Infographic: AT&T’s History: Splitting, Merging and Re-Emerging

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A long time ago, AT&T was a huge, monster company. They were split up in the mid-80s and became what were known as the Baby Bells. This was the seven bells: Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Telesis, SouthWestern Bell, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and US West.

Bell Atlantic and NYNEX later went on to become Verizon.

Four of the other Baby Bells: Ameritech, BellSouth, Pacific Telesis and SouthWestern Bell have since become a part of AT&T.

Now the communications giant is looking to scoop up T-Mobile. The government is looking into it, but it's unclear what will happen at this point. Either way, this would make them the nation's largest carrier in terms of subscribers and give them full control of the GSM market. That's a cause for concern for many. As it probably should be for anyone who pays a wireless phone bill. It's stuff we've been looking at for the last few weeks.

It's also been speculated (though Verizon has said 'no') that Verizon could go for Sprint if AT&T were to be allowed to buy up T-Mobile.

It's an interesting situation, and we are sure we will keep hearing about it for a while. How do you feel about AT&T picking up T-Mobile?

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