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

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.


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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12 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

10. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

3. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

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

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

7. Roadrunner

Posts: 2; Member since: May 09, 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.

8. Roadrunner

Posts: 2; Member since: May 09, 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.

9. gopikrushna

Posts: 1; Member since: May 14, 2017

No! Comcast the worst. I hate they are my only option in my area. best funny email addresses

11. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 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

12. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 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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