Buying shares is more risky than ever, IMHO. If you have a bit of spare cash to play with, I would diversify. Put $500 into Telecom, and the rest into other higher risk ventures. There's a good chance you'll lose value, but the gamble is that you could make many times that.
Their executives couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery (ask yourself, when is the last time that telecom ever succeeded at a new business, where that business was not rooted in monopoly?). See xt / cdma / ferrit / aapt / online shopping .............. Everything they touch turns to mud.
If telecom had a decent CEO (and I mean of Richard branson/steve jobs calibre) , maybe i'd buy.
But, all they have is a guy who knows how to run old fashioned services. Reynolds is a disaster for them. My chickens could run telecom better.