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T-Mobile's consolation package: $3 billion, 7-year 3G roaming deal, 128 AWS markets

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T-Mobile's consolation package: $3 billion, 7-year 3G roaming deal, 128 AWS markets
AT&T’s attempt to acquire the nation’s fourth largest carrier T-Mobile has now officially come to an end, and the Deutsch Telekom owned T-Mo is getting a pretty sweet consolation package. 

Except for a cash injection of $3 billion that will likely go directly for paying off DT’s debts, the carrier will enter into a seven-year roaming agreement with AT&T. The UMTS roaming explains why some recent T-Mobile handsets have passed the FCC with 850MHz/1900MHz bands. 

T-Mobile says it expects coverage to get a huge boost from 230 million to around 280 million Americans.

Additionally, the smaller carrier will get 128 AWS markets, and that includes 12 of the 20 biggest metros: Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle. Now, it suddenly seems like T-Mobile is looking in pretty good shape, doesn’t it? 


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posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:56 3

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5585; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And T-Mo's value for another acquirer just went up a tad.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:57 3

2. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Now it's time to restructure Tmo USA, restructure or fire management, and bring hire a CEO that knows the current cell business.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:01 1

3. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


Tmo needs to clean house in upper management, but they wont do that until they are sold. Douche telecom needs to get a freaking clue. Aparrently business in germany is different from the rest of the world. They dont seem to have a clue wtf they are doing.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:09

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ahh, there is all the missing break up info. :)

DT needs to just spin off Tmobile USA as its own company. They also need to fire whoever is in charge of advertising, because THERE ISNT ANY. They need to talk about their impressive.. 2nd only to VZW network speeds at half the cost.. they need to talk about how they have about the same footprint as ATT.. at half the cost and twice the speed. And they need to mention how they are cheaper than Sprint and way faster than their "4g wimax". They need to show off those high end handsets like the SGS2 instead of always pushing the cheap ones.

There are more people out there that want iphones and SGS2's than there are that want wildfires and nokia 700's... they need to quit going after the bottom barrel and make a push. They have the tools, they just need a direction and a push.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:14 1

6. Rayzin (Posts: 83; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I nominate remixfa for CEO!

Couldn't agree more. They have so much to offer and much fairer prices but you would barely know it if you didn't research it yourself. I am a loyal customer and stand behind them fully but they have a ways to go in advertising their awesomeness.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:35

8. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


They also need to start really thinking about moving to LTE
Eventually it's going to be an issue, and everyone else seems to have a plan

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:36 1

12. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I disagree on the LTE, T-Mobile can thrive on HSPA+ alone. Building LTE is too expensive and T-Mobile still can't afford to build it, even with this new prize money.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:14 2

14. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Other than saying they have LTE what is the immediate benefit of LTE to T-Mobile? They already have plans for tuning the network to a blazing 84mb/s THIS YEAR with HSPA+ with minimal further investment beyond what they have already done. Thats faster than VZW and ATT, which wont be that fast until they switch to LTE-Advance 100mb/s+ which VZW doesnt have slated till around 2015.. and who knows when ATT will do such a thing.

Dont get stuck on letters. LTE is awesome but there are alternatives. 42mb/s for 60 a month unl, or 50mb/s for 140 a month for 4 gigs of use? If your getting both signals in your area, why would u pay for more? Besides, as it stands HSPA+ is way more battery friendly than LTE.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:31 1

16. snowgator (Posts: 3197; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I am completely in agreement, remixfa. LTE is an expense T-Mo can live without. I would love to see them expand services to more rural areas. I would have happily given them some business had they been in my small burb just outside of Champaign, IL where they have great reception. While I may have had to settle for a lesser Windows Phone, the speeds and the money I would have saved over two years would have been worth it. Maybe in two years when they have recovered from this with more powerful leadership at the helm?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 15:39

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yea, im kind of dissapointed with the whole "they are taking the 4 billion and using it to pay off debt". while thats always a good idea, even half of that could have built out a lot of network expansion.

Well, with them supposedly turning those old 2g towers int 3g, that just makes unlocked ATT/ world phones all that much more appealing.

I dont mind buying the phone for 400 or so, especially if i can get it on that $30 unl text/4g web prepay plan and not have any difference in coverage unlike some carriers do with their prepay service.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:49

17. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Very true, remixfa

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:02 1

9. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


I don't think they need to advertise more I just think they need to change their content. More advertising means spending more money which would end up trickling down to us (their customers).

Get rid of the chick and just do a screen shot comparing the cost of similar service plans across the 4 major carriers. Sure it's not a chick in a magenta colored but it will show the cost savings vs another plan. Show the monthly, 12 month and 24 month savings and you will drive people just based on that.

They have great devices, their coverage is pretty damn good and for the amount you save per month it's worth the switch. I paid about $500 in ETF to get away from Verizon because over 24 months I will be saving $2600 and will have almost the exact same services (I had truly unlimited data with Verizon but I am capped at 2Gb here before throttling). I won't hit the 2GB because I use WiFi when I can.

Carly is annoying, the color schemes are annoying and the message gets lost with all of the noise. Be simple and just say something like "T-Mobile, save money each month and spend it on porn or your kids. Now it's your choice."

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:50

18. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


I like the girl!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:13

10. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Every single time I do mobile speedtest it says AT&T has the fastest average speed. Is it not including 4G in that because I would think VZW would be first, or maybe most people don't have an LTE VZW phone yet.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:53 1

5. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


yes remixfa, advertising is horrible. they couldnt get a fly to come to a pile of doo doo. Tmobile needs to show people what they have to offer, and be in their face everyday.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:35 2

7. Jyakotu (Posts: 818; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


So now T-Mobile will finally offer decent coverage due to the merger not going through with the help of AT&T. DT still doesn't want T-Mobile USA because they feel they are not making a profit. T-Mobile will ALWAYS be the 2nd value carrier, right behind Sprint and it's 100s of MVNOs. People need to realize that it doesn't matter about pricing, it's about COVERAGE. In Charlotte, NC, you can't really go wrong with any of the carriers, but I have Sprint now and I average 1-2 bars in my own house, but full bars when I'm outside away from my home whereas with AT&T, I always had full bars of coverage in my house and outside of my home.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:39

13. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


You're right, coverage is more important than plans. Coverage is more important than customer service.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 14:17

15. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I have 4 bars of coverage and HSPA+ in my house, work, at the hospital.. everywhere but school where it dips down to edge in building in some spots.. but i got school WIFI to fix that if i need it.

Sprint has a bigger network compared to everyone but VZW, but they have a thin network. Ask most Sprint customers, their in building coverage can be quite spotty.
When Sprint does unl 42mb/s 4G for 60 bux a month instead of 12mb/s "4g" for 100 a month, then they can be a better value.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 18:53

20. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


what area in the states are you referring to with great tmobile coverage, in nyc, cali, florida it sucks to be straight forward.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:16

11. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


What are AWS markets? What's that mean?

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