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Forced from Verizon to AT&T by merger.

OK, Hi everyone, this is my first post.  My name is Belome and I live in Mid-MI.

 

First off, I want to say that I am in the process of being transitioned from Verizon to AT&T forcibly.  I have no say in the matter, actually, nobody does except the FCC.

 

With that said.  AT&T is kind enough to offer me a 'comparable' phone for all three of my current Verizon accounts.

 

I have several complaints.

 

1)  I'm in the dark.  They can't tell me anything about plans, features, pricing... anything.  They just say at this time everything will stay the same.  Well, by staying the same I can no longer call and text other Verizon customers for free.  That is 75% of my current minutes.  If I lost this feature, my current plan would not be sufficient.

 

2)  Their comparable phone is not comparable in my eyes.  I currently have a Driod 2, the top of the line Verizon Andriod phone.  They are offering me for free as a comparable phone the HTC Aria.  If anyone here thinks this is a fair 'compatible' phone please speak up... because in my mind it isn't.

 

At this point, I'd be willing to at least try AT&T and their service for thier 30 day trial period... but not with an inferior phone.  Of course, nobody at AT&T is willing too (or well enough versed) to even listen to me over the phone.  All they can say is pick out the phone you want and you will be good to go.

 

Not with an HTC Aria I won't.

 

 

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I 'm loving it ATT sucks and I'm going to straight talk ATT can throw their company in a ditch as far as I care!

I 'm loving it ATT sucks and I'm going to straight talk ATT can throw their company in a ditch as far as I care!

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I need to know how to email the president at ATT!

I need to know how to email the president at ATT!

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Edited by pamelaz on May 21, 2011 at 11:54:32 AM

[Per Guidelines:  Keep it Relevant and Appropriate].

 

Just google what you are looking for its... its easily obtained on the internet.

[Per Guidelines:  Keep it Relevant and Appropriate].

 

Just google what you are looking for its... its easily obtained on the internet.

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Edited by RicoLX on May 21, 2011 at 7:37:44 AM

I originally posted a link i used once before thats provided by att but realized the poster here may not even be a customer.  I dont want to add to the issue. .   removed the post..

I originally posted a link i used once before thats provided by att but realized the poster here may not even be a customer.  I dont want to add to the issue. .   removed the post..

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I just have to repeat this again, and I have read it a few times in this thread.

 

AT&T is not, I repeat, NOT forcing you to use AT&T. Your friendly GOVERNMENT (FCC) is. AT&T is not forcing this merger, the FCC is FORCING the merger!!!!!

OK? Now you have a target for your frustrations, the FCC. AT&T just happens to be the corporation that the FCC decided to force the merger on, so you are offered what that corporation deems compatible equipment. Don't like the equipment or coverage??? NEXTEL.

 

Thank you, now move along, there's nothing to see here.

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I just have to repeat this again, and I have read it a few times in this thread.

 

AT&T is not, I repeat, NOT forcing you to use AT&T. Your friendly GOVERNMENT (FCC) is. AT&T is not forcing this merger, the FCC is FORCING the merger!!!!!

OK? Now you have a target for your frustrations, the FCC. AT&T just happens to be the corporation that the FCC decided to force the merger on, so you are offered what that corporation deems compatible equipment. Don't like the equipment or coverage??? NEXTEL.

 

Thank you, now move along, there's nothing to see here.

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Them be'z some strong words, GR, but true. And I also think this exact conversation does exist in another discussion
Them be'z some strong words, GR, but true. And I also think this exact conversation does exist in another discussion
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Att did have to agree to purchase the customer accounts and towers from Verizon. It easily could have been US Cellular, T-Mobile, etc as the purchaser.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :smileyhappy:
Att did have to agree to purchase the customer accounts and towers from Verizon. It easily could have been US Cellular, T-Mobile, etc as the purchaser.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :)
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ghostryder wrote:

 

Thank you, now move along, there's nothing to see here.


Holdup there sparky,.....the FCC DID NOT force AT&T to give the OP an obviously horrible offer of replacement. Justify that. Before we "move along". Your points made trying to justify AT&Ts actions,are moot.

 

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning,You dont try to justify others wrongdoings!


ghostryder wrote:

 

Thank you, now move along, there's nothing to see here.


Holdup there sparky,.....the FCC DID NOT force AT&T to give the OP an obviously horrible offer of replacement. Justify that. Before we "move along". Your points made trying to justify AT&Ts actions,are moot.

 

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning,You dont try to justify others wrongdoings!

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Edited by Zombiehunter on May 22, 2011 at 12:39:56 AM

Yup, this is your opinion, just like that was mine...sparky

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Yup, this is your opinion, just like that was mine...sparky

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ATT could have easily won my loyalty from the get go had they not offered such horrendous equipment as 'comparable' equipment.  [Their original offer was an HTC Aria, which was a huge slap to my face.]  I had to fight just to get a Captiviate to replace my Droid 2 and I hated it.

 

The FCC didn't force ATT to offer us such cruddy equipment as replacments to our top of the line Android phones.

 

ATT could have easily won my loyalty from the get go had they not offered such horrendous equipment as 'comparable' equipment.  [Their original offer was an HTC Aria, which was a huge slap to my face.]  I had to fight just to get a Captiviate to replace my Droid 2 and I hated it.

 

The FCC didn't force ATT to offer us such cruddy equipment as replacments to our top of the line Android phones.

 

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Thats one issue that does go with the territory when you are with a new carrie whether willingly switched over or via merger. If the new carrier doesnt support your current device or if the new carrier doesnt have devices as nice or better, then the customer have to work with whats available. Do you have an option to close account without etf due to lack of comparable equipment?
Thats one issue that does go with the territory when you are with a new carrie whether willingly switched over or via merger. If the new carrier doesnt support your current device or if the new carrier doesnt have devices as nice or better, then the customer have to work with whats available. Do you have an option to close account without etf due to lack of comparable equipment?
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Yes, I could have quit and I had every intention of doing so and simply going back with Verizon.  However, the FCC also blacklisted my phone number so I couldn't port it back to Verizon.

 

Ultimately, my number meant more to me than my carrier.  I live in rural America so basically ATT and Verizon were my only two options.  I also bucked up and paid for a Motorola Atrix because I couldn't stand the Captivate.

Yes, I could have quit and I had every intention of doing so and simply going back with Verizon.  However, the FCC also blacklisted my phone number so I couldn't port it back to Verizon.

 

Ultimately, my number meant more to me than my carrier.  I live in rural America so basically ATT and Verizon were my only two options.  I also bucked up and paid for a Motorola Atrix because I couldn't stand the Captivate.

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They might have won mine if they had truly similar coverage as their transition website claimed. The coverage I had before under Verizon was completely different and covered a much larger area of the CMA (cellular market area) then what AT&T took over.

I would have never been able to turn my phone into a mobile hotspot this weekend if I was still on AT&T this weekend. There is only AT&T Edge available at the location where I was able to use Verizon's 3G network and create a mobile hotspot with my current Verizon phone. This location was within the boundary of the same CMA that was supposedly transitioned from Verizon to AT&T.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :smileyhappy:
They might have won mine if they had truly similar coverage as their transition website claimed. The coverage I had before under Verizon was completely different and covered a much larger area of the CMA (cellular market area) then what AT&T took over.

I would have never been able to turn my phone into a mobile hotspot this weekend if I was still on AT&T this weekend. There is only AT&T Edge available at the location where I was able to use Verizon's 3G network and create a mobile hotspot with my current Verizon phone. This location was within the boundary of the same CMA that was supposedly transitioned from Verizon to AT&T.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :)
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Ann(droid154), what was the basis of your transition again? Was it due to att acquiring towers or part of an alltel deal? I cant remember. Not fun when its out of your control to be bought out and new service is worse than your original carrier.
Ann(droid154), what was the basis of your transition again? Was it due to att acquiring towers or part of an alltel deal? I cant remember. Not fun when its out of your control to be bought out and new service is worse than your original carrier.
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My area and belome's area were Verizon markets that were sold along with many Alltel markets to prevent monopolies during the Verizon/Alltel merger. The Alltel markets in the same area will be transitioned to Verizon once AT&T is done switching the original Verizon portion. Apparently at least for my area, I was hitting more actual Alltel towers then I thought. Even though my phone always said Verizon. The true Verizon area was much smaller.

http://www.cellularmaps.com/alltel_divest.shtml
Probably from mobile, maybe. :smileyhappy:
My area and belome's area were Verizon markets that were sold along with many Alltel markets to prevent monopolies during the Verizon/Alltel merger. The Alltel markets in the same area will be transitioned to Verizon once AT&T is done switching the original Verizon portion. Apparently at least for my area, I was hitting more actual Alltel towers then I thought. Even though my phone always said Verizon. The true Verizon area was much smaller.

http://www.cellularmaps.com/alltel_divest.shtml
Probably from mobile, maybe. :)
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How was your transfer back to the "other mom"? Did u habe to go through termination procedures from att?
How was your transfer back to the "other mom"? Did u habe to go through termination procedures from att?
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Relatively painless. Ported my number back after three weeks at AT&T. The $150 termination fee on the last bill was a bit shocking, but a phone call to CS fixed it post haste. I canceled within the 30 days window and therefore no termination fee allowed. I will tell you one thing. I have called AT&T's CS more times in the last few months then I had called VZW CS in last five years.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :smileyhappy:
Relatively painless. Ported my number back after three weeks at AT&T. The $150 termination fee on the last bill was a bit shocking, but a phone call to CS fixed it post haste. I canceled within the 30 days window and therefore no termination fee allowed. I will tell you one thing. I have called AT&T's CS more times in the last few months then I had called VZW CS in last five years.
Probably from mobile, maybe. :)
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belome wrote:

 

The FCC didn't force ATT to offer us such cruddy equipment as replacments to our top of the line Android phones.

 


Like I said...... You are correct Belome. This is stateing fact. NOT opinion.


belome wrote:

 

The FCC didn't force ATT to offer us such cruddy equipment as replacments to our top of the line Android phones.

 


Like I said...... You are correct Belome. This is stateing fact. NOT opinion.

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still have my pancake phone and no bill. I told ya

still have my pancake phone and no bill. I told ya

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Thanks for the update... although I doubt its over.

Thanks for the update... although I doubt its over.

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Pancake phone?
Pancake phone?
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He put the phone that ATT sent him in a press (as I recall) and hung it on his wall as a momento instead of sending it back to them.  [I'm sure if you read the last few pages of this thread you will see it all.]

He put the phone that ATT sent him in a press (as I recall) and hung it on his wall as a momento instead of sending it back to them.  [I'm sure if you read the last few pages of this thread you will see it all.]

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Lol, creative recycling.... I am almost afraid too read it, but sounds too good to miss... I will read it :smileywink:
Lol, creative recycling.... I am almost afraid too read it, but sounds too good to miss... I will read it :smileywink:
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You my friend owe me a cold beer!

 

 It's over. Thank God!

 

 Now being with Sprint, so far so good! I like my HTC Evo, it's as good as my DroidX was. AT&T had better get their act together, I have yet to talk to a satisfied AT&T customer.

 

 I have redirected quite a few folks to Sprint, and will continue to do so. Their service is less expensive and just as good as Verizon.

 

 Where AT&T fell short was offering a less then satisfactory device to replace the device I already had, then to add insult offer the same monthly bill along with the chance to pay to upgrade to a device still not as good as what I already had.

 

 They burnt any chances of me wanting anything to do with them as a provider. They showed me what they were about.

You my friend owe me a cold beer!

 

 It's over. Thank God!

 

 Now being with Sprint, so far so good! I like my HTC Evo, it's as good as my DroidX was. AT&T had better get their act together, I have yet to talk to a satisfied AT&T customer.

 

 I have redirected quite a few folks to Sprint, and will continue to do so. Their service is less expensive and just as good as Verizon.

 

 Where AT&T fell short was offering a less then satisfactory device to replace the device I already had, then to add insult offer the same monthly bill along with the chance to pay to upgrade to a device still not as good as what I already had.

 

 They burnt any chances of me wanting anything to do with them as a provider. They showed me what they were about.

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As hot as it is today, lets go for a keg. Something tells me Sprint will be offering sweet deals for awhile that will be more affordable compared to att packages
As hot as it is today, lets go for a keg. Something tells me Sprint will be offering sweet deals for awhile that will be more affordable compared to att packages
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I'll buy you a beer... when I know it is officially over.

 

Check your credit rating lately?

I'll buy you a beer... when I know it is officially over.

 

Check your credit rating lately?

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How would they affect my credit rating? I have received no bills or anything whatsoever from AT&T. I instructed them to never contact me again in regards to this whole episode. I told them I will dispose of the device and they were to dissolve any type of relationship they thought they had with me. Furthermore, I did not ever want to be solicited from them in the future for ANY reason.
 I had their word that our relationship was over.Legally I have no connection with AT&T as I never signed anything or chose the device they sent me. I refused right from the beginning any contact and they sent me a crappy Captivate without me wanting or telling them to.
 No matter what it says in Verizon's contract that contract is only with them. NO other company can own you without signing an agreement or contract with THAT company. ANYTHING a company sends you is yours as a gift. I assure you I researched the heck out of this before hand. Don't be scared of these companies folks.

 

 As a matter of fact I did check me rating a bit over a week ago as I am refinancing a mortgage and I am clean.

How would they affect my credit rating? I have received no bills or anything whatsoever from AT&T. I instructed them to never contact me again in regards to this whole episode. I told them I will dispose of the device and they were to dissolve any type of relationship they thought they had with me. Furthermore, I did not ever want to be solicited from them in the future for ANY reason.
 I had their word that our relationship was over.Legally I have no connection with AT&T as I never signed anything or chose the device they sent me. I refused right from the beginning any contact and they sent me a crappy Captivate without me wanting or telling them to.
 No matter what it says in Verizon's contract that contract is only with them. NO other company can own you without signing an agreement or contract with THAT company. ANYTHING a company sends you is yours as a gift. I assure you I researched the heck out of this before hand. Don't be scared of these companies folks.

 

 As a matter of fact I did check me rating a bit over a week ago as I am refinancing a mortgage and I am clean.

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That's seriously awesome!  Congratulations!

That's seriously awesome!  Congratulations!

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I don't miss the Aria or the AT&T network one bit.

Happily enjoying Verizon 3G (this year to be 4G LTE), my original phone number, and a 4.3" android phone with Thunder. :smileywink:
Probably from mobile, maybe. :smileyhappy:
I don't miss the Aria or the AT&T network one bit.

Happily enjoying Verizon 3G (this year to be 4G LTE), my original phone number, and a 4.3" android phone with Thunder. :smileywink:
Probably from mobile, maybe. :)
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Edited by RicoLX on Jun 15, 2011 at 3:30:33 PM

Ann154 wrote:
I don't miss the Aria or the AT&T network one bit.

Happily enjoying Verizon 3G (this year to be 4G LTE), my original phone number, and a 4.3" android phone with Thunder. :smileywink:

<sniffle, sniffle...... i'm beginning to feel like "Phil The Sonic Vampire".....

 

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Ann154 wrote:
I don't miss the Aria or the AT&T network one bit.

Happily enjoying Verizon 3G (this year to be 4G LTE), my original phone number, and a 4.3" android phone with Thunder. :smileywink:

<sniffle, sniffle...... i'm beginning to feel like "Phil The Sonic Vampire".....

 

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