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First Casualty of ATT Deal: T-Mobile Drops From CTIA Panel

In the wake of its plans to be acquired by AT&T, T-Mobile has dropped out of a keynote panel set to kick off the CTIA trade show in Orlando on Tuesday.

The panel, to be moderated by CNBC’s Jim Cramer, was set to feature top executives from all four major U.S. carriers. However, T-Mobile has notified convention organizers that it won’t be participating, Mobilized has learned.

“T-Mobile will not be joining due to extenuating work demands,” a CTIA representative said, in response to our query. So far, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and AT&T are still on, the representative said.

In any case, the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile is likely to dominate the CTIA trade show that takes place this week in Orlando. However, it will be very interesting to see who shows up Tuesday and just what gets said in that opening keynote.

Mobilized will be on hand with live coverage of that, as well as Monday morning’s conference call where AT&T and T-Mobile are set to talk about the planned merger. That call is slated for 5 a.m. PT.

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