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AT&T Offers T-Mobile Customers Up to $450 to Switch

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Top message:  Verizon by redboy   Jan 3, 2014, 9:24 AM

Replying to:  Re: Verizon by B-Sides   Jan 6, 2014, 11:01 AM

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by hepresearch    Jan 6, 2014, 11:18 AM

Yeah... but now SoftBank is just about in charge over there...

That, and with everyone merging onto LTE technology, there is less incentive to keep four major competitors. The original rationale for four was that you had two per each major technology... two for GSM, two for CDMA. Now everyone is going to be on LTE all together, so that rationale breaks down unless someone can rework it quickly enough to give four major competitors a reason other than "we need four major competitors". The other thing to keep in mind is that if you combined Sprint and T-Mobile, you would still not get a block of subscribers as large as that of either AT&T or Verizon. I am sure that this fact alone will be used to show the FCC that there is precedent for allowing a merger of this scale. Do I think its a good idea? No. But I'm just saying that these are the reasons and the rationale behind what is bound to happen at some point soon.

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