August 2, 2014

AT&T Set to Buy Out T-Mobile

Though not strictly Android-related, AT&T’s announcement that it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion is news that will have a huge impact on many of our readers.

Combining the two carriers’ infrastructure should mean a more solid network for customers, and it also means that T-Mobile’s customers can be more optimistic about seeing LTE phones in their future. On the other hand, they may rightfully worry about the possibility of dealing with AT&T’s restrictive policies, such as not allowing installation non-Market apps and their recently announced crackdown on tethering.

Of the deal, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said:

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future. It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

It’s worth noting that the deal will have to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission. That means that it will likely be some time before customers see any change.

Source: Business Wire