alphatrigger saidI remember when Ma Bell was broken up into several regional TelCos:
...among many others, as well as the many mobile providers that arose in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Now we are down to:
Glad to see the government actually do something right for once.
You're comparing wireline with wireless, buddy. B-)
T-Mobile-USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsch Bundespost Telekom, AG, otherwise known as the German government.
Headquartered here in Bellevue, WA.
After AT&T locked in an exclusive contract with the iPhone back in 2007, I'm DT has seen the writing on the wall and is happy to saddle AT&T with their white elephant. AKA, take the money and run like hell back to Germany.
Of all the industries I've worked in, none have EVER attained the level of drama brought on by the European wireless industry. Add to that, EU politicians keen to keep the tax revenues flowing from the wireless industries to keep their govt budgets in the black without cutting social programs.
TMobile USA was careful to motivate AT&T to pay for TV advertisements that portray the sale as something its subscribers would want to fight for with their state representatives. They want AT&T to put every available ounce of pressure on the US government to ensure the deal is approved. The contract is written to pay TMobile 3 billion$$$ and transfer ownership of valuable US spectrum licenses if the US government prevents the sale.
I'm not emotionally involved in that industry anymore.
For a drama-free life, get Verizon.