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Mustang46L

Jan 30, 2015, 1:15 PM
Glad to see that the FCC is going to allow the small carriers to be competitive by allowing AT&T and Verizon to take all the spectrum.
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DarkStar

Jan 30, 2015, 1:52 PM
What small carriers?
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roachman

Jan 31, 2015, 4:04 PM
Seems like all the carriers now are about same size other than VZW and AT&T
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Sam K

Jan 30, 2015, 2:32 PM
As a result of AT&T and Verizon dominating this auction, I'll bet the FCC makes the rules better for the smaller carriers in the 600 MHz auction next year.
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andrewbearpig

Jan 30, 2015, 3:21 PM
Not sure if your fanboyism is showing but tmo and sprint are not small underdogs. Tmo alone is backed by a corporate behemoth in Europe and if pushed hard enough, they can compete with the capital. Sprint was bought by softbank. And the ceo of softbank can put money where the mouth is. Plus if tmo wasn't trying to be the "cool" carrier they could have really been making mone. So no I dont have pity for the "small" carriers.
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B-Sides

Jan 31, 2015, 9:49 AM
You hit the nail right on the head! Its funny because both Sprint and T-Mobile want to play the role of the "David" against the larger US carriers "Goliath". But in truth David never had a FREAKING huge army backing him up with tons of resources!
If Sprint and T-Mobile want to get in the game they have to put their resources towards other avenues instead of buying customers which raises their cost of acquisition through the roof! Their parent companies have given them the capital they need but they opt to spend it on buying their customers.
Way back when Verizon first became what they are today they did it by upgrading their network and putting the resources that their customers needed first.
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rwalford79

Feb 1, 2015, 3:49 AM
I think its a balancing act.

AT&T and Verizon are known for buying their customers though mergers and acquisitions. Sprint is trying to stave off the T-Mobile uncarrier moves, which yes, is also buying customers, but not in the sense that one thinks.

The initiatives are getting rid of overages, giving international options for less price than others, letting customers roll over data plans and making it easier to get out of contracts from other carriers - all that combined makes for a good carrier.
On top of this T-Mo has rapidly upgraded their network, in fact, it is the fastest upgraded network than all other carriers.
That says something.

The point that AT&T and Verizon both were formed from mergers but had legacy networks to...
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The Victor

Feb 2, 2015, 5:10 PM
what makes a good carrier is the service/coverage they offer along with the pricing.

if you have the option of 2 carriers one that has great coverage/service and good pricing like AT&T or Verizon or the coice of a T-Moble or Sprint who have horrible coverage but cheap pricing,, who are you gonna go with???

the rollover data and getting out of your contracts isnt swaying anyone anywhere, plus you still have to pay the etf before they technically buy you out of your contract
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andrewbearpig

Feb 2, 2015, 8:41 PM
They are being the like the "cool" parent that doesn't actually do anything constructive. they say "fastest" but again it's subjective. That could mean one market has .098 mbps more. I want to like tmo but the facts line up that outside of a metro area, service is shotty at best, speed doesn't matter if the towers can't support it. finally, one that irks me to the core is billing. I have Had personal experience with as a customer and as A rep where the remaining balence is put on the bill so it's 700+ and having reps not doing much to Where it happens again
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rwalford79

Feb 1, 2015, 3:42 AM
Lets be honest, Deutsche Telekom is not investing in T-Mobile US. They want out of the deal, even though TMUS is the fastest growing, most profitable branch in their wireless subsidiaries. If DT had intent to stay, they would have invested a lot more than $1.8 billion (which didnt come from them at all, it came from TMUS books itself), for the AWS-3 spectrum they just bought.

Softbank can put all the money they want where their mouth is, the issue is they are not putting the money where the network is. They scaled back on Network Vision deployment and more specifically the implementation of Network Vision. They are not bumping up the signal of their LTE, so even though it is covered widely, more than T-Mobile, the strength trying to keep...
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andrewbearpig

Feb 3, 2015, 9:09 PM
Even then still the fact remains they have buying power even if you want to say they dont especially sprint. They do and never did anything with it. I mean I want to see competition in this field but when people are buying customers than slowly building a network or merging smaller companies then. I cant have sympathy. The fcc I think has a chip on their shoulders tbh about trying to limit big blue and big red. I mean they sided with tmo about roaming data agreements which tmo was upset they didn't get their way about.
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insider.

Jan 31, 2015, 11:26 AM
its an AUCTION. Everyone can bid and compete...they just need to raise billions in capitol.
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