Over the weekend, it was announced that AT&T is gobbling up T-Mobile for a mere $39 billion. While this should be good news for those fortunate enough to own stock in T-Mobile, the rest of us who happen to be AT&T or T-Mobile customers will not see much benefit, other than perhaps more coverage.
One sure outcome is less competition in the wireless industry, which is something that is not good for the bulk of us. Where there was once many players, today we are much fewer, especially with a network infrastructure. Less competition most often means higher prices in the future and lousier service.
One option I am seriously considering is a switch to Credomobile. It utilizes Sprint’s network. Instead of building vast piles of profits for a very few and using its funds to support political candidates I disagree with, Credo donates one percent of your charges toward progressive non-profits that benefit of the common good. Since 1985, it has distributed more than $65 million to worthwhile charities. Sounds like a winning formula to me.