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Verizon and T-Mobile are trying to gobble up US Cellular

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Users Report Cellular Outages Nationwide
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Now that they’ve got an extra $100 billion worth of premium airwaves and Sprint no longer nipping at their heels, how can the big three cellular carriers continue to consolidate and grow? Well, T-Mobile and Verizon “are in discussions to carve up U.S. Cellular,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report suggests this is about harvesting even more wireless spectrum; my colleague Allison pointed out in 2022 that US Cellular “tends to offer service where some of the major carriers don’t.” (It would certainly be nice for T-Mobile and Verizon customers to have better coverage, but I would prefer competition to lower my wireless bill.)

T-Mobile would reportedly pay over $2 billion for wireless spectrum licenses and take over “some…

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