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T-Mobile, was: Verizon, GTE, etc, etc

Bob Goudreau (
Fri, 2 Dec 2005 23:01:43 -0500

Danny Burstein wrote:

[PAT, please anonymize my email address as always.]

>> Voicestream changed into T-Mobile. I understand that there was even a
>> name used prior to being called Voicestream but I can't remember what
>> it was.

> There was also Western Wireless in the Pacific Northwest.

> Western merged/bought up Omnipoint as well as a few small facilities
> here and there.

> Soon afterwards, Deutche [sic] Telecom [sic] (German based) bought
> up Western and added more licenses.

The real story is a bit more convoluted than that. Various sources on
the web, such as and
shed more light on it.

In brief, Voicestream was spun off from Western Wireless in 1999. Deutsche
Telekom later purchased Voicestream and rebranded it as T-Mobile.
Meanwhile, Western Wireless itself continued to exist as a regional carrier
until being acquired earlier this year by Alltel.

Bob Goudreau
Cary, NC

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