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Randall Stephenson...

Slammer

May 26, 2011, 5:47 PM
...Please step away from the podium.

You are asked a question on how this will benefit consumers and smaller carriers. You respond in kindly by elaboration of how "ATT" can get faster broadband service quicker to areas. So again, it is all about "ATT". Not about the smaller carriers or consumers interests.

From the sound of some of the strong concerns and questions by officials, I would think ATT would start to focus more on the actual intended questions rather than have an "It's all about ATT" attitude.

John B.
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Xyroze

May 26, 2011, 8:03 PM
Through the entire process up to this point of the proposed aquisition, AT&T seems to have had an unwarranted degree of confidence that everything will work out in their favor. I really don't understand where it is coming from. I assumed that they would go all out on making people aware of the universal benefits that would be made available if the purchase were to go through, but I haven't heard anything from them regarding how this will help anyone other than themselves.
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island-guy

May 26, 2011, 9:46 PM
They have the money and influence to make things happen...i too notice their ****y and down right arrogant attitude regarding this merger. I truly hope they fail cause t-mobile could use a few cool millions and at&t needs a reality check.
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Mark_S

May 27, 2011, 7:22 AM
there are some people that see the weak and lame explanations that AT&T Mobility is coming up with.
If using the "rural" line to make our president happy with the broadband high-speed access to all Americans is the best they got, then we are all in for a sad time if the merger goes through.
Having to use one SIM is selfish in such a large market where choice is a born right.
There are a very many T-Mobile subscribers I know that are dis-heartened by the possible merger.
T-Mobiles customer service, plans, etc., will go bye-bye and will be stuck with AT&T and what they dictate.
Changing out SIM cards, phones, are an inconvenience and of course people will be charged. Grandfathering T-mobile plans will only be temporary. Now AT&T will fin...
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ajkenj

May 27, 2011, 9:11 AM
Don't you think that last part is a bit ridiculous? They have had Cingular plans for how long, and now the T-Mobile deal would be an excuse to get rid of them? I don't think so.
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Slammer

May 27, 2011, 10:04 AM
Actually, I see the logic. They don't want to juggle more grandfathered plans than they have to. Take on tmobile, and this could get confusing.

Not to mention that ATT subs not consumed by past acquistions, will start to ask why they can't get the same deals.

John B.
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GeeksAreBest

May 27, 2011, 1:08 PM
Has anyone ever considered the idea that maybe AT&T will do kind of a half-and-half deal? Maybe adjust current plans to compete with the T-Mobile plans so customer's have incentive to stay beyond their contract dates? What's to say there's not going to be some business overhaul here...It's happened before. I still see people on Cingular plans, the way AT&T has things set up naturally phases those old networks out except for a few last, desperate clingers.

They've already come up with some decent ways to help people lower plans and services. Using the A-List and Mobile to any Mobile ideas effectivly have been a *great* thing. I shaved $30 off my wireless bill just by updating my text feature, which was something I *already* paid for.

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TheRobotDevil

May 27, 2011, 2:12 PM
AT&T will let T-Mobile customers keep their current rate plans until the want or need new equipment. Do you really think that AT&T will allow T-Mobile customers to have iPhones or iPads on their cheaper T-Mobile plans when their current iPhone/iPad customers are paying considerably more? AT&T knows that the vast majority of T-Mobile customers will cough up the extra dough. Some people will get mad and switch carriers, but AT&T won't shed a tear about it.
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TheRobotDevil

May 27, 2011, 2:03 PM
I couldn't agree more. I have had to deal with AT&T myself on a professional basis. You can't spell arrogant attitude without AT&T.
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