Discuss: AT&T/T-mobile Merger

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September 2, 2011 at 06:02:17
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the US Justice Department has sought to block the proposed merger of AT&T and T-mobile. Discuss here if you think this is the right move by the DOJ, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
September 3, 2011 at 13:55:51
I was an AT&T wireless customer & now I'm a T-Mobile customer. I don't want to return to AT&T & I will discontinue my service is the acquisition occurs.

I'll be glad if it is blocked.

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#2
September 3, 2011 at 20:32:40
I'd love to know why the $30 billion Verizon/Alltel merger that went through is any different than this one.

To me, just because there are less players this time isn't a good enough reason to block the merger. Also, while some jobs may be eliminated in the merger, consider all the jobs that will be lost if T-Mobile USA completely dissolves.

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#3
September 4, 2011 at 06:10:53
Who said that those are the only two outcomes? If the merger doesn't happen, it doesn't mean that T Mobile will disappear.

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#4
September 4, 2011 at 09:59:47
"If the merger doesn't happen, it doesn't mean that T Mobile will disappear."

But given the fact that they're losing money (partly due to the threat of merger), and since they're at the bottom of the "food chain", they're not likely to be around much longer:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2...

I don't like the merger idea myself (even though I'm on Verizon). Fewer available providers invariably will result in larger bills for all.

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#5
September 4, 2011 at 14:22:54
If T Mobile is loosing money, maybe they should offer better deals to their customers. I would use a pre-paid account again before I use AT&T again. Another alternative is Metro PCS. They offer data, voice & internet for $40.00.

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#6
September 4, 2011 at 15:09:02
I too am a T-mobile customer and have been for about 5 years. I am happy with the plan I have and the pricing is cheaper than even Sprint. T-mobile is not going out of business. I doubt they solicited the buyout from AT&T. AT&T has the worst customer service in the industry. This merger, if you want to call it that, is not in the best interest of the consumer. I will end up going with Sprint if the deal goes through but I am hoping it doesn't.

I use my phone strictly for voice and don't want or need all the other BS that the other carriers cram down your throat.


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#7
September 4, 2011 at 15:33:04
I won't go with Sprint but I agree on all your other points.

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#8
September 4, 2011 at 16:54:39
Had AT&T for about 2 weeks. Terrible coverage. Virtually everybody I know is on Verizon (thus almost all my calls are no-charge). Also get a 12% discount on voice/text/data plan from a former job (and since I'm grandfathered-in from their new unlimited data plan, I'll pretty much "wear-out" 3G like last year, especially during college football/basketball seasons). Never though I'd find much use for a smartphone until I got my Droid late last year. For me, anyway, I'd have to stick with Verizon no matter what happens.

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#9
September 4, 2011 at 21:44:35
I have AT&T and have for years. I pay a couple bucks more than roughly the same T-mobile plan but I love my coverage. I can count on one hand the number of times I've dropped a call since going with AT&T. Much like OtheHill I use my phone voice and don't use the rest of the stuff offered. In this area T-Mobile sucks big time. My boss had it for a while and we were always dropping calls. Verizon is the same here. In my brothers trailor you can not make a call out with t-mobile, verizon, alltell, or tracfone but at&t and sprint you can. I never have figured that one out. It seems a lot of things mess with verizon and t-mobiles signal as well but again it just appears to be in this area. A friend up north tells me it's just the opposite up there. Verizon has the good signal and at&t sucks. Two of my kids had t-mobile because they offered some sort of cheaper texting rate when they got it. They both say they'll never go back. Dropped calls and lost texts just way to often. Now they are with sprint and love it. My oldest is in North Carolina and just got t-mobile through some promo. on the base there and she said she loves it. From looking at all of their coverage maps they all pretty much look the same to me but they don't all work the same in the same area apparently.

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#10
September 5, 2011 at 05:15:28
Even if I still had AT&T & even if I liked the coverage, I would still be against the merger.

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#11
September 5, 2011 at 07:17:38
I initially went to T-mobile because my younger son was off to Central Michigan University and T-Mobile had decent coverage there and home in the Metro Detroit area. So, where you live and/or work is important.

I will tell all why I am sour on AT&T. About three years ago I needed new cell phones and decided to go with AT&T for a 2 year plan. Selected phone, ported 2 numbers to 2 new phones. Took the phone home and couldn't get a call out when sitting in my house. After a week of tech support, which included T-mobile unlocking my old phone, I discovered I was roaming to Canada. I am very close to Canada. I then found out the phones I had were not compatible with the service in my area.

Ported the numbers back to T-mobile with no charges on either end, or so I thought. Then AT&T started sending me bills for early termination of one line and service for the other. Mind you, the numbers were working fine on T-mobile's network. AT&T insisted that I still had one line in service and that I owed an early termination fee of something like $275 for the other line.

Took 4 month to straighten out.

Do you want to hear about my experience with AT&T's land line problems, which parallel the above story? Or my experience with trying to fix problems with AT&T cable/ phone service I ordered for my aunt? I can withdraw money from your bank account easier than I could talk to someone in their support group when I didn't have the pin number with me? Mind you, I wasn't trying to change the service, just get it working.

So, AT&T is never going to be an option for me if I have any other choices.


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#12
September 5, 2011 at 10:06:54
I've had AT&T for a few years now. I had Verizon and Nextel and both sucked at the time. I use the pay as you go plan because I only use my phone for voice also. I never had a problem with AT&T and only kept them because they purchased Cingular, my original carrier. I live in a remote part of Pennsylvania, in the middle of 700 acres of woodland. AT&T is the only service I've ever had that actually lets me make a call from inside my house. I use a Motorola Razor V3 and because of the bandwidth the phone is capable of, I don't have a problem. I don't care who merges as long as my phone works.

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#13
September 5, 2011 at 15:06:49
My son has a tracfone and it doesn't drop calls like t-mobile or verizon do around here. I would go pre payed as well and may yet I just don't like that I have to buy airtime that may not get used before it expires. It's not milk for christs sake.

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#14
September 5, 2011 at 15:22:51
They don't expire if you refill them before the expiration date. With AT&T, I pay $100.00 and they're good for an entire year.

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#15
September 6, 2011 at 13:06:50
Do you use $100.00 worth of minutes a year? I normally don't use $15 a month so it doesn't worth it to me. Given $8.33 a month for cell service is fairly cheap but I doubt I use that much.

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#16
September 6, 2011 at 13:56:32
I usually use it up, but if you don't, it rolls over into the next year. I like the fact that i don't have to worry about adding minutes for a whole year instead of monthly or quarterly.

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