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    Roaming on iWireless

    Since T-Mobile is acquiring the remaining stake in iWireless....how will this affect at&t customers roaming in Iowa, Western Illinois...etc?

    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
    http://www.tmonews.com/2017/09/t-mob...=244+272699400

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    Roaming on iWireless

    This will not affect AT&T Mobility customers at all. AT&T uses native coverage and does not roam in these areas, as of 2017.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentleyBeard View Post
    This will not affect AT&T Mobility customers at all. AT&T uses native coverage and does not roam in these areas, as of 2017.
    So that partner network shown on the coverage map in several spots in Iowa isn't iWireless?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    So that partner network shown on the coverage map in several spots in Iowa isn't iWireless?
    You’re right. I saw early this year somewhere that AT&T isn’t roaming on iWireless anymore. Just checked the map and you are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    So that partner network shown on the coverage map in several spots in Iowa isn't iWireless?
    At least in western Iowa, it is Chat Mobility GSM roaming operated by Commnet. There was previously some iWireless around Creston but sometime in the last year or two, AT&T customers stopped being able to authenticate on it.

    AT&T needs to get native coverage into those areas especially since they have the FirstNet contract in Iowa. The Chat/Commnet GSM network is barely adequate for voice calling, let alone any other services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelwnelson View Post
    At least in western Iowa, it is Chat Mobility GSM roaming operated by Commnet. There was previously some iWireless around Creston but sometime in the last year or two, AT&T customers stopped being able to authenticate on it.

    AT&T needs to get native coverage into those areas especially since they have the FirstNet contract in Iowa. The Chat/Commnet GSM network is barely adequate for voice calling, let alone any other services.
    Interesting. Yeah they better get going on that for first net!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    Interesting. Yeah they better get going on that for first net!
    Firstnet means more towers and additional hardening of infrastructure. AT&T used to include roaming on prepaid data connect plans. They are definitely getting off roaming and acquiring necessary roaming partners as much as possible when it makes financial sense to do so or straight build out.

    T-Mobile is picking up the customers in this area through acquisition. As far as AT&T, the first net contract is statewide for Iowa which opted into Firstnet from AT&T so they will be using their own spectrum and towers for Iowa. I am not sure what buildout requirements are, but in general terms Firstnet is an 18 to 24 month proposition so T-Mobile has the time advantage for the acquired markets. I do expect additional towers in Iowa for AT&T native coverage which will mean a much better network in Iowa for AT&T customers while T-Mobile will integrate existing towers.

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