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Justice Dept. Approves Verizon/MCI, SBC/AT&T mergers

Postby ironman » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:02 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051027/ap_ ... ne_mergers

Why do I feel like we're just headed back to one giant phone company again?
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Postby chadlincoln » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:09 pm

As long as it lowers my bills...

Actually, I hope they package some of their services together like SBC does with internet, satellite, etc.
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:11 pm

I was just reading about this...

I have an unusual interest in corporate logos.

So, Sprint snatched up Nextel and now they're Sprint Nextel...

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As you can see, they're currently using three logos... but I think that the top one will prevail and the "Nextel" will get phased out over time. I like the black on yellow thing, very eye-catching.

Next big one... Verizon nabs MCI.

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I think that the MCI is going to be dumped, although it hasn't been officially announced yet. I wouldn't expect any changes from Verizon otherwise... I just hope they quit with the "can you hear me now" commercials. Ugh!

Now, we have SBC buying out AT&T. This is particularly interesting becaust AT&T was the original big-daddy of telecom, the "Ma Bell" if you will. SBC was once Southwestern Bell, one of the "Baby Bells" that was created after the antitrust case in '84.

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What's cool is that even though SBC bought AT&T, they're going to keep the AT&T name, understandably... not everyone even know who SBC is and the AT&T name is universally recognizable.

So, here's the fun part... they're going to design a new logo for AT&T! I'm so bored with that ball of blue lines... I can't wait to see what they come up with.

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Postby ironman » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:34 pm

Yeah but if the Nextel name gets phased out is the Nascar trophy change to the Sprint Cup?

NASCAR really needed to give the trophy a more static name. Like they should've named after a legendary driver like the Petty Cup or the Earnhardt Cup. And if they were concerned about having a sponsor's name on it they could contract it out to have the company's name along with the cup like the Nextel Petty Cup, kind of like they do with the bowl games (Nokia Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl). That seems to make more sense.

And I certainly hope that the merger means lower prices from SBC. They currently bend you over on their phone service. Our local cable company just got phone service up and running in the area so maybe the competition will get them to lower it.
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Postby Coppermine » Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:46 pm

I actually, I'm not sure if it's humanly possible for me to care anyless what they call the Nextel Cup or anything that has to do with NASCAR for that matter.

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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 28, 2005 6:16 am

That's quite a bit of merging. :-?

I'd like to see TXU Energy do something to lower my electric bill. They are sticking in a 24% rate increase within the next two months. :-P
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