ATT just bought T-Mobile. Deathstar grows bigger!

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    Wow. This sucks. Now there are no alternate GSM providers in the US.
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/20/atandt-agrees-to-buy-t-mobile-from-deutsche-telekom/

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    ...bu but....i hated my one year service with ATT...now they got Tmobile...im switching with Verizon....once I can afford it :i...
  • hebrewman

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    Mar 21, 2011 9:34 AM GMT
    okay boys, get ready for the rates to rise and the service to get worse. don't you all just love the deregulated 'free market' system? icon_evil.gif
  • NerdLifter

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    Mar 21, 2011 11:26 AM GMT
    The Dark Side wins again!

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    Mar 21, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
    Oh Nooo!
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:55 AM GMT
    On the other hand...a huge amount of Towers the combined group will now share and huge increased capacity. Not a bad benefit
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:56 AM GMT
    Not a done deal. Still needs approval and they will look at anti-competitive issues.
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    Mar 21, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    hahaha I saw this and thought you guys will be on par with shity canadian service and rates
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    Mar 21, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
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    Mar 21, 2011 1:50 PM GMT
    this is very disappointing .. i really wish sprint would of just got them before at&t stepped in
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    Mar 21, 2011 2:10 PM GMT
    What about all this anti-monopoly stuff anyway?! Gone the way of the Dodo?

    Not final but... hmmm. Shame - had T-Mobile for many years. Switched due to iPhone...
  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Mar 21, 2011 4:04 PM GMT

    I hope and pray that the Obama DOJ and FCC shoot this down on antitrust concerns. Ive been with TMo for 9 years...yes, they screw up but they FIX it...no fuss, no drama, no 'fax me 50 copies of documentation of our own error' BS. If i was into S&M, i would have been an AT&T 'customer' years ago.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWow. This sucks. Now there are no alternate GSM providers in the US.

    You are correct regarding 3G, but for 4G, both AT&T and Verizon will support LTE, so if the deal goes through, you will have a choice of carriers both supporting the primary emerging 4G international standard.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Yeah, I'd rather see T-Mobile and Sprint make a credible third alternative, but not sure the technology base is there. AT&T Customer Contempt makes me SO angry.

    But you could sort of tell they have the hots for each other:

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    Mar 21, 2011 5:37 PM GMT
    hebrewman said don't you all just love the deregulated 'free market' system? icon_evil.gif


    Oh please icon_rolleyes.gif. I highly doubt the merger will be the end of the world. Corporations should have the right to expand without government getting in the way.
  • kew1

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    Mar 21, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    hazardous said
    hebrewman said don't you all just love the deregulated 'free market' system? icon_evil.gif


    Oh please icon_rolleyes.gif. I highly doubt the merger will be the end of the world. Corporations should have the right to expand without government getting in the way.

    Yes, by growing bigger, not by eating a competitor.icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 21, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    Most US Carriers have announced plans to move to LTE - this will move everyone to the GSM standard... so there will still be competition.
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:08 PM GMT
    abersparky saidMost US Carriers have announced plans to move to LTE - this will move everyone to the GSM standard... so there will still be competition.


    Problem, though, is that after the merger, there will only be 3 national carriers remaining. Sprint is going WiMax and that leaves only Verizon and AT&T.
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    im moving to verizon, i read about this last night.. it may take them up to a year to get this done and settled..
  • LJay

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    Mar 21, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    I have been quite happy with a pay-as-you-go arrangement with T Mobile. Now what?
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:37 PM GMT
    It still hasn't been approved by the regulators, but we'll see. I read the article yesterday on the Wall Street Journal.
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    Mar 21, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    This is good news for AT&T's coverage. They'll be able to combine their towers, which means coverage is likely to only get better for all of their markets. It takes years of legal processing and millions of dollars to build new towers so it's far better for AT&T to just buy existing towers. T-Mobile and AT&T are the only American GSM providers, so it makes sense for the two to merge. Honestly, the merger is probably the only way that AT&T can really battle the reputation for poor service it has. Wireless technology has limits -- there is only so much "spectrum" that the government allows companies like AT&T to operate within, so purchasing that spectrum from T-Mobile is one of the only ways AT&T can improve their service.

    Although it does suck that the phone market loses a competitor. It's pretty much Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint now. Who wants to start guessing on when US Cellular, Cricket, and all the other smaller carriers start getting purchased by one of the big three?

    As far as changing their rate plans -- mergers are one of the biggest times in a company's history when customers will switch companies, so it's in AT&T's best interests to honor existing or have similar rate plans for T-Mobile customers as what they had before, so it can't be expected they're going to jack up their rates or anything.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Mar 21, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    I've been with Verizon for 9 years, $114/month for two phone lines unlimited text and calls under a grandfather clause contract, and I cant ever recall a time where my call was dropped or a text message didn't go through immediately, ..except during last easters big earthquake in Mexicali because of congestion.

    I have always wondered though, what is the appeal to being an AT&T customer? Is it just a bunch of people suckered into their service because of the exclusivity of the prior iPhones? I kinda poke fun at some of my coworkers/friends who use AT&T because often I will get their text messages an hour or sometimes even a day after it was sent.. thats just shoddy. icon_neutral.gif
  • free_mind12

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    Mar 21, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    I have t-mobile and they were are a great company, I'll be damned if I sign up with at&t or verizon, this will make it easier for the government to eavesdrop on you phone conversations with this merger, screw those bastards
  • MisterT

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    Mar 21, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    Sk8Tex saidI've been with Verizon for 9 years, $114/month for two phone lines unlimited text and calls under a grandfather clause contract, and I cant ever recall a time where my call was dropped or a text message didn't go through immediately, ..except during last easters big earthquake in Mexicali because of congestion.

    I have always wondered though, what is the appeal to being an AT&T customer? Is it just a bunch of people suckered into their service because of the exclusivity of the prior iPhones? I kinda poke fun at some of my coworkers/friends who use AT&T because often I will get their text messages an hour or sometimes even a day after it was sent.. thats just shoddy. icon_neutral.gif


    I've been with att since 1998, best nationwide coverage, I should know, i drove semi trucks for years, and rarely ever went somewhere that i didn't have service. I know enough people on verizon, t-mobile, sprint, etc... that lost service of they weren't near a halfway decent sized city, or on a major freeway.

    I've also seen people on several other carriers experience major lag in texts, not just att, and i rarely get much lag on text.