These are the most recent forum messages posted by algorithmplus:
Phones Migrate to VoIP
Phone service is regulated as a utility, and phone companies are migrating to VoIP with plans to discontinue traditional wirelines in lieu of VoIP on an IP backbone. Therefore, would Net Neutrality simply be modernizing the voice utility with the transition to VoIP? I'm not saying it is likely, but with no internet regulation, it is very possible to see a headline such as "Vonage doesn't pay for priority, Verizon prevents customers from calling 911", no?
Zpike said: Prepaid customers pay full price for their phones. What possible justification could there be for keeping a prepaid device locked for even one day? Furthermore, why should they even be locked in the first place? This is a joke. This is not 100% accurate. While many prepaid devices are purchased at full price, it has been and probably still is a common practice for prepaid devices to have a low subsidy, expected to be made back from the ...
AT&T and Verizon will continue to invest in networks
No matter what the outcome will be, AT&T and Verizon will continue to invest in their networks. They will not simply let their entire business decay with attrition leaving their shareholders with a bankrupt company. Those companies are simply trying to stack the deck in their favor to try and find a new revenue stream. If you ask most companies who are not network operators if data is a utility or a luxury for the company, and how ...
Wasn't Leap acquired by AT&T?
mobilemadness said: It's funny how all these carriers are focusing on VOIP now that very few people actually talk on their phones...but most people text and only occasionally call, so it's not that big of a deal. Actually, that's all the more reason to migrate to VoLTE using a VOIP solution. This would create a situation where no voice network needs to be maintained, only a single unified data network with the option of making voice calls. This situation ...
Re: Windows 9?
I do not pay much attention to gaming consoles, and I honestly thought Xbox One was the first generation of Xbox, similar to the PlayStation1 concept.
Whose network is used
I would imagine a good portion of the roaming coverage is from T-Mobile's networks in the respective countries and lowers the cost to give it a competitive advantage in thay area.
Re: Had a few people already asking about switching because of this
adam2106 said: "ATT is a horrible company!!!" Hey J. you are a bit nice on this. lol. I know you have some harsher words inside your vocabulary for AT&T. lol. I always thought the name was changed from Cingular to S-H-IT&T after the SBC management got control of Cingular through purchasing Bell South and previously buying Ma Bell.
I highly doubt it will head to Metro. Assuming the merger with T-Mobile goes through, which I think it probably will, the current MetroPCS network will be shut down within about 2 years. However, since the plan is to keep MetroPCS as a brand of T-Mobile, there is a high likelihood that there will be a Metro brand T-Mo device running GSM. There may be deals on GSM GS3 devices under the Metro brand as the CDMA to GSM ...
Re: it's so obvious
I disagree. Go and ask pretty much any 30 or younger person about how they set aside time to each weeknight to watch their favorite TV shows and they will probably stare at you like a deer in headlights. They dynamics of broadcasting and entertainment are changing with the internet, and Dish knows this, they are trying to do something before their business model becomes obsolete.
I used to think the same thing about the build until I got one. When I use it, I'm not thinking about the image of it all, I tend to be focused on the use of it. With the cost to replace device if it is damages being on the high side, I bought a shock absorbing case to even further protect it. I'm sure Samsung could have done many things to make it look more ...
Re: Next Apple will Sue T-Mo and MPCS
Apple, Inc. has confirmed it has filed lawsuits against both MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and Deutsch Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA subsidiary. Apple claims that failing to reach sales agreement has violated its intellectual property and has asked for an injunction to prevent either company from selling any mobile device or service that has not been approved by Apple's legal, licensing, and marketing departments. Apple is seeking unspecified damages for each device sold by either company since June ...
Re: not just iphones
srich27 said: Really what they should have said was that AT&T phones now work in 10 cities. Why? Did AT&T only have coverage in nine cities before?
Are these companies 'natural people'?
I may be not be correct, but doesn't the bill of rights pertain to natural people? These corporations pay taxes under corporate tax law, not individual tax law. These corporations are owned by their shareholders. These corporations do not have the right to vote and these corporations are not eligible for OASDI (old age, survivors, and disability income), Medicare/Medicaid, and these corporations cannot receive payments directly from the government under the unemployment programs in place. ...
Mark_S said: When the T-Mobile merge with Metro goes through, these phones will be totally worthless. Other than Chinese C-SIM phones, can someone tell me how one will put a SIM in a non-SIM phone??? If the capability to use VoLTE and the same implementation is used in the T-Mobile network upgrade, then the phone would be able to function normally where LTE coverage is available and have access to WiFi (maybe a WiFi calling update to bring up to par ...
Re: Protect the customers, more like protect its investment
If you have WiFi at work and at home, you may not use the phone network that much and be willing to have a smaller data plan. However, I do agree 200MB is not a lot of data, especially considering how inefficient apps are these days. I guess it's one of those 'your mileage may vary' situations.
Re: Compared to what?
I think it has more to do with political conflict between the American government and the Chinese government. I also wouldn't be surprised to see the 'other' companies have spent a lot lobbying to make this a reality. Companies do this all the time, they buy the politicians and effectively buy the laws they want in place.
Re: Should Not be Allowed
Versed said: This should not be allowed, fair is fair. And for more reasons then just one, foreign asset ownership as well as decreasing choice in carriers. Aren't most of the factories and their workers that produce the goods you consume or use owned in China? Chinese factories produce goods you use (your phone) German company produces services you use (your service coverage) Now, I do agree in the negative undertone of a carrier being eliminated. I love competition and ...
Re: This Would Be a Bad Move.
That is a great example. I would look at this situation more of an LTE carrier and another LTE carrier merging, it's just that neither company has fully completed their LTE transition yet.
Re: This "Could" Be a Good Move.
Slammer said: Tmobile is GSM based and MetroPCS is CDMA. While both carriers transitioning to LTE would eliminate compatibility issues, the GSM, CDMA legacy would remain for several+years. This would inherently re-live a Sprint/Nextel mess. I doesn't make sense to me. Personally, I don't know what DT is thinking. John B. I disagree with that statement. If managed appropriately, the technology should not be an issue. They could pool together their LTE resources, and begin transitioning all GSM/CDMA customers ...
Re: This is abuse of the legal system
T Bone said: Unfortunately, you can't really ban people from being able to sue....would be nice if you could.... I do agree. It's a shame that lawsuits are seemingly becoming a staple of the American economy. Companies seem to be using lawsuits as a fear factor to attempt to control their competitors.
Re: I do wonder why
Maybe they will nix the lawsuit as filed and then plan to do an updated one on the iPhone 5 instead of products that are in the process of being discontinued?
Re: Can We Vote for a permanent Duopoly or even a Monopoly?
Oh, I forgot, what happens when one of the major two companies has privacy issues? Antitrust issues? Security Issues? It is possible no viable alternative would exist, if a competitive ecosystem were in place, this safety net would also be in place.
Re: Can We Vote for a permanent Duopoly or even a Monopoly?
I do agree that the wheel is working, when it can be improved upon or customized, should we say no? There are an awful lot of choices for automobiles, the most common machine using a wheel. Do we really need so many choices? If I were making decisions for a large company to run proprietary software to interface with current systems (sound familiar to anyone on a PC basis?), if security were important, I would choose a less ...
T Bone said: There's a bit more to it than better phones, you actually do get a better network with superior coverage on a post paid account than you do on a pre-paid account.... That, my friend, is an ASSumption, especially when you state it in the all-inclusive tone that you do. I will show an example to prove my point, and I will use T-Mobile. Post Paid: Samsung Galaxy S III Pebble Blue 32 GB $329.99 after $50 mail-in rebate, I will ...
Jellz said: I never understood this. If they don't want you to sell it, why do they have it on the display? Just take it off. There is a well known marketing tactic that is in use in full force. I can't remember what the name of it is, but I'll describe it for you. Given the choice of 3 products, a 'cheap', a 'standard', and a 'premium', most people will choose the standard product. Nobody wants to buy a ...
Re: HTC EVO X
I would guess that Sprint is wanting to push out the association between 4G and LTE to consumers as it transitions away from WiMax, introducing the association between Sprint and LTE in regards to 4G while still sticking to the EVO branding as well.
Re: ANOTHER BAD NEWS
Tofuchong said: T-mobile didn't even know about the merger until they saw it in the news. It was DT that tried to sell them off, and they didn't even tell them. I doubt T-Mobile would complain about that, as i am sure that specific entity would prefer to remain independent. I won't say who I worked for, but it was a corporate mega merger in the past few years. The acquiring company made the layoffs in the acquired ...
Re: Good thing the DOJ stopped that AT&T merger from happening!
marufio said: If only the DOJ knew of Tmobs plan to lay off an exorbitant amount of workers if the ATT merger didn't go thru. I'm sure they did know that. But AT&T would have laid of *more* employees than T-Mobile would. It's like saying Wells Fargo and JP Morgan Chase would merge, expect to keep the same number of customers, and increase the salaries and number of employees in the combined company. AT&T & T-Mobile -> LOTS of ...
Re: Could Sprint have a new target ?
That's very interesting you have prejudged a large number of people. I actually switched my small business to Metro because of the true caller ID that shows the name of the registered owner as well as the number calling, even when they are not in the phone's phonebook. Try doing that on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint, regardless of credit Speaking of which, I know a realtor that has a great property that is listed at 500,000. ...
Re: Flawed execution...
It won't cost them more, they are trying to get the customer used to paying additional fees for transactions that would actually save the company money.
You don't know what the terms were. They could offer a poll that might be something like this: Apple has decided to charge US Cellular more than any other company for the iPhone. Would you be willing to sign a 2 year contract and pay 169.99/month for 1 line of service after purchasing the device at full price?
Re: It's called having a plan
gloopey1 said: at&t's "plan" is to eliminate the competition, then they don't have to roll out anything. You get one black phone and get put on hold by Ernestine the operator. Or maybe they will be put on hold by that Russian man named Peggy.
Re: Thank you States (& DoJ)! Now America Movil, PLEASE buy TMO!
I doubt CenturyLink would swoop out and buy T-Mo USA right now. They need to digest their acquisition of Qwest, and they may also want major changes to help integrate the offerings of Savvis before going on another buying spree.
True, but they'd still be cheaper than American workers.
Re: Not to be a party popper but...
Da_Bonehead said: ...especially in the areas where ATT and TMO overlap. Which is MOST (I'm sure 95% +) of T-Mo's markets.
Re: Not to be a party popper but...
If they deal falls through, they get a $7 billion profit boost from the break-up package. That's like a NICE capital infusion to either stay stand-alone without additional investment from the parent, or a nice incentive package to find another merger partner, this time with DT taking more control of the combined entity.
Re: Will this sell unlocked?
After AT&T closes its acquisition of T-Mobile, it won't matter to Americans since there will essentially be only 1 GSM service available to most (unless you have a small mom and pop GSM carrier in your market.)
Re: did i read that right?
Jayshmay said: Investors only care about $$$$$$$. In the short term, not the long term.
Re: do you want better coverage or save a few bucks??
smartiefootball said: Lets not forget if this doesn't go through their is a mandatory roaming agreement put in place between the two so you will get access to both anyways if the merger falls through. Just because there is a roaming agreement in place, that doesn't mean you have unfettered access to the opposite network. In many places, AT&T does not allow roaming on T-Mobile, so instead your phone will not fall into roaming, but simply have no service if ...
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