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FCC needs to block this deal
Too many different technologies, bands. So much confusion and chaos. You can count on layoffs for sure. The only reason why the japs want this is because they feel threatened by T-Mo. Just the old eliminate the competition play. Feds won't approve it, Verizon and AT&T will c*ck block it.
In a perfect world, T-Mo could purchase US Cellular. They already own similar spectrum. The CDMA to GSM transition wouldn't be that hard. They could just leave the CDMA alone for a bit just like they did with MetroPCS.
The combined entity would have 56 milli...
I don't get it...
Unless I'm missing something, which I would like to be enlighten then.
Let's hope this doesn't happen