AT&T has announced plans to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion, which would make the joint company the largest wireless carrier in the US. It would also likely mean better service for all current and future AT&T and T-Mobile customers, since the companies will combine their infrastructure. Unfortunately there’s a good chance it will also mean higher prices, the end of unlimited data plans, and possibly less emphasis on Android and Windows Phone devices, since the iPhone is kind of AT&T’s big thing.
Peter Rojas at gdgt has a pretty good break-down of the implications, but the deal will likely take a year or more to go through so it will be a while before we really know what any of this means for consumers. Still, it’s strange to think that the first network to offer the iPhone in the US and the first network to provide Google Android devices could soon be one and the same.
What do you think? Is this good news or bad?