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AT&T Takeover Will Cripple T-Mobile 3G Phones

The BIG news that hit over the weekend is that AT&T is ponying up the cash to buy T-Mobile, which if approved, would make it so that the U.S. only has a single national GSM carrier.

The consolidation of the network and spectrum would mean that customers from both sides will eventually have a more complete and higher-quality network, but restructuring will also essentially change the 3G band for T-Mobile's existing customers.

Right now, T-Mobile uses the 1700 MHz AWS band for its 3G signals. With AT&T's proposed acquisition, it will repurpose that part of the spectrum for LTE. This means that those using T-Mobile 3G phones, even unlocked ones such as the Nexus One and Nexus S, will be unable to access the high-speed data network.

AT&T said that it has plans to help T-Mobile customers replace phones when the switchover happens, but that will be still several years out.

"There's nothing for them to worry about ... it will be done over time, in a way that's good for customers and good for AT&T," said Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's head of wireless and consumer services, to the AP.

  • xantek24
    I didn't know at&t could swallow that much...
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  • rrmyguy
    this sucks..... AT&T must have taken lessons from Bill Gates
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  • hitraj 47
    I am jumping ship and switching to sprint. Besides tmobile, they are the only carrier with truly unlimited plans, good pricing (relatively) and good customer service.

    Thanks tmo, we had fun, but screw att.
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  • wribbs
    "in a way that's good for customers and good for AT&T" - more so the latter, much more so

    T-Mobile customers, prepare to pay more for less.
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  • SirGCal
    hitraj 47I am jumping ship and switching to sprint. Besides tmobile, they are the only carrier with truly unlimited plans, good pricing (relatively) and good customer service.Thanks tmo, we had fun, but screw att.You're not alone; I'm with AT&T and I'm also looking to Sprint... I'm sick of what they are doing with their capped internet and now this... I'll pay more then what I have now (no smart phone) but at least I'll have real unlimited service.
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  • so it's gonna be called AT&T&T-Mobile then huh..
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  • Gona pretend this is a dream and go back to sleep.
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  • jojesa
    I have been with T-Mobile since they were VoiceStream. I have an unlimited data plan and tethering is allowed with no extra charges since, obviously, I have a data plan. As soon as AT&T tries to get an extra penny from me I'm gone. Specially now that Verizon has CDMA/GSM phones.
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  • jfby
    The only way this could be good for the customer is if AT&T gives the people phones free of charge without extending their service plan, otherwise I think their base will not be nearly the number it is now (AT&T + T-Mobile customers combined). Also if the service area/coverage isn't improved, AT&T will not be able to continue into the long term.
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  • thebigt42
    AT&T Takeover Will Cripple T-Mobile 3G Phones
    Just like they did to Cingular. I loved Cingular and as soon as AT&T bought them I could hardly place a call...I have been on Verizon ever since.

    I will admit my work just purchased me a AT&T IPhone 4 (don't ask why not a Verizon) and they have improved over the years. But If I need to make a PHONE call with a PHONE a grab my Verizon PHONE.
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