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AT&T Buys T-Moblie

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Peggy, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Apparently the news just hit today.

    According to several different sites, including Business Insider, Mashable.com, AT&T has indeed entered into and agreement to purchase T-mobile for an estimated $39 Billion, in stocks and cash.

    This is from Mashable -
    According to Business Insider -
  2. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    Been reading about this on dslreports.com -- the topic has 238 comments since it was posted -- I wish my forums had that much activity!

    Aside from the spectrum, I don't see what the value would be to AT&T. The 39 billion would go a long way with network development.

    My money is on Verizon for the long haul.
  3. Nasr

    Nasr Well-Known Member

    Well, it has to be approved first. Sometimes, such deals aren't approved and never go through.
  4. Reeve of Shinra

    Reeve of Shinra Well-Known Member

    worldcom and sprint comes to mind... that never panned out.
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  5. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    leg up against Verizon's LTE Deployment
  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Chances of it happening are pretty slim; AT&T had lots of problems when they acquired Cingular, and them being allowed to merge with another of the 4 largest cellular providers is unlikely. It would also give them a iron grip on GSM in the United States.

    Its a highly stupid move by T-Mobile as well; while they were the smallest company in comparison to Verizon (largest), AT&T (second largest), and Sprint (3rd largest), their main saving grace was their customer support, and that they had some of the cheaper/better plans, but lacked more in the way of subsidized phones.

    A better move for T-Mobile would have either have been to merge with Sprint (More likely to get passed, and would have proven more innovative their cellular network(s)), or to have partnered with each other in a way that wouldn't bring about an anti-trust case against them. By retaining what they were known for (customer support, better service, and affordable plans), they'd have likely gained more customers back, especially because both AT&T and Verizon have started to manipulate user contracts and double dip into their customers pockets by adding more fees, and additional services that use to be included (Tethering for example).
  7. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Just a minor fact correction. Cingular, a wholly owned subsidary of SBC prior to being a joint venture of SBC and Bellsouth acquired AT&T Wireless and SBC acquired AT&T :)
  8. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    Ah, I misremembered then. I didn't really care much about cell phone companies back then, seeing as they were pretty crappy still :).
  9. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Are you kidding me ? !!!! o_O I'm getting a landline again
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  10. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Nope not kidding. Sad ain't it? I was hoping if they got bought out by anyone it would be Sprint.
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  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Am I missing something. What's wrong with AT&T? Are they unreliable? is it a financial thing with they're plans being to expensive? Poor service?
  12. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    All of the above :D
    the Evil man ... it's an American corporation in the traditional sense :D :D .. latest news from AT&T : When tethering your devices using your iPhone you gotta pay $15 dollars a month on top of of the data plan ... they nickel and dime people to death :D

    Customer service consist of 2 tapes recorded back in the 70ies, we speak to tape recorders :D
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  13. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Actually I get very good customer service where I am. I have one AT&T store I go to and I see only 1 lady there, Margherita. She's wonderful and will bend over backwards to do what you need if she possibly can. Only problem is, most times, her hands are tied.

    As Blandt said, At&t will nickle and dime you to death. It's crazy. Sprint has much better rate plans. Just no iPhone. :(
  14. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    Peggy, that's why it's always good to make friends with the head of the store. Their hands aren't tied quite as tight.

    I've always gotten very good service from AT&T, and better rates than some others I've been with, but then I'm in the business class customer section. They basically jump thru hoops for their business class customers. But the service is why I have stayed with AT&T. We've tried Verizon and either got very unlucky or something but everyone I dealt with about our account for almost a year was either clueless/rude/or just didn't give a ****. I suspect had we not moved from one state to another, we would have been fine, but we moved and things went to H&LL in a handbasket on that one.

    I've always found the T-Mobile ad interesting about how fast their service are since they don't have many of their own towers, they piggyback off others...mostly AT&T towers. If you read the very fine print in their coverage map, they admit they use other's towers.
  15. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Opps never even heard of AT&T ;)
  16. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    From 1875 to 1984, AT&T was the ONLY telephone company in the US. The Justice Dept broke it apart in 1984 because it said it could not be a monopoly and the race began.
  17. Ranger375

    Ranger375 Well-Known Member

    Good, maybe my service in the US will improve. Oddly enough I had better service in Cambodia and Thailand than I do in the US.
  18. Martyn

    Martyn Active Member

    Wondering if your get the same with the UK, Orange and T-Mobile merged/brought one or the other, now if your on orange, and you don't get signal you can get t mobile signal.
  19. Wuebit

    Wuebit Well-Known Member

    Well I was born in 1983 and not from that gun slinging side of the world :giggle: So I guess I had no need to know who they are, Thanks for the info tho :)
  20. tmb

    tmb Active Member

    As a current tmo customer this will suck if it goes through.

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