Sprint Tells AT&T To Man Up And Buy More Towers While The State Of New York Wants “Rigorous” Examination Of Deal

Sprint continued their march to block the AT&T/T-Mobile deal with another FCC filing spelling out how AT&T can increase their network capacity by 600% without the T-Mobile purchase. According to Sprint all AT&T has to do is install more cell towers, upgrade its network to LTE and make a wish. Wait, they don’t need to do that last part.

“In a new filing before the Federal Communications Commission that will be submitted today, Sprint will present a detailed technical analysis explaining how AT&T could increase its network capacity by more than 600 percent by 2015 without subjecting the country to the anti-competitive and anti-consumer harms associated with its proposed takeover of T-Mobile. This capacity increase could more than meet AT&T’s projected data service demand growth through and beyond 2015 for a fraction of the cost of its proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile.

Sprint’s filing demonstrates, once again, that AT&T’s purported rationale for the proposed merger — that there is no other way to meet its projected data service demand growth — is simply unfounded.  AT&T could increase its capacity by developing its warehoused spectrum, accelerating its 4G network buildout, and implementing a more efficient network architecture, just as other wireless carriers around the world are doing today.

AT&T has not, and cannot, demonstrate that its proposed takeover of T-Mobile is in the public interest. That’s why tens of thousands of consumers from across the country, Members of Congress, many of the nation’s wireless carriers, new entrants in the wireless industry, a wide range of consumer groups and public interest advocates have joined with Sprint to call upon the government to reject this proposed takeover quickly and decisively.”

While Sprint is ultimately against the deal as it has to be concerned with its own survival post-merger they continued to lobby strongly against the deal based on a pro-consumer platform.

Sprint’s FCC filing comes on the heels of the New York State Public Service Commission determining that the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile would have “significant anticompetitive impacts” in the state of New York. The commission did how ever stop short of asking the FCC to block the deal instead asking for a rigorous market-specific review of how this deal would specifically affect New York State wireless customers.

Yet again we are left with a “time will tell” response to all of these FCC filings, comments, PDF’s, reports and a lot of hope but not a lot of promise.

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  • Cejones77

    SMART!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely switching to Sprint if the merger goes through. Or “when”, as many of you will rush in to correct.

  • Girth Brooks

    The deal is going through one way or another.  AT&T isn’t going to just cut T-Mobile a check for $3 Billion unless they’ve explored literally every avenue.  They’ll start divesting markets/customer base if they have to.

    • Anonymous

      $3 billion to Att is wasting pennies.

      • Girth Brooks

        It’s like 8 or 9% of the total price they offered to T-Mobile for the buyout.  Plus they would apparently owe T-Mobile spectrum.  It’s more than you’re suggesting.

      • Girth Brooks

        It’s like 8 or 9% of the total price they offered to T-Mobile for the buyout.  Plus they would apparently owe T-Mobile spectrum.  It’s more than you’re suggesting.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was 6 billion plus spectrum?

  • Goukisan

    maybe sprint should worry about their own craptastic network

    • Anonymous

      Works great for me from NJ to VA Beach in all my travels, including DC and western VA. Different networks are strong and weak in some areas. There are areas where Verizon isn’t king either. Around here, ATT is the suck.

      • Supersekhon94

        att sucks every where. there is no region where att is king

  • Mopar6464

    Sprint needs to man up and drop Wimax and go LTE itself or they will be in the same boat as T-mobile soon.

    • Anonymous

      Already Done. iDen is being dismantled and LTE is going on 800mhz cell bands and additional LTE available on LightSquared.

    • lost in la

      what does this “man up” bs mean? I hear it so often but it just seems to be an empty insult to men.

    • Anonymous

      The wireless technology doesn’t really make a difference yet.  Sure, LTE has more potential down the road, but it isn’t operating any faster than Wimax (or HSPA+ for that matter) can handle at this point.  It’s better for Sprint to let Verizon work the evident kinks out of it first (both on the network and the phones).

      • Mopar6464

        Yea that’s what T-Mobile’s idea was when they chose not to expand full 3G coverage and look where it got them now. Yea they have HSPA+ in few selected areas but still don’t have full 3G coverage compared to the others.
        And people got fed up with them and left even though they knew they would pay more for full coverage service. The same will happen to Sprint if they don’t get on the LTE bandwagon now. That or they will become part of Verizon.

      • Mopar6464

        Yea that’s what T-Mobile’s idea was when they chose not to expand full 3G coverage and look where it got them now. Yea they have HSPA+ in few selected areas but still don’t have full 3G coverage compared to the others.
        And people got fed up with them and left even though they knew they would pay more for full coverage service. The same will happen to Sprint if they don’t get on the LTE bandwagon now. That or they will become part of Verizon.

      • Mopar6464

        Yea that’s what T-Mobile’s idea was when they chose not to expand full 3G coverage and look where it got them now. Yea they have HSPA+ in few selected areas but still don’t have full 3G coverage compared to the others.
        And people got fed up with them and left even though they knew they would pay more for full coverage service. The same will happen to Sprint if they don’t get on the LTE bandwagon now. That or they will become part of Verizon.

      • Mbolden26

        right……..LTE wasnt ready when wimax was on the playing field…..so sprint chose wimax

      • Mbolden26

        right……..LTE wasnt ready when wimax was on the playing field…..so sprint chose wimax

  • Mopar6464

    Sprint needs to man up and drop Wimax and go LTE itself or they will be in the same boat as T-mobile soon.

  • Mopar6464

    Sprint needs to man up and drop Wimax and go LTE itself or they will be in the same boat as T-mobile soon.

  • Mopar6464

    Sprint needs to man up and drop Wimax and go LTE itself or they will be in the same boat as T-mobile soon.

  • SirTechy

    Lets get one thing clear here…….SPRINT is in danger of succumbing to a higher power aka VERIZON if this deal goes through. I applaud their research and the data they have presented because it shows just how serious it is if this deal goes through. If I stand to be correct, this purchase just might not go through, however, I do see T-Mobile dividing up it’s company and possibly selling off to different carriers. The other scenario, Google all of a sudden says…….the heck with it…..We are buying T-Mobile and rebranding it….. G-Mobile. COME ON GOOGLE!!! Make the move.

    • Sgt. Cell

      Google would be crazy to buy T Mobile, why only sell to one carrier when you can sell to three (hopefully 4)? More hands to put phones in with mutiple companies wanting your product.

      • SirTechy

        Android is an OS…….not a device. Google can still have their OS on other phones but if they purchased T-Mobile this gives them a chance to roll out updates to their customers first and then later to other phones. Don’t like to wait……go with G-Mobile!!! 

        • Sgt. Cell

          How did that work out T Mobile when they were the first carrier with Android? Google looked for other outlets quickly. Google buying T Mobile would not vault them to the number 1,2 or 3 carrier position.

      • SirTechy

        Android is an OS…….not a device. Google can still have their OS on other phones but if they purchased T-Mobile this gives them a chance to roll out updates to their customers first and then later to other phones. Don’t like to wait……go with G-Mobile!!! 

    • Sgt. Cell

      Google would be crazy to buy T Mobile, why only sell to one carrier when you can sell to three (hopefully 4)? More hands to put phones in with mutiple companies wanting your product.

    • Anonymous

      Its the reason why verizon isn’t saying anything about Att buying Tmobile. This would give them an option to buy sprint.

      If Att has to divest to sprint it should be sprint or the smaller carriers. Verizon is too big and too large of a network to get any more divested spectrum and/or network.

      • SirTechy

        Talk about being a silent killer eh……what a dark horse verizon has become. just terrible bastards!

      • Dalton

        Verizon has already said they don’t care about buying Sprint if this merger goes through.

        • Todd the Hunn

          Verizon doesn’t want Sprints 16 billion dollars of debt . No one would ever give Sprint a loan to buy TMO . Verizon would however have no problem buying its assets counting customers .

        • big

          And DT said they had zero interest in selling Tmobile a few months ago…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

      Verizon doesn’t want sprints network  they have enough spectrum to last them

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

      Verizon doesn’t want sprints network  they have enough spectrum to last them

      • Mbolden26

        dude iden is being dismissed sir….READ SOMETIMES

      • Mbolden26

        dude iden is being dismissed sir….READ SOMETIMES

  • Cookie11

    Well first I think sprint should fix there crappy network that roams on Verizon half of the time when u go out of the city maybe they should put up more towers themselves ..before they talk shyt. I agee att may not be the best but atleast from what I experienced doesn’t roam as much on other networks when u go out of the city. And on my sprint evo when I went from los Angeles to Seattle by car there were many places and I mean a lot were my evo would say “extended network ” on the screen. And I would dial 611 and I would get thank you for calling Verizon wireless.. so yea I think sprint should put up more towers themselves. I mean its great it roams on Verizon and all but yea cmon. In all those places in the middle of nowhere my evo was roaming my girlfriends att atrix always said at&t in the screen she wouldn’t get 3G in a lot of places she sometimes had edge or gsm but atleast she wasn’t roaming.

    • Dalton

      What’s so bad about roaming? Roaming is better than no coverage at all, remember that.

      • Juliamcman25

        i kno theres nothin bad with roaming on verizons network because its free for sprint customers . but i think that cookie person does kinda have a point. why would sprint talk bad about atts having to put up more towers ? if its coverage aint that great? i also agree with cookie i had an epic 4G while it was a great phone it would roam on verizons network on places like montana i know cuz i went there montana is a sprint dead zone my phone also said “extended network” on the screen so yea i think that sprint should also put up more towers so it can expand its coverage before it talks bad about atts coverage . cuz its nationwide coverage is not that great.

        • Anonymous

          Sprint isn’t commenting on AT&T’s current coverage; good or bad they make no mention of it here.  They’re just refuting AT&T’s argument that AT&T needs more spectrum to improve its network.

        • Evans Velez

          they don’t need to do anything before complaining. why? because they are well aware of theirs situation and they are no making a big cry show that they need more network and spectrum. AT&T is like an selfish child that want to have it all and wen it has it then loose the interest and let it get rotten.

        • Evans Velez

          they don’t need to do anything before complaining. why? because they are well aware of theirs situation and they are no making a big cry show that they need more network and spectrum. AT&T is like an selfish child that want to have it all and wen it has it then loose the interest and let it get rotten.

    • Dalton

      What’s so bad about roaming? Roaming is better than no coverage at all, remember that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

      I agree with you they need to worry about themselves  and work on putting more towers up maybe they can buy the towers that overlap when at&t  sell some of the overlapping towers that they gain in this merger.

      • TMOTECH

        You guys are funny talking about thing you don’t understand. Most towers you see are not owned by cell phone companies, they are owned by tower companies.Every time we build a new tower we sell it and pay rent for our space. Most towers have more than one carrier on them and have room for more. For the most part we build  on towers that already exist if there is room. 

  • Anonymous

    You have to admit, the irony is delicious: http://venturebeat.com/2011/06/03/sprint-lightsquared-4g-deal/.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahahahaha!

  • Bill

    Check out AT&T new commercial which talks about the T-Mobile merger

  • Greyfoxxero

    I keep hearing a voice in my head that says “get out while you can”. None of this is good for T-Mobile customers. If the deal goes through then were screwed, if it doesn’t then were screwed. If your out of contract you should seriously start looking for an alternative. I have family that work for the company and the horror stories coming from them lately show a company that is cannibalizing itself. What little talent they had is leaving and policies are changing to encourage “cramming”. Hell if you weren’t gonna be around in 10 months I guess the repercussions of screwing over your customers isn’t an issue. I wouldn’t be surprised if some dirty laundry gets aired real soon about their current business practices. Like what they did to customer care, its gone. Customer care is sales now and they have to sell you something even if your calling with problems. Imagine the conversation when your super pissed because you can’t get service and that unhelpful rep tries to sell you something. Even if you say no there is still a chance its gonna be added (hence the cramming). 

    • Anonymous

      Glad I got out when I did, then!!  Working in Tier 2 Tech, sales were being worked into the metrics as “right fitting”… i.e., the $25 data plan was the “right fit” for a customer who lives in an EDGE-only area, and is calling in about his 3rd defective Samsung Behold.  Adding unlimited texting was a “right fit” for someone in a nearly-dead zone, as you can send a text easier than completing a phone call on spotty signal.

      Whenever I have to call C/S… I politely say “Thanks, but no thanks” when they say that they’re “checking my account to see if there’s anything I’m missing”…  T-Mo’s fingers are not a “right-fit” in my wallet.

  • employee

    Unfortunately, with all the new rules that tmobile is coming up with… They are sabotaging any kind of growth so they can ensure that at&t was position a rational takeover.

  • employee

    Unfortunately, with all the new rules that tmobile is coming up with… They are sabotaging any kind of growth so they can ensure that at&t was position a rational takeover.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

    T mobile is a sinking ship  even if you stop this merger they are going to sell again but to sprint or leap. All  I can say is hope you are one of the people who get traded to sprint or Verizon if At&t is met with divestitures . They did this with Alltel I personally think that the wireless market can survive with three carriers and still be innovative  common look at the video game market three console makers and still can be  competitive and innovative. I think sprint is trying to stop this merger from happening so that they can buy them. I am not for the merger but I know either way we lose in the long run  lets face it  Deutsche Telekom AG does not want anything to do with t mobile usa  they are going to sell them and that six billion it not going to t mobile usa it going to help pay off debt that deutsche telekom occurred when they attempted to sell t mobile usa. It is a win lose situation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W2U4MJ3IM2N24PC3X65ZNJWK2Q Jonathan

    T mobile is a sinking ship  even if you stop this merger they are going to sell again but to sprint or leap. All  I can say is hope you are one of the people who get traded to sprint or Verizon if At&t is met with divestitures . They did this with Alltel I personally think that the wireless market can survive with three carriers and still be innovative  common look at the video game market three console makers and still can be  competitive and innovative. I think sprint is trying to stop this merger from happening so that they can buy them. I am not for the merger but I know either way we lose in the long run  lets face it  Deutsche Telekom AG does not want anything to do with t mobile usa  they are going to sell them and that six billion it not going to t mobile usa it going to help pay off debt that deutsche telekom occurred when they attempted to sell t mobile usa. It is a win lose situation.

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile USA isn’t sinking yet; they aren’t even in the red yet.  That fact is all the more impressive given that the company is continuing to hemorrhage customers and is investing heavily in upgrading its network.  The situation certainly isn’t pretty, but it isn’t hopeless.  The cash and spectrum that AT&T would be forced to hand over if the acquisition goes south would hold T-Mobile over for a long time.

      The video game market is completely different than the mobile market.  The mobile networks are just an access point, and all of the carriers provide the same thing, the same internet and the same telephone service.  Competitiveness isn’t about content like with consoles; it’s about pricing and quality of service.

      The gaming market can only bear so many competitors because the content has to be specifically developed for each platform.  Platforms that aren’t able to quickly build a large user base are unattractive to game developers and are quickly pushed out of the market. The situation is becoming similar with mobile operating systems and app development; it will be increasingly hard for other mobile operating systems to attract developers as Android and iOS continue to gain marketshare.

      With mobile phones, however, the meaningful content isn’t carrier specific because the carriers are basically platform agnostic at this point. Every carrier is pushing its own premier android phones, and it sounds like the next generation of the iphone will be coming to every major carrier.  None of the special carrier content services (things like the carrier
      specific mobile TV and navigation apps) are compelling compared to the dedicated apps that are available for the latest generation of smartphones.  Going forward it looks like this trend will only continue; the carriers will be providing just bandwidth and not a unique experience or unique content.

      I still don’t understand what innovation everyone is talking about in the mobile market.  Every carrier is looking to upgrade to LTE.  They’re each getting barely distinguishable versions of the same international phone models.  Plan pricing between carriers is almost identical.  Most are moving to tiered data plans.    My point is that no one talks about the innovation provided by their
      utility companies (electric, gas, water) and it doesn’t seem like
      AT&T and Verizon offer any more unique of a service.  As long as you
      get signal what difference does it make which one you have.

      T-Mobile has attempted to change things up more than any other major carrier with free smartphone promotions, lower prices in general, HSPA+ 4G, data plans for prepaid, etc. Sprint is using unlimited 4G plans to carve out its space in the mobile market.  The regional and prepaid carriers offer even more unique and competitive services.  They’re all doing these things because they are smaller carriers that have to fight to survive; they can’t depend on market dominance, visibility to compete.  That is the essential wellspring of innovation, and that’s what we risk losing if we let the smaller carriers be bought and, or pushed out of the market.

      • TMOTECH

        What he said

      • TMOTECH

        What he said

      • TMOTECH

        What he said

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Exactly what he said! He contact me to write that on the blog!!! 

        • jem

          Great comment! I have to agree that T-Mobile is far from a sinking ship–at least in the short term. As a store manager for T-Mobile, I can understand how an acquisition could make a little sense. No, I don’t mean as far “spectrum” or for iPhone enthusiasts alike, but rather from an organizational standpoint. Having an inside perspective, it seems like T-Mobile needs some restructuring, rather than being sold. In fact, I’m beginning realize that there is a group of people somewhere in a plush office building in Bellevue, Washington that really doesn’t understand what it takes to run a large, successful company–let alone one in a highly competitive wireless industry. Up until recently, T-Mobile was ran like a “mom and pop” type organization. They once believed that delivering customer delight and having a thousand different [and ridiculous] accessory options for the MyTouch was going to drive millions of customers into retail stores to activate every line they qualified for and that strategy simply did not work. What T-Mobile failed to realize is that customers don’t truly care about being walked to the door when they’re about to leave or, for that matter, having the option to buy a neon green MyTouch purse. The customer is focused on three things: leaving with a great device, signing up for an affordable rate plan (R.I.P. myFaves) and having good coverage to match–that’s it. Now, as T-Mobile has  found itself trying to fight in a very competitive ring of iPhone-totting, Evo-offering competition, they’ve now been forced to start stepping their game. However, T-Mobile will never be capable of ousting Verizon or AT&t out of their top spots and they shouldn’t even try. Instead, they should focus on who their customer is and cater to them (and, perhaps, throw the latest iPhone into their lineup, as well.) I strongly believe that whoever is set to approve this acquisition should look further into why selling T-Mobile is even an option and, perhaps, mandate that the company is restructured so it can be successful. They need to bring in some of the best people and get rid of the ones who helped create this mess in the first place. Undoubtedly, T-Mobile has it’s place in the wireless industry and it would be sad to see it disappear. When you think of the Sidekick or myFaves or even Catherine Zeta Jones for that matter, T-Mobile has definitely managed to leave it’s magenta footprint on the way many of us “stick together”. 

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Exactly what he said! He contact me to write that on the blog!!! 

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Exactly what he said! He contact me to write that on the blog!!! 

      • Example

        Well put my friend!

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        Well said sir, and that was a great read! Way better than the article itself. Now YOU should be a journalist!

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        Well said sir, and that was a great read! Way better than the article itself. Now YOU should be a journalist!

      • TypicalWhitePerson

        Well said sir, and that was a great read! Way better than the article itself. Now YOU should be a journalist!

      • Evans Velez

        well said and begone all empty headed ignorant that want this stupid merge like you were going to get paid for supporting it.   ..I..

      • Evans Velez

        well said and begone all empty headed ignorant that want this stupid merge like you were going to get paid for supporting it.   ..I..

      • dave

        So true. Tmo is not losing money and makes a profit as it is right now,check out their financial stats. DT says it is not enough to build out as they would like.

      • dave

        So true. Tmo is not losing money and makes a profit as it is right now,check out their financial stats. DT says it is not enough to build out as they would like.

      • dave

        So true. Tmo is not losing money and makes a profit as it is right now,check out their financial stats. DT says it is not enough to build out as they would like.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon hasn’t protested against the merger because they will benefit from it, AT&T buying T-Mobile is a crucial step towards a duopoly in which AT&T and Verizon own the US market.

    Once there are only 2 major carriers left, customers will be raped all the time, they will only have the option of choosing whether to get raped in a dark alley (AT&T) or a parking garage (Verizon)

    The best possible outcome from the consumer perspective is a sale of T-Mobile to anyone but AT&T…

  • MIKEEEEE

    if i had the juice, i’d do a leveraged buy out and make t-mo usa voicestream again.

    screw the germans, screw att.

    • big

      Bring back Jamie Lee!

      • Respawn

        I’m German. I have AT&T along with T-Mobile so I’m kind half screwed already. It’s going to be one big screw fest if this deal goes through, only without the girls and the beer.

        • TD

          lol

    • big

      Bring back Jamie Lee!

  • MagentaMadness

    Sprint should worry about their own shitty network lol.

    • Rga

      You are so ignorant. By At&t taking over t-mobile that will create a GSM monopoly. That is illegal and unethical. Look at Mexico you only have one cell phone provider that is Tellcel. That is the way America is heading towards. Mexico residents pay an Arm and a Leg for cell services. Do you want that for America.

      • MagentaMadness

         Not ignorant, but a realist…this IS going to happen…embrace it or move on.

      • MagentaMadness

         Not ignorant, but a realist…this IS going to happen…embrace it or move on.

      • MagentaMadness

         Not ignorant, but a realist…this IS going to happen…embrace it or move on.

      • Mopar6464

        If all carriers are going to true LTE 4G soon that would not be a monopoly.
        LTE is GSM so how would that create a monopoly ?

      • Mopar6464

        If all carriers are going to true LTE 4G soon that would not be a monopoly.
        LTE is GSM so how would that create a monopoly ?

      • Anonymous

        Uum that is mexico you can’t compare it to that. Look over in the eastern countries there data and plans are way cheaper than here and they dont have a bunch of different carriers they only have a few.

        • TD

          You can have telecom monopolies that have “cheap plans”, but that sometimes brings in government regulatory agencies that mandate how much is too much, how expensive is too expensive, what companies can and can’t do.. And an overly-regulated company will never fare better than its free-market counterpart.

    • Rga

      You are so ignorant. By At&t taking over t-mobile that will create a GSM monopoly. That is illegal and unethical. Look at Mexico you only have one cell phone provider that is Tellcel. That is the way America is heading towards. Mexico residents pay an Arm and a Leg for cell services. Do you want that for America.

    • Rga

      You are so ignorant. By At&t taking over t-mobile that will create a GSM monopoly. That is illegal and unethical. Look at Mexico you only have one cell phone provider that is Tellcel. That is the way America is heading towards. Mexico residents pay an Arm and a Leg for cell services. Do you want that for America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6UYB26C2CZ74UYRJOF4BAAHOYA WhoCare

    suck merge suck equal suck power 2

  • http://twitter.com/robsleezy Rob Sleezy

    lol… Can Sprint please worry about their own shitty network? Please? 

    • TD

      That’s what they’re doing… geez, you people really need to do a little more critical thinking.  If AT&T buys out tmo, creating a tougher environment in which Sprint can operate, that means Sprint will have an even harder time tending to their “shitty network”.  

      By shooting down the proposed takeover, they are “worrying about their own shitty network”

      • Gerry Stueve

        Instead of spending millions on lobbyist maybe sprint should take out an additional 10 billion and expand there own network and keep there unlimited data cause that is probably there strong seller right there.  Like my grandmother always says in order to make money you have to spend money

  • CharlieSheen

    Wileyanderew.

    That was the best post ever written on this site. Ask Dave for a job. You rock.
      
    One correction. LTE is leading already. They outperform on all current rollouts.

    Sprints choice of WiMax was dumb but was made because of Intel. A whole other can of worms.

    This sale is done. The new handsets are worthless. Wait for the iphone that is HSPA+ and LTE. Get a great deal and sit back to enjoy the ride.

    That is what David is doing. 

    By a TMO phone, buy a brick.

    Where is Ignatz? You could throw it at him!

  • Anthony Cross

    Okay I am not going to downplay anyone’s else’s opinion! I recently had T-Mobile for 6 years total up too February of this 2011. Before being with them I had THE REAL NEXTEL not that crappy sprint BS watered down version. Well a long story short I touched on this subject in detail with the early announcements of the proposed merger. I didn’t see or hear many people talk about sprints takeover of THE REAL NEXTEL. I think sprint is trash period point blank. I cancelled my contract with nextel/sprint with 30 of my friends and family the same day once that bs merger takeover was approved. Their complaining about AT&T’s buyout of T-Mobile right. The company that owns them is losing money in the U.S. so why not sell and make a profit. Just some food for thought. 

  • Jim

    Wait… if AT&T expands their service without buying T-Mobile, then they will not get rid of one of their primary competitors… must be a less appealing option to them!

  • Robert Snyder

    Maybe sprint should use there own advice considering that there map has shrunk not increased in the last 6 months.  

    • TD

      if they had the deep pockets AT&T does, I’m sure they would.

  • Anonymous

    Live in Boston area where AT&T has pathetic coverage. We are listed on their coverage map having their 4G service. Brother gets 200kbps down, that’s right killibits. They have had this kind of service forever around here. This is a major service area around the Rt. 128 belt called the technology highway. Millions and millions of potential customers. AT&T is a big joke around here. Call them and tell them what is going on and their answer is 200 kbps is a good dl speed. You must be kidding me.

    • Chris_Griff_3

      But T-Mobile has excellent coverage in Boston, which means that a merger would benefit both services.

      • TD

        No, that would benefit only new parent, AT&T.  It wouldn’t benefit the consumer in the area at all…  The people living in that area already have a choice if they want good service – T-Mobile.  That they choose to stay with subpar AT&T is their fault & decision.

        Nothing new needs to be built in that area, nothing needs to be changed.  The only thing that needs to happen for those people to be served in their wireless needs is for them to just switch companies to the one that’s already existent in the market and providing what they want & need.

  • Evilbox

    Att’s phones always say att, even when roaming.

  • Evilbox

    Att’s phones always say att, even when roaming.

  • Evilbox

    Att’s phones always say att, even when roaming.

  • Evilbox

    Att’s phones always say att, even when roaming.

  • http://twitter.com/filbert910 George Gallegos

    Yet again, I find it so odd that Sprint is so much against this merger, yet they tried to buy tmobile themselves. I find it very hypocritical. It just sounds like very sour grapes to me. 

    • TD

      Um… Small guy Sprint buying tmo is nowhere near the same as Gigantic AT&T buying tmo.  It’s not hypocritical at all.

  • Extmoemployee

    Anything over 100% is just simply stupid.

  • capitalism at its finest

    Seriously kids.. did everyone forget about 10 years ago already? AT&T used to be the only monopoly in the country. Verizon, Alltel, Cingular, and cell one were justtiny providers until congress and Bush said that this was enough. What AT&T is doing is creating a duopoly. With them buying out tmobile sprint will be spiraling down hill, leaving only at&t and Verizon. Bad combination. But hey, we are in America.. go capitalism!!!

  • Bob

    Is AT&T buying all cell towers in the world, and will they AGAIN become a monopoly, and do they care if the monopoly gets broken up? Probably not, because just like with wireline, they will probably just RENT OUT the CELL TOWERS, and still rake in bundles of money without any regard to anyone, and the CEO’s csn split town with their giant bonuses and lack of human concience. Duh!

    • Bill

      BTW, why is the Verizon Wireless Midwest / AT&T Merger all HUSHED UP? It completed early Feb, 2011.

    • Bill

      BTW, why is the Verizon Wireless Midwest / AT&T Merger all HUSHED UP? It completed early Feb, 2011.

  • Bob

    Is AT&T buying all cell towers in the world, and will they AGAIN become a monopoly, and do they care if the monopoly gets broken up? Probably not, because just like with wireline, they will probably just RENT OUT the CELL TOWERS, and still rake in bundles of money without any regard to anyone, and the CEO’s csn split town with their giant bonuses and lack of human concience. Duh!

  • Stephennanfelt

    Does anyone know if ATT will take over many of Nextel’s leases as Sprint decommissions Nextel’s IDEN?? It seems like it would be a great move

  • 091169mike

    Considering Sprint is in the practice of selling 4g devices with nothing but empty promises of 4g towers to accompany them & often the consumer is lied to by a commissioned based sales rep. I would be all for the dissolution of this company. Sprint has failed miserably @ delivering what should have been halfway decent service but instead opted to deliver @ best the weakest 3g signal known to mankind.

  • Sprint Blows

    Honestly Sprint needs to shut up as they have VERY spotty coverage so instead of telling another company what to do maybe they should work on their own company