AT&T Says Keep Your Rate Plan, Even When Your Contract Expires

While AT&T awaits FCC approval, DOJ lawsuits and a host of contentious members of the political machine they are still trying to win over the T-Mobile customer. As of September 16th T-Mobile updated their internal FAQ for employees regarding possible customers question surrounding rate plans changing post-AT&T takeover. A small addendum might help allay the fears of some T-Mobile customers who are fearful that their rate plans will disappear.

We’ve known for a while that AT&T has said T-Mobile customers will be able to keep their rate plans but for the same length of time we’ve wondered what would happen at the end of a contract. AT&T has finally answered that question by stating that T-Mobile customers will be able to hang onto their current rate plan “even when their term ends and the service continues on a month-to-month basis.”

That’s good news but the real question is: what happens when I want to upgrade? When I decide the time is right for a new smartphone will I be forced to leave my beloved T-Mobile rate plan behind and pick one of AT&T’s current offerings? That’s the question I want someone to answer.

 

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  • Jakeslu

    Sorry AT&T. No trust here…

  • Lleiva88

    When my contract runs out I’m just going to get simple mobile it works for T-Mobile 4g phones and its pretty reliable from what I’ve heard

    • ogopogo

      Simple Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network. Without T-Mobile, there is no Simple Mobile.

    • ogopogo

      Simple Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network. Without T-Mobile, there is no Simple Mobile.

  • Lleiva88

    When my contract runs out I’m just going to get simple mobile it works for T-Mobile 4g phones and its pretty reliable from what I’ve heard

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    “That’s good news but the real question is: what happens when I went to upgrade?”. Correction: *want* to upgrade. But AT&T is really trying their best, I wish all this just stops. Everyday it’s something new with them.

  • John in PC

    Here’s a novel idea, why doesn’t AT&T lower their pricese and packages across the board to match or beat T-mobile’s current plans? That would really show that AT&T are trully looking out for the customer…. anyone else agree? Also, AT&T should offer free smartphone and lower their ETF from $375 to $200 to all T-mobile customers since all t-mobile 3G&4G smartphones will only be good for Edge connectivity on AT&T network.

    • Farhan

      CEOs that put customer benefits above or even on par with the bottom line are few and far between. Being Devil’s Advocate here but why look out for the customer when you can control them? The idea is to take out the only GSM rival and gain lots of subscribers quickly to be able to control product pricing across the board and convince the vendors to shift from Verizon and Sprint to AT&T by showing the number of customers they will have access to at AT&T.

    • Farhan

      CEOs that put customer benefits above or even on par with the bottom line are few and far between. Being Devil’s Advocate here but why look out for the customer when you can control them? The idea is to take out the only GSM rival and gain lots of subscribers quickly to be able to control product pricing across the board and convince the vendors to shift from Verizon and Sprint to AT&T by showing the number of customers they will have access to at AT&T.

    • MIKEEEEE

      att 850 EDGE is only good for about 87k down. i know i roam into it.

      t-mo EDGE is good for about 135k.

      no matter how much lipstick puts on the deal it’s still a pig.

    • MIKEEEEE

      att 850 EDGE is only good for about 87k down. i know i roam into it.

      t-mo EDGE is good for about 135k.

      no matter how much lipstick puts on the deal it’s still a pig.

  • Farhan

    “what happens when I want to upgrade?”

    You can be sure that you’ll have to switch to an AT&T plan. If they allow you to keep your TMobile rate plan with contract renewals, they’ll be shooting themselves in the foot since current AT&T customers will just switch to TMobile before the deal goes through resulting in lower earnings after TMobile gets bought out.

  • Farhan

    “what happens when I want to upgrade?”

    You can be sure that you’ll have to switch to an AT&T plan. If they allow you to keep your TMobile rate plan with contract renewals, they’ll be shooting themselves in the foot since current AT&T customers will just switch to TMobile before the deal goes through resulting in lower earnings after TMobile gets bought out.

    • Nick

      what you said makes complete sense but I’m sure wording could be added to the contract to prevent that.

      • Farhan

        There are other loop holes too. I mean AT&T customers don’t have to jump ship directly to TMobile, they could go to Sprint or Verizon or Virgin Mobile and then move over to TMobile. Even if AT&T managed to add something to the contract to counter this, they would have a lot of existing pissed off customers. Imagine having to pay more monthly fees when you upgrade your contract as opposed to a former TMobile customer. It won’t go down well.

      • Farhan

        There are other loop holes too. I mean AT&T customers don’t have to jump ship directly to TMobile, they could go to Sprint or Verizon or Virgin Mobile and then move over to TMobile. Even if AT&T managed to add something to the contract to counter this, they would have a lot of existing pissed off customers. Imagine having to pay more monthly fees when you upgrade your contract as opposed to a former TMobile customer. It won’t go down well.

  • Planton

    Think about the folks that bought Big Wayne Little Wayne or Medium Wayne! THey will have cheap data with no way to get at it.

    Knock Know
    Who is there
    ATT
    Give me 100 and I will swap out your worthless POS for an ATT LTE and 2 year contract extnesion
    WTF
    So Sorry
    Should have listened to Charlie!

    • kenshiro

      Here’s how it will go down if AT&T takes over. Instead of changing our plans, they will throttle the sh** out of our data (even grandfathered unlimited plans), drop our calls, give us second rate coverage to AT&T plans, and deny us subsidized phone upgrades. Unless of course we buckle and agree to pay $50 more a month for the same plan through AT&T. Trust me, it doesn’t matter what promises AT&T makes, they will find a way to f*** over T-Mobile customers until we submit to their ridiculous price gouging. This is exactly what the DoJ is fighting.

  • Aleale

    AT&T can go chipmunk themselves!

  • kenshiro

    Here’s how it will go down if AT&T takes over. Instead of changing
    our plans, they will throttle the sh** out of our data (even
    grandfathered unlimited plans), drop our calls, give us second rate
    coverage to AT&T plans, and deny us subsidized phone upgrades.
    Unless of course we buckle and agree to pay $50 more a month for the
    same plan through AT&T. Trust me, it doesn’t matter what promises
    AT&T makes, they will find a way to f*** over T-Mobile customers
    until we submit to their ridiculous price gouging. This is exactly what
    the DoJ is trying to stop.

  • kenshiro

    Here’s how it will go down if AT&T takes over. Instead of changing
    our plans, they will throttle the sh** out of our data (even
    grandfathered unlimited plans), drop our calls, give us second rate
    coverage to AT&T plans, and deny us subsidized phone upgrades.
    Unless of course we buckle and agree to pay $50 more a month for the
    same plan through AT&T. Trust me, it doesn’t matter what promises
    AT&T makes, they will find a way to f*** over T-Mobile customers
    until we submit to their ridiculous price gouging. This is exactly what
    the DoJ is trying to stop.

  • kenshiro

    Here’s how it will go down if AT&T takes over. Instead of changing
    our plans, they will throttle the sh** out of our data (even
    grandfathered unlimited plans), drop our calls, give us second rate
    coverage to AT&T plans, and deny us subsidized phone upgrades.
    Unless of course we buckle and agree to pay $50 more a month for the
    same plan through AT&T. Trust me, it doesn’t matter what promises
    AT&T makes, they will find a way to f*** over T-Mobile customers
    until we submit to their ridiculous price gouging. This is exactly what
    the DoJ is trying to stop.

  • GoodPoint

    I know T-Mo customers want everything for free and have an ubber sense of entitlement like they are some form of VIP customer. 

    If AT&T is willing to let you keep your rate plan even if your contract expires that is more than fair.  At that point you’ll be off contract and free to shop around without ETF to any carrier you want to. 

    If you renew with AT&T and they ask you to change to their rate plans then that is fair too.  If you don’t like it don’t renew and move on.

    • MIKEEEEE

      if ATT had a better plan than i have now, i’d be there. 

      does att have WIFI calling? 

      does att have unlimited VOIP for 10 bucks a month?good point, are you currently a t-mo customer?if not, why are you commenting about something you will never have to do?do you think att will give att customers WIFI calling or unlimited VOIP for 10 bucks a month?

      • alex

        3 or 4 phones do WiFi calling

        and VOIP isn’t even offered anymore, hasn’t for over a year and a half.

        next thing you know you’ll be saying “oh why doesn’t att have kid connect and buddytime???”

        • MIKEEEEE

          what att phones have wifi calling?
          i also have free unlimited wifi calling too, att have that?you should have gotten t-mobile athome when it was available too, i did.

          come to zip code 38221 and see how good an iphone works.

    • MIKEEEEE

      if ATT had a better plan than i have now, i’d be there. 

      does att have WIFI calling? 

      does att have unlimited VOIP for 10 bucks a month?good point, are you currently a t-mo customer?if not, why are you commenting about something you will never have to do?do you think att will give att customers WIFI calling or unlimited VOIP for 10 bucks a month?

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      Wow, so because I chose T-Mobile because they have great signal everywhere I live and work and pay for four lines (three of them Smartphones with required data plans), apparently I want everything for free? Obnoxious much?

      • Margaret

        Such is life Babydoll25.  Nothing is forever.  Neither T-Mobile or AT&T owe anyone anything once off contract.  It might be nice that they let you retain what you have on a month to month agreement but once they pay for your subsidized new phone asking to sign up for a current rate plan is within their right.  It’s also your right to refuse and take your business elsewhere.  You don’t need the govt. to intervene.  It’s called being and adult and being responsible for your own path and actions. 

        • GhetroPCS

          Best post I’ve read on this forum in months. I’ve heard nothing but whining with everyone claiming to be victims yada yada.  Our parents lack of proper raising has led to an entire generation of entitlements i.e.:  everyone owes us everything.  

          Not all customers are worth keeping believe it or not.  Just because you pay your bill each month doesn’t mean you are profitable or valuable to the company.  You people using 10GB of data each month but only paying the $5.99 I’m talking to you. 

          When AT&T takes over I hope they put out a sign up sheet for everyone who wants to leave AT&T.  AT&T should then at that point sell those contracts to Metro PCS. 

        • GhetroPCS

          Best post I’ve read on this forum in months. I’ve heard nothing but whining with everyone claiming to be victims yada yada.  Our parents lack of proper raising has led to an entire generation of entitlements i.e.:  everyone owes us everything.  

          Not all customers are worth keeping believe it or not.  Just because you pay your bill each month doesn’t mean you are profitable or valuable to the company.  You people using 10GB of data each month but only paying the $5.99 I’m talking to you. 

          When AT&T takes over I hope they put out a sign up sheet for everyone who wants to leave AT&T.  AT&T should then at that point sell those contracts to Metro PCS. 

      • Margaret

        Such is life Babydoll25.  Nothing is forever.  Neither T-Mobile or AT&T owe anyone anything once off contract.  It might be nice that they let you retain what you have on a month to month agreement but once they pay for your subsidized new phone asking to sign up for a current rate plan is within their right.  It’s also your right to refuse and take your business elsewhere.  You don’t need the govt. to intervene.  It’s called being and adult and being responsible for your own path and actions. 

      • Margaret

        Such is life Babydoll25.  Nothing is forever.  Neither T-Mobile or AT&T owe anyone anything once off contract.  It might be nice that they let you retain what you have on a month to month agreement but once they pay for your subsidized new phone asking to sign up for a current rate plan is within their right.  It’s also your right to refuse and take your business elsewhere.  You don’t need the govt. to intervene.  It’s called being and adult and being responsible for your own path and actions. 

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      Wow, so because I chose T-Mobile because they have great signal everywhere I live and work and pay for four lines (three of them Smartphones with required data plans), apparently I want everything for free? Obnoxious much?

  • GoodPoint

    I know T-Mo customers want everything for free and have an ubber sense of entitlement like they are some form of VIP customer. 

    If AT&T is willing to let you keep your rate plan even if your contract expires that is more than fair.  At that point you’ll be off contract and free to shop around without ETF to any carrier you want to. 

    If you renew with AT&T and they ask you to change to their rate plans then that is fair too.  If you don’t like it don’t renew and move on.

  • MIKEEEEE

    let’s see what the court rules on 9/21.

    att will appeal and it will go to SCOTUS, hopefully, the supreme court will not fastrack the case and put it on the 2012 calendar.

  • MIKEEEEE

    let’s see what the court rules on 9/21.

    att will appeal and it will go to SCOTUS, hopefully, the supreme court will not fastrack the case and put it on the 2012 calendar.

  • MIKEEEEE

    let’s see what the court rules on 9/21.

    att will appeal and it will go to SCOTUS, hopefully, the supreme court will not fastrack the case and put it on the 2012 calendar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zaki-Aoi/670340422 Zaki Aoi

    i hope this stuff gets shot down. T-mobile always inovates and has new kinds of phones. AT&T just sits back slowly brings thier phones out.

  • James Devenberg

    Of course if you want a discounted phone you will have to switch to an AT&T rate plan.  The same is true if you are on T-Mobile.  If you are on an old rate plan and want a subsidized phone, they require you to update your plan.  So does Sprint.  That is why my in-laws were on ancient phones until about 6 months ago, they didn’t want to give up their rate plan to upgrade.  If your current rate plan is that important to you, buy an unlocked phone off contract that conforms to what you have in your current plan.

    • CampyGuy

      Not necessarily true. I’m an ATTWS customer with the same number for over a decade. I owned an ancient Nokia 6682 on a 450-minute plan in 2005, then converted it to a FP by adding my mother for another $10. I’m on that same 450 FP (which was never advertised) now with an iPhone 4, and have added two subsidized phones for her and a Treo/iPhone 3G/iPhone 4 in that time – and they’ve never once asked me to upgrade. I’ve upgraded online, in an ATTWS store, and in an Apple Store. I’ve even had the upgrade fee waived a few times.

    • CampyGuy

      Not necessarily true. I’m an ATTWS customer with the same number for over a decade. I owned an ancient Nokia 6682 on a 450-minute plan in 2005, then converted it to a FP by adding my mother for another $10. I’m on that same 450 FP (which was never advertised) now with an iPhone 4, and have added two subsidized phones for her and a Treo/iPhone 3G/iPhone 4 in that time – and they’ve never once asked me to upgrade. I’ve upgraded online, in an ATTWS store, and in an Apple Store. I’ve even had the upgrade fee waived a few times.

    • Steve-O

      Ive kept the same plan for about 5 years now and upgraded my phone like 3 times during that time. Tmobile doesnt make you upgrade your plan in order to upgrade your phone

  • TMoFan

    Until your stuck with an EDGE brick. at&t will be saying a lot of things before the hearing on the 21st. They can’t be trusted though because they are so desperate to ram this thing through. I’m not interested anyways since I choose not to do business with them.

    • John

      I agree. The problem is if we don’t do business with them then where do wego for our cell phones?

      My brother canceld his phone with T-Mobile after 10 years to get iPhone (iCrap) fro Verizon.

      Guess what? He gave up everything unlimited (Royalty Plan) and good sound quality and service from T-Mobile to get 400 Min and 400 Text for just $30 cheaper with iPhone.

      He got such a crappy deal and one of the dumbest moves (I know) but even I talked to him a lot about not doing it he did it.

      We used to talk a lot but since he got iPhone on Verizon we can’t talk that much because he doesn’t have much minute or text. And if we call him most of the times has no service or have many drop calls.

      Few days ago we were talking and his Phone dropped call 20 times and finally I ran out of patient. Sent him a text that I am not gonna call your cellphone anymore (iCrap with Verizon crappy service) and just call me when you are home and u can use landline.

      iPhone is crap ypu can’t even do the basic most important thing with it a sa phone: PHONE CALL for GOD sake!

      And Verizon even tough many says they are the largest but also they are not great at all. (CDMA suck so this applies to Sprint as well).

      So if in future only AT&T left as GSM and no more T-Mobile then I ahve to say we are screwed big time but again not much option so many have to deal with AT&T crap as well because it’s better than Verizon or SPrint (both CDMA).

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Thanks for taking the time to make this detailed post.

        That said, I don’t know that your friend’s experience on a signal is indicative of the entire system.  For example, in my place, even though I am at the top of a city (a hill in San Francisco) I can’t get a good signal from any carrier.  But if I walk outside I get a great signal.

        My Virgin Mobile Motorola Triumph phone uses the Sprint network and I find it quite reliable. So I disagree that Verizon and Sprint CDMA sucks.

        Do agree on the minutes issue.  People need to think long and hard about on average how many minutes they use and account for the few times a year they exceed their limits.

        Personally I would never get a 400, nor even 600 minute plan.  That’s simply not enough talk time.  With such limitations one is always going to be a clock watcher.

        Another problem with the iPhone, I don’t know if AT&T or the iPhone allows using Skype to make calls from the phone.  My phone does and that’s quite convenient to use my phone to make calls via the computer (Android Market has a Skype app).

        With Virgin Mobile I have 1200 minutes monthly, for $40.  But if I am making a long phone call I use Skype instead and save 60 minutes from my 1200, for example.

        • Anonymous

          GrooveIP plus Google Voice my friend!

          You can make and receive calls all day long, you don’t even need a carrier. GrooveIP is two or three bucks on the Amazon Appstore or five bucks in the Android market, and Google Voice is free.

          Sound quality is great, and like I said, you could even use your phone without a carrier if you were so inclined.

  • Maschwar77

    What happens to customers on the prepaid Monthly4G plan?  Do we get screwed because we simply don’t want to be tied into a contract?  Just say NO to AT&T!

  • David

    When new phones come and you want to upgrade…
    When they change T-Mobile frequnecy and your phone doesn’t work with AT&T network anymore…
    When you phone is broken and you have to buy new one…
    When the deal id done and they already have T-Mobile…

    In those situations they will force you to go with their price (much higher than T-Mobile for much less minute and data and service).

    So who is a winner here?

  • Anonymous

    when you upgrade, you’re going to get pushed to the AT&T plans.  AT&T isn’t going to invest in old plans as they’re not profitable enough.

    At least the existing plans would get grandfathered though.  That would ease plenty of customer defections.  Might even get people to renew contracts now in advance of the deal closing just to get new phones.

    I’m actually a little more for the deal closing right now just because i’ll keep my T-mobile rates and could care less about upgrading phones.  The clincher is AT&T coverage which would immensely improve my situation.

  • Dpro

    Ah no they did not get split up because the AT&T you know of today and who is doing all this is really only AT&T in name. In reality they are SBC who renamed themselves AT&T after buying AT&T long distance land lines. They were originally one of the 7 baby bells that came out of the breakup of AT&T. In fact they were one of the smallest. They only got to were they are today because of venture capital. Which allowed them to gobble up other baby bells. Which is basically what Bell Atlantic aka Verizon did as well.

    What people fail to realize is the breakup of the original AT&T was a mistake, The DOJ should have fined them under the Sherman Anti trust act. Then allowed MCI and Sprint to compete. LOL MCI is not even around today they failed and they were the ones that sued in the first place. The original AT&T was a system that worked and worked well, it had Bell labs which was an amazing techological asset for the U.S. Ya Bell labs got sold to Lucent and is a former shadow of itself. 

    Today our land lines are a mess because of all the baby bell bullshit and Verzion and SBC cobbling it back together has not  done well either.
    In the end what the DOJ is now saying is true. It would be an anti competitive duopoly with no room for any players in the big league of Verizion and AT&T cough cough err SBC.
    Times are different now.
    So yes I am  against this acquisition, I just wish some of you would learn to read up on this whole history before saying the new AT&T is the old AT&T, Its not.

  • 4g

    When my contract runs out im just going to go with lightyear wireless

    • Respawn

      Don’t you mean LightSqured? If so, they’re only doing a wholesale 4G network for other carriers to use. They won’t have their own customers.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mahmoud824 Mahmoud Shaaban

    That’s not answering anything they still didn’t tell us if we can upgrade and keep the same rates and if we will be able to use At&ts 4G LTE Network and how will they fix the whole different frequency issue will they replace all of T-mobile costumers phones.

    • David

      Here how things will work:

      AT&T will use T-Mobile frequency for their new 4G / LTE or whatever they will call it. But this will not happen over a night and they think this will takes around 2 years from when they take over T-Mobile.

      So in that 2 years T-Mobile customers can still use their phone with T-Mobile frequency for EDGE, 3G and HSPA+ (T-Mobile Fake 4G since thats is not a real 4G).

      But T-Mobile frequency slowly will convert to AT&T LTE.

      AT&T expect to complete this process in 2 years and at the end of 2 years (let say March 2014) none of T-Mobile phones with current frequency work with AT&T network anymore.

      What this means? Means at that point you need a phone with AT&T frequency. So all T-Mobile customers have to get new phone.

      You want new phone that works with AT&T? You want discount?

      This is where they will force all T-Mobile customers to switch to AT&T plans and pay AT&T prices.

      This means what AT&T says today is true and they don’t force yo to change the day they take over T-Mobile, BUT this is true only the most for 2 years (let say March 2014).

      As soon as you want to upgrade or your phone doesn’t work with AT&T anymore you are out of luck and have to pay whatever they say so basically goodbye all T-Mobile Plans.

      This is what AT&T is hoping and have plan to end all T-Mobile plans maximum in 2 years after the day they own T-Mobile.

      So these are all playing with words and the truth behind it is what I explained.

      I have HD7 and I love my phone and I can upgrade now but I have a plan to get HTC Titan or Samsung Focus S or Nokia Windows Phone for all our five line family plans.

      So I am hoping T-Mobile offer one of these phones before merg so I can lock the price for 2 years but I know after 2 years there is no hope and we are out of luck.

      • Anonymous

        They say you can keep your current plan and go month to month.
        In your paranoid filled rant about,”forcing”….last I checked I have never once been forced into anything. What is to stop me from simply buying a phone off craigslist or just bring happy with 3g?
        3g probably meets the needs of many users.

        • Guest

          Yes you can do that but then you can’t get the latest devices and you don’t have warranty for your device which means if something happen to it you will pay even more this way.

          They force you to give up and pay their price when you want one of their new devices.

          I have to agree with David. What David said is exactly what will happen and AT&T planned for T-Mobile customer and doesn’t look pretty!

        • Anonymous

          Stop being a victim no one is forcing you to do a damn thing

        • Guest

          Stop being AT&T fanboi and admit the facts!

        • Anonymous

          I don’t keep a phone for 10 years that’s beside the point.
          of course if I have a logical argument I must be a fanboy.
          at&t is it forcing you into anything.
          seriously some of you need to stop being victims and put your big boy panties on

        • Peter

          You can keep your phones for 10 years. Good for you!

          Bur 99% of people want new phone every 1 or 2 years.

          So stop talk like everybody is same as you and having boring like and keep a phone for 10 years!!!

        • William Cron

          You forget one thing: AT&T will be using T-Mobile’s current 3G/4G for their LTE service. You won’t have 3G, only GPRS and EDGE. You want high speed, you’ll most likely have to sign an AT&T contract. 

      • Ted

        Actually no one has idea what will happen. Some people think this deal has a very low chance of going through. 

      • Princeasi

        This is exactly how it will go..For those who think this is rant….Do your research on how they did the “ATT Blue” customers. This is exactly what will happen if this deal should go thru.

    • ogopogo

      According to the ITU, HSPA+ is indeed considered 4G. Sorry that I couldn’t read the rest of your post since I realized you didn’t know what you were talking about with HSPA+.

  • Kendrahicks76

    They still haven’t said what happens to people who don’t have contracts or EMP+

  • Sgt. Cell

    At&t is starting to look like the creepy old man in the bar with the jean outfit that won’t no for a answer. No one wants to party with you, go home!

    • Sgt. Cell

      Should say won’t take no

    • Sgt. Cell

      Should say won’t take no

      • MANNY_PAC

        maybe you should take some adult English lessons. Just my suggestion.

    • wendy

      My goodness, that was funny. So true.

  • Sgt. Cell

    At&t is starting to look like the creepy old man in the bar with the jean outfit that won’t no for a answer. No one wants to party with you, go home!

  • Wrongnumber

    Unless T-Mobile has gotten AT&T to agree to this in writing, isn’t all this pure nonsense and empty promises?  T-Mobile USA will no longer even exist if this acquisition takes place, so they will have no bearing or authority on anything that AT&T does.  AT&T will be free to do whatever the heck they want, unless there is something T-Mobile has gotten in writing that somehow cannot be modified (which is very difficult).

    I could care less about what T-Mobile USA promises about what will happen if this merger passes: they won’t even exist.

    • Anonymous

      If they lie on this scale, you can bet the government will intervene and force AT&T to honor it.

      Any postings about grandfathering are going through AT&T approval so it won’t even get to that anyways.  Also, a buyout doesn’t negate any commitments that T-mobile USA makes to its’ customers.  Those commitments pass right on to the new owner of the company which would be AT&T in this case.

      Some people may not like the over all AT&T situation, but at least having written statements that show they will be grandfathering might at least alleviate the concerns of some T-mobile USA customers.  I know it does for me.

      I had a feeling they would probably be grandfathered, but all the people going crazy with the comments on the blogs had me questioning it.

    • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

      That looks like writing to me…

  • Wrongnumber

    Unless T-Mobile has gotten AT&T to agree to this in writing, isn’t all this pure nonsense and empty promises?  T-Mobile USA will no longer even exist if this acquisition takes place, so they will have no bearing or authority on anything that AT&T does.  AT&T will be free to do whatever the heck they want, unless there is something T-Mobile has gotten in writing that somehow cannot be modified (which is very difficult).

    I could care less about what T-Mobile USA promises about what will happen if this merger passes: they won’t even exist.

  • http://twitter.com/Paulster1011 Paulster101

        Their desperate
    desire to acquire T-mobile’s customers and holdings will give them a clear
    monopoly of the GSM band. This allows AT&T to fix prices on people who
    desire GSM Phones. This would also allow AT&T to make the only open phone
    market here in the US
    to become an AT&T branded phone. The only phone to run GSM. Also it is
    possible, considering AT&T business practices; That foreign dignitaries or foreign
    business men would find their phones unable to work here in the US. Or
    may find themselves paying appalling roaming fees.

                AT&T
    is now going to let T-Mobile customers have their grandfather clauses as a concession.
    A term they would never publicly commit to until now. To me, this is appalling
    to realize that this company never intended to let T-Mobile’s loyal customers
    have any allowance from their old phone company. To me, AT&T sees 30
    million Americans as no more than annoying cattle to be manipulated with as
    AT&T sees fit. And will sell off 25% of such cattle to quell the antitrust
    grumblings. I noticed there was no commitment given to allow T-Mobile’s
    customers high speed data to continue working. I am incensed by this company’s
    attitude.            Why do they have pull our High Speed Spectrum off the market? To horde it along with all their other unused spectrum? They do not need it for LTE. Now a known fact.

  • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

    Everyone, calm down!  Region carriers are regional. I don’t understand why everyone’s freaking out about this potential “monopoly” but we’ve accepted it for Cable TV, Landline phones, Internet Providers, Gas, Electric, and Trash pickup! We accept monopolies into our daily lives and don’t die of starvation. The best remains the best, the rich get richer, and if MetroPCS and Sprint were really the bees knees for the majority of people they’d be winning the hearts and minds of America along with their wallets. Capitalism at it’s finest. Freakin hypocritical society is hypocritical

    • ogopogo

      You make it seem as though we have a choice in accepting or not accepting a monopoly. A monopoly does NOT give you a choice, and that is the problem. Allowing people to voice their concerns about it is the best way to prevent a monopoly to happen.

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    I’m curious if they will stick grandfathered Tmo accounts with their current AT&T terms and conditions that state if any smartphone you put on the network MUST come with a data plan. I think that’s so BS.

  • Pig-Leasher

    No, Never.

    It’s all BS, all of it; this is another freaking trick to get us from the ass…

    NEVER…

  • Neoprimal

    Complete BS. It is SO easy to offer Grandfathered accounts and then force customers to change because of minor details later on.

    You can see it so easily in the terminology used in different plans. So and so data plan requires so and so voice plan.

    So alright, it’s 2013 and Tmo has been gobbled up by ATT and here we have hundreds of thousands of happily grandfathered customers and ATT introduces or switches their 4G to some other technology. Now your old phones don’t work on this 4G and you need a new phone. To get the new phone you need a new data plan and to get this data plan, you need to switch rate plans – what now?

    Garbage. Grandfathering is NOT a deal bonus.

  • John

    What he said is correct. And you are acting like a child. He is not saying anything good about AT&T but you have to admith the facts about T-Mobile as well when there is something wrong or not good.

    Stop calling people bad names and grow up.

    Moderators, how can you let uselss insulting comments like this show up here? Shame!

  • John

    What he said is correct. And you are acting like a child. He is not saying anything good about AT&T but you have to admith the facts about T-Mobile as well when there is something wrong or not good.

    Stop calling people bad names and grow up.

    Moderators, how can you let uselss insulting comments like this show up here? Shame!

  • John

    What he said is correct. And you are acting like a child. He is not saying anything good about AT&T but you have to admith the facts about T-Mobile as well when there is something wrong or not good.

    Stop calling people bad names and grow up.

    Moderators, how can you let uselss insulting comments like this show up here? Shame!

  • ogopogo

    Thanks for the post. EVERYONE should check it out.

  • ogopogo

    Thanks for the post. EVERYONE should check it out.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    What will happen with Prepaid plans?
    Now Tmo has a big customer base in prepaid.
     

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530164052 Mark Terry II

      Not for much longer.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    What will happen with Prepaid plans?
    Now Tmo has a big customer base in prepaid.
     

  • Jon

    AT&T is sounding more and more desperate each day that passes it is really pathetic. Despite everything they are offering I don’t believe a single word of it so no thanks AT&T how about you just go away and continue to over charge your current customers.

  • Enoel69

    To all opposed to this buy out…don’t fall for any temporal promises made to Tmo customers just to finesse this deal through. I would say give them a year or two…the true colors will emerge. Probably slow at first but the milking of customers for every txt, byte and voice minute will eventually take hold. PRESERVE THE BIG FOUR NETWORKS…if DT is still bent on selling let someone who will maintain Tmo as a GSM carrier buy it. I’m hoping to see Google buy it but run it as a separate company. 

  • Guest

    Duh, what choice do they have. Let me keep my rate plan or I’m gone!!

  • Guest

    Duh, what choice do they have. Let me keep my rate plan or I’m gone!!

  • Guest

    Duh, what choice do they have. Let me keep my rate plan or I’m gone!!

  • Guest

    I have an old SunCom plan and I’ve upgraded several times through T-Mobile and they’ve let me keep my plan, but were talking about AT&T here.

  • LaZy_GeNiUs

    Stop relying on subsidize phone prices! At the end of the day carriers have no real reason to lower plans because 90% of their subscribers are on a contract!