(Updated 2x With PDF Of DOJ Lawsuit) AT&T Responds To Department Of Justice Injunction, Sprint Statement Added

Update: The full PDF text of the DOJ lawsuit can be found here.

Update 2: Sprint has just released their own statement courtesy of senior vice president of government affairs Vonya B. McCann:

The DOJ today delivered a decisive victory for consumers, competition and our country. By filing suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, the DOJ has put consumers’ interests first. Sprint applauds the DOJ for conducting a careful and thorough review and for reaching a just decision – one which will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of a competitive U.S. wireless industry. Contrary to AT&T’s assertions, today’s action will preserve American jobs, strengthen the American economy, and encourage innovation.

The DOJ today delivered a decisive victory for consumers, competition and our country. By filing suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, the DOJ has put consumers’ interests first. Sprint applauds the DOJ for conducting a careful and thorough review and for reaching a just decision – one which will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of a competitive U.S. wireless industry. Contrary to AT&T’s assertions, today’s action will preserve American jobs, strengthen the American economy, and encourage innovation.

The tech blog world is in a frenzy today with the news of the Department of Justice filing an injunction against the proposed takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T. AT&T hasn’t wasted a moment though already releasing a statement promising to vigorously fight the DOJ action and also take over the world. Wayne Watts, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel issued the following statement:

“We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated.

We plan to ask for an expedited hearing so the enormous benefits of this merger can be fully reviewed. The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects and we intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.

At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:

· Help solve our nation’s spectrum exhaust situation and improve wireless service for millions.

· Allow AT&T to expand 4G LTE mobile broadband to another 55 million Americans, or 97% of the population;

· Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.

We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.

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  • JP

    At least this is a step in the right direction. Say no to the devil !!!

  • FtKnoxTMO

    Burden of proof?  DOJ just has to call a couple million ex Cingular customers and ask them if their bill has gone up or down and how much better their service is now…..(-;

    • Anonymous

      I was going to say the same thing? As a former AT&T Wireless customer (the entity that got bought by Cingular back in the day), I remember hearing tons about how the purchase was going to provide better service, more competition, and better prices. Perhaps they need to stop reusing the same old script and come up with new material. Just an idea.

      AT&T Mobility = horse puckey.

  • Does anybody really believe AT&T’s extermination of T-Mobile will benefit anyone but AT&T?

  • Does anybody really believe AT&T’s extermination of T-Mobile will benefit anyone but AT&T?

  • Does anybody really believe AT&T’s extermination of T-Mobile will benefit anyone but AT&T?

  • NBIQ

    Woo Hoo..

    TIME to ramp up the LOBBYIST MACHINE!

  • NBIQ

    Woo Hoo..

    TIME to ramp up the LOBBYIST MACHINE!

  • NBIQ

    Woo Hoo..

    TIME to ramp up the LOBBYIST MACHINE!

  • Jabombardier

    Good for them

  • Jabombardier

    Good for them

  • Jabombardier

    Good for them

  • LC

    I’m loving this!!

  • LC

    I’m loving this!!

  • LC

    I’m loving this!!

  • Anonymous

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day.

  • Anonymous

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day.

  • “Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most”The billions are going to Germany you idiot.  And when was the last merger that did not cause cut’s in duplication of responsibilities jobs, not additions…duh!!!

  • “Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most”The billions are going to Germany you idiot.  And when was the last merger that did not cause cut’s in duplication of responsibilities jobs, not additions…duh!!!

  • “Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most”The billions are going to Germany you idiot.  And when was the last merger that did not cause cut’s in duplication of responsibilities jobs, not additions…duh!!!

  • “Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most”The billions are going to Germany you idiot.  And when was the last merger that did not cause cut’s in duplication of responsibilities jobs, not additions…duh!!!

  • Ted

    Some of those att claims have already been proven to be bogus

    • Anonymous

      Buy what do you mean? They seem so trustworthy to me.

      About as trustworthy as Madoff.

      Eff AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    Loving all this news today!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Loving all this news today!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Loving all this news today!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Loving all this news today!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Not the best day ever, but close. Maybe 5th best day ever.

  • Anonymous

    “We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.”Umm really? More like is in the best interest of AT&T themselves. Every time the response to any situation that happen regarding this acquisition, it’s full of BS.

    DOJ already made it loud and clear, and still AT&T don’t get the point.

    • ogopogo

      I love how AT&T keeps calling this a “merger”.

      • Ash

        Just another lie from them, no biggy.

    • Anonymous

      I hope MaBell is ready for a multi-year wait for resolution now.

    • Anonymous

      I hope MaBell is ready for a multi-year wait for resolution now.

    • Anonymous

      I hope MaBell is ready for a multi-year wait for resolution now.

  • Anonymous

    “We remain confident that this merger is in the best interest of consumers and our country, and the facts will prevail in court.”Umm really? More like is in the best interest of AT&T themselves. Every time the response to any situation that happen regarding this acquisition, it’s full of BS.

    DOJ already made it loud and clear, and still AT&T don’t get the point.

  • Sorto7

    We the people are against the take over
    Hope FCC blocks it.

  • Kenji

    waisted / wasted ***

    • I know, I’m embarrassed and now it’s fixed. That’s what happens when you rush to post.

      • Anonymous

        Typos happen.

        Some people shouldn’t get so worked up over trivial things.

      • Ash

        Good news like this who cares about spelling, we don’t mind.

  • SemiSpook

    AT&T is “surprised” by this development? Really? Am I wearing my “I’m an A-hole” t-shirt today? This wasn’t a surprise in the least. It was INEVITABLE, even with the current occupants of the DoJ and FCC in charge here…

    • Surprised!  LOL  that’s why they had their statement all prepared!  :-)  I can’t believe anyone would see a Pre-1984 AT&T as being a good thing!

  • SemiSpook

    AT&T is “surprised” by this development? Really? Am I wearing my “I’m an A-hole” t-shirt today? This wasn’t a surprise in the least. It was INEVITABLE, even with the current occupants of the DoJ and FCC in charge here…

  • SemiSpook

    AT&T is “surprised” by this development? Really? Am I wearing my “I’m an A-hole” t-shirt today? This wasn’t a surprise in the least. It was INEVITABLE, even with the current occupants of the DoJ and FCC in charge here…

  • Mrvanhool

    Ain’t gonna happen bitch

  • Mrvanhool

    Ain’t gonna happen bitch

    • alex

      lol

  • Mrvanhool

    Ain’t gonna happen bitch

  • Mark Davis

    AT&T  your leaked document shows this is not about what you are claiming in your spin. You want to crush the competition. You were once “Ma Bell” you were split up because of the same laws defined now, then you proceeded to again, like a huge evil vacuum named SBC (Southwestern Bell), suck up your dissected parts (AT&T, Bell South, Cingular and others)  to reassemble like a giant cyborg. Stop! We don’t want you, You showed us in the 50’s-80’s that you just want Profit, Profit, Profit at the expense of the consumer!

    I hope Google buys T-Mobile, or Sprint and T-mobile join forces. Go DOJ, now hopefully the FCC will follow suit.

    ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer

  • Mark Davis

    AT&T  your leaked document shows this is not about what you are claiming in your spin. You want to crush the competition. You were once “Ma Bell” you were split up because of the same laws defined now, then you proceeded to again, like a huge evil vacuum named SBC (Southwestern Bell), suck up your dissected parts (AT&T, Bell South, Cingular and others)  to reassemble like a giant cyborg. Stop! We don’t want you, You showed us in the 50’s-80’s that you just want Profit, Profit, Profit at the expense of the consumer!

    I hope Google buys T-Mobile, or Sprint and T-mobile join forces. Go DOJ, now hopefully the FCC will follow suit.

    ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer

    • alex

      lol im dying here

    • This is it right here. What they are claiming isn’t true. They don’t need T-Mobile to do the things they are saying. Expand LTE? You have spectrum you aren’t using as well as it would cost much less to get this rolled out then what you are paying for tmo.

      • Anonymous

        The only spectrum starvation is the one AT&T is squatting on and sequestering. We need “use it or lose it laws” with minimum deployment requirements.

  • Mark Davis

    AT&T  your leaked document shows this is not about what you are claiming in your spin. You want to crush the competition. You were once “Ma Bell” you were split up because of the same laws defined now, then you proceeded to again, like a huge evil vacuum named SBC (Southwestern Bell), suck up your dissected parts (AT&T, Bell South, Cingular and others)  to reassemble like a giant cyborg. Stop! We don’t want you, You showed us in the 50’s-80’s that you just want Profit, Profit, Profit at the expense of the consumer!

    I hope Google buys T-Mobile, or Sprint and T-mobile join forces. Go DOJ, now hopefully the FCC will follow suit.

    ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer

  • Mark Davis

    AT&T  your leaked document shows this is not about what you are claiming in your spin. You want to crush the competition. You were once “Ma Bell” you were split up because of the same laws defined now, then you proceeded to again, like a huge evil vacuum named SBC (Southwestern Bell), suck up your dissected parts (AT&T, Bell South, Cingular and others)  to reassemble like a giant cyborg. Stop! We don’t want you, You showed us in the 50’s-80’s that you just want Profit, Profit, Profit at the expense of the consumer!

    I hope Google buys T-Mobile, or Sprint and T-mobile join forces. Go DOJ, now hopefully the FCC will follow suit.

    ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer

  • Mark Davis

    AT&T  your leaked document shows this is not about what you are claiming in your spin. You want to crush the competition. You were once “Ma Bell” you were split up because of the same laws defined now, then you proceeded to again, like a huge evil vacuum named SBC (Southwestern Bell), suck up your dissected parts (AT&T, Bell South, Cingular and others)  to reassemble like a giant cyborg. Stop! We don’t want you, You showed us in the 50’s-80’s that you just want Profit, Profit, Profit at the expense of the consumer!

    I hope Google buys T-Mobile, or Sprint and T-mobile join forces. Go DOJ, now hopefully the FCC will follow suit.

    ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:
    – Raise prices

    – Eliminate competition

    – Stifle innovation 

    – Allow us to minimize features while still maintaining your same high costs

    – Make Steve Jobs happy

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget…

      – Create a monopoly on GSM based networks

    • NBIQ

      – Also will make TMOBILE some money for a few reasons, one being that they are a large share holder of AT&T stock……

    • NBIQ

      – Also will make TMOBILE Deutchecom (The german mothership, I mean to say) some money for a few reasons, one being that they are a large share holder of AT&T stock……

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:
    – Raise prices

    – Eliminate competition

    – Stifle innovation 

    – Allow us to minimize features while still maintaining your same high costs

    – Make Steve Jobs happy

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:
    – Raise prices

    – Eliminate competition

    – Stifle innovation 

    – Allow us to minimize features while still maintaining your same high costs

    – Make Steve Jobs happy

  • Anonymous

    At the end of the day, we believe facts will guide any final decision and the facts are clear. This merger will:
    – Raise prices

    – Eliminate competition

    – Stifle innovation 

    – Allow us to minimize features while still maintaining your same high costs

    – Make Steve Jobs happy

  • This is very exciting, I hope the merger doesn’t go through. F-U AT&T you FN chipmunk

  • This is very exciting, I hope the merger doesn’t go through. F-U AT&T you FN chipmunk

  • This is very exciting, I hope the merger doesn’t go through. F-U AT&T you FN chipmunk

  • This is very exciting, I hope the merger doesn’t go through. F-U AT&T you FN chipmunk

  • This is very exciting, I hope the merger doesn’t go through. F-U AT&T you FN chipmunk

  • rexdiesel

    Im happy that the DOJ has acted to protect tmo, but I am also worried what will happen to tmo if it doesn’t go through. DT has basically already pulled the plug on US operations. Will they just liquidate? In which case att will still win and tmo will be gone.

    Part of me wishes this merger would be done like how tmo UK and Orange UK merged…. they combined resources and network, but both brands remained and operated individually.

    Keep tmo alive!!

    • CSHelu (74 Billion Dollar Man)

      TMO will find another buyer.  There are a few companies trying to get in the wireless game such as Comcast and Dish Network.  There are also outside companies trying to become a big fish in the US market such as American Movil.  So eventually they’ll find a buyer.

      • IT Guy

        I wish you were right,but there have ben no other offers. Nobody seems to be interested.

        • CSHelu (74 Billion Dollar Man)

          You are correct there have been no other offers on the table due to TMO and AT&T coming to an agreement before anybody else had a chance to offer.  DT heard $39 Billion and said done deal.  Hopefully now a better company can actually make a similar offer and we can move on from this potential nightmare of AT&T-Mobile.

        • IT Guy

          I hope you are right

        • CSHelu (74 Billion Dollar Man)

          You are correct there have been no other offers on the table due to TMO and AT&T coming to an agreement before anybody else had a chance to offer.  DT heard $39 Billion and said done deal.  Hopefully now a better company can actually make a similar offer and we can move on from this potential nightmare of AT&T-Mobile.

        • CSHelu (74 Billion Dollar Man)

          You are correct there have been no other offers on the table due to TMO and AT&T coming to an agreement before anybody else had a chance to offer.  DT heard $39 Billion and said done deal.  Hopefully now a better company can actually make a similar offer and we can move on from this potential nightmare of AT&T-Mobile.

        • ogopogo

          Carlos Slim (Owner of TelCel) has a keen interest in TMO, but AT&T beat him to an offer. The other interest is from Canada’s Rogers Telecom.

        • ogopogo

          Carlos Slim (Owner of TelCel) has a keen interest in TMO, but AT&T beat him to an offer. The other interest is from Canada’s Rogers Telecom.

        • ogopogo

          Carlos Slim (Owner of TelCel) has a keen interest in TMO, but AT&T beat him to an offer. The other interest is from Canada’s Rogers Telecom.

        • ogopogo

          Carlos Slim (Owner of TelCel) has a keen interest in TMO, but AT&T beat him to an offer. The other interest is from Canada’s Rogers Telecom.

        • Sprint was in negotiations to buy T-Mobile for months before AT&T came in. I have no idea why people keep suggesting that nobody else is interested, or that DT’s “Plan B” is to just shutter a profitable telco, when both assertions are simply absurd.

  • Anonymous

    I say NO to the MErge…im a T-mobile customer n I dont like AT&T im not tryna pay a arm n leg for a fraking phone bill….go to Hell AT&T.

    • Anonymous

      Learn how to type!

      • Anonymous

        r u serious? nobody ask u to read it tho? so y u got my D*ck in ur mouth?

        • Anonymous

          You asked us to read it when you typed out a comment! What’s wrong with typing so people can understand what you’re trying to say?

        • Anonymous

           its just my opinion i’m voicing out..but anyway no need for words exchange here…its irrelevant to the article here…enjoy ur Day n stop trying to be someone reading composition instructor…cuz i know a lot of people did understand what i wrote.

        • Anonymous

          Alright whatever.

        • SwissMiss

          I agree… I have a low threshold for illiteracy… that posting made me cringe.

        • Anonymous

          Right? I mean, all opinions are stated with the intent of being considered. Why wouldn’t you want someone to take it seriously by using proper english! That’s MY opinion.

        • Anonymous

          Right? I mean, all opinions are stated with the intent of being considered. Why wouldn’t you want someone to take it seriously by using proper english! That’s MY opinion.

        • Anonymous

          You asked us to read it when you typed out a comment! What’s wrong with typing so people can understand what you’re trying to say?

  • Whitney Leslie

    AT&T is so full of LIES-they are in it to benefit for themselves…Time to give it up AT&T!!!!!!!

  • Curiousgirl

    I have a question: what happens to T-Mobile if this merger isn’t approved? This was not a hostile takeover; T-Mobile doesn’t want to do business in the U.S. any longer and was openly looking for a buyer for a while. Trust me, I don’t support the merger and dont want to see it happen. Again, I’m just curious as to what happens to the company if the merger is snuffed out.

    • Mark Davis

      What happens to T-Mobile? We are not opposed to a buy-out of T-Mobile, just not AT&T who has proven again and again they want a monopoly.

      Now maybe some other company, with a better understanding of the consumers of T-Mobile, will buy T-Mobile and keep the competition in tact!

      ~Loyal T-Mobile Customer!

    • NBIQ

      Here’s an idea:
      Spin it off.. and call itVOICE STREAM

      • Anonymous

        LOL nice.

    • I was something about Google might be interested.

      • twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

      • twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

      • twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

      • twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

      • Twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

      • Twhitti007

        I had the same thought. It would be a perfect fit, especially now that Google is acquiring Motorola Mobility. They would have assembled all the right components, 1) Operating System, check. 2) Phone Hardware, check. 3) Cellular Carrier, check. Put it all together and you have….Wait for it….. G-Mobile!

    • I was something about Google might be interested.

  • Whylee77

    Im getting more and more confident that they dont another Comcast NBC Universal on their hands. perhaps thye are reading the blogs and are seeing that NO ONE besides the execs want this!

    • Sam

      Yes…..I’m sure the DOJ is reading blogs to get an idea of how the public feels about the potential merger.  NOT…..Bet bottom dollar this eventually goes through.  AT&T has powerful lobbiest and a shit load of money…..and that is what gets things done.  The DOJ (and US Govt as a whole) doesn’t give two shits what the public wants.

    • Sam

      Yes…..I’m sure the DOJ is reading blogs to get an idea of how the public feels about the potential merger.  NOT…..Bet bottom dollar this eventually goes through.  AT&T has powerful lobbiest and a shit load of money…..and that is what gets things done.  The DOJ (and US Govt as a whole) doesn’t give two shits what the public wants.

  • As a conservative, I was very disappointed when I saw a couple Republican Senators supporting this merger this morning. I guess that was all the administration needed to make their decision!  “Hey a Republican is FOR this?  BLOCK IT!”   :-)   Ding-Dong the Merger’s Dead!

    • AS opposed to all the other times Republicans have opposed items simply because the Democrats wanted it? Don’t think your party is innocent in this! If anything, they are worse! McConnell: “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Yeah, that sounds like he REALLY has the country’s interests at heart!

      • Yourslave

        Uhhh he does have the countries interests at heart by making Obama a one term president…DUH!! :)

      • Yourslave

        Uhhh he does have the countries interests at heart by making Obama a one term president…DUH!! :)

      • Sam

        If you have seen what Obama has done to this country, making him a one-term president IS in the country’s best interest!!!

      • Sam

        If you have seen what Obama has done to this country, making him a one-term president IS in the country’s best interest!!!

      • Sam

        If you have seen what Obama has done to this country, making him a one-term president IS in the country’s best interest!!!

  • Anonymous

    · Result in billions of additional investment and tens of thousands of jobs, at a time when our nation needs them most.create tens of thousands of jobs eh?  that sure look good on paper but ATT will probably make their employee take on more work while laying off TMOBILE employees.  Yup, creating jobs.

  • Anonymous

    `The DOJ has the burden of proving alleged anti-competitive affects`

    Haha that part is funny, it’s quite easy to prove how bad this deal is. Thank you DOJ!

  • NBIQ

    I am looking forward already to moving on. 

    Let TMO exist, they can adjust their business model after this hoopla dies out.
    After this madness quells, TMO will be getting 1. cash 
    2. spectrum  
    3. iPhone
    Give everyone free texting!, sensible minute plans and watch the customers flock over.!!go TMO 

  • Come on Carly!  Roll the AT&T Sucks Commercials!  Here’s an idea… dress her like Dorothy and have her sing Ding-Dong the Merger’s Dead!  Then she can wake up from the terrible nightmare…  and you were there and you… and you…   :-)

    • William Stewart

      Totally awesome post dude. 

    • William Stewart

      Totally awesome post dude. 

  • alt-mobile

    Thank God there are people with a brain in this government! I hope this falls through and I bet you DT does too because they will walk away with $3 BILLION in cash and other incentives like spectrum, etc… All of which will equal $7 BILLION. Then they can turn around, sell TMo to Sprint like they originally wanted and still own stock in the merged company as they take over the U.S. cell phone market and roll a fat blunt the DT way.

    • IT Guy

      Sprint no longer has the funds to buy T-Mo, like they did a couple years ago.

    • IT Guy

      Sprint no longer has the funds to buy T-Mo, like they did a couple years ago.

    • NBIQ

      man, great conspiracy theory. 
      we Americans are such suckers in your eyes…  8-)
      actually  8-( 

  • YES!!!!! I really really really really really really really really really hope this deal doesn’t go through.

  • Bupahs

    At this point it no longer matters to me one way or the other, as soon as my contract is up with T-Mobile I am moving to sprint. After 10+ years T-Mobiles service has gone to hell and merger or not I don’t see it getting any better. Let AT&T have them, at this point they (T-Mobile) already fits in with AT&T’s crappy customer service (maybe they are in training).

    • Anonymous

      You must have missed the part about T Mobile’s consistent JD Power Customer service awards. I live in NYC so T Mobile service for me is great. Ironically, whenever I visit family in North Carolina, it switches me over to AT&T 50% of the time. I KNOW you’re not going to Sprint for BETTER customer service? I got rid of Sprint as soon as I could, and I only went to them because I left Cingular. You have been warned.

    • Anonymous

      Be prepared for real hidden fees and bill shocks.

  • I’m past the point of caring. I’m jumping ship for Verizon reguardless of the merger getting blocked. It’s obvious that Deutsche Telekom wants to cash out and will do it one way or another. If it’s not AT&T then it will be something else. Farewell T-Mobile you will be missed.

    • Jays_on

      Thats like saying “I’m going to die one day, might as well kill myself now”. Your logic is ridiculous.

      • BeastyBeast

        Comparing jumping from a cellphone provider to committing suicide just destroyed your own logic, good call.

        • Xforever1229

          BOOM!

    • Jays_on

      Thats like saying “I’m going to die one day, might as well kill myself now”. Your logic is ridiculous.

    • Jays_on

      Thats like saying “I’m going to die one day, might as well kill myself now”. Your logic is ridiculous.

  • Emilystone32

    I just hope TELCEL MEXICO doesn’t try to buy T-Mobile if at&t looses .. for those that don’t know TELCEL is Mexico’s largest GSM carrier over there telcel is like Verizon here in the states in terms of coverage it has the most only difference its gsm and Verizon is cdma . My sister who lives in Mexico city told me telcel has great 3G hspa+ coverage at 42 mbps and offers great phones like the iPhone 4 , Samsung galaxy s2 etc.. only problem is that she told me telcel is just like another at&t. That they lie to u all of the time when u call customer service or u walk into a telcel store and u need help wit something that there very rude and try to get u on a more expensive plan just like att. So yea hopefully that never happens..

  • Isaac2388

    I still don’t understand why they (AT&T) are wanting to buy T-Mobile. They’re the most terrible network available. I.E. The fewest dropped calls. The FCC DEMANDED that they remove that slogan. and now they want to spend what 38 billion dollars to as they put it “Improve our network” so they spend $38 to buy a company to “IMPROVE” yea right I’m Glad the DOJ BLOCKED this merger!

    • Anonymous

      I know a few ppl on AT&T and Sprint who’s calls ALWAYS drop when they call me. Its actually pretty annoying to know that my oh so great Tmo can hold up a good call against them all. I also hate when people complain about T-Mo’s coverage in general. If their service is great where you live, then get it. It doesn’t matter how service is somewhere in CA if you live in OH. IJS

    • Anonymous

      I know a few ppl on AT&T and Sprint who’s calls ALWAYS drop when they call me. Its actually pretty annoying to know that my oh so great Tmo can hold up a good call against them all. I also hate when people complain about T-Mo’s coverage in general. If their service is great where you live, then get it. It doesn’t matter how service is somewhere in CA if you live in OH. IJS

    • Anonymous

      I know a few ppl on AT&T and Sprint who’s calls ALWAYS drop when they call me. Its actually pretty annoying to know that my oh so great Tmo can hold up a good call against them all. I also hate when people complain about T-Mo’s coverage in general. If their service is great where you live, then get it. It doesn’t matter how service is somewhere in CA if you live in OH. IJS

  • Jays_on

    This response makes me hate AT$T even more. The thing they don’t realize is this makes them look even more evil! They could care less about consumers, and most AT$T customers can testify to this!  

  • Jays_on

    This response makes me hate AT$T even more. The thing they don’t realize is this makes them look even more evil! They could care less about consumers, and most AT$T customers can testify to this!  

  • Jays_on

    This response makes me hate AT$T even more. The thing they don’t realize is this makes them look even more evil! They could care less about consumers, and most AT$T customers can testify to this!  

  • No thanks AT$T!

  • No thanks AT$T!

  • No thanks AT$T!

  • Maschwar77

    This is positive news! Maybe DT will just spin off T-Mobile and make it a totally separate company.

    • ogopogo

      The one GOOD thing about AT&T’s attempted takeover of TMO is that it has opened the eyes of a lot of customers from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as to who the value leader really is. When this deal fails, I can see people jumping the AT&T ship to TMO – The ONLY other national GSM carrier option.

    • ogopogo

      The one GOOD thing about AT&T’s attempted takeover of TMO is that it has opened the eyes of a lot of customers from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as to who the value leader really is. When this deal fails, I can see people jumping the AT&T ship to TMO – The ONLY other national GSM carrier option.

    • ogopogo

      The one GOOD thing about AT&T’s attempted takeover of TMO is that it has opened the eyes of a lot of customers from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as to who the value leader really is. When this deal fails, I can see people jumping the AT&T ship to TMO – The ONLY other national GSM carrier option.

    • ogopogo

      The one GOOD thing about AT&T’s attempted takeover of TMO is that it has opened the eyes of a lot of customers from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as to who the value leader really is. When this deal fails, I can see people jumping the AT&T ship to TMO – The ONLY other national GSM carrier option.

  • Maschwar77

    This is positive news! Maybe DT will just spin off T-Mobile and make it a totally separate company.

  • Dw7693825

    And there won’t be any jobs created here in the States by AT&T buying T-Mobile. Another lie by AT&T.

  • optikhog

    Somebody stick a fork in this deal, it’s done.

  • MJ

    Wow they are still whipping that stupid “97%” factoid which is false…..

  • Anonymous

    *plays Final Fantasy VII victory music*

    • annon

      It’s called “Victory Fanfare” and so am I buddy!  

    • annon

      It’s called “Victory Fanfare” and so am I buddy!  

    • Anonymous

      Oooooh the best RPG of all time.  When will they bring it back…

  • KH

    This is great news!  AT&T will do NOTHING to improve the quality of service to cell phone users and it would only get worse as they’ll become a GSM monopoly.  They will raise prices on cell phone service and ignore the oversubscribed situation on their network which is already very bad.  A friend of mine in major metropolitan area (Orange County, CA) and had poor AT&T cell phone reception.  Four years into today, he still has the same reception problem.  

  • KH

    This is great news!  AT&T will do NOTHING to improve the quality of service to cell phone users and it would only get worse as they’ll become a GSM monopoly.  They will raise prices on cell phone service and ignore the oversubscribed situation on their network which is already very bad.  A friend of mine in major metropolitan area (Orange County, CA) and had poor AT&T cell phone reception.  Four years into today, he still has the same reception problem.  

  • KH

    This is great news!  AT&T will do NOTHING to improve the quality of service to cell phone users and it would only get worse as they’ll become a GSM monopoly.  They will raise prices on cell phone service and ignore the oversubscribed situation on their network which is already very bad.  A friend of mine in major metropolitan area (Orange County, CA) and had poor AT&T cell phone reception.  Four years into today, he still has the same reception problem.  

  • Kh

    AT&T will create 5000 jobs! what a joke!  They may do that to make the merger looks good.  As soon as it is done, they will move those jobs back to India and the Philipines!

    I haven’t seen one big corporate merger that will improve the quality of service of their product in the history of corporate America.  AT&T won’t be the first.

  • Kh

    AT&T will create 5000 jobs! what a joke!  They may do that to make the merger looks good.  As soon as it is done, they will move those jobs back to India and the Philipines!

    I haven’t seen one big corporate merger that will improve the quality of service of their product in the history of corporate America.  AT&T won’t be the first.

  • Kh

    AT&T will create 5000 jobs! what a joke!  They may do that to make the merger looks good.  As soon as it is done, they will move those jobs back to India and the Philipines!

    I haven’t seen one big corporate merger that will improve the quality of service of their product in the history of corporate America.  AT&T won’t be the first.

  • Jay

    AT&T: “We intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.”Translation: We’ll buy as many politicians it takes to make this deal go through.While this is definitely great news, it’s disturbing to think this is far from over. Hey FCC why don’t you force AT&T to publicly release their merger plans. Will they eliminate T-Mobile altogether? Jack up prices? The only one that thinks this deal is a great idea is AT&T.

  • Jay

    AT&T: “We intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.”Translation: We’ll buy as many politicians it takes to make this deal go through.While this is definitely great news, it’s disturbing to think this is far from over. Hey FCC why don’t you force AT&T to publicly release their merger plans. Will they eliminate T-Mobile altogether? Jack up prices? The only one that thinks this deal is a great idea is AT&T.

  • Jay

    AT&T: “We intend to vigorously contest this matter in court.”Translation: We’ll buy as many politicians it takes to make this deal go through.While this is definitely great news, it’s disturbing to think this is far from over. Hey FCC why don’t you force AT&T to publicly release their merger plans. Will they eliminate T-Mobile altogether? Jack up prices? The only one that thinks this deal is a great idea is AT&T.

    • Downwith AT&Junk

      Part of the plan they released said they was going to KILL the 3G service so that ALL TMO phone would have to be replaced… do you think they will let you keep your contract and services as is?? can you say hello new price  and hello new terms..

    • Downwith AT&Junk

      Part of the plan they released said they was going to KILL the 3G service so that ALL TMO phone would have to be replaced… do you think they will let you keep your contract and services as is?? can you say hello new price  and hello new terms..

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL!!! Funny edit by Moderator.  WHO THE CHIPMUNK!!!  I gotta start using that one.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL!!! Funny edit by Moderator.  WHO THE CHIPMUNK!!!  I gotta start using that one.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL!!! Funny edit by Moderator.  WHO THE CHIPMUNK!!!  I gotta start using that one.

  • Mat

    It doesn’t matter. T-mobile is hemorrhaging customers and won’t be able to turn things around in enough time to matter. As an employee of t-mobile I actually wanted this deal to go thrwell. oh well, maybe it still will.

  • Mat

    It doesn’t matter. T-mobile is hemorrhaging customers and won’t be able to turn things around in enough time to matter. As an employee of t-mobile I actually wanted this deal to go thrwell. oh well, maybe it still will.

    • ogopogo

      Thanks for sticking up for the customers that are still remaining Benedict Arno….er I mean Mat.

      • Downwith AT&Junk

        Can they just skip to the lets lay Mat off part and see how his tone changes…. because in that deal with ATT he is very well going to get let go…

      • IT Guy

        He’s being realistic about the future of the company he works for. Holding pom poms and cheering for them wont do a bit of good.

      • IT Guy

        He’s being realistic about the future of the company he works for. Holding pom poms and cheering for them wont do a bit of good.

    • ogopogo

      Thanks for sticking up for the customers that are still remaining Benedict Arno….er I mean Mat.

    • ogopogo

      Thanks for sticking up for the customers that are still remaining Benedict Arno….er I mean Mat.

    • ogopogo

      Thanks for sticking up for the customers that are still remaining Benedict Arno….er I mean Mat.

    • Me

      Mat is right, T-Mobile USA has been hurting for sometime now! At this point, if the merger doesn’t go through, T-Mobile USA will more than likely go under.

      • ogopogo

        How do you come to that conclusion? There are other companies that have shown interest in Tmo – TelCel and Rogers Canada are the two largest.

        • IT Guy

          Nothing I’ve read in any of the trade publications show much interest. There have been a few “we’d like to buy them” comments here and there, but noone who’s got $50 billion+ has stepped up with a serious proposal.

          Cablevision piped up briefly about a partnership, but DT isn’t interested in anything but a buyout.

        • VisionBlind

          Why would they need 50billion+? after att offered less than that? 

    • Me

      Mat is right, T-Mobile USA has been hurting for sometime now! At this point, if the merger doesn’t go through, T-Mobile USA will more than likely go under.

    • Onebirmingham

      may have a job if the happer

    • CRT24

      Sprint is supposedly gaining customers and they lost several hundred million last year but nobody is talking about them “going under” I have been with T-Mobile since we had barely 20 million customers and we have been profitable every year. I will take 34 million customers with 2-3 billion in profit over 50+ million customers with $500 million of loss any day. T-Mobile’s problem is that their owner is not committed to them and while T-Mobile was experiencing some customer loss before the buyout was announced, that has been greatly accelerated since the announcement. If DT is committed to T-Mobile or the right buyer takes over then I think T-Mobile would be highly competitive and very successful.

    • CRT24

      Sprint is supposedly gaining customers and they lost several hundred million last year but nobody is talking about them “going under” I have been with T-Mobile since we had barely 20 million customers and we have been profitable every year. I will take 34 million customers with 2-3 billion in profit over 50+ million customers with $500 million of loss any day. T-Mobile’s problem is that their owner is not committed to them and while T-Mobile was experiencing some customer loss before the buyout was announced, that has been greatly accelerated since the announcement. If DT is committed to T-Mobile or the right buyer takes over then I think T-Mobile would be highly competitive and very successful.

    • CRT24

      Sprint is supposedly gaining customers and they lost several hundred million last year but nobody is talking about them “going under” I have been with T-Mobile since we had barely 20 million customers and we have been profitable every year. I will take 34 million customers with 2-3 billion in profit over 50+ million customers with $500 million of loss any day. T-Mobile’s problem is that their owner is not committed to them and while T-Mobile was experiencing some customer loss before the buyout was announced, that has been greatly accelerated since the announcement. If DT is committed to T-Mobile or the right buyer takes over then I think T-Mobile would be highly competitive and very successful.

  • CSR285

    Hey BigMixxx,  TMO has a rateplan like you want.  It is called the Value Plan, 59.99 unlimited talk, text and 2gb of data.  Oh, wait.  You want cheap monthly service AND discounts for new phones? 

    TMO is done.  Whether AT&T buys TMO for a fair price or another company snatches it at “fire sale” prices it doesn’t matter.  The TMO everyone says they miss is gone.  Too expensive to re-staff.  Not going to raise cost of rate plans. 

    Bye bye TMO.  It was great while it lasted.

    • BigMixxx

      Again, on the real…
      I get very good value from T-mobile, as compared to ATT and Verizon.  The geniuses at ATT said they were the only carrier that could do voice and data at the same time.  Mother and I proved that while I was in the store…

      There is NO real evidence that says T-Mobile is done.  20 billion a year, year over year, with 4 billion in profit.  Still a viable business for purchase, IMHO, just the wrong set of people buying the company.

      Metro PCS should really consider a merger; Sprint should really consider a purchase and spin off it’s wireless arm into another company.  that would be the right direction, if T-mobile could not sustain a future.

      I really believe some proper direction should turn the company around…

    • BigMixxx

      Again, on the real…
      I get very good value from T-mobile, as compared to ATT and Verizon.  The geniuses at ATT said they were the only carrier that could do voice and data at the same time.  Mother and I proved that while I was in the store…

      There is NO real evidence that says T-Mobile is done.  20 billion a year, year over year, with 4 billion in profit.  Still a viable business for purchase, IMHO, just the wrong set of people buying the company.

      Metro PCS should really consider a merger; Sprint should really consider a purchase and spin off it’s wireless arm into another company.  that would be the right direction, if T-mobile could not sustain a future.

      I really believe some proper direction should turn the company around…

    • BigMixxx

      Again, on the real…
      I get very good value from T-mobile, as compared to ATT and Verizon.  The geniuses at ATT said they were the only carrier that could do voice and data at the same time.  Mother and I proved that while I was in the store…

      There is NO real evidence that says T-Mobile is done.  20 billion a year, year over year, with 4 billion in profit.  Still a viable business for purchase, IMHO, just the wrong set of people buying the company.

      Metro PCS should really consider a merger; Sprint should really consider a purchase and spin off it’s wireless arm into another company.  that would be the right direction, if T-mobile could not sustain a future.

      I really believe some proper direction should turn the company around…

    • BigMixxx

      Again, on the real…
      I get very good value from T-mobile, as compared to ATT and Verizon.  The geniuses at ATT said they were the only carrier that could do voice and data at the same time.  Mother and I proved that while I was in the store…

      There is NO real evidence that says T-Mobile is done.  20 billion a year, year over year, with 4 billion in profit.  Still a viable business for purchase, IMHO, just the wrong set of people buying the company.

      Metro PCS should really consider a merger; Sprint should really consider a purchase and spin off it’s wireless arm into another company.  that would be the right direction, if T-mobile could not sustain a future.

      I really believe some proper direction should turn the company around…

    • Calvin

      Lol, nice Black Ops Zombie reference!

      • Anonymous

        “FIRE SALE” in my creepy zombie voice LMAO!

        (Runs over to box real quick to spend 10 points)

  • CSR285

    Hey BigMixxx,  TMO has a rateplan like you want.  It is called the Value Plan, 59.99 unlimited talk, text and 2gb of data.  Oh, wait.  You want cheap monthly service AND discounts for new phones? 

    TMO is done.  Whether AT&T buys TMO for a fair price or another company snatches it at “fire sale” prices it doesn’t matter.  The TMO everyone says they miss is gone.  Too expensive to re-staff.  Not going to raise cost of rate plans. 

    Bye bye TMO.  It was great while it lasted.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Read my little poem:

    In a time like Today,
    All I can say,
    is YAY

    The End. :D

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Read my little poem:

    In a time like Today,
    All I can say,
    is YAY

    The End. :D

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Read my little poem:

    In a time like Today,
    All I can say,
    is YAY

    The End. :D

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Read my little poem:

    In a time like Today,
    All I can say,
    is YAY

    The End. :D

    • Anonymous

      You gotta be kiddin’ 
      Wit them 3 weak bars
      Now take that flow back
      Like some re-leased cars
      Now please allow me to
      Express your excitement
      Cuz AT&T trippin’ 
      And they got this all quite bent
      Outta proportion
      Like they practicin’ contortion
      DOJ and FCC 
      Is not someone they forcin’
      To go along with 
      The S**t that they say
      LTE from monopoly
      Naw it won’t happen that way
      Today I’m happy to say
      That this deal is lookin’ over
      Here’s six billion dollars in cash
      Humm: “See I told ya'” :-P

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Ah ok but let me take da mic back but ya rhymes was nice
        den hit up that deal that will soon be spliced
        finna take it back for a minute while you soundin like a little kid
        gonna bring yo hype down like Tmobile did the Pyramid
        Weak bars? Boy you gotta be kiddin’ me
        You hiding in the back like the Fine print and the Hidden Fees
        Wanna confront me on my stage, oh I forgot to mention
        You just a SideKick better yet a Henchman
        My rhyme’s not over better get an Extension
        2 Year contract just to bring to your Attention
        At&t goin down fo sho
        Got Carly in the Magenta just for kicks you know
        Killin competition is what separates me from the Rest
        Coming from Tmobile who got the plans that be the Best
        Rollin high up in the Cloud, Amazon for sho
        This just a little somethin from a consumer on Tmo
        So don’t cry in the corner or be singin the blues
        just continue reading articles that be posted on TmoNews :-P LOL

        • Anonymous

          Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I just got SLAYED LMAO!  I won’t try that again lol  Or will I…

        • Wilma Flintstone

          O.o That is The question

        • Chatter

          You BOTH crack me up. Best post of year!

        • Chatter

          You BOTH crack me up. Best post of year!

        • Wilma Flintstone

          LOL!!! Hey Chatter

        • Chatter

          Sup Wilma. Dang I’m impressed with ur mad skillzzz yo. I wont even attempt a one-line rhyme here. You both kicked butt!!!

        • Wilma Flintstone

          I gotta say though, yours had a better flow LOL

        • Anonymous

          Hey content over flow IMO.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Pretty much but the truth is in there.  You just have to read between the Lions

        • Anonymous

          Very good!

      • Anonymous

        Very good!

  • Anonymous

    There was a WSJ article that mentioned that the DOJ is willing to cut a deal.  We also know that so far AT&T is trying to ram the deal through without any concessions.

    AT&T could very well divest $10 billion in assets and the DOJ starts playing ball again.

    Victory celebrations are a bit premature until we see how all this shakes out over the next couple months.

  • Metalimatt

    What’s going to stop Tmobile from just closing up shop and selling off spectrum if the deal doesn’t go through? My Tmobile contract is up I’m just waiting for the iPhone 5 to jump ship.

    • Anonymous

      absolutely nothing.  T-mobile USA is owned by a foreign company.  That foreign company could easily pocket the cash and unload T-mobile USA off someone else who is even more incapable of running the company.

      • TMOTECH

        You forget to mention that T-Mobile makes profits for DT. They turned down Sprint when they wanted to buy T-Mobile because it was not going to benefit them. They agreed to this deal because they benefit either way. 39 billion if it does go through + a controlling interest in ATT stock. And 3 billion in cash + 3 Billion in Spectrum if it fails. Win Win. It was an offer they couldn’t refuse. Now if the DOJ wins this suit T-Mobile will have money and spectrum to finish what they started and make our 4G network what it was meant to be. And i will get to keep my job. 

        • Anonymous

          They turned down Sprint because AT&T offered more money.  If DT ends up with that $3 billion in money, they can make an even easier deal with Sprint.

          Plus the spectrum sweetens the deal for any sort of Sprint deal as that just adds more value to T-mobile USA.  Even if Sprint doesn’t need the spectrum, they could sell it off.

          Things aren’t necessarily better for us T-mobile USA customers without AT&T. It could be just as bad under a different company.

        • IT Guy

          This actually does leave an interesting opening for Sprint to make another offer.

          With the $6b from ATT included, DT may be more open to a lower offer. It would still have to be for more than they initially tried for, but if it meant less legal hoops to jump through and that they could cash out more easily, DT may listen.

          That being said, Sprint has been losing money so they may not be able to offer a deal like they did last year.

    • Anonymous

      absolutely nothing.  T-mobile USA is owned by a foreign company.  That foreign company could easily pocket the cash and unload T-mobile USA off someone else who is even more incapable of running the company.

    • IT Guy

      Absolutely nothing. DT has indicated that this could happen, and this is why I don’t understand people being so happy.

      There is a very real possibility that they could pull the plug and leave (former) customers holding phones with no carrier. I fail to see the joy in that.

      • Dpro

        Your an idiot, DT will not just pull the plug. They are not as stupid as the idiot running HP though you appear to be. LOL

        DT will sell T Mobile USA to someone else that does not create a monopolistic situation. They are not stupid they know T Mobile has turned into a very viable sell off product and with the 3 billion and cash and extra spectrum AT&T cough cough err SBC, has to give them it makes the product just that much more enticing to others.

        • IT Guy

          You’d better tell that to DT, as they’ve pretty much stated that if a deal for the entire business fails to come through, they’d do just that.

        • IT Guy

          Part of that was surely bluster on their part, but selling off the hardware end of their system sans customers wouldn’t come under the same kind of scrutiny that they’re going through now.

          If things fall through and that’s an easy way for them to recoup money, you can be sure its an option.

        • IT Guy

          Part of that was surely bluster on their part, but selling off the hardware end of their system sans customers wouldn’t come under the same kind of scrutiny that they’re going through now.

          If things fall through and that’s an easy way for them to recoup money, you can be sure its an option.

        • IT Guy

          Part of that was surely bluster on their part, but selling off the hardware end of their system sans customers wouldn’t come under the same kind of scrutiny that they’re going through now.

          If things fall through and that’s an easy way for them to recoup money, you can be sure its an option.

      • Jason Birzer

        Either way, it would mean finding another carrier, since I don’t plan on being an AT&T customer.

    • IT Guy

      Absolutely nothing. DT has indicated that this could happen, and this is why I don’t understand people being so happy.

      There is a very real possibility that they could pull the plug and leave (former) customers holding phones with no carrier. I fail to see the joy in that.

    • IT Guy

      Absolutely nothing. DT has indicated that this could happen, and this is why I don’t understand people being so happy.

      There is a very real possibility that they could pull the plug and leave (former) customers holding phones with no carrier. I fail to see the joy in that.

    • tmo4life

      Iphone 5 will be awesome maybe it will be 4G and maybe it will have a bigger screen and a dual core processor

    • tmo4life

      Iphone 5 will be awesome maybe it will be 4G and maybe it will have a bigger screen and a dual core processor

    • tmo4life

      Iphone 5 will be awesome maybe it will be 4G and maybe it will have a bigger screen and a dual core processor

  • Droidsoup

    I would rather have an expensive phone up front and a cheaper monthly payment.  It will cost you less in the long run!

    • BigMixxx

      I want the best for my dollar.  Of course I’ll pay out the wazu for a what I want.  I just don’t want to pay for ‘SuperDuperCarrier’ because they say they are the best. I’ve always had a wonderful experience with T-Mobile, thus I’m going to stick with them…

  • Scokes7

    T mobile isn’t going anywhere.  With the $3 billion in cash plus other incentives from at&t this is the shot in the arm that T mobile needed to continue to expand, and when they get the iphone5 this fall(and they will), T mobile will be on the up swing.

    • IT Guy

      The problem is that the money’s going to go to DT and not right into T-Mobile.

      DT has made it clear they want out, and they are not going to chase bad money with good. Why would they reinvest $3b into T-Mobile when they’ll get far less than that back when they sell?

      • Nk

        They need to sell to either Google or Vodafone (if they sell their Verizon share).

        • hecg55

          If Google bought it it would be AMAZING.. super exclusive phones most likely updates updates first.. but I don’t think Google is in the market to purchase a cell provider.. are they? Lol they could use Google fibre on us : D

        • Anonymous

          “super exclusive phones”

          And that’s why it won’t happen.  Monopolizing Android is not a solution for anyone.

        • hecg55

          No I’m not saying monopolize android they would lose money of they did that I’m saying make something like the “mytouch” line but Google line and simply make a few phones that others won’t have?

        • Anonymous

          You may not mean monopolize but if these G-Mobile phones are obviously better then what is  available on other carriers then that’s just what it would look like or be like.  

        • hecg55

          I see your point pimpstrong but what I mean by better is have some more stock android phones? They should still carry multiple manufacturers running their custom OS on top of Google and what not but my idea was have a few phones with “pure” Google almost like nexus every now and then .haha I should just stop my plan is too complicated. I’ll just leave it to the pros.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • Anonymous

          i feel you. It would be great for us on TMo but not for others who lets say dont want TMo. Thats just not good for Google to keep beating Apple as the number one smartphone OS here in the states though. So it wont happen.

        • hecg55

          I see your point pimpstrong but what I mean by better is have some more stock android phones? They should still carry multiple manufacturers running their custom OS on top of Google and what not but my idea was have a few phones with “pure” Google almost like nexus every now and then .haha I should just stop my plan is too complicated. I’ll just leave it to the pros.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Won’t work.  If Google bought out Tmobile, two things are likely to happen:
          1. Tmobile will be the ONLY Android carrier (Meaning LESS money for Google)
          2. Tmobile will get nothing but Android phones (Meaning less choice of OS for us)

        • VisionBlind

          1. Not necessarily. Thats like saying “Goole bought motorola so all we will see from now on is motorola android phones.” Google likes to take a heavy role in its products but makes it products available to everyone. Think of all the google search tools for web builders. Android will be available to all, but will be strongest on tmobile. 
          2. Not necessarily. Google shares. Look at all the gmail apps for apple products. Not to mention if google were to limit production of non android OS on tmobile then it would hurt relationships with other carriers wanting to use android OS. Afterall, what company wants to burn massive bridges with others…afterall google is not apple. 

        • Bratty

          You need to stop with “Google is good and shares things” and really think about WHY they do this. It ultimately comes down to …. your personal info. They want people using Gmail (for ex) so that they can advertise to you and sell your info. Google gets nothing from buying TMo. IF IF IF the purchase ever happened, 3 days after the purchase the same people on here will be complaining about coverage, prices, changes to contracts etc. Google is selling Android phones now without investing 30+B in a network – why would they spend the money again?

        • Bratty

          You need to stop with “Google is good and shares things” and really think about WHY they do this. It ultimately comes down to …. your personal info. They want people using Gmail (for ex) so that they can advertise to you and sell your info. Google gets nothing from buying TMo. IF IF IF the purchase ever happened, 3 days after the purchase the same people on here will be complaining about coverage, prices, changes to contracts etc. Google is selling Android phones now without investing 30+B in a network – why would they spend the money again?

        • Wilma Flintstone

          1. Motorola is not a Cell Carrier
          2. Google is a Company, all companies have the same goal, Profit

        • Wilma Flintstone

          1. Motorola is not a Cell Carrier
          2. Google is a Company, all companies have the same goal, Profit

      • Nk

        They need to sell to either Google or Vodafone (if they sell their Verizon share).

      • Realcool2000

        Good point.

      • Realcool2000

        Good point.

  • Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • Ben

    AT&T’s statement pretty much announces their INTENT to be a monopoly.

  • Haven’t any of you who read any of my post in here listened.  I mean REALLY LISTENED to what is going on here.  Google has been waiting in the weeds – which have turned into roses!!!  DT knew what was going to happen.  Let the “True Bidding” begin with suitors that will keep the mobile space competitive!

    • System Engineer

      G-Mobile or Google Mobile, that is the question.

      • hecg55

        G-mobile!!!.. magenta “g” and then the six colors that Google uses on their logo for the word “mobile”

      • hecg55

        G-mobile!!!.. magenta “g” and then the six colors that Google uses on their logo for the word “mobile”

      • Realcool2000

        G mobile. For sure :)

      • Realcool2000

        G mobile. For sure :)

    • Anonymous

      you guys are dreaming.  Google does very little that doesn’t try to strengthen their search and advertising which is their core business. Android is entirely about being a platform for their search and advertising.

      What exactly would T-mobile USA bring that they aren’t doing with their much wider base of Android phones?

      Google doesn’t want to be tied down to one company.  They want to be everywhere.

      • Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

      • Take it from a CEO… Google will be everywhere if they buy.  It’s between them and Cablevision to the highest bid to DT now!!!

        • David

          I agree google is about advertising, if they do buy tmobile they will be in a position to advertise to anyone even in remote areas via the android platform so there is plenty of incentive for google to buy.  

        • David

          I agree google is about advertising, if they do buy tmobile they will be in a position to advertise to anyone even in remote areas via the android platform so there is plenty of incentive for google to buy.  

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

        • Anonymous

          Google bought Motorola to protect Android via patents.  They made it very clear at the time of purchase.

          Of course they’ll buy out companies which will help with their search and advertising.  T-mobile USA doesn’t fit into that equation.

        • Anonymous

          Google bought Motorola to protect Android via patents.  They made it very clear at the time of purchase.

          Of course they’ll buy out companies which will help with their search and advertising.  T-mobile USA doesn’t fit into that equation.

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

      • VisionBlind

        Google doesnt mind buying out companies. Look at motorola. They are moving towards a mobile setup. I doubt that google with buy tmobile, but the rumors have been there for a while. Not to mention with motorola, google, android, tmobile all in bed together they could dominate the wireless market. Google could have ultimate control over their android and not to mention that google is also getting into internet services with their fiber optic networks and other buildouts. Google buying tmobile would be great, but not always likely. 

  • Anonymous

    “16. The nation’s four largest providers of mobile wireless telecommunications 
    services,  inc luding  A T & T and  T – M o b i l e, provide and market service on a nationwide basis. 
    Other providers have limited networks that cover only particular localities and regions. Those 
    smaller carriers  typi c a l ly do not market to customers outside  of their respective network 
    coverage areas, and may not even sell to such customers; therefore, local or regional carriers are 
    not an attractive, or perhaps even available, option for those customers who  l ive and work  in 
    areas outside  of these smaller providers’ respective network coverage areas.”

    Man did they get that right.  

  • Nk

    I heard someone here say that Rogers was considering buying T-Mobile and I have to say, that doesn’t sound too bad. Rogers Canada has the same bands as T which would make it possible for Rogers Canada and T-Mo US to roam between countries.

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

    • Rfgenerator

      Don’t count on that DT owns T-Mobile, but they still charging roaming for data/voice when in Germany!

  • jennyx

    Im sorry but I actually disagree with this. ATT would crumble if this merger doesnt go through when Iphone hops off the ATT product list. Therefore, by merging you also save the company. Although they do have regular services such as internet, etc, 

    • ohokay

      lol at one of the largest companies in the world crumbling because one merger didnt take place.

      • Realcool2000

        Lol …..it depends how much they have invested in this issue

      • Realcool2000

        Lol …..it depends how much they have invested in this issue

        • What?

          @ Justin is Here! Can you explain to me what “They will going to make more money” means?

    • Justin is Here!

      You don’t even know what you talking about.  You need to do a lot more, I mean a LOT more research about at&t takeover of tmobile.  They do not need tmobile.  They trying to get t-mobile so they can keep pace with Verizon, and also, they will going to raise the price plan that most people can’t afford.  ATT will not giong to crumble if the merger didn’t go through. 

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

      • Justin is Here!

        also!!  They will going to make more money…monopoly!!

    • Justin is Here!

      You don’t even know what you talking about.  You need to do a lot more, I mean a LOT more research about at&t takeover of tmobile.  They do not need tmobile.  They trying to get t-mobile so they can keep pace with Verizon, and also, they will going to raise the price plan that most people can’t afford.  ATT will not giong to crumble if the merger didn’t go through. 

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      That’s novel, so novel that you are the first and only person on the plaNET who has said this.

      You need to get hired by AT&T to amend its FCC filings and file an answer to the DOJ’s complaint, “AT&T will crumble if this deal is not approved and T-Mobile needs to save AT&T.

  • jennyx

    Im sorry but I actually disagree with this. ATT would crumble if this merger doesnt go through when Iphone hops off the ATT product list. Therefore, by merging you also save the company. Although they do have regular services such as internet, etc, 

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • badbob001

    How much better will the service be to justify the increased costs to the end user? I don’t exactly plan to tour the entire country so if my local service is good, then I’m okay. If it’s not okay for someone in another location, they have other carriers to choose. Manufacturing gets cheaper with scale, but can’t the same be said of services?

  • It’s ironic no matter what, the lawyers make money.

    • Realcool2000

      That’s not an ironic example.

      It would be ironic if tonight or this week you had to use or deal with a lawer that made money off you after your statement on tmonews about lawers making money.

      Its not ironic that lawers make money on what they trained to do.

      When a lawer gets sued that’s ironic.

      And no I’m not an english major….

    • Realcool2000

      That’s not an ironic example.

      It would be ironic if tonight or this week you had to use or deal with a lawer that made money off you after your statement on tmonews about lawers making money.

      Its not ironic that lawers make money on what they trained to do.

      When a lawer gets sued that’s ironic.

      And no I’m not an english major….

      • Anonymous

        What the freak is a lawer?

        • Realcool2000

          Its lawyer without the y of course…lol….whoops….hope I didn’t offend any lawers or lawyer.

          Wow Mike and I agreed on the guys incorrect use of ironic hahhaha

      • Anonymous

        What the freak is a lawer?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I know you are trying to say something cool… but:

      1. You may not know the definition of “ironic.”

      2. Lawyers get paid for their services.  What’s wrong with that?

      3. The Clayton Act provides for reimbursement to the DOJ for attorneys’ fees and costs expended in prosecution of anti-trust cases.  Are you contending that’s a bad thing?

      4.  Since our tax dollars are used to pay DOJ lawyers, I would think that you would want your lawyers to make money in this situation.

      • Realcool2000

        That’s right!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I know you are trying to say something cool… but:

      1. You may not know the definition of “ironic.”

      2. Lawyers get paid for their services.  What’s wrong with that?

      3. The Clayton Act provides for reimbursement to the DOJ for attorneys’ fees and costs expended in prosecution of anti-trust cases.  Are you contending that’s a bad thing?

      4.  Since our tax dollars are used to pay DOJ lawyers, I would think that you would want your lawyers to make money in this situation.

  • It’s ironic no matter what, the lawyers make money.

  • Maschwar77

    I think everyone can see through AT&T’s lies. There won’t be any job creation. They will tell the government what they want to hear and have no intention of honoring any promises. If that non-redacted document was any indication, AT&T execs would be laughing at us all of the way to the bank. Long live an ATT free T-Mobile.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      You are correct.  The DOJ saw through AT&T’s (and DT’s) exaggerations, non-binding representations and fluff, that’s why it filed the lawsuit.

  • Anonymous

    Can you imagine, how much money AT&T is losing, by continuously running those stupid TV ads of them buying T-Mobile. Those things are mad annoying. Atleast change the commercial or something. Same ad been running since April.

    • If they don’t remove the TV ADs “Effective Immediately”  Then you know the execs at AT&T are idiots… throwing away all the AT&T subscribers hard earn money in more ways than one!!!

  • I work for Tmobile myself, other ppl need to just stay out of it and LET IT GO THROUGH ALREADY!

    • OKDave

      You WANT the merger to go through? Are you nuts?

    • ex_employee

      let’s talk when you’re in the unemployment line if it goes through, then we will see your attitude. i’ve been through two cellular mergers and been around the block enough to know what’s going to happen.

      i’m just glad i got out when i got a great offer from a competitor and make more money. I love T-Mobile with all my heart and soul and it really pains me to see the company i worked so hard for go down like this, but that’s what happens when you get greedy leaders in charge.

      They should have left well enough alone and left Dotson in charge.

    • T-mobile USA didn’t let you in on the “Little Secret”  DT had already gave them the inside track on the failure!!!  Another, suitor (buyer) means there would be a better chance of keeping your doors open!!!

    • Mike

      I agree. TMO is hemorrhaging customers right now. This takeover has pretty much killed the company. If it doesn’t go through, then T-Mobile will be dead within 2 years. So, I guess it’s kind of good for AT&T, cause then they could get the bandwidth at fire-sale prices. But either way, there’s no more T-Mobile.

      • Mezxo89

        You don’t study the telecom market much do you?  AT&T has to give up some important things to T-mobile including free roaming and spectrum when the deal fails.  Alot of big Euro mobile companies are already looking at purchasing Tmobile.

        DK is a huge company (own Tmobile).  It ain’t going bankrupt anytime soon.

    • Realcool2000

      You’re an idiot.

      • Ocedion

        amen to that!

      • Ocedion

        amen to that!

    • Flashy4bb

      i bet you have never worked for magenta and don’t even know what you are talking about. so sorry for you.

    • Dutch2land

      Idiot!!! And you will be first to lose your JOB!!!

    • Dutch2land

      Idiot!!! And you will be first to lose your JOB!!!

  • Sprint just wants to keep someone around so that they can say to their board “we’re competing”.  Because TMO is the only company they can compete with as VZ and ATT stomp them.  I see past your pranks Sprint .. you just want to be able to at least fight with someone because you have no chance against VZ or ATT lol

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

    • Realcool2000

      I’m on tmo.

      That being said, I know that sprint needs to be in game so we can continue a competitive market. That’s just as important as doj going to court against the buy out.

      This could easily have been vz buying sprint. That would have bad as well.

      Sprint does compete with the other three,they make money too, and that keeps the industry going with innovation progressing.

  • Realcool2000

    Att is “suprised and dissapointed” that it can’t break laws without someone saying “hey don’t break this law”

    What jerks….

  • Thor

    Rumor has it that Norway may be interested in buying T-Mobile and expanding into Mexico and Canada. They have $550 billion in the Norwegian sovereign fund. 

  • Havoktek

    This is awesome..so many theories, so much conjecture its ridiculious!
    I have my theories but I believe it would be a boring essay..yet I will say this..
    Sprint is on the come up and the longer they can contribute to the trip up of this merger the better. You hate ’em so what, their numbers show they got customers…More than TMO..

    Next Google just bought Moto mobile, a HARDWARE manufacturer, so who knows this could be a coup that surpasses apples distrabution kingdom.

    At&t was caught off guard, freaking idiots! Next year is election time and our Government looks like crap you think those politicians are going to side with big business right now? Please…pass the popcorn!!!

  • Wshelton

    Deal is toast, Read Appx B.  Just remains to been seen if TM uses the money for buildout, or exec bonuses.

  • Darkcloud

    YES YES YES GO USA block att those freaking bastards i hate att i worked
    for them for 4 yrs left because they treat employees and customers like
    ish man. and the will not care about the T mobile customers or
    employees at all i can promise you this. lets see ATT fall on there face
    now because they prove that they cant do ish without t mobiles network.
    also proves that t-mobile is far more batter than ATT LMAO dont fail
    me now USA GOV nice

  • Darkcloud

    YES YES YES GO USA block att those freaking bastards i hate att i worked
    for them for 4 yrs left because they treat employees and customers like
    ish man. and the will not care about the T mobile customers or
    employees at all i can promise you this. lets see ATT fall on there face
    now because they prove that they cant do ish without t mobiles network.
    also proves that t-mobile is far more batter than ATT LMAO dont fail
    me now USA GOV nice

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Wow… this lawsuit even made The Ed Show on MSNBC.

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      Just watched. I’m heavily in favor of unionized jobs, but a merger between these two companies is not the appropriate way to do it. That’d be like if Ford was a non-unionized company (HYPOTHETICAL! Ford is union, just pointing out the obvious!) and somebody said the best way to add unionized jobs in the auto industry would be for GM to buy Ford.

      The best way would be for the unions to actually start unionizing T-Mobile if that’s what they’re looking for.

  • Spritemoney

    Thank you DOJ for blocking this deal

    • Jon

      It isn’t blocked yet. They are taking AT&T to court to prevent them from buying Tmobile. I doubt that the DOJ will lose the case but this could be an act to make it look like they are fighting for us when in reality there are deals being made under the table. AT&T wants this really bad so lets see what they will do in their act of desperation. I just hope that this hostile takeover doesn’t happen.

  • Sarah8

    WOoow , i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here, //

  • ogopogo

    Excellent article. It makes sense once you understand the facts, and the law.

  • ogopogo

    Excellent article. It makes sense once you understand the facts, and the law.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    – A BIG problem AT&T has with this case, the Judge who will be deciding it.  Bottom line first: Judge Ellen Huvelle is a Clinton nominated Judge AND IMO she has shown in major cases to be pro-consumer/little guy.  IMO AT&T could NOT have got a worse Judge to rule on issues before the Court.

    http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/huvelle

    Details:

    – In antitrust cases a jury trial is not a matter of right. (That’s why the filed complaint does not make a demand for a jury trial and why the Civil Case Cover Sheet acknowledges not making the request.)

    – Injunctions too are decided by the Judge.  So it really, really, really matters who is the assigned Judge in this case.

    – To prevail the U.S. Govt. simply has to prove that the acquisition will LIKELY lessen competition, not that it actually will.  That’s a significant difference.  It’s easier to prove something MIGHT happen instead of that things will.

    The logic behind this lesser burden of proof is that the law seeks to protect consumers from becoming victims and suffering damage rather than wait until this deal causes the harms the DOJ alleges might occur.

    – All in all despite AT&T’s and DT’s aggressive statements, this action may be the end of AT&T/T-Mobile transaction. I say this because there’s little cost/benefit to AT&T fighting a long-term court battle.

    – At best, AT&T should hope it can work out a deal to the DOJ’s liking. If it can, the terms of that deal are going to look a lot different than what has come to light so far.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    – A BIG problem AT&T has with this case, the Judge who will be deciding it.  Bottom line first: Judge Ellen Huvelle is a Clinton nominated Judge AND IMO she has shown in major cases to be pro-consumer/little guy.  IMO AT&T could NOT have got a worse Judge to rule on issues before the Court.

    http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/dcd/huvelle

    Details:

    – In antitrust cases a jury trial is not a matter of right. (That’s why the filed complaint does not make a demand for a jury trial and why the Civil Case Cover Sheet acknowledges not making the request.)

    – Injunctions too are decided by the Judge.  So it really, really, really matters who is the assigned Judge in this case.

    – To prevail the U.S. Govt. simply has to prove that the acquisition will LIKELY lessen competition, not that it actually will.  That’s a significant difference.  It’s easier to prove something MIGHT happen instead of that things will.

    The logic behind this lesser burden of proof is that the law seeks to protect consumers from becoming victims and suffering damage rather than wait until this deal causes the harms the DOJ alleges might occur.

    – All in all despite AT&T’s and DT’s aggressive statements, this action may be the end of AT&T/T-Mobile transaction. I say this because there’s little cost/benefit to AT&T fighting a long-term court battle.

    – At best, AT&T should hope it can work out a deal to the DOJ’s liking. If it can, the terms of that deal are going to look a lot different than what has come to light so far.