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T-Mobile to Sign Agreement with Aureon to Acquire Remaining Interest of Iowa Wireless

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T-Mobile has announced an agreement with Aureon to order to acquire the remaining interest of Iowa Wireless (iWireless). By landing this deal, the third biggest wireless carrier in the country gets an opportunity to further expand its presence in the state of Iowa. As stated in T-Mobile’s press release, the deal will still go through the usual regulatory approval process, but should close later this year or by the first quarter of 2018.

For those not familiar with iWireless, it provides wireless services to an estimated 75,000 customers based in or around Iowa, Western Illinois and Eastern Nebraska by way of its own outlets, which numbers more than a hundred, and through several authorized dealers. As for Aureon, it is a business solutions provider that offers support solutions in areas such as technology, human resources, and contact centers. Collaborating with independent phone company partners, Aureon has operated iWireless for almost two decades now.

Once the deal closes, not only will existing customers of iWireless will be given full access to T-Mobile’s network, but the acquisition will also benefit T-Mobile customers. The former iWireless coverage area will become T-Mobile native coverage, so T-Mobile customers will no longer be roaming in iWireless country. MetroPCS customers, who currently only have voice and text roaming, not data roaming, on iWireless will soon get full native service in the former iWireless markets.

Over the last couple of years, T-Mobile has expanded its LTE coverage in order to serve some 315 million mobile users in the United States, and is expected to improve that reach to 321 million people by the end of 2017. Naturally, with this new agreement it has struck with Aureon to acquire the remaining interest of iWireless, T-Mobile is in a good position to continue building out its 600 MHz spectrum in the state of Iowa.

Looking at the bigger picture, T-Mobile is targeting to launch 3,000 outlets this year, with half of that number consisting of T-Mobile stores and the other half, MetroPCS outlets. The company is aiming to have set up 17,000 branded outlets across America by year’s end.


Source: T-Mobile

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  1. Iowa will finally see the swarm of Metro PCS stores start to come in like a horde of locusts...

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    1. locusts? what no crickets in iowa? there's got to be crickets in iowa to fight this tmobile metropcs locusts invasion!

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    2. Hopefully a few of them will be corporate, otherwise Iowa's better off without them.

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  2. It'll be nice to see expanded coverage in that area.

    We travel through there fairly often with phones for all four networks. Sprint is always the strongest, especially in eastern Nebraska.

    Better T-Mobile coverage will be nice to have.

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    1. I don't think there's any expanded coverage. T-Mobile customers could always roam on the entire iWireless network, though what type of services they got varied (T-Mobile postpaid got full everything as if they were on the native network, whereas Metro had talk and text only.)

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    2. It's an expansion of T-Mobile native coverage.

      Currently iWireless is shown as Partner (roaming) coverage on T-Mobile coverage maps. All T-Mobile Prepaid and MetroPCS customers get unlimited voice and text roaming. But there's no data roaming on MetroPCS and data roaming is limited to 200 MB or less on T-Mobile Prepaid and postpaid plans. Most T-Mobile MVNOs do not have any roaming.

      After the deal is completed T-Mobile, MetroPCS and T-Mobile MVNO customers will have native T-Mobile service in former iWireless territory and that's not true now.

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    3. Dennis are you sure about the cap for postpaid? I've read on reddit and elsewhere that one didn't exist. And given that T-Mobile owned a significant chunk of iWireless (half?) even prior to this purchase, a lack of a cap for postpaid isn't too hard to believe.

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    4. I can't be sure that there's no data roaming cap for T-Mobile customers roaming on iWireless. But the roaming cap is documented here Domestic data roaming | T-Mobile Support and there's no mention on an exemption for roaming on iWireless. There may be an exception but that can't be confirmed if T-Mobile doesn't document it.

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  3. Yeah, it is a big deal: the more states covered, the better. Tens of millions visit Iowa each year... 1.3 million for just its State Fair alone.

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    1. 3/4 of that 1.3 million are locals visiting the fair repeatedly through the week.
      A very small percentage of people from California to Maine are even aware Iowa has a State Fair, let alone want to visit. Gimme a break!
      Awesome news on T-M's expansion as this will help the Verizon-Roaming-Data-Hogs salvage an existence on T-M's network after Verizon gives 'em the boot! Ha!

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    2. Fastest way to grow is to buyout or merger with other companies and not building from scratch.

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  4. Good for Iowans.

    I'm glad to see Big Pink giving Real America some love.

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