T-Mobile agrees to acquire remaining interest in Iowa Wireless

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There have been some rumors about a T-Mobile-Sprint merger lately, but today news of another T-Mobile deal has come out.

T-Mobile has confirmed that it has agreed to acquire the remaining interest in Iowa Wireless (also known as iWireless) from Aureon. iWireless service is available in Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska, has 103 company stores and serves 75,000 customers.

This deal will give iWireless customers access to all of the Uncarrier benefits, T-Mo touts. Here’s what T-Mobile CEO John Legere had to say about the deal:

“We’re taking T-Mobile to every corner of the country and this deal shows our commitment to expanding in the heart of America. We’ve been disrupting the wireless industry for the benefit of consumers for the last five years now and customers in Iowa will be able to experience the benefits firsthand.”

And here’s Aureon CEO Ron Keller:

“T-Mobile, Aureon and our independent telephone company partners built iWireless over a period of nearly 20 years. Going forward, iWireless will benefit from T-Mobile’s unrelenting focus on growth and continued investments in a high-quality network experience for their customers.”

This deal is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, and is expected to close in Q4 2017 or early 2018.

T-Mobile has been working to improve its coverage in midwestern states like Iowa and Nebraska lately, and this move will push that effort forward. T-Mo says that it plans to expand its LTE coverage in Iowa this year along with further investments and 600MHz deployment in the future.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • TrippleJay16

    Perfect timing. I had to resort to using a prepaid att sim and T-Mobile digits to Maintain access to T-Mobile when i travel to Iowa for work.

    • TylerCameron

      I’ve had good service when roaming off of iWireless.

      • TrippleJay16

        Sioux city is one of the few areas that they iWireless only has 2G

        • TylerCameron

          Oh I’ve only been to DBQ. DockDogs man…

  • STARK11

    I’d take this over the sprint deal

  • Greg S.

    Any change of purchasing GCI General Communication, Inc. aka GCI and deploying your 600Mhz here in Alaska.

    • TylerCameron

      Unlikely since no one lives there.

  • Philip

    I kinda had a feeling that T-mobile is going to overtake ATT and VZW. This was unthinking able few years ago.

    • superg05

      In the second quarter
      of 2017, Verizon Wireless led the list with 147.24 million subscribers,
      followed by AT&T who recorded more than 136 million subscribers
      that same quarter. T-mobile 69.56 million , sprint 52.72 million

  • quawy

    Sprint sucks….I hope that deal gets canned

    • riverhorse

      Yah, it’s gonna suck extracting better, cheaper and more exclusive deals with phone makers, ditto for Free Tuesdays; more widespread and faster coverage, more Netflix-type deals…it’s too much, I just can’t bear the thought.

  • amk96

    Does this mean there will be more widespread native Tmobile coverage? Or will I continue to be stuck perma-roaming on iWireless in Iowa City?

    • SirStephenH

      Native coverage.

  • Mark Wheeler

    This is the only merger T will get. Sprint is a dead deal! Iowa wireless is a redundant cell company, its small potatoes and no big deal like S would have been.

    • BillCosby

      Yeah, I’m very skeptical that the removal of a competitor in the marketplace will be seen as a favorable solution by the feds.

      But let’s face it. every time T-Mobile has “merger” discussions, the two companies meet and talk about long-term strategy.

      It’s almost like Neville Ray’s brain is fried from smoking too much crack when younger; and he can’t create his own strategy.

      • Mark Wheeler

        Its all FAKENEWS pumped by the lyin’ media pundits. This has been going on for decades, all gossip as fact. Nothing ever comes to fruition.

  • Steven

    Now buy up C-spire, the Tmobile footprint needs major help in the Cspire area and Cspire owns all the 700mhz there.

  • TylerCameron

    Yes they are? There’s only a couple of satellite cellular providers…

  • riverhorse

    It occurs to me, with Sprint, plus an agreement with the other unacquired satellite provider…Tmobile could be another/the biggest/ the only national TV/ radio broadcaster in the country.
    I would love to see this happen.

  • Alex Zapata

    About time……..

    • archon

      Ive had tmobile since it was voice stream in Atlanta in 2001. I moved to Iowa in 2003…. Coverage has been considerably less than stellar outside of Des Moines. I get I-wireless when I travel out of DSM – but only roaming internet. Hopefully, all that roaming on I-wireless will become 4g lte….

      • Alex Zapata

        Less than stellar is certainly an understatement…….