Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Be Careful What You Wish For

In this holiday season we reflect on what we want, and what we're thankful for. What we want is more coverage. To that end, many people have looked forward to their local wireless carrier being taken over by the likes of AT&T, Verizon Wireless and a few others. Now we are faced with not only a dominant "Big 4", but the prospects of maybe only a "Big 2"! This is not good.

We truly feel there will come a time where the Big 2 (Verizon and AT&T) will have no competition. The small carriers will depend on the Big 2 for roaming service outside their home areas and with the demise of Alltel, we expect those roaming fees to eventually not only rise, but rise significantly.

So let us give thanks for the smaller carriers who remain independent and maybe give them a serious look when our current plans expire. Like Verizon and T-Mobile, foreign investors may be the key to maintaining our cellular choices. Latin American companies already have a presence in our market and would love to have more. These are immigrants we should welcome. In the meantime, I keep doing the math on whether I can port one of our main accounts to T-Mobile and doing our part. And just for fun, we're asking Santa for a Cricket Wireless phone. They might end up being part of the Big 3.

1 comment:

Dylan Breslin-Barnhart said...

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