Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2011 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In the US wireless market, AT&T is currently attempting to buy T-Mobile to create one heck of a behemoth wireless provider. While earlier this week the US government already filed a lawsuit to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns, US carrier Sprint has now also filed a lawsuit to block the merger.
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by Morgan on Wed 7th Sep 2011 05:53 UTC in reply to "So ..."
Morgan
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I think there's a pretty good chance the deal will not come to be. AT&T doesn't want that of course; they'd rather pay the $39 billion and get rid of a competitor than pay the $3 billion plus spectrum and towers, and get nothing. But I can actually say I'm proud of my government for this! I just hope they maintain their position all the way through.


(What follows is my own personal situation and feelings towards the merger, so feel free to ignore if you feel that it would be off-topic.)


I'm biding my time. If the deal goes through despite the lawsuits, I will leave T-Mobile/AT&T and go with either Verizon or Virgin Mobile. That's going to royally suck, as right now I have a family member and a friend on my account and they would each have to take over the contracts (which would then be AT&T and neither of them want that). I left AT&T because their formerly wonderful customer service (was a Premier customer for many years) started tanking around the end of 2009.

It also sucks because that would make AT&T the only major GSM carrier, and certainly the only one in my area, on the outskirts of Atlanta. That means giving up my very nice phone that just got a Gingerbread update from the carrier. T-Mobile has a strong presence here, much more than in other metro areas apart from San Francisco and New York City, and with the bleeding of customers you mentioned (yes it's happening) I'm starting to feel alone.

I loathe Verizon, but to get anywhere near the plan and phone I have now would require it. Virgin Mobile is my backup, as they carry decent Android phones and as little as I talk, the $35/month plan with unlimited data/text and 300 minutes would be more than enough. I find I talk maybe 100 minutes a month, and if I have to make a long-term call from home I would just use my Bluetooth headset on my laptop with Google Voice. However, they are really Sprint, and the only thing I don't like about them is really spotty coverage in my area. Look on their coverage map and you will see large swaths of dead air all over North Georgia.

Now, there is always the possibility that the deal won't go through, in which case I'll stick with T-Mobile...for now. If their level of customer service continues to drop or their prices continue to rise, I might jump ship anyway. I would hate that, as T-Mobile is the first carrier I've really enjoyed since the Cingular days.

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