The history of U.S. carriers visualized, or how we settled on the big four: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile

After the last effort to completely overhaul the looks of the wireless carrier market in the United States failed with Sprint’s withdrawal from its attempts to acquire T-Mobile, we can finally know that for a certain period of time we’ll continue living in a world of four big carriers…
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14. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Started with LA Cellular in the early- to mid-90's then switched to Airtouch after about a year. Then one day I got a bill that showed Verizon on it. I was thinking, what the hell is Verizon? (Oh, and I pronounced it "VEAR-e-zawn.) Been with Verizon ever since, with the same phone number! Although I can't say I've been happy with it, just too much trouble to switch and then lose my unlimited data.

18. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I only remember cingular from NFSU2

24. CraalLegacy unregistered

Sprint and Tmo are in the wrong places; reverse them in headline.

28. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Unless you see cell towers going up, stop think that antenna adjustments, and other software tweaks mean all that much. TMO actual coverage hasn't changed much in 5 year's.

32. jhHydetown

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

Why not just bail on all of them....use straight talk...if you like Verizon, get a CDMA phone...if you like ATT or T-Mobile,get a GSM phone...$455 a year..unlimited talk,text and data..no BS with contracts and other such nonsense

33. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I would love a #Big4. Bell, Rogers and Telus need a wake up call...or text.

35. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The chart is seriously missing some information. I was with Cellular One back in '92 before I went with BellSouth Mobility. I didn't see either in the chart.
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