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T-Mobile, 3 holding hands for 3G

Chris Ziegler

Despite an ongoing spat between the UK's 3 and the whole lot of its larger rivals, the scrappy 3G-focused carrier has managed to bury the hatchet long enough with T-Mobile to ink an agreement to share some towers. Virtually every carrier across the world with WCDMA capability is struggling to find the balance between buildout -- an extraordinarily expensive proposition -- and profit, and it seems that collaborating with even the fiercest rivals might be the way to go in the interest of expanding footprint rapidly, keeping existing customers happy, and winning the occasional data-hungry conquest. Not to mention that Orange and Vodafone have already gone public with a similar agreement, and when you're competing with a juggernaut like Voda in any segment, joining forces sounds like a good idea.

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