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good for consumers!!
this will also lower the cost for cellphones!
phone manufacturers dont need to waste money R&D for each carrier, one phone fits all!
There still won't be one phone you can buy and use on any US network.
Whether a phone supports LTE in other bands (like 1700 and 1900) will still be important.
Also, until LTE coverage comes...
There doesn't seem to be a downside...