AT&T Hires Bankers To Help It Prepare To Divest Assets For T-Mobile Deal

AT&T has begun the process of hiring bankers that will advise the company on how to sell assets in a move to ensure that they will will receive a government stamp for the takeover of T-Mobile USA. AT&T has brought on Bank of America Merrill Lynch to work on lining up potential buyers for customers and wireless spectrum AT&T will likely need to divest to win approval. AT&T has stated that they fully believe part of the approval process will be the need to sell of network assets that would otherwise give the company to much power in the marketplace. A significant portion of the divested assets are expected to come from T-Mobile’s holdings although AT&T could elect to sell off its own properties as well. AT&T could sell off assets that would exceed $8 billion dollars or more in value.

While analysts say that AT&T’s move is likely premature given the regulatory scrutiny they still face, the hiring is seen as sign of confidence from AT&T that they expect a deal to complete sometime in the first half of next year. Both AT&T and Bank of America declined to comment for the Wall Street Journal article.

“As we said on the day we announced the merger with T-Mobile USA, we anticipate there will be some divestitures, as we have had in past mergers, but any speculation about the amount of divestitures is premature,” said an AT&T spokesman

Wall Street Journal

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  • commonSENSE

    At&t figures they have bribed enough ppl that the deal should go through. In the midst of another possible recession and jobs being hard to come we are still allowing large scale mergers lol we never learn…..

    • Samus91

      Politicians in this country have never learned from their mistakes.  They continue to do the same mistakes over and over so it benefits them and let the next person in office deal with it.  When was the last time you ever said that any buyout or takeover benefited the consumer?  Exactly… never.  This is why AT&T makes me so angry with their comments of good for the consumer and cheaper prices.  Just finish your damn takeover and stop lying.  Commander_Fury above stated perfectly what you can see happen with this deal.  All the politicians care about is getting those votes and they know that AT&T gets them the votes.  Pretty easy math. 

    • Samus91

      Politicians in this country have never learned from their mistakes.  They continue to do the same mistakes over and over so it benefits them and let the next person in office deal with it.  When was the last time you ever said that any buyout or takeover benefited the consumer?  Exactly… never.  This is why AT&T makes me so angry with their comments of good for the consumer and cheaper prices.  Just finish your damn takeover and stop lying.  Commander_Fury above stated perfectly what you can see happen with this deal.  All the politicians care about is getting those votes and they know that AT&T gets them the votes.  Pretty easy math. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

        Im sure politicians are doing far worst stuff than trying to figure out how to get votes from wireless customers  

  • Tmoworker

    Why they are selling spectrum they need it

    • MagentaMadness

       If the combined spectrum when buyin TMO is to great in a specific area, they need to sell some of it off.

      • JBLmobileG1

        So doesn’t that mean if an At&t or Tmobile customer has service in an area now in a certain spot they may not in the future because they both use different band frequencies? You can’t use a Tmobile 4g phone with an Att tower.

        • Bleedingmagenta

          partially true.  GSM voice and EDGE frequencies are the same between the two carriers.  only the AWS or 3G/4G frequencies are different.  so it could mean that voice would still work along with EDGE data, but not higher speeds on 3G and 4G.  More than likely they would just kill the overlap or redundant sites in those areas.  or sell them to another company and then lease it back for use, under a roaming agreement.  there is a lot they can do to meet the divestment requirements and still get what they want.

        • Bleedingmagenta

          partially true.  GSM voice and EDGE frequencies are the same between the two carriers.  only the AWS or 3G/4G frequencies are different.  so it could mean that voice would still work along with EDGE data, but not higher speeds on 3G and 4G.  More than likely they would just kill the overlap or redundant sites in those areas.  or sell them to another company and then lease it back for use, under a roaming agreement.  there is a lot they can do to meet the divestment requirements and still get what they want.

    • GeeWhiz

      Exactly. Why get rid of spectrum if they already don’t have enough??  If they can afford to get rid of it, then why do you need to buy up T-Mobile?  Can’t they just use it better?

      • MagentaMadness

         Spectrum is location specific. Can’t just move spectrum to another location, doesn’t work that way.

      • MagentaMadness

         Spectrum is location specific. Can’t just move spectrum to another location, doesn’t work that way.

      • MagentaMadness

         Spectrum is location specific. Can’t just move spectrum to another location, doesn’t work that way.

    • Rush8220

      Maybe there going broke trying to buyout T-Mobile…..wouldn’t that be funny

    • Rush8220

      Maybe there going broke trying to buyout T-Mobile…..wouldn’t that be funny

    • Anonymous

      they expect to sell spectrum and divest assets because of the government.  AT&T would not willingly divest anything.

      They want it all and will only try to get rid of the assets they need the least.

    • Anonymous

      they expect to sell spectrum and divest assets because of the government.  AT&T would not willingly divest anything.

      They want it all and will only try to get rid of the assets they need the least.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T was going to have to divest some assets anyway . Not much of a story . The thing is who is going to buy these divested assets . All the smaller wireless providers like MetroPCS are taking it on the chin . Their stock is getting creamed . Comcast built out a wireless network and has now decided to unload the whole thing except the spectrum . Spectrum is the only thing that has value it seems . I’m starting to think AT&T is going to take a bath on this when you consider the 20 billion dollar loan along with the 19 billion it is having to dig up . This merger could easily bankrupt AT&T . I am starting to worry more and more that a ” to big to fail ” AT&T is being built . Not only will the American taxpayers have to bailout AT&T , expand LTE for AT&T , but we will also have to pay more for our wireless services . This smells more and more rotten especially when you consider the jobs lost on top of that . 

    This deal if approved will negatively impact the whole country .

  • Anonymous

    AT&T was going to have to divest some assets anyway . Not much of a story . The thing is who is going to buy these divested assets . All the smaller wireless providers like MetroPCS are taking it on the chin . Their stock is getting creamed . Comcast built out a wireless network and has now decided to unload the whole thing except the spectrum . Spectrum is the only thing that has value it seems . I’m starting to think AT&T is going to take a bath on this when you consider the 20 billion dollar loan along with the 19 billion it is having to dig up . This merger could easily bankrupt AT&T . I am starting to worry more and more that a ” to big to fail ” AT&T is being built . Not only will the American taxpayers have to bailout AT&T , expand LTE for AT&T , but we will also have to pay more for our wireless services . This smells more and more rotten especially when you consider the jobs lost on top of that . 

    This deal if approved will negatively impact the whole country .

    • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

      Well said man.

    • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

      Well said man.

    • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

      Well said man.

    • TMoFan

      That’s a very good point. Where’s the sense in divesting assets if another huge behemoth with deep pockets (Verizon) buys them all up?

    • TMoFan

      That’s a very good point. Where’s the sense in divesting assets if another huge behemoth with deep pockets (Verizon) buys them all up?

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      Okay, now this says more than almost anything I’ve read or thought of so far! Spend all your money gobbling up a competitor until you’re too fat to move without the help of everybody else, then force EVERYBODY to help you gain the strength to be able to move again because otherwise you’re going to leave one hell of a big, ugly, rotting corpse. Corporate welfare at its finest!

    • CharlieSheen

      Hello. Finally another dude who gets it! This is part of a bigger plan. It is a done deal. Why do you all buy phones that are destined for the heap. If everyone held the line they would have to sell at a fair price.

      Wait till the multiband iphone hits. Apple will have it all covered. Kiss you hotspot goodbuy G2 lovers. Its all over.

      Wiggity Wiggity Wack!

      Alright!

      • Anonymous

        Charlie this merger so anything but a done deal after that mystery letter leaked . It states quite clearly that the buildout to 97 percent of America would only cost 3.8 billion . That is the carrot AT&T has been waving for this 39 billion dollar acquisition . It has to spend 6 billion if the merger doesn’t go through . AT&T could easy be throwing away billions to stop a Sprint -T-mobile merger .

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

          Sprint was in early talks to acuire T-MO. But they can’t afford it Sprint has bad money problems 

    • CharlieSheen

      Hello. Finally another dude who gets it! This is part of a bigger plan. It is a done deal. Why do you all buy phones that are destined for the heap. If everyone held the line they would have to sell at a fair price.

      Wait till the multiband iphone hits. Apple will have it all covered. Kiss you hotspot goodbuy G2 lovers. Its all over.

      Wiggity Wiggity Wack!

      Alright!

    • Anonymous

      you’re dreaming on an AT&T bankruptcy. 

      With the T-mobile USA purchase…. Their userbase increases tens of millions.  They gain a vast amount of compatible infrastructure.  They eliminate one competitor in the wireless market.  They reduce staffing by tens of thousands of employees saving them billions. 

      AT&T is picking up T-mobile USA for peanuts and they’re damn lucky that financially stable companies like Verizon aren’t interested.

      • Anonymous

        T-Mobile is worth no where near 39 billion . This is well known . Its network is almost all overlap . Its buying price control by removing a competitor . It has been shown the LTE expansion to 97 percent of the country that AT&T has been pushing if it gets TMO will cost less than 4 billion .  For AT&T to gain the tens of millions of TMO customers that chose the carrier with the best prices it would mean Sprint is gone as well .

        • Anonymous

          to the right buyer like AT&T it’s totally worth $39 billion and it’s very well known why it is worth every penny for the reasons i posted above.  They’ll make a fortune cutting costs on an already profitable company like T-mobile USA.

        • Anonymous

          to the right buyer like AT&T it’s totally worth $39 billion and it’s very well known why it is worth every penny for the reasons i posted above.  They’ll make a fortune cutting costs on an already profitable company like T-mobile USA.

      • Anonymous

        T-Mobile is worth no where near 39 billion . This is well known . Its network is almost all overlap . Its buying price control by removing a competitor . It has been shown the LTE expansion to 97 percent of the country that AT&T has been pushing if it gets TMO will cost less than 4 billion .  For AT&T to gain the tens of millions of TMO customers that chose the carrier with the best prices it would mean Sprint is gone as well .

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

        Verizon is subsidized by Vodafone and ATT isn’t by anyone. 

        • Anonymous

          The word “subsidized” would mean that Vodafone is paying Verizon money to continue operations. 

          I very much doubt that’s true, but feel free to attempt to substantiate your false information.

        • Anonymous

          The word “subsidized” would mean that Vodafone is paying Verizon money to continue operations. 

          I very much doubt that’s true, but feel free to attempt to substantiate your false information.

        • Anonymous

          The word “subsidized” would mean that Vodafone is paying Verizon money to continue operations. 

          I very much doubt that’s true, but feel free to attempt to substantiate your false information.

        • Anonymous

          The word “subsidized” would mean that Vodafone is paying Verizon money to continue operations. 

          I very much doubt that’s true, but feel free to attempt to substantiate your false information.

        • Anonymous

          The word “subsidized” would mean that Vodafone is paying Verizon money to continue operations. 

          I very much doubt that’s true, but feel free to attempt to substantiate your false information.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T was going to have to divest some assets anyway . Not much of a story . The thing is who is going to buy these divested assets . All the smaller wireless providers like MetroPCS are taking it on the chin . Their stock is getting creamed . Comcast built out a wireless network and has now decided to unload the whole thing except the spectrum . Spectrum is the only thing that has value it seems . I’m starting to think AT&T is going to take a bath on this when you consider the 20 billion dollar loan along with the 19 billion it is having to dig up . This merger could easily bankrupt AT&T . I am starting to worry more and more that a ” to big to fail ” AT&T is being built . Not only will the American taxpayers have to bailout AT&T , expand LTE for AT&T , but we will also have to pay more for our wireless services . This smells more and more rotten especially when you consider the jobs lost on top of that . 

    This deal if approved will negatively impact the whole country .

  • Anonymous

    AT&T was going to have to divest some assets anyway . Not much of a story . The thing is who is going to buy these divested assets . All the smaller wireless providers like MetroPCS are taking it on the chin . Their stock is getting creamed . Comcast built out a wireless network and has now decided to unload the whole thing except the spectrum . Spectrum is the only thing that has value it seems . I’m starting to think AT&T is going to take a bath on this when you consider the 20 billion dollar loan along with the 19 billion it is having to dig up . This merger could easily bankrupt AT&T . I am starting to worry more and more that a ” to big to fail ” AT&T is being built . Not only will the American taxpayers have to bailout AT&T , expand LTE for AT&T , but we will also have to pay more for our wireless services . This smells more and more rotten especially when you consider the jobs lost on top of that . 

    This deal if approved will negatively impact the whole country .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

    Part of me feels AT&T bribed enough officials and knows something we don’t know and it’s scary when I think about it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

    Part of me feels AT&T bribed enough officials and knows something we don’t know and it’s scary when I think about it.

    • Neoprimal

      I feel the exact same way. Somehow they know it’s going to happen regardless of all the public facade being put forth by so and so. 

      On a somewhat separate note…this time next year will this be ATTMoNews or just ATTNews or gulp, gone?

    • Neoprimal

      I feel the exact same way. Somehow they know it’s going to happen regardless of all the public facade being put forth by so and so. 

      On a somewhat separate note…this time next year will this be ATTMoNews or just ATTNews or gulp, gone?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

    Part of me feels AT&T bribed enough officials and knows something we don’t know and it’s scary when I think about it.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Rush8220

    Maybe if they sell it to tmobile they figure they’ll get it back later after the buyout.

  • Mopar6464

    Brace yourselfs , the force will be strong with this one rebels.
    Don’t give in to the dark side , it will forever ruin your destiny.

  • Mopar6464

    Brace yourselfs , the force will be strong with this one rebels.
    Don’t give in to the dark side , it will forever ruin your destiny.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      rebel scum 

  • T.Cruz

    this is such good news,i’m happy at&t is making moves

    • Dbjc62

      Do you really think this is good for us ?

    • Dbjc62

      Mr.Cruz you’ll be changing your mind when you look at your bill . It’s I can’t say how I really feel about your comment.

  • Tmobile

    David! What will you do if T-mobile gets murdered my AT&T? I love this site because Tmobile is the best!

    • Anonymous

      he already has a plan in transitioning this site in the event the sale goes through.

  • Tmobile

    David! What will you do if T-mobile gets murdered my AT&T? I love this site because Tmobile is the best!

  • Richardthegrape

    I say we go burn down at&t head quarters ;)

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Advocating burning down a building (and presumably killing people trapped inside)? Richard The Grape, do you have a grape for a brain?

      With all that’s going on in the UK and elsewhere, the 9/11 anniversary coming up, all the violence, and in these hard times, it’s NOT wise to post these kinds of comments, nor appropriate at any time (unless you don’t mind LE computers sniffing you out and putting you on a lists somewhere).

      While TMoNews is not moderated, I think this kind of comment is not allowed even on here.

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

        I believe it’s just a playful joke

      • None

        It took you three paragraphs to say “bad boy”.

      • None

        It took you three paragraphs to say “bad boy”.

  • Daisycutie26

    Well its not our FAULT u live in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Come to a real city like los Angeles like us civilized people and rock on at&ts hspa+ network I’m getting 12 mbps up and 5 mbps down on my infuse no wifi just full bars of hspa+. My friends on t-mobile on there g2x’s the highest they ever gotten is 10 mbps. Verizon on the other hand is a WHOLE different story I’m not even gonna get into that. Verizons LTE makes atts and t-mobiles hspa+ look like a joke. My boyfriend on his Droid charge just did a speed test right now full bars no wifi and got 34 mbps up 27 mbps down. Verizon is no joke. Only REASON I don’t switch its cuz Verizon is too expensive much more than att I know cuz I seen his bill I pay $110 for 1 phone my infuse on att. My boyfriend pays $140-150 for 1 phone his droid charge. . That’s the only reason I don’t switch.

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      Really? I pay $162 for THREE Smartphones (Nexus One, Nexus S, Sensation) The Nexii are capped at 7.7Mbps BUT I’ve seen over 6Mbps down easy… On the Sensation, which is capped at 14.4Mbps… I get over 11Mbps down…. And in proportion to what you pay for one phone versus my three I am making out waaaaay better… #justsayin’ (Oh, and I almost forgot….enjoy you’re non-existent customer service with those two companies) This merger (acquisition, in reality) blows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      Really? I pay $162 for THREE Smartphones (Nexus One, Nexus S, Sensation) The Nexii are capped at 7.7Mbps BUT I’ve seen over 6Mbps down easy… On the Sensation, which is capped at 14.4Mbps… I get over 11Mbps down…. And in proportion to what you pay for one phone versus my three I am making out waaaaay better… #justsayin’ (Oh, and I almost forgot….enjoy you’re non-existent customer service with those two companies) This merger (acquisition, in reality) blows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/babydoll25 Babydoll25

      Really? I pay $162 for THREE Smartphones (Nexus One, Nexus S, Sensation) The Nexii are capped at 7.7Mbps BUT I’ve seen over 6Mbps down easy… On the Sensation, which is capped at 14.4Mbps… I get over 11Mbps down…. And in proportion to what you pay for one phone versus my three I am making out waaaaay better… #justsayin’ (Oh, and I almost forgot….enjoy you’re non-existent customer service with those two companies) This merger (acquisition, in reality) blows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • elarella

      Don’t forget that T-Mobile already lit up their 42 mbps HSPA+ in several cities now.  Glad I am one of those cities, (Houston, TX).   :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

        They have it were I live too.But my cousin who has a phone capable of 42 MBPS is on edge more than anything.

    • Anonymous

      I’m calling BS. 12 Mbps UPLOAD SPEED on AT&T’s HSPA+? Hahahahahahaha!

      Actually, I’ve had both T-Mobile’s 3G HSDPA (admittedly in a HSPA+ area) and Verizon’s LTE, and while Verizon usually tests higher on speed tests (I’ve gotten up to 35 Mbps down on LTE, and usually averaged 2-5 Mbps down with my 3G HSDPA phone) the user experience was about the same. After about 3 Mbps down, faster download speeds don’t really matter. Movies stream consistently using both technologies, Pandora plays without interruption, web pages load in a couple of seconds, and video chat is seamless.

      The ping is perhaps 80 milliseconds higher, but not being a robot, I don’t even notice 80 milliseconds. The one place I can actually experience a difference is when I’m downloading apps and updates, which load several times faster than they did over an HSPA connection.

      At this point, as long as I can get around 5 Mbps down from my provider, I don’t care if they make the speed faster; what I want is consistency and reliability. People talk about speed tests, but I can’t imagine what on earth makes 50 Mbps down any better than 5 Mbps down. From a user experience perspective, HSPA+ is every bit as good as LTE. I wish I had decent T-Mobile reception in my new home. I’d trade my Droid Charge in for a G2X (and a lower bill) in a heartbeat.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

        he misspoke I think he meant down not up

    • Anonymous

      I’m calling BS. 12 Mbps UPLOAD SPEED on AT&T’s HSPA+? Hahahahahahaha!

      Actually, I’ve had both T-Mobile’s 3G HSDPA (admittedly in a HSPA+ area) and Verizon’s LTE, and while Verizon usually tests higher on speed tests (I’ve gotten up to 35 Mbps down on LTE, and usually averaged 2-5 Mbps down with my 3G HSDPA phone) the user experience was about the same. After about 3 Mbps down, faster download speeds don’t really matter. Movies stream consistently using both technologies, Pandora plays without interruption, web pages load in a couple of seconds, and video chat is seamless.

      The ping is perhaps 80 milliseconds higher, but not being a robot, I don’t even notice 80 milliseconds. The one place I can actually experience a difference is when I’m downloading apps and updates, which load several times faster than they did over an HSPA connection.

      At this point, as long as I can get around 5 Mbps down from my provider, I don’t care if they make the speed faster; what I want is consistency and reliability. People talk about speed tests, but I can’t imagine what on earth makes 50 Mbps down any better than 5 Mbps down. From a user experience perspective, HSPA+ is every bit as good as LTE. I wish I had decent T-Mobile reception in my new home. I’d trade my Droid Charge in for a G2X (and a lower bill) in a heartbeat.

    • Anonymous

      I’m calling BS. 12 Mbps UPLOAD SPEED on AT&T’s HSPA+? Hahahahahahaha!

      Actually, I’ve had both T-Mobile’s 3G HSDPA (admittedly in a HSPA+ area) and Verizon’s LTE, and while Verizon usually tests higher on speed tests (I’ve gotten up to 35 Mbps down on LTE, and usually averaged 2-5 Mbps down with my 3G HSDPA phone) the user experience was about the same. After about 3 Mbps down, faster download speeds don’t really matter. Movies stream consistently using both technologies, Pandora plays without interruption, web pages load in a couple of seconds, and video chat is seamless.

      The ping is perhaps 80 milliseconds higher, but not being a robot, I don’t even notice 80 milliseconds. The one place I can actually experience a difference is when I’m downloading apps and updates, which load several times faster than they did over an HSPA connection.

      At this point, as long as I can get around 5 Mbps down from my provider, I don’t care if they make the speed faster; what I want is consistency and reliability. People talk about speed tests, but I can’t imagine what on earth makes 50 Mbps down any better than 5 Mbps down. From a user experience perspective, HSPA+ is every bit as good as LTE. I wish I had decent T-Mobile reception in my new home. I’d trade my Droid Charge in for a G2X (and a lower bill) in a heartbeat.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      Yeah because Verizon’s LTE network is virtually empty.Just wait until they have 70 million users on it 

  • Daisycutie26

    Well its not our FAULT u live in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Come to a real city like los Angeles like us civilized people and rock on at&ts hspa+ network I’m getting 12 mbps up and 5 mbps down on my infuse no wifi just full bars of hspa+. My friends on t-mobile on there g2x’s the highest they ever gotten is 10 mbps. Verizon on the other hand is a WHOLE different story I’m not even gonna get into that. Verizons LTE makes atts and t-mobiles hspa+ look like a joke. My boyfriend on his Droid charge just did a speed test right now full bars no wifi and got 34 mbps up 27 mbps down. Verizon is no joke. Only REASON I don’t switch its cuz Verizon is too expensive much more than att I know cuz I seen his bill I pay $110 for 1 phone my infuse on att. My boyfriend pays $140-150 for 1 phone his droid charge. . That’s the only reason I don’t switch.

  • Daisycutie26

    Well its not our FAULT u live in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Come to a real city like los Angeles like us civilized people and rock on at&ts hspa+ network I’m getting 12 mbps up and 5 mbps down on my infuse no wifi just full bars of hspa+. My friends on t-mobile on there g2x’s the highest they ever gotten is 10 mbps. Verizon on the other hand is a WHOLE different story I’m not even gonna get into that. Verizons LTE makes atts and t-mobiles hspa+ look like a joke. My boyfriend on his Droid charge just did a speed test right now full bars no wifi and got 34 mbps up 27 mbps down. Verizon is no joke. Only REASON I don’t switch its cuz Verizon is too expensive much more than att I know cuz I seen his bill I pay $110 for 1 phone my infuse on att. My boyfriend pays $140-150 for 1 phone his droid charge. . That’s the only reason I don’t switch.

  • Daisycutie26

    Well its not our FAULT u live in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Come to a real city like los Angeles like us civilized people and rock on at&ts hspa+ network I’m getting 12 mbps up and 5 mbps down on my infuse no wifi just full bars of hspa+. My friends on t-mobile on there g2x’s the highest they ever gotten is 10 mbps. Verizon on the other hand is a WHOLE different story I’m not even gonna get into that. Verizons LTE makes atts and t-mobiles hspa+ look like a joke. My boyfriend on his Droid charge just did a speed test right now full bars no wifi and got 34 mbps up 27 mbps down. Verizon is no joke. Only REASON I don’t switch its cuz Verizon is too expensive much more than att I know cuz I seen his bill I pay $110 for 1 phone my infuse on att. My boyfriend pays $140-150 for 1 phone his droid charge. . That’s the only reason I don’t switch.

  • Jonsnvlv

    The FCC should approve the merger on ONE condition. A&TT must divest all newly aquired T-Mobile spectrum and cell towers. In effect a poison pill. All A&TT would get is the current T-mobile customers

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      and do what with the towers.Most of Verizon’s towers are leased and Sprint has serious money issues. what sell them to a third party.So T-MO sells the towers to a third party ATT buys T-MO gets the money from the sell and them pays rent back on those towers. Real smart

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Oops… THIS IS HOT, IMO.

    AT&T mistakenly leaked an unredacted FCC letter!!  Some lawyers are gonna get fired over this.

    Here’s what it says, per WW:

    AT&T’s pledge to expand its LTE network to an additional 55 million Americans if the T-Mobile USA mega-merger goes through carries a $3.8 billion price tag, according to data accidentally leaked by the company today.

    The operator’s promise to expand its LTE network to rural areas of the country has served as the proverbial carrot on a stick in its efforts to build support for the controversial acquisition.

    Politicians, consumer groups and top corporations in the tech industry who support the deal have all cited the company’s plan for extra LTE coverage as one of the main reasons the FCC and Justice Department should allow the massive merger to go through.

    AT&T’s first LTE plan covered just 80 percent of the U.S. population, but the company says it will expand the network to 97 percent of Americans if the T-Mobile deal is approved.

    In a partially redacted letter mistakenly posted to the FCC’s website for several hours today, AT&T revealed it will cost the company $3.8 billion in additional capital expenditures to build out the LTE network to additional markets outside of its previous plan.

    The ex parte filing (which means it is a submission NOT in response to what others might have filed) detailed a meeting between AT&T’s lawyers and FCC officials. The document was posted by AT&T’s law firm and has since been pulled from the FCC’s website. AT&T has published scores of heavily redacted documents in conjunction with the agency’s review of the T-Mobile merger.

    The expansion’s price tag and the operator’s decision to deploy HSPA+ in the same rural markets by the end of next year put a kibosh on the proposal until AT&T decided to buy T-Mobile.

    “AT&T senior management concluded that, unless AT&T could find a way to expand its LTE footprint on a significantly more cost-effective basis, an LTE deployment to 80 percent of the U.S. population was the most that could be justified,” AT&T counsel Richard Rosen stated in the letter.

    The company said its merger with T-Mobile would spread the cost of the LTE expansion over a larger revenue base, allowing it to “better absorb the increased capital investment and lower returns associated with deploying LTE to over 97 percent of the U.S. population.”

    Phil Solis, who directs research on wireless networks at ABI Research, says there’s something to be said for AT&T’s argument.

    “You really do get diminishing returns,” Solis says, citing the difficulty of recouping investment on a network that will only cover a handful of people. “They’re making the case that if they’re allowed to acquire T-Mobile, they’ll have so many revenue benefits that they’ll be able to afford the extra coverage. It would help.”
    The expansion of AT&T’s LTE plans will require the company to nearly triple the land mass covered by the network. Under the company’s plan to have its LTE network cover 80 percent of the U.S. population, the company had to cover just 20 percent of the country’s land mass in densely populated areas. AT&T will have to cover 55 percent of the country’s land mass to bring its LTE network to 97 percent of U.S. residents.However, Solis points out that the rural residents covered by AT&T’s expanded LTE plans won’t be bereft of mobile broadband service if the T-Mobile deal falls through: Verizon Wireless has pledged to cover its entire 3G footprint with LTE by the end of 2013.

    AT&T decided last winter to speed up its LTE deployment plans amid increased competitive pressure from Verizon, which launched its LTE network in December 2010.

    AT&T plans to launch LTE in five markets this summer and is expected to cover 70 million Americans with the network by year-end.

    The service is slated to reach 170 million people by the end of 2012. By the end of 2013, the network will cover 250 million U.S. residents.

    The deployment also will require a major overhaul to AT&T’s network. According to information inadvertently released in the FCC document, AT&T plans to upgrade 44,000 nodes to LTE over the next two years, including 8,000 nodes this year, 16,000 nodes next year and 20,000 nodes in 2013. Expanding its LTE network into areas left out of its previous plan will involve 18,000 cell sites.

    AT&T had debated doing prep work at the cell sites during its HSPA+ upgrades, but decided the plan “did not produce sufficient savings” and would cost about $220 million this year alone.

    “Because of the significant cost of deploying LTE beyond the Plan of Record, the budgetary pressure that had already been created by accelerating the 80 percent LTE deployment by a full year, and the additional capital expenditures for the basic prep work required for a limited number of sites, AT&T decided not to move forward with this additional work,” Rosen said.

    The documents (mistaken filing) provide insight into the company’s strategic thinking. (And that’s why I say some lawyers’ heads will roll over this error.)

    • None

      ****** I play this game with my kids called the “quiet game” — whoever stays quiet the longest wins ******
      PLEASE play with us!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      and why should we care

  • Metalimatt

    I’m headed to AT&T anyways. Tmobile waited too long and never picked up the Iphone, instead opting to pick up a ba-jillion android powerd smartphones. I’ve been with magenta for a long time and appreciated their premier customer service, but the one thing that would keep me and my family they don’t have to offer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

      You really don’t know what you’re talking about do you? “Tmobile waited too long and never picked up the Iphone”  The iPhone will only work on T-Mobile’s network in EDGE.  It won’t work on T-Mobile’s 3G network.  It’s the wrong frequency.  Please, get real.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

      You really don’t know what you’re talking about do you? “Tmobile waited too long and never picked up the Iphone”  The iPhone will only work on T-Mobile’s network in EDGE.  It won’t work on T-Mobile’s 3G network.  It’s the wrong frequency.  Please, get real.

  • Metalimatt

    I’m headed to AT&T anyways. Tmobile waited too long and never picked up the Iphone, instead opting to pick up a ba-jillion android powerd smartphones. I’ve been with magenta for a long time and appreciated their premier customer service, but the one thing that would keep me and my family they don’t have to offer.

  • Still angry in Oklahoma

    When AT&T purchased Dobson communications my signal went away.    When I called to ask about it, they said they do not service my area.   I informed them that they serviced it the day before and asked what happened.   She said she did not have access to that information.    I am sure they just shut down the rural towers because they were not profitable.    Also they would not let me out of my contract.  Anyway, I can never be an AT&T customer again.  I think they have a protective order against me.  

    • Anonymous

      Lol, the last sentence made me laugh.

    • Anonymous

      Lol, the last sentence made me laugh.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      You know ATT is only a name. ATT is really cingular .When Cingular bought ATT the company’s name was Cingular. They later changed it back to ATT because the name is known world wide.Just like when America west airlines took over US airways they kept the US airways name as its known worldwide.But the company is ran by America west

  • Enoel69

    Did i miss something….did the FCC and DOJ approve the buy out deal already??

  • Enoel69

    Did i miss something….did the FCC and DOJ approve the buy out deal already??

  • Enoel69

    Did i miss something….did the FCC and DOJ approve the buy out deal already??

  • Guest

    If you’re going to write articles professionally, please, PLEASE put some effort into spelling and context.

  • Anonymous

    I went to t-mobile to get away from att, I really do hope this buyout gets denied.  Seriously with the iphone garbage, why are people so crazed over that thing.  I could put an apple sticker on a brick and make a killing selling it, its just another BS fad. 
     
    o and if your going to be mad and try to defend the iphone try to use something other then surf the internet while your on the phone……. such a small % of people have the need to do that, that its really a mute point in an arguement

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      Were do you get your stats from. This four year fad going on five only gets stronger at every launch. In fact Apple is in talks to release the iPhone in china to there 600 million + subscribers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

    my iPhone on wifi 15.5m down. now what.