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Say goodbye to the T-Mobile girl
AT&T to shake up the U.S. wireless market with T-Mobile purchase

Well, that one came of left field. It was just a few weeks ago that we were talking about the possibility of Sprint snatching up T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. However, the tables turned today when AT&T announced that it would be purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD – the actual breakdown will include $25 billion in cash and the rest in stock.

"This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation's future," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. "It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people.

"This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

The deal would of course have to be approved by U.S. regulating bodies, but if all goes well, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom hope to have the transition finalized within the next year. 

AT&T currently has 95.5 million customers putting in second place behind Verizon’s 102.2 million customers. Adding T-Mobile’s 33.7 million customers will make AT&T the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. by far. 

AT&T is also looking to boost its nascent LTE efforts with this transaction, and will bring the technology to 95 percent of the U.S. population. AT&T will also spend an additional $8 billion over the next five years to boost its infrastructure investment within the U.S. 

We can only hope that the T-Mobile acquisition, broadened LTE deployments, and increased spending on infrastructure will improve AT&Ts famously "fragile" wireless network. 

AT&T made headlines last week – and drew the wrath of many – when it announced that it would start cracking down on users that were using “illegal” jailbreak apps to tether data with their smartphones.



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Its the 80s all over again
By spathotan on 3/20/2011 3:15:28 PM , Rating: 5
So once again AT&T has became the giant monopoly it was back in the 80s before the government broke them up. Restricting data, limiting customer usage, overage charges for everything they can think of and now buying their way into #1 for most customers.

Our options here in the states were already limited, now that field got even smaller.




RE: Its the 80s all over again
RE: Its the 80s all over again
By jnolen on 3/20/2011 4:07:45 PM , Rating: 2
Strangely correct. They've got aggressive management over there.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Omega215D on 3/21/2011 2:22:09 AM , Rating: 3
Time to make the AT&T logo into Pac-man


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By YashBudini on 3/21/2011 1:26:56 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

Benito Mussolini


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By YashBudini on 3/21/2011 5:58:57 PM , Rating: 3
Leave it to DT viewers to downrated for just quoting someone else.

The quote is true whether you like it or not, so just learn to deal with it, OK? If this ruins your illusions of things don't blame the messenger, try to be adult about it.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By spread on 3/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: Its the 80s all over again
By MadMan007 on 3/20/2011 5:52:55 PM , Rating: 5
If you like unrestricted capaitalism maybe you'd better jump in your time machine and take a trip back to the 19the century.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Kurz on 3/20/2011 9:30:57 PM , Rating: 2
youtube.com/watch?v=eO8ZU7TeKPw

Monopolies are a fairytale in a free market.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By PrezWeezy on 3/21/2011 8:12:11 PM , Rating: 2
Great video...for the most oversimplified view of the way economy works ever!


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Kurz on 3/22/2011 8:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
Thats the point of the video... to reach out to layman.
Do you disagree with the argument?


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Taft12 on 3/21/2011 12:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
No need for the time machine! Just hop a boat to Somalia (might want to bring some protection....)


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By mars2k on 3/20/2011 6:10:43 PM , Rating: 3
No kidding, unrestricted capitalism my foot. Unrestricted vampirism is more like it. I'm along term, 11years, t-mobile customer and the thing I like best is that I've not been doing business wit ATT. What happens to my contract when I no longer have that benefit?


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By superPC on 3/20/2011 9:39:15 PM , Rating: 2
the thing about capitalism is that although it's good for consumer, basically it's bad for the big corporation. hell for them it's far more profitable to do back room dealing and price fixed everything and cooperate with their "competitor" to give them the largest possible profit. don't believe me? here's proof: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/aug/07/bri... . that's one scandal that we know of, how many that we don't know of? get your head out of the sand, this is the 21st century not the 19th. and guiding invisible hand? where is that hand when we need them when Intel use unfair practice at the time AMD has technological advantage? where's that hand when airlines were (are?) price fixing everything all over the world? Where’s that hand when RAM and LCD were price fixed by Samsung and other?

face it: with the corporation all getting as big as they are today pure capitalism is IMPOSSIBLE. they're too big and not agile enough to really compete. And the only way they can keep increasing their profit is by backroom dealing and not actually compete.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By AEvangel on 3/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: Its the 80s all over again
By tamalero on 3/21/11, Rating: 0
RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Kurz on 3/21/2011 3:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Polution is only a issue with Tragedy of the Commons.
IE when ever there is no strict owner of the land, river, air, resource there will be pollution.

I can see regulations for Air and Water as beneficial.
Other than that there is no need for more regulations.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Breakfast Susej on 3/20/2011 9:04:27 PM , Rating: 5
As a Canadian I offer a sympathetic pat on the back, After years of living with the Bell-us du-opoly, I can sympathize with your growing plight.

But hey, at least we can all look at the European and Asian options and dream right?

At least you don't pay minimum $50 a month for 200 minutes airtime and 500mb data, while having to pay 15 bucks a month extra on top of that for call display and voice mail, as we do here.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Solandri on 3/20/2011 11:06:18 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
As a Canadian I offer a sympathetic pat on the back, After years of living with the Bell-us du-opoly, I can sympathize with your growing plight.

It still has to get FCC/FTC approval, so it's by no means a done deal.

Hmm, if they approve it, can we start calling it AT&T&T?

quote:
At least you don't pay minimum $50 a month for 200 minutes airtime and 500mb data, while having to pay 15 bucks a month extra on top of that for call display and voice mail, as we do here.

I spent a couple years in Canada, and your cell phone prices are ridiculous. It actually turned out to be cheaper for me to add Canada roaming to my U.S. plan and pay $0.20/min for calls while in Canada, than for me to get a Canadian cell phone.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By Omega215D on 3/21/2011 2:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be ridiculous... it'll become AT&T-Mobile. All your cellphone are belong to us! =P

Aren't there pre-paid SIM cards in Canada? Strangely enough Verizon unlocked the world phone that I had when I asked. Just in case I find myself in another country.


By Breakfast Susej on 3/21/2011 10:29:05 AM , Rating: 2
You know what the absolute saddest thing is? The best deal you can get on a prepaid cell in Canada is from, drumroll...

7-11...

Yes 7-11 the convenience store.

They have a division called speak out wireless which is really using rogers network.

They are the only prepaid provider in Canada I am aware of that allows your minutes to carry for a whole year. And if you buy more in that time your previous minutes get refreshed, so you get to keep them. All the other providers force you to buy minutes every month, as they expire in 30 days and do not carry over if you buy more.

I set my mother up with one of these for an emergency phone. I had my old sony ericsson rogers phone that is actually a great simple little phone, so I payed $5 to unlock it on ebay, bought a 7-11 prepaid and dropped the sim from the garbage 7-11 phone in it. Now it costs $25 a year for her to have an emergency phone and she gets to keep unused minutes. Previously she was being soaked $10 a month for a bell-us prepaid she used once in a blue moon.

That all being said it is still in no way a good deal. It's like 25 cents a minute, so it's pretty much only good for uses like this an emergency phone. Or drug dealers of course.


By Breakfast Susej on 3/21/2011 10:21:50 AM , Rating: 2
The really sad part is how they rape and pillage on things like call display and voice mail.

I work for a company that provides VoIP, and call display / voice-mail cost the company literally nothing. It's so trivial it is of course thrown in free.

When you call Bell-us or Rogers to cancel your service they transfer you over to the customer retention department where they attempt to lure you into staying. The first thing they try to do every time is sacrifice the call display and voice mail (which costs them nothing) to make you think you are getting a deal and stay on their service.

They also call constantly trying to lure customers from carrier to carrier with tricks like this to make you think you are getting a deal. I get calls on my Telus phone all the time from Bell reps, (most often at extremely annoying times) trying this tactic.

I use a phone provided by work so it doesn't matter as much to me, but we get absolutely raped by the du-opoly up here for sure.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By n00bxqb on 3/21/2011 2:00:14 AM , Rating: 1
My corporate plan is sweet ...

350 Anytime Minutes per month
6GB/month of Data w/ no tethering restrictions
Unlimited Text Messaging
Unlimited Nights and Weekends
Voice Mail
Call Display
Call Waiting
3-Way/Conference Calling
Unlimited Roaming within US and Canada
Unlimited Long Distance to US and Canada
9-1-1 Fee Waived
System Access Fee Waived

$53.75/month from Bell


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By gorehound on 3/21/2011 8:16:18 AM , Rating: 2
i agree.this is just more BS that our government allows more of a monopoly less competition.


RE: Its the 80s all over again
By YashBudini on 3/21/2011 1:19:55 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So once again AT&T has became the giant monopoly it was back in the 80s before the government broke them up.

Only now government is so pro-corporate nobody will stop them. The FCC is just a rubber stamp of everything that passes it's desk.

quote:
overage charges for everything they can think of and now buying their way into #1 for most customers.

Sounds like Bank of America, doesn't it?


AT&T can't do anything right.
By YashBudini on 3/20/2011 5:11:11 PM , Rating: 5
They're going to get rid of Carly Foulkes?

Big mistake.




RE: AT&T can't do anything right.
By ARoyalF on 3/20/2011 10:20:34 PM , Rating: 2
Noooooo!

Great, we gonna get more of that douche spokesman from at&t.....sheesh.


RE: AT&T can't do anything right.
By Omega215D on 3/21/2011 2:20:32 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, AT&T is gonna OM NOM NOM NOM her up along with T-Mobile! wait that didn't sound right...


RE: AT&T can't do anything right.
By ARoyalF on 3/21/2011 2:33:49 AM , Rating: 2
LOL


RE: AT&T can't do anything right.
By shiftypy on 3/21/2011 7:38:26 AM , Rating: 2
I liked her very much in those ads. So sweet


overcharge
By Uncle on 3/20/2011 3:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
This is why everyone gets less and pays more, CEO's the worst psychotics with the biggest egos on the planet. Its never "What can we do for our customers, its what can our customers do for us.".




RE: overcharge
By jouno53 on 3/20/11, Rating: 0
RE: overcharge
By Solandri on 3/20/2011 3:51:00 PM , Rating: 2
Along those lines, if you have money in mutual and index funds, you may very well be investing in companies you don't like. Mutual funds and index funds are a great way to mitigate risk by spreading your investments out to a wide variety of stocks for little work on your part. But you still have to do your due diligence, and decide whether or not you want to invest in a company based on your principles.

When the housing bubble burst, it turned out mortgage brokers and banks had repackaged bad mortgages into collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). The market bought these bad investments up in droves (thus feeding the bubble) because (1) the rating agencies failed to properly vet and rate CDOs, and (2) buyers of mutual funds didn't do their due diligence and raise objections with their fund managers that these things were new and untested. I checked mine after the bubble popped and sure enough, there in the prospectus, a small amount (less than 1%) was in a type of CDO. Individually it lost value for the year, but the fund as a whole made money so I never even noticed it while it was happening.

If you were wondering who the idiots were who were buying the CDOs and feeding the housing bubble, try looking in a mirror.


RE: overcharge
By integr8d on 3/20/2011 4:34:27 PM , Rating: 5
If only it were so. Unfortunately, the regulations that you say these companies have to defend themselves from are usually written by those very companies. In our current (corrupt) system of government, the regulations only serve to BENEFIT the companies. The left will praise any regulation, as the mere word is like catnip to their ears. But most, if any, look past the title of the bill and into what it actually says. They depend on tv, print and 'sanitized' web to find their info.

It's like this: The big taco chain is facing competition from local vendors. They want them gone. So maybe a little bad food is sold or maybe they catch some deadly bacteria in the 'nick of time'. The government comes in and says, "Regulaaaaators! Riiide out..." And with the passing of a bill, all taco chains are required to buy a nice $50,000 bacterial screening device and pay an FDA inspector to inspect their establishments every week.

Yay. The people are safe again!

But 95% of Monster Taco Chain's competitors are put out of business overnight. Monster Taco graciously offers to buy their competitor's establishments for pennies on the dollar. Maybe Monster Taco takes a few hit from lawsuits. But they're also the only ones remaining. And that's all that matters... Businesses are smart. They know how to game the system from both sides.

The reason AT&T may once again become Ma Bell has nothing to do with buying T-Mo. It's because favorable regulations will be put in place to limit their competition (the same reason you only have ONE choice of telephone/DSL provider and ONE choice of cable/internet provider).

How long before AT&T becomes 'too big to fail'?


RE: overcharge
By tng on 3/21/2011 10:41:33 AM , Rating: 3
This is the way it is. You will find plenty of instances where companies like GE, Honeywell and other large corporations have lobbied federal, state and local governments for regulations that would cost the companies allot of money to comply with.

All of these large companies can afford to comply with regulation knowing that upstarts who may have a better product can't. That better product never comes to market because larger corporations have regulated them out of the market. There is allot of innovation out there that we have never seen because of this type of behavior.


RE: overcharge
By sviola on 3/21/2011 11:07:28 AM , Rating: 2
Although businesses are in it for the money, the best situation is when both Win, not only one side, of course, that means the business has to get a little less profit and usually that's unthinkable.


Relevance?
By jnolen on 3/20/2011 4:05:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
AT&T made headlines last week – and drew the wrath of many – when it announced that it would start cracking down on users that were using “illegal” jailbreak apps to tether data with their smartphones.


I know this is the most recent "big" news about AT&T, but how is this relevant? I really like the variety of technology information I get at DailyTech but I have to question the need for this paragraph within the purpose of the article.

quote:
However, the tables turned today when AT&T announced that it would be purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD – the actual breakdown will include $25 billion in cash and the rest in stock.


This is the article thesis, unless I am mistaken. I don't think the last paragraph fits at all (unless you connect anything AT&T does to hatred for one act or another in the past).




RE: Relevance?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/20/2011 4:15:03 PM , Rating: 4
Well if you consider T-Mobile's rather generous, "unlimited" data offerings, customers will become the subject of AT&T's data policies, data caps, etc.

So whatever AT&T does/has done in the past will be something that T-Mobile customers can look forward to.


RE: Relevance?
By amanojaku on 3/20/2011 4:36:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So whatever AT&T does/has done in the past will be something that T-Mobile customers can look forward to.
Not me. I've stuck with T-Mobile because I have never had a dropped stationary call in over seven years, and I have a three-day-weekend plan with 600 minutes and unlimited calls Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $40. Even if AT&T continues to honor my plan, it's only a matter of time before I get stuck on its crappy network. I left AT&T for T-Mobile; I will not go back. Time to look at Sprint or Verizon. Sprint's Epic 4G with the keyboard was looking pretty nice, anyway, and I have a corporate Blackberry on Verizon.


RE: Relevance?
By lightfoot on 3/20/2011 11:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
As a T-Mobile customer I also will be jumping ship due to this news. It's sad too; as recently as yesterday I could have thought of nothing that would convince me to leave T-Mobile.... AT&T has managed to show me just how wrong I was.


RE: Relevance?
By Omega215D on 3/21/2011 2:18:52 AM , Rating: 2
If you do go Verizon i'd suggest getting a world phone or wait till LTE becomes a prominent feature. That is if you travel outside of the US a lot.

T-Mobile will be missed. It was the first cell phone provider I had while in high school and had to pay for out of my own pocket. Reliable enough and quite cheap. Bought an unlocked Samsung V205 and popped in my SIM. Later on I found myself away from major metropolitan areas quite often and switched to Verizon.

I had AT&T but at the racing school I went to it just wasn't getting a good signal. I had to drive to town just get decent service.


stick girl disappears
By robywire on 3/20/2011 3:46:57 PM , Rating: 1
Thank goodness. The stick with long hair is going away.




RE: stick girl disappears
By shortylickens on 3/20/2011 5:56:04 PM , Rating: 2
I hate you.


RE: stick girl disappears
By YashBudini on 3/21/2011 1:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
If you listen to the history of Kathy Ireland or Elle McPhearson they were sticks when they were young, and filled out late. Woman who fill out early end up too often like Kristie Alley.

Rachel is simply a godess in process. Good things come to those who wait.


RE: stick girl disappears
By YashBudini on 3/21/2011 1:33:44 PM , Rating: 2
Err Carly.


RE: stick girl disappears
By YashBudini on 3/22/2011 12:49:17 AM , Rating: 2
Stick huh?

http://s879.photobucket.com/albums/ab353/YashBudin...

Oh yea of little imagination.


Unlocked GSM phones in the USA...
By CZroe on 3/20/2011 3:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
Unlocked GSM phones in the USA are not going to be quite as valuable anymore.




RE: Unlocked GSM phones in the USA...
By shortylickens on 3/20/2011 3:50:45 PM , Rating: 2
If you're really worried, get a SIM with two year contract from Tmobile RIGHT NOW.

And hope to god they dont force everyone to transfer to their plans immediately. As I recall Cingular and ATT honored each others contracts until term.


By hcahwk19 on 3/20/2011 5:06:38 PM , Rating: 2
They will have to honor the existing contracts, or AT&T risks facing an enormous number of lawsuits for breach of contract. It's the same reason why people with existing contracts on any of the carriers are not affected by the ever changing prices and caps until it is time for them to renew their contract. Just as you pay an early termination fee for breaking away before the contract is up, the carrier will face consequences for breach as well.


By fotoguy on 3/20/2011 5:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T did honor Cingular's contracts, even after the contract expired. I had a $29 plan with free incoming text messages with Cingular (which was actually my AT&T Wireless plan before Cingular bought it) up until the iphone 4 came out and I finally jumped.

I really miss my free incoming Text messages :(


Different 3G frequencies
By littvay on 3/20/2011 3:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
Someone mentioned it above but isn't the different 3G frequency a problem? Does anyone have technical knowledge of this?




RE: Different 3G frequencies
By shortylickens on 3/20/2011 4:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
Their 3G networks are different but on the scale of an entire corporation it wont matter. From AT&T's perspective it will just be adding loads of coverage and when they go full 4G it will all be the same in the end.

The customers will end up getting screwed one way or another, regardless of technology.


RE: Different 3G frequencies
By DanNeely on 3/20/2011 4:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
For most existing phones yes, just as it would be for an ATT user jumping to TMobile, or vice versa. For new phones it won't be, ATTmobile will just use a 3g chip that can work on both sets of frequencies the way they currently due for a handful of pricier "international" models (some of which can also speak CDMA).


RE: Different 3G frequencies
By wolrah on 3/21/2011 2:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
You have a few things wrong.

1. AT&T does not have any CDMA phones. What would be the point? It's pretty much unused outside of North America. You may be thinking of Verizon and Sprint who both offer "International" phones which add a GSM radio so they're actually useful off this continent.

2. T-Mobile's 3G is not on any of the frequencies you'd typically find on a quad-band international phone. There are a few other North American carriers using 1700 and two Chilean carriers, but right now it's rare. Because of this, there are very few phones capable of using 3G services on both networks. If you have a T-Mobile phone, you get T-Mobile 3G, if you have almost any other GSM 3G phone you can get AT&T 3G, and if you have a new Nokia you might be able to get both.

I expect future devices, particularly higher-end models, will have the five-band radios to properly support all of the important frequencies, but if this deal were to go through tomorrow and the roaming systems be immediately updated to allow it, a few thousand Nokia N8 users would be delighted by it and the rest of the world wouldn't notice.


Boo...
By jay401 on 3/20/2011 3:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
What a shame. One of the few things keeping AT&T from even more vicious pricing practices is now being absorbed into AT&T.

If TMobile were being bought by Sprint, as was rumored last month, at least that would have kept competitive pressure on AT&T.

This though, can only be bad news for the consumer. :(




RE: Boo...
By Kurz on 3/20/2011 10:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
Blame the government for preventing competition from coming into the market place.


RE: Boo...
By AEvangel on 3/21/2011 11:03:50 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
To mollify regulators, AT&T said in a statement Sunday that it would spend an additional $8 billion to expand ultrafast wireless broadband into rural areas. Instead of covering about 80 percent of the U.S. population with its so-called Long Term Evolution, or LTE network, AT&T's new goal would be 95 percent, it said. That means blanketing an additional area 4.5 times the size of Texas. The network is scheduled to go live in a few areas this summer, but the full build-out will take years. The offer would help the FCC and the Obama administration meet their stated goals of bringing high-speed Internet access to all Americans. They see wireless networks as critical to meeting that goal – particularly in rural areas where it does not make economic sense to build landline networks.


Govt bought and paid for..not to mention rural customers held captive.


By ElderTech on 3/20/2011 3:27:43 PM , Rating: 3
As the only other GSM carrier of any size in the US, this purchase of T-Mobile was a very smart move by AT&T to monopolize this technology and to align itself with Deutsche Telekom for international expansion potential. It effectively shuts out the ability of AT&T customers to easily migrate to a different carrier once their contract is up assuming the phone has the appropriate hardware to accommodate the T-Mobile spectrum. And with the potential for more quad-band phones appearing, this will likely be the case.

There are at least two problems with this proposed purchase. First, will it pass FCC and anti-trust scrutiny. That's a big one. While Verizon still will have competition from Sprint on CDMA technology, if the deal goes through, AT&T will effectively have none on GSM. Is that a deal breaker? In the end, AT&T will probably prevail, due to it's wide political influence, but it's still something to watch.

The second problem is integrating the somewhat different bandwidths from and customers of the two providers, from a variety of perspectives including plans and pricing. This will likely be solved over a period of time with new offerings on plans and hardware that's compatible with both, or possibly a conversion to one standard. And in doing so, how will the customer owning legacy hardware fare in this process? That's another big one and a potential problem for both current AT&T and T-Moblile customers and suppliers. I'm guessing Apple will have a great deal to say about how AT&T addresses this issue, and will obviously want to keep their own customers happy, hopefully including those owning older iPhone hardware!




By DanNeely on 3/20/2011 4:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
With ATT and VZW both going to LTE, the competition for 3g techs is going to matter less in the future. They may get stomped on for overall scale, but most likely ATTmobile will just have to sell one set of their customers to a 3rd party in areas with out coverage from a 3rd party, similar to how VZW sold several bocks of altel customers to ATT in order to get the acquisition approved. With luck the number of blocks they have to sell will be large enough to be able to promote a major regional player (eg US Cellular) to national level, or to push Sprint up enough to no longer be a joke.


3 Companies
By Raiders12 on 3/21/2011 6:11:02 AM , Rating: 2
So now we basically have 3 companies to choose from for wireless service. Great, 3 times the selection, 3 times the headache, 3 times the throttling, 3 times the expensive bills for basic features. I wish pricing was more fair with cell phone providers. I know thats a common complaint, but its just absurd that Im paying $60/mo for 450 mins, Unlimited messaging, Night/Wkend, and $5 insurance, AFTER my 20% discount. All hail the glorious telecoms




RE: 3 Companies
By Raiders12 on 3/21/2011 6:29:16 AM , Rating: 2
Someone made a good point about how long before ATT is "too big to fail" and that is very true, how long before they buy up dwindling Sprint, and then its Verizon and ATT. Fast forward to 2013 : America's economy bursts again, ATT stock plummets, and the cell phone network is critical, so the govt hands over a juicy $100 billion to keep ATT from sinking. Could be far fetched, could be very true, no one would have forseen GM receiving $700 billion back in 2008 either.


It'll be a sad sad day if this gets approved...
By callmeroy on 3/21/2011 9:07:14 AM , Rating: 2
....T Mobile was the only carrier that used hot women as spokespersons....

oh yeah I guess all that less competition and stuff will suck to....

Oh well -- already an AT&T customer (have been for about 10 years)....works fine for me...and the whopping 200 minutes per MONTH I use on my phone...(or less)




By xti on 3/21/2011 10:14:55 AM , Rating: 2
works great here too...plus iphone was easily a reason to not go anywhere else.


LOL
By gucio69 on 3/20/2011 8:14:20 PM , Rating: 2
So 4 months after I switched to T-mobile because of crappy ATT pricing and coverage I get to go back to ATT!??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!




Sucks
By munky on 3/20/2011 11:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
I've been with Tmobile for 7 years, never had a dropped call, and have cheap unlimited 3G internet. ATT will most likely screw everything up.




I'm for it ...
By MDGeek on 3/21/2011 9:58:08 AM , Rating: 1
... as long as it brings about better service/reception and cheaper deals for existing customers on both sides..
Way to go ATT!




RE: I'm for it ...
By FredEx on 3/21/2011 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 1
It isn't going to lead to better service. T-Mobile, the far better service will be ruined by AT&T.


Voice your opposition
By Murst on 3/21/2011 10:49:51 AM , Rating: 2
Send an email to both your senators, your representative, and the DoJ voicing your opposition to the deal.

Sure, it probably won't do anything, but at least you'll be able to say that you tried to prevent it, instead of only complaining on DailyTech.

If they get enough complains, at least maybe the terms of the merger will be tougher on ATT, cause I'm pretty sure they already bought out anyone they needed to buy out to guarentee some kind of approval.




Faulty Estimate
By elgueroloco on 3/21/2011 6:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
AT&T currently has 95.5 million customers putting in second place behind Verizon’s 102.2 million customers. Adding T-Mobile’s 33.7 million customers will make AT&T the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. by far


This assumes that T-Mobile's customers will stay with AT&T. I'm betting that a large number of them won't. I know I'll be leaving. I absolutely refuse to do business with AT&T. Terrible company. I'm glad I did the no-contract plan.




Ugh, monopoly here we come
By KoolAidMan1 on 3/22/2011 12:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
How is this not worse than what happened in the 80s before they were broken up?

Terrible




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