(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.

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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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JPHU24G5LAXSI4BE4LKK5PSFOU Mr Shy Town Fantasy

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  • Hey Now!

    It should have read:

    “We are disappointed to learn of the position taken by Sen. Kohl on the
    proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA because we paid good money to bribe…errr, I mean, lobby Senator Kohl. 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, including decreased competition and increased pricing. The proposed merger is currently being carefully scrutinized
    by the Department of Justice, who we have in our pocket, and the FCC, which members just recently got back from a sunny Hawaiian vacation, 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.  If Senator Kohl would change his mind on this deal by next Tuesday, don’t be surprised, because we are sending Senator Kohl a real good Mercedes, uh, I mean, a real good message as to why this is good for the American people.  Did I say Mercedes?”

    Just kidding…in reality thank God for Senator Kohl standing up for the peons.

    • HALO

      All of you morons post this crap about bribes with ZERO to back it up. 
      Give it a rest you are starting to sound like a broken record. 
      Funny how easy it is for ignorant people to make these statements 
      Of course you would never take a bribe yet you think everyone in congress would. 
      How is it on that high horse?

    • HALO

      All of you morons post this crap about bribes with ZERO to back it up. 
      Give it a rest you are starting to sound like a broken record. 
      Funny how easy it is for ignorant people to make these statements 
      Of course you would never take a bribe yet you think everyone in congress would. 
      How is it on that high horse?

  • Hey Now!

    It should have read:

    “We are disappointed to learn of the position taken by Sen. Kohl on the
    proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile USA because we paid good money to bribe…errr, I mean, lobby Senator Kohl. 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, including decreased competition and increased pricing. The proposed merger is currently being carefully scrutinized
    by the Department of Justice, who we have in our pocket, and the FCC, which members just recently got back from a sunny Hawaiian vacation, 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.  If Senator Kohl would change his mind on this deal by next Tuesday, don’t be surprised, because we are sending Senator Kohl a real good Mercedes, uh, I mean, a real good message as to why this is good for the American people.  Did I say Mercedes?”

    Just kidding…in reality thank God for Senator Kohl standing up for the peons.

  • Anonymous

    “is shared by few others”

    Shows how out of touch AT&T is about the whole thing. ALL of T-Mobile’s customers with half a brain do not want this to go through. There is no benefit to anyone that’s currently on T-Mobile’s network, only those on AT&T.

    • HALO

      probably a good 90% of tmobiles customers dont give 2 shits if this goes through. 
      After its all said and done no one will remember tmobile 
      Tmobile is irrelevant. 
      Get your resume updated if you work for tblow. 

      • Yancy

        F@@k you troll.. Go blow At@t some more. We know this deal wont pass. If our government stands for anything that our founding Fathers wanted.. Then the deal will be rejected. This will harm everybody, but At@t!

      • Yancy

        F@@k you troll.. Go blow At@t some more. We know this deal wont pass. If our government stands for anything that our founding Fathers wanted.. Then the deal will be rejected. This will harm everybody, but At@t!

      • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew

        You sir did not learn about economics. Less competition=Bad

    • Anonymous

      Doesn’t benefit AT&T customers either since they can’t use T-Mobile’s frequencies for another 2-3 years after the merger.

      With T-Mobile customers crowding upon AT&T’s “obviously underloaded” network, I’m sure everybody is going to enjoy those few years of transition.

  • Anonymous

    “is shared by few others”

    Shows how out of touch AT&T is about the whole thing. ALL of T-Mobile’s customers with half a brain do not want this to go through. There is no benefit to anyone that’s currently on T-Mobile’s network, only those on AT&T.

  • Daniel Cline

    It’s good for nobody but AT&T and whatever Tmobile execs are getting sweetheart deals.

  • Daniel Cline

    It’s good for nobody but AT&T and whatever Tmobile execs are getting sweetheart deals.

  • Thriller

    Hate it as there will only be one GSM provider in America it will leave no real choices to the public. Most hate AT&T and if we wanted AT&T we would of subscribed to thier service in the beginning

    • HALO

      That is like the government trying to stop 1 car company from buying another because now only 1 car company would remain selling convertibles. 

      • Gm Aharrington1

        If your going to give an analogy atleast make it a good one.

      • Drew

        That’s a retarded and absolutely inane analogy… come up with something that makes sense.

      • Drew

        That’s a retarded and absolutely inane analogy… come up with something that makes sense.

      • Drew

        That’s a retarded and absolutely inane analogy… come up with something that makes sense.

      • Anonymous

        You mean this would be like going from two gasoline-based vehicle companies to one. Sure we have diesel, but those of us that would’ve preferred diesel would’ve been using it already.

    • michael

      A good analogy would be if two companies only had the right to make hard-top convertibles..like licensing or something.. and one bought the other. As in VZW/Sprint etc cant just pick up and start using GSM.

    • michael

      A good analogy would be if two companies only had the right to make hard-top convertibles..like licensing or something.. and one bought the other. As in VZW/Sprint etc cant just pick up and start using GSM.

    • michael

      A good analogy would be if two companies only had the right to make hard-top convertibles..like licensing or something.. and one bought the other. As in VZW/Sprint etc cant just pick up and start using GSM.

  • Thriller

    Hate it as there will only be one GSM provider in America it will leave no real choices to the public. Most hate AT&T and if we wanted AT&T we would of subscribed to thier service in the beginning

  • Drew

    Wow, the penises that are currently at the helm at TMO USA obviously want their huge chunk of change they”ll be receiving if this deal passes. “…help alleviate capacity constraints, enable enhanced service
    quality, and facilitate expansion of a 4G LTE nationwide network..”?? Senator Lee, STFU are reading from a cue card?? I understand…you want your share as well but at&t currently has enough $$$ and enough spectrum to do all of these things mentioned but would rather sit on their ass and have someone do it for them (al la merger).

    • Gm Aharrington1

      Exactly! I would also like to point out that AT&T is behind on their 4G and everyone tends to forget that prior to the announcement of the buyout, that AT&T was calling their new network HSPA+. Sounds like they had no clue how to rollout the network so why not just buy it? Reminds me of Rigid tools and how they are to lazy to manufacturer their own product so they buy the people smart enough to build it.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      Exactly! I would also like to point out that AT&T is behind on their 4G and everyone tends to forget that prior to the announcement of the buyout, that AT&T was calling their new network HSPA+. Sounds like they had no clue how to rollout the network so why not just buy it? Reminds me of Rigid tools and how they are to lazy to manufacturer their own product so they buy the people smart enough to build it.

  • Drew

    Wow, the penises that are currently at the helm at TMO USA obviously want their huge chunk of change they”ll be receiving if this deal passes. “…help alleviate capacity constraints, enable enhanced service
    quality, and facilitate expansion of a 4G LTE nationwide network..”?? Senator Lee, STFU are reading from a cue card?? I understand…you want your share as well but at&t currently has enough $$$ and enough spectrum to do all of these things mentioned but would rather sit on their ass and have someone do it for them (al la merger).

  • Wilco1293

    Why are Republicans for mergers?

    • HALO

      Because government shouldn’t be in the way of progress. 
      Government shouldnt be trying to control business. 

    • HALO

      Because government shouldn’t be in the way of progress. 
      Government shouldnt be trying to control business. 

      • Auser72

        But isn’t it big business that relys on government subsidies and look for the government to bail them out when they make bad business decisions? They want government (taxpayer) money but don’t want them to have any say in how it uses it, huh.

      • Auser72

        But isn’t it big business that relys on government subsidies and look for the government to bail them out when they make bad business decisions? They want government (taxpayer) money but don’t want them to have any say in how it uses it, huh.

        • Farhan

          True. And if people like HALO had their way, we’d have businesses that still used DDT and made home insulations made with asbestos.

      • Mkinsey28

        I agree, but how would this merger be progress?

      • Anonymous

        Maybe if this WAS progress you wouldn’t see so much opposition! It isn’t progress, it’s simple greed and a blatant attempt to eliminate competition. You do understand that history has PROVED that without government oversight, business ALWAYS causes harm. The bottom line cannot be the only consideration but with big business that is al that matters. Who are YOU going to turn to when the factory that isn’t regulated pollutes your drinking water and gives one of your children cancer? and as another poster mentioned, if government should stay out of business, why is it that they EXPECT taxpayers to foot the bill when they screw up? Oh, and don’t try to put this on Obama, your boy W. made that bailout!

      • Anonymous

        Maybe if this WAS progress you wouldn’t see so much opposition! It isn’t progress, it’s simple greed and a blatant attempt to eliminate competition. You do understand that history has PROVED that without government oversight, business ALWAYS causes harm. The bottom line cannot be the only consideration but with big business that is al that matters. Who are YOU going to turn to when the factory that isn’t regulated pollutes your drinking water and gives one of your children cancer? and as another poster mentioned, if government should stay out of business, why is it that they EXPECT taxpayers to foot the bill when they screw up? Oh, and don’t try to put this on Obama, your boy W. made that bailout!

        • Kife0301

          So very true, very true!

        • Hippiesblow

          Uuuuh GENIUS how do you eliminate competition WHO WANTS TO BE FUCKIN SOLD?

      • Anonymous

        Maybe if this WAS progress you wouldn’t see so much opposition! It isn’t progress, it’s simple greed and a blatant attempt to eliminate competition. You do understand that history has PROVED that without government oversight, business ALWAYS causes harm. The bottom line cannot be the only consideration but with big business that is al that matters. Who are YOU going to turn to when the factory that isn’t regulated pollutes your drinking water and gives one of your children cancer? and as another poster mentioned, if government should stay out of business, why is it that they EXPECT taxpayers to foot the bill when they screw up? Oh, and don’t try to put this on Obama, your boy W. made that bailout!

      • Jim

        Please go live in anarchy for a while.  Than maybe you’ll get it.  I agree that many governments have gotten too large, but these “completely free market” people are really clueless.

        BTW, without a little government, cell phones probably could not exist.  No spectrum would be regulated, so every provider would just broadcast over each other, and no one would be able to make a call.  Unless you have a better solution.  If so, please post.

      • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew

        You’re a Troll HALO

      • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew

        You’re a Troll HALO

        • Andrew takes it in the ass

          Boo hoo hoo

      • http://spritemoney.myopenid.com/ Andrew

        You’re a Troll HALO

    • Anonymous

      they aren’t for mergers.  THEYS FOR THE FREE MARKETS TO DECIDE WIHOUT GUBERMIT REGULAYSHUNS!!!!1!

      needless to say no republican has not seen a corporate ass he won’t kiss, because larger corporations mean larger amounts of money given to these republicans that will do the bidding of those corporations.

      google the citizens united case and see how much of a bad thing that was for our democracy and how much of a good thing that was for corporate greed.

      • Nearmsp

        AT&T as a business is free to grow by offering the best service at the best price. A free market and fair competition is ensured by not allowing the creation of monopoly and duopoly that will happen if AT&T is allowed to buy off T-mobile. In no other country in the world would this be allowed. US has become the crony capital of the world. The politicians are bought off by paying money in to their re-election campaign funds. The political hacks on the FCC rubber stamp what ever their master’s in congress order them. The Justice department’s anti trust is a joke. They rubber stamped the XM-Sirius deal by saying there was no competition anyway so by merging it would not be any different. With geniuses like this in the Justice department, this buy out of T-mobile is a shoo in. This is not good for competition or innovation and will lead to higher prices. You can’t hope much in the crony capital of the world. Chavez does it openly, but here the corruption is more refined but worse because consumers have no voice, no regulators who stand up for consumers. Regulators are neutered by congress and political hacks on FCC and the rest are rubber stamping mannequins who do the bidding of congressmen.

        • Anonymous

          i agree with you, except for the sirius-xm merger part. there truly was
          competition. satellite radio was competing with mp3 players, cd players,
          and yes even terrestrial radio. i don’t think there is much of an
          argument for breaking up that “monopoly” because satellite radio is still
          competing with mp3 players, cd players, terrestrial radio, and now
          streaming radio through smartphones.

          i can’t know for certain if the fcc saw the emergence of streaming radios
          on smartphones but i saw it coming. if the fcc didn’t let sirius and xm
          merge together both companies would have bid each other out of existence
          and there would be no satellite radio now.

        • Anonymous

          i agree with you, except for the sirius-xm merger part. there truly was
          competition. satellite radio was competing with mp3 players, cd players,
          and yes even terrestrial radio. i don’t think there is much of an
          argument for breaking up that “monopoly” because satellite radio is still
          competing with mp3 players, cd players, terrestrial radio, and now
          streaming radio through smartphones.

          i can’t know for certain if the fcc saw the emergence of streaming radios
          on smartphones but i saw it coming. if the fcc didn’t let sirius and xm
          merge together both companies would have bid each other out of existence
          and there would be no satellite radio now.

      • Nearmsp

        AT&T as a business is free to grow by offering the best service at the best price. A free market and fair competition is ensured by not allowing the creation of monopoly and duopoly that will happen if AT&T is allowed to buy off T-mobile. In no other country in the world would this be allowed. US has become the crony capital of the world. The politicians are bought off by paying money in to their re-election campaign funds. The political hacks on the FCC rubber stamp what ever their master’s in congress order them. The Justice department’s anti trust is a joke. They rubber stamped the XM-Sirius deal by saying there was no competition anyway so by merging it would not be any different. With geniuses like this in the Justice department, this buy out of T-mobile is a shoo in. This is not good for competition or innovation and will lead to higher prices. You can’t hope much in the crony capital of the world. Chavez does it openly, but here the corruption is more refined but worse because consumers have no voice, no regulators who stand up for consumers. Regulators are neutered by congress and political hacks on FCC and the rest are rubber stamping mannequins who do the bidding of congressmen.

    • Kife0301

      Because they are for the rich and not working class

  • HALO

    So many posters on this forum seem to think that Senators are easy to pay off for a vote. 
    Perhaps ATT didnt sent Kohl a fat enough check?

  • HALO

    So many posters on this forum seem to think that Senators are easy to pay off for a vote. 
    Perhaps ATT didnt sent Kohl a fat enough check?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

    T-mobile thinks its costumers are happy? Kiss my ass TMOBILE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

    T-mobile thinks its costumers are happy? Kiss my ass TMOBILE!

  • TMoFan

    The benefits are bogus! The only thing this truly benefits is at&t, and DT who will have a huge wad of cash and an 8% stake in at&t. So those profits can keep rolling in and they don’t have to lift a finger. Those are the real benefits, at the expense of a more concentrated industry with Verizon and at&t leading the way with their insane prices. I hope T-Mobile can get rid of DT if this thing fails. We’d be much better off without them.

  • Jreid187

    People need to realize T-MOBILE WANTS TO MERGE. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU WANT. Even if the merge doesn’t go through, this is just attempt one. T-mobile will find someone to buy them.

    • Yancy

      Have you done drugs lately?

    • Yancy

      Have you done drugs lately?

    • Yancy

      Have you done drugs lately?

    • G-Mobile

      Maybe Google will be interested. O_o T-Mobile USA can not stand alone, and have you seen their new playground stores?! It practically has Google written all over it…

    • G-Mobile

      Maybe Google will be interested. O_o T-Mobile USA can not stand alone, and have you seen their new playground stores?! It practically has Google written all over it…

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

      They Tmobile US are just showing good face to their present Parent Company DT… Remember DT get’s 6 billion from At&T if it doesn’t go through.  I have knowledge of hidden US Power’s that Tmo will be bought and continue to run as is – but not buy AT&T!  Thus, there will continue to be at least two US GSM Carriers or DT Gets the 6 Bill + the eventual FULL PURCHASE PRICE FROM THE OTHER BUYER!!!

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

      They Tmobile US are just showing good face to their present Parent Company DT… Remember DT get’s 6 billion from At&T if it doesn’t go through.  I have knowledge of hidden US Power’s that Tmo will be bought and continue to run as is – but not buy AT&T!  Thus, there will continue to be at least two US GSM Carriers or DT Gets the 6 Bill + the eventual FULL PURCHASE PRICE FROM THE OTHER BUYER!!!

      • Anonymous

        I think the “hidden powers” are the voices in your head… 

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

      They Tmobile US are just showing good face to their present Parent Company DT… Remember DT get’s 6 billion from At&T if it doesn’t go through.  I have knowledge of hidden US Power’s that Tmo will be bought and continue to run as is – but not buy AT&T!  Thus, there will continue to be at least two US GSM Carriers or DT Gets the 6 Bill + the eventual FULL PURCHASE PRICE FROM THE OTHER BUYER!!!

  • Doccolorado

    Looking at the upcoming family plans Tmobile is about to announce, July 24th, they claim I’ll save over $1,200 a year over AT&T.

    How is it that if the Tmobile and AT&T Merger go forward, eventually I’ll be paying the higher fee from AT&T after my Tmobile contract runs out, that this is good for American Consumers?

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      You are so right. Once our contracts expire, we might as well get the grease out if this deal goes thru. When T-Mo is gone it will be open season on us!

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      You are so right. Once our contracts expire, we might as well get the grease out if this deal goes thru. When T-Mo is gone it will be open season on us!

      • ColdFeet

        Once your contract’s up, as far as I know, you’ll be free to go with someone else. Could be wrong, though…

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      You are so right. Once our contracts expire, we might as well get the grease out if this deal goes thru. When T-Mo is gone it will be open season on us!

  • Silk7412

    I want to thank Mr Kohl for standing up for the peopl.

    • nando

      lol…what does he know…he probably still uses an old moto track phone….This is an FCC related and not some senator that has not probably done his homework

      • Yancy

        Are you on drugs?

      • Yancy

        Are you on drugs?

      • Yancy

        Are you on drugs?

    • nando

      lol…what does he know…he probably still uses an old moto track phone….This is an FCC related and not some senator that has not probably done his homework

  • Silk7412

    I want to thank Mr Kohl for standing up for the peopl.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    since when do senator’s know anything beyond coming out of the closest or being busted for cheating on their wives etc.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    since when do senator’s know anything beyond coming out of the closest or being busted for cheating on their wives etc.

  • http://www.fiftyonemarketing.com Deacon

    since when do senator’s know anything beyond coming out of the closest or being busted for cheating on their wives etc.

  • HonestyCorner

    Obvious who is bought (or believed to be bought).   The other categories are harder to discern: either not bought, or bought by opposing interests.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what T-Mobile and Douche Telekom wants. We are the consumers. T-Mobile surely would like to charge us a lot more for the service they provide but they CAN’T because of what we want.

    I don’t want a merger with AT&T. I don’t care who else it goes to, but not AT&T.

    • G-Mobile

      GOOGLE!! 

  • Anonymous

    Who cares what T-Mobile and Douche Telekom wants. We are the consumers. T-Mobile surely would like to charge us a lot more for the service they provide but they CAN’T because of what we want.

    I don’t want a merger with AT&T. I don’t care who else it goes to, but not AT&T.

  • JonathanSternwell

    Wow… did Senator Mike Lee even edit the standard AT&T talking points before he copied them point for point when “writing” his press release?  What an idiot.

    I like the idea of congress members wearing suits like NASCAR dresses up their cars: put their corporate sponsors right on the outside in big print, so we can all see them.  Fortunately, for idiots like Mr. Lee, their petty actions pretty much accomplish the same results.

  • G-Mobile

    tmonews should email Google, asking them if they’d be interested in buying T-Mobile USA if the proposed merger does not go through.

    • BadTaste

      If Google bought T-Mobile (or any other network provider), I would never be a customer.

      • G-Mobile

        why is that? I like Google they are very innovative. 

  • Youngt82

    What I don’t get is…..how T-Mobile makes fun of and disses AT&T of their network and phones with their tv ads and what not but then backs them up about this merger??? It really looks like T-Mobile is confused and don’t know what they’re doing and it sad how they playing once fence but when backing up their company they turn they’re back on AT&T smh make up your mind people either you leave AT&T out your mouth when attacking carriers or back them up when y’all talking about networks and phones lol

    • duuuur

      because its not a merger, its an acquisition. Tmo is still a separate company whose network runs faster. I think your confused

    • duuuur

      because its not a merger, its an acquisition. Tmo is still a separate company whose network runs faster. I think your confused

    • duuuur

      because its not a merger, its an acquisition. Tmo is still a separate company whose network runs faster. I think your confused

    • todrules

      But by saying that AT&T has a bad network, they are, indirectly, supporting the merger, since one of the major reasons given for the merger is that AT&T needs help in upgrading its network. T-Mobile is like, “See, AT&T has a crappy network,” and AT&T then goes, “Look, even T-Mobile is saying we have a bad network, this is why we need this merger.”

    • todrules

      But by saying that AT&T has a bad network, they are, indirectly, supporting the merger, since one of the major reasons given for the merger is that AT&T needs help in upgrading its network. T-Mobile is like, “See, AT&T has a crappy network,” and AT&T then goes, “Look, even T-Mobile is saying we have a bad network, this is why we need this merger.”

    • todrules

      But by saying that AT&T has a bad network, they are, indirectly, supporting the merger, since one of the major reasons given for the merger is that AT&T needs help in upgrading its network. T-Mobile is like, “See, AT&T has a crappy network,” and AT&T then goes, “Look, even T-Mobile is saying we have a bad network, this is why we need this merger.”

      • Tmoreader

        Great point! Didn’t think about the ads from this point of view.

      • Tmoreader

        Great point! Didn’t think about the ads from this point of view.

    • Jcj

      They are still separate companies and  thus competitors. Not really that hard to understand. I feel for the people who stand to lose their livelihood is the horrible economic situation we are in

    • Anonymous

      T-Mobile is just protecting themselves in case this doesn’t slide thru. Anything is possible. I DO NOT want this to happen but in all reality it will. How can you stop a company from selling that just no longer wants to stay in business??? I know they need approval legally but IMO this thing has been done inside sneaky back rooms. What rips me is just when T-Mobile has improved their Network so much and now to just throw it all away. It just sucks. 

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha hardly surprising really… once Deutsche Telekom made it clear that they wanted to sell of T-Mobile USA (effectively abandoning its child) the T-Mobile senior management had to show themselves to be firmly on the side of this merger in the hopes that they will keep their jobs once AT&T takes over. I really wouldn’t listen to anything they have to say at this stage because I do not trust that their minds are in the side of the customer. Personal self-interest is the stronger motivation now.

    • Anonymous

      I think senators should first declare the extent of financial support (contributions) they get from AT&T before they speak on this matter so we have a clearer idea of what’s really going on.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha hardly surprising really… once Deutsche Telekom made it clear that they wanted to sell of T-Mobile USA (effectively abandoning its child) the T-Mobile senior management had to show themselves to be firmly on the side of this merger in the hopes that they will keep their jobs once AT&T takes over. I really wouldn’t listen to anything they have to say at this stage because I do not trust that their minds are in the side of the customer. Personal self-interest is the stronger motivation now.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha hardly surprising really… once Deutsche Telekom made it clear that they wanted to sell of T-Mobile USA (effectively abandoning its child) the T-Mobile senior management had to show themselves to be firmly on the side of this merger in the hopes that they will keep their jobs once AT&T takes over. I really wouldn’t listen to anything they have to say at this stage because I do not trust that their minds are in the side of the customer. Personal self-interest is the stronger motivation now.

  • Jim

    I have performed a little actual research (gasp!) on this potential merger, and I just don’t see the validity to a majority of the AT&T claims.  Maybe I’m just not doing good research, but it seems obvious that a majority of AT&T’s claims of why they need to buy T-Mobile are completely baseless.  And that’s what surprises me: it doesn’t seem like their claims of why they need this merger are even reasonably plausible.  What does seem obvious is that a merger like this will significantly reduce competition in the marketplace.  Maybe my research just sucks, or maybe people working on this are so obtuse that they can’t perform basic research.  Or maybe in this game, facts and research are simply irrelevant.

    • MagentaMadness

       ATT doesn’t need to buy TMO as much as TMO needs ATT to buy them. Without ATT(or someone) buying  TMO, TMO will prob only survive approx another 3-4 years as the lack of spectrum will saturate the network within this time and won’t be able to add any more customers.

      • Neoprimal

        That’s absolutely ridiculous. How do you think Tmobile has survived for this long? Great plans, great prices…way better than the alternative at those price points (metropcs, cricket, boost, virgin). They want to merge to attain profitability. If they merge, both companies get to shed thousands of workers and hundreds of stores. ATT will have an instant boost to their own network, 42Mbps 4G on their way to attaining their LTE buildout and faster than what poor Sprint has to offer and best of all, NO COMPETITION in the GSM market for most of the U.S. Like it or not, ATT will be a GSM monopoly. I pay $130 a month for unlimited data (10GB@4G), unlimited minutes, unlimited texts for 2 lines. 
        No other carrier has a deal like this. You may want to argue that Tmobile has bad covering, dropped calls, blah blah blah but I am not experiencing this, otherwise I’d have moved to someone else (no point in saving money if I can’t make a call, right?)Those of us who prefer phones with SIM cards and the freedom to leave network A. for network B and vice versa will no longer have that. We’ll have either Verizon or Sprint to choose from or worse, Cricket or MetroPCS. 

        • School4me

          my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps, nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should look into them, they will save you 40 per month and you will never look back

        • School4me

          my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps, nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should look into them, they will save you 40 per month and you will never look back

        • Neoprimal

          I have checked them all out. Straight Talk, Cricket, MetroPCS, Boost Mobile…and while these are quite affordable services they are just not for me. 

          1. I want a GOOD smartphone.
          2. I want GSM. I travel and while I’m in other countries, I simply buy a prepaid sim card and I’m using my cellphone. I don’t have to deal with expensive roaming at all and I can make/receive calls to/from the U.S with Wifi calling (on Tmobile for example, not sure if ATT has this feature).
          3. I want to be able to subsidize my phone. I don’t mind being on a contract if I’m happy with my provider. Kill me dead if I buy a cell phone for $500+, and that is what typical smartphones go for upon release. What I do is, buy an upgrade for my device in 2 years and then use my wife’s upgrade to get something better in a few months to a year. Then I’ll stick with that phone for at least 2 years and give my wife my phone. I end up paying 300-350 for 2 great smartphones over 4 years. I did this with my G1 and I am prepared to do it with my Mytouch 4G.
          4. I want reliable 4G and I want to tether. So far, except for 2 months out of this year…I have had 100% solid service with TMobile. April/May 2011 were ugly, I suspect due to upgrades in my area. But usually, I get great 4G. My service is so good I can tether my PC to my phone to play WoW and other latency intensive games. I take my tablet on the road and tether as well. These are things I don’t see myself living without at this point and I can’t get them with Straight Talk. 

        • William

          Although I certainly respect your “wants”, I think you are in a rather small minority.  Not saying you are unimportant in any way (to the contrary); just not the bread and butter of any of the large companies.  Most of your arguments are not valid for most users, I think is a reasonable guess.  But, of course, they are certainly valid for you.  My point is just that although your points are important to you, most of them are likely not that important to most of the market.

          It is impressive, actually, that any major company can more or less meet your wants.  Although you seem to be okay that you received poor service for two months, which would probably be unacceptable to most people.  I would terminate my contract and switch carriers immediately if that happened.

        • School4me

          my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps, nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should look into them, they will save you 40 per month and you will never look back

        • MagentaMadness

           As someone who works in the engineering and operations side of the house, TMO does not have enough spectrum to sustain a robust network for that much longer. We lost the bid on the 700Mhz spectrum. We have X amount of frequency spectrum that can hold X amount of customers/traffic. Without added spectrum, we cannot add more customers, no new customers, no new income, no TMO. Plain and simple. So it is not “absolutely ridiculous” that TMO needs to be bought. That whole GSM/monopoly/biopoly whatever ppl are calling it these days is a whooole other topic.

        • MagentaMadness

           As someone who works in the engineering and operations side of the house, TMO does not have enough spectrum to sustain a robust network for that much longer. We lost the bid on the 700Mhz spectrum. We have X amount of frequency spectrum that can hold X amount of customers/traffic. Without added spectrum, we cannot add more customers, no new customers, no new income, no TMO. Plain and simple. So it is not “absolutely ridiculous” that TMO needs to be bought. That whole GSM/monopoly/biopoly whatever ppl are calling it these days is a whooole other topic.

        • Neoprimal

          All I will say is this, I don’t believe that for one second. If you work for Tmobile you should know that in Q1 2011, TMobile lost almost 100000 customers. It lost almost 93000 in Q2 of 2010 and 77000 in 2009. I don’t think under any even perfect condition, that TMobile will add so many customers that the network will be crowded in 4 years. If anything customer load will break even, possibly making back the numbers lost over the last 3 years. Customer turnover is rampant and year by year the company will lose customers, get some, etc. etc. While no company can ‘depend’ on dropping a certain amt. of their customer base, Tmobile has also added infrastructure and overhaul. Add to that the fact that much of Tmobile’s base of value minded customers have other options now, in the way of the one’s I mentioned. Some people don’t care about owning a smartphone or being on 4G. They don’t travel internationally and don’t require GSM so….the many other options may appeal to them. Likewise, people on Cricket, MetroPCS or Boost may start to want more from the smartphones they do have on those networks and move ‘up’ to Tmobile which will give them more in terms of speed and reliability (on most occasions).

          “No new customers, no new income, no Tmo” makes “no sense” in regards to saturating the network. The company remains profitable enough to sustain itself in the long run even if it doesn’t add a single new customer for years and I don’t foresee Tmobile suddenly adding 300000 new lines in 3-4 years anyway if they lose 90+ yearly. Now if you were talking about adding 200000 lines per year THEN I’d see your pov, but a net loss of 90k+ yearly? No way.Your doomsaying just doesn’t add up (for me).

        • MagentaMadness

          Not directly replying to you…but, not getting into the long winded reply…to busy trying to “reduce churn” lol.

        • The Fish

          I can tell if you really do work for TMO that you do indeed work for engineering and not financial planning. “no new customers, no new income, no TMO” is completely 100% inaccurate. The main source of income for cell phone companies isn’t activation fees and handset sales, it’s the monthly rates that all of the current customers pay. After the massive ship-jumping that has already occurred at simply the mention of a takeover, it makes no sense to assume that TMO will experience some sort of massive influx of new customers, pushing the spectrum beyond what it can handle. Yes, it would be a good business move for TMO to acquire more bandwidth to prepare for future growth, but not if the method of choice will cost the company to cease existing as well as costing the purchaser (AT&T) to lose a hefty number of paying subscribers. TMO is currently leaking customers like a sieve because of this talk of a takeover. As soon as my contract is up or I find a loophole to avoid the ETF, I know I’m gone. If TMO fails this badly at keeping their current customers on board, I can’t imagine them running into a bandwidth shortage any time soon.

        • MagentaMadness

           As someone who works in the engineering and operations side of the house, TMO does not have enough spectrum to sustain a robust network for that much longer. We lost the bid on the 700Mhz spectrum. We have X amount of frequency spectrum that can hold X amount of customers/traffic. Without added spectrum, we cannot add more customers, no new customers, no new income, no TMO. Plain and simple. So it is not “absolutely ridiculous” that TMO needs to be bought. That whole GSM/monopoly/biopoly whatever ppl are calling it these days is a whooole other topic.

  • BadTaste

    Every time one of these big firms says “We have a great deal of respect for…”, I puke a little in my mouth.

  • BadTaste

    Every time one of these big firms says “We have a great deal of respect for…”, I puke a little in my mouth.

  • t-mo user

    Idk, I like the idea of this merger.
    I think Sprint is making a big deal about it, because when it happens of the major carriers they’ll be the smallest/weakest of them all.

    • Anonymous

      So what about customers like me who are making a big deal about it and don’t want it to happen? I don’t have any stock in sprint.

      • Johndoeindigo

        What about the 42,000 people T-Mobile employs? I doubt there will be 42,000 places for them at AT&T? How will that help the economy?

        • theWayofThings

          T-mobile has been working very hard to make sure there won’t be very many layoffs or eliminations at the time that acquisition goes through.. The number of reps that are let go at that time will be very small due to T-mobile’s tireless efforts..

          Basically they are just firing reps left and right and driving those who remain to quit by creating an atmosphere of constant pressure, threats and harassment… Call centers that used used to have 700 reps have less than half of that now, and the raising of expectations and firings continue on with no new reps hired.

          If you ever wanted to know why hold times are higher than normal, it’s simple… there’s hardly anybody there to take your call.

    • Shanmunaweera

      alright stop calling it a merger.. it’s NOT a merger it’s an acquisition. and i’m sure you like the idea of paying more for your cell phone bill right? wow WAKE UP!

    • Shanmunaweera

      alright stop calling it a merger.. it’s NOT a merger it’s an acquisition. and i’m sure you like the idea of paying more for your cell phone bill right? wow WAKE UP!

    • Shanmunaweera

      alright stop calling it a merger.. it’s NOT a merger it’s an acquisition. and i’m sure you like the idea of paying more for your cell phone bill right? wow WAKE UP!

    • Farhan

      Regardless of Sprint’s reasons, the fact is they have a good point and everyone should be worried. If AT&T is really worried about network congestion, how can they say they can reach 97% of Americans in a couple of years if the merger doesn’t go through?

      Plus, wouldn’t an agreement that allows free roaming across both AT&T and T-Mobile networks to alleviate network congestion have the same result without the costs associated with the acquisition and the loss of jobs?

      AT&T is simple beating around the bush just like they were during the senate meeting when they refused to consider T-Mobile as a competitor.

    • Farhan

      Regardless of Sprint’s reasons, the fact is they have a good point and everyone should be worried. If AT&T is really worried about network congestion, how can they say they can reach 97% of Americans in a couple of years if the merger doesn’t go through?

      Plus, wouldn’t an agreement that allows free roaming across both AT&T and T-Mobile networks to alleviate network congestion have the same result without the costs associated with the acquisition and the loss of jobs?

      AT&T is simple beating around the bush just like they were during the senate meeting when they refused to consider T-Mobile as a competitor.

  • Anonymous

    And Senator Lee, after AT&T buys out (not merges) with Tmobile,  then AT&T can have a war with Verizon to buy Sprint which will enhance the  “critical component of our nation’s economy” which will then “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.”   You are so full of Bullsh*T and the fact that ATT has you in their pocket is sickening. You didn’t come up with a single of word of this on your own. You are spewing ATT rhetoric verbatim with words that you don’t have a clue to what they mean.

  • Tony

    Start writing to the Senators, I just did, 

  • Tito!

    I’m from Utah & am disgusted with Senator Lee’s views. Just another greedy republican bastard..

    Well Guess what, Senator know-nothing. Utah votes NO on this Merger. .
    Trust me, you’ll thank me Later. Bastard.

  • Tito!

    I’m from Utah & am disgusted with Senator Lee’s views. Just another greedy republican bastard..

    Well Guess what, Senator know-nothing. Utah votes NO on this Merger. .
    Trust me, you’ll thank me Later. Bastard.

  • Tito!

    I’m from Utah & am disgusted with Senator Lee’s views. Just another greedy republican bastard..

    Well Guess what, Senator know-nothing. Utah votes NO on this Merger. .
    Trust me, you’ll thank me Later. Bastard.

  • alt-mobile

    Wow it didn’t take long for AT&T to stuff some single dollar bills in Senator Lee’s pocket like a stripper.  He should change his name to Senator Diamond or Senator Chastity.

  • alt-mobile

    Wow it didn’t take long for AT&T to stuff some single dollar bills in Senator Lee’s pocket like a stripper.  He should change his name to Senator Diamond or Senator Chastity.

  • School4me

    my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text
    and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps,
    nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline
    or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we
    also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho
    to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage
    everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they
    are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any
    reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for
    free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should
    look into them, they will save you a good chunk of money each month and you will never look
    back,  no need to worry about mergers anymore…gotta love straighttalk especially since they are NOT FOR SALE

    • Mopar6464

      If AT&T buys T-Mobile and the FCC approves everything , Straight Talk and Simple Mobile will both be history unless the FCC throws some kind of federal agreement in there.

    • Mopar6464

      If AT&T buys T-Mobile and the FCC approves everything , Straight Talk and Simple Mobile will both be history unless the FCC throws some kind of federal agreement in there.

  • School4me

    my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text
    and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps,
    nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline
    or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we
    also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho
    to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage
    everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they
    are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any
    reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for
    free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should
    look into them, they will save you a good chunk of money each month and you will never look
    back,  no need to worry about mergers anymore…gotta love straighttalk especially since they are NOT FOR SALE

  • School4me

    my husband and i pay 90.00 per month for 2 lines, unlimited talk text
    and web, unlimited voice guided gps as well as a plethora of free apps,
    nation wide coverage and international calling FROM and phone landline
    or mobile, TO any phone, landine or mobile for insanely cheap…..we
    also dont have to be burdened with a contract, we have driven from idaho
    to texas and my husband is a truck driver and has coverage
    everywhere…..we are with straighttalk and will never leave them, they
    are amazing, oh yeah btw if we run our phone or it quits working for any
    reason w/in the first YEAR of owning that phone, it gets replaced for
    free and there is no limit on replacements…..i do believe you should
    look into them, they will save you a good chunk of money each month and you will never look
    back,  no need to worry about mergers anymore…gotta love straighttalk especially since they are NOT FOR SALE