AT&T Admits the Sad Truth: It Can't Handle the iPhone's Needs

AT&T Admits the Sad Truth: It Can't Handle the iPhone's Needs

If you were wondering exactly why AT&T decided it wanted to acquire T-Mobile USA, it's easy: the company has cried "Uncle." It basically has admitted it can't handle the iPhone.

AT&T has filed its Public Interest Statement regarding its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA with the SEC. AT&T said:
A smartphone generates 24 times the mobile data traffic of a conventional wireless phone, and the explosively popular iPad and similar tablet devices can generate traffic comparable to or even greater than a smartphone. AT&T’s mobile data volumes surged by a staggering 8,000% from 2007 to 2010, and as a result, AT&T faces network capacity constraints more severe than those of any other wireless provider.
2007 is, not coincidentally, the year the first iPhone was released.
In addition, AT&T noted that the T-Mobile acquisition reduce something that people have been screaming about since the first iPhone, causing clamoring for Verizon iPhones: dropped calls. AT&T said:
This transaction will thus benefit consumers by reducing the number of dropped and blocked calls, increasing data speeds, improving in-building coverage, and dramatically expanding deployment of next-generation mobile technology.
It's nice to see that AT&T has finally admitted what iPhone owners have known for years: its network simply couldn't handle the iPhone. It's too bad that Apple and Verizon could not come to terms over the first iPhone, but it's certainly good for Android that they did not.
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It all becomes clear and I bet AT&T will still be a disaster of a carrier when it's all said and done.

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ah ha!

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That is priceless, Sammy. :)

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LOL if that is pjnissim then AT&T can't be helped :)

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it cant handle the iphone because their spectrum is horribly managed. They are taking the easy way out by buying tmobile; because buying tmobile will help erase all the mistakes of their mismanaged network. But what is going to happen if ( i hope it doesnt) they get tmobile's towers? It will be fixed for a time, but its not the towers thats the problem, its the people who manage them.

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LLeCompte:
it cant handle the iphone because their spectrum is horribly managed. They are taking the easy way out by buying tmobile; because buying tmobile will help erase all the mistakes of their mismanaged network. But what is going to happen if ( i hope it doesnt) they get tmobile's towers? It will be fixed for a time, but its not the towers thats the problem, its the people who manage them.

This reminds me of when Cingular (now AT&T) ran that "dropped the fewest calls" advertising campaign. It was known back then that Cingular couldn't handle the calls (even when it didn't have the iPhone).

Buying T-Mobile seems like a good solution to their problems. Increased coverage (especially for 4G), higher capacity; but if the network is as mismanaged as you say then we're still going to get dropped calls. Granted, we're going to get fewer dropped calls but that's if they manage to merge their networks together well (like they did with the old AT&T Wireless and Cingular.)

I'm sad that AT&T is buying T-Mobile but then again we shouldn't put the gravestone on the tomb just yet. We have like a year before the purchase becomes final, so let's just sit back and thank the red tape which is just laying about all willy nilly.

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I find it amazing how the phone companies are becoming monopolies again. At&t is buying up everything they possibly can.

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How do you become a monopoly when you aren't even the market leader?

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By buying the competition...

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ATT is trying to become a monopoly because they are trying to require all the GSM network in America. Sprint and Verizon work on a much advanced network called CDMA.

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they are trying to require all the GSM network in America. Sprint and Verizon work on a much advance

While that is true, it doesn't mean that there isn't going to be other choices. Sure, T-Mobile might be the cheapest and if that's gone then Sprint and Verizon remains the only competitors but it's not a monopoly if that acquire all of the GSM network. There are still some semi-regional networks that use the GSM band so it's not a total monopoly, and the competition usually focus on being the most financially stable (aka #1) cell phone carrier there is.

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It's good to see AT&T is finally admitting the truth. I feel that this buyout will be a temporary solution. The question is - how long will the band aid hold?

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"It's nice to see that AT&T has finally admitted what iPhone owners have known for years"

I can't believe they are actually admitting it though. And @sammy that is such a great pic!!!

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In other news scientists report that water is wet!!!! more at 11... 

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Can hardly blame AT&T for having bandwidth issues... they have more coverage area than any other carrier. Buying T-Mobile will only help out in the bigger cities, since that is where most of their towers reside.

Thinking that a few T-Mobile towers in the cities will fix bandwidth issues across the whole of AT&T's network is like standing in the shower and saying that it is raining all over the planet.  ie... you guys need to get out more.

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Seriously?

An article on this?

There is not a single provider that can handle the smart phone boom. So much architecture and technology that it is impossible to keep up with for anyone. Anyone who works in the wireless field can attest to this and AT&T is by far doing the best migration towards newer technology I've seen in the US.

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You are a 100% correct pomattic. This author is a fucktard and is trying to make a story out of nothing, He does not realize that if you hate a company so much you can just switch to an another wireless carrier. Also he doesn't get the point that the company has worked relentlessly to solve the problems with the iphone.

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shawnieee did you just call a contributing staff member a "fucktard"?

bold you are. bold like a sharpie.

i bet you gave yourself a thumbs up too you little rascal you.

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