AT&T has their own AWS and Verizon too.
Right. But AT&T's AWS doesn't cover the whole country like T-mobile's does:http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=99&p=1495
They aren't short on spectrum at all its a fib they are trying to tell you and they can cover the 97% w/o LTE.
Key word---without. They can cover 97% without LTE. So 55 million people won't have the opportunity to get LTE from AT&T. HSPA will be obsolete in a few years and that's what you want to saddle these people with. You keep saying it's a fib, but the maps and licenses prove you wrong.
There is another way to cover maximize your LTE and that is to convert one of your band lets say 1900MHz over to LTE
1900 is used by AT&T for 2G and 3G. They can't start reallocating it to LTE without crashing their whole existing infrastructure.
I'm trying to stop T-Mobile from being sucked up completely.
T-Mobile isn't getting sucked up. They are selling out. Read T-mobile's response to opponents to the merger:http://www.tmonews.com/2011/06/t-mobile-comments-on-new-fcc-filings-calls-opponents/
Do you think DT is interested in keeping T-Mobile USA running as they have been? No, they do not. It's pretty obvious. They only want their $39 billion in cash & stock.
They haven't said anything lately on replacing handsets.
It's on their website everyday. They haven't taken it down.
So why do ppl boo at AT&T all the time. Because most don't like them
Really, that's why they're signing up on AT&T in record numbers:
From the 2011 first quarter report:Best-ever first-quarter increase in total wireless subscribers, up 2.0 million to reach 97.5 million subscribers in service, with gains in every category
Best-ever first-quarter smartphone sales of more than 5.5 million
iPhone activations increased nearly 1 million year over year to 3.6 million, with 23 percent of subscribers new to AT&T; iPhone subscriber churn unchanged year over year
Best-ever first-quarter connected device net adds of 1.3 million
Branded computing subscribers (includes tablets, aircards and other data-only devices) up 421,000, doubling since the first quarter of 2010 to reach 3.4 million
Somebody is not booing AT&T---they're actually spending quite a bit of money on their services.
AWS 1700/2100 -> Flipped to LTE. So you no longer have 3G or HSPA+ 21/42.
I'll have it on 850/1900. I'll have a device with those frequencies and AT&T will put their transmitters on the T-Mobile towers with the backhaul for 21/42. It will be fine. Meanwhile, they'll have 75 milllion people covered by LTE by the end of the year. So I may just switch to that if I'm covered. Either way, I'm good to go.
T-Mobile USA has no route to LTE and without AT&T would just die a slow death while peddling HSPA or merging themselves with Sprint. (And don't think they weren't in talks to sell you out to Sprint, because they were.)
Still wouldn't make a better network because AT&T built it and they are screw ups.
You want to see screw-ups, see Sprint.
But it doesnt take that long for a tower. I read 6 months somewhere.
A tower where? In timbuktu? Or New York? Or San Francisco where they need to expand the most?