FCC approves merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS

FCC approves merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. The $1.5 billion deal will see T-Mobile take over MetroPCS, potentially gaining 9 million new subscribers in the process. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in statement:

With today’s approval, America’s mobile market continues to strengthen, moving toward robust competition and revitalized competitors. We are seeing billions more in network investment, while the courts have upheld key FCC decisions to accelerate broadband build-out, promote competition, and benefit consumers, including our broadband data roaming and pole attachment rules. Today’s action will benefit millions of American consumers and help the U.S maintain the global leadership in mobile it has regained in recent years.

Rumors about the merger started in October and were quickly confirmed by T-Mobile. What effect this deal ultimately has on T-Mobile’s fortunes is not known. However, this deal, which will jump-start T-Mobile’s LTE efforts, along with finally getting the iPhone later this year, could give them a boost that they sorely need.

T-Mobile has already carried the iPhone in an unofficial capacity for years, supporting 1.9 million of them as of January. So far, however, they have been unable to offer the phone directly to customers. T-Mobile continues to expand their iPhone-friendly 3G coverage, and is expected to begin their LTE rollout soon.

Source: The Federal Communications Commission

Joseph Keller

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FCC approves merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS

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Anything to potentially put some pressure on the big two and allow tmo to expand and improve their network is a good thing.

T-Mobile expansion is great news. It will definitely cause more to talk about against their rival ATT. We shall see when the merger is implemented how well the consumer is benefited.

(Also, thank you iMore staff for adding the "type this hard to read text" human verification system. Should drastically cut the spam comments.)

Are you telling me that the commenters girlfriends brothers sisters uncles monkey didn't make 94 billion dollars workings at home 2 hours a day 3 hours a week? My dreams are shattered.

let's get the sprint one done too and maybe they'll have the money to get their network in gear and put real downward price pressure through competition on the other verizon and AT&T.

I truly hope T-Mobile merges because I hate AT&T and I wish to spark a new round of competition between the mobile giants. I hate Verizon with a passion and I'm hoping this merger pushes a lot of pressure on those jerks.

Nice! I for one am happy to see this news. My first major carrier was TMo, and now to see that their gaining more coverage and finally officially getting the iPhone warms my heart a little. This is really just what they needed, along with their unlimited data and cheapest rates of the Big 4 in the US, to start being a major contender once again. Bring it on TMo, I may have to switch back when you get your iPhones in, my contract with Verizon is up in July.

One thing that I don't understand about T-Mobile. I live in a well populated area in eastern NC. T-Mobile service here is not 4G, and as a matter of fact, it isn't even 3G! Yet they have 4G posters all over the store. I asked the employees there when they were going to get 4G, and their response is "we're still looking for 3G". I just don't understand.

Alas, such is the case with marketing . Playing to (and often up) the numbers, not the individuals. Hopefully you'll get better coverage soon.

We had the same situation. Apparently the 3G and 4G bandwidth was not released to T-Mobile in my area. Something about a military base.

This is great news and now to see that they are getting more coverage and finally being able to get the iphone This is really just what they needed and what everyone has been waiting for.I cant wait

Now if we could only get some more decent competition up here in Canada. The cell market up here is dominated by the big three. There is little selection when it comes to plans and they charge an arm and a leg for crappy service.

Great news hopefully this will help t-mobile to continue to rebuild their infrastructure. I currently have t-mobile and the lack of full 3G coverage can be a bit burdensome..