Friday, June 6, 2008

Two Into One = A Bad Feeling

Currently cell phone service choices here are Verizon and Alltel, so this is of considerable interest.

Verizon Wireless said on Thursday it would buy rural mobile phone service provider Alltel Corp for $28.1 billion, including debt, which would vault it to first place in the U.S. market ahead of AT&T Inc.

Verizon and Alltel have an overlap of about 15 percent of their network coverage..... Which includes this area.

Has something like this ever been good for consumers? My household is one of roughly eight on earth that does not have a cell phone, but for those here who do, I'm inclined to agree with this.....

Gigi Sohn, president of the non-profit advocacy group Public Knowledge said the deal would "speed the unfortunate trend of giving consumers fewer, rather than more, choices in telecommunications services, while giving a few companies more control over the lives of consumers."

Many people around here have switched from one to the other for a variety of reasons. Now they will have to accept what the company deigns to offer or suck sand.

1 comment:

Dale said...

I was a pretty late adopter of cell phones. I consider the phone a necessary evil.

I keep waiting for the grand forces of competition to bring me phone service that isn't an obvious ripoff. I'm waiting, remember, in one of the larger cities in the USA.

Still waiting.