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Cingular to strongarm AT&T customers

by rotty022 / March 2, 2007 5:45 AM PST

i heard that cingular is going to force at&t customers to switch to a cingular plan in the near future. can anyone verify this? what is the timeframe? i called cingular business dept. they are pretty hush-hush about it.


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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 6:59 AM PST

Nobody is certain when, but it will happen. Just remember the old AT&T wireless is not the same as the new AT&T.

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From what I was reading
by PudgyOne / March 2, 2007 7:09 AM PST

it looks like you got it backward.

I know my boss used to have ATT and then they switched them to Cingular. Phones were out of date. I think they were using a different frequency. It looks like the end of 2007, Cingular will be ATT, again.

Hope this helps.


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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 9:02 AM PST

I didn't get it wrong.

In 2004 Cingular Wireless which was owned 60% by SBC (Southwestern Bell) and 40% by Bellsouth bought AT&T Wireless and absorbed it into Cingular Wireless.

In 2006, SBC purchased AT&T landline and renamed themself as the new AT&T.

At the end of 2006, the new AT&T bought out Bellsouth thus giving them 100% ownership of Cingular Wireless.

At the beginning of 2007, the new AT&T began rebranding Cingular Wireless under their product name.

Yes, I know what I am talking about.

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yeah but what about...
by rotty022 / March 2, 2007 12:08 PM PST
In reply to: No

the customer. we are getting strongarm'ed into a cingular plan. this is not equivalent to an at&t plan. my nights start at 7pm. that is extremely convenient for me. i'll be losing 12000 mins if i'm forced to a cingular plan in which nights start at 9pm. bastages!!!


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by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 2, 2007 10:33 PM PST
In reply to: yeah but what about...

Just remember, you are not in a contract and you are free to walk if you are told you have to change your plan.

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by crazyfool71 / March 3, 2007 10:51 PM PST
In reply to: yeah but what about...

aren't the old at&t plans tdma? they can use the same network as regular cingular customers?

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Yes and no
by birdmantd Forum moderator / March 3, 2007 11:30 PM PST
In reply to: coverage?

AT&T Wireless did offer GSM and TDMA plans prior to the buyout. Keep in mind that all TDMA phones will no longer be usable after Feb 2008 when the FCC allows carriers to drop the network.

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tdma phones
by gamedreamer / March 7, 2007 6:03 AM PST
In reply to: Yes and no

man those phones have got to be way out of date by now

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