I switched to T-Mobile from Sprint five years ago.
Sprint was a nightmare.
My girlfriend at the time wanted Sprint because her family was with that company.
Sprint is one of the crookedest companies on the planet.
My experience with Sprint was so bad that I actually threatened them with legal action if they didn't allow me out of my plan.
You see, Sprint would add new fees to your plan without ever asking.
They would also renew your plan every time you called them without telling you.
Not kidding - I once was told by a Sprint customer service rep that I had agreed to a two-year extension to my plan by calling them up and asking questions about charges for a text messaging service I had never ordered or used that they were charging me $75 a month for.
Before Sprint, I had AT&T - forcibly. I was with another company that was bought by them and suddenly one month I got a $345 bill - AT&T decided that I no longer had free long distance calling with my plan.
They did all of this without telling me, of course. Again, I had to threaten to sue and file a claim with both the NY State Attorney General and the NY Consumer Affairs Office to get justice.
When I moved to T-Mobile, my bill was always the same every month, no matter what. No mysterious charges, no fees that I was unaware of, no added services that I hadn't asked for and was now being charged for.
And the customer service was fantastic - I was switching from a family plan to a singular plan back in 2008 and they said to me "Hey, did you know you should be getting a 15% discount because you're a union member?"
I did not know that, but suddenly my bill was even lower after that phone call.
What a refreshing experience after the crookery that was Sprint and AT&T.
So when I see that AT&T is merging with T-Mobile, leaving the U.S. with two large cell phone companies (AT&T/T-Mobile and Verizon) and one small one (Sprint), the first thing I looked for is my wallet - because you know my bill, if stay with T-Mobile, will go up to AT&T prices,
On top of that, I am sure AT&T will bring it's horrible customer service to the mix, find ways to squeeze profit out of customers and just generally take what was a pleasant consumer experience with T-Mobile and wreck it.
I hear some good things about Virgin Mobile.
I think I'll be checking those things out.
Because if my choice is now between a T-Mobile run by AT&T or plans run by Sprint or Verizon, I would rather go back to the preternatural days of telegraph or tom tom.
UPDATE: Oops - check that, I see Virgin Mobile is connected to Sprint. So nix that.