Public Knowledge Uses TmoNews Poll As Consumer Voice

Didn’t think anyone would listen to our poll regarding your thoughts on the AT&T/T-Mobile deal? Our new friends at PublicKnowledge.org thought otherwise using the TmoNews poll inside their Presidents Gigi Sohn’s opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. You’ll definitely want to start paying attention around the 1:50 mark. This poll was designed to show that consumers with emphasis on the T-Mobile consumer have a voice and need to be heard.

Special thanks go out to Gigi, Art and the rest of the PublicKnowledge.org team who have been wonderful to work with as we begin a grass roots movement to stop the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Gigi was amazing during the hearing asking all the right questions and having all the right responses. She definitely came prepared and we look forward to hearing more from her and the rest of the PublicKnowledge team.

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  • 72anthony

    Why are we trying to stop this Merger? At least ATT wants us and wants to keep improving. DT wants to offload us.

    • Heath

      To say they want us is correct. To say they want to keep improving, is not correct. T-Mobile USA wants to keep improving, DT is just an overlord that mismanaged T-Mobile USA and doesn’t know how to fix it.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, what t-mobile needs is a NEW administration, very much like GM when they fired the CEO. DT fucked up big time and now they are trying to DUMP T-mobile, and it is not good for the consumers. They can’t mess it up and just dump it “at a loss- Mind you, they are bailing. and the consumers? a big middle finger?

      • Jonathan

        Spin T-Mobile USA into it’s own company with new owners. Complete with a new name. :-)

      • Jonathan

        Spin T-Mobile USA into it’s own company with new owners. Complete with a new name. :-)

      • Jonathan

        Spin T-Mobile USA into it’s own company with new owners. Complete with a new name. :-)

    • Jonathan

      EXACTLY, 72anthony! Everybody is pointing their finger at AT&T when the finger should be pointed at Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile USA partly wouldn’t be in this mess (and I say partly) if Deutsche Telekom would have invested the money into expanding their spectrum. T-Mobile USA was late to the 3G party and they STILL have little to no coverage in several markets (not even 2G/Edge.) That is the biggie. Secondly, they have NO 4G plans, and Thirdly, they didn’t keep pace with the other 3 national carriers in carrying handsets that customers want, thus, driving away customers to the other carriers that had what they wanted. It’s obvious that Deutsche Telekom wants to INVEST ZERO dollars in making T-Mo USA profitable. They want it to be profitable on it’s own and take those profits back to Germany.

      I’m not saying that I agree with the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger because I have bad and good thoughts about it. It could potentially be a good thing for all parties and it could be a bad thing.

      Another question everyone that is fighting the merger of AT&T/T-Mobile USA needs to think about is what happens if the merger fails? Deutsche Telekom WILL continue to look for ways to unload T-Mobile USA thus keeping us T-Mobile USA customers as sitting ducks, not knowing what the future holds.

      • Nick

        Name 1 significant market that doesn’t have at least EDGE.

        There isn’t a single Android AT&T phone that I’d want while TMO has at least 5 I’d want.

        Like you said DT wants to and will sell to someone, but this isn’t the answer.

  • http://twitter.com/corysumsumsum Cory

    YES!! That’s so awesome!

  • J-Hop2o6

    gigi knows her stuff

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

    Because this merger is anti-competitive. We want Tmobile to stay Tmobile and not ATT. It should be up to the consumers to decide who they should for a mobile company. If consumers don’t like Tmobile, Tmobile will dwindle. It shouldn’t be up to the merger to make Tmobile die, it should be us, the consumer who actually love Tmobile.

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

    YES! She said everything that needed to be said with FACT!

  • Toeshot

    After watching the hearing today, I hate to say this, AT&T does have some good points. We know that TMO will not stand by itself even if DT gives TMO USA the 3 Billion for the deal not going through. That will not provide enough for TMO to convert and keep up, which is sad. This leaves DT with two choices. Raise Prices or Sell. They are just trying to get to the second one quicker. However I think the sell to AT&T should be blocked and if anything sell to Sprint. Unfortunately that sell will put more of a financial burden on Sprint. What TMO really needs is a well off Private investor or CV’s to keep the company going, again that would eventually result in higher cost to the TMO customers. No matter what happens TMO will never be the same after this.

    • Anonymous

      Sad but true. I just hope that T-Mo can find a way to stand on it’s own with no crap AT&T interference.

    • TBN27

      They should sell it to Vodafone since they Badly need to sell. It should stay at 4 national carriers. Not 3.DT is doing badly in,other markets too. That’s why they want to sell as much as the running post paid customers. I prefer a Vodafone US than At&t. I see through At&t’s game. Service and coverage will not improve.

    • Beavis

      After this stellar free advertising I think TMO will be fine . For what ever reason this company never knew how to market itself . No mention ever of the G2X ? That is the best phone out there . If you want a network there is one out there for sale . Maybe a Virgin Mobile type . Anyone but AT&T . They are so shady . Still this merger has been better advertising than the company has ever known . That sidekick commercial makes me physically ill .

  • Anonymous

    i am proud to have participated in this poll!

  • Barriguts

    If someone stops the buy out what good would it do our business has been down and we have lost alot of customers and now the customers that we lost are the one that are supporting the no buy out so why did they leave in the first place

  • Barriguts

    If someone stops the buy out what good would it do our business has been down and we have lost alot of customers and now the customers that we lost are the one that are supporting the no buy out so why did they leave in the first place

  • Jason

    Anyone else like the CEO from Sprint more after watching the hearing? I may not like the company, but he had a lot of legit things to say. I understand he is looking out for his company in saying them, but he seemed to be the most collected and thought out of the group. And Huum didn’t do much to support the merger I thought? What was he doing up there?

    • Jonathan

      I know! Humm looked like a bumbling idiot. Makes you wonder how he got the job in the 1st place. :-/

  • Anonymous

    “AT&T has proposed a major rate increase, known as “broadband caps,”
    on high-volume video distribution targeting initially heavy movie users.
    This sets the stage for a two-tier pricing model that could effectively
    end net neutrality. The full effect of these and many other actions by
    the trust, working through “captured” FCC and state public utilities
    commissions (PUCs), will be the erosion of Universal Service, further
    harming those most vulnerable.”

    Not only is that true of their “u-verse” service, but also true about their wireless services. While other countries get things like tethering for free, we have to pay premiums. Data in America is being milked and consumers are turning a blind eye. Sure AT&T wants to turn T-mobile into LTE service, but I guarantee that the service will be charged at premiums, followed by low caps (2gb?) and then followed by outrageous prices on more data. You don’t like it? Need a GSM phone? TOO BAD, GET OUT or pay us, that is what they will tell you.

    Those who think the low prices will stay, then yeah maybe, but i’m sure you will only get 3g and then get a 1gb cap followed by more $$$ if you need more data because lets face it, minutes are of no concern to carriers now that they know that they can charge an arm and a leg for data. America is screwed up, SMH.

    Everyone should read this article:

    http://bit.ly/lafUX3

  • Anonymous

    ok considering that it was about 3am in the morning here in hawaii when the hearing was going on, does anyone know if there is a saved stream of it some where? I would like to watch it. Hell, I’ll even BitTorrent if I have to.

  • AdrianMT4G

    I LIKE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +100 for Gigi!!!!

  • Toeshot

    Playing Devils Advocate. If AT&T does acquire TMO and has control over 97% of the US mobile market. what is to sop them from working with government to sell information on user locations? Claiming that is in the interest of National Security.

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

      What? I don’t see why the Govt. would have to acquire it from a carrier when I will gladly hand over my info. for thousands of bucks cheaper.

  • TMoFan

    I’m glad that our voices and our concerns are being heard, and I think
    Gigi Sohn did a great job from what I read in the live blog post. Saying that they don’t consider T-Mobile as a competitor, yet using smaller carriers like MetroPCS and Cricket to bolster their argument is ridiculous! They also know that if this goes through this puts Sprint in
    a difficult position. at&t and Verizon are perfectly fine with a
    duopoly, everything else be damned.

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

    Is it honestly that bad of a deal? I prefer T-Mobile remain independent and unsold but if a merger were to take place I would pick AT&T. So your phone won’t get 3G, imagine having to buy a brand new handset because your GSM phone will be completely useless on CDMA. Sprint doesn’t have the money, and Verizon would be in the same boat as AT&T; the whole monopoly thing. Sprint would be knocked down to Metro PCS’ level.

    Let it be.

    • Jason

      What kind of phone do you use? I’m sure it has 3G and I’m sure you’d be pissed if you didn’t have it.

      Besides, Sprint stands a better chance of staying afloat if the tmobile/att merger does not go through.

      You really shouldn’t “let it be”. You will end up wishing you hadn’t.

    • Jason

      What kind of phone do you use? I’m sure it has 3G and I’m sure you’d be pissed if you didn’t have it.

      Besides, Sprint stands a better chance of staying afloat if the tmobile/att merger does not go through.

      You really shouldn’t “let it be”. You will end up wishing you hadn’t.

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

        You missed my arguement, I can still make a call and text rather than it being an expensive MP3/camera. I don’t know about you but when I make a call here in Houston, I may may not get a dial tone for half a minute. So yes, I am pretty pissed I don’t have what I should be capable of. Most times my text has to be sent more than once while I am standing outside.

        I like being a T-mobile customer. Could be a coincidence, but since Humm took over it has been a rollercoaster.

        • Toeshot

          Humm is a tool, put in place by DT to further it’s reasoning to sell TMO USA

    • Nick

      you know, if i could keep my same exact rate plan indefinitely after the merger I wouldn’t be so opposed to the deal. But I reeeeeaaaaallly doubt that that’s gonna happen, especially after I get one of their 4g phones and re-up my contract. so yeah, it’s that bad unless you’ve got money to burn.

    • Toeshot

      Not a bad Deal for DT, AT&T, Verizon or share holders. What it hurts is competition. don’t believe me? look at the Ma Bell of the 80′s before it was forced to break up. AT&T could and did increase rates at whim, we as customer could not do anything about it there was only one provider. They did not upgrade there service or their infrastructure back then like they haven’t done now. They are giving us promises to do so, just like back then, but for every upgrade or speed increase you can bet on cost increase to the consumer.

      Stephenson answered a question, I think, sums it up best “Will AT&T customers get T-Mobile pricing with this merger?” His Answer “If our Customers wanted cheaper pricing they would already be with T-Mobile” this is an indication of what is to come. Not competitive pricing but making more money for profits to share holders.

      AT&T has already stated publicly that if a T-Mobile customer wants to UPGRADE they would have to buy into one of AT&T’s plan. You can stay with you T-Mobile plan if you buy the phone outright. This is Catch 22 with only one carrier suppling GSM service we will be stuck with at whim pricing on the GSM phones them selves. There is no competition to keep pricing down.

      As for creating more jobs, that will not happen. in the short run AT&T will not get the 55 million T-Mobile customers, I would presume they may get 50% with 90% holding on to T-Mobile pricing. With the 39 Billion to buy out T-Mobile and the lost of the T-Mobile customers there will not be a BUSINESS JUSTIFICATION to sink more money into building more sites in the short term, 2 to 5 years, with no ROI. Grant it I haven’t seen their business model, this is just a logical business line.

      I would venture further that there will be job loss. As with any merger of this scope, the money spent for acquisition, customer/profit loss, and the burden of taking a nation wide work force, in our ever declining economy. job cuts seem just about mandatory.

      So ya, it’s not a bad deal

    • Keith4ya

      Have you ever thought about the idea of all contracted consumers
      taking on share(s) of the company? We could write our own history.
      Let’s not give the CEO and President Philip Humm the satisfaction of the
      buyout. Let’s the give him the satisfaction of not kicking him the
      rear as we, the new share holders, tell him to get out and kick cans
      down the street. He has showed us that he’s not there on our behalf at
      the committee hearing. The banking industry has allowed it with
      membership credit unions were members own the bank and have shares. Why
      not allow us to own our own wireless company as well. We can do this
      by setting up our own board of directors, if the current board is not
      who we want, and each wireless phone line counts as one share or what
      have you. Also, there are other parameters that we’ll have to deal
      with. What do you say people? The idea first came to mind last week
      and this is the first time I’m sharing it with anyone. I think it is
      possible. I spend over $2,000/year in cellular service for my household
      alone with T-Mobile. Some of that can go towards paying for my shares.
      I think; it is possible and that will keep the jobs of fine customer
      service personnel that we pride ourselves on as a company. To rid
      ourselves of dead spots or non-service areas; just build the towers
      there to reach them in the coming months and years. We can do it; only
      together though. This will cease duopoly and monopoly possibilities.
      It will give us continued rights that this country was founded upon and
      growth towards new avenues in freedom of technology.

  • Civicintegra

    That women does not know crap!!! It will make both company’s have better coverage and and ok that’s like saying I’m gonna pay this much for a house but yet pay a little bit more and I get a better and bigger house I have AT&T now and have unlimited everything for $79.00 flat every month that’s with taxes so honestly this merger is good if u even pay lil more a month the service would be so much better the what is now and better 3G and 4G coverage

    • Anonymous

      you must me an ATT bot….. this is the WORST thing that could happen here…

      • Anonymous

        Good one lol

    • Anonymous

      If AT&T is so good i dare you to drop your current plan and shop for a new one and not get raped up the ass.

      I can wait…

    • AdrianMT4G

      You must have a dumbphone without internet.. Lmbo!

  • Anonymous

    I am hoping and praying and writing letters to try and make this NOT happen…. If ATT takes over cellular service and innovations in phone and services will be NON-existant.. I would have to jump ship to Verizon, where you pay more NOW… but if this happens you will pay even MORE at both… and not to mention data caps… I have unlimited everything on T-mobile… Its GREAT….

  • alt-mobile

    haha WHOO congrats on getting a SHOUTOUT on national TV (I think national TV atleast)…

    take that other crappy blogs…TMONEWS is #1 in my heart forever…regardless of what happens with this merger crap

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    I for one am for the merger and here’s why.
    I pay way too little at Tmobile and I need att to take more of my money. Making my wallet lighter.

    When I walk into a T-mobile store there want me to look at andordroid and there just to nice. But when I go into a att place they shove a iphony down my throat and kick me out the store. Just the way I like it.

    I want dropped calls. So I’ll miss my nagging wife calling me.

    When I call tmobile customer service. There just too helpful. I want att’s customer service to belittle and berate me then call me a idiot and hang up on me. Now that’s service

    It’s people like me that SHOULD not file!!!

    Signed
    Moron j Stupid

    • 808 state..

      @ alphonso…Hahaha your so funny dude but i wanna be a little bit more funny and say (I rather have no merger and walk around looking like a clown with some huge fat ass pockets…lol…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3A4YNL7QCQJW2TXWTGEDD7JFA alphonso

    I for one am for the merger and here’s why.
    I pay way too little at Tmobile and I need att to take more of my money. Making my wallet lighter.

    When I walk into a T-mobile store there want me to look at andordroid and there just to nice. But when I go into a att place they shove a iphony down my throat and kick me out the store. Just the way I like it.

    I want dropped calls. So I’ll miss my nagging wife calling me.

    When I call tmobile customer service. There just too helpful. I want att’s customer service to belittle and berate me then call me a idiot and hang up on me. Now that’s service

    It’s people like me that SHOULD not file!!!

    Signed
    Moron j Stupid

    • alphonso

      I’m thinking of making a youtube video of this. Just look for moron j stupid (oh the j is in the name is just) in about a week.

    • Senor Chang

      When you walk into Tmobile, they want you to look at Android because they have jack and squat else for smartphones. Their sales reps deter people from WP7 and Blackberries simply because they have an overstock of mid-range and mediocre Android handsets to unload.

      Tmo have quickly become the ‘Android carrier’. Might as well rename the company ‘D-mobile’ for Droid Mobile.

      Honest to god, I believe Google should be chasing after Tmo.

  • Badn10tion

    Very good job GiGi

  • Tito!

    I Love Gigi! :]

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

    You go girl! Thank you for such a great speech.

  • J3beme

    Thanks for being our voice Gigi!

  • Anonymous

    I love Gigi, she said what we have been saying since this buy out was announced. Thank You Gigi.

  • Gerald Vasquez

    Amen

  • ATL Guy

    Yes because nothing says legitimate like using a non scientific poll.

  • Wbandrews

    Thank you, @Ms. Sohn. You were very prepared and as a ten year T-Mobile customer, I appreciate your comments very much.

  • Senor Chang

    Slaves to contracts. All of you. Its sad.

    It doesn’t matter if Tmo merges or doesn’t merge… as long as you all keep signing contracts, you all keep losing, period.

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