Discuss: AT&T and T-Mobile Merger

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May 20, 2011 at 06:01:00
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the upcoming regulatory fight over the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Discuss here if you think think the two companies should be allowed to merge, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
May 20, 2011 at 07:09:32
In this area it would appear that T-Mobile does not have it's own network and it piggy backs off of Verizon actually around here there is only AT&T, Verizon, and Spint the rest sponge off of them so to speak.

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#2
May 20, 2011 at 10:08:01
Simply from a consumer's point of view: more competition always is good. One less provider will likely make things more expensive for everyone.

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#3
May 20, 2011 at 12:43:29
AT&T may need to answer the suit brought against them for over charging for their data plans. Seems like $15 a month or so per customer times 22 million customers is making them rich.

This is another reason more options in carriers is important.

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#4
May 25, 2011 at 08:51:58
I have been with T-mobile for about 5 years. 3 years ago I needed new phones and decided to switch to AT&T along with new phones. Long story short, phones were 3G and there was no 3G service in my area. The result was that the only connection I could get was in Canada. Tried for 6 days to rectify the issue with AT&T. I even contacted T-mobile who unlocked my old phone so I could test it on the AT&T network. I thought that was very nice of them, considering how I was no longer their customer.

I ended up porting my 2 numbers back to T-mobile and returned all equipment to AT&T. AT&T stared billing me for early cancellation on ONLY one of my lines and also for the phone. Took me 5 months and numerous phone calls to finally straighten it out. This story is typical of AT&T. Terrible company to deal with IMO.

I hope that this merger is not approved but I am afraid it will be. T-mobile is much cheaper than AT&T too.


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#5
May 25, 2011 at 09:09:49
Sorry to hear OTH. I have had just the opposite experience here with AT&T. T-Mobile is a great deal cheaper but in this area so is their service. The local joke is if you're on t-mobile raise your hand (you do this to attempt to get a singnal on your phone). All my kids had it at one time because of the price but got so sick of dropping calls or not getting a signal at all they gave them up. One tried verizon for a while even though I had trouble with them myself. In Pa. verizon was great but here they are very hit and miss. I have been with at&t now since 04. Price wise I don't really find them that high but I don't use data or text plans either I do believe what they charge for those is outragious. I don't have trouble with my signal hardly at all though. Funny after Hurricane Ivan hit here in 05 I couldn't get a signal for a few days, all the towers were down but my daughters Trak phone got a signal!

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#6
May 25, 2011 at 09:20:01
You need to look at coverage areas. Every provider has their strong areas as well as spotty coverage areas. I live in the metro Detroit area near Canada. I never drop calls here. I don't have a data plan either and don't text. I use the phone to speak to people. I pay $59.99 + tax, for 700 shared minutes with free T-mobile to T-mobile and free nights and weekends. No roaming charges and no extra charges for long distance in the USA.

T-mobile's only problem is they are smaller than Verizon or AT&T. I will probably end up with Sprint if the merger goes through.


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#7
May 25, 2011 at 22:13:42
Sprint is fairly strong here. We used them at work for many years. At one time the boss switched us to Alltell for a great deal. We all got fancy shiny new phones that we could barely hear eachother on. Their signal was worse that anything I had ever tried myself. According to their coverage map our shop was right in the middle of the strongest area but we rarely got a decent signal there except when we had to do some work on the roof some forty feet in the air. Needless to say we went back to sprint. I never hrouble at all with their signal at all and I traveled a good bit within say a 400 mile radius of Pensacola Floida. The boss went to them originally for the push to talk feature. None of the other major carriers had it at the time.

With AT&T I pay $69.99 + tax for 500 monthly minutes with roll over. It is an older plan that is not offered anymore but until I ask for a change I am grandfathered in. Included is I think 30 or 50 free text never used and I forget how much data but I remember it would not be enough for someone that actually used it. I have had this plan since I got the phone and I am sure at some point they will find a way to force me to change and I'll move on. Minutes are not important to me as I don't spend a lot of time on a cell if I use 200 minutes a month that is a lot. The only thing really important to me is can I stay connected. So far the only carriers in the area that do this for me are AT&T, Sprint, Trakfone isn't too bad which is odd because they piggy back on verizon but verizon sucks here, and a few local carriers but if I go say to Pa they don't work. I am guessing it like many other things is all about research and what is wanted.

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