I Want My 4G!
An AT&T and T-Mobile USA merger would give AT&T approximately 130 billion customers pushing top leader Verizon to the number two spot. Most mobile users, however, don’t care about the legal or morality issues of who owns their service—they want to know if quality will continue.
We went directly to the source, AT&T to see what changes customers can expect.
In a data factsheet posted on AT&T’s website they offer up the rationale behind the acquisition pointing out the American high-tech industry needs this merger to keep dollars on U.S. soil.
The factsheet also points out that with both carriers combining services, customers will have a larger choice of apps and devices.
An interesting point AT&T argues is that the merger will allow for 4G to become available in rural areas, but why a merger is necessary to do this remains unclear (probably because their LTE network is in its infancy). However, AT&T does promise that all T-Mobile USA customers will have access to AT&T’s 4G LTE service.
Further, although lately this could be a plus or minus depending on the American consumer’s personal views, AT&T is the only union-worker (union jobs) carrier in the United States. With unions at the top of hot topics today, offering this up as a “benefit" in the factsheet remains to be seen.
As far as pricing on plans, both AT&T and T-Mobile USA aren’t announcing an increase or a decrease and say it could take up to a year for the merge to be complete. However, T-Mobile does offer a variety of the most affordable plans out there and whether AT&T will take a lead on affordable plans isn’t clear as of yet.
What can be expected is sort of already here—consumers love their smartphones and all the neat features and they’re already paying for those extras. But nothing is free, so the more you utilize services offered by the merger, the more you’ll likely pay.