AT&T’s “Ooops” Damages Their Biggest Argument In Favor Of T-Mobile Takeover

AT&T’s Thursday filing to the FCC related to the T-Mobile USA takeover was accidentally not redacted allowing for some details to come out that they likely would have preferred to stay private. AT&T unintentionally revealed that it would cost them $3.8 billion in additional capital expenditures to build out their LTE network from the 80% percentage they already planned on to the 97% they want to build. The document was accidentally posted on the FCC website by AT&T’s law firm and has since been pulled.

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

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

So let’s get this right? Spending $3.8 billion to cover an additional 55 million people is too high of a price tag and isn’t sound economics but paying $39 billion PLUS the $3.8 billion it will still need to spend in order to build out that additional 17% is a viable economic model?

AT&T stands fast to its argument that the spectrum is their biggest gain from any T-Mobile deal, however Sprint has already shown AT&T how they can use their existing spectrum to achieve the same goals. Is AT&T really trying to avoid a resurgent Sprint from partnering/buying/merging with T-Mobile and creating a viable third place competitor that could pressure AT&T and Verizon into a price war? What is causing AT&T to all of a sudden be financially prudent about deploying an extra 17% of LTE but then spending 10 times that amount to pick up a rival?

AT&T said that the leaked letter doesn’t contradict their earlier arguments about needing to pick up T-Mobile’s spectrum for competitive reasons.

“There is no real news here,” said AT&T spokeswoman Margaret Boles in a statement provided to Wireless Week. “The confidential information in the latest letter is fully consistent with AT&T’s prior filings. It demonstrates the significance of our commitment to build out 4G LTE mobile broadband to 97% of the population following our merger with T-Mobile. Without this merger, AT&T could not make this expanded commitment. This merger will unleash billions of dollars in badly needed investment, creating many thousands of well-paying jobs that are vitally needed given our weakened economy.”

What say you? Is AT&T caught in a lie or are they sticking to their main argument that T-Mobile is a necessary purchase in order for AT&T to rollout LTE?

WirelessWeek via GigaOM

Additional reading: The Atlantic Wire

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  • Anonymous

    what happens to the other 3 per cent of people that always seem to be left out the phone providers plans 

  • Guest

    Create jobs?…what about T-Mobile employees they plan to fire….there’s no way they’d keep all T-Mobile employees and hire enough engineers to even out the job losses….stupid PR spokesperson

  • youngsamereo

    It’s pretty damn likely that AT&T is even passing out “contributions” to government officials to disregard this little incident and get it passed through the FCC and justice department. They’ve done it in the past for Uverse services state by state and they sure as hell would pay people off for a deal as big as this.
    For example, AT&T bought $18,000 worth of copies of Governor Rick Perry’s book back in ’09. Or in other words, paid the rat bastard 18 grand to let them enter new markets in Texas

  • youngsamereo

    It’s pretty damn likely that AT&T is even passing out “contributions” to government officials to disregard this little incident and get it passed through the FCC and justice department. They’ve done it in the past for Uverse services state by state and they sure as hell would pay people off for a deal as big as this.
    For example, AT&T bought $18,000 worth of copies of Governor Rick Perry’s book back in ’09. Or in other words, paid the rat bastard 18 grand to let them enter new markets in Texas

  • youngsamereo

    It’s pretty damn likely that AT&T is even passing out “contributions” to government officials to disregard this little incident and get it passed through the FCC and justice department. They’ve done it in the past for Uverse services state by state and they sure as hell would pay people off for a deal as big as this.
    For example, AT&T bought $18,000 worth of copies of Governor Rick Perry’s book back in ’09. Or in other words, paid the rat bastard 18 grand to let them enter new markets in Texas

  • Mmmmaxheadroom

    Does.the at&t rep really need to pass out the jobs numbers like she’s an Obama acolyte fucking really! Because the moment this deal is done 50000 +,jobs go poof like they never were there. What a friggin clown to say it will add jobs, makes me sick. Just like unemployment adds to jobs, I am sick of all these ass clowns and their 2 cents. This deal will kill jobs and competition period.

    • Lcw731

      This deal will create all those jobs, just not in the US. India is probably pushing hard for this deal to go through.

      • zee

        Indian lobby in the America is becoming a major force and they’d think MORE about their country than ours. Really, we need jobs here not in India!

    • Daniel7992

      You actually know this and have proof of this right. No, you don’t, and it’s only your opinion, because you oppose the merger. Stop whining, this is business.

    • Daniel7992

      You actually know this and have proof of this right. No, you don’t, and it’s only your opinion, because you oppose the merger. Stop whining, this is business.

      • Benz101

        You talk about someone needing proof? Well you don’t need any it is called “common sense” I mean you just read the damn article about how much extra at&t is gonna have to additionally spend on LTE Technology I mean after all this is supposed to be a merger not a damn new company so you can expect job losses because some of those tmobile stores will close where an AT&T store already is for example. That definetly sounds like job losses to me. Such an idiot you need to think about what you say.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      When you jackasses start bring politics into the discussion and have ill words to say about OBAMA, we know your d— a– was with Bush then. How can ANYONE like Bush and what he did to the country. Jobs and money disappeared DURING HIS TERM. we had a revenue and cash when he took the oath…he took us to war, spent all the money, give the rich tax breaks so we have less revenue and was re-elected. Bush killed jobs and competition……..do not blame it on some merger, small minded person. Interesting how an ass clown would call someone an ass clown IMBECILE!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

      When you jackasses start bring politics into the discussion and have ill words to say about OBAMA, we know your d— a– was with Bush then. How can ANYONE like Bush and what he did to the country. Jobs and money disappeared DURING HIS TERM. we had a revenue and cash when he took the oath…he took us to war, spent all the money, give the rich tax breaks so we have less revenue and was re-elected. Bush killed jobs and competition……..do not blame it on some merger, small minded person. Interesting how an ass clown would call someone an ass clown IMBECILE!!!!

      • Gm Aharrington1

        Love people thinking that the previous president is to blame.
        Let me help everyone wanting to know how it works. The first term is the BS term, the second is where a President can make policies that work. However, it takes approximately 16 years to complete this. You are thinking how, the most they are in office is 8 years.
        Simple, the things that Clinton put into place are just now being finished, it takes time for things to take affect. Drop a giant rock into the water and the ripple takes time to reach the edges. Same principle with presidency.
        So, economy during Clinton’s presidency came from last part of Carter, first part of Reagan’s, GW Bush came from last part of Reagan and then Bush Sr. First part of Obama is from first half of Clinton and if he gets reelected a second term then the rest of Clinton’s reign.
        So, whatever GW Bush did in office will not be seen until president after this next election. (2016 election and 2020 because Bush was in for two terms)

        That’s how it works.

        • david brand

          Bill Clinton was the best president in my lifetime…the economy problems are not from his presidency…..thanks…..but if i could vote for him again i would… im disgusted as u seem to have vaguely relieved obama of any blame for whats goin on now in the country….there is no 16 year turnaround, thats the most rediculous thing ive ever heard. when a person is undereducated but thinks they are, thats how it works, comments like yours.

        • david brand

          Bill Clinton was the best president in my lifetime…the economy problems are not from his presidency…..thanks…..but if i could vote for him again i would… im disgusted as u seem to have vaguely relieved obama of any blame for whats goin on now in the country….there is no 16 year turnaround, thats the most rediculous thing ive ever heard. when a person is undereducated but thinks they are, thats how it works, comments like yours.

        • Dev

          Clinton gave us the repeal of Glass-Steigal and the neutering of the Commodities Future regulations-combined with non-feasance of the regulators Led to the near collapse of the world financial system.

        • Dev

          Clinton gave us the repeal of Glass-Steigal and the neutering of the Commodities Future regulations-combined with non-feasance of the regulators Led to the near collapse of the world financial system.

        • Dev

          Clinton gave us the repeal of Glass-Steigal and the neutering of the Commodities Future regulations-combined with non-feasance of the regulators Led to the near collapse of the world financial system.

        • Gm Aharrington1

          Really? I laugh at you. You just proved my point. Look outside your box you live in and welcome to the real world. First off I never condemned nor condoned any president. You did that on your own. Did you go to school?, have a degree in anything?, pass your classes with anything better than a C-?, take American history or Economics classes?, or do you believe every word the hypocritical, draft dodging, liberal, anti-patriotic, jackasses in media cram down everyones throats?
          Here, is a suggestion, go read Harry Potter or Peter Pan, that way you can still live in fantasy land, while the rest of us deal with the bs.

      • the_truth

        The Savior can’t fix it??? Wow–Bush must indeed be mighty!

      • david brand

        if our country was a man sinking in quicksand, obama was the village idiot that came along and talked about his day while the poor shmo sank and drowned. He has been a horrible president, all talk and no action. im a registered democrat but im voting for any republican next year that has the best shot of getting this lame duck loser president back to civilian life. 

  • Anonymous

    FOUR LETTERS: SMFH!

  • Anonymous

     this “merger needs to go away and DT needs to find another way out of the American market

  • Anonymous

     this “merger needs to go away and DT needs to find another way out of the American market

  • Anonymous

    I happen to like the Value plans, but I understand that they can be hard for some to understand

  • http://twitter.com/ViktorY2K10 James K Ray IV

    i know some people may not like what i am going to say but sprint  is the last company i want to see merge with T-mobile. Why? look at Nextel 

    • BigMixxx

      I kinda agree, but unlike nextel, there is some branding that goes along with it (sprint/nextel cup), etc.  There is still money to be made there….Sprint could not develop the brand…and iden, while cool, may be just usless…

    • Gm Aharrington1

      The problem with the Nextel purchase is the fact that Sprint is a CDMA network and Nextel is IDEN. Cdma is the most unsecure of them all and Iden is the most secure. They decided to abandon developing the IDEN network and hoped people would switch to their CDMA. They are currently working on solving the issue of CDMA,IDEN,WIMAX, and whatever LightSquared is offering. The problem is no one had foreseen how the fickled American public would react to the different networks and technologies. Heck, why do you think prior to VZW getting the iphone that every year a new iphone was released VZW, Sprint, and T-mobile each lost 200,000 customers?
      That’s within the first month. What about throughout the year? Now VZW has the stupid phone and people are flocking to them. I personnaly do not see why. Switch to a carrier that gives my information to FBI and NSA without a court order, blocks me from 4chan and certain Wikileaks, and does not allow certain pro choice text messages to go through. Let me think, no thanks. Btw, AT&T along with Bell South also gave over customer information without court orders.
      Point is people have forgotten how to stand up for right and wrong in this country. They only care about how it will benefit themselves.
      Merger is a joke, the potential acquiring company is a joke, and people believing that T-mobile will fail if this merger falls through are also a joke. Only way that will happen is if people buying into the bs AT&T is selling and the customers jump ship because of the potential buyout.

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

    It’s not really a matter of is AT&T Full of s**t, we know that already. It’s the fact of will officials turn their heads away from the money, & turn their heads to the truth & do what’s right; & will FCC seek justice or allow the bigger man (AT&T) to crush the little boy (T-Mobile) who could.

    • Daniel7992

      No one is forcing tmobile to sale. This is a willing business decision on their behave. What most of you fail to comprehend, is that tmobile USA is hurting financial and will go under without this purchase. What would you do if this was your company?.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

        The proper term is sell not sale………….is English still taught in America?

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

          It’s called a simple typo. People make mistakes. I know the difference between the two, but I had other things I was doing at the same time. You really wanted that like didn’t you? *smh*. & the funny thing is, there’s an edit feature.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

        The proper term is sell not sale………….is English still taught in America?

      • educated

        Also the proper term is behalf .. not behave!

        @cinnalocks – yes English is still taught in America.. some people just decide to ignore it :)

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

        What you fail to realize that I know that already. Don’t assume people don’t know. If T-Mobile was my company it would’ve never got to this point in the 1st place, & if it did, it wouldn’t be a “buyout” with AT&T, it would be a ‘merger’ with other carriers/company. There are other options & paths to take. This could’ve been avoided a long time ago. People are gonna have their opinion about it, it’s ok for people to oppose. Not once did I say T-Mobile was forced to sale. I understand Deutsche Telekom owns them & it was their decision.

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

        What you fail to realize that I know that already. Don’t assume people don’t know. If T-Mobile was my company it would’ve never got to this point in the 1st place, & if it did, it wouldn’t be a “buyout” with AT&T, it would be a ‘merger’ with other carriers/company. There are other options & paths to take. This could’ve been avoided a long time ago. People are gonna have their opinion about it, it’s ok for people to oppose. Not once did I say T-Mobile was forced to sale. I understand Deutsche Telekom owns them & it was their decision.

      • Nativeson1977

        T-mobile isn’t willing its parent company DT is selling do YOU not understand that?

      • Jcj1

        If was my company, I would have made sure that it had the backing it needs to make it in the industry. It appears to me that DT has lost the will to fund T-Mobile US causing the down trend and now looking to sell off the company. Just another example of why the economy is the way it is, companies sabotaging themselves to make money by selling off parts of itself.

    • Daniel7992

      No one is forcing tmobile to sale. This is a willing business decision on their behave. What most of you fail to comprehend, is that tmobile USA is hurting financial and will go under without this purchase. What would you do if this was your company?.

  • zps

    Do your job, FCC, and deny this competition-smashing wreck.

  • Dl_beachboi

    Does anybody think that maybe it would be an awesome idea if Apple came in and bought T-Mobile? I mean don’t they have like 80 billion dollars in the bank that they don’t know what to do with? I think them buying a cell network and then advancing the technology would be an amazing idea. Only apple could do it.

    • Nativeson1977

      Apple sucks

    • david brand

      apple doesnt advance technology, they copy others that have better technology, or sue them so they cant sell that better technology in europe. apple has been playing from behind tech wise since about 2008 when the G1 premiered. the revenue they continue to take in from the idiots that still continue to buy their outdated crap does not mean they have the best tech, it means they have great marketing and low intelligence consumers. id rather that google bought tmobile , and apple, and then break up and sell apple and get back all of our patents, so the next gen of android smartphones will be even better.

      • Anonymous

        They wouldn’t buy it because then they would undercut themselves since why would they want to sell on other carriers and hurt thru own carrier. Same reason why google won’t buy a cell company.

  • Dl_beachboi

    Does anybody think that maybe it would be an awesome idea if Apple came in and bought T-Mobile? I mean don’t they have like 80 billion dollars in the bank that they don’t know what to do with? I think them buying a cell network and then advancing the technology would be an amazing idea. Only apple could do it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

    “Is AT&T really trying to avoid a resurgent Sprint from
    partnering/buying/merging with T-Mobile and creating a viable third
    place competitor that could pressure AT&T and Verizon into a price
    war?” SPRINT RESURGENT????

    THIS IS FROM TODAY’S L.A. TIMES…………………….

    Sprint Nextel Corp. lost 16% of its market value Thursday after
    releasing earnings results that disappointed

    Despite announcing a $9-billion deal to share its next-generation 4G
    network with wireless wholesaler LightSquared, Sprint shares dropped 82
    cents to close at $4.34.

    Sprint said it lost 101,000 wireless contract subscribers during the
    quarter, significantly worse than the 15,000-customer loss that analysts
    expected. (Verizon Wireless, which reported its earnings earlier this
    month, gained 2.1 million contract subscribers during its recent
    quarter.) Sprint reported a net loss of $847 million, an unwelcome
    surprise for analysts that had expected losses closer to $530 million.

    • blaqsupaman

      sprint could learn from tmobiles 3g speed and switching over to gsm would be nice also. just keep tmobiles towers and convert some of sprints to have a larger coverage area. it would also keep monthly prices down but i dont know about creating more jobs and what not.

    • blaqsupaman

      sprint could learn from tmobiles 3g speed and switching over to gsm would be nice also. just keep tmobiles towers and convert some of sprints to have a larger coverage area. it would also keep monthly prices down but i dont know about creating more jobs and what not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGEPMKECQHV4BVIDCEHTQJZV7M CINNALOCKS III

    “Is AT&T really trying to avoid a resurgent Sprint from
    partnering/buying/merging with T-Mobile and creating a viable third
    place competitor that could pressure AT&T and Verizon into a price
    war?” SPRINT RESURGENT????

    THIS IS FROM TODAY’S L.A. TIMES…………………….

    Sprint Nextel Corp. lost 16% of its market value Thursday after
    releasing earnings results that disappointed

    Despite announcing a $9-billion deal to share its next-generation 4G
    network with wireless wholesaler LightSquared, Sprint shares dropped 82
    cents to close at $4.34.

    Sprint said it lost 101,000 wireless contract subscribers during the
    quarter, significantly worse than the 15,000-customer loss that analysts
    expected. (Verizon Wireless, which reported its earnings earlier this
    month, gained 2.1 million contract subscribers during its recent
    quarter.) Sprint reported a net loss of $847 million, an unwelcome
    surprise for analysts that had expected losses closer to $530 million.

  • breezy

    google shoud buy TMO

  • breezy

    google shoud buy TMO

  • Nativeson1977

    At&t will not create jobs, how stupid do they think we are. They have more layoffs than any company in history. They hire 5000 people than lay off 7000. That’s a negative not a positive. They hire contractors that are temporary so they don’t have to fool with union workers. I would never work for a union, why should I get paid the same as the guy that doesn’t do a third of the work I do and he complains and has a bad attitude. I have had dealings with AT&t for many years on a professional level they are a lazy unorganized bunch. Throwing money around does not fix your problems on your network, only hard work and a sound business plan will. THE reason AT&T wants T-Mobile is because they know the direction they are going and will be a bigger threat than ever in a few short years to AT&T. Instead of competing with T-Mobile they are once again taking the lazy way and trying buy out the competition. AT&T are not the leaders of new and better technologies they are a huge company that comes from many smaller companies. They don’t even learn from the companies that they take over either they get rid of everyone that has any ability to think outside the box and never come to the understanding why such a small company could compete.. This hostile takeover should not be allowed to happen.

  • Nativeson1977

    At&t will not create jobs, how stupid do they think we are. They have more layoffs than any company in history. They hire 5000 people than lay off 7000. That’s a negative not a positive. They hire contractors that are temporary so they don’t have to fool with union workers. I would never work for a union, why should I get paid the same as the guy that doesn’t do a third of the work I do and he complains and has a bad attitude. I have had dealings with AT&t for many years on a professional level they are a lazy unorganized bunch. Throwing money around does not fix your problems on your network, only hard work and a sound business plan will. THE reason AT&T wants T-Mobile is because they know the direction they are going and will be a bigger threat than ever in a few short years to AT&T. Instead of competing with T-Mobile they are once again taking the lazy way and trying buy out the competition. AT&T are not the leaders of new and better technologies they are a huge company that comes from many smaller companies. They don’t even learn from the companies that they take over either they get rid of everyone that has any ability to think outside the box and never come to the understanding why such a small company could compete.. This hostile takeover should not be allowed to happen.

  • J. Williams

    Confirmation

  • Jerseyguy999

    The argument is consistent. Rural america will not get covered without the deal and ATT would still be largely exempt from net neutrality rules. It’s an easy decision for the FCC.

    • oooo

      How will it be covered if tmo doesnt have coverage?

      • TD

        I don’t know where people like Jerseyguy are getting their information, but tmo has terrible rural coverage, and mostly overlaps AT&T’s existing coverage…  

        Maybe these are the people that Guybrush mentioned… people that believe everything AT&T says after a few times of hearing it…

        • Dave That Isn’t The Editor

          It’s called dysinformation, a propaganda tactic used for years but argued to have originated with the Nazi’s in Hitler’s Germany, under the name of “The Big Lie.” If you spread the Big Lie enough, people will believe it. Soviet Russia integrated the notion into its cold war politics, and now evil, horrendous creeps like AT&T are working to jam their hands down Americans’ pocketbooks with their own brand of it. It makes me want to forget the extra personal expense and just move to Verizon.

        • Dave That Isn’t The Editor

          It’s called dysinformation, a propaganda tactic used for years but argued to have originated with the Nazi’s in Hitler’s Germany, under the name of “The Big Lie.” If you spread the Big Lie enough, people will believe it. Soviet Russia integrated the notion into its cold war politics, and now evil, horrendous creeps like AT&T are working to jam their hands down Americans’ pocketbooks with their own brand of it. It makes me want to forget the extra personal expense and just move to Verizon.

        • Dr. Hyde

          Actually the hitler philosophy was that the public would more easily accept the bigger lie. After all, most of the public back then lacked the connections to media that we have today. They would just accept whatever they were told. I don’t think that would work very well today.

        • Anonymous

          Hitler used the mass media ie: newspapers, radio and television. If you think that mass media, Internet, blogs and social networking would be enough to preemptively stop a potential tyrannical dictator dead in his tracks, you are very wrong.
           

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Stop comparing stuff to Hitler. That’s vile, offensive and a ridiculous attempt an example. A disinformation campaign about two companies coming together compared against a man who started a world war? Give me a break. This conversation ends now. 

        • Pikachu

          Can you believe it went there, lol!

      • TD

        I don’t know where people like Jerseyguy are getting their information, but tmo has terrible rural coverage, and mostly overlaps AT&T’s existing coverage…  

        Maybe these are the people that Guybrush mentioned… people that believe everything AT&T says after a few times of hearing it…

    • Anonymous

      Do you use Tmobile?  Their strong suite is NOT rural America dude. They tend to concentrate on the large population areas. Tmo covers about 2/3 of the US population. That leave a WHOLE lot of uncovered RURAL areas. Your assertion that ATT can’t cover rural American w/o Tmo holds no water. This is plain and simple… ATT is trying to become the #1 carrier in America. They can’t do it on their own by innovating, pricing or service, mostly because they’re lousy at all of them. Tmo brings some of the best Android phones (innovative), some of the best prices (that’s why we don’t want to see them go bye-bye) and best service (many time winner of JD Powers best service award – they did slip to 2nd this past time prob due to all the negative karma surrounding this poor excuse of a buyout). So ATT wants what Tmo offers, but coverage of RURAL America is not one of them.

  • Guest

    Duh, we already know at&t doesn’t need TMO to achieve their goals of 97% coverage. They want to keep sprint in check, plain and simple. So, what’s the news here?

  • Guest

    Duh, we already know at&t doesn’t need TMO to achieve their goals of 97% coverage. They want to keep sprint in check, plain and simple. So, what’s the news here?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ASOQQJXLPNGIN4G6NTEPFMBETY Guybrush

    AT&T keeps saying it over and over again, exactly the same each time, as if they say it enough, people will believe them…

    “…creating many thousands of well-paying jobs that are vitally needed given our weakened economy.”

    I think what they really mean to say is, “You will be assimilated.”

  • David That Isn’t The Editor

    AT&T is the cell-phone devil.

  • David That Isn’t The Editor

    AT&T is the cell-phone devil.

  • http://twitter.com/portaltonowhere Cory

    the sad thing is that even with this leak, at&t will still win…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLG6C225I4P7DUYS3NQHRC6Z6A Roddrigo Black

      How are you so sure the will win?

  • http://twitter.com/portaltonowhere Cory

    the sad thing is that even with this leak, at&t will still win…

  • Geodude

    Yes they will.  Buy enough of congress and you get what you want while us working folks get the wrong end in the wrong place. 

  • Attblows

    Sounds like a case of diarrhea of the mouth..att is full of it.

  • Hoff0321

    Why exactly does AT&T believe it is their sole responsibility to provide mobile broadband coverage to 97% of the population? I thought the current administration only wanted ACCESS for 97%, not one company to provide it. That’s like telling American’s that 97% of us must have access to cars, but FORD takes it upon themselves to say that THEY’LL buy GM, DODGE, TOYOTA, HONDA, and others in order to make sure 97% of us have a car.  ????  Seems a bit fishy to me…….. Someone please help me understand this, or help clear it up for me???

  • TMOTECH

    Snake oil salesmen. The truth is they want our fiber optic back haul, Our +42 licensing we have already paid for, and they want to control the  market. With our network and spectrum and the spectrum they are purchasing from Qualcomm, plus the 40 plus MHZ they are not using now they will be dominant and make Verizon their bitch. That is the goal here. not to serve the public. Which I can respect as a believer in capitalism. I just wish they weren’t trying to buy my employer in the process. :-( Ah irony. Its a bitch. 

  • loving att edge lol

    Hmm  the story everyone in the press doesn’t give enough attention to is how many total tmobile handsets won’t work on att’s 3g after the takeover?  Once att takes down the tmobile 3g network to build it to lte, everyones gonna be on Edge.  Any guesses out there of how many handsets won’t work?  Who’s gonna buy you a new one?  It’s gotta be a lotta coins in that number!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Dude, you have absolutely no idea what a timeframe will be before handsets won’t work. It could be years. Stop making up stories until we know the facts.

      • lance

        believe me it will be fast…there not going to waste time and 39b plus 3.9 extra just to sit and wait with no return,they will shut down t-mobile 3g down SO WE HAVE TO BUY NEW PHONES to get there revenue back up..that’s new contracts to them…yall cant read through the line yet…that’s business…BUY OUT THE COMPETITION…

  • 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.