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post #46 of 61
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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

Money Talks and BS walks - time will tell.


And ATT is getting bitchslapped!

 

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/11/fcc-threatens-attt-mobile-merger-att-cries-foul.ars

post #47 of 61

Time will tell.  Deals at this level of money always has drama from the FCC.  Money talks, corporate lawyers pulls the strings, events are timed according to fiscal financial calendars, and the end result is like professional golf and tennis - doesn't matter who the winners and losers are, both will get large sums of green.  

post #48 of 61

Mergers can create jobs but overall more jobs are lost due to redundancy and efficiency of the merged corporations. Customer service suffers as well in the short term until the two corporations are integrated. Integrating different networks is not that simple. Operations and maintenance are not the same. Procedures are not the same. Call centers are run differently. Being a bigger corporation, they can negotiate better terms with their equipment suppliers, a competitive disadvantage to their competitors. They also get served first by their suppliers being a bigger customer. I don't consider corporate mergers as new investment. Frankly, I consider this deal buying a competitor for less competition.

post #49 of 61
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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

doesn't matter who the winners and losers are, both will get large sums of green.  


ATT stands to lose quite a bit of green if the deal doesn't go through and so do I and other consumers if it does.  I read another article claiming the FCC reacted due to the 'Occupy movement'.  Whatever....rolleyes.gif

 

post #50 of 61

Considered as a monopoly, AT&T was broken up in the mid 80's into AT&T long distance and the 7 baby bells. Now the brand is very strong and some of the baby bells merged back like Bellsouth. Now AT&T is into landline, wireless, data, and video services.

post #51 of 61

I hope they burn!!!!

post #52 of 61
I hope AT&T gets blocked.

Only another eight months on contract. I'm going to dump AT&T as soon as possible. Horrible reception and I simply
dislike the company. I still like the iPhone, though, but want to be rid of AT&T.

A bit into politics, but AT&T deserves to be broken up again. So do many other companies. Trust-busting needs to be enforced again.
post #53 of 61

Happy Thanksgiving!!  Booyah!

 

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/at-t-t-mobile-fcc-merger-break-up,news-13301.html

 

I'm a little concerned about the last bit though.  Sounds like T-Mobile is going to try to sell off some or a lot of bandwidth.

post #54 of 61
i knew about this for some time now. i think i was told couple months ago about this. i don't know what to say since all i use is go phones. i barely use my cell phone so buying minutes is easier and less costly for me personally.
post #55 of 61
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

Horrible reception and I simply
dislike the company. I still like the iPhone, though, but want to be rid of AT&T.
A bit into politics, but AT&T deserves to be broken up again. So do many other companies. Trust-busting needs to be enforced again.


YES.  My ATT story is absolutely horrendous and I imagine many others have similar stories.  Here's just one facet of it:  I've lived in four places in the bay area since switching from Verizon- 2 places in San Francisco, a place in Berkeley, and now Palo Alto, and they were all in the heart of the city, not in the boonies or outskirts.  And not a single residence has had reception that was good enough to consistently make/receive/continue phone calls- dropped calls, unable to make/receive calls a big percentage of the time, etc.  One place in SF I had to walk across the street and sit outside to make a call and even then it was spotty.  Now if I'm at home and want to call someone I use Gmail over wifi, it's free, and is completely reliable.  A free service works so much better than a phone for which i pay quite a bit of money every month.  My iphone has wifi here too, the only thing keeping me from making a perfect, clear call on my iphone here at home is GREED. 


Edited by rhythmdevils - 11/24/11 at 9:50pm
post #56 of 61
post #57 of 61

Soon, there will be a new thread titled, "XXXX buys T-Mobile".  It's no secret the the parent company wants out of the US market.

post #58 of 61

Go Credo!

post #59 of 61
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Originally Posted by alphaphoenix View Post

Soon, there will be a new thread titled, "XXXX buys T-Mobile".  It's no secret the the parent company wants out of the US market.



And who is that 'XXXX' going to be now that T-Mobile is 3-4 Billion richer in cash and and extra 3 Billion in telecom assets ATT has to surrender?  $7B could end up doing wonders for T-Mo in the US and change their outlook.

post #60 of 61

Time will tell, but I'm sure it will happen in the next few years . $3Billion is really not that much for a large wireless carrier, the overhead and everything involved with cellular wireless is extremely expensive. Short term, it will help, long term, I still see T-Mobile sold.


Edited by alphaphoenix - 12/20/11 at 8:10am
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