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How are MVNOs affected by the AT&T and T-Mobile merger?

One aspect of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger that I hadn’t heard was from MVNOs. While AT&T doesn’t have many MVNO affiliations, T-Mobile does have a few. How will they be affected if this merger receives regulatory approval? At least one T-Mobile MVNO is saying that it would certainly hurt wholesale resellers. IDT, which operates TuYo, has said that “AT&T is not committed to making wholesale spectrum available to MVNOs in its application to acquire T-Mobile, and AT&T does not have a favorable track record in providing wholesale access to its spectrum.” While that is certainly true, we did learn last week that T-Mobile’s third quarter gains were heavily influenced by third party resellers. That could be incentive enough for AT&T to keep them around, at least for a little while.

Via FierceWireless.

4 Responses

  1. Jenmalone Says

    AT&T have a bad record making spectrum available for MVNO’s?! What utter dribble; I’d go so far as to say that Tracfone, this country’s largest MVNO, and prepaid wireless provider has at least 70% of their customer base making use of AT&T’s network infrastructure. That’s a very large amount of users considering that Tracfone now has more than 18 million subscribers. That more than double the amount MPCS have, as well as Leap, or any other smaller carrier.

    Posted on August 9th, 2011 at 10:32 am
  2. N Rogers Says

    But AT&T does have the largest MVNO affiliated to them…with Tracfone and their subsidiary companies. Surely they are aware of the numbers TF brings their way, so the MVNOs associated with T-Mobile, wouldn’t be an issue. What’s more, TF’s StraightTalk offers one of the lowest unlimited options available, suggesting that AT&T does not have an issue “in providing wholesale access to its spectrum”.

    Posted on August 9th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
  3. Mike Freeman Says

    I have to agree. If you minus the Tracfone mvno connections, Att has other mvnos that are out there including H20 gsm, Jolt Mobile, Red Pocket, Pure Talk, Air Voice , etc while Tmobile only has Simple Mobile and Walmart Family Mobile . Tuyo isn’t even activating sims anymore so they are all bark and no bite. Att doesn’t have mvnos? They have way more then Tmobile ever did.

    Posted on August 10th, 2011 at 6:31 am
  4. Inurface Says

    @ N Rogers: just to put a spanner in your rhetoric; this ne wSamsung galaxy droid phone that tracfone, and Straight talk are availing to the public is a CDMA model phone. Meaning it’ll mostly use Verizon’s network. Straight talk have had other nokia smart phones that all ran on AT&T’s network, but they haven’t been on the shelves for at least three to four months – my assumption being that AT&T told the MVNO to hold on whilst they scrap for more spectrum (yes AT&T are in enough of a bother to not promote the selling of any more high end devices)…

    Posted on August 20th, 2011 at 6:11 am

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