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Posted: 3/2/2006 6:28:43 AM EDT
Since ATT now controls SBC, who is a good alternative?

Or I should ask who to stay away from?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 8:00:58 AM EDT
Time Warner? If you have high speed internet at home, a lot of the VOIP services do a pretty good job (with the downside of maybe not getting to the right place when you dial 911 ).
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 3:28:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fook:
Since ATT now controls SBC, who is a good alternative?

Or I should ask who to stay away from?


I think it's the other way around. SBC purchased AT+T.The only changes I've seen are cosmetic(new logos on trucks,shirts,and hardhats,etc). There haven't been any policy changes as far as customer services are concerned.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:38:27 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:44:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 4:45:46 PM EDT by purplecheese]
Depends on what you are looking for.

If it's for business?

Nobody can beat Logix, hands down. Good custoemr service and not a fracking menu system when you call customer support (a live body picks up the phone!)

For home? I suggest Vonage, if you can get High speed internet (other than DSL). Too bad DSL isn't offered in TX in an unbound package (meaning you don't have to keep a telephone number to receive DSL).

And as has been said, AT&T was consumed into the monster known as SBC.

ETA: Clarity and spelling
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:24:00 AM EDT
And as has been said, AT&T was consumed into the monster known as SBC.



I thought it was the other way around. Isn't the SBC branding going away? Sad to see an old name like Southwestern Bell go away.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 10:44:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Gopher:
And as has been said, AT&T was consumed into the monster known as SBC.



I thought it was the other way around. Isn't the SBC branding going away? Sad to see an old name like Southwestern Bell go away.



From SBC website:


SBC To Acquire AT&T, Creates Premier, Global Provider
The $16 billion transaction creates a company with robust, high-quality network assets, both in the United States and around the globe, and complementary expertise and capabilities. It will have the resources and skill sets to innovate and more quickly deliver to customers the next generation of advanced, integrated IP-based wireline and wireless communications services.



sbc.merger-news.com/

SBC for years bitched that the competition had stripped them of money, and that the competition laws forced them to lease lines at a loss.

But they've managed to buy AT&T, Dish Network, and Pacific Bell without batting an eye.
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 10:50:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/3/2006 4:50:31 PM EDT
Interesting. When GTE and Atlantic Bell merged (hostile takeover to us old GTE folks) the FTC told the new company they could not use GTE or Bell in the name so they chose Verizon. Wonder why the same didn't apply here?

At this rate it won't be long before there is only One. Please let me get my 30 in before that happens.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 5:31:36 PM EDT
and now the beast sets it's sights on Bell South......
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:11:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By purplecheese:
Depends on what you are looking for.

If it's for business?

Nobody can beat Logix, hands down. Good custoemr service and not a fracking menu system when you call customer support (a live body picks up the phone!)

For home? I suggest Vonage, if you can get High speed internet (other than DSL). Too bad DSL isn't offered in TX in an unbound package (meaning you don't have to keep a telephone number to receive DSL).

And as has been said, AT&T was consumed into the monster known as SBC.

ETA: Clarity and spelling




I would second that I use Vonage with Time Warner cable modem (it is cheaper than the TW phone service) has been working pretty well.
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