egzthunder1 · Mar 21, 2011 at 03:00 am

AT&T Buying T-Mobile USA

Well, while it may sound like a surprise to many, T-Mobile has been struggling financially for quite a while now as they have been losing ground (in the US, at least) to other carriers such as Sprint and some of the no contract carriers like MetroPCS, Cricket, and others. In fact, T-Mobile USA had been up for grabs for almost 2 years, but hurdles such as purchase price and FCC limitations had to be cleared. Now that this is all out of the way, we are about to witness an already gigantic corporation become even bigger. At this point in time, I think of AT&T as a black hole, swallowing anything in its path. Surely, many of you AT&T customers remember the fact that you were most likely being serviced by a company called Cingular Wireless a few years ago, right? Well, T-Mobile customers are about to go through the same route. On top of everything, AT&T will become the only nationwide carrier in the US (albeit there are some smaller local carriers scattered through the country) using GSM technology (both Sprint and Verizon use CDMA).

Now, everyone will start questioning what’s going to happen? Do you think that T-Mobile will remain as a sub brand of AT&T, keeping their identity as a marketing tool? (think of HP buying Compaq). And the larger question will probably be running around in the minds of people under contract with T-Mobile: what’s going to happen to my rates? (this is because, T-Mobile plans are overall cheaper than AT&T). What about data plans? AT&T uses caps on their plans while T-Mobile’s internet is unlimited (although there is a soft cap of 5 GB per month, depending on your plan). Does this mean that T-Mobile customers will have to go through these as well? Please share some of your thoughts with us. We’d love to hear what you think of this merger.

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egzthunder1 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. I have been an active member of xda-developers since 2005 and have gone through various roles in my time here. I am Former Portal Administrator, and currently part of the administrator team while maintaining my writer status for the portal. In real life, I am a Chemical Engineer turned Realtor in the Miami area. View egzthunder1's posts and articles here.
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