For Your Information: AT&T Is Dropping $39 Billi To Rescue T-Mobile Customers From Their Wack A** Service

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Did You Know, For Discussion, For Your Information

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This could be the greatest thing to happen to T-Mobile customers… or the worst thing to happen to the cell phone industry.

AT&T Inc. has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, but the deal isn’t set to close until a year from now, and it will likely face tough regulatory scrutiny. Here’s what a completed deal could mean for customers:

– Bigger choice of phones for T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile, as a much smaller carrier than AT&T, doesn’t get as many exclusives on top-line phones, and it doesn’t have the iPhone. This won’t be a big benefit to T-Mobile subscribers who don’t have contracts – if they want the iPhone today, they can sign up with AT&T or Verizon Wireless. But subscribers under contract would find it easier to upgrade to an iPhone.

– Fewer pricing plans to choose from. T-Mobile and AT&T have different offerings, some of which might disappear from the market.

– No more unlimited data plans. AT&T has stopped offering unlimited data plans in favor of plans with monthly data usage caps and overage fees. T-Mobile USA still offers “unlimited” data for smartphones for $30 per month, but slows down downloads after 5 gigabytes of traffic in a month. If the deal closes, current “unlimited” subscribers would likely be grandfathered in, but AT&T would probably stop offering the plan to new subscribers.

– Better network coverage. Combining the two networks will improve performance is some areas, because there will be more towers available. However, today’s AT&T phones can’t use T-Mobile’s 3G wireless data network, and vice versa, because they run on different frequencies.

– Wider rural broadband coverage. AT&T is pledging to increase spending on the construction of a new ultrafast broadband network by $8 billion, to cover rural areas.

– The big question is whether the combination would let AT&T, Verizon and Sprint raise prices on wireless service once competition from T-Mobile disappears. AT&T points out that prices have fallen through a decade of mergers in the industry, but public-interest groups are raising concerns.



  • mixed bad chick

    I have stock market alerts and I must say I saw this coming. Doesn’t bother me, I’m not a t-mobile customer. Oh well, a lot of companies are being bought out or imploding anyway. The economic structure is in shambles right now.

  • okkkkk Formerly known as ok

    Umm….Wasn’t AT&T voted the worst in customer service last year?

  • ms.brilly

    I was a T-mobile customer and never really had a problem with the plans provided or the service. I recently left T-Mobile, however, because they didn’t have a wide enough variety of phones. That is the only area where T-Mobile is lacking, in my opinion. If they had better phone options, they’d be more of a contender. Oh well, I hope everything works out with this AT&T deal.

  • I'm ze true silver hare

    Also they don’t have like overage charges. I was able to pay my own bill with my families wireless plan. since I left for college I decided to pay for my phone individually so I was able to leave my families plan individually. But I wasn’t charged or anything. Sometimes I forget to pay the bill once a month, and they are so kind. I know I’ve been at least 5 weeks behind on payments before but they didn’t cut my service. They just called me and asked me if I planned to pay, and of course I did. So I payed that bill and never got any extra charges, to my shock. So I honestly suggest AT&T to everyone who has problems with their phone company. But if you like your phone service than that’s fine too. But if not, I strongly suggest AT&T.

  • WHY2K?

    Soon there will only be AT&T, and Verizon. All these conglomerates not leaving no space for small business to grow in the future.

  • I Am Legend ( Allergic To Darkies)

    I was with AT&T when the first Iphone came out and I liked the Iphone but the bill was like 120 a month so I switched to Tmobile and I get more minutes and unlimited data for 75 a month ..

  • Maiko

    T-Mobile’s service is far superior to At&T’s for the cost. They also have excellent customer service. I once didn’t have to pay my bill for a whole year, because of a defective phone they sent me. (Even though I think it was my fault).

  • ByrdLady

    I LOVE AT&T…but I work there so I guess my opinion doesn’t count. LOL!

    • SpiceTing

      I guess we will be partners cause I’m at T-Mobile

  • Princess

    I have Metro Pcs they have great phones and service.

  • Stiletto21

    You can easily unlock and jailbreak any iPhone by going on YouTube or a tech site for an online tutorial. Just google it. It took me 10 minutes, and I’ve had an
    iPhone on T Mobile for 2 years now. It saves me $90/ month on my unlimited plan, and T mobile’s customer service is much better!!!

  • Lark

    I don’t think this is a good thing. Not sure. I know a lot of folk that complain about AT&T. I’ve dealt with both and haven’t had any real issues but I prefer Tmobiles customer service.

  • beautiful.

    Sprint is still the best.
    Unlimited Data plan: 65.00 a month.
    Customer Service is amazing, wide variety of cell phones, etc.

    & I know someone did not mention Metro PCS. They have thee worst service, but they have great prices.

  • Witchcraft

    Thats a great thing for the customers but not for the employees, I hope AT&T fires all the T-mobiles employees, actually I’m sure they will :).

  • Lisa

    Nooo…..I’ve been a T-mobile customer since 2002. Why??? This is a sad say for loyal customers.

  • anon

    I love T-Mobile I really hate this is happening

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