If you saw some pigs flying yesterday, it is probably because AT&T has made an agreement to acquire one of their former competitors as their own. T-Mobile is soon to become AT&T, just as Cingular did not so long ago. Such a pairing promises to be a pleasant experience for customers, as the press release from AT&T specifically addresses that it will result in better coverage for all. For those not in the know, AT&T is notorious for its cell signal, or in many cases lack thereof, and it is a common occurrence to be traveling in some places and suddenly drop a call for no apparent reason. This also allows AT&T to expand its coverage quicker than normal, as such an expansion “would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction” and will increase “network density by approximately 30 percent”, all without building more towers.
The pairing boasts not only a more quality cell signal, but a more expansive one as well. The plan seems to be to manufacture many more cell towers accross the U.S. and not just in some cities lacking in AT&T influence. As stated in the press release, rural areas and those typically outside of normal cell areas will be a part of bringing “every part of America to the digital age.” That’s right, no more running off to grandpa’s middle of nowhere ranch to avoid those pesky weekend work calls.
This venture will also make AT&T the most accessible of all networks, as they will be available to 95% of the U.S., making other networks pale in comparison.
All of these points, while potentially great, are still not swaying some skeptics who are concerned about the cost levied on customers. Many think that such a joining that brings so much, will have to cost all the much more as well.
Regardless, the venture is imminent and coming to cell tower near you.
For AT&T’s full press release on the matter, click here.