AT&T: T-Mobile 3G Phones Subscribers Will Need to Replace Phones

By this time, you may already know, that AT&T and T-Mobile USA had entered into a purchase deal, now the company has stated that all T-Mobile customers that are using 3G phones will need to replace their handsets if the deal ever comes to close.In a statement to Associated Press, AT&T said that if its […]

By this time, you may already know, that AT&T and T-Mobile USA had entered into a purchase deal, now the company has stated that all T-Mobile customers that are using 3G phones will need to replace their handsets if the deal ever comes to close.

In a statement to Associated Press, AT&T said that if its deal to buy T-Mobile USA goes through, T-Mobile subscribers with "3G" phones will need to replace those to keep their wireless broadband service working. But there will be plenty of time to do that.

That would leave current T-Mobile phones without 3G. They would need to be replaced with phones that use AT&T's 3G frequencies. Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's head of wireless and consumer services, said this will happen as part of the normal phone upgrade process.

"There's nothing for them to worry about ... it will be done over time, in a way that's good for customers and good for AT&T," de la Vega said in an interview.

The whole process will take several years, he said.

T-Mobile has also updated communicated on its site about what the acquisition meant for its customers. They said that the two carriers would remain a separate company and continue to run as independently until the merger is completed, which is expected in approx. 12 months.

AT&T said that some time after the closing, it plans to rearrange how T-Mobile's cell towers work. The airwaves they use for third-generation services, or 3G, will be repurposed for 4G, which is faster.

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