T-Mobile US, Inc. (previously T-Mobile USA, Inc.), is an American mobile network operator, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. It provides wireless voice, messaging, and data services in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company operates the fourth and fifth (MetroPCS) largest wireless carriers in the U.S. market with 43 million customers and annual revenues of US$21.35 billion. Its nationwide network reaches 96 percent of Americans. As of 2011, J.D. Power and Associates, a global marketing-information-services firm, ranked the company highest among major wireless carriers for retail-store satisfaction four years consecutively and highest for wireless customer care two years consecutively.
The company traces its roots to the 1994 establishment of VoiceStream Wireless PCS, originally a subsidiary of Western Wireless Corporation. Western Wireless spun off VoiceStream Wireless to shareholders in 1999, creating a public independent company, VoiceStream Wireless Corporation. In July 2002, VoiceStream Wireless Corporation was renamed T-Mobile USA, which operates as the U.S. operating entity of T-Mobile International AG, the mobile-communications holding company and subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.
On March 20, 2011, Deutsche Telekom accepted a US$39 billion stock and cash purchase offer for the company from AT&T. The merger would have created the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., with nearly 130 million customers. The deal faced significant regulatory and legal hurdles, along with heavy resistance from the U.S. government; AT&T officially withdrew their offer on December 19, 2011, and paid T-Mobile a $4 billion breakup fee. The following October, T-Mobile announced its intent to merge with MetroPCS Communications to improve its competitiveness with other national carriers; the deal was approved by the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission in March 2013. On May 1, 2013, the combined company, now known as T-Mobile US, started trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a public company.
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