NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — AT&T said that if its deal to buy T-Mobile USA goes through, T-Mobile subscribers with “3G” phones will need to replace those to keep their wireless broadband service working.

AT&T Inc. on Sunday said it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. If approved by regulators, the deal would close about a year from now.

AT&T said Monday that it in the year after the closing, it plans to rearrange how T-Mobile’s cell towers work. The spectrum they use for third-generation services, or 3G, will be repurposed for 4G, which is faster.

That would leave current T-Mobile phones without 3G. They would need to be replaced with phones that use AT&T’s 3G frequencies.

AT&T said it had factored the cost of replacement phones into the total cost of the acquisition.

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Comments (6)
  1. Nick L NYC says:

    I have been using a Jailbroken & Unlocked Iphone 4 on Tmobile since it came out. The only bad part is that I can only get EDGE speeds not even 3G

  2. j says:

    this is too much like a monopoly and they are deliberately reconfiguing the phones to make them obsolete! That is criminal, in my opinion.

  3. chnday says:

    I have been with Tmobile since Omnipoint in 1996, Tmobile gave me lots of discount for a loyal customer. Now Tmobile going to be AT&T, dont know how they will treat loyal account.

    1. TMobile 4Ever says:

      I have been a customer since 1996 as well. I have had wonderful service with T Mobile anywhere in the world I took my phone. I refused to buy an Iphone, despite the wonderful features and design, due to the fact that AT&T was the sole service provider. This has got me very distressed. I hope it’s rejected by the regulators.

  4. RJ says:

    A LOT of people don’t realize that T-mobile’s network actually makes up the content of a LOT of cell phone competition. Many of the low cost networks contract with T-mobile to bring GOOD competition to the cell phone market. AT&T’s purchase of T-mobile would actually SIGNIFICANTLY reduce competition because AT&T could affect (1) raise prices on the contracts with the discount cell providers and (2) possibly cancel contracts with discount cell providers.

    The government needs to step into this mess QUICKLY and deny this transaction.

    1. Tommy says:

      AT&T service stinks too

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