Senator Al Franken Says AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Will Kill Competition, T-Mobile Says Nuh Uh

While Senator Herb Kohl has already come out in opposition of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile takeover, his colleague Senator Al Franken has now responded in his own 24-page letter to the Justice Department and FCC.

“The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile would be a major step towards the creation of an entrenched duopoly in the wireless industry,” Franken writes in a 24-page letter to the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission. “It would concentrate enormous power over the entire telecommunications sector in the hands of only two companies, and it would incentivize AT&T and Verizon to coordinate prices to the detriment of consumers.”

Furthermore Senator Franken says that the emphasis in the wireless industry right now should be innovation through competition and not buying up innovation through mergers:

“American consumers rely on the DOJ and the FCC to protect competition,” Franken writes. “It is only through competition that wireless spectrum usage will become more efficient, handsets more innovative, customer service more responsive, network coverage broader, and prices lower.”

 

T-Mobile reacted in their own right to respond to the Senator from Minnesota’s comments:

“While we respect Senator Franken, his analysis of our pending transaction is just wrong,” T-Mobile said in a note to the press. “The combination of T-Mobile and AT&T should be approved because it will deliver what consumers are looking for in the age of smart phones, tablets and mobile internet – speed, service quality and reduced costs. As is documented in our government filings, the combination of our two networks creates significant efficiencies that will trigger strong benefits for consumers. We are confident that a thorough review of the record will demonstrate the transaction advances the public interest.”

 

Reuters via BGR

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  • Richard

    Bullshit

  • Richard

    Bullshit

  • spelling nazi

    It’s Franken Not Franked

  • spelling nazi

    It’s Franken Not Franked

  • Cfulco1181

    Thank you Senator for seeing the truth in this merger. Say no to the merger DOJ AND FCC!!!!!

    • Daniel7992

      Don’t you understand that without the merger, tmobile USA will not survive. Either way, tmobile will no longer be able to compete.

      • Bupahs

        If you believe that I have a bridge in New York you might be interested in.

        • GregP74

          Unfortunately he’s right. T-Mobile is still turning a profit, but they’re losing customers and a rapid rate.

          DT wants to get rid of them and has been looking for a buyer since late ’08.

          People in the industry say that if this deal doesn’t go through, DT will dismantle the network and sell it for what they can get.

          So the politicians trying to save us from att really aren’t presenting much better scenario for us.

        • GregP74

          Unfortunately he’s right. T-Mobile is still turning a profit, but they’re losing customers and a rapid rate.

          DT wants to get rid of them and has been looking for a buyer since late ’08.

          People in the industry say that if this deal doesn’t go through, DT will dismantle the network and sell it for what they can get.

          So the politicians trying to save us from att really aren’t presenting much better scenario for us.

        • GregP74

          Unfortunately he’s right. T-Mobile is still turning a profit, but they’re losing customers and a rapid rate.

          DT wants to get rid of them and has been looking for a buyer since late ’08.

          People in the industry say that if this deal doesn’t go through, DT will dismantle the network and sell it for what they can get.

          So the politicians trying to save us from att really aren’t presenting much better scenario for us.

      • Bupahs

        If you believe that I have a bridge in New York you might be interested in.

  • Cfulco1181

    Thank you Senator for seeing the truth in this merger. Say no to the merger DOJ AND FCC!!!!!

  • Cfulco1181

    Thank you Senator for seeing the truth in this merger. Say no to the merger DOJ AND FCC!!!!!

  • Bupahs

    So according to T-Mobile what consumers want is higher prices, unstable connections and poor customer service / relations. Wow, I did not know I wanted all of that… Thanks T-Mobile

  • Bupahs

    So according to T-Mobile what consumers want is higher prices, unstable connections and poor customer service / relations. Wow, I did not know I wanted all of that… Thanks T-Mobile

  • Bupahs

    So according to T-Mobile what consumers want is higher prices, unstable connections and poor customer service / relations. Wow, I did not know I wanted all of that… Thanks T-Mobile

  • I think it’s pretty amazing that AT&T & T-Mobile are able to claim with a straight face that the merger won’t lead to significantly reduced competition and higher prices.

    • Daniel7992

      People, please give it a rest. No matter how you feel about this merger, it is going to happen. Would you rather tmobile just folds without anything to show for it. This is business and tmobile is hurting. It was okay when Sprint wanted to purchase tmobile and there have horrible service. What is wrong with ATT that is not wrong with any of the other carriers, including Verizon.

      • Playthecharade

        Its different because:

        1) If Sprint/T-Mobile had merged, there still would have been two GSM carriers, ATT and T-Mo, unlike here, where there would only be one GSM carrier. That would lead to a monopoly over the GSM market, which is huge for travelers. The rest of the world besides us here in the US (VZW& Sprint) and China use GSM, so if ever they come here with unlocked phones, they HAVE to use ATT. Monopoly over international customers.
        2) The merger between Sprint and T-Mo would not have created an instant #1 carrier with a 20million more customers than the current number one, VZW. It would have been about 80million customers for sprint/tmobile, 100million for vzw, and 95million for ATT. This would not have led to a duopoly, but a stronger competition between 3 fairly evenly matched players. Although it would have also affected price, it wouldnt have as steeply as having two major companies, attmobile & VZW. If you think Sprint can hold out at a 51million customer base vs VZW’s current 100million and ATTmobile’s combined 120million, then youre crazy. Losing T-Mo wouldnt mean just losing one national carrier, but eventually two.

        • Ziggy123

          well said.

        • Ziggy123

          well said.

      • Playthecharade

        Its different because:

        1) If Sprint/T-Mobile had merged, there still would have been two GSM carriers, ATT and T-Mo, unlike here, where there would only be one GSM carrier. That would lead to a monopoly over the GSM market, which is huge for travelers. The rest of the world besides us here in the US (VZW& Sprint) and China use GSM, so if ever they come here with unlocked phones, they HAVE to use ATT. Monopoly over international customers.
        2) The merger between Sprint and T-Mo would not have created an instant #1 carrier with a 20million more customers than the current number one, VZW. It would have been about 80million customers for sprint/tmobile, 100million for vzw, and 95million for ATT. This would not have led to a duopoly, but a stronger competition between 3 fairly evenly matched players. Although it would have also affected price, it wouldnt have as steeply as having two major companies, attmobile & VZW. If you think Sprint can hold out at a 51million customer base vs VZW’s current 100million and ATTmobile’s combined 120million, then youre crazy. Losing T-Mo wouldnt mean just losing one national carrier, but eventually two.

      • Playthecharade

        Its different because:

        1) If Sprint/T-Mobile had merged, there still would have been two GSM carriers, ATT and T-Mo, unlike here, where there would only be one GSM carrier. That would lead to a monopoly over the GSM market, which is huge for travelers. The rest of the world besides us here in the US (VZW& Sprint) and China use GSM, so if ever they come here with unlocked phones, they HAVE to use ATT. Monopoly over international customers.
        2) The merger between Sprint and T-Mo would not have created an instant #1 carrier with a 20million more customers than the current number one, VZW. It would have been about 80million customers for sprint/tmobile, 100million for vzw, and 95million for ATT. This would not have led to a duopoly, but a stronger competition between 3 fairly evenly matched players. Although it would have also affected price, it wouldnt have as steeply as having two major companies, attmobile & VZW. If you think Sprint can hold out at a 51million customer base vs VZW’s current 100million and ATTmobile’s combined 120million, then youre crazy. Losing T-Mo wouldnt mean just losing one national carrier, but eventually two.

      • I didn’t say it wasn’t going to be approved, it almost certainly will, after all we have the best government money can buy.  I just think it takes serious cajones to make the statements that AT&T & TMO do.

        As far as “what’s wrong with AT&T” ignoring their higher rates (for less good plans) up until very recently that have had an absolutely abysmal collection of Android phones, and even now although they have improved they have the worst selection of all the post-paid carriers by a significant margin.

        FTR, I do agree that TMO is struggling without a real 4G strategy, when they stop being able to squeeze more speed out of HSPA+ they will be left in the dust by the LTE carriers.  I was in favor of them merging with Sprint, who has made great strides in customer service and who’s only real limitation is their CDMA/WiMax network.  Merging with TMO would have let them deploy a proper GSM and eventually LTE network.

    • Anonymous

      well when you lie so much it becomes easy.  

  • Tmobile: “We don’t care about doing business in the US anymore. They should approve this merger because we are getting 39 billion dollars!” Tmobile is greedy as F@*%! Just like the Politicians! 

  • SK33M0

    It will NOT reduce cost

    • enveed05

      Well, it will reduce operating costs for the combined companies… however, for the consumers it will significantly increase expenses

      • Ash

        For the last time, there is no “combined”, ATT takes over, not merge.

      • Ash

        For the last time, there is no “combined”, ATT takes over, not merge.

      • Ash

        For the last time, there is no “combined”, ATT takes over, not merge.

    • Daniel7992

      How do you know? Oh, you really don’t, you’re just talking out the side of your neck.

      • Anonymous

        For one, it will be less competition.
        Second, it’s AT&T we’re talking about.

        There is absolutely nothing about this deal that benefits the consumer.

      • Anonymous

        I’m Sorry but you’re Just like The other idiots I have to deal with yesterday on the forum…

        I agree with all these people who’s against This deal. The corps will benefit way more than consumer.

      • n900mixalot

        I used to pay 49.99 for unlimited talk/text/web on Cingular. T-Mobile used to charge 69.99 for unlimited talk/text/web.

        Wireless have been increasing for the last 7 years, where have you been?

      • Anonymous

        Just look at how Verizon has jacked up their Data prices.  That is a prime example of how one of the two HUGE companies can raise prices if they want to.  Do you expect the #1 carrier AT&T-Mobile to lower their prices to that of Sprint or RIPT-Mobile??

        They will raise prices to keep in line with VZW and we can’t do S–T about it but pick a cheesy local carrier or go to the only other national carrier Sprint.

        • Ash

          You forgot one more thing…
          And if one does not have good coverage from Sprint in their area, they are fu*ked.

        • Anonymous

          AND THAT’S THE BOAT I’M IN!

        • Ash

          :( Sorry to hear that.

        • Anonymous

          AND THAT’S THE BOAT I’M IN!

        • Anonymous

          AND THAT’S THE BOAT I’M IN!

        • Ash

          You forgot one more thing…
          And if one does not have good coverage from Sprint in their area, they are fu*ked.

        • Ash

          You forgot one more thing…
          And if one does not have good coverage from Sprint in their area, they are fu*ked.

        • Ash

          You forgot one more thing…
          And if one does not have good coverage from Sprint in their area, they are fu*ked.

      • How do you know they won’t jack up prices? How about the fact they have said several times that if consumers what low-cost service there are companies like MetroPCS are any other the other low-cost carriers. Does that sound like a company that is goin to be lowering month prices anytime soon?

        • Anonymous

          That about says it all right there.

      • Bupahs

        Because in the entire history of at&t acquisitions they have never lowered prices and have gone out of their way to force customers off their grandfathered plans so they have no choice but to pay higher prices.

        The prices will rise within 3 months of the merger and at&t will claim it is to reclaim the money spent on the purchase.

        • Anonymous

          And then they’ll tell us “We did it for YOU(so you pay)”

        • Ash

          When I was with ATT, they “upgraded” my data plan from $15 to $30 for “my benefit”, all without me signing a new contract or agreement of any kind from me.

        • Ash

          When I was with ATT, they “upgraded” my data plan from $15 to $30 for “my benefit”, all without me signing a new contract or agreement of any kind from me.

        • Ash

          When I was with ATT, they “upgraded” my data plan from $15 to $30 for “my benefit”, all without me signing a new contract or agreement of any kind from me.

        • Ash

          When I was with ATT, they “upgraded” my data plan from $15 to $30 for “my benefit”, all without me signing a new contract or agreement of any kind from me.

      • Bupahs

        Because in the entire history of at&t acquisitions they have never lowered prices and have gone out of their way to force customers off their grandfathered plans so they have no choice but to pay higher prices.

        The prices will rise within 3 months of the merger and at&t will claim it is to reclaim the money spent on the purchase.

  • Twistmycap

    Well T-Mobile just to let you know. I will not being delt with by att anymore. So if approved im switching my 13yrs of service to sprint. Go frankenstien

  • HaVokTEK

    Layin’ low, till the dust settles…..someone is gonna get paid………or get PAID out of all of this…….
    We the consumer will inevitably be on the broke end of this cycle. No matter how they spin it.

  • I’m seriously about to leave T-Mobile, they are killing me right now with how much they don’t care. I still can’t believe this whole thing is happening. Idk why we have to get DUMB ARSE people @ Deutche Telekom running T-Mobile, because if we had better people running T-Mobile USA in the 1st place we wouldn’t be in this predicament. AT&T-Mobile can lick my cat’s litter.

    • Marvelus922

      T-Mobile USA hasnt been makin money for years…Even when it was Voicestream… DT only tried to help but due to poor marketing and not acquiring the iPhone which were two key moves that TMobile should have made.

    • Marvelus922

      T-Mobile USA hasnt been makin money for years…Even when it was Voicestream… DT only tried to help but due to poor marketing and not acquiring the iPhone which were two key moves that TMobile should have made.

    • Marvelus922

      T-Mobile USA hasnt been makin money for years…Even when it was Voicestream… DT only tried to help but due to poor marketing and not acquiring the iPhone which were two key moves that TMobile should have made.

      • I hate when people make stuff up. Tmobile USA has been very profitable even with losing customers. Get your facts striate. 

      • I hate when people make stuff up. Tmobile USA has been very profitable even with losing customers. Get your facts striate. 

      • Anonymous

        They started losing when they dropped “Get More” and with the stupid plans.

      • Anonymous

        They started losing when they dropped “Get More” and with the stupid plans.

      • Anonymous

        They started losing when they dropped “Get More” and with the stupid plans.

    • Anonymous

      You might as well rock that G2x on ATT until your cheaper TMO plan expires bro.  There’s really no need to jump ship so soon.

    • Ash

      DT owns T-mo,
      DT wants the 39 billions.
      ATT tells DT: you better keep your bitch in line.
      T-mo barks.

  • I’m seriously about to leave T-Mobile, they are killing me right now with how much they don’t care. I still can’t believe this whole thing is happening. Idk why we have to get DUMB ARSE people @ Deutche Telekom running T-Mobile, because if we had better people running T-Mobile USA in the 1st place we wouldn’t be in this predicament. AT&T-Mobile can lick my cat’s litter.

  • Anonymous

    “As is documented in our government filings, the combination of our two
    networks creates significant efficiencies that will trigger strong
    benefits for consumers.”

    Bullshit.

    What he forgot to mention was that it will cause a lot of layoffs and create the AT&T&T juggernaut that will jack the prices on their services and ass rape all their customers.

    Then Verizon will acquire Sprint to compete and the ass raping will commence on all of America.  The government will then step in and break up the duopoly and we will be right back were we are now.  Then everyone will turn to their neighbor and laugh about how silly all that was (but they’re really just glad that their bums going to be left alone for a while).

    /end of rant 

  • Anonymous

    “As is documented in our government filings, the combination of our two
    networks creates significant efficiencies that will trigger strong
    benefits for consumers.”

    Bullshit.

    What he forgot to mention was that it will cause a lot of layoffs and create the AT&T&T juggernaut that will jack the prices on their services and ass rape all their customers.

    Then Verizon will acquire Sprint to compete and the ass raping will commence on all of America.  The government will then step in and break up the duopoly and we will be right back were we are now.  Then everyone will turn to their neighbor and laugh about how silly all that was (but they’re really just glad that their bums going to be left alone for a while).

    /end of rant 

  • Anonymous

    “As is documented in our government filings, the combination of our two
    networks creates significant efficiencies that will trigger strong
    benefits for consumers.”

    Bullshit.

    What he forgot to mention was that it will cause a lot of layoffs and create the AT&T&T juggernaut that will jack the prices on their services and ass rape all their customers.

    Then Verizon will acquire Sprint to compete and the ass raping will commence on all of America.  The government will then step in and break up the duopoly and we will be right back were we are now.  Then everyone will turn to their neighbor and laugh about how silly all that was (but they’re really just glad that their bums going to be left alone for a while).

    /end of rant 

  • Tmoemployee

    funny how they tell us employees att is still competition  and act like they dont want the merger but they tell the govt something different 

    • Snoopy

      TMO employees are told that AT&T is still competition because it is.  The first TMO employee that acts like AT&T isn’t competition, but is their owner instead, goes to JAIL FOR A LONG LONG TIME!!!!!! (LONG TIME)
      Anyone within TMO that does not want the merger, is expressing their personal feeling about moving from working for TMO to working for AT&T,  or out of concern that they will get shown the door after the buyout.  TMO as a company however, does want the merger.  Because TMO as a company, wants to stop being a company.  That is why they agreed to be sold in the first place…

  • Nick

    If AT&T doesn’t have low prices now why should I expect them to lower prices after the takeover??  I couldn’t agree with Franken more.

    BTW David you spelled Franken wrong in the headline.

    • Anonymous

      Franked hahahaha

    • Anonymous

      Franked hahahaha

  • Nick

    If AT&T doesn’t have low prices now why should I expect them to lower prices after the takeover??  I couldn’t agree with Franken more.

    BTW David you spelled Franken wrong in the headline.

  • Nick

    If AT&T doesn’t have low prices now why should I expect them to lower prices after the takeover??  I couldn’t agree with Franken more.

    BTW David you spelled Franken wrong in the headline.

  • Well if wackjob Al Franken says it, it must be true.  MINN elects some crazy dudes.  Professional wrestlers, SNL cast.  I am thinking Creed from The Office would make a great next Governor from the great state of MINN.

  • Well if wackjob Al Franken says it, it must be true.  MINN elects some crazy dudes.  Professional wrestlers, SNL cast.  I am thinking Creed from The Office would make a great next Governor from the great state of MINN.

    • “I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!”

  • Well if wackjob Al Franken says it, it must be true.  MINN elects some crazy dudes.  Professional wrestlers, SNL cast.  I am thinking Creed from The Office would make a great next Governor from the great state of MINN.

  • J. Williams

    This is all kind of crazy, lol and i am ready for it to be over. If it goes through, how people are going to leave?

  • J. Williams

    This is all kind of crazy, lol and i am ready for it to be over. If it goes through, how people are going to leave?

  • MIKEEEEE

    ATT 3g is 35 miles away from here.

    verizon 3g is here.

    ATT is too goddamned cheap to even get DSL here so their microcell will not work here either.

    they put together pretty commercials but don’t erect towers or string fiber.

    check the data coverage maps for 38221.

    • Fatgurl23

      Well its not our fault u live in big sandy tenesse in da middle of nowhere, if lived in da city of los Angeles like me at&t works fine.

      • MIKEEEEE

        the reason i live in big sandy, tennessee is i grew up in 07206.

        i’m also well aware of the difference between a wannabe and real ghetto trash as i lived in one way before it was glamorized by calling it the ghetto.

        BTW; that contrived written accent you use, add some joe pesci and danny devito to it and that’s my natural lingo and speech pattern.

        needles to say att sucks around here and it will never get better.

    • Fatgurl23

      Well its not our fault u live in big sandy tenesse in da middle of nowhere, if lived in da city of los Angeles like me at&t works fine.

  • MIKEEEEE

    ATT 3g is 35 miles away from here.

    verizon 3g is here.

    ATT is too goddamned cheap to even get DSL here so their microcell will not work here either.

    they put together pretty commercials but don’t erect towers or string fiber.

    check the data coverage maps for 38221.

  • Cellularcrazy09

    People are stupid if they don’t already think this country has a duopoly! Its always been at&t/cingular battling it out with Verizon.  They don’t even consider t-mobile and sprint competition.  That’s why Verizon hasn’t lowered their prices or added value since their 2008 purchase of Alltel.  Opposers of this have such a weak argument there.

    • Nearmsp

      so you are saying there is no competition because AT&T and Verizon are so big so let us make them bigger? Same as saying some one is addicted to drugs, so let him/her have as much as  needed, it will not make any difference!

  • GregP74

    I don’t disagree with Mr Franken, but he and the others are just playing to the crowd and dancing around the real issue.

    There would be a valid point to all of this if t-mobile was a thriving growing business and ATT was trying to buy them out, but that’s not what is happening.

    What do they propose to do if the deal is blocked and DT says “well, we’ve got $6b from ATT. That’ll offset some of the cost of dismantling our network and selling it off”

    Thanks for saving us from ATT to leave us with….nothing.

    • Anonymous

      well put, well put.  TMO isnt doing so well look at the quarterly net adds not as healthy as the other 3 even sprint is going better than tmo is…chose your pill wisely…blue or the red pill

      • Anonymous

        As if that’s any reason to kill a carrier with over 30 million customers..

        They need to be more competitive and stop offering such confusing plans. Their website intentionally tries to force people into the most expensive plans. etc.

        • Snoopy

          TMO is not being killed.  TMO has committed suicide.  Three times the company (as VS, and then with Stick Together and now) has chosen “cheap rate plans” as their path to success.  TMO is dying because this did not work the last two times.  TMO is pushing the knife into itself by committing to the same un-profitable course a third time.

        • Xavier Carryl

          They were profitable, just couldn’t retain subscribers.

        • Snoopy

          TMO is not being killed.  TMO has committed suicide.  Three times the company (as VS, and then with Stick Together and now) has chosen “cheap rate plans” as their path to success.  TMO is dying because this did not work the last two times.  TMO is pushing the knife into itself by committing to the same un-profitable course a third time.

      • Anonymous

        As if that’s any reason to kill a carrier with over 30 million customers..

        They need to be more competitive and stop offering such confusing plans. Their website intentionally tries to force people into the most expensive plans. etc.

    • Anonymous

      well put, well put.  TMO isnt doing so well look at the quarterly net adds not as healthy as the other 3 even sprint is going better than tmo is…chose your pill wisely…blue or the red pill

    • Samus91

      AT&T also looses spectrum if the deal falls through and their network is already over matched with the spectrum they currently have.  That will be a bigger hit against AT&T than just loosing the $6 billion. 

    • Samus91

      AT&T also looses spectrum if the deal falls through and their network is already over matched with the spectrum they currently have.  That will be a bigger hit against AT&T than just loosing the $6 billion. 

  • BigMixxx

    There of course will be no immediate cost reduction, long term the placebo affect of cost reduction will kick in, because it will be ‘cheaper’ than it was last year…. Much like gas prices…

      I don’t like it, but there have been enough payoffs to vote for it, so it’s gonna happen.When it does, I’m renewing my contract, the day before, so I can stay in my contract for years.  My mother stayed in her ATT contract for 4 years after it expired.  She had a great plan 1000 minutes for 10 dollars, text and as much data as she wanted.  She just kept switching phones she would find in the pawn shops.  (Got that from me of course..cuz I’m cheap).So that’s my plan. I’ll stick with it until it’s Either approved or rejected.  I refuse to go to verizon or Sprint.

    • Samus91

      How is your comparison to gas prices make any sense?  Gas prices have increased for years…. Long term it only will get worse.  When was the last time you saw a company say oh it is cheaper for us because we have had it so long we are going to lower your prices?  This is the same story with Cable TV.  They jack up your bill every year and people pay it because they need their TV.  Same goes with Cell phones, everyone “needs” one.  Why would a company lower their prices when people are willing to pay what they were already paying for something they believe they need.  I have never heard of a big company passing their savings on to anyone.  They choose to inflate their bonuses every year with the extra money.  Also, how do you expect to be on the inside track when the deal is going to be official.  So, you have an extra day to change your plan?  You must be the CEO of AT&T then to know that insider info. 

      • BigMixxx

        Like gas prices.  Gas Prices are still on the rise.  In a months time the prices of a gallon of regular gasoline was 4 dollars a gallon (in the west) or higher.  With a sudden drop in gas prices, it is a perceived relief in gas. 

        We WILL see higher mobile phone bills as we are assimilated into the abiss of ATT.  The will see significant attrition, they really don’t care.  As that rate rises, we will see valued plans go away.  As those value plans go away, we will have to move to the higher cost plans.  As those higher cost plans start to fester in the environment, ATT will suddenly offer a cheaper rates, along the rates in which they can make a better profit.  We will succumb to the placebo affect and be happy.  

        ALSO you must remember…

        Listen to what they are NOT saying.

        This is not about Mobile phone service, it’s all about data (I posted something about this a long time ago), as that’s where the profits are.  If 50 percent of the customer base has data at 120 million customers, you are talking about 1.8 billion a month, PROFIT, PURE PROFIT.
        If operating expenses are REALLY, REALLY low, you stay making a profit.  If this goes through, ATT will own a TON of Data spectrum….A LOT, and will set the rules.  Verizon will own a ton of it, and will set the rules.  The other’s won’t matter.  Look at the rules being set very carefully.

         I think if the deal does not go through, ATT will buy Metro PCS then Cincinnati bell.  Verizon will quickly assimilate Cricket and  in their fold. No one will touch Sprint, as they may buy up US cellular.

      • BigMixxx

        Like gas prices.  Gas Prices are still on the rise.  In a months time the prices of a gallon of regular gasoline was 4 dollars a gallon (in the west) or higher.  With a sudden drop in gas prices, it is a perceived relief in gas. 

        We WILL see higher mobile phone bills as we are assimilated into the abiss of ATT.  The will see significant attrition, they really don’t care.  As that rate rises, we will see valued plans go away.  As those value plans go away, we will have to move to the higher cost plans.  As those higher cost plans start to fester in the environment, ATT will suddenly offer a cheaper rates, along the rates in which they can make a better profit.  We will succumb to the placebo affect and be happy.  

        ALSO you must remember…

        Listen to what they are NOT saying.

        This is not about Mobile phone service, it’s all about data (I posted something about this a long time ago), as that’s where the profits are.  If 50 percent of the customer base has data at 120 million customers, you are talking about 1.8 billion a month, PROFIT, PURE PROFIT.
        If operating expenses are REALLY, REALLY low, you stay making a profit.  If this goes through, ATT will own a TON of Data spectrum….A LOT, and will set the rules.  Verizon will own a ton of it, and will set the rules.  The other’s won’t matter.  Look at the rules being set very carefully.

         I think if the deal does not go through, ATT will buy Metro PCS then Cincinnati bell.  Verizon will quickly assimilate Cricket and  in their fold. No one will touch Sprint, as they may buy up US cellular.

    • Samus91

      How is your comparison to gas prices make any sense?  Gas prices have increased for years…. Long term it only will get worse.  When was the last time you saw a company say oh it is cheaper for us because we have had it so long we are going to lower your prices?  This is the same story with Cable TV.  They jack up your bill every year and people pay it because they need their TV.  Same goes with Cell phones, everyone “needs” one.  Why would a company lower their prices when people are willing to pay what they were already paying for something they believe they need.  I have never heard of a big company passing their savings on to anyone.  They choose to inflate their bonuses every year with the extra money.  Also, how do you expect to be on the inside track when the deal is going to be official.  So, you have an extra day to change your plan?  You must be the CEO of AT&T then to know that insider info. 

  • Mfraney22

    I left att for T-Mobile 10 yrs ago. Att. And their horrible customer service will not have me as a customer in the future. Hello sprint

    • Mopar6464

      Well that was ten years ago. How do you really know what AT&T is like now ten years later ?

      Half my family is on Verizon and the other half is on AT&T. Four of us left in the family has T-Mobile.
      While T-Mobile has cheaper plans, we mostly getting Edge instead of 3G and roam off of AT&T. outside the major cities.Verizon and AT&T both have dropped call areas , and Verizon’s 3G is not any faster than AT&T’s 3G data. But at least they have full 3G coverage.
      I have personally seen more jacked up bills with Verizon than AT&T bills on both sides of my family.
      You get what you pay for.

      Good luck with Sprint. Horrible CS and calls that sound like someone is talking through a soup can.
      And if the AT&T-Mobile deal is approved by the FCC , it will only be amatter of time before Verizon buys Sprint out or Sprint will be left behind and go under.

      • Samus91

        How do you know how Sprint service is?  You make a point to say everyone you know either uses AT&T, Verizon, or Tmobile.  If you had experienced the sound of talking through a soup can you apparently must have been using a crappy phone that doesn’t have anything to do with the service.  People know how AT&T is now because everyone knows at least one person who has their service and will tell you how bad their customer service is and it doesn’t take a genious to compare bills to find how much more you will be paying for the same service. 

        • Mopar6464

          Because my friends i race with in Nascar has Sprint and i think i will skip the nasty words they speak of on how bad it sucks. I did’nt originally respond with Sprint in my post because i was touching base more on actual results with carriers i know both sides of my family use .
          I’ve used most of all of Sprint’s phones on the Nascar Touring schedule and lets just say i’m not impressed at all compared to the other two big guys. Sprint’s data is ok when your in a good strong Wimax area but outside that i’ll pass.
          There is a reason why people are willing to pay more for Verizon and AT&T . Better overall coverage , period..

        • Mopar6464sHusband

          Another tall tail from Mopar6464

          -Mopar’s Husband

        • Mopar6464

          Just shut up flammer .

        • Mopar6464

          Just shut up flammer .

        • Mopar6464sHusband

          Another tall tail from Mopar6464

          -Mopar’s Husband

        • Mopar6464sHusband

          Another tall tail from Mopar6464

          -Mopar’s Husband

        • Mopar6464

          Because my friends i race with in Nascar has Sprint and i think i will skip the nasty words they speak of on how bad it sucks. I did’nt originally respond with Sprint in my post because i was touching base more on actual results with carriers i know both sides of my family use .
          I’ve used most of all of Sprint’s phones on the Nascar Touring schedule and lets just say i’m not impressed at all compared to the other two big guys. Sprint’s data is ok when your in a good strong Wimax area but outside that i’ll pass.
          There is a reason why people are willing to pay more for Verizon and AT&T . Better overall coverage , period..

      • Samus91

        How do you know how Sprint service is?  You make a point to say everyone you know either uses AT&T, Verizon, or Tmobile.  If you had experienced the sound of talking through a soup can you apparently must have been using a crappy phone that doesn’t have anything to do with the service.  People know how AT&T is now because everyone knows at least one person who has their service and will tell you how bad their customer service is and it doesn’t take a genious to compare bills to find how much more you will be paying for the same service. 

    • Mopar6464

      Well that was ten years ago. How do you really know what AT&T is like now ten years later ?

      Half my family is on Verizon and the other half is on AT&T. Four of us left in the family has T-Mobile.
      While T-Mobile has cheaper plans, we mostly getting Edge instead of 3G and roam off of AT&T. outside the major cities.Verizon and AT&T both have dropped call areas , and Verizon’s 3G is not any faster than AT&T’s 3G data. But at least they have full 3G coverage.
      I have personally seen more jacked up bills with Verizon than AT&T bills on both sides of my family.
      You get what you pay for.

      Good luck with Sprint. Horrible CS and calls that sound like someone is talking through a soup can.
      And if the AT&T-Mobile deal is approved by the FCC , it will only be amatter of time before Verizon buys Sprint out or Sprint will be left behind and go under.

    • Mopar6464

      Well that was ten years ago. How do you really know what AT&T is like now ten years later ?

      Half my family is on Verizon and the other half is on AT&T. Four of us left in the family has T-Mobile.
      While T-Mobile has cheaper plans, we mostly getting Edge instead of 3G and roam off of AT&T. outside the major cities.Verizon and AT&T both have dropped call areas , and Verizon’s 3G is not any faster than AT&T’s 3G data. But at least they have full 3G coverage.
      I have personally seen more jacked up bills with Verizon than AT&T bills on both sides of my family.
      You get what you pay for.

      Good luck with Sprint. Horrible CS and calls that sound like someone is talking through a soup can.
      And if the AT&T-Mobile deal is approved by the FCC , it will only be amatter of time before Verizon buys Sprint out or Sprint will be left behind and go under.

    • Girth Brooks

      You care about customer service and you’re going to Sprint?

    • Girth Brooks

      You care about customer service and you’re going to Sprint?

    • Girth Brooks

      You care about customer service and you’re going to Sprint?

      • MCH78

        Exactly, Girth Brooks! I left Sprint for TMO about 5/6yrs ago BECAUSE of crappy customer service. About a year later Sprint dropped thousands (in the 10,000s I think) just because they called CS/tech support so often. Dropped! No warning, just dropped. I refused to go to att because of the riDONKulous prices of plans and again crappy CS. And I think that if USA TMO contacted the iPhone like they did in Germany, this possible merger may not be on the table and TMO would be able to handle the cost of 4G… Granted I’m no financial expert.

      • MCH78

        Exactly, Girth Brooks! I left Sprint for TMO about 5/6yrs ago BECAUSE of crappy customer service. About a year later Sprint dropped thousands (in the 10,000s I think) just because they called CS/tech support so often. Dropped! No warning, just dropped. I refused to go to att because of the riDONKulous prices of plans and again crappy CS. And I think that if USA TMO contacted the iPhone like they did in Germany, this possible merger may not be on the table and TMO would be able to handle the cost of 4G… Granted I’m no financial expert.

  • JaKE_79927

    A dismantling of T-mobile might not be such a bad thing in the sense that MVNO or Regional Carriers could get a better foothold of their regional towers.  On the one hand you would be getting rid of a National Carrier as well but on the other you would give leverage to the smaller carriers which would eventually unite to create a sort of New Tmobile like company.  This is ofcourse a lot better than having att buy it out.

  • 4G

    I bet that this would get passed if T-Mobile were to buy out AT&T, because nobody likes AT&T, and at least T-Mobile gives you something for your money!

  • Lvresonance7

    AGAINST ATT/TMOBILE MERGER, WHY?. I am t-mobile prepaid customer using a HTC HD2 on prepaid because of the great  saving prepaid deals tmobile offer to customers. if att and tmobile merge, logic and history dictates the there will be less competition and those big companies left (verizon att)will start increasing there prices and they will know the customers will not have a choice but to submit to their expence plans. att go and built your won antennas you have the money to do it. T mobile you have a great future and att know it that is why they want you out the business, senator Al Franke you are right and thank you for standing for the americans consumers.

  • Schippma

    I think this deal should be approved between AT&T and T-Mobile with the following requirement: Selling 99% of all T-Mobile spectrum holdings to Sprint for $1,000 just to piss off AT&T. Hey, at least AT&T would win in the acquisition of T-Mobile and the combined company would create innovation and lower prices, just due to the transaction alone!

  • Schippma

    I think this deal should be approved between AT&T and T-Mobile with the following requirement: Selling 99% of all T-Mobile spectrum holdings to Sprint for $1,000 just to piss off AT&T. Hey, at least AT&T would win in the acquisition of T-Mobile and the combined company would create innovation and lower prices, just due to the transaction alone!

  • JR

    It’s sad to see that even there are so many loyal TMO subscriber, TMO doesn’t care, they want to dump their U.S. subsidiary.  No loyalty on their end.  My questions is that is the merger doesn’t go through, do you really think TMO will have their subscribers best interest at heart? 

    • jason brock

      im sure most of us are loyal to tmo usa… not dt… its like saying i like my boss, but not the owner..

    • jason brock

      im sure most of us are loyal to tmo usa… not dt… its like saying i like my boss, but not the owner..

  • JR

    It’s sad to see that even there are so many loyal TMO subscriber, TMO doesn’t care, they want to dump their U.S. subsidiary.  No loyalty on their end.  My questions is that is the merger doesn’t go through, do you really think TMO will have their subscribers best interest at heart? 

  • Foofighter28

    want to hear something crazy?  China Mobile has an exploratory office setup in LA (Los Angeles)…who do you want owning TMO?  ATT?  or the Chinese?  Because if this deal doesn’t go through, it’s going to go back up on the blocks because DT has already shown that they don’t have the stomach to finance a 4G expansion

    • Samus91

      I’d rather have Chinese Mobile.

      • Mopar6464

        Move to China if you want it that bad then.

      • Happyman

        I’d like some Chinese Poon!

      • Happyman

        I’d like some Chinese Poon!

      • Happyman

        I’d like some Chinese Poon!

      • Happyman

        I’d like some Chinese Poon!

    • Samus91

      I’d rather have Chinese Mobile.

    • Nick

      think of all the knock-off phones we’d get

      • GregP74

        Lol “iFone”s for everyone!

    • Anonymous

      Maybe Google along with a Chinese phone Manufacturer could pony up and buy T-Mobile. That would be rock solid for all the future Nexus Phones. Come on Google, Make a Network pitch and take over this mess. PLEASE????????

      • Ash

        China mobile has plenty $ to buy T-mo.

    • JH

      T-mobile would be $6 million (billion?) more rich. They could split off and become a fully self-owned company.

      • Almamortis

        No, deutsche Telecom would get the money…

        • Ash

          Wrong, T-mo USA gets the $ if the deal does not pass.

      • Almamortis

        No, deutsche Telecom would get the money…

    • Nearmsp

      I will any day take the Chinese over the unscrupulous AT&T. 80% of the fish you buy comes from China and probably most things you have on your body including clothes and shoes. The same goes with all iphones and Ipads. So what is the big deal if they own T-mobile? The own most of the US debt anyway! Don’t be xenophobic.

    • TMoFan

      I’d take the Chinese any day. After dealing with at&t’s rude and arrogant techs I can’t imagine anyone else being worse.

    • Ash

      TBH, I use China mobile when in Asia, much better than ATT, hands down.

  • Foofighter28

    want to hear something crazy?  China Mobile has an exploratory office setup in LA (Los Angeles)…who do you want owning TMO?  ATT?  or the Chinese?  Because if this deal doesn’t go through, it’s going to go back up on the blocks because DT has already shown that they don’t have the stomach to finance a 4G expansion

  • Anonymous

    AT&T already said costs would be “reduced” relative to the higher level of service meaning.

    We will pay more but it will actually be less because our service will be “better”

    LOLRITE

  • Anonymous

    AT&T already said costs would be “reduced” relative to the higher level of service meaning.

    We will pay more but it will actually be less because our service will be “better”

    LOLRITE

  • Ilyas_k15

    T-Mo itself supports the merger? WTF!? Or am I reading it wrong? “The combination of T-Mobile and AT&T should be approved…”

  • Ilyas_k15

    T-Mo itself supports the merger? WTF!? Or am I reading it wrong? “The combination of T-Mobile and AT&T should be approved…”

    • Tito!

      Let’s put it this way. . The HIJACKED T-Mobile supports it.
      Otherwise: Philip Humm, DT, & everybody else can shove it where they know best when the Merger is disapproved.

      Can T-Mobile be American owned? I don’t Like DT. . not after this pu**y stunt.

    • Tito!

      Let’s put it this way. . The HIJACKED T-Mobile supports it.
      Otherwise: Philip Humm, DT, & everybody else can shove it where they know best when the Merger is disapproved.

      Can T-Mobile be American owned? I don’t Like DT. . not after this pu**y stunt.

    • Tito!

      Let’s put it this way. . The HIJACKED T-Mobile supports it.
      Otherwise: Philip Humm, DT, & everybody else can shove it where they know best when the Merger is disapproved.

      Can T-Mobile be American owned? I don’t Like DT. . not after this pu**y stunt.

    • TMoFan

      They are just doing what their parent tells them to do. I’m sure most are not for this, with the massive layoffs that will result if this thing somehow gets the green light.

      Still hurts though, being sold out by T-Mobile/DT.

  • I liked Senator Franken more when he was on Saturday Night Live.

  • I liked Senator Franken more when he was on Saturday Night Live.

  • I liked Senator Franken more when he was on Saturday Night Live.

  • HonestyCorner

    “While we respect…”  We all just puked a little more in our mouths.  Thanks T-Mobile.

  • HonestyCorner

    “While we respect…”  We all just puked a little more in our mouths.  Thanks T-Mobile.

  • alt-mobile

    Why don’t they just open up the frequencies for all of the carriers and then let the real competition begin?

  • Qvcu11

    America consumers be VERY AFRAID if the merger att/tmobile is aprove, the reason why consumers  are buying prepaid phones is because they want to save money because they have cheaper prepaid plans this is thanks to competition without compettion you will be paying more. a duopoly att/verizon most like it will cause an increase on plan prices. are you americans phone consumers willing to pay more of your hard earn money. senator Al Franken is against these merger and so do I. the justice department and the FCC should protect consumers and vote against these merger, wealth is build by saving money and no by spending it on expense plans

    • The ATL Guy

      YYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN. 
      Plenty of low cost phone service. 
      Thankfully a capitalist market allows CONSUMERS TO DECIDE instead of tree huggers crying about mean old businesses! 
      GET A CLUE….its not a duopoly so stop acting like you know what you are talking about. 

      • Anonymous

        I think you need to get a clue

      • Mmmmaxheadroom

        And when Verizon an at$t own the spectrum there goes cheap prepaid plans as well.

      • Anonymous

        Dude…stop trolling. It is practically a duopoly if you include TMobile with AT&T…that would mean that 2 companies own 84 % of the mobile market…what part of INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS are you missing ? Oh…sorry..the part where REALITY kicks in.

      • Anonymous

        Dude…stop trolling. It is practically a duopoly if you include TMobile with AT&T…that would mean that 2 companies own 84 % of the mobile market…what part of INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS are you missing ? Oh…sorry..the part where REALITY kicks in.

      • Anonymous

        Dude…stop trolling. It is practically a duopoly if you include TMobile with AT&T…that would mean that 2 companies own 84 % of the mobile market…what part of INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS are you missing ? Oh…sorry..the part where REALITY kicks in.

  • The ATL Guy

    BIG GOVERNMENT meddling and interfering with progress. 
    Franken should go back to hugging trees and being a $hitty comedian. 
    nothing worse than far leftties…..except far righties. 

  • The ATL Guy

    BIG GOVERNMENT meddling and interfering with progress. 
    Franken should go back to hugging trees and being a $hitty comedian. 
    nothing worse than far leftties…..except far righties. 

    • Anonymous

      what the FTW are you talking about. Most of the time I would agree with you about Franken, he’s a weenie. But on this subject, he’s absolutely right….what the hell progress are you talking about ? The degradation of our mobile services down to that of AT&T ? People who treat you with disdain and apathy?
      Look……get a point of your own, make it with substantive information to back up your points, and THEN people will take you seriously.

      The merger of AT&T and TMobile will be BAD for the industry and the american public at large…period. 

    • Anonymous

      what the FTW are you talking about. Most of the time I would agree with you about Franken, he’s a weenie. But on this subject, he’s absolutely right….what the hell progress are you talking about ? The degradation of our mobile services down to that of AT&T ? People who treat you with disdain and apathy?
      Look……get a point of your own, make it with substantive information to back up your points, and THEN people will take you seriously.

      The merger of AT&T and TMobile will be BAD for the industry and the american public at large…period. 

    • Anonymous

      what the FTW are you talking about. Most of the time I would agree with you about Franken, he’s a weenie. But on this subject, he’s absolutely right….what the hell progress are you talking about ? The degradation of our mobile services down to that of AT&T ? People who treat you with disdain and apathy?
      Look……get a point of your own, make it with substantive information to back up your points, and THEN people will take you seriously.

      The merger of AT&T and TMobile will be BAD for the industry and the american public at large…period. 

    • Anonymous

      what the FTW are you talking about. Most of the time I would agree with you about Franken, he’s a weenie. But on this subject, he’s absolutely right….what the hell progress are you talking about ? The degradation of our mobile services down to that of AT&T ? People who treat you with disdain and apathy?
      Look……get a point of your own, make it with substantive information to back up your points, and THEN people will take you seriously.

      The merger of AT&T and TMobile will be BAD for the industry and the american public at large…period. 

    • Sokomeister

      Big government must protect the consumer form big corporations. That’s why we have government… collectively to serve the public. Today republicans and many democrats are slaves of corporations ONLY progressives and left wing politicians like Dennis Kusenich, All Franken and Bernie Sanders care about consumers…  without government regulations you would still have one monopoly Bell System as your phone company… and guess how much you would be paying?

  • The ATL Guy

    BIG GOVERNMENT meddling and interfering with progress. 
    Franken should go back to hugging trees and being a $hitty comedian. 
    nothing worse than far leftties…..except far righties. 

  • The ATL Guy

    LOL lots of cool entertaining PARANOIA below. 

  • The ATL Guy

    LOL lots of cool entertaining PARANOIA below. 

  • The ATL Guy

    LOL lots of cool entertaining PARANOIA below. 

  • Dfireballwow

    Just a money grab is all these jackasses want. ATT AND T-MOBILE will these asses some money and it will go through.

  • Ash

    Wow, I just called T-mo CS, worst ever!
    He sounds like he’s sitting in a starbucks or something, I can hear the background sounds.
    And instead of asking me are there any other issues he can help me with, he says: I believe we are finished with everything and hangs up.
    WTF?

    FYI, I am always polite when talking to any CS rep.

  • Ash

    Wow, I just called T-mo CS, worst ever!
    He sounds like he’s sitting in a starbucks or something, I can hear the background sounds.
    And instead of asking me are there any other issues he can help me with, he says: I believe we are finished with everything and hangs up.
    WTF?

    FYI, I am always polite when talking to any CS rep.

    • TEMPESTLEGACY

      were you finished with everything though?

      • Tmobile

        Haha he probably was. Its the empty gesture that counta

      • Tmobile

        Haha he probably was. Its the empty gesture that counta

        • Tmibile

          *counts*

        • Tmibile

          *counts*

    • TEMPESTLEGACY

      were you finished with everything though?

    • You really basing your one experience with Tmobile to judge the entire customer service? Seriously? 

    • You really basing your one experience with Tmobile to judge the entire customer service? Seriously? 

    • Picha

      Because all TMO Reps are supposed to do now is renew contracts and SELL.  If they don’t – they get walked out the door.   Also they have a hiring freeze in all call centers right now.  Some are down 150 people – TMO doesn’t care they are just trying to lock in contracts and sell more crap!

      • Ash

         Wow, you are right, the guy keep wanting me to give up my nice plan and lock into a 2 year worst plan…He didn’t care much for my questions, just sell sell sell.

      • Ash

         Wow, you are right, the guy keep wanting me to give up my nice plan and lock into a 2 year worst plan…He didn’t care much for my questions, just sell sell sell.

  • Avi Learner

    How the heck did ATT get back into this fray? The DOJ broke them up once before, when cell phones were a distant dream in Science Fiction movies. They are the worst in nearly every category, especially customer service. Apple should take over T-MOBILE, then charge ATT to use their spectrum.

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  • Anonymous

    Hello,everyone,sorry take your time a min,show a good fashion stuff 

    website —— www (vipstores) net —— you can input on your web there,if you

    do know how to do,you can click my username and you will come 

    our company website,maybe you will find something your like,thanks!

  • Jamrs1

    Tmobile by itself provides good service and fair prices. AT&T is expensive. Put the two together and AT&T is gona turn tmobile into a company that is unaffordable for middle class people not to mention others.

  • Jamrs1

    Tmobile by itself provides good service and fair prices. AT&T is expensive. Put the two together and AT&T is gona turn tmobile into a company that is unaffordable for middle class people not to mention others.

    • Anonymous

      I hate to break it to you, but when companies have less competition the tendency is to RAISE the price. 

      • Anonymous

        It’s almost like they are blind or didn’t read the article…

    • Anonymous

      I hate to break it to you, but when companies have less competition the tendency is to RAISE the price. 

  • Nicolehenderson29

    All u people gatta chill fine u don’t like it go to sprint, metro piece of shyyt, boost or cricket or us celular if they available in ur area .. gawd seriously u guys complain soo effin much it’s annoying. People there are still many choices out there! ! Me da only reason I have an infuse 4g with att is cuz att works in Mexico. I had Verizon, sprint a thunderbolt on Verizon and an evo 4g on sprint I liked both services only thing I didn’t like was that they didn’t work in Mexico they only worked in Tijuana and ensenada. Once I went deeper to mexico to michoacan and Mexico city they both didn’t work half of da time I was pissed off cuz I had activated international roaming on both of them nd da lady at da store said they wud work well they didn’t work half of da time I had no service. Switched to att got an infuse now everytime I go to Mexico it roams on telcel Mexico and I get much better service everywhere I go I have service were da Verizon nd sprint phone didn’t work also I get 3g/4g cuz my phone always has an H+ icon even tho its roaming . So yea I’m happy wit att cuz my job requires me to go to Mexico a lot nd its a good feeling being able to stay connected everywhere I go. I wud of switched to T-Mobile cuz I heard it also works in Mexico da only reason I didn’t was cuz T-Mobile only gets edge in Mexico. So yea get whatever works for u for me its at&t I cudnt be happier..

  • Nicolehenderson29

    All u people gatta chill fine u don’t like it go to sprint, metro piece of shyyt, boost or cricket or us celular if they available in ur area .. gawd seriously u guys complain soo effin much it’s annoying. People there are still many choices out there! ! Me da only reason I have an infuse 4g with att is cuz att works in Mexico. I had Verizon, sprint a thunderbolt on Verizon and an evo 4g on sprint I liked both services only thing I didn’t like was that they didn’t work in Mexico they only worked in Tijuana and ensenada. Once I went deeper to mexico to michoacan and Mexico city they both didn’t work half of da time I was pissed off cuz I had activated international roaming on both of them nd da lady at da store said they wud work well they didn’t work half of da time I had no service. Switched to att got an infuse now everytime I go to Mexico it roams on telcel Mexico and I get much better service everywhere I go I have service were da Verizon nd sprint phone didn’t work also I get 3g/4g cuz my phone always has an H+ icon even tho its roaming . So yea I’m happy wit att cuz my job requires me to go to Mexico a lot nd its a good feeling being able to stay connected everywhere I go. I wud of switched to T-Mobile cuz I heard it also works in Mexico da only reason I didn’t was cuz T-Mobile only gets edge in Mexico. So yea get whatever works for u for me its at&t I cudnt be happier..

  • Nicolehenderson29

    All u people gatta chill fine u don’t like it go to sprint, metro piece of shyyt, boost or cricket or us celular if they available in ur area .. gawd seriously u guys complain soo effin much it’s annoying. People there are still many choices out there! ! Me da only reason I have an infuse 4g with att is cuz att works in Mexico. I had Verizon, sprint a thunderbolt on Verizon and an evo 4g on sprint I liked both services only thing I didn’t like was that they didn’t work in Mexico they only worked in Tijuana and ensenada. Once I went deeper to mexico to michoacan and Mexico city they both didn’t work half of da time I was pissed off cuz I had activated international roaming on both of them nd da lady at da store said they wud work well they didn’t work half of da time I had no service. Switched to att got an infuse now everytime I go to Mexico it roams on telcel Mexico and I get much better service everywhere I go I have service were da Verizon nd sprint phone didn’t work also I get 3g/4g cuz my phone always has an H+ icon even tho its roaming . So yea I’m happy wit att cuz my job requires me to go to Mexico a lot nd its a good feeling being able to stay connected everywhere I go. I wud of switched to T-Mobile cuz I heard it also works in Mexico da only reason I didn’t was cuz T-Mobile only gets edge in Mexico. So yea get whatever works for u for me its at&t I cudnt be happier..

    • Anabanana11

      I agree with u 100% Nicole, some people gotta calm down if they don’t like how things are going why are they still with t-mobile? I’m pretty sure there are other choices available were they live.. they dnt have to go with at&t but I’m sure more choices are available .. anyways I’m happy ur happy with at&t. I’m also an at&t customer and happy cuz I go to Argentina a lot and at&t also works and I also get 3G even tho I’m roaming. T-mobile on the other hand only gets crappy edge lol. I guess its true what they say about at&t in the commercials that they have the best international coverage lol cuz they do! That’s why I’m sticking with them..

      • Realcool2000

        Its great that you two are so happy because you receive coverage where you need it, but you are both missing the actual issue. The issue being observed is that when two companies or less, control an industry that is very large, very influential and makes vast amounts of money, then peoples rights tend to suffer.

        When the company involved that is most likely to gain control is one that has a history of taking advantage of consumers ( that means you ), then it is more than likely they will continue with their trend of doing so.

        People are happy or not happy with their services through one or another carrier and that is irrelevant to the real issue., which is that a company that is known for not caring about consumers and manufacturers is about to be the biggest access point in an industry that influences and controls communications.

        Other issues are that there are anti trust laws that have been written to keep this kind of thing from happening. Question being raised here is that if there are laws then why arent they being observed? When this kind of thing happens, again, the peoples rights are cast aside.

        Another large issue is that the innovation produced in the last 3 years due to cell phone company and manufacture competition is incredible….you like your I phone or android phone …thats great…well think about this..if there was no competition driving the innovations then manufacturers and carriers would be content just to sell the same old boring phones and services at the same old speeds ( and FYI when theres  no need to innovate and theres no competition then the pricing set for these features will be and has been very high and unnecessarily taxing to the consumer, again thats you )

        Also, innovation that comes out of these situations goes over to other industries and fields such as aerospace and medical and automotive, etc. Really…. stopping innovation is to slow the acceleration of all of these areas, which is to slow down our technological acceleration as a country, and as a people.

        So the scenario is set to give a company ( that has abused power in the past ) the power to take advantage of the communication industry, its customers and its manufacturers.

        These are some of the REAL ISSUES at hand.

        You say you are tired of people complaining or saying that they dont want the merger/takeover/sellout to happen and you are happy with your situation and happy with what you think will happen after a duopoly is formed.

        Well, its just the same as children saying they are happy with their barbie doll and they dont care that the company making it dumps raw sewage into their own water that they drink. You dont know the real issues or care about them. You just want what u want and dont care how you get it or how you get affects others.

        Im sure you and many others dont care or dont understand, but the issues involved here are important and much bigger than whos phone is faster or where someone does or doesnt get service.

      • Realcool2000

        Its great that you two are so happy because you receive coverage where you need it, but you are both missing the actual issue. The issue being observed is that when two companies or less, control an industry that is very large, very influential and makes vast amounts of money, then peoples rights tend to suffer.

        When the company involved that is most likely to gain control is one that has a history of taking advantage of consumers ( that means you ), then it is more than likely they will continue with their trend of doing so.

        People are happy or not happy with their services through one or another carrier and that is irrelevant to the real issue., which is that a company that is known for not caring about consumers and manufacturers is about to be the biggest access point in an industry that influences and controls communications.

        Other issues are that there are anti trust laws that have been written to keep this kind of thing from happening. Question being raised here is that if there are laws then why arent they being observed? When this kind of thing happens, again, the peoples rights are cast aside.

        Another large issue is that the innovation produced in the last 3 years due to cell phone company and manufacture competition is incredible….you like your I phone or android phone …thats great…well think about this..if there was no competition driving the innovations then manufacturers and carriers would be content just to sell the same old boring phones and services at the same old speeds ( and FYI when theres  no need to innovate and theres no competition then the pricing set for these features will be and has been very high and unnecessarily taxing to the consumer, again thats you )

        Also, innovation that comes out of these situations goes over to other industries and fields such as aerospace and medical and automotive, etc. Really…. stopping innovation is to slow the acceleration of all of these areas, which is to slow down our technological acceleration as a country, and as a people.

        So the scenario is set to give a company ( that has abused power in the past ) the power to take advantage of the communication industry, its customers and its manufacturers.

        These are some of the REAL ISSUES at hand.

        You say you are tired of people complaining or saying that they dont want the merger/takeover/sellout to happen and you are happy with your situation and happy with what you think will happen after a duopoly is formed.

        Well, its just the same as children saying they are happy with their barbie doll and they dont care that the company making it dumps raw sewage into their own water that they drink. You dont know the real issues or care about them. You just want what u want and dont care how you get it or how you get affects others.

        Im sure you and many others dont care or dont understand, but the issues involved here are important and much bigger than whos phone is faster or where someone does or doesnt get service.

      • Unbearablepleasures

        Your totally missing the point of the debate. It has nothing to do with who has better service. This issue has to do with the lack of competition in the wireless industry. America’s economy is based on capitalism. In capitalism more competition in a given industry helps to promote better prices for the consumer and also helps to push companies to innovate and so that they can then stand out with placed side by side with the competition. The debate of the merger has NOTHING to do with what company provides better service.

      • You two are in the minority.
        Why would people wanna chill when they see the ATT prices and know that
        tmobile prices are super cheap compared to that?

        Think before you post.

      • You two are in the minority.
        Why would people wanna chill when they see the ATT prices and know that
        tmobile prices are super cheap compared to that?

        Think before you post.

    • Leave now or decide to ride it out and see if the merger doesnt happen.
      People complain when something happens that they dont like.
      Free speech just like you got the right to tell everybody chill out and leave.

      • Anabanana11

        Exactly! Finally someone that understands!! People are always bitching! They never happy so if they don’t like the way things are going right now with t-mobile, why are they still with t-mobile?? All they do is bitch like lil gurls. It used to be funny at first but now its just annoying btw I have boost mobile I admit its service its crap! But u don’t hear me bitching. And I know a lot of people will get mad at me but u guys know its true. I come on here every single day because I had plans of switching to T-Mobile but godam every single comment is something like ” I don’t want this merger to go tru” or something like ‘” at&t sucks ” .. like cmon seriously grow up. U don’t like what’s going on make the dam switch. Btw I will be going to at&t now, screw t-mobile..

    • Sqwillis

      Who cares about service you get in stupid Mexico!  what’s that got to do w/this story?

      • Likeag6

        Idk dude she said she’s happy wit att cuz she likes da service, but she also said if PEOPLE are not happy wit there provider then they shud stop there bitching like u and switch. Like that other gurl said there are many choices out there. Btw Mexico is not stupid. Ur just ignorant if u think Mexico is stupid. But anyway getting back to topic like they both said ur not happy make da dam switch already and quit ur bitching . There’s something out there that has to suit ur needs.

    • Pikachu

      If you were smart enough you should have looked up cell providers in mexico and realized telcel broadcasts on 850 / 1900. The ONLY choice would have been att. Your handset has to support it too… LOL

      • Ashketchum00

        Yes smartazz I think what she meant was only at&t gets 3G in Mexico. I have T-Mobile and have also roamed on telcel successfully on mexico in my g2x because it also supports those bands but guess what? I get a big ass E icon next to the signal bars. So it sucks I only get edge. My friend on the other hand in her at&t blackberry torch also roaming on telcel has a big ‘3G” icon next to the signal bars.

      • Ashketchum00

        Yes smartazz I think what she meant was only at&t gets 3G in Mexico. I have T-Mobile and have also roamed on telcel successfully on mexico in my g2x because it also supports those bands but guess what? I get a big ass E icon next to the signal bars. So it sucks I only get edge. My friend on the other hand in her at&t blackberry torch also roaming on telcel has a big ‘3G” icon next to the signal bars.

  • Sokomeister

    AT&T provided the technology for Bush administration to illegally tap into their network without any warrent and listen to any conversation. Unconstitutional act was never punished and it is never been made clear if AT&T  still allows these practices. What do you think will happen if you as a T-Mobile customer become part of the AT&T network. Prices will go up…. customer service will suck and you will have a visit from gestapo if you make any comments that tea party patriot do not like.

    • 123

      Go back to your basement bunker you idiot.  No one in the gov’t cares about you or your 12 cats.

  • ATT can suck it!

    The link below tells the whole story.   The simple bits are the current ATT is a witches brew of gsm networks and unorganized spectrum.     Tmobile started as Voice Stream purchased by DT (Deutsch Telekom) early.  It has well organized spectrum and is an efficient network that is easy to operate.  They can go wide with LTE or HSPA for next gen devices and crush the current network with Iphones.  ATT believes that there are integration synergies that would allow the new megafone to reduce 20000. Thats right 20k workers.  Damn german’s and disciplined purchasing at spectrum auctions to buy bands that are usable and easy to manage.

    ATT, Cingular, Bellsouth, Southwestern Bell, Metromedia, Pacific Telesis,  Ameritech,

    The addition of Tmobile will definitely make the market more competitive.

    http://technologizer.com/2011/03/20/att-buys-t-mobile/

  • Anonymous

    What?! T-Mobile didn’t defend anything with what was stated.

  • Tmobile just wants to be brought. Those prices will hike up super high.
    ATT does NOT care about the costumers that dont wanna kick out all of that money. 
    Look at their plans and prices now. No thanks, Im good.

  • Jerseyfresh6

    I Loved T-mobile. But since they will go with at&t I’m out … At&t sucks! …. sprint in october=)

    • Anonymous

      ‘specially if the iPhone is available for ’em!

  • Jerseyfresh6

    I Loved T-mobile. But since they will go with at&t I’m out … At&t sucks! …. sprint in october=)

  • Karlc

    T mobiles response by saying beyer quality service and reduced costs…….uh yeah for you guys, not us! Like most I only see our costs rising and the quality of service sucking! I agree with sen. Franklin, competition drives down prices, a monopoly does not. When t mobile lowered their data plans, everyone followed. I also agree with verizon in saying that ATT does not want to take to time to build their own network up

  • MT3GS

    If this was like Europe, where there is a standard a bunch of companies follow and its easy to switch providers, then i would be absolutely down with it, one company merging with another wouldnt make a difference, but when youre talking about a monopoly of GSM service thN it really starts to piss me off! I need my phone to work as soon as i am wheels down in europe, brazil or everywhere else i go. God help the poor suckers that come to the us to roam from overseas and get infected by at&ts crappy roaming rates “just cause they can” droids and evos are useless to me unless they have UNLOCKED gsm radios, and anybody thats seen Sprints and VZWs selection of global phones knows they suck (except for the droid 3 thT has a locked gsm radio for us frequencies)

    Wireless in the us sucks more than ever nowadays, CDMA and WiMax can die for all im concerned.

  • T-Mobile just being wrong again!!

  • Demig0d1

    It would make the most sense to have one series of companies who makes and leases towers and another set that supplies airtime to consumers. It would keep the consumer market set up to encourage competition while allowing the engineering market built to innovate and coordinate. Then this type of merger wouldnt be such a bad idea. With things like they are its impossible to have a company build up to provide competition in the normal way. Its worse then the Bell’s of telecom past.

  • T-mobile is being a douche along with ATT they want to be in bed together and make douche babies… 

  • T-Mobile is being cheap !! AT&T is being cheap.  Why would you buy a cell phone company when your cell phone company isnt doing it’s best.  Build your network up AT&T ?? Is it that you don’t won’t to or your just being CHEAP and GREEDY !!!  We know you got the moeny so use it to better you netwrok !! Sprint isn’t dispatching engineers to your cell sites for nothing… AT&T sucks !! T-Mobile is turely pure competiton…

    • MrBonez

      I agree, if at&t would spend the money on fixing and upgrading their crappy service for their customers then we wouldn’t have to worry about our great T-Mobile service getting screwed up if this deal goes through. Down with the “merger”!!

  • T-Mobile is being cheap !! AT&T is being cheap.  Why would you buy a cell phone company when your cell phone company isnt doing it’s best.  Build your network up AT&T ?? Is it that you don’t won’t to or your just being CHEAP and GREEDY !!!  We know you got the moeny so use it to better you netwrok !! Sprint isn’t dispatching engineers to your cell sites for nothing… AT&T sucks !! T-Mobile is turely pure competiton…

  • Chris

    All of your comments are stupid, isn’t it obvious that Senators know everything.  Hell, they can even predict the future.  Al Franken says the merger will kill competition.  How, he knows what may happen in the future is pure speculation.  
    Wow, if he is so smart wouldn’t you think they would see the 14 trillion ($14025215218708.52) debt coming?   Congress is a joke.  T-Mobile will get billions paid to them from ATT if this doesn’t go through.  Congress is all about lining their pockets with money and they sure will get rich of this one.  Either get rich by supporting and getting paid by Sprint and others or ATT later.  ATT has the deep pockets and a lot to lose so they will when.  Money always wins.  

  • Jason

    It is a joke that this clown was elected to the senate. So if you buy into what he says you local mental health professional needs to see you, STAT! AT&T needs all the help they can get!

  • Jason

    It is a joke that this clown was elected to the senate. So if you buy into what he says you local mental health professional needs to see you, STAT! AT&T needs all the help they can get!

  • Jason

    It is a joke that this clown was elected to the senate. So if you buy into what he says you local mental health professional needs to see you, STAT! AT&T needs all the help they can get!

    • Anonymous

      Al Franken is one of the most perceptive, no BS minds in the senate. He’s actually looking out for us, not denying capitalism or whatever you think is going on.

    • MrBonez

      Your a complete moron Jason and you must obviously be working for at&t to be making a comment like this. I hope that at&t gets put in their place and ISN’T allowed to acquire T-Mobile so that us consumers aren’t screwed over in the end!

    • MrBonez

      Your a complete moron Jason and you must obviously be working for at&t to be making a comment like this. I hope that at&t gets put in their place and ISN’T allowed to acquire T-Mobile so that us consumers aren’t screwed over in the end!

    • MrBonez

      Your a complete moron Jason and you must obviously be working for at&t to be making a comment like this. I hope that at&t gets put in their place and ISN’T allowed to acquire T-Mobile so that us consumers aren’t screwed over in the end!

  • Toney70

    I’m sorry to say this, t mobile you are wrong, and very disappointed you would abandon your loyal customers this way

  • Toney70

    I’m sorry to say this, t mobile you are wrong, and very disappointed you would abandon your loyal customers this way

  • Toney70

    I’m sorry to say this, t mobile you are wrong, and very disappointed you would abandon your loyal customers this way

  • Jylalee

    I was with AT&T for one year, then I went to T-Mobile and have been with them for nearly 10 years.  AT&T had terrible customer service and greedy roaming charges!  I am appalled to see that T-Mobile is selling out to AT&T, I will probably go to Verizon. 

    Senater Franken is correct, there will only be AT&T and Verizon, a duopoly is what it will be, and yes, just like the gas giants did, they will coordinate their prices to the detriment of us consumers.  They wont be able to resist, there is just too much greed in our society for them to not do this.

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  • Willie

    I don’t normally support Sen. Franken’s views, but he is right-on regarding the pending possible T-Mobile merger with AT&T. AT&T is already a bully and they would become more so in the marketplace. The very idea that they are running commercials depicting the two companies already merged is outrageous. The fact that the FCC put the merger on the back burner so that AT&T could regroup and come up with more-believable lies is also outrageous. Our legislators broke up AT&T into baby-bells decades ago for a reason.

  • Willie

    I don’t normally support Sen. Franken’s views, but he is right-on regarding the pending possible T-Mobile merger with AT&T. AT&T is already a bully and they would become more so in the marketplace. The very idea that they are running commercials depicting the two companies already merged is outrageous. The fact that the FCC put the merger on the back burner so that AT&T could regroup and come up with more-believable lies is also outrageous. Our legislators broke up AT&T into baby-bells decades ago for a reason.

  • Willie

    I don’t normally support Sen. Franken’s views, but he is right-on regarding the pending possible T-Mobile merger with AT&T. AT&T is already a bully and they would become more so in the marketplace. The very idea that they are running commercials depicting the two companies already merged is outrageous. The fact that the FCC put the merger on the back burner so that AT&T could regroup and come up with more-believable lies is also outrageous. Our legislators broke up AT&T into baby-bells decades ago for a reason.

  • Anonymous

    As someone that’s from Minnesota, I totally hate Franken, as he’s extremely liberal.

    However, in this situation, I agree with Franken.

  • guest

    if att takes over tmo will tmo phones still get 4g 

  • guest

    if att takes over tmo will tmo phones still get 4g 

  • Telephone cellular charges in the U.S. are already too high just like health cost and everything else in our country. The demise of T-Mo will mean less choices and higher costs to the consumer, and because we live in a country where everything is decided by corporations we will get used to it and then shut up.  Some of the comments here are just idiotic verbal diarrhea and not based on the economic realities that we are living in our country.