Orange/T-Mobile merger allowed

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Whilst this may only affect a small proportion of our readers, it is definitely of interest to those based in the UK.

The Office of Fair Trading had previously paused the merger of T-Mobile and Orange, wanting time to investigate the deal. They have now withdrawn that, and allowed the merger to take place.

T-Mobile Orange have had to give up a quarter of the 1800MHz bands they own (30MHz of 120MHz) freeing up some space for potential 3G or LTE.

This now leaves the UK with a dominant (and as yet unnamed) mobile operator (about 36% of the market) whilst Vodafone and O2 have 27% and 25% respectively.

I for one hope we’ll see better data plans on Orange (500MB is not Unlimited!) but maybe with the majority share we’ll see some price rises.

What do you think of this merger? Anyone still using T-Mobile or Orange with a smartphone?

Via The Register.

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