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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YZYZDJ7XT5VBWZEWZHSQYSOCQU Erick

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

  • Vibrant Addict

    Love that picture!

  • http://tmonews.com David

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

  • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

    Love the graphic!

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    Love the graphic!

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    Love the graphic!

  • 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.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

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

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ 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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/MMontanez347 Michael Montanez

      that my good sir is the apple way!

    • http://www.facebook.com/MMontanez347 Michael Montanez

      that my good sir is the apple way!

  • 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.

  • http://twitter.com/mister036 Lucas Edwards

    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. 

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

      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.

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

      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.

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

      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

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

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

  • Jrmjdasds

    bullshit

  • Jrmjdasds

    bullshit

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        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.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • IT Guy

          Interesting, but Vodafone already owns 45% of Verizon.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          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.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Vodafone Group has written the FCC on it already.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Then some of us could land on Verizon. YAY!

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          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.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    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!!!

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      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.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ 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.

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

      I did

  • 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. 

  • http://twitter.com/GlennAllenN Glenn Allen

    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.

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      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.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

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

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    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.