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Cingular Trials Free Calls To Landlines

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Nov 30, 2005, 1:50 PM   by (staff)

Cingular today unveiled a new trial that would let subscribers call AT&T (formerly SBC) customers for free. Mobile2Home is currently available to AT&T customers in Connecticut. If customers choose to combine their landline and Cingular bills, they can pay $6 per month to make unlimited calls from their Cingular phone to AT&T home phones. The service is being billed as an extension of Cingular's Mobile2Mobile feature, which allows Cingular subscribers to talk to each other for free. The Mobile2Home trial will last until February 25.

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Nov 30, 2005, 3:26 PM

I see an anti-trust lawsuit comming!

If this goes through trials well, and they deploy mass market, I don't see it too long before an anti-trust lawsuit is brought against them. I base that statement on the Microsoft case a few years back. Now when you buy a new PC, it only comes with a trial version of office instead of the full version.

Only time will be the real test in the matter, but SBC/Cingular is dipping their fingers into more and more pockets.
anti-trust laws in the united states is a joke.. microsoft is violating them now and in the past, and nothing has happened. lol.

unfort.. nothing will happen..
Wait, I don't know the circumstances of that ruling. How does that microsoft case apply here?
I don't really see the connection to an anti-trust suit. Cingular is offering an add-on service to make free calls to SBC/AT&T customers. Cingular customer...
Wasn't the problem with Microsoft was that Microsoft would not sell Windows without Microsoft programs, even if the vendors did not want to purchase them?

Dec 1, 2005, 7:25 AM


What about BellSouth Customers? BellSouth owns 40% of Cingular. Shouldn't they be in on this too?
maybe they don't want to be?
Maybe it will be available later to BellSouth customers? It's not usual to encompass an entire customer base on a "trial".

Nov 30, 2005, 5:10 PM

Its a Good Idea..

Its a smart move. Extending the free m2m concept to landlines that your parent company owns.. why not? Gives people an incentive to move not only to your wireless service but to your landline service as well (in places where you got a choice, at least).

Cingular's been havin' a lotta problems of late, but this is one idea thas' pure gold.
very true and i agree, becuase it makes a lot of sense. perhaps this will help bring in more customers..

Nov 30, 2005, 3:16 PM

alltel already does something similar

Alltel already lets you call your home number unlimted and it does't matter what landline company you are with.

Nov 30, 2005, 3:06 PM

Time Warner Digital Phone & Sprint PCS

Sprint PCS customer who are using Time Warner's Digital Phone service have unlimited home-mobile calling. But, I think you have to order your Sprint service from Time Warner. i.e. this may not apply if you're direct billed by Sprint

Nov 30, 2005, 2:49 PM

Good call

Thats the old SBC I liked! Howeever, whats the harm in keeping it free (or at least under $5) if it helps customer retention and expanding revenue. This could become extremely lucrative if business have AT&T landlines and cingular mobile phones for employees.
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