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About T-Mobile Company:
T-Mobile is a German wireless services provider, owned by Deutsche Telekom. It operates several GSM networks in Europe and the United States. T-Mobile also has financial stakes in mobile
operators in Central and Eastern Europe. Globally, T-Mobile has some 150 million
subscribers, making it the world's tenth largest mobile phone service
provider by subscribers and the third largest multinational after the United
Kingdom's Vodafone and Spain's Telefónica. T-Mobile UK has recently become part of a joint venture with France
Telecom's mobile network provider, Orange U.K.; together they make the UK's largest mobile operator,
inBonn,Germany, T-Mobile is present in ten other European countries
(Austria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary,Macedonia,Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland,Slovakia and the United Kingdom) as well as the United
In late 2005, Deutsche Telekom
attempted to acquire rival mobile network operatorO2, but was beaten by Spain'sTelefónica.
In March 2008, the company
announced its plan to acquireSiemens Wireless Modules (now known asCinterion Wireless Modules) as part of the JOMA consortium. The
Siemens Wireless Modules spin off to Cinterion Wireless Modules was concluded on 1 May
In Germany, its home market,
T-Mobile is the largest mobile phone operator with almost 16 million subscribers (As of January
2008[update]), closely followed by its primary rival,Vodafone. The highly profitable GSM network in Germany is scheduled to be
supplemented and ultimately replaced byUMTS, for which T-Mobile spentEUR 8.2 billion in August 2000 to acquire one of the six licenses for
On July 1, 1989, West Germany's
state-owned postal monopoly,Deutsche Bundespost (DBP) was reorganized, with telecommunications consolidated in a
newDeutsche Bundespost Telekom unit; this was renamedDeutsche Telekom in 1995, and began to beprivatized in 1996.
Network", marketed asC-Tel) was
Germany's first true mobile phone network (the A and B networks, also owned by the post office, had been
previousradiotelephone systems), and was introduced in 1985.
reunification in 1990, it was extended to the formerEast Germany.
On July 1, 1992, theDeutsche Bundespost Telekom began to operate Germany's
firstGSM network, along with the C-Netz, as itsDeTeMobil subsidiary. The GSM
band was referred to as the "D-Netz", and Telekom named its serviceD1; the private consortium awarded the second license
(formerlyMannesmann, nowVodafone) chose
the equally imaginative nameD2. In
1996, as Deutsche Telekom began to brand its subsidiaries with theT- prefix, the network was
renamedT-D1 and DeTeMobil
becameT-Mobil; the C-Netz, in the
process of being wound down, was notrebranded, and was shut down in 2000. In 2002, as Deutsche Telekom consolidated
its international operations, itanglicized the T-Mobil name asT-Mobile, although sometimes also using the nameT-D1 within Germany. It is still common for Germans to
refer to T-Mobile and Vodafone asD1 andD2.
introducedshort message service (SMS) services in 1994 and began
aprepaid service,Xtra, in
On April 1, 2010, after the T-Home and T-Mobile German
operations merged to formTelekom Deutschland GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the T-Mobile brand was discontinued in Germany
and replaced with theTelekom brand.
The T-Mobile ring tone was
composed by Lance Massey.