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Comcast and Charter agree to partner up on wireless; will they buy T-Mobile or Sprint?

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Comcast and Charter agree to partner up on wireless; will they buy T-Mobile or Sprint?
The nation's number one and number two cable television firms, Comcast and Charter respectively, announced today that they are teaming up on what is being called "wireless phone ventures." Comcast recently announced that it will offer later this year an MVNO service to subscribers called Xfinity Mobile. This will be a hybrid service depending on both Xfinity's large number of Wi-Fi hotspots, and Verizon's 4G LTE network. Charter will also start its own MVNO service using Big Red's network, but this won't launch until 2018.

Under the terms of their partnership, Comcast and Charter will be able to offer their own MVNOs to each of their separate subscribers. However, both will work together on certain aspects of their wireless offerings including "common operating platforms; technical standards development and harmonization; device forward and reverse logistics; and emerging wireless technology platforms."

Both firms agreed not to make any big acquisition in the wireless industry for one year without the consent of the other. Speaking of M&A, analysts are already looking at the possibility that Comcast and Charter will team up in order to purchase T-Mobile or Sprint in order to challenge Verizon and AT&T. It will also give Comcast and Charter their very own nationwide network.

"At Charter, we have a tremendous opportunity in front of us in the wireless space. Within our footprint, our network is perfectly suited to provide the data-rich wireless services that customers are increasingly demanding. By working with the team at Comcast, we can not only speed Charter’s entry into the marketplace, it will also enable us to provide more competition and drive costs down for consumers at a similar national scale as current wireless operators. We look forward to working with Comcast through this innovative arrangement and bringing our focus on superior products and services, craftsmanship and quality customer care to the wireless space."-Tom Rutledge, Chairman and CEO, Charter

"We’re looking forward to launching Xfinity Mobile to our customers in the coming weeks and are excited about this opportunity to work with Charter to explore ways we can make our respective wireless initiatives more efficient and cost effective. Both of our companies have regional wireless businesses using the same 4G LTE network, and by working together our goal is to create even better experiences for our customers."-Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation

Whatever happens, you can be pretty sure that the wireless industry in the U.S. will look a lot different in two to three years time.

source: Comcast

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posted on 08 May 2017, 22:54

1. Pings (Posts: 304; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


No! Comcast the worst. I hate they are my only option in my area.

posted on 16 May 2017, 22:14

10. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)


That's how I fill about Charter as they are the only option in my area.

posted on 09 May 2017, 00:20

2. Settings (Posts: 2308; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


In the first place are they for sale or at least eyeing for a buyer?

posted on 09 May 2017, 05:55

3. Acdc1a (Posts: 359; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


Yes, Sprint at least. T-Mobile may be into buying someone or being bought.

posted on 09 May 2017, 06:50 1

4. jeroome86 (Posts: 2027; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


T-Mobile on a roll. Comcast would slam the brakes and we will have our 3rd crooked carrier. Hope for the best outcome but prepare for the worse. Ugh.

posted on 09 May 2017, 08:03

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 1207; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


If Comcast buys out T-Mobile, I'm dropping my MintSIM (T-Mobile MVNO), and I'll go back to an AT&T MVNO.

posted on 09 May 2017, 09:04

6. tedkord (Posts: 13863; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Great! Comcast + Charter + Sprint. A black hole of customer service will form.

posted on 09 May 2017, 15:04

7. Roadrunner (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 May 2017)


Great Comcast buy T-Mobile what the f Comcast sucks their customer service sucks for a long time ever since they started guess I'll have to go back to Cricket or Virgin Mobile come on T-Mobile what the hell are you thinking you get good customers and now you want to jack them so much for greed.

posted on 09 May 2017, 15:05 1

8. Roadrunner (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 May 2017)


Great Comcast buy T-Mobile what the f Comcast sucks their customer service sucks for a long time ever since they started guess I'll have to go back to Cricket or Virgin Mobile come on T-Mobile what the hell are you thinking you get good customers and now you want to jack them so much for greed.

posted on 14 May 2017, 01:37 1

9. gopikrushna (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 May 2017)


No! Comcast the worst. I hate they are my only option in my area.

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posted on 20 May 2017, 19:58

11. jbreault (Posts: 35; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


the cable guys are scared of 5g in 5 or 10 year cable companies will out the door Verizon , t-mobile will be able to beam cable and internet to your house at super fast speeds

posted on 20 May 2017, 19:59

12. jbreault (Posts: 35; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)


the cable guys are scared of 5g in 5 or 10 year cable companies will out the door Verizon , t-mobile will be able to beam cable and internet to your house at super fast speeds

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