Posts Tagged ‘T-Mobile’
AT&T doubles upgrade fee starting Sunday.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2012 07:08 Written by LoganDX Friday, 10 February 2012 07:08
Another round of AT&T pushing prices towards the sky. This time the Death Star is doubling the cost of upgrading a device from $18 to $36! Citing increased costs of smartphones, the carrier wants more money from any customer looking to grab a new unit. What does that $36 buy a customer? Nothing much really, basically a SIM card swap and pair. A process that takes no more than 10 minutes on a bad day and AT&T wants more cash for it.
Sprint already charges $36 for upgrading, T-Mobile takes $18 and Verizon charges nothing. Big Bell is certainly trying to earn back all that cash it lost due to the failed T-Mobile merger at the expense of nickel and dimeing the customer. If you want to avoid that extra fee, hit up AT&T before Sunday. Will this send customers away to the rival companies or will they get more ingenious in avoiding the raping?
AT&T Points Finger at Feds
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:23 Written by StrifeJester Tuesday, 20 December 2011 03:00
So AT&T no longer wants T-Mobile, but it’s because the government was as meddlesome as a certain dog and some teenagers according to them. The Department of Justice chimed in not too long ago and took a look at the at the deal and of course the Federal Communications Commission has been looking at it since day-one. With the deal going belly up this I think is a good thing for the mobile world. Read on to find out why.
I feel that there are only 4 major carriers in the US mobile market today. Between AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless some might think that is too few, others think too many. I think it is just right, and here’s why. Think of any major market, let’s use kitchen appliances, there are usually a few big players in the market and a few smaller ones too. In the case of mobile operators this is also true. With companies like US Cellular and Cellcom, to name a few that are in my area, these smaller companies are the off-brand appliances if you will. GTE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire are major players in the major appliances market. Some people are all about cost and will shop around and pick whoever gives them the best price and not worry about features and little extra perks that come with the major brands. Others take long looks at the perks and choose according to what is the coolest perk that they never knew they needed but now suddenly can’t live without. You always want enough players in the market to drive innovation. Innovation is a little harder to get out of a wireless company though. The carriers usually pick someone else’s product and go with it. With less carriers there is less chances for a new technology to see the light of day. Less carriers also means more subscribers per carrier though and this should relate to more money for them but I feel it leads to less worrying about trying to sway customers from the other guys. A lot of industries that have very few players, the products get more expensive and the quality seems to diminish over time. Microsoft hit it big with XP but only after ME was a flop. Now Windows 7 is turning into the new XP and Vista reminds too many people of ME. Microsoft stopped the real innovations for a while and the product suffered. Then they noticed that they were losing market share and had to get it back. A lot of people complain about too many phones being released too often; they can’t keep up and they constantly feel like their phone will be outdated by the time they get it home. To people who complain about this I ask a simple question. Does the phone still do what you wanted it to do when you bought it? The answer is almost always yes the phone will still do exactly what they purchased it for but maybe it doesn’t do the next big thing.
Breaking! AT&T says goodbye to T-Mobile merger!
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 01:02 Written by LoganDX Monday, 19 December 2011 04:27
And throughout the tech land, sighs of millions of unhappy customers were heard. Much like a great disturbance in the Force but in a good way because AT&T has officially given up on its hated acquisition of T-Mobile. Thanks in no small part to the lawsuits by the Department of Justice, Sprint and just about everyone else, the Death Star has thrown in the towel. AT&T is none the happier and is going out with a boo-hoo attitude, citing hampered investment and harmed customers. Big Blue of course is blind to the many, many criticisms and objections to the merger, much like an ostrich with its head in the sand.
Due to the break-up, T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom gets to keep the engagement ring, well actually a lump sum of cash in the amount of $4 billion paid by AT&T. Oh boy is it going to be a tough time for customers of the worst rated carrier in customer satisfaction. Oh crap, I’m one of those poor saps! Hit the jump to check out statements from both AT&T and T-Mobile. After that, tell us what you think about the outcome in the comments!
AT&T May Be Back Up With DoJ
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 December 2011 04:21 Written by Nick McD Sunday, 11 December 2011 07:00
After AT&T promised to back off in their plans to absorb T-Mobile, thanks to the US Department of Justice placing nasty pressure on them (apparently, the big two GSM providers combining qualifies under this whole “‘anti-trust” thing), things may be back into shift. A district judge seems now to be considering dismissing the whole deal.
AT&T still swears that they will win “their day in court,” but with their withdrawal of the FCC application, the DoJ is now forced to either push forward on an issue now in limbo, or just back off and close the books. Whether this means that AT&T has finally decided to call it quits and admit that when the DoJ pushes anti-trust law at you, they don’t lose, or if this is some cunning strategy to twist the buyout into something that will catch the DoJ by surprise remains to be seen. Read more: AT&T May Be Back Up With DoJ