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I'm interested in the current state of the Major US mobile carriers.

As of right now, there are 4 major ones, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, then T-Mobile.

AT&T and Verizon turn profit, T-Mobile and Sprint have evidently been bleeding money for years now, not making annual profits?

AT&T and Verizon have LTE as their 4G solution, with Sprint using WiMax, borrowed off of ClearWire, not their own hardware/spectrum.

T-Mobile is using their same old spectrum, but using a new encryption/compresison technology of HSPA+ which can theoretically get download speeds double that of which LTE currently offers. Plus their "4G" network is much larger, since in reality it's just their old 3G network with a tweak on it.

AT&T and Verizion have pay as you go tiered internet. T-Mobile has followed suite, but instead of charging you more once you go over, they throttle you down, evidently to something not crazy slow, but around 500 KB/s.

A few carriers re-sell their spectrum/data to other re-sellers. Simple Mobile and Walmart Family Mobile both run off of T-Mobile's networks.

I believe Sprint controls Virgin Mobile, and Verizon has MetroPCS and boost?

I've read at some places that Sprint is hurting right now, losing money, but still throwing millions at congress trying to lobby against the AT&T+T-Mobile merger, which would effectively ruin them.

I know this isn't organized much, but I'd like to make this a thread for discussing the US Carriers, what they're doing, what spectrum/technology they have, ect....

EDIT:

I just found this, and find it really interesting/useful.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_service_providers
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Don't forget "Cricket" wireless they'll work off sprint/verizon towers
    
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AT&T also has HSPA+. but it's not 4G. Of course, neither is LTE. T-Mobile is being bought by AT&T, it might have already gone through.

You're right about Sprint fighting against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, but it's not going to change anything, it's already set in stone.

Not a bad thread, but seems like you through it together rather quickly, not much layout or organization.
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Originally Posted by Miki;14238587 
AT&T also has HSPA+. but it's not 4G. Of course, neither is LTE. T-Mobile is being bought by AT&T, it might have already gone through.

You're right about Sprint fighting against the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, but it's not going to change anything, it's already set in stone.

Not a bad thread, but seems like you through it together rather quickly, not much layout or organization.

Not necessarily. 24 or so states have voiced their support for the merger, but even one or two that made anti-monopoly claims,

:-( I just know my carrier will become crap when it becomes AT&T.

80% of all US mobile data/voice would be controlled by the top 3 providers. It's kind of scary.

I know that AT&T and T-Mobile are really compatable. Both have HSPA+, GSM, and a merger would go relatively simple, but I'm worried of increases in rates.
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Originally Posted by FriedSushi87;14239671 
:-( I just know my carrier will become crap when it becomes AT&T.

80% of all US mobile data/voice would be controlled by the top 3 providers. It's kind of scary.

I know that AT&T and T-Mobile are really compatable. Both have HSPA+, GSM, and a merger would go relatively simple, but I'm worried of increases in rates.

This.

I left AT&T for T Mobile because I couldn't stand AT&T prices and custom support. Has to be one of the worst in the country. Plus who wants tiered data plans? I can't seem to win. *SIGH*
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