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Cingular, T-Mobile Part Ways on Shared Networks

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May 25, 2004, 10:27 AM   by (staff)

Cingular Wireless today announced it would end its network infrastructure joint venture with T-Mobile USA in New York, California and Nevada. Cingular will sell the California and Nevada network and certain accompanying spectrum to T-Mobile USA for approximately $2.5 billion. Cingular will also receive 10MHz of spectrum from T-Mobile in the New York area. The transaction is contingent on Cingularís acquisition of AT&T Wireless, and federal approvals. Both Cingular and T-Mobile customers will be unaffected by the deal.

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NicholasKiz

May 26, 2004, 12:52 PM

Nokia 6010?

Hey Rich correct me if I'm wrong here:

I was browsing Tmobile's website just a second ago and I found a new phone being offered: the Nokia 6010. It's an ugly phone, but the important thing is that it's a dual band 800/1900 phone. Tmobile only used the gsm 1900 band network here in the usa. It looks like the spectrum Tmobile is buying from Cingular includes the 800 band.

Hey guys I am really curious to hear from your own research. what is going on?


Nick
NicholasKiz said:
It looks like the spectrum Tmobile is buying from Cingular includes the 800 band.


Nick

OR...they're in the process of making roaming agreements with an 800mhz capable carrier? RICH! Inform u...
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I don't think it means anything. They've carried the 3595 for a while, and that's the same situation.

This is an entry-level phone. The whole point is that it's cheap. The cheapest phones for a carrier like T-Mobile are usually "off the shelf" mode...
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kpmd

May 25, 2004, 11:03 AM

How will we be unaffected?

I probably don't understand this fully but as a T-Mobile subscriber in NY, how is it that I will be unaffected by this? If we will no longer be sharing with Cingular, won't that reduce coverage for us?

Clueless...
It's not that Cingular and T-Mobile were sharing in New York. Basically the way it was set up was that T-Mobile used Cingular's network in California and Cingular used T-Mobile's network in New York. It was a little more complicated then that but that...
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kpmd said:
I probably don't understand this fully but as a T-Mobile subscriber in NY, how is it that I will be unaffected by this? If we will no longer be sharing with Cingular, won't that reduce coverage for us?

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No. In fact, the opposite. Several years ago, that network (NY-area) belonged 100% to T-Mobile. Then they struck a deal with Cingular to share it. Same network, just added Cingular customers.

But after the merger is complete, the NY-area Cingular c...
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It definitely sounds like a major shift and something that could affect everyone, but here's the skinny on why they say all customers should be "unaffected by the deal":
  1. T-Mobile customers will be unaffected because the networks that were previ
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Dlux408

May 25, 2004, 5:53 PM

How does this affect CA/NV T-Mobile customers?!

You guys are all talking how this is affecting Cingular and T-Mobile in NYC. BUT... What does this mean for CA/NV T-Mobile customers? Are we going to get a smaller coverage area? Will T-Mobile have to create their own coverage now, with their own towers?
No. T-Mobile is buying the Cingular network. All the towers that are in those location that are currently owned by Cingular will then be owned by T-Mobile. The Cingular customers will then migrate to the existing ATT network.
No. Here, this explains it all - this refers to the whole deal, not just NY:

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