Hilariously sad: My great mobile provider, Mint, will sell to T-Mobile for $1.35B

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As each Roman historian and Shakespeare fan is aware of, a soothsayer as soon as informed Caesar to beware the Ides of March, for on that day, darkish and horrible issues would occur. I wish to suppose the message was meant for me, too, as a result of right this moment, my beloved low-cost wi-fi service, Mint Cell, packed up its ironic communications model, its superstar possession, and its $15/month plans… and agreed to promote all of them to T-Cell for $1.35 billion.

Good for actor Ryan Reynolds, part-owner of Mint Cell. As Reynolds mentioned in an announcement, “We’re so blissful T-Cell beat out an aggressive last-minute bid from my mother Tammy Reynolds as we consider the excellence of their 5G community will present a greater strategic match than my mother’s slightly-above-average mahjong abilities.” (Ha-ha!) Reynolds additionally launched the funniest acquisition video I’ve ever seen.

Nonetheless, the information is miserable. Mint felt recent; it was a wi-fi service with a slick web site and app that labored (not less than for me) merely and seamlessly, an irreverent and straight-talking model (Reynolds despatched out temp tattoos of his face to subscribers for Christmas; they mentioned, “No Ragrets”), and nice costs. All of it Simply Labored™. Now, I really like a very good worth, however not at the price of janky service, fixed hiccups, and 2000-era web sites like I noticed at different low-cost cellular suppliers. And it wasn’t simply me; Mint racked up many suggestions, together with the “finest price range” wi-fi choice from Wirecutter.

So Mint felt particular—customer-focused and quirky relatively than company and soulless—however in fact the corporate was simply one other intently owned acquisition play that, pending regulatory approval, will now be acquired by the “Un-Service.” Blargh.

Humorous! However, you understand, additionally kinda unhappy.

I’m not alone in feeling this manner. In a surprising flip of occasions, I learn the feedback under the YouTube video announcement and didn’t despair for the way forward for humanity. (I imply, I did, however principally due to the acquisition and never as a result of “meatbot2576” wrote run-on sentences with out commas in all lowercase letters.) The primary 10 feedback I learn have been united of their criticism that one other good and enjoyable and non-horrible factor in life will likely be acquired into the company blobosphere. A pattern:

“As a Mint Cell buyer, I am not thrilled by this announcement. With acquisitions like this, it is solely a matter of time earlier than the costs go up, the standard goes down, and every thing that made the smaller firm nice is gone.”

“Noooooo. I used to be a T-mobile buyer for just a few years, and I switched to Mint particularly to get away from T-mobile. That is like leaving an abusive relationship simply to have your social employee on the protected shelter name your abusive companion to come back choose you up.”

“Properly, there goes the costs we’ve been all been used to. For those who consider that Tmobile will not change every thing EVENTUALLY and jack up costs you’re loopy….all good issues come to an finish. Good job Ryan for promoting out!”

“I do know that I don’t know Ryan personally and I do know it was foolish to take an opportunity on a more moderen telephone firm as a result of a charismatic man informed me to…. However I nonetheless can’t assist however really feel betrayed. I believed he was really a star that cared about individuals and needed to make use of his wealth for good. Having an inexpensive telephone plan was a giant constructive affect on my life…”

“Husband and I are upset. We liked that it was a smaller wi-fi firm. We liked supporting Mint Cell. We liked Ryan Reynold’s advertising technique. Let’s have a look at how lengthy earlier than costs go up and high quality goes down.”

“In contrast to the large wi-fi firms we get acquired as a substitute of buying smaller firms in an try and create a monopoly.”

“I actually hope Ryan begins one other telephone firm, I liked Mint, partly for the ‘reckless’ messages, and partly for the general concept of not having any hidden charges, only a price range plan with price range efficiency.””

“I’m…displeased by this flip of occasions. We’ll all be revisiting this jolly video and commenting in disgust in 2 years after we’re paying twice as a lot for a similar plan and the added ‘profit’ of T-Cell’s crappy customer support. I trusted you, Deadpool!”

“What is the worst factor to occur to America? Company consolidation of energy. The less actual choices we’ve, the extra it would solely damage the patron. That is extraordinarily disappointing.”

“Bought for… $1.35 billion??? In all probability the happiest YouTube video Ryan has ever posted.”

Reynolds, when not managing his Welsh soccer crew and starring in foul-mouthed superhero films, will keep on in his position at Mint. And Mint will proceed to function as a separate unit inside T-Cell. Plus, the corporate is retaining its $15-per-month plan. (For now.) And Mint was at all times simply an MVNO reseller of T-Cell service. So perhaps every thing is okay, and years from now we’ll look again with laughter on our ludicrous fears. Maybe we’ll all come to like the Un-Service. Maybe I am going to personally don a brilliant pink T-shirt and proclaim my love of T-Cell/Mint from the rooftops. But it surely’s onerous to consider that, with its large monetary payout achieved, Mint will not change a few of the issues that made it superior.

Life is change, in fact. (Apart from the a part of life that includes us complaining about change. That’s unchanging.) However that does not imply I’ve to love it. And for as soon as, I’ve YouTube commenters on my facet.