Updated: added confirmation of using 700 MHz for LTE / edited to reflect new comment from AT&T on WCDMA 850/1900 phones
AT&T today provided details of its plan to integrate the T-Mobile USA network with its own. The company plans to phase out WCDMA in the AWS 1700 MHz band, moving T-Mobile customers to new multi-mode phones with WCDMA 850/1900. This will free up T-Mobile's AWS band spectrum for deployment of LTE. Once the transaction closes, the new company will immediately "dual-band" the cell sites the company plans to keep in the new combined network, allowing them to serve all customers. The company will also immediately enable free roaming for all customers as the networks are integrated. AT&T also confirmed that it still plans to use its recently-acquired 700 MHz spectrum for LTE as well, plus AWS spectrum already owned by AT&T.
Unbelievable. Do they plan to offer equivalent to those with G2's and myTouch 4G's that are only stocked witn 1700MHz 3G radios? Are they gonna just switch off everyone on T-Mo's 3G *cough* "4G" network just like that?
Most likely if it goes through April of next year, its going to be several months or a year before they'd move anyone off, by that time, you'd be upgraded. And thats even IF they still don't dual use AWS.
Ya if they wat use g2 users off that 1700mhz when they come out with some new badass andriods phones, i will only upgrade if they give me the new phone at no cost especially after just buyin the g2 not to long ago
I'm sure those upgrade offers will be nice for those who have discount eligibility, but for those of us who pay the unsubsidised price for whatever reason, it won't be as pretty. I was considering an LG G2x/Star later this spring, but I want to get mo... (continues)
You know man...I work for the business retentions team and I've got to say that the reports and stuff on the customer care are total crap. I deal with it internally here daily, I'm also a consumer and I've never had any issues, I've never had to escal... (continues)