Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 20th Mar 2011 20:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A major deal just went down in the United States, which seriously shakes up the mobile industry on the other side of the pond: AT&T has announced it plans to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.
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by joekiser on Sun 20th Mar 2011 21:37 UTC
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This is insane. Now there are now three major carriers in the US. How is this good for consumers? T-Mobile had the best customer support, was the most friendly service if you wanted to buy an unlocked phone, and was the best network for early adopters. It might have been the only service where it is actually cheaper to pay as you go than it is to get a contract.

Has there ever been a situation where merging cellphone companies ended up making things better for the consumer? Sprint-Nextel was a textbook case of a merger gone wrong (we actually studied this in my capstone management course). Only within the past year has Sprint started to recover its reputation. More recently, the Alltel-Verizon merger introduced Alltel users to the lying scumbags known as Verizon customer service who would use any opportunity to renew your contract and sell you an ugly phone designed by the folks at jitterbug.

I hope I can get out of my T-Mobile contract without paying ETF once this thing goes through.

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