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Top message:  market concentration ≠ consumer choice by WiWavelength   Sep 15, 2011, 1:09 PM

Replying to:  Re: market concentration ≠ consumer choice by Slammer   Sep 16, 2011, 3:33 PM

Re: market concentration ≠ consumer choice

by despotic931    Sep 17, 2011, 12:49 PM

I am well aware of what an oligopoly is, and believe that it is the consumers have driven the industry to that state. Give me a business model that pleases consumers (at least to the point they are pleased with the current model), isn't an oligopoly, and actually works. I am not arguing for consolidation, I am arguing that businesses following trends set by larger businesses has nothing to do with consolidation, it takes place in every industry, it is just easier to see when there are fewer businesses within an industry. Also, I am not happy with the current state of the industry, but that is a whole different topic all together.

I agree that the only GSM carrier argument is a mute point given the roll out of LTE, I was just throwing it out to stifle it before/in case it came up.

Now, I want to point out that my first choice would be for T-Mobile to continue operations, whether that be under DT or through some venture capital. However, I am a realist, and don't see either of those happening at this point.

Given that, we have 2 other choices, either T-Mobile will be purchased by AT&T or split up and sold off. I believe that a merger would benefit both AT&T's customers and also be a much better choice for T-Mobile's customers than being split up and sold off. I also think that many people forget that AT&T will be making concessions, so in the end they will not be controlling all of T-Mobile's current assets.

I don't think that we should be crossing our arms and saying "this is very bad" without looking at what few options are viable. Like I said, my first choice is for T-Mobile to remain T-Mobile, but given the slim chance of that option, what would you have them do, and what are the advantages to your option?

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