I can't take credit for the "Death star" nickname- if you do a Google image search for "at&t death star" there are a LOT of pictures. They've had the persona of an evil empire for a long, long time.
Yeah, it's probably a coincidence that all of the carriers are doing the same thing but TMUS is under the microscope right now. Someone at big red or the death star paid a lot of money for this attention.
Beans! You're back! And you're STILL bitter that nobody wants you at their party. Well, at least you get points for being consistent.
Wait, they're predicting both Sprint and T-Mobile stock is going to drop? That's... interesting. If the merger doesn't happen, T-Mobile gets a free payday and the next suitor can step up. If it does, the new entity will effectively own the lower 40% of the entire market. The only way for both companies to lose half of their value is if the merger is denied, TMUS doesn't get the breakup fee, Son isn't allowed to invest anything at all in Sprint, and neither company gets a single bit of spectrum at the auction. Or if Verizon announces a $10/mo no-contract unlimited everything plan. In other words- it's not very likely.
Maybe, but that's also how T-Mobile has acquired so many customers since the Uncarrier initiative began. There will always be people who are willing to throw money at the best coverage and speed, and there will always be people looking for a balance between quality and cost. You're right though, over time the cost for T-Mobile to expand their coverage and increase speeds will lead to higher plan rates and prices across the entire market will normalize.
That's true, but you only need to make that comment once to get your point across. There's no benefit in repeating the same thing multiple times from multiple duplicate accounts.
Very slightly higher? There's no real downside for TMUS if a bid is made, they either double in size or collect a bucket of cash. But I don't think new investors are going to pile in when it happens, everyone is still too unsure of what the outcome will be, IMO rightly so.
If Amazon sold an unlocked version of the phone directly, AT&T's deal wouldn't be very exclusive, would it? And if you follow John Legere's twitter feed- which is entertaining regardless of how you feel about him or T-Mobile- he spent the past 24 hours constantly talking #$%$ about Amazon and AT&T. Ok, mostly AT&T.
The current rumors are that Uncarrier 5.0 will be a simplification of the billing system, getting rid of pro-rated first month payments and delayed EIP bills. But you never know, they could pull an Apple-style "Oh, one more thing..."
I expect you'll be very disappointed.
The bid before September? Probably. Merger approved before September? I'll buy a hat, eat it, and put the video on YouTube.
Yeah, Sprint should do just fine after forking over a billion dollars to their nearest rival and being last place in consumer opinion. Think about why Son is willing to spend so much to acquire TMUS, rather than using that money on spectrum or Sprint's network. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Son is smarter than that. If Sprint doesn't merge with T-Mobile it'll get absolutely crushed by the duopoly and fall to fourth place.