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AT&T Outlines Plans for T-Mobile AWS Spectrum

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Mar 21, 2011, 7:41 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Mar 21, 2011, 8:12 AM

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.

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MrGuder

Mar 21, 2011, 11:37 AM

AT&T is ruthless

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.
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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...
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flip mode

Mar 21, 2011, 9:33 AM

evil master plan

as a t-mobile customer i refuse to accept this. being as disgusting as it seems i would have gladly had sprint as a sister company than at&t.

let's just go further back in time and help further cripple our nation not only financially but from an innovation standpoint.

last but not least lets not forget that at&t is known for having an award winning customer care business model.
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...
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