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2014-08-06 04:51:30 PM
AT&T/Verizon lobbyists just got bonuses.
 
2014-08-06 05:41:12 PM

InterruptingQuirk: AT&T/Verizon lobbyists just got bonuses.


AT&T couldn't but T-Mobile either.

I wonder why Sprint bothered?
 
2014-08-06 05:50:50 PM

mcreadyblue: InterruptingQuirk: AT&T/Verizon lobbyists just got bonuses.

AT&T couldn't but T-Mobile either.

I wonder why Sprint bothered?


They are smaller to probably figured it would be less of an issue.
 
2014-08-06 06:03:52 PM

mcreadyblue: InterruptingQuirk: AT&T/Verizon lobbyists just got bonuses.

AT&T couldn't but T-Mobile either.

I wonder why Sprint bothered?


AT&T also increased their fees on everything to make back the money they wasted on the deal.  I'm curious is Sprint customers are about to see a bunch of price hikes.
 
2014-08-06 06:06:22 PM
for gods sake, think of the poor bankers that won't get their fees
 
2014-08-06 06:32:13 PM
I love how their "formula" says the magic number of players is four, but they don't give a fark about their relative sizes. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that their threshold is set to just below where further consolidation would threaten the top players. I guess the lesson is to snatch up your competitors early.  Agent capture FTW.
 
2014-08-06 07:25:44 PM
Good. There is no reason why T-Mobile and Sprint should need to merge. If you can't make money as a wireless telecom in America- where exorbitant rates and laughably poor service is the norm- you deserve to go out of business.

/Canadian
//You think you got it bad, Americans? Come North.
 
2014-08-06 07:31:03 PM

beakerxf: mcreadyblue: InterruptingQuirk: AT&T/Verizon lobbyists just got bonuses.

AT&T couldn't but T-Mobile either.

I wonder why Sprint bothered?

AT&T also increased their fees on everything to make back the money they wasted on the deal.  I'm curious is Sprint customers are about to see a bunch of price hikes.


Sprint didn't have to pull out at the last minute and give T-Mo $4 billion plus a lot of new LTE spectrum. Since this never was announced, and was only rumored, Sprint doesn't really have much skin in the game. AT&T was already balls deep in the merger when they were told to pull out.
 
2014-08-06 08:44:04 PM
Recently ditched Verizon, instead relying entirely on WiFi access points. There isn't the likely chance an emergency will happen that can't wait 30 minutes for me to get to my next stable access point (without tapping into someone's unsecured router). Saving me at least $1,200/year.

Get a google voice number (Free, and it handles text and phone calls), get GrooveIP ($5 I think, get it since google voice phone calls can only be used a voice network, GrooveIP allows you to use it on a WiFi connection), and get an offline GPS program (since google maps requires an internet connection if you want to get new directions or make a new planned route).

$100/month isn't worth the slim chance someone is going to call me in the 30 minute window I'm in transit anywhere.
 
2014-08-06 10:00:53 PM
If the deal had gone through, then Sprint + T-Mobile could have started playing for some of the AT&T/Verizon market share was my feeling. I imagine they would have been able to sit at the FCC's grownup table too.
 
2014-08-07 08:05:51 AM
The new CEO better not take away the unlimited data option.

It's well worth the extra 15 bucks a month.
 
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