AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from parent company Deutsche Telekom for a whopping $39 billon. The buy-out will allow AT&T to expand their 4G coverage to 294 million customers—or 95% of the US population, and give T-Mobile subscribers LTE services.
AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.
Assuming the purchase makes it through the red-tape (which is estimated to take 12 months), AT&T-Mobile will become the only GSM carrier in the US. There could be interesting developments if Verizon and Sprint decide to align powers as well. We’re not sure what this means for phones, but there’s a good chance that a universally compatible iPhone will be released at some point in the future.
Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone?
T-Mobile USA remains an independent company. The acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We do not offer the iPhone. We offer cutting edge devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and coming soon our new Sidekick 4G.