questionswho's worried what will happen to t-mobile?

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I read an article earlier that said the smartphones would need to be replaced due to the different standards of the 3g network, or something like that. In other words you will probably have to get a new phone and a new 2 year contract as a result. Or at least that's what they claim.

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Would love to see an updated version of this story from Colbert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCp-1hgfxI

"AT&T is the T-1000, no matter how many pieces you break it into, it always comes back together"

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@gut funk: Whoever said that shouldn't be trusted, since they clearly have no idea what they're talking about. I'll come back later, and check (busy busy busy right now), and if no one has made any informed commentary, I'll help stir the pot.

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I'm worried about what's going to happen to all of us if this goes through. The resulting elimination of or decrease in competition will not be good for the consumers in this country. Additionally, I have to wonder about what would happen to T-Mobile's prepaid customers.

The articles that I have read state that the T-Mobile customers won't have to get new phones right away. The Chicago Tribune said, "But the networks of AT&T and T-Mobile use the same underlying technology, so to some large extent, AT&T phones can already use T-Mobile's network, and vice versa."

This will affect everyone who is a cell phone consumer in this country, not just the T-Mobile customers. That's what worries me.

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We'll see if this even happens.

Even today at CTIA the head of the FCC said they have not started to look into the deal. It will be a uphill climb to get this through as the perception is it will limit innovation and be bad for consumers overall. Should be an interesting story to watch unfold.

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After the marriage of AT&T with T-Mobile, there will be no reception.

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I was with T-Mobile before they became T-Mobile...can't even remember the name. Service was loosy and there were HUGE holes in their coverage. I've yet to find anyone who likes them now.

And since AT&T isn't all that great in cell service, I guess there won't be any improvement.

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There are a few more answers on the web site, and a few non-answers too.

http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/more-information-att-acquires-tmobile

Back again in a while...

@mtm2: To my knowledge, T-Mobile's always been T-Mobile. Perhaps you were a part of some company that was acquired? Alternatively, you could have used the company that DT purchased, and that become T-Mobile.

"The U.S. company was previously known as VoiceStream Wireless or Powertel." [This was in 2001]

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Voicestream became Powertel became T-Mobile.

Been with them since V'stream, very happy T-Mobile customer. Concerned about the proposed merger.

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I think this merger will be bad for AT&T customers and worse for T-Mobile customers.

My mental image of this merger is two drunks holding each other up as they stagger out of the bar.

Happily for me I'm on Verizon Wireless again, so this is going to be a huge non-event.

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I actually saw an AT&T vs. T-Mobile commercial while reading this...

This is not a good idea. AT&T already took over Cingular, if they acquire the last nationally reliable affordable carrier, prices will go up for all of us.

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As far as the phone not traveling, think of this.
Most carriers currently lease data/towers from each other to ensure coverage. Most phones are compatible with the major networks by design. Anyone telling you your phone won't work for technical reasons is not giving accurate information.
Also, it will take years for AT&T to phase out the T-Mo SIM cards, in the mean time, they will most likely allow both sims on both networks without interruption.

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@thumperchick: Actually, AT&T Wireless was purchased by Cingular in 2004 and the AT&T name was retired 6 months later.

Then in 2005 SBC merged with AT&T and revived the name AT&T Wireless. Then the new AT&T bought Bellsouth's telephone operation including its stake in Cingular. AT&T rebranded Cingular in 2007 as AT&T Mobility.

I've been an AT&T customer forever. I went from AT&T to CINGULAR and back to AT&T. I wish they'd make up their minds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT&T_Wireless_Services

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I just hope I can keep my plan. I have a T-Mobile MyFaves family plan that is no longer available and none of the current offerings come remotely close to the value I get with my plan. Just renewed my contract a month ago for another 2 years so I better get what I had agreed to!

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As a person who is living in a major metropolitan area already flooded with iPhones on AT&T... who converted over to T-Mobile and was actually able to receive calls, texts and go online again, I am concerned about this.

I feel this can't possibly go well for myself or fellow T-Mobile users. It kinda feels to me like the beginning of that movie, Scarface, where a whole bunch of unwanted criminals are about to enter the population, AT&T users being the criminals. I can hear it now...

"In this business, you gotta get the iPhones first. Then when you get the iPhones, you'll lose the reception. Then when you lose the reception, then you ruin it for everyone else."

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I use T Mobile prepaid and I love it. My monthly phone bill is definitely under $10 (on average) because I use it so infrequently. I don't think AT&T will be able to match that.

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One of my favorite quotes is regarding our current political system. "Two choices for president is only one choice from a dictatorship"... or something along those lines. Similarly, with Verizon and Alltel becoming one, and ATT and T-mobile becoming one, that seriously limits the options to consumers. Not to mention the price of plans. With no more companies to compete with, we wont see plans getting any cheaper anytime soon.

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I'm a T-Mobile customer and I'm not looking forward to the merger.

The 3G issue with T-Mobile vs. AT&T comes down to antenna frequencies. The EDGE frequencies for T-Mobile and AT&T are the same, but the 3G frequencies are not. So in short, if you have a 3G only T-Mobile phone, you'll be dropped down to edge only (Think iPhone on T-Mobile). That is assuming AT&T doesn't keep the T-Mobile towers up and running for 3G.

What you might want to watch is ToS changes and rate changes. The belief is that the cheaper family plans on T-Mobile will go away and you'll have to move up to an AT&T plan when your T-Mobile contract is up. If your rate is increased, you might be able to get out of the contract if the rate changes are considered "Materially Adverse".

Will be interesting in a years time if this deal is approved.

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I am currently an Alltel employee and about to transition to AT&T the 1st of next month. What happened with us because we are going from CDMA to GSM is that they converted all of our towers and gave all of our customers free phones. Everybody had at least 6 choices for a free phone and more if you had a smart phone. People are allowed to be grandfathered in on their rate plans and also have a 30 day window to cancel service if they hate it with out early termination fees or to switch to an AT&T rate plan if they so choose. I haven't heard too much about what they are doing with prepaids because they will be transitioning later but it kind of sounds like they will allow so much for a phone and then a certain amount allocated to put towards minutes but we'll see what happens.

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@alimaytootsie: Thanks for the comment, both informative and useful. I see you're new here. Welcome to Deals (and to Woot).

I do want to point out (you probably already know this, of course) that T Mobile is an excellent supporter of various Android platforms. I am still planning on a G2 in June, and the support lines assure me that AT&T is contractually committed to support that choice, but I'm still a bit nervous over it. I have absolutely NO interest in an iPhone, and will always want a keyboard. I'm finally done with the Crackberry (RIM has taken to sending "informative" emails, and there seems to be no way to stop them).

It's a sad business. Too bad DT isn't willing to just keep them, and I'm sorry that Sprint didn't win (not that I like Sprint any better than AT&T, but it would certainly have kept the market place more balanced).

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@shrdlu: I have a G2. It's a great little phone.