Opposition To AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Grows

After last weeks Congressional hearing on the proposed AT&T purchase of T-Mobile it was clear that even partisan lines weren’t stopping a laundry list of concerns from being presented. A rising number of states are already expressing concerns over the proposed deal, most recently California who saw their state utility commission vote 5-0 in favor of investigating possible implications. Analysts are backtracking on their bets that the deal will be approved with many stating that AT&T’s “orchestrated launch” and “control of the story” is gone with many questioning just how good this deal is for the wireless market.

Antitrust experts continue to believe the deal will not be approved because of it will substantially less competition in the wireless industry. While AT&T expects it will have to divest some assets the question remains can AT&T do enough to persuade the Justice Department that the deal should move forward. In order to face the continued question as to what this deal means for industry price AT&T has brought on economic consultants including Navigant Economics. Navigant has found that AT&T and T-Mobile have two very “different classes of customer that rarely overlap.” T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”

There is some hope in the notion that the Justice Department has showed it’s willingness to block deals lately that would integrate the market horizontally. Examples of the blockage of H&R Block buying 2nd Story Software maker of H&R Block competitor TaxACT and Verifone from purchasing Hypercom leaving one major supplier of point-of-sale units.

It’s by no means a done deal for AT&T and they still have a large and uphill battle to fight as more states continue to prepare their own investigations and with members of Congress moving beyond party lines to question the necessity of this proposed arrangement. Let’s hope that the Justice Department and the FCC find plenty more reason to believe that AT&T isn’t deserving of Magenta.

Wall Street Journal

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  • http://twitter.com/AndroidCory Cory

    keep em coming!

  • http://twitter.com/SocalFrank1 Frank Alvarez

    I hope T-Mobile figures out a way to spend their $6 Billion windfall that will boost their subscriber base and increase their market share to make them viable long term.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-LeCompte/47912789 Lucas LeCompte

      i really hope they are thinking that way, but i bet you DT doesnt care, they just want the money.  I think that 6 billion actually goes to DT themselves, which means they will take the money and run while selling off tmobile into tiny bits.  I hope it doesnt come to that.

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        No, T-mo USA get the 6 Bil if the deal does not pass.
        DT will get nothing.

    • Jlaigo2

       Most likely the 2/6billion is the diff on what sprint offered.

    • Anonymous

      Most likely, they’ve spent it on all the current commercials burn right now.

  • http://twitter.com/Zeon45 Oscar Zeon Dominguez

    Its clear to us all the DT wants out of T-Mobile and we get it. At this point I would much more open to a Sprint/T-Mobile merger, a few months ago I thought that would be terrible but ever since Sprint became Google’s new baby, I think that merger would be a great mix and would create an economical Android powerhouse for us all to enjoy and a serious threat to Verizon and the evil AT&T.

    • Anonymous

      Sprint’s network will not mesh with T-Mobile’s like AT&T’s would. That does not mean I prefer AT&T but they both are operating on the same GSM Network and putting the two together would be much easier. I would hope that T-Mobile gives another push at the US Market and use a different advertising plan. T-Mobile has great phones, plans and customer service is 2nd to none, there is no reason they should not be able to turn a good profit in this country. If more customers tried T-Mobile they would never leave. 

      • Anonymous

        It wouldn’t mesh, but it wouldn’t conflict either.  Sprint world-phones get AWS frequencies, T-Mobile phones stay GSM, and then the merge up to LTE or WiMax would give a smooth forward-looking unified path in 2 years — instead of the havoc on tossing AWS on attmobile over 3 years.

        There also wouldn’t be a GSM monopoly that attmobile would create.

        • Mopar6464

          LTE is GSM !

        • Mopar6464

          LTE is GSM !

      • Anonymous

        It doesn’t have to mesh. They can run a business with two different technologies instead! Well three then if you consider Nextel as well. 

  • Rfgenerator

    Like I’ve said, the strategy of ATT and T-Mobile on this may be if it starts to look bad for the merger, to just stall until after November of 2012 when they hope they will have a more Republican Congress and possibly a Republican president who will rubber stamp the merger faster than you can say “tax breaks for the wealthy”.

    • http://twitter.com/Zeon45 Oscar Zeon Dominguez

      There is as much chance of a Republican President in 2012 as there is of AT&T being awarded the JD Power Customer Service Award.

      • Anonymous

        This has nothing to do with the US president. Perhaps the president of the FCC…

        Oh, and Republicans are coming back with force, not that I am on this side or that side, just stating the facts.

        • Rfgenerator

          The US President makes appointments to the FCC.

        • http://twitter.com/GOPMatt GOPMatt

          one of those most Intelligent things ive read on the entire comment section of this article… Obama has dug himself into a HUGE hole with all the “to the moon” promises that he hasnt even fulfilled one of…. i cant believ e anyoje could support this lying babbling teleprompting joke of a president who if doesnt have his script to read from bumbles with “uhhhhhhhhh” and “ummmmm errrrr” “im a stupid socialist who wants to brainwash people into washing my feet with their tears”….

          GIVE ME A BREAK PEOPLE … Hulk Hogan could beat Obama in the next election… thats how frickin horribkle this “community organizer” is

        • Anonymous

          Um this is a blog about T-Mobile not some wackjob Tea Party site. Please keep political nonsense out of here.

      • J. Williams

        Lol

    • Anonymous

      Yea, why in the world would us American want lower taxes. I love giving my hard earned money away to the illegals so they can go to college for free and the teens in the inner city who pop out babies like a PEZ dispenser.

    • http://twitter.com/GOPMatt GOPMatt

      probably one of the most intelligence lacking statements ive heard in my short 27 year life.  I mean can you say dnc troll??

      • DetroitTechnoFan

        I think he failed to read the previously posted story that says both D’s (Me) and R’s (You) HATE this deal and nobody wants it to go thru!

    • http://twitter.com/GOPMatt GOPMatt

      probably one of the most intelligence lacking statements ive heard in my short 27 year life.  I mean can you say dnc troll??

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      That’s a baseless statement. Read the previously posted story… If there’s one thing that the Reps and us agree on it’s that this deal sucks!

  • rebot4

       T-Mobile customers are “looking for cheap phones and no-frills service…” Wow. What a slap with a metal gauntlet! Better phones in some cases plus better data plans and value? I’ll go with the “cheap phones and no-frills service” please!

       T-Mobile “had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.” Hell, AT&T has relatively few handsets that could compete with the iPhone! It’s almost all they had. Frankly, the push for this deal is frankly because AT&T no longer has exclusivity on said iPhone so they want to do this merger in hopes of gaining (bamboozling) some customers to replace the ones who undoubtedly already left them for Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      Cheap phones and no-frills service BEFORE the Android boom last year.

    • Anonymous

      Android is dominating the market and T-Mobile has a big pie of independent and signature Android devices.  That’s already competing well enough against the iPhone overall.

      There is a valid point that neither Android’s dominance nor signature (and popular) Android devices are pulling in the subs to T-Mobile like the whipping them down with iPhone and charges for breathing is doing for AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T has a different class of customer they seem to think, Ya the class that dislikes their provider. T-Mobile’s customers are very happy with their Network and as far as phones are concerned, T-Mobile has a much better choice then AT&T. The only thing that AT&T has is the I-Phone and they can have it. AT&T is saying the T-Mobile customer is a lower class of customer who can not afford AT&T’s lousy service and overpriced plans. I can afford any phone and plan I choose, I choose the fastest and best Network in my area, Thank You T-Mobile.

    • Anonymous

      Same here my friend. Nobody can come close to T-Mobile service in my city. Verizon probably has just as good voice service but T-Mobiles data blows everything out of the water with my constant 9mb/s download speeds and 3mb/s upload speeds.

    • Nis

      I totally agree with vinnyj!  I can afford any mobile plan, phone, service, etc. I want but when it comes down to it, I get better customer service, better rates and by far better data performance.  I speak from experience having been former Houston CellularCingularATT customer for many years.  After moving to TMO, I’ve never looked back.  For example: My father is with ATT and has unlimited minutes and text and Data (cap 2GB) for a whopping $115 a month.  Me, on the other hand, have unlimited minutes, text and data (throttled after 5GB) $85 a month.  To add a little extra sting to that $30 difference, I get, on avg, 5.5 mbps down vs my father’s avg of 3 mbps down.  You can’t blame the phone either; we both have Galaxy S phones (Vibrant vs Captivate).  And by the way, what in the hell does Navigant Eco mean by no frills?  Every service ATT Mobile offers TMO offers as well.  And since when did wanting the best value for the lowest price make a customer a “different class” of customer Navigant?  For economist, you sure are stupid at the basic level of a consumer.  You probably thought sub-prime loans were a good thing.

      What I find most troubling is that ATT has the stones to call TMO customers lower class and yet they are wanting to win favor of this deal.  If ATT is able to payoff the DOJ…err…get get the merger approved, I will close my account with TMOATT 60 seconds after it’s announced and run over to Verizon or Sprint.  I don’t like CDMA phones or either carrier but at least neither of them have ever called me or any other customer low class.  Screw you ATT and your 3rd grade Economics study report.  Like Chucky Sheen — #Tigerblood.  Semper Fi

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1005786481 Sidarth Kher

      aye same thing here, infact i pick up my phones unlocked, not only is tmobile faster, it costs less to go with them, kinda of a no brainer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339612527 Adrian Parks

      Say that! 

      I love T-Mo!

  • Anonymous

    I think if anything comes out of the failure of the merger, is that T-Mobile should be spun off into either a public or privately held company COMPLETELY separate from DT. It is prevalent that DT has no interest in actually running a cellular/wireless provider in the US, they just want the profits from it.

    All of the talks about the merger just make me start to dislike DT as much as I hate ‘American Thieves & Thugs’. :)

    • Nick

      What profits?

      ;)

      • Mmmaxhearoom

        Uhh, the extra 4 to 9 billion at&t is paying. Trust me tmob is overvalued at lest that. Much in this deal. So yes profit!

  • AK47

    Anyone see the AT&T commercials promoting the merger on TV? They are getting desperate to change opinion and now’s when we need to get louder too.

    • Bimmerz

      I haven’t seen it yet, I’ll have to see if it’s on YouTube (or maybe David will post it?). 

    • rebot4

      This is the saddest thing I’ve seen from a company in quite some time. A
      full infomercial basically begging the public for support of a merger
      that would change the face of mobile communications…for the worse.

      Half of the things they speak of in terms of spectrum, they won’t even
      need to worry about because I’d say maybe 30% – 40% of those many
      spectrum-hogging-smartphones they speak of are all iPhones. And quite
      frankly, AT&T is losing a fair amount of those customers. Don’t tell
      us about the glut of smartphones because the other companies have just as
      many as AT&T does. It may in fact be a technically numerically
      lower number but honestly by how many? 5? 10? Unless you tell me there’s
      at least a 25 to 30 smartphone difference, I don’t want to hear it.

      This “ad” smacks of desperation. They realize that, for once, party
      lines don’t matter in this debate because both parties don’t see the
      sense in this merger any more that the competition or the consumers do.
      Know why Verizon hasn’t said anything yet? It’s because they know that
      this merger will benefit them when they take over Sprint and then proceed
      with the LTE expansion that they ALREADY started. They’re USING the
      spectrum. Not hording it and crying that they don’t have enough. I can live with the fact that Verizon charges so much because they actually put the money back into the business and therefore improve it. They don’t (for the most part) charge a lot and then COMPOUND things by having suspect call reliability and crap-tastic customer support.

      As for DT? Sigh…I’ll save that rant for another time…

  • Phonegeek

    yeah I feel like this was a strategy of reverse psychology. Sign a deal stating a win win situation knowing your going to win regardless of it going through or not. When at&t loses the merger deal tmo gets stronger thus being able to stand on its own two feet without DT. I’m telling you that’s how its going to go. Hopefully with DT leaving us to do our own thing, the marketing and product gets better as well thus knocking deathstar out of place. we would take the #2 spot with ease …imo

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

      But, my thing is DT owned us. So… then who would own us (T-Mobile USA). T-Mobile wasn’t a separate company, we were owned & controlled by DT. So, will that DT executive that was supposed to move to AT&T’s Board of Directors own T-Mobile USA then as a separate company if the merger doesn’t go through? That’s my question. 

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

      But, my thing is DT owned us. So… then who would own us (T-Mobile USA). T-Mobile wasn’t a separate company, we were owned & controlled by DT. So, will that DT executive that was supposed to move to AT&T’s Board of Directors own T-Mobile USA then as a separate company if the merger doesn’t go through? That’s my question. 

      • phonegeek

        Honestly man im wondering the EXACT same thing lol.

  • Anonymous

    COME ON G-MOBILE!!!

    • Loso

      Google NEEDS to Step in and throw some cash around

    • Anonymous

      Google stands a better chance acquiring Sprint after their GV integration and Google Fiber will pilot near Sprint’s HQ.

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

    It still makes Sprint look unreliable in their efforts because all while their doing this they have no problem sweeping up T-Mobile customers that are unhappy with the merger. But, I’m happy Sprint is trying to help us. I am still for a Sprint/T-Mobile Deal. I know the frequencies incompatibility, but if Sprint & T-Mobile were gonna do it anyway before, they must have had some idea to make it work.

    • Anonymous

      And just how is Spring trying to “help us”  Sprint is just trying to save it’s own sinking ship.  They had no problem with themselves merging with T-Mobile did they?  They’re just pissed that they didn’t make the best bid to by T-Mo.  This merger will happen, trust me.  AT&T has so many lobbyist and politician’s in their pockets for it not to happen.   

  • The ATL Guy

    I dont see how they can compare the H&R Block and Verifone scenarios. 
    They are completely different. 
    I look forward to the merger mostly because I am hoping at some point soon that the government steps in and tells TMOBILE that we should be able to leave without paying an ETF. 
    Although that no ETF thing probably wont happen. 
    I personally will jump to Sprint of Verizon but that could change based on how this plays out 

    • None

      A waived ETF based on a company sale will never happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WiiRobby Robert Snyder

    I am the only one who thinks this is a good idea.    Sprint who wants tmobile would ruine it more then att would.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      your right you are the only one! i had sprint before and their cs sucks!

      • http://www.facebook.com/WiiRobby Robert Snyder

        Yes sprints cs sucks there service is awful and they have no real coverage since they lost a deal with verizon.

        Tmobile going to be bought out by someone I just saying better ATT then Sprint.

    • synonym

      sprint might not be able to survive if at&t gets t-mobile.if that happens, the only major companies left would be at&t with much more than 50% of consumers, and verizon.

  • Aegnom

    Yes!!!! Keep the oppositionnnn!!!!!                  NO NO NO TO AT&T!!!!

    T-Mobile, Yes Yes Yes!!!   We LoVE TMO!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/WiiRobby Robert Snyder

    Sprint in s a two dollar sanky whore .   Were better off with the dark side of the force then the dork side of the force.

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”
    What a moronic thing to say! The fact is that all 4 major carriers pretty much price their phones in the same range. T-Mobile has several phones that are in the same “high-end” range as the vaunted iphone. The service is slightly more expensive and their special fees are ridiculous,(AT&T), but the fact is that AT&T is just a lousy provider that doesn’t give a crap about their customers. They are like so many other companies in America these days that seem to think they are doing us a favor by just being here, not to mention they believe that customer service really doesn’t matter because another client will replace the dissatisfied one who just left. They are trying to make that even more of a reality by squashing a “value/service” competitor. I imagine they talked Deutsch Telecom into spreading rumors about lay-offs so morale in Tmo’s CS departments would be low enough that customers would complain about service. They can then say, “Look, we aren’t that bad and T-Mobile wasn’t that great, get used to it!”

  • BigMixxx

    “Navigant has found that AT&T and T-Mobile have two very “different classes of customer that rarely overlap.” T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”

    Did anyone catch this?
    Such high end devices as the iPhone.  Ok so now ATT has a niche market and the service and selection demand higher prices?  I see what t mobile is doing now.  This is a strategic move, with a BUNCH of phones launching this year that are on the highend side vs. those that are really offered by ATT.  I was very doubtful that this buy out would get stopped, and in no way in support of this merger, however, THIS is straight foolamity (foolishness and calamity). Overlap in customer’s is one thing.  There is NO SUCH THING AS a different class of customer when it comes to NATIONAL mobile phone service offering, period.  

    Now look at the phone offering.  2 carriers with iPhone.  Look at the blackberry, Windows Mobile and android offerings on all of the National carriers.  It’s finna get really ugly, and the DOJ and FCC will not approve the merger.  ATT should have said, we want the business and we will divest as much as 25% of the customer base, and up to 100% of other resources in the spectrum.  

    ATT just failed by bringing in that lawfirm.  They should have allowed the FCC and DOJ to probe the data….

    • TMOTECH

      You are a funny dude. The thing most people don’t understand is that the politicians don’t want tho dis-approve the deal.They don’t care about the data. They just want the political cover to say they covered all the bases when they do approve it. 

      • BigMixxx

        I’ve participated in several major mergers.  I’ve sent significant amounts of data to the FCC, SEC, DOJ and independent law firms.  IMO, There is truly something different here….

        • None

          This is NOT a merger.  This is a sale.  We were sold to the highest (only) bidder!

        • BigMixxx

          Sorry, I misspoke….it’s s sale.  Merger meaning combining companies, and technologies and Multi terabyte databases…

  • BigMixxx

    “Navigant has found that AT&T and T-Mobile have two very “different classes of customer that rarely overlap.” T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”

    Did anyone catch this?
    Such high end devices as the iPhone.  Ok so now ATT has a niche market and the service and selection demand higher prices?  I see what t mobile is doing now.  This is a strategic move, with a BUNCH of phones launching this year that are on the highend side vs. those that are really offered by ATT.  I was very doubtful that this buy out would get stopped, and in no way in support of this merger, however, THIS is straight foolamity (foolishness and calamity). Overlap in customer’s is one thing.  There is NO SUCH THING AS a different class of customer when it comes to NATIONAL mobile phone service offering, period.  

    Now look at the phone offering.  2 carriers with iPhone.  Look at the blackberry, Windows Mobile and android offerings on all of the National carriers.  It’s finna get really ugly, and the DOJ and FCC will not approve the merger.  ATT should have said, we want the business and we will divest as much as 25% of the customer base, and up to 100% of other resources in the spectrum.  

    ATT just failed by bringing in that lawfirm.  They should have allowed the FCC and DOJ to probe the data….

  • Yancy

    That video is a load of crap. At&t is getting desperate!

    • Rey Martinez

      i cant wait for future commercials like that, get humiliated when the atnt/tmobile merger doesn’t go through :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339612527 Adrian Parks

    So I’m guessing we’re not good enough to be in the wireless industry because we don’t have iPhones? Personally, iPhones are played out to me. My MT4G is way better than any iPhone period, point, blank. The only thing Apple have over Android is the OS is more smoother. Do I care about that? Nope. 

    What can an iPhone do that my Android can’t? Wait, wait…… I mean..
    What can my Android do that an iPhone can’t? For starters, I can watch videos on ANY website at ANYtime. I can open my browser, music player, and whatever other app I want without having to constantly go back to the home screen. I can text faster and easier with swype. and the list goes on. iWhat?

    The only people who care about the iPhones are the ones who don’t know much about Android. Do I get tired of my android at times? Yes, who doesn’t? It still isn’t enough to make me give it up.

    AT&T can kick rocks, cinder blocks, and giant bricks.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Watch the way you talk to people on this forum. Calling anyone a word that starts with a B and ends with ch won’t be tolerated. Period.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Watch the way you talk to people on this forum. Calling anyone a word that starts with a B and ends with ch won’t be tolerated. Period.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339612527 Adrian Parks

        Lol ok. I’m just sick of people on this forum always attacking people’s opinions. Like I said in the other article, I’m just gonna start ignoring them. 

        • Educated

           more smoother? how about uneducated?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

          Is that all you have to argue against him? Ad Hominem, buddy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339612527 Adrian Parks

          How about who cares about an iPhone?

          Just because you and @4521c7e92414d0650668e67385e7b780:disqus are iPhone fanboys doesn’t mean I have to be one. I never liked them even before Android had its growth spurt. 

        • Senor Chang

          Man you need to grow up.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          Hey bitter boy, the owner of this blog is also a iPhone user and “fan boy”, just like most tech experts online. What you have to say about that one, loser? Haha grow a sack, and learn how to accept others opinions. You will always be known as the clown who got OWNED on this blog. Lmaoooo!!!!

          If you don’t have an iPhone, then you don’t have the right phone!! #WINNING

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Some of those things I may be but you need to chill out. While I appreciate the “support” you are pushing the very thin line of appropriate and not so much. Why don’t you grow a clue and treat people with a little more respect.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          Haha don’t try to flip this on me now. Who said I was trying to support you? Come on dude, don’t get to excited here. Is it not true that most tech blog editors just happen to be iPhone users (Noah, Aaron, Jon, Sergi, DAVID, etc..)? 

          Unlike the bitter Adrian here, I never attack android users, I just say that I like iOS is better and its “winning”. I never called anyone a b****. However, I get attack for my opinions, because I prefer Apple lol. I keep it very appropriate, but just in a obnoxious way, I guess. Your just trying to make Adrian feel better by responding to me, but its cool. Lmao!

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          LOL dude, you just got OWNED!! Watch your mouth! HA, HA!

          iPhone = #WINNING!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339612527 Adrian Parks

          iPhone = #Losing

        • Senor Chang

          Did it ever stop to occur to you that your rant is an attack on other people opinions in turn?

          Thus is the ignorance of fanboys.

          so what if an iPhone tries to say their phone is the best?  When you stand up and act like a baby and type this rant “nuh-uh… my ice cream is bettah than yo ice cream”, you’re calling the kettle black.

          Man up and do what you say you’re going to do: Ignore others.  ”like I said” is not the same as doing.

      • None

        Can we get rid of “Fuc*” and F*g” too David.  I see no need for those words when discussing cell phones.

  • Going_home

    No where to go from T-Mobile.
    Verizon and AT&T are clones of each other as far as their greedy billing,
    nichol and diming their customers to death.
    And Sprints 4G footprint in the Tampa area is pathetic.
    MetroPCS has as good of a 4G footprint as Sprint.
    But MetroPCS doesnt have any decent Android phones either.
    Its a no win situation, higher bills or poor 4G coverage.

    :(

    • Mopar6464

      There is always prepaid  , lol.

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    Couldn’t Sprint somehow create a hybrid GSM/CDMA network?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

      They could just buy out T-Mobile and keep them as a separate entity, but gain profits from them.

    • TMOTECH

      3G and HSPA+ are hybrid GSM WCDMA networks. But they are still not compatible with Sprint. 

  • TypicalWhitePerson

     T-Mobile “aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.”
    Very true indeed! T-Mobile just needs the wonderful TOP NOTCH iPhone, and a disapproval from this dumb merger and their promised 6 billion in assets, then we’ll be #winning and back ready to compete. If not, then its VERIZON SEASON!! 

    iPhone or DIE… eat cha heart out fandroids!!

  • Habbit

    “T-Mobile ‘aggressively courted value-seeking clients looking for cheap phones and no-frills service, and so had relatively few handsets that could compete with AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone.’”

    Putting aside the ridiculous notion that the iPhone, including the iPhone 4 is a better phone than even the year and a half old HD2 running NAND Android… Is anyone else as confused as I am on how this statement from Navigant Economics facilitates AT&T’s interest? I can’t seem to wrap my head around AT&T justifying their purchase of T-Mobile, which will inevitably lead to enormous price increases on phones and service plans, by pointing out that T-Mobile’s consumer base purposely seeks out the the lower-priced service offerings of Magenta. 

  • Anonymous

    I lol’ed at “AT&T’s high-end offerings such as the iPhone”. WTF? The Sensation is a higher end phone than anything on AT&T atm.

    • None

      The sensation with the VGA front-facing camera?

      • Anonymous

        Vs. the iPad’s .7 MP MAIN camera?

  • Zach

    We should fight back and circulate our own commercials stating the down sides of this deal….?
    Get the word out ^^

  • Fray Contreras

    Let them Merge!!! Screw T-Mobile they suck and their crappy service, Sprint is straight trash. Verizon should just buy ATT so Sprint can Rest In Peace.

    • DannyBK

      Lmao verizon can’t afford ATT

      • Fray Contreras

        oooo crap lol I meant to say Verizon should just buy Sprint so they wont have to go though this and stop crying like they are now. Dam I think too fast lol/

  • Gezzy

    This sucks no more unlimited super fast 4G because ATT have a limit on their data plans :( thats lame!