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post #11 of 26
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I think the merger will do one of two things...

It will allow AT&T to lower it's prices to stomp the competition or force Sprint & Verizon to get cheaper to win more customers, either way it's a win no?

Or

AT&T will attempt to take their greed to new heights & Sprint and Verizon will be laughing all the way to the bank as new customers flock to them..

(It's not like they can't afford to lower prices, see above poster's point, it's real)

What do you think will happen?
Edited by _GTech - 3/25/11 at 11:08am
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post #12 of 26
Let's see them deny SMS price fixing now.
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Originally Posted by Madman340 View Post
Why doesn't some billionaire or something create some companies that are beyond competitive in these markets so we get back on track and quit being raped by these companies? Look at internet prices and speeds in other countries and we are trounced for mb per $.
Service providers get local governments to give them non compete territories.
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If that merger goes through they will definitely have people jumping ship to Sprint or Verizon.....IMHO Sprint will make a killing since at the moment they do have the cheaper unlimited data plans compared to Verizon.....Just my
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It will allow AT&T to lower it's prices to stomp the competition or force Sprint & Verizon to get cheaper to win more customers, either way it's a win no?
Think more long term. What happens after ATT and Verizon run the competition out of business? Oligopoly FTL

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Or

AT&T will attempt to take their greed to new heights & Sprint and Verizon will be laughing all the way to the bank as new customers flock to them..
It's not so much that ATT will be able to hike their prices way up, but that ATT, after buying TMobile will probably be the only cellular service provider in some areas, and even if not, all they have to do is lower prices until there is no more competition, THEN hike the prices up.

No matter how you slice it, ATT buying out the competition is not a good thing in the long run. More companies providing similar services = better for you and I. For an example, look at local cable companies.
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Originally Posted by CarlosSpiceyWeiner View Post
I'm switching to Sprint. I hate Verizon's overpriced service.

And GSM? Hahahahaha I'll never do that again.
And whats wrong with GSM? Voice and data at the same time.. yea, no one wants that..
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post #17 of 26
Wow, in my area there's:

MetroPCS (unusable)
Sprint (unusable)
Verizon (good signal, but expensive)
AT&T (poor signal, but has iphone, but is expensive)
T-mobile (the price/performance ratio is highest)

I'm on T-mobile.

If AT&T swallows them up, I will be screwed.
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Why doesn't some billionaire or something create some companies that are beyond competitive in these markets so we get back on track and quit being raped by these companies? Look at internet prices and speeds in other countries and we are trounced for mb per $. Look at these expensive as all hell phone plans w/ contracts that just kills our pockets. Something has to be done... It is seriously pretty appalling to see this kind of thing, and the lack of regulation on the government side.
Virgin mobile.. oh wait.

Should it be blocked? Yeah, will it be blocked? Probably not. Sprint shouldve bought them out, (and rumor was they tried) but sprint isnt exactly carrying the money that att and verizon has, so it wouldve been impossible as why would the two mobile giants let sprint back in the game?
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And whats wrong with GSM? Voice and data at the same time.. yea, no one wants that..
Was wondering the same thing, whats wrong with GSM?
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As a TMo customer I am not happy. I hope this is blocked. Not likely though I am sure AT&T has Congress and the FCC locked up.
    
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