Sprint Releases Official Statement In Opposition Of AT&T / T-Mobile Merger

While Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already stated his position on the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger, Sprint has now released a formal statement in opposition. In no uncertain terms Sprint calls any passage of the deal a path to a duopoly in the marketplace with AT&T and Verizon “overwhelmingly” controlling the US wireless market.

I couldn’t agree with Sprint anymore and yet our concerns go beyond the “duopoly” Sprint accuses AT&T and Verizon of becoming. We are very concerned with the loss of the T-Mobile identity. Exceptional customer service, outstanding in store care and all the little things that make T-Mobile our beloved carrier stand to be lost if this deal is approved. Oh how I wish this was just a dream.

Go Sprint go.

Sprint Opposes Proposed AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Transaction would reduce competition and harm consumers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 28, 2011 – Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S], the nation’s third largest wireless provider and a leader in advanced wireless broadband technologies, announced today its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.

The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction.

AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost three times the size of Sprint in terms of wireless revenue and would entrench AT&T’s and Verizon’s duopoly control over the wireless market. The wireless industry moving forward would be dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically integrated companies with unprecedented control over the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs, such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.

“Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” said Vonya McCann, senior vice president, Government Affairs. “This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly.”

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint atwww.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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  • Lurio

    All CUSTOMERS from T-MOBILE switch to SPRINT.
    T-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&TT-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&TT-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&TT-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&TT-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&TT-MOBILE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR CUSTOMERS ONLY THE MONEY THEY ARE GETTING FROM AT&T

    • kmarti

      Idiot. T-Mobile is not the one turning their backs on loyal customers and employees. It’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom.

      • TweetMo

        Right on.
        Gotta remember that some of these people on here may be 14 y/o kids who talk big, but they’re just clueless about business in the real world.

  • whosaidwhat

    What do we have here? Now you know why AT&T is so confident this deal will go through. They have the big guns. I don’t care if this thing takes 8, 12, 18 or 24 months, this thing is a done deal.

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/28/technology/att_telekom_lobbying_power/index.htm

    • Havoktek

      Done Deal, Big Business is big business, we have no say or power. It’s all up to the politicians and lobbyist now. Who stands to lose and who stands to gain for them.
      For us the consumer it doesnt matter, cause they know we have no where else to go..
      This is why we have monopoly rules, however money talks and bitchin’ rides the frakkin’ bus!
      My two cents finally ……

      TMO USA is DONE………….

      LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE

  • Budnum8

    Screw Sprint.
    If they blocked it and tm went under then what?
    Att may not be the best that’s for sure, but give them a chance.
    CDMA sucks, Sprint and their stupid 4g/premium phone fees can screw off.

    • Lurio

      I did gave AT&T a chance their customer service sucks!!!
      So i move to T-MOBILE i was HAPPPY now that they are doing this BS IM moving with SPRINT !!!

      • Anonymous

        If you think AT&T’s customer service sucked, have fun with Sprint! Theirs is the worst in the industry… I went to Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    #ImWithSprint

  • Dork

    I’m gonna say it. It wont go through. I willing to bet my future sanity on it.

    • Derrickps3

      i’m with you dork, lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NROHHGNFDNJW47HF42XADBZLJM crazythunder

    funny how just last night,sprints ceo was on a commercial talking about the definition of “unlimited”. either it’s new and a poke at att, or i’m not watching enough tv.

  • Ali

    Sprints just mad that they didnt have enough money to lock in there deal. But whatever you cant blame how they feel since if this deal goes through they will be permanently in last place.

  • NO_ATT

    i agree w/ what sprint is saying and i said the same thing… however, i hope the government doesnt listen to them, theyre just bitching about the fact they lost the deal. i guarantee that if it happens and att is denied sprint will JUMP ON IT and buy tmobile the next morning…

    att is terrible, but sprint is even worse, with crappier reception…. if sprint gets its way… i swear…… o.O D<

  • Leuschen John

    I carry both AT&T (company provided) and TMobile (personal). Hand down the customer service of T Mobile is the greatest. If this merger goes through, I will jump ship over to Sprint. As one of T Mobile longest continues user, I will not support AT&T.

  • Kaz063

    SPRINT SUCKS – they do not even provide there employees with desk phones. they have laid off so mny people in the kc area that they rent space on their campus…there customer service stinks among many others things…they treat their current employees like a bunch of pigs so i will not support them.. i hope the att/tmobile merger goes through so tht they can finally pput sprint out of its misery

  • http://www.mobilerepeatershop.com/ mobile repeater

    Whatever the Sprint has released on this a much discussed topic, but it will create some controversies, I guess. Often we have seen bigger brands has released such kind statement on each other.