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ANON1243862667508
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10/10/2011 | 5:38:42 PM
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T-Mobile customers only need to wait a short while to have the best of both worlds. Sprint has just announced (WSJ) last week that it has contracted with Apple to get the iPhone. T-Mobile customers should be a ble to get the iPhone with unlimited data soon!
ajones320
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10/10/2011 | 7:34:22 PM
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I rather eat an iPhone than embrace the T-Mobile destruction by AT&T. For consumers this merger is the worst thing that can happen. Sure, maybe then access to the iPhone is there, but the prices will be so ridiculously high that nobody can afford it.
Chris Spera
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10/11/2011 | 2:25:59 AM
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You make a good point. I left AT&T for T-Mobile largely because of the costs. For $100 LESS, I currently have unlimited everything-everything on three lines. However, I, and many others, have no native iPhone.

I have no idea what will happen with the merger; but you're likely right about the costs...for T-Mobile customers, while this may be the only real path to a native 3G/4G working iPhone, it may be very expensive. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the Verizon iPhone... its just as expensive.
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10/10/2011 | 9:13:39 PM
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Thanks very much but I am quite happy with my current T-Mobile/Android setup. I don't know why you would assume that every T-Mobile user wants an iPhone. I certainly don't.

I have seen AT&T's data rates and ridiculous add-on fees for tethering, and quite frankly I agree with ajones320. To maintain the current service I get with T-Mobile for $60/month, I would have to pay upwards of $85/month with AT&T's current plans--and that's assuming they don't exploit the opportunity afforded them by the loss of a low cost competitor to jack up their rates even more.
Chris Spera
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10/11/2011 | 2:31:32 AM
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You also make a good point about cost; and a good point about a "captive audience" in newly converted T-Mo to AT&T customers. My bet is AT&T likely would raise their rates.

However, I did NOT make the assumption that every T-Mo customer wants an iPhone. I know many that do, however, and my point was that the easiest way to a "native" working iPhone, with 3G/4G support PRIOR to the iPhone 5, would be an approved merger. I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.
gusto11071
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10/11/2011 | 2:01:45 PM
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Well, one thing for sure that the reason why a lot of people leave AT&T is because of their
1. Price, 2. Coverage, 3. Crappy Customer Service . I left them after 10 years of hell, to where I got to the point and said, Enough is Enough! I really hope we get the iPhone , but at what cost? We are the only other GSM company besides Simple Mobile who use T-Mobile towers anyway. I would say more than 3% of T-Mobile customers do want the iPhone, but I think it's more like 20% Do I think the merger is going to happen? My answer is, it's inevitably, we have something a really big company wants, and they usually, get what they want. To answer the question about time? I think it's sooner than we think. A world phone is not really a world phone unless it's unlocked for any carrier.
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10/11/2011 | 3:03:48 PM
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I agree.

I think there are a LOT of T-Mo customers who want the iPhone, not just the 3% who are content to surf and push/pull content via EDGE.

In Chicago, AT&T coverage is horrible. Simply horrible. You never have to worry about saying goodbye here, as the call you're on is likely gonna drop any second now... Their prices are horrible and over inflated and their customer service needs a lot of work. I agree with your assessment. AT&T has a long way to go in order to make their service customer friendly.

The problem with this World phone is the T-Mo 3G/4G band of 1700 mHz. No one else is using that band, and as such, I am not certain what is going to happen. However, I do NOT see Apple releasing a T-Mo compatible iPhone before iPhone 5, if at all. I think the merger is going to have to go through, or T-Mo may just be without any iLove at all.


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