Deutsche Telekom CEO Says AT&T Sale On Track

Imagine our surprise as Rene Obermann, Deutsche Telekom CEO says the sale of T-Mobile USA is on track. Speaking to shareholders at DT’s annual general meeting he expects the deal to close in the first half of 2012.

While he remains confident, I’m slightly more optimistic after yesterdays Senate hearing. Assuming for the moment that our nations leaders aren’t simply in AT&T’s back pocket, it was a clear showing that the deal won’t be rubber stamped. Ultimately the deal may very well be accepted and that’s still the general consensus around the interwebs but still, watching AT&T’s CEO squirm under fire was enjoyable.

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  • Jabombardier

    The acquisition looks so far like it is D.O.A. If DT needs to sell, then sell it to Vodafone. they have fatter pockets to improve the network and keep a formidable 4th competitor

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      Wouldn’t work as VodaFone owns 45% of Verizon. This would cause some issues. They would have to sell the stake they have in Verizon in order to go through with this.

      • Jabombardier

        Exactly. Verizon can stand on it’s two feet and Vodafone can have direct access to the U.S market, while they will have their work cut out for them.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    Sell to Google.

    • Bimmerz

      “G-Mobile” Works for me!

      • Tortionist

        Amen brother!

  • John

    First… That still sucks. I’m will.
    definitely
    not sign with AT%T. No matter what or how good they say they are.

  • MIKEEEEE

    corporate hacks hamming it up for the camera.

    if the deal falls through, they’ll both be consultants.

    after the deal closes, verizon is going to gain a lot of customers.

    there aint no way i’m going to be forced to buy a smartphone that will only work on edge in a 30 mile radius of my home.

    97% of people will have coverage where their bill is delivered, not where they are when moving around with a mobile phone.

    • ColdFeet

      That’s one of the reasons why I WANT this deal to go through. I’d love to have 3G service more than 6 blocks away from my apartment. I’m tired of going from 3G to Edge to GPRS all in the same location.

  • Yoyo

    Wow, i just watched the whole hearing from the link tmonews gave. I have to say that it does seem like the merger is not in most if not all of the Senator’s favor. Although Randall Stephenson was put under quite some pressure. He is very very smooth. I really liked what he has to propose, although i do not know if he and at&t is going to pull through with his proposal. He also never answers yes to any questions so he wont have to promise anything. i am a bit questionable now about the merger. but im still leaning towards tmobile not being sold.

  • Beavis

    I think this deal with have a hard time making it past the Dept. of Justice . Its just to much of a violation of Anti-Trust . If it does go though there will be so many conditions put on it that AT&T might just walk & pay the 3 billion .

    I’m more curious to see the effect Baker leaving the FCC will have . Voting for the Comcast/NBC merger and then taking a high position with that company is raising eyebrows . Rightfully so . It really smells .

  • jason

    I think it’s horrible that Tmonews is fighting against this. What, do they want T-Mobile to have to sell out to Sprint? Or T-Mobile to die a slow death since they have no money or spectrum to upgrade to LTE? If Tmonews were smart, they’d be moving into position to become the premier AT&T wireless blog. Instead, they will become obsolete.

    • Anonymous

      Best believe that Tmonews will become the premier AT&T wireless blog. Tmonews.com followers who stick around after the merger will merer right into the new blog site as well. As far as I know there are a lot of us.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        Indeed, domain names are in fact ready to go. Sad but true. I’m not giving up on giving you guys a place to talk about your carrier. Hope you shall not abandon me either!

        • Tortionist

          David, i’m with you all the way. You do a great job. Thanks for everything.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I’m fighting against it because I don’t want 3 carriers instead of 4 which will ultimately become 2. I’m fighting this as a consumer and a customer, not as a blogger. I will in fact be ready to launch an AT&T site as soon as the deal is finalized because I love what I do.

      • Mopar6464

        What will the new site be called ?

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Not saying yet, not going to launch anything until a deal is finalized.

        • Mopar6464

          Please let us know when it all goes down so we can all stay on board.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Not saying yet, not going to launch anything until a deal is finalized.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Not saying yet, not going to launch anything until a deal is finalized.

        • Anonymous

          AT&TShill.com

      • Anonymous

        Well…it’s nice to see you actually telling us in your own words, some of what some of us already suspected. You can love what you do, and do as you wish with your site. Your mistake is that you’re totally wasting your voice as a Blogger by choosing to pursue speaking as a consumer solely. As a consumer, your voice carries no greater weight than….me. As a blogger/reporter, your voice could, possibly anyway, have some impact. But, of course, as you’ve already admitted to, you’re not inclined to do. Sad day in TMo-ville.

    • Clifford891

      What does it matter ride it out pay what your paying now and enjoy it while it last wether it dies or the deal goes through ur changing carriers and paying an arm and a leg and getting screwed on customer service.

    • Beavis

      Someone will come along . Someone always comes along . That is my lesson for you today Jason .

      • Tortionist

        Personally, I would love to see Google come in and buy up TMOUS.

    • Senor Chang

      Nahh… the could just change the title from ‘Tmo News’ to ‘FANdro News’ and no one would hardly notice the difference.

    • Senor Chang

      Nahh… the could just change the title from ‘Tmo News’ to ‘FANdro News’ and no one would hardly notice the difference.

    • Senor Chang

      Nahh… the could just change the title from ‘Tmo News’ to ‘FANdro News’ and no one would hardly notice the difference.

  • YBT

    This deal is going through… just look at the amount of money ATT gives Washington… There’s no way this deal die on the DOJ table… ATT has alot of string in DC. I rest my case TmoNews.

  • Anonymous

    The hearing was definitely entertaining to watch. I feel like Stephenson shouldve been more prepared for some of those questions…..The iphone exclusivity was kind of dumb to bring up. Didnt Apple approach VZW first regarding the iphone? Besides that, Apple and ATT reached a long term agreement together. Apple couldve done a 6 month deal with ATT but they agreed to a much longer deal. Apple couldve spread the wealth with the iphone a long time ago, but they choose to put all their apples in 1 basket with ATT for nearly half a decade. Blame Apples greed and their shortsightedness. Dont blame ATT. That long term deal ended up hurting both these companies long term anyway…..Had the iphone been available on more US carriers sooner, Android wouldve had a harder time breaking into the market. Android thrived on the iphone-less carriers and now it dominates…..ATTs network got bogged down by the sudden rush of iphones…..This wouldnt have happened if that deal lasted so long.

  • Thad

    Our government is corrupt. If you think for a second that this merger won’t happen, you’re fooling yourself. Take a look at the NBC-Comcast merger. Meredith Baker who was the FCC commissioner has joined Comcast after 4 months of allowing the merger! Corporations are in bed with government, I’ll be leaving T-Mobile the second they become part of the evil empire.

  • Manit Suri

    I really hope the allow customers to leave T-Mobile if the merger goes through.

  • http://twitter.com/AWuzzer A Wu

    If the deal goes through, I’m going to reup my contract right before the merger so that I get a full 2 years from that day that AT&T is obligated to honor my pricing on the grandfathered plan. If they try to change my pricing I would be legally allowed to leave and keep the device I just upgraded to!

    • Mopar6464

      That’s exactly what i will do with my 3 lines as well.

      And if i need a new phone , i will buy it Off contract so i don’t modify or alter the T-Mobile grandfathered plan AT&T assumes.

      • Senor Chang

        If you have the funds to buy a phone off-contract anyway, then why are you signing contracts? You do realize that a contracted plan is about $20 MORE a month than a non-contracted one, right? So when Tmo knocks off $200 from your precious Android handset of the week, you end up paying $20 more per plan x 24 months = ????

        Not only that, but for non-contracted customers in good standing, Tmo will allow you to pay for a new device with an 18-month payment plan that… works out to… get this… around $20 – $25 a month (depending on the cost of the phone).

        no matter how you slice and dice it, it all works out to be the same exact amount in the very end. Its silly. The only thing you get out of a contracted plan are a pair of handcuffs called ‘ETF’.

      • Senor Chang

        If you have the funds to buy a phone off-contract anyway, then why are you signing contracts? You do realize that a contracted plan is about $20 MORE a month than a non-contracted one, right? So when Tmo knocks off $200 from your precious Android handset of the week, you end up paying $20 more per plan x 24 months = ????

        Not only that, but for non-contracted customers in good standing, Tmo will allow you to pay for a new device with an 18-month payment plan that… works out to… get this… around $20 – $25 a month (depending on the cost of the phone).

        no matter how you slice and dice it, it all works out to be the same exact amount in the very end. Its silly. The only thing you get out of a contracted plan are a pair of handcuffs called ‘ETF’.

        • Mopar6464

          No , i would extend all 3 of my Unlimited Loyalty Plan lines just before the buy-out happens.

          That way i keep my rates at $59.99/month (each) with unlimited everything for two years through AT&T until it expires.

          By buying the new phones Off contract it will not alter my grandfathered T-Mobile plans and AT&T will have to honor my T-Mobile contracts or let me go without any strings or ETF.

          So how i slice it is this. If i go off to Verizon , that same plan will cost me $120.00/month for the same service. Or i can stay on board for the ride and pay 1/2 the monthy cost for the same service.

          I know i’ll get flammed by some as they will say AT&T is the worst and sucks but half my family is on AT&T now and they never get all those talked about issues.

          Yes there is some dropped calls but damn i deal with that daily with T-Mobile now and inside buildings is a total joke for call quality with T-Mobile.

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

          Depends on where you are. Where I am, T-Mobile reception is nearly perfect everywhere. AT&T actually drops a ton in this area for some reason and it struggles to hold reception in random areas. ANYWAY…

          I understand why you would want to keep your plan even if it means staying with AT&T – I probably will, too. We’ll still be using the same SIM cards so they should still be connecting to the same towers for quite some time. The way Cingular did it when they bought out old AT&T is also with two sets of sim cards… people who wanted to stay on their “Blue” plans (old AT&T) held onto their sim cards for dear life. The tower information held on that signal means you’d get the same service… at least until AT&T opens the floodgates and literally merges towers. All speculation there, of course,

        • Respawn

          Yeah but AT&T is dropping the Blue network come August, so everyone will be on the Orange network now. I work for AT&T customer care as a Manager and I’ve already received calls from customers angry because as of early May, you can no longer send or receive messages with Blue SIM cards.

          With all the spectrum that is going to free up, along with the spectrum they acquired from Qualcomm, they don’t NEED T-Mobile. This whole thing is bogus.

        • Mopar6464

          Without a current contract when AT&T takes over , you will be forced into their higher priced rate plans. Then in that case i might as well go to Verizon.

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

          Ok, so before tax (and after corporate discount) I pay $59/month for my contracted grandfathered plan (1k mins + myfaves + unlimited everything else). Nobody’s about to knock $20 off that. Hell, even without my discount, it’s the same price for 1k mins + unlim everything else on Even More Plus (minus myfaves) – why WOULDN’T I go for a discounted phone? There are plenty of people in this exact situation.

          You’re also entirely missing the point here. This is talking as if the deal goes through – AT&T does *not* offer even more plus nor do they offer any discounted pricing for those who bring their own phones… nor will they be able to beat (or even meet) the price of our plans. Keep buying phones off contract if we end up merging with AT&T and they can’t force us off of our plans.

      • Senor Chang

        If you have the funds to buy a phone off-contract anyway, then why are you signing contracts? You do realize that a contracted plan is about $20 MORE a month than a non-contracted one, right? So when Tmo knocks off $200 from your precious Android handset of the week, you end up paying $20 more per plan x 24 months = ????

        Not only that, but for non-contracted customers in good standing, Tmo will allow you to pay for a new device with an 18-month payment plan that… works out to… get this… around $20 – $25 a month (depending on the cost of the phone).

        no matter how you slice and dice it, it all works out to be the same exact amount in the very end. Its silly. The only thing you get out of a contracted plan are a pair of handcuffs called ‘ETF’.

  • Anonymous

    I will leave T-mobile if the merger happens…ATT is the WORST company to deal with in ANY regards… I would rather pay higher prices at VZ, than for ATT CRAP
    it will probably happen because of the greedy politicians being BOUGHT…

    • jay_max

      Moving to Verizon will only reinforce and contribute to a duopoly here.

    • Petey

      Yeap, I planned that if this deal goes through i’m moving my three lines over to Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    No surprise here. All these senate hearings and committees are largely for show. They ask tough questions and end up doing little to nothing.

    i’m hoping for at least some strong merger conditions, but i’m thinking we’ll be lucky to get that.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

    • Techguy

      Yeah, it can help improve coverage for both companies. T-Mobile has good coverage in urban areas. Those are the areas where AT&T is congesting. So, if you add T-Mobile’s spectrum you can reduce that congestion even when you add additional T-Mobile customers. AT&T is late in the game in ethernet over fiber backhaul. This is what makes T-Mobile’s HSPA+ speeds possible. The combination of backhaul and spectrum could provide solid coverage and bandwidth for the customers.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • Petey

    I’m still waiting to see what’s going happen with this deal. If the deal goes through. Then I’m bring my family plan to Verizon… if it doesn’t go thru then I have to wait to see what’s going happen next. Not planning on renewing my contracts.

    I have a feeling that it might go thru. Some of the points that Stephenson sound reasonable but most of his answer sounds BS. Maybe I’m understanding something wrong. How is the acquisition going tocreate better coverage? Att has an overload network now and if they add tmoble folks then wouldn’t that cause more issues? Unless att going use T-Mobile 2g network for calls? Someone correct me please.

  • aquariumdrinker

    Some political background might be helpful. When people or companies are doing things that Congress doesn’t like, or that Congressmen feel like they should be on the record as opposing, Congress (or a committee) sometimes brings high profile individuals in for ritual humiliation. Think about US auto manufacturer executives when their companies were getting bailed out, Barry Bonds testifying about steroids or the BP execs after the gulf spill. That doesn’t mean that Congress can or wants to take any concrete action. I don’t know what that means for the merger’s prospects, but I thought it might be helpful to give some context.

  • Eric

    And I’m on track to drop Tmobile and go to Sprint as soon as the deal is done. It will be a cold day in hell before I do business with ATT.

    • Mopar6464

      When the AT&T deal goes down it will only be a matter of time after that Sprint will be done also.

  • Anonymous

    Well, no one should assume that Washington is not in AT&T’s back pocket.

    Take a look a the NBC / Comcast merger.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/personnel-notes/160565-fcc-commissioner-to-join-comcastnbc-in-washington

    • Carl

      I really don’t think that you can compare the two mergers. NBC/Comcast didn’t effect the end customers in nearly the same way that this ATT/Tmo buyout would. This deal will directly impact customers since there will be less players controlling the market. I think that the hearing was clear about that and how that was the main concern.

    • Anonymous

      You totally miss the point Carl. It’s not the details of the two deals, no one is saying to compare them.

      It’s that the FCC Commissioner approved the Comcast/NBC deal in January 2011 and five months later she is going to work for NBC. Obviously there was discussion of her going to work at NBC well before this deal was approved. So that means while the FCC was looking into the details of the transaction, a government official with authority to approve the deal was discussing going to work for the applicant.

      Consider analogous situations:

      – You are in a property dispute with your neighbor. You want to build a second story to the house. Your neighbor opposes it. There’s a hearing before the planning/zoning commission. The commissioner denies your application and building permit. A month after the denial, you see your neighbor dining with the commissioner who denied the app. You later find out that the commissioner resigned and now works for your neighbor in his business.

      – You sue AT&T for breach of contract. A few months into the litigation the judge dismisses your case. A few months after that you read in the paper that the judge resigned and has gone to work for AT&T, at five times his govt. salary. Details of the story reveal that the judge was interviewing for the job during the time he was deciding whether to dismiss your case, or not.

      If you don’t see the corruption in all this… whatever.

      • Anonymous

        I read the article and I would LOVE for some evidence so show up proving that she was in fact having communications behind the scenes with Comcast/NBC regarding employment. If that happens before this deal closes then the Gov’t would have to tread lightly and probably NOT approve the deal.

        • Anonymous

          are you THAT naive ? If so, I have some slightly-moist land to sell you along the mississippi delta….I’ll even throw in some sandbags for free.

        • Anonymous

          what?

        • Anonymous

          Dude….you need to be able to follow a conversation. If you’ve never heard the “sell you swampland” joke, then you’re not old enough to know the evils of the “original” AT&T ( colloquially known as Ma’ Bell ).

        • Anonymous

          So you’ve seen my history of inability to follow a conversation? Funny I haven’t. No sir I’m not old enough to carry on a discussion about Ma Bell but I am old enough to focus on you calling me naive and disregard the “joke” because you just called me naive twice.

          Now what I don’t understand is which part your assuming I’m naive about.

          If it’s the “I would LOVE for some evidence to show up” part of my comment then you sir just didnt give me the benefit of the doubt that I am referring to a snitch, some documentation, or some pictures that she would be held accountable for and not just the obvious assumption that they were dealing DURING the Comcast/NBC deal.

        • Anonymous

          In regards to that evidence Pimp, this matter just came to light.  Given the national press her announcement received I suspect there will be an investigation and evidence gathered.  But it will not be in the context of a criminal investigation unless someone with the power to call for those gets riled up about the situation.

          In the context of a crime, I assume the DOJ will be the one looking into it.  After all, there seems to be enough information to warrant looking into the matter since on the surface it appears she might have sold her vote.

        • Anonymous

          Do snakes come with the deal?

        • Anonymous

          why yes…yes there’s an abundance and variety of repitilian fauna at the purchaser’s disposal.

        • Anonymous

          Well, the deal was approved in January 2011. It’s reasonable to assume that she was talking to NBC over a period of time, about working there.

          But that does matter anyway. Let’s assume she only thinks to herself “Gee, AT&T seems like a swell company to work for.” Then assume last month she decides to check out the NBC job postings over at Monster and optimistically fills out her “application.”

          Do you think during the interview NBC is going to remember and say “Oh, hire her, she was one of the FCC commissioners who voted for the merger.”

          Or do you think that she went through HR like everyone else and no one brought up her role on the merger.” ;)

      • Anonymous

        The corruption is completely disgusting.

  • Rick

    Please stop this unwarranted optimism that this deal will not go through. The bottom line is that DT has made it clear that they will sell off TMO, one way or the other. If you think Sprint is a better choice, well, start sending them the money they will need to make an offer. But this is like your girlfriend telling you she’s found a new man, and wants to move out. Even if you beat this guy up, she’ll find another. And she won’t be cooking you breakfast any more, my friend. TMO is done. Show me another credible buyer, or accept fate.

    • donny_c

      Rick, I don’t like it but what you say is true.

    • Anonymous

      Sad but true. I’m leaning towards the deal will fail but then what?? Low-balled by Sprint?

    • Anonymous

      A better analogy there is not. The way you put it should help people understand circumstances.

  • Mike23

    Im just wondering if the merger does go tru will atts network really get better? Me being an att customer that lives in a huge city in los Angeles I know atts overloaded crappy network can be really slow and crappy I’m at the verge of switching . Here’s my situation I have an atrix I never ever drop a call believe it or not my problem is not with calls .My only problem is data yes atts data network edge and 3G is all messed up. I taught it was the 3g network that half of the time it doesn’t connect but I just realized when my phone drops down to edge its the same thing. Kinda sucks. So yea I know att is not the greatest network out there but if this merger fixes it I might stay. Cuz I dnt wanna switch to Verizon cuz I need gsm since I go to mexico a lot and to the town I go to there’s no cdma coverage only gsm. Which sukz too cuz Mexico has a lot of cdma coverage but to da small town I go to its gsm only so yea .. but still this kinda sukz for T-Mobile customers like my wife she’s pissed off so yea I’m sorry for u t-mobile customers I really am sorry I know a lot of u don’t want this merger to go tru.

  • Carl

    How great would it be if TMo was playing ATT all along! They were doing this whole thing just to get $3b out of the deal by trying to look like they want ATT to buy them out. Humm’s testimony didn’t sound all that convincing to me like he wanted to show ATT that he wanted the buy out but would be completely OK if it didn’t happen at all.

  • John

    I really hope that sell does not go through because of t mobile does sale to at&t me myself for 1 am leaving t mobile in seeking cell phone privileges elsewhere

  • Anonymous

    Here’s details on the FCC being in Comcast/NBC’s back pocket.

    As that recent merger illustrates, none of us know what’s really going on in the AT&T acquisition. Given the appearance of government corruption in the FCC/Comcast/NBC dealings, a reasonable conclusion is that the AT&T acquisition is a done deal.
    __________________________

    On the FCC commissioner going to work for NBC a few months after her approving the Comcast/NBC deal:

    “During her term at the FCC, Baker was known for her strong
    free-market views, including her opposition to net-neutrality
    regulations.

    She voted ‘yes’ to approving the merger of Comcast and NBC
    Universal earlier this year (2011), subsequently calling for reform to the
    FCC’s merger review process to prevent the agency from excessively
    conditioning such transactions.”
    ____________________
    Note: What may be different about THIS deal is that there’s significant attention to it whereas I don’t recall newsworthy opposition to the Comcast/NBC merger. But as Baker’s conduct illustrates, there’s other things in play beside what we know or what we talk about. Gotta wonder, who at the FCC has a job application, so to speak, to go to work for AT&T. Who cares, you may think. Well, a job translates into money. If FCC Commissioner Baker, for example, gets a five year employment contract for $1 million a year, IMO that means Comcast/NBC paid Baker $5 million for her vote (to approve the deal).

    • Tortionist

      It’s no wonder you write magazine articles. I like your style. What magazine/s do you write for? I think you have a valid point. This coming from a lowly economics/finance major.

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again, David,
    Ultimately the deal may very well be accepted and that’s still the general consensus around the interwebs “
    . Spewing ridiculousness….

    In one post you’re going on about how publicknowledge.org picked up the poll, as championing the consumer, and yet here you are in this post, spewing an unsubstantiated “consensus on the interwebs”…..do you really believe the 77% saying essentially, “Hell, no!” won’t translate to the rest of the web ? Do you really think everyone that comes here is an out and out TMobile fan ? Oh please. When are you going to take a stand and stick to it, you’re not running a simple news site here. This is a FAN Blog/News site. Emphasis on the FAN, first. Or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be. You’re not running Gizmodo, here. Choose a stance, and stick to it. Do a poll if you don’t believe me. Ask people here if they expect TMoNews to choose a position and champion it ,or if they’re looking for a laissez faire flap-in-whatever-direction-the-wind-is-blowing site.

    For the sake of everyone who’s helped draw traffic to your site, and supported your efforts for the past few years, please……quote for us where this “Consensus on the interwebs” is drawn from. What cabal of tech journalists came up with this “consensus”, or was it some “master poll” of people everywhere that came up with some empirical number that can be quoted. Which would then beg the question, “If said consensus exists…..why didn’t the CEO’s for AT&T and TMobile QUOTE or at least REFER to said consensus” ?

    I suspect the answer is because there is NO consensus. And frankly, if there “were” some consensus, it would be highly suspect without being able to question upon what factors were considered and what logic was applied to arrive at said consensus.

    Time to pick, TMoNews……champion for those of us who want to keep our diversity and drive innovation by providing alternatives in the form of an independent and market force driven TMobile USA, or a shill for AT&T in the hopes to gain some sort of favor in some future incarnation of this site ( with presumably an AT&T slant ).

    • Anonymous

      yes, the general consensus from professionals who deal with these kind of mergers all the time is that this merger will probably go through.

      Between the government’s usual inaction and AT&T’s lobbying power, it’s a very huge uphill battle for anyone fighting against them. Plus, we know with the substantial breakup fee that AT&T is willing to make huge concessions to make this happen (if the govt pushes for them).

      David has been consistently against the merger. He hasn’t flip flopped at all. He’s just realistic on what’s most likely going to happen despite any protests.

      • Anonymous

        You can “be realistic” but if your income is coming from STANDING for something…that’s different.

        And like I said….please point at where this “general consensus” can be quote..I’ve seen nothing uttered like this from any of “the usual suspects” of mobile news sites. You can’t expect for everything to just “take your word for it” in this case, sorry.

        • Anonymous

          start reading articles outside of mobile news sites like information from financial analyists and you might find something of credible value.

          Heck, just read dslreports who specifically covers the telecom industry 24/7 and you’ll see a much more realistic viewpoint on this merger.

        • Anonymous

          I read more than “mobile news sites”, Sir. I’ve been using RSS feeds for over a decade…you’d be surprised at my daily reading list. And I don’t see said consensus forming from any “leading” financial analysts.Why don’t you CITE ( as I’ve been asking now for a while ) …what YOUR sources are. The onus is on you here, not me.

    • P K

      He is not referring to a consensus of what people (or he himself) want, but rather a consensus of what is likely to happen. 

  • Jlo

    WOW he is cute and I bet he has a big uncut German sausage. Ummm me likey!

  • Anonymous

    Now THERE is an idea I could get behind……..frankly, it’s so obvious, it borders on GENIUS.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent idea.

  • Anonymous

    Not if it’s AnTagonisT wireless services. Which, actually….gives me an idea.

  • Anonymous

    As Rick so aptly put it in here, the analogy about T-Mobile being the girlfriend who tells you she has found another guy, we need to understand and accept that if not AT&T, DT would do something else to address its “T-Mobile US problem.” Fact is, DT is a really “motivated seller.” (That’s a term of art in the world of buying and selling. It’s a polite way of saying that the seller is desperate to unload whatever is for sale.)

    Evidence that DT is a motivated seller:

    DT wants to regroup and focus on where it is the master, Europe.

    TMOUS was a money losing venture (At $39 billion DT is selling TMOUS for $20 billion LESS than what it paid for it).

    DT execs are in hot water (showing a loss last year), $39 billion might save their jobs.

    TMOUS made a lot of mistakes and DT does not see being able to remedy the situation.

    $39 billion for a company generously valued at $20 billion is a deal no
    sane CEO (and board) would pass up. In fact, it’s business malpractice
    to pass on it.

  • Drifter702

    WoW i see money signs on his eyes right now. What a complete sellout!

  • Baby powder slap

    What a lot of people don’t realize is the majority of people who left at&t were former customers of at&t. They experienced the good old southern inhospitality in pricing, customer service and equipment. Do any one wish to be forced into a situation where you have to face your tormentor again?

  • Danthaman2786

    more like douche telekom amiright?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, another thought. Since the German government owns about 35% of DT (regulatory agencies, stock and federal bank) and has voting rights on the Board, I gotta wonder what “Germany” (aka “the Government”) feels about this deal.

    Since the German government has a “show me the money” attitude I suspect it is pushing for DT to get rid of its failed U.S. wireless adventure.

    And this fact, that TMOUS is owned by a German company AND the German government, this may motivate some in Congress to push for the deal.

    Just saying and thinking out loud.

  • Anonymous

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  • TDl

    The Senators were just putting on a show for the little people.  There is no legal reason why this deal can be stopped.   There is no way this deal will be stopped.