Sunday, May 08, 2011

T-Mobile nostalgia

Let me start by letting you know I'm a happy T-Mobile customer. My first cell phone was with Cingular, which is now AT&T. I switched to Voicestream which then was purchased by T-Mobile. I've had nothing but good things to say about T-Mobile. The customer service is great. I have a modded Nexus One phone running Android 2.3.3 in which wireless tethering is native to the OS; I don't have to pay any extra for it. While on the subject of money, T-Mobile is definitely the most competitively priced mobile company out there. Sure people say the signal sucks outside of the city, been when do I EVER leave the inner loop here in Houston?

So I've been sad lately for T-Mobile. It is going to be purchased by AT&T. This means, for me anyway, that my network is going to be infiltrated by millions of more subscribers, probably making my cell experience that of some of my colleagues; it hardly ever works in crowded metropolitan areas. Also I'll be subject to AT&T's pricing and draconian controls over it's cell network; I double they'll let me continue to wirelessly tether for free, or keep the $25 unlimited data plan.

And then I come across this post on Engadget. The title says it all: "Nearly half a million customers left T-Mobile in Q1 2011". Obviously there are many reasons like Verizon's superior network, or AT&T's and Verizons iPhones. I guess it's a good thing for the stock holders of Deutsche Telekom, the owners of T-Mobile US, that they were purchased. Still, I'm going to miss my T-Mobile...

I guess I like rooting for the underdog; maybe that's why I still own my Sega Dreamcast

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