AT&T And T-Mobile Senate Hearing Bringing CEO’s Together

On May 11th, the AT&T / T-Mobile acquisition deal fight begins with an appearance before Senate lawmakers to argue both for and against the deal. As expected, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and T-Mobile USA CEO Philip Humm will appear before the Senate committee to argue in favor of the merger. As expected a main point of their  argument will be that a combined company will be able to provide broadband access to more more rural customers than two companies would be able to do individually.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and regional carrier Cellular South’s CEO Hu Mena will appear before the committee to tell their side of the story. Arguing that a combined company will lead to higher prices for consumers as a report last month by Consumers Union showed that on average, T-Mobile customers paid $50 less than AT&T smartphone customers.

Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin called the first hearing in what is expected to a lengthy string of congressional hearings. While lawmakers don’t have the final say in the approval or non-approval of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal, their influence on agencies isn’t likely to be ignored.

Also appearing before the committee is Public Knowledge president Gigi Sohn and Communication Workers of America CEO Larry Cohen. The CWA supports the deal as it expects to fill its rank with T-Mobile employees who cross over to AT&T after the deal is finalized.

Washington Post

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    Go Sprint! Help us out of this mess.

  • http://twitter.com/PLatnum786 Uvez Olia

    90% of T-mobile customers dont want this merger to happen either

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3C6YRT4JPFZEENILN4Y6K7NBEE Hale

      make that 99%!!

    • Anonymous

      Lets see; no more UMA, no more @Home:twitter , no more clear undropped calls. Wow I can’t wait!

      • Atnt sucs

        No more sideloaded apps. Hahah

        • mrsbelpit

          No more wifi calling.

        • Anonymous

          No more bills that don’t rape your wallet. Oh the joy.

        • mrsbelpit

          No more wifi calling.

        • Meagan

          Amazingly the new AT&T Samsung Infuse will allow sideloading apps. I think I am going to purchase it, and just use Tmo Edge on it until the ship goes down.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I’m mad that Philip is against his own carrier. Yeah, I know DT was for deal anyway, but it’s like dang…. Sprint, SAVE US! I can’t believe AT&T & T-Mobile’s only plea is “more broadband access to more rural customer”, that’s all they’ve been saying. Seriously, that’s all you have to say?That alone should be a automatic disapproval. More broadband, but on a crappy service provider in both customer service & network quality (sure it can improve if the deal went through, but still), with higher rate plans, & infinite restrictions & caps. Oh how beneficial…

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

      @DtheArtist:disqus Philip Humm is paid by Deutsche Telekom. He has NO CHOICE but to be the mouthpiece of DT, who wants that $39 billion. He may personally want the deal to fail, but he can’t say that.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Do people actually read what people type? “Yeah, I know DT was for the deal anyway, ” I clearly know that, that’s why I stated the whole DT thing. You do not have to emphasize anything to me. It just hurts to know that your own company is against you whether they have a choice or not. It’s just the simple principle. & I find it rather mind bobbling how people take 1 part of a comment & reply to that one thing that isn’t seen as right & nothing else. It’s like saying, “My significant other cheated or lied to me”& you’re watching. Now they may have a gun to their head in this instance & are forced to, but in a way it’s still gonna hurt regardless.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

          It does hurt. What’s worse is that AT&T is lying through their teeth about needing T-Mobile. They just want to eliminate the only super-regional GSM carrier left in the US market.

        • Sgt. Cell

          When you’re a figure head for a company working for a larger international company, you don’t have a say or any principals. You cash the checks and ride it out. Heres hoping this deal fails, and some how T Mobile as we know it survives.

    • Anonymous

      Leta get one thing straight, Sprint isn’t here to save you. They are just sour that it didn’t work out for them.

      • mrsbelpit

        It doesn’t matter why Sprint is against this. It just matters that they are. Go Sprint! I will never be an ATT customer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PistolPat713 Michael Patrick

      I think Humm was brought in just for this reason. Remember, he came from a #1 German and top European Mobile company. He was sent with a goal and you better believe he will achieve that goal. Once the money is tranfered to Duetsche Telecom’s account, watch the how fast the company will grow and upgrade.. Humm will regain his thrown back in the Motherland.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    now this is a fail I WANT to happen… PLEASE FAAAAIIILLLLLL!!! no matter what carrier you’re on, this is a bad idea. = /

  • apple vs android

    I hope this don’t go through I loved tmobile but I switched to sprint and I’m happy lets go sprintttt!!!!!!!! Htc evo…….screw at@t

    • http://www.facebook.com/PistolPat713 Michael Patrick

      Samsung Infuse 4G > HTC Evo 4G running on WhyMax.

  • Thecityboy781

    I for once disagree on this it would be a baaaad thing for all tmobile and att customers

  • v8dreaming

    How can CWA support the deal when thousands of their workers will be laid off if the deal goes through?

    • Anonymous

      I’m thinking that AT&T might be unionized, but T-mobile isn’t. I don’t know, though.

      If T-mobile isn’t unionized, than that is another reason to keep them around. A company to keep the unionized telcoms in check.

      • stoney

        I work in Tech Care. No unions in T-Mobile.

      • LC

        No unions at T-Mobile but there are ar AT&T…No thanks!!

      • Jonathon

        No union at t-mobile. I worked at at&t before t-mobile and the cwa is a major joke. Forced to join and they charge around $150 a month for dues. Why? They claimed bettet health plan. I spend a whopping $1 a month more without a union at tmobile. Same provider too.

  • Civicintegra

    This is so crap how people say you would pay more !! Thus a lie I cane from T-Mobile to AT&T and I had unlimited everything with T-Mo for $100 a month and I came to AT&T and have unlimited everything and better coverage and pay $79.00 flat a month in saving more money with AT&T every month so don’t say will be spending more bs

    • Manusferrera

      Stop Lying and remember “That’s great, what’s true for you isn’t true for everyone. Try and remember that”. Couldn’t have said it better @davidtmonews:disqus

    • Jay2real02

      what plan do you have from AT&T that gives you unlimited everything for that price? especially since they do not have UNLIMITED data!

    • Petey

      You mean… $79 with tmobile and $100 for AT&T? I don’t recall AT&T have a deal like that (general plan w/o corp discount).

  • Civicintegra

    AT&T has way better coverage then t-mo trust me ive had all I’ve had tmo and AT&T and sprint tmo was better then sprint by a long shot but AT&T is night and day BETTER then t-mo

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That’s great, what’s true for you isn’t true for everyone. Try and remember that.

    • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

      That is correct David Where I am, ATT sucks, and I have Perfect TMo service all day! 8mb down, and 2mb up. Go figure….lol

    • JOSE4848

      AT$T IS NO WAY BETTER THEN TMOBILE…

      THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY SO EASY LIKE U JUST PICK IT UP FROM THE FLOOR AND GIVE IT TO THEM… AND THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS GARBAGE CUZ THEY HAV TOO MANY CUSTOMERS SINCE THEY JOINED SINGULAR WIRELESS. IS THIS DEAL GOES DOWN IM GOING TO VERIZON THAT IS 2ND TO TMOBILE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH REASONABLE PLANS AND LESS HIDDEN FEES.

    • JOSE4848

      AT$T IS NO WAY BETTER THEN TMOBILE…

      THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY SO EASY LIKE U JUST PICK IT UP FROM THE FLOOR AND GIVE IT TO THEM… AND THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS GARBAGE CUZ THEY HAV TOO MANY CUSTOMERS SINCE THEY JOINED SINGULAR WIRELESS. IS THIS DEAL GOES DOWN IM GOING TO VERIZON THAT IS 2ND TO TMOBILE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH REASONABLE PLANS AND LESS HIDDEN FEES.

  • guest

    all i have to say is if you don’t like the menu go somewhere else. ohh wait that’s right you have to put a large deposit down. maybe sprint will lower there credit standards for all the people who leave and go to sprint. and use what little network they have oh wait with a few million new cust. you might see them end there unlimited data. you might put a strain on that crappy cdma network that they use. ohh wait 10 for 4g smartphone so if you want a good phone you have to pay an extra 10 bucks good luck. and when was the last time they had any new 4g areas go online

    • Petey

      I remember when cellphone plans was very affordable, but now it’s ridiculous expensive. Pay more get less. If this deal go thru… I am probably thinking of heading to either Verizon or probably stay with lame AT&T. I don’t want to go with Sprint nor any small prepaid type carrier.

      • guest

        going from an expensive carrier to a more expensive carrier…your argument is irrelevant

  • Anonymous

    Depending on how this meeting goes, I may have to buy a AT&T mobile and use Edge on Tmobile until the deal goes down. I don’t want to buy a Tmobile mobile if it will not be resell-able after the ship goes down.

    • Petey

      Yeh, I agree… Since I’m out of contract, I’m just waiting to see the result and go from there.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrnobodywtb James DeWitt

      The best phone (spec wise) available on T-Mobile right now actually supports AT&T’s network. It seems like the thought ahead in case the merger goes through.

      Oh, and that phone I’m talking about would be the LG G2X (aka T-Mobile G2X)

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Actually James, it’s been all but proven that the phone doesn’t work out of the box with AT&T specs soo…unfortunately, that’s the best bad news.

      • Bill Mayor

        Who wants to use AT&T Edge on their G2X??? That’s all you get using a G2X on AT&T. Don’t believe me, then unlock your G2X and use an active AT&T sim. Didn’t you read the oopsy statement from Tmobile about the error they published on their website about it?

  • http://twitter.com/ilguider Ian Guider

    I don’t see why the merger is hell on earth. Being a GSM monopoly would only be for a short time due to LTE roll outs, and they still have many CDMA competitors to drive competition. AT&T’s beefing up their android phone list and starting to allow side-loading apps. Maybe having one GSM stateside would make it easier for unlocked OEM phones to support the US too. AT&T’s more expensive because the their network is maxed, combining the two could drive prices down. Both are trying to bring all network to 21mbps, and AT&T has the money to push 42mps out later(AT&T isn’t going to throw T-Mobile’s work down the drain)and then have LTE for future. AT&T has also stated that they’re trying to implement T-Mobile’s customer care as their own after merger. I see it in the way AT&T stated. 1+1=3. Either way, AT&T has many, many people and money behind them. This won’t fail. Get used to it. Sorry if I’m a buzzkill.

  • Fezbabyy

    Verizon doesn’t care Lmao. so should Sprint. Sprint just mad cause they going to lose customers.

    • Dan

      Sprint will go out of business with in a year

    • Loso

      Verizon is one of the companies that originally branched off of the MaBell Monopoly along with At&t they are probably in cahoots with each other.

    • DESDallasTX

      Doubtful, My entire family as well as friends too numerous to count have all stated they will move to Sprint if this goes through. I know I will. I have already purchased Sprint Stock in anticipation of “The Day After”……………

  • Stevejaye

    I work for TMO, if this goes through and I have to join CWA.
    I will put in my 2 weeks. I will not join any form of union.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKYPZOOMGVGRMUT7HC7M6CDPHE David T

    Many of us T-MO customers think that both T-Mo & AT&T CEO’s are just douche bags for trying to push this deal through.

  • Silk7412

    For thoses who think this is a good deal. Think about this. If this deal would had happened in 2008 where would android be?
    T-Mobile gave us the first G1. You think AT$T would have done that?

    Stop this deal NOW.

    • Mj4mvp

      I agree. Stop this BS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PistolPat713 Michael Patrick

      So your arguement would solely consist of Android? This is why the public should not be allowed to vote, “America gave North America it’s first black President, you think Canada would have done that?”

      What about competitive plan pricing and the great customer service? There has to more to your debate. Do you think Google/Android cares if T-Mobile gets bought out? If so, I’d like to see the (Google) CEO make a stance.

      Speaking of Google, why haven’t they tried to acquire T-Mobile. They were rumoured to have interest in starting a phone company. That would make for a great deal.

      • Williamdmcrae

        you’re an idiot to talk about america’s first black president

  • Porsche911

    still not going to work. this deal is going to happen come hell or high water :(

  • Jay

    I dont understand. Why would the CEO of Tmobile be in favor of this deal if hes not the one doing it, the company that owns tmobile is? Hes still going against ATT right now.

    • darkjuan

      It’s probably in some signed agreement that he’s not allowed to verbally be against the deal.

  • darkjuan

    I’m a CWA Union Member and I do NOT approve of this deal

  • http://profiles.google.com/mtoledo1989 Mike Toledo

    Jeez I hope this deal doesn;t happen!!!!! Ugh…

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  • Nick

    It’ll be interesting to hear Humm argue why his company *must* be sold. Down here, Cel South is the real deal. Crappy phone lineup but $60 unlimited talk/text/web.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684265587 Invadr Phlegm

      I wish I could believe that this merger was not going through, but we live in America, where they give a big talk about the needs and rights of the people, but it’s just that talk. When it comes to actually walking the walk, the needs of the everyman, never amount to a hill of beans when more money for the wealthy are involved.

      So like most T-Mobile customers, my thoughts have been increasingly on the subject of jumping ship to another carrier, should the merger get the green light. I’ve looked at Sprint, the price is alright, but I don’t like where they are going with their company. Plus I am not particularly a fan of CDMA. Then there is Verizon, great carrier (and I mean that sincerely), but they want too much for their service. My existing service would more than double if I went to Verizon. AT&T is a carrier that I am never going back to – at least not directly, so the idea of that is not an option. And this is quickly leading to one of the various VMNOs. Most of them are pretty decent, but one in particular, Simple Mobile, stands out to me as it let’s me continue my GSM habit – and the rates are damned good too. And it does not hurt that I actually know people who currently use their service and swear by it.

      So if this merger goes through, I will be switching to Simple Mobile, myself. Use any of my existing unlocked GSM phones, and getting nationwide unlimited everything, including 4G, for only $60/month, sounds like a sweet deal to me. But actually having friends who actually have the service, and being able to try it out for myself on their devices, has pretty much sealed the deal. Word of mouth, is something, isn’t it.