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AT&T Sells Off 235 Cell Towers

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Jan 20, 2009, 3:14 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

AT&T has sold 235 of its cellular towers, spanning some 24 states, to Global Tower Partners for an undisclosed sum. Global Tower Partners owns more than 10,000 cell towers, making it the third-largest cell tower owner in the country.

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BRSprint

Jan 21, 2009, 11:24 AM

When Sprint Did This...

When Sprint did this you guys went nuts, but if holier than thou ATT does it, "it's just common business practice". WTF?

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/discuss.php?ff=3221 »

This article had 49 comments, with roughly all of them, excluding a few loyal sprint fans, bashing Sprint and contending that the ship is sinking, and everyone should bail before we go down with it. Sprint may be ranked third in overall customers, But 50-some odd million customers is still nothing to sneeze at. That's still double what T-Mobile has, but I don't see nearly as many T-Mobile bashers as I do Sprint.

The only argument most of you have is that Sprint's CS is crap. Granted, The CS was horrible roughly a year and a half ago, but that has continually got...
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BRSprint said:The sooner the bashing stops, and sprint truly is recognized as the prime carrier it really is, The sooner the boat will correct its heading and be able to take on "The Network" and "The Death Star".


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Eh the Sprint bashers will keep bashing us. I'm happy with Sprint. Never had any problems with CS. Service has been excellent, even up here in the darkest most remote reaches of Northeastern Connecticut. I'm happy!
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As well, Sprint's Data network has always been awesome, and Gizmodo proved it by giving us the best ranking overall in a test at the end of last year.


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NokiaGoth

Jan 22, 2009, 5:02 PM

oh my god!!!

oh god...its the end of the world!! wait..ATT has a practical monopoly on telecommunications world wide...... 235 towers is nothing, next month they will probably end up buying some small wireless company and gaining 400 towers. lol


NokiaGoth Twisted Evil
stevelvl

Jan 20, 2009, 3:30 PM

235?

why 235? that is such an odd number. did att only have 235 towers in that one state? weird.
That was actually in 24 states.
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Drunk

Jan 21, 2009, 4:37 PM

Guilty

I think they feel guilty for what they have done as a company and need to give these towers to T-Mobile free of charge.
Are there regulations on how tall GSM towers are? I've only seen little ones and CDMA towers are huge!
you're an idiot
The first part of your post makes no sense at all. As for your question, it depends on the state. For example, in Arizona you cant build a tower that's more than 40ft tall (normally they try to build 100ft towers). And it has to blend into the environ...
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z50z50z50

Jan 21, 2009, 2:58 PM

They are only selling the physical structure.....

They are not selling their coverage. Radio towers are expensive to maintain. You have to worry about obstruction lighting, paint, security, registering with FAA, FCC, ect, collecting rent from other tennants, on and on. You have liability if the structure falls, if a tower worker falls off, so all in all its best that the towers themselves are managed by a company who does only that.
Iselltheshitoutofphones

Jan 20, 2009, 11:47 PM

My Guess...

The Network boys and girls sat down and looked at roaming revenue, tower capacity, and traffic. For those towers that didn't seem finacially advantageous to maintain, got the cut.

Makes sense.....to me.

Will
I think that is the smartest comment I have ever seen on this website! I couldnt agree with you more.
Iselltheshitoutofphones said:
The Network boys and girls sat down and looked at roaming revenue, tower capacity, and traffic. For those towers that didn't seem finacially advantageous to maintain, got the cut.

Makes sense.....to
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JeffdaBeat

Jan 21, 2009, 9:08 AM

IS AT&T GOING UNDER!?

Sarcasm obviously, but I think it's kind of funny when Sprint did this, everyone was either being a hater or panicking about Sprint's financial situation...even after a lot of folks said, "Hey, it's common practice." It's just funny how if one company makes a certain move, the majority act one want, but if another company makes a movie, another way.
The Difference in that situation is ATT is selling 235. While Sprint sold almost all of its towers. It was around 3300.
Rueuhy

Jan 20, 2009, 6:58 PM

Why Ma Bell sell?

Why are they selling towers in the first place? Are these 2G or 3G? I live in a city without 3G and was told we'd have 3G a year ago. So I guess I wonder why they're pushing 3G down our throats when half the country can't connect to their 3G. When my contract's up on my last line, and if we don't have 3G yet, hello verizon. Maybe.
Rueuhy said:
Why are they selling towers in the first place? Are these 2G or 3G? I live in a city without 3G and was told we'd have 3G a year ago. So I guess I wonder why they're pushing 3G down our throats when half the country
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