reply to buddahbless
Re: Coverage 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.
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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.
That's thinking voice and text centric. We live in a data world now, where Verizon 1st, and AT&T 2nd are winning.