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Top message: Buyout/Merger????? by panasonic
Replying to: Re: Buyout/Merger????? by Jon_Doh
Which I would like to add that just because CDMA is an American standard, it doesn't mean it's better. GSM is better in the fact that they use SIM cards and carriers don't lock down their phones via firmware that are virtually impossible to unlock, which means you can't take your phone to a different carrier. Qualcomm got their scam going in the US, but the rest of the world didn't buy into their BS. Now that said, ATT has the $ to easily buyout USCC. Their breakup fee with T-Mobile was more than USCC's total market value. Could ATT convert USCC to GSM? You bet. It might cost another 5 billion, but they could do it. If they did, they would have a much better reach in the rural markets. USCC's niche is coverage in rural areas, so if ATT did buy USCC and convert to GSM, they would get the support of rural customers. Does ATT want rural customers? Probably not. They should want them though to improve their coverage areas. Sprint is strapped for cash and I don't know if they would buy USCC. However, since Sprint tried to buy T-Mobile and Metro PCS and failed on both, they just might make a play for USCC. So really, either is feasible. Verizon has virtually nationwide coverage in their 700mhz LTE band, so USCC is of no value to them. We'll just have to wait and see.
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