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If they would nuke the unlimited data plans, those with them now should be grandfathered in.

I would wager that they would likely have to cap the data plans with T-Mobile eventually. (sometime after this merger closes a year from now) Conversely, maybe AT&T may end up adding another (albeit more expensive) data plan tier, re-introducing the unlimited option. Yes, the latter would mean price hikes on the T-Mobile side.
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It would if they decide to brand T-Mobile to AT&T
hmm i guess i was right to doubt the merger cuz courts are already pondering over this.

really hope theres not too much to worry about

i dont have money for data plan and 25% tax.
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You've got to be kidding me..

Less and less competition, how was this deal finalized by the FCC?

Also, don't AT&T and T-Mobile use completely different bands?


EDIT: Not finalized yet, I hope it doesn't go through We need more competition these days, not less. We pay more for less nowadays
Pretty sure it is the same band. I'm not too worried about competition so long is Sprint is around. You'd have to do some serious talking to get me to actually pay up for VZW or AT&T. It's just not worth it.
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Pretty sure it is the same band. I'm not too worried about competition so long is Sprint is around. You'd have to do some serious talking to get me to actually pay up for VZW or AT&T. It's just not worth it.
They're both GSM, but it's a different kind of GSM. They can make it work, though.

Also, I doubt Sprint, in it's current form, is going to be around for much longer (assuming this merger actually closes). This dilemma gives Sprint a good opportunity to re-brand itself and decide which direction it wants to go. It's in too much of a distant third place to compete with the mainstream market. They may decide to focus on a smaller, niché-esque market. Alternatively, they may end up merging with VZW, who knows.
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As soon as my contract is over with att in a few months, they'll never get another dime outta me. I'm boycotting att. The whole thing with our gov trying to stranglehold our internet pisses the hell outta me. I can live without a cell phone no problem, just as long as I still have skype and google talk or access to email. I don't see anything good coming out of any of this. I'm predicting the end of 'free' internet within the next few decades if this keeps up.
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I'm currently working in an Alltel store that is in the process of becoming AT&T. The Assistant Store Manager told us this when she received an email about this from the CEO himself.
    
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I'm currently working in an Alltel store that is in the process of becoming AT&T. The Assistant Store Manager told us this when she received an email about this from the CEO himself.
Alltel was bought by Verizon quite some time ago. I didn't know they had any stores left to be (somehow) taken over by AT&T.
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We were talking about this very thing happening back in college, the re-monopolization of the telecoms.

I’m not a big fan of lost competition myself, but in essence what the cellular providers are leasing us with every call we make and page we access on our mobile devices is spectrum. Spectrum is finite, we can’t make more of it. Cellular providers are not like car manufactures. Car manufactures are able to compete and innovate with each other because they are free to create/design any kind of car they want and produce as many of them as need dictates.

Cellular providers really only can innovate in the terms of services they can provide, and all those services are forced into the same spectrum space, which is not getting any bigger.

We, as a country, will never be able to match countries such as Japan and Korea in terms of what their cell phone providers can offer without such consolidations.

Look at how butchered our spectrum is. http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashbo...hSpectrum.seam

Specifically, the 809 Mhz to the 894 Mhz block. Why are there are two separate channels splitting this block? This makes no sense.

I as a former AT&T that is now a T-Mobile customer both understand and feel the anger that many of you feel. More than likely AT&T will raise the rates of T-Mobile customers and that sucks. But at the same time I really don’t want to see our telecom industry stagnate while other countries move ahead bringing newer and newer technologies to market. In this instance I feel that a tri/duopoly is a necessary evil.
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We were talking about this very thing happening back in college, the re-monopolization of the telecoms.

I’m not a big fan of lost competition myself, but in essence what the cellular providers are leasing us with every call we make and page we access on our mobile devices is spectrum. Spectrum is finite, we can’t make more of it. Cellular providers are not like car manufactures. Car manufactures are able to compete and innovate with each other because they are free to create/design any kind of car they want and produce as many of them as need dictates.

Cellular providers really only can innovate in the terms of services they can provide, and all those services are forced into the same spectrum space, which is not getting any bigger.

We, as a country, will never be able to match countries such as Japan and Korea in terms of what their cell phone providers can offer without such consolidations.

Look at how butchered our spectrum is. http://reboot.fcc.gov/spectrumdashbo...hSpectrum.seam

Specifically, the 809 Mhz to the 894 Mhz block. Why are there are two separate channels splitting this block? This makes no sense.

I as a former AT&T that is now a T-Mobile customer both understand and feel the anger that many of you feel. More than likely AT&T will raise the rates of T-Mobile customers and that sucks. But at the same time I really don’t want to see our telecom industry stagnate while other countries move ahead bringing newer and newer technologies to market. In this instance I feel that a tri/duopoly is a necessary evil.
Well said, +rep.
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Alltel was bought by Verizon quite some time ago. I didn't know they had any stores left to be (somehow) taken over by AT&T.
I was told that Verizon couldn't buy all of Alltel's property, so the FCC split them into 3 different entities. The vast majority was acquired by Verizon, another part is in the process of being acquired by AT&T, and the other part is being acquired by a smaller entity (though I cannot remember the name of it).

The FCC may do the same thing to the T-Mobile acquisition.
    
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