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Cingular, Vodafone Vie for AT&T Wireless

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Feb 16, 2004, 10:32 AM   by (staff)

Cingular Wireless and Vodafone both submitted $35 billion bids to buy AT&T Wireless by Friday's deadline. Nextel and NTT DoCoMo declined to participate, making the event a two-horse race. The bidding continued over the weekend, with both companies raising their bids to an estimated $38 billion on Sunday. Negotiations continue. AT&T Wireless has given itself two weeks to choose a buyer, although sources say an announcement could come sooner.

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Feb 16, 2004, 3:29 PM

Poll: vodafone or cingular which one do you want?

vodafone or cingular which one do you want?

if vodafone gets it there will be ugly labels all over there phones
Cingular! only because i work for them....lol
personally i like the vodafone logo, it looks good on the manchester united jerseys, i work for att so i dont want the sale to go through. but who cares about logos on phones? could we be anymore vain, peoples jobs are at stake.

This industry needs consolidation. Six national carriers is just insanity. If Cingular buys AT&T, having one less national carrier to compete against helps everyone, including the new company.

Plus, they would be able to combine networ...
I'm going for Cingular. I agree with what Rich said, and I've also heard a lot about what Vodafone has done to the other markets where it exists. We'd be better off with a bigger Cingular.
I say if it has to be one or the other give me Cingular. Once the merger is complete we get faster EDGE because so far AT&T is got is most of its major markets and finally a large GSM provider here in the US...I mean personally I would have loved to ...

Feb 16, 2004, 8:12 PM

better gsm service for at&t customers?

if cingular buy's at&t will there service join, so at&t's gsm service will get alot better?
One way or another, yes, it should.

Of course, it will get better anyway, since AT&T's GSM network is new and still relatively unoptimized. Even if no merger happens, you can count on noticeable GSM network improvements over the next couple of year...

Feb 16, 2004, 3:59 PM

Geaux Cingular!

I'm currently a Cingular user (have been since the Bell merger back when) and would love to have other GSM bands that operate under my same bill - meaning I could use the latest European models w/o switching providers.
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