I don't believe at the end of the agreement ATT will switch everyone. Things will continue as before. There will just be no new ATT customers.
I remember someone posting a sat showing that while AT&T had signed up a good number of subs in Q1 this year, they had only signed up like 3,000 in Q2 while they focused on U-verse. Is this true? If so, I don't think this is as big of deal as it is being made out to be. Since the roll out of u-verse, I've scarcely seen AT&T trying to market Dish. I doubt DirecTV will see better marketing.
But in line with the thought, how about Dish tries to partner with Vonage to offer a discount? That would give them 2 out of 3 services, plus the discount. Unfortunaltey, I don't think there are any large, standalone ISPs for the residential market available to offer the full bundle (given satellite internet being incompatable with Vonage and too expensive anyway).
AT & T Longest I like and going to get…do have dish now…but soon as my contract is over going to get AT& T.. AT & T u can record four shows and plus u can watch any shows or record any shows in any rooms & watch it in one DVR?/??? YESSS. NO MORE those stupid extra boxes & DVRS in each rooms and recording problem watching shows an all... because ONLY SD one tv and HD another TV just B.S!!!! AT & T looks real GOOD & cant wait! I pay $7 for each boxes used to be $6.00 6 months ago when i got dish, and cant get 2 DVRS because I have to buy another HD box for $300 what the B.S..longes I know bye bye dish soon! and they getting more expensive too every few months too , I have 250CH/ GOLD HD pack with 2 EXtra boxes.... paying $96 amonth ;LOL
To AT&T's credit, U-verse is a hell of a lot better of a deal than Comcast is out here. You can get a fairly tricked out setup (4 TVs, DVR, 200 channels, 10mb/sec internet and phone service) for what comcast wants for a DVR on one TV, the rest on oldschool cable, 8mbps internet, and phone service.
I participated in an on-line AT&T survey today, being a DSL and Land Line customer. Contrary to the recent news, here is a portion of what was in the survey.
New Promotional Concept - New Dell Inspiron Mini 9" notebook computer for $249 with purchase
AT&T is considering a new promotional offer that would include a $200 discount on a new Dell Inspiron Mini 9" notebook computer with the purchase of the following special bundle of services:
* New AT&T High Speed Internet Pro 3.0 mbps Internet service or higher ($30 per month)
* AT&T Nation 450 wireless calling plan with 450 anytime minutes and unlimited rollover ($39.99 per month)
* AT&T DISH Network Digital Advantage package which includes DVR service and more than 100 digital channels, including locals, for $39.99 per month