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What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom

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What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom
Although there were rumours that Sprint may purchase T-Mobile, it was still a massive surprise when reports started to emerge yesterday that a major US carrier plans to buy T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom - and the surprise was even bigger when it turned out this carrier isn't Sprint, but AT&T.

There are plenty of opinions about the news - some say prices will go down, some say prices will go up, but there are few people (if any) who doubt this is a major change from where we were just a day ago - AT&T will be the largest US carrier by some distance, and the only major GSM one.

After this huge news, it's time to ask you...
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What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutche Telekom
24.16%
437 votes
(437 votes) Everyone will benefit if we have one rather than two GSM carriers in the US, as prices will go down, while we will see better data plans and faster LTE deployment.
27.81%
503 votes
(503 votes) T-Mo was a great option because it offered affordable handsets and data plans. It will be missed.
48.04%
869 votes
(869 votes) It's unknown whether FCC will approve the deal, but even if it goes through, it would still smell fishy - AT&T is going to be too big for the greater good.

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posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:34 6

1. Mooktar Koogan (unregistered)


Dog shit AT&T.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:11 4

35. damienh28 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Dec 2010)


AT&T suck i actually liked them But sprint is my fav so they took our freshmeat those fuc**n scavengers, Sprint rule ATT eat sh** Tmobile is over Verizon sucks.SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 15:56 1

67. boostedIS_300 (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


last time consumer reports did a survey on the top 4 carriers through out the usa verizon came out on top in like 48 states with at&t in second in most of the the states and it was being based on 4 different categories .when referring to the 2 big giants everyone knows its verizon and at&t ! LOL so verizon verizon verizon !!!! step ur game up .sprint doesnt even have lte and cnn did a report saying they did tests with all 4 carriers verizon left every 1 in the dust .NUFF SAID!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:52 13

2. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


Less competition is rarely better for the consumer.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:53 14

3. Matt (unregistered)


I just wanna know whats going to happen with the T-Mobile girl. She's my favorite!

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 19:47 1

49. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


she may bet a job a verizon to promote LTE

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:54 12

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 825; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


T-Mobile was the only carrier who actually left phones alone for the most part when they picked up a device. That's why I'm not cool with this. They understand that the manufacturers design and package things for the consumer, and they worked with manufacturers to keep that. AT&T only cares about what AT&T wants, and that ends up hurting the consumer in the end, despite them thinking they know what the consumer wants, which they don't.

The size of this company in the end is meaningless. It's all about how they run their business, and T-Mobile does a much better job at going for the consumer than AT&T does. That's the bottom line, and that's why this sucks.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 11:55 1

5. gatorrob30 (unregistered)


I hope it brings prices down. AT&T prices are way too high compare to TMO and their service is junk. Had an AT&T work phone for years and my company had to swtich cause the service was aweful.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:54 1

33. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


more competiton means lower prices.. since this is less competition.. i doubt that prices will drop much at all.
Why would they lower now? They will be 3x bigger than sprint, so they wont care about them and they will hav e very little reason to ever drop their pricing beyond what ever VZW is doing. So you have the 2 largest companies by far just sitting on their high prices unless sprint suddenly makes a move that garners a lot of subscribers.

Best thing at the moment would be for metro,cricket, boost, and virgin to all roll up into one decent sized "value" carrier to take up the void left by Tmobile.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:17 1

36. gatorrob30 (unregistered)


You are exactly right! Thats what I am afraid of. AT&T already charges out the arse for their data and to add insult, their service sucks!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:35 1

40. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Say goodbye to unlimited anything. Just like att is doing with its home internet already. Scam f'n company. credomobile.com has a thing about how much they donate to the tea party crazies who want to get rid of any regulation. Very telling who they are in bed with. Dirt bags.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 07:12

62. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ur an idiot. just saying.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:23 1

6. liljon (unregistered)


Funny thing is everybody complains about att price points and customer service...yet tmobile is the only carrier I know that extends your contract for minute things i.e workplace discounts, changes to plans and other things. Not to mention AT&T just came out with the mobile to any mobile plan which means you can get a lesser plan for talking more. Tmobile just took away the my faves option and the at home feature . Seams like tmobile is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to customer service. Detusch has been trying to sell them off for a while now. Pretty sad when your parent company doesnt even want you anymore..

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:36 1

7. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 143; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)


I was going to sign up with T-mobile, but not anymore. I HATE AT&T, I would never go back to them again! Their network sucks, and their prices are too high for everything. At least T-mobile was affordable, and they actually had a better network. And even though AT&T will be getting all of T-mobile's towers, I doubt it will be the same.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:54

32. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Well it's not like t-mobile's network is going to get up and disappear. Now you'll have T-mobile's network and att's together. I don't see how that's going to be a bad thing. AT&T is better than t-mobile anyways so I should be the one complaining.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:57

34. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Actually, its a great time to get with Tmobile. When the merger happens, you will get the benefit of the widly expanded voice network, while still being on your cheap Tmobile plan.They cant change your plan unless you volenteer to change ur plan through upgrade or promotion, so you will end up on the new huge network with a cheap ass plan. Your 4g will still also work.

Dont forget, Tmobil is still turning the network up to 44mb/s in a few months.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 17:10

43. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Says who? That was before they got bought out

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 19:58 1

53. TheFunnyMan (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


You do understand its not a merger. Its a buyout, at&t will have control over everything in the long run. Do you understand how easy it is for a carrier to say your plan is no longer compatible with our company you need to pick a new one. You may be alright for your two years, but two years is a lifetime in this industry and things could dramtically shift. It could be for better or worse but we wont know until that time comes. The main thing is you have to understand a buyout is completely different this isn't sprint and nextel. Its more like whens the last tie you heard about cingular wireless? Just food for though..

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 07:12

61. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


guys, they cant. your legally bound to your contract that you signed. they cant force you to change it. The same thing happened when VZW bought Alltell. You stay on your alltell plan until you need to make a change.. add a line.. or upgrade, then they dangle the carrot and say "if you want to upgrade, u have to change ur plan".

Technically, Cingular bought ATT, not the other way around. ATT was the more known brand though so they kept that name instead of cingular.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:37 5

8. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


LMAO @ people saying Tmobile had a better nework than ANYONE lolololololololol

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:28 2

38. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Meh, they had fast data where available. I loved them for the affordability of their plans and their fan fucking tastic customer service. Also they brought Android into the world and helped it take its first steps.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:37 1

41. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Please post a link to where ANYONE said that. Every TMO fanatic I know even says the coverage isn't as good as some...but if it works where you need it...

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:38 3

9. Hallucinator (Posts: 339; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I do like the sound of AT&T-mobile

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:39 1

10. lkite (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


I think this is going to push other US carriers into better the customer experience, also focus on network and phone quality,

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 14:23

25. hammertong (Posts: 23; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Whatever you are smoking, I'd like some..............

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:40 2

11. spepper (unregistered)


As a T Mobile subscriber, I may be biased-- that said, I still think it blows-- that's the reason I went with T Mobile to begin with, to avoid AT& freaking T!

I might just consider returning to Verizon, with all their little piss-ant charges and fees that they pass along, just for farting while connected to their network-- nights, weekends, or any damn time

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:52 2

12. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I just hope ATT doesnt have to take in all the LOW CREDIT HIGH RISK customers from Tmo. I dont need to see any more "late" payments coming in bitching about their phone getting turned off for them being "only" 2 weeks late.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:05 2

16. JerzeySniper (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


totally agree...ughhh i hate it when a customer comes in mad because there phone is cut off because they didnt pay there bill and then get mad at you like you fucked up.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 12:56

13. madfinn (unregistered)


hope they do better then what they have in montana, took over altell and no service yet, and got iferior phone for replacement that I had.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:02 2

14. JerzeySniper (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


In the end every company has to have a positive flow of income to survive, pay bills, payroll, maintain towers and technicians, ect. however T-Mobile needed to be aquired they were suffering pretty bad as much as i hate to see them go, theyre parent company had to cut there losses. I think it would have been cool to see Google or Apple buy them and create a powerhouse mobile company to rival the great evil red and blue, they both have fanboysand long money on both sides to have made it happen. In the end At&t may drop there prices (probably very slightly) to try and keep the on boarding T-Mobile customers happy. or it could cause a mass exodus of T-Mobile customers to defect to Sprint..either way this will be an interesting next 2 years.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:15

17. mrtasle (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Aug 2010)


Verizon will counter this move by picking up either Sprint, US Cellular or both. My opinio is that if it increases my coverage, great. as for all the massive layoffs, I feel bad for those folks.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:26

19. JerzeySniper (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


that would be a likely move by verizon but DOJ,and FCC let it pass? Verizon definitley doesnt like playing 2nd fiddle to anyone thats for sure tho

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 19:50

50. fairly_mismatched (unregistered)


Why wouldn't they let Verizon pick up Sprint, or any combination of the regional carriers if they let AT&T purchase T-Mobile. It would set the precedent that there's still enough competition.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:19

18. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


CricKet Wireless FTW

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:27 1

20. sscorp99 (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cant wait for the flood of T-Mobile Ex-customers flocking to Verizon....This should be fun, I need a new car, lol

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:30

21. JerzeySniper (Posts: 21; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


IDK about that one, im thinking that most people (not all) are on T-Mobile because of the cost factor, so it may not benefit Verizon anymore than i think it will us in the long run, then again who knows.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 14:38 1

26. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


Most customers will goto Sprint before VZW. Its simple economics a $100 deposit per line with Sprint or $400 with VZW. No brainer.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:22

30. sscorp99 (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Most people I have as customers don't have to pay deposits, their credit is good.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 17:14

44. jbash (Posts: 339; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


yea but you said ex Tmobile customers, their credit isn't in most cases.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:51 1

22. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


smells like a monopoly.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 14:13 4

23. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I am not a fan of mergers. When Verizon bought Alltel, I didn't like the idea of there being less competition..,but the other part of that is the separation between smaller providers and the big four monolith that has been created. It used to be something to the effect of regional carriers and then you had Alltel and Nextel and then T-Mobile and so on. With the purchase of Alltel and Nextel, there was a huge gap of customer base between the big four and everyone else. Now you are talking about giving AT&T and Verizon the vast majority of cell phone users. This knocks out any chance of Sprint being able to compete against the big two. I just don't like that.

But on the other hand even though cell phone companies have been around for decades, it's only picked up mass usage in the past 15 years or so. Of course there was an explosion of carriers and it has been consolidated. Look at smartphones and even PC OS's. All these went through a consolidation process to be one or two choices. Should we expect anything less with cell phones?

Still, I just don't feel right with AT&T having 120 million customers and Verizon having 93 million. They can pretty much compete with each other. But Sprint has about half of Verizon's customer base and they just don't have a chance if this goes through.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 22:17 1

55. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


The only chance they have is to continually release GREAT Phones, Dominate in Customer Service and Continue the cheaper plans.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 07:14

63. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


true. its a good chance for sprint to pick up a lot of disgruntled Tmobile customers (and so far, noone seems happy about the merger) by looking like the shining value beacon... if they play their cards right.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 14:22 1

24. hammertong (Posts: 23; Member since: 10 May 2010)


I have been with T-Mobile for years. I have heard nothing but BAD feedback about ATT. I think I would rather go with Metro Or Boost than ATT. This is really bad news.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:10 1

27. Ant Nice (unregistered)


What's going to happen to all the T-Mobile stores and their employees that are located next to ATT stores?

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 19:55

52. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


They either get a job from AT&T or get fired probably the second :/ so but they have round a year to work something out

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:14 1

28. Ant Nice (unregistered)


like they say "consolidate the game and suffocate the others". Its just not right

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:18

29. MATOZ (unregistered)


New name: ATT-Mobile

With a new LOGO color combined (blue and pink)!!!
WTF!!! indeed!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 15:30 1

31. MrWilli5 (Posts: 72; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


at&t suckssss. the speed is guna be slow cuz of a congested network

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 22:19 1

56. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


And because all the towers they will acquire too, huh?????...

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:20 1

37. BBPHONEQUEEN (unregistered)


Wow! Do some of you people actually read about the technology your bitching about? Its amazing to me that this world is so full of stupid ass people. LMAO

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 16:38

42. Slammer (Posts: 938; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I never understand the rationale of how less choice is better for consumers. If one carrier is not working out for me, I only have one other choice. Chances are that carrier will have implemented a practice that rubs consumers the wrong way. TMO and Sprint are the smaller carriers that leverage the price wars. Remove them from the picture and the pricing practices will become irrelevant. There will be nowhere else to go to keep the pricing in check. Customer service and products are the only two operative measures for the carriers to rely on for competing.

John B.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:06

45. don.t (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Jan 2011)


If i was making money off at&t or worked for at&t i would love this (or if I was president of t-mo. $$$). I do not and I am a T-mo customer. This deal looks like I will have another Comcast to deal with in my life. I do not like the sounds of that at all. RIP great customer service and good prices. I was thinking of getting that LG Optimus 2x/G2x, but I think that is looking like a no go right now. I guess it's back to Sprint to weigh the options.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:22

46. livingmild (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Dec 2009)


I think that At&t will outsize any mobile operator by a significant margin. I do like the fact that their network will improve by adding all of the towers however I think that prices will suffer because of the monopoly they (and Verizon) will have. They'll control about 80% of the market. That can't be good. It will be similar to gas prices. All of the gas companies stick together to keep gas prices high. I don't see how this will be any different. I have At&t and there network is good in some places and horrible in others. I'd prefer them to use that $25B in cash they're paying for T-Mobile to beef up their network. I hope the regulators block this deal.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:55

47. Ashar1456 (unregistered)


Someone asked, what happen to the tmobile girl. Well lol she got banged by atnt old pervert guy n Iphone guy double!!!! jokes aside. hopefully this gets dismantled by fcc n Doj. But if approved might as well also say verizon buy out sprint. also besides Atnt well gain more Creditability for LTE, all other stuff. wireless carriers war Outdue battle for most customers. Most money inthere pocket increase plans, n rest worst to come. Just have to wait n SEE.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 18:55

48. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


Over 100 Million people have ATT service, what could possibly be so bad. When you T-Mobile people switch, your plans will be grandfathered over until you upgrade to another phone, even the Alltel people left from Verizon we got kept their plans with an upgrade. You may never have to change what you pay. If I were you all, I'd get the best plan set up for you, just the way you like it, and if ATT decides to F you all, you WILL have a 30 day return policy to cancel service with no ETF when switched over.

You people don't have anything to lose, if over half the country *including verizon* can afford these prices, why can't you? Get over it, it's called inflation and these companies that didn't price accordingly *T-mobile, Sprint* are all going to go down the gutter. Customer service, i'll admit there are some absolute idiots that work here. I can't believe it myself. So, it's a call center, kinda like the lottery, you may or may not get someone who knows what they are doing. If you don't just report them to their manager haha.

The merger is going to make the ATT service a lot better, as for those T-Mobile people, I'd look for a different job very quick

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 03:46

60. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


If att is truly interested in improving service for their existing customers, and this spectrum and towers will help them do that, why didn't they just bid on and spend money on spectrum and put up towers in the first place? Because they don't give a shit. They just want the money, and to keep the standard of service relatively low so they can keep skating along doing the minimum and giving the people the absolute minimum they have to and charging as much as they possibly can. Less competition just makes it that much easier to accomplish. Scam.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 19:53

51. GSM (unregistered)


LOL....love it...AT&T all the way. The cost to buy Tmobile is chump change to AT&T...heck their CEO could have bought it himself...he was one of the top 20 highest paid CEO's (where was Verizons, TMO, or Sprints CEO), but then again Sprint cant afford it they are trying to get money from ClearWire to fund their 4G and Verizon had to get bail out money. Now AT&T's commercial is gonna have to say covering 99% of Americans. chu ching.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 09:12

65. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


What you fail to mention about this bail out money is for Verizon Communications, NOT Verizon Wireless. VZW CEO - Dan Mead, Verizon Communications CEO - Ivan Seidenberg. Since VZW is a joint venture of Vodafone and Verizon Communications, the bailout money in this case would have been a bit different. Although they share the name Verizon, if you check stock quotes, these two run independently....check your facts

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 21:16

54. Bob (unregistered)


Sprint should buy T-Mobile NOT MONOPOLY-T&T

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