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March 22, 2011 at 12:25 PM

AT&T deal poll: Nearly half of T-Mobile users may bail

Nearly half of T-Mobile customers polled over the last 24 hours said they may switch providers now that AT&T is buying the Bellevue-based company.

That’s according to a poll that ran for 24 hours on this blog. Thank you to those who participated.

Asked about how the deal will affect them, the largest percentage of respondents – 37 percent – said they are T-Mobile customers and will just see what happens with the merger.

But 30 percent of the respondents said they are T-Mobile customers now thinking about switching providers.

Among respondents who said they were T-Mobile customers, about 45 percent said they may switch.

(I initially led with the 30 percent figure from the survey; thanks also to the readers who helped clarify this one.)

It wasn’t a very scientific poll but the results are still interesting. If 45 percent of T-Mobile’s subscribers leave, AT&T’s new market share won’t be quite so dominant.

Asked generally if the $39 billion deal is good for consumers, two-thirds said no, it will make things worse for them. Only 14 percent said the deal will result in better service and coverage.

Of the nearly 1,500 participants in the poll, 53 percent believe the deal will be approved and 11 percent expect it to be blocked by regulators.

Here are the poll results; click the images for a larger version:

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Comments | Topics: AT&T, T-Mobile

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