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
joekiser
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2005-06-30

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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RE: BAD
by joekiser on Mon 21st Mar 2011 13:28 in reply to "BAD"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Just an update, I have found what may be my new cellphone provider. SimpleMobile is a GSM provider that allows you to just buy the SIM card and has $40 unlimited talk + text. Anyone here have experience with this service? I'm tempted to give it a try.

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RE[2]: BAD
by btrimby on Mon 21st Mar 2011 14:03 in reply to "RE: BAD"
btrimby Member since:
2009-09-30

Just an update, I have found what may be my new cellphone provider. SimpleMobile is a GSM provider that allows you to just buy the SIM card and has $40 unlimited talk + text. Anyone here have experience with this service? I'm tempted to give it a try.


SimpleMobile appears to be an MVNO on T-Mobile's network.

Here's a list of MVNO's
in the US along with which network(s) they operate on (includes Defunct operators)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_US_MVNO" http://en.wikiped...

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RE: BAD
by chrish on Mon 21st Mar 2011 13:48 in reply to "BAD"
chrish Member since:
2005-07-14

Hey, now American can experience the same joyful cellular rape that Canada's been loving for years now!

Looks like your major ISPs are following ours, too, with throttling and bandwidth caps.

The rest of the world has to be loving the way these huge companies are crippling high-tech services for North America.

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RE[2]: BAD
by joekiser on Mon 21st Mar 2011 15:04 in reply to "RE: BAD"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

Yeah, fortunately I still have Clearwire for my ISP. Its a 4G WiMax service with unlimited data usage. I've been using the service for 3 years with no issues, although if one were to read their forums, I'm in the small minority of users who consistently get 5 bars (I've moved 3 times in those three years and always had good signal). Still, I love it for what it provides as an alternative to the ISP monopolies.

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