Monday, March 21, 2011

AT&T acquires T-Mobile for $39 billion

Credit: Ars Technica
AT&T was the largest cell phone carrier in the US. The iPhone was exclusively sold locked to AT&T all these years before Apple made a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 for Verizon.

German company T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom had the largest 4G network in America, while being the fourth largest operator in the country.

Now, both of them are one. And they make the largest ever operator in the US. They are also the only one offering GSM service right now.
AT&T announced a $39 billion deal with Deutsche Telekom that would make all the customers and all the infrastructure of T-Mobile become part of AT&T.

AT&T had HSPA+ 4G networks in some parts of the US. Now that they have purchased T-Mobile, which has a superb 4G network infrastructure, AT&T customers should probably start loving their service anytime soon.

[via Ars Technica]