BREAKING: AT&T Acquires T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

Wow, wow, wow…AT&T just announced it is acquiring T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. I don’t know even know what to say…full press release follows:

AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom

Provides Fast, Efficient and Certain Solution to Impending Spectrum Exhaust Challenges Facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in Key Markets Due to Explosive Demand for Mobile Broadband

Enhances Network Capacity, Output and Quality in Near Term for Both Companies’ Customers

AT&T Commits to Expand 4G LTE Deployment to an Additional 46.5 Million Americans, Including in Rural, Smaller Communities, for a Total of 294 Million or 95% of the U.S. Population

Provides 4G LTE Service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 Million Subscribers

More Than $8 Billion in Incremental Infrastructure Spend by a U.S. Company over Seven Years, Enabling Nation’s High-Tech Industry, Innovation and Economic Growth

Creates Substantial Value for AT&T Shareholders Through Large, Straightforward Synergies

DALLAS & BONN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future”

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

Stephenson continued, “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

Deutsche Telekom Chairman and CEO René Obermann said, “After evaluating strategic options for T-Mobile USA, I am confident that AT&T is the best partner for our customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem. Our common network technology makes this a logical combination and provides an efficient path to gaining the spectrum and network assets needed to provide T-Mobile customers with 4G LTE and the best devices. Also, the transaction returns significant value to Deutsche Telekom shareholders and allows us to retain exposure to the U.S. market.”

As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would give Deutsche Telekom an ownership interest in AT&T of approximately 8 percent. A Deutsche Telekom representative will join the AT&T Board of Directors.

Competition and Pricing

The U.S. wireless industry is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world and will remain so after this deal. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where a large majority of consumers can choose from five or more wireless providers in their local market. For example, in 18 of the top 20 U.S. local markets, there are five or more providers. Local market competition is escalating among larger carriers, low-cost carriers and several regional wireless players with nationwide service plans. This intense competition is only increasing with the build-out of new 4G networks and the emergence of new market entrants.

The competitiveness of the market has directly benefited consumers. A 2010 report from the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) states the overall average price (adjusted for inflation) for wireless services declined 50 percent from 1999 to 2009, during a period which saw five major wireless mergers.

Addresses wireless spectrum challenges facing AT&T, T-Mobile USA, their customers, and U.S. policymakers

This transaction quickly provides the spectrum and network efficiencies necessary for AT&T to address impending spectrum exhaust in key markets driven by the exponential growth in mobile broadband traffic on its network. AT&T’s mobile data traffic grew 8,000 percent over the past four years and by 2015 it is expected to be eight to 10 times what it was in 2010. Put another way, all of the mobile traffic volume AT&T carried during 2010 is estimated to be carried in just the first six to seven weeks of 2015. Because AT&T has led the U.S. in smartphones, tablets and e-readers – and as a result, mobile broadband – it requires additional spectrum before new spectrum will become available. In the long term, the entire industry will need additional spectrum to address the explosive growth in demand for mobile broadband.

Improves service quality for U.S. wireless customers

AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers will see service improvements – including improved voice quality – as a result of additional spectrum, increased cell tower density and broader network infrastructure. At closing, AT&T will immediately gain cell sites equivalent to what would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction, and double that in some markets. The combination will increase AT&T’s network density by approximately 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, while avoiding the need to construct additional cell towers. This transaction will increase spectrum efficiency to increase capacity and output, which not only improves service, but is also the best way to ensure competitive prices and services in a market where demand is extremely high and spectrum is in short supply.

Expands 4G LTE deployment to 95 percent of U.S. population – urban and rural areas

This transaction will directly benefit an additional 46.5 million Americans – equivalent to the combined populations of the states of New York and Texas – who will, as a result of this combination, have access to AT&T’s latest 4G LTE technology. In terms of area covered, the transaction enables 4G LTE deployment to an additional 1.2 million square miles, equivalent to 4.5 times the size of the state of Texas. Rural and smaller communities will substantially benefit from the expansion of 4G LTE deployment, increasing the competitiveness of the businesses and entrepreneurs in these areas.

Increases AT&T’s investment in the U.S.

The acquisition will increase AT&T’s infrastructure investment in the U.S. by more than $8 billion over seven years. Expansion of AT&T’s 4G LTE network is an important foundation for the next wave of innovation and growth in mobile broadband, ensuring the U.S. continues to lead the world in wireless technology and availability. It makes T-Mobile USA, currently a German-owned U.S. telecom network, part of a U.S.-based company.

An impressive, combined workforce

Bringing AT&T and T-Mobile USA together will create an impressive workforce that is best positioned to compete in today’s global economy. Post-closing, AT&T intends to tap into the significant knowledge and expertise held by employees of both AT&T and T-Mobile USA to succeed. AT&T is the only major U.S. wireless company with a union workforce, offering leading wages, benefits, training and development for employees. The combined company will continue to have a strong employee and operations base in the Seattle area.

Consistent with AT&T’s track record of value-enhancing acquisitions

AT&T has a strong track record of executing value-enhancing acquisitions and expects to create substantial value for shareholders through large, straightforward synergies with a run rate of more than $3 billion, three years after closing onward (excluding integration costs). The value of the synergies is expected to exceed the purchase price of $39 billion. Revenue synergies come from opportunities to increase smartphone penetration and data average revenue per user, with cost savings coming from network efficiencies, subscriber and support savings, reduced churn and avoided capital and spectrum expenditures.

The transaction will enhance margin potential and improve the company’s long-term revenue growth potential as it benefits from a more robust mobile broadband platform for new services.

Additional financial information

The $39 billion purchase price will include a cash payment of $25 billion with the balance to be paid using AT&T common stock, subject to adjustment. AT&T has the right to increase the cash portion of the purchase price by up to $4.2 billion with a corresponding reduction in the stock component, so long as Deutsche Telekom receives at least a 5 percent equity ownership interest in AT&T.

The number of AT&T shares issued will be based on the AT&T share price during the 30-day period prior to closing, subject to a 7.5 percent collar; there is a one-year lock-up period during which Deutsche Telekom cannot sell shares.

The cash portion of the purchase price will be financed with new debt and cash on AT&T’s balance sheet. AT&T has an 18-month commitment for a one-year unsecured bridge term facility underwritten by J.P. Morgan for $20 billion. AT&T assumes no debt from T-Mobile USA or Deutsche Telekom and continues to have a strong balance sheet.

The transaction is expected to be earnings (excluding non-cash amortization and integration costs) accretive in the third year after closing. Pro-forma for 2010, this transaction increases AT&T’s total wireless revenues from $58.5 billion to nearly $80 billion, and increases the percentage of AT&T’s total revenues from wireless, wireline data and managed services to approximately 80 percent.

This transaction will allow for sufficient cash flow to support AT&T’s dividend. AT&T has increased its dividend for 27 consecutive years, a matter decided by AT&T’s Board of Directors.

Conditions

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, a reverse breakup fee in certain circumstances, and other customary regulatory and other closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.

Advisors

Greenhill & Co., J.P. Morgan and Evercore Partners acted as financial advisors and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Arnold & Porter, and Crowell & Moring provided legal advice to AT&T.

Conference Call/Webcast

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 8 a.m. ET, AT&T Inc. will host a live video and audio webcast presentation regarding its announcement to acquire T-Mobile USA. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on AT&T’s Investor Relations website. Please log in 15 minutes ahead of time to test your browser and register for the call.

For dial-in access, please dial +1 (888) 517-2464 within the U.S. or +1 (630) 827-6816 outside the U.S. after 7:30 a.m. ET. Enter passcode 8442095# to join or ask the conference call operator for the AT&T Investor Relations event.

The webcast will be available for replay on AT&T’s Investor Relations website on March 21, 2011, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET through April 21, 2011. An archive of the conference call will also be available during this time period. To access the recording, please dial +1 (877) 870-5176 within the U.S. or +1 (858) 384-5517 outside the U.S. and enter reservation code 29362481#.

Transaction Website

For more information on the transaction, including background information and factsheets, visit www.MobilizeEverything.com.

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  • NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have taken Sprint over this any day of the week.

    • WTF??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • J-Hop2o6

        no no no no noooooooooooooooooooo… wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!! where did this come from all of a sudden!!!!!!!!!! but the FTC will hit this with Anti-Trust.. so we’re not gone yet everybody.. so chill for a sec, and see what happens.

  • damn son…didnt see that coming lol

  • OMFGGGGGGGGG WTTTFFFFFFFFF

  • Calvin42990

    NO! NO! NO!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • As long as my Even More Plus plan stays….

    • That’s all that I care about. I have a good phone that will lest me for the next couple of years, and if my EM+ play stays the same I’m cool with all this.

      • Anonymous

        Just wait,

        I thought the same when ATT bought Cingular.

        You will get

        — A service so poor, that is not even allowed in third world countries
        — You will pay dearly
        — You wont be able to user your hotspot unless you pay up what ATT wants.
        — Your Android cap will be limited to make iPhone look good so your speed will drop from 5K to 0.5K Mbps
        — You stand a good chance of been overcharged without noticed for services you dont comsume.
        — You will have to review your bill every month to see if its accurate.

        All these are the benefits of being an ATT customer.

        • Anonymous

          why does everybody think that? at&t never bought cingular. it was really the other way around. cingular bought at&t wireless. then cingular’s parent company SBC(one of many baby bells) bought the original at&t and adopted the name. tada!

  • oh hell yeah…i can finally use my iphone natively!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • So when does Verizon make their bid for sprint???

  • Holy… I can’t pick my jaw up off the floor. As a T-Mobile tech support rep, this leaves a lot of questions…

    • alrock

      Hearing you. It will be at least a year before the deal closes, so for now we are safe. But what will happen after that?

  • SysArch

    Wow…now T-Mobile’s network will be even more underprovisioned.

  • Zeonreborn777

    Terrible sad news…. I will miss #1 Customer Service and best plans… I think I’m going to Metro PCS… =(

  • alex

    as long as at&t dosen’t change the plans, or phone lineup, but why!?

  • ROLLO

    AT&T-Mobile

    REPENT! REPENT!

  • joe361

    It makes technical sense.

  • nooooo tmobile has way better customer service and now att is gonna take over when is this gonna go in to affect

  • Poppsie J

    wow, there goes my confidence!

  • Yyevo

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s not true! That’s impossible!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Does that mean this site will become AT&T-Mo news?

  • Joend25

    Can i get the iphone now?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Alf4996

      the iphone sucks, i wouldn’t get one over the mytouch 4g if given the chance at all

  • i would have been better off with sprint switching to their unlimited everything plan

    • Jonathan3579

      I just did this two days ago. I was a 5-year customer.

  • Jrud

    Lame… I just switched to VZW about a month ago from T-Mobile… thank God I did.

  • aLb3Rt

    no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screw at&t everything is gonna go up!

  • Anonymous

    Why are you all crying? This is only good. Now you have more coverage, faster speeds, and more phone choices. The only details missing are what is going to happen to the plans.

    • Well less Android Support, and Worst Customer Service..

      I’m going to miss the plans if they change them, 2Gb Cap of death ftl :|

    • Yyevo

      Constant dropped calls, the slowest data service, inflated prices and the loss of this TMo customer after 11 years!

      • mobileguru

        You forget that Tmobile used to be Voicestream which was purchased by At&t then sold to Tmo. I been around since voicestream and have not had any negative changes and I still have always had my plan grandfathered in. The only concern i have will be the drop in customer service

        • Yyevo

          No, I don’t forget that. I was a Voicestream customer 11 years ago. And yes, little changed then, (remember quarter of a minute billing?).

          However, I am in Oklahoma City, where Southwestern Bell Mobile was originally. That became Cingular, became AT&T. It has always been horrendous here. No one that has AT&T has ever had a good experience.

    • J-Hop2o6

      AT&T doesn’t even have coverage compared to Verizon.. so this doesn’t even help Tmo.. wow.. this is fuckin dumb if FTC allows this.

    • Shermanus

      AT&T sucks! Have you not noticed? Their prices and plans rank with the highest in the WORLD !!!

  • Anonymous

    LOL, wow that is horrible news to wake up to on a Sunday morning. I’m so happy I switched to sprint back in Jan now.

  • Goodbye T-Mobile. I guess I will be leaving you.

  • Yikes. Hopefully I get to hold on to my TMO data plan & my phone upgrade credit.

  • If they are only sharing spectrum fine, but it better not become one company T Mobile > At&t

  • Moriaty32

    Screw it, better network coverage and the 850 spectrum range finally so I don’t lose a signal indoors. Maybe customer service will improve. I’ve had ATT before, whatevs…should I wait for a new phone that is compatible with the 850 spectrum? I was going to get the g2x.

    • Ruben

      this is what im interested in knowing as well.

  • jarjon76

    Wow, what a shock! It’s way too early for me to say how I feel because I don’t know what’s going to happen to us T-Mobile customers. I HOPE the T-Mobile name and plans stay, but I seriously doubt that. Interesting development that is going to affect all of us that read this blog in one way or another. I’m still in shock. Wow.

  • lprd

    Ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff…………….

    Anyone but at&t… god…

    Glad I left working at t-mob when I did…

  • James

    UGH! There’s a reason I had T-Mobile over at&t, I don’t want an iphone and I don’t want their crap network, inflated prices and data caps.

  • alex

    i don’t think much will change it’s like sprint with boost mobile they don’t change anything just get the money, and i hope this is the case.

    • I hope that not much changes, especially the prices. I love my plan and if it goes up significantly I’m screwed.

    • I hope that not much changes, especially the prices. I love my plan and if it goes up significantly I’m screwed.

  • Marlene P

    What happens to us T-mobile employees?

    • AB

      assimilate into their shitty systems

    • AB

      T-Mobile employees will be history, get your resume updated.

    • Wireless_oneder

      If your work is a duplication of an AT&T position, get ready for a pink slip. Tomorrow they will pronounce how nobody needs to worry and that your job is secure. BS. Carly the AT&T basher is gone. They don’t need 2 HR departments, 2 Engineering depts, 2 marketing depts……etc. All those recent VP positions are gone. New projects in development will be cancelled. Site build schedule will be halted for review. Retail stores will be consolidated. It won’t happen overnight, but there will be 6month, 8month, 12month and 24month milestones that will be met. Sucks to be a T-Mobile employee.

  • Bobby

    So i just left ATT and paid early termination fee and signed up for for Tmobile yesterday. FML

    • Joend25

      Hahahahhaa that blows

    • Anonymous

      I would call and see if you can get a refund, probably wont work, but it’s worth a call, and/or a heated letter to corporate.

    • Anonymous

      Damn that sucks.

  • Christie Novak

    THIS IS BULLSHIT.

  • Bobblehead

    any chance this will be blocked? any? please?

  • This is an early April fools post, right?

  • MIKEEEEE

    when does it fly? when do the networks merge? so many questions, so little time.

    • Slicklynice

      No no no

    • 2JZ_NOS

      Reading the PR would help:

      “Conditions

      The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, a reverse breakup fee in certain circumstances, and other customary regulatory and other closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.”

      At least a year, if that. DOJ will still have to approve this and we all know AT&T’s history with monopolies.

      • MIKEEEEE

        it will go through like a hot knife through butter.

        remember vodafone owns half of verizon.

        i just want to to see a smooth integration like what’s going on in the UK with orange.

        i could care less where the money goes.

        i want service and coverage and i aint afraid to pay for it.

        the company with the most wins my phone budget.

        • Sorry, Vodafone owns 45% which is not half of Verizon.

        • Sorry, Vodafone owns 45% which is not half of Verizon.

        • Sorry, Vodafone owns 45% which is not half of Verizon.

  • Dukecityjim

    Ugh. As a T-Mobile employee, I don’t want to deal with this. Worked for ATT years ago.

    A lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

  • XClusivliiC33

    Wow, And to think t-mobile was making Fun of AT&T with the commercials…

    • Wireless_oneder

      I’m sure Carly is the first to go.

  • Tx2azn93

    No need to panic yet. Everyone should just take a deep breathe and see what develops.

  • whats going to happen to tmonews?!!?!?!

  • Oh man, wait until we see new commercials.

  • AB

    I hate AT&T, can I get out of my contract with T-Mobile now. The company that acquires the other company usually brings their own misguided systems, processes, culture, and behavior onto the acquiree. This means you can say goodbye to the customer service you loved with T-Mobile – they will most certainly lay off those people and have AT&T slugs take over their roles/responsibilities.

  • AB

    I hate AT&T, can I get out of my contract with T-Mobile now. The company that acquires the other company usually brings their own misguided systems, processes, culture, and behavior onto the acquiree. This means you can say goodbye to the customer service you loved with T-Mobile – they will most certainly lay off those people and have AT&T slugs take over their roles/responsibilities.

  • What! This is craziness. I really hope my loyalty customer (Android data, messaging) stays.

  • What! This is craziness. I really hope my loyalty customer (Android data, messaging) stays.

    • Wireless_oneder

      They’ll grandfather in the TMUS plans. But when you want a new device….

  • Domiluv318

    That might explain why T-Mo was switching to deposit instead of Flexpay… My whole Family is nothing but T-MO becuz we all hate AT&T and Sprint and Verizon… T-Mo has been far the best Cell Phone Provider!!! They better leave the plans and everything alone… :(

  • Domiluv318

    That might explain why T-Mo was switching to deposit instead of Flexpay… My whole Family is nothing but T-MO becuz we all hate AT&T and Sprint and Verizon… T-Mo has been far the best Cell Phone Provider!!! They better leave the plans and everything alone… :(

    • Unlikely, when Cingular bought out AT&T, you were forced to change sims/plans at upgrade time. This will probably work out similarly. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to negotiate something with them.

      • Wireless_oneder

        No etf if there is a change in the service agreement. :)

  • Duboi97

    …..WHY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! …Wait does this mean we get the Atrix, Inspire, and Infuse?!?! 0.o?

  • Duboi97

    …..WHY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! …Wait does this mean we get the Atrix, Inspire, and Infuse?!?! 0.o?

    • Archie7353

      No wrong 3G bands

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        Correct, Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS bands, but it will work on AT&T’s network so it doesn’t matter.

      • Wireless_oneder

        The Atrix won’t work on T-Mobile’s AWS band, but since the Atrix is an ATT phone it will work fine on the ATT network. ATT is switching to TMO’s network it is absorbing it.

    • Wireless_oneder

      Yes, and the iPhone and rollover minutes, and roaming on AT&T’s towers!

  • CDL

    Screw this. AT&T is a horrid company, and they won’t be seeing any of my money in the future. Verizon, here I come.

  • CDL

    Screw this. AT&T is a horrid company, and they won’t be seeing any of my money in the future. Verizon, here I come.

  • g2 user

    so i guess you have to register the domain attnews.com pretty quickly!

  • g2 user

    so i guess you have to register the domain attnews.com pretty quickly!

    • you just gave me an idea for a blog, ;)

  • MLC

    oh god… i think my t-mobile phone just cried.

  • MLC

    oh god… i think my t-mobile phone just cried.

    • 2JZ_NOS

      My phone just rebooted in anger.

  • WHAT WHAT!!!
    I WAKE UP FROM AN AFTERNOON SLEEP, AND WHAT!!!!!!!!
    BACK WITH MY SHITTY NETWORK!!!!
    AT&T Better use T-Mobile’s Network and use AT&T Coverage. That all I have to say. I doubt the Sprint Merger would work. It would cost Sprint Millions from a CDMA/GSM Switch/Merger.

  • WHAT WHAT!!!
    I WAKE UP FROM AN AFTERNOON SLEEP, AND WHAT!!!!!!!!
    BACK WITH MY SHITTY NETWORK!!!!
    AT&T Better use T-Mobile’s Network and use AT&T Coverage. That all I have to say. I doubt the Sprint Merger would work. It would cost Sprint Millions from a CDMA/GSM Switch/Merger.

  • joe361

    What happens to Sprint now?

  • joe361

    What happens to Sprint now?

  • joe361

    What happens to Sprint now?

  • Jobby

    I tried to get away from ATT, by going to TMobile. Now I’m back with them again……

  • Shermanus

    Now that Obermann has managed to run it into the ground, we are stuck with only one GSM provider. Unbelievable!

    • I hope you’re aware that there’s a difference between T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile A.G.

    • I hope you’re aware that there’s a difference between T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile A.G.

    • I hope you’re aware that there’s a difference between T-Mobile USA and T-Mobile A.G.

  • I wonder if we will have to get AT&T phones, or will we be running on both networks until we get to LTE land. And I would like to see AT&T and T-Mobile’s prices merged together so you’d get mostly a good deal. Maybe not as cheap as T-Mobile, but not as expensive as AT&T.
    Me getting the iphone 5 would be nice.

    • Anonymous

      Take a look at T-Mobile UK and Orange, two different brands but under one company called Everything Everywhere.

      • Anonymous

        THIS IS AMERICA THIS DON’T WORK THAT WAY ATT&T WILL RAISE ITS PRICE FOR TMOBILE USER AND THERE EXISTING

        • People don’t need to get excited, TYPE IN ALL CAPS or use words that sound the same but have different meanings (there and their doesn’t work the same, sorry.) People need to chill out and get all crazy when they actually know what will happen and not just go batchit crazy making speculations for things they aren’t 100% sure will happen.

        • Anonymous

          actually my keys where on cap lock you where the one who jumped to conclusions no emotion or extra meaning behind it at all i was on my way to work did not have time to fix it cause as you said it would all be read the same except by you

        • Anonymous

          actually my keys where on cap lock you where the one who jumped to conclusions no emotion or extra meaning behind it at all i was on my way to work did not have time to fix it cause as you said it would all be read the same except by you

  • I see Verizon on the horizon.

  • Yyevo

    David, how about a new article comparing and contrasting plans for the other services?

    And, on a personal note, I’m really sorry. I’ve loved this board! Even with the D-bags out there!

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

    • Bimmerz

      I’d like to see a merged map coverage of the 2 combined.

  • Supernik87

    Thanks T Mobile for giving up on your customers.. I have always been on T Mobile and stayed because I did not want to pay AT&T’s higher prices for limited data, shady practices, and inferior customer service.

    I have an even more plus plan with unlimited data and no contract. I hope AT&T will see the benefit of these plans and keep them. If the cost of my plan goes up even one penny I will immediately leave.

    • Princesskaeli

      And where will you go? Sprint and Verizon also charge more than Tmo does. I’m also on the EM+ plan with unlimited everything, and Tmo is the cheapest.

    • Jabombardier

      if this thing goes through at all, i will porting all 3 numbers to Verizon

    • craigers

      The price will go up. There is no way AT&T will ever keep T-Mobile plans. T-Mobile is dead. AT&T bought us and the cell towers. As for leaving… where? I’m not an AT&T fan at all, but Verizon? Not with CDMA, Spring? No way.

      • Why do people always call it Spring?

      • Why do people always call it Spring?

      • Wireless_oneder

        They won’t hold onto most of the cell towers. As the leases expire, ATT will integrate the TMO spectrum into their existing sites. They will only hang onto the sites that they need. One benefit that everyone will like is free roaming on AT&T’s towers everywhere.

      • Wireless_oneder

        They won’t hold onto most of the cell towers. As the leases expire, ATT will integrate the TMO spectrum into their existing sites. They will only hang onto the sites that they need. One benefit that everyone will like is free roaming on AT&T’s towers everywhere.

      • Wireless_oneder

        They won’t hold onto most of the cell towers. As the leases expire, ATT will integrate the TMO spectrum into their existing sites. They will only hang onto the sites that they need. One benefit that everyone will like is free roaming on AT&T’s towers everywhere.

      • Wireless_oneder

        They won’t hold onto most of the cell towers. As the leases expire, ATT will integrate the TMO spectrum into their existing sites. They will only hang onto the sites that they need. One benefit that everyone will like is free roaming on AT&T’s towers everywhere.

      • Wireless_oneder

        They won’t hold onto most of the cell towers. As the leases expire, ATT will integrate the TMO spectrum into their existing sites. They will only hang onto the sites that they need. One benefit that everyone will like is free roaming on AT&T’s towers everywhere.

    • In case you just woke up it’s like this: money talks. DT makes money and T gets customers and other goodies.

    • In case you just woke up it’s like this: money talks. DT makes money and T gets customers and other goodies.

  • Anonymous

    oh my god

  • MT

    It looks like this can still be blocked at the regulatory stage. Contact your political reps. Hammer on consumer impact issues of reduced market choice.

    • Anonymous

      This is what I was thinking, if you are T-Mobile customers.. We need to come together and send letters to political reps. What does it mean for us if it gets approved?

      1. No more GREAT Customer Service

      2. No more cheaper rate plans

      3. You will be joined with crippled network from ATT Iphone.

      4. No more FREE tethering

      5. Only three companies will be competing, ATT, Verizon, and Sprint.. If Sprint gets acquired, it means you have no choice but bend over for this carriers and jack up the plan prices when they please to do so!

      Feel free to add more!

      • Wireless_oneder

        But we get the iPhone and rollover minutes!

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

        • Bimmerz

          N/M, a friend on AT&T says rollover mins are still there. But I still would prefer my own plan that I am on, unlimited everything. *sighs*

        • Bimmerz

          I think rollover mins are gone – and is only grandfathered in for those who had it before. I could be wrong, but this was my understanding.

  • Anonymous

    shit i wonder if i can upgrade my phone with at&t then? new iphone 5? if so good haha it would save me the 200 contract cancel fee :D

  • Moriaty32

    I’m just going to proceed as normal and see how this all shakes out. Getting a new phone once the G2x releases, I tend to upgrade phone in 6-12 month intervals and I’ll worry about getting the best one for the merged networks then. /shrug

  • Wtf!? I just checked twitter and this is what I get?

  • well shit…..questions, questions….iphone? network quality? do i have to pay att my old bill??

  • Kia

    What other GSM carriers are there in the US? I mean, there’s NOT _ONE OTHER MAJOR GSM CARRIER_, is there? Is there?? How can this be approved if there isn’t??? MORE choice? Are you kidding me? This is LESS CHOICE! The reason I’m with T-Mobile is NOT to be a customer of AT&T. I hate this so much, maybe it’s time to say @#$@# mobile phones. Maybe a pre-paid throw-away is in my future, and I can toss this G2 and the expensive monthly costs, too.

  • AT&T can’t make me get rid of the $19.99 unlimited bb plan that I’m grandfathered into, can it?

    • craigers

      yes

    • jarjon76

      They can and most likely will.

    • Bimmerz

      If you’re on a contract, they will honor it until your contract expires – then, you’ll have to choose of of their plans, or switch to another carrier. Or so this is my understanding.

    • Wireless_oneder

      Not likely, expect to be grandfathered. Chances are they won’t subsidize a phone upgrade without a plan change.

  • Sam A85

    Well this may suck if u work for either company. Centennial was bought out an in my area they merged the reps onto one store, less $$$. I worked for att and it seems like the quota would increase as the pay would slowly drop. Sell more and get paid less. Smh. Now tmo reps can get hoodwinked too lol. At least we all will have 4g and iPhone 5s

  • MT

    the PDF (fact sheet link) on their Mobilize Everything site spells out the bad news. “Seamless integration” with the “? Combined entity will be branded AT&T”

    • Eleni

      UGH. This blows. This seriously blows.

  • Mike54721

    Fuck att

  • Crazcris3

    -____- how great. i wouldnt be surprised if Sprint now became #2 and ATT brought T-mobile down to the bottom with ATT. now time to prepare for crappy service :[

  • jarjon76

    Went to the website listed in the press release and this answers SOME questions: http://www.mobilizeeverything.com/faq.php

    • jarjon76

      From the site: “Combined entity will be branded AT&T”. So there you have it–T-Mobile will be no more. We will all be AT&T customers within a year. Most likely the plans will change too, although that’s speculation on my part. We’ll see.

    • MT

      http://mobilizeeverything.com/consumers.php Answers more …. and in a bad, bad way.

  • rich

    Chill out folks. The deal isn’t finalized for a year, read the release. At least 12 months until the deal is finalized.

    • Wireless_oneder

      I’m not waiting the year. I’m going to get out front and find a job before all the other TMO employees get dumped on the market. I have yet to see the FCC block a merger. Pactel>Airtouch>Verizon. Cellular One>AT&T>Cingular and back to AT&T. Sprint & Nextel. Verizon & Alltel.

  • Eleni

    I’m basing my decision off of what is announced re: phones at CTIA :/ I’d rather go with Sprint since their plans are cheaper though…

  • Jutecat

    a surprising turn of events but this should be a MUCH more promising merger than the sprint/tmob merge. at least the two companies are GSM, and where tmobile doesn’t have coverage att does, and vice versa.
    We can hope that ATT can learn the value of excellent cust service, and i really hope this doesnt mean a lot of change for my friends who work at he call centers.

  • craigers

    Wow. Very sad. Deutsch Telecom is really stupid. One thing we can learn about this from AT&T’s past (remember Cingular?) is that T-Mobile and everything that makes up T-Mobile (plans, phones, great customer service) will be gone within a few weeks of the final takeover.

    • robollie

      this is true. i went through that merger, you can count on them getting rid of half of the store managers and assistants also. They’ll want to use their management as much as possible because they are already familiar with the “culture”

  • Steve

    No wonder the G-Slate and G2X were delayed. If I have to go to data capping, it’s been nice knowing you TMobile.

  • SomeGuy

    errgggggggggggggg……

    I’d rather get punched in the face repeatedly than join AT&T……

    • Anonymous

      I agree.

      I wonder how many people will stay with T-mobile when the merger happens.

  • Anonymous

    I asked for it……now its here, i doesn’t feel real, ive had bad things to say about t-mobile in the past, but always knew i would stay with them no matter what!!!!!! ima faithful mothafucker. but to see this day come, kinda hurts. ive always t-mobile, and out of all people, IT HAD TO BE AT&T!!! T-Mobile completely sold us out, I work in an ATT call center, so i know the ins & outs of that company, trust me guys, you do not wanna migrate to this company. switch to verizon/sprint before they get rid of unlimited data plans. im paying off my EIP with t-mobile and leaving early, what to do with me beautiful MyTouch 4G rooted running RoYalGinGer? I love the GSM Tech, but submit myself to AT&T, sorry.Rest In Piece T-Mobile, its been fun, (even through the 1 bar areas ive lived in but still stuck it out with you because i knew you would make it better)and you did. thanks for the top notch customer care.

  • I almost thought this was an April Fools Joke only…its not April :( I’m shocked, didn’t expect AT&T to buy T-mobile. I guess they figure the only way to compete with Verizon is to have T-Mobile on their side. Enabling T-mobile subscribers to have IPhone access is going to be huge for AT&T. They just might trump Verizon. Although I am curious of whats going to happen to Sprint? I mean they can’t possibly compete with Verizon and AT& Mobile .

    • Jonathan

      That was one of my immediate thoughts as well Jarrel. Sprint will DEFINITELY be the “little dog” now.

    • Dniecy32

      Verizon will buy them out making 2 major players in the field

      • Will the Government even let such a thing happen though?

  • 14U2NV

    I guess your blog will be irrelevant after the merger.. Plan B?

    • Roll with it, change over to a blog that covers both!

      • 14U2NV

        Wish you well. Bummer.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve enjoyed this website and T-mobile, but next month, when my contract ends, I’m switching to Sprint.

        AT&T is by far the worst!!!

  • Sam_in_Austin

    What happens to HSUPA+? I was about to get the LG Optimus 2X, committing for 2 years with Tmo, but will my new phone work on HSUPA+ two years from now? If they change my grandfathered plan to AT&T’s limited usage, I will claim breach of contract and flee to another carrier.

    • AT&T-Mobile_??

      HSUPA is upload speeds

  • Catsigh

    I guess we’ll all be on the moped. I talk with AT&T users at work and I am supremely disappointed. I feel like I’ve been dumped. I have told att subscribers I didn’t know how or why they continue to pay for substandard service and inflated prices. I guess we’re just screwed until our contracts run out. My problem is I don’t like ANY of the other options.

    • AT&T-Mobile_??

      There was a reason for the inflations…i said the same thing until i read the ENTIRE ARTICLE!

  • ATT BLOWS

    FUCKKKKKKKKK i hate ATT with a passion. & to think we were complaining about the sprint merge. verizon here i come

  • LORD JUNIOR

    This really sucks! My bill better stay the same or I’m out of here and going to Verizon.

    • Ggfb20

      wow, who has ul data other than tmo, I like the cap at 5gb and throttling, plus no additional $10 for every gb over 5, this is insane, verizon please pay attention and give us simultaneous data and voice so we can switch to you. verizon no additional overage fees, just throttle.

    • Mikey Reyes60

      totally agree. I think I’d take sprint over verizon though. imo

  • Kimberlyjones25

    I knew this wud happen sooner or later lol I just wanna know whats gunna happen to t-mobiles 1700 3G mhz network? Since att uses the 850 mhz band for 3g. Also Is this page gunna become at&tnews ?also does anyone kno when the transaction is complete will all t-mobile stores change there name and become at&t stores? O_0

    • Eleni

      Someone posted an excerpt from the linked PDF and it says that the new company will be AT&T and no T-Mobile name at all.

  • Eleni

    I think I will be going to Sprint if the Nexus S gets announced at CTIA as rumored. If Sprint gets this Nexus, they’ll likely get more in the future.

  • MagentaMadness

    I think its BS that I have to find out about this on the internet over the weekend and not from the company who I work for directly.

    • Can_2

      If it’s not finalized why would they tell you?

      • Wireless_oneder

        P. Humm sent an email moments after it hit the net.

    • ZG

      Check your email?

      • MagentaMadness

        Not on weekends.

    • Not

      completely agreed. i’m totally floored by this whole thing. att says they’re wanting to keep all the employees but to be honest i’ll probably be spending the next few months looking for a new job. with a company that actually knows the meaning of ‘customer service’.

      • common sense

        and i will no longer be looking for a new job because of this.

  • Alkfdj

    Finally, T-Mo gets the iPhone.

    • Anonymous

      Haha, seriously. Everybody complaining/begging for a T-Mo iPhone, are you happy now? You brought this upon us! =(

      • personally i woulda went to att at the end of my contract so it couldnt have been any worse. will be interesting to see how this all shakes out. Is there any historical data from other mergers to go off o?

  • alex

    i don’t get dosen’t the 4g commercials attack the iphone and at&t?

  • alex

    and dosent it say just 8%

  • pissedoffemployee

    according to an email from the Fuhrer (Philip Humm) the merger could take up to a year. so we at least have a year of our beautiful t-mobile before we turn to the dark side.

    • Eleni

      I signed my contract in December so whether I cancel now or in a year my termination fee would be the same. I might as well do it once I decide on a phone I want from Sprint or Verizon.

      • pissedoffemployee

        your etf goes down after the first year so if you wait it will be cheaper.

      • or theres a chance of breach of contract allowing you to get out of your contract fee free :). it might work out to be a good thing.. a new phone one year and less than a year later another discounted phone on another carrier! lol

    • steve

      Wow…this truly, truly sucks! Didn’t Philip Humm just send out a memo telling employees to “embrace the challenger strategy”? Looks like the challenger threw in the towel……

      • pissedoffemployee

        yeah, he did. and in the email he just sent out saying t mobile was getting bought out he said to be a challenger again. what exactly am i challenging now?

  • Noooo!!! it can’t be, that’s not fair T-mobile’s the best and cannot surrender under ATT this is the worst news in my entire life KILL ME PLEASE!

  • 881 Tmo

    Will this be the new name: ATTmoNews?

  • Adam

    now all GSM phones will have all 4G bands

  • I don’t know what’s worse news… Libya, tsunamis, or this…

    • brucewayne73

      Yeah, genius.. Let’s compare the tragedy of the loss of human lives and the dangers of a military dictator, to a cell phone company buyout… you’re an idiot

  • Moriaty32

    Hrm, now I want to know if we can do breach of contract to get out of our obligation…perhaps after we use our upgrade benefits?

  • Ural

    If regulators approve this purchase, I shall leave Tmobile, I refuse to be an ATT customer.

    They ate the worst company everfrom a clients perspective.

    Tmobile you literally sold uds out.

  • Jonathan

    All I have to say is………..WOW. That reallllly came out of left field. Wasn’t expecting an AT&T/T-Mobile merger.

  • Anonymous

    This was totally unexpected and I’m shocked. If anything, I was expecting Sprint to buy T-mobile.

    What’s the chance that the FFC finds a way to block this merger, because I totally don’t want a monopoly?

    • TweetMo

      Well the Front Facing Camera probably wont find a way to block this… but maybe the Federal Communication Commission could. :)

      • Bimmerz

        LOL TweetMo! Thx for the laugh! I needed it after this latest news! ;o)

  • Anonymous

    I almost feel like AT&T did this to us just as revenge for our commercials poking fun at them. =(

  • Well I feel screwed, I’d have much happier had it been Sprint. Not really any other GSM options out there for us now…

  • Hot Splash

    My prayers go out to the hot Tmobile commercial girl

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Who, Betty White?

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Who, Betty White?

  • Jorel

    I think ATT and Tmobile fail to realize that the majority of Tmobile’s customers are with TMOBILE THEY HATE AT&T. SOMEONE START A FACEBOOK PAGE as group against ATT takeover

  • AT&T-Mobile_??

    SINCE SOME YOU COMPLAINED ABOUT T-MOBILE NOT HAVING THE I-PHONE … WELL HERE U GO! U HAPPY NOW, LOL!

    • Anonymous

      No, there are better phones besides the Iphone. I’m not happy at all.

  • Devo1657

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!! Whats going to happen to the unlimited plans?

    • Wireless_oneder

      Hey, you get rollover minutes. Don’t worry, be happy. ;)

  • AT&T-Mobile_??

    @David,

    Let’s say in 1 year after this date and aquisition. what do you think will happen with the T-Mobile brand, rate plans (cheaper than any other carrier next to sprint), and employees?

    • Wireless_oneder

      Hard to say but that Carly chick is looking for a new job!

  • Anonymous

    LOL… at the people who flamed and insulted me when I said based on Humm’s letter to employees (basically to “keep working despite all you have heard about the sell-off of TMOUS”) that Humm all but admitted TMOUS was for sale. (I have to admit, did not see it going specifically to AT&T.)

    Obviously, Obermann did exactly what I said he would do, sell TMOUS for a huge profit, so to save his butt. Now he can show a nice profit for parent DT and save his job. (DT showed a loss in 2010.)

    Here’s what I said, to which one su?ol?ss? in here said I should shut up and keep my opinions to myself. He also said TMOUS wasn’t going anywhere.

    ____________________

    My earlier post:

    “This is a huge headache for Humm (rumors among employees that TMOUS is for sale). Because the information (“leak”) was so detailed this time around and T-Mobile’s denials have been evasive or cryptic, the rumors this time around are no longer such. It’s pretty clear from Humm’s letter that he has admitted a deal is in the works. And the purpose of the letter indicates his desperation (wants people to keep doing their jobs).

    Sidenote: Having analyzed letters, e-mails, etc. in the litigation context (many of those communications examined by experts), IMLO (in my learned opinion) this letter tells me a deal is going to happen, as long as the parties can agree on a valuation for TMOUS (I suspect DT wants $20 billion, which would be the high end of earnings valuation. Sprint is probably more at the $10 billion end.)”

    ____________________

    And in another post I said this:

    “Perhaps it’s best to revisit what was reported at the end of January to figure out where things are going.

    Remember that Obermann (the boss of DT) has his own head on the chopping block (DT, like Sprint, lost money). IMO, Obermann is looking at [selling] the U.S. operation to salvage DT’s numbers.

    As the pressure mounts on Obermann, so too is it on Humm’s head. What’s it like for them?

    The bottom line: if there’s some type of acquisition, merger or other financial transaction, DT (Obermann) will be doing it to save his butt, perhaps he is only looking at the immediate benefit of showing a profit for DT, and he does not care about the long term affect of any deal? For sure, Obermann’s man concern is getting the Board and investors off his back.

    So if you want to know what may happen with all this, as the saying goes… “follow the money.” Obermann will make a deal wherever the profits are highest. If that means merging with Sprint while holding a 50% stake (so DT can keep wetting its beak on TMOUS profits), so be it.

    Truth is that in big business, top execs are motivated to do whatever is needed to be done to keep their jobs (and to secure a generous severance package when the axe eventually falls). And yes, in desperate times some execs do desperate things.”

    • brucewayne73

      Congratulations on pointing out your superior knowledge to everyone else.. we can get that cookie out to you asap!!

      • frigadroid

        Thanks batman chocolate chip please.

      • frigadroid

        Thanks batman chocolate chip please.

    • frigadroid

      Yada yada and I said fire obermann and sell the network it worked for GE. So I was right about selling out now they can go ahead and fire obermann and I will be batting 1000%
      Seriously though prices are going up on everything everywhere and tmobile would follow sooner or later. They dropped the data cap on throttling to 5gb. They delayed the crappy update for the vibrant through the holidays. I am happy about the deal to get coverage at the lake like my rich friends no more embarassment of having the getto phone company that only works within the city limits and outside of buildings & elevators. If it starts to cost to much or service drops off real bad I will change when I need too. Worst case that’s $50 bucks a month my wife and I will have less to lose at the casino each month. I’m not going to panic about it now. They might be willing to offer some deals to get us to stay. REO speedwagon said it best back in the 70s “you got to roll with the changes” “keep on rolling”
      I feel for the people who’s jobs are effected I hope the cream rises to the top and at&t keeps you on. If a lot of customers leave tmobile now that would only male your situation worse as they would have no choice rather than lay offs.

  • Yelloweman74

    so when at&t merge what will happen to regular t-mobile customers

  • Tugs

    I went to T-Mobile to get away from at&t and now this? These companies are polar opposites when it comes to customer service, product selection, and device features. T-Mo has always been generous to its customers with plan options and phones. Sure, every company has complainers, but overall most T-Mo subscribers I know feel pretty good with T-Mobile. As a former at&t employee and customer, I can this is mostly a move to rein in a company that was fair to its customers. Capped data, blocking sideloading of android apps, suspicious billing concerns, and a parent company who wants to do everything it can to stop net neutrality (charging for some sites to load faster than others or exempting sites from data caps) means I’m going to be voting with my dollars and leaving this bastard situation.

    That Nexus S 4G can’t come soon enough over on Sprint.

  • so what happens to HSPA phones?

    • Wireless_oneder

      hspa phones will work just fine. even as tmobile’s freq’s are absorbed by ATT. Ericsson just release a 6000 series nodeB that has multi-mode radios. The radio can do gsm/UMTS/LTE. ATT will mix and match radio’s in their nodeB’s to handle both networks. They may dedicate the AWS bands for UMTS/LTE, but that will take time, and you will have a new handset by then.

  • Anonymous

    FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! :(

  • that guy

    I really really wish Sprint had bought T-Mobile now. Atleast their plans and customer services are better.

  • Disgusted Customer

    This is the beginning of the end…T-Mobile had the best customer service compared to Verizon and any other cell phone provider around. I NEVER ONCE cringed at calling customer service for T-Mobile as they were helpful, friendly, and didn’t have a guy with an Indian accent calling himself Bob! This saddens me as AT&T will now degrade customer service that I’ve been accustomed to and we have to deal with THIS horrid service now. Thanks so much T-Mobile – money talks even in Europe, too, I guess. Handing your customers over for $39 million – I guess people do have a price tag in economic crisis.

    • Guest

      $39 BILLION! makes a huge difference

  • Spooln3

    I like how all you people are worried about your cheap plans, what about those of us who work for either company? Certainly jobs will be lost and cut, people put out of work, and you are worrying about your 20 dollar plan, unreal…

    • Mr H Nieves

      I feel for you but if you had lunch at McDonalds every day for 5 yrs and then they turned into a Burger King your first thought would be “I hate the Whopper, I want my Big Mac” not “I wonder what happened to that cashier” so cut it out. It’s business.

    • Echiney

      I am one of those ppl. Since I left wrk today thts all I’ve been able to think about as a single parent with 3 kids! So thank u for tht comment.

  • Yellowman74

    i owe at&t a deposit so when the merge comes or partership comes, will i have to pay a deposit to stay with tmobile

    • Johnny Chimpo

      Why are you even worried about this right now? This is a year away, and I hope they make you pay it, serves you right for trying to be a piece by not paying your bills!!!

    • Anonymous

      Most likely, your Name will red flag there system im guessing.

  • Louizianaboyz

    The first step of getting rid of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan…

  • Chrisangel13

    my reaction to AT&T buying T-Mobile, as portrayed by Steve Carell from The Office
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umDr0mPuyQc&feature=related

  • Bklynburiser

    So.. In my situation…. where I have both ATT and Tmo…. both are family plans and both have maximum number of lines… what happens? Thank God I have about a year to decide. And by then many of the lines will be out of contract.

  • Anonymous

    WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!?

  • Dsim91

    Wow this is a major lock for at&t, looks like they will be laughing all the way to the bank, all I can say is Verizon better get on the ball or be left behind .

    PS
    David start shopping for a new domain name.

  • Anonymous

    Well I have been saying since June 2010, and even had it published in an article last November, that by 2012 all carriers will have eliminated unlimited data plans. I thought T-Mobile would do it on its own, not because it sold itself to AT&T. I’m surprised.

    But as upset as a lot of people are in here, imagine how Verizon and Sprint executives feel. This move completely alters the U. S. wireless industry.

    Sidenote: Since there’s Sprint and Verizon I suspect U. S. authorities will approve the sale.

  • BigMixxx

    Well…Blackstone got there return on the investment in T mobile. ATT just became the largest wireless company…again….

    Customers like me are gonna hurt, but still, 1 year from now, and I have to be optimistic, 1 year from now, what will the footprint look like. Will ATT reduce costs to make up for this HUGE purchase, or will they increase costs. DT has an 8 percent investment in the company…that’s pretty big, so will they have a say so in the customer service.

    I don’t know what will change, but now ATT has some muscle, and the Government may make them sell off some of the bandwidth, or T mobile will be a the low cost carrier, because of the loyalty.

    Hell I don’t know…I don’t know what to think, say…

  • mcc13

    Go get your unlimited everything plans now, if you don’t have them. Typically in communication mergers, you won’t have to change your plan and can run on your current plan as long as you don’t make any changes to it.

    SET YOUR RINGER TO THE TMO JINGLE, it would be great to hear it in the future…

    • FUCKNUGGETS

      THIS IS THE WORST NEWS IVE EVER HEARD!
      EVERYBODY USE AS MUCH DATA AS YOU CAN GO CRAZY!

  • Nardva

    With the merger coming, I’m thinking this may also change when or if the GX2 and HTC Pyramid gets released. You figure these phone where gone be made for T Mobile to run on their 4G network with their branding. Now with AT&T taking over the plans may change. This sucks.

    • craigers

      This is not a merger. AT&T is buying T-Mobile. T-Mobile will no longer exist, nor will any of their plans or phones. We will all simply be moved over to become AT&T customers.

    • Anonymous

      This is NOT a merger, AT&T is buying T-Mobile US. That means it can do anything it wants with T-Mobile: sell its assets, cancel all contracts (your terms and conditions gives T-Mobile or any successor company the right to do anything it wants with your contract. It can’t hike the rates, etc., but it can cancel it); fold customers into AT&T (customer can approve that move); or simply leave T-Mobile intact to operate as a separate division or company.

      If it was a merger that would be more like a partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile (DT) making joint decisions and/or deciding beforehand who gets to decide what. Since this is a sale, AT&T is free to even “strip mine” T-Mobile US.

      Note: Although DT has an 8% stake in AT&T and one person on the Board, that will not give DT any decision making power. DT does not want to do that anyway, Obermann and DT want out of the U.S. market. It’s too much a hassle and the competition was daunting.

  • E Hugus

    I am very disappointed and have great fears that AT&T will ruin T-mobile’s world wide service. We know so many people who have had AT&Ts service and were told it would work almost any where in the world only to find out that their phones would not work.
    T-Mobile do not leave your loyal users down the garden path to a pile of thorns. If this must happen, please make sure we are not forgotten.

  • Jimmcparty

    Absolutely nothing good can come of this! I will not stay if this goes thru!

    • If you want GSM you won’t have a choice. If you leave T-Mobile who will you go to Sprint? Sprint’s barely hanging on and might even get bought by VeriZon.

  • Jim in Southern Cal

    I don’t know how to feel about this. Since I have both AT&Crap (from my company) and TMO (personal) I know that sometimes I have one coverage and not the other. So I am happy that the GSM footprint just got bigger. But, TMO has the great TMO@home and UMA calling, features that ATT does not. I am hoping those features do not go away.

    What will happen to my T-Mobile@Home and UMA? If AT&Crap keeps these, I will stay. If not, I will pony up the extra dough and go to Verizon.

    In the end, I feel like sheep, being led to slaughter. TMO, rest in peace.

  • TonyJohns

    April Fools?

    • Elij

      I was certainly checking my calendar. This is more of a halloween style prank though.

      • I was thinking nightmare….when do I wake up?

      • I was thinking nightmare….when do I wake up?

      • I was thinking nightmare….when do I wake up?

      • I was thinking nightmare….when do I wake up?

      • I was thinking nightmare….when do I wake up?

    • I wish

    • I wish

    • I wish

    • I wish

  • Anonymous

    Important to note: if the deal doesn’t make it past regulators, AT&T supposedly will pay T-Mobile $3 billion, fork over some 1700 MHz spectrum they aren’t using, and hash out a new roaming agreement.

    In other words, if you’re religious, pray to whatever god(s) you’re devoted to that this deal falls through. And whether or not you’re religious, hammer your Senators, Representatives, and the FCC with phone calls, telling them you don’t want a GSM monopoly and have to pay for a new 3G phone to replace your current one that won’t work on the AT&T network.

    • craigers

      It will never be stopped. This is America, it is all about the money, even with the FCC. If they let Comcast buy NBC and didn’t see a problem do you really think they would even hesitate to approve this? It’s a done deal.

      • Mockerfab4

        ditto…

  • Mockerfab4

    Wow! This is HUGE! First, AT&T is not so bad. I jumped ship last fall for the ip4 and have not looked back. And I was a loyal customer for 5 years with Tmo and believe me, this was a tough choice. First, Tmo customers will now have more phone options, and yes that includes the iPhone 4. And AT&T customers will now hopefully enjoy Tmo’s better signal and improved coverage. One thing I disliked and still dislike about AT&T is their signal and service. It is as bad as people read about, BUT now this merger will hopefully fix that gap in certain areas. In Phoenix, where I live, I know Tmo service is far superior to AT&T’s and now this will be rectified. Customer service for both companies was equal to me, in my opinion. AT&T Customer Service has improved tremendously since their days as Cingular. Sucks to see a company as great as Tmobile go. I was hoping one day, when they get the iPhone I can run back, but looks like that may happen but not in a good way for the brand.

    • Jazzybee445

      Well then I guess that means at&t customers are jumping for joy!! Doesn’t sound like much benefit for us t-mobile people!! Wow!! More phones!!! OMG!! I guess I’m trading my great customer service wonderful plans and great service and free tethering etc. Etc. For the chance at getting more phones!! Wow…

      • Anonymous

        Not jumping for joy, but yes, I can say this is great for AT&T users who hate AT&T’s crappy network. It just means it got better. And been with AT&T for 7 months now and their customer service I think is on par to the level I had with Tmo. Have had various issues and subscription changes when I switched networks and have not had a single bad experience with them. And that was my biggest fear when I made the switch was AT&T’s reputation for horrible CS. I used to be an old Cingular customer and it was the #1 reason why I jumped ship to Tmo. But have to say they vastly improved in that area for me. And the chance for getting more phones is exactly why I switched. Tmo had 5+ years of my loyalty, but they stopped growing and stopped offering phones I wanted. Yes, there plans are still the cheapest and offer the most bang for your buck, but why would I pay for a smartphone I didn’t like? I do like Magenta and in a heartbeat would have run back to them if they ever offered the iPhone. Looks like in a way I will…

  • The only positive I can say about this is “at least it’s not Sprint.”

  • PooPoohead

    AT&T is really just buying T-Mobile’s customer service department in hopes to win back their customers that left them for Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      last time i checked customer service does not cost 39 billion, say good buy to everything T-Mobile. Helloooooooo Deathstar

  • Meagan

    Anyone know if current AT&T Android Mobiles have a WiFi-Calling app?

  • BigMixxx

    and something else…
    Google does a ton of experiments on T mobile, AT&T has NO real stake in Google technology. in turn, ATT and DT have real stakes in iPhones, and with another iPhone on the verge.

    a lot of good things may be on the horizon…

  • at&t you ruined my birthday… “happy birthday kevin! from all of those at At&t, bend over!”

    • Jazzybee445

      Lol funny because yesterday was my birthday… :( belatedly ruined…

  • who?

    there goes the neighborhood

  • h8att

    this is bad news. . . .tmobile had great service, good phones, great plans and good coverage. at&t only has the iphone. . . . wondering how quickly i get over to sprint. . .

  • We are not pleased.

  • Herbert Helman

    Curious what kind of implications this has on the HTC Pyramid. I was really looking forward to getting this phone as it was rumored to come out for T-Mobile, but with this purchase now what’s going to happen? I guess I can sell out and get an iPhone but I’m a droidhead and would rather have the pyramid. So here’s hoping it comes to AT&T I guess.

    • Detre20032000

      I truly feel that the merge is going to let them fix it where verizon isn’t able to get alot of there design and that the HTC pyramid and Blackberry Empathy will be to strong design for the company with this merge. plus we all know that alot of phone Verizon get customers with company like metro pcs, cricket, and our pay as you go company can get the phone too.

  • Quailallstar

    Wow this just ruined my Suntag! FUUUUU AT&T! SimpleMobile here I come! mysimplemobile.com

    So now this seems like a GSM monopoly in the USA, does it not?

    • Goukisan

      uh no there are others you can jump on and you are confusing being the biggest player in the GSM field with being a cellular carrier monopoly..which they will not be

      • I hope it doesn’t come to that… Time will tell.

    • Hulig

      Simple mobile runs on tnos network. I work for them

  • Bimmerz

    Ok, so I wanted the iPhone on T-Mobile – but NOT like this! Ugh!

    My 2 biggest fears are; 1) Losing my “unlimited” everything plan, and 2) losing the awesome CS that we have with T-Mobile, and gaining dropped calls. *sighs* and *cries* :(

    • Renmar

      Bimmerz, it’s renmar here — trust me that is one of our worries as well coming from internally at T-Mobile. What is going to happen to us. The internal e-mail states that one of the reasons why ATT showed an interest in us was because of our “award winning” CS. However, I don’t think ATT is going to want to continue to pay us what we are worth. Who knows. Deutsche Telecom may have a say in that as they will own a majority of the stock with ATT.

      • Goukisan

        they dont own a majority of the stock…..where did you get that? They will at most have 8% it says a member on their board. That is hardly a majority of the stock…sheesh

        • Goukisan

          *and a member

        • Jake

          Timotheus Höttges, CFO Deutsche Telekom: “As the biggest single share holder of AT&T we will also significantly benefit from their strong dividend. With the excellent result of this transaction we will be able to continue to develop our company. At the same time we will be able to reduce our debts and initiate one of the biggest share buy back programs in both Germany as well as in the European telecommunication industry.”

          So, yes, they do own a majority of the stock.

        • Camille

          No, saying that DT is the biggest single shareholder of AT&T is different from saying that they own a majority of the stock. I am quite sure that AT&T would not put themselves in a position where DT would be a majority shareholder.

        • Camille

          No, saying that DT is the biggest single shareholder of AT&T is different from saying that they own a majority of the stock. I am quite sure that AT&T would not put themselves in a position where DT would be a majority shareholder.

      • Jake

        Just because they only have 8% of the total stock doesn’t mean they are not the majority shareholder… sheesh.

  • Joshua Longueira

    Just off the phone with tmo they say pricing may go up but stay lower than att current. Tmoblie is taking over customer service but will be called att in a year so not a lot of difference

    • ATT-Mobile

      lol please im a CSR with tmo and you all found out about this before us….trust me we know nothing at this time. But as a CSR for T-Mo and a former employee of ATT…im very excited. this is gonna be good for both sides and definitely more pros than cons.

      • Jutecat

        I feel for you as a CSR in this current enviroment. you guys must be getting SLAMMED right now and your just stuck saying the same thing that people can look up on their own.
        I do not miss that job.

  • Brian

    I had AT&T 6 years ago. They delete your voice mails after 2 weeks automatically and their customer service is open from 9-6pm! Customer service just SUCKED their and they didn’t care that it did! I’m not terribly pleased. I understand they are the most compatible systems (AT&T and Tmo) but I will jump to sprint after they finalize this in a year. Sprints deals are WAY better than A&T’s.

  • Dwinbush

    Tmobile is not getting the iPhone. I checked the website on Tmobile. Apple has to decide.

    • Brian

      There won’t be a Tmobile in one year. AT&T is going to purchase it? What are you talking about?
      They automatically get the Iphone is the rename T-mobile AT&T. They are both GSM technology companies.

    • Brian

      There won’t be a Tmobile in one year. AT&T is going to purchase it? What are you talking about?
      They automatically get the Iphone is the rename T-mobile AT&T. They are both GSM technology companies.

    • Joshua Longueira

      If you notice it was carefully worded and constantly mentioned now and nothing about when the deal is finished in a year

    • Joshua Longueira

      If you notice it was carefully worded and constantly mentioned now and nothing about when the deal is finished in a year

  • Djjohnnybraciole

    tmobile has 10mb 4g speeds right now. at&t’s 4g speed is 556kb. with at&t taking over tmobiles towers. it will rip apart the insane speeds of tmobile and then make at&t phones faster and tmobile phones slower…….worst business deal ever. its all about the number of subscribers they dont care about how fast their network is….

  • Djjohnnybraciole

    tmobile has 10mb 4g speeds right now. at&t’s 4g speed is 556kb. with at&t taking over tmobiles towers. it will rip apart the insane speeds of tmobile and then make at&t phones faster and tmobile phones slower…….worst business deal ever. its all about the number of subscribers they dont care about how fast their network is….

  • John

    So does this mean no more HSPA+ since they’re getting LTE?

    • HSPA+ is still here to stay. After all, it’s a bridge to LTE. That being said, there’ll be a new-found focus on LTE now that AT&T is involved.

  • John

    So does this mean no more HSPA+ since they’re getting LTE?

  • Anonymous

    People getting upset, remember:

    1. No one has said what will happen to T-Mobile, both the name and the Company. AT&T could well leave T-Mobile intact and allow it to run as a separate division or legal entity. You might well see in the future ads that say: “T-Mobile… an AT&T company.”

    2. AT&T will not want to upset the apple cart, so to speak, by alienating existing T-Mobile customers, pushing them to switch carriers. The quickest way to create a mass exodus is to strip TMOUS customers of their rates, benefits and comfort level from being T-Mobile customers.

    3. T-Mobile customers are with T-Mobile because of value. I suspect AT&T is aware that if it hikes the rates and quickly does away with unlimited (actually limited) plans that the typical T-Mobile customer will bolt to prepaid.

    One of the assets AT&T is buying is T-Mobile’s customer base. The value of this asset is lost if 5 million customers switch to Boost Mobile or Metro PCS (both whom have extremely attractive plans and acceptable phones, e.g. Android-based smartphones).

    4. Benefits of this deal, look for Sprint and prepaid carriers to tempt you with extrememly good deals to get the T-Mobile customer to switch. I would not be surprised to see Sprint offer ONLY T-Mobile customers enticing deals to switch.

    5. Sprint will really try to entice you since it is despondent over missing out on acquiring T-Mobile (don’t feel bad Spring, T-Mobile was worth $20 billion on the high end. Paying $39 billion? Clearly one of AT&T’s motives was to outbid Sprint and slap it in the face. IMHO AT&T grossly overpaid DT for TMOUS.

    6. Regardless, we have at least a year to get our affairs in order, unless TMOUS starts “filtering out” the customers it does not want. One way it can do this is to start hiking prices and getting rid of its unlimited plans, including those who erroneously think their grandfathered plans are some sort of right (they are not a right, T-Mobile can take it away from you the next billing period, even if you are on a two-year deal). Don’t think T-Mobile can do this? Well, if T-Mobile can cancel your account any time it wants, what makes you think it can’t do the lesser act of altering the terms of your contract, applicable from this date forward.

    • ATL guy

      As usual Mike steps in to talk down to all of us.
      Get your own blog dude.
      Most people respond with 3 or 4 sentences not paragraphs.
      I dozed off on your third point.

      • Farhan

        lol

    • ATL guy

      As usual Mike steps in to talk down to all of us.
      Get your own blog dude.
      Most people respond with 3 or 4 sentences not paragraphs.
      I dozed off on your third point.

    • Anonymous

      From what I have read so far, it looks like the T-Mobile name will be gone.

    • I actually have to admit that many of your points were valid. But that being said, I’m very much still pessimistic about this deal. And I’m no business or econ-minded person, but while you may think $39b was overpriced, $20b was certainly insulting from Sprint.

      P.S. If you are going to talk down to us, at least refer to T-Mobile in the shorthand as TmoUSA. It’s not T-Mobile US. It’s just one more letter after all.

  • Anonymous

    This is bad for everyone. AT&T just absorbed one of the most reasonable alternatives for US wireless service. Less competition equals higher prices across the board for everyone.

    http://www.transdgtl.com/

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Well isn’t this a bullet in the back. This will be an interesting turn of events now. At least we’re still GSM but I MUST see what’ll result from the plans. We better still be able to keep our now Semi-Unlimited plans. That’s my main concern. I wonder how this will play out. Well, whatever company the Nokia N950 goes to now, that’s who I’ll be with.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Well isn’t this a bullet in the back. This will be an interesting turn of events now. At least we’re still GSM but I MUST see what’ll result from the plans. We better still be able to keep our now Semi-Unlimited plans. That’s my main concern. I wonder how this will play out. Well, whatever company the Nokia N950 goes to now, that’s who I’ll be with.

    • Jutecat

      when voicestream was bought by tmobile contracts did not change. they were grandfathered.
      but in the long run i switched off my voicestream plan because tmobile was offering something much much better. i imagine this will be very simular

    • Jutecat

      when voicestream was bought by tmobile contracts did not change. they were grandfathered.
      but in the long run i switched off my voicestream plan because tmobile was offering something much much better. i imagine this will be very simular

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Well isn’t this a bullet in the back. This will be an interesting turn of events now. At least we’re still GSM but I MUST see what’ll result from the plans. We better still be able to keep our now Semi-Unlimited plans. That’s my main concern. I wonder how this will play out. Well, whatever company the Nokia N950 goes to now, that’s who I’ll be with.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Well isn’t this a bullet in the back. This will be an interesting turn of events now. At least we’re still GSM but I MUST see what’ll result from the plans. We better still be able to keep our now Semi-Unlimited plans. That’s my main concern. I wonder how this will play out. Well, whatever company the Nokia N950 goes to now, that’s who I’ll be with.

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

    • Broyles2

      AT&T does have a a VOIP solution, at least for their uVerse customers. But its more expensive than @Home…

      • Camille

        Nothing beats the $10 @Home. That is really going to suck

        • I agree! I have it along with me 15% off corp discount. Grrrr, hope AT&T doesn’t ditch this service.

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • I see those with the @Home phone service being enticed by ATT to switch into landlines.. (me)

  • Anonymous

    How about this news in light of what Obermann said in January 2011. Clearly at the time DT was in talks with AT&T, so now we know the rest of the story, by reading in between the lines, as the saying goes. LOL.

    ____________________

    “At a T-Mobile investor event in January, Mr. Obermann said that the German telecommunications company isn’t seeking a big acquisition right now but that T-Mobile is exploring its options …

    On Friday in Bonn, Germany, Mr. Obermann said the company is open to a partnership in the U.S., but that the U.S. market is more complex than smaller countries in Europe. That’s in part because the industry is more concentrated and there are fewer potential partners, he added.

    “We’re investigating what potential partnerships there are in America,” he said. “We are working on the solution, and will hopefully have something more concrete in the coming months.”

    Chief Financial Officer Timotheus Höettges… reiterated that the company ruled out an outright sale of the U.S. operations. ”
    ____________________

    Sidenote: IMHO AT&T paid top dollar (actually DOUBLE what I thought TMOUS was worth) to 1) take out a competitor; 2) to “spit” in Sprint’s face; and 3) to “spit” in Verizon’s face.

    A lot of this is top decision makers at AT&T having the money to act on their inflated egos.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it is amazing how quickly the folks here can get suicidal.

    Let’s review:

    ° Nothing changes for a year (as is, “The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.”)

    ° Nowhere does it indicate that AT&T was going to step in and change everything good about T-mobile. That would be corporate suicide, since in 12 months Verizon and Sprint will both have viable, even robust, LTE systems and AT&T can’t afford to cause former Tmo customers to look for better deals. Expect current plans to be grandfathered for as long as possible.

    ° Don’t be shocked if T-mobile stays a brand unto itself for a couple more years; do expect the Carly ads making fun of iPhone’s limited service on AT&T to disappear from the airwaves immediately.

    ° The voice and 2G services will improve as the towers of both companies are joined in one network, but the Tmo 3G signal needs to be added to AT&T towers otherwise. When that happens, your 3G service should improve greatly, as no company can afford these days to build new towers–the improvement in service for both companies will be tremendous. Still, as of now 3G on these two companies are different frequencies still, which means no iPhone for Tmo customers even though AT&T is now the owner. You’ll have to move over to an AT&T plan for that, and Apple certainly isn’t going to build an iteration of the iPhone for Tmo now.

    This might not be my dream for a new daddy, but the simple truth is that DT has been shopping TmoUSA for a year or more. Something was bound to happen, and since AT&T and Sprint were the two companies which figured most prominently, I think this provides the better outcome for current Tmo customers.

    I don’t love it, but I certainly can live with it. All this hysteria is just misplaced.

    • Jutecat

      im with you. hasn’t anybody here been through a gsm merger? really nothing bad is going to happen to us. its okay.
      our contracts will stay the same and will be grandfathered just like old voicestream and omnipoint customers until we are ready to shift ourselves.

      in reality att and tmobile can benefit from eachother. I hope that att finds a great value in tmobs excellent cust service and adapts that for their own.

    • Jutecat

      im with you. hasn’t anybody here been through a gsm merger? really nothing bad is going to happen to us. its okay.
      our contracts will stay the same and will be grandfathered just like old voicestream and omnipoint customers until we are ready to shift ourselves.

      in reality att and tmobile can benefit from eachother. I hope that att finds a great value in tmobs excellent cust service and adapts that for their own.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, it is amazing how quickly the folks here can get suicidal.

    Let’s review:

    ° Nothing changes for a year (as is, “The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.”)

    ° Nowhere does it indicate that AT&T was going to step in and change everything good about T-mobile. That would be corporate suicide, since in 12 months Verizon and Sprint will both have viable, even robust, LTE systems and AT&T can’t afford to cause former Tmo customers to look for better deals. Expect current plans to be grandfathered for as long as possible.

    ° Don’t be shocked if T-mobile stays a brand unto itself for a couple more years; do expect the Carly ads making fun of iPhone’s limited service on AT&T to disappear from the airwaves immediately.

    ° The voice and 2G services will improve as the towers of both companies are joined in one network, but the Tmo 3G signal needs to be added to AT&T towers otherwise. When that happens, your 3G service should improve greatly, as no company can afford these days to build new towers–the improvement in service for both companies will be tremendous. Still, as of now 3G on these two companies are different frequencies still, which means no iPhone for Tmo customers even though AT&T is now the owner. You’ll have to move over to an AT&T plan for that, and Apple certainly isn’t going to build an iteration of the iPhone for Tmo now.

    This might not be my dream for a new daddy, but the simple truth is that DT has been shopping TmoUSA for a year or more. Something was bound to happen, and since AT&T and Sprint were the two companies which figured most prominently, I think this provides the better outcome for current Tmo customers.

    I don’t love it, but I certainly can live with it. All this hysteria is just misplaced.

  • Violated

    Ppl we are the April fools. We are fools because we are going to bend like the FCC and take it. We should be mad as hell at the FCC because after those clowns wipe their collective butts with that special ATTention money they collect, the deals will go through. Don’t cry now, just say God bless ATT and take it with no vaseline.

  • Violated

    Ppl we are the April fools. We are fools because we are going to bend like the FCC and take it. We should be mad as hell at the FCC because after those clowns wipe their collective butts with that special ATTention money they collect, the deals will go through. Don’t cry now, just say God bless ATT and take it with no vaseline.

  • Violated

    Ppl we are the April fools. We are fools because we are going to bend like the FCC and take it. We should be mad as hell at the FCC because after those clowns wipe their collective butts with that special ATTention money they collect, the deals will go through. Don’t cry now, just say God bless ATT and take it with no vaseline.

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

    • Jutecat

      you would rather have sprint than att? clearly you have never dealt with sprint customer service than.

    • Jazzybee445

      Aww I suppose I should cherish this last year with t-mobile and my new maxtouch 4g.. :( seeing as I have no idea what I will do when they change over…

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

  • could be a good thing if you were planning on switching anyways.. contract breaches and other carriers will try to hook us with deals! sprint maybe? in my area gsm is bad(hilly areas). i only get edge at my house.. cdma is a good switch for me. but looking down the road to lte its a tough bargin. we will see and hope everything goes well.. the spectrums might just get too much traffic, ill with charish this last year with tmobile though. thank you for 5 wonderful years of customer service. i will never regret it

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

    • abel2fresh4u

      should we call this website AT&NEWS?

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

  • Greg_wlsn

    1. Bottom line, this sucks. AT&T, garbage.
    2. Whats going to happen to the UMA feature I so badly need and use since Im overseas?

  • Detre20032000

    To be honest i have both carriers At&t and t mobile it is a time when my t mobile services will not work and my i phone does in rural areas the t mobile service really is bad and at&t is better where as at&t is also contacted to at&t landlines as well as directv and is growing where as t mobile only as wireless this will also increase the market for the thing t mobile customer will be able to do too. I can truly see t mobile customers point but if you look at it at&t is large and with t mobile and at&t joining forces it would make it a truly stronger wireless carrier plus if not Verizon is going to try to take over everything and all the new designs. They have showed by getting the i phone when they already had a phone as close as possible to the i phone the droid. People you At&T And T mobile are smart plus now it gives them the stronger market over Verizon.

  • Really, no 4G

    Time to leave T Mo as AT&T was the reason I became a TMo purchaser. AT$T sucks, period!

  • Hansgruber

    I’m hearing rumors that there is a group thinking of counter offering to purchase T-mobile and change the name back to VoiceStream. There is also a rumor that this same group will buy Rogers (GSM) in canada and merge this with the new VoiceStream group opening up unlimited calling between Canada and the United States.

    I’ve also heard another rumor that AT&T would be repurchased buy Craig McCaw and relocated back in either Kirkland or Redmond Town Center.

    There is also a true rumor that the movie “Limitless” is actually based on a real man. He doesn’t need drugs and many think he is truly Batman. His sidekick is Wonder Woman. He can really solve any puzzle. Apparently, his mother taught him everything he knows. It seems Knut, the polar bear who died in a German Zoo in Berlin. I hear this is the reason for DT trying to sell to AT&T. PETA says Knut was bullied by 3 female polar bears which caused his premature death.

    Rumor has it that he wants Tmobile Carly to continue being the spokeswoman if they change the name back to VoiceStream.

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

    • JohnMcClane

      That was pretty funny

  • I guess if they HAD to go…who better than AT&T. Just hope prices are reasonable and we get to keep unlimited web. Just hat the thought of TMO being diluted and disintegrating into AT&T. SMH the Germans sold us to the real Nazis.

  • Marcus1389

    Yess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……….finally since Im locked in a contract w/ Tmobile till July 2012, Tmobile wasnt gonna give me 3G/4G in Huntsville anyway, AT&T already does and i’ll enjoy AT&T 3G in a few months #EpicWIN!!

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Where’s my crew? Pimpstrong, Bimmerz, NiiDiddy, IT’S MORPHIN TIME!!!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      The Evil Rita Repulsa (AT&T) has taken over our commander Zordon (T-Mobile) and we must fight the fight of all fights to get it back into the rightful hands of the people!!! MASTADON!!!

    • Bimmerz

      Your Bimmerz is here, reading through over 300+ post! lol Bring on the morphine gf, and a few drinks too! ;o)

  • jarjon76
  • no!!!!!!!!!

    reaction to the article>>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M37pwoQzVRM

  • Anonymous

    Most importantly what’s going to happen to Carly??!!??!?

  • So much for those JD Power awards….

  • Eatfood1

    I for one welcome our new AT&T overlords.

  • Eatfood1

    I for one welcome our new AT&T overlords.

    • Tabasco1tx

      Omg that is too dam funny.

  • Anonymous

    Gird your loins, guard your SIMs! I wonder what besides deplorable service and treatment we will have to endure because of being thrown into the lion’s den? Will this site have to change its name to ATTmoNews??? I guess the spoils went to the one with the most deutsche marks.
    Remedy: When they make a change that we didn’t sign on for, that will breach our contract = we can avoid the ETF. The contracts that we agreed to have to be honored.

  • lexophile

    att might be crappy, but what if, and its a big if, they become better with the purchase of t-mobile? im just trying to play devil’s advocate because the consensus seems to be that our t-mobile service will go to crap with att, but what if the opposite happens and att’s service improves?

    • Ron Dickerson

      Service will probably go to crap, but that’s part of how ATT became so large. T-Mobile has focused imo, on a lot of ideals and practices that inhibit their ability to gain customers and make money, which unfortunately includes an emphasis on customer service.

  • telmo

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

  • remister

    Is the website going to change names now?

  • RiverRat

    Just remember your history folks. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile came to the US in the early part of 2000, and 2001. They operated as MVNO’s, and that were susbsquently absorbed by Sprint in 2006. And some of the plans both had in the early 2000’s are still around today. Therefore, it may be reasonable that AT&T may keep the Tmo brand name around. The form in which it is in today may not stick around (post paid and prepaid), but it is not a foregone conclusion that Tmo is toast. Perhaps Tmo may end up being a prepaid service, with access to some of AT&T’s assets.

    Just remember, no one outside of the inner power circles of ATT really know what is going to happen to tmo.

    • they said the end company will be AT&T

  • Eric
    • I just filled a formal complaint with the FCC about this crap.

      Do the same! http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm

      • Ron Dickerson

        …really, guy?

      • Gonzalez_manolo

        What is going to happen to the workers of TMobile, They need to be protected as there are lot of billions involved in this transaction. The economic panorama can not acccept massive lay offs.

      • Anonymous

        Please do so immediately, since there aren’t really important matters for Congress to investigate, like a huge deficit, a weak economy and a war being fought on two fronts.

        Yes, clog up their inboxes with tales of hurt feelings over AT&T purchasing T-mobile. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  • Anonymous

    Will all the AT&T towers start broadcasting the T-Mo bandwidths and vise versa once the deal closes? If so, then my phone should get stronger/larger cell and 3G service?

    • Ron Dickerson

      LTE

    • Ron Dickerson

      LTE

    • Ron Dickerson

      LTE

    • Anonymous

      Yes, for the short-term. No carrier can afford to build towers in large quantity, especially in dense urban areas where additional capacity is needed. I witnessed first hand the efforts of one carrier to get a couple of towers built in suburban Southern California and the local town put so many roadblocks in place and jacked up the costs that the carrier backed out.

      Current towers for AT&T and T-mobile, each blasting out the 3G frequency for the other company as well as its own, means better coverage and greater bandwidth for both companies (relieving stress on certain celltowers along congested routes, for example, which improves 3G throughput). And that’s just the low-hanging fruit, since the endgame is about LTE, at which point both companies can be on the same frequencies in transitioning over the aggregated carriers to true 4G.

      The bottom line is that T-mobile was going to be sold to some entity, and being purchased by Sprint would have been infinitely worse. I think a lot of folks here, once they get over their shock and hurt feeling (and in some cases, sober up) will realize this isn’t as bad as they’re making it out to be. By the time this gets approved by the FTC and FCC, there will be concessions by AT&T which will protect the current customers of T-mobile (like grandfathering current plans). The improvement in wireless coverage alone will be a great relief to many Tmo customers.

      • Kia

        I disagree. I hate AT&T as a matter of principle, AND because of their hideous customer service. Their executives just wreak of ‘wrong’.

        People keep glossing over one thing, though (for the most part) — WHO WILL BE ANOTHER OPTION FOR GSM, AFTER THIS ACQUISITION? Who??

    • Anonymous

      Yes, for the short-term. No carrier can afford to build towers in large quantity, especially in dense urban areas where additional capacity is needed. I witnessed first hand the efforts of one carrier to get a couple of towers built in suburban Southern California and the local town put so many roadblocks in place and jacked up the costs that the carrier backed out.

      Current towers for AT&T and T-mobile, each blasting out the 3G frequency for the other company as well as its own, means better coverage and greater bandwidth for both companies (relieving stress on certain celltowers along congested routes, for example, which improves 3G throughput). And that’s just the low-hanging fruit, since the endgame is about LTE, at which point both companies can be on the same frequencies in transitioning over the aggregated carriers to true 4G.

      The bottom line is that T-mobile was going to be sold to some entity, and being purchased by Sprint would have been infinitely worse. I think a lot of folks here, once they get over their shock and hurt feeling (and in some cases, sober up) will realize this isn’t as bad as they’re making it out to be. By the time this gets approved by the FTC and FCC, there will be concessions by AT&T which will protect the current customers of T-mobile (like grandfathering current plans). The improvement in wireless coverage alone will be a great relief to many Tmo customers.

  • disgusted

    yeah it’s good to know I only have 12 months or so of employment left…just fucking fantastic!!

    • alrock

      Yep. I am completely stressed out.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, I’ve been a very loyal T-Mobile customer for over 9 years. I’ve been a T-Mobile retail sales associate for about a year. I can’t justify selling new contracts to customers now, knowing that they’re gonna become AT&T customers, half-way through their contracts… My app is going in at Verizon tomorrow to work in their call center.

    • JustAPhoneUser

      Man, deepest regrets… They should keep you guys and lay off the current ATT staff. Seriously…

    • Im with you buddy but if you are a top performer I dont think you need to worry.

  • Josue

    Yes!

  • Anonymous

    Google help us poor customers, please become a carrier.

    • Anonymous

      Same question as was posed to the guy above: How would such a move benefit Google? It already has AT&T selling tens of thousands of Android phones, all of which have the Google mobile search installed (unlike the Verizon Android phones with Bing inside). Google’s skin in the Android game is getting as many installed bases in handsets as possible, and reaping ad dollars in the process. Google doesn’t care if AT&T buys Tmo or not, since the bottom line for Google is how many more phones are being sold.

      Furthermore, why in the hell would Google want to be in the cellular business? How would THAT advance its business goals? (Hint: It doesn’t).

      There is no way Google goes toe-to-toe with AT&T to attempt to outbid for T-mobile and piss off AT&T in the process. It simply won’t happen. Beyond that, anyone who remembers the comically bad effort by Google to sell and support the Nexus One knows that the worst customer service from AT&T is better than the horrible effort shown by Google then.

  • Wireless_oneder

    Oh well, I guess TMOnews can be renamed AT&Tnews. Is there going to be a fire sale for TMOnews swag?

  • Wireless_oneder

    Oh well, I guess TMOnews can be renamed AT&Tnews. Is there going to be a fire sale for TMOnews swag?

  • All things considered, this was the best outcome.

    We knew T-Mobile USA was hurting and looking hard for a buyer. We know when Sprint purchased Nextel that was a total mess, so a Sprint purchase would have been ugly. Especially with the mixed networks.

    AT&T is another band of GSM carrier, so it’s a good fit. In time AT&T being the “largest” carrier will be sure to charge us more. But if Sprint had purchased T-Mobile I probably would have switched to AT&T anyway.

    So we just have to hope some of T-Mobile’s low prices stick for some time for our benefit. Also, since the iPhone has more than one carrier, perhaps AT&T will allow T-Mobiles pro-Android efforts to continue under their brand.

    • ron dickerson

      good news is sprint and verizon are about to become much better providers since they have 12 months to prepare.

  • All things considered, this was the best outcome.

    We knew T-Mobile USA was hurting and looking hard for a buyer. We know when Sprint purchased Nextel that was a total mess, so a Sprint purchase would have been ugly. Especially with the mixed networks.

    AT&T is another band of GSM carrier, so it’s a good fit. In time AT&T being the “largest” carrier will be sure to charge us more. But if Sprint had purchased T-Mobile I probably would have switched to AT&T anyway.

    So we just have to hope some of T-Mobile’s low prices stick for some time for our benefit. Also, since the iPhone has more than one carrier, perhaps AT&T will allow T-Mobiles pro-Android efforts to continue under their brand.

  • All things considered, this was the best outcome.

    We knew T-Mobile USA was hurting and looking hard for a buyer. We know when Sprint purchased Nextel that was a total mess, so a Sprint purchase would have been ugly. Especially with the mixed networks.

    AT&T is another band of GSM carrier, so it’s a good fit. In time AT&T being the “largest” carrier will be sure to charge us more. But if Sprint had purchased T-Mobile I probably would have switched to AT&T anyway.

    So we just have to hope some of T-Mobile’s low prices stick for some time for our benefit. Also, since the iPhone has more than one carrier, perhaps AT&T will allow T-Mobiles pro-Android efforts to continue under their brand.

  • Glad I only have 10 months left on my contract… TMobile was the best, except for selling out to AT&T… just weeks ago the CEO in Germany said that they were not interested in sell TMobile, WTF!!! AT&T is just looking to expand and take the towers and data bands for their use and TMobile will be a shell of itself if they do keep it around without doing it in totally and having TMobile customers join AT&T… having had LA Cellular years ago and having AT&T take them over is what caused me to switch to TMobile! I’m counting down till I’m out of here, sorry TMobile!

    • Dustin Meinhoff

      The best thing to do would be to wait until the merger is complete. Verizon will not be happy to be the second place carrier and you can bet they’ll jam out their lte network as fast as possible and have a very competitive line of phones ready to absorb all the former t-mobile customers come 12 months from now.

  • I am not happy with this. T Mobile has a better network, better customer service, better plans, better everything, and is Android HQ. This is a bad deal for the customers, and manufacturers. For the few T Mobile users who want an iPhone, they see this as good, but read that fine print *shakes head*. This probably means I will be moving to Verizon when the contract I just renewed is up, or prepaid

  • Phil

    Just got off the phone with T-mobile CS. They do not plan to offer contract breaks but they WILL offer free phones to replace the AWS/HSPA+ phones once they kill off T-Mobile’s 3G spectrum in lou of LTE, this can be expected to happen in 12-17 months. The FCC wanted this to happen considering they want LTE to be everywhere and this makes it happen faster.

    • Anonymous

      That’s the first time I have ever seen someone type “in lou of” instead of “in lieu of.” LOL.

      By the way, in case you ever need to use the word, it’s voila, not “welllah.” ;)

      That aside, are you saying that a 611 customer service rep was talking in this kind of detail? That sounds far fetched that a CSR would know the information you posted, much less talk in this manner to a customer.

      • Mickey090

        As a csr. … we have just as much info as u guys. Just a bunch of questions and no answers!

  • woohoo iphones for everyone!

  • Everybody who is contracted now, we will have those same prices until our contracts are up. I just renewed in January. This deal will take 12 months, at the least to complete, so nothing should change in that time. T Mobile should have just coughed up the money, or whatever to get the iphone. Would have gained a lot of new customers. I don’t like this. I was with ATT before they changed to Cingular- I have been with TMO for goin on 7 years

    • Ron Dickerson

      it’s not a simple matter of “coughing up more money”. For all the money they spent on some damn good Android phones they could’ve gotten the iphone no problem. Apple didn’t want to make it happen.

  • Anonymous

    I am a current AT&T customer after being a t-mobile customer for 5 years and haven’t had any problems service wise with AT&T. They aren’t as bad (at least in Atlanta) as they are made out to be.

    • JROJA

      Same here (Miami) and I completely agree. I hated T-Mobile! Dropped calls every day and spotty reception. AT&T has been waaayyyyyy better than T-Mobile, to me at least.

      • Anonymous

        I had no problems with T-Mobile as a whole. I just got kinda fed up with their phone selection. The service was more or less the same as what I have with AT&T now. I got the iPhone 4, and quickly missed Android and got myself an Inspire 4G. The G2 may rock, but I wasn’t leaving my Nexus One for it.

        As far as customer service goes, T-Mobile definitely has the best in the industry. However, I have had to call AT&T only ONCE since I got them last september, and that was just to activate the phone and make sure my number was ported correctly. That’s the only time I’ve had to contact them, which is a good thing. I just don’t call them enough to have an established opinion of them yet.

  • freddo

    Will be leaving before the AT&T switch. This is one of those conditions that allows early exit from contracts w/o ETF, right? Eh, doesn’t matter, I’ll pay the ETF if necessary. AT&T was one of the telcos who participated in the illegal warrantless wiretapping program–no thank you!

    Unfortunately, it means I won’t have anywhere to take my new G2. I don’t know of any GSM regional carriers. Not terribly interested in CDMA, either. Argh. This just ruined my week.

  • At&t is possibly the lesser of two evils considering that Sprint wanted to buy T-mobile. I wonder if there is an issue with the FTC if At&t absorbs our beloved carrier due to monopolistic business in the GSM market!

  • At&t is possibly the lesser of two evils considering that Sprint wanted to buy T-mobile. I wonder if there is an issue with the FTC if At&t absorbs our beloved carrier due to monopolistic business in the GSM market!

  • At&t is possibly the lesser of two evils considering that Sprint wanted to buy T-mobile. I wonder if there is an issue with the FTC if At&t absorbs our beloved carrier due to monopolistic business in the GSM market!

  • At&t is possibly the lesser of two evils considering that Sprint wanted to buy T-mobile. I wonder if there is an issue with the FTC if At&t absorbs our beloved carrier due to monopolistic business in the GSM market!

  • Omeer

    Here comes the hordes of restrictions on bogus overpriced plans, horrible customer service, horrible service and a hidden clause to charge a pretty penny behind every text, call and bits of data. Thanks DT, guess expecting anything less from a company based in a country that gave us the likes of Hitler was stupid.

    • Ron Dickerson

      …seriously?

  • Alvaro

    Google: Didn’t you have some spare change to buy TMobile instead of the hated AT&T???? Why You do this to us, Google? Why????

    • Anonymous

      Me suspects Google did not want to be in the wireless business, not even as a major investor. With the carrier war and tanked economy, it’s a crappy investment.

      Makes sense, Google needs to stick to what it knows, making desserts and selling SPAM disguised as ads.

    • Jack

      Google can sell phone, put ads in there, but provide the service for free.
      Hahaha.

  • Lee

    I have something that might cheer you guys up. Remember our Nexus Ones, maybe Google should go intothe carrier business and provide its own service.

    • Nico

      Yes please.

    • Anonymous

      Google, the company which didn’t know how to respond to the questions and problems of buyers when the N1 first went on sale? THAT Google?

      I think the company learned its lesson–it isn’t meant to be a retailer and do all the things involved in selling hardware. It also isn’t going to go into competition with the very carriers which support the Android phones, since its business is built upon getting all those phones with Google search built-in sold in the marketplace.

      It doesn’t benefit the company at all to begin selling phones; in fact, it would hurt Google’s bottom line and ruin relationships with the carriers.

      • Lee

        The reason why it wasn’t benificial was bad advertising, bad customer support and US customers that were conditioned to the carrier subsidy pricing. All are areas which Google can improve. Google also stated no more Nexus phones. . .Now we have the Nexus S and soon to be Nexus S4G. I would take Google any day than the terrorists at AT&T.

        • Anonymous

          In your adolescent fantasy, you didn’t provide a single reason why Google would spend the sort of money required to outbid AT&T, especially since the latter has become one of the largest retailers of Android phones in the past 12 months. Why would it piss off a company which has become an important vendor of Android phones, which in turn spread Google mobile search all over the country? Unlike Verizon, AT&T hasn’t substituted Bing as the default search engine.

          Your OP was all about why you think Google spending tens of billions of dollars would be good for YOU, but no word about why it would be a good move for Google. Certainly, there is no possible upside for Google, and plenty of downside.

    • Anonymous

      Google, the company which didn’t know how to respond to the questions and problems of buyers when the N1 first went on sale? THAT Google?

      I think the company learned its lesson–it isn’t meant to be a retailer and do all the things involved in selling hardware. It also isn’t going to go into competition with the very carriers which support the Android phones, since its business is built upon getting all those phones with Google search built-in sold in the marketplace.

      It doesn’t benefit the company at all to begin selling phones; in fact, it would hurt Google’s bottom line and ruin relationships with the carriers.

    • Anonymous

      Google, the company which didn’t know how to respond to the questions and problems of buyers when the N1 first went on sale? THAT Google?

      I think the company learned its lesson–it isn’t meant to be a retailer and do all the things involved in selling hardware. It also isn’t going to go into competition with the very carriers which support the Android phones, since its business is built upon getting all those phones with Google search built-in sold in the marketplace.

      It doesn’t benefit the company at all to begin selling phones; in fact, it would hurt Google’s bottom line and ruin relationships with the carriers.

    • Anonymous

      Google, the company which didn’t know how to respond to the questions and problems of buyers when the N1 first went on sale? THAT Google?

      I think the company learned its lesson–it isn’t meant to be a retailer and do all the things involved in selling hardware. It also isn’t going to go into competition with the very carriers which support the Android phones, since its business is built upon getting all those phones with Google search built-in sold in the marketplace.

      It doesn’t benefit the company at all to begin selling phones; in fact, it would hurt Google’s bottom line and ruin relationships with the carriers.

  • AdrianG2

    For the people with questions about their current TMo service, check here on post #2

    http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/T-Mobile-General/AT-amp-T-to-Acquire-T-Mobile-USA-From-Deutsche-Telekom/td-p/785009

  • What’s sad is that Deutsche Telekom clearly went for the money, selling out all of their T-Mobile USA customers to a wireless carrier that has proven to have ATROCIOUS CUSTOMER SERVICE, HIGHER PRICED PLANS and a HORRIBLE NETWORK WITH NUMEROUS PROBLEMS!! Really, T-Mobile, how in the world does this benefit your customers? WE ARE NOT STUPID IDIOTS T-MOBILE!!!

    • Jazzybee445

      Man… best comment ever! T-mobile how can you do this to your customers.

    • Ron Dickerson

      Gee let me think… I’m running a business to make money… my number one priority is myself as an entity and my assets… I’m losing money and customers with no end in sight… I’ve invested billions into my business over 12 or so years and have consistently been in last place… I already have a thriving cell provider business in the EU… I manufacture a lot of wireless equipment which I use for my own provider companies but could still sell to someone else if I lost the US busines…. hmmm but what about my customers? Well… I guess they’ll still have service, they’ll get a larger, better network with the newest technology and fast internet, plus the industry will be more competitive so they’ll probably get a good deal at verizon or sprint when the sale of my business is complete… nah screw it!… I’ll keep the business and go under, guaranteeing the loss of about 50k jobs and loss in billions that i’ll never be able to make back. Yeah… THAT’s the best choice here.

  • this is worse than a breakup I can take a break up any time but not this. :( suicide mode right now.

  • Anonymous

    Those wondering about whether or not federal regulators will approve this deal, in this tanked economy, I suspect the pressure will eventually fall on Washington to allow the acquisition. But expect Verizon, Sprint and small carrier lobbyists to put up some roadblocks to this deal being consummated.

    Sidenote: While Sprint is mad, it obviously knew about AT&T bidding for T-Mobile, but I think it will still have sour grapes over AT&T pummeling Sprint on the bidding. (Sprint should not feel too bad. How can one compete against a company willing to pay $19 to $24 billion more than what T-Mobile was worth. Then again, I don’t think Sprint saw AT&T’s $39 billion bid coming.)

    And Verizon? Well I don’t think it will sit around like a potted plant letting AT&T in 2012 become the U.S. largest wireless carrier.

    So I expect to see Verizon and Sprint “whining” to Congress and regulators about how bad this deal is for America (insert violins playing patriotic tunes).

    Both carriers have some arguments, IMHO. They may not carry the day, but both carriers can make some noise.

    1. Folding in T-Mobile’s customers will give AT&T 125 to 130 million subscribers. That makes AT&T the biggest U.S. carrier. In Washington’s eyes that may in fact be too big a wireless company.

    The acquisition may result in less competition, price discrimination, and unlawful industry dominance. Might the Justice Dept. get involved? I dunno.

    2. If the sale is approved that would mean 3 out of 4 U.S. wireless customers are with either Verizon or AT&T. That does not bode well for AT&T and T-Mobile retorting to regulators that the sale advances consumer choice (especially since the acquisition, IMHO, would wipe out T-Mobile’s raison d’être: value pricing).

    SIdenote: It does not help the Parties that AT&T imposed tiered data plans, the assumption that AT&T will quickly eliminate T-Mobile’s unlimited or other reasonably priced data plans.

    3. The FCC has to approve sale of T-Mobile’s wireless spectrum to AT&T. The FCC may NOT approve the deal (AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile’s licenses) since the Agency has previously gone on record as saying the wireless industry in its current state is NOT competitive.

    The FCC’s position was with five carriers, noting that AT&T and Verizon held 60% of the entire subscriber market. Will reduction in carriers cause the FCC to withhold approval of this deal? I dunno, but IMHO Verizon and Sprint have a lot of money for lawyers to at least delay the deal through mid-2012.

    Note: AT&T’s answer to this might be to keep T-Mobile a distinct and separate business entity, with gradual increase of prices and elimination of unlimited data plans, say over two to three years.

    • AT&T’s lead in wireless customers will evaporate just like it did after Cingular bought “AT&T Wireless,” then changed it’s name back to AT&T after they bought out the AT&T land line telephone company. They did it because they thought the brand name of “AT&T” was better. Verizon will catch up in customers because millions upon millions UPON MILLIONS of T-Mobile customers will RUN AWAY FAST from AT&T, watch. That and if AT&T is ultimately allowed to buy T-Mobile, Verizon will be allowed to buy Sprint, watch again…

      • Markhb

        Cingular was initially a JV between Southwestern Bell and, IIRC, BellSouth; they bought AT&T WS which had already been split off of the original AT&T and adopted the Cingular brand name (while trashing everything good the original AT&T WS had going on). SWB eventually bought BellSouth and finally what was left of AT&T itself (basically wired long distance and things like that), and changed their name. So really, it’s Southwestern Bell which calls itself AT&T.

        • ghostnik

          I guess its just the monopoly telecom companies from the past in 1907 coming back together after the government regulators had broken up the monopolies that Bell Atlantic, AT&T and telecom giants from the pass had formed, but now they are coming back together and prices are going to be ridiculous as it will be down to 3 companies in telecom industry in usa, with one of the 3 (sprint) struggling, so maybe it might end up being verizon buying sprint, then two telecom giants left to charge high prices to customers who will only have a choice between 2 phone companies. The crazy thing is that the FCC will approve the deals in the name of giving people/consumers better service but at the price of digging deep into consumers wallets, who in this economy are trying to save.

    • ghostnik

      The FCC will approve this without thought, its the same FCC who is trying to get rid of net neutrality on the web, http://www.freepress.net/policy/internet/net_neutrality

      And it won’t be b/c of a tanked economy why they approve this, it will be because of the lobbyist power AT&T has as a corporate giant to influence the people on the FCC.

      I can’t believe deutsche telekom would sell out to AT&T but i guess that just shows the power of money, as deutsche telekom sold out its loyal customers to AT&T for 39 billion, I figured T-Mobile USA and customers was more valued to deutsch telekom than that.

  • IMAD

    YOU RUINED MY LIFE T-MOBILE

  • Anonymous

    LOL this really is not as bad as people are making it. I am kind of eager for it

    • Byounngg

      I’m just glad it’s at&t cuz if it went to sprint that would totally have sucked

  • Anonymous

    Point of order in here.This is an acquisition, NOT a merger.

    DT is selling TMOUS to AT&T.

    AT&T, for $39 billion, is acquiring ALL of TMOUS. If AT&T so chooses, it can fire all of TMOUS employees and sell off all of T-Mobile’s U.S. assets. (That’s not going to happen, I only mention it to illustrate the difference between an acquisition and a merger.)

    If this was a merger, DT would have a say in what happens to TMOUS after the deal, for example, who will stay, who will go, what handsets to order from manufacturers, marketing strategy, etc. If the sale is approved TMOUS (DT) does not have a say on any of these things (except its one member who will sit on AT&T’s Board).

    This is important to understand, especially if you think that DT or TMOUS might “be on your side,” so to speak, if the deal is approved by Washington and the sale goes through. Simply put, if approved, you should assume TMOUS will figuratively vanish off the U.S. map.

    • Mykeal317

      Wow. I can’t believe this merger will cause job loss. That is sad and I don’t like ATT anyway. Verizon is expensive and I wonder if Sprint can stand with the competition.

  • Imdoinme07

    how will this effect the customers will our bills remain the same,more or less thats all I wanna know

  • Justme

    Question… Can we file a lawsuit against tmobile, if they don’t allow us to cancel our contract at no cost.. They didn’t honor their two year agreement to supply us our service… Hmmm, what do you guys think?

    • Kgjh

      File a lawsuit about what??? Did anyone say you would lose your service? Nope! Just, one greedy company buying another. This happens everyday and probably most T-mobile employees will be ex-T-mobile employees, unfortunately.

      • Mykeal317

        I agree.

  • This is better for us. GSM to GSM. I am glad it is AT&T that is acquiring TMO.

    • Mykeal317

      ATT is CDMA. T-Mobile is GSM…

  • I’m just sad, tmobile never jerked me. I guess what i’m really worried about are the prices and data caps. Us GSM lovers are at the mercy of AT&T..

  • Anonymous

    For those of you who don’t want this deal to happen, this just in 20 minutes ago:

    “Before anyone gets too giddy about the $39 billion AT&T and T-Mobile USA deal there is one big hurdle standing in the way: Washington. Bloomberg News Spencer E. Ante and Amy Schatz lay out some of the barriers to the deal, which may be one of the toughest sells of any corporate mergers ever.

    Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission will have to let the merger through.

    The companies said the deal could take a year to bring to the finish line, and that means months of AT&T executives and lawyers parading in and out of polished Washington hallways to sell lawmakers and government agencies on the merits of the deal. Likely the biggest concern: If AT&T buys T-Mobile, the combined company plus Verizon will control about three-quarters of all wireless subscriptions in the U.S.

    “It’s a pretty highly concentrated market,” Herbert Hovenkamp, a professor of law at the University of Iowa, told our colleagues. “The guidelines would say this is a highly questionable merger unless there is a significant provable efficiency. This will get fairly close scrutiny.”

    Sprint, according to our Wall Street Journal colleagues, also is concerned about how much power AT&T and T-Mobile would have over wireless devices and pricing. Expect Sprint to flag those worries with regulators.

    Already, several consumer watchdog groups have signaled their concerns about a merger of AT&T and T-Mobile.

    “AT&T is already a giant in the wireless marketplace, where customers routinely complain about hidden charges and other anti-consumer practices,” said Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the non-profit that publishes Consumer Reports magazine. “From a consumer’s perspective, it’s difficult to come up with any justification or benefits from letting AT&T swallow up one of its few major competitors.”

    AT&T is no dummy, of course. They know this deal will be a slug fest, and they’ve worked out exactly the talking points to attack Washington’s regulatory armor. AT&T says there will remain plenty of competition left in the wireless business to keep companies honest and well meaning. And AT&T has touted the breakthroughs the combined company can make in fast wireless Internet service — a priority of the Obama White House.

    “We are very respectful of the DOJ and the FCC and those processes. We have done this many times before,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a video on the merger Web site. “If you look across the United States, the majority of all Americans have an option to choose five different service providers for their wireless service. So you combine all of that and we think after a very thorough review, this transaction will be approved.”

  • Anonymous

    For those interested, here’s AT&T’s spin on things, home movies and everything. LOL:

    http://www.mobilizeeverything.com/video1.php

    http://www.mobilizeeverything.com/home.php

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    No need to worry, all this means is higher costs and lower quality… I think I am going to be SICK!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, AT&T’s website on the acquisition says the “transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.”

    So that makes it around March 2012. But if this deal happens, with Verizon and Sprint gumming up the works I expect it won’t happen until June 2012 at the earliest.

    Keep in mind, too, that Verizon and/or Sprint could join forces behind the scenes and file suit, including for a preliminary injunction. If they decide to do that, they won’t file until January or February 2012, this to delay the deal going through even longer, maybe 2013.

    Like I said before, with the FCC, DOJ, Verizon, Sprint, and a unified band of small carriers, this deal may not happen until June 2012, but maybe not at all.

    Sidenote: If DT (mainly Obermann) sees this deal stalled expect to see T-Mobile change its plans closer to being in line with AT&T. Just a thought.

  • Alvin B.

    If I wasn’t on a contract, I would be out the f****ing door by tomorrow morning. There’s no way on Earth I want to be an AT&T customer again, and I think a LOT of T-Mobile customers are with me on this one!

    • ghostnik

      I want to know what options do T-mobile customers like my self have, is there any other phone company out there that will offer unlimited data for around 25 to 35 bucks, with great coverage in metro areas. I want to know who are my options if when this merger is finalized and if my plan is changed by AT&T who i can go to.

      • Alvin B.

        Well really there aren’t going to be any options for getting out of contract unless substantive changes are made to your service. However, expect to see the kinds of deals & plans T-Mobile offers like that become grandfathered very quickly once the buyout is approved.

      • mm

        dude; you don’t have unlimited data now. as soon as you hit 5g’s in the month your streaming galaxy s becomes a dial up brick.

        • bingbang

          ok, we get it. no ‘real’ unlimited data plan.

      • TM89

        your current rate plan will be grandfathered and you will be able to keep your rate plan with tmo… and the merger is still in the works… everything still has to be approved by the government and the fcc.

        • Past AT&T Sales Rep

          the real question which most people don’t cover, what happens when you need to upgrade. I used to work for at&t and quite a few other major brands back in the day. And while i was not able to find any comments from the old cingular customers i will say with experience. While the grandfathered plans may be left alone there is no doubt in my mind that once you try to upgrade you will no longer be able to keep your plan unless you pay full pop for the phones and avoid adjusting your contract in any way. This is the typical MO for at&t once they acquire another service provider and, while its quite imposable to tell the future its not that hard to see that they have done this many times in the past and i find it hard to think they will change their pattern now. I can continue to complain about AT&T for many hours so ill end this here but… please lets see more people asking about what will happen with tmobile customers when they try to upgrade. Will they be treated like the old cingular customers were or does at&t plan to release something in public / on paper that will state other wise. I doubt it would be anything but the latter.

        • Kickyindahead

          before i switched to verizon i asked around .. went from alltel to at&t reps for several days .. took me weeks and actually months from the first word that alltel had been taken over by at&t. In conclusion .. yes my plan with alltel would have been honored after the merge but if i wanted to upgrade… which i usually did around the time my contract was up .. I would have had to go with an at&t plan .. so your assumption would be correct .. im sure that they wouldnt make an exception with tmobile if they did the same thing with alltel and all the other companies that they have monopolized over.

      • jdp435

        check sprint.. the everything unlimited data plan is $69.00 a month.. its great if u live in the coverage area..

      • Kickyindahead

        go verizon!

    • mlw

      att cust service has got alot stronger! worth it to stay with them. they have taken the right steps for a great network!!

      • Anonymous

        Let me guess…. you work for AT&T?

      • Sean

        Agreed. AT&T is not the same carrier it was a year ago. It’s a big reason why I have phones on AT&T and T-Mobile. At the end of the day, I think it’s no big deal. Both are $110 / mo. for two smartphones, unless you’ve got an old plan like Even More Plus.

  • Patrick Schaefer

    this just flipping sucks, can’t wait for poor flipping service, charges for every flipping thing, and crappy flipping service. flippipty flipping flip

    • Mk Raap

      True. The DT idiots in Frankfurt have sold T-Mobile USA to the morons iin the blue suits at AT&T. As someone that had been with T-Mobile from the early days, I hate the thought of being associated with the corporate incompetence and neanderthal thinking of AT&T.

  • Applepiter

    Noooooooooooooo sh*t, f*ck, crap …… I will drop T-Mobile faster than An at&t call

  • Magenta Magic

    Well, just when I finished building my Magenta Shrine… frack.

  • Jack

    This truly is March Madness.

  • Anonymous

    Just a technicality… but isn’t the correct headline “to acquire” instead of your saying “AT&T acquires.” AT&T has not acquired T-Mobile, yet.

  • http://youtu.be/Tim5nU3DwIE

    this sums it up for me

  • da9th_one

    but the great unanswered question is…WHAT WILL THE NAME OF THIS WEBSITE BECOME…???

  • stevo

    so my questions are this. 1) is att going to allow tmobile customers to be or keep their already existing unlimited data. if not (because they dont offer that with their own customers) then will they then in turn eliminate their own customers who have grandfathered unlimited data? next………….. will verizion offer me what i currently have with tmobile for the same price? if so…………… then there maybe an original powertel customer break on throu

    • TM89

      i work for tmobile and from what was said is that Tmobile will allow exsisting customers to keep their granfathered plans and that your plan will not change or be affected. what the future holds for the merger between tmobile and at&t is still in negociations i can assure you that for the next 12months tmobile is still at a cheaper more affordable rate plan when it comes to data services.

    • Kickyindahead

      the way it worked or was supposed to work when at&t bought out alltel was that you could keep your plan .. at the price you were paying .. but… if you were to want to upgrade your phone .. you would have to go with one of at&t’s plans… which in my case would have been about 20$ more than what i was paying with alltel … so i switched to verizon . not only am i saving 4$ a month .. but my service is amazing .. as with at&t here in my area .. ive heard nothing but horrible things … oh .. and the merge that was supposed to happen between the two companies still hasnt taken effect .. even though that was supposed to be finished up 3 months ago… at&t blows…

      • p as in pumpkin

        verizon bought altell

  • stevo

    so my questions are this. 1) is att going to allow tmobile customers to be or keep their already existing unlimited data. if not (because they dont offer that with their own customers) then will they then in turn eliminate their own customers who have grandfathered unlimited data? next………….. will verizion offer me what i currently have with tmobile for the same price? if so…………… then there maybe an original powertel customer break on throu

  • Anonymous

    I have not seen this on the Net, but here’s a thought that may indicate difficulties of this deal going through:

    In the mid-seventies the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T. The litigation dragged on until 1982-84, at which point AT&T agreed to settle and divest itself (sell off) parts of the Company into what was then called the “Baby Bells.”

    That entire situation was a fianancial disaster for AT&T, having lost more than two-thirds its value and losing huge sums on failed ventures.

    Anyway, I have to assume that at the DOJ there remains lawyers who worked in the litigation against the old AT&T. I also assume those lawyers are in more powerful positions than held back in the eighties.

    I submit that those govt. lawyers, who presumably worked really hard on the AT&T antitrust litigation, are not inclined to allow AT&T to do anything that smacks of antitrust behavior. Plus the DOJ’s computers are chocked full of evidence and pleadings ready to be resurrected in any lawsuit should AT&T go through with this deal.

    Just thinking out loud. If I was AT&T I would not like knowing that there are eager DOJ lawyers ready to go on AT&T antitrust, part deux, or at the minimum to prevent AT&T repeating antitrust behavior.

    • ghostnik

      I wouldn’t be surprised if AT&T haven’t found a way through lobbying to gain favor or support of those DOJ lawyers and FCC as it doesn’t take much, when it comes to lobbying besides money, and as we can see AT&T have money to spend. At&t is about the 13th largest company in the world and has over 120 billion in revenue, and b/c of that I think they can buy or influence who ever they want to, to make this deal go through, which will give them a serious advantage with the amount of customers that have in usa as they are right now beating verzion by 1.4 million wireless customers. In the end just means more money that at&t will make, so its a win win for them in the long run.

    • cybah

      There’s one problem with this ItsMicheal.

      AT&T of today isn’t the same AT&T in that lawsuit. Remember, SBC bought AT&T and changed its name to AT&T (and its stock symbol from SBC to “T”) in order to get around many of the laws that restricted the Pre-SBC AT&T. AT&T of today may share the same name as the Pre-SBC AT&T, but legally its not the same company.

  • Getreal

    So I am thinking of going out tomorrow and getting a plan on tmobile (canceling my AT&T phone and paying the early penalty). This will allow me to be grandfathered into a cheaper plan and have unlimited Internet. Will save me about $40 per month. Worse thing that happens is that AT&T does not honor this rate plan (or forces me to change) at which time I say adios. Best thing that happens is the merger does not go through and I save $40 per month…OR I can repurchase iPhone in 12 months with better rate plan. The only thing I am giving up now is iPhone. Anyone else thinking like this?

  • mm

    anyone thinking they will lose their unlimited data plan is dreaming…you never had it. At the great magenta, as soon as you hit 5g’s of data for the month, T.M. throttles you down to dial up speed. Go to the Verizon site and find their data usage calculator. Set everything to zero except data streaming. Set that to 1hr a day. It will tell you that amounts to 10 gigs of data a month. On their new usage plan T.M. will charge you $85/mon

    • p as in pumpkin

      you cant pay overages on the 5 gig plan. you max is $30. and if your talking about the $10/ 200 MB plan. Your cap is $40.

  • mm

    Whatever. T.M. is now charging $85.00/month for 10g’s of data and then they will throttle you down to dial-up speed. If you think your old unlimited data plan exempts you, you are right. You’ll will be throttlled down at 5g’s a month. The “unlimited” throttle down speed is dial-up, so your great galaxy s or tablet turns into a brick for the rest of the month. aren’t ya glad ya just spent $600.00 for that new paper weight.

    • SC

      85? I work there. Never heard of that plan! You need to check your bill!

  • bye bye to t-mobile hello to higher price shitty service and more bs
    may att well be humen and get rid of there limited data plan what the point in having a smartphone if you can surf the net whenever you want and as long as you feel without have to worry about going over some time frame i’m pissed they better get rid of it since they got t-mobile towers now they have no reason to keep it beside greed matter a fact i’m going to go to one of there store and ask if i dont hear what i want to hear i cursing someone out then i’m going to call them ask to speak to the boss and curse him out

    • Kingbent619

      I doubt you ever use more then 2g of data anyways unless your some nerd that has no life and lives on your phone..lol. My advise is stay on the $25 data plan….save 5 bucks and go buy a couple 40s:) and it’s on att ya dig!

  • Philosoraptor

    blah, probably heading over to Verizon once my contract is up. I had AT&T U-Verse and while the TV quality was awesome, the customer service was horrible. If I had a billing issue I’d be on hold for 20-30 minutes before talking to someone and then on hold for some additional time being transferred around. So sad :(

    • Kingbent619

      Your going to get the same thing from verizon. No matter where you go your going to run into horrible customer service at some point. My advise is to get over it…lol

    • Kingbent619

      Your going to get the same thing from verizon. No matter where you go your going to run into horrible customer service at some point. My advise is to get over it…lol

    • Kingbent619

      Your going to get the same thing from verizon. No matter where you go your going to run into horrible customer service at some point. My advise is to get over it…lol

    • Kingbent619

      Your going to get the same thing from verizon. No matter where you go your going to run into horrible customer service at some point. My advise is to get over it…lol

    • Kingbent619

      Your going to get the same thing from verizon. No matter where you go your going to run into horrible customer service at some point. My advise is to get over it…lol

    • Tridder

      If you don’t like major legal battle type billing issues stay FAR away from Verizon!

  • Wireless created and caused this purchased. This is all about wireless.

  • Past AT&T Rep

    the real question which most people don’t cover, what happens when you need to upgrade. I used to work for at&t and quite a few other major brands back in the day. And while i was not able to find any comments from the old cingular customers i will say with experience. While the grandfathered plans may be left alone there is no doubt in my mind that once you try to upgrade you will no longer be able to keep your plan unless you pay full pop for the phones and avoid adjusting your contract in any way. This is the typical MO for at&t once they acquire another service provider and, while its quite imposable to tell the future its not that hard to see that they have done this many times in the past and i find it hard to think they will change their pattern now. I can continue to complain about AT&T for many hours so ill end this here but… please lets see more people asking about what will happen with tmobile customers when they try to upgrade. Will they be treated like the old cingular customers were or does at&t plan to release something in public / on paper that will state other wise. I doubt it would be anything but the latter.

    • Weezyrider

      Upgrade with what? Suppose you buy your own phone at full price? Or unlocked?

    • Anonymous

      In this case, I don’t think even buying an unlocked phone will be an option for out of contract T-Mobile smartphone customers that want 3G data service. Once AT&T deactivates T-Mobile’s 3G network to upgrade it to LTE, you’ll most likely need a new AT&T SIM that works on AT&T’s 3G network on another frequency and a new phone that supports those frequencies. You can bet AT&T will only give out these SIM cards to T-Mobile customers that are still in-contract. Out of contract customers will be required to sign a contract with AT&T or use their pay as you go plan for 3G data.

  • Ggonzalez44

    I’m a fckn tmobile employee!!! Wth’s gonna happen!!??
    I had Sunday off and I find this out when I missed church todayy!!!!
    Wow I am definitely being punished
    And we had just seen a retarded video on phillip fckn humm “reasuring” our stable job…
    Talk about missing the memo lol
    I’m stoked about going to work tomorow

    • Kickyindahead

      maybe you shouldnt have missed church …

  • Anonymous

    this is horrific

  • BeVol13

    If this does go through I might just head over to credo mobile. If you have not heard of them check out their prices, the closest I have found to tmobile. The phones are limited but about the same as at&t. And they are kinda a “green” hippy dippy company. I love my tmobile, but do not want to be an at&t customer. No unlimited data f that.

    • Very cool. Looks like another Boost/Virgin mobile value carrier that uses Sprint airwaves.

  • Anon

    I have never left a comment like this before, but this is appalling ! Ever more concentrated corporate control is ANTI-competitive and ANTI-consumer. Just yesterday I stopped to complain at AT&T affiliate store because after recent move to Brooklyn , NY only to discover that my previously functioning AT&T iPad (1 ) 3G is now running @ 0.16 mbts ! ( I ran a test) . That’s when it isn’t falling offline completely, unable to find one bar, or running at the speed of the La brea tarpits on “edge”. AT&T is notoriously bad on service and coverage already especially in the NY metro area,, and they cannot handle the volume they already have! ( they were infamously unprepared for iphone and iPad launches and what should have been predictable data demands. ( the store operator told’ me so many people have iPhones in this area that it grinds everything to a halt, and we might as well be in Oshkosh without a cell tower for days!)/They also lured people in with an unlimited plan for iPad so brief in duration very few apple employees I have spoken to even know it existed! T mobile users prepare to be screwed, and with ascendant monopoly AT &T will get to dictate/ control ever fewer options for consumers.

    • Anonymous

      So this would be better news for you as an AT&T customer, since AT&T would gain the Tmo towers as well, which would relieve strain on the system and provide greater 3G speeds and more coverage than it currently has. More towers=more capacity+wider coverage area.

      • Anon

        One would think, if we were dealing with anyone but AT&T . I left them before for boost, to avoid the inflated surcharges, and overly complex billing and nonresponsiveness to customer complaints — after my phone was stolen in Europe,. Even tho I reported it stolen immediately, and had passport stamps to document that I could not possibly have made the calls, they attempted to charge me nearly $ 2000.oo. An ongoing battle of over a year– they would agree to remove charges, then renege . Destroyed my credit, no help from AT&T reps supervisors just a nightmare. Would never have gone back to them if were not for ( yes I will confess) , mr jobs innovation. But I feel pretty sure in their hands this will somehow end up costing more, while providing less!

        • Anonymous

          Interesting…they “destroyed your credit”, yet you went back to them because of the iPhone?

          Really?

    • p as in pumpkin

      well… this would solve your speed problem. I like how you stopped into a store to complain. Like the guy at the store is going to climb the tower and flip a switch for you.

      “all set!”
      “whats with the cut cord?”
      “oh… thats for effect” <—- cable guy

  • cybah

    Sad.. I was just thinking the other day how happy I was as a long time T-Mobile customer. I may have to switch to Verizon now. I really want nothing to do with AT&T. (or Sprint for that matter, I left them for T-Mo). At least now I can dump Windows Mobile and get an iPhone. Glad I didnt qualify for an upgrade during their free phone event a few weeks ago.

    Why did Magenta have to do this? Now there’s less consumer choice. /veryangry

  • Anon

    If you are concerned or do not like the planned acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T, make sure you have a voice. Let’s harness the power of social media to ensure that we T-Mobile customers are heard. Help Save T-Mobile by going to: http://www.facebook.com/SaveTMobile

  • Hecg55

    Someone please answer this. I hate att and will leave if this happens. My question is will this change the policies and what not in a way that I can get of contract?

  • Aaa

    Let your voice be heard on this issue, join our Facebook community, “Save T-Mobile USA – Customers Against AT&T Merger” at http://www.facebook.com/SaveTMobileUSA

    We will not stand for this!

    • Geokaplan

      You think you can change things with a Facebook page? That’s too cute.

      If you read up on this you’d know that AT&T has to pay Tmo $3B if the deal fails. They’re not stopping because of some dumbass Facebook site.

      • Weezyrider

        It might not change the outcome, but social pages have caused some upheaval in the business and political world lately, so this might just change opinion at the top on customer service and public dealing. Especially if ATT customers who don’t like the customer service, but do like their plans chime in.

        • JohnLeftt

          It’s not happening. I checked the link; only 250 likes.

  • EJB

    I am extremely against the acquisition since AT&T customer service is the pits, I left AT&T cell service for their poor to less than below human relations standards. This acquisition will inherently raise T- Mobile clients their fees as a result.

  • MM

    T-Mobile should offer their customers the ability to opt out of existing contracts. AT&T has the worst customer service and their rates are at least 40% higher. The execs at T-Mobile are going to get rich, rich, rich and all of their customers, scraped off into the trash!

    Thanks T-Mobile!!!

  • Orge1126

    I dont understand, did Tmobile run out of money or what? I understand why ATT would wanna buy Tmobile, but I dont understand why they wanna be sold to ATT…WTF!~~~~why are you bringing shitty ass network into our territory? Tmobile what is wrong with you??? why are you abandoning us??? OMFG!!!

    • Geokaplan

      Get a grip. DT has made no secret over the past year that Tmobile could be for sale and that the parent was disappointed in the profitability and subscriber cburn. These stories have been all over this site and others forfor months. Nobody should be caught off guard.

  • Kia

    Someone please tell me/us directly — exactly WHO will be an option, other than AT&T, for GSM phones, after this acquisition?

    Many people keep talking about simply switching over to another carrier. WHO EXACTLY CAN I SWITCH TO FOR GSM/SIM CARD PHONES AND SERVICE? Who???

    I either stay with a company I hate from the bottom of my heart (read: AT&T complicit with warrant-less phone taps, and the top brass at AT&T is crusty old-school, and about as far away from forward-thinking as you can get, there have been many rifts because of this between Apple and AT&T), or… or what EXACTLY? Give up the ability to take my phone around the world and switch SIMs whenever I need to?

    My @#$#@$#, when I switched from my local regional carrier (CDMA) to T-Mobile’s GSM, I thought I had finally left the mobile Dark Ages. Now I’ll only have one major carrier as an option? Are there even any REGIONAL or smaller carriers that even offer GSM? I won’t go back to a non-GSM phone, and I won’t become an AT&T customer. Maybe just let the service go out and use my phone only for 911 emergency calls and maybe surf the internet with it, with hot spots and my wireless router?

    What other options will there be for GSM service in the USA, besides AT&T? And how can this be approved by the FCC, if they will be the only choice? Is the goal here to ensure I can’t use my phone outside of the USA??

    Again I say: I won’t get a non-GSM phone. I won’t become an AT&T customer.

    What will be my choices, then? No more wireless?

    • Quailallstar

      Another GSM option is Simple Mobile which is T-Mobile’s network at a cheaper price. Check it out, mysimplemobile.com

      • Kia

        Which will become AT&T’s network, if this acquisition goes through…

        • Quailallstar

          But probably remain cheaper than AT&T’s new pricing (I pray!) This is my only hope to stay with anything related to T-Mobile.

    • Anonymous

      That’s fine if you decide to do that, but it is your choice. The only GSM carrier with its own towers that I can think of is Cincinnati Wireless. Otherwise, there are companies which use GSM technology for the phones but they lease their service through AT&T or T-mobile towers.

      Of course, there are Android and Blackberry CDMA phones from Verizon and Sprint which have GSM slots for use outside the US, if that is a deal-breaker. But within the US, it doesn’t much matter what solution you devise, since you’ll be using the towers of AT&T if you’re running GSM.

      • AdrianG2

        Cincinnati Bell Wireless

    • Olographics28

      There is NO WAY I will keep my cell service wit the F…..ng AT&T, their prices are ridiculously high, the service is the worse in USA.
      I will move to a more affordable company in a year when my contract with T-Mobile expires.
      DID YOU HEAR THAT AT&T?????????Not a single penny from my pocket!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I ran from AT&T to T-Mobile, and have never been happier…till I got this news. I spent all morning looking for a way to contact the FTC and make my displeasure known. I found it! Here’s the info:

    How you can help

    If you have an antitrust problem or complaint, or if you wish to provide information that may be helpful in an investigation, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

    E-mail

    Antitrust@ftc.gov

    If you wish to submit confidential information, send it by mail and mark it “Confidential.”

    Federal Trade Commission
    Bureau of Competition-H374,
    Washington, D.C. 20580

    Telephone
    (1–877–382–4357)
    1–877–FTC–HELP

    Speak your mind. I plan to.

  • Mmolden0987

    From under the bus, I found the phone number for the Federal Trade Commission……..If they haven’t bought it too, and installed their crackerjack customer service, splashthud. Owwwww……chuckhole.

  • Sgarciapalauro

    nooo!!! I want nothing to do with ATT!

  • TekBoi

    Pros:

    Bigger Network

    Cons:

    Slower Network
    No plans to have a “real” 4G network
    More Expensive pans in every category
    HIgher prices for fees
    Data Cap on smartphones
    Congested Network
    No iPhone upfront
    Eventual shutdown, and absorbtion of T-Mobile
    Pro-Monopoly Coorperation
    AT&T’s logo resembles the Death Star
    No more unlocking services for overseas usage
    Poor support for Android (ex: G1, Nexus One, Evo, Droid, etc)

    THERE IS NOTHING GOOD IN SIGHT FOR T-MOBILE CUSTOMERS!!
    RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • YursTruly

      sprint is a good 2nd option to run due to competitive prices.. but they might not survive in the next few years… :(

  • Conspiracy Theory

    Perhaps the reason T-Mobile didn’t get the iPhone is because Jobs is secretly getting kickbacks from AT&T. AT&T has iPhone-blocked T-Mobile USA in order to back it into a corner. This has been brewing for a while…

  • STICKN2GTHR

    Man thats to show how much T-MOBILE cared/s about its employees. They didnt even have the dignity to inform this in a formal manner to its employees. They had to find about it on a bright sunny Sunday through third channel information. What happened to the T-MOBILE VALUES they so desired for their employees to live by. Or what happened to STICK TOGETHER? Total hypocrites thats what they are. They should change their name to DOUCHEBAG Telecom.Dont they know how many lives and families they are affecting with this decision?

    • Androidess

      Hey, dumbazz! STFU, moron. Employees found out internally, not from this site, hater.

  • STICKN2GTHR

    AND TMONEWS IS A SHAM ASWELL!! HOW COME YALLS SO CALLED “NINJAS” WERE ABLE TO INFILTRATE INFO ON THE NEW UPCOMING PHONES AND NOT THIS? YALL NEW WHAT WAS COMING AND DIDNT LET EVERYONE KNOW AHEAD OF TIME. CAUGHT YOU BY SURPRISE!! WHAT A BUNCH OF B.S.!!!

  • Low IQ

    I for one have my own personal opinion of “Not” staying with AT&T, after my bad experience with them. My experience is of course my own and different from others? It would be interesting to see a poll of how many would stay or Leave?, because if enough people at least 50% of the current subscribers have the intention of leaving? That might be enough for AT&T not to buy T-Mobile but that is bottom of the list of concerns for AT&T? from what I can see why AT&T is so interested in acquiring T-Mobile? its mostly for the T-Mobile 4G and other Networks they are so interested in$. I am sure there are many more reasons but the mobile network is high on the list! The only thing we can hope for is that the contract thy are setting up somehow infringes on the Monopoly standards of current Laws? But that is a complicated issue in itself? I am sure there are some Legal minds out there who might shed some light on this subject and if it can have any influence on the sale? Anyone have some worthwhile comments on the subject?