AT&T Sues To Stop Merger-Blocking Arbitration Efforts

AT&T continues its road to world domination by filing eight federal lawsuits aimed at blocking a law firm’s attempt to stop the T-Mobile takeover via arbitration. The lawsuits were filed in response to a Bursor & Fisher law firm signing up over 1,000 customers looking to block the deal using the arbitration clause in the customer contract. AT&T says that the arbitration clause in its contract cannot be used for efforts such as blocking a takeover.

“This merger will provide tremendous benefits for customers and unleash billions of dollars in badly needed investment, creating many thousands of well-paying jobs that are vitally needed given our weakened economy — a fact that’s been recognized by consumers, public officials and groups of all types,” AT&T told AllThingsD. “However, the bottom line here is an arbitrator has no authority to block the merger or affect the merger process in any way. AT&T’s arbitration agreement with our customers — recently upheld by the Supreme Court — allows individual relief for individual claims. Bursor & Fisher is seeking class-wide relief wrapped in the guise of individual arbitration proceedings, which is specifically prohibited by AT&T’s arbitration agreement. Accordingly, the claims are completely without merit. We have filed suit in order to stop this abusive action.”

Oh AT&T, just run for President already and let your true world domination plans be known.

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  • It’s like taking candy from a baby. AT&T is enjoying all this.

  • Vibrant Addict

    Love that picture!

  • Did you actually look to see the article we posted on it?

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  • AT&T GOT ME LAID OFF

    I lost my job over this damn thing hell no AT&T MUST NO WIN 

    • Me

      how did AT&T get you laid off? the deal hasn’t happened yet. 

    • Me

      how did AT&T get you laid off? the deal hasn’t happened yet. 

      • Jesus.C

        Because at T-mobile their already telling then that to not expect a long term job here

    • 67_390_coupe

      No, your poor performance is why you were “laid off”.

    • stoneyjonez

      Funny, nobody at my call center getting fired.

      • MIKEEEEE

        @5c2a8a9c5bde6fb3547517fc38b688ff:disqus , pick up your phone, i have not gotten through in a month.
        i need how to find out how to let my phone ring longer before going to voicemail.

      • TheWayOfThings

        That’s pretty funny… The local call center here went from having 40 teams to 26 in a span of about 6 months… just “natural attrition” I suppose…

  • Meagan

    I as a longtime Tmobile customer wouldn’t mind the AT&T merger if I knew that the following wouldn’t happen:
    – Tmobile employees will be getting a Magenta Pink Slip
    – Rates will be going to AT&T rates
    – Less competition means higher rates for everyone
    – Small sharing carriers with Tmobile will be lost

    • Anonymous

      They’ve already said your first point will happen, you second point will obviously happen, we can assume from the past the third point will happen, and your fourth point is up in the air

    • Bob.

      You might add if they didn’t get rid of wifi calling. I use that all the time in my house in the “dead” areas. Also wherever there is wifi in a business and no signal.

    • Bob.

      You might add if they didn’t get rid of wifi calling. I use that all the time in my house in the “dead” areas. Also wherever there is wifi in a business and no signal.

    • Ash

      Sorry, if the deal passes, all you stated WILL happen….one way or another, sooner or later.

    • Ash

      Sorry, if the deal passes, all you stated WILL happen….one way or another, sooner or later.

  • Anonymous

    Someone tries to rain on your party?  SUE THEM!

  • Anonymous

    Someone tries to rain on your party?  SUE THEM!

  • Anonymous

    Someone tries to rain on your party?  SUE THEM!

  • TomCruise

    Voting with my $ against this…….switching over to Sprint in a couple days. So long, it was good while it lasted.

    • Anonymous

      good luck with that train wreck

    • Anonymous

      Tom, I think you suck as an actor and as a consumer, you’re even worse. If you’re indeed “voting with your $$”, why aren’t you waiting until you see what actually happens. If this buyout is blocked, then you’re “vote with your $$” will basically hurt Tmo. If the buyout goes thru, then cast your “vote with your $$”. It might make some sense at that time (might even be what I do too), but to do it right now, when Tmobile needs customers to stay put… well, if you were really a Tmobile fan, you’d put off this decision until you see what transpires.

      • OkAy

        Even if the merger is blocked tmobile is dunzo. Someone else will pick them up. Plus sprint is actually cheaper than tmobile now, and yes with reall unlimited.

      • Randomuser65

        How bizarre. Why should any consumer be a fan of a company? The consumer is PAYING the company the company needs to be a fan of it’s consumers. Tom has no reason to remain loyal to T-mobile even if it weren’t being aquired in a merger. And why are you so angry that he’s leaving? Is t-mobile paying you to come to articles like this and post in their defense?  

      • Randomuser65

        How bizarre. Why should any consumer be a fan of a company? The consumer is PAYING the company the company needs to be a fan of it’s consumers. Tom has no reason to remain loyal to T-mobile even if it weren’t being aquired in a merger. And why are you so angry that he’s leaving? Is t-mobile paying you to come to articles like this and post in their defense?  

      • Randomuser65

        How bizarre. Why should any consumer be a fan of a company? The consumer is PAYING the company the company needs to be a fan of it’s consumers. Tom has no reason to remain loyal to T-mobile even if it weren’t being aquired in a merger. And why are you so angry that he’s leaving? Is t-mobile paying you to come to articles like this and post in their defense?  

  • TomCruise

    Voting with my $ against this…….switching over to Sprint in a couple days. So long, it was good while it lasted.

  • Schippma

    All I can say is that I will stick with T-Mobile or whoever takes them over for as long as possible since I have a really cheap rate plan, basically unlimited everything for $30 per line on a family plan with 5 lines. Whoever acquires T-Mobile will have to honor my plan for my contract term, however, many companies grandfather plans and features for customers as long as they make no changes.

    I urge all current T-Mobile customers to make your rate plan the cheapest you can get it with the features you need and don’t make any changes to your plan. Most likely, X company will allow you to keep your rate plan. If not, talk to as many people as possible to get a similar rate plan to what you had and do not give up! I think having a cheap plan now with T-Mo is smart because you have more leverage for later. Who wants to pay $30 or more for the same or lesser service than what you have?

    • dvd37

      That didn’t work out to well for Cingular customers, at&t made them change there plans and addons, u might make it to the end of ur current contract but once its over its over, I use to get alot of upset Cingular customers in my store cause they received letters from at&t saying they needed to upgrade equipment and plan are there phones were gonna be disconnected.

    • dvd37

      That didn’t work out to well for Cingular customers, at&t made them change there plans and addons, u might make it to the end of ur current contract but once its over its over, I use to get alot of upset Cingular customers in my store cause they received letters from at&t saying they needed to upgrade equipment and plan are there phones were gonna be disconnected.

      • Schippma

        Back in the day, I had Cingular before SBC changed over to the AT&T name cause it was more well known. They sent me a letter telling me that I could keep my plan and features as long as I made no changes to my plan. I assume AT&T will do the same in this transaction. They are already getting enough heat, I will just wade it out and see what happens in 4-5 years I guess.

      • Schippma

        Back in the day, I had Cingular before SBC changed over to the AT&T name cause it was more well known. They sent me a letter telling me that I could keep my plan and features as long as I made no changes to my plan. I assume AT&T will do the same in this transaction. They are already getting enough heat, I will just wade it out and see what happens in 4-5 years I guess.

        • JB6464

          So how is AT&T going to offer unlimited data to T-mobile customers when they don’t offer that to their own ?

        • Schippma

          ATT will grandfather your web plan and rate plan. Google ‘Alltel customers acquired by ATT’ and ‘Centennial Wireless ATT transition.’ The pages from ATT’s website highlight FAQ’s for current customers on those plans and ATT is allowing those customers to keep their rate plans and features.

      • Schippma

        Back in the day, I had Cingular before SBC changed over to the AT&T name cause it was more well known. They sent me a letter telling me that I could keep my plan and features as long as I made no changes to my plan. I assume AT&T will do the same in this transaction. They are already getting enough heat, I will just wade it out and see what happens in 4-5 years I guess.

    • tamk3

      I just renewed my plan, made some changes for specifically that purpose

    • tamk3

      I just renewed my plan, made some changes for specifically that purpose

    • Ashley23

      We intended on doing the same… But sprint is now cheaper than tmobile.

      • Rush8220

        Not really have you actually compared the two

    • Me

      do u work for TMO?

    • MIKEEEEE

      in march 2012. one of my lines is 17 months old, #2 line is 15 months old, #3 line is 14 months old and #4 is mature right now.

      i aint changing a thing until they require me to upgrade my hardware, then i’m going to verizon if att doesn’t have 3G on my doorstep.

    • MIKEEEEE

      in march 2012. one of my lines is 17 months old, #2 line is 15 months old, #3 line is 14 months old and #4 is mature right now.

      i aint changing a thing until they require me to upgrade my hardware, then i’m going to verizon if att doesn’t have 3G on my doorstep.

  • I don’t understand how At&t believes this is going to add jobs to the economy.  With this merger going through it will eliminate a large portion of T-Mobile stores that are strategically positioned to compete with At&t.  Whether it be direct or indirect sales channels, this merger will eliminate jobs, not create jobs.  At&t will add to the millions of unemployed americans.  Why would they put together a severance package “in cases your position is not needed” if this was going to promote job growth. 

    • I don’t think AT&T actually believe that, I just think they state that to look good on their part so in the eyes of the FCC & consumers, “the deal is a good thing”, even though we can clearly see it’s not going to add jobs.

    • I don’t think AT&T actually believe that, I just think they state that to look good on their part so in the eyes of the FCC & consumers, “the deal is a good thing”, even though we can clearly see it’s not going to add jobs.

    • I don’t think AT&T actually believe that, I just think they state that to look good on their part so in the eyes of the FCC & consumers, “the deal is a good thing”, even though we can clearly see it’s not going to add jobs.

  • Spanky

    “This merger will provide tremendous benefits for customers…”

    Sure it will, if paying more for less is considered a benefit, let alone a TREMENDOUS benefit.

  • James

    Deal or not, T-Mobile is toast, so I wish the FCC/DOJ would just get this acquisition approved and done with already.

  • James

    Deal or not, T-Mobile is toast, so I wish the FCC/DOJ would just get this acquisition approved and done with already.

    • The ATL Guy

      yeah no doubt t mobile doesn’t even wanna be in business anymore.
      everyone cries about at&t buying them but it’s not like another company couldn’t of stepped in and tried to buy them before at&t.
      this is called business its part of life s*** happens deal with it

    • The ATL Guy

      yeah no doubt t mobile doesn’t even wanna be in business anymore.
      everyone cries about at&t buying them but it’s not like another company couldn’t of stepped in and tried to buy them before at&t.
      this is called business its part of life s*** happens deal with it

      • IT Guy

        Exactly.

        This situation shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. It has been coming for a long time. Their lack of profits for several years now show that they’re not operating on a very good business model. By offering low prices but still being unable to hold on to customers, they’ve failed to turn a decent profit. DT is not making enough on their $59b investment to make it worthwhile. At the same time, they need cash to reinvest in their core European market. Naturally, their answer is to sell off the underperforming US subsidiary and recoup what they can.

        Everyone’s known that DT wants out, and there’s been plenty of time to make offers. Sprint came up with an undervalued deal. AT&T made one that DT found acceptable. Only now that the DOJ and FCC are going over things do others start jumping up and complaining.

        Do I like the thought of being an AT&T customer? Not really. I don’t much care for them as a company, and  I don’t care for their service a whole lot. Would I prefer things to stay how they are? Of course. I like my low rates on T-Mobile, but those low rates are exactly part of what has doomed them to failure.

        In the long run, this won’t be good for consumers. And the sad part is that it doesn’t matter. The government may say they’re looking out for us, but they can’t force DT to keep T-Mobile up and running, and they can’t force AT&T to offer discounted rates. (Aside from a stipulation in the buyout agreement that they honor contracts)

        Should the decide to block the acquisition, chances are that T-Mobile customers will be left with no network at all. DT could very well pull a “FU, US govt” and pull the plug on their operations.  Stop offering carrier services and sell off their hardware piece by piece to the highest bidder.

        Also keep in mind that businesses pay attention to these kinds of things. If the DOJ muddles this thing up, foreign companies may end up less likely to invest their money here.

        Yes, it’s probably a bad deal. But the alternatives aren’t any better.

  • Action 6

    I m filing class action suit with 10000 tmo customer signatures that says weshould be able to cancal contract without ETF if At&t takes over tmo

    • Mopar6464

      You can’t stop the machine , resistance in futile.

    • Mopar6464

      You can’t stop the machine , resistance in futile.

      • Angeris

        spoken as a true borg

        • Mopar6464

          Lol , i could’nt help but say it.

        • Mopar6464

          Lol , i could’nt help but say it.

    • The ATL Guy

      no need to sue because in all likelihood at some point you will be able to cancel with out etf

      • MIKEEEEE

        if the etf fees are waived att will lose a million t-mo subs in 2 days.

    • The ATL Guy

      no need to sue because in all likelihood at some point you will be able to cancel with out etf

  • Action 6

    I m filing class action suit with 10000 tmo customer signatures that says weshould be able to cancal contract without ETF if At&t takes over tmo

  • Damn son took a scene right out of 2012. Goto hell att.

  • Jrmjdasds

    bullshit

  • Jrmjdasds

    bullshit

  • AT&T thinks this is against the law. But it actually isn’t. People have the right to block this merger by filing lawsuits because its them who subscribe to the company thats being taken over. They are just as concerned as we are and we know that this won’t create jobs. That is impossible due to the fact that jobs will be cut to make this deal a good one and temp jobs to deploy LTE aren’t even long term. If all T-Mobile USA customers want to sue they can through a lawfirm. This is the best way to stop the merger is to get as many people who disagree and form together to file against the takeover company rather than just speak up.

    • The ATL Guy

      yeah because we need all the frivolous lawsuits that we can get that clog our legal system

    • The ATL Guy

      yeah because we need all the frivolous lawsuits that we can get that clog our legal system

      • Its a good idea in this case to form one major lawsuit to stop the merger because if we don’t then AT&T short after will be forced to at least split in 2 or 3 companies.

        • IT Guy

             If there were actually other companies interested in buying T-Mobile, they should be the ones trying to block the acquisition.

             Rather than just crying “No! AT&T is bad and would be too big!” they should offer a real alternative that works within the law, and is agreeable to DT.

             Whatever happens, there is going to be a shakeup in the wireless industry What worries me more than a successful buyout by AT&T is what happens if it fails. If the deal passes, there are sure to be stipulations about honoring contracts and rates at least for a period of time. Things should be fairly transparent to T-Mobile customers during that time. If it’s blocked, on the other hand, look out. DT could pull the plug and begin selling things off piece by piece as their plans have been reported. In that case, we’ve got no network at all to fall back on.

        • Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • IT Guy

          Interesting, but Vodafone already owns 45% of Verizon.

        • They would sell the 45% back to Verizon it would be no problem to them. There we’re only a couple of bidders in the first place and the Sprint thing wasn’t exactly a bid it was a merger deal.

        • IT Guy

          Vodafone is making good money off Verizon. Seem to me that selling off their interest in that and instead buying stake in T-Mo would be a bad business move, but stranger things have happened.

        • IT Guy

          Interesting, but Vodafone already owns 45% of Verizon.

        • IT Guy

          Interesting, but Vodafone already owns 45% of Verizon.

        • Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • Then some of us could land on Verizon. YAY!

        • Then some of us could land on Verizon. YAY!

        • n900mixalot

          They’ll have several billion dollars to compensate contract customers, so no worries there. As much as people may have a crappy view of T-Mobile because of all of this, they actually do have a sense of responsibility to their customers. That’s why people are so upset.

        • IT Guy

             If there were actually other companies interested in buying T-Mobile, they should be the ones trying to block the acquisition.

             Rather than just crying “No! AT&T is bad and would be too big!” they should offer a real alternative that works within the law, and is agreeable to DT.

             Whatever happens, there is going to be a shakeup in the wireless industry What worries me more than a successful buyout by AT&T is what happens if it fails. If the deal passes, there are sure to be stipulations about honoring contracts and rates at least for a period of time. Things should be fairly transparent to T-Mobile customers during that time. If it’s blocked, on the other hand, look out. DT could pull the plug and begin selling things off piece by piece as their plans have been reported. In that case, we’ve got no network at all to fall back on.

      • phillip

        You are right. we should sit by an allow it to become a monopoly. It worked in our favor with the banking system and when we had one phone system. I don’t know why they broke that up. You are right this is a frivolous lawsuit.

      • MIKEEEEE

        atl guy, if you don’t like a lawsuit don’t sue.

        lawsuits are only frivolous if you’re a defendendant or one of their waterboys.

  • AT&T thinks this is against the law. But it actually isn’t. People have the right to block this merger by filing lawsuits because its them who subscribe to the company thats being taken over. They are just as concerned as we are and we know that this won’t create jobs. That is impossible due to the fact that jobs will be cut to make this deal a good one and temp jobs to deploy LTE aren’t even long term. If all T-Mobile USA customers want to sue they can through a lawfirm. This is the best way to stop the merger is to get as many people who disagree and form together to file against the takeover company rather than just speak up.

  • The ATL Guy

    wow david watching alex jones lately?

  • The ATL Guy

    wow david watching alex jones lately?

  • The ATL Guy

    this seems to b a reasonable response from at&t.
    nothing worse than an ambulance chasing law firm

  • The ATL Guy

    this seems to b a reasonable response from at&t.
    nothing worse than an ambulance chasing law firm

  • Ben

    Shut up. AT&T are not doing a damn thing wrong. I’m sick of not having service everytime I leave the city, I can’t wait for the meger. If it werent for the freaking ridiculous ETF T-Mobile is trying to charge me, I would have jumped ship for AT&T or Verizon months ago

    • phillip

      Make the sacrifice and go PLEASE!!!

    • I guess you don’t realize that the FCC will force a split of AT&T in 2 or 3 new wireless providers a few years after if it got approved. There is a limit on subscribers you have because the more subscribers the more marketshare and if it becomes too drastic you end up making the other businesses lose because you obtain more power in the end because you have way more marketshare than anyone else.

      • Anonymous

        I think you are wrong. They already split ATT once and all they did was just buy the company(Cingular) they split to. If they allowed ATT to buy Cingular I am sure they will allow this merger to without any repercussions.

    • MIKEEEEE

      ben, t-mo’s etfs are prorated.

      if you only have less than a year left, just go.

      you’ll be doing us all a favor as the more t-mo bleeds subs the less attractive we are to att.

      • IT Guy

        I don’t think they really care about the subscribers. They want the network.

    • MIKEEEEE

      ben, t-mo’s etfs are prorated.

      if you only have less than a year left, just go.

      you’ll be doing us all a favor as the more t-mo bleeds subs the less attractive we are to att.

    • Anonymous

      I think we can all paypal you a couple of dollars so you can leave. You can’t afford a $200 etf? Guess what, you are going to “love” your new prices later. If you are in a crappy coverage area, you should have figured it out in the first month of service and walked gone to a different provider. AT&T is trying to destroy competition on false claims and lobbying and your shallow view of the situation is probably the reason they will end up getting it their way. Let’s hope you have enough cash to purchase a little bit of lube before it all finalizes.

    • Ash

      When you first signed up for t-mo, you have 30days to decide if the service/coverage is not good enough for you.
      You should’ve canceled it at that time.

    • Anonymous

      Is there not a good AT&T blog where you can go Ben?

  • Ben

    Shut up. AT&T are not doing a damn thing wrong. I’m sick of not having service everytime I leave the city, I can’t wait for the meger. If it werent for the freaking ridiculous ETF T-Mobile is trying to charge me, I would have jumped ship for AT&T or Verizon months ago

  • Jeepnfun

    I love to listen to AT&T Cry about this. If this Merger/Takeover goes threw, its the end of cell phones as we know it. We must not let this merger take place. 

  • Jeepnfun

    I love to listen to AT&T Cry about this. If this Merger/Takeover goes threw, its the end of cell phones as we know it. We must not let this merger take place. 

  • Jeepnfun

    I love to listen to AT&T Cry about this. If this Merger/Takeover goes threw, its the end of cell phones as we know it. We must not let this merger take place. 

  • Ashley23

    Curious how they are going to make all these jobs when they plan on closing tmobile stores…

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Nobody is going to actually read through all of that.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Nobody is going to actually read through all of that.

  • MIKEEEEE

    if they need another person to join in the lawsuit, sign me up.

  • Bob.

    I hope it does not get approved. It probably will but I hope not. I like the rate plan I have now. 4 phones 2 with data package and wifi calling. Have a military veteran discount and I can see it all going down the tubes if the buyout goes through. I retired from at&t and am still talking to former co-workers and a lot of them have at&t for wireless and even they don’t want it. They will screw the T-mobile company and people all to hell. I know first hand how they operate. 

  • Yeah, because it’s OK for them to sue anyone they want to, but you can’t sue them (gee, thanks SCOTUS).

  • sky is falling

    hmm.  What if ATT used the 42mp technology on their hspa+ network instead of screaming spectrum crunch with 7.2 mp on their hspa+? Use that in addition to the rollout of their LTE and that might solve their sky is falling spectrum crisis!  Oops, that would be too easy.  Theres a reason why they have been slow in upgrading their networks. Maybe to create an artificial crisis? And if the deal doesn’t go through, how are they gonna survive on giving away spectrum to Tmobile as part of the breakup deal?  They must have calculated that they can survive with less or never agreed to that part of the breakup deal.  hmm

    • Anonymous

      I don’t
      think AT&T can. Their backhaul is a mess. That’s why they want to buy
      T-Mobile. No way their current setup could handle 42 megs. Why do you think
      iphone users wanted Verizon so bad. AT&T’s Mickey Mouse network should only
      be used by people with basic flip phones. Then everything will work without a
      problem. Go to a city where AT&T is the dominant provider. Good luck
      getting emails, much less streaming video.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t
      think AT&T can. Their backhaul is a mess. That’s why they want to buy
      T-Mobile. No way their current setup could handle 42 megs. Why do you think
      iphone users wanted Verizon so bad. AT&T’s Mickey Mouse network should only
      be used by people with basic flip phones. Then everything will work without a
      problem. Go to a city where AT&T is the dominant provider. Good luck
      getting emails, much less streaming video.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t
      think AT&T can. Their backhaul is a mess. That’s why they want to buy
      T-Mobile. No way their current setup could handle 42 megs. Why do you think
      iphone users wanted Verizon so bad. AT&T’s Mickey Mouse network should only
      be used by people with basic flip phones. Then everything will work without a
      problem. Go to a city where AT&T is the dominant provider. Good luck
      getting emails, much less streaming video.

  • Elij

    AT&T keeps telling me how much this will benefit customers. Funny how many customers seem to disagree with this assessment.

  • Briang

    All this deal will do is cost us more money per month.  It is that plain.

    • SHARK!

      and cause many tmobile employees to lose their jobs. 

    • SHARK!

      and cause many tmobile employees to lose their jobs. 

  • Tito!

    Oh, looks like the shores at AT&T have some cleaning up to do.

    they can’t handle the tides can they?
    AT&T, do yourself a favor. Before America lashes out on you physically.
    stop thinking you have every second of bullshit to give, to make this merger go through.
    just cough up the breakup fee, & leave it at that.

    Am I the only on sensing Antitrust laws suit coming up?
    I actually see it happening. keep it up with your shady attitude AT&T,
    you will only destroy yourself. :)

  • OKDave

    Even if nothing comes of this, I delight in the fact that ATT is being forced to eat its own arbitration vomit and, at a minimum, cause them a richly deserved headache. 

  • IT Guy

    This situation shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. It has been coming for a long time. Their lack of profits for several years now show that they’re not operating on a very good business model. By offering low prices but still being unable to hold on to customers, they’ve failed to turn a decent profit. DT is not making enough on their $59b investment to make it worthwhile. At the same time, they need cash to reinvest in their core European market. Naturally, their answer is to sell off the underperforming US subsidiary and recoup what they can.

    Everyone’s known that DT wants out, and there’s been plenty of time to make offers. Sprint came up with an undervalued deal. AT&T made one that DT found acceptable. Only now that the DOJ and FCC are going over things do others start jumping up and complaining. 

    Do I like the thought of being an AT&T customer? Not really. I don’t much care for them as a company, and  I don’t care for their service a whole lot. Would I prefer things to stay how they are? Of course. I like my low rates on T-Mobile, but those low rates are exactly part of what has doomed them to failure.

    In the long run, this won’t be good for consumers. And the sad part is that it doesn’t matter. The government may say they’re looking out for us, but they can’t force DT to keep T-Mobile up and running, and they can’t force AT&T to offer discounted rates. (Aside from a stipulation in the buyout agreement that they honor contracts) 

    Should they decide to block the acquisition, chances are that T-Mobile customers will be left with no network at all. DT could very well pull a “FU, US govt. You just cost us tens of billions of dollars” and pull the plug on their operations completely.  Only having hardware to sell off after they’ve shut down their service would be a heck of a lot easier for them to do than to jump through the current hoops. 

    Also keep in mind that businesses pay attention to these kinds of things. If the DOJ muddles this thing up, foreign companies may end up less likely to invest their money here.

    Yes, it’s probably a bad deal. But the alternatives aren’t any better.

    • Don’t have to worry if the deal gets denied something good will happen out of it. DT does have other options.

  • IT Guy

    This situation shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. It has been coming for a long time. Their lack of profits for several years now show that they’re not operating on a very good business model. By offering low prices but still being unable to hold on to customers, they’ve failed to turn a decent profit. DT is not making enough on their $59b investment to make it worthwhile. At the same time, they need cash to reinvest in their core European market. Naturally, their answer is to sell off the underperforming US subsidiary and recoup what they can.

    Everyone’s known that DT wants out, and there’s been plenty of time to make offers. Sprint came up with an undervalued deal. AT&T made one that DT found acceptable. Only now that the DOJ and FCC are going over things do others start jumping up and complaining. 

    Do I like the thought of being an AT&T customer? Not really. I don’t much care for them as a company, and  I don’t care for their service a whole lot. Would I prefer things to stay how they are? Of course. I like my low rates on T-Mobile, but those low rates are exactly part of what has doomed them to failure.

    In the long run, this won’t be good for consumers. And the sad part is that it doesn’t matter. The government may say they’re looking out for us, but they can’t force DT to keep T-Mobile up and running, and they can’t force AT&T to offer discounted rates. (Aside from a stipulation in the buyout agreement that they honor contracts) 

    Should they decide to block the acquisition, chances are that T-Mobile customers will be left with no network at all. DT could very well pull a “FU, US govt. You just cost us tens of billions of dollars” and pull the plug on their operations completely.  Only having hardware to sell off after they’ve shut down their service would be a heck of a lot easier for them to do than to jump through the current hoops. 

    Also keep in mind that businesses pay attention to these kinds of things. If the DOJ muddles this thing up, foreign companies may end up less likely to invest their money here.

    Yes, it’s probably a bad deal. But the alternatives aren’t any better.

  • Crap, we have to sue to hide the truth… I believe the picture accompanying this article says it all :) 

  • Crap, we have to sue to hide the truth… I believe the picture accompanying this article says it all :) 

  • BIGBOYSLIM

    What about this thought of the FCC not selling spectrum an
    only leasing it to all carriers to prevent companies from buying spectrum to
    hold and not use. Charge all carriers to maintain an upgrade. No roaming fees
    no lack restrictions. ONE NETWORK A THE CARRIERS HAVE TO DEPEND ON CUSTOMER
    SERVICE TO BILD A BASE NOT BUYING OUT THE COMPATION. 

  • Anonymous

    “We have filed suit in order to stop this abusive action.”

    oh the irony

  • Anonymous

    “We have filed suit in order to stop this abusive action.”

    oh the irony

  • My real question is why do AT&T customers stay with them? Everyone talks about how shi**y AT&T is, but they have so many customers. Why don’t the customers just leave? Why except BS, even if u have to pay a ETF? AT&T wouldn’t have the power to buy so many companies out, & buy people into their persuasion without the masses of the “people” (profit, wireless carrier standing). I’m still questioning & wondering how did AT&T make it this far, with the people. 

    • rm

      Got one word for you: iPhone.

      If it wasn’t for that, AT&T wouldn’t be near the juggernaut they are now.

      • John Catral

        A lot of my coworkers who have an iPhone want to leave but are stuck with a contract. It’s easy to say that they should pay the ETF but most people don’t want that so they take just take it.  They’re in abusive relationship that’s why that can’t leave! lol

      • John Catral

        A lot of my coworkers who have an iPhone want to leave but are stuck with a contract. It’s easy to say that they should pay the ETF but most people don’t want that so they take just take it.  They’re in abusive relationship that’s why that can’t leave! lol

      • John Catral

        A lot of my coworkers who have an iPhone want to leave but are stuck with a contract. It’s easy to say that they should pay the ETF but most people don’t want that so they take just take it.  They’re in abusive relationship that’s why that can’t leave! lol

      • Jabombardier

        More than that. There are people, lots of people that don’t have an iPhone and don’t have Problen with at&t. I.e. a co-worker of mine who left t-mobile 6 years ago. Very frugal with money so she doesn’t have an iPhone. If it isn’t free, she isn’t buying it. And she likes at&t service

      • I see…

    • rm

      Got one word for you: iPhone.

      If it wasn’t for that, AT&T wouldn’t be near the juggernaut they are now.

    • Anonymous

      that’s the same question i ask myself.  Especially with the general impression that AT&T is more expensive than competitors.

      AT&T has 100 million customers.  That dwarfs iphone sales.  They don’t even have exclusivity anymore due to Verizon.   Yet customers are still sticking with them.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      People like it for various reasons. Reception in a building, false sense of security, misinformed, lack of desire to change (elderly), GSM is better than CDMA, and the simple fact that if you lie to people enough the stories get so elaborate you do not know what is true or untrue so you just except your fate.
      Then there are the individuals that believe one person is incapable of changing the outcome so, they roll over and die so too speak.

    • Gm Aharrington1

      People like it for various reasons. Reception in a building, false sense of security, misinformed, lack of desire to change (elderly), GSM is better than CDMA, and the simple fact that if you lie to people enough the stories get so elaborate you do not know what is true or untrue so you just except your fate.
      Then there are the individuals that believe one person is incapable of changing the outcome so, they roll over and die so too speak.

    • BigMixxx

      AT&T offers home phone service.  (I’ve RID myself of a home phone.)  It also offers television service.  The biggest thing is that there is an offering a service for everyone for AT&T.  The they have more iPhones, because there was no other significant investment in “smartphones” at att other than iPhone (yes I called it a smartphone). 

      That’s why people are still with AT&T.  The same story goes with Sprint and Verizon.

  • Vdvdb

    O my god u ceo make me lmfao

  • Silk7412

    Right now att ceo’s are like roaches yelling “shut that light off- you can see me!!!”

  • Rush8220

    Hey y’all go check out Bursor & Fisher law firm website stopthemerger.Com interesting little video

    • Tmorep

      What a waste of time, looked through everything and nothing about T-Mobile/Att takeover. 

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that AT&T doesn’t like T-mobile customers like me, who want to remain a T-Mobile customer– i.e. “stop the merger”– AT&T sending in their legal attack dogs against it– what more proof about AT&T as a HOSTILE TAKEOVER AGGRESSOR is needed? Is Gordon Gecko’s “slimy lawyer cousin” on their legal team? Starting to sound like it…….

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that AT&T doesn’t like T-mobile customers like me, who want to remain a T-Mobile customer– i.e. “stop the merger”– AT&T sending in their legal attack dogs against it– what more proof about AT&T as a HOSTILE TAKEOVER AGGRESSOR is needed? Is Gordon Gecko’s “slimy lawyer cousin” on their legal team? Starting to sound like it…….

  • so what doesn’t everyone understand? TMO USA is not going to last .. merger or not this company is on its last legs.  so how many of you are going down with the ship then if this merger doesn’t take place?

    none i assume.  you’ll all go to VZ, ATT or Sprint anyway lol

    • yinyang

      not true at that’s just more AT&T spin t-mobile turns a profit and is well equipped to stand alone as it has.

      • guest2010

        why not true? very true. look at the official statistics. beginning of the end for  tmobile was 2007 with iphone. in 2010 they had 78% of the clients they had in 2007. and they currently have the highest attrition rate of any of the big 4 cell companies at 3.2% (other companies are at low 1%). I’ve been a “loyal” tmobile customer since 2003, and I say “loyal” only because I stay with them because they have the best prices. i agree that i would prefer tmobile stay the way it is but the company is clearly failing. an acquisition by att isn’t the worst way to go and is better than flat out going bankrupt. 

      • ATT spin huh?  so why do you think TMO or DT went for this merger?  because they were fine on their own?  no.  because they saw an inevitable end and they’re attempting to save face.  even with the spectrum and billion dollars this merger gives if it doesn’t work, TMO will end.

    • Bigboyslim

      I disagree the problem with T-Mobile is the upper management
      look at how many times the plans have changed (not a true understanding of the
      market). They don’t ask the retail stores what is going on they make assumptions
      (and what happens when you assume something). The best thing that can happen to
      T-Mobile is a union. Union opens the lines of communication that’s doesn’t happen
      without. Because management only want here what they want to hear not what they
      need to know.  

    • Bigboyslim

      I disagree the problem with T-Mobile is the upper management
      look at how many times the plans have changed (not a true understanding of the
      market). They don’t ask the retail stores what is going on they make assumptions
      (and what happens when you assume something). The best thing that can happen to
      T-Mobile is a union. Union opens the lines of communication that’s doesn’t happen
      without. Because management only want here what they want to hear not what they
      need to know.  

  • Geodude

    I went with T-Mobile 11 years ago and am very happy.  Customer service is great, coverage is good, unlimited downloads, and no charge tethering.  AT&T wants do dump all the above reduce coverage, and charge me more.  So Deacon, how long have you worked for AT&T?

  • Bigboyslim

    I disagree the problem with T-Mobile is the upper management
    look at how many times the plans have changed (not a true understanding of the
    market). They don’t ask the retail stores what is going on they make assumptions
    (and what happens when you assume something). The best thing that can happen to
    T-Mobile is a union. Union opens the lines of communication that’s doesn’t happen
    without. Because management only want here what they want to hear not what they
    need to know.  

    • Anonymous

      I couldn’t agree more. T-Mobile’s anti union tactics are what brought it to where it is today. Deutsche Telekom broke faith with CWA when T-Mobile was put together and like the old saying, “what goes around, comes around.” 

      • unionschmuck

        Help me understand guys why the union (or lack thereof) has anything to do with the success or failure of TMO. I’m not being sarcastic, I seriously can’t figure out your point.

        • Anonymous

          My point is that the fruit of a poisoned tree will bear an ill harvest.

  • Bigboyslim

    I disagree the problem with T-Mobile is the upper management
    look at how many times the plans have changed (not a true understanding of the
    market). They don’t ask the retail stores what is going on they make assumptions
    (and what happens when you assume something). The best thing that can happen to
    T-Mobile is a union. Union opens the lines of communication that’s doesn’t happen
    without. Because management only want here what they want to hear not what they
    need to know.  

  • King Juliand87

    LLmfao these evil empire at&t pics are killing .. first the at&t death star now this.. what’s next

  • King Juliand87

    LLmfao these evil empire at&t pics are killing .. first the at&t death star now this.. what’s next

  • Britneyfan23

    For Dtheartist that said why are many people are still with at&t ? because um let me see.. they offer cable u-verse which by the way I’m getting 30 mbps on my att u verse internet connection at home so I can’t complain, home phone, dsl internet which I admit sukz thank god I live in an att u verse area nd getting 30mbps and cellphone service all on ONE PACKAGE.. um t-mobile doesn’t offer any of that only only cellphone service .. so yea that’s why many people like me are still with at&t. Also I have an infuse 4G and did I mention I ALWAYS have better reception than my friends on there t-mobile g2xs inside hospitals, underground parking lots and elevators they ALWAYS have to borrow my att infuse 4G to make calls cuz there t-mobile phones say ‘”no service “. Also I don’t live in the middle of nowhere I live in los Angeles right in the city. All my friends want to switch to att. THE ONLY THING I DONT LIKE IS THAT ATT IS REALLY EXPENSIVE.. :( but hey I guess u get what u pay for. U want something good ur gonna have to pay a lot. U want something cheap like t-mobile ur gonna have crappy reception inside buildings ..

    • Anonymous

      I’ve never found it particularly important to be able to make calls in hospitals or underground parking garages, and if I found myself on an elevator with someone using their cell phone I’d probably want to choke them. 

      • Mopar6464

        That’s because you live in a Corn Field somewhere and don’t know what the city life is even about.
        Move into the Real World where there are buildings people need to be in and parking garages that people have to use because there is no room for open fields to park in.

      • Mopar6464

        That’s because you live in a Corn Field somewhere and don’t know what the city life is even about.
        Move into the Real World where there are buildings people need to be in and parking garages that people have to use because there is no room for open fields to park in.

        • Anonymous

          Gosh, you’re right. I’ve been bailing hay all morning. Time to churn the butter!

          I live in the middle of a mid sized city. I’m from a city with a population of about 5 million. I’m well aware of what it’s like to live in an urban area.

          The fact that you think living in a city makes you a superior human being is kind of pathetic.

        • Mopar6464

          Actually i don’t live IN the city but work in it daily so i get the best of both.
          What’s pathetic is You , because You don’t find it “particularly important” that people need to make calls inside hospitals and parking garages that are very common in everyday life. Maybe some people do and it’s more important to them.
          And mister macho , think twice before you want to choke someone. They may be having a very important phone call and you may not like what their reaction would be back to you.
          So save your superior human being BS for the next guy.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I fully recognize that some people live and die based on whether or not they can make their precious phone calls. Heck, there’s a whole generation that’s growing up that probably don’t even realize that there was a time, not too long ago in fact when, the ability to make a phone call when out of the home or office involved fishing around in your pocket for change and looking for the nearest phone booth.

          When I’m in a parking garage, I’m either entering my car or exiting it, in either case I have another destination in mind and making phone calls isn’t really a priority. Sure, some people may be different, I suppose that’s patience is a virtue that isn’t particularly prized anymore by our instant gratification society, but my point is that there’s just nothing that’s so important that it can’t wait until you make it out of the garage, or whatever underground area one might find themselves in. (And besides, assuming you’re in the garage because you’re entering your car so as to drive someplace else, shouldn’t you be concentrating more on your surroundings and less on your phone?)

          Regarding hospitals, the inability to use your phone often has more to do with the construction of the building (hospitals tend to be large, concrete structures with thick walls) and/or jamming equipment that they have purposefully installed. If it’s so vitally important that you get on your cell phone, pick your fat ass up and walk outside. Problem solved.

          Nobody’s phone call (with the exception of doctors) is so important that it entitles them to be rude to everyone around them. If I was stuck on an elevator with someone who was chatting away and I told them they were being rude and they react poorly, well, I just don’t care that much. Regardless of how important their phone call is, there’s simply no reason to be impolite and subject everybody else to their conversation.

          Either ways, time to go milk some cows! Yeehaw!

        • No 2 ATT

          Rommy, don’t forget the nurses who also are also there, and actually do more of the work than docs do.  i have to say though, that in most hospitals, where there is cardiac monitoring you can’t even use mobile phones in that area, nor in X-Ray areas either.  I have to agree with you though, that is people have issues with no phones in hospitals, get off their fat lazy arses, and step outside to use the phone. 

        • Anonymous

          Okay, point taken about the nurses. :) 

  • TmoEmployee

    dt has plenty money they never invested enough into tmobile coverage is horrible.. dt recently in the last year purchased orange in the uk. how can they afford to purchase companies over seas. but not afford to upgrade and add towers in the usa? 

    • IT Guy

      That’s France Telecom that owns Orange.  There was talk last year of Orange purchasing T-Mo UK, which apparently has been slumping much like T-Mo USA.

    • IT Guy

      That’s France Telecom that owns Orange.  There was talk last year of Orange purchasing T-Mo UK, which apparently has been slumping much like T-Mo USA.

    • IT Guy

      That’s France Telecom that owns Orange.  There was talk last year of Orange purchasing T-Mo UK, which apparently has been slumping much like T-Mo USA.

    • TMOTECH

      Because the UK is the size of Florida. The US has hundreds of thousands of Cell towers. The UK is in the tens of thousands. Big difference. That is why it takes so long for the US to build out emerging technologies. We are BIG. Japan can build out a new Tech in 6 months to a year. It takes a company in the us 2 to 5 years due the overwhelming cost. 

  • TmoEmployee

    dt has plenty money they never invested enough into tmobile coverage is horrible.. dt recently in the last year purchased orange in the uk. how can they afford to purchase companies over seas. but not afford to upgrade and add towers in the usa? 

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    This is a sale, the companies are not merging. Selling a business is an entirely different situation from two companies joining forces, if you will. 

    Of course AT&T’s PR people want you to keep calling it a merger because that disguises what is really going on here.  Because AT&T is buying T-Mobile it can do anything it wants with T-Mobile, including its employees, customers, inventory, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other assets.

    All this rage, disgust and upset does not matter anyway, does it.

    As I said before, AT&T and DT have no doubt threatened that if the deal is not approved DT will simply close the US operation and sell off its assets for scrap.  And contrary to what you might think, the government cannot force DT to keep its U.S. doors open. This is the reason why Washington will approve the deal (after all, Washington knows what happens when a business cannot find a buyer.  Recall Borders Books, a recent example). 

    • Mopar6464

      This is exactly what i’ve been saying all along and people can’t understand the difference between a merger and a acquisition.
      T-Mobile is basically done one way or another but some people in this forum still want to believe a pipe dream that T-Mobile will carry on even after this mess is over.

    • Mopar6464

      This is exactly what i’ve been saying all along and people can’t understand the difference between a merger and a acquisition.
      T-Mobile is basically done one way or another but some people in this forum still want to believe a pipe dream that T-Mobile will carry on even after this mess is over.

    • IT Guy

      Agree, agree, agree.
      And as you said, all of the rage and disgust will not stop this deal, nor will any amount of crying, stomping feet, or threatening to hold our breath until we turn blue.

      Should the deal be blocked and DT decides to pull the plug and sell off the hardware end, there’s absolutely no recourse for the govt.

      This anger directed towards AT&T should be pointed toward DT for failing to come up with a business model that works over the last 7 years.

      There are so many ways they’ve gone wrong over the years. Coverage outside of big cities is very lacking. That doesn’t help. Up until recently, the phone lineup has been dismal. As a result of those two things, their advertising hasn’t been about their handware and its capabilities, but has focused on a girl in a pink dress talking about how they’re cheaper than the competitors. Perhaps their biggest failure is not attempting to bring in more business accounts. That is the bread and butter for most carriers.

      • Mopar6464

        Agree , and to ad to the business accounts part , most real companies won’t make deals with T-Mobile because they never invested in full 3G coverage that would extend outside most major cities.
        Coverage to get your business needs done is a top priority and T-Mobile failed in that part.

      • Mopar6464

        Agree , and to ad to the business accounts part , most real companies won’t make deals with T-Mobile because they never invested in full 3G coverage that would extend outside most major cities.
        Coverage to get your business needs done is a top priority and T-Mobile failed in that part.

    • Anonymous

      That would be pretty silly to just up and close shop when you are still profitable and get 6 billion in cash and spectrum if the deal is scotched . Just doesn’t make any sense . The suits can threaten mass suicide as well . Seems like an empty threat . Not to mention if that were the case AT&T could still get T-Mobile for a fraction of the 39 billion they are ponying up . As an investor if that were the case I would be highly alarmed at the recklessness of this purchase . AT&T is having to take out a 20 billion dollar loan .

      • IT Guy

        They are still profitable, but not by much. Last year their net was about $1.54b. This  year it’s expected to be less, as opposed to AT&T which is on track to make 10x that much.

        At this point DT is just trying to recoup most of their investment. They can take the $39b in cash and stock, or sit back and wait 25 years to make it back.

        I agree should it get blocked, AT&T could get it for quite a bit less than the $39b, and this is why DT has been promised the $6b in cash and spectrum to iffset the diffference if it doesn’t go through as planned

      • IT Guy

        They are still profitable, but not by much. Last year their net was about $1.54b. This  year it’s expected to be less, as opposed to AT&T which is on track to make 10x that much.

        At this point DT is just trying to recoup most of their investment. They can take the $39b in cash and stock, or sit back and wait 25 years to make it back.

        I agree should it get blocked, AT&T could get it for quite a bit less than the $39b, and this is why DT has been promised the $6b in cash and spectrum to iffset the diffference if it doesn’t go through as planned

    • Anonymous

      That would be pretty silly to just up and close shop when you are still profitable and get 6 billion in cash and spectrum if the deal is scotched . Just doesn’t make any sense . The suits can threaten mass suicide as well . Seems like an empty threat . Not to mention if that were the case AT&T could still get T-Mobile for a fraction of the 39 billion they are ponying up . As an investor if that were the case I would be highly alarmed at the recklessness of this purchase . AT&T is having to take out a 20 billion dollar loan .

    • Guest

      What about the radio licenses that T-Mobile leases?  Won’t the FCC have something to say about how these assets get redistributed whether in a “merger” or a fire sale?

  • Auser72

    Is patiently waiting on new info on Ruby and Samsung.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    In regards to my statement using Borders Books as an example of what can happen when a buyer for a failing business can’t be found: Borders’ situation parallels T-Mobile U.S. 

    Most similar, Borders failed to incorporate the Internet into its business, instead relying on the belief that most people wanted to shop in its brick and mortar locations.  Then Amazon came along, and Barnes & Noble adjusted to change (including coming out with a color e-reader/multimedia viewing device, The Nook).  Borders could not recover from its lack of vision and by the time it woke up, it was too late. Competitors were firmly entrenched, Borders was on the outside looking in.

    DT realizes, like Borders, that it too was too late. T-Mobile became known as the K-Mart/Wal-Mart of wireless services, it failed to see where the U.S. market was moving, high-end handsets and high speed data.

    T-Mobile’s lack of vision and desperation was best evidenced in 2010.  In the summer it was advertising the “fastest 3G network in the U.S.” Then a few months later it simply renamed THE SAME NETWORK as the “largest 4G network in the U.S.”  Nice slight of hand.  That would be like a MINI owner saying to some hot babe in a bar “I have a MINI.”  Then when you overhear her a few months later telling a guy how she loves BMW cars, you tap her on the shoulder and say “I own a BMW.”  (BMW owns the MINI brand).

    Fact is, for someone to offer $39 billion for the current iteration of TMOUS., that’s a Godsend, or as I characterized before, a “miracle of miracles,” especially since on a really good day T-Mobile is worth $15 billion, at most.

    Sorry for any spelling or grammar errors, police are knocking at door with a search warrant.  Have to flee, I mean check the mail.

    • Guest

      Why would AT&T dramatically overpay for T-Mobile if not for anti-competitive purposes?  The Justice Department’s job is to protect the interest of the public, not the interest of DT.  

      • Silk7412

        The above name is not mine because i work for ATT and if they find out i will lose my job. I can’t sit by and watch this happen again. You see when we(cingular) took over (the old ATT) we had made promises to keep there plan as is but we where told to tell them that there cell phone may have compatibility issues and they should change there phones and give a new rate plan(much higher) I can’t tell you how many irate customers i had to deal with and am not looking forward to dealing with upset Tmobile customers. Some of us (ATT) employee’s are fighting to keep our jobs. What do you think will happen when the takeover is done?
        Why am i writing this? What’s right is right and what ATT is doing is wrong!!!people will loses job’s.our system will be bogged down.there rates will go up.And in the end we all lose.I seen this and the FCC filing and had to post it. no sure if its true.

         

        • TMOREP

          I agree with you, what ATT is doing is wrong and they are just wanting to eliminate T-Mobile as a competitor since many of our customers came to us from ATT and many of our customers are now leaving us because they don’t want to be with ATT.  I work for T-Mobile and am also worried about keeping my job if the buyout is approved.  We are told to renew our customer’s contracts and that they will be able to keep the same rate plans throughout their contracts even after the takeover, however I was with ATT as a customer when Cingular took over and still had a year left on contract and was forced to change my plan to a higher one.  It really pissed me off and I absolutely hate the thought of lying to my customers when in the back of my mind I have a strong feeling ATT will force or trick people into changes.  ATT claims that with the buyout that they will create thousands of jobs, um where?  We have about 30,000 employees with thousands of stores and 17 call centers.  I highly doubt ATT will keep all of our employees as well as the current ATT employees.  I know there will be major layoffs so I just wonder how this is adding jobs.  Sure they may add some of us to their payroll but they will say to hell with the rest.  I plan on staying through the takeover and if ATT doesn’t close my center I will probably stay, however, I will not act in an unethical manner and if ATT requires that I will leave.  T-Mobile requires us to be ethical as I am and I will not change that for any employer.  

        • CRT24

          How can you be lying to customers when you no idea what ATT will do with plans once they take control. Bottom line is the same alternative carrier options that customers have now are the same ones they will have then, and if ATT forces them to change their plan which is under contract then they will be in breach of said contract and will have to allow that customer out if it without penalty. So that is exactly how you should be advising your customers as that is how I advise mine, and you should do so with a clear conscience. If ATT pulls that stunt then customers can go elswhere if they don’t like what they would be “forced” to switch to…..if a customer doesn’t have a contract for their low price plan then they have no leverage at all….think about it

    • CRT24

      I agree with you statement about failing to recognize where the industry was headed with respect to data services and high end smart phones…..T-Mobile was most certainly late to that game but your statement that they “renamed a 3g network to a 4g network” is simply false. T-Mobile made marked speed improvements to its network long before they ever started calling it 4g……I think we have been over this topic many times before about companies using the term “4g” for marketing purposes because to this day, no company has a true 4g network so enough already with this.

    • CRT24

      I agree with you statement about failing to recognize where the industry was headed with respect to data services and high end smart phones…..T-Mobile was most certainly late to that game but your statement that they “renamed a 3g network to a 4g network” is simply false. T-Mobile made marked speed improvements to its network long before they ever started calling it 4g……I think we have been over this topic many times before about companies using the term “4g” for marketing purposes because to this day, no company has a true 4g network so enough already with this.

    • CRT24

      I agree with you statement about failing to recognize where the industry was headed with respect to data services and high end smart phones…..T-Mobile was most certainly late to that game but your statement that they “renamed a 3g network to a 4g network” is simply false. T-Mobile made marked speed improvements to its network long before they ever started calling it 4g……I think we have been over this topic many times before about companies using the term “4g” for marketing purposes because to this day, no company has a true 4g network so enough already with this.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike
        • CRT24

          Actually T-Mobile started touting their network as “4g” when they started developing progressive versions their HSPA+ network which were more advanced than the network that was referred to as 3g…..the articles you reference point out how WiMAX and LTE are considered true 4g networks but speed is speed and if you are getting better speeds, which at the time was well documented the T-Mobile was shown to have then who cares if it is 4g or 3.5g or whatever. T-Mobile had the faster speeds than companies who were claiming their networks as 4g so it was logical for them to do so as well but they did NOT merely rename their existing 3g network 4g just to keep up with advertising, they did so when the HSPA then HSPA+ network to the point where they had the fastest speed hence the tag “fastest 4g network” which has evolved to “largest 4g network” …..to use you car analogy, if the BMW represents the “true 4g network” (i.e. LTE or WiMAX) then what you have is a pretty package with a 4 cylinder 150 horsepower engine while my mini may not he a BMW but it has a turbocharged engine with 300 horsepower…..if I am a consumer lookin for a faster car then I could care less about the BMW even though its the “real thing”. This of course referring to the mid 2010 timeframe as Verizon has surpassed T-Mobile currently in the speed arena but T-Mobile still blows Sprints WiMAX out of the water, but hey its “true 4g” right ;)

    • Mizzike27

      I agree w some of this comment, but seriously a major wireless company only being worth 15bil, that’s just plain retarted!!

    • BeamerGuy

      Mini doesn’t have the same quality as a BMW idiot.

  • Wcas

    So who wants to run a campaign against AT&T?… too much power.. too much government intervening in our lives as it is.. and the funny thing is Democrats are only giving their voice not the Republicans. Isn’t this a country a whole… oops.. guess not.. If AT&T takes T-mobile. Im switching to verizon!

  • Na

    I used to work for out sourced call center for att prepaid & alotta times it got treated like a red head step child so I know that they wont give a damn about former tmobile customers. There has been afew known issues with problem headsets which att continues to sale after the issues have been reported multiple times.

  • Lillowernu

    If you don’t like it then go to sprint or Verizon. See it all works out

  • Lillowernu

    If you don’t like it then go to sprint or Verizon. See it all works out