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  •  It might be a good thing (6+ / 0-)

    for labor, but allowing AT&T to become the monolith it once was is not always so good for those who must suffer their lousy service.  If you live in less populated areas of Western States, like Middle of Nowhere Wyoming as I do. . .the hundreds and hundreds of us who had wonderful service and broadband WiFi internet with AllTel are frustrated and greatly disappointed now that we no longer can connect.

    We have had to go back to DSL service from our local phone company, and forget even cell phone reception that we once had.  Everyone in our environs are switching to other service providers for both. . .not that we have a lot of choices for the others.

    Trying to deal with AT&T during this switch over (started May 17) has done nothing but run us all in circles.  Their techs can't help and you are handed off from one to the next endlessly.

    The problem?  Who could have known that the AllTel tower just 2 miles from us isn't the same frequency that AT&T operates on?  And since it is only hundreds and not thousands of people it affects, frankly they don't care.  Maybe they will get to it in 6 months or so, maybe not.  That is the best and only answer we get.

    So I am happy if it makes good union employment for many but the SERVICE SUCKS for many of us.


    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 06:40:53 AM PDT

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    •  I just left AT&T (7+ / 0-)

      While I wish union employees only the very best, I despise AT&T. I live in Wisconsin, and if you drive thirty miles north of Madison you can kiss your coverage goodbye. They're expensive, condescending, and very supportive of the right wing.

      I moved all four of my cell lines to Credo. It was far less expensive, the Sprint network has far superior coverage here, and I feel good supporting a company that supports my progressive and liberal politics.

      I put my money where my mouth is.

      Paul Ryan = Eddie Munster - Coolness

      by Auntie Neo Kawn on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 06:56:18 AM PDT

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      Shirl In Idaho

      AT&T? I'm a former Alltel customer in Michigan. We are now Verizon customers as a result of the takeover, and it took months before all the bugs were worked out. Some still remain. We use both their cell phone service and wireless internet.

      Good luck. Around here, AT&T is known for neglecting their rural customers.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 07:48:35 AM PDT

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    •  I have done a lot of work with AT&T (4+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho, davej, slapshoe, davehouck

      Anything they touch turns to s**t. They brag about the billions they spend on the network. It sounds like a lot of money but most of it is for maintenance and to deal with their normal growth. They kill all innovation because it would mean investing instead of rewarding management They spend a fortune on lobbying and pressure their managers to contribute to their PAC. They will probably get rid of the T-Mobile employees and keep their terrible retail and customer service. I would almost bet service will get worse and I guarantee more expensive. While the few T-Mobile employees that remain may join the union the overall cost to society will be very high.

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