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MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom Confirm Merger Talks

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Should Not be Allowed

Versed

Oct 2, 2012, 3:40 PM
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.
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Tofuchong

Oct 2, 2012, 3:45 PM
Foreign Asset Ownership is one reason why you enjoy very low cell phone prices. Move to Canada, then tell me you don't want foreign asset ownership. Your tune will change VERY quickly. Believe me.
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Slammer

Oct 2, 2012, 4:06 PM
Deutsche Telekom is a foreign company. They could only own no more than 49% of the company merge. Under this measure, I don't think we are going to see a huge price differential. We would need to see an elimination of subsidiaries to start this accomplishment.

John B.
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Tofuchong

Oct 2, 2012, 4:13 PM
I would pray for a similar law like that here in Canada. PRAY. I would. Compare Canadian prices to American (there is no comparison). Laws were recently amended up here, I think it was to allow 5% - 10% foreign ownership (I may be wrong, but it is a tiny number). 49% would be Beautiful.
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Versed

Oct 2, 2012, 4:29 PM
And whom owns the other 51% of TMO-US????

Canadian mobile costs are higher, whats your point?
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Tofuchong

Oct 2, 2012, 4:43 PM
My point is that foreign ownership is a plus, not a negative. Sure, you'd have larger ownership in your own country, but it would impact prices, just like it does north of the border. No / tiny foreign ownership laws are one of the sole reasons cell phone pricing is so high up here. It is definately a plus.
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mikkej2k

Oct 2, 2012, 5:22 PM
Economies of scale. Canadian companies are smaller and have less leverage/buying power. Also , take into account location/geography - a network is going to be harder to deploy and maintain in Canada. That means more cost.

Verizon is partially owned by Vodafone. News Corp. is foreign owned and they have publishing , cable , and broadcasting interest.
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Slammer

Oct 2, 2012, 4:36 PM
Personally, I would love to see subsidiaries become illegal. We would benefit from:

1) Much lower device prices.
2) Elimination of contract which would eliminate high cost ETFs.
3) Carriers would be forced to compete on price plans and services rather than locking subscribers into death grips.

John B.
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mingkee

Oct 2, 2012, 5:51 PM
Then Vodafone must GET THE HELL OUT from VZW!!!
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T Bone

Oct 2, 2012, 8:59 PM
On the contrary, Metro PCS and T-Mobile are two of the weaker companies on the markets, combining forces would make T-Mobile (or Metro PCS, whichever label they wanted to go by after the merger) a much stronger and more competitive company...instead of having a Verizon/at&t duopoly with T-Mobile and Sprint as somewhat feeble also-rans, you'd have a true third choice....
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Jarahawk

Oct 3, 2012, 8:12 PM
43 million subs combined isn't actually competition for two 100 million dollar entities.
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algorithmplus

Oct 2, 2012, 9:26 PM
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 choice. But the truth is, in capitalism, the goal is about eliminating competition and taking advantage of the situation. If Company A has $5 billion to invest in a network and Company B has $20 million to invest in a network, ...
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Jarahawk

Oct 3, 2012, 8:13 PM
As long as a super carrier isn't buying a small fry I'm okay with mergers.
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Jarahawk

Oct 3, 2012, 8:07 PM
Is Metro foreign owned? At the end of the day Metro will be the owner of the new T-Mobile merged entity at the end of the day.
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