Sprint Says Competition Is “American,” AT&T Says Whatever, We Rule

Sprint is really pulling out the punches in their effort to stop the proposed AT&T merger ahead of next weeks Senate hearing. Sprint’s hopes to derail the battle took to the front lines today with a print ad running in a number of newspapers and journals around the country. In just 24 lines of text  laid out in an almost poetic like form Sprint makes no mention of T-Mobile or AT&T for that matter save for one choice swipe at Ma Bell. Touting competition as a backbone of our nation Sprint is clearly looking to winning the hearts and minds of the consumer.

On the flipside is AT&T who responded with a separate newspaper ad that touted the benefits of a combined deal for T-Mobile customers and current AT&T customers alike. Offering up the same message since the very beginning AT&T emphasizes “significant improvements from the merger.” Yup, pretty much the same message we’ve heard from AT&T time and time again, service will improve, cats and dogs will be as one and the world be a bright and shiny place. Of course in their public interest filing with the FCC AT&T also said that the world would be a dark and scary place (those are my words summing up my impression of their filing by the way) if this deal doesn’t proceed.

In any event, this is shaping up to be one for the ages!

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  • http://twitter.com/brianimae Brian Tessier

    Who’d have thought I’d actually be counting on Sprint to be my hero. Wow.

    • NotAcrybaby

      Why so T-Mobile can be forced by the govt to remain in business?

      I say get this buyout over with already. Let the crybaby’s port to Sprint or Metro PCS.

      • Tito!

        Well YOU don’t define America.

        YOU don’t define T-Mobile.

        YOU don’t define the Mobile Industry.

        YOU don’t define competitiveness.

        YOU define a SELLOUT the shame of conforming. [AT&T's "LTE" will not save you]
        So how bout YOU jump ship!There plenty already against this merger, that to have one more opposing those who oppose the matter only makes you a fool.We, here Love T-Mobile & what it stands for; it is the likes of you, that don’t allow reach its full potential.GTFO. :]

        • LiterallyLogan

          @5c8d210d49165e384d55957fa986b38f:disqus – Amen Buddha!

  • Anonymous

    Sprint has their own corporate agenda ahead of any consumer interest here. AT&T’s message might not be credible, but neither is Sprint’s message.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      In this case, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      • Anonymous

        haha… i totally knew that was going to get pulled out. Unfortunately that doesn’t work here. Sprint can heavily damage both T-mobile USA and AT&T by dragging out this merger for their own reasons.

        If the merger is going to get dragged out by a merger review, it should be done on real consumer interests. Not on some Sprint campaign to damage competitors. Sprint isn’t our friend. We’re just being used as pawns in their war against AT&T.

        • Kevinjm

          T-Mobile brought upon the US the first Android phone. They don’t need the government to keep them alive. They just need the iPhone, and watch their unlimited Internet and cheaper rates draw in customers from AT&T.

        • Anonymous

          You know there is a really good change that the merger announcment is what lead to T-Mobile subscriber loss? And even when they loss postpaid subscribers they gain more prepaid ones.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Considering they have been losing customers quarter of quarter for a while now, I don’t think so.

        • Anonymous

          I am strictly talking about this quarter numbers on that. I think one of the major causes of their lost in customers is the bad economy. A lot of people are starting to try to finds cheaper services that is something happens they can just ditch without ETF. That’s why the even with the loss of postpaid subscribers they have seen a gain in prepaid.

          But with this last quarter I think at least one contributing factors the merger talk. Like when the banks starting having trouble people panic and pulled their money out which caused several banks to go belly up. I would not be surprised to find out that at least 15% of that loss was related to the idea that their contract would be worth nothing soon. I know that not true however not everyone reads the same sites or gets the same perspective of a story.

  • Anonymous

    Sprint has their own corporate agenda ahead of any consumer interest here. AT&T’s message might not be credible, but neither is Sprint’s message.

  • Anonymous

    Sprint has their own corporate agenda ahead of any consumer interest here. AT&T’s message might not be credible, but neither is Sprint’s message.

  • R Zacha52080

    All this talk about customers what about the employees?! lots of tmo employees have families to worry about!

  • R Zacha52080

    All this talk about customers what about the employees?! lots of tmo employees have families to worry about!

  • R Zacha52080

    All this talk about customers what about the employees?! lots of tmo employees have families to worry about!

  • michael

    #TeamSprint!

  • http://twitter.com/Tito_1 Felipe Zamora

    I love how T-Mobile never ever backs up at&t, only when it has to. Like in congress.

    • http://twitter.com/Tito_1 Felipe Zamora

      Like at the bottom, only at&t’s name is mentioned, the VERY bottom.

  • alex

    this must not go through!!

    • Brandon

      T-Mobile needs this they lose more and more customers every quarter they lost 99,000 customers first quarter if they are not bought out the are gone anyway so that’s still one less company sprint is just mad they got outbid….people are leaving t-mobile but want them around wow people really are stupid I thought some people could look at the facts and have a little common sense

  • Javi080

    i would rather have one of the smaller carriers buy t-mobile than at&t they suck

    • Mopar6464

      Then it will still be a GSM monopoly with AT&T untill full LTE service is rolled out because all others are CDMA.

  • guest2121

    I hope this deal goes through. Honestly I love T-mobile, but the service in my area is horrible.

    • Anonymous

      What makes you think if the buyout goes thru your service will get any better. If AT&T has a 3G service in your area why aren’t you with them??? If this buyout goes thru, the American public will be very sorry.

    • Anonymous

      To be honest, it’s a little selfish to be like I want it to go through for my own benefit. I can understand your reasoning but there is not guarantee that they purchase will improve your service. The deal needs to be looked at in more of a big picture to consumers and not an individual. The big picture to all consumers should outweight our individual ones on this. And the big picture is one of the most expensive services want to buy up the low cost service using the same technology. It is portraying it as it will be good for the consumers but at the end of the day they are only concern is control over the telecommunication market. That has been AT&T’s goal since they started as the Bell Telephone Company. Hell, the only reason they created the company was to “protect their interest” in the telephone and all technology made because of it.

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

      Then why not go to AT&T? If it’s just coverage? Because it’s not like if it goes through you’re gonna get the same benefits of T-Mobile when it was T-Mobile alone. You’re gonna lose everything T-Mobile & gain everything AT&T, yes including their coverage, but everything else too. You will have to take the “good” with the bad.

  • Anonymous

    Hey how come T-Mobile lesser rates aren’t mentioned in this AT&T positive merger piece ? How come that fact that our phones are going to become obsolete aren’t mentioned / Man AT&T is so dishonest . How is this allowed ? I just hope they are called out on this . I just want to know quickly whether or not this will go through soon I can leave this horrible situation .

  • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

    Shouldn’t Sprint be worrying about their network and getting out more “4G” because if I were them I would be improving my network so if the merger does go through I have a better chance competing and if it doesn’t then I would have an even better competing chance, they should be more like Verizon. I also like that T-Mobile is still improving their network and getting great phones. Oh and rumors are going around that Sprint has been reducing coverage.

    • Porsche911

      they should be worrying about themselves. but if this deal goes through, they might as well cash out because vzn and att will eat sprint alive

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

    who in their right mind would trust ATT? LTE deployment? AHAHAH! give me a break, that will take 10 years, then they will charge a “LTE” charge to their already capped plans? OH and the “cry babies” can port over to sprint or PCS? What if they are non-exitent in my city? Should i move cities because im a cry baby? How about you port yourself off the site you troll.

    • MIKEEEEE

      until i get DSL in my zip, no att for me.

      that simple.

  • CactusCat

    I think it would a lot better if Tmo would buy AT&T. I can guarantee you that all the AT&T customers would be happy about that, getting those cheaper rates. Instead, we have the opposite occurring. Sheesh…

    • Dalton

      T-Mobile can’t afford AT&T, and besides, AT&TS CEOs wouldn’t sell.

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile buy at&t? …what?

  • http://twitter.com/eb101 Eli Bohnert

    us cellular should have bought tmobile. uscellular then would have 4g. a a gsm cdam network would be sweet!

    • Mopar6464

      With US Cellular being CDMA it would be just a screwed up as Sprint buying T-Mobile.
      They both don’t have the money to convert GSM to CDMA and if they kept it CDMA and switched T-Mobile customers to that then AT&T will still have a GSM Monopoly.

      • Anonymous

        Who said they would have to convert it? Sprint bought Nextel but they didn’t convert them. They have kept the iDEN network as is for as long as they could(for better or for worse). They are only now starting to make moves to get rid of the iDEN network. And thats because the push to have phones that also can act as a reliable and fast connection to the web.

        • Mopar6464

          And Sprint’s disaster is the Nextel purchase.
          In case you have’nt been keeping up on current events, everyone’s converting to LTE soon which is GSM technology.

        • Anonymous

          All of those people that still need Nextel’s iDEN service for push to talk communication would not see it as a disaster. None of the other push to talk services have been able to get the kind of subscriber numbers Nextel has. Not AT&T’s, Verizon’s, hell, not even Sprints Ready Link.

          I have been keeping up with the current events in mobile technology. I know Sprint is looking into using LTE AND WiMax so whether the merger goes through or not Sprint will in all likelihood be building out an LTE network of their own. I know Sprint is unveiling a new push to talk network at the end of this year and plans to stop supporting iDEN by 2013. I know that AT&T is just dangling the LTE carrot over people’s heads to get them to ok the merger so they can have more control over the telecommunication market. Seeing as that was the original purpose of the company. I know that the reason Verizon is not saying anything about the merger because AT&T and them are technically the same company just separated to give consumers the illusion of choice.

        • Mopar6464

          Sprint buying Nextel Was a finacial disaster.
          Sprint is in financial trouble and the only thing saving them is the crappy EVO that they ramrod down peoples throat with their wanna be 4G. And they bend you over for an extra $10/month just for that service.
          They have no cash to build true 4G LTE and if they did they would of stepped up to the plate and bought T-mobile.

        • Anonymous

          You do know that Sprint lost money on the Evo right? Its about seeing 5 steps ahead. They bought Nextel, they lost money but gained a subscriber base that has providen time and time again that they are going to stick with iDEN. And now with that subscriber base calling for a service the offers both push to talk and faster internet they are going to be unveiling a better service.

          The same with the Evo. They lost money with that but with the popularity it gained from it they now have a base of customer that if you look at sites, despite all these better phones coming out and that $10 extra say they are waiting for the next Evo. Both were a huge risk but ones that could work in their favor in the long run.

          And wouldn’t call what they are in financial trouble. Even with a loss of $439 million this last quarter they are up from last year when they lost $865 million. And they gained over 1 million subscribers in total this last quarter. Thats not to say that if they do not make some more moves soon that they won’t see theirself in some real trouble but as is there risk seem to be leading to some gains.

  • TMoFan

    Gotta love Sprint for doing this even if their motivations are completely selfish. At&t is sitting on a whole bunch of spectrum for their LTE without taking out a competitor. They will take T-Mobile and demolish it. There will be a lot of T-Mobile employes let go (“syngeries”) and they will use their new size to further squeeze out those carriers beneath them. Assuming they are serious about their LTE, I don’t want it like this.

  • http://twitter.com/DrBaconator Dr.Prof.Baconator

    Why is everyone hating on AT&T?

    • MIKEEEEE

      i hate att because i’m a former customer of…….

      att wireless, att wired, southwestern bell, bellsouth, snet.

      now i’m being told i’m going back but, not by my choice.

    • Anonymous

      Because they suck. Those of use on Android will never see our unit updated.

    • Clint Shepherd

      Reasons that I at least am “hating on” AT&T:

      1. Their concept of customer service is nonexistent.

      2. AT&T continues to charge the highest rates, remain profitable, and then has the utter audacity to claim they need financial help from the federal government?

      3. Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11 occurred, members of the Bush administration violated every Americans’ Constitutional right to privacy by ordering that the phone records of individuals be turned over to Washington; AT&T complied.

      4. Were AT&T’s purchase of T-Mobile come to fruition, 80% of cellular service in the US would be provided by this one corporation alone. By reasonable standards, this borders on being a monopoly which is prohibited by American law.

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        Preach!

    • Anonymous

      Everything Clint Shepard said, plus I have a strong fear they will do what they can to stifle the growth of Android as much as possible.

    • Anonymous

      Because, if the deal is approved, within 2 years, we will be down to two wireless providers holdining almost 95% of the market, then collusion will settle in.

  • MIKEEEEE

    is that how come sprint pulled out of montana, north dakota, wyoming and 90% of nebraska?

    • Anonymous

      They have cell phones in those areas?

  • Anonymous

    Hello Verizon, can I come in to talk?

  • Anonymous

    I hope the merger does go through. T-mobile is dead regardless if the deal doesn’t go through t-mobile investors will just find another reason to pull out and shut the company down. People hate on at&t and have never even used the service before all cellphone providers have their strengths and weaknesses and they all don’t mind lying to get customers and don’t act like t-mobile offers better coverage than AT&T and Verizon. AT&T knows how to attract customers. I’m sure AT&T will revamp some post/pre paid rate plans to attract the customers they will be gaining from the merger. AT&T has had no reason to offer cheaper rates up to this point if you have millions of people willing to sign up to use your service for $100 a month why offer it to them at $70 dollars a month. It’s not like T-mobile is doing good on paper either T-mobile Investors want this merger to go through just as bad as AT&T.

    • Mopar6464

      I’m still 50/50 until it all comes out on the table on what the FCC requires AT&T to do if it gets approved.
      Half my family is on Verizon and the other half is on AT&T. There are 4 of us on T-mobile and are plans are about half the price as the other two but 75% of the time we only get Edge Data service while paying for 3G and inside buildings it’s a joke to get good call reception.
      People keep bitching about AT&T being the only GSM carrier if this geta approved but let me throw some curves into this situation.
      If AT&T does’nt get approved, T-Mobile will sell to another company that can afford them which will be a CDMA technology because T-Mobile is the only GSM company besides AT&T.
      So lets say it’s Sprint or US Cellular , well they are both CDMA and once they switch T-Mobile customers over to their CDMA towers that will still leave AT&T the only GSM prvider.

      • Carmen Diva

        good point @a571d64b0b00eb7b2095dd2884d526dc:disqus

      • Wowe1234

        Your assuming that a company like Google of Comcast won’t come along…

        • Mopar6464

          If they wanted T-Mobile , they would have.

      • Wowe1234

        Your assuming that a company like Google of Comcast won’t come along…

    • Anonymous

      You stated one major problem with with the merger right there, prices. You are right, AT&T has no reason to lower prices. And once them and Verizon( which is made up of Baby Bells so I really a AT&T company) control the market, what is to keep them from raising it. If you want a carrier with nationwide coverage they will be your only really option. Not everyone can afford to pay $100+ a month for service and it’s all will and good for those that can but it’s selfish to be like since I will be ok then they should do it. Not everyone can pay Sprint’s prices either but out of all the carriers they have the best prepaid rates. By limiting people’s options on low cost alternatives that over the services need you will once again make a cell phone something only the wealth and well off can afford to have. And seeing as some people with low income depend on their phone as their only way to get online, eliminating one of the few nationwide carriers with lower cost will limit their ability to get ahead.

      They can contract more exclusive deals with cell phone manufacturers so if you want the better phone they will be your only option. They will have total control of what they will allow your phone to do. Look at AT&T history and what they do now with Android phones. You can’t sideload. They did the same thing with landlines. They would not allow you to use add on to you home phone like the Carterfone, Hush-a-phone, and the answering machine. If they control the market this control will just grow tighter.

      I know my view may be rater bleak but I tend to look at all of the possible bad things that could happen. I for one do not believe AT&T’s “we will bring LTE to 97% of America”. Or at least I do not believe that if they do it will in any way benefit the majority of Americans that can not afford to spend 100+ for all the services many depend of their cell phones for.

  • http://www.cellhub.com/t-mobile-cell-phones/t-mobile-g2x-with-google-dark-ale.html james worner

    what’s up

  • http://profiles.google.com/aliceeve12 alice eve

    I think sprint is right because sprint is providing better services than AT&T…

    http://www.fundfactor.com/merchant-cash-advance.html

    • Mopar6464

      You must have never been a Sprint customer then.

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        AT&T is wayyy WORST than Sprint. Sprint CS sucks, but so does AT&T and their DROPPED calls. AT&T is worst by far and by a few thousand miles. HA!

        • Mopar6464

          Maybe in your neck of the woods.
          Half my family is on AT&T and have no nightmares that people are talking about.
          My wife Had Sprint and they suck with constantly dropped and gargled calls sounding like you talking through a soup can.
          Always screwing you on monthly charges,CS department are idiots,and the only thing keeping them in business is a half way decent monthly rate plans compared to T-Mobiles prices.
          And Bend-Over and Lube-Up for their 4G plan and pay an extra $10/month for which is not real 4G.
          As i said before,been there done that,never again.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          Not sure if your trying to secretly tell me about your prison experience… but that’s your whack PERSONAL opinion and experience!
          I had AT&T from when the Razr was hot up until the first iPhone release in ’07, and its was a ABSOLUTE DISASTERS! Dropped calls and the ABSOLUTE WORST customer service EVER!!
          Sprint CS does suck and they will screw you on monthly charges. But I never had a problem with their coverage in the major big city I live or anywhere else I traveled to alike.
          Never had a dropped call with Sprint. During my tenure with them I had an Instinct, BB 8330, TreoPro, and Nextel BB 8350i… all had calls that were crystal clear on both ends.
          Now maybe you experience these “rape-like” issues with Sprint, but not me as fas as coverage goes.
          HA!

        • Mopar6464

          So as i stated , Maybe in your neck of the woods !
          Not all locations and service are the same with any certain carrier.
          Sprint Sucks in my area where i live and half of my family members are on AT&T with no Whacky Absolute Disasters !
          Maybe in Your Area it’s different , good for you.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          I can agree to that. All areas are not the same. There’s specific ranges where Sprint excels more than AT&T and vice versa.
          But AT&T does have the lowest customer service rating out of all major carries.Thats why I left them for Sprint. Then Sprint sucked too. $69.99 plan but my bill was always over $100 every month. So I left them for T-Mobile. Now I’m satisfied, but coverage and call clarity needs to improve!Oh yeah… the iPhone wouldn’t hurt as well.

        • Mopar6464

          AT&T does have CS problems but i would take them over Sprints anyday.
          I personally would like T-Mobile to stay in business , get the iphone , and from that sales increase from that buy T-Mobile USA from DT and branch off , but it will never happen.
          T-Mobile USA is done and in the end i will have either stay with AT&T-Mobile with my T-Mobile cheap rate paln until it expires,or jump ship to Verizon and pay twice as much for the same service.
          Sprint will not be an option for me.

        • Wowe1234

          I have phones through all the major carriers and I will tell you that Sprint’s customer service has in the last three years gone from 4th to second behind T-Mobile… This is mostly because of the fact that they have been moving their jobs back to the US… They also have great coverage here. I have noticed that they are becoming a completely different company with their new CEO. It’s kind of strange that T-Mobile service has in the last five years gone from horrid to amazing. In New York City; My Motorola Atrix on At&t keeps dropping calls which I think from looking at the tower map on At&t was just poor planning. Sprint problem is that they need better phones.

        • Mopar6464

          And alot more money if they want to keep up with everyone else who is going true 4G LTE and drop wimax.
          If they don’t they will make the same mistake as T-mobile and be left behind.

        • Wowe1234

          That’s why I think the deal will be good for Sprint too. People are with T-Mobile for the price or the SIM carded phones. I think that at least 5 million people will go to sprint not mentioning that Sprint is the only carrier that you can use PDA Net tethering software on an unjailbloken phone. They need this extra cash for the 2013 600 MHZ auction. To deploy 10 X 2 LTE; they will need about 6 billion for 20-22 Mhz which with their new Muli-mode base stations could then also supply voice also on those freq by 2015 which will give better building penatration than anyother carrier for voice at least. T-Mobile has had no problems with getting new nice phones and I hate having to move my two cell phones to other carriers including my three $10 @home lines to Vonage but so be it.

        • Wowe1234

          Also, I think this is Sprint getting back at At&t from 2007 when At&t was calling for billion dollar fines to Sprint in the slow SMR rebranding of spectrum when Sprint is paying for it to be done and is Spending 4.88 billion to have to done as a favor to the Federal Government. The old Sprint management sucked. The new management cares about the brand.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          Dude I really hate AT&T, they were the absolute worst.
          Not sure how it is now, but from 2006-2007 when I had them, I couldn’t even call customer service after 7pm.
          Those “Rethink Possible” ad’s absolutely disgust me. AT&T are true blood suckers! Plus more dropped calls than at full signal strength. Couldn’t complain about the monthly bill at that time because I was on a family plan. However, AT&T service and coverage still SUCKED big time!
          Sprint CS was a problem for me when it came to my bill. Every month I was calling them about it and they were horrible! Having to go through 5 different rep’s and supervisors before I can get credited or get extra dumb charges waived off.
          I hated that $150 spending limit, and I even let those idiots talk me into adding a second line to increase it which I should have NEVER done.
          But their coverage and call quality was outstanding. Even got coverage underground in the subway and out in the pointless boondocks when I visited friends.

          I have heard that Sprint improved dramatically since then from friends who decided to stick it out with them. They hated Sprint back then more than I did, but now they say they’re satisfied.
          All my AT&T friends from across the country mostly say that they hate AT&T, but the iPhone and 3G speeds is whats keeping them there.

        • TypicalWhitePerson

          Your absolutely right, T-Mobile does need the iPhone. It will be hilarious if the merger doesn’t go through and Sprint ends up getting the iPhone next.
          No I wouldn’t sign back with Sprint, I’d rather do Virgin Mobile instead.
          I’m on T-Mobile but not on contract. If I ever decide to go back to postpaid… it will definitely be VERIZON!!

  • Anonymous

    Sprint should really be focusing their resources on REAL ISSUES THEY CAN FIX, like their undersized slow ass nobody uses it but them WiMax network. I don’t like this merger one bit, but Verizon is doing what Sprint should be doing, business as usual. They should be running ad campaigns to steal the uninformed or scared. Instead they waste money on crap propaganda. Retarded…

    • Anonymous

      Actually its not hard to stop a merger, most people think its really hard. Sprint just has to show proof that this will some how hurt competition, like creating an even worse oligopoly.

      • Mopar6464

        But it will only prolong the same problem. In the end T-Mobile will be sold and if it’s not to AT&T then it will be a CDMA carrier. So in the end there will still be only one GSM monoply until full LTE service is available and T-Mobile will be history.
        Sprint can’t afford T-Mobile or they would of already bought them. And unless Sprint spends some money into their system and switches Wimax over to LTE they will be left behind in time the same as T-Mobile was because they would’nt expand full coverage of their 3G.

        • Anonymous

          I’m not talking about GSM specifically, if Sprint can prove that the sale of T-mobile will create an even worse oligopoly in the cell phone market they can get the transaction denied. I’m not talking about my opinion of the companies falling behind etc, but rather how Sprint could stop it.

          To many people are arguing about Sprints technology etc, what really matters is will this hurt the market more? Most likely yes, even though companies have lower technology they will continue to force large business to try and compete for the lower end customers. Sprint already knows it’s place int he market, thats why they are tageting cheaper plans and pre-paid. It worked very well for them this quoter with over 800,000 added to pre-paid.

          It’s pretty hard to argue that the acquiring of T-mobile will create more competition, this is why Sprint has a decent chance at stopping this.

        • Mopar6464

          But it’s the same thing i’m sayin in another way.
          If Sprint stops the take-over , T-mobile will just be Sold to someone else and that someone else will be a CDMA carrier. And then we will still see a monopoly of one GSM carrier (AT&T) until true 4G LTE service is available everywhere.
          Wether AT&T gets them or another CDMA carrier buys them it will turn into a GSM monopoly. And T-Mobile employees will still be looking for another job.

        • Anonymous

          Well your assuming some one will still buy them.

          I’m not saying ti would be good for any one to buy them. It would have a better effect for T-mobile to sell out to some one other than AT&T to help keep the competition going. Destroying the number 4 wireless carrier and AT&T competitor, plus adding their customers to AT&T isn’t going to help other carries like Sprint.

          I understand what your saying about the GSM monopoly, but that will mostly affect a small number of people due to the easy of jumping carries/networks. I personally only know one person who is only going to buy GSM, and thats because they travel world wide. Now VZW is releasing more world phones (GSM + CDMA) and several other carries have done so too, including a BB by Sprint. This eliminates that group of people. This leaves you with a small group of people who are GSM exclusive. I see the whole thing as a bad situation for consumers, adding the 4th largest carrier to the 2nd largest in an oligopoly is a bad situation.

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

          That’s cool. I rather it be somebody like Sprint, than AT&T. You’re saying it like “yeah let’s go with AT&T their the best choice, I mean they’re gonna get sold anyway.” 2nd statement, probably true. But, I rather be given to the most equivalent carrier that will have more of our interest than AT&T who practically doesn’t give a damn.

      • Anonymous

        This is either childishly naive, or foolish, your comment would imply that the government always acts on behalf of the people or in the interest of what’s morally responsible. One word for you.

        LOBBYISTS… ATTs got plenty…

        • Anonymous

          You must not understand what it takes to be approved to accquire another business. Especially after 08 the government has put a huge freeze on acquisitions of this size/nature. In and acquisition you just have to prove that its not good, or will harm competition and it will be turned down. A better way to word this is AT&T actually has to prove that this deal will promote better business.

          Lobbies do play a role, but very small. The ruling on an acquisition often involves far less politics, except when it comes to the belief in free market or more socialistic market.

        • Anonymous

          I’m a grad student of finance and work as a wireless consultant. Everyone in wireless gives this a 90-95% shot at going through, you think it’s that simple? This is a bleeding #4 player merging with the #2 player with a real serious network issue and also must deal with life after iPhone exclusivity. If this deal does not go through, ATT is knee deep in sh*t, they need this to go through, and it will. Their high priced lawyers and lobbyists will make sure of it…

        • Anonymous

          it’s possible, but the I wouldn’t put this as a definite. I can point out why you aren’t thinking about how easy it is to stop this. Your finance grad, I bet you never had to take Business Law? The only way I see AT&T making a sufficient enough case is to say that with out this merge they will fall apart and in reality push VZW into a monopoly position. Personally I don’t think AT&T is in that bad of a position, but if they can prove it they have a decent shot.

          I don’t like the idea of this going through, but I don’t think they should stop it. This deal won’t destroy the competition, in fact I think it will encourage AT&T vs VZW competition. I do however see a big opportunity for Sprint to stop this.

    • Anonymous

      WiMax isn’t horrible everywhere. I know where I’m at it and MetroPCS’s and Verizon’s LTE are the fastest data networks. You may have a problem where you are but not everyone does. If the deal goes through however their network speed or type won’t matter. AT&T and Verizon will control over 90% of the US cellular market. And seeing as Verizon is a mixture of AT&T companies(it is made up of 3 of the 7 “Baby Bells”, and the company it started as only became bigger when AT&T’s former manager took it over) in all actuality AT&T will control the market. You will only have the illusion of choice. I don’t know about you but I like actual options. Not have things that seem like options but are really just a repackaged version of the other “option”.

      • DetroitTechnoFan

        What are the 3 that make up Verizon, and who are the other 4? This needs to be in any of the letters we send to the FCC’s open comment period!

      • Jayq330

        In reality nobody likes this but the fact is that sprint its the only one that’s looking out for the people, there prices ate good, they are the only ones with real unlimited data, and like I said before 10 mb’s its fast enough for any phone put laptop, especially if you can download 100 gigs on a month without being throttled. Or pay closer to 50$ for 20 mb’s only to reach your days limit in 2 days & have the rest of the month paying overages! Be smart & don’t let the commercials or the hype decide for you, make sense… Then make your move.

  • Carmen Diva

    I’ll gladly stick with Tmo if this merger goes thru

    • Mopar6464

      And the other thing to remember is if you wait until the last moment to extend your cheap T-Mobile rate plan , then when AT&T takes over they will have to Honor that cheap rate plan until it expires in Two Years.
      They can’t change your plan or make you sign a AT&T contract either.
      The only way it could change is if You choose to modify it .
      If your looking for a new phone before hand , i would make sure the phone has the AT&T 3G bands in it. That way your new phone will work on AT&T’s 3G data speeds.

      • Carmen Diva

        Oh, I’m not really worried about the data speeds…I’ve used unlocked phones on both At&t and Tmobile that only got me Edge.

        That is why I have wi-fi for, ya know

        And people are complaining about Phones being obsolete…

        3g/4g yes, probably 3g and definitely 4g

        But you’re phone will not be obsolete…that’s an utter exaggeration
        Handicapped, yes but Obsolete…No

        • Mopar6464

          Good points.
          That’s why i have unlocked phones as well . If i need the 3G data when AT&T takes over , i’ll just put my sim in my unlocked / jailbroken iphone and rock-on.

      • http://twitter.com/Otinen Ismael Rivera Perez

        Lucky I don’t have to worry about selling my G2 if it does happen, having a data plan in Puerto Rico is equivalent to owning a european luxury car. I can easily sell my phone off to someone who is never going to use a data plan.

        • Mopar6464

          My friend i work with here in U.S. does that all the time. He is from Kenya and he buys used cell phones and sends them home selling them for twice what he paid for them. (Iphones,HD2,HD7,everything)
          It’s actually a good money making idea he has. He helps get rid of outdated phones people don’t want here and sells them to people who have a hard time being able to get them in their country. It’s a win-win situation for both and he makes good extra cash,lol.

  • Carmen Diva

    Also, Aside from the Price point…i can understand people not wanting to pay an arm, leg and part of their souls for At&t

    I don’t really see a bad reason for this move other than that.

    I’d rather an expanded At&T coverage map of GSM coverage then being pulled in by Sprint and their horrid customer service and being put into CDMA land

    • Spooln3

      ^^^ this 110% Finally some people on this board that dont live in a pink box with lilies and roses.

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

      The restrictions on everything, the lack of anything other than iPhone. Mind you that have a select “Few” Android Smartphone’s. T-Mobile has a hand in every type of device you can want now.

      • Mopar6464

        There is always away around restrictions.
        Unlocking,Jailbreak,Rooting the phone and get what you want.
        True most people don’t do those things , but most here in this forum know about it and alot do it.
        And if you can’t do it yourself, there are people on craigslist that come to your house and will do it for you in minutes for $20-$30.
        Iphone,Android,WM,does’nt matter. There’s always a way around restrictions.

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

          I’m not specifically talking about those restrictions. Actually I’m not talking about those restrictions at all. I’m talking about the plans. You just kind of assumed that one & ran with that. & I was specifically talking to @mscarmendiva:disqus , unless you are her.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T is in a position to make moves. Sprint is not. Sprint was fine with being the number 3 carrrier all this time……Now they wanna cry wolf, bc AT&T is making moves. Gimme a break.

    • Spooln3

      I’m glad there are people out there that see this. I have been flamed left and right for making a similar point. Sprint would be on the defensive if they had enough money to bring this deal to fruition, and now that the sale went to a competitor, they want to come out crying about it? give me a break. Sprint has horrible service, plain and simple. This merger will only give us T-Mo customers better service over all and we can only hope they adopt our business model when it comes to customer service.

      • Jayq330

        Anything & everything t-mobile has wont be around after the merger. T-mobile’s standards are to much for att, and t-mobiles innovations wont be carried to art things like customer care service & the option to hey called back instead of waiting on the phone for a rep. Also no more wifi calling on the blackberries & some android’s, options only found on t-mobiles network! All gone.. Innovations only found on the so called network that “wont matter if its gone because virgin mobile, metro pcs & some other unheard of networks can take its place”att said those things & its all bs because even though they don’t have a big customer base there network features are ahead of everyone else, sprint is joining with google to integrate google features into there network. So when t-mobile is gone there only all digital network is gonna come up.

  • Ginadagelatina22

    I have a lot of questions. One of the questions I have is if a year from now if the deal is approved will at T-Mobile stores nationwide become at&t stores? Also will the phones t-mobile offers right now if there still available a year from now or like lets say a new mytouch phone comes out a year from now when the deal goes tru will it have an at&t branding instead of a T-Mobile branding? This is not a question anymore but I rather have at&t buy T-Mobile than sprint. Sprint is worse than at&t I know cuz I had both. And besides its good if if at&t buys T-Mobile because its also GSM. So for people who travel overseas have 1 choice.

    • Dion_orea

      Exactly bro “So for people that go over seas have one choice” and what’s stopping At&t from raising there prices just cuz there the only choice. Smdh think

    • Anonymous

      i’m a frequent overseas traveler and i sure as hell do not want to get trapped on at&t. they don’t even provide good reception where i live and i live in a big city. just like in europe, t-mobile is the choice to pick when you’re going to travel overseas (and this is with both companies having different 3g bands).

      • Anonymous

        att is only buying tmobile usa ..not the overseas tmobile their still making money

  • Anonymous

    Go Sprint

    • Jayq330

      Sprint is going to turn the switch to LTE pretty soon & as usual it’ll be truly unlimited & fast + cheap plans. And as usual verizon & at&t will be just 1 or 2 mb’s faster & have a data cap of 5 gigs for about 50$ & people will eat it all up… I would rather have 20 mb’s with real unlimited data than 25 or even 30 mb’s of data capped at 5 gigs! Its simple 30$ fire 500 gigs a months or 45$ got 5 gigs a month? Sprint here I come & you better get the galaxy 2!

  • TypicalWhitePerson

    At the end of the day… it’s all about the iPhone

  • TypicalWhitePerson

    Best Coverage/Call Clarity: Verizon
    Worst Coverage/Call Clarity: T-Mobile
    Best Customer Service: T-Mobile
    Worst Customer Service: AT&T and Sprint
    Fastest Data Speeds: Verizon LTE
    Slowest Data Speeds: Insert name here_____.
    Best Premium Smartphone Selection: Verizon
    Worst Premium Smartphone Selection: Sprint
    Best Prepaid Deals: Sprint (Virgin Mobile USA)
    Worst Prepaid Deals: AT&T GoPhone
    Best Attractive Marketing Ad’s: Verizon and Sprint
    Least Attractive Marketing Ad’s: T-Mobile
    Epic Win of the Year: Verizon getting the iPhone
    Epic FAIL of the Year: Carly and T-Mobile throwing in the flag to AT&T

    This is coming from a proud T-Mobile customer and that’s the way the cookie CRUMBLES!!

    • Bigjohn7187

      Slowest data speeds At&T

    • Meagan

      Coverage depends on where you live/work. In my areas thankfully Tmobile, is the best for me (not everyone).

      Sprint and Verizon is NOT strong in my home area. :( So I can forget about using those carriers for a while.

      AT&T has a good signal in MY home, but NOT others nearby :o/,

      Lots of dropped AT&T calls with my home & home area.

      I am not trying to knock other carriers for bad connections in my home area, but everyone should know how their choices stand, if needed.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

       It does make me a little confused to hear and see all this stuff that AT&T and T-Mobile are merging, yet still see the Carly commercials poking fun at AT&T and iPhone 4 with the MT4G…. Its like “Ummm… why are you a dog biting the hand that is trying to feed you.. But I guess it makes sense if you dont think about it like they claim”

  • My Take

    Sprint’s ad is well done. It never mentions the others. It feels good and attracts T-Mobile customers and anyone else who doesn’t like big corporate BS. Not bad coming from a big corporation.

    AT&T ad- 1st- We suck now, but we hope to make it better for you trapped customers if this deal goes through. We took on too many iPhones users without planning it out, but ignore our track record and trust us on this one.

    2nd- We’ll sell you T-Mobile customers our version of a smartphone and you can even pay us extra for great things like GPS. You’ll get to be on our crowded network, but it should be O.K. because… well…because. It may not be as good as your UMA calling from a basement, but pay us $150 and give our Microcell a try. If you have lots of cash, we should have LTE available in 4 or 5 years.

    3rd- Hey rural folks, we might try some LTE in your area, but only if your local GSM carrier plays by our data roaming rules ($). If they don’t pay, well then you’re stuck on EDGE. We’re sure not going to waste our money on a few people in the sticks when all our iPhone users in SF are still waiting patiently for a data connection.

  • josefrontanez

    “Which inspires us” come on Sprint your ads sound like Dan Hasse mixed with Obama from a 6 year old’s eassy.Stick to saving us from AT&T and leave the talking to Carly

  • Going_home

    Blah blah blah.

    Pass the Captain Crunch.

    I’m so sick of this stuff.

    I wish there would be an accident and AT&T’s 4G would go down for a while.

    Did you get me my Cheez
    Whiz boy ?

  • tmofan

    anyone notice that the new commercials dont take a jab at att, or the iphone. or even verizon for that matter?

  • Carptainnemo

    This is getting so old. The govt will be everywhere. There will be a transponder in your car. Its over. Let Jimmy take over. Forget about it. This deal is done. LTE will rule the world. HSPA+ is a tmo nightmare that does not work. WiMax is a bigger joke than that. Another day, another G2 battery pull. Arggg…..

    ATT rocks and so does Verizon. TMO was and always will be my friend.

    Good luck Spock!

  • Carptainnemo

    T-Mobile USA has just posted its first-quarter 2011 earnings report, and the results aren’t all that hot. While the nation’s fourth largest carrier did increase contract APRU to $52 — up $1 year-over-year — it posted a decline in virtually all other business vitals. T-Mobile posted 99,000 net customer losses — 471,000 contract net customer losses paired with 372,000 prepaid additions. T-Mobile’s 33.63 million customers generated $5.16 billion in revenue and $135 million in net income — down from $5.28 billion and $362 million respectively year-over-year.

    • Jayq330

      I wonder what caused ask that… Could it of been at&t’s buy out? Because IM one of those people that dropped t-mobile because of this merger.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Connecting T-mo customers to the future?

    Future of higher prices, worst CS, slower speeds and more dropped calls?

  • Anonymous

    ATT is BAD for any T Mobile customer.

    Stand up and say NO to TMobile’s merger with ATT.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QMEQREKTZBHVYZFAOGRYOBBWM anthony

    this is great i approve of the merger if it does happen next year.

  • AdrianMT4G

    For a long time, I have been against the buyout because I love(d) T-Mo. After dealing with their customer service this morning, I hope this merger does go through! The reps were rude, nasty, and was telling lies and then was getting all quiet when I was asking them to explain themselves. I could usually hang up, call back, and get a new helpful rep. You can’t even do that anymore. They’re all the same way and it isn’t the same anymore. I will be taking my three lines elsewhere once I find a phone that is equivalent to my MT4G. I don’t want anything to do with T-Mo and hope this company closes before the deal is approved or not.

    CS sucks so bad these days its not even funny. I didn’t believe people at first when they said CS went downhill but after experiencing it today, its horrible! AT&T can buy them out for all I care. I will go prepaid. I’m even thinking sprint.

    • Jayq330

      At&t is probably talking calls for t-mobile, I wouldn’t be surprised the lengths they would go threw to screw t-mobile’s image just to make the merger easier.

    • Rensack

      You too? I had the same exact thing today. Oh well, want can we do? Were all human.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      I just got off of the phone with CS and had the same GREAT experience that I’ve always gotten! The rep was curteous and listened to my questions and concerns and took care of the issue at hand!

      • http://twitter.com/DogoJosho Josh Garrett

        @d648fa4a0112f18c02ecc8d6a842c560:disqus Yea me too. Idk Where the @f9a3f778bc4ff6929bc409ae70c9b659:disqus got that.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      I agree with you, T-Mobile CS has gone far down hill since I last had them in 2007. Since then Ive had Sprint primarily, and they make T-Mobile CS look like the old Sprint. 

  • http://twitter.com/Avigonn Red Sox Nation

    I’m going with Sprint if the merge goes through. I was 2 years with AT&T and it was bad and pricey. I went to T-Mobile because it had a better line of Android phones and was cheaper. Two wins in one company. Then AT&T is apparently going to buy T-Mobile. Are you serious. I’m going to Sprint if AT&T and T-Mobile merge is approved.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Sprint will pay your T-Mobile ETF ($175 Business Line, $125 Smartphone line, $75 Featurephone line) if you want to go to them by June 23rd. Even better, if the deal DOES NOT go though, Sprint will waive your Sprint ETF and allow you to port you back to T-Mobile.

  • Petey

    If this merger goes through… I’m taking my three line to Verizon. Been with att before. There data speeds is very slow in the bay area comparing to T-Mobile.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Where in the Bay Area are you, Im in SF Mission and find that my speeds while twice faster than Sprint in my area are actually still slower than AT&T and Verizon. 

      Outside this area, T-Mobile is at par but generally ABOVE speeds of Sprint 4G as well.