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U.S. Senate Schedules Hearing Over AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

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do you want better coverage or save a few bucks??

netboy

Apr 8, 2011, 11:24 AM
with the merger, you can access BOTH att and tmboile towers!
or save a few bucks, and have NO SERVICE on some areas!
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that1guy

Apr 8, 2011, 12:10 PM
Some people WANT to save a few bucks. even if it means coverage not available in certain areas.
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smartiefootball

Apr 8, 2011, 1:25 PM
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.
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Azeron

Apr 8, 2011, 5:04 PM
If this is not approved, AT&T pays T-Mobile THREE BILLION DOLLARS (Dr. Evil voice) AND has to honor mutual roaming agreements. Win!
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algorithmplus

Apr 11, 2011, 9:48 AM
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 native service is not available. I'm sure the same is true of T-Mobile customers.

In Atlanta, AT&T users *cannot* roam on T-Mobile. This also seems to be the case in most places when I've tried to manually switch the network to see if roaming is availa...
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lostandfound

Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM
you wont get greater coverage. here is why:

1.att will have to divest spectrum in markets where the coverage is redudant with tmobile
2.att will dismantle tmobiles AWS service and replace tmobile's 3G with LTE. Tmobile coverage is effectively transformed into LTE footprint.

In conclusion if you are on tmobile your 3G phone will be rendered useless unless you have a quadband phone...(or you will have to buy an att phone) Your coverage in fact will decrease.

If you are with att, you will not get tmobile's coverage, you will get future LTE coverage but neither company offers lte phones.

What both customers will see is.... higher numbers in their bills Laughing
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Azeron

Apr 8, 2011, 5:07 PM
The people who really matter will be happy though. The stock holders.
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PaulAlcohol

Apr 9, 2011, 3:19 PM
HAHAA!!
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teh.Cheeto

Apr 10, 2011, 10:04 AM
nonono, you said it wrong.
the only people that are actually people are the stockholders.
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Slammer

Apr 8, 2011, 3:57 PM
If I were you, I would make a complaint to ATT and have them start using the spectrum they already have in storage. Chances are, they hold spectrum in your area and beyond but have chosen not to build on it. They could have given you better coverage all along. All the money subs have been shelling out to ATT and all ATT has done, is sit on an asset that could have been used to the customer's needs. You want coverage? Tell ATT to utilize what they have first.

This would be a far better solution for the consumers rather than ATT gobbling up T-Mobile. Short term gains will end up being long term disadvantages for consumers.

John B.
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Azeron

Apr 8, 2011, 4:57 PM
Save a few bucks.
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