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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by iMaYG, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. iMaYG

    iMaYG Android Enthusiast
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  2. EricH4753

    EricH4753 Android Enthusiast

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  3. kdirk

    kdirk Newbie

    This has no short term benefit at all. Sprint and Tmo operate seperate networks in different bands. So, it will do nothing to improve coverage for existing sprint/tmo/vm customers. Maybe in 3 or 4 years as a combined network got upgraded but then a bunch of people will be required to replace phones to change bands.

    Same thing happened when sprint consumed nextel and that transistion sucked. Also nearly killed sprint off financially. They are finally stable again in a business sense and it would be stupid IMO to merge two carriers that are not compatible based upon current technology.

    This is just another case of consolidation which ends up meaning less competition and more BS from the remaining carriers as you will have fewer choices yet again.

    The only people who benefit here are investors and directors of the companies involved as they will profit from the deal. For the customers it more likely means poorer service and higher prices from reduced competition. Same as it ever was.
     
  4. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    Very nice finds by both of you guys, thanks for the informative reads! Saw the initial headlines about the possibility of a merger last night but that was all. Obviously pros and cons to be considered, too bad that, if this actually happens, it won't be all the awesome parts and none of the bad stuff that emerges as the final product. We can always hope though. Mainly I just wish Sprint, so that by default VM and Boost would benefit, would focus on the long view for technology investments that would benefit their customers, as in don't invest in stuff like WiMax, otherwise we would all be enjoying LTE right now. By the way, what the heck was with the dude in the picture from the PC Mag article, that thing on his ear was wildly distracting while I was trying to read!
     
  5. BRAINZ2013

    BRAINZ2013 Extreme Android User

    I think this would be straight out dumb. Reason is that it wouldn't be much to choose from since cdma may not be in after 2015. Also this would only give tmobile metro users the option to ptt aka push to talk or direct connect which will be a load of new devices on the market. But i think this would be a dumb move if you ask me.:D:eek:cause last time i looked didn't sprint have 3g only and sprint is cdma and global which tmobile already has .and last time i looked tmobile said they wanted to shut down the cdma .
     
  6. sean19661

    sean19661 Android Enthusiast

    I thought this was a dead issue because i remember a few years back sprint tried to acquire tmobile and the fcc blocked the merger also tmobile has bad service atleast in my area.
     
  7. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    I think it was AT&T, but Sprint helped block that merger, maybe because they were eyeballing TMobile and their hot spokesperson for themselves. I could be mistaken though, but it seems at the least like TMO is a hot commodity.
     
  8. sean19661

    sean19661 Android Enthusiast

    Your right it was at&t my bad. Ty : )
     
  9. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    Now it all makes sense!!!
    The hot spokesperson!

    Thank you!
     
  10. kdirk

    kdirk Newbie

    Well, then I think they're too late. I've not seen Carly Foulkes in a T-Mobile ad in a few months now. Seems they chose to dispense with the sex appeal ad campaign. Too badn they had a good thing going.
     
  11. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    Also, since this isn't a root issue or device specific, this belongs in the general forums so I'll go ahead and move it to http://androidforums.com/lounge/

    On the bright side, the discussion should get much more active :)

    Thanks for understanding
     
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  12. struckn

    struckn Android Expert
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    That would rank pretty high in my book if I was in charge of Sprint! That, and LTE for all! As a related side note, does anyone have thoughts or solid info on the Sprint Spark thing? Is it something that will require specific hardware in newer phones, thus rendering ours obsolete sooner rather than later?
     
  13. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I hope it doesn't go through. Majority of buyouts ruin competition and not long term viable for the economy.
     
  14. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    We need more competition, not less.
     
  15. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Sprint is owned by an Oriental company now, Softbank, think they are Japanese.
    There will be a lot of complaining from TMO customers - TMO is rather liberal in some of their policies, and some of those policies only work for GSM phones.
    DT is still part of TMO - something to do with shares. Do we have the unholy Axis going again?

    I don't want a CDMA phone, I don't need fast data, I don't care if the phone has all the bells and whistles and can clean the cat pan. I don't need it. If anyone else wants it, fine with me. Just leave me out of it, don't assume and give me the choice.
     
  16. Codegerm

    Codegerm Android Expert

    Sprint and T mobile merging, is a bad idea on the difference in networks alone. Sprint should know this, based on their experience with acquisition of iDEN network of Nextel. That had resulted in horrible service, and the crappy phone called the Motorola Buzz, a phone that was looking at two towers all the time and killed the stock battery in less than eight hours because of it.
     
  17. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    It's happened before. T-Mobile(GSM) bought Metro PCS(CDMA) and AT&T(GSM) bought Cricket(CDMA).
     
  18. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    I forget the companies involved, but believe AT&T was the one taking over the other. What they did about 10 years ago was simply quit fixing the towers of the older system as they failed, leaving the customers of the acquired company with worse and worse spotty coverage as time went on. I had a phone I liked but had to upgrade because it eventually became unbearable.
     
  19. kate

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    Are they definitely planing on merging the companies? It's possible Sprint could buy T-Mobile and then leave the T-Mobile brand as is - similar to how MetroPCS remained after being bought by T-Mobile.
     
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  20. TheBritton

    TheBritton Resident Galaxy Cat

    I really hope that's true considering the two networks run on incompatible technologies.
     
  21. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert

    I wouldn't care if T-Mobile bought Sprint but they other way around will SUCK.

    You can forget about the "uncarrier" innovations by T-Mobile. It will go down the toilet.

    I don't understand why T-Mobile would even be interested in this. They are the hottest carrier at the moment and are happily poaching tons of customers from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
     
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  22. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Since I've bought my own phones, and kept a plan long after a contract ran out, TMO was uncarrier. It's Sprint's new ownership.
     
  23. Codegerm

    Codegerm Android Expert


    Again that would not be a good thing. With Nextel they had to operate 2 different networks, and the overhead of that venture lead to woes for the company. What tends to happen is that companies try to cut down on personal servicing the network equipment, so you end up having twice as much work.

    T-mobile will eventually phaseout MetroPCS CDMA and METROPCS customers will need to get new devices.

    What T-Mobile's merger with MetroPCS means to you (FAQ) | Mobile - CNET News
     
  24. BRAINZ2013

    BRAINZ2013 Extreme Android User

    That's what i was saying but i don't think they drop the cdma cause sprint has cdma i think they would combine and go against Verizon . But now the Nextel aka push to talk will be a major problem
     
  25. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    Anybody remember when Altell was bought out by Verizon? Part of the legal procedure involved requiring VZW to allow AT&T to buy some of the Altell markets(including here in Utah). AT&T royally fubared the transition. Altell was THE carrier to have in my area(I was on Verizon though) because they owned rural cell coverage. 90% of my friends were on Altell. Not a single one of them ended up on AT&T after the transition. Their coverage dropped, and then AT&T basically just shut down the CDMA towers and sent them new phones that would run on the GSM network. That was a big mess. Phones wouldn't activate, wrong phones were sent out, etc. As a result, everybody jumped ship to Verizon.

    Now take Sprint, who is much worse than AT&T....they'll get this wrong for sure.
     
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