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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    I believe the decision needs to be made on economic factor.

    I this going to reduce consumer costs, and at what price to jobs, as mergers often result in reductions in the workforce.

    Do the savings offset the cost of lost jobs, and what effect will all this have on local economies.

    This has to be about more than how you feel.
    Or to expand on this..

    T-Mobile has said plenty of times they don't have the resources to expand on their 4G network to be competitive. AT&T acquiring them would put them in a better position to provide consumers with a cheaper product due to decreased cost to providing their service and the fact they would be able to serve more areas which have been ignored because of the cost.

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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Only if it hurts Sprint.

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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Would you ever allow a merger?
    I think it depends on the industry. The telecom industry is already one of the most uncompetitive industries in America.

    Btw, for those opposed to the merger I hope you are aware that T-Mobile has no future in America.
    That's pretty subjective, and in any case not really relevant to whether they should merge or not.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Would you ever allow a merger?
    Of course, but when the over national picture goes from 4 to 3 and then soon to two, then you got to ask... The problem is soon there will only be AT&T and Verizon, on two different platforms... and is that a good thing? Sooner or later the prices will be jacked up and new competition will be blocked by the two big ones.

    Btw, for those opposed to the merger I hope you are aware that T-Mobile has no future in America.
    well that is up for debate. Deutche Telecom is one of the worlds biggest telecommunications companies and could easily sustain T-Mobile if it wanted too.. problem is it sees no future for the American market that is highly uncompetitive. You do know that T-Mobile has far more subscribers than Verizon and AT&T right... granted world wide, but still.

    But you have got to ask yourself.. why dont the real big mobil operators in the world go into the US market? Why is there no Vodafone (although they do own 45% of Verizon), no Telefonica, no America Movil and so on? Something must be preventing them from entering the US mobile market, since Vodafone and Telefonica are in pretty much every other major market in the world, along with Orange and Deutche Telecom.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Or to expand on this..

    T-Mobile has said plenty of times they don't have the resources to expand on their 4G network to be competitive.
    Bull****. Problem is that it is very expensive to expand in the US because there is no legislation requiring sharing of infrastructure. It is easier for Deutche Telecom to expand in other markets at a fraction of the price.

    AT&T acquiring them would put them in a better position to provide consumers with a cheaper product due to decreased cost to providing their service and the fact they would be able to serve more areas which have been ignored because of the cost.
    Cheaper product? You do realize that mobile rates, especially the data rates have gone up in the US right?
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    No... mega corporations stifle competition and innovation. It almost never benefits consumers.
    Agree......


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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Mmmm....oligopoly.
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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I think it depends on the industry. The telecom industry is already one of the most uncompetitive industries in America.

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    Your continuing to say that does not make it true. Got anything to back it up from an unbiased source or are you once again just pulling crap from your nether regions.

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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Bull****. Problem is that it is very expensive to expand in the US because there is no legislation requiring sharing of infrastructure. It is easier for Deutche Telecom to expand in other markets at a fraction of the price.
    Hardly. In the first quarter of this year they reported a 37% lose in profits from weak performance around the globe and lost 471,000 customers in the us alone.

    As a result of Deutsche Telekom is going to shrink its focus in Europe to just investing in its fixed lines and get out of the US market.

    Cheaper product? You do realize that mobile rates, especially the data rates have gone up in the US right?
    Expanding the network will allow more customers to join allowing AT&T to give their product for cheaper as they will be spending less money on infrastructure.

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    Re: Should AT&T and T-Mobile be allowed to merge?

    Sorry if its already mentioned isnt T_mobile on another parent network than AT&T... American cellular service is pretty lame as it is, I don't see how this would help anything.

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