My open letter to AT&T regarding merger

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  1. belome

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    Verizon sold me to AT&T, ugh.

    Yeah, as part of the Verizon merger with Alltel, I am a casualty. My brand new driod 2... yeah, that isn't gonna work real well. :icon_evil:

    The more info I get, the more it sounds like I will be forced to ATT for one day, then I can cancel and go back to Verizon. This is not gonna be fun. I'm sure I'll get some really messed up bills and will be arguing for weeks with ATT to refund my money. I also fear I won't be able to port my numbers back out.

    I guess only time will tell.

    Oh and what did the offer as a comparable phone to my Driod 2... an HTC Aria... what a joke:icon_evil:
     
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    I don't understand. What does AT&T have to do with the Alltel and Verizon merger?
     
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    In certain areas Verizon would have had a monopoly. It goes way back to the A and B system of CDMA licensing. Where I live you can't even get Verizon, you have to have Alltel. The reason I have it is because I moved to the area when I already have Verizon.

    The creepy part of it all, the poeple who live in my town that are Alltel, will get moved to Verizon... AFTER I get moved to ATT.

    It is messed up for sure.
     
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    That's the biggest bunch of baloney I've ever heard. If people wanted AT&T they would have had AT&T. I don't understand why the customer has to suffer because of this.
     
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    Thanks for the link... exact same boat I'm in.
     
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    I believe Verizon bought ALTELL a couple of years ago. Now they are turning around and selling it to AT&T.

    Is it an iPhone trade or something?
     
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    Hahaha, highly doubt it's as simple as a trade.
     
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    I wish... they won't even give me the Samsung Captive, which does seem to be a somewhat comparable phone to my Driod 2. If I want anything nicer than the HTC Aria I have to pay for it and switch my plan to an ATT plan AND end up with a two year ATT service agreement.
     
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    Verizon purchased Alltel a few years ago. Uncle sam, in approving the purchase is making Verizon sell some of the Alltel markets to AT&T. (I believe most of these forced sales are in areas Verizon was already very strong.)

    In this area, Verizon was and is the strongest and will continue to market and sell phones. However, the Alltel business is going to AT&T and the service is not comparable.

    AT&T at any time, could have upgraded their system to a good 3G system in this area. However, what they have done is upgrade to EDGE and they are marketing this as 3G (and I guess it is legally a 3G type system). So, those on Alltel that I know, are switching over to Verizon or Sprint since those two do offer real 3G service in this area, and AT&T will end up sucking wind as they have in this area since day one.

    I would guess, they might keep some customers who only use a cell phone and don't go away from downtown. But even with just voice traffic, AT&T has no noticeable network in this area (the map on their website is either a dream of what might happen some day, or just an outright lie). Sprint is a lot better than AT&T while Verizon's network is noticeably larger than Sprint.

    Just our government, trying to think they know better than a free market society.:mad:
     
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    I totally agree, I'm forcing a friend to come visit who has an Iphone on ATT currently. I have a feeling I won't even have service at my house, which makes the forced move even more laughable.
     
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