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AT&T CEO: Divestitures Likely in Wake of T-Mobile Deal

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If they divest markets.....

Joshmo

Mar 30, 2011, 10:46 AM
Verizon shouldn't be allowed to touch it. I think sprint should be allowed to grab some, as well as lightsquared.

I'm all for at&t buying out t-mobile as long as someone other than Verizon gets the left overs.

If the deal goes through we're looking at 3 major national players using the traditional networking system. Verizon, At&t, and Sprint. I'm hopng lightsquared gets up and running, because as a wholeseller, this is create many more nationwide carriers.
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rwalford79

Mar 30, 2011, 11:06 AM
I am NOT all for T-Mobile being bought by AT&T.

It creates the nations ONLY GSM network through one carrier, meaning exclusive deals will ONLY be though said carrier. This will be beneficial ONLY to AT&T and OEM who will have an instant potential 130Million customers to build for rather than creating a CDMA version for Verizon and its 94Million. More people = more money = more expensive and longer exclusivities.

It will dismantle the FASTEST and LARGEST HSPA+ network anywhere in the world. T-Mobile USA is massively large now, and so is the USA, their HSPA+ rollout has been amazing and coverage is all over now, and only continues to grow. AT&T/Cingular both screwed up when they integrated networks - Remember the whole Next Generation N...
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Joshmo

Mar 30, 2011, 11:31 AM
how many years has it been since the at&t wireless and cingular merger? 4 or 5? At&t still has customers on the older plans. They've not made customers sign two year agreements. The customers decided to sign a contract vs buying a phone at full retail when they got a new phone.

It's just like in areas where "T" picked up some alltel customers. Since it was different network type, the customers got to keep the plan that they were on with alltel, and got a free phone with no contract. I think AT&T at least has been more than fair to customers durning switch overs like this.

Not to meantion that customers who have unlimited text can pretty much stick to the lowest two rate plans they offer reguardless of how many minutes they use is...
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Jayshmay

Mar 30, 2011, 11:37 AM
Definetly a good thing to reduce your wireless bill! ! ! These wireless carriers get plenty from us!

But the mobile lifestyle is worth it to us, though isn't it? Always being connected.
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Joshmo

Mar 30, 2011, 4:22 PM
Jayshmay said:
Definetly a good thing to reduce your wireless bill! ! ! These wireless carriers get plenty from us!

But the mobile lifestyle is worth it to us, though isn't it? Always being connected.


Yeah, I've got a lot of stuff I can do with 80 bucks every month.

That's not even counting in the fact that I was able to trim some costs off the data plans. (We all have smartphones). I put the folks and my brother on the 200mb (which they never come close to). My sister and I switched to the 2gb plan. So that was $55 there.

I never thought twice about my cellphone bill before because my family always pitched in for it, and we enjoyed the fact that it helped us all stay connected considering...
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algorithmplus

Mar 30, 2011, 1:46 PM
Joshmo said:
how many years has it been since the at&t wireless and cingular merger? 4 or 5? At&t still has customers on the older plans. They've not made customers sign two year agreements. The customers decided to sign a contract vs buying a phone at full retail when they got a new phone.

AT&T is putting a stop to the grandfathered Cellular One (Dobson), AT&T Wireless, and some Alltel plans. They will give a free basic phone, regardless of which one you have and a new SIM card and you must pick a new/current (and most likely pricier) plan.
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Jayshmay

Mar 30, 2011, 1:56 PM
So likely this will eventually be the fate of Tmo customers alos?
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Iselltheshitoutofphones

Mar 30, 2011, 2:48 PM
I still see Dobson folks on the statewide unlimited plans for $55. All of the New Mexico Alltel aquirerees are getting shipped free phones with their old Alltel plans and getting put on a zero month contract once the are migrated over.

Try again.

Will
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GeeksAreBest

Mar 30, 2011, 3:22 PM
They're killing some of the dobson in areas where services are being converted to the 4G network. The reason is basically...nothing they have will be supported there anymore due to having CDMA trying to access a HSUPA/HSPA+ network. Not everyone is being asked to switch though.
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Iselltheshitoutofphones

Mar 30, 2011, 5:01 PM
Dobson here in Texas is GSM. I did not know they ran CDMA in other parts. Interesting.

will
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GeeksAreBest

Mar 31, 2011, 9:03 AM
Yeah, I used to work for CellularOne back in the day pre-Alltel and it was a nightmare. We had certain markets route through certain areas and centers for GSM vs CDMA and they'd get crossed all the time. Thats when regional plans were in effect, so you didn't really have to worry about people going cross market between GSM and CMDA areas.
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pickles

Mar 30, 2011, 3:51 PM
during the alltel acquisition, alltel customers got a free at&t phone, didn't have to extend their contract, AND got to keep their alltel plans. did it take a while, and was it pretty incovenient for them? well, yes, both. but they didn't kick anyone off their plan or make them sign a contract. so you're just talking out of your butt.
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dave73

Apr 1, 2011, 2:04 AM
I don't know about markets that Alltel might have acquired from AT&T during the Dobson buyout, or even VZW. I know that AT&T refused to honor the Dobson unlimited plans (before the current AT&T offered unlimited calling plans), & let those users out of their contract without penalty. When they were Cingular, they got sued over not honoring the old AT&T Wireless unlimited contracts, but also charged an ETF if they left before the contract was up. Then Cingular got sued over that practice, & had to refund the ETF & any other fees for breaking the contracts of their customers at their end. So when Cingular renamed themselves AT&T, then bought out Dobson, they let anyone on unlimited plans out of their contracts, because they decided not to ...
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pickles

Apr 1, 2011, 10:13 PM
cingular didn't change it's name to at&t. cingular purchased at&t wireless from sbc, a few months later, the new larger cingular merged with sbc and was renamed "at&t mobility"

other than that i guess we will just have to wait and see what they do.
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christophergood172

Mar 30, 2011, 8:53 PM
Alltel's divested markets were purchased by AT&T, Atlantic Tele-networks and Element Wireless. T-mobile did not purchase any of Alltel's markets.
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texaswireless

Mar 30, 2011, 12:55 PM
rwalford79 said:
T-Mobile competes on customer service and price, neither of which AT&T has a concept of. Matter of fact, after the buy out of AT&T/Cingular the newly formed AT&T actually RAISED its prices to pay for the $41Billion deal. How do you think they are gonna pay for T-Mobile? Lowering prices?




Care to backup that little claim? Cingular raised prices after purchasing AT&T Wireless?
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tmorep03

Mar 31, 2011, 8:09 AM
I am not going to believe this guy untill i say that day come. I have tmobile customers plans that date back to suncom. So changing rate plans and forcing them to change when they upgrade is not a common practice.
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whatwhatjbdo

Mar 30, 2011, 3:16 PM
You guys are really having a forum about this? AT&T has been pretty clear about its merger with T and has stuck to what it said with prior mergers. I think you need to read more about the actual deals going on with the company. I work for AT&T in the business side of the house (non consumer accounts) and can tell you this...We work with customers that still have old AT*T Wireless devices and Centennial and Alcatel. We even take care of old sim needs if that is the issue. We allow them to always grandfather into plans. I love how everyone picks the horror stories on the web and makes them sound like it impacts all 95+ million customers on this network. Is AT&T perfect? No way! But I also understand the business, the money it takes to support ...
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rarodrig26

Mar 30, 2011, 4:29 PM
I dont at all want the merger to go thru, but i agree that if it does, Verizon should not be able to scoop up more spectrum. They'd basically be starting their duopoly before the paperwork was even signed.
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Azeron

Mar 30, 2011, 8:23 PM
It's already began whether the merger goes through or not and whether AT&T is allowed to deal or not. We're just hoping that it is slowed in some fashion. Each carrier is at ninety-five million subscribers as is with the next carrier barely half that number so... *Shrug*
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dave73

Apr 1, 2011, 2:09 AM
rarodrig26 said:
I dont at all want the merger to go thru, but i agree that if it does, Verizon should not be able to scoop up more spectrum. They'd basically be starting their duopoly before the paperwork was even signed.


If anyone should be allowed to acquire T-Mobile USA, it should be someone other than AT&T & Verizon. Neither one needs more spectrum. They have plenty in most markets & not using it all. For rural markets, they're actually sitting on PCS spectrum just to keep out competition. This buyout is just to grab more spectrum & keep out competition. They just need to learn how to use what they have efficiently.
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