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http://www.bgr.com/2011/03/08/sprint-in-talks-to-acquire-t-mobile-usa-report-claims/

I don't know how I feel about this....

Honestly, I don't like the idea. I'm a T-Mobile customer. If this goes through, prices would most definitely go up (especially for data)... Possibly switching (gradually) from GSM to Sprint's CDMA... Faster network... More coverage... Redundancies in coverage/different technologies...

Besides my first phone being a Virgin Mobile pre-paid, I've been with T-Mobile for almost a decade...


Anyone have any opinions/comments about this possible acquisition??
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I've been with T-Mobile for nearly a decade as well. It's well-known to me that their network is severely lacking... since Sprint runs off of CDMA (I believe), even if that acquisition happened, I'm not sure what more could be done for T-Mo's network.

I use the G2 myself. My biggest complaint is the unimpressive penetration; it stinks to be inside a building with terrible reception, while my roomie on Verizon gets great signal. Other than that, the HSPA+ network hasn't amazed me, and coverage seems to be the worst out of the big four.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this rumor. If it comes to be, it'll be an exciting change, but one that probably won't have much of an impact for a long while.
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I've been with T-Mobile for nearly a decade as well. It's well-known to me that their network is severely lacking... since Sprint runs off of CDMA (I believe), even if that acquisition happened, I'm not sure what more could be done for T-Mo's network.

I use the G2 myself. My biggest complaint is the unimpressive penetration; it stinks to be inside a building with terrible reception, while my roomie on Verizon gets great signal. Other than that, the HSPA+ network hasn't amazed me, and coverage seems to be the worst out of the big four.

I'm not really sure how I feel about this rumor. If it comes to be, it'll be an exciting change, but one that probably won't have much of an impact for a long while.
Your issue with signal strength most likely isn't really the network, but more probably an issue with the frequencies that are used by T-Mobile. The spectrum that Verizon uses, the wave-lengths can penetrate walls and other materials easier, thus you can get better coverage, even indoors.

To be honest, I'm still using regular HSPA (HD2) since my device doesn't support the HSPA+, but even hacked and using an older phone, I get great reception/service/speeds (3-4MBps down).

I've never once had a problem with call quality/dropped calls, and only infrequently have problems with data (certain places have barely EDGE, like my school).

Sprint would want to acquire T-Mobile to:

1) Re-structure the company and attempt to gain profits.
2) Migrate current T-Mobile customers to their sprint network, at a higher price point, making them more profits.
3) Strengthen their 4G solution of Wimax.

I know T-Mobile has recently hinted that they're going the LTE route for their 4G deployment, but not for another 2-3 years or more. I know they're calling their HSPA+ "4G", but in reality it's 3Gpp.

AT&T has made allot of talk about their 4G LTE plans as well, and Verizon already has deployed their network.

Installing Wimax/LTE infrastructure across an entire country costs BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars, and I doubt that just a year or two after investing all that capital into WiMax, that Sprint will want to switch over to LTE. It honestly wouldn't be that expensive to start producing GSM T-Mobile phones with WiMax NIC's in them.

So it's about customers, price points, and technologies.
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If that happens it will be another big failure of our government to regulate telecommunications effectively. If you have only three or so players in the market prices will raise and service will drop. You need competition to keep an industry performing.
The sad thing is that the very people who are supposedly all about the free market, one of our political parties in the US, are tripping over themselves to allow these mergers!
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man i hope not.
When I had my first cell phone I was with sprint.....and I hated it. Stayed with them for 2 years.
Ive been with Tmobile for 5 years and love it...
    
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I'm a T-Mobile customer for the past 3 years and I find their coverage to be the same as the competitors around here minus the very rural areas in the mountains. I find them to be very affordable and find their customer service to be the best out of the four.

I'd be disappointed if a merge/acquisition occurred.
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Welps, I'm a satisfied Sprint customer.....I have to say Tmobile sucks in Hawaii....they have ****ty coverage here....when we had a earthquake back in 2006 Tmobile was the first cell ph company that the service was out for a whole day....Sprint worked until the evening and it was Verizon that never went out during that time...

I have friends/relatives that complain about Tmobile coverage here. I had considered Tmobile before because of their cheaper plans but chickened out....I guess if the Tmobile coverage is good in your area then it's worth it...Just my 2cents.gif
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Originally Posted by hawaiian_geek;12681967 
Welps, I'm a satisfied Sprint customer.....I have to say Tmobile sucks in Hawaii....they have ****ty coverage here....when we had a earthquake back in 2006 Tmobile was the first cell ph company that the service was out for a whole day....Sprint worked until the evening and it was Verizon that never went out during that time...

I have friends/relatives that complain about Tmobile coverage here. I had considered Tmobile before because of their cheaper plans but chickened out....I guess if the Tmobile coverage is good in your area then it's worth it...Just my 2cents.gif

Really T-Mobile is bad in Hawaii? What part of Hawaii do you live? Next month I'm taking a vacation in Maui and by the looks of the coverage map on T-Mobile it seems fine...
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer;12677868 
If that happens it will be another big failure of our government to regulate telecommunications effectively. If you have only three or so players in the market prices will raise and service will drop. You need competition to keep an industry performing.
The sad thing is that the very people who are supposedly all about the free market, one of our political parties in the US, are tripping over themselves to allow these mergers!

Finally! a chance to dump all that crap T-Mobile stock! tongue.gif
 
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i LOVE tmobile! i had a chance to go iphone for verizon or AT&T but i still went Tmobile. so happy with my internet on my G2, so much faster than my friends iphone 4 biggrin.gif
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