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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So ...
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Sep 2011 23:41 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Last I heard, T-mobile was bleeding subscribers. That being the case, what happens if the merger doesn't go thru, and T-mobile goes belly-up? Will we be any better off?

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RE: So ...
by robojerk on Tue 6th Sep 2011 23:45 in reply to "So ..."
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2006-01-10

If T-Mobile had to be bought, I'd rather Sprint buy them.

A triopoly is better than a duopoloy. We're already getting screwed.

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RE[2]: So ...
by kaiwai on Wed 7th Sep 2011 06:33 in reply to "RE: So ..."
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2005-07-06

If T-Mobile had to be bought, I'd rather Sprint buy them.

A triopoly is better than a duopoloy. We're already getting screwed.


It won't matter a single iota until there is a banning of locked phones and you can purchase then outside of the wall garden that the mobile phone companies operate inside the United States. It truly is amazing when I see how the mobile phone companies operate in the US; if they're not raping you by charging the receiving party for a phone call or text message they're turning around and locking off your ability to purchase a phone on the market and then select the carrier with the two choices being independent of each other.

Good lord, don't get me started on coverage - the last thing the US needs is an even more fragmented marketplace. Like I've said, looking at the US is like watching New Zealand and Australia from 15 years ago - its a really bad joke but the average American on this forum thinks (to quote George Carlin) "everything is fine and f-cking dandy!".

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Wrong technology
by wocowboy on Wed 7th Sep 2011 10:32 in reply to "RE: So ..."
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2006-06-01

Sprint uses CDMA technology, a whole different animal than GSM which T-Mobile uses. Sprint would have to change out all the equipment from every T-Mobile cell site at an astronomical cost,and they are not about to do that after the debacle of trying to integrate Nextel into their network that they went through several years ago. It just couldn't e done, and Nextel is just like a vestigial appendage that Sprint can't really use but has to keep around because a very few customers really have to have.

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RE: So ...
by metalf8801 on Wed 7th Sep 2011 03:26 in reply to "So ..."
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2010-03-22

"If the deal gets squelched, the carrier will pay T-Mobile a $3 billion break-up fee."
http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethwoyke/2011/03/20/analyst-enorm...

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RE: So ...
by Morgan on Wed 7th Sep 2011 05:53 in reply to "So ..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

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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