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AT&T Inks MVNO Deal with Sprint, Plans W-Fi Phones

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May 18, 2004, 9:01 AM   by (staff)

AT&T today announced that it has reached an agreement with Sprint that will allow AT&T to sell AT&T-branded wireless service using Sprint's CDMA network. The five-year deal will make AT&T a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), similar to Virgin Mobile, which also uses Sprint's network. The new service is planned to launch later this year, after Cingular completes its acquisition of AT&T Wireless. AT&T also announced its intent to offer dual-mode wireless / Wi-Fi phones that also allow customers to make VoIP calls over broadband connections in homes and businesses.

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The Alchemist

May 21, 2004, 11:19 PM


Most of you still don't get it. Rolling Eyes
The Alchemist said:
Most of you still don't get it. Rolling Eyes

And now, of course, we all breathlessly await what's so funny.

May 18, 2004, 6:09 PM


So I'm a bit confused. Was it AT&T Wireless that was moving toward a WCDMA network in 2005?
NobleEcho said:
So I'm a bit confused. Was it AT&T Wireless that was moving toward a WCDMA network in 2005?

Yes. And that will continue, (and in fact accelerate,) under Cingular.

But this is something totally separ...

May 18, 2004, 9:21 PM

Everyone's getting a peice...

Sprint is just letting everyone be a virtual network off of them. And it's a good choice over Verizon becuase I personally think they are a very bad carrier. But really... everyone seems to be getting a peice of Sprint. Liberty Wireless, Qwest, Virgin Mobile, and now AT&T. I guess Sprint will be pulling up to be one of the top two carriers with all these new companies and customers...
Is Sprint going to be able to use AT&T's existing GSM network?
Yep, Sprint is definitely signing MVNO deals left and right.

It's smart. The reason is capacity and spectrum. They have plenty of it. They were doing fine before 1xRTT, then they were very aggressive with 1xRTT voice-enabled phones, allowing them t...

May 18, 2004, 1:22 PM

A little faster than I expected...

We all saw this coming...but I didn't expect it this fast. Hey, Rich...is this going to be on a prepaid level like Virgin, or are they going to offer monthly plans?
I'm pretty sure they will offer monthly plans. Qwest (another Sprint MVNO) is probably a better analogy than Virgin. Like Qwest, part of AT&T's goal here is to offer "one-stop shopping" for communications, including both traditional long-distance and ...
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