AT&T Says It Needs T-Mobile to Fix Network Problems
Speaking to CNN on Tuesday, AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega said that the company's wireless network will face major problems in the short term if it can't begin to integrate T-Mobile's network into its own. He said, "With this deal, we're set. One of the key drivers (for the deal) was the need for additional spectrum. It resolves the pending spectrum challenges that we're facing in major cities." de la Vega didn't specify exactly what problems its network will face without T-Mobile, but it did say that it will make use of T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS spectrum for LTE. Earlier this week, AT&T proposed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime for Just $60
Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.
T-Mobile Parent Still Wants To Offload the Uncarrier
Deutsche Telekom, majority owner of T-Mobile, believes the Uncarrier's best chances of success are to merge with or be acquired by another large carrier. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges, speaking to Re/code, said T-Mobile lacks the scale enjoyed by rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Please brush up on what a "Monopoly" actually is before throwing the word around.
"A market in which there are many buyers but only one seller."
Is AT&T a monopoly?
Will they become one with the T-Mobile merger?
Can you switch providers at will?
If you sign a contract with a carrier, can they change it?
If you don't like AT&T do you HAVE to purchase them in-order to have cellular service?
Are there other cellular companies that provide comparable, if not better services and rates?
Duopoly I've seen a lot.
And it slowly is crawling towards only having two national carriers.
Also, monopoly? No. Duopoly? Yes.
"Spectrum shortage"? You ain't got no "spectrum shortage"!
Following the AWS 2100+1700 MHz auction in 2006 and the Upper/Lower 700 MHz auction in 2008, Phonescoop published a "Visual Guide" to the results of each auction. Take a look at the breadth of the spectrum that AT&T acquired.
AT&T AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum licensed footprint:
AT&T Lower 700 MHz spectrum licensed footprint:
AT&T has put none of that spectrum into commercial use. To repeat, none. No W-CDMA 2100+1700, as ...
I have filed a complaint as of March 19th with the FCC on my thoughts and oppositional rendering of what the real issue is here.
Curious to know wheth...
The map shows an a great amount of spectrum. Why was ATT not given a time frame to use this? What is the difference in their situation as opposed to Sprint's timeline with their holdings?
AT&T Needs to fix their own network before telling others to fix theirs don't you think?
They get 1700 for LTE and some additional 1900... too much in some area...
It's just lovely....
( ATT Agent ) Good Morning thank you for calling ATT how may I help you?