AT&T/Cingular Merger News/Details

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  1. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    Cliff's Notes: AT&T Wireless customers will eventullay be Cingular customers and the AT&T Wireless brand will be phased out.




    AT&T, AT&T Wireless, and Cingular Strike Branding Accord


    Brand transition plan in place for Cingular acquisition of AT&T Wireless,
    AT&T to sell network services to combined wireless carrier

    REDMOND, Wash., BEDMINSTER, N.J., and ATLANTA, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ --
    AT&T (NYSE: T), AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE), and Cingular Wireless today
    announced they have resolved issues relating to the use of the AT&T brand in
    connection with Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless. The agreement the
    parties have reached also includes a provision for the purchase of AT&T
    network services.
    The three companies have modified the brand license agreement between AT&T
    and AT&T Wireless to clarify the use of the AT&T brand by AT&T Wireless and
    Cingular in connection with the merger in an effort to minimize customer
    confusion. In addition, AT&T and AT&T Wireless have also addressed and
    clarified certain brand-related issues. They expect the licensing agreement
    to remain in effect through the closing of AT&T Wireless' merger with Cingular
    and for six months beyond it.
    During a six-month transition following the merger, Cingular will have
    certain licensee rights to the AT&T brand for wireless services.
    Cingular intends to use its own brand for the new combined company
    following its acquisition of AT&T Wireless, and it will cease using the AT&T
    brand at the end of the transition period.
    The deal also modifies the terms of separate, current agreements between
    AT&T and AT&T Wireless that involve the purchase of AT&T network services.
    Under the terms of the new accord, a portion of the agreement under which
    AT&T provides services to AT&T Wireless has been modified and extended for up
    to 17 months. AT&T will provide the combined Cingular/AT&T Wireless with
    international long distance, private line services, and corporate
    telecommunications services. This represents a commitment of $100 million to
    AT&T, the companies noted.

    About AT&T Wireless
    AT&T Wireless (NYSE: AWE) is the second-largest wireless carrier, based on
    revenues, in the United States. With 21.737 million subscribers as of June 30,
    2004, and revenues of more than $16.8 billion over the past four quarters,
    AT&T Wireless delivers advanced high-quality mobile wireless communications
    services, voice and data, to businesses and consumers, in the U.S. and
    internationally.

    About AT&T
    For more than 125 years, AT&T (NYSE: T) has been known for unparalleled
    quality and reliability in communications. Backed by the research and
    development capabilities of AT&T Labs, the company is a global leader in
    local, long distance, Internet and transaction-based voice and data services.

    About Cingular Wireless
    Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC)
    and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS), serves more than 25 million voice and data
    customers across the United States. A leader in mobile voice and data
    communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer
    Rollover(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly
    minutes. Cingular is the largest provider of GSM services in the United
    States, and has a 100 percent digital GSM/GPRS footprint across its service
    area. It also launched the world's first commercial deployment of wireless
    services using Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology.
    Cingular also provides corporate e-mail and other advanced data services
    through its GPRS, EDGE and Mobitex packet data networks. Details of the
    company are available at http://www.cingular.com .
     
  2. Pineapple Devil

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    i wish they'd quit referring to it as a merger and referr to what it is....a BUYOUT.
     
  3. maczter

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    seems they can't make up their minds...

    "...Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless..."


    "...by AT&T Wireless and
    Cingular in connection with the merger..."
     
  4. turbodeuce

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    Not exactly news, but anyway. Oct 1st is when AT&T plans are going to mirror cingular's. And Jan 2nd is when the lay offs take place WhooHOO! Unemployment!
     
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    REDMOND, Wash., BEDMINSTER, N.J., and ATLANTA, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ --

    :dunno:
     
  6. squink

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    damn more jobless people
     
  7. YelloWRX

    YelloWRX Sonic Yellow...Bitch!

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    Do the two companies have an overlapping GSM infrastructure? Or is it mostly complimentary?

    Anyone have info on how aggressive the GSM expansion is?
     
  8. maczter

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    overlapping and complimentary. i was just at my dentist's office in northwest austin this morning and my phone said i was on cingular's network (i'm an at&t customer).
     
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    Are there maps of the combined gsm coverage area?
     
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    They are complimentary, but Cingular just sold most of it's western network to T-Mobile, although I think there are still roaming agreements in place after the sale goes through. But when they are up then that means all of Cingular's customers are dumped onto what is now AT&T's network? :dunno:

    No one will give you a good answer about gsm expansion... everyone in the industry lies to customers about shit like that. "There's no coverage at my house." "Oh, we're working on building towers there." LOL. We do get lists of all the new towers put up in the area every month, but they aren't very helpful.
     
  11. Pineapple Devil

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    you should be able to look at both cingular's and at&t's coverage maps and see the same exact thing. thats what the coverage map will be
     
  12. maczter

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    firing up photoshop now... :)

    edit: nevermind. they each used a different projection type for their maps, so they can't be overlayed simply by scaling as i thought. one map is one of the projections that has the US/Canada border straight and the other is curved, so all the state borders are whacked out when you try to overlay them. suffice it to say that unless you live in the middle of the midwest wilderness, you should be good to go. all up and down the west coast, pretty much the whole central and eastern parts of the country and all major metropolitan areas and major highways between them were covered.
     
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    anymore new news about the mergin of the company?????
     
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    Yup! I already have logins for cingular systems and I get to go to Cingular training all day tomorrow! woot! :greddy:
    Gonna quit my job soon!
     
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    The guy I talked to at TMobile used to work in AT&T Customer Care. Maybe TMobile is hiring? :dunno:
     
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    i dont think i'm gonna quit until after i find out if i'm layed off
     
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    I'm waiting for an offer from verizon....
    I'm in training right now. This is so stupid.. They just taught me how to click a link. very informative.......
     
  20. Pineapple Devil

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    i want out of retail. i'm trying to find somewhere in a hospital so can get some experience before i finish school. ask them about the 64k sim cards and why at&t customers CAN NOT use their phones on cingular. even if they are unlocked. dont let them tell you that mMode settings are different b/c that stuff can be changed
     
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    say what?

    so should i return the T637 i just bought since it's still less than 30 days old and wait until the merger is complete to get a cingular branded phone (or unlocked phone elsewhere)?
     
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  23. Pineapple Devil

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    well it makes no sense to me b/c my 6620 is unlocked, works off cingular's network, works on their internet settings and picks up 850. thats everything that i've heard why customers would need a new phone. the only thing that i can conclude is that they dont want to have to go through unlocking phones that are still branded at&t.

    there is a very informative debate in my thread here http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=484657&perpage=20&pagenumber=1
     
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    is cingular replacing SIMs of their current (pre att) customers? I heard something about sending out 64k cards after 11/1
     
  25. RobsMob

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    So if we have ATT here in Phoenix, does that mean we'll have Cingular soon? :x:
     

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