Microsoft, Facebook Among Eight Technology Companies Supporting AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Microsoft joined with Facebook and 6 other technology companies in a filing to the FCC last night in a statement of support for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger.  The deals supporters include Yahoo, Oracle, Research in Motion and VC firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Partners. Their argument is pretty much summed up by saying that the proposed deal is the best way for AT&T to expand their network capacity in order to serve a larger portion of America with high-speed wireless services.

“The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it,” the companies write. “Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”

I do understand why these companies feel the need to put forth such a letter and yet they are both well served by AT&T and T-Mobile separately as much as they would be together and given AT&T’s current record of network management, I’m still skeptical (and so should they) that AT&T can properly build a network that could serve 97% of Americans with LTE. Research in Motion should be much more concerned about keeping their own company from getting gobbled up or disappearing as competitors continue to pull away mores than they should be worried about this proposed deal. And while I’m sure this will give AT&T a needed boost in their “we’ve got real support” as opposed to the small foundations they’ve been touting as vocal supporters they should be focused on the task at hand, improving coverage now.

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Check the full text of the filing below:

 

Julius Genachowski, Chairman
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

June 6, 2011

WT 11-65: In the Matter of applications of AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG for consent to assign or Transfer Control of licenses and Authorizations

Dear Mr. Chairman,

Today, consumers are increasingly using smart phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices to wirelessly connect to the Internet and to each other. We expect access to our content, information and services wherever we are. As a result, consumer demand for wireless broadband is dramatically increasing and our wireless networks are struggling to keep pace with the demand. Given the network capacity challenges, policymakers must give meaningful consideration to AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile as a means of addressing their near term wireless broadband capacity needs.

Despite the network challenges presented by the surging consumer demand, the United States must continue to lead in wireless broadband technologies. U.S. companies are at the forefront of driving innovations in devices, applications and services and an ever evolving wireless network is essential to realizing new and innovative offerings. An increasingly robust and efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle and a healthy wireless ecosystem is an important part of our global competitiveness.

AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile represents a near term means of addressing the rising consumer demand. For example, the merged company will be able to leverage a larger network of cell sites allowing greater reuse of spectrum and increasing the wireless broadband capacity of the network. Furthermore, AT&T has indicated that it will migrate the T-Mobile network to LTE technology and offer LTE-based wireless broadband to 97.3 percent of the U.S. population. AT&T has stated that its LTE deployment will bring significant benefits to residents of rural areas and smaller communities, where the benefits of real-time video and similar capabilities are most urgently needed to fill gaps in physical infrastructure for healthcare, education, and other social needs.

The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.

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  • Clint

    Some of these companies that support this deal are making it WAYYYYYYYY to easy for me to say something so I won’t lol.  Needless to say, not surprised in the least.

  • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

    Actually I think the reason is fairly obvious:

    Microsoft? Their biggest rival is Google, who stands to lose much of their ability to distinguish Android as an open system if the merger goes ahead.

    Yahoo? Their biggest rival is Google, who stands to lose much of their ability
    to distinguish Android as an open system if the merger goes ahead.

    Facebook? Google is moving into their space, attempting (as they’ve done several times before) to integrate social networking into their platform, and Google stands to lose much of their ability
    to distinguish Android as an open system if the merger goes ahead.

    RIM? Their biggest rival is Google, who stands to lose much of their ability
    to distinguish Android as an open system if the merger goes ahead.

    Oracle? They’re currently at war with Google, who stands to lose much of their ability
    to distinguish Android as an open system if the merger goes ahead.

    It’s all about what’s not best for Google. Android would look very different (and would be considerably less successful) if Google had had to go with a partner that demands lock-ins and carrier control like AT&T.  The only surprise is the lack of Apple’s signature on the letter.

    • Meisterman09

      Actually, microsoft makes more money on android than they do for windowa phone 7 because htc pays them 5 bucks for every phone they sell or something like that…I forgot where I read it…so I don’t get why microsoft would be in favor of android messing up…

      • Anonymous

        I read that too but MS can’t rely on Android.  WP7 isn’t really doing good and they NEED to grow.

  • Meisterman09

    NO! Get out now…this is bull…perkins? Don’t they make food? Why do they care? Ahhh this its upsetting…

  • http://twitter.com/DannOfThurs DannOfThurs

    It’s simple: if the ATT / TMO merger is approved, it will create a path for others to form a vertical monopoly. It’s in their best interests.

  • Dswagg2k10

    throws laptop out windows, cancels facebook first 

    • None

      And your Yahoo! account

      • Anonymous

        What Yahoo account?  Those were sooo 1990s. <_<

      • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

        Done that years ago

  • Anonymous

    RIM is better off making phones for both AT&T and T-Mobile, than just for AT&T as a GSM monopoly. Microsoft just wants this for their upcoming WP7 devices. They know that people don’t like WP7. Especially since they took over Nokia.

  • Anonymous

    Not shocked by this at all. Especially Microsoft.

  • http://twitter.com/docrobert151 bob turner

    Less Competition means they can sell phones for more money (RIM and MS)…. duh

  • jjank

    i honestly don’t expect the government to do things for the people. We live in a corporatacracy where business is favored over the rights of the people. It is quite obvious when the company with the best customer satisfaction, the company which helped usher in the era of android and the company with, for the most part, the best pricing structure is being pushed to disappear.

    • Mark

      I don’t support the merger either, but it’s not like it’s a hostile takeover.  T-Mobile’s owners don’t want it anymore, and as much as I like my TMo account I don’t want to live in a country where the government can force people to unwillingly operate a business.

      • Anonymous

        If other companies were not interested in TMO , AT&T would have never paid twice what TMO is worth . Do you want to live in a country were choice and competition can be eliminated for corporate gain ?

      • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

        DT doesn’t want t-mo but t-mo could branch out and be its own if t-mo usa wanted to. The only reason DT wants t-mo gone is because no matter how good we are we always sit at 4th or 3rd place in comparison. there is no massive debt that woulld cause t-mo needs to be sold. They are just tired of the same thing.

  • Hugus

    I guess I will drop my Facebook account.

    • Cruzantis

      drop ur facebook account wth is wrong with you; this merger is the most awesome thing. I really dont understand why so many people hate this merge, to me its a dream come true

      • thatotherguy

        because at&t sucks….. what rock have you been under?

        • Emmanuel Gonzalez

          where i live if ur not rocking with ATT ur not rocking at all. ATT the best (where I live) so thats whats important to me

        • Anonymous

          Well you aren’t the public interest that this merger needs to serve. This thing needs to benefit the people who have ZERO service anywhere. I can only get service where I live (15 miles from Washington DC) with a landline or with WiFi Calling. I’m not paying and THEN begging AT&T to give me a bloody femtocell.

        • Zifnab2k

          Where I live, i’m making phone calls and reading websites on my Tmobile phone while the iPhone users wave their phones in the air grumbling about how they can’t get any reception.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U7LNT5V2QT2VX4NEO7UUUTX4GE tungn

        This merger will cut down on competition and raise prices while lower services offered per contract.

      • Zifnab2k

        Because att price gouges and can’t run a network. In Los Angeles my 3g phone gets double the speeds of att 4g phones, and unlike my iphone buddies i can actually make and recieve phone calls…This merger just means my awesome reception and data will get trampled by iPhone douches, who will be ecstatic to make their very first phone call that doesn’t drop. Furthermore for a plan with att that is equal to my current plan it will cost me over $80 / mo extra.

        So of course some of us don’t support it. Higher prices, lower bandwidth, worst customer service. While I despise Verizon, I will pay any price to remain off att. They will never directly get my money again.

      • Respawn

        That almost sounds like someone actually buying into Stevenson and his ballistic BS. As Mr. T would say, I pitty the fool.

      • Anonymous

        Please enlighten me! What is so grand about this merger?

        • Dewey Cox

          IT IS NOT A MERGER. IT IS A BUY OUT

      • Anonymous

        Maybe because At&T could’ve used that $36B to upgrade their network? Maybe because once the merger completes, things like unlocked bootloaders, sideloading, non-carrier branded tethering apps will disappear? Maybe because At&t will keep their crappy customer no-service and lying corporate-store employees? Maybe because At&t (along with Verizon) will nickle and dime it’s customers to death?

    • Minioninnc

      I dropped mine long ago, as in never having one, and never will have one. Mark Suckerberg sucks. As well as his straight to DVD movie that came out. Whatever the name of it was. See what I mean? I don’t even know the name of it either.

  • J. Williams

    I’m disappointed. Really disappointed. I know it’s still early, but I just don’t like how these companies and the government lets money make the decision. Then after it falls through the floor, we go down and pickup the pieces and just say ‘oh Well’ sad. Very sad…

  • Cruzantis

    I really want this merger, where i live ATT is the only carrier with awesome reception almost EVERYWHERE and 3g and 4g almost EVERYWHERE. I am with tmobile right now and I will be honest T MOBILE NETWORK SUCKS, even CLARO and ATT came late in the 4g wagon and they already have 4g where i live and almost in the entire country where as tmobile just has to towns and the metropolitan area, to wrap it up I’ll just say that once this merger is done i will finally enjoy something better than edge on my phone even if its not unlimited, which right now i dont care cause i have unlimited edge but not unlimited HSPA, with ATT i will have limited HSPA but still 
    HSPA limited >>>>>> EDGE on tmobile

    • Mopar6464

      I’m in the same situation.
      Can’t wait for it to be approved and finally get 3G service for what i pay for and not be charged for 3G service on T-Mobile but get Edge data 75% of the time.
      Oh and i’m constantly roaming off of AT&T through the state i live in 10 minutes outside the 3 major cities.

      • thatotherguy

        if your service is so bad why are you on tmobile?  go ahead and leave to go to at&t.. while your at it go ahead and mortgage your homes so you can pay the bill.  but when this fails, dont come back

        • Mopar6464

          First of all , one of my three lines is still under contract until Christmas.
          Second , i’m not stupid like some people here and jump ship prematurely and pay twice as much a month than i’m paying now for the same service i will be getting when AT&T assumes my three lines i will extend just before the approval and will have to honor my T-Mobile rate plans until they expire in 2 years.
          And thirdly , don’t worry i won’t be coming back because T-Mobile will soon be history anyways.

        • Zifnab2k

          Congratulations on living in one of the only areas ATT actually gets good reception. Just because you alone get good service in your area on ATT does not reflect the rest of the country. Here in LA 3g means you get 800kbps and 4g means you get 1.2mpbs… That’s assuming data is transferring at all. I think you’re foolish for whining about T-Mobile’s service and thinking its a reason for a merger. NO company has complete reception in every corner of the US, and this merger isn’t going to make it so.

          If you don’t like T-Mobile, and ATT is SOOO f’n amazing in your area, you should have switched a long time ago. Stop poaching over the merger and try to preach to us that ATT has good service. You want the merger so you can have a grandfathered Tmobile rate, thus admitting ATT is a rip off.

        • Mopar6464

          Congratulations for being an idiot and not being able to read and comprehend what i was saying above.
          Can’t leave if i’m still under contract and have to pay the ETF unless your willing to send me some of your cash to pay for it since it bends you so much that my family gets great AT&T service better than T-Mobile in My Area.
          I never stated AT&T was the best Everywhere , i said it was better than T-Mobile in My Area.
          And the last time i checked there was free speech in this country. Oh i forgot , in your view it’s only ok if everyone agrees with Your opinion .

      • Anonymous

        If you really think you’re going to get 3G service with AT&T, good luck. They said LTE service to most Americans, not 3G, and voice over LTE is off in the distance somewhere. So, you’ll still have dropped voice calls.

        • Mopar6464

          Dropped calls was not my main bitch about T-Mobile. It’s the 3G service they say you get when most of the time in my area your stuck on Edge while paying for that 3G service.
          Half my family is already on AT&T right now so save your BS about how bad they suck and dropped calls. I see the actual results daily and i call major BS. Maybe in Your Area is sucks , but not mine.

        • Anonymous

          Many they both suck.  My work phone is ATT and my personal is TMo so I can see the difference.  Southeast Kansas City MO has piss poor ATT reception and it’s virturally unusable in my house whereas TMo is pretty decent except for the many patches of no bars.  Sprint is the same way as ATT.  But if you look at coverage maps, reception is good.

        • Mopar6464

          I don’t think any carriers is perfect in all areas that’s why i sate in My Area.
          I live in Columbus,Ohio and if you stay within the 3 major cities T-Mobile is fine. Go 15 minutes outside of that and my smartphones jump to Edge right away and in some places only GPRS.
          My brothers same WM phones still get 3G and i’m not saying it’s the fastest 3G but at least he gets 3G and i can’t. We will even swap sim cards(phones unlocked) between the phones and the same thing happens.
          So in my neck of the woods AT&T gets better data than my T-Mobile service. That’s why half my family uses AT&T and won’t go with T-Mobile. It’s not all about the monthly bill cost but also the data coverage you get for what you pay for.
          I’m not getting 3G 75% of the time 15 minutes outside a major city while T-Mobile bills me for it . At least my brother gets what he pays for , actual 3G service not edge most of the times.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U7LNT5V2QT2VX4NEO7UUUTX4GE tungn

        Then switch to ATT. Simple. Not sure what you are trying to get at. You
        don’t like Tmobile and complain about their service but still keep a
        contract? The price on the ATT contract won’t get any cheaper. 

        • Mopar6464

          Read my above reply to thatotherguy .
          Only a stupid idiot would jump ship straight to AT&T right now knowing in a few months i can get the same service at half the price with AT&T from my T-Mobile contracts they assume and will have to honor until they expire.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U7LNT5V2QT2VX4NEO7UUUTX4GE tungn

      Then switch to ATT. Simple. Not sure what you are trying to get at. You don’t like Tmobile and complain about their service but still keep a contract? The price on the ATT contract won’t get any cheaper.

    • Zifnab2k

      You know you could just get att now right? Why wait if that’s the case? Its not the same for everyone. In Los Angeles my 3g nexus one gets double the speed of att 4g phones. For me it just means all the itards will be sucking up my bandwidth. I get no benefit from this merger, only an increased bill of over $900 extra per year. For the extra $920 ill just switch to Verizon. Both are crooks, but I don’t have a past history of getting jerked around by verizon like I did during my 5 years with att

    • http://www.boymeetsphone.com Yossarian Norman

      The problem with your reasoning is its selfish. I mean it MAY benefit you but what about wireless consumers as a whole? The deal is just AT&T trying to fulfill its original company goal of controlling telecommunications in all its forms.

  • Anonymous

    WHO CARES?

    Let’s get some updates on in-stock dates for the Sensation.  Start putting your ninjas to good use and not just copying articles from other sites.

    • VIVIT

      That’s the whole point of this site. To post news about t-mobile. He’s also going to post stuff about the merger. Cause we all know that he can’t choose which type of news he wants to post about. 

    • Anonymous

      WE CARE. If you don’t care, then get off the site.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Oh man, I love the “copying articles” from other sites argument. Those are awesome!

      • Anonymous

        Way to completely miss the point of my post. 

        The fact is as an actual consumer I am slightly more interested in hearing about actual product information and insider comments which your site excels in regarding Tmobile rather than a regurgitation from other sources.  Frankly, if all you did was copy articles from other sites this site would be irrelevant.  The site is not irrelevant though because you ARE ABLE to break a lot of your own stories….which is what I was simply asking for there. 

        This is the only site I feel I could count on for correct and updated information on something like the Sensation inventory….but keep feeling like you’re being attacked if that makes you feel better.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          You should keep in mind that I write stories as I get them so if something isn’t written odds are I don’t have something on it yet. T-Mobile stores are getting demo devices of the Sensation today which means inventory could follow later this week so we will see. I’ve got hundreds of feelers out there so when a story allows someone to buy the device I’ll post it with neon lights and fireworks.

        • Anonymous

          See, this is the type of information that I think people would want to hear about one of the best phones Tmo has ever dropped.  It would have been nice to come here and see a quick blurb that demo’s are just arriving today so we wouldn’t get our hopes up about inventory possibly being in tomorrow.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Yes but I know what should be posted better than most. The problem with saying demos are in stock is there is now an expectation that phones will immediately follow. People then bother their local stores causing problems for customers in stores who are trying to get service. I’m better off waiting till the phone is ACTUALLY in stock to post something. That helps everyone, posting the demo phones have arrived isn’t news.

        • None

          I love when you post even the small stuff (like shots of the cases for the new slide).  The small stuff like that fresh and interesting for someone that is a daily reader.  I would like to see you put up even the smallest bit of info unless you can see a reason not to (as you outllined above).
          PS- those cases were ugly but I enjoyed that you posted them, as well as the recent post of the G2 end-of-life article!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always thought the FCC would cave . To much closed door nonsense . Its the DOJ that really holds the best hope . Facebook makes sense . The highest data speeds from your phone to their site . AT&T didn’t pay twice what T-Mobiles worth to provide LTE to caves in Idaho but the powers that be know this . Notice how the new thing in the AT&T lobby game is to champion providers that don’t have a network or spectrum like Boost or Cricket . Providers that post merger will be at AT&T’s mercy . The longer it goes . The more people will wear down though . Hell I will wear down . If it is any consolation everyone will be in the same boat if this merger goes through . The incentive to grandfather rates will be gone in a couple of years when its just Verizon & AT&T . Thats when I revert to dixie cups and string .

  • now_onTMO

    I don’t want the merger to go through, but if it does then att it is, coz there’s no way ill have a cdma phone..

    Please facebook stay out of this… LoL

    • http://twitter.com/Emir_Mu Emir

      Why is Facebook even trying to get itself involved here?

  • A Lost Mapmaker

    What my question is, if AT&T already has “amazing” coverage, why do they need to buy out a smaller company like T-Mobile that “only” covers metropolitan areas that AT&T already covers to “expand” their network?

    • Anonymous

      I hope you submitted a comment to that effect.

    • Girth Brooks

      They don’t have amazing coverage.  They have desperately need to blanket the metropolitan areas, although they have coverage there, there isn’t enough towers (specifically for data) to allow too many of the users to get decent web speeds.  The one thing T-Mobile has that they really want, is T-Mobile’s towers.  T-Mobile has a fast network for data currently, mainly because we don’t have near the amount of users AT&T does.

    • Anonymous

      Why would AT&T pay twice what T-Mobiles worth if it already has super duper spectacular coverage ? You get a GSM monopoly . Thats roaming fees counting all the people here and visiting from out of the country & handheld devises . It has more control over companies that have to piggyback networks . It PRICE CONTROL !! LTE is a mask . 90 percent of America will never need data that fast on a phone & who cares if people that don’t have running water have access to it .

    • Gm Aharrington1

      Because AT&T couldn’t get it done on their own. Once again T-mobile is releasing 21Mbps now and yes I realize that no one is getting those speeds. First you need a phone with a radio capable of those speeds and second you need it to be an off peak time. All these companies say how it will solve an issue now for bandwidth. However, facebook,yahoo, and oracle have no clue and will not benefit or lose customers from the merger. They can therefore say what they want and do not have to worry. However, Microsoft is the one with a stake in this but, if the merger happens that’s one less carrier that will sell phones with their OS. By the way Microsoft has only 6% of the market of cell phones. If merger happens then it will decrease. RIM biggest supporter of their phones is T-mobile. A merger will knock their sales down into Nokia’s numbers. Finally, last point I want to make is the FCC asked most major cellphone companies to reply; last I checked none of the ones that are listed are a cellphone company. At best RIM makes some cellphones and Microsoft has an OS for them that’s it.

  • cale42

    Shocking a bunch of giant companies support 2 other giant companies merging in a manner that will increase the bottom line and hurt consumers and employees.  Of course they support it.

    • Anonymous

      “Shocking a bunch of giant companies do not support 2 other giant companies merging in a manner that will decrease their bottom line….”  Of course they don’t support it.

  • Anonymous

    All these companies going along with the proposed buy out are all in AT&T’s pocket. They all have been promised major profits if they go along with the buy out. This is so obvious and it is a complete insult if anyone thinks anything different. RIM is spiraling out of control and would promise their first born just to keep their out of date phones in AT&T’s product line. All the other companies listed all have major financial interest in this buy out. The sneaky inside deals being made is pathetic and should be made public. More noise must be made or this buy out will go forward. Can you imagine just how much wasted taxpayers money is being spent on this complete smoke screen and these clowns are just laughing on their way home. This makes me sick to my stomach. Someone needs to scream this out at these so called hearings. (PUBLIC RIPOFF)

    • Wizzstar

      Yeah man, I agree with you 1000%, it’s GOOGLE THEY HATE [ANDROID]…. Dave do a poll and see how many people would love to see Google purchase T-Mobile USA ……

    • Guest

      Do you have evidence of att is doing this?
      “. This is so obvious and it is a complete insult if anyone thinks anything different.”
      That doesn’t justify your argument.
      You get the tin foil hat of the day award!

      • Turdnugget0420

        Lets see you disprove the posters rather than just posting they have no argument.

        You get to share the tin foil hat also…GUEST.

  • Anonymous

    Posted my comment, finally. More people need to post individualized comments. They all read the same, cookiecutter language.

  • None

    Is Apple waiting for a special invitation to offer their support?

    • Just Mike

      Apple is waiting to have a special press event and a flashy Steve Jobs presentation to announce their new iSupport for the merger and explain why it is better than the support that has already been announced by other companies.

      • None

        I just laughed and spit on my computer screen.  Thanks. LOL

  • Steve

    have u notice that out of Verizon and sprint and T-Mobile, att has almost 4 or more windows 7 phones so I guess that’s why Microsoft is helping att. all these companies suck never. yahoo never made it as big as Google. RIM is out off style. Facebook is just getting support of there phones throught att.

    • Guest

      and steve what company have you created that has created prosperity for so many people.
      You realize not every company can be big right?

      • Anonymous

        If everyone is big, then no one is.

  • http://twitter.com/tpettyrox Jonathan Stein

    “For example, the merged company will be able to leverage a larger network of cell sites allowing greater reuse of spectrum and increasing the wireless broadband capacity of the network. Furthermore, AT&T has indicated that it will migrate the T-Mobile network to LTE technology and offer LTE-based wireless broadband to 97.3 percent of the U.S. population. AT&T has stated that its LTE deployment will bring significant benefits to residents of rural areas and smaller communities”
    That’s just garbage.  First, combining AT&T and T-Mobile’s GSM networks won’t create greater coverage for anyone.  AT&T phones will still only work on the AT&T sites, and T-Mobile phones on T-Mobile sites because of the different spectrum the companies employ for GSM.

    Second, T-Mobile’s network primarily covers only urban areas.  Coverage in the boonies is patchy at best.  How is migrating T-Mobile’s network to LTE possibly going to cover 97.3% of Americans including “rural areas and smaller communities”?

    • brad162

      Both AT&T and T-Mobile use PCS 1900MHz for their GSM (well AT&T has some 850MHz thrown in there too), it’s the 3G bands that are different. T-Mobile uses 1700MHz AWS and AT&T uses 850/1900MHz for their 3G, AT&T plans on using T-Mobile’s 1900MHz PCS to add spectrum to their own network and use the 1700MHz AWS to deploy LTE on. Not saying that i support this at all, as i refuse to give any money to AT&T again over my piss poor wireless and landline experiences i had from them in the midwest

  • Guest

    and que the paranoid filled rants in 5..4..3..2..1

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

    what slash says makes a ton of sense, but im still confused.  WTF do these companies have to do with with 2 cell phone companies comming together?  If anything facebook should be against it because more people buy cell phones just to get on facebook.  Microsoft is just mad that WP7 isnt doing that well and they only have one phone on tmobile, that is more locked down than the iphone.  I hope this hostile take over gets blocked.  

  • MaxHeadroom

    Why do you guys keep calling it a “merger” ?? It’s not a merger, it’s a puchase.
    They’re even telling you what it is: 3rd para. –> “aquisition”; Stephenson calls it “aquiaition” in the Senate hearing as well.
    There’s a difference between a merger and a buy-out.

  • WannaStayTMo

    First, “AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile represents a near term means of addressing the rising consumer demand.”  Why should the FCC approve such a big merger simply for a ‘near term’ solution?  What happens after the ‘near term’?
    Next, if the problem is “…keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products…”, then we should just combine ALL the wireless carriers…  include Verizon, Sprint, and all the other metro carriers in the merger as well.  Then, having all that spectrum in one company will really drive innovation…  yea, right.

    • Farhan

      Another thing is that AT&T has already said that even without the merger they can serve 4g to about 80% of the market. So why remove a competitor for a measly 17%

      If they want to remain competitive then they should spend $20 billion on expanding and improving their network and $19 billion on giving their customers some free phones or discounted plans, etc. Win-Win for everyone.

  • Mr Young19

    none of these  companies  are thinking about the people who will be affect by the merger. They  only thinking about one thing and one thing only there pockets. The biggest losers is going to be the Tmobile consumer. People like me.

    • Anonymous

      Grammer Nazi: their* pockets.

      • Rdfrancis516

        Don’t you think you should spell “grammar” correctly before becoming the grammar Nazi? ;)

        • Anonymous

          Huh?  check it again lol

  • HaVoKTEK

    This is soooo much B.S. it’s sickening, we ALL can rip a new “ahole” into Microsoft, RIM, Oracle and Facebook on their business shortcomings and activities. This looks just like election year campaign posturing, people saying what there gonna do but in the end they don’t do jack and we the people are still Screwed.
    It’s freaking killing my mojo….I’m out, I got a server to rebuild……Just get the buyout over with already, we’ll see that once again AT&T got over and we are still no where closer to advancing anything in terms of spectrum and innovation. Yet once again poeple who run this crap gets paid, laughin’ all the way to the bank….. in-which they own!

  • Jarrod

    I hope this gets blocked, it ruins carrier choice for consumers and kills innovation( many of people have stated this before). Also if there having such issues with there 3G networks right now, Why would they want to add 30+ million to a network in shambles? I know there intention is to use the towers in those stressed areas, but if you have two towers right beside each other isn’t that going to make it worse?

  • Trentlarge

    That was wrong what you said about RIM David! I know they are having a down time, but give them a break. Its not like they arent trying! They have announced some pretty killer hardware, and QNX is a goldmine. Even still, the company owns a lot of the market, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Blackberries will rule again!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I wish I had the same level of confidence, I want to have it, but I don’t think the CEO’s “get it.”

      • Youngt82

        Hey David,

        All the CEO’s care about is making more money, so if this deal goes through its better for them. They could care less about us “commited T-Mobile users and fans” ugh

        • Guest

          Funny how when they make more money MOST EVERYONE within the company prospers as well as vendors they might use. YOU WANT CEO’s to make money! 

    • Dewey Cox

      RIM has lost massive market share to other OS. They are viewed as old and will have a very difficult time coming back. If you appeal to a defined demographic ( business) it is hard to grow a business. Other OS do the same thing and look better doing it. I loved every single BB I had but it is time to move on to better things. RIM has tried to appeal to the average consumer but never had the device to do so. The Pearl was the first “sexy” BB and sold great……then the iPhone came along, followed by Android. Instead of a touch screen to compete, they gave us the Pearl Flip. What a disaster !!!!!!
      Business is just as fickle as regular consumers are. Remember Push to Talk?????? Most business people that I know are using Apple and Android far more than BB.
      They will remain a player, just a smaller one.

  • Champ

    Taking shots at RIM? That’s real classy……..From a business/Tech point of view, it makes sense to all these companies, because it cuts down how many carriers/phones they have to make. They’re sales won’t suffer because people who are going to get BB or Windows phones are going to get them no matter what because thats’s what they like. Their sales won’t suffer at all, but their workload will be reduced.

    • Anonymous

      Does Facebook make phones, too?

  • alex

    see microsoft tahts why i hate you, Sony all the way, microsoft wants it to go through to make your money they do not care about consumers

  • FULLMETAL

    WELL!!! all this crying over spilled milk won’t help.  i think the deal is done in my opinion.  I think att service suck because there are so many users on the network that some times it over loads so if they acquire tmobiles network with the smaller amount of customers it will spread that load out and result in better coverage for everyone. prices are going up anyway, look at these $249 and $299 smartphones now.

  • Vibrant Addict

    Crap, that really sucks. All that was needed was the big boys to agree and it’s done. Bye bye t-mobile, innovation, and low prices

    • TypicalWhitePerson

      Mark Zuckerberg is a genius… and my hero! I don’t like the idea of the merger, but if Mark supports it… then I might have to as well. Sorry!

      (David, don’t be upset and delete me, please! Lol)

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        Vibrant, I meant to post that comment as a comment and not a reply. Sorry about that!

      • Anonymous

        What a great way to think for yourself, huh?

        • duh

          he was being sarcastic…

      • Guest

        David is fair he wont delete you. 
        Its the rabbid tmo fanboys who cant handle any sort of difference of opinion. 

        • Realcool2000

          and what fanboy team would fall into the category of ? Just wondering?

        • Zifnab2k

          That’s because Tmo fan boys don’t want to handle the extra cost that’s going to occur when our grandfathered contracts expire. No argument anyone can make can negate the fact that both Verizon and ATT cost almost 1k more per year.

        • Zifnab2k

          Bleh, posted that on the wrong comment, Please disregard that. :P

  • Gm Aharrington1

    AT&T couldn’t get it done on their own. Once again T-mobile is releasing 21Mbps now and yes I realize that no one is getting those speeds. First you need a phone with a radio capable of those speeds and second you need it to be an off peak time. I would also like to state the fact that AT&T and T-Mobile have different bandwidths and Radio frequencies. Is AT&T willing to give me an exact duplicate of my phones just on their network? I do not want a Motorola phone because they are locked down and the fact that they are illegally gathering information from their phones and think their bloatware.. err.. I mean Moto Blur will solve Android’s known problems. I think Mr. Jha’s Moto is blurred to think it can solve the problem. Next all these companies say how it will solve an issue now for bandwidth. However, facebook,yahoo, and oracle have no clue and will not benefit or lose customers from the merger. They can therefore say what they want and do not have to worry. However, Microsoft is the one with a stake in this but, if the merger happens that’s one less carrier that will sell phones with their OS. By the way Microsoft has only 6% of the market of cell phones. If merger happens then it will decrease. RIM biggest supporter of their phones is T-mobile. A merger will knock their sales down into Nokia’s numbers. Finally, last point I want to make is the FCC asked most major cellphone companies to reply; last I checked none of the ones that are listed are a cellphone company. At best RIM makes some cellphones and Microsoft has an OS for them that’s it. Heck why not have McDonald’s, Burger King, Walmart, and Phillip Morris jump in and say it’s a good thing? Simple because their not one of the major cellphone carriers.    

    • Cartman01

      What do u mean nobody is getting 21 mbps like T-Mobile? I’m getting 23 mbps up and 20 mbps down on my droid charge on Verizon just letting ya know. And it’s not only at ”off peak” times I get those speeds all the time at any time of the day. While I admit when I’m out lf the Lte area I fall back on slow ass evdo rev A and I hate it. But that’s rare cuz where I live los Angeles has alot of Verizons Lte coverage. But still its faster than T-Mobiles hspa+ I have never seen my friends get the same speeds on their g2xs I get on my droid charge there no where close to what I get. The highest they have gotten is 11 mbps . The highest I have gotten is 23 mbps on my droid charge. The only advantage u guys have is that T-Mobile is gsm and works overseas cuz other than that Verizon is still better also in coverage Verizon’s coverage vomits on T-Mobiles lame coverage also reception inside buildings is better.

      • J. Williams

        @cartman01 Why are you here if you don’t have T-Mobile?

        Just curious

        • Cartman01

          Idk my girl friend has T-Mobile its not a bad company but yea its still not as good as Verizon

        • Guest

          Who are you the phuckin post monitor?
          Why are you here?

        • J. Williams

          LOL, guest huh? LOL

      • Dewey Cox

        I think he meant on T- Mobile

      • Zifnab2k

        I can name one other advantage… my unlimited plan costs $980 less per year than an equal plan with Verizon… and unlike Verizon, when I pass my 2g cap, I just get throttled, not charged for the data.

    • http://twitter.com/NunubuttTWIT onetimeuse

      Of course they’re not gonna give you a duplicate phone.  Its going to cost $200 and if you do you give up you gotta take one of ATT’s plans and give up your grandfathered plan.

      • Guest

        Can you provide a link to back up your claims?

  • Mopar6464

    Well keep reaching because it’s not going to work on me.
    Like i said , half my family is already on AT&T and the other half on Verizon and guess what., Verizon is not as great as the grass everyone preaches it to be either.
    My brothers 3G speeds on AT&T are actually faster than my cousins 3G service on Verizon and their both using the same brand smartphone.
    LTE and whatever they want to call 4G right now to me don’t mean squat to me when i can’t experience full 3G coverage now.

    • http://twitter.com/borodin1 Eugene Borodin

      Not at all excited about the merger but I have to agree about Verizon thing…. they suck!  I just got my new Verizon work phone and I immediately dropped 2 calls out of 4.  I was getting way better reception with my Nextel and PTT function was better implemented as well.  Really dissapointed with VZW, not even sure where to go after the merger anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/borodin1 Eugene Borodin

      Not at all excited about the merger but I have to agree about Verizon thing…. they suck!  I just got my new Verizon work phone and I immediately dropped 2 calls out of 4.  I was getting way better reception with my Nextel and PTT function was better implemented as well.  Really dissapointed with VZW, not even sure where to go after the merger anymore.

    • http://twitter.com/borodin1 Eugene Borodin

      Not at all excited about the merger but I have to agree about Verizon thing…. they suck!  I just got my new Verizon work phone and I immediately dropped 2 calls out of 4.  I was getting way better reception with my Nextel and PTT function was better implemented as well.  Really dissapointed with VZW, not even sure where to go after the merger anymore.

  • too early to think

    Just a thought, but wouldn’t any large company benefit from this deal going through, breaking ground & possibly paving the way for their company to do the same thing in whatever their market is?  “Everyone else is doing it, why can’t we?” Just sayin’…

    • Anonymous

      A domino of monopolies??

      • Wilma Flintstone

        AT&T internet on your Xbox 360.  Get ready for the Revolution.  There is Vita, now this.

        • Anonymous

          They sho did buy their way into the “Vita”(stupid name).  That wouldn’t be worth a dam in my neighborhood.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Vita Vita Viiiittttaaaa!!! LOL I had to do it. So true though.  Why Sony chose AT&T, I may never know.

      • Anonymous

        dominopoly.

        • Anonymous

          Ha!

  • Angeldevil75

    Well the only I see here that they no support the merge…they want to let us know that tey agree with the monopoly idea

    • Guest

      It’s not a monopoly

      • duh

        its a almost a monopoly because att will be the only competitive carrier that uses gsm….GSM

        • Guest

          Well almost DOESNT make it a monopoly. 

        • Realcool2000

          Technically it would be a monopoly. ATT would be the GSM service monopoly, and the world uses more gsm over all other standards. Monopoly is the correct term.

  • LA Boi 93

    and now were on att; big corps = big money = buy out deals = government gets corrupted = big corps get there way…

    now were on a deathstar for our carrier… fantastic D<

    • Guest

      Loosen up that tin foil hat

  • Anonymous

    Microsoft needs someone to sell Nokia phones….

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Good point but the only Nokia phones I’m going to be buying from here on out are Meego ones.  Screw Symbian and WP7.  I’d take Android over them both now.  but my first choice, Meego.

  • Jokerburgh76

    Hmmm make no sense… ATT TV possbile coming on XBOX LIVE TV and they’re gettin a PS VITA.. what r they trying to do whenever they gettin Tmobile merger???

  • Sparkapage

    It is all horsehit…. Corrupt…rub my back I will rub yours #pause

  • Tony in Miami

    Like ME that has been with T Mobile for 7 years. I will be definitely be leaving to either Verizon and FINALLY get my Iphone if Not to Sprint for the Evo.

  • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

    Only thing that shocks me is that facebook has any opinion to this.. They aren’t anywhere near knowledgable of the way it would affect people.

    • Guest

      LMAO ya because they don’t any business savvy, educated, and experienced professionals working at Facebook!

    • Zifnab2k

      Probably something silly like ATT guaranteed them facebook app installs on all their phones or some such. There had to be some sort of financial benefit to it. Perhaps even a cash offer? /shrug

    • Tito!

      Well said! Exactly, the matter doesn’t pertain to them. So the fact that they’d have an official statement leaves only explicable [and unsustainable to the matter, therefore shouldn't be allowed as influential]: T-Mobile is firstly responsible for Google’s success at introducing Android. And overall, they hold a great relationship. Google’s Success is Facebook’s Demise. that is the only reason why I can see them in support of this merger.

      Google, for one is against it.
      &, I hope everybody knows Facebook is responsible for falsely accusing, scrutinizing, and infamy on Google’s part by hiring a PR company to do their dirty work.
      Idk, but Facebook shouldn’t be trusted at all. and their input is irrelevant, that it shouldn’t hold as influential.

      Do your JOB, FCC. is all I ask.
      FCC.GOV states your mission is to encourage “innovation and competition” so do they right thing. Say no, to AT&T as this merger does exactly opposite of that. Thanks

      T-Mobile FTW!

      • Easternsamurai

        Google or apple should buyout Tmobile. They have enough cash. And Tmobile is losing only customers ,but not any money

  • Taaars

    I will go to sprint if this merger happens..plain and simple..I hate ATT, and i have no love for verizon as well.

    • Minioninnc

      I left Big Red for T-Mo and will NOT go back with them either. I will go without a phone before I would sign up again with Verizon.

      • http://twitter.com/yo_david David B.

        your really willing to pay a lot more for your service just because of a merger???? Why do you hate AT&T???? yea go to sprint and see how much your bill is gonna be…. youll be crying right back to us..

        • Minioninnc

          Us???? Are you the CEO of AT&T?

        • Minioninnc

          Also if you will, go back and re-read my post, does it say anywhere in there about Sprint? Ummm no. Please just don’t speak. You have no idea what you are even talking about.

        • Taaars

          I was with sprint…left them because of my corporate discount with tmobile, I no longer have the discount but I like tmobiles service..I had att..it was ass..there CS worse..I would go back to sprint, I really never had an issue with them.

        • Tmo_Android

          Hey David, everybody has figured out you are a spy disguised here from AT&/t camp and want to find out what’s going on. You should be BLOCKED from this post unless you have either positive to tell against the merger or atleast the fact. Stop Bit!#$%g about the folks who are telling the truth. Go support MS, Oracle, RIM etc. on other forums & try to gather some solid evidence for merger, since this merger is NOT going to happen, take my word. If the justice is still alive & FCC/DoJ/Obama government has any sense left, Tmo will remain Tmobile & turn profitable by next year. Now, just go away from here without you getting real bootcamp like treatment from others…..

    • Anonymous

      Same here.. I hate AT&T, and Verizon are a bunch of smug *****es.

  • Guest001

    I’m curious as to why Google and Apple haven’t put their support behind this too..

    • Zifnab2k

      Because they had to expand their phones to Verizon in order to crawl out of the heat they were getting due to ATT’s atrocious network. And google doesn’t support it because ATT was the last carrier to start offering Android phones because they didn’t think Google was relevant.

      I hope we see Google and Apple throw their hat into the “No” pile.

    • Tito!

      Google has in fact declared they are against the merger. Apple, of course: no comment.

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    Does anybody else see these companies’ support for this deal as a red flag for the FTC and DOJ? Microsoft in particular has been in hot water for monopoly related activities in the past so their support is basically bunk if you ask me!

    Facebook, despite the millions that use it are not seen as a trustworthy company in many people’s eyes either, as they are constantly fending off new privacy scandals.

    Yahoo has been sucking off of AT&T for nearly a decade now, so of course, they want the opportunity to have their unremovable bloat installed on more phones.

    Blackberry has been dwindling in popularity ever since the G1 was released and haven’t had anything truly groundbreaking in years. Another has been just like Yahoo! RIM, I’m not sure if you got the letter, but it’s all Apple and Google now.

    Oracle I have no comment on, and the VC’s? Of course they want it! They would love to see us pay more for less so long as they get to pad their pants with extra Benjamins!

    I understand why these companies support this and that’s exactly why the FTC/FCC/DOJ should consider their recommendation a negative.

    • Tito!

      Oracle. I have one! Oracle, currently suing Google for “patent infringement”, AFTER they bought the patents. pathetic.

      All these companies are in it for themselves. They are after Google, & by hurting T-Mobile does them no good. I hope the FCC understands their opinion should have no influence, and that their intentions are in fact insincere. 

      T-Mobile, FTW!

      • DetroitTechnoFan

        Thanks for completing my post.

        May I add that VC’s are basically just rich crooks as far as I’m concerned?

  • Alansalaz2

    I hate to say this, but if this goes through, My 10 year relationship with T-Mobile is over. It will sure not go to AT&T! I really don’t want to go else where but Verizon may be what I change to since I despise Sprint. GOOGLE! Buy T-Mobile ASAP. Possibly change the name to G-Mobile?

    • FILA

      agree, G-Mobile, we all been for Google buying from day 1 of any rumors start

      • http://twitter.com/yo_david David B.

        OK YOULL IF YOU LEAVE TMOBILE WHERE WILL YOU GO????? AT&T THEYLLL OWN TMOBILE BY THEN>>>>> THEN WHAT SPRINT OR VERIZON>>>> HAAAA ILL SEE YOU IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE WHEN YOUR GONNA GET DROWNED IN YOUR BILL OF OVERAGES!!!

        • Minioninnc

          Looks like you are needing a new phone. Your keys are getting hung up. Gotta have a AT&T phone for this to be happening.

        • Minioninnc

          You are needing a new phone, your keys are getting hung. Gotta be a AT&T phone, no other phones do this.

        • HF

          unemployment line? what?

  • TMoFan

    These companies don’t care about what happens to innovation or consumers. They are just looking at this thing through their own eyes and how it will affect them. I’m sure there’s a quid pro quo thing going on too with some of these companies and I expect more to come forward with their support. I wouldn’t even be surprised if General Motors came out to support this takeover.

    To me I’m more willing to listen to the voices of the companies that have direct involvement in the wireless industry like Leap, Metro, Cellular South, Sprint, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/yo_david David B.

    anyone against the merger, is retarded…. the merger brings two huge networks and would provide great service for all Americans. These companies are smart for that because they will help out and support as much as possible to give great support to the new 4g LTE. People dont want them to merge because theres a so called “competition” and sometimes theres more important things than competition. and AT&T and T-Mobile see that importance, which is bringing great service to as much people as possible.

    • Minioninnc

      Are you going to pay everyone’s price increase as well as your own when (if) this happens?

    • Guest

      So what you are saying is Verizon should buy out everyone.

      • Minioninnc

        Hey Guest…David B. really doesn’t know what he is saying.

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile doesn’t charge for overages and tethering, AT&T does. AT&T doesn’t allow any 3rd party apps, no Amazon app store for example. AT&T policies reek of corporate fascism.

      There is a reason why so many people want the iphone but refuse to switch to AT&T for it, even after 4 years.

      AT&T needs LTE, fine, no one is preventing them from building their own.

      It’s idiotic to promote AT&T on a T-MOBILE web site, there is a reason why people haven’t switched.

      4 carriers is better than 3, no matter what the pigs say.

      T-Mobile’s pricing and service are an obstacle for AT&T and Verizon pricing plans, without T-mobile, AT&T and Verizon can freely drive the cost of service in their favorite direction, if you don’t don’t know what direction that is you can’t be helped.

      There still are a lot of people in this country that can afford to/don’t care to pay more and get less in return.

      Good for them, but not everyone makes over 100k, rich pigs can’t speak for me, they live in a different world.

      By supporting this merger you are undermining the working class.

      • Easternsamurai

        You hitting the right spot brother. My family saves about $550-$600 per year on Tmobile . I would pay even more if I tried to switch to leap or metro pcs or sprint.
        For millions of people , this saving might be one months apartment rent or a payment on car.

        Verizon knows the truth. They said they were very happy that AT&T was taking over Tmobile. It would eliminate a major wireless competitor.

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

      I see your point.
      It’s like the days of when we had a all  black rotary phone. If it broke you only have one place to get another- Ma BELL
      I for one do not want to go bad to those days!!
      Think of this. If this deal had happen in 2008 we would not have the android phone we have today. Sorry- the backflip was a really great phone-NOT