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  • Sun, 18:27: AT&T-Mobile makes more sense technologically than SprinT-Mobile, easier to merge, but not so good for consumers or Sprint #3 by wider margin
  • Sun, 18:28: T-Mobile was really consumer friendly with unlock codes, hacker-friendly Android devices, etc - AT&T is exactly the opposite, total lockdown
  • Sun, 22:17: Just helped someone from Pleasant Hill, CA with a question about *check-in* ...on Aardvark! http://vark.com/t/Yb7ui_

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solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: March 22nd, 2011 02:00 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The whole AT&T deal really really should be crushed by anti-trust laws. It's a bad idea all around...
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: March 22nd, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Unfortunately T-Mobile probably doesn't have a future as a standalone company. DT is tired of pumping money into T-Mobile and they've been bleeding subscribers. And they're facing a wall - they don't have spectrum to build out real 4G (LTE), and their 'fake' 4G HSPA+ isn't going to cut it forever as the other providers increase their 4G speeds. If they don't merge with someone or get bought out their future is grim.

Merging with Sprint might be better for consumers since it'd create a viable #3 closer in scale to Verizon and AT&T, but technologically it'd be a big cluster frak. Sprint is CDMA and using WiMax for 4G. They still have Nextel's iDEN network through 2013. T-Mobile is GSM with UMTS/HSPA+ and would like to use LTE for 4G. Trying to merge networks with Sprint would be a mess, and it isn't clear what the long term result would be - I suspect CDMA with LTE in the end, like Verizon.

Whereas AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM/LTE. They use different bands, but quad band phones are available and over time I expect they'll upgrade T-Mobile's towers to blend their bands.
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