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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  • 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

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

    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. 

    • http://twitter.com/therealraduque 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

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

        I see…

    • http://twitter.com/therealraduque 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…….

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    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. 

      • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

        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 .

    • 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

    • 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