My wife has T-Mobile, and even though she's never had any other carrier in the past 10 years, she's convinced it's the best one out there. I've been trying to get her to switch to AT&T forever, and never could... oh... this will be good. I can't wait to tell her... I'm going to make it special.
Not that I like to give my wife little jabs... but oh, I will so enjoy this...
Posts: 38443 From: Carrollton GA. Out in the... country. Registered: Oct 1999
I know i live in a different era and the chances that this would help in this day and age is somewhat less then zero.. But i do remember a time when Ma Bell being the only guy on the block was a GOOD thing. ( sure there were a few other minor players, but they were just blips on the windshield. )
It made for one consistent network where everything was compatible. Price increases had to be justified and approved. They were required to provide services to outlying areas even at a loss, and maintain certain levels of QoS for everyone with no finger pointing. A percentage of their income went back to R&D and infrastructure improvements.. Sure they made boatloads of $, but it was also monitored and i feel we came out ahead as consumers.
Since the breakup all i have seen is a massive increase in my bill, reduced service quality and a fragmented market driven only by greed, little 'investment' being done. It delayed the stuff we have now like wireless data and smart phones by decades.
Of course today, this may just end up screwing us more.
Posts: 4304 From: New Berlin, Wisconsin Registered: Feb 2003
This isn't the old AT&T. Southwestern Bell (SBC) bought the AT&T name and some of the old regional companies. Bell Labs is now part of Alcatel-Lucent (a French company) and Western Electric pieces are owned by five different companies.
AT&T wrote the break-up plan and Judge Greene signed it. Many people likely profited from the breakup. Only the public/customers lost.
I once worked for both Bell of Nevada and AT&T Long Lines but that was in the 60's, long before the breakup.