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Let the rumors begin: AT&T, Leap reportedly talking

Shortly after its bid for T-Mobile fell through, AT&T started seeking alternative sources of spectrum. Unsurprisingly, Leap Wireless was on that list. We heard low level rumblings of interest a month ago, but now it appears that things are at least slightly more serious. According to a Wall Street Journal report, AT&T is talking to Leap and MetroPCS, among others. It’s pretty clear that they’re in the beginning stages, where they’re assessing the market. Given that no available company holds nearly as much spectrum as T-Mobile, we could perhaps see AT&T try to acquire more than one regional carrier. This will probably move slow, as AT&T has reason to be cautious this time around. But don’t be surprised to see them make a big splash in 2012, perhaps involving Cricket, MetroPCS, or both.

Via IntoMobile.

4 Responses

  1. Clocks Says

    For AT&T, it may be smart to wait for the possibility of a more business friendly administration in 2013 before trying any more mergers.

    Posted on February 17th, 2012 at 7:49 am
  2. Joe Says

    There’s also the possibility that if they consummate a deal mid-year, it won’t get through the approval process until administrations possibly change.

    Posted on February 17th, 2012 at 12:12 pm
  3. george lang Says

    im confused how could att merge with cricket or metropcs being att is a gsm net work and cricket metro pcs are cdma networks

    Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 7:04 am
  4. Joe Says

    Everyone is moving to LTE anyway. If AT&T were to buy MetroPCS or Cricket, it would be purely for the spectrum, not for the network or even the customers.

    Posted on March 21st, 2012 at 7:29 am

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