Let me start by saying that I am a T-Mobile subscriber.
Just about everyone has heard or read about the failed AT&T - T-Mobile merger that [almost] happened last year. Personally I’m glad our government played a role in making sure this deal never closed. Regardless of any opinions you may hold regarding large corporations, some of you are probably more interested about what happens in the future - I know I am. In the near future, it looks like AT&T will give up some of their spectrum and cash to T-Mobile, while T-Mobile will be improving their service for some of its customers. I’m not sure T-Mobile has planned out for their future, and frankly I don’t think they have a plan yet, because they said there was no “plan B” in case the AT&T merger failed. As of today, I am aware that AT&T is working out different ways to roll out their LTE 4G network.
My hopes are that both companies will use their resources wisely and be innovative. In fact, part of the AT&T - T-Mobile break-up agreement is for them to have roaming agreements (like they used to years ago) for the next 7 years. I’m not in the wireless business, but to me, sharing spectrum makes a lot of sense when there is spectrum scarcity.
Do any of you have predictions about the future of these two companies, or about the future of wireless in America?