T-Mobile acquisition and wishful thinking
OK, the 'experts' here have assured me that the iPhone 5 will not be a 4G phone. Frankly, logic says they're right. Too much of a battery life hit without a good solution this year. Little consumer demand outside of the geek community.
That said, it could be that AT&T is buying T-Mobile because they know that iPhone 5 will be LTE ready and they're not ready. They may be doing this as a desperate move to compete with Verizon for iPhone enthusiasts.
Remember T-Mobile is LTE and right now AT&T isn't. Apple may have chosen a technology since having the same radio for two different versions of 3G and 4G is not feasible.
Unfortunately, even if I'm right, Apple could have given them 1 year's notice. I just think it's silly for the flagship phone on both Verizon and AT&T to be slower than the other phones on each of their networks for 18 months. That just sounds painful particularly given Jobs deemed the iPhone an internet device. Since I don't own an iPhone, I'm not sure Apple's thinking on these matters, but it seems a competitive slip (of course, one they could withstand).
Oh well, a guy can dream can't he?
- 03-24-2011, 02:36 PM #2
- 03-24-2011, 02:42 PM #3
Tmobile does not have an LTE network. They have HSPA+ which is 3G. On top of that the deal won't be completed until this time next year at the earliest so they will not have access to any of their infrastructure until it is completed with approval from the FCC and DOJ.
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- 03-24-2011, 03:52 PM #4
Technnically LTE is 3G as well... haha. But yeah, T-mobile doesn't have LTE.
AT&T is buying (or attempting to) because of the resources that T-mobile has. They would be able to match Verizon covering 95% of the U.S. with LTE (if the merger goes through).
I really think, aside from cheap plans, it would be in the best interest of consumers for them to merge. If they don't, AT&T and T-mobile will be unable to compete with Verizon and their LTE.
- 03-24-2011, 05:55 PM #5
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- 03-25-2011, 08:07 AM #7iPhone Nanite
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With AT&T and T-Mobile now getting all chummy with yesterday acquire promulgation, this was fateful. T-Mobile customers are perception at their soon-to-be new wireless bourgeois and salivating over the delicious mouthful of all-in-one rotatable functionality that is Apple's iPhone. Originally story to AT&T and now lendable on Verizon as vessel, the Apple device hasn't yet prefabricated its way to the third- and fourth-place networks. And according T-Mobile, it's not effort to.
- 03-25-2011, 09:11 AM #8
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- 03-25-2011, 01:42 PM #10
You're not gonna go with Sprint because they are in the negative as well, are not even using the same technology (WiMax vs. 3G/LTE) and haven't even proven they can handle a merger, example being Nextel.
You don't want it to be Verizon because they'll just blanket the country and no one would be able to attain that level of coverage, which would lead to customers leaving Sprint and AT&T.
They chose AT&T because they are in need of spectrum/capacity that T-mobile has and doesn't even need. They are also getting a nice piece of AT&T and a wad of cash.
I actually just searched for this article as I already know what shape AT&T is in, but here is some good reading on this and the reason the merger is likely to be approved, just may be a steep hill. Remember XM and Sirius?
The article says soon, but there is a problem already. They just don't want to admit it, especially if they're going to be able to fix it with the merger.
AT&T exec says problems soon without T-Mobile merger - CNN.com
- 03-25-2011, 01:46 PM #11
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- 03-28-2011, 04:52 AM #16
because we have two major carriers (t-mobile & sprint) who have the lowest prices of the big four, but are still losing customers. on the flip side, you have the two largest carriers who have similar prices, both being the highest of the four and probably the highest of all the carriers, including the smaller ones, but are adding millions upon millions in subscribers.
you then have one of the big 4 (t-mobile) wanting to sell... once again, "THEY WANT TO SELL". it's not a takeover or anything of that nature, but you want their deal to sell to AT&T stopped and for what to happen?
a) want t-mobile to be "forced" to continue to lose money and not sell at all
b) sell to sprint
c) sell to <insert company here>
d) other (explain what other is)
e) have the gov't force apple to build for sprint and t-mobile in hopes of stopping the bleeding
- 03-28-2011, 04:55 AM #17Less competition is never in the best interest for the consumer.
- 03-28-2011, 12:12 PM #18
As far as what I want too happen to fix T-Mobile, It doesn't matter. Like I said, I'm not claiming to be an expert on fixing a billion dollar company. I'm simply saying that you are wrong in saying that the merger is best for the consumer, it's simply not. Is it good for the both AT&T and T-Mobile, sure. Is T-Mobile struggling? Yes. I'm not denying any of that like you seem to be basing all of your arguments on. I'm simply saying that the merger is not in the best interest of consumers.
Last edited by generik777; 03-28-2011 at 05:57 PM.