Will An AT&T Acquisition Of T-Mobile Really Happen?

A lot of T-Mobile subscribers are dreading the fact that AT&T has officially struck a deal with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion. Heck, even Sprint is pissed off. But, while the companies have signed a definitive deal, it still has to be approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This process can take up to 6 months or more.

Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Chaplin called the acquisition, “phenomenal…if it happens.” According to Chaplin, the regulatory risk for such a deal is “enormous”. After the acquisition has been completed, it will increase AT&T’s subscriber base to 130 million, making it the nations largest wireless provider, while bumping down Verizon Wireless and its 95 million subscribers to second largest. Not to mention, the acquisition would also make AT&T a monopoly for GSM/EDGE/HSPA+ phones in the U.S.

While AT&T believes the acquisition will be approved by government regulators, in the event that it does not again approval, as part of the deal, AT&T has agreed to pay T-Mobile a $3 billion break-up fee, promised valuable spectrum and a roaming agreement.

“In the event the transaction does not receive regulatory approval satisfactory to AT&T and the transaction does not close, AT&T will be required to pay a breakup fee of $3 (billion), transfer to T-Mobile certain AWS spectrum that is not needed by AT&T for its initial LTE roll out, and provide a roaming agreement to T-Mobile on terms favorable to both parties”

So if you’re against this acquisition for whatever reason, you might want to pray to god the deal is not approved by regulators.

As for me, I kind of want to see how this turns out. I’m not totally against the idea of AT&T acquiring T-Mobile, but I’m not 100 percent for it, either. While I want better coverage, more options for handsets, I’m not so sure if that would be the trade-off for increased rate plans, data caps etc.

At the same time, if I had to choose between a merger with Sprint or AT&T, AT&T would most definitely be the better choice because of the technology differences between Sprint and T-Mobile. Things might have gotten really messy if Sprint had acquired our beloved Magenta.

So we ask our readers again, really think about both the positive and negative aspects of this acquisition, do we really not want this?

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  • sino8r

    Uhhh… I am not excited for this news one bit. I can’t find one positive thing to say. Well, it is nice to see ya writing articles here kickstar:) I’ll see ya around here and xda!

  • No, I don’t want this. I like my plan and my phone. We just started to see t-mobile step it up. This sucks, I hope it doesn’t pass but it probably will. Should I start giving T-Mobile and extra 30 a month now? I’m going to Verizon

    • Alvin B.

      It’s called pump and dump. Do a bunch of things to make the company look better, and then sell it off.

  • UNLVmike

    I don’t think it would be a bad idea, I honestly would not mind paying an extra $20 for better coverage faster speeds and more devices, with that said I also wouldn’t like my family plan to surpass $200, that would be an issua.

  • will this be at&tnews.com now?

  • $3 Billion to T-Mobile + spectrum if this does not go through….let’s all write to FCC and oppose the purchase and T-Mobile will be the better for it.

    • Petey

      hmm I thinking that t-mobile knows that this acquisition can’t happen therefore if it doesn’t get approve, tmobile would earn 3 billion & roaming agreement which can help tmobile grow bigger. But again if it does happen then SOL for us who looking for affordable plans and now have to pay alot more for service.

    • Contact FCC and ask them to deny the approval of the merger. Maybe it’ll help?

      Federal Communications Commission
      Consumer & Governmental
      Affairs Bureau
      445 12th Street, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20554

      1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
      TTY: 1-888-Tell-FCC (1-888-835-5322)
      Fax: 1-866-418-0232

  • TMOBILE_og

    no one is making me pay more money. i dont think loyal customers should have increases on their rates. NOW for new customers f*ck that charge them a arm and a leg IDC.

    • Johnq

      that’s just it though.. t-mobile has basically bailed on its customers to please all the people at the very top of DT, padding their and their families pockets for life.

      That means that “loyalty” is something that t-mobile can’t provide, let alone reward.

      This is coming from a T-Mobile employee… well soon to be ex T-Mobile employee possibly.

  • Zeon45

    I’m hoping this deal does NOT pass! !!

  • Iasthai

    I don’t want this. I like my plan and my unlimited data, but I hate my phone. My contract isn’t up until Feb 2012. By that time if I want to upgrade I’ll be forced to upgrade to at&t equipment and change my plan. That means bye bye unlimited data plan. I’m really hoping this is not approved by the DOJ.

  • jonathan b

    I am very against this deal. I would have been fine with Sprint, but most knew that wouldn’t happen because they are different technologies.

    I left AT&T 7 years ago for a reason; between bad customer service, a company that cared less to have me as a customer, a long with many other issues, this does not make me happy. T-mobile has always been wonderful and I would probably never leave them.

    Now that T-mobile is ready to become part of AT&T, I will probably leave the company that I have loved for the time I have been with them and move to Verizon.

    I have not spoken to anyone I know that is happy about this deal.

  • rfosta

    I’m cool with the deal cause it offers me more handset options.

    • You’ll get less handset options, not more.

    • Anonymous

      You’re definitely going to get less handsets options in the long-run. No way that AT&T will offer 2x the number of phones if they can eliminate some and reduce costs. This also hurts phone manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung, HTC, etc. who will now have less leverage against the Big Two providers.

    • You already have handset options. Switch to another carrier. Just because AT&T and T-Mobile merge doesn’t magically open up some marketplace for you.

  • GlockBuster

    If this deal doesn’t pass, then what? T-Mobile remains active? Who would want to work for them, knowing they are TRYING to sell? All they would do is force something with Sprint then knowing it’s their only option to pass the FCC and DOJ

    • Iasthai

      If it doesn’t go through then at&t would have to pay $3 billion, and come to a roaming agreement with T-Mobile. From that point on it would be business as usual. T-Mobile would have to find some way to turn a profit to survive.

      • GlockBuster

        What if T-Mobile has knows the FCC will reject this is and is just trying to make a $3billion dollar come up? Wouldn’t that be some sneaky s#!t LOL

  • Mjwebber

    This is what I had been wondering since the news broke. Thank you for addressing it.

  • Boldfilter

    end of the world. sauron has won

    • Anonymous

      that bastard. i knew he was behind this

    • Anonymous

      that bastard. i knew he was behind this

  • Chris

    I’m happy. I switched from T-Mobile to AT&T a while ago. I really have no complaints with AT&T. I had great service at my house with Magenta but poor service at work. I switched to AT&T and now have the exact opposite. I look forward to having tmobile’s cell towers powering my home area while AT&T powers my work area all under AT&T’s name. So what it means to me is no more dead zones!

    • All for the price of your soul.. to the Death Star.

  • I think its plan wrong imo. If it does go thourgh, ATT will just take there BS that they do now and make it on a grand scale. Plus Sprint will have to go away because they will be wont be able to compete. Either way, i think tmobile just signed its death warrant. Who is really going to trust tmo now that they want to get in bed with att? WAY TO GO HUMM!

  • Anonymous

    Been a big fan of your site for years, David. Thanks so much for providing all of us the latest scoops on Tmo stuff. With this upcoming merger, I have a bad feeling lots of redundant employees will be laid off (or “synergies” in corporate-speak), but I hope the best and brightest of your ninjas at Tmo survive to keep feeding you with great scoops. Keep it up, man! T-mo is dead. Long live T-mo!

  • jonathan b

    Also, just a side note, if you look at the AT&T line-up, they are very anti-Android. I do not look forward to having bad handset choice with limited Android options

  • guest

    Im hoping that this fails big time, as T-Mobile is still a viable option and can make it long term if they really wanted too.

    plus the “favorable” roaming agreement would help by allowing t-mobile to allow nationwide roaming like Sprint does. this could be a good thing, since it’s almost sure to fail approval

    • jonathan b

      I am with you on the most likely to fail. AT&T was broken up a long time ago for Anti-trust, and this would create it again. I am sure that it will get turned down, but there is always a chance it will find it’s way through

    • Blacksheep427

      I am not convinced it will fail. The Obama administration is somewhat famous for doing the not so good for America choice as they are about what is good for themselves. IF AT&T has any ability to pay off some of the FTC, FCC, DOJ, etc., this deal is almost done. If not, maybe it is a good shake-up for us TMO loyals to pay more attention to details of what’s going on around us. And maybe, if the deal fails, TMO does benefit by some network sharing. Maybe…

      As for me, it is too many maybes. I have decided I will wait until that year is up to act. I will research Sprint and Verizon plans/phones now. I will make certain I keep watch on my plan details, and if they change or are going to require change for the worse, I will request an exit minus the ETF. I will then sign up with Sprint or Verizon. But note this, I will consider staying with TMO/AT&T only if it stays the same or gets better. If my service fees, prices etc go up, I’m out. If my quality of customer service or phone/data services go down for same or more $, I exit. There are a lot of other qualities involved in deciding on staying or leaving.

      For everyone, do what’s best for you, and best of luck to all.

      Another David/Blacksheep427

  • no

  • Tirta

    I am hoping this not to happen of course since exactly as I was thinking that this would:
    the acquisition would also make AT&T a monopoly for GSM/EDGE/HSPA+ phones in the U.S.

    So consumer will lose. I am not a fans of CDMA. (Nothing personal, just would like to be able to change sim card when I travel overseas).

  • Alvin B.

    We really don’t want this.

    1) T-Mobile USA has consistently been #1 in customer service. Better than AT&T, better than Verizon, better than Sprint. You can bet AT&T isn’t going to continue this commitment. They’re not buying a “customer service technology” that will magically make them better – if they wanted better customer service they’d have it. As an ex T-Mobile PDA tech support rep, I know that the desire to be #1 is all it takes in customer service.

    2) Existing T-Mobile USA customers have 3G devices using a different frequency than AT&T 3G customers. We all know this. Do you think there is going to be any motivation to continue investing in this now outdated form of 3G? I don’t see any reason there would be an overlay of two seperate frequencies that do the same thing supported by one company. If your TMO 3G service isn’t good now, it probably will never be. Expect it to get worse.

    3) Phone selection? Really? Are we even thinking this is a good thing? AT&T has traditionally crippled firmware and loaded bloatware much more than T-Mobile. With the exception of iPhone, there have been very few phones you could get on AT&T that you couldn’t get an equivalent on T-Mobile. And, if having the iPhone were important enough to you, you’d have jumped ship long ago. My Android phone doesn’t benefit at all from my having the choice (that I won’t exercise) to get an iPhone in the future.

    Rather than naming more negatives of the merger – name ONE positive. There isn’t one. If you want better network coverage, this won’t give it to you, unless you simply toss your T-Mobile phone and buy a new AT&T one. If you want better phone selection, wooptie, now you can get an iPhone. On AT&T. Just like you could before. Customer service? Don’t even go there…

    Being a part of the “winner”? I guess, if what’s important to you is being a part of the “in-crowd”, then now you’ll soon be able to lord it over your Verizon friends that you are a customer of the biggest carrier. Bragging rights? Is that all there is? Pretty much.

  • Anonymous

    Could this be a trick then to get some $ from att and spectrum for free? Lol . Im totaly against this deal i hope i doesnt go tru or il be forced to go to Verizon

  • Anonymous

    Praying to god now! I hope it doesn’t go through! It’s bad for business, consumer and Tmobile employee will get screwed over!

  • Tedblack1

    let’s calm down for a moment people. everyone seems very alarmed by higher rate plans. if you look back to the AT&T/Cingular deal years ago, all customers involved got to carry over their grandfathered rate plans, no questions asked. IF AT&T forced people to drop rate plans and switch to a new, higher priced one, they would also have to give customers the option of breaking their contract w/o early termination fees since they contract the customer originally signed includes their rate plan and they cannot be forced to switch w/o consent. my dad still had a $19.99 rate plan from AT&T last year. that plan withstood the AT&T/Cingular merger and breakup. so please dont worry about being forced to switch to a higher rate plan.

    and for anyone who is curious, my dad dropped that plan for t-mobile pay as you go :)

    • Alvin B.

      Well…. let’s see – not everybody wants to be stuck in old grandfathered plans. For one, people will eventually be required to choose new plans as a condition of upgrading. That’s how they get people out of grandfathered plans – been done many times before in buyout situations like this.

      Second, hope your father can find a new plan when AT&T changes up pay as you go – which is not a contract plan, and therefore not locked in.

      • Tedblack1

        he had upgraded his phone numerous times w/o a rate plan issue. maybe things will be different this time, maybe not. and having an older rate plan may be an issue for some, but not all. numerous cell users never change their plan. this people make out well…as for people who change plans often or may be looking to add lines in the future, well in that case i see your point. speaking from personal experience i never changed my rate plan when i had nextel (yeah nextel, please hold the jokes lol) or after i switched to t-mobile (until i got an employee plan ;) )

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget.. No more WI-FI calling and FREE tethering.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget.. No more WI-FI calling and FREE tethering.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget.. No more WI-FI calling and FREE tethering.

    • I was there for the AT&T/Cingular deal, it was not pretty.

      Yes, you could grandfather your existing plan. However, you couldn’t make any changes to it whatsoever (so if your usage increased, you had to switch to a Cingular plan.) Moveover though, Cingular reduced the quality of the AT&T side of the network, making things fairly unpleasant unless you were willing to buy a Cingular phone and SIM card – at which point, you had to change plan.

      The AT&T/Cingular experience, coupled with what AT&T has actually announced over the last 24 hours (turning off 3G/4G for all T-Mobile customers) is an extremely good reason to be wary of what’s coming down the pipe.

      That, and AT&T are a bunch of power crazed loonies second only to Verizon, while T-Mobile was the one operator that’s always been honest, reasonable, and helpful. Name any other carrier that would host forums on how to root your smartphone and install alternative operating systems…

  • Jutecat

    i am still for this. att will fill in for what we dont have and vice versa.
    GSM providers merging is the LEAST painful thing to happen.

    • No, your T-Mobile phone works on different frequencies.

  • Anonymous

    I’m very unhappy about this and hope that this doesn’t go through — but who are we kidding by hoping it doesn’t go through? It will. AT&T will throw whatever money is needed at them to approve this. That said, I’ve been w/ T-Mobile for almost 10 years and love their phones, customer service and plans. I will not deal with AT&T at all. Poor service, poor customer service, crappy Android handsets…. Let me just say that I’m about to pay the ETF and just jump to Sprint.

    • jonathan b

      Actually, if you do it at the change, you can leave your contract without the ETF because if they try to make you pay it, in court you can say you signed with t-mobile. The contracts do not hold up in a merger. I asked my friend who is a lawyer in tech.

      • Tedblack1

        very good advice everyone!

  • L. Garcia

    I think it’s tragic. I think Sprint should have been more decisive! They always take to long to make decisions. i think at this size, AT&T should not be allowed to acquire anything. They are a greedy behomoth, that like microsoft just wants to own and gobble, and control the entire earth. The umbrella corporations. Maybe when we are all flesh eating zombies, we will get a deal on a wireless service. (thoughtfully).. Heck, why stop at the earth. Let’s just have AT&T’s hideous logo branded and tattooed on our butts, our cars, our doorways so that when the angel of death makes another round, he’ll passover our homes and won’t kill our first born children. unbelievable! I can’t believe the DOJ and the FCC let AT&T get as big as they have. Seriously. wow.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, so instead of the JD Powers award winning service that T-Mobile has provided year after year, I’ll be back on the s*** customer service that made me leave AT&T years ago. The Virgin Mobile $25 a month with unlimited text and data is looking better and better.

  • Dtgotohell

    I am an employee with t-mobile and am worried about my job security. I feel like all the employees were blindsided by this and that we will in the end get screwed by the”man”.only this time it hurts not only its employees, but it will cause loyal tmobile customers to go to Verizon, Sprint, or Cricket. The challenger T-mobile just sold us out. At&t made a great company look like there Bitch.

    • jonathan b

      i hope that you and everyone else that is at the company does not lose their job. That would be awful, and show how little that company cares about american’s and the american economy

      • Dtgotohell

        I appreciate that alot but it los like it eminent.

    • Tedblack1

      i’m also a t-mo employee, for the next 12 days at least (i hope my 2 week notice didnt have anything to do with this lol). your comment echos through all the employees i know and work with. nobody in our market saw this coming. good luck to you and your staff!

  • Iasthai

    at&t spends billions of dollars every year on lobbying. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did pass. Especially with how the FCC has handled net neutrality.

  • Stop at&t

    people make a complaint in FCC about at&t monopoly https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000B

  • Dtgotohell

    Tell Phillip”NATZE” Humm to go home.

    • guest

      really? did you really go there? we are in 2011 right?

  • BigMixxx

    It’s turning mor tragic every day. T mobile not only has a lot of customers, but employee’s….A sprint merger, would not have been a merger, more of a ‘Let’s take form a new company’…

    39 billion is a premimum. Folks won’t get upset or complain about the price, the ripple will make regulators really ‘Regulate’ that space, in the GSM arena, until everyone moves to an LTE footprint, where mostly all providers would be the same….

    so clear path would be set at, all providers are giving everyone the opportunity to use ‘GSM style’ technology. ATT played well here. possibly forcing sprint into a position to do something with a cable operator or some other company.

    T mobile employee’s will be punished and the outrage the turnover in the stores will be unprecedented…

  • This is just as disappointing to me as the day Sunrocket Voip company shut down.

  • Anonymous

    David: If you’re reading this, you should put a poll up asking what people plan on doing if this merger is in fact approved:

    a) Stick with AT&T/T-Mobile
    b) Jump ship for another carrier

    • Anonymous

      There’s a poll like that up on XDA-DEVELOPERS, but frankly from looking at the numbers, they’re WAY too skewed for it to just be TMobile customers to be responding, “Wait and see” responses outweighing “Jump ship”……no way that can be right if we’re talking about just TMobile customers. I think I smell a rat.

  • Dtgotohell

    Everyone that thinks this its a good idea are just as guilty for destroying destroying the economy as anyone…39 billion? That its going straight to Germany…think about it.

    • Justinnn

      Good effing point man. The gov’t talks about cutting and scrimping to save $1B here and $500M there, and there goes TENS of BILLIONS from the private sector across the ocean. Time to start investing in the Euro…

    • Anonymous

      And jobs lost

  • T-MoAndroidExpert

    Betrayal is pretty much the only thing I can feel right now. As a T-Mobile employee, I know myself and other employees have been busting our butts lately working hard for DT and T-Mo USA doing everything in our power to keep customers and get new ones. I really feel like we were lied to with Phillip Humm’s whole “Challenger Tour” nonsense. All that hard work down the drain. And at this point it doesn’t even matter if it goes through now. They’ve effectively killed T-Mobile for the next 12 months at least. No one’s going to want to buy a phone from us if they know they can just either go to AT&T or go to Sprint and T-Mobile.

    I can only hope now that AT&T decides to do right by T-Mobile employees and customers. The only thing I can hope now is that all of our customers we worked so hard to get and keep happy don’t abandon us now. At least hold out until the last minute if you can.

    • Anonymous

      I can tell you that the reaction to this would likely be much different if it was Sprint instead of AT&T.

      None of us really want to leave T-Mobile….but T-Mobile decided to marry an abusive step-father (AT&T), so many of us kids have decided it’s time to take a hike.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much for all your hard work. T-Mo rocks, one of my favorite companies. And I hope that maybe some customers will plan rationally and instead of abandoning ship right now, they will bunker down and grab the best plans/rates they can so they can be grandfathered-in for the long-haul.

      • OldPro

        Interesting thought – To all you TMo CS folk, would now be a good time to call to ask for all those old grandfathered add-ons? And what would be the best one’s to ask for? :)

        • guest

          NO! NO! NO! NO! oh yeah, and NO! To be honest, all that will do is piss off whatever rep you talk to. Grandfathered add-ons physically cannot be added in exceptional circumstances. If the rep has the ability, and you’re being nice and not acting like you’re trying to manipulate something out of them, they will offer things to you on their own.

    • Dtgotohell

      I agree completely. We are the so called Challenger huh? We just got ass raped by Humm. I am so disappointed. It makes sense now why so many high level corporate employees quit or resigned in the weeks leading up to this.

      • ivan

        another item that is making sense is within the last month they were doing time management testing and now changing metric goals, and needing to hit these or getting write-ups. trying to thin people out.

    • Dtgotohell

      I agree completely. We are the so called Challenger huh? We just got ass raped by Humm. I am so disappointed. It makes sense now why so many high level corporate employees quit or resigned in the weeks leading up to this.

    • attsucks

      i completely agree, i was looking forward to a long career with T-Mobile and have always defended them (long before i even worked there), as they were the little guy that innovated everything and caused the big two to get off their behind and actually do something, but looks like all my hard work the last two years is just down the drain for nothing just to become at&t anyway. If this gets approved i’ll just go work at Sprint

  • Manit Suri

    I just hope they will allow us to terminate our contract free of fees if the merger goes through within the 6 months or year. I know is going to happen to the rate plans, all going to go up with caps, it’s a given. AT&T will beginning capping our home internet now also, F DT for doing this, and I hate the current CEO of USA T-Mobile, moron couldn’t do anything to gain new customers and provide better handsets. have those stupid ads comparing the company to ATT while now a merger is happening.

  • JBLmobileG1

    I think this is a trick to get the $3 billion and extra spectrum from AT&T. Smart….. then maybe after they do that they will work with Sprint to build a LTE network together. I find it all odd how Tmobile had all these recent anti iphone anti AT&T commercials then, all of a sudden when no one suspected it, decided to be sold to them. If this is true Tmobile just bent over and took it in the… and I will more than likely jump ship. How will this even work?? I was told by an AT&T rep that they will get rid of edge. Funny thing is if you go over your 5GB of data with Tmobile it switches to edge. Also does that mean we get charged $10 for each additional GB after we hit 2 like AT&T has? Please DT don’t be stupid your smarter than that. Please let this all just be an early April fools joke.

  • Optimistic

    This is what I say…as I read on another major blog, im paraphrasing of course, if this does NOT go through then TMO could be in a lot of trouble. They made comments about how TMO will halt HSPA+ rollouts and this process could give ATT a major advantage. its a win win for ATT. So, as shocked and speechless as I was today, I am trying to look at this positively. As for the TMO employees out there, think about the jobs that may open up on ATT, there not just going to shut down thousands of TMO locations, rebrand? Of course, but you will be fine. I work in the cell phone industry. My company represents multiple carriers, I am kinda excited for the changes, after the initial shock of course, but only time will tell.

    • T-MoAndroidExpert

      It’s really going to come down to where the stores are located. For instance, My store is actually located in a mall. Inside the mall there is one Corp AT&T kiosk and 1 Authorized AT&T retailer. Directly outside the mall is our sister T-Mobile store (Which is probably the second or third busiest in our market) as well as an AT&t corporate store which is one of the busiest in our metro area as well. There’s no way all of us are going to make it through this unscathed. Same for the busiest store in our market. Right across the street there is another busy corporate AT&T store. It’s going to be a warzone, only the AT&T employees get to sit back and watch us self destruct.

    • T-MoAndroidExpert

      It’s really going to come down to where the stores are located. For instance, My store is actually located in a mall. Inside the mall there is one Corp AT&T kiosk and 1 Authorized AT&T retailer. Directly outside the mall is our sister T-Mobile store (Which is probably the second or third busiest in our market) as well as an AT&t corporate store which is one of the busiest in our metro area as well. There’s no way all of us are going to make it through this unscathed. Same for the busiest store in our market. Right across the street there is another busy corporate AT&T store. It’s going to be a warzone, only the AT&T employees get to sit back and watch us self destruct.

      • attsucks

        Yeah we were suppose to get several new stores in my market and we have been told several times that it was pushed back for design reasons, now it all makes sense.. they were selling out the whole time.

        T-Mobile could easily remain relevant if this does not go through, the acquired AWS spectrum, 3billion cash infusion, and the favorable roaming agreement could help T-Mobile be a relevant carrier that can actually compete with Verizon and at&t, but only time will tell what will actually happen.

      • ivan

        i know what you mean, there are abut like 16 tmo stores in a 3 mile radius, and there is a at&t store across from the my mall location and it does about a 1000 a month supposedly and my store is the biggest in our market.

  • Anonymous


    i dont care if jesus ran at&t i do not want them.

    • SublimeDavid


  • Dly6981

    I’m worried because I am a T-Mobile employee. I guess we will see what happens.

  • Dly6981

    I’m worried because I am a T-Mobile employee. I guess we will see what happens.

  • Dly6981

    I’m worried because I am a T-Mobile employee. I guess we will see what happens.

  • Dly6981

    I’m worried because I am a T-Mobile employee. I guess we will see what happens.

  • Dly6981

    I’m worried because I am a T-Mobile employee. I guess we will see what happens.

  • Anonymous

    please file a complaint believe it or not there really good at these things let them know this will cause ma bell to have a monopoly on gsm and allow them to raise prices and have absurd rates
    also send these guy a mail or call letting them know your against it and how it will hurt the consumer post link to any other if you can

    every bit may help if it does not get approved by the regulators we have a chance


    Working for T-mobile….I must say every penny pincher who has squeezed out all the profits in tmo this is your fault,,,,we are in it to make $$$ and thats not happening…..tmo is paying ppl to be customers and no business can operate like that. Cell phone service is not a right or obligation to have,,,,its an extra and your about to pay for what you deserve.

    • Not when i pay 140 for 3 lines and 2 data plans

    • km

      Are you saying it’s my fault for taking advantage of the plans and deals that tmo offers? For 8 years?

      • guest1

        No, taking advantage of plans OFFERED is one thing. Calling in and DEMANDING extra discounts or you’ll cancel is a totally different story. There is nothing loyal in that behavior. T-Mobile has been on top in Customer Service for years and given away far too much to get there. They’ve customer serviced themselves almost out of existence. You want to get credits whenever you don’t bother to check your own usage. You want the iphone so much…. here ya go! Beware what you wish for. Customers can throw up a stink now and act all loyal, but it’s too little too late now.

        • justme


    • stevo

      you got that right it is All About the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. You dont have to rape and pillage your customer base to make money. you take care of your customers and they will take care of you by their loyalty. that used to mean something. this country is already full and overflowing with the insatiable appetite for MORE MORE MORE. you can be profitable but then there is also GREED. cmon are u kidding me…… it is the penny pinchers fault……………….. are you in management………….. is this coming out of your potential bonus……… att and verizon already jack up the price of their plans . that is 1 of the many reasons people come to tmobile. the MAJORITY of people are penny pinchers. it is big business and the never satisfied small fraction of the population who are all about the greenbacks.


        Do the math….who has the lowest prices of all 4 carriers? Who doesn’t have the best network or top notch phones? T-MOBILE….loyalty my a$$….tmobile will merge with at&t or shut its doors eventually…..remember at&t and verizon pay big bucks to apple for the iphone….its not a matter of not wanting it…its a matter of cost….we simply can’t afford it

        • dbcad7

          I think the problem here is looking at the other guy.. T Mobile looks at AT&T and Verizon, and they see the huge profits of these players who had the bucks to purchase spectrum in the auctions. If T Mobile had had the money to invest, they would be as big.. However, profits are profits.. You have a product, you sell it, you make a profit,, You do not have to be a “super conglomerate” with the most customers to be successful. You also do not have to buy customers.. I use you, and it’s not because your $5 cheaper than AT&T and Verizon.. I use you, because I like the choices that the company has made with technology, and with phones.. I have turned down your free phone upgrade to a G2.. didn’t need that to keep me.., willing to wait out my 2 years and get what’s new then.. (probably Pyramid).. Maybe that’s T Mobiles problem.. they need some self esteem.. You have a good company, you have good products.. don’t sell yourself short. I don’t see any sane T Mobile customers who are for this thing.. doesn’t that tell you anything ?

    • ivan

      its for wanting things for free, or getting extra discounts on phones. calling and complaining to customer care for the free g2 or free mytouch.

    • justme

      that’s the truth I work in an tmo fc and I can say this it amazes me to see how many people think they are owed something other than service from their providers, tmo has so many dead unpaid accounts its unreal, and the thing is if you just wait or go to the right 3rd party dealer you can just another account and run it up to, I know I’ve seen it countless times

    • WritingOnTheWall

      AGREED!!!! I really was typing this up myself but I see a fellow T Mobile Employee already beat me to it. As someone who worked in the retention department I saw everyday customers who called and got something for nothing. Customers who has been with us for 10 months walking away with a cheaper than normal data plan. Customers calling in because they have a problem with a motocliq and we give them a Motocliq 2 FREE. Ive seen customers who have gotten 3 upgrades FREE because they simply return a phone 3 times and then demand another one. We already had the lowest plan of any provider but yet if a customer calls in demanding a lower plan we would give it to them. Now Im not blaming the customer, why wouldnt you take advantage of a company give away everything, but I do blame T-Mobile. Trying to appease customers is never a good business strategy because a customer can only think about their situation not the business as a whole. The customer doesnt care about the ramificaitons of giving 1 million customers an additional $10 savings on an already low bill they only know that THEIR bill is too high and they want THEIR bill lower. Like T-Mobile Employee said we were paying people to be customers and it wasnt appreciated. There is no such thing as loyalty in the cell phone business they just sit around until something better comes along. When Sprint came out the 69.99 plan 5-10 year customers dropped like flies. As soon as AT&T sold the Iphone 3 for 49.99 5-10 yr customers dropped like flies.Like another T-Mobile employee said we deal with the money savers of the cell phone industry and no matter how good our customer service was as soon as they found a better deal they were gone. At the end of the day business is about profit and giving away phones for free and lowering the already lowest plans doesnt generate profit. Also last fact, for all these people talking about loyalty this and loyalty that were you aware T Mobile has lost more customers than they have kept for the past 3 years??? Loyalty means NOTHING in the cell phone world. Its too late for T_mobile like T-Mobile Employee said either we merge with AT&T or we go out of business, but I just hope customesr know in the future when they see a company with customer service dont keep demanding more cause it only leads to this.

  • Ive had tmobile for 4 years now. I havent dealt with other carriers customer service but I can say tmobile has EXCELLENT customer service. I had problems with data plans activating on my phones so they gave me a permanent discount plus extra 200 minutes every month just for having to call in twice for a silly problem. Since then I’ve also has great customer service going into the stores, they helped me get new phone and still keep it on my same number even with the permanent data plans, just to help me save 20 bucks a month. I am definitely considering dropping tmo if it goes through. Hell who wants data caps… seriously.

  • ALEX

    Im going to cricket lol

  • lexophile

    a monopoly of gsm phones isn’t much of an argument. thats like saying, apple has a monopoly on iOS and leopard software. you can always NOT get a gsm phone and get a cdma phone. i dont think there’s a logical case against the acquisition. we can say, it will hurt competition, but there’s no law saying another company or some billionaire out there can’t come and start a gsm based cellular carrier in the US. we may very well see another european carrier come over to our shores. i doubt it considering the global economy, but you never know.

  • qwerty

    “So we ask our readers again, really think about both the positive and negative aspects of this acquisition, do we really not want this?”

    Please refer to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%26T#Criticism_and_controversies

    Yes. For all of us thinking people, we REALLY do not want this.

  • Nilefirerain

    Greg Amirto obviously isn’t living on earth and doesn’t have the tmobile that WE have had.. I had t-mobile. They outsourced flex plans to the philipines, completely ignoring the fact that language is a thought process, and that just knowing mediocre english doesn’t mean, they understand the american customer. while the allocated american call centers to the customer’s who weren’t flex.. nice huh? The wait times were unreal, the employees, all foreign, all american hating, all condecsending and their prices became ridiciulous. I think Greg was a customer of the tmobile in the saturn or mars branch.. Oh.. Lunar branch.. cuz he’s a loon!.. a looney loon!..

    • GetREAL

      No, Greg has postpaid and you have flexpay. Get a job…a REAL job, pay your bills, move out of your mother’s basement and convert your account to postpaid. In other words…GROW UP!!!

  • Having been through other mergers before, such as the Sprint/Nextel merger, there are going to be certain groups that are going to win, while others will lose. Honestly, mergers are a lot like being a new parent, you don’t know what really is going to happen until things happen.

    I’ve always been fascinated with the business model for mobile phone companies, and the power they hold over their customers. The only thing that is certain about this merger (still unapproved by the DOJ and other legal wranglers) is that AT&T will have more subscribers and a bigger network than Verizon.

    Other than that, wait and see before you ask questions, and remember there will still be four providers out there: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and prepaid.

    As for those folks employed by either side, I think you’re right to fear for your employment. Not just T-Mobile, but AT&T. Of course, you can finally hope that they do something right, keep all of you working so I don’t have to wait so long in a COR store to get a car charger.

    Of course, we’re all shocked and anxious about the announcement, eager to understand what’s happening, and hoping we won’t get screwed in the process.

    • BeVol13

      As an ex tmobile employee who is still close friends with meny a call taker, I am concerned for them. And also as a current tmobile customer I’m concered the customer service will go down. I love tmobile customer care and know how hard they work, and can’t stand at&t customer care.

  • Anonymous

    FWIW in my travels all over the Net (for about the past seven hours), the comments against this deal are about 3 to 1. It’s probably worse than that, I’m being conservative and kind to AT&T.

    This does not bode well for AT&T and DT. As I summarized early on today, AT&T (and T-Mobile) has to apparently do battle with:

    1. T-Mobile customers. I’d estimate about 95% of the comments from T-Mobile customers are AGAINST this deal.

    2. The public. I am surprised how many non-T-Mobile customers don’t like AT&T.

    3. Department of Justice – Antitrust concerns. The DOJ’s antitrust department (that is HUGE) needs something to do after wrapping up Microsoft. Going after AT&T, again… the DOJ is loving life.

    4. FCC – It has to approve the sale of T-Mobile licenses to AT&T. In 2009-2010 the FCC opined that the wireless industry was not competitive (this was based on there being only five major carriers in the U.S.) That’s not enough choice for the consumer. So it’s anyone’s guess how the FCC will respond to folding T-Mobile out of existence.

    5. Verizon – As I said before, Verizon will find some bases on which to sue AT&T over this. In the interim, Verizon will be knocking on regulators’ doors insisting that someone put the kibosh on this deal. (Ideally Verizon will bring forge a multi-front assault, both in the courts and via each regulator who can kill the deal.

    6. Sprint – See #5 and add about triple the assault level. Sprint has the most to lose if this deal cements. (All Sprint has to do is change the names in its pleadings it would have filed in response to companies opposing Sprint’s acquisition of T-Mobile. LOL.

    7. Regional carriers – Collectively regionals can effectively oppose this deal, by knocking on the same doors as Verizon and Sprint will.

    8. The Courts – Any or all of the above may file lawsuits. In fact, I will be very surprised if no lawsuits are filed before this deal is concluded.

    Well… pop the corn, pour some refreshments and have a seat. This will be quite the show. And you were wondering what handset to buy.

    • BeVol13

      You give us hope.

  • Can someone find out if At&t will shut down T-Mobile’s Wifi Calling Service?

    If it’s something they just acquire why would they go out of their way to shut it off?

    • Anonymous

      Nobody knows but I’m going to guess they will shut it off — or charge you extra to use it.

      • BeVol13

        I too am worried about the wifi calling and I have the home phone service too. And I just bought new phones and home phones! I have shopped around and tmobile is the best and best price. How can you beat a $10 home phone?

        • justme

          the @home phone service is an old plan it’s not offered anymore at tmobile anyway

  • Youngt82

    It shos either how bad T-mobile is doing these days or how bad these other carriers want what T-Mobile has. I just blame some of it of the smartphone market for getting everybody in a frenzy with all these phones coming out every other week and I blame T-Mobile for not doing it big last year when they were the first to bring out android ,they should’ve had the best phones out but I guess just because you the first one doesn’t mean you be the only one lol and about this deal if it doest happen which I don’t but if yeah let’s just hope they keep T-Mobiles 4g and make it better network ,keep our customer service.

  • Anonymous

    If both networks say there unable obtain LTE independently, then why not merge to do so. It seems LTE is the major concern here. Sprint is scrambling trying to obtain their own LTE grounds, and it doesn’t look like there gonna be to successful doing it either. If AT&T buys T-Mobile, then T-Mobile’s name goes bye-bye, and then it’s just AT&T with LTE. So basically, T-Mobile customers are getting switched to AT&T free of charge. But, imagine the sick LTE Android smartphones there would be, along with an LTE iPhone. LTE, LTE…

    • Mark

      You mean were getting down graded for free. Crappy phones, crappy phone service, crappy customer service, and the privilege of getting nickel and dimed for everything. Doing a little reading buddy, everyone hates AT&T.

      • Cruzantis

        @Mark I don’t know about your experience with ATT but I want this deal so badly; right now Tmobile has moderate to bad signal where I live but still only edge? not even 3g :( getting on the ATT train that would be awesome more signal, faster internet, some nice android phones lately. The only downside would be customer service which is something am willing to trade off. Right now I love my mytouch 4g but the fact am constantly on the need of wifi calling and wifi perse just to download apps or make a stupid call just plain sucks with att that wont happen. I basically wont need wifi calling anymore and finally have at least 3g around my house. Its probably true that the bill my go up but that would be with new contracts I believe they will honor our current plan and even if they dont i dont care cause right now i pay $65 + tax montly for a smartphone with the worst internet available which is edge and the moderate to bad signal. paying extra for something that JUST WORKS would be great, haters might hate but from my perspective and from where i LIVE this is like christmas in july

      • Anonymous

        Quit crying dude – it’s for the better. Everything you’re crying about is what the whole deal is suppose to improove. I’m not an AT&T fan, nor an iPhone fan either, but I’m a bit wiser then to sit there and cry like a bitch!

  • Travis

    Verizon here we come AT&T can’t begin to offer what T-Mobile let their customers have. Will AT&T let third party apps for Android users will they charge for tethering I think we all know this answer yes. Thank god I’m a Nexus owner without a contract. For sure I’m going to miss T-Mobile they know how to take care of their customers. AT&T not !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carloslopezdesign

    After reading a few comments i would like to leave my thoughts about this. I am a current t-mo employee and i feel like i was sold to the highest bidder. I am worried like most of my co-workers who have families, I rather have us to to at&t then to go bankrupt in the near future, i have seen for the last two years and more in the last year the fall of my company due to Metro Pcs, Boost & the iphone i think these three have been big factors. I have had many customers com in and pay off a canceled account due to the iphone, and going to Metro because our customers are the penny pinchers of the wireless industry they want to save money and our value does not work for them. The iphone im amazed still to this day customers who tell me yes i know i will pay more and have less but who cares i want that phone. So maybe it’s a good thing people leaving our network to get the iphone will now stay and upgrade, our reception will be stronger so there goes verizon, at&t will have the us wireless industry in their hands. So i do fear for my job but have to be positive about this one i dont think they will lay everyone off maybe weed out the good from the bad, management has to worry more than us employees.

    • T-MoAndroidExpert

      The best we employees can do is keep our head up right now. It sucks majorly. But we have to band together and take care of our T-Mobile family if you can. Apply to other jobs with Sprint and Verizon, but in the meantime focus on every customer that walks in the door or calls you and give them the best service you can. Even if they just need a screen protector or CallerTunes added onto their account. We are going to have to use every bit of training we have to survive this next year. If AT&T think’s that I’ll just roll over and quit, they have another thing coming. I’ll outsell all of their employees if need be. I didn’t work this hard for T-Mobile for nothing. If I’m going out, then I’m going out with style.

      • CactusCat

        Wow. What an amazing post! That’s the kind of attitude that has made America the great country that it is. Well said T-MoAndroidExpert!!! It reminds me of a divorce I went thru years ago. I ended up thinking, well I got a lemon, so I made some lemonade. If indeed this does occur (the buyout), then people like you can teach those AT&T reps how its done. Its people like you that have allowed Tmo to win the JD Powers #1 award for service so many times. I’m an old Tmo customer going back to the VoiceStream days. It is employees like you that have kept me happy through all these years. I just hope your attitude permeates throughout Tmobile and then spreads to AT&T if it happens.

  • Crazyraiderfan

    Also 3rd party dealers are the ones who will be affected more as well since at&t hardly has them

  • Claubi

    I HATE AT&T!!!!!!!!! i left them for tmo, i will be so sad if this goes down. long live t-mobile!

    • Archangyl

      I am in agreement with that statement 13 years ago I left AT&T for Tmo and never looked back. Once my ETF gets down to a reasonable amount I’m jumping ship.

  • Xdhom7

    I hate AT&T!!!
    They are too expensive!
    This will be sad!
    I prefer a Sprint+TMobile joint!!!
    Until today, I was a fan of T-Mobile!
    I’m upset by this news!

  • justme

    I work for tmobile and I can honestly say this was expected from most of the employee’s, I mean the writing has been on the wall for the last few years now, it’s gonna happen if you don’t think it is please quit living in a dream world money talks and we are talking a whole lot of money here

    • Stephhaney2

      As another tmo employee, I would like to know how you saw this kind of merger coming? Less than 2 months ago we were told by our GM that nothing like this was even in the works. And if you read the blogs and all of the news sites, you would be a little more worried. Jobs will be lost, if it is overlappiing or redundant, the job will be gone. Shine up your resume.

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  • Applepiter

    I am all for the idea, no more unlimited data, more expensive plans, dropped calls and less choices- what’s not to love? Next maybe Microsoft can buy google! THIS SUCKS HUGE NADS!!!

    • buddyluv

      I feel you. But its either that, sprint, or bankrupt, I would prefer ATT over sprint or bankrupt.

  • Chev Johnson

    Me being an AT&T employee, I say YES, YES, and did I say Yes

    • The Truth

      If your an AT&T employee then you should know of ALL the complaints that you get on service and call quality! I personally left T-Mo a month ago because of EDGE service in my area for Verizon. Now I feel like a genius, because you can bet that AT&T will end WIFi calling, unlimited data, and those cheap Even More Plans. But at least T-Mo will have the IPhone! LMAO

    • What about the customers who were happy with Tmobile and the service they were receiving? I’ve worked cell phones before and have come to see that AT&T reps are by far the worst. People poke fun at Tmobile for not having the ‘best’ of this or that, but I was very happy for what I was paying for, especially the service and data speeds I got. Yeah, great for the amount of commission the AT&T EMPLOYEE will be receiving come time for people to upgrade, but what about the customer? Keep it up, you and your crappy customer service will be the reason I switch to Sprint or Verizon. Everyone take note!

  • lrnano

    I hoping this deal doesn’t go through but it does lets see how all this plays. My number concern is my plan cause I got an awesome plan unlimited. Other than I not worry.

  • JT

    After 8 years w/T-Mobile, I feel betrayed by this sellout. Once AT&T comes in, they’ll screw everything up and I’m out of here….problem is, where do you go – I was w/Sprint 9 yrs ago & hated them too. Maybe Metro PC looks better? Guess thie kind of takes some of the luster off the CTIA eh?

    • BeVol13

      Look up credo mobile.

    • No

      Your an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    If the merger goes through, people will lose jobs (there wont be a need for T Mobile stores where ATT has one).

    As a customer you will be overbilled on a daily basis.

    Your hotspot which is free now (and it should as you pay for the bandwidth) will be charged a premium. If the same was applied at home, you would have to pay a huge amount to have wifi capability.

    ATT customer support send sends you in circles and you can only access it during business hours. Today T Mobiles support is available twice that amount of time, and you get support immediately

    T Mobile has 24000 employees. ATT bills you too much because it has 10 times as many employees.

    T Mobile – One employee = 1375 phones.. better service
    ATT —— One employee = 100 phones…. awful service

    These stats show how inefficient ATT is. (Well this is biased I know, as ATT does service two other markets broadband and cable ). Regardless, the number of employees to customers served is bad by any stretch, hence the guarantee that they will enforce predatory pricing, reason why they were broken up in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I really wonder about you David ( Kickstar13 ). Sometimes I really wonder where you draw your logic from. Hello ? Wait and see attitude ? Sir, this is your business, we’re talking about. I remember when TMoNews.com was basically a BLOG, with very little content to speak of. I remember when you damn well nearly were down for the count. No posts FOR WEEKS at a time. Now look at you. A trusted and respected ( and QUOTED ) part of the Mobile Blogging/News community. And you want to take a “wait and see” attitude ? Normally that is the most prudent course for humans to take, because as they say “Only fools rush in”. But weren’t you just rushing in when TMobile was basically the size of what MetroPCS is today ?

    You should be out there banging the drum, championing the cause, registering a strong ( and if you think this post is strong in ANY sense of the word, think again ) opinion. Disparity between technologies ? That’s the best you’ve got to come up with for why a merger between Sprint and TMobile wouldn’t be a fit ? You mean like the disparities in spectrum between AT&T and TMobile now. The fact that TMobile EDGE roamers on AT&T get <20Kbps performance today ? You mean the fact that all these AWS handsets that TMobile's put out there in the last 3.5 Years are going to basically worthless in less than 2 years ( You can't be so naive as to think AT&T will maintain the 1700/2100 bands intact, can you ?). Or could it be the fact that AT&T has demonstrably zero regard for it's customers ( You don't really want me to cite repeated, "oversights" on the part of AT&T towards the very customers it's trying to court, do you ? Such as, HSUPA support not even being enabled for phones it LOUDLY touts at 4G handsets, the HTC Inspire, Motorola Atrix. ).

    Get your priorities straight, David. What ? You're going to suddenly switch and become ATTNews.com ? Do you really think AT&T would sit around and LET YOU use that domain name, like TMo has continued to let you use it's de-facto acronym all this time ? Get to it man. Stand up for those of us who've relied on your site, driven traffic to you, and continued to feed ad revenue.

    This is the first time I really have to say you've dropped the ball…badly.

    • Perrjett82

      Dude you sound like you want David to start a march on Washington to protest this deal. David is not God man. I hate to tell you but there’s nothing that David himself can do. It is his job to give everyone both ends of the spectrum and not be biased. Its called journalism.

      What are YOU doing to make your voice heard? All it takes is a good leader with a common sense cause to get a following going. If you want to get something started, create it yourself. Don’t wait for someone else to get the ball rolling and then you hop on. I think you’re totally out of line for blasting him like that. Where’s your site? Where’s your blog? When and how many people have you gotten together to “fight” this battle your trying to start. If Tmo “let” or “allowed” David to use their name that’s between David and T-mobile’s lawyers and if AT&T lets him use ATT that’s the art of negotiation.

      Good luck with your cause, but don’t blast someone else that has a job to do because they’re not doing what you want: Do it yourself.

      • Anonymous

        I am doing it myself…..I’ve written the the Chairman, and the Commissioners of the FCC.

        Here’s an excerpt of a letter I sent:

        I hope you don’t mind I quoted you….here’s a copy of a letter I’m forwarding to the the FCC Chairman and the Committee members. If you feel strongly enough about it, I encourage you to contact them as well..


        Mr. Chairman, and Commissioners,

        I am writing to formally register my opinion as a U.S. Citizen AGAINST the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T. I say this as an over 11 year long customer of T-Mobile ( I’ve maintained service through 2 mergers and transitions ). Furthermore, before becoming a T-Mobile customer, I was a customer of BellSouth Mobility, which I’m sure you know as one of the entities which merged to become the present AT&T.

        I’ve posted my letter to this site, and others, along with the links to the email addresses ( as you can see above ) where people can write to themselves to add their voice to the discussion ( on EITHER side ). The more important question is…what are YOU going to do now that I’ve called you on it ?

        Of course David using “TMo” or not is a matter between him and TMobiles legal brigade. My point was to make the clear distinction that the sort of response ( assistance, since the leaks coming out here don’t come out of David’s imagination. Do they ? ) that he is used to receiving on the part of TMo partisans are in all likelihood NOT going to be forthcoming from within AT&T. Notwithstanding the fact that AT&T is pretty blatantly anti-consumer, so a consumer-friendly site like this, again, in all likelihood, not be received well.
        You’re kidding yourself if you really think otherwise……


    It doesn’t matter what we want so why ask the question?

  • justme

    The real question for all everyone worried about this merger shouldn’t be whether it’s gonna happen or not, because it’s gonna happen either with at&t or someone else, what you should be asking is how is this going to effect my bill, because as most people do not know or want to think about Tmo bills their plans in arrears(a total mistake but oh well) and every other company bills a month in advance, so how are they going to merge all the accounts together into one big happy billing family, I can tell you this at&t is not going to start billing in arrears and I’m sure they are not going to give everyone a free month of service, so be prepare for a month of double or triple billing once this goes through

    • justme

      also for all you worried about leaving and paying an etf good news your contract has a clause in it stating if a change like this happens you can get out scott free

      • Cray820

        But I dont want to get out scott free. I have special pricing being that I used to be an employee with T-mobile.

  • BeVol13

    Do some reading up on at&t’s customer privacy, or lock of. They seem to be a very shady and political company. if this happens I am going to credo mobile. If you thinking to your self what other options are there look credo up, I think you will be happy with what you find.

  • Jpgr

    Tell me why
    You cry
    And why you lie
    To me

    I gave you everything I had
    And you left me standing on my own
    Did you have to hurt me oh so bad
    Now all I do is hang my head any moan

  • Quagmeyer

    Last time this happened all old rate plans were gradfathered in.
    Buy a tablet and lock up the data.

    Gigity Gigity Go

  • Guest

    I happen to be playing with an iPhone on Friday. It was at 2.5M on 3g. This is flipping awesome.

  • Guest

    David is thinking…cant wait to get my Iphone on that network. And with the 5 coming out….drooling baby.

  • Terry

    When you ask AT&T about unlocking your GSM phone ahead of international travel they tell you it cannot be done. (They want to charge for intl roaming, but I like having a local number in a new place for txting new friends). They charge more, a lot more. In major cities (I live in San Francisco) everyone with AT&T service hates them. This is terrible news and can indeed be fought as anti-competitive, on its face, as a horizontal merger. We need info here on how to comment and what to emphasize in a comment.

    • Marcels81

      If everyone with att service hate them then why do they have 90 million customers? People can vote with their wallets. Iphone? If people put up with att for it, how bad can they be? We wouldnt be in this situation if less people didnt leave tmobile (and perhaps go with att).

      • Cray820

        No everyone does not hate att. Many people love them but T-mobile customers are not the type to like att.

        • guest

          true, and think of the huge numbers of sheep that “had” to have an iphone, many are waiting for their contracts to expire and move to vzn, while many just don’t think about their carriers, sort of sticking with your bank, it is a hassle to switch, so you put up with mediocre service

      • Johnny Chimpo

        Lol I was just going to post the same thing. A lot of people on here are just mad or upset, and trust, I am too, but at the end of the day, do you really want to go to a Metro PCS or a Sprint that doesnt give you the amount of coverage that will be had by this merger? I doubt it. If anything, I see a lot of people leaving Sprint and/or Verizon because of the amount of coverage that will be in place. Sure there will be customers that leave, but there will be customers that come over as well. As an employee, I am more worried about my job and how stable that will be in 12months should this be approved.

  • John

    Hmmm, T-Mobile has 34 M customers. If ATT buys t-mobile, I think up to 50% of t-mobile customers will leave.

    • Niceone

      Hellooo Metro PCS??

      • Johnny Chimpo

        Ya go to Metro PCS they have a huge handset selection, 95% 4g coverage in the states, and great support… O wait… ;)

    • 123

      That’s crazy, max 4m leave..watch

    • SLE

      It was going that way already, based on the quarterly subscriber base #’s released every quarter whether this merger happened or not.

  • Mark

    I agree T-mobile will lose A LOT of customers if a merger is approved. T-mobile is considered a better deal. People frequently choose it because of lower cost than verizon or AT&T. They also choose it because of better customer service (and AT&T lacks that–I used to have ATT 4 years ago). ALOt of people are not letting Tmobile OR AT&T decide they have “chosen” AT&T. I think this might help Sprint who has better deals than AT&T.

    • Cray820

      I agree. I think a lot of customers will migrate to sprint. Sprint now has better choices than they used to and offer low prices and lower down payments than verizon and att. Most of T-mobile customers are those that prefer low prices. Why pay more for the same thing? I guess Ill be a sprint customer again.

    • Johnny Chimpo

      Ok, so here is the thing a lot of people are missing, 1. Whatever current rate plans people have at the time the merger is complete, will be grandfathered in, meaning, they wont get changed or lose them, 2. I am pretty sure that one of the main reasons ATT is buying us is because of our customer service and how we treat our customers. Perhaps ATT knows how crappy their CS is and is finally wanting to make that over haul, what better way than to bring in the company best known for its service, and get all the other stuff we have to offer. Trust, as an employee, this deal is very unsettling, and we have more to worry about than our rate plans going up in price. I think its all too soon for people to really be worrying about this, as it seems it will take a huge leap for this all to pass the DoJ and FCC red tape. IF/When this happens, I think alot of these questions will get answered.

  • Guest

    I think your wrong. Verizon sucks.

    Oh yeah. All right. Are you gonna be in my dreams. tonight????

  • Anonymous

    Ok I meant to ask this question yesterday, why is at&t even allowed to hog spectrum they don’t even use? The government knows how precious spectrum is in this country and they just let them have a death grip on it, is that not a form of a monopoly?

    • zek

      Berry, Verizon owns a ton of spectrum they don’t use. Companies buy it for billions of dollars. It is up to them if they do not use it.

      The best thing to happen is for the deal NOT to be approved because excess ATT spectrum and roaming agreements go to T-mobile. This is the best case scenario. If they have to MERGE with someone, I would prefer Sprint. I will not pay AT&T to charge me for every tiny thing. ATT doesn’t even keep your voicemail past two weeks. I never understood that? They have so much money and the auto delete emails).

      • Anonymous

        wow didn’t know that, but that’s not cool either and I’m not sure why that’s allowed. Yea I know about the break up agreement but who wants to wait a year to see if this goes through or not if they can help it? Plus I saw a comment that said Tmo will halt hspa+ rollout and I’m sure manufactures aren’t gonna be banging down the door offering their latest and greatest to a company in the process of being bought out.

        • Anonymous

          Yup, don’t expect anything more spectacular than the G2x and the Pyramid to drop after they come out. It’s a wrap.

  • Anonymous

    “AT&T will be required to pay a breakup fee of $3 (billion), transfer to T-Mobile certain AWS spectrum that is not needed by AT&T for its initial LTE roll out”

    THAT would be a win if this thing doesnt pan out.

    I personally believe that the government is gonna allow this to happen for the good of everyone having access to Broadband Internet.

    Our prices may go up but I don’t expect a HIKE. I’m willing to pay an extra 10% if it means MORE and FASTER coverage as well as a much wider variety of handsets. The only reason ATT had suck az Android phones is because Steve Jobs was breathin down their neck. Look at VZW and their deep catalog of phones. Now ATT will be bigger and better than VZW, so can you imagine the high end options we’ll walk into?

    Plus with such a HUGE user base, ATT will have to maintain reasonable pricing unless they want to in fact be portrayed as a Monopoly.

    Lastly, I think it is important to remember that even if you buy a T-Mobile MT4G, Charm, G2x or WHATEVER, it will still operate after the deal is done because ATT will continue to operate T-Mobile’s current bands. How long? I don’t know, but I bet (or atleast hope) that they will honor the vast majority of the contracts that they take over before they pull the plug on 1700/2100.

    “If the acquisition closes, will I still be able to use my T-Mobile USA phone?

    Yes. Your T-Mobile USA device will operate the same in the future as it does today.

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

    No, T-Mobile USA offers the latest wireless devices that are affordable on America’s Largest 4G Network and the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA will mean even stronger service for our customers. Now is a great time to be a T-Mobile customer.”


    • zek

      I don’t agree it will go up only 10%. I have a blackberry with unlimited voice, texting, and data for $94 a month (tax included) with T-mobile. If I go to ATT’s website for the same plan? $145 PLUS taxes and fees that should put it around $156 for unlimited everything at AT&T. I would pay $64 more dollars to have the glory of AT&T. The only GREAT phone they have is the Iphone. I should accept: less voicemail, less cust. service (they only work 9-6), loose voice over IP phone(Tmo wifi phones); JUST SO WE CAN BE PART OF AT&T AND HAVE ACCESS TO THE IPHONE????

      • Anonymous

        Here’s the EXACT comparison between ATT & TMO’s Unlimited Family plans:

        Tmo – $180 for EVERYTHING with two people and $320 for four people for EVERYTHING

        take the $180 for the first two ppl then add $40 for each additional line PLUS add the $30 Data plan for EACH ADDITIONAL LINE and you end up with $319.99

        ATT – $200 for EVERYTHING with two people (which by my count is about 10% more) and $250 for four people for EVERYTHING

        take the $200 for the first two ppl then add another $50 for each additional line PLUS add the $25 Data plan for each additional line and you end up with $350 which is 10% over T-Mobile’s $320.

        It wasn’t exactly fun but I punched in the numbers and got an accurate figure. Funny part is that I estimated the 10% increase that I originally mentioned.

        • Tournstone

          Results may vary and many frugal T-Mobile folks have plans and features that there is no way to do an exact comparison. Some rates are not published on the T-Mobile web site but are still available or in use. What about my “Even more plus” plan? Sure, I buy whatever phone I want unlocked at full price and pay a cheaper rate (in my case $40 a month less on 1500 talk plus text plus unlimited date on two devices).

          No contract, so I may be in trouble.

          And my @home plan?! I pay about $9.00 a month (added onto my family plan) for my home phone service. That’s saving me another $50+ a month from having to do a land line (from AT&T no less). Again, no contract.

          So with me, and I believe many other T-Mobile folks, there will be a greater than 10% hike, especially considering how many may be forced into contract situations we’ve been avoiding for years.

          One other thing. What about Walmart? Their new cheap family plans are all on T-mobile’s network. Now what happens to them? Maybe Walmart will ask the FCC to block this.

        • Anonymous

          I hear you but with T-Mobile being so Family Oriented, I believe comparing the two companies Family Plans is a good general estimate of any price increase. I won’t deny that some stuff may be higher than 10%.

  • Jim98045

    What was all that talk about being a contender? It feels like we’ve been scammed by ol’ Phil Humm

  • Anonymous

    I am not happy with this decision at all as a customer. This creates a GSM monopoly and secondly the fact that AT&T is buying them. I will cancel my tmobile contract. I liked everything about tmobile. Sadly this day has
    come. Verizon always worked well for me too but I wanted a gsm/umts phone. I just cannot believe this is happening.

  • Mike
  • If you think AT&T is going to give the same level of service, go find someone that use to be on Cingular Wireless before AT&T bought them out and ask them what they think. Everyone I know that has the AT&T service despise it.

    From a technical standpoint, having only one phone carrier for GSM in the US will limit the number of phones that are marketed. If it doesn’t meet AT&T’s pricing plan or feature set, they wont buy from you and you’re now barred from 130 million users.

    • Lcg1519

      Cingular bought AT&T not the other way around.

      • Anonymous

        “Go find someone.” Here I am.

        Hell, I can run the clock further back than that. I left AT&T for a contract with Bell South Mobility after they were split off from AT&T. Then AT&T re-absorbed them, so I jumped to Cingular. I’m not sure what Lcg1519 is talking about, because just a few months later my Cingular bill was replaced by an AT&T bill. (Maybe it was a “merger” in the same theoretical sense that Daimler “merged” with Chrysler?) In any case, I ditched them for a third time to pick up TMo when I wanted an Android. Maybe the fourth time will be the charm.

        I actually gave them a chance each time (jumping carriers is always a hassle) but the contracts sucked, the phones sucked, the service sucked, the support sucked, and the prices sucked. Two of the three times I paid the fee (for both my wife and myself) to break the contract just to get away from them. This time I have no contract, so it’ll be even easier to walk.

        I’m not happy about losing GSM, but there is no way in hell I’ll give that crappy company any more of my money. Ever.

  • I am not happy at all. I will send off complaints to the FCC daily. Hope this deal falls through…

    “, the acquisition would also make AT&T a monopoly for GSM/EDGE/HSPA+ phones in the U.S.”

  • Wusup2u

    I am sure I do not want or like this at all. The downsides drown the upsides. The GSM monopoly thing scares the hell out of me. I hope to God that this whole stupid idea gets blown out by the government. We have roaming where we need it and great service and plans. Why do you need more? Our beloved company is threateninng to be eaten up. This is not good.

  • Mike

    I don’t like this takeover at all, and as insignificant that really might be as an issue, I will let the FCC know what I think.

  • Mike

    Another “too big to fall” in the works.

  • Mike

    Another “too big to fall” in the works.

  • pissedemployee

    as an employee i feel duped! all of this challenger strategy just to be sold to a competitor. i could see if we were losing money as a company but we were profitable. DT was greedy and wanted more. this hits home because every town or city has over lapping stores.

    “Besides the potential for huge savings from closing overlapping retail stores and call centers, AT&T is hoping that absorbing T-Mobile’s national cellular network will give it a more robust ability to route calls and data traffic around the nation.”

    • TPR

      Yea, I agree. I run a TPR store, luckily there is no ATT in sight, but I know of dozens of T-Mobiles in my city that are right beside or across the street from and ATT store. This is going to suck for those employees. Not to say that I’m safe, who knows what their going to with the TPR program…only time will tell.

      I’m just hoping this doesn’t hurt sales the next 6-12 months while this is happening.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed tmousa was still turning a profit, they missed the opportunity to go back to unlimited data like they had well the 10gb cap, and they missed the chance to bring a 4.3″ android when I’m sure they heard the complaints about the lack of one. To me that didn’t make a difference one way or the other but the masses wanted it and they ignored.

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone stopped and considered that of t mobile had not been so generous and basically giving everything away for free, they wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with. I know its good for the consumer, but let’s not pretend its the viable business plan. It’s not as sustainable as the alternative. I went through an acquisition when I worked for Washington mutual. They, likr t mobile, gave everything away for free (not to mention the adjusted rate mortgage issue). Chase came in, changed everything to the chase way, and now everything is generally better off. Big corporations may not be your best friends, but they didn’t get that big without doing something right. If at&t is as bad as you guys make them out to be, they wouldn’t have ~90 million customers. And for those saying at least half of t-mobile customers will fly the coup, show me an instance where that happened in the past. Honest question. I want to see the precedence. Most likely, most of the subscribers will stay, assimilate, and forget about it.

    • Ldominguez1986

      it’s called the iPhone. one reason why AT&T was ever successful.

      • Anonymous

        Before the iPhone at&t was still a very large carrier. They were still the largest or second largest carrier pre iPhone.

    • Craig

      You aren’t being logical. T-mobile users are frequently…hmm…CHEAP. They aren’t going to take a 20-30% price jump with no “real” benefit to the “average” cheap Tmoble user. Boost mobile and Sprint are incredible deals after Tmobile. I don’t want to go to Boost or Sprint while I have T-mobile but I won’t pay over $99 for blackberry with unlimited data and voice. Sprint or Boost can offer me those things. AT&T offers me more bars in CERTAIN cities that I don’t go to. They also offer the IPhone that I don’t really want as of yet.

      I am making an educated guess that the lower-end users are going to jump to Boost and Sprint. Around 20% of the Tmo users. Higher-end user will honestly think of Verizon or Sprint. Verizon has a better sound and Sprint can almost match T-mobile prices.

      AT&T nickels and dimes its user more than any of the other mobile companies.

      • Anonymous

        Good response. I think I’m being perfectly logical. People were with WaMu for the same reasons people are with T-Mobile. Because they were the cheapest.Once they get bumped to AT&T and see the better phone selection, they’ll probably stay. My mom is still a tmobile customer. When I told her, she wasn’t too happy about it, but I’m 90% sure she won’t go anywhere. Also, T-Mobile offers nothing like AT&T Premier. I get 22% off of my bill, 12% more than t-mobile was willing to offer. The business customers that at&t will get will use premier to their advantage. I’ve been with at&t for 7 months and haven’t had any problems whatsoever. No coverage issues, no call quality issues, no data issues. Of course, I never had any of those problems with t mobile either, just pointing out that at&t isn’t as bad as it seems. Throughout all the acquisitions, you’d think the FUD will cause a mass exodus from at&t, and I don’t think that’s ever been the case.

  • nomerger

    Good thing I locken in my 2 year unlimited data contract. After this I am gonna switch. I hate data caps. I loved tmobile, I am being betrayed. Bye tmo.

  • Anonymous

    I’m laughing because of the all the hatred for AT&T that has flown around this site. Now essentially you’re working for the devil, lol.

    • Martin

      I don’t understand? How are we working for the Devil? AT&T will take a year to finalized the agreement. AT&T doesn’t own T-mobile for a year.

  • Nate

    There is also the fact that it will be a totally
    American company.

    • Magenta

      A totally American company that is 9% owned by Deutche Telecom.

      • VK81

        Better than Verizon that is owned 45% by the Brits; Vodafone.

    • Navixo

      Which is great except for the fact that all of their customer service is outsourced…which means another 30,000+ jobs off the “American” economy.

      On the very day the acquisition of Cingular Wireless was complete every single Cingular employee got a pink slip and their jobs got outsourced.

      However I am happy for the customers in a sense, this type of thing gives them options usually at the end they can cancel their contracts and go where they like without threat of the dreaded Early Term Fee or they can stay and keep their current plans hopefully w/out a data cap as well.

      I personally will be praying that T-Mobile will still be German owned by the end of this but I doubt it, I do enjoy the customer service I get when I call in to T-Mobile, reps are empowered to help. I have been an AT&T customer before and the #1 thing for me about my wireless provider is how they handle it when there is a problem and AT&T’s outsourced customer service has been dead last in the industry for years for a reason.

      Gonna miss you Magenta, and you too Tmo-News.

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for T-Mobile employees and I can’t speak from your point of view but I think you guys are being somewhat unfair saying its the customers fault that’s like a customer talking to 5 reps and get attitude from four of the five and say Tmo reps suck when there’s hundreds of other reps with great cs skills. T-Mobile made the mistakes in a sense ppl wanted better phones. Ex we got the HD2 sprint got the Evo, We launch the myTouch slide, Verizon launch droid x at&t launch iphone 4,then they tried to pass of the Slide and the Garminfone for $199.99 major mistakes. T-Mobile made these decisions not customers. While I’ll be the first to say some ppl on this site complain just for the sake of it, sometimes I could understand where they were coming from. So to say that we’re the reason for T-Mobile selling is irresponsible and not cool.

    • Cinticycler

      Let’s harness the power of social media to ensure that we customers are heard. Help Save T-Mobile by going to: http://www.facebook.com/SaveTMobile

    • SLE

      I agree! And the way Tmo was going, better phones were not in the horizon. When VZW got the iPhone 4, sad to say, but I sensed Tmo was history.

  • marc

    even their freaking headquarter looks evil. *shiver*

  • worriedtmoemp

    Well, I’m more concerned about whether or not I’ll still have a job. From what I’ve been told, at&t is notorious for outsourcing and they did have to layoff thousands a few years ago.

  • Madalluge

    Way to take a good company and ruin it. T-Mobile by far has better customer service, fewer dropped calls, etc., now that’s going in the crapper…when you’re that big, who gives a rats behind, they’ll just rest on their laurels.

  • LBdaMercenary

    Sprint needs to draw up a better offer to win tmo. F that angry fun ball!!

    • Methodicalman13

      LB…the agreement doesn’t leave room for competing offers so tmo can’t see what sprint offers and pick them

  • 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

  • SLE

    I jumped ship months ago to AT&T, and I think this is a good thing for Tmobile. Better then being bought out by Sprint. I don’t know what people are worried about. AT&T is not as expensive. Yes, I pay a bit more and have less minutes, text and data, then what I had with Tmobile, but I have a better phone, which is what I wanted. My monthly bill increased to only $10 and I’ve yet to go over in minutes, text and data with my reduced plan. Customer Service at AT&T has vastly improved since the Cingular days and their 3G service outperforms anything I had with Tmobile and with VZW (I have a VZW android smartphone for work).

    For AT&T they can finally have improved call service in many areas, especially where Tmobile outperformed them and that’s a good thing and vice-versa for Tmobile. In the end, we knew Tmobile was going to have to sell or eventually be less and less competitive. I saw this months ago when the same old tired line-up of phones kept getting released and the plans they were touting were not as great as the one I was grandfathered into. It was like being stuck in purgatory with Tmobile. Nothing new in their lineup that I wanted. 4G seemed mythical to me at the time, because I barely got 3G service. And their plans benefited new subscribers, but nothing to get the old customer base excited about. It was a wonder they were making a profit, but how long would that honestly last with their subscriber base dwindling the way they were quarterly?

    The main hurdle is the FCC, but as someone pointed out in the boards, they allowed the NBC/Comcast merger to happen, so no doubt this will be a long battle, but one I think will eventually pass. I also don’t see a majority of Tmo subscribers jumping. Just a majority of the ones who hang out here and are well informed. Most folks aren’t informed and won’t realize they just got merged into AT&T. And I’m sure most will stick around and probably upgrade to the awesome line-up of phones and variety AT&T has.

    Do I wish Tmo was around? Heck ya. I miss Tmo. I missed their CS. My old plan. And if Tmo ever got the iPhone, I would have canceled my AT&T contract in a heartbeat and switched back! But being with AT&T is not so bad.

    • NotSOfast

      Confused. “Not as expensive” but your bill went up and your services went down. You love TMO and would go back in a heartbeat. “But being with ATT is not so bad.”

      It sounds like your were one of those that left only for the Iphone, no matter what the service is like or the cost.

      Well I would like to drive a Jaguar but since they are in the shop more than on the road and the maintenance is outragious, I will never own one. But boy i would look good driving one, just like you look good holding your I-Phone.

      Deal is not good in long run for cellular consumers. If Verizon moves on Sprint that could only boast the hopes that the DOJ and FCC cancel the deal. Could you imagine only two wireless carriers, I remember when it was only Bell Mobile Systems and Cellular One, not too much fun and no innovation in technologies or handsets.

      • LBdaMercenary

        I agree with u notsofast. Lol this person has been brain wash by att and the iphone, because you can use the iphone on tmo and get the same 3g service.

    • LBdaMercenary

      You have a better phone? What 3g and u just said att isnt that expensive but in the same breath said you pay more for att than tmo.

    • Aerofanbig

      wow the real life version of Evo vs iPhone video on youtube lol “I don’t care….I don’t care…..I don’t care….I must have iPhone…..I don’t care”

  • Chivyballz

    Them germans at DOUCHE telekom dont care about their US market, I probably wouldn’t either if I was rich at another country.


      chivy, t-mo europe will be their roaming partner there and att will be their roaming partner here.

      DT bought voicestream for 35 billion in ’03 and would have taken 15 or 20 last year if sprint would have anted up.

      att desperately needs urban bandwidth, they sold too many iphones and ipads and kindles and all other sorts of smart devices.

      this is damage control for them and it’s costing them a lot of money.

      t-mo has 35 million subscribers and they’re paying 39 billion, do the math, they’re paying over 1000 bucks apiece for each one of us.


      chivy, t-mo europe will be their roaming partner there and att will be their roaming partner here.

      DT bought voicestream for 35 billion in ’03 and would have taken 15 or 20 last year if sprint would have anted up.

      att desperately needs urban bandwidth, they sold too many iphones and ipads and kindles and all other sorts of smart devices.

      this is damage control for them and it’s costing them a lot of money.

      t-mo has 35 million subscribers and they’re paying 39 billion, do the math, they’re paying over 1000 bucks apiece for each one of us.


    as a customer with no financial interest in the deal.

    i could care less.

    all t-mo contracts are going to be grandfathered. i got 3 devices that are less than 6 months old.

    so i aint going nowhere.

    the only screwing i’m taking is i bought a 100 shares of sprint last year and dread looking at their price this morning.

    • Dbell9

      Yeah, you will break the grandfathered contract the minute you change anything on your existing contract.

      • Mike

        That’s why I think going to Verizon LTE plans now is the best option. You can get unlimited LTE data for $30 and be locked in for a while. I was going to switch to T MO when they got the Pyramid, but now I’m strongly considering Verizon.

  • LBdaMercenary

    Watch all the etf deals that come from verizon and sprint just because sprint wanted tmobile they’re going to offer to pay your etf fee and verizon just want to stay #1 they will buy your contract as well. So I hope it happen so sprint offer to buy my contract and im gone.

  • Chivyballz

    I’m going to big red as soon as they get a better phone than the thunderbolt.

  • Anonymous

    As AT&T itself said, it simply wants T-Mobile’s infrastructure which is fully compatible with AT&T’s existing infrastructure. And as AT&T itself said, it would take them about half a decade to build the equivalent infrastructure to what they get overnight by buying T-Mobile. AT&T claims its own infrastructure is saturated with more traffic than it can really handle, particularly in cities. What this means is that for existing AT&T customers, once approved, AT&T can start dumping traffic into the T-Mobile infrastructures the next day, resulting in them seeing a huge instant improvement in service performance. But for existing T-Mobile customers, there is no upside. None. Existing T-Mobile customers can only see a service degradation in all of this as the existing T-Mobile infrastructure is asked to take on more traffic, and the already saturated AT&T infrastructure contributes nothing to existing T-Mobile customers. For existing T-Mobile customers, this is as bad a scenario as is possible to construct.

    • Anonymous

      Since neither company’s 3G or “4G” phones can just flip a switch and start operating on the others network, I can’t see the AWS bands being bogged down for months to a year after the transaction.

      I guess the best scenario for ATT would be to use our network to sell all of their 4G phones which would require special new radios to operate on both networks. 3G only phones would just use their regular 3G waves and radios.

      • sris

        @QuickAndroids AT&T says customers on T-mobile AWS band handsets will have to change to AT&T 800/1900 band handsets as it will use AWS for building LTE. – this was mentioned by AT&T in the call about the deal today. AT&T will be using the AWS band for building LTE network.

        • Anonymous

          Question is WHEN will we have to change?

  • Freezer

    Ok I had AT&T once, I short paid my bill $.52 (yeah thats 52 CENTS) and they closed my account and charged me the $200 contract fee. Is this new company going to be the same? I hope not.

  • Freezer

    Ok I had AT&T once, I short paid my bill $.52 (yeah thats 52 CENTS) and they closed my account and charged me the $200 contract fee. Is this new company going to be the same? I hope not.

    • Crapface

      Stop with the BS AT&T did not close your account because of a 52 cent balance. They probably closed it because you defaulted and kept the device.

  • p as in pumpkin

    AT&T-mobile. Boom.

  • p as in pumpkin

    AT&T-mobile. Boom.

    • Brian

      AT&T-Mobility spells monopoly. If this goes through, T-Mobile will eventually become a memory, just like so many others… R.I.P. Powertel / VoiceStream

  • Theman2face

    Att service stinks. 13% of iPhone users left to Verizon in the first month alone. This number will grow monthly as 2 year agreements expire and in the case of iPhone 5 having lte on Verizon, which att can not compete with. Att needs Tmobiles hspa + service to actually compete in next Gen service, but at what cost to Tmobile customers. We are accustomed to high speed download and upload as well as free tethering and a barely modified android experience. Att destroyed iPhone and the android experience. Verizon undoubtedly has the best high end feature phones and with the iPhone have everything for everyone and might be my choice if this merger gets approved. Until att drags itself to the #3 spot again which it was all along had it not been for the exclusive iphone

  • Grshaner

    AT&T had 5 priorities, and customer service is #5. They spend so much time on the first two, they never get around to customer service. Since SBC started buying competitors, AT&T hasn’t been in Telecom – it is in mergers and acquisitions. Telecom is the area in which they play – and it shows!

  • TMoFan

    I have no doubt that this will go through, perhaps with some concessions. When was the last time the government stopped something like this? Comcast went through, so I’m sure this will as well.

    I’ve been with T-Mobile for 10+ years. I was thinking last night of the longest commitment I’ve made with a company, and that’s T-Mobile. They never gave me a reason to switch, ever, and now that they’re being gobbled up I know T-Mobile’s reputation for outstanding CS and their competitively priced plans will be nothing but a mere memory. I have dealt with at&t’s horrendous CS firsthand and if their CS is anything like the ones they use for their wireless brace yourself. I had a billing issue that took me over a month to resolve, after dealing with 20+ people and BS.

    My current plan is a few years old and T-Mobile has allowed me to grandfather it in when I upgraded. I’m sure this will change when everything is said and done, and for the first time in 10 years I’ll be shopping around for wireless providers.

    Sprint is kind of screwed now. They will either die or get gobbled up by Verizon.

    • yyevo

      I’ve only had 2 wireless providers. I was with the original AT&T for a year, then switched to Voicestream. The change to TMo was absoluely painless and nothing changed. Customer service was great and plans were great.

      I’ve been with TMo (counting Voicestream) for 11 years now, longer than with my wife. This is the longest relationship in my life and now TMo is breaking up with me. :_(

  • Anonymous

    You can’t save a company that doesn’t want to be saved. DT wanted out, not to be saved. They were looking for a way out of their floundering US market and at&t gave it to them. Honestly, your anger should be directed at t mobile, not at&t. T mobile has been looking for a buyer, you cant get pissed at at&t for jumping.

  • Anonymous


  • Miro

    If we hate the thought of att growing it’s monopoly and killing a value leader like T mobile, instead of whining on here we should get involved in stopping the merger.

    T mobile getting the $3b and the spectrum + roaming if the deal isn’t approved should help

    We shouldn’t be complacent if we don’t want to lose T-Mobile!

  • Mike
  • Rob

    My family left AT&T after dropping a record 20+ calls in a matter of 3 or 4 days. After less than a week with T-Mobile (which has been FABULOUS, by the way), this news comes out. It is almost unsettling enough to cancel my contract with T-Mobile on the (significant) chance that my family will again be forced back to AT&T and the inevitable call quality issues that will follow.

    I turned off my iPhone to leave AT&T. Hopefully the government will reject the merger.

    • nah

      • RobX3

        odai, you write like 5th grader.

  • Na na na na heyy heyy heyy

    So many of you hoped and prayed….Said all T-mobile needed was the I-phone to become a unstoppable force, welp! Your getting the I-phone alright, just in a different way. D*** you all! Lol Im going to miss TMo….

  • Xxx

    outraged is an understatment

  • Rasp57

    AT&T states there will be five GSM option in major cities. The reality is there will be MVNOs buying from AT&T. Sounds like a monopoly to me. The unfortunate part is we will lose the great customer service and lower prices. Talking to AT&T aways made my blood pressure rise.

  • Anonymous

    While I don’t like this merger any more than the next person, TMO will be worse off if the deal falls through.

    Over the next year, TMO will lose millions of customers fleeing to Sprint/Verizon, there will be no new advances in Towers/Backhaul, 4G expansion, or phones (the Pyramid may be the last good phone on TMO). TMO will be stagnant for the next year – all R&D and investments will stop. If the deal collapses, then TMO will be so far behind that they will be at risk to be acquired by a smaller regional company like Boost or Cricket.

    Let the deal happen and hope or the best (nothing is going to change for a year or so). It’s a business deal. ATT bought TMO for the technology and customer base. Hopefully since TMO has a bigger/better Android division, ATT will use it. But everything else is off the table. if you don’t like it after the merger, move to Verizon/Sprint.

    • Kate

      Boost is a division of Sprint. And actually if the deal doesn’t work AT&T has to give Tmobile: their access LTE test bandwidth, roaming contracts for AT&T to tmobile and pay a fine.

      I’d say tmobile comes out better if the deal fails. A merger with sprint would be better because they at least have decent voice plans. also allows three phone copies. This really creates just AT&T and Verizon. Sprint will be nothing after the merger. No competition. And AT&T gouges people.

      • Anonymous

        big deal if TMO gets $3 Billion dollars and some bandwidth. if TMO doesn’t have any customers left and no improvements over the last year, the money doesn’t help. TMO will be so far behind (technologically), no one will want to stay anyway. Probably then Sprint would buy TMO since they will be so beaten down, it will be a cheep deal and TMO will be desperate.

        • Anonymous

          heres what I can tell you . T-mobile has been searching for a way to get more spectrum and money to leap forward. if this falls thru t-mobile gets both. I will be the first to say that once at&t purchases t-mobile the t-mobile service reps will stay good right until the union takes over.. I work for tmo customer service and I enjoy the freedom tmo gives me to take care of my customers. I do it for the love of customers and knowing i was able to give great service

    • Sdfnr90

      I agree with you 100%. I think there will be a mass exodus of TMO customers to Verizon/Sprint. Verizon taking the lion’s share. I will be one of them, especially if my rates go up. I have stayed away from ATT for a reason.

  • I hope this gets rejected (don’t expect it though as our anti-trust regulation is a joke nowadays) but it would probably benefit me in the short term at least as long as they let me keep my grandfathered plan.

    TMO service is terrible in many of the places I go, I’ve actually been considering carrying around my company issued AT&T MiFi to connect my G2 to the Internet when I’m in a TMO dead zone (I know AT&T has coverage in these places because my company issued AT&T Blackberry has good signal in every case), if TMO customers could get access to AT&T’s cell towers, even if it’s just at EDGE speeds it would make a huge difference.

  • Garciagil31

    Yesssssss AT&T buy T-Mobile

  • Garciagil31

    More bar in more places yess AT&T buy T-Mobile pleaseeee more 3G/4G

    • marciebb

      Are you a tmobile customer? If you are, get ready to PAY more…alot more. AT&T only needs more bandwidth for the Iphone. If you are an AT&T customer, this is good for them.

  • Anonymous

    A small part of me likes the thought of the LTE network that could come out of this deal, but then I remember how expensive it will be since AT&T will be calling the shots, and it’s a little disconcerting. I would like to see a Sprint and T-Mobile merger, but I think that is out of the question at this point.


  • dirtyD

    personally i think it will be a good move. Although i hear a lot of complaints about at&t’s network if magenta and at&t are working together and will eventually share the network wouldn’t that strenghten both parties?
    Not to mention if at&t become a monopoly in the telecommunications industy wouldnt that make magenta a part of the monopoly? where they would be backed by even more money then they currently have now to improve their network, and devices?
    Just a thought i’m probably wrong.

  • This is what this will mean for consumers… depending on what happens with this deal, it may not be that good for T-Mobile customers.

  • Smart

    I’ve had att before, and will never go back. They are anti-consumer and their customer service sucks! Verizon here I come!

  • Brians Android

    I canceled my AT&T account two years ago and paid a huge cancellation fee just to rid myself of there poor sorry excuse of what they call customer service. I shopped around and found T-Mobile to have the best customer service experience. I have been with T-Mobile since and I love T-Mobile customer service but miss AT&T coverage. If AT&T acquires T-Mobile and uses T-Mobile customer service department in place of AT&T’s that would be epic. Then of the extra cell tower coverage would be untouchable. The down side is AT&T has a huge ego and there service plans show it as do most of there employees do at the local brick and mortar stores.
    In a nut shell this could be very epic or a huge nightmare. Only time will tell… Lets try and stay positive folks :)

  • I am going to hope that this deal falls through. I’m not familiar with AT&T in the phone side but with the horrible customer service I’ve had to deal with and all the run arounds that I’ve gone through as a U-verse customer, I refuse to suffer what may come if Tmobile is bought out. Tmobile may have been behind in some of the phone choices until recently but I love the customer service and the prices has always been reasonable. If this deal goes through i would rather live with no cell phone or switch to another smaller company like Virgin than deal with AT&T, especially once they take over the #1 spot they have even less incentive to listen to customer needs.

  • Anonymous

    As long as they keep the pre-paid $50 unlimited voice/text and 100mb data I’m OK. but I don’t see this happening, the plans will increase for sure.

    • And why do you think they would keep that?

    • Guest

      um they have just about said they will do away with pre-paid…..

  • elarella

    I left AT&T 7 years ago for T-Mobile and never looked back. The customer service for AT&T was so horrid, I am still flabbergasted how they are still in business. I suppose a company as big as AT&T, a few million unhappy customers will not shake them at all. The merger can be a good thing for coverage, especially in rural areas, but I am still pondering the idea of increased prices and more limitations on data caps due to the increased subscribers. Whether the deal falls through or not, T-Mobile can end up as the big winner out of all this.

    • Jim

      The Iphone did alot for this company. Apple fanatics will go through just about anything to keep their phones.

    • Jrude

      I have a feeling that TMO doesn’t think this buy out would go through, or else they wouldn’t have asked for so much if it didn’t . I mean really, look at it from a TMO perspective if it doesn’t go through, $3B in cash, more AWS spectrum and a cheap roaming agreements. I think TMO is rolling the dice here because they really don’t think the FCC will approve it and either do I. With all of that cash, and spectrum TMO would leapfrog Sprint and easily catch up to ATT. VERY SMART TMO, VERY SMART.

  • Batman_lopez32

    i hope this deal doesn’t happen…i hate at&t..i’ve worked in the wireless industry for about 4 or 5 years and all with t mobile…i cant even begin to tell you how many times i’ve heard at&t customers complain about how high there bill is or that there coverage sucks all ways having dropped calls and the big one…the customer service…there is a reason why t mobile hold the number one spot in jd power and associates award for outstanding customer service…i never had a problem with my bill being to high or having dropped calls…this sucks so much…

  • Batman_lopez32

    if the deal happens im going to boost mobile

  • Punisher2all

    AT&T buying out Tmo??? WTF, this makes the Tmo-Sprint merger sound like a dream! C’mon Tmo, how could you let this happen? Screw you ATT!

  • no

    This is terrible news – this means we will pay more and get less. Here comes pay-per-megabyte, surprise! in your monthly bill

  • 88jrfan

    Here is the good news TMOBILE people! The Feds give you an out since TMOBILE has your contract & you did not sign up a contract with AT&T you are no longer under contract as of the merger! YEAH FREE @ LAST

    • not if Tmo stays as an independent company ran by at$t like tmo’s press release says it will. if that’s the case, no FREE mass exudes.

      • Anonymous

        the press release says that they are still their own company now, there is no speak of the future.

        indeed the way that everything is worded, it looks like if the merger is approved the tmobile name will die and we will all be paying at&t for service.

    • mack

      Sorry to bust your bubble, but it doesn’t work that way.

  • Anonymous

    Why did Tmobile’s HQ feel that they needed to sell out anyway? This sucks even if they were aquired by Sprint it still sucks. The phone market is better with more major carriers. More competition means the consumer wins now we all loose because of some reason the 30 million subscribers Tmobile had wasn’t enough.

    • SpicoliJoe

      Good question. I believe the reason why T Mobile USA wants to sell is because they have only recovered about 11 billion of there 53 billion dollar investment in the last 10 -11 years. Does anyone know if his is true? Thanks

    • $$$$$s that’s why

    • Anonymous

      For 2010 DT posted a net loss. As I said before, Obermann’s head was on the guillotine, the DT Board commanding “get things profitable, or you’re out.”

      My opinion only: this sale was partially motivated by DT’s top management desire to save their jobs. For sure, $39 billion would put DT in the black for a few years and give DT funds to get Europe in shape. Commanding $39 billion for a dog with upcoming fleas, so to speak, would be a huge feather in Obermann’s and management’s caps.

      I also suspect DT management grew weary of competing in the highly competitive dog-eat-dog U.S. market.

      Lastly, I suspect DT management saw the writing on the wall: things for T-Mobile U.S. were only going to get worse, further hurting its bottom line. DT saw this as an opportunity to get out while the getting was good.

    • Frank344

      First, Tmobile is losing money. Second, I live in a ‘suburb’ of a top ten city but my suburb doesn’t like the cell towers. They won’t allow Tmobile to build any new towers around us. The city counsel says that we have three other phone companies to choose from. EVEN other phone companies were required to build their towers to look like large fur trees– REALLY cool actually. They do look like real trees! BUT This can’t be isolated. Cities don’t like towers and adding a 4th set of towers everywhere gets ugly.

      I hate the merger because I think it’s just to supports the Iphone and Ipad that are sucking up ATT bandwidth (they can use Tmo bandwidth to support the apple freaks).

      Tmobile gets nothing out of the deal;(

  • verizon… that’s what i think.

    • mack

      That’s it. Go from one monopoly to another. What a plan!


    if this happens im going to metro pcs lulz

  • hillsong

    Firstly, I want to make it very clear that I am a T-Mobile USA user and have been for most of my mobile-phone life. (Remember Voicestream? Yeah, I was there.)

    The most scarce mobile phone resource is spectrum. No pun intended but it’s not something you can pull out of thin air. With at&t acquiring T-Mobile USA the former acquires the latter’s spectrum. IMO, consolidating the spectrum is a good thing. I think the FCC will see this as a windfall because they won’t have to step in to make sure spectrum usage is fair. I would rather see market forces work this out than get the government involved to divvy up the limited resource.

    The biggest complaint I see here from T-Mo USA users is a lack of distributed coverage. When you leave a major city area you go from H (or 3G) to E(DGE) or even G(PRS). The biggest complaints I hear from at&t customers are connectivity and customer service. I think that at&t and T-Mo USA complement each other here. (Although there is a chance that this complement is not fully taken advantage of after the merger.) The DoJ should and will scrutinize the merger. They’ve proven a savvy bunch; just look at the Comcast/NBC-Universal merger. IANAL but I don’t think they’ll consider the ONLY-GSM provider in the USA as a monopoly.

    The three biggest guys (vzw, at&t, and Sprint) do not work well together; they compete. They also have plenty of competition from regional and local carriers (check out the graphic here: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/20/sprint-critiques-proposed-atandt-t-mobile-deal-says-buyout-woul/), whom they will not be “crushing mercilessly.” (They haven’t yet, and most likely won’t, because it’s not worth their time and money).

    From the hardware vendor p.o.v. this can only be a good thing. Now they only have to make 3 major types for the USA market, and one type is mostly compatible with the European market. This should drive down manufacturing costs and hopefully pass on device price savings to the consumer. (IMO, mobile providers should be giving phones away but that’s another discussion for another time.)

    at&t has long-term plans for LTE deployment that are unrealistic in such a fast-paced market. T-Mobile has adopted a plan that progresses them along realistically, staying competitive in the speed race where it matters most. If at&t acquires T-Mo USA then they will have the missing piece that leads to their future plans, combined with the spectrum piece that makes their future plans more realistic.

    As for T-Mobile users, if the deal goes through expect the following:
    * Upgrade your phone is less than a year – Get a 2-year agreement now and be forced to upgrade in less than 1 year. Win.
    * iPhone 2012 – If the deal goes through you will have your chance at that shiny, new iPhone for 2012. Win.
    * Largest m2m network – T-Mobile USA does not allow unlimited calls except within their domain (or with certain unlimited plans). If the acquisition goes through this will create the largest m2m network in the USA. Win.
    * Rollover minutes – ‘Nuff said. Win.
    * Spectrum release – Expect a sale of unused spectrum back to a pool or a regional or other player. While this doesn’t directly benefit a user it allows some revenue and ways to recuperate costs incurred from a rapid deployment without directly billing your customers for it. IMO, this is really why at&t is so expensive.

    • Marc

      Quite a few people have unlimited mobile to mobile at T-mobile now. Tmobile has reasonable unlimited plans. Tmo to Tmo calling is free if not on an unlimited plans. T-mobile has wifi calling or Voice or IP; AT&T does not.
      Tmobile users get little out of the deal unless they were dreaming of an Iphone. BUT IF THEY WERE DREAMING OF AN IPHONE, they would have left already. It’s the price and Unlimited Data transfer plans that keep Tmo people at T-mobile.

      AT&T will be about 30% more expensive and give people less service than they had before. Honest, I live in a top ten city and my coverage is pretty much the same as my brothers on AT&T BUT he pays more (or his company does).

      AT&T WINS in this buyout. AT&T voice lines on old ATT phones will work the next day of purchase on the 1900 band of the Tmobile network. It gives them all T-mobile towers (and Florida, New York, California all have somewhat better Tmobile coverage than ATT).

      T-mobile customers get a shot at an Iphone, far more expensive plans, limited voice mail, no WiFi Calling, no unlocked phones (T-mobiled alway unlocked your phone without issue for travel outside USA), only 9-6 customer service, and they will pay far more to be part of the big ATT family.

  • Dj_mad_matt

    AT&T supports Anti Gun organizations so, therefore I will not support AT&T. Simple as that.

  • Anonymous

    Do I want this? No. Why? Because I like what I have now, and t mo is improving it. I almost never loose coverage. The reason I was with Tmo originally was for the prices, this would just destroy this (most likely). Status Quo at Tmo = Good Status Quo at AT&T= Bad, this does a complete 180 for that

  • Neokid

    As a tmobile fan, writing this from a mytouch 3g slide, I LOVE tmobile and HATE ATT PRICES. Sure I’m 13 but my mom cussed out att when I was litlle and left. We had tmo ever since and we cannot swicth. I AM NOT TAKING THIS NONSENSE. TMOBILE SATY STRONG I’M PERSUADING MY SCHOOL TO GET THIS COMPANY. ATT SIIINKS

  • ja2bk

    But the alternative may be T-Mo lockin up shop and selling the licenses to someone anyway. Think about it. Now you know they don’t plan on staying. It’s just a matter of what do they get for their troubles. So, you can scream against it if you want, but let’s be real. They are going away one way or another.

  • Anonymous

    This was posted on Market Watch:

    BOSTON (MarketWatch) — AT&T’s move to take over T-Mobile USA is great news for stockholders. It will let AT&T shut down a competitor, jack up prices, and save on customer service.

    The news is also absolutely disastrous for everyone else.

    For exactly the same reasons.

    AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that combines the No. 2 and No. 4 U.S. wireless carriers. WSJ’s Dennis Berman and Lauren Goode discuss whether the tie-up will pass regulatory scrutiny and who the winners and losers of the deal are.

    Write to your Congressman. Write to your Senator. Write to the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice, both of of which must approve the deal.

    Tell them this takeover must not be allowed. No, not with conditions. Not with asset disposals. Not with commitments.

    It must never be allowed. Ever. No way, no how.

    The absolute bedrock of capitalism is competition.

    The whole essence of our free market system lies in consumer choice.

    That’s why it’s okay that companies charge what they like, and offer the products and services they like. Ultimately, if the consumer is unhappy, they can take their business elsewhere.

    Take away that choice and the consumer is powerless.

    Goodbye, free market.

    Hello, Cellphone Soviet.

    And this is a for-profit Cellphone Soviet, too. The worst of all possible systems.

    Two weeks ago, as it happens, I took my business away from AT&T. The reason? Simple. T-Mobile offered me a better deal.

    Lower prices.

    No two-year contract.

    And monthly savings because I brought my own phone.

    It was a free market. So I moved.

    Little did I realize that AT&T is the California Hotel of the wireless world. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

    What’s going to happen to some of these great T-Mobile features after AT&T takes it over? Listen to AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson. This weekend he said AT&T “will look hard” at whether to continue them.

    Gee, I wonder what that means?

    Don’t think this deal won’t affect you if you aren’t a T-Mobile customer.

    The presence of a fourth player in this industry helped keep the other three at least semi-honest.

    If you think they’re arrogant now, just wait till they’ve cut this cozy club down to three.

    After this deal, they will do to you exactly what they like. Count on it.

    Oh, and get ready for “merger misery.” These deals are always bad for the consumer.

    Think of Sprint and Nextel.

    Think of FedEx and Kinko’s.

    I remember when all the online brokerage firms were merging. As a customer I went through three mergers in about two years. Each one was a disaster. At one point their computer systems got so screwed up they lost some of my files.

    Transaction reports. Tax records. Minor stuff.

    The CEO didn’t care. Why should he? He had his mind on just three things: Stock options, stock options, and stock options.

    You think AT&T’s Stephenson’s any different? His customers have been miserable for years, yet in the past three years he’s pocketed an incredible $72 million.

    No kidding, $72 million, while his stockholders actually lost money.

    Unbelievable. Imagine what he would have made if his stockholders had made a profit!

    Defenders of this deal, like the flacks and their patsies in the press, will have their talking points ready, of course.

    “We won’t be eliminating competition,” they’ll say in reply. “After all, you can still move to Verizon or Sprint.”

  • Anonymous

    Remember yesterday and today I said the vast majority of articles, commentary, editorials and comments on blogs were against AT&T’s acquisition, well I have changed my opinion on the liklihood of this deal getting government approval. I now say that there’s a 75% chance govt. regulators and/or Congress will NOT rubber stamp the sale.

    Truth be told, I am astounded at the degree of opposition and number of articles/editorials published bad mouthing the marriage (hmm… more like AT&T is getting a mail-order bride).

    Anyway, here’s another great article from today, Monday March 21; it nicely lays out each the arguments for and against the sale:

    “AT&T’s planned $39 billion merger with T-Mobile USA could draw considerable scrutiny from antitrust regulators and lawmakers who are already keeping a close eye on increased consolidation within the wireless industry.

    Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has called for hearings on the deal. Markey, a senior member of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said in a statement that he intends to evaluate the merger for its effect on “consumers, competition and choice.”

    “While AT&T and T-Mobile have determined that the merger is in their corporate interests, it must also be in the public interest,” Markey said. “We should hold Congressional hearings to fully assess the effects of this proposed merger, and I look forward to actively participating in them with my colleagues.”

    Sprint is also asking the FCC and Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into the deal.

    “If approved, the merger would result in a wireless industry dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically-integrated companies that control almost 80 percent of 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 said in a statement. “The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the U.S. economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry.”

    AT&T may be required to divest assets or spectrum in certain markets to alleviate antitrust concerns and could be forced to agree to limit device exclusivity arrangements and near-term price hikes on wireless services, analysts say.

    “If history is any indication, the combined entity is likely to be forced to divest its positions in markets where it either has more than 50 percent market share in terms of subscribers or where it has a spectrum position that could be viewed as anti-competitive,” says PRTM Director Dan Hays, who gives the deal a 50 percent chance of getting approval.

    AT&T is the second largest carrier in the country and T-Mobile is the fourth largest. When combined, AT&T and T-Mobile would become the largest carrier in the country, surpassing Verizon Wireless, which has 94.1 million customers. AT&T has 86.21 million wireless subscribers, excluding connected devices. T-Mobile has 34 million subscribers.

    AT&T will likely face similar divestiture requirements as Verizon Wireless did when it acquired Alltel in 2008, Hays says. Verizon was forced to divest 2.1 million Alltel customers in 105 markets to get FCC and DOJ approval for that deal. Hays also says that the FCC may use the merger as a way to force AT&T to concede to net neutrality regulations for its wireless services, which are largely exempt from its current open Internet rules, as well as possible limitations on device exclusivity deals, which rural operators have long targeted as anti-competitive.

    AT&T alluded to possible regulatory hurdles in the announcement of the deal. The company called the U.S. wireless industry “one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world” and said it “will remain so after this deal.”

    AT&T cited a report showing that there are at least five wireless providers in 18 of the top 20 U.S. local markets, as well as research from the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) which found the inflation-adjusted average price for wireless services declined 50 percent from 1999 to 2009. Five major wireless mergers occurred during that 10-year period.

    However, reports from the FCC have been less optimistic about the state of competition in the wireless industry. Last May, the FCC found that the wireless industry was getting less competitive in its annual Mobile Wireless Competition Report.

    Analyst Mark Lowenstein believes deal between AT&T and T-Mobile will pass, but might require the FCC and DOJ to re-evaluate the way they look at competitiveness in the wireless industry.

    “If they look at it through the historical prism of how they look at wireless – the number of vendors, competition in each market – they might have some difficulty with it. I really think the DOJ, which will rely on the FCC’s findings, has to change its thinking about what the wireless industry is,” Lowenstein says. “It’s not just about mobile services – it’s about mobile computing devices and the growth of data in the network. In the current structure, it’s been very difficult for operators to achieve [growth] despite the amount of money spent on CapEx.”

  • AdrianG2

    Cincinnati Bell $60/month prepaid smartphone plan. Can’t beat that!

  • P Loco01

    This is not gonna be good if it is approved.There is no positive side for tmobile users we get higher planes less min and the big thing will be “no more unlimited data”planes. Those are the main reasons tmo customers are with tmobile, plus the no. 1 customer service. My brother has as&t and there customer service is not that good. plus they are still behind on 4g service.I use a Galaxy S 4g with at&t i will probly be spending over $70 just for data usage’ so what good is that with everyone using smart phones now.

  • AdrianG2

    Oh yeah, the iPhone in the T-Mobile commercial said it best “Sometimes, you haave to pay more for less”. This applies here nicely.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent commentary and analysis from the Wall Street Journal. Chalk up another in the “Against Acquisition” column. LOL.


    “To hear tell from AT&T, the company’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA is a boon for
    Americans and their country.

    Sure, it removes an innovative, low-cost carrier from the wireless market and leaves America with essentially three big wireless-telecoms.

    Sure, it raises the prospect of higher rates and fewer choices for consumers.

    But it will speed and broaden AT&T’s deployment of next-generation 4G wireless service.

    And it’s a victory for America. As AT&T observed in its press release announcing the acquisition, the deal “makes T-Mobile USA, currently a German-owned US telecom network, part of a US-based company.”

    Such morally admirable altruism and patriotism. But few, it seems, are buying it.

    On Sunday afternoon Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Commerce Committee, urged “both the Department of Justice and the FCC leave no stone unturned in determining what the impact of this combination is on the American people.”

    A few hours later, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, promised a hearing on the deal. “The explosion of cell phone usage – especially smartphones – makes competition in this market more important than ever as a check on prices, consumer choice, and service,” Kohl said in a statement. “That’s why the Antitrust Subcommittee will take a close look at what this loss of competition will mean for people who increasingly rely on wireless phone service to connect to friends, family and the Internet.”

    Consumer groups echoed those concerns, with Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn calling the combination of America’s second-largest wireless carrier with the fourth-largest “unthinkable” and Bert Foer, president of the American Antitrust Institute, reminding us of AT&T’s monopolistic past.

    “AT&T was broken up and now it’s back with a vengeance,” he said. “We have to decide if we’re happy with the idea of going back to monopolistic treatment of the telecom industry. AT&T has come back to monopolistic power just like the Terminator.” A colorful analogy and one which I’m sure will irk AT&T to no end. But Foer’s point is well taken.

    The wireless business is becoming more concentrated; the Federal Communications Commission said as much in its last Mobile Wireless Competition report. “One widely-used measure of industry concentration indicates that concentration has increased 32 percent since 2003 and 6.5 percent in the most recent year for which data is available,” the agency concluded.

    Thing is, the FCC didn’t say that there wasn’t effective competition in the market. Which is perhaps why AT&T seems so confident it will get regulatory approval for the deal. “This is probably the most fiercely competitive wireless market in the world,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told The Wall Street Journal. ‘The majority of Americans have the option of five different wireless carriers.’”

  • Pirana

    Well, I respect every ones opinion sad to say that u may not like att or tmobile , fact is the merge is going to happen ,the FCC will make things a little interesting but at the end att,tmobile and of course FCC will benefit themselves, Just let u know that tmobile started working with customer serv and sales with the system they use with att systems since 2010. I wonder why?..now in regards tmobile customer and their rate plans, Att will do the same as tmobile did when tmobile bougth suncom in puerto rico , gave the customers the option to keep their same plan ,but here’s what ATT will do . Customer will have the option to keep their plans and any additional features they have ,but here is where they’ll get customers into changing to att plans ,remember tmobile phones will no longer be available which means customers will have to do an upgrade and since their getting an ATT phone customers will have no option but to change their tmobile plan to att plan (what a deal uh) ATT will no obligate tmobile customers to change their plan but if u want their new phones eventually you’ll have to . So as far as having systems issue I doubt it do to tmobile already using att systems. Now I feel bad for tmobile customers since tmobile always was concern with their customer service level and worked hard to get the JD Power . ATT does not care about their customer service , so glad to say that tmobile employees will not have to take anymore crap from does rude customers that thought that tmobile was expencive. Now I see tmobile customers are complaining after saying tmobile is expencive and saying ( I going to att cause their cheap) jajajaja tmobile customers get what they deserve

  • Anonymous

    NO! David we do NOT! absolutely not.

  • GOOGLE should BUY T-Mobile USA………. that’s it……

  • Merger of equals?

    Being a former DaimlerChrysler employee I can tell you that you are all underestimating the Germans and so has AT&T. Deutsche Telekom is probably already planning how to spend their $3 Billion and use the spectrum they will get from AT&T when the deal doesn’t go through.

    • P Loco01

      Well i bet a lot of us are hoping that is the truth.

    • OOpsie

      This would be the funniest thing ever. I suspect if this doesnt go through that DT will eventually just spin off Tmobile USA to its own entity or IPO it and use the extra 3 billion to cut costs. You’re right though I wouldnt underestimate the Germans, all the extra perks Tmo gets if this doesnt go through should be looked upon with greater emphasis, It really seems like DT feels this deal has a good chance of not going through. We all have the ability to write to the FCC and DoJ and express our opinions. Ultimately these people answer to us.

    • OOpsie

      This would be the funniest thing ever. I suspect if this doesnt go through that DT will eventually just spin off Tmobile USA to its own entity or IPO it and use the extra 3 billion to cut costs. You’re right though I wouldnt underestimate the Germans, all the extra perks Tmo gets if this doesnt go through should be looked upon with greater emphasis, It really seems like DT feels this deal has a good chance of not going through. We all have the ability to write to the FCC and DoJ and express our opinions. Ultimately these people answer to us.

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  • Don Juan

    This acquisition is very interesting!!! For one the coverage for voice and data would be very competitive with Verizon and would give AT&T customers a great value. But if this deal goes through I am scared that the plans and cost of phones will probably go up in the long run and control the market. On the other hand this deal this going to take some time to go through, DOP and the FCC has to approve this. With elections coming up around the corner and dealings with politics I would say this deal MAY NOT happen. Don’t be surprised if this deal doesn’t go through!!! I have been through two different mergers and when it’s said and done your not going to satisfy everyone!!!

  • The_spineless

    AT&T will have a monopoly on the GSM spectrum. The FTC blocked the merger of DirecTV and DishNetqork because would have had a monopoly on satellite TV. I seriously hope the FTC blocks this merger because no one, other than AT&T and T-Mobile shareholders, would benefit from this.

  • Anonymous

    FCC, Just make them keep my Prepaid monthly plan price forever and we are good.

  • Robert

    David, you’re a tool. You’ve always been a tool. You say you’d rather merge with AT$T over Sprint, just shows that you don’t know crap about the industry or what this merger with the devil will mean. Glad I jumped ship months ago and went with Sprint and will be paying hundreds less a year than all you T-Mo.. errrrr… AT$T losers. Bwah ha ha ha.

  • Jason

    No, AT&Tmobile is a bad idea. One step closer to a duopoly. If this get’s approved (let’s face it, AT&T wines and dines government officials, it will), then Verizon will have to answer back with an attempt at Sprint. How can that be denied if AT&Tmobile wasn’t? AT&T was shitty to consumers and competing companies as a monopoly decades ago, and it will happen again. I am still 100% certain that the day this deal goes through is the day I cancel my contract with TMo.

  • Ex AT&T

    No we do not want it

  • tell

    MA BELL IS BACK!!! It was no good 30 years ago and its not good now.

  • Dallas

    Kickstar13… NO we really DO NOT WANT THIS!!!!

  • Anonymous

    AT@T will not have a monopoly of GSM if this deal is approved. Resellers like Straight Talk and Net10 use the AT@T towers for their GSM phones. The regulators should ensure that, if the deal goes through, the resellers still have access to the network, as they offer huge competition to the contract companies like AT@T. In fact, by far the cheapest option for GSM is from Straight Talk and Net10.

  • Andrup502

    dont like the deal its not final contact the fcc at fccinfo@fcc.gov

  • Eh, it could either be bad or good, we’ll just have to see. I hate AT&T with a passion but maybe they’ll pick up some Magenta ways post-merger.

  • Solidus79

    Speaking as a former employee of AT&T you most certainly do not want this merger to happen. AT&T fails miserably as a company and puts its horses before the cart with continual screw ups with both data and voice coverage. Let us not mention their deplorable customer service. Only in America are we forced to deal with and choose from only a handful of providers.

  • Anonymous

    There is no way in friggin hell that merging the worst company with the best company will be in any way good for customers. All big corps are just getting bigger… big oil, big pharma, big banks, and of course big brother.We haven’t had a free market for over 100 years, since progressives infiltrated politics and sold themselves to industrialists. This experiment will not end well.

  • None

    This will be a DISASTER!!! I moved five phones from AT&T to Tmobile four years ago because of the HORRIBLE AT&T customer service. On two separate occasions, AT&T miss-billed by hundreds of dollars and it took 6 months of hours of phone calls to finally get it rectified!! If this goes through, I will move to Verizon or Sprint!

    • Tmobilemom

      I am looking at this merger from the perspective of the Tmobile employees and their families.
      My son has not been given much information related to the merger, he is working at a Tmobile store that normally sees many customers. No one is coming into the store now because of the news. They can not close a sale on new service. Now, they are told that if they do not meet their quota, they will be fired. How unfortunate. So does this mean they can not file for unemployment? Or get a severance package when they loose their job?? My son loves his job and was excited to work for Tmobile. I am sad for the employees! Please Att/Tmobile do right by your employees.

  • Rohith76

    Having just one carrier with GSM will create a monopoly. I think the regulators should stop this. Monopoly is never good for people.

  • Tharlainmhar79

    what happen to all the t mobile now?  july 01, 2011 @ 12 44am. my phone was disconnect. what is happening?

  • Jb

    att better fucking lower there prices if it happens or ill be pissed