We have some huge news to bring you now, as it has been confirmed that AT&T has just secured the buyout of former rivals T-Mobile USA in a deal thought to be worth about $39 billion USD. It now means that there will only be three main carriers in the US and we want to know your thoughts on the move.
For those of you who didn’t know, T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telekom and they have just given the green light for the sale to go ahead, which is going to send shockwaves throughout the smartphone industry in the US.
The two companies will now form an alliance against Verizon and Sprint and you have to say that it could be a formidable partnership with both sets of customer bases merged together. It also means that AT&T will be able to boast the largest LTE customer base once their network comes available, with 95 percent of Americans now thought to be eligible with the addition of T-Mobile’s services, as reported from Engadget.
What are your thoughts about this deal? You are probably as shocked and surprised as we are, but if you’re a T-Mobile customer at the moment, are you happy or a bit angry over the deal? AT&T aren’t the most popular carrier in the US for sure, but this deal could swing the momentum back in their favor.
We’re hearing that it will take around a year for the partnership to go into full effect. You can read the official press release here for the full lowdown on the deal. We’ll be bringing you further news from the deal soon. Good move for the consumer or not?