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AT&T Buys T-Mobile

AT&T Buys T-Mobile and Becomes Country's Largest Mobile Provider

AT&T was previously the number two wireless carrier in the US, but yesterday's acquisition of T-Mobile has made it the country's largest, overtaking Verizon. The $39 billion deal will make T-Mobile customers part of the AT&T infrastructure, making AT&T the sole provider of GSM cellphones.

At first look, the deal will do little to change the plans currently offered to both T-Mobile and AT&T customers, though it may have technological implications. Find out more after the break.

AT&T and T-Mobile were previously exploring different 4G approaches, AT&T on the familiar LTE network (also used by Verizon's latest 4G offerings), and T-Mobile with its HSPA+, a similarly fast but slightly different network. In a twist of irony, T-Mobile recently launched an aggressive ad campaign, targeted directly at AT&T.

So far, no word yet about what changes customers of T-Mobile will see after the acquisition. It recently re-introduced the Sidekick with 4G capability and now running the Android OS. This deal also leaves Sprint in the dust; though it carries more 4G phones (like the Evo 4G) than any other carrier, it now becomes the smallest network in the nation.

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