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Wireless Provider Madness

Sun Mar 20, 2011 - 10:37 PM EDT - By Annie Latham

The Sunday surprise is the news that AT&T Inc. (T) agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at about $39 billion, a combination that would create America's largest mobile-phone company.

This development comes less than two weeks after the possibility of Sprint buying T-Mobile story broke.

Instead of No. 3 and No. 4 combining forces with different voice technology, you have AT&T, now the second-largest U.S. wireless operator, adding about 34 million customers in a complementary network. This means AT&T would leap over Verizon Wireless to claim the No. 1 position.

No doubt, getting regulatory approval will take a while --putting this deal on ice.

Now the question is, what will Sprint do? Or perhaps, an even bigger question -- what will Verizon do?

Stay tuned.

And if you want to read more, check out the special website ( that AT&T set up.


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