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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  • 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://twitter.com/ViktorY2K10 James K Ray IV

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan81984 Jonathan Dixon

    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!

  • http://twitter.com/Parkerevans1 Parkerevans

    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.

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

      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!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/SeaLinc2 Lincoln Rose

    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.!!!

    • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

      Troll.

      • STICKN2GTHR

        YOUR MOMMA IS A TROLL..

  • 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?