Dec 20 AT 2:36 PM Edgar Cervantes 44 Comments

T-Mobile COO: Let’s move along, Magenta will continue to be as awesome (Update – Sprint speaks)


Now that the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile ordeal has ended, many Magenta customers may be wondering what the future holds. We know T-Mobile is not doing too well; that was a major reason their parent company wanted to sell them.

It seems Deutsche Telekom will get pretty much all the money AT&T owes T-Mobile for the breakup fee, and they will be using it for debt payments. Does this mean T-Mobile is out in the dust? Well, not exactly. Both carriers have reached a 7-year roaming agreement. This will allow T-Mobile customers to freely roam on AT&T’s UMTS network. T-Mobile has been future-proofing some devices to run on AT&T’s UMTS network (a bit odd, right?), so the next 7 years should be much better for T-Mo’ users.

According to Deutsche Telekom, this deal will expand T-Mobile USA’s coverage by about 50 million subscribers (from 230 to 280 million). This should give T-Mobile a good boost to get back on its feet, and it seems that is T-Mobile’s plan (unless they’re not telling us everything).

T-Mobile’s Chief Operations Officer Jim Alling has released a statement on the company’s official blog to informs us of what the future will be like for Magenta’s customers.

Dear T-Mobile Customers:

By now I am sure you have seen media reports that AT&T and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have mutually decided to terminate their agreement for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA. This announcement effectively ends the acquisition process launched March 20.

What does this mean for T-Mobile USA customers? Our focus is unchanged: make the latest mobile products and services affordable for everyone.

And there are many reasons to choose T-Mobile as your wireless provider:

Great Value. We’re offering our best plan ever — 2 lines for $49.99 each that includes voice, text and data (including 2GB at full-speed) on each line with a new 2-year agreement. We also now offer a Monthly4G no annual contract plan that gives you unlimited talk, text, and web (including 100MB at full-speed) for $50.

Compelling Products. We offer a great line-up of 4G smartphones. We continue to rapidly expand our selection of amazing and affordable 4G smartphones, tablets and other devices that make mobile internet service easy and affordable. This holiday, we have cutting edge smartphones including the 42 Mbps-capable HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II. In January, we will begin selling the Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia for as low as $49.99 after mail-in rebate with a 2-year agreement on a qualifying plan.

America’s Largest 4G Network — now faster than ever. Whether you need driving instructions that are fast enough to keep up with your car, or want to stream a full-length movie uninterrupted, our 4G network delivers. We have expanded our 4G coverage to more than 200 million people in 208 markets and doubled speeds for nearly 180 million Americans in 163 markets.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, we appreciate your business and we will continue to focus on earning your loyalty every day.


Jim Alling
Chief Operations Officer
T-Mobile USA, Inc.

T-MobileJim AllingCOO of T-Mobile USA

With this, T-Mobile is basically saying “Move along guys, everything will stay the same.” If you have been worrying about the future of T-Mobile, things should stay the same. At least for the near future.

We never know what these companies might be planning in the background. Do you think T-Mobile has some sort of back up plan?


We know Sprint has always been against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. They made it very clear since the beginning. Such a deal would harm competition, resulting in a worst situation for the consumer.

Sprint has also issued a formal statement, and they are glad to see that this merger did not go through. [1]

Earlier today, AT&T terminated its definitive merger agreement with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA. This is the right decision for consumers, competition and innovation in the wireless industry.

From the beginning, Sprint has stood with consumers who spoke loudly and clearly that AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile would create an undeniable duopoly that would have resulted in higher prices, less innovation and fewer choices for the American consumer.

Sprint commends the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission and the bi-partisan group of state attorneys general who gave voice to the concerns of consumers across the country. We look forward to competing fiercely in the robust, competitive market that exists today and continuing to deliver the world class service and products that consumers have come to expect from Sprint.Vonya B. McCannSenior Vice President of Government Affairs for Sprint


  1. Via Android Life

Via: The Verge

Source: T-Mobile Blog

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  • jaxidian

    You know, I’m glad all of this came about. Not that I think AT&T is the devil but they tried doing a no-no here and the result is that the underdog, T-Mobile, got billions of dollars to help them out as a result. To me, as a consumer and technologist, this is a win.

    • ranwanimator

      But T-Mo DIDN’T get the billions of dollars. The parent company D Telecom did and they’re paying off debts with it not reinvesting it in T-Mo.

      • YMS123

        Its a shame really, T-Mobile could have used that money to expand it’s 4G network

  • jamal adam

    Still alive and kicking, I see. That’s good news T-Mobile.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I just hope they do better, and with these plans they will :D

    • Futureboy

      Agreed. It’s nice to start seeing some decent mid-range usage plans. I’ve been looking for a new plan for my mom who is still on an old Samsung flip. I want to get her on a smartphone. She uses a decent amount of minutes, and will probably use a small amount of data. Most plans have been not enough minutes or not enough data. I’m thinking the Monthly4G no annual contract plan with unlimited talk, text, and 100MB of web for $50 would fit her quite nicely.

  • zyphbear

    I hope this means their coverage will get better too!
    If they can get growing and expanding quickly, they can make up for not going through with the merger too.

  • jaxidian

    Also, I think this is good for AT&T. This will force them to find other ways to innovate and grow with the industry in a way that’s not simply, “Let’s recreate Ma Bell”. Innovation is good for all, even AT&T!

  • damambt

    Sure, T-mobile is huge and so is AT&T, I’m sure in the future both of these giants will somehow work with each other to provide better customer service to their customers. So now that everything is back to normal, who wants to play some Angry Birds?!

    • damambt

      What the heck? -2?! Seriously, I thought people loved Angry Birds. I know i do.
      Wait, are guest allowed to ⬇ -1 members comments?

  • Christopher Chavez

    I just want them to take that $4 billion and use it wisely to become the new #3.

    Then I’ll have somewhere to take my lines if Sprint continues sucking next year… =/


    hmmm, my gsm galaxy nexus is perfect for this, since it already has all the required bands needed!

  • Wayne Winkler

    I’m just glad the T-mobile girl and her sexy pink dresses aren’t going anywhere.

  • Kaote

    Hey MR. COO, if you want to continue being awesome, get the Galaxy NEXUS soon.

  • Brook Marin

    It’s hard to believe Tmo hasn’t been working on a backup plan for the past couple of months… I’m sure that have some contingencies lined up or in the works.

    Yes, the gaining of spectrum helps gain ground in some markets, but does nothing for a path to LTE… I have a feeling that the only way Tmo gets to LTE is through some collaboration with another carrier or a partnership/merger with a 3rd party company (Dish or even a cable company)…

    Here’s to hoping something (or someone) good comes along!!


  • dandroid4g

    I hope T-mobile gets to live I love it too much!

  • Marcus

    I’m still really glad the merger didn’t go through. What T-Mobile needs now is some money so they can expand their network coverage!

  • Billy

    Three cheers for t-mobile … and crossed fingers for their survival. If they can’t survive then I would rather see Sprint make the acquisition … or see some regionals come together, buy tmo and make a competitive national network.

  • Billy

    If I had the bank … I would just buy them and call it “B-Mobile”. :)

  • Techrocket9

    So what happens to AT&T’s LTE plans?

  • Adryan maldonado

    I think alot of people are happy this did not go through.

    • mojomoney

      I think alot of people are ecstatic that this didn’t go through; the T-Mobile workers that will keep their jobs because AT&T won’t be able to eliminate redundancies and T-mobile customers who are used to having decent customer service.

  • rantmo

    You know, I keep reading about how T-Mobile has been losing customers and I can’t help but wonder how much of that is because of the uncertainty about its future and/or an unwillingness to end up an AT&T customer. I’d hope that with the end of this chapter, they’ll see a rebound of their customer base.

  • Shadowlore

    Glad to see that Deutsche didn’t decide to take the money and run. I always liked the customer service I got on T-Mobile.. the biggest problem I had was their coverage being so limited.

    (Even in suburbs, I often had issues keeping a decent signal here in St. Louis…. supposedly it’s gotten a bit better, however)

  • asterbenz

    I’m happy about this, I think. Unless you guys think I should feed differently. Then I’ll change my mind.

  • n25philly

    Translation: We will be pimping Carly’s hot ass for the foreseeable future.

    It doesn’t fix any of T-Mobile’s problems, but it sure works for me!

  • cmorris

    I am glad they are at least feigning confidence. I don’t want to have to switch companies again.

  • _AjD

    I’ve been with T-Mobile since they bought out voice stream back in the {long time ago reference} absolutely thrilled that this merger failed as in the past I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with AT&T on 2 different coasts. T-Mobile has always had good customer service and decent pricing even if they’ve let me down on phone selection lately I will happily stay.

    [prepare for "old man" rant]

    Also I’ve done an extensive amount of traveling for work and have found very few places that my phone hasn’t worked for basic calling which at the end of the day is what the phone really needs to do

    • _AjD

      what happened here, almost every post down voted?

  • olentz

    WE ARE SAVED~~!!!

  • WallaceD

    People still use T-Mobile?


  • jsweetser2

    Now Maybe Tmo can start getting phones again instead of letting Verizon gobble them all up. Galaxy S II is a good phone, but they can’t sit on it for very much longer as their flagship. gimme my Gnex!

  • aude66

    This is great news, there is noone like them for customer service and I would have hated losing that. I just hope their european parent will help them come up with a decent international data plan.

  • Jimmy13

    Couldn’t be happier with this one. AT&T in houston is not amazing and I <3 tmo.

  • ramenchef

    I like that TMo got a great deal out of this failed merger/buyout. Hopefully this helps them boost their customer base and become more competitive.

  • humidity

    You tell’em Sprint! haha

  • staryoshi

    As I’ve posted before, it’s a shame that the $4bn is going to be shipped outside of the US, as t-mobile could have used the direct boost, but I’m just happy (relieved, really) that the deal was denied. Also, Sprint took an expected stance, but I stand with them on it! =P

  • rdot

    for some reason im thing tmobile and sprint unite while tmobile get this roaming from att super cover coverage or maybe just sleepy either way there up to some thing because in the end its about making money for them

  • beatrixasdfghjk.

    I’m sure Sprint wouldn’t mind having a monopoly.

  • Donald Williams

    Yea its official and tmo just got bigger. I just hope their customers come back and with the new air waves the get more with their cheap plans. Either way I’m happy to be a magenta!

  • Jorge Eslava

    It’s a shame that the billions won’t be used on T-mobile, but at least we didn’t loose one of the big US carriers.

  • yankeesusa

    All i know is that tmobile just got better. Now they have more money, more coverage and a little more leverage. With their awesome android lineup this may be the way to go for a lot of people that can’t stand sprints slow 3g speeds and still want great phones like the sensation and galaxy s2.

  • donger

    i like t-mo better than at&t

  • cb2000a

    And I can say that I too was a voice that spoke out against this…filing a letter opposing this acquisition by ATT. And now am a T-Mobile subsciber.