Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Mar 2011 20:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A major deal just went down in the United States, which seriously shakes up the mobile industry on the other side of the pond: AT&T has announced it plans to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.
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RE[3]: BAD
by joekiser on Mon 21st Mar 2011 14:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: BAD"
joekiser
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I admit I do not know much about these second-tier providers that piggyback off other networks. Could the T-Mobile acquisition lead to increased rates or incompatibilities for SimpleMobile users?

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RE[4]: BAD
by btrimby on Mon 21st Mar 2011 15:45 in reply to "RE[3]: BAD"
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2009-09-30

I imagine it depends on the contract they have with the network operator (in this case T-Mobile).

From a technical point of view, however, if SimpleMobile allows 3G/4G access, it'd be using T-Mobile's frequencies which AT&T plans on re-purposing for LTE instead.

What I said about the LTE thing might not really matter. I'm not an expert at any of this, but it's possible that AT&T would upgrade the existing equipment to LTE or install along-side. LTE equipment might actually be backward-compatible with the HSPA+ "4G". I'm not sure.

Edit: Added last paragraph

Edited 2011-03-21 15:57 UTC

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