Analysts Predict Merger Will Continue, No Matter The Setbacks

It seems like there has been a bit more resistance against this merger lately, but some analysts don’t think that will stop it from going through.  Doubt is starting to set in as Senator Kohl spoke against the merger and the FCC halted the review shot clock.  Though as Jeffrey Silva, an analyst at Medley Global Advisors, puts it:

“The ebbs and flows of merger reviews create moments of pause that sometimes imply greater uncertainty and risk than what actually exist.  This appears to be one of those moments, though the warning signs should not be ignored.”

There seems to be even more roadblocks emerging too.  Importantly, the FCC is looking to replace Christine Varney as head of Justice’s antitrust division and this merger review is coming during a presidential election campaign.  It seems as though the tides are turning, especially with AT&T presenting new arguments, or more support for their current ones.  Most importantly, though, with these breeding concerns, the merger could continue, but with far more conditions and regulations than previously anticipated.

The Washington Post 

 

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  • Amer

    First! To hate At&the…

    • Shanmunaweera

      if these are really analysts.. who are supposed to be “smart” then why are they STILL calling this a MERGER?!? this is an acquisition!!! NOT A MERGER!  what does it mean that there will be more conditions and regulations now? It seems to me it might take even longer than the first quarter of 2012 to be approved.. why don’t they just DENY something for ONCE!

      • SHARK!

        i know right?  it reeks of counterfeit, bs..  a real analysis wouldn’t use the same buzzword as the ATT commercials.

      • Greg

        Well the lady who wrote the article is a tech reporter, not a business one. Chances are she doesn’t know the difference lol

  • Anonymous

    “the merger could continue, but with far more conditions and regulations than previously anticipated.”

    Yep, its gonna pass.  All AT&T has to do is make a bunch of “sacrifices”, and promises.  As long as I can keep my Hercules running on 42Mbps with my same pricing plan then I guess I’ll simply accept it.  Who knows what the carriers will be up to in 2 years anyway.

  • SHARK!

    …. and how much money do these analysts have invested in att and apple i wonder??

    • Anonymous

      Probably not as much as AT&T has invested into various lawmakers & various government commisions (FCC, SEC, etc).

      • SHARK!

        for sure..  we’re doomed D: D: D: 

  • http://twitter.com/scottyabrown Scotty Brown

    The purchase will go through… for one simple reason:

    The overwhelmingly enormous amount of money that is being spent by AT&T.

    • The ATL Guy

      WOW your so original.
      It’s not like 1000 other paranoids haven’t thrown that red herring out there.
      Got evidence?
      Let’s try to add something of substance in the future buddy.

    • The ATL Guy

      WOW your so original.
      It’s not like 1000 other paranoids haven’t thrown that red herring out there.
      Got evidence?
      Let’s try to add something of substance in the future buddy.

      • Er6ben

        Before you make comments regarding paranoia and post that lack substance, yours for example, take one step back and use the powers of independent research to find out that the above post by Scotty is not only factual but well informed.

      • Er6ben

        Before you make comments regarding paranoia and post that lack substance, yours for example, take one step back and use the powers of independent research to find out that the above post by Scotty is not only factual but well informed.

        • The ATL Guy

          Ya right because we all know anonymous postings on a forum with out links or substantive backup is facts and evidence

      • Er6ben

        Before you make comments regarding paranoia and post that lack substance, yours for example, take one step back and use the powers of independent research to find out that the above post by Scotty is not only factual but well informed.

      • Er6ben

        Before you make comments regarding paranoia and post that lack substance, yours for example, take one step back and use the powers of independent research to find out that the above post by Scotty is not only factual but well informed.

      • Alex Fischer

        I’ve got evidence. How about the 73 Democratic Congressmen that sent a letter supporting it and how 71 had campaign contributions totalling 500,000 dollars from art. Or how about glaad which also supported it and had campaign contributions from art. Troll elsewhere.

        • Alex Fischer

          Damn autocorrect. Att. Not art

        • Alex Fischer

          Damn autocorrect. Att. Not art

        • The ATL Guy

          No its called you are too lazy to check your typing

        • Alex Fischer

          Damn autocorrect. Att. Not art

        • The ATL Guy

          Do you know what proof and evidence are?
          You have nothing but speculation but in your paranoid holy than thou head of yours you think that equals proof. 
          OOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOS you called me a troll!!!
          Wow that is original I have never heard someone utter that before. 

        • Alex Fischer

          Considering my legal background, yes I know what those terms mean. If you would do some research of your own you would see that Att has been buying people with campaign contributions and that Att is one of the biggest lobbying companies ever, Google and apple as well.

        • Alex Fischer

          Considering my legal background, yes I know what those terms mean. If you would do some research of your own you would see that Att has been buying people with campaign contributions and that Att is one of the biggest lobbying companies ever, Google and apple as well.

        • The ATL Guy

          LOL ya riiiight now you throw in the my legal legal background b******* card.

        • http://profiles.google.com/desmet2006 Alex Fischer

          I’m not throwing in any sort of bullshit card – you feel the need to proclaim your love of ATT and the merger, that’s all well and good, but do your research first instead of listening to what ATT is telling you.  I don’t give a damn what your opinion is, as that’s the beauty of this country, everyone can have an opinion.  All that I ask, is that you research before you make ignorant statements – ignorant meaning uninformed not stupid as it’s so commonly defined as

        • http://profiles.google.com/desmet2006 Alex Fischer

          I’m not throwing in any sort of bullshit card – you feel the need to proclaim your love of ATT and the merger, that’s all well and good, but do your research first instead of listening to what ATT is telling you.  I don’t give a damn what your opinion is, as that’s the beauty of this country, everyone can have an opinion.  All that I ask, is that you research before you make ignorant statements – ignorant meaning uninformed not stupid as it’s so commonly defined as

      • Alex Fischer

        I’ve got evidence. How about the 73 Democratic Congressmen that sent a letter supporting it and how 71 had campaign contributions totalling 500,000 dollars from art. Or how about glaad which also supported it and had campaign contributions from art. Troll elsewhere.

      • Alex Fischer

        I’ve got evidence. How about the 73 Democratic Congressmen that sent a letter supporting it and how 71 had campaign contributions totalling 500,000 dollars from art. Or how about glaad which also supported it and had campaign contributions from art. Troll elsewhere.

      • Alex Fischer

        I’ve got evidence. How about the 73 Democratic Congressmen that sent a letter supporting it and how 71 had campaign contributions totalling 500,000 dollars from art. Or how about glaad which also supported it and had campaign contributions from art. Troll elsewhere.

  • The ATL Guy

    Let me get a blanket ready for all the crybabies

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    This whole thing should be illegal. AT&T has been the pampered poor little rich kid for far too long, and has gotten away with everything they want. They were split up for a reason. DON’T PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER!

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    This whole thing should be illegal. AT&T has been the pampered poor little rich kid for far too long, and has gotten away with everything they want. They were split up for a reason. DON’T PUT THEM BACK TOGETHER!

    • Usafguard

      T-Mobile was never part of Ma Bell so how would this be putting them back together.  The history of T-Mobile goes like this, originally Stanton Communications to Western Wireless to a spin off VoiceStream to T-Mobile.  Western was never a bell.

  • Anonymous

    Let Tmobile get the iphone 5, then merge, so one can lock in the Tmo plan rates…

    • Gm Aharrington1

      Now you know they will not let that happen. If, they did get the iPhone5 then what would happen is that for the first couple months everything would work fine. Then you would go on a trip and never leave the US; comeback home and your bill would have increased dramatically. You will be upset and call AT&T customer care. The call will escalate because someone will try selling you some bs about you left your coverage area and were roaming. You’ll call them some names and ultimately they won’t budge on your bill and either you’ll pay it or pay the early termination fee. If you cancel service it will count against you in trying to get service on another carrier.

      Que the naysayers and the where’s your proof trolls. My response to them is history and personal experience. AT&T and VZW both never give away anything for free!

      Que the well they did for me and this is what I did. I reply to that comment with, you have been overpaying for your cell service by atleast $30-$50 a month for however long you have had service with them. So, if you saved, for an example, $200 once by complaining a certain way; you still have been overcharged by more than $160 for that one year of service. Now say “where’s your proof of those numbers.” Get off your duff and use any search engine to compare the prices of service over the last whatever number of years you were suckered into their service.

      • Anonymous

        Not necessarily a response to your dissertation, but I have never experienced a change to a rate plan once its been set 5, 6, 10 years ago.  Ok, maybe I am dreaming with this big merger looming.  But comparing the rate plans of the big 4, tmobile wins hands down, disregarding coverage areas, etc..  I am locked in at $59.99 unlimited everything (yes 2gigs data “unlimited”).  If I don’t do anything except maybe buy a new phone outright, I would hope my plan would remain in perpetuity, we will see….but I would still like to check out that iphone 5.  Whatever anyone says, Apple stuff just does what the customer wants and expects and above and beyond  for the most part.  All the latest TMO phones are defective in some shape or form….sadly. I’ve tried the Sensation, lousy speakerphone beyond measure, G2x, well you know….

        • Farhan

          I think you’ll be able to keep your plan on a month to month, but eventually AT&T will redeploy T-Mobile’s HSPA and 3G frequencies for their own 4g network, at which point your phone will only work on 2g.

          They won’t force you to change your plan but won’t leave you much choice but to change your plan to an AT&T one or leave to another carrier.

        • Gm Aharrington1

          Thank you! You obviously understand.

      • Mopar6464

        Well that can’t be true either because if AT&T assumes your T-Mobile contract , they have to honor the original T-Mobile contract that customer signed which states No Roaming charges.
        Then you ask AT&T to honor that original T-Mobile plan or release you with no ETF.
        It’s the federal law.
        If they wont release you , arbitrate it for a release.

        • Gm Aharrington1

          And their contract states the samething! Yet if your on your phone when you start using data or make a phone call and travel outside their network, “yes all carriers do not cover the entire US”, you are then considered to be roaming. I will use this as an example, your visiting relatives in Casper, WY and decide to go to Natrona county airport pickup the luggage that was forgotten and then head back into town. Your on your phone to find somewhere to eat, you Google it, exit the browser, go eat, finish family visit, and head home. Next month you get phone bill from AT&T and it says you owe $6000 for roaming and data usage. I guarantee you complain and guess what? Either you pay of cancel your service. That’s AT&T policy, they do not care about you or the fact that your in any contract.

        • Mopar6464

          No , your wrong again.
          My contract is with T-Mobile in which AT&T bought and in my contract it states No Roaming with T-Mobile service. So AT&T can’t bill me for it since i signed with T-Mobile , not AT&T.. ”

           “That’s AT&T policy, they do not care about you or the fact that your in any contract.”

          Again , your wrong on that statement because i am not under a AT&T contract , i will be on a T-Mobile contract that AT&T assumed from the Buy-Out which they will have to honor or release me.

        • Gm Aharrington1

          And it’s people like you that I laugh at everyday because it’s simple. You signed a contract with T-mobile and AT&T assumed that contract. That means they have to abide by the contract as far as they claim; however your phone is on T-mobiles network and if AT&T abandons that network guess what? Your phone no longer works. Once the merger takes place, if it takes place, they can do whatever they want so long as they don’t breach that contract. All they need to say is T-mobile towers were out of date and we want to give the American people the best coverage, so we had to change the towers. You then need to have an AT&T phone and voila no longer have your precious contract. It reminds me of Chris Farley in “Tommy Boy”, “if you want me to take a dump in a box and stamp guarantee on it I will.” The only guarantee is you’ll have a box of crap. If I figured this out why on earth would you be gullible enough to believe AT&T hasn’t?

        • Mopar6464

          But it’s morons like you that twist all the facts to make your ideas correct.
          If AT&T renders the T-Mobile towers unusable for T-Mobile cutomers then they will have to provide the T-Mobile customers new phones in which AT&T already stated they already planned for that in this Buy-Out.
          Also if they can’t or don’t and your T-Mobile phone servce don’t work then they must allow you to leave because they have’nt held up to their contract agreement from the Buy-Out.
          And finally , if all fails you can always buy a AT&T compatable phone off contract and that will not alter your original contract forcing you to sign any AT&T contract.
          One must think outside the box to succeed .

        • Mopar6464

          But it’s morons like you that twist all the facts to make your ideas correct.
          If AT&T renders the T-Mobile towers unusable for T-Mobile cutomers then they will have to provide the T-Mobile customers new phones in which AT&T already stated they already planned for that in this Buy-Out.
          Also if they can’t or don’t and your T-Mobile phone servce don’t work then they must allow you to leave because they have’nt held up to their contract agreement from the Buy-Out.
          And finally , if all fails you can always buy a AT&T compatable phone off contract and that will not alter your original contract forcing you to sign any AT&T contract.
          One must think outside the box to succeed .

        • Gm Aharrington1

          And their contract states the samething! Yet if your on your phone when you start using data or make a phone call and travel outside their network, “yes all carriers do not cover the entire US”, you are then considered to be roaming. I will use this as an example, your visiting relatives in Casper, WY and decide to go to Natrona county airport pickup the luggage that was forgotten and then head back into town. Your on your phone to find somewhere to eat, you Google it, exit the browser, go eat, finish family visit, and head home. Next month you get phone bill from AT&T and it says you owe $6000 for roaming and data usage. I guarantee you complain and guess what? Either you pay of cancel your service. That’s AT&T policy, they do not care about you or the fact that your in any contract.

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

    AT&T sucks. They can only cheat, & buy their way through things. They can never win based on hard work & quality. & it’s said these congressman are gonna accept the bribes like that. The US is a load of bullcrap. I was gonna switch to a Value plan, but I’m just gonna wait this out, because I will so quickly switch to either sprint (idk now) or Virgin Mobile & get me a Motorola Triumph (Especially if I can find a extended 1800mAh extended slim battery for it).

    • Thaghost

      Im against the merger but you can’t deny that at$t has been a leader in the business since what seems like forever. They can buy things/tmo cuz they earned that money.

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

        True, but I don’t care when my company I want & love is so wrongly being taken over by a huge corporation solely for money & expansion & their benefit to better their crappy network/company/carrier.

    • Thaghost

      Im against the merger but you can’t deny that at$t has been a leader in the business since what seems like forever. They can buy things/tmo cuz they earned that money.

    • The ATL Guy

      All you cry babies without a shred of evidence of what you claim.
      I bet if I cleaned drugs were being dealt out of your home you sure a s*** would want hard evidence of that and not just some emotional outbursts.
      , some of you are just so holier than thou aren’t you

    • The ATL Guy

      All you cry babies without a shred of evidence of what you claim.
      I bet if I cleaned drugs were being dealt out of your home you sure a s*** would want hard evidence of that and not just some emotional outbursts.
      , some of you are just so holier than thou aren’t you

    • Anonymous

      I have the Triumph and the stock battery lasts a long time.  It definitely lasts longer than the batteries in the Optimus V and Intercept.  I had both of those and they would run out every other day.  The Triumph I’ve only had a little over a week but it’s not run out of juice a single time.  And I’ve not installed Juice Defender yet.  

    • Anonymous

      I have the Triumph and the stock battery lasts a long time.  It definitely lasts longer than the batteries in the Optimus V and Intercept.  I had both of those and they would run out every other day.  The Triumph I’ve only had a little over a week but it’s not run out of juice a single time.  And I’ve not installed Juice Defender yet.  

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

        Oh… that’s great to know. I still hope I can get a extended slim battery for it though for extra juice. Just feels good to know I have at least a 1500mAh battery or more. Just for comfort…

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

        Oh… that’s great to know. I still hope I can get a extended slim battery for it though for extra juice. Just feels good to know I have at least a 1500mAh battery or more. Just for comfort…

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.albatrosov Michael Albatrosov

    What does AT&T have to payout to DT if the deal falls through? 4Billion?? There is NO WAY they will give that amount up. They will go along with anything the government says to get this passed. I wish it would just hurry up and happen. 

    • Bpptm

      About $3B USD cash, and about another $3B USD in assets.

    • Bpptm

      About $3B USD cash, and about another $3B USD in assets.

  • Anonymous

    No one believes for one minute that AT&T needs T-Mobile for anything but to be the leader in the USA. They own plenty of unused spectrum, have plenty of cash but yet they still have the worst Network. Their HSPA+ Network is invisible, I have yet to find it, they advertise they have the fastest, that is a bigger joke. If they can not improve their Network now with what they already own, what makes anyone think they will improve when they take over T-Mobile’s holdings??? If this is approved then a 3rd party better investigate and find out who got paid what to let this thing slide thru.. This is the worst idea for the USA mobile industry. Of course Verizon throws their positive spin on it because it helps them out in the long run. Eventually Sprint will be swallowed up and there will be only two. You can be sure all the small carriers will be put right out of business in a very short time. This is the worst possible thing to happen to the USA mobile industry. Everyone knows this and it will probably still slide thru because of all the sleazy deals done behind the scenes. 

    • The ATL Guy

      I love all the posters on this forum who think they know so much

    • Enoel69

      AMEN to ur post Vinnyjr. I really hope there are enuf prudent ppl in both FCC n DOJ to see how adversely this will affect the US cell market. Att have enuf spectrum to improve their network…just like Verizon and eventually Sprint have looked for way to get LTE without buying out any carrier, so too can Att. This is just an attempt to knock off one the major competitor. With all the spectrum that Att has plus the 39 billion they can has their LTE running in a year or two. 

  • GAyfag

    Analysts also predict that the iPhone will come to Tmobile every other Thursday

    • Anonymous

      Actually, the iPhone will debut as a prepaid handset with T-Mobile, this holiday period.

      Buy your mini SIM in advance.  ;)

  • GAyfag

    Analysts also predict that the iPhone will come to Tmobile every other Thursday

  • GAyfag

    Analysts also predict that the iPhone will come to Tmobile every other Thursday

  • Anonymous

    Another of my long-winded posts.  Enjoy (or hate) while you can, my T-Mobile account ends tomorrow so I will be saying goodby to TMoNews on Sunday.

    That is an excellent article from the Washington Post.  However, IMHO how goes the debt ceiling arguments, so too will those advanced by AT&T and T-Mobile. At the end of the day emotional, “impending doom” arguments might carry the day for AT&T and the screaming opposition (regardless from whom) won’t matter, except for carriers like Sprint to get some desired concessions (which is its only goal in opposing the deal).

    Moreover, there’s additional “new evidence” that this deal will be approved… specifically Verizon, like AT&T this week, is reporting outstanding second quarter numbers. 

    Yesterday I posted that AT&T reported great Q2 11 results (e.g., adding 1 million post-paid customers,
    increasing ARPU, etc.) Verizon is reporting similar glowing Q2 numbers. (E.g., increasing its subscriber base by 6.6 percent to 106.3 million customers and a 10.2 percent revenue increase to $17.3 billion for the quarter. Verizon’s DATA revenues increased $1.1 billion to $5.8 billion.)

    And prepaids (Boost, Metro PCS, Virgin, etc.) are reporting increasing subscriptions and profits.

    Why is all this relevant? Simple really, it portends that T-Mobile’s Q2 numbers will be down, again. (After all, if AT&T, Verizon, and presumably Sprint, are increasing their post-paid subscriber numbers this begs the question, where are those people coming from?  I submit a lot of them are coming from T-Mobile, hence
    it’s not a stretch to predict T-Mobile every quarter will report subscriber losses.)

    All these numbers support an AT&T/T-Mobile argument that if the deal is not approved T-Mobile’s U.S. operation will tank and be no more. 

    T-Mobile threatening and AT&T predicting T-Mobile US business closure is the ultimate trump card in all this. 
    You can jump up and down, wave your arms and picket outside the FCC’s door, if DT closes its US division no one wins.  (Look for AT&T to trumpet this point loud and clear, and repeatedly, in coming months.)

    And from the regulatory/oversight side of things, despite what T-Mobile customers or Senators think about plan pricing or choices, Washington’s mandate is NOT to run private business, force T-Mobile to keep its doors open, nor to deny purchase/sale applications if the net result will be the seller closing its doors.

    This “impending doom unless a knight in shining armor is allowed to rescue us” argument is common.  It’s one that’s been advanced by airlines, oil companies, and communication business, to name a few. And the business closure threat/argument has been used quite effectively to bust unions or get significant concessions from union members.

    AT&T and T-Mobile know this is their best argument. (Aside from arguing numbers, statistics and what will happen to T-Mobile if the acquisition is not approved, the Parties can cite stories illustrating what happens when a buyer can’t be found.  They can cite Borders Books.  It could not find a buyer for its operation, so now the company is liquidating (closing) the entire operation. The same thing happened to scores of other businesses where a buyer could not be found. And recall Cisco, who is laying off thousands of employees, did not even bother trying to find a buyer for its Flip camcorder business. It simply shuttered the business.)

    Sidenote: Assuming T-Mobile will be reporting lousy Q2 numbers, it tells me that T-Mobile customers are leaving the sinking ship, and that other carriers are providing lifeboats to take the finite number of subscribers to their respective ships.  If this is accurate, by January 2012 there may not be many subscribers at T-Mobile, millions of them having moved on to the Big Three or the established prepaids.

    Sidenote: There only being so many subscribers to go around, that’s why there’s cat fights (carrier war) to lock people into two-year deals — two-year contracts are where the big profits are.

    Carriers make BIG money selling you an $1880 phone rather than your going to prepaid and paying $350 a nice phone and first month’s service.

    • IT guy

      Well put, and well thought out. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • TMOTECH

      You gotta get a girlfriend.

  • TheDude

    Can any one tell me how long it generally takes to put up one tower? From start to finish including finding the land to build it on and getting approval from city council or who ever approves the site being built?

    • Anonymous

      Depends on the locale, permit process and opposition, if any.

      Here in San Francisco it can take five years.

    • TMO Loyal

      The construction alone take 3-9 weeks depending on soil and tower size, but that is after anywhere from 9 months to 4 or 5 years. It really depends on the county, city and state it is being built in. You can build one in the middle of nowhere in under a year, but in a city area get ready to wait on the redtape.

    • TMO Loyal

      The construction alone take 3-9 weeks depending on soil and tower size, but that is after anywhere from 9 months to 4 or 5 years. It really depends on the county, city and state it is being built in. You can build one in the middle of nowhere in under a year, but in a city area get ready to wait on the redtape.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1350219741 Derrick Ford

    ABSOLUTELY NOT HAPPENING WITHOUT
    DIVESTITURE!!!  So, AT&T WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT OWN EVERYTHING IN THIS!

  • Newmexican

    1. DT does not want to continue their business in the US

    AND   (most important)

    2. Cellphone users in the US are not interested in TMO. IMHO TMO presently has absolutely stunning phones and they are very competitive, they still loose customers left and right.

    Us geeks loving great phones and treading on TMONews are not enough to drive TMO to success.

    Face it, they will go away, for US customers have other criteria

    :-(

    • Greg

      You are so right about this. T-Mobile has some pretty nice phones, and they’re litterally giving them to new customers (and giving pretty good prices to existing customers) yet they can’t get their numbers up.

    • Greg

      You are so right about this. T-Mobile has some pretty nice phones, and they’re litterally giving them to new customers (and giving pretty good prices to existing customers) yet they can’t get their numbers up.

  • Anonymous

    Bonus Comment: That over 200 million people are willing to pay AT&T and Verizon’s prices and apparently willing to continue to sign on with those carriers does not bode well for the argument that there’s a lack of competition in U. S. wireless.  

    I dunno, but maybe a local San Francisco news article I saw on TV recently explains subscribers attitude about having a cell phone.  The piece said that two things are most important to Californians, their cars and cell phones. (The car and cell phone for many have to be “cool,” hence lining up to buy iPhones and carriers coming out with phones looking like iterations of the old iPhone.)

    Other than us cheapskates (excuse me, the value conscious), maybe the majority of Americans don’t give a rip what happens to T-Mobile.

    • The ATL Guy

      It’s the credit challenged that FLOCK to tmobile

      • http://profiles.google.com/desmet2006 Alex Fischer

        I am by no means credit challenged and I choose T-Mobile because of their superior customer service, their cell phone coverage in MY area, and again because of their superior customer service.  I’ve had Verizon, I’ve had ATT, and I’ve been with T-Mobile for a while now.

        • The ATL Guy

          I didnt say you were. 
          Its no big secret that Tmobile has the leanest costs to get in versus the other 3. 

        • The ATL Guy

          I didnt say you were. 
          Its no big secret that Tmobile has the leanest costs to get in versus the other 3. 

      • J. Williams

        Yeah, that makes no sense at all.  Maybe YOU have credit issues, but that’s completely not the case.  T-Mobile is the best company.  Great prices, great service, great phones. 

        • The ATL Guy

          No its a fact. TMobile has the lowest cost way to get in for those with credit challenges. 
          Its not like that is a big secret. 

        • J. Williams

          Okay.

        • The ATL Guy

          No its a fact. TMobile has the lowest cost way to get in for those with credit challenges. 
          Its not like that is a big secret. 

      • BigMixxx

        Man, you are misinformed.  Why would I spend TOO much money for mobile phone service with AT&T when I can get the same bit of coverage with T-Mobile.  At a cheaper cost.  Carries me across i-40 when I drive (for the most part) where my buddies can’t get reception in (Shamrock, TX) BFE….

        Plus cheaper prices, and decent customer service…

        • Mopar6464

          Maybe in Texas but in Ohio T-Mobile sucks compared to AT&T & Verizon in coverage.
          Go outside the three major cities and your data goes straight on Edge and or roaming off of AT&T.

    • Nearmsp

      Well then why is AT&T interested in buying cheapskate customers of T-mobile? And why are you worried. If AT&T is sooo good, AT&T will not need to pay $40 billion to take over T-mobile. Just watch if iphone comes to T-mobile what happens to the customer base at Verizon and AT&T. T-mobile due to its size has not got an exclusive deal for iphones and that is the main reason that is losing customers to Verizon and AT&T.

    • Nearmsp

      Well then why is AT&T interested in buying cheapskate customers of T-mobile? And why are you worried. If AT&T is sooo good, AT&T will not need to pay $40 billion to take over T-mobile. Just watch if iphone comes to T-mobile what happens to the customer base at Verizon and AT&T. T-mobile due to its size has not got an exclusive deal for iphones and that is the main reason that is losing customers to Verizon and AT&T.

      • IT Guy

        AT&T isn’t really all that interested in picking up T-Mobile’s customer base. They’re more interested in the network infrastructure. It’s cheaper and quicker for them to buy what DT is selling than to build it up on their own.

        • Auser72

          They are interested in eliminating a cheaper alternative, so present and future customers have no alternative when they raise rates. Those old enough to remember when most could hardly afford to make a long distance call from home landline when there was no no other alternatives.

      • IT Guy

        AT&T isn’t really all that interested in picking up T-Mobile’s customer base. They’re more interested in the network infrastructure. It’s cheaper and quicker for them to buy what DT is selling than to build it up on their own.

    • Anonymous

      Bonus Reply: Being a budget conscious senior, with a basic SVC tracfone, I couldn’t give a hoot for smart phones, whether or not I can have an unlimited data plan, or what speeds my phone can download a video (just in case I’ve lost the ability to converse conventionally).
      I do however recognize the fact that my value conscious wireless connection makes exclusive use of AT&T’s network, not T-mobile’s. If T-mobile’s infrastructure can give ATT more spectrum, and infrastructure in urban areas, then good for me.

  • Anonymous

    If lobbying didn’t exist to bribe the powers that be this deal wouldn’t go through.  If lobbying didn’t exist period a lot of the BS this country has had to deal with since Reagan wouldn’t have gone through.  The USA is the best country money can buy.

    • Anonymous

      You are free to move if you hate this country so much.

      • 20 °

        No you aren’t. It’s harder to move to a new country than you think it is.

  • Anonymous

    Should TMobile customers look into the Clayton Act?

    • Anonymous

      Based on that suggestion, they should look in to getting an education first.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the merger will go through.  There is no legal basis to stop it. 

    Senator Kohl is a socialist and the people of Wisconsin were looking forward to booting the clown out of office, so he plans to “retire” instead.

    • Marc

      No legal basis?  Did you take ‘Government’ in High School?  How about the Sherman Antitrust Act for starters.