Nothing good can come of the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T. This will lead to essentially a 2-player cell phone market (Verizon and AT&T).
Some quotes taken from various news articles:
“We know the results of arrangements like this — higher prices, fewer choices, less innovation.” (Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn).
“AT&T will look hard at keeping T-Mobile’s no-contract plans.” (AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson)
T-Mobile currently has the only 3G network in the US that is compatible with European carriers (i.e. that uses the 1700/2100 MHz frequency-band). Only T-Mobile phones can be used on non-US 3G networks. AT&T phones do not work on European 3G networks. It can be expected that T-Mobiles phones will at some point no longer work on the AT&T network and that we will be forced to switch to devices that do not work abroad. What a shame. This deal must be stopped
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