No problem Ekos, you would actually be amazed at what elevating your phone or Z-boost just 8' higher will do for reception. I used to have to set my phone on a tree branch and use my headset while splicing wires and talking to the test centers for results. I worked in the rolling hills of my state and when AT&T opted to lease towers in higher (more strategic locations) I noticed higher wasn't always better for the customer because the signal would shoot over the valleys of those hills. I also noticed that being too close (with-in 500') to the tower wasn't helpful in the rural areas because the towers didn't really overlap like in the metro areas. I wasn't a cell tech but worked hand-in-hand with them daily. I provided all of the cell providers in our area with their T1 or fiber lines. They dealt with the equipment that done the magic for their company.
This is all very good information to me as an investor and an avid cruiser, thanks for the information.
OK, that wasn't really the direction I was taking with my original post, but we can take a detour. I know a little about cell technology, but I've been away from business for a couple of years. And I never worked for VZ so I can't guess what they may have done. But, before I retired AT&T was doing a lot of upgrades in our area. 3G/4G/ LTE stuff. I started getting complaints from the locals because the "upgrades" where messing with everybody reception. As it turned out, it wasn't because the upgraded had a weaker signal, it was because as we were upgrading we were also turning down some of the towers that were no longer in strategic locations. This caused the customers in the areas behind large hills to have spotty service. So I have to wonder if VZ hasn't done something similar in your case. We eventually resolved the issue by overlapping coverage again. But when big corporation decisions happen, it's slow. And in my opinion, it was detrimental to our business. Those customers had already moved to a new carrier. Good luck on your repeater idea, I've seen it work in hospitals and malls.
Yet wants to taunt AT&T. I just read an article that Netflix is paying Comcast for better streaming speeds, and struck a deal with VZ. Yet all they can do is call AT&T cheaters for double dipping in the ISP market. Then in the same breath tell the media that they will be raising the rates for their services. It seems like just a year ago Netflix doubled their rates to cover the cost of better internet. Where did that money go? I still have poor streaming from NETFLIX.
TMUS took the $4 billion T gave them and passed it on to the consumer. It's a short term affect on earnings for VZ and T. But in the end TMUS won't be able to keep up the assult. But it will do is give people an chance to try out other carriers. And with VZ poor numbers today the dividend seekers will end up coming back to T until the next numbers come out. T is still on a profitable track and undervalued in my mind. It confuses me how everytime AT&T supports or partners up with someone, the T price goes down and the new partners price goes up, but everybody keeps putting AT&T stock down as if it were poison to the market.
True, ghettopcs, .. it's possible that once the number come out they may tell a different story,, but until then.. I'm not going to believe it. And as AT&T earnings just verified, there hasn't been a significant loss to their revenue yet. You can't blame TMUS for trying, T gave them $4 billion and how they spend that money is their business. I just think it would have made more sense to merge with another company first before trying to undercut the 2 wealthiest telecoms on the block. I guess it makes for a great publicity stunt.
My thoughts are, even a clock shows the correct time twice a day. It's easy to say the DOW is going to correct or AT&T is going down,, but doing this with timing is the problem. We all know that AT&T stock price is due for a correction, but who dumb enough to short this stock at this very moment, while it still has upward momentum. If I were going to short any stock right this moment it wouldn't be telecom. They have been lagging behind the DOW for a year now,, it's time for them to catch up.
I love it when the A holes post disgruntled remarks instead of polite discussion. But here's some food for thought. When I say burning thru money, consider that TMUS is paying for the cancelation fees & early termination fees so competitors get their money back for all of those subsidized phones just so TMUS can gain a customer for a month. There is no monthly contract keeping those new customers, so after their phones are paid for they can then go to which ever provider that works best in their area. And then when they go back to their original provider they find out that their provider is offering lower rates to get them back. It's a win/win for the customer. Therefore, all TMUS has done is temporarily lowered rates for the average Joe and TMUS has gained nothing. As an investor I don't see the point, as a consumer I want to send TMUS a thank you card.
It's painful to watch day by day, but I'll take a steady daily gain over the whipsaw action that some are taking.
Do investors really believe this stock can go from $.05 per share earning to over $3.00 per share this year? The way they're blowing thru money right now, they're going to have a loss this next quarter. Even a buyout doesn't justify that kind of number for TMUS. I wish I knew what everyone else knew to justify this.
I'm new to this board, but I think TMUS is acting like a desperate investor. They think they can make a change in the market by throwing pennies at it. But in reality they would be better off investing their money into something more positive than trying to change the flow of a river. I usually cheer for the underdog, but TMUS needs more than a cheerleader right now.
I love the idea of forcing competition to lower prices. But I would hate to be a holder of TMUS stock right now.
Headline reads "AT&T Challenges Google With North Carolina Fiber Plans" ,, but when I read the article it just talks about how AT&T "plans" on offering U-verse to "as many as 3000 homes" in 6 cities. The appx. population of these combined cities is over 1.5 million people and AT&T plans on threating Google by offering service to 3000? It's as much of a headline waste as me posting this dumb remark!
I was thinking the same thing. I'm still steamimg at Randall S. for giving them the $4 billion to do this with. He basically financed this attack. I wouldn't be surprised if he ran for presidency with his abilities.
Directly following a divvy payout this stock has either stayed flat or went up 50% of the time. But you said you want to be in for long term. My suggestion is to wait for the correction that is due and buy in at $34.50,, (if it happens) ,, I'm wrong about 70% of the time,, so maybe you should buy now just in case it skips the correction.
I'm counting on $0 drop. There is history that shows during strong up trends, it continues. It's too bad we're due for a correction right now, I was hoping to see $39 in the next month.
I love math,, but haven't given it much thought. There are roughly 4,000,000 babies born in the U.S. each year. assuming 70% reach an age that can afford a smart phone and 50% of them buy a phone. that would be about 1,400,000 new service contracts each year. now multiply that by 140 countries (because some countries are just now getting into smart phones) that would be 196 million new contracts a year. That's a lot of room to expand in. The market is not yet saturated.
Your analysis looks correct, to me, on the near term.. I posted on the mid-term chart recently to look at the technicals from April of 2012. compared to those of the past couple of weeks. I hate to give this Board of Directors any congratulations ( because they've made costly mistakes in the recent past ), But their investment into the infrastructure and hiring of cheap Union labor is a move in the right direction. I stand by my opinion that T will see $44 a year from now. Sure it's due for profit taking at this point, but that's just a buying opportunity. After it breaks out of the $35 price range the only thing stopping it is $42 - $44.
Comparing what was going on with AT&T at the end of 2011 and then looking at the weekly chart for April of 2012,, this looks like the same scenario. The difference this time, is AT&T is investing a ton of money into the network and hiring thousands in cheap labor to do the expansion. Considering that AT&T is hiring this labor force at 1/2 the current rate, it's very likely that they will convince investors that they are serious this time. In my opinion AT&T share price will be $44 by this time next year.