As you may have heard earlier throughout the past year, AT&T had plans of buying out T-Mobile, thus creating a Service-Providing giant. AT&T, however, for some reason or another decided it wasn't worth it.

T-mobile AT&T Merger Fail

What that means for T-Mobile is:
  • They get a nifty check for $3 billion
  • A nationwide roaming agreement
  • 128 individual spectrum licenses covering several of the biggest markets in the US
Now, I'm not an expert, but I would say that if T-Mobile was resorting to selling or combining with AT&T, that means they must be doing pretty bad. I can only imagine what kind of benefits come from better signal, $3 billion, and more marketability.

As a T-Mobile user, I really hope that they can bounce back from this and grow. According to

T-Mobile picked up 128 cellular market licenses in the Advanced Wireless Service (AWS band) including spectrum in 12 of the top 20 largest markets: Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Baltimore and Seattle. DT didn’t identify the specific licenses it won, but a quick glance at AT&T’s spectrum holdings show that these are no paltry chunks of frequencies. AT&T holds a 20 MHz block in Los Angles and Dallas, though its east coast portfolio tends to be confined to the smaller 10 MHz blocks. Unless AT&T is carving up its licenses in weird ways, it’s forking over a lot of bandwidth.

So basically AT&T not only doesn't get T-Mobile and everything they have, AT&T forks over $3 billion, 128 cellular market licenses, and a nationwide roaming agreement.

Is anyone else confused? Oh well, it's politics. If you figure out why, send me an email or tweet me on Twitter. Thanks.

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