Verizon’s COO Bets The Merger Will Happen

This saga just won’t end, and frankly I’m kind of sick of it.  Anyways, Verizon’s COO Lowell McAdam came out saying that he believes the merger will go through, mostly because “AT&T needs the spectrum and is motivated enough to [acquire T-Mobile], and will agree with what the government will want.”  So essentially, he thinks that it will go through because AT&T just wants it and had money.  I’m still betting on the underdog.  If you read into it, though, it still doesn’t quite sound like Verizon is taking a side, which is all well and good for them.  The only thing they have to worry about, after all, is changes in policy if the merger does goes through.

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  • Alex wardlaw

    This guy!… REALLY!!.. He wants to see it happen so that big fat stock option he got as a bonus last year goes crazy and he makes big buck as many T-mobile customers jump to verizon….I know if the merger happens I will go to Verizon as soon as possible…. ATT can kiss it….

    • Chris

      Not me, I’m jumping ship to Sprint if this happens.  I priced Verizon a little while back, my $180 bill with T-Mobile, would cost almost $300 a month on Verizon to keep what I have now with less minutes and a capped data plan.  No thanks.

      • Anonymous

        Then you will be faced with a similar decision in short time. Sprint will have two choices if this thing goes though. Get big, or get bought. They don’t really have the funds for the former, and even if they did.. even if they bought every single last post-paid carrier that wasn’t named AT&T or Verizon, they would still be tiny by comparison. VZW will buy them post AT&T-Mobile merger, and the gov’t can’t really justify stopping if if they have already set precedent by allowing this ugly deal to go through. Might as well skip the hassle and pick one of the big boys. 

        • Auser72

          Sad but true :-(

        • Southwest77072

          I have t mobile …wat do I do????:(

      • Howard 11

        Dont waste your time WHEN the deal is approved att will have tmo, which has been buying sprint clearwire spectrum, so.. Will leave sprint with just 2g service, why do you think they are fighting so hard to stop merget, not just tmo gone, but them too.

  • Anonymous

    no point of reading because it will happen and will be announced publicly by february.
    WE LOST  T-MOBILE.

    • Noel

      Not so fast my fellow Tmo brethren..don’t just think it is a done deal. The underdog/consumer might just win this one if prudent minds at the two Gov’t organizations responsible for approval see how adversely the deal will affect the budget consumers, stifle innovation and creat a humungous duopoly. Also if the see how Att already have enuf spectrum to improve their network, instead of trying to knock off a serious competitor under the guise of needing more spectrum. I urge my fellow Tmo brethren not to jumpship yet….lets wait and see…i have a feeling FCC and DOJ will score one for the Consumers/innovation. Att doesn’t need Tmo to get LTE, just like Verizon and Sprint both will get LTE without buying a competitor.

  • Todd

    He just prepping the public and FCC for when Verizon buys out Sprint.

  • Anonymous

    you would think verizon would be against this deal because they would be going up against a much larger and stronger competitor in at&t.

    strangely, they have been completely silent over this whole deal.  hmm…

    • Rick Wilson

      I think they want the deal to go through, since it would mean that AT&T and VZW will have 80% of the cell phone market and basically charge anything to the consumer and it competitors much higher roaming charges.

    • Rick Wilson

      I think they want the deal to go through, since it would mean that AT&T and VZW will have 80% of the cell phone market and basically charge anything to the consumer and it competitors much higher roaming charges.

    • Rick Wilson

      I think they want the deal to go through, since it would mean that AT&T and VZW will have 80% of the cell phone market and basically charge anything to the consumer and it competitors much higher roaming charges.

    • TMO Hopefull

      Just
      my opinion, but I think they are being silent in hopes that it goes through.
      Once a deal of this size goes through how would the government then stand up
      and say “No Verizon you can’t buy Sprint or you can’t buy Celluar
      South” or whatever other company that they woudl have “synergy”
      with. I think they are just letting AT&T test the waters to see how much
      the public and the government come out against the whole idea of consolidation.

    • TMO Hopefull

      Just
      my opinion, but I think they are being silent in hopes that it goes through.
      Once a deal of this size goes through how would the government then stand up
      and say “No Verizon you can’t buy Sprint or you can’t buy Celluar
      South” or whatever other company that they woudl have “synergy”
      with. I think they are just letting AT&T test the waters to see how much
      the public and the government come out against the whole idea of consolidation.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      verizon’s service is way better than at&t’s. i am not talking about cs, just cell and data sevice

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      verizon’s service is way better than at&t’s. i am not talking about cs, just cell and data sevice

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      verizon’s service is way better than at&t’s. i am not talking about cs, just cell and data sevice

    • Anonymous

      its because if it goes through then verizon can buy sprint and move back into #1 carrier in the U.S. Just saying verizon knows what they are doing and since sprint is moving to lte by buying them out it could increase their already great network and get them more LTE spectrum.

    • Anonymous

      its because if it goes through then verizon can buy sprint and move back into #1 carrier in the U.S. Just saying verizon knows what they are doing and since sprint is moving to lte by buying them out it could increase their already great network and get them more LTE spectrum.

  • Anonymous

    you would think verizon would be against this deal because they would be going up against a much larger and stronger competitor in at&t.

    strangely, they have been completely silent over this whole deal.  hmm…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krishaun27 Kris Fairley

    Everyone can quite fighting it, this deal is gonna happen. I’m just waiting on Verizon to get a dual core lte device, preferably htc and im jumpin ship, merger or no merger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krishaun27 Kris Fairley

    Everyone can quite fighting it, this deal is gonna happen. I’m just waiting on Verizon to get a dual core lte device, preferably htc and im jumpin ship, merger or no merger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krishaun27 Kris Fairley

    Everyone can quite fighting it, this deal is gonna happen. I’m just waiting on Verizon to get a dual core lte device, preferably htc and im jumpin ship, merger or no merger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krishaun27 Kris Fairley

    Everyone can quite fighting it, this deal is gonna happen. I’m just waiting on Verizon to get a dual core lte device, preferably htc and im jumpin ship, merger or no merger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krishaun27 Kris Fairley

    Everyone can quite fighting it, this deal is gonna happen. I’m just waiting on Verizon to get a dual core lte device, preferably htc and im jumpin ship, merger or no merger.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Then ATT and Verzion can do the happy dance, as they control the market and agrees to price fixing under the table.

     

    • zps

      exactly.  and shame on any congressman that supports this bullsh*t.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Then ATT and Verzion can do the happy dance, as they control the market and agrees to price fixing under the table.

     

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Then ATT and Verzion can do the happy dance, as they control the market and agrees to price fixing under the table.

     

  • Anonymous

    I just going to enjoy my tmobile until the deal go through (im praying it doesnt) and see if I move to a different company, maybe i be with at&t or verizon or boost mobile or virgin mobile i getting tired of paying to much $ for a phone bill. I have to many expensive bill already and more coming up.

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  • Anonymous

    Verizon sucks. Arrogant pricks.

  • Nearmsp

    Of course Verizon wants this deal to go through and they are sure it will go through. With T-mobile around (and if it gets the iphone) both Verizon and AT&T will be in trouble. Verizon is so sure the deal will go through that just 2 weeks back, it removed its unlimited data plans and now offers just 2GB data for the same price that was unlimited until then. If the merger does not go through, Verizon will have to roll back the price increase.

  • Nearmsp

    Of course Verizon wants this deal to go through and they are sure it will go through. With T-mobile around (and if it gets the iphone) both Verizon and AT&T will be in trouble. Verizon is so sure the deal will go through that just 2 weeks back, it removed its unlimited data plans and now offers just 2GB data for the same price that was unlimited until then. If the merger does not go through, Verizon will have to roll back the price increase.

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  • zps

    well, duh.  this transaction is good for verizon, so this guy supports it.  the who thing is sickening.  i don’t know if i can take much more lying/propaganda about this acquisition.

  • Nearmsp

    Of course they want the merger to go through. Verizon removed their unlimited data plans and are now even more expensive than AT&T. They charge $25 for 2G against $30 for 2GB on AT&T. Verizon has bet that the merger will go through and could not wait to increase their prices. The merger will create a duopoly for AT&T and Verizon and is not in the interest of consumers or fair competition. The US has become worse than third world countries when it comes to bribing the politicians through “donations” to their reelection fund. As a crony capital of the world, we also have political hacks sitting on the FCC and rubber stamping Justice department whose Anti-trust will rubber stamp any merger or buy out and shamelessly claim it does not reduce competition! Welcome to the Crony Capital of the world. It will put Chavez to shame. This deal sucks big time. I am keen to see the wording of the statements from FCC and anti-trust how they will wiggle and duck before rubber stamping the horrendous deal.

  • Anonymous

    I’m posting in here until my T-Mobile line officially disconnects, at the end of the billing period, July 23. My GF’s T-Mobile line has ported to Metro PCS. I have quit T-Mobile (after 8 years) and switched carriers to Metro PCS AND Virgin Mobile (we are trying out each carrier to see which one is preferred.  Since there’s no contracts and only the cost of the phones as an “investment,” which can be resold on eBay, ours is an easy
    test to perform).

    Anyway, people in here saying they are looking for alternatives, you should really be looking at prepaid as your solution to all this.  Truth be told, there’s so much uncertainty on what will happen to T-Mobile, even if the acquisition is NOT approved, that I got while the getting was good. Hey, the T-Mobile executive “rats” are leaving the ship, why shouldn’t you.

    With T-Mobile I was paying $140 on EM+, now I am paying $40 monthly at Virgin (a Sprint company, by the way, so you get Sprint’s signal, which for me is good.  It works better than T-Mobile for me).

    That $40 is total, out-the-door price!  I get 2.5 GB data (before throttling), unlimited text and 1200 talk minutes. And of course, the contract is month to month. Warning: This plan went up in price today, to $45. People were scrambling to get the phone on the old plan price, as was I.

    What has kept me away from prepaid was the lackluster stigmatizing  handsets (people would feel sorry for you in supermarket checkout lines, or laugh, on seeing you use a prepaid phone).

    Yesterday my Motorola Triumph arrived (it looks like a phone from the Droid family).  It’s an awesome phone and after getting it and the Samsung Galaxy Indulge for use on the Metro PCS line, there was absolutely no reason to stay with T-Mobile (getting fancy handsets kept me at T-Mobile, but getting the Sensation was a ho hum event, so that told me it was really time to leave T-Mobile).

    I now pay $40 for 3G service at Virgin, and $50 for 4G LTE service at Metro (really it’s 3.5 G, if that).  I have no contracts, have a sweet phone (my GF is using the Indulge, which is not as nice as the Triumph), and my bill decreased $50 monthly.

    Really, quit worrying about the acquisition and look at prepaid. You can buy a Motorola Triumph from Virgin, try out the service, if you don’t like it, return the phone under buyer’s remorse, and try something else.

    After all, do you really want to pay  Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint $2000 to $2500 over two years simply to have a cool phone?  I assure you, the Motorola Triumph looks cool, if that’s what you are concerned about.  In fact, Virgin knows about the prepaid stigma and how that’s not cool.  The Motorola Triumph does NOT say anywhere on the front that it’s a Virgin phone.  It only says “Motorola” at the top.  It looks and feels like a very expensive phone, especially with the black rubber coating, clean lines, heft, and 4.1″ display.

    I’ll be posting a YouTube review of the Motorola Triumph soon.

    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phones/motorola-triumph-phone.jsp

  • http://twitter.com/mrmiddl75 david middlebrooks

    Sprint really needs to step their game up. im talking better prices, customer service, the whole nine. as it stands now, no one likes them , and they would rather be with verizon or att. i was done with sprint when i had a cs rep and a supposed manager curse me because i had gotten overcharged on my bill and wanted it fixed. if Sprint would adopt Tmo’s business model as far as those practices are concerned, i wouldn’t mind jumping to them.But… i only see a lot of whining and no proposed changes