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

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...

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

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.
24.16%
T-Mo was a great option because it offered affordable handsets and data plans. It will be missed.
27.81%
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.
48.04%

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70 Comments

1. Mooktar Koogan unregistered

Dog shit AT&T.

35. damienh28

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 23, 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

67. boostedIS_300

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 22, 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!!!

2. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Less competition is rarely better for the consumer.

3. Matt unregistered

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

49. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

she may bet a job a verizon to promote LTE

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

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.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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!!!

40. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

62. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ur an idiot. just saying.

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..

7. CHEFJEFF

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

43. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Says who? That was before they got bought out

53. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 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..

61. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

8. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

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

38. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

41. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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...

9. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

I do like the sound of AT&T-mobile

10. lkite

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

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

25. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

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

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

12. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

16. JerzeySniper

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

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.

14. JerzeySniper

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

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