At 20 Mar 2011 13:25:59 -0700 Steve Sobol wrote:
> Newsgroups expanded to include ATT, Sprint and Verizon. This is big
> for everyone.
> In article <Xns9EAE818AEEEEDxs11eyahoocom@127.0.0.1>,
> xs11eNO@SPAMyahoo.com says...
> > > [press release]
> > >
> > > http://www.businesswire.com/news/hom...en/ATT-Acquire
> > > -T-Mobile-USA-Deutsche-Telekom
> > As a public service, I'll translate:
> > T-Mobile users = WOW are you going to get SCREWED!
> > AT&T users = We're already screwing you but we'll increase the amount
> > of screwing you're getting.
> > T-Mobile Customer Service People, you'll either be terminated or re-
> > trained to answer, "Tell somone who gives a rat's rear end!" to any
> > question. AT&T Customer Service People already know how to do this.
> I can look forward to higher prices and no customer service.
> Through the years, I've used all of the big guys except
> AT&T/Cingular/SBC and pre-merger AirTouch. There's a reason I stayed
> away from AT&T. When I lived in Ohio, they proved they'd do anything to
> steal money from the consumer. I'm sure y'all have already heard about
> my little fiasco with AT&T DSL.
> I've been totally AT&T-free since moving to California; my cell phone
> service has been with VZW/Sprint/T-Mobile (depending on which time
> period you're talking about) and my landline/TV/Internet were with
> Charter Cable for several years, and right now I'm using Verizon FiOS.
> Now, this.
> The only good thing I can see coming out of this: T-Mo has been rather
> slow to improve their data coverage up here in the desert. AT&T already
> had the dominant GSM network, and they probably already have HSPA+ up
> It may be time to flip to MetroPCS.
I've been with T-Mo since October 2001, and contract free since April 2006.
I'm actually considering calling T-Mo tomorrow and renewing for two years
to preserve my grandfathered plan, and adding a line to it, plus scoring
whatever deals they'll give me, so I can insure keeping my plan at least
for a while post takeover. IIRC, when Cingular absorbed the old ATTWS
creating the "new" AT&T Wireless, they started dismantling the old ATTWS
grandfathered plans before too long.