobilize Everything site, or the official press release after the break.

In the event of the deal failing to receive regulatory approval, AT&T will be on the hook for $3 billion to T-Mobile -- a breakup fee, they call it -- along with transferring over some AWS spectrum it doesn't need for its LTE rollout, and granting T-Mo a roaming agreement at a value agreeable to both parties.

Update: TmoNews obtained a copy of Deutsche Telekom's press release regarding the deal -- it looks like the German company will be getting $25 billion in cash and $14 billion in stock, giving it an 8 percent stake in AT&T when all is said and done. Read the full document after the break.
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FUCK i hate ATT and their shitty customer service, I wonder if they will offer free ETF's lol
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FUCK i hate ATT and their shitty customer service, I wonder if they will offer free ETF's lol
I was in the middle of a debate about this. Because in contracts it couldn't possibly include merging to another carrier.

I'd be happy to switch anyone over to Verizon.
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It still hasn't cleared regulators but that probably isn't going to be a concern.
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Yeah, and if it doesn't AT&T has to pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars
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Yeah, and if it doesn't AT&T has to pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars
And overage fees receive a ridiculous price hike
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Hmm does sprint have any phones with a shit and how do they still have those sero plans or whatever for monthly discounts?
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No more SERO, now called Advantage Plus plan I believe. They've got some great phones and if the 3 big announcement rumors are true for CTIA (we'll find out Tuesday), then we'll have an even better EVO coming out, Nexus S 4G and an EVO tablet coming out.
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No more SERO, now called Advantage Plus plan I believe. They've got some great phones and if the 3 big announcement rumors are true for CTIA (we'll find out Tuesday), then we'll have an even better EVO coming out, Nexus S 4G and an EVO tablet coming out.
I was happy with my HTC Evo, but with Sprint their plans give you unlimited dropped calls.
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yeah i will have no part of this switch. bad thing is i really like tmobile oh well sprint or verizion here i come even with the out of date phones
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yikes.... i was planning on switching to t mobile after my att contract was up. this puts a damper in my plans now.....
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My Evo has never dropped a call, I must be holding it right.
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Can't recall the last time I had a call dropped that was the fault of Sprint's network. Usually, it's the other person's carrier.
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Can't recall the last time I had a call dropped that was the fault of Sprint's network. Usually, it's the other person's carrier.

Word, the only time I can recall a dropped call in god knows how long was my dads iphone because in his library he gets spotty signal, at best.
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its funny cuz everytime i talk to someone on sprint, the call always drops at least once. but i hardly ever have dropped calls other then driving thru hilly areas
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I think I've only had 1 dropped call with Sprint in the 4 years I've been with them. Never had any issues with Verizon when I had them either.
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I got T-mobil. Had ATT and never really liked them.
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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUCK.

This sucks. I have been with T-mobile since they were Voice-Stream and I have always loved them. I don't know what to do now. I HATE AT&T customer service, even for Uverse, so I cannot imagine having to deal with them on a cell basis, especially with these bullshit fees they charge everyone now on data plans.

Luckily my contract is up with T-mobile here in like 4 months or so I think, so I will have the option to decide where I want to go for sure.
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I never have problems with dropped calls, just with my out dated HTC Hero.

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The EVO is in no way out of date, as well as the Epic 4G, the EVO shift 4g and the (at least) two new phones they will be announcing at CTIA on Tuesday.

Edit: oh and the HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon. THE best phone out currently.
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I've never had a problem with AT&T's customer service

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I honestly dont recall a dropped call with sprint in the 12+ years I have had them.
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