The Negotiations of a cell tower or rooftop site lease will determine what it will sell for, when and if you wish to cash in. One dollar a month more rent could mean $150 to $200 more in sales price. How about if I could get you $100/mo more? $200/mo more? How about $500/mo more?
Cell Tower Cell Sites Rents
Tip: "When negotiating your cell site tower or rooftop lease, there are many things that you need to know. The lease rate is essential, but there are other lease terms that could affect your overall life of the lease totals, and its sale value."
Verizon Wireless has built more cell towers than any other cellular carrier and is more a site owner than a subtenant of another mobile carrier. Expect an offer of anywhere between $1,200 a month to $2,500 a month.
AT&T Wireless is a close 2nd behind Verizon when it comes to tower ownership, so they too are more often a tower or rooftop owner rather than a tenant. There are a couple of hiccups possible. The first is that Cingular, now part of AT&T, still has sites that due to redundancy, and could be decommissioned in the future. Rates should equal lease rates of Verizon, somewhere around $1,700 to $2,300*.
T-Mobile lease rates will be on the softer side or the average $1,500 to $1,900* lease rate. I believe that they will become very aggressive if they eventually can merge with another carrier, like Sprint. 'T-Mo' is more of a tenant when it comes to towers and more of an owner when it comes to rooftops. ( Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile)
Cricket Wireless was established in 1999 and is a subsidiary of Leap wireless. As a rooftop site owner and more of a tower sub-lessor lease rates are more towards the $1,200 to $1,800* range.
Leap Wireless was founded in 1998 and currently has 7 million users across 34 states as of May 2011. Leap has been pretty aggressive since being the purchaser of a spectrum of frequencies that could give it a tremendous boost. Lease rates towards the high end of $1,400 to $1,650* a month, again depending on rooftop or tower site. (now a subsidiary of AT&T - so anything is possible)
MetroPCS formerly known as General Wireless, Inc., is the 5th largest cell phone carrier in the Us with almost 9 million users. The company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Lease rates should be middle to higher end of $1,500 to $1,750*. Cell tower lease rates depend on many factors and can fluctuate a great deal.
(Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile and Metro PCS)
Recommended reading - "Cell Tower Terminations",
"Cell Tower Lease Co-Location Rents"
"ROFR" - Right of First Refusal (Cell Tower Leases)