T-Mobile Releases Letter Addressing Customer Concerns Regarding AT&T Deal

Judging by our blog comments, Twitter comments and Facebook posts there is a terrible amount of confusion regarding the AT&T/T-Mobile buyout. In order to try and quell customer fears, confusion and anger over the upcoming deal T-Mobile has released a short statement from company COO Jim Alling attempting to address the major concerns customers may have.

Most important is the message that T-Mobile is conducting business as usual. They are still an independent company and will treat AT&T as a competitor until any deal is closed. As you may have noticed, T-Mobile’s AT&T attack ads remain on the air and are likely to remain so until a deal closes.

The letter is short and sweet and while it likely won’t defuse customer confusion and anger, at the very least it’ll show that T-Mobile is listening to customer concerns. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say at the moment that will make current T-Mobile customers not fear the future and an uncertain future at that.

T-Mobile

Dear Valued T-Mobile Customers

Bellevue, Wash. — Mar. 25, 2011 PDT

As you know, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have reached an agreement for AT&T to purchase T-Mobile USA.  The combined company will provide you with a world-class platform for mobile broadband innovation and growth.

Bringing together these two world-class businesses will create significant benefits for you. The merger will ensure the deployment of a robust 4G LTE network to 95% of the U.S. population, something neither company would achieve on its own in the timeframe that would be possible with this merger.

Also, because of our compatible networks and infrastructure, you will experience improved voice and data service almost immediately after the networks are integrated.

The transaction must go through a regulatory review and approval process. We expect the review to take approximately twelve months.

Until this deal is closed, T-Mobile remains as an independent competitor to AT&T. During this time, you will continue to receive the great service you have come to expect from T-Mobile and we remain committed to ensuring that you have the best experience possible using T-Mobile products and services.  Please see the reverse (other side) of this letter for answers to frequently asked questions.

It continues to be our pleasure and honor to provide you with America’s Largest 4G Network and one of the most unique and exciting lineups of smartphones and mobile data products in the industry. We can’t thank you enough for choosing T-Mobile, and we promise to continue earning your business every day.

Regards,

Jim Alling

Chief Operations Officer

T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Answers to Some Questions You May Have

Q:  Will I have to upgrade my T-Mobile 3G/4G device after the acquisition closes?

A: T-Mobile has no plans to alter our 3G / 4G network in any way that would make your device obsolete. The deal is expected to close in approximately 12 months.  After that, decisions about the network will be AT&T’s to make. That said, the president and CEO of AT&T Mobility was quoted in the Associated Press saying “there’s nothing for [customers] to worry about… [network changes affecting devices] will be done over time… ”

Q: Will T-Mobile USA’s quality be reduced?

A: No. In fact, the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA will offer an even stronger service to customers. Until the acquisition is closed, we will work hard to maintain our position as the value leader with America’s largest 4G network.

Q: Should I wait to sign-up with T-Mobile USA or upgrade my phone?

A: There is no greater time than now to become a T-Mobile customer or upgrade your service or device. T-Mobile USA offers an industry leading lineup of smartphones, tablets and other mobile broadband devices on America’s Largest 4G Network. The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA would mean even stronger service for our customers.

Q: Is T-Mobile USA getting the iPhone?

A: T-Mobile USA remains an independent company, as the acquisition is expected to be completed in approximately 12 months. We’ll continue to offer cutting-edge 4G devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, as well as the new Sidekick 4G, the T-Mobile G2x and the G-Slate tablet coming later this spring.

Q: Will my rate plan change because of the acquisition?

A: All customer contracts entered into before the change of ownership will be honored [for their applicable period].

Q: Will T-Mobile’s 4G network rollout plans change as a result of this announcement?

A: T-Mobile will continue to expand America’s Largest 4G Network and double its speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with Las Vegas, New York and Orlando this week. We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with rich and compelling mobile data experiences. Longer term, T-Mobile’s future network evolution will be determined when we have worked through the regulatory process and have closed the agreement with AT&T.

 

 

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  • Guest

    At least we will be getting LTE. For crying out loud the iphone outdoes my G2 50% of the time. But 42M is coming. And so is Santa!!

  • Justin

    Explains why they have iphone accessories in tmobile stores now….. Who knew (originally for travelers with iphones….. Too convenient) Blah……

  • Jon

    I know that the mere thought of AT&T getting their grubby hands on T-mobile is just repulsive. But hey there is a little chance that the deal will be blocked by the feds. Providing that AT&T doesn’t reach into the big pockets they have and slip envelopes full of cash under the table.

    But hey look at the bright side there is a small chance that the buyout will be blocked. Although I doubt it but that isn’t from a whole year from now so just chill out everyone you have time to figure out what your next move is.

  • Anonymous

    If it happens, I just wanna see it done already. If its a good thing I’ll stay, if not, then bye bye and hello other company.

  • Anonymous

    What’s with you people who are saying stuff like “Company X doesn’t care about the customer” or “this isn’t fair to the customer”?

    THESE ARE CORPORATIONS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT! They are in business to make money not hold our hands like our parents. Your a fool to think you are not expendable.

    • ATL guy

      Well put.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Agreed.

    • Individual11

      And they are fools if they (the companies) think they are not expendable. They don’t have to hold our hands, but they had best give the impression they seemingly care. Otherwise the churn might get a little high.

      • Anonymous

        Even if ATT loses/discards HALF of TMO’s customers after the purchase they will shrug it off and keep on steppin’. I’m not sure how you could call them expendable really. TMO sure gave me the impression that they seemingly care but apparently that didn’t pan out too well for them did it? If this deal doesn’t go through we will still stick by them even though they are now showing how much they really care about us.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, and when you read AT&T saying they’ve factored the costs of Tmobiles phones going obsolete when they remove tmobile 3g, people assume that means the cost of new phones. It is just as likely they are factoring the cost of customers leaving when they offer them crappy deals on replacement phones.

  • Anonymous

    So iev decided to sell my phones (400 $ or so) (should cover etf) and move to Verizon.All this bitching about them being overpriced and when i actually look at it its like 9$ more expensive than what T-Mobile charged me.. ial just skip 1 meal a month…. much love tmobil but if you move on so will i.

    • ATL guy

      Well put

      • Jay

        I pay 79.99 for unlimited everything with the even more plus plan. Verizon costs 145 with tax included for what i have with phone insurance. Att is about the same but dont even offer unlimted data. So in the end, this sucks.

        • Spand

          Go For some of that Metro Action; cheaper than T-Mobile and you wont have to worry :) Good luck!

        • HTC Pyramid

          you’re assuming he is in an area where metro is available. accidentally clicked ‘like’ instead of reply.

    • Anonymous

      i don’t get the reasoning to just give away the value of your phones to offset a termination fee. Won’t you have to buy new phones for verizon?

      Seems like a lot of wasted money for a merger that won’t happen for a while and may not have any big changes for a while after the merger happens.

      i’m actually considering the opposite strategy. Signing up for a new contract with phone upgrades so that my pricing can’t change for at least a year after the merger happens. I’ll probably wait for a bit though and see what the govt does first.

    • Corinn

      It’s $30 more expensive for me, and I get less. EV-DO is slower than HSPA+! Sure, Verizon has LTE, but only one LTE capable phone–and it costs $700!

  • Nospam

    ya know Im getting sick and tired of the speculatiions…. some people with common sense mentioned…lets lets see how this pans out. until then why dont you kids put a sock in it. your mommy is calling to take out the garbage

  • 1waymuzik

    Why didn’t Google buy T-Mobile? I think they should’ve sold to someone who would’ve allowed T-Mobile to operate as an independent US company. T-Mobile has been kicking ass for the last year or so. It feels like T-Mobile is the child in an ugly divorces custody battle.

    • Rob

      if Google bought t-mobile it would have been phenomenal. The technology leaps that Google plans to do in the future such as 1gbps download speed fiber optic network to homes are just awesome (choosing a beta site currently). I can only imagine what they would do in the wireless spectrum if they had more control over the actual networks and not just device OS.

    • Spand

      T-Mobile kicking ass? T-Mobile has hit the point where they will no longer grow without the synergies of a larger network. IE AT&T and Cingluar, GTE and Verizon, Sprint & Nextel. All companies were roughly the size T-Mobile is, and after the merger, were able to grow into powerhouses (minus Sprint).

      It was inevitable, they just went with the company that made the most sense.

      • Soon to Be Unemployed TmoGuy

        At&T was actually a fairly large company when Cingular (at the time a new wireless company) bought them. Cingular burried the AT&T name, forcing everyone to change to Cingular rate plans when they upgraded their phones. Then They re-used the AT&T name to save themselves after destroying their own.
        And to this day, people actually believe that AT&T (though owned by Cingular) actually bought back AT&T.
        AT&T sucks. The ONLY thing they EVER did right was the IPHONE. Unfortunately T-mobile was unable to compete and waited Far too long to even try. Now, Tons of T-Mobile employees will lose their jobs and customers will lose their unlimited plans (just like cingular did to AT&T customers), and our phones won’t work. Great!!

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          I was there during the acquisition and transition phases from Cingular to The New AT&T. Cell service quality improved, but customer service quality sucked still. Then again, both Cingular and the old AT&T Wireless didn’t have fantastic customer service to begin with. However, as both an AT&T and T-Mobile customer, I’m interested to see if this deal will close. It is good though that AT&T has started working on improving their customer support these days. Just this morning, I had to call AT&T customer service about phone unlocking and that guy helped me out on everything (except phone unlocking). He told me he couldn’t do phone unlocking because AT&T’s standard contract for “exclusives” prohibits phone unlocking without authorization by the manufacturer. In the case of most Android device exclusives, manufacturers have given a six month period in which phones aren’t supposed to be unlocked. Apple has yet to allow AT&T to use their unlocking signal to allow iTunes to unlock iPhones. I got more information today than I did in years…. He also helped set up service requests for all my areas so that towers can be built in my areas. And it turned out that some towers were destroyed in some of the snowstorms, hailstorms, and rain storms back in January, and so the three towers that were left were way overloaded. He said that AT&T scheduled about five new towers to replace the three that were destroyed, so that will fix a lot of issues.

          That representative (which unfortunately, I forgot his name) went above and beyond the call of any representative. He treated me like a customer wants to be treated, like gold! It felt like I was dealing with T-Mobile support staff rather than the usual AT&T staff. I told him right then and there that I hope more reps are like him in the future, because he helped me to the best of his ability, and then some! And he was polite and fully understanding of my situations. If more AT&T staff become like him, then AT&T won’t be such a painful experience for T-Mobile customers if AT&T does manage to acquire T-Mobile.

  • ATL guy

    CAN’T WAIT! IPhone here I come!!

  • Jazz

    “Until this deal is closed, T-Mobile remains as an independent competitor to AT&T. During this time, you will continue to receive the great service you have come to expect from T-Mobile and we remain committed to ensuring that you have the best experience possible using T-Mobile products and services.” ….. but after it goes down, its FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! -

  • jmrl1987

    so we have to wait 12 months to
    ACTUALLY get our IMPORTANT questions answered??!?!?
    right..
    FA!L

  • Nospam

    since when does any Mobile CO. gives us a heads up on what they will do! get real

  • E Hugus

    Shared towers not service and innovation. aT&T does not innovate. No At home calling, no WiFi calling, no UMA and terrible world service. I switched to T-mobile for Android and customer help service from Verizon which would not help with Third party software and a terrible phone when traveling abroad.

  • E Hugus

    Shared towers not service and innovation. aT&T does not innovate. No At home calling, no WiFi calling, no UMA and terrible world service. I switched to T-mobile for Android and customer help service from Verizon which would not help with Third party software and a terrible phone when traveling abroad.

  • Realdeal1205

    I have a G2 so by the time my plan is up this whole at&t thing should be cleared up, I’m not worrried the price changes cuz if u just leave the plans going to be just as high or more. I can’t wait til this is settled so I can see what new phones we can get. I’m looking forward to the torch 2 or some qnx based blackberries.

  • Yuri Gregorin

    The acquisition of the iPhone would have saved Tmobile. Personally I won’t be sticking around to see which new pos android comes next.

    • CDG

      Good ridance.

      • Havraha

        No need to be a snot.

  • Ghostman34

    All those Q & A from the COO are a bunch of BS. No clear answer and just tries to veer people to sign up.

    • my2cents

      T-mobile must compete until the deal closes. Should Yahoo have stopped competing when Microsoft tried to buy them? If they did it would have been a bad business decision on there part. It’s likely that the deal will go through. but there is a chance that it won’t. So until then T-mobile will do the right thing and compete vigorously, if the don’t it would just be bad business.

  • Pattyluve Ryan2

    If they let at&t buy tmobile then a lot of people will lose there jobs . Its going to force sprint to sell cause it can’t compete in the compatition . More people lose jobs . It will be a downward spyral where all small company’s can’t compete with big company’s and it will be only two cell phone company’s . At&t and verizon . Nobody will have a job . By the way at&t can shove that big blue crystal ball up there world wide behind . I’m staying with tmobile untill its writtin n stone that at&t owns tmobile .

  • http://twitter.com/stevensteve steven

    Q: Will I have to upgrade my T-Mobile 3G/4G device after the acquisition closes?

    A: T-Mobile has no plans to alter our 3G / 4G network in any way that would make your device obsolete. The deal is expected to close in approximately 12 months. After that, decisions about the network will be AT&T’s to make. That said, the president and CEO of AT&T Mobility was quoted in the Associated Press saying “there’s nothing for [customers] to worry about… [network changes affecting devices] will be done over time… ”

    Real answer: Our 3G isn’t compatible with AT&T’s 3G but at least you’ll be able to surf on EDGE. Neato and thus not obsolete! -___-

    • my2cents

      you are only partly correct. The Vibrant, Vibrant 4G, and upcoming G2X are pentaband phones. Meaning that when unlocked they will work on AT&T’s 1900 3G band. Yes T-Mobile and AT&T’s 3G bands are different, but pentaband phones are becoming more commonplace. So if you buy one of these phones you won’t be stuck on EDGE as you suggest.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to say it buy, tmo completely sold out!. Them bashing at&t then being took over by at&t is like me bashing my soon to be employer. Is it a smart move when they trash at&T’s network speed – then release a statement ” we both together will offer best in class service….hipocracy????

    • Anonymous

      T-mobile USA can’t sell out something they don’t own. Deutsche Telekom sold them out to AT&T. T-mobile USA had no choice in the matter. They have to make the best of the situation just like the customers do.

      Feel free to bash the german owners though…

  • Lee72artis

    Let me offer this. . .Most of us in this forum loves Android. We do love T-MobileUSA. We didn’t like how Google handled the Nexus One, due to customer service. T-Mobile’s customer service is highly rated. What if Google took over T-MobileUSA? We wouldn’t be at the mercy of terrorists like AT&T.

    • Anonymous

      Google generally does things that protects it’s hugely profitable advertising and search operations. Android helps them get a stronger lock on search and advertising in the mobile space. Owning actual physical infrastructure that that they would have to build out and maintain would weigh them down too much and wouldn’t help them in maintaining their search monopoly. There’s no incentive for them to own one provider when they can use android to be on phones for every provider.

      • Corinn

        AT&T may attempt to use the merger to kill Android on GSM. It’s clear Apple is far more important to them, considering their horrible update track record, locked sideloading of apps and generally poor quality of Android devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edmond-Chou/598254704 Edmond Chou

    There is no way I am buying any new tmobile 3g/4g device until the dust settle.

    • my2cents

      the “dust” isn’t going to settle for at least 18 months. so hopefully you can wait that long. How many people here have confidence that the department of justice and the FCC will move quickly on this?

  • Sbottz

    the LG G2/ Optimus X will NOT have WCDMA 850 or 1900!!!!!!!

    http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/p_forum.php?fm=m&ff=3164&fi=2686801

  • Bigdmassie

    Are they just saying what we want to hear I work for a big retail they r know for that

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    I think it’s better to prepare if you plan to stay through the migration.
    There are a few quad and penta-band UMTS/HSPA devices (Option 452 and Rocket Original have ALL NAM bands) as well as nokia C6-01, C7 (unlocked version), N8, E7.
    Pharos 137 has UMTS 1900
    nokia 5230 (T-Mobile version) has UMTS 850.

    • Anonymous

      g2x is quad band isent it?

      • Anonymous

        Yup, my future phone.

  • j-man

    So a bit over a week ago I went to T-Mobile UK website, and found out that Orange and T-Mobile somewhat merged or came to an agreement of using each others’ signal. I thought that this would be a good idea for the US. Eventually I heard about the AT&T merger and I was like wow this is something! So I found out that what is happening here, happened in the UK too. DT is selling off their subsidiaries. I guess they can’t handle too many in this economic crisis.

    http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/share/

    • Anonymous

      DT is performing like Sprint, it lost money last year. As I said last week, the sale of TMOUS is to get cash, plain and simple.

      Getting $39 billion for TMOUS is like one of us selling a really nice 2005 car that’s worth $20,000 to someone for $50,000. ;)

      • Anonymous

        and the fact that DT can unload a money losing operation. The article i read indicated that T-mobile USA is worth less than $20 billion on the public markets because it is a tarnished property.

        It’s worth $39 billion to AT&T because of the billions of dollars in efficiencies that they can create by swallowing it up..

        DT is basically selling out to pretty much break even from the whole debacle. They spent a fortune purchasing Voicestream.

        • Carlf

          What most people forget about is the spectrums that T-Mo also owns. That alone is worth $39b to ATT. If T-Mo didn’t have those ATT could care less about buying the company.

        • my2cents

          T-mobile US is not losing money.. it’s losing subscribers.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for the correction. The articles i read were a bit misleading. The profit has been declining for the last 5 years which makes sense if it’s steadily losing subscribers.

    • Punisher2all

      Ya, that happened like 2 years ago. And in that situation tmo didn’t sell out, they actually merged together to combine an even bigger company which tmo owns 50% of.

  • DH

    No amount of empty vague substance-less promises from corporate executives will ever convince me that this merger will benefit tmo customers! I’m esp disgusted w the ceo of att, who seems to think that all of tmo’s customers are idiotic sheep/lemmings. If they can pay enough attorneys & lobbyists to get this merger through the regulatory channels/processes of the FCC & DoJ, then as soon as it’s approved I’ll switch to another carrier. I will not become yet another willing prisoner of the att “deathstar.” I’d even rather switch to a cdma carrier. . . ugh!

  • Not buying it one bit, Alling

    After reading this “letter”, I can conclude that Jim Alling is partly responsible for T-Mobile’s problems. This guy can’t even give a straight answer to his own questions that he poses to himself. For example, he asks himself if T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone. He doesn’t have the ability to simply say “Yes” or “No”. Instead, he refuses to answer his own question, and just beats around the bush talking about the other phones his company offers. Way to be indirect, Mr. COO Bonehead.

    The rest of his “letter” is equally insulting to his customers that he claims to value so much.

    So Alling, if you read this, try actually be direct with your customers. We can easily smell someone trying to sell us a load of crap. And from reading your letter, it smells like you haven’t wiped in quite some time.

    • Anonymous

      Thats called being a politician my friend get used to it.

      • Not buying it one bit, Alling

        Get used to being manipulated? Never. That’s called being sheep.

        Sad how willing many people are in being sheep, and how they encourage others to join their flock.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t going to post this because it’s too long, but I took an Ambien and those pills cause me to have a what-the-hell attitude, so here ya go. Besides, I better post on TMoNews while we can.

    Sidenote: We all have been yammering about our situations, but what about David, the owner of this Site. He puts a mountain of work into it, it’s making him some money and it’s growing. Just when things fall into a pattern and he can take it easy for a few weeks, this has to happen.
    ____________________

    Really the bottom line on all this is there’s principally three reasons you should be against this deal and choose to move on once the acquisition is complete.

    1. AT&T gobbling up T-Mobile will definitely mean higher prices for services. Remember, AT&T is the first carrier who took away unlimited data plans and instituted draconian data plans (e.g., artificially low caps to assure overage charges).

    Looking at AT&T’s past behavior there’s absolutely no reason to think that for former T-Mobile customers AT&T will lower prices, honor the plan pricing people are getting at T-Mobile, or give T-Mobile customers some kind of price break.

    or

    2. You could simply not like AT&T the company, no matter what its pricing or handsets. Perhaps you had a bad experience with T-Mobile or don’t like the way it does business.

    or

    3. You don’t like AT&T’s alleged poor data or calling services (and don’t think it will improve with the acquisition).

    Personally, #1 and #2 apply to me.

    On #1 – I’ll admit it, when it comes to wireless plans I am a cheapskate. I’ll pay $500 every four months for the latest and greatest T-Mobile handset, but for calling and data I try to pay as little as possible for the most in call minutes and data gigabytes. For two lines I currently pay $160 monthly for unlimited everything (fees and taxes included). That’s $80 per line which is a good deal for unlimited service with a major carrier.

    Anyway, there’s no way I am going from paying dirt cheap prices for unlimited everything to AT&T’s tiered data plan, that would cost me $25 monthly for a paltry 2 GB of data. (I know, there’s some of you who say 2 GB is more than enough, but if you use a smartphone for all that the carriers advertise on TV, you can use 3 to 5 GB monthly quite easily. E.g., YouTube, Mobi or T-Mobile TV, Pandora, Android Market, tethering, browsing on the Net).

    On #2 – I was an AT&T wireless customer in 2000-2001 or thereabouts. They kept overcharging me, no matter how many times they promised to correct the problem, that it admitted was on its end. Eventually I canceled the account. Even though I did not use the phone after that, AT&T kept billing me monthly for service (on a line I canceled and never used). Eventually AT&T sent the bill to collections, but they stopped sending me letters. So even though I was paying AT&T $1400 monthly for my business land lines, I swore never to go back to AT&T wireless.

    So what to do?

    Some of the flames in here are accurate; it doesn’t resolve anything to whine, complain or vent against T-Mobile or AT&T. To be sure, whine or rant all weekend, come Monday nothing has been resolved. (However, I submit it’s healthy to post opinions on what we think about the actions of T-Mobile and/or AT&T.)

    Personally, I will be going to another carrier. However, if some of you recall my postings from long ago, I ain’t going to Sprint because they pissed me off too (they ripped me off on ETF monies, to the tune of $700 or thereabouts. They said I was under a 2 year contract when it was actually one year. But I didn’t have proof, so I had to pay the $700).

    What I’m doing is going to give Metro PCS a try. I can get LTE (4G) here in San Francisco and they have an OK smartphone, the Samsung Indulge.

    Better yet, if I get two lines they will charge me only $110 monthly, taxes and fees included. That’s a good rate for unlimited everything (their “premium web” which means I can play flash files on the Net, their $50 unlimited plan does not allow playing flash files.)

    For me, price really matters more than anything else. Although I really like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 2 coming out, it’s not worth $700+ annually to use that phone (price difference between what I would pay at Metro PCS and T-Mobile or some other carrier).

    • Javila 1212

      You ever hear about simple mobile, it uses tmobile phones and has unlimited everything 60 bucks a month, prepaid, no contract of anything pretty good deal

      • my2cents

        It also uses T-mobiles network. So welcome to AT&T again.

      • Anonymous

        Find me one of those that uses one of the other Nationwide networks and I might consider it. The downside to companies like that? Don’t even thing about getting the latest and greatest if you don’t want to spend more than 4-7 hundred bucks on each device.

    • Katiesloan19

      Try 10 ambien with a nice big glass a water

      • Anonymous

        Actually, your dig aside, one time I forgot I took an Ambien, so I took two spaced about an hour apart. I was fatigued until 2:00 p.m. the next day.

    • beastly

      David will do alright if he plans ahead. Wireless customers still need unofficial news sites, and why should AT&T customers be an exception? This acquisition is either the end of TMoNews or a potential 300%+ increase in readership (and, thus, in advertising revenue.)

      David’s no dummy and I’m sure he’ll be able to make the transition without too much trouble. A little web work on the site, and some intensive research into all things AT&T, and he can actually turn this site into the same kind of service for AT&T customers that it’s been for T-Mobile customers. The game will change a little, and he’ll need to prepare for the additional load on his site (which may mean more hours spent moderating these comment threads- I hope you enjoy that, David!) but this could actually be a very good thing for him and for tmonews.com.

      On a completely unrelated note, David, let me know if you need any contract work done on the site. I run an independent editing and document prep business, have some knowledge of the industry, and would be happy to proofread and contribute posts, or to moderate the threads. :)

  • Anonymous

    I thought the below article was quite illuminating and foretelling. It’s a journalist’s “WORST OF CTIA” List. As you can see the “merger” was at the top of his list:
    ____________________

    #1. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

    This was the big elephant in the room for the ENTIRE SHOW, so let’s get it out of the way:

    [T]he talk of AT&T acquiring T-Mobile in a $39 billion deal began on Sunday [March 19] and didn’t let up for the entire show, the buzz overshadowing any other significant announcements that were made this week.

    Everybody was talking about it, because everybody had an opinion — and MOST OPINIONS WERE GEARED TOWARD THE NEGATIVE.

    Heck, even Dan Hesse, CEO of Sprint got in on the quotable comments, saying the deal would “stifle innovation”, his company pledging to FIGHT THE MERGER TO THE BITTER END by submitting its concerns to Congress.

    Some in the industry may argue that this merger actually belongs in the “Best of” article, and I’m not trying to persuade them otherwise. However, the buzz about this deal took the wind out of the sails of every other product announced at this show. Including some products going directly to AT&T, as it would seem.

    Though the AT&T was in everyone’s conversations the whole week, [AT&T] did not command much of a presence at CTIA. While AT&T announced the upcoming launch of the Thrill 4G, HTC HD7S and Acer Iconia A501 Honeycomb tablet, only the HTC HD7S was available for pictures.

    They put on a meet-and-greet with the press where the Thrill 4G and Iconia were supposed to be shown off, but instead we saw an unbranded LG Optimus 3D [that we had seen] at MWC and a Froyo-powered Iconia A500 tablet that debuted at CES.”

    (Note: added emphasis mine)

    From the great people at Unwired View.

  • Anonymous

    What I’m gathering from all of this is that they will technically honor the contracts but it seems very likely that we’ll be switching phones for ones with AT&T’s 3G bands well before contract expiration. These new phones supporting both 3G bands are no coincidence, AT&T wants those LTE frequencies ASAP.

    • Anonymous

      The G2x will support both t-mobile and At&t’s bands. That is part of the reason I’m getting it. I will keep my grandfathered plan until I jump ship to Verizon or Sprint. I’m sure that their are other phones that can do the same.

  • Anonymous

    I dont know about you guys ( tmo customers ) but after much deliberation i have decided to move to Verizon. This all seems like a big headache that i dont need 1-2 years from now. So big red Get those Lte phone ready cuz i want one. thanks for the great articles David and the rest who work on the site. Good night.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Stone/100000426610498 Danny Stone

      Just got the Wifey and I the Thunderbolt…………Anybody want to buy 2 rooted G2s???

      • G1forLife

        price for 1?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Stone/100000426610498 Danny Stone

          200-Looks brand new with box and everything

    • HTC Pyramid

      still deciding between sprints htc evo 3d and verizon’s thunderbolt. i will wait until june to make my decision. the details of of the tmobile/att buyout may gain some clarity too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/omgitzjose Jose Guitian Cicero

    a little late with this one guys dont you think? lol

  • Sofeisty

    I am still so mad I could spit. I wish I had not signed on for another two years in January. I am thinking terms of the competitors deals are as good as they will be. After this merger it’s one less pony in the race and that means less competition which means higher prices. Thus, TMO will have ensured my contract is done and there company is extinct right at the moment when choice is diminished and prices are likely likely higher while features I had are nonexistent.

    Thanks TMO. Way to treat your long time customers.

    • Guest

      Well stated.

    • Anonymous

      You are acting as if they had a choice. Blame DT and At&t.

  • JC

    Phillip Humm lied to everyone about the “Challenger” strategy. The strategy is now a joke even if we run business as usual. Everything T-Mobile stood for is no longer valid. If the merger doesn’t go through customers will not view us the same. A death star(AT&T) warps everything around them.

    • Anonymous

      Since AT&T and DT (including Humm) were in talks in October 2010, with the parties getting down to numbers in December, that means Obermann and Humm were engaged in a disinformation campaign. Disinformation has its place, such as in litigation or in wars, but it’s disingenuous as a tactic AGAINST your customers.

      Of course Hum and Obermann don’t have a problem with it. That’s the way the Germans do business. They are quite slick and you have to sleep with one eye open when doing a deal with them.

      For example, if you get multiple drafts of contracts from them, for review, you literally have to run a ruler under each typewritten line so you catch changes they may have surreptitiously inserted. (One time I was negotiating an endorsement contract for an athlete. A VP from a German company had changed “business class travel” to “coach.” We ended up not doing a deal with that company because of what they tried to pull.)

  • Anonymous

    David and crew.

    I personally. Want thank you for your great articles and information for all T-Mobile news, products,rumors you have shared with us over this time. It was always exciting to visit this site for the latest and greatest concerning our beloved magenta. The forums were almost always spot on with information way before other tech blogs even new what was going on. And most times they would actually pull pieces from tmonews and repost them on their websites.(engadget, boy genius report, phandroid etc..) . That alone shows how much respect this site had in the tech community. I enjoyed in the honest columns and honest opinions you all have offered. I loved refreshing the page every 5 minutes for news during big technology conventions. I thank ALL you tmo supporters for the back and forth (and sometimes heated) conversations we’ve had over this fun time. Now I will always love tmo for the wonderful services they offered but I will never-let me repeat that -never deal with at&t! The Overcharged locked down phones and self righteous attitudes they display in the cellphone world can’t be a good thing moving forward. Competition and lower phone bills and products will die with this deal. I have since moved on to sprint with my wife- who has been a sprint customer 10+yrs. Anyways, best of luck moving forward david ,kickstarr and co. Thanks you tmo’rs for all the fun conversation and sh** talking over these few years. I will still patrol tmonews until the deal is done. And if the deal is completed (I hope it isn’t) and you subscribers come to a point where you have to decide to leave or stay, I have one piece of advice .do what’s best for you ,your family and your wallet. TMONEWS 4-Eva!!

  • Markanon

    I still don’t understand why T-Mobile would continue to invest in their network if they know AT&T is paying 39 Billion for it no matter what.

    I’m sure they’ll continue to maintain it… but what is their incentive to spend any significant amount of money on network upgrades?

    It’s like if someone told you that they would buy your house for the same price whether or not you decided to remodel it… would you continue to spend money on the house if it didn’t increase your selling price?

    • ATL guy

      Because they cant 3,000,000,000 if this deal falls through that’s why they continue to invest

      • ATL guy

        Get

    • Anonymous

      The investments they are making on their Network are probably contracts and deals they had already committed to before entering into the deal with AT&T. I am willing to gamble we will not see anymore so called investing in their Network between Now and The finish of the Buy out. I will not be involved with a Carrier who has more lock downs then your local jail. Seriously they are the opposite of what Android is all about. Being a Android fan I will never be involved with them, they are without a doubt the worst Carrier. T-Mobile has really let their fans and customers down with this deal. You can try to look at all the good sides to this deal but forget it, there are none IMO. I own 4 fairly new phones that will be nothing but paperweights. I bought these devices at full price, over $2.000. I’m sure I’m not alone, that pisses me off more then anything. I am leaving T-Mobile, I thought I would never say that.

  • Guest

    I want more news on the htc pyramid !!!!! :(

  • Really, no 4g

    You have every right to sell the company Jim, as the Board and a few other TMo people have to agree this is a sound fiscal decision. on the other hand, we the Tmo customer base, have every right to flee the horrible options your decision have left us. The overwhelming opinion I see is that AT&T has a reputation for ignoring their customers. I have personally experienced their underwhelming customer service and want no part of it again. Uh, bu bye TMo/ATT.

    • Anonymous

      you mean the board of the german company that owns T-mobile USA called Deutsche Telekom.

  • Guest

    Sprint customer service is the worst of them all. I have many friends that are very happy with ATT.

    At least our coverage will increase. Get real and remember, you cant make love to your phone.

    • Anonymous

      Drinking the kool-aid huh? Have fun on at&t with your locked-down phones and overpriced phone plans,and the strict dictatorship Oh and don’t forget those measly data caps. Before you jump up proclaiming”my friends have at&t and are very happy” – that may be true for them but, read the complaints in this forum and others before you decide to take this at&t plunge. Why do you think soooo many are opposed to this buyout?? He’ll even the editor in chief David seems opposed to this deal and at&t in general . You should search the web about the problems dealing with at&t as a service provider. I’m not saying sprint is lot better but they seem to be the lesser of 2 evils….. do the research.

      • Anonymous

        you must not have heard of Nextel. Do some reading and the current state of Sprint due to that merger. That will be a real eye opener.

      • http://twitter.com/jdevenberg jdevenberg

        I have had all 4 major U.S. carriers and Sprint is not the lesser of two evils. Sprint is the only one of the four (soon to be 3) that I would never, ever conider returning to.

  • Galaxylover

    The data caps on ATT are only there to keep the heavy traffic down, because their network is overwhelmed with millions of iPhones that they never built the infrastructure to deal with. Data caps scare people from using data, browsing etc, so the network is saved from running even more pathetically slow. If they get more spectrum, they’ll have to raise those caps to stay competitive with Verizon and Sprint plans. Getting spectrum is the only way to do it.

    • HTC Pyramid

      4 gb is pathetically low. and why would they raise the cap when they are already the second largest carrier in the US with the 4 gb cap. and let’s face it, most people are not going to defect to verizon or sprint. no one’s business model is to offer more when people are already paying for less.

      • NotAGeek

        If people are using 4gb+, 5gb+ data on their phone they really need to re-examine their existence….get a girlfriend or stop watching p#rn on your phone – buy a few p#rn dvds/mags and save some data…ok, you’re not watching p#rn? then buy the latest sci-fi geek movie on dvd instead of streaming it on your f#cking phone…don’t have the $, then get the latest uber nerd movie from the library…or better yet, buy it at the nearest comic con…oh, you really need to stream your dream theater pandora station – buy the f#cking cds or get them from the library…
        Yeah, it’d be cool to have unlimited data, which I currently have, but even I and everyone else I know has never approached 5 gb of data – maybe that’s because we all have wives/girlfriends/kids and responsibilities that don’t allow us to be attached to our f#cking phones 24 hours a day….
        Honestly, what do people who use 5+ gb of data do on their phone?????

        • Anonymous

          You say it like having a wife/gfd/kids is a good thing. Stop being mad at us because we didn’t choose to go down that sad road like you, lmao!! Stop being bitter! You made your bed, lie in it. The only one watching p0rn is YOU if you are married, lol. I used to think 4gb’s was a crazy amount until I found out I could download movies and watch them at work. Not everybody has the same life circumstances as you bro so chill. Btw, your wife needs to use the comp so get off now.

        • Barney

          I’m guessing the boss doesn’t know you’re watching movies at work! And I have no problem watching porn, but on a phone?!? What good is that, you probably can’t see much!

    • Optal

      “Getting spectrum is the only way to do it.” Really? So technological innovation to use existing spectrum more efficiently is not a possibility? Can you imagine if they put that 39 billion into technological innovation? But like you, AT&T no longer even considers innovation. Just get bigger and bigger until the market is a well controlled duopoly is their strategy.

      • my2cents

        T-mobile had to use 1700 for 3G because they could not afford, or make available 1900 for it. So waiting for some pipe dream about using spectrum more effeciently is unrealistic. That’s why AT&T has been buying of 700mhz spectrum, because in the last spectrum auction verizon purchased about $14B worth of it, to AT&T’s $6B. Verizon is rolling out LTE with the 700mhz spectrum that is purchased. So AT&T can sit on its hands and wait for some genius to figure out how to roll out LTE without purchasing more spectrum.. Or it buy the spectrum that they know they will need to roll it out and go from there.

      • Galaxylover

        I’m a loyal Tmobile customer. I was IN NO WAY defending ATT. I was just referring to what their plan must be.

        “Like you, ATT no longer even considers innovation”. Like ME?? I have absolutely nothing to do with this!

        Thanks for the stern lecture though. I really needed that one!

      • Brian

        The Department of Justice needs to stop the deal simply because AT&T is not innovating. They are buying competition who has what they want. They want more voice spectrum and towers and the tmo 3g 1700mhz band for their new LTE network. They are not growing their own network, buying more spectrum, or innovating. They actually bought little spectrum a few years back when the FCC freed it up. I think that is odd. AT&T needed spectrum badly but didn’t buy.

        This has Anti-Trust laws written all over it!

    • Anonymous

      They’ll also have more towers and more backhaul to deal with heavy demand. There are some things that could improve substantially after the merger.

      Adding 30 million customers could allow them to keep lower value pricing in certain plans as you can strike better deals with handset manufacturers and you have a lot of operating efficiencies. As customers we can’t assume that, but there is a possibility of positive things happening as AT&T would like to retain as many customers as possible.

      The bad customer service issue with AT&T seems the most problematic thing to me. If we can push AT&T to disclose what they plan to do to improve their lousy customer service, that might be a good goal before the merger. .

  • proofread

    You spelled the COO idiot’s name wrong in your article.

  • Galaxylover

    (sorry for the double post. I got a message about moderator approval after posting the first time, so I thought they rejected it. I retyped it, and resubmitted)

  • http://twitter.com/viewsaskew Eric Blair

    Question: if AT&T forces me to change phones for their network, isn’t that voiding my contract with them? Doesn’t that act in itself allow me to leave AT&T the moment the takeover is official? We should learn about this now so we can all exit as soon as it’s clear this deal will go through.

    • Anonymous

      nope

    • Anonymous

      Probably a year or two after the merger completes. It’s going to be a slow transition. It could even take longer than that before AT&T needs to migrate people off that spectrum. Most contracts will probably be ending by then anyways.

      I wouldn’t bank on getting a phone upgrade from them the same day that the merger closes unless your contract is already ending.

    • Anonymous

      AT&T cannot force you to go with them, nor force you to change phones.

      But T-Mobile can cancel your contract and/or render your phone into a “brick.”

      • Mexmo3344

        LOL…Mike don’t be so dramatic. All T-mobile phones work on the AT&T network for voice and 2G speeds right now ( and vice versa). You only lose 3G/4G. So not TOTAL bricks! Just slow smart phones;) lol…

    • Brian545

      During a merger of this type, your contract is voided anyway after merger. You can leave the minute the merger occurs. AT&T, however, has agreed to honor contracts until the end (up to two years). I would just want and see. You can see what happens in the entire industry. Your contract should be fine if you want it or you can leave if you want to.

      • TweetMo

        Sorry, but that’s not true. The “merger” you refer to is not a merger, but a purchase. The contracts will transfer to the new owner & subscribers are still obligated to fullfill. It’s in your T-Mo contract (and every other contract as well); it’s what makes a company “sale-able”.
        Yes, they’ll have to deal with you having a phone equal to what you have, but they’ll take care of that.

  • Maschwar77

    I want to know what will happen to those of us on Even More Plus plans that are NOT on contract. Notice how both T-Mobile and AT&T are conveniently mum on that one. I am still urging the federal regulators to deny this merger!

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

      i’d like to know the same. i’m currently on em+ plan. should i try to get out of it and go back on contract? that would give me the option of getting a discounted phone and getting out of the etf when att takes over,i would think because of the tmo broken contract. correct? or do i take my cxhances and stay on em+ and pay full price for my next phone which i need badly. current phone has a cracked screen. not sure what to do here.

      • Jimmy

        your going to be fucked unless you sign a contract

        • The Truth

          Just switch to ATT now and take the raping early

        • Zippl

          LOL…it’s funny ’cause it True;)

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

          that’s what i’m thinking,as i’ve heard nothing about us em+ customers. anyone here ever switched from em+ back to contract? i heard they may or may not let you do it.

        • Vibrant Addict

          I don’t see a reason why you can’t go back. Threaten them with leaving all together and I’m sure they’ll happily sign you back up.

          For now I would definitely make sure that whatever phone you get that it has Tmobile AND AT&T 3G bands. We don’t know how this is going to turn out, but I think we need to take some precaution in any updates within the next year.

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

          do you really think threatening to leave will still carry that much weight? i’m thinking no. i’ll just call and see if i can get back on contract. but first i’m going to call my sister and see if she’s happy with her sprint service which she’s had for 3 months now. might just make a switch now because aint no way i’m sticking with att.

        • http://twitter.com/Liquidslap Com’ere boy!!

          The last time I threatened to leave Tmo, they offered me a chance to get back on a contract and get a heavily discounted G2. I declined and got a discount anyway. Not a huge one but a decent one. So yes, you can go back on contract.

        • Dewey Cox

          I did it to get the Galaxy S at a discount

      • HTC Pyramid

        i am an em+ customer as well. my plan is to sign a contract when the htc pyramid arrives in June.

        • Wizzstar

          I’m still going to purchase the Pyramid also and roll with the punches….

    • Anonymous

      When I went to EM+ I was told that I could not go back on contract at any point. Once again, why haven’t they addressed this. I’m gonna be stuck taking an at&t raping since I can’t get a new contract with Tmobile. Was anybody else told that they couldn’t go back on contract if they switched to EM+?

    • Peachymomo3

      They will kick you to the curb once they can. There is no legal requirement to keep a non contract customer. They may offer to keep you for a while but eventually they will get rid of you.

  • The Truth

    I wonder what the new name of this website will be? Is it gonna be ATTnews.com?

    • Anonymous

      David should probably not change the domain name for some time. But on the web page he can call it AT&T-TMo News and stick with that for at least the next couple years or three.

      He can then seamlessly provide more AT&T news, and then a little more, then more, until finally in 2014 T-Mobile news is no more.

      To be sure there will be lots of T-Mobile news while the acquisition is pending, then if the sale is approved, to broadcast details T-Mobile users will need, to either make the switch to AT&T or to cancel to move to a competitor.

      He can do the name thing like many businesses handle it on acquisitions or mergers.

      Recall Datsun automobiles. First it was “Datsun,” then “Datsun by Nissan,” after that “Nissan Datsun,” and finally just Nissan. As I recall that was over a period of 4 years that the name change took place.

    • Jansmine

      AT&T doesn’t need a blog website, they will be the “Power” and don’t really care about customers. The site will most likely disappear.

  • Anonymous

    By the way:

    – This letter has Humm’s fingerprints all over it.

    – While the dispatch has superficial appeal it breaks down upon closer examination.

    – Even the dumbest of sessɐ would read that iPhone Q & A and go “huh?”

    – It’s a bunch of hooey haphazardly crafted to appear to be saying something meaningful.

    – T-Mobile would have been better off saying nothing rather than to peddle this snake oil to supposed “valued customers.”

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an explanation on T-Mobile customers having to get new handsets:

    While it’s true that T-Mobile and AT&T each use GSM technology, the carriers also use different bands of spectrum to deliver their services. Specifically, T-Mobile uses the spectrum it bought in the AWS spectrum auction in 2006 to build its 3G wireless network.

    AT&T also acquired spectrum in that auction. And it is using this AWS spectrum to build its LTE network. AT&T uses its 850MHz and 1900MHz spectrum to deliver its 3G service. (Remember, AT&T wants T-Mobile is to get more AWS spectrum for its LTE network, IMHO anyway.)

    On the T-Mobile front, the Company does not have additional spectrum to deploy LTE, since it’s been using the AWS spectrum for its 3G service.

    What this means is that once AT&T acquires T-Mobile, AT&T will have to move all of T-Mobile’s existing 3G customers (which includes T-Mobile’s supposed 4G HSPA+ customers) to AT&T’s 850MHz and 1900MHz spectrum.

    Simply put, T-Mobile customers will need new handsets since the existing T-Mobile 3G HSPA and 4G HSPA+ handsets will no longer work on the AWS spectrum.

    CAN YOU SAY “BRICK!”

    That’s why I say that to satisfy regulators AT&T may have to keep T-Mobile operating as a separate entity and fold T-Mobile into AT&T over five years or so.

    • Spam

      Att and tmobile use the same edge network. Phones will not stop working, but could be 2g if they were to convert tmobile spectrum to lte

      • Anonymous

        That’s true, but I doubt anyone would be content using a $500 superphone at 2G speeds.

        That’s somewhat like saying people are OK with their data connection being throttled from 3G to 2G after exceeding T-Mobile’s “unlimited 5 GB limit.”

        • Morma7887

          LOL…actually I run my 9700 at Edge speeds. Blackberries use proxy servers for email and internet so they work decent on even 2G. The email comes in just as fast either on 2G or 3G.

          I do it because dumping the phone to 2G saves my battery BIG time.

          I HATE AT&T by the way (I had it when it was Cingular and it stank).

    • my 2 cents

      It depends on which phone you have. The vibrant, vibrant 4G and the G2X will all run on AT&T’s 850mhz and 1900 mhz 3G Band. So yeah if you bought a Mytouch 4G or G2 then it will only work on GSM/Edge once the switchover takes place. If you have one of the above mentioned phones then it will work.

      I’m surprised with your knowledge of how spectrum works, that you neglected to mention this.

      http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=T-Mobile-G2x-with-Google&Wt.z_searchCategory=Site+Search+Summary&Wt.z_searchZone=Products&WT.z_searchTerm=g2x&WT.z_searchProduct=G2x%99+with+Google%99

  • Anonymous

    Hey… you heard it here first.

    Here is a headache that the lawyers and executives have not thought about, something that could kill this deal instantly, make it more expensive for AT&T, or assure you get a fair price for your old phone.

    It’s three letters… EPA (aka the Environmental Protection Agency). Specifically, have AT&T and T-Mobile made plans on how to deal with 34 million handsets (or even half that) ending up in the landfill, so to speak.

    What’s up with that, you ask.

    1. Assuming T-Mobile handsets won’t work after the acquisition, that’s millions of phones that have to be disposed of properly. (It’s a crime in some jurisdictions for users to throw electronics into the trash).

    2. Human behavior being what it is, despite laws prohibiting tossing one’s old cell phone into the trash, people will still do that, especially if the phone has been rendered unusable by a carrier.

    This being the situation, the EPA is NOT going to let AT&T and T-Mobile instantly render T-Mobile phones obsolete, to where millions of people would pollute the environment by tossing the phones into the trash.

    3. The EPA can put a hold on this deal until they see AT&T and T-Mobile are taking steps to assure that millions of environmentally damaging cell phones (with batteries inside) don’t end up in the land fill.

    4. If the EPA sees that AT&T and T-Mobile have not addressed an issue close to its heart (cutting back on illegal electronic waste) it can put a halt on this deal instantly as if by magic.

    5. Sure as the sun rises every day, I bet that T-Mobile and AT&T have not seen this issue nor that the EPA should be on their list of regulators they must placate.

    If they have seen this issue, I would not be surprised if they try to sneak the “phone buyback obligation” by the EPA.

    6. For sure AT&T would have motive to keep this issue quiet. Assume AT&T is forced to pay each T-Mobile customer $100 for a phone (which is not much). Also assume that only 20 million T-Mobile subscribers sell their phones to AT&T. That would total $2 billion AT&T (not including shipping) that the Company has to fork out to ally the concerns of the EPA. Has AT&T calculated $2 billion into its acquisition costs? I suspect not.

    7. If the EPA does get involved this will force AT&T to most likely have to buy those millions of phones (that is, instead of AT&T being silent on the issue so far, and T-Mobile implying that it’s not T-Mobile’s problem to deal with.

    Note: If the EPA forces AT&T to buy T-Mobile phones, the Agency will most likely require the price paid for individual handsets be high enough to motivate T-Mobile customers to swap their old phones.

    8. The point is, for opponents of this deal the EPA may be your best friend in assuring AT&T gives a fair price for the phones or simply says “screw this deal.”

    Someone e-mail Sprint and others who oppose this deal to contact the EPA. LOL.

    • Anonymous

      The switchover won’t be that sudden. It will take 2-3 years before T-Mo phones are bricked. They will run both networks until they have all the upgrades in place. They are already rolling out phones that will be compatible on both networks. So new phones you get soon from T-Mo will work on both. The voice is compatible it’s the data that is not as they use different frequencies. The EPA won’t care. Take your phone in for recycling.

      • Anonymous

        I am not aware of anyone in AT&T upper management saying “it will take 2-3 years before T-Mo phones are bricked.”

        I have only heard AT&T say is that if the acquisition is approved T-Mobile “3G” phones will need to be replaced to keep data working on T-Mobile’s towers that AT&T plans to “reconfigure” to AT&T real 4G. Since T-Mobile’s 4G phones are really 3G, T-Mobile’s phones won’t work on AT&T’s 4G frequencies.

        AT&T has privately said it factored in the cost of AT&T replacement phones for T-Mobile subscribers, if they become AT&T customers. I would love to see those numbers because I find it hard to believe that AT&T is planning on being fair when it comes to replacing T-Mobile handsets.

        In regards to the EPA, it does have regulations on recycling cell phones and the Agency does care about electronic waste. In fact, recycling is a big part of the EPA’s function.

        http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/partnerships/plugin/cellphone/index.htm

        In any event, one of the most common ways regulators like the EPA get involved (or “care” as you would put it) is that those opposed to the sale light a match under an Agency’s butt. E.g., The IRS says it gets tips on evasion mostly from the tax cheats competitors, angered ex-wives and pissed former business associates.

        I can see Sprint and Verizon waiting until the deal is close to being approved to raise this issue. In 2012 they contact the EPA to complain as “concerned citizens,” that AT&T has not taken care to prevent electronic pollution, by millions of T-Mobile subscribers tossing phones into the garbage (landfill). While the complaints may not ultimately prevent the deal from being approved, the EPA could issue an injunction and delay the sale until 2013, for example.

        • Betty566

          AT&T will already DUMP (Divest) 40% of Tmobile customers to highest bidder. Most likely Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin mobile. They will have far few people to bother with then. FCC already approves of divestiture.
          This is NOT a win for the consumer. AT&T gets the 1700mhz Tmo band (part of AWS) for it’s new LTE network, many more towers in NYC, Florida and LA (which AT&T has trouble with) and more space in the voice/2G band (1900mhz).

          It’s a win all-around for AT&T but screws the consumer big time.

        • Anonymous

          While it is true no one at ATT has said anything about the time frame of bricking it’s just a matter of reality of how long it will take for 2 different systems to merge. You can’t flip a switch and make all the necessary changes. New equipment needs to be installed, infrastructure changes, and programming issues all take time. By the time all these changes happen all current phones will be obsolete anyways.

          So your EPA argument is not valid as people get new phones every 2 years or so anyways. Even if the EPA did object I don’t think they have the power to do anything regarding corporate mergers.

          I’m all for recycling and the environment, and this merger will get scrutiny from many agencies I just don’t thine the EPA has jurisdiction or will get involved.

      • Senor Chang

        I’ll see it when I believe it… to date, not a single U.S. carrier has EVER had a phone with ‘new bands’ BEFORE the technology was implemented. Always the other way around… tech first, then phones.

        How many ’4G’ handsets does Tmo offer now and when did they start offering them? Compare those to when the network rolled out and how many non-’4G’ phones were released within 12 months (before or after) and you’ll see I’m right.

        1st gen iPhone didn’t even have 3G bands and AT&T had a 3G network for nearly a year or more when the iPhone was released. The unfortunate reality is that handsets manufacturers are having a hell of a time keeping up w/ network changes.

        Regardless, no… while a lot of people will have upgraded their phones by the time the tech merges, you’re still going to have a quite a lot of users still on old tech who haven’t upgraded and will be mad that they will need to.

        Tmo and At&t keep talking about short term… well, you’d have to be pretty damn stupid to think anything is changing within the next year or so… that’s NOT what people are concerned about. People are worried about the long term… grandfather schmandfather, people are wanting to know what happens AFTER their grandfather’d plans run out. Which, right now is too early to really say… change is inevitable, that is guaranteed, but people are basically saying they don’t want Tmo to change like this.

        But progress is progress… can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. Wait, or is that bake a cake? Can’t bake a cake without breaking a few eggs? WTF ever, you know what I mean.

    • TMOTECH

      You are grasping at straws.

    • Anonymous

      Well, my Vibrant won’t be going into the trash, it will be a nice little wifi media player. It’s nice that the Vib will run on AT&T’s 3g in most cases, but I will never be an AT&T customer.

    • Meagan

      Tmobile mobiles (unlocked) will work on AT&T Edge now and happily ever-after.

  • 4g

    Has anyone noticed the G2x is selectable on the which phone are you using section. This phone might drop earlier than expected.