In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, telecommunication giants AT&T and T-Mobile are now working together to allow network roaming in areas severely damaged by the storm, especially New York and New Jersey. This means that AT&T and T-Mobile customers will now be able to place calls on either of the networks without any changes to their current rate plans and service agreements.
Both carriers are using the latest network technology that are based on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) standards which allows sharing of voice and data traffic.
It’s important to note that both carriers were previously denied to merge last year. AT&T attempted to acquire T-Mobile for $39 billion in 2011. The deal, which could change the game, was eventually denied by the federal regulators. But in spite of the failed merger, it’s nice to hear that both carriers are still working together hand in hand.