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Old 03-20-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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ATT to acquire Tmobile

Kind of a cellphone news, but with so many mobileread users buying tablets with cellphone service, they will be impacted as well.

http://www.androidcentral.com/att-se...oid+Central%29

So, hold on on your cheap and nice Tmobile deals and existing plans, lol ... that will change for sure!
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:06 PM   #2
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That would be disappointing if it goes through-what next, Verizon buys Sprint, and we are stuck with just two major telecoms?
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:18 PM   #4
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I keep running away from AT&T. And they keep following me. T-Mobile is a good cellular carrier ... AT&T is going to loot it and screw over its customers, like they do everything. Seriously, does anyone actually like AT&T?

When I temporarily had AT&T DSL, they insisted that I had to use their STMP server and one, single, AT&T-provided email address, only ... well, unless I wanted to shell out a few hundred dollars a month for "business class" DSL. I didn't, of course; I don't rent a server to be tied to any one ISP, especially not a godawful one, and I'd pay a VPN proxy provider before I'd knuckle under to AT&T, but it ticked me off that they tried. I also ditched AT&T.

Now, after all these years, I'm losing my mobile phone company. I haz a sad.

All the corporate excuses in the world -- the best is "if companies make more money per customer, they can innovate more" -- won't make a lack of competition good for the buyer. Never have, never will. And this ... gods, why couldn't it have been the other way around? ... is going to be a perfect example.

Remember: a business's interest are diametrically opposed to yours. Customers want to pay nothing and get everything; businesses want to be paid everything and deliver nothing. Somewhere in between, driven by competition, a middle ground is reached that works for both buyer and seller. But there has to be competition; if there isn't, the only constraint is how much money the customers have to be squeezed out of them before they lose their ability to buy groceries.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:21 PM   #5
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gah, that's annoying. back then we also had just two major cellphone carriers, and they were really jacking up the prices. thankfully a new company entered the fray and began offering unlimited texts + other unlimited plans for a set price that is pretty cheap, and the rest had to lower their prices (and if they still had a decent profit margin even after lowering their prices, you can imagine how much they made before!)

well, people back then lived without cellphones...*sigh*
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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I keep running away from AT&T. And they keep following me. T-Mobile is a good cellular carrier ... AT&T is going to loot it and screw over its customers, like they do everything. Seriously, does anyone actually like AT&T?

When I temporarily had AT&T DSL, they insisted that I had to use their STMP server and one, single, AT&T-provided email address, only ... well, unless I wanted to shell out a few hundred dollars a month for "business class" DSL. I didn't, of course; I don't rent a server to be tied to any one ISP, especially not a godawful one, and I'd pay a VPN proxy provider before I'd knuckle under to AT&T, but it ticked me off that they tried. I also ditched AT&T.

Now, after all these years, I'm losing my mobile phone company. I haz a sad.

All the corporate excuses in the world -- the best is "if companies make more money per customer, they can innovate more" -- won't make a lack of competition good for the buyer. Never have, never will. And this ... gods, why couldn't it have been the other way around? ... is going to be a perfect example.

Remember: a business's interest are diametrically opposed to yours. Customers want to pay nothing and get everything; businesses want to be paid everything and deliver nothing. Somewhere in between, driven by competition, a middle ground is reached that works for both buyer and seller. But there has to be competition; if there isn't, the only constraint is how much money the customers have to be squeezed out of them before they lose their ability to buy groceries.
There has not been genuine competition for a long time now. Sad but true I think. Every company that makes things buys the bits they use to make those things from the same company that makes the little things as their competition. And their competition buys from the same company that assembles the bigger things from the little things but under a different brand as in the bigger thing assembled from the smaller things for the competition leave through the north loading dock and rather than the south loading dock and sold to them by the guy with a desk across the hall from the other guy.

But they all ship UPS from China.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:40 PM   #7
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AT&T and T-Mobile do not share the same spectrum, for the most part. This means AT&T cellphones do not (and can't) work on T-Mobile towers using existing infrastructure; and vice versa. So, interesting dilemma. Of course, the deal won't come to finalisation before mid-2012 which means "merging" services really can't start before 2013 and won't pick up speed before 2014 ... by which times, gosh knows, the entire industry landscape might look different.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:42 PM   #8
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This makes those T-Mobile anti-AT&T commercials even funnier...
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:53 PM   #9
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This makes those T-Mobile anti-AT&T commercials even funnier...
True, hahahaha ...
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Old 03-20-2011, 09:14 PM   #11
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I was happy with AT&T Cellular....many many years til I moved to Verizon due to getting a DroidX (not available on AT&T) ... I'm not seeing much difference between Verizon and AT&T... Mehh...
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #12
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Seriously, does anyone actually like AT&T?
In Northern California, AT&T bought SBC which was Pacific Bell.

Pacific Bell was/is one of the best companies in the world, for example, after every customer service event, you get a call or email asking if everything came out okay, etc. etc.

I have had DSL with them and it has been stone cold stable for years and years, the only Internet service (including dialup, cable, etc) that ever was so.

PS In regards to your email address - it is not like your only choice for email is your ISP - just get a Gmail address and you can send through their servers.
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Three competitors is usually the absolute minumum needed to keep prices down. (Generic drugs do not get onto that WalMart $4/month list until there are at least three manufacturers.)

This merger leaves just two major companies in the business, with Sprint a distant third. This is reason enough for regulators to turn down the deal, I am hoping.

Note that after this deal, the three companies America Movil (Tracfone, Net10, StraightTalk) can realistically ask to come in with bids (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are now just two. I wonder if this isn't a move to reign in StraightTalk, the main US provider of low-cost, decent-quality, cell phone service.

It also could increase the cost of internet service built into the price of the Kindle 3G.
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Note that after this deal, the three companies America Movil (Tracfone, Net10, StraightTalk) can realistically ask to come in with bids (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) are now just two. I wonder if this isn't a move to reign in StraightTalk, the main US provider of low-cost, decent-quality, cell phone service.
America Movil is controlled by Carlos Slim, the man considered the wealthiest man in the world. He could probably afford to bit on T-Mobile US, if he chose to.
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AT&T and T-Mobile do not share the same spectrum, for the most part. This means AT&T cellphones do not (and can't) work on T-Mobile towers using existing infrastructure; and vice versa. So, interesting dilemma. Of course, the deal won't come to finalisation before mid-2012 which means "merging" services really can't start before 2013 and won't pick up speed before 2014 ... by which times, gosh knows, the entire industry landscape might look different.
Not entirely true. I am using a Tmobile Mytouch 3G on AT&T just fine. While they do use some different frequencies, that only effects data speeds. You cannot have 3g work on phones between networks, but 2g Data, and all voice calls still work perfectly fine. If you have a quad band GSM phone, there won't be a problem at all.
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