FCC Approves Verizon’s AWS Purchase, T-Mobile Spectrum Swap

With the Department of Justice’s stamp of approval just a week old, the FCC has given their own seal of approval to Verizon’s proposed $3.6 billion purchase of SpectrumCo AWS spectrum. Part of the FCC’s conditions for approval was a spectrum swap between Verizon and T-Mobile, which would allow T-Mobile to cover an additional 60 million people. Along with the additional pop coverage, T-Mobile will also be able to deploy LTE in greater swaths, as it would have been limited to 5×5 MHz LTE deployment without Verizon’s AWS spectrum.

The deal itself turns AWS into an essential band for LTE deployment and global roaming, with AWS now rivaling the 700MHz band when considering the amount of roaming partners. That’s great, mostly because it could allow for a greater amount of unlocked devices that can be used on T-Mobile’s network, even while Verizon and AT&T continue their argument about interoperability on the 700MHz band.

There is no doubt this is as much a win for Verizon as it is for T-Mobile, and we’re hopeful that T-Mobile can utilize this new spectrum to significantly expand their future LTE footprint.

Fierce Wireless

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  • Guest

    Your lack of a closing parenthesis annoys the developer side of my brain greatly.

    • Mirad77

      Do u want some cheese with that whine?

      • MagentaMadness

        lol it was a joke…I thought the same thing.

  • Does this mean I can use an unlocked Verizon phone on T-Mobile?

    • Taron19119


    • Estas Pendejo

      Yes, all you need is a T-mobile hotspot so that you can use it – data only.

      • Jaime Laigo


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  • noelsito

    this is good for everyone right (excluding AT&T and Sprint)?  i think i know the answer, but i’ve been really wrong about stuff like this in the past…lol

  • Aurizen

    this is great! hopefully we will see the iphone on tmobile this fall.

    • It’s available now…

      • Aurizen

        Oh, not in that way, I mean to buy from them. 

        • You can buy one from Apple, eBay, Craigslist, hobo on the street and pop a Micro-SIM in. Nothing is stopping you.

        • Aurizen

          i would prefer one brand new and cheap if tmobile had it for 200

        • Eanfoso

          You surely are american, buying a phone at unsubsidized price is the standard for the world, since you get a cheaper monthly rate, for instance t-mobile’s value plans, bring your own phone and you pay an extra 30% off a month, in one year that becomes 700 + in two 1400 + do some basic math, I don’t mean to belittle you but gee wake up!! Unsubsidized phones are NOT cheap!!!

        • Aurizen

          That is how I always gotten my phones after my 2 year contract is over The phones I get are 200, I been with Tmobile for years and havent changed my plan, I have a classic plan, not value.

        • jay_max

          You actually pay more for the phone with a subsidy.  You may want to reconsider your approach on this.

        • Aurizen

          Can you explain plz. I’m not sure I follow with the whole subsidy and 
           Unsubsidized thing. I thought you upgrade and its cheaper because its 200 with a 2 year contract. 

        • DuTcH PaPi

          Check out my other post re: Subsidy vs No Subsidy.

        • Aurizen

          alright thanks

        • oryan_dunn

          Subsidized (classic plan):
          $200 up front for phone
          $80/mo x 24months = $1,920
          Total $2,120

          Unsubsidized (value plan):
          $600 up front for phone
          $60/mo x 24months = $1,440
          Total $2,040

          You save $80 by buying a $600 phone as opposed to a $200 phone.

          Of course, the cheaper you get your unsubsidized phone, the more savings over subsidized.

          This is comparing Classic/Value Unlimited Talk/Text + 2GB data.

          The saving could be more if depending on the price difference between the value and classic plan.

        • Aurizen

          Yeah I’m currently on a family plan so thats more, but I haven’t bought a phone in a while, but I do plan to change my plan soon. after i get an iphone some how lol.

        • Eanfoso

          You’re right, since you’re on a family plan you’ll save even more our mistake, especially being that you can just keep using your phone with the value plan and wait around 3 months when you have saved enough to buy the new iPhone then you’ll be set! :)

  • Guys the iphone is expensive as hell to subsidize. Re-farming and getting more spectrum is better. Why subsidize the iphone when people could just bring their iphone to tmobile network and have it work already.  A lot of iphone users actually buy their phones at full price. 

    • A lot of iPhone users? 1 Million+ to be exact….

      • Mark R

        Are you implying that is not a lot?
        Those are the jailbroken+unlocked T-Mobile users alone.
        I know for a fact that a lot of people don’t switch because they don’t want to be on EDGE. When that changes the number of iPhone users will rise – that is a given.

        • MatthewMurawski

          Me included. I would buy a factory unlocked iPhone if it didn’t just run on EDGE. I want a 3+ Mbps down connection.

  • Gus

    So when is T-Mobile going to have there 1900 band run on 3g in NYC, So I could used my iPhone at it’s full potential with there new real unlimited data plan “streaming slingbox about 40 hours or less in a week “.

    • 40 hours a week …………yes u will get throttled using that much data a week

      • superg05

        maybe maybe not my data before i get throttled is somewhere around a terrabyte

    • Eanfoso

      Wtf not to be mean, but do you have a life?? Dude you’d have to stream it around 6 hours a day, get a job man

      • Dion Mac

        That 5.71 hours a day per week, with two of those days(im guessing) being off days. I don’t see a problem with that. 

    • Muxmarine

      Being tested now…. Should be ready by year end

  • Nina1

    When will the iPhone be capable of 3G using the 1900mhz anytime soon?

    • Muxmarine

      Being tested now… Should be up and running by end of year in ny

  • ghulamsameer

    Wait, so it T-Mobile getting 900 MHz or 700 MHz?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Some AWS/1700 from Verizon to Tmo. And a little AWS/1700 to Verizon (from Tmo).

  • TMobile fan

    I will always be a fan of T-Mobile! Advanced LTE and truly unlimited 4G coming soon not to mention the BYOD Campaign. 3G to 4G on unlocked devices, (Bring your own device) every T-Mobile store will carry A factory unlocked iPhone on display to promote BYOD.