These are the most recent forum messages posted by insider.:
Re: Almost There.
"T-Mobile, Sprint and the other smaller carriers have no way to build regardless of how much they spend to expand.." Surely you believe they must WIN the auction bid to WIN spectrum to expand, right? That's how it goes. That's how Verizon has been building their network and growing over the last 3 auctions. Why should it be different for Sprint or Tmobile?
Re: Way to parry words Verizon.
I know you don't see it that way, but they are absolutely asking for a break and complaining that the auctions are not fair. They have asked the FCC to SET aside 40Mhz worth of spectrum and reserve it for smaller carriers who cannot afford to bid and compete. The FCC has agreed to reserve 30Mhz for the first time ever. These auctions have been the only way to gain spectrum for my entire life. ...
Re: Way to parry words Verizon.
I agree, But I can't really blame them. It cost less money to complain and ask for more than it does to WIN the BID and invest in BUYING licenses. you know? its a whole new ball game. it costs more money and its HARDER to participate in the auctions and INVEST in network licenses. This is the hard way.
Why bother with an auction if they are going to reserve spectrum?
Why have an auction at all? Why not just reserve some for every carrier and then dole it out? Why only reserve some for smaller carriers? Why don't they have to WIN the bid? SMH
Why is Dish allowed to USE Smaller entities to place bids?
There seems to be a problem here with allowing them to use smaller entities as contractors just to place bids. Verizon is correct. At a minimum, DISH should lose their 25% discount since they are not a small entity bidding for spectrum and pay the extra $3 billion. Possibly a fine for the deception as well? No way the FCC would allow Verizon or AT&T to do this!
Re: I don't get it...
i don't get it, either. Of course the internet is netural, There are no companies out there blocking certain websites or slowing down certain bandwidth hogs like Netflix and Youtube. I suppose they passed this law with the intent of making it illegal now in case a company like Time Warner Cable wanted to provide super fast speeds to their own products like HBOgo and Cinemax while slowing down other sites like Netflix and Hulu should they decide ...
Re: Small Carriers
its an AUCTION. Everyone can bid and compete...they just need to raise billions in capitol.
I was just thinking...
Where does all this money go? Anybody know? Its OK. I don't think Congress does either.
Re: Gov now telling businesses how to spend their money?
it's more accurate to say its along the lines of "The Government is now telling Massive Big Business how to INVEST their MASSIVE PROFITS along areas that are not as profitable in order to keep Federal backing and Federal licenses to keep providing service in areas that are extremly profitable."
Way to go Verizon!
I am impressed. :D
Re: Why is it wrong for Tmobile to throttle
they are clear about throttling....i agree. but the other carriers just say that unlimited doesn't mean un-throttled. you know?
There's no money in it!
Its interesting that they can cut it off at will. I wonder why cricket did not think of that? I wonder if any telecom really wants to provide the service??
True...But remember Sprint and Tmobile have both had the exact same opportunities to bid on every one of the same auctions as Verizon and AT&T. Yet on every single auction, their bidders in a way said "Its OK! We are good. We don't need anymore spectrum!"
Re: This has gone way too far.
I am sure it would be OK if Sprint or Softbank were to buy our DirecTV, right? Lol
I Love How T-Mobile Dictates All The Terms!
Most companies that are targets of hostile takeovers just want to sell the company and gain back some of their initial investment or mitigate their losses. At Tmobile, they WILL only be SOLD if they can keep their same executive board members, same CEO, keep the name TMOBILE, AND get to keep ONE Billion US Dollars from the buyer if the new buyer's deal gets blocked by the justice department. Very bold!
Re: Convenient Ignorance
Agree.. DT and SB are HUGE international companies. Allowing them to buy low band spectrum when VZW and T are not allowed to bid at all would not be fair. It would be like Verizon starting up a tiny wireless company called "Horizon" or "V Mobile" and then being allowed to bid. Once the bid is completed, they would be allowed to use VZW cash to pay for it and then transfer the assets ...
mine always says. "We're Sorry try back later" ? anyone else getting this at apple support site?
Re: still plastic??
plastic is *cheap*. This phone will sell for big $....probably $249 with a subsidy or $699 or so without a subsidy..its not like its selling for a lower price than the metal phones.....plastic just allows for larger profits at Samsung. FYI
WF is so invested they are paying people to USE it!
This is at a time when fraud is everywhere and so rampant that not even your credit cards are secure! WF just seems desperate to get people to try Isis or use it they will even pay up to $100 per month. No thanks..
Re: What where's all the hating trolls?
its also significant that Sprint sold off their entire cellular networkand then leased back space. It did not turn out to be a good move and Sprint would most likely handle it differenlty today. AT&T' sale is a very small portion of towers, but I don't like the move at all and it could.be seen as a very bad move in hind sight.
Re: Mostly marketing fluff
Yes! The ITU is who decides this type of stuff. It doesn't matter what you or I think or what the carriers think. The ITU decides what can be referred to as what in advertising, media, print,and specifications and they decided years ago that HSPA+ and LTE = "4G". Can we move on now? You OK with that?
Sprint has a good point.
But Sprint created this problem themselves by investing in CLEAR and letting them handle such a big part of their business.
Re: motivation, not ambition...
If you pay your taxes by April 15th you are obeying the law. Paying them by January 30th is also obeying the law. Nobody in the cellular business is being altruistic. Where did you get that idea? In my opinion, they are building out the LTE for the sole purpose of selling more data plans and data devices, not for public goodwill. I believe AT&T feels like if they BUY the spectrum, then they ...
Re: motivation, not ambition...
AJ: You have repeatedly ripped AT&T for sitting on the spectrum and not deploying it in the past....you cried out that AT&T should be *forced* to use it! Now AT&T is deploying the spectrum and you are calling them lazy since they are finishing deployment 2.5 months early? really?
well, technically the $20 extra payment gets paid off and goes away......but your monthly service bill doesn't really go *down".
T-Mobile option for $99
is that with a $10/month X12 months phone payment? or $20/month for 24 months phone payment? One may be worth it....the other not a chance. I am confused!
Its an interesting argument....and i'm not saying who is right and who is wrong, but i will make an attempt at explaining this... The carriers are saying that customers never ever pay back the subsidy. That's right. Never. The phones are subsidized by the carriers to push sales. The 24 month commitments are there because the carriers don't earn a profit until the 20th month or so of a customer's life cycle. What they are stating is ...
So its a 3G phone? Not LTE?
from the article.... "The Z10 unit we have on hand is not optimized for use on any of the U.S. networks, but it is compatible with AT&T's 3G network and T-Mobile's 2G network. "
Re: just the software?
no, it appears there is upgraded hardware, too. Galaxy S2 Plus is a newer model phone which supports 4G with HSPA+ and has a newer processer and camera, too.
Re: That's Right AT&T ....
The only reason AT&T is using "the nation's largest 4G network" is because Verizon used this line with their "3G" coverage when they called CDMA 1x "3G". HSPA+ has been ruled "4G" by the ITU. Remember those verizon ads with the red map of the USA as 3G compared with AT&T 3G?
Re: Hesse Making Lemonade Out of iDen Lemons
Q4 2012 is not over until 12/31... ?
Re: Having a monopoly is not illegal
Hi T-Bone. help me understand how Apple has a monopoly on MP3 players..... ?? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Apple on the other hand.....I think only can make a strong legal case that Apple has used its monopoly on Mp3 players (and they DO have a monopoly, no question of that) to force themselves into other markets
Re: Hell no!
Reminder: Once you reach 3GB data used, you can *still* call, text, and browse....the data speeds are just slowed WAY down. But you can still do it. You can also move your plan to a 3GB plan and pay the overages if you want to stay at HIGH speed after reaching 3GB data used. FYI
Re: This could be a nightmare for customer service
Good points! I was thinking about when a phone is reported LOST/STOLEN, then you find it over the weekend, but the GOVERNMENT DATABASE cannot be updated until after the weekend since they don't work. Then the government employee doesn't do it right and nobody can get their phones active anymore! BIG problems....all caused by the governent database. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, give people the right to report a phone their account STOLEN and then permanently disconnect that ...
Re: Will LightSquared sue the government?
LightSquared pettitioned the US government for a condititional allowance for them as a special exception.....This was with the provision that they could make it work without interference.....something they could not previously accomplish. LS said *yes*, they can make it work, no problem modifying the signals. Truth is, they failed.
Re: My $.02
good point. I just wish they would throttle it back to speeds that are still somewhat *usable* like EDGE speeds or early 3G speeds.....instead of slowing it down to slower than dial-up circa 1993 ; ' (
Re: I would feel better if
"Also, paying $30.00/month to use 200MB is a complete waste. " ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That's why 200MB is $20 per month on AT&T, not $30. For $30, you get 3,000MB per month! Wifi networks are only as good as the hotel's, cafe's, or airports internet connections.
Re: I would feel better if
"When I signed this contract, there was nothing wrong with 4-5GB, now there is." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When you signed your contract most users were not using as much data as they are *today*, but with data usage increasing 2000% in metro NYC and SF areas and some users watching the entire Netflix catalog while on mobile networks...something had to give. The real question is....where does your access to unlimited *FAST* data begin and where does it end? The answer ...
Re: I guess no one cares that LightSquared is in the right...
you may be right. the flip side of the coin is that LS gambled that they could make their frequencies work without interfering with GSP L bands and they failed. they cannot make it work safely when they said they could modify it to make it work without interference.
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