Comments on news posted 2012-05-29 08:00:34: T-Mobile owner Deutsche Telekom has thrown cold water on a recent rumor that the company is looking at an acquisition of MetroPCS, despite the fact that the two companies use incompatible wireless network technologies. ..
Yeah, they need to do something about actually providing the 4G service they are advertising. In this area they sell "4G" phones everywhere but there's no "4G" service so they all run on Edge which is too slow for any of the Android apps to work.
True TMO needed to have asked for a much better roaming agreement with ATT even if only for talk and txt. Speeds of mobile data are great but coverage is king and trumps all. If you cant get the basics in all locations you no longer want the service there providing. The main reason people flock to Verizon and keep them at number 1 is coverage. This would have allowed TMO to focus more heavily on making sure there own current Tower footprint is upgraded to the fastest data network they can provide meaning as long as your on it your golden, all while still allowing there customers to have real nationwide coverage.
PS holes in NY city don't tell me that Im on my way there friday! last time I was there coverage was pretty good speeds however sucked. ( note I stayed most of my trip in Manhattan and parts of Long Island)
It's the CFO's responsibility that T Mobile USA have a sound financial plan regardless of whether or not there has been any serious consideration of a Metro PCS acquisition. Maybe it was just a trial balloon but if it was serious the real decision about such an acquisition would have to be made by the CEO and Board of Directors of Deutsche Telekom. It would have to be considered a long term strategic move (there is no quick buck to be made) so opposition from stock analysts like Craig Moffett should be expected.
2012-May-29 12:05 pm: ·
dvd536 as Mr. Pink as they come Premium join:2001-04-27 Phoenix, AZ kudos:4
Disruptive Pricing Strategy
rofl. what a joke. "fair cellphone plan" is an oxymoron in america.
Agreed, TMO should have pushed for a better roaming agreement with ATT before the merger fell through, similar to that darn tracphones agreement with ATT. TMO should have said keep $1 Billion of the break up they just want unlimited access on most of ATT's towers where TMO currently does not have service even if the only coverage ATT would provide TMO customers is Talk/txt roaming only( as long as your phone does the 850 mhz band your good). Data would only available on TMO towers in there bands. That would have made a hell of a difference.
The issue is, T-Mo still would have had to pay for the roaming, and the other problem is that there are a lot of places where T-Mo has GPRS and EDGE, and AT&T has 3G or HSPA+, and T-Mo would still use GPRS and EDGE in those areas, whereas AT&T subs would be on AT&T's HSPA+ network.
That is a point to be made but im sure a condition of the roaming could have been at the price of peanuts if it was added in before the merger talks. However the bigger picture is coverage as long as TMO could use ATT towers for the basic talk and txt( gprs/edge) it would not matter to most TMO customers as most stay within the TMO tower coverage area, the plus side is as long as there is still some sort of coverage nationwide ( where there was not before) you as a customer semi-win.. It sucks when your TMO android phone goes into "emergency only mode" because it sees a ATT tower but has no roaming agreement with it so it will not register on it, while the person with the P.O.S tracphone next to you chats and txts away freely. ( Its happened to me).
There is one problem thats very true you have mentioned is ATT hspa+ coverage, and coverage thats being reframed from GPRS/EDGE to LTE/HSPA. TMO customers would lose that roaming area unless TMO starts selling all phones backwards compatible with ATT networks, which up until now there have only been a handful of headsets sold by TMO that are. ATT is already sending letters to there customers who only have GPRS/EDGE phones that the time to upgrade is soon.