“More bars in more places” may be more than just a catchy slogan for AT&T by this time next year, after the company announced Sunday that it’s buying up the only other GSM-based U.S. carrier, T-Mobile USA, for a whopping $39 billion. While many are predicting the death of wireless competition, the real question is: What does this mean for the iPhone?
You've probably seen the ads by now with T-Mobile mocking AT&T's network. Well, T-Mobile must have decided that it wasn't that bad after all, as AT&T and Deutsche Telekom AG announced today that the two companies entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction. The valued price tag? Just a mere $39 billion. The agreement was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.
One of the most horrifying statistics for any wireless company is the “churn rate” -- that is, how many customers jump ship and move their service to a competitor. While it’s widely believed that Sprint and T-Mobile have suffered mercilessly from the iPhone onslaught, the reality may be it’s not so bad after all.
On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless announced that they had finally wrestled iPhone 4 exclusivity from AT&T’s shackles after four years. Unfortunately, aside from swapping a GSM antenna for a CDMA model, the 3G-enabled handset is essentially the same -- despite Verizon’s big push for 4G LTE a week earlier at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Now that the two largest carriers in the United States are both selling the iPhone, what is a smaller network to do? In T-Mobile’s case, they’re going on the offensive with a new commercial taking pot shots at their larger rivals’ slower networks.
Achtung! Germany was a part of one of the last remaining European markets with a single iPhone carrier, but not anymore! Deutsche Telekom (DT)-owned carrier T-Mobile's iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple is expiring very soon. And, to make matters better for those not interested in being under the shackles of one mobile carrier, there have been no talks about extending that deal either.
CultofMac is reporting that T-Mobile USA is incredibly close to striking a deal that would bring the iPhone to the carrier in the fall. If this rumor is indeed true, than that would mean that Apple has ended its exclusive relationship with AT&T and is now in an "open relationship."
In case you've been considering steering clear of the iPhone 4, you might want to take a look at this: a comparison chart detailing the differences between each of the latest and greatest smart phones. The graphic depicts the differences between AT&T's iPhone 4, Verizon's Droid Incredible (manufactured by HTC), Sprint's HTC Evo 4G and Google's Nexus One (also manufactured by HTC, and available to use on T-Mobile or AT&T).
So far, iPhone 4 is in the lead with the highest memory capacity, though the other three Android phones can be expanded up to 32GB. Additionally, the iPhone 4 also wins in the categories battery life, screen size and number of applications available in the native iTunes App Store.
Apple told us all the iPad was unlocked. We all heard it. But how do you get Micro-SIM into your shiny new iPad 3G when only AT&T offers them? Turns out all you need is some scissors and a steady hand.