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AT&T Says T-Mobile Merger Would Improve Reception

AT&T Says T-Mobile Merger Would Improve Reception

Promises, promises. Words are easy to say, but it's the actions that matter, particularly when you're a CEO of America's largest GSM carrier. AT&T Mobility President & CEO Ralph de la Vega recently spoke at the D9 conference in California, and he acknowledged that AT&T has call drop problems, at least in major cities. He set it up so that he could speak positively about the proposed T-Mobile USA merger, which he says would expand coverage and allow the company to spread LTE to 97% of America within a few years.

He stated that with the combined resources of T-Mobile and AT&T, customers of the newly formed company would see improved service and coverage. Like we said, words are easy to speak, but promises are tough to hold to. The hosts of the event questioned why AT&T should be trusted with such immense power when they haven't been able to live up to their customer expectations in years past, and while it's a good point, AT&T is dealing with a blessing a curse: the iPhone.


No carrier could have seen that revolution coming, and there's no way any carrier would have been able to react quickly enough to that level of uptake and that level of data consumption. Either way, AT&T is on the hook for the comments, but probably only if the merger goes through. From a consumer perspective, it's hard to know what to root for. Everyone yearns for improved service, but do we really want less competition in the mobile industry?
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I sort of hope that the merger does not go through. If it were Sprint buying them on the other hand I would be pretty happy about it. I feel that this merger is simply going to make ATT too large in comparison to the other 2 major competitors.

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if ATT really wanted to improve coverage, they wouldnt be buying tmobile. The merger is only about taking out a competitor so that way ATT can make more money. While was being interviewed, he didnt even know that you couldnt buy an unlocked iPhone on ATT. So should we really trust a man who doesnt even know his own product? ATT has always been about one thing: Money, and i dont see that changing ever.

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exactly, reinvest that 39 billion. It's sad how few companies now try to be the best, they just settle and find the cheapest way to make a buck.

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How is this AT&T "taking out a competitor?" You realize that T-Mobile's German parent company is getting out of the US market and they've been begging to have it bought, don't you?

I'd say that AT&T was one of many carriers (including Sprint) that was interested in buying it but they had the deepest pockets. It was either a carrier bought T-Mobile or it was going to go out of business.

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if you have 39 billion dollars in your pocket to drop on a company, I'm pretty sure you would be fine economically. ATT would be much better off fixing their problems with that 39 bill than buying more network to let atrophy. Now they'll have terrible 3g and 4g service.

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gotta think that promises can sometimes be rather thin and actually see it as a bit more of a monopoly and one less option

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I currently have ATT and its by far the worst carrier out of the four, anything to improve service im for. But i dont see anything that they could really do to improve their network. But Im stuck until my damn contract is up!

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jkhoui: "I currently have ATT and its by far the worst carrier out of the four, anything to improve service im for. But i dont see anything that they could really do to improve their network. But Im stuck until my damn contract is up!"

Um buying T-mobile and using their towers would... I won't know by how much but it will.

I personally have nothing against AT&T as i get useable network in my area :). But i will be switching providers because of cost and im not into iphones no more :). But there is a high chance that my parents will go with Tmobile which will soon be AT&T soon... but till then :)

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Att and Verizon are even coverage wise here T-Mobile and Sprint are also very close, but Att is about $59.00 for what I need where Verizon is way over that and Sprint and T-Mobile are about $72.00 (these prices are due to discounts I qualify for)!

However; Att really has no smart phone I am currently interested in, bu there rumor to be getting the Samsung Galaxy S II this month, and the Samsung Hercules in a month or two. Of course Sprint and T-mobile will have the HTC Sensation and EVO 3D this month for sure ) in about a week and a half period here. The body construction specifically of the Sensation is better than any I have seen though period even the EVO 3D even though internally minus the 3D cameras and a little bit of memory there the same.

My brother uses Att and has had great coverage with them for many years here as well.

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One thing I heard to is that the improved reception would only be in major cities where rural america where t-Mobile has a 3.5G right now would be dialed back to 2G/3G period in most rural areas.

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BullShip....It would just improve AT&Ts Monopoly!

When everything is only available on the AT&T network then you "WILL" pay anything they tell you to!

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Horse hockey! AT&T has held a license to build and operate a cellphone system in my county for 22 YEARS, and has built NOTHING. T-Mobile has also had a license but has actiually BUILT a system that offers complete coverage in this rural county in a middle of the country state. T-Mobile has great coverage here, while AT&T is horrible. Granted T-Mobile has virtually no 3G at all and even less 4G. Therefore, what I must assume AT&T wants out of this merger is to obtain T-Mobile's coverage area without actually having to spend one cent building their own system.

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In a lot of cases T-Mobile going out of business might have been better for everyone since the companies assets would be auctioned off. Though with ATT's deep pockets they may have been able to buy most of it anyways with less stipulations than the merger might require.

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an ATT fanboy found the thumbs-down

edit: point proven YesCool

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