Live Blogging During Todays Senate Hearing

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  • Anonymous

    Stephenson is a liar. He is avoiding the question on whether or not AT&T customers will be given T-Mobile’s pricing structures.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    Yeah, and what happens to the T-Mobile plans when the contracts you buy from T-Mobile expire? Do we still get to keep those rates?

    • Anonymous

      “If you wanted to keep T-Mobile’s pricing plans then you should have signed a Lifetime contract with T-Mobile” LOL jk

  • Anonymous

    GO AMY KLOBUCHAR!!!! I can’t stand that woman on other issues but she’s diggin in her heels!

  • Anonymous

    a bunch of liars both ATT and all the senators….This deal will probably happen because EVERY one of those senators sitting on this hearing have been bought by ATT… our politicians are for sale to the highest bidder…FACT!!

  • Chris

    Klobuchar is kicking Stephenson’s ASS!! THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Randall’s gettin grilled right now!!!!! Hilarious

  • Havoktek

    Some good hard hitting questions

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    @terryjohnson16:disqus your right, he wouldn’t answer the question, pretty clear what the answer is…

  • Cupcake

    So if I get a phone greater than what I had with Tmobile, I lose my rate plan? What I’m hearing is that if I get a phone comparable then I keep my rate but if I upgrade to a higher end phone I have to change rate plans! WHAT BOLOGNIE!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ok pronounced Hoom.

  • Anonymous

    Ok pronounced Hoom.

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    Does anyone really see Metro PCS as being a nationwide carrier, or still as a regional company offering nationwide plan???

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

      Pretty I consider them a crappy regional provider.

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

      Pretty I consider them a crappy regional provider.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. I think that was just clarified.

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    Does anyone really see Metro PCS as being a nationwide carrier, or still as a regional company offering nationwide plan???

  • shadowscott

    Gigi Sohn kinda looks like a brunette, older version of Ellen Degeneres.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    Gigi needs to head the FCC

    • Anonymous

      She put AT&T under the bus. She said AT&T has plenty of spectrum in 21 of the top markets, yet they haven’t fully used it. Plus they aren’t using it now properly.

      • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

        she didn’t just throw Stephenson under the bus, hell she was at the wheel.

      • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

        she didn’t just throw Stephenson under the bus, hell she was at the wheel.

    • Anonymous

      She’d face the exact same push-back that the current head faces and that wouldn’t change anything. The House hates the FCC, in my opinion. They’ll hate it no matter who is in there unless the person is extremely hands-off.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    I love that everyone is calling them out on their claims of spectrum scarcity.

  • Clive Wegner

    So when the merge takes place and att forces tmobile customers into a new rate plan we can sue. Right?

  • Clive Wegner

    So when the merge takes place and att forces tmobile customers into a new rate plan we can sue. Right?

  • http://twitter.com/EzzyNYC Marc Klein

    Metro PCS sucks

  • http://twitter.com/EzzyNYC Marc Klein

    Metro PCS sucks

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    If West Virginia can’t get LTE, how are states like Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and other less populated states going to get LTE??

    • Anonymous

      Especially all of the way up in AWS!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    If West Virginia can’t get LTE, how are states like Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and other less populated states going to get LTE??

  • http://profiles.google.com/acicora Adam Cicora

    If West Virginia can’t get LTE, how are states like Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and other less populated states going to get LTE??

  • Liqwidzero

    Yeah. Stephenson’s a douche.

  • Liqwidzero

    Yeah. Stephenson’s a douche.

  • Liqwidzero

    Yeah. Stephenson’s a douche.

  • shadowscott

    As a T-Mobile customer, if AT&T guarantees no price pan changing (ha!) and we would get LTE, what is the downside? (I don’t favor the duopoly)

    Please someone respond who knows the downsides to this.

    • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

      He has said nothing about plan pricing out of contract, but has said that if you upgraded to a similiar handset nothing would change…of course that doesn’t mean if you upgraded to a higher end handset things would stay the same. Plus, I trust what comes out of his mouth as much as what comes out of a used car salesmans mouth, which is what he sounds like.

      • shadowscott

        Didn’t he also say that they will not be offering T-Mobile customers money for new phones, saying that if I have a Sidekick 4G and I needed a new phone (not being able to use 3G or 4G) I would have to pay out of pocket?

    • http://profiles.google.com/nuotang Nuo Tang

      On the pricing side:

      AT&T has always been at a higher price point than
      @Tmobile:disqus
      . If you can guarantee that you will never need to change your plan, then you’re right, there’s no downside to you because you’ll be grandfathered into the Tmobile plan. However, I can guarantee that ATT will not be selling 2 different 750minute calling plans. So as a customer who has changing needs in the future, there will be a less competitive advantage to this merger.

      On the handset side:

      AT&T hasn’t been great for innovation, they have used their market power to lock up handsets to be only sold on AT&T (iphone). Reduced competition is not great for the consumer especially since you’ll need to get a new cell phone 2 years after the merger closes. If you don’t want to change cell phones, you’ll be stuck on 2G, no 3G, no 4G, no LTE.

      • shadowscott

        I have the new Sidekick 4G. $30 for unlimited text and data, no voice. If AT&T could guarantee this, that would be great. But I can see how he would not uphold these policies.

        • http://profiles.google.com/nuotang Nuo Tang

          I think this is a very short sighted view on your wireless needs. Over the last 10 years, I started with Tmobile on a 350min or 500min plan individual plan, then went to a family plan with 500mins with 2 lines, and now I’m at 1000mins with data with text with 5 lines, 2 of those being the at home lines Tmobile used to sell. And over that time, the prices have increased and I couldn’t get the new service with the older pricing points because the new plans weren’t available back then and I was upgrading to more services.

          So as life changes, needs will change and choices will be limited from this merger.

  • http://www.criolabrazuka.com Junia Rosa

    I love how he avoids tough questions. SMH

  • Liqwidzero

    AT&T states they want to go straight to LTE, not even stopping to state that they will probably run a lot of the nation on
    HSPA+
    and not let anyone be any the wiser, marketing it as “4G”. (They can use existing infrastructure for this, I believe.)

    • Anonymous

      @LiqwidZero:disqus not going to happen

  • Anonymous

    Everyone, from the consumer, to the government, knows that AT&T as a whole are liars. They have plenty of spectrum, and doesn’t need T-Mobile’s spectrum.

  • Anonymous

    He is attacking Stephenson regarding the Apple and AT&T iPhone exclusivity. Shut AT&T down.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    Stephenson, there is no question he won’t evade. You’d think he was running for office.

  • SabsWifey

    ‘I dont recall’. Convenient. Arrrgh!

    • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

      He’s the Reagan during the Iran/Iraq contra hearings.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    why didnt Stephenson just answer yes to the IPhone question? C’mon man!!!!

  • jem

    senator franken is drilling him! defintiely put a smile on my face. something tells me this acquisition isn’t going to happen…

  • Heyyou488

    Franken should shut Stephenson down on the iPhone didn’t help growth comment. Was it their higher prices than the competition? Was it their lowest ranked customer service? What was the attraction that caused growth if not the iPhone?

    • T.MoFanatic

      AT&T had the best network to offer to Apple, a new player to the cell phone game. That’s why they got the iPhone in the first place.

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  • Anonymous

    …… He said retarded :)

  • BigMixxx

    What tha hell is stephenson talking about right now…

    • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

      Even he doesn’t know anymore.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    Hesse is a stand up guy. Pass the credit to where it belonged regarding android.

    • Anonymous

      I would SERIOUSLY consider switching to Sprint now that I’ve seen what he has to say.

      • Anonymous

        But, Sprint might be going with the data caps soon.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t personally care about 6 gig data caps for 3G data, or even 4G. I can’t consume that much!

        • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

          Look around, EVERYONE has data caps. No matter where you go.

      • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

        Indeed, he has shown the most integrity of them all. If this gets approved they have my business.

        • yyevo

          Amen. I just wish Sprint had 4g in my area… I mean state.

      • jay_max

        If this merger goes through, I’ll be bolting for Sprint. Hell no to AT&T and Verizon. Why further enhance a duopoly?

        • Mopar6464

          But if it goes through , it’s only a matter of time before Sprint will fail and get bought out probably by Verizon.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t even want a damn mobile phone anymore. Just give me a 7″
          tablet with a data plan. People can leave messages for me on Google
          Voice if they need to reach me.

          I am seriously considering the Evo View. But … IF T-Mobile offers
          the Flyer I’ll sign a contract with them, then put up a FIT when the
          merger goes through, keep the Flyer (as a wifi device), get out the of the contract, and move over to Sprint.

          When it comes down to it, other carriers are useless without WiFi calling. Only T-Mobile offers that to me without having to buy a special device. That’s the REAL pain I’m gonna feel with this situation. That and free/included tethering, and truly unlimited plans (throttle me if I get above however many Gigs, I don’t even use that much).

    • Anonymous

      Randall said first 4g Android to market (EVO 4G)…..not android in general which would be the G1

  • Tabasco1tx

    I Franken gives ATT more grief.

  • jem

    get ‘em, mr. kohl! lol!

  • Freelance Is Art

    My big question is of course going from the spectrum and competition and all that… but what about the T-Mo employees? That’s one thing I’d love to see them talking about. Is that even a major part of their plan? Or is it just going to be a big “Screw You”?

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    Jesus, Humm sounds like he was just literally caught in bed with Stephenson….wait….
    …oooooh! I see. Humm needs to go back to DT.

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    I can’t believe Stephenson, I haven’t seen such blatant dishonesty since…well…since the last time I watched C–SPAN

  • Anonymous

    CALL HIM OUT!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dethduck dethduck

    LOL, Kohl pretty much just told Stephenson to stop playing politician and start playing businessman.

  • http://twitter.com/AWuzzer A Wu

    I concur with Mr. Kohl, great points!

  • eYe

    Man…. Kohl is good!