(Updated, AT&T Too) T-Mobile Responds to Senator Kohl

 

Well that was fast.  Not long after Senator Kohl spoke against the merger T-Mobile issues an open letter in response.  With a shake of their head and wag of their finger, T-Mobile says they are disappointed and disagree with his analysis.  Here is the entire response:

“We are disappointed to learn of the position taken by Sen. Kohl on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA. While we have a great deal of respect for Sen. Kohl, we strongly disagree with his analysis of this transaction, which will bring significant benefits to American consumers. The proposed merger is currently being carefully scrutinized by the Department of Justice and the FCC, and we are confident that the review process will demonstrate that the merger is fully consistent with the antitrust laws and significantly advances the public interest.”

So T-Mobile is still holding strong that this merger is a good idea.  What do you think, again.

MobileBurn

 

UPDATE:  Now AT&T and Senator Lee have their two cents to pitch in.

“We respect Senator Kohl. However, we feel his view is inconsistent with antitrust law, is shared by few others, and ignores the many positive benefits and numerous supporters of the transaction. This is a decision that will be made by the Department of Justice and the FCC under applicable law and after a full and fair examination of the facts. We continue to believe those reviews will result in approval of this transaction.” -AT&T

“The mobile phone market is a critical component of our nation’s economy and the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile deserves careful review. In my view, the merger has the potential to provide significant network efficiencies that may help alleviate capacity constraints, enable enhanced service quality, and facilitate expansion of a 4G LTE nationwide network, which would in turn create opportunities for handset innovation and continued development of data-rich applications. ” -Senator Lee

Can’t we just all get along…

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  • John Doe

    This merger needs to happen.  It needs to happen fast before this company sinks.  T-Mobile top execs above have completely lost it.  I believe it’s Jessica Simpson that is running our company.  We need HELP!!!

    • Mossberg

      T-Mobile could raise most non-contract subscribers bills 25% and they would still be cheaper than AT&T. T-Mobile’s service and support are top notch. I switched years ago when AT&T kept dropping our phones off their network. Their solution was for us to turn our phones off and then back on so the network would detect our phones. My money will never go to any company associated with AT&T, wireless or landline.

  • Anonymous

    They need to do a check on Senator Lee and see how much money AT&T fed his bank account.  My guess he has AT&T as a provider and only sees what the merger will do for him, but he’s right on one thing.  The merger does need a careful review and he needs to look at the bigger picture of the harm this merger will do then just the benefits of what AT&T customers will receive.

    • Anonymous

       His opinion is even less valid than mine.. I understand the buzz words that were written for him.. I find it extremely doubtful that he either knows what he is talking about, or even cares one way or another.. other than this is the position that someone told him to have… seriously can anyone believe that he wrote and understands his statement ?

  • Anonymous

    They need to do a check on Senator Lee and see how much money AT&T fed his bank account.  My guess he has AT&T as a provider and only sees what the merger will do for him, but he’s right on one thing.  The merger does need a careful review and he needs to look at the bigger picture of the harm this merger will do then just the benefits of what AT&T customers will receive.

  • mr.bean

    I personally aboslutley hate how att and tmobile keep saying “merger”….its a.BUYOUT! No one thinks about the employees…over 25000 jobs will be lost garunteed and I’m in one of those positions….lifes will be ruined

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543795426 Ali Khan

    T-mobile’s CEO should be fired!

    • Giraffe

      See Robert Dotson. :-(

  • Theandroidoct

    Everyone fails to realize that at&t and tmo want to turn a profit first then worry about getting you better service. What bothers me is that they keep lying and only keep saying that it will be better for the consumer. No I bet that service will be a little better but PRICES will start to rise!

  • mrpoop

    Just look at the Sirius XM merger. They havent even had a new radio come out in like 4 years. before the merger we were getting cool new stuff.  ATT will sit with its newly acquired spectrum and iphone and continue to raise prices and lack innovation.

    • Snowdaze

      Good Example. Since the XM/SIRIUS merger or takeover. They have been eliminating more and more stations, Not adding any! How’s that for better service claims! 

    • William

      Good point.  Does AT&T have any legal obligation to live up to all of their pre-acquisition promises?  If not, then it is all just meaningless words.

  • GUEST_NYCNJ

    I personally never had AT&T but the experience my friends are having with their iphone4 in the NYC metro area and their dropped calls is ridiculous!. I can’t even have a conversation with someone who has an iphone4 with AT&T or any phone with their service because those calls drop more than pigeon poop. If the merger occurs then I feel other carriers will merge and this communication rivalry will not allow consumers to have other options depending in their area.

    • Jt365

      I have been calling on the wireless telecom market for over 10 years.  The reason your friends are experiencing so many dropped calls has to do with the way todays smartphones work today.  Those phones and more importantly, the cell towers don’t differentiate between a voice call, video streaming or surfing the net.  There is a limited amount of bandwidth available from the cell towers to the devices connected.  Now add it tethered devices and cellular network connections to laptops and other devices and there is huge competition for the available radio frequencies.  Your friends experience is further degraded by living in one of the most populated areas of this country.  The merger between AT&T and T-Mobile would absolutely help this situation.  Not only would they be adding hundreds of cell towers in your area, but they would also be adding bandwidth and spectrum/frequencies to every user.  This aquisition is almost entirely about spectrum.  AT&T has been listening to their customers.  They understand your frustrations.  The only solution to their problem is to add spectrum.  There are only 2 sources available, other providers, like T-Mobile or the US government.  They would like to fix their problem faster so T-Mobile is the best solution to their problem

      • Chewy106

        AT&T created their own mess. They wouldn’t be lacking bandwidth if it wasn’t for the exclusive iPhone contract, and they didn’t bother making any effort to fix it until their contract ended. Tough, they can lose customers.

        The deal creates a GSM monopoly, and a national carrier duopoly (notice how they are the only two carriers supporting iPhones as well…). It won’t benefit any consumer. If approved, I lost what very little respect I have left for the FCC.

      • Anonymous

         Or.. they could (and they do already) add more cell towers of their own..  Adding cell towers is expensive, and a pain in the butt, so of course they would like to just buy them “ready to roll”.. You are right that the merger “would help this situation” for AT&T, but does little for existing T Mobile customers, other than force  them to become AT&T customers which may (or may not) be a better combined network…  The problem I have with it is this.. AT&T is and has been huge and successful, and despite claims and perception I know that they spend tons of money upgrading their network all the time.. But even with all their resources, the “little guy”, T Mobile, has a more reliable and faster network.. Although T Mobile is not as big, they work really well with what they have, and it is a shame to see them absorbed into a company that doesn’t do it as well… About the only way I could support the merger, would be a requirement to separate AT&T mobile from it’s parent company, keep ALL the T Mobile employees and require their input in planning and roll out of the network and products, and re-brand the new company as well.. That would be ok.

        • William

          …”keep ALL the T Mobile employees”…  Definitely not.  Just read all of the mean, juvenile, and customer-unfriendly comments on this web site written by people claiming to be T-Mobile employees.  If they really are T-Mobile employees, whether the merger goes through or not, I think they would be better suited working for companies that have positions that do not involve interacting with other human beings.

      • Anonymous

         Or.. they could (and they do already) add more cell towers of their own..  Adding cell towers is expensive, and a pain in the butt, so of course they would like to just buy them “ready to roll”.. You are right that the merger “would help this situation” for AT&T, but does little for existing T Mobile customers, other than force  them to become AT&T customers which may (or may not) be a better combined network…  The problem I have with it is this.. AT&T is and has been huge and successful, and despite claims and perception I know that they spend tons of money upgrading their network all the time.. But even with all their resources, the “little guy”, T Mobile, has a more reliable and faster network.. Although T Mobile is not as big, they work really well with what they have, and it is a shame to see them absorbed into a company that doesn’t do it as well… About the only way I could support the merger, would be a requirement to separate AT&T mobile from it’s parent company, keep ALL the T Mobile employees and require their input in planning and roll out of the network and products, and re-brand the new company as well.. That would be ok.

      • Anonymous

        I agree to that assessment. Some of my family members have AT&T, some have Tmo, with merger, better coverage, no extra minutes used for talk cell to cell.  However, for the same plan I have now, to go to AT&T would cost me an extra $30 a month (unlimited talk, text, 2g data).  There’s the rub.  As far as coverage complaints,  my AT&T friends have very few complaints in the NY,NJ, PA area.  And hardly anyone even has Tmobile except my wife and I and a few friends through  work.  Believe me, I ask the ATT iphone users, and they are legion,  and they dont complain…

        • The Fish

          What you’re not seeing here is the result of the AT&T, Verizon, Sprint oligopoly. Yes, at current AT&T prices, you’d go up $30 a month, but with literally no GSM competition, and only one other cell giant to compete with, it’s VERY optimistic to expect to pay current AT&T prices after the takeover. Quashed competition leads to price-setting. With little/no competition to keep the price down, you’re looking at closer to $150/month for a line with unlimited talk/text and a 5GB data cap.

        • Anonymous

          Its what the market will bear.  How many people, average people are going to pay $150 a month.  Then again a lot pay that for cable.  I am not bearing it.  baring?  On another subject Verizon related, how many people are still using their landline, yet when you sign up for Verizon FIOS triple play you cant drop the phone part…

  • GUEST_NYCNJ

    I personally never had AT&T but the experience my friends are having with their iphone4 in the NYC metro area and their dropped calls is ridiculous!. I can’t even have a conversation with someone who has an iphone4 with AT&T or any phone with their service because those calls drop more than pigeon poop. If the merger occurs then I feel other carriers will merge and this communication rivalry will not allow consumers to have other options depending in their area.

  • Anonymous

    The AT&T response………

    Dear Senator Kohl;

    we at AT&T sincerely apologize for your campaign contributions check not arriving.  Rest assured we have sent a lobbiest with several of the hottest super model types to take you to Bimini to discuss the situation.  Please be assured you have our complete support in your future political endeavors.

    Your friends at AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    I want better and faster service, who doesn’t, but I don’t want to pay a monopoly for my Data.  Anyone remember how much is used to cost to make a long distance across the U.S.A.?  Isn’t it possible this merger could give rebirth to price fixing for data plans, after all the days of unlimited are almost over right?

    What concerns me about this deal is the rising costs of downloaded data.  Yes the speeds are increasing, theoretically anyway, but we haven’t yet seen the effect of solid streaming apps across a large portion of the population.  The carriers say that a 2GB plan or 5GB is really all most consumers need, sure, okay for the majority now, but at the pace the technology is advancing, what is the value of a 5GB or even 10GB capped plan when LTE and 4G HSPA+ phones are running at true 42mbps speeds?  I exceeded T-Mo’s 5GB cap in 6 days by streaming 2 hours of Video and 15 hours of Satellite radio at 5.5mbps and was slowed to a crawl the remainder of the cycle…might has well just turned it off.

    Yes I want the better network but let’s look at this realistically..what happens when Hulu+, Netflix, HBO Go, etc..are household items, and every consumer has interest in using at least one streaming video application.  The removal of unlimited data plans is the first sign of gloom and doom to come and without someone like T-Mobile to keep the others honest, I’m fearful for what the market may become, anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    I want better and faster service, who doesn’t, but I don’t want to pay a monopoly for my Data.  Anyone remember how much is used to cost to make a long distance across the U.S.A.?  Isn’t it possible this merger could give rebirth to price fixing for data plans, after all the days of unlimited are almost over right?

    What concerns me about this deal is the rising costs of downloaded data.  Yes the speeds are increasing, theoretically anyway, but we haven’t yet seen the effect of solid streaming apps across a large portion of the population.  The carriers say that a 2GB plan or 5GB is really all most consumers need, sure, okay for the majority now, but at the pace the technology is advancing, what is the value of a 5GB or even 10GB capped plan when LTE and 4G HSPA+ phones are running at true 42mbps speeds?  I exceeded T-Mo’s 5GB cap in 6 days by streaming 2 hours of Video and 15 hours of Satellite radio at 5.5mbps and was slowed to a crawl the remainder of the cycle…might has well just turned it off.

    Yes I want the better network but let’s look at this realistically..what happens when Hulu+, Netflix, HBO Go, etc..are household items, and every consumer has interest in using at least one streaming video application.  The removal of unlimited data plans is the first sign of gloom and doom to come and without someone like T-Mobile to keep the others honest, I’m fearful for what the market may become, anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    I want better and faster service, who doesn’t, but I don’t want to pay a monopoly for my Data.  Anyone remember how much is used to cost to make a long distance across the U.S.A.?  Isn’t it possible this merger could give rebirth to price fixing for data plans, after all the days of unlimited are almost over right?

    What concerns me about this deal is the rising costs of downloaded data.  Yes the speeds are increasing, theoretically anyway, but we haven’t yet seen the effect of solid streaming apps across a large portion of the population.  The carriers say that a 2GB plan or 5GB is really all most consumers need, sure, okay for the majority now, but at the pace the technology is advancing, what is the value of a 5GB or even 10GB capped plan when LTE and 4G HSPA+ phones are running at true 42mbps speeds?  I exceeded T-Mo’s 5GB cap in 6 days by streaming 2 hours of Video and 15 hours of Satellite radio at 5.5mbps and was slowed to a crawl the remainder of the cycle…might has well just turned it off.

    Yes I want the better network but let’s look at this realistically..what happens when Hulu+, Netflix, HBO Go, etc..are household items, and every consumer has interest in using at least one streaming video application.  The removal of unlimited data plans is the first sign of gloom and doom to come and without someone like T-Mobile to keep the others honest, I’m fearful for what the market may become, anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    I want better and faster service, who doesn’t, but I don’t want to pay a monopoly for my Data.  Anyone remember how much is used to cost to make a long distance across the U.S.A.?  Isn’t it possible this merger could give rebirth to price fixing for data plans, after all the days of unlimited are almost over right?

    What concerns me about this deal is the rising costs of downloaded data.  Yes the speeds are increasing, theoretically anyway, but we haven’t yet seen the effect of solid streaming apps across a large portion of the population.  The carriers say that a 2GB plan or 5GB is really all most consumers need, sure, okay for the majority now, but at the pace the technology is advancing, what is the value of a 5GB or even 10GB capped plan when LTE and 4G HSPA+ phones are running at true 42mbps speeds?  I exceeded T-Mo’s 5GB cap in 6 days by streaming 2 hours of Video and 15 hours of Satellite radio at 5.5mbps and was slowed to a crawl the remainder of the cycle…might has well just turned it off.

    Yes I want the better network but let’s look at this realistically..what happens when Hulu+, Netflix, HBO Go, etc..are household items, and every consumer has interest in using at least one streaming video application.  The removal of unlimited data plans is the first sign of gloom and doom to come and without someone like T-Mobile to keep the others honest, I’m fearful for what the market may become, anyone else?

  • Anonymous

    I want better and faster service, who doesn’t, but I don’t want to pay a monopoly for my Data.  Anyone remember how much is used to cost to make a long distance across the U.S.A.?  Isn’t it possible this merger could give rebirth to price fixing for data plans, after all the days of unlimited are almost over right?

    What concerns me about this deal is the rising costs of downloaded data.  Yes the speeds are increasing, theoretically anyway, but we haven’t yet seen the effect of solid streaming apps across a large portion of the population.  The carriers say that a 2GB plan or 5GB is really all most consumers need, sure, okay for the majority now, but at the pace the technology is advancing, what is the value of a 5GB or even 10GB capped plan when LTE and 4G HSPA+ phones are running at true 42mbps speeds?  I exceeded T-Mo’s 5GB cap in 6 days by streaming 2 hours of Video and 15 hours of Satellite radio at 5.5mbps and was slowed to a crawl the remainder of the cycle…might has well just turned it off.

    Yes I want the better network but let’s look at this realistically..what happens when Hulu+, Netflix, HBO Go, etc..are household items, and every consumer has interest in using at least one streaming video application.  The removal of unlimited data plans is the first sign of gloom and doom to come and without someone like T-Mobile to keep the others honest, I’m fearful for what the market may become, anyone else?

  • guest

    wouldn’t it be great to have an overseas owned LTE network! Screw domestics let’s give our monthly fees to Deutsch Telcom. YAY!!!

    • William

      Everybody needs to eat.

  • Jeremiah Harrell

    THIS IS NOT A MERGER!

  • Jeremiah Harrell

    THIS IS NOT A MERGER!

  • guest

    how can less competition bring benefits to the consumer? higher prices and less choice.