AT&T Files Public Statement With AT&T Supporting T-Mobile Deal As Promised

After yesterdays statement via their company blog AT&T followed through on their promise to file a public statement supporting their AT&T takeover with the FCC. The filing once again drives home the belief that this transaction gives AT&T and T-Mobile customers “the network capacity they need to enjoy the full promise of the broadband revolution.”

Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel had this to say about the filing:

“This merger is about adding capacity and improving existing voice and data services while simultaneously enhancing the capabilities of the combined companies to roll out next generation wireless broadband services to 97% of Americans.  Ultimately, the capacity and efficiency gains this merger will create are a public interest benefit, and will create the ability to provide enhanced services at lower cost. These benefits underscore why this transaction should be promptly approved. Our opponents aren’t really concerned about competition or prices. The posturing of rivals such as Sprint is about one thing: their desire to compete against a capacity-constrained AT&T and a T-Mobile USA that has no clear path to LTE.”

So what are some of the highlights of todays filing?

  • This transaction will generate jobs and economic growth — AT&T will make an additional investment of more than $8 billion to expand LTE deployment providing work for engineers, equipment manufacturers, construction firms and a host of others.
  • The transaction will preserve and promote competition and innovation — there is zero belief that Sprint or any other competitor will be held back from acting in the same manner they do today and can keep innovating as they would have prior to the merger.
  • The wireless market will remain vibrantly competitive — AT&T says 3/4 of all Americans have a choice of five or more wireless providers in their given market.
  • The Network capacity of the combined company will far exceed the sum generated by its pre-merger parts — AT&T says that contrary to the arguments of this deals opponents neither a massive investment, nor piecemeal technology “solutions” can solve the “macro-level, system-wide constraints confronting AT&T, and they cannot, alone or together, provide the capacity relief of anything approaching the scale of this transaction, let alone in the same time period.”
  • Numerous competitors will have ample spectrum to maintain the vibrantly competitive U.S. wireless market — The combined spectrum position of Sprint and Clearwire is stronger than AT&T’s today. Clearwire has the best spectrum position in the industry and is in fact more than the combined AT&T/T-Mobile company would have if their merger is approved.

You can read the full filing on the AT&T website, link below.

AT&T FCC Statement

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  • Habbit

    AT&T… you want T-Mobile. Badly. We get it. 

    • oaussieo

      That’s just it, they want it but 90% of the country does not want them to have it…

      • whosaidwhat

        I don’t know about 90% of the country…a lot of people don’t care, they have better things to worry about in their daily lives.

        That being said, they are desperate for two reasons, 1. They want the spectrum to expand their network (whether that’s good for customers is anyone’s guess at this point), 2. They have 6 billion riding on this. I will be desperate if I bet 6 billion on a project.

      • Anonymous

        I like your 90%, it’ made no sense  and doesn’t afraid of anything.

  • None

    LOVE the graphic!

  • hellsh666

    AT&T fuck’em all.

  • Duckzilla9

    They don’t talk at all about the roaming aspects. Other wireless providers in the USA who roam on AT&T/TMUS would suffer higher rates, as well as Internaitional Roaming partners whose customers travel frequently to the US. There are more than 500 GSM/UMTS operators worldwide who send subscribers to the US every day. It would be curious to hear their side too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SKRILLDILLY Skrill- Dilly

    same ol’ sh*t..just a different day. We don’t believe you, you need more people!

  • Jay

    Pac-Man is trying to eat the magenta ghost

  • Toeshot

    They say they will be able to cover 55 million users or 97% of America with this transaction and will provide a better quality service. BS!! They will get the 55 million because they will be TMO customers that haven’t jumped ship. AT&T couldn’t cut their grass let alone improve 2 networks, how much is that going to cost? this is like 120 billion dollar deal with everything AT&T promises. Sorry I don’t see it happening and I just don’t trust AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    Best article of the day .

    http://www.businessinsider.com/att-cash-to-lobby-2011-6

    Everyone concerned about the merger just needs to keep calling AT&T out . With the merger commercials playing every night the attention is already on them .

  • Howie8690

    I cant wait! Tmoble was a decent company, but was made for one thing, to sell. They have spent thenpast year adding to every account, weather you want it or not. They now employ practices to line the pockets of the foreign company before they are dumped. Tmo customer beware, if you call in you are getting a feature or a contract! Like it or not, employees are being made to slam things on accounts or be fired for cause(not adapting to new sales tactics)

    • Toeshot

      no company can just add services to an account with out your approval, it is against the law.

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        I got a tilt2 at full price, att “upgraded” me to their $30 data plan when I had the $15 data plan, all without my approval….

    • Toeshot

      no company can just add services to your account. It is against the law

    • LC

      What crack are you smoking?!

    • Respawn

      Seriously dude, you may want to have your head looked at. That fall must have been a reeeeaaaaalllllly big one.

    • TMOrep

      So wrong, I am a T-Mobile customer care rep and we will be terminated for Slamming things on accounts.  Yes we are required to offer features but you are entitled to say no and that is where it ends. Only if you say yes are we to ever add anything to your account and if you see that someone has added to your account without your knowledge and approval then you need to call us.  We will file a fraud form and have the call pulled and listened to, if a rep is found to have added a feature without consent they are terminated.  I have seen several people walked out by security for that very thing.  T-Mobile is one of the most ethical companies I have ever worked for and they don’t tolerate that kind of behavior.  Same goes for stores, T-Mobile terminated the license for one of our major indirect dealer chains (The Mobile Solution) a few years ago for the horrible service they provided our customers and for always adding crap to accounts when not requested.  I promise everyone that calls and gets me will be provided with top notch customer service and will never be forced to take something you don’t want and if I see you with something you don’t use I will even offer to remove it to save you money even if I get into trouble. I will always do what’s best for my customers!!

      • Anonymous

        Good for you.. I think many here would be surprised by the ethics and business policies of both T Mobile and AT&T.. The “big evil corporations” that so many love to hate, do have policies that protect the customer and are in place to remove unethical employees.. AT&T (as I am sure T Mobile does) takes it very seriously, and a violation of ethics is not something you can know about and look the other way (be it an employee, manager, whatever). It would also be a surprise to many, to learn that both the companies and employees support numerous community service programs and charities.. I understand that people have different problems with what they are paying for and have preconceptions about these companies. As an insider, I just don’t see the evil though.

  • Tre1232

    At&T Go F!#($K YOURSELF.  Here is my thinking if AT&T merge and leave Tmobiles service and plans alone then I will stay.  But if they come in and start changing a lot of stuff with Tmobile then I am heading to the competition.  I know I am only one of thousands but I might not be the only one that’s thinking along those lines.  Mergers never benefit the customer .  They are not bringing anything to the table that Tmobile doesnt already have.

    • Toeshot

      I will be jumping ship too, it will suck to give up my gsm phone but I don’t want to give into at&t

  • Dom

    FCC do whats right and deny the merger and let Google buy T-Mobile! subs DT doesnt wanna keep em

    • Steven Coyle

      TMO plus Google FTW (For the win )…Hate AT&CrappyT… … I’ve been with TMO bc I never wanted to go to AT&T.. I hope the FCC says Sorry AT&T  you screwed up from the beginning on organizing your network… Please reboot and try again…

  • Chewy106

    If TMo has “no clear path to LTE”, what’s AT&T’s except to buy out the competition? TMo’s 4G is better than AT&T’s already. I live near Chicago, a MAJOR metropolitan area, not somewhere rural. My options are Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, Cricket (who are all CDMA), AT&T or T-Mobile (GSM). If the merger goes through, what are my GSM options? Solely AT&T. That’s not options, that’s like having to switch from VHS to BetaMax…new hardware, new software, new everything – including cost. Rubbish.

  • Carmen22

    Yea Nicole I totally agree with u. I also live in los Angeles right in the heart of downtown La. LA Is a huge city and for some freaking reason T-Mobile doesn’t provided decent coverage. I mean even at&t which always is rated the worse company works better than T-Mobile over here in La its shocking really. I know one or more person is gunna get mad at us for saying T-Mobile sucks. Cuz it happened to me before I post a comment saying how T-Mobile sucks over here in La and a bunch of people that live somewhere else get pissed of at me. I mean wtf? Just cuz T-Mobile works wonders in other places like texas and Chicago and other places it doesn’t mean it works good in La. It pisses me off that people that don’t even live in La argue with me just cuz I said T-Mobile sucks in La I mean wtf? They dnt even live in La and they arguing with me? Well anyways getting back to Nicole I agree T-Mobile is horrible in La I also had different phones from T-Mobile vibrant, mytouch 4G and right now I have a sidekick 4G I honestly hate having no reception inside Walmart, kmart and jcpenney and macys while my friend on her crappy att go phone that doesn’t even have a camera has fulk reception so I have to borrow her phone to make calls. Its not like if I live in the middle of nowhere I live in the city which one wud think T-Mobile would Work good well it doesn’t I’m just saving up money to save money to cancel it and go to att or Verizon because I wanna be able to talk inside buildings

    • BigMixxx

      @Carmen22 and @Nicole2 have you complained to T-Mobile and asked them to check coverage?   T mobile is pretty responsive in coverage….have you checked?

      • Carmen22

        I did I dnt know about Nicole. They always told me they were gonna send someone to fix it. That didn’t help very much I noticed its only the La area. Cuz if u go to Hollywood or Glendale or even Riverside T-Mobile works fine then u go back to La its the same story crappy reception everywhere and dropped calls.

        • BigMixxx

          I take EVERY MOMENT AVAILABLE to call about a service I pay for.  Not saying I’m a chronic bitcher, but if I see consistency in issues, I think it’s worth taking the time to call and discuss my issues.  just as anyone that has an issue with me.  I understand LA is densely populated; I’m in LV, and when I go to the strip, where it’s HIGHLY congested, I get PERFECT reception throughout the casino’s (in some cases, I don’t get anything, because of agreements certain casino’s have with other wireless carries)…

      • Carmen22

        I did I dnt know about Nicole. They always told me they were gonna send someone to fix it. That didn’t help very much I noticed its only the La area. Cuz if u go to Hollywood or Glendale or even Riverside T-Mobile works fine then u go back to La its the same story crappy reception everywhere and dropped calls.

    • Anonymous

      I find this pretty shocking statements from both of you. I live in Marina del Rey, in Los Angeles county, and my TMobile service is great. I pull 5mpbs down on my 3g phone. Meanwhile, everyone I know with an iPhone 4 coughed up the cash to cancel their service with ATT so that they could buy the same phone on Verizon, just because ATT’s service is so terrible. I have friends in Los Feliz and Silverlake that can’t stay on a phone call with me for more than a minute at a time before they get cut off.

      My phone reception is the thing that shines above all else. Data drops inside  buildings yea, but I seem to be able to make phone calls inside an elevator right across from the airport in El Segundo, and have no issue. Meanwhile i’ve stood right by my coworkers with their att blackberrys and iphones and they’re cussing at it that ATT can’t hold a phone call.

    • Anonymous

      I find this pretty shocking statements from both of you. I live in Marina del Rey, in Los Angeles county, and my TMobile service is great. I pull 5mpbs down on my 3g phone. Meanwhile, everyone I know with an iPhone 4 coughed up the cash to cancel their service with ATT so that they could buy the same phone on Verizon, just because ATT’s service is so terrible. I have friends in Los Feliz and Silverlake that can’t stay on a phone call with me for more than a minute at a time before they get cut off.

      My phone reception is the thing that shines above all else. Data drops inside  buildings yea, but I seem to be able to make phone calls inside an elevator right across from the airport in El Segundo, and have no issue. Meanwhile i’ve stood right by my coworkers with their att blackberrys and iphones and they’re cussing at it that ATT can’t hold a phone call.

    • Mopar6464

      If your thinking about going to AT&T , wait until just before buy-out is approved and extend your T-Mobile contract. That way when AT&T assumes your cheap T-mobile rate plan they will have to honor it until it expires in 2 years. You will save half the cost AT&T will charge you for the same service.
      I live in Ohio and T-Mobile data speeds Sucks here 10 minutes outside the three major cities , you drop straight to Edge service while my brothers AT&T phones get s 3G service.  Not to mention i’m always roaming off of AT&T 50% of the time as well .
      So for myself i can’t wait for the acquisition to complete so i can get Full 3G coverage in My Geographical Area. 
      Nothing pisses me off more about T-Mobile than having to pay for 3G data speeds but get Edge data 75% of the time.

      • Ezhan6199

        I got one better check your bill again they are billing you for 4G coverage with your 3G phones already. Im here near Memphis and I do alot of work between Milwaukee, Wi / Memphis, Tn/ & New Orleans, LA. I’ve been complaining about poor coverage for the past year and a half no help from them. Customer service and Technical Support sucks.

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

      You sure? I go to LA at least once a month, and I always get 3-5 Bars on 3G/HSPA+, whole ride home as well into Whittier (except for this one odd dead spot where I drop to Edge (for about 100 feet?). 
      Using a G2x, can’t say about my Cliq (I didn’t use it too much for browsing and stuff cause it was a PAIN.)

    • Dpro

      This is funny. I live in Los Angeles as well. In the Los Feliz Village area right by Griffith Park. I have service even up in the Park!  I get decent 3G speeds too in my neighborhood. i have seen 5MPS up and down in Hollywood. I get anywhere from 3mps down and 1mps up in my apartment. On a LG Optimus T! LOL
      Seriously, never had really bad service here in Los Angeles and I have been with T Mobile since they first arrived in California. I worked for and had Cingular aka SBC  aka the people that bought ATT and changed their name to ATT. I left them because of their billing practices and customer service. I hate that company. T  Mobiles service in Los Angeles is not worse than ATT aka SBC. I know first hand having had both.

  • Respawn

    So …. Basically rehashing the same ballistic B.S. over and over? They waste paper for that?

  • Anonymous

    Verizon is the only sure bet in LA, but prices are high… almost $20 more than ATT. Sprint can’t hold a data connection over 1mbps, neither can ATT. ATT drops calls constantly… data aside, if you want to make a phone call with your phone, stay real far from ATT.

    ATT does not have a 4g service in LA despite their claims. I know 4 people with “4g” att phones, and they can’t pass 1.2mpbs doing speed tests, while I stand right beside them, in doors, and hit upwards of 5 with my oldschool nexus one 3g.  

  • Anonymous

    More power to them! I can’t wait for the deal to be done and over with.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so it’s a downtown thing? Yea, tmobile doesn’t do well with building penetration. I can imagine downtown is trash reception.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so it’s a downtown thing? Yea, i’ll admit Tmobile has bad building penetration, and if you live in a condo over there, then reception is pretty piss poor. Now that you mention it, I remember trying to check in at bars on foursquare in downtown and couldnt connect to save my life… however, my phone calls still worked. It was only my data that dropped.

  • P Loco01

    i am confused cause the keep saying they need more spectrum. they say tmobile is full and att is getting full. pretty sure that if u take two full spectrums and put them together u just get one big full spectrum belonging to one company. two full cups dont get more space by joining them in a bigger cup equal size to the two cups

    • TN97

      Not exactly.  

      If you take the 2G traffic that T-Mobile has and force it onto 3G, then you can use the additional 2G spectrum for their 3G bands.  3G can handle a lot more calls for the equipment size vs. the old 2G equipment.

      They will be saving spectrum, because they can compress the traffic.  

      • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

        That’s actually the opposite of what’s being proposed. AT&T is proposing taking all the 3G traffic T-Mobile is generating and shifting it to 2G. They’re then planning to use the spectrum T-Mobile was using for 3G for 4G LTE.

        (Actually, come to think of it, this is terrible, because it’s not just “being shifted to 2G” – all that T-Mobile traffic will be shifted to the 1900MHz band, with the exception of those who have multiband handsets that support 850MHz. So you’ll get AT&T + T-Mobile trying to squeeze into one band with the least efficient cellular system. Oh boy, could this get any worse?)

        LTE is more efficient than 2G, but it’s doubtful it’s efficient enough to counter the increased 2G usage, and even if it was, it’ll be no consolation for all the people who have to use 2G anyway.

        The more I think about it, the worse this whole thing gets. We lose our beloved T-Mobile, our smartphones can no longer be pleasant devices to browse the web with except when we’re in range of Wifi, and we get more dropped calls/busy signals. How is this good? But when did this administration ever do anything the corporatocracy didn’t want?

        • Chevyman Carrion

          Verizon: world domination

    • Karen

      ATT expects to divest at least of half of the ATT customers to smaller cell companies.  It’s normal procedure in this situation.  They then have freed up spectrum.  ATT doesn’t really like T-mobile customers because they are considered ‘cheap’ by ATT and won’t  pay much for big data plans.  It is best (in ATT’s mind) to get rid of as many tmobile customers as they can.

  • Raphael Mastromonaco

    look i worked in the business for a few years and it was for tmobile sometimes its really awesome sometimes it sucks bad thats why u get that 2 week trial period test out the service everwhere u go and do day to day things with it  -  when i lived in westchester county ny outside manhattan i got great service now im upstate CT and service blows but then again i had verizon and it was bad up here too  -  maybe if i tried at&t my service could be great i dunno bc i never checked but u see what im getting at here

    • Willywill1982

      Dude, use some punctuation. Your response was so hard to read, I could barely make sense out of it.

  • GM Aharrington1

    Here is a little bit of advice. I am a T-mobile customer and I am concerned about this merger for my own reasons. What about the 42,000 T-mobile employees that will be jobless after the merger? AT&T is a joke, everyone has complained about T-mobile indoors and T-mobile in LA or T-mobile in New York or whatever. I know first off if you are so unhappy with the service indoors STFU and switch. Your hogging up my bandwidth anyways. I do know that in the city of Chicago and Los Angeles when I was there working; T-mobile worked just fine in the basements of the buildings I worked in. Does it mean that it works in all buildings? Answer: No, but I am not going to gripe about it. All carriers have issues in one regards or another. I like T-mobile and have been a loyal customer since December 1997 when it was VoiceStream. I have had AT&T, Verizon, Nextell, and US Cellular. They have all had problems, atleast T-mobile didn’t overcharge me.

    • GM Aharrington1

      And they didn’t charge my mom $6000 for data and said she was roaming when Never left the US and last I checked Wyoming is still in the continental US. That’s what AT&T did to her. Wonder why the criminals have that much money lying around.

    • SPrince88

      Preach on!!! What happens to us employees…well T-Mobile is giving me a 5000 dollar severance package..Wow that is so much money…NOT!!!..5000 can be wasted on a good weekend in Vegas in a heartbeat lol

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

        You must be Bill Gates

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    Question for the group: Where did ATT’s CEO rank in Debating ATT’s case? 
    Honestly on its own merits it is pretty good. But then we can pick apart the statement(s).

     I give him 7/10 before you take into act the actual BS in it…….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    Question for the group: Where did ATT’s CEO rank in Debating ATT’s case? 
    Honestly on its own merits it is pretty good. But then we can pick apart the statement(s).

     I give him 7/10 before you take into act the actual BS in it…….

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      Bear in mind I bleed Magenta!!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      Bear in mind I bleed Magenta!!

  • BrianC

    I don’t care if the deal goes through.  AT&T must offer unlimited data and tethering as a concession.  

    • Auser72

      They are trying to eliminate the competition so they don’t have to make any concessions.

      • BrianC

        But the government will force AT&T to make some concessions.  That is all I ask of AT&T is to allow customers to use their data plan as they please.  

        • Fray Contreras

          I dont know about that but they might make a better data plan. In reality theres really no such thing of unlimited data. They have a cap to 5GB and alot of people dont realize that.

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

      You must really be dreaming. Mind you we “are not” in a perfect world. This is reality here

  • MIKEEEEE

    right now i have to travel 50+ miles to enjoy the broadband revolution.

    is anyone honestly thinking att will improve rural service?

    i’d love to see some of the att fanboys who troll this forum take a ride to zipcode 38221 and show me the blazing speed and cool features an iphone has.

    i can’t wait for the window period when early termination fees are waived.

  • Anonymous

    It’s better AT$T ramps up the security because somebody may be so stupid to do what Timothy McVeigh did.
    Their “bomb” can drive somebody frenzy (not me. I just leave the states if this happens).

    • Guest

      WTF?

  • magentasquad

    what about the family….plans tmobile has the best around, and in my book, tmobile competes with verizon,i used to have the worst coverage in my house i couldnt even call in my own house, but i liked tmobile so much i just moved even thouch sprint had full 4g i dont think sprint is worth crap except for their evo line up

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

    Same sh*t, different day; AT&T. I believe we’ve heard this all before…

  • Xspeed9190

    They claim we have a choice of five carriers.  However, those of us that love GSM and would never to go CDMA.  only have two.   At&t or T-Mobile.  Now we do the math and take T-Mobile out that means ONLY AT&T.
    doesn’t seem too fair to me.

    • Guest

      It’s an additional feature that has nothing to do with use here in the US maybe you complain to the other carriers.

    • Slunk64518

      If everyone has forgotten.. It was T-mobile who started the whole GSM thing in the U.S, AT&F’k’nT had TDMA and who are they kidding they steal Tmo’s ideas..hmm lets start using GSM… Let’s start stealing Tmo’s ideas and then buy them out.. WTF…. I worked for  V’Stream during the name change to TMO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradmill Brad Miller

    i cant wait for this merger to happen. i just t-mobile last week so its going to be be a fun ride

    • Fray Contreras

      OOOO Yes it will my friend. Yes it will =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bradmill Brad Miller

    guys its going to happen

    • Fray Contreras

      Muahahahahahaahahahahahahaha Merge dammit! Meeerge!!!

      • Slunk64518

        Why so you can get an F’k’n ICrapPhone ?

  • Dafreeds

    And…. I am married to… Um… Morgan Fairchild. Yes, thats the ticket.

  • Fray Contreras

    Yeees people. Soon ATT will riise and DOMINATE! DOMINATING!!!!!

  • kresk

    I think it would interesting to ask At&T what they think some of the negative side effects of this merger would be. It’s a different angle that might throw then for a loop. Realistically speaking, no matter how spectacular they think the merger is. We all know (along with At&T) that it would be a flat out lie for them to clame their plan was perfect. They have to be aware of some type of down fall. I’m very curious as to what they would say..

  • 24FlyT

    They Keep Talkin About Inproving The Network And Deploying LTE , What About Their Product LineUp . Sprint & Verizon Use CDMA . AT&T Wouldnt Have A GSM Carrier Left To Compete With Device-Wise So They Wouldnt Be Demanded Upon To Keep Producing New GSM Network Capable Devices.

    • jonstonson

      enought CAPS?

  • Wayne

    This is laughable considering Mr. Ralph De La Vega and AT&T Wireless have been sending AT&T customers threatening letters stating that if they tether they will be forcibly switched over to a $45 limited data plan.Mr. De La Vega has already gotten rid of unlimited data plans for new customers and wants to start using smaller simcards making it harder for AT&T customers to use unlocked phones.Unfortunately Mr. Ralph De La Vega only spells trouble for AT&T customers and I feel sorry for Tmobile customers if they end up in the hands of Mr. Ralph De La Vega and AT&T Wireless.

  • John

    AT&T is right.  Go back to the 1990′s when AT&T bought Mobile One.  They said the same thing that this would lower consumers pricing and increase competition.  Right after the mergers was completed, AT&T laid off over half the employees of Mobile One and closed down a quarter of those stores. It was not until VoiceStream merged with Duesche Telecom and creating T Mobile that the big two had any national competition (GTE/Verizon and AT&T).  T Mobile built a their customer base on great customer service.  AT&T has built their customer based on buying the competition.

    Now travel back in time to the 1990′s again.  What happen to the customers rate plans once the merger was completed.  All old rate plans were ended, customer on those rate plans had no choice but to choose a new rate plan.  There was no grand fathering of rate plans, these new rate plans were promoted are higher but more services.  The problem with AT&T stating more service, it was still the same services the Mobile One customer were getting.  Only the old AT&T customer saw any benefits because now they got more services.  These increase pricing by AT&T allowed GTE/Verizon to increase the cost of services and why not.  AT&T is selling the same service for more money so why shouldn’t they get more too.  Yep pricing competition, not lower price wars but how much can you charge before customer start jumping ship to the tiny competition.

    VoiceSteam was that tiny company that got a helping hand and became T Mobile.  AT&T talks about grand father T Mobiles plans, but this will only be until AT&T completes the merger and can force the ex T Mobile customer off those rate plans.  AT&T does it to their current customers, end a rate plans and force you on to a new one.  Ask just any T Mobile customer and I bet you will find they have jumped off the big AT&T or Verizon boat.  You can bet it was to get better customer service and a better rate plan.  AT&T is not going to lower their rate plans, they are going to force high ones.

    In 1991 a Mobile One customer paid $50 for a 100 minutes rate plan (included paging and weekends starting at 7pm Friday until 6am Monday)  Texting and other Messaging were not around yet.
    In 1992 those old Mobile One Customer which now are AT&T customers were paying $55 for a 100 minute rate plan, but as AT&T told them. ” It now includes Paging and Night and Weekend starting at 9pm Friday and ending at Midnight Sunday.

    How do I remember this, I was a Mobile One Customer who made the switch to VoiceStream in 1992.  Why would I pay more for less services.

    As any customer of AT&T last mergers, you will find many have switch to either T Mobile or Sprint.

    • ColdFeet

      They cannot force you to sign up for one of their rate plans. If you’re in a 2 year contract, you’ll be able to finish off that contract on your current rate plan and be free to cancel service when it’s over. If they DO choose to “force” you into a new rate plan during the contract, then you’ll also have the option of canceling service without penalty.

      If you want to remain on AT&T/T-mobile, then you MIGHT have to change rate plans.

      Deal with it or don’t. But not dealing with it will mean you’ll have to find another provider.

      • John

        AT&T can and has forced their current customer off one rate plan on to another.  The fine print allows for AT&T to end a rate plan and you have a choice to either choose another with no change charge or they will place you on one.

        Recently AT&T customer had a choice for Unlimited Texting and Data Services.  AT&T ended the Unlimited and force customer to choose a new rate plan.  There was not out of a contract, all in the fine print.

        • John also

          Although that is true, this is a merger and AT&T has to commit to the DOJ that they will honor the contract. If AT&T wants the merger to go through. The DOJ will rollover for AT&T and permit the merger. However, the DOJ wants to act like they did something for the consumer.

        • John also

          Although that is true, this is a merger and AT&T has to commit to the DOJ that they will honor the contract. If AT&T wants the merger to go through. The DOJ will rollover for AT&T and permit the merger. However, the DOJ wants to act like they did something for the consumer.

      • John

        AT&T has a wonderful fine print that allows them to end a rate plan and force you on to a replacement plan.  Either you choose or they place you on what they believe works best.

        Ask AT&T customer who had the Unlimited Texting and Data package.  AT&T dumped the unlimited data portion and those customer had to choose a new plan that gave them a limit on the amount of data or be charged for or usage. 

  • Mike

    I wonder what’s more important to the FCC,AT&T becoming the largest GSM Wireless monopoly in America or the pasty on Janet Jackson’s left nipple.I can’t wait to here the answer.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    it’s either let TMO ride into the sunset with the merger or let them face the death penalty with their inevitable end … either way TMO won’t be around much longer.

    • JT

      My contract with TMO was up last month. I just pre-ordered an HTC EVO 3D and signed up with Sprint. Hey if TMO is still around in 2 years and they have good plans maybe I’ll come back but I’m not worried about it right now.  No AT&T for me.

  • Acinorev

    I like it that they’re merging.
    Yes, I do like T-mobile but they’re constantly losing customers. With these 2 combining I think it’s good.

    • Diego57

      You must have AT&T and like paying higher prices?

  • http://twitter.com/PaulHarrisonPro Paul Harrison

    Have they ever answered the question “Why T-Mobile”?

    Let me put it this way, there’s another operator out there that has a nationwide swathe of AWS spectrum – spectrum they’re already using exclusively for LTE. That operator doesn’t have that many existing customers (thus it wouldn’t disrupt the market if AT&T bought them), and, given the relatively small number, and the fact the operator runs a non-GSM standard on its PCS spectrum, these could be migrated to Verizon and Sprint without any issues.

    The operator’s name? MetroPCS.

    Buying MetroPCS would solve the problem AT&T is claiming the merger is necessary for, and wouldn’t damage competition. So why are they buying T-Mobile?

    • Brianb

      MetroPCS is CDMA tech cell company.  Tmobile and AT&T’s voice and Edge data network (both GSM) work cross company right NOW.  That is partly why they picked Tmobile.
      Tmobile’s AWS band is completely national now and thus gives ATT a national LTE ‘playground’ bandwidth to test LTE on.  Let be honest, alot of this is about the HUGE frequency demand of the Iphone.  ATT need density big time and right away.  Tmobile gives them that quickly and at a cheap price for what they get (much cheaper than buying spectrum and building more towers).  Tmobile also just did expensive backhaul with fiber.  ATT wouldn’t have to do this…it’s already a pre-done modern system at Tmobile.

      NOW, I don’t want the Justice Department to allow this buyouut.  It should be illegal by the letter of the ANTI_TRUST laws.  If this passes?  Something is really wrong with our government; and big business has completely bought the united states.  A merger like this would go against EXACTLY why they created the Anti-Trust laws.

      For all you people saying Tmobile would ‘fall apart’ anyways?? LOL..Deushe Telekom (the owner in Germany) is extremely wealthy.  They wouldn’t let it “fall apart.”    If the germans don’t want Tmobile:  Orange Mobile (France), Rogers( Canada), Vodafone (UK), or Virgin mobile could buy it and run it better.  The CEO’s of Orange and Voda were commenting in the trades that Deutche didn’t manage/market the USA Tmobile division well at all.  So I think those companies thought they could do it better.

      It would be nice if another Euro cell company bought it and kept some competition in the HUGE American market.  I think the USA needs more than two major cell phone companies for true competition.  If the ATT buyout would occur 80% of the market would be ATT and Verizon (both expensive companies).

      • Juice

        Vodafone owns Verizon Wireless. (Joint Venture with Verizon Communications)

      • Juice

        Vodafone owns Verizon Wireless. (Joint Venture with Verizon Communications)

    • Brianb

      MetroPCS is CDMA tech cell company.  Tmobile and AT&T’s voice and Edge data network (both GSM) work cross company right NOW.  That is partly why they picked Tmobile.
      Tmobile’s AWS band is completely national now and thus gives ATT a national LTE ‘playground’ bandwidth to test LTE on.  Let be honest, alot of this is about the HUGE frequency demand of the Iphone.  ATT need density big time and right away.  Tmobile gives them that quickly and at a cheap price for what they get (much cheaper than buying spectrum and building more towers).  Tmobile also just did expensive backhaul with fiber.  ATT wouldn’t have to do this…it’s already a pre-done modern system at Tmobile.

      NOW, I don’t want the Justice Department to allow this buyouut.  It should be illegal by the letter of the ANTI_TRUST laws.  If this passes?  Something is really wrong with our government; and big business has completely bought the united states.  A merger like this would go against EXACTLY why they created the Anti-Trust laws.

      For all you people saying Tmobile would ‘fall apart’ anyways?? LOL..Deushe Telekom (the owner in Germany) is extremely wealthy.  They wouldn’t let it “fall apart.”    If the germans don’t want Tmobile:  Orange Mobile (France), Rogers( Canada), Vodafone (UK), or Virgin mobile could buy it and run it better.  The CEO’s of Orange and Voda were commenting in the trades that Deutche didn’t manage/market the USA Tmobile division well at all.  So I think those companies thought they could do it better.

      It would be nice if another Euro cell company bought it and kept some competition in the HUGE American market.  I think the USA needs more than two major cell phone companies for true competition.  If the ATT buyout would occur 80% of the market would be ATT and Verizon (both expensive companies).

  • JJ

    The bad part about if they merge is that AT&T isn’t going to keep a promise on anything if its not in writing. So to all those AT&T customers that think its going to be a win-win deal, sorry but most likely AT&T is going to charge top dollar for their “new and improved service”. Me being a T Mobile customer and former AT$T/ Cingular employee they wont care about the customers only the profit reports. Don’t worry its highly unlikely they will force you to change plans but they do have people will keep calling and bugging you to do it. AT&T would end up controlling a majority of the GSM technology which in turns allows them to change prices, and think about it if they spend billions to buy T Mobile, AT&T has to make it back from somewhere right? Get it?……

    “THAT MEANS YOU STUPID”

  • bonez

    u all that are bashing this merger are stupid att will not take away your plan that was grandfathered in unless u switch it yourselves. ive been an att customer for along time and they have always kept their word by fixing any problem i switched to other companies cause they were cheaper but never got the service they promised so im back with att for good if this merger goes through i will be very happy cause this means i wont have to worry about losing service anywhere at all att does have some flaws but i rather have them instead of sprint,verizon or eben tmo just cause u dont get the best service so think about it this means the manufacturers will have to make their gsm phones for atts spectrum in the us so that means more opportunities to get a good smartphone instead of trying to unlock one from tmobile yes i dont like the tiered data plans att has now but i dont even go over the 2gbs unless i stream alot of videos but oh well thats a price to pay to have a good company that can offer me better phone service