(Updated With T-Mobile USA Statement To Employees) Deutsche Telekom Responds To Department Of Justice Lawsuit

Not to be outdone by AT&T, Sprint and FCC responses Deutsche Telekom has just released a short statement regarding the Department of Justice announcement earlier this morning. Executive Vice President of Deutsche Telekom Philipp Schindera had this to say:

On August 31, 2011, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) informed Deutsche Telekom that it will file a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking a permanent injunction blocking the proposed stock purchase agreement between AT&T and Deutsche Telekom under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom is very disappointed by the DOJ’s action, and will join AT&T in defending the contemplated merger against the complaint in court. DOJ failed to acknowledge the robust competition in the U.S. wireless telecommunications industry and the tremendous efficiencies associated with the proposed transaction, which would lead to significant customer, shareholder, and public benefits. We appreciate the DOJ’s willingness to discuss possible remedies to address the competitive concerns.

About the Transaction: On March 20, 2011, Deutsche Telekom entered into a merger agreement with AT&T pursuant to which under AT&T will purchase 100% ownership in T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $39 billion.  Deutsche Telekom will take an approximate 8% stake in US telecommunication company AT&T.

Updated with T-Mobile USA statement to employees:

Colleagues,

By now you have heard the news that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger in U.S. District Court.  We were surprised by this sudden announcement, and  DT will join AT&T in challenging the DOJ’s case in court.

DT and AT&T believe the DOJ has failed to acknowledge the significant consumer benefits of this deal.  DT remains convinced that bringing together these two world-class businesses would create significant benefits for customers and the country.

While this action is addressed in Federal court, the best thing you can do is continue to focus on strengthening our business and offering world class customer service.

Customers have many reasons to choose T-Mobile—from the great value we offer, to compelling devices running on America’s largest 4G network and our leadership in customer service and satisfaction. Working as a team, we will continue to prove there’s no better time to be a T-Mobile customer.

Let’s build upon the positive momentum we’ve created in recent months.  We have a great team here at T-Mobile, and I know you will join me in ensuring that, no matter what, ‘I Am T-Mobile Count on Me.’

I promise to make more information available to you in the coming days and weeks on OneVoice and through your leaders as this news develops.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.

Regards,
Philipp Humm
CEO & President
T-Mobile USA

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  • TMoFan

    We need to get rid of these DT jokers. Any company would be envious to be in the US market and under the right leadership and guidance T-Mobile could be a force to be reckoned with. DT is just out for a huge payday and at&t is out to kill the competition. I hope their greed blows up in their face!

  • TMoFan

    We need to get rid of these DT jokers. Any company would be envious to be in the US market and under the right leadership and guidance T-Mobile could be a force to be reckoned with. DT is just out for a huge payday and at&t is out to kill the competition. I hope their greed blows up in their face!

    • Anonymous

      The real jokers are the executives at T-mobile USA.  Those are the people that turned T-mobile USA into a company that’s been losing customers for such a long period of time and forced DT into a sale.

      The AT&T deal is like a T-mobile USA executive bailout for all their misdeeds.

    • Anonymous

      The real jokers are the executives at T-mobile USA.  Those are the people that turned T-mobile USA into a company that’s been losing customers for such a long period of time and forced DT into a sale.

      The AT&T deal is like a T-mobile USA executive bailout for all their misdeeds.

      • Anonymous

        While I do agree with your assessment of some of the TMUSA executive team, it surely wasnt everyone, mostly the old guard that built a hole so deep that a lot of the newer leaders were unable to dig out of it.  Also DT does not invest an adequate enough amount of capital into T-Mobile to get stuff done.  T-Mobile is run like a national mom and pop shop, but in the horrible inefficient way, not the sweet likeable way.

      • Anonymous

        While I do agree with your assessment of some of the TMUSA executive team, it surely wasnt everyone, mostly the old guard that built a hole so deep that a lot of the newer leaders were unable to dig out of it.  Also DT does not invest an adequate enough amount of capital into T-Mobile to get stuff done.  T-Mobile is run like a national mom and pop shop, but in the horrible inefficient way, not the sweet likeable way.

        • IT Guy

          I agree somewhat, but I can also see their reasoning behind no putting any more into it.

          Their initial investment to buy VoiceSteam and (PowerTel?) was around $55 billion. They invested billions more to develop their edge, 3g, and now 4g networks, but they were just never able to make much of a return.

          Their 2010 profits were only $1.5b, and this years appear to be down siginificantly. There comes a point when they can only throw so much in there without seeing profits jump. At that rate, it’d take them nearly 40 years to recoup their initial investment. No company wants something like that.

          (Also, compare T-Mo’s $150 million Q1 profits with AT&T’s 3.6 *billion*, and you begin to see why many consider T-Mo more on par with the 2nd rate providers)

           

        • Anonymous

          @31d66b53cab6749391e2741a79016ef2:disqus the hole in your theory though is the fact that T-Mobile has not always been in this position.  All companies start somewhere, T-Mobile grew at a faster rate than any other national carrier during the 6 years preceding the iPhone.  The growth masked a lot of systemic issues, but Voicestream/T-Mobile was at one point a cash cow for DT which is why they were willing to invest the Capital.  You can point to a few of the obvious follies like;

          1. Watching millions of customers leave for the iPhone and idling. 2. Launching Android with no TRUE marketing support and allowing Verizon to pretty much claim creation with their Droid campaign.  3. Pushing MyTouches and family phones instead of TRUE Flagship devices like the G line of phones. 4. Horrible marketing campaigns and misappropriated funds.  5.  Being priced out of the Value Carrier title and never quite gaining ground as a Premier national carrier.  6.  Always reactionary with plan prices instead of proactive.

          At the end of the day though, these were decisions made by a horribly out of touch CEO allowed to destroy a company full of potential.  

        • Jimkenobi

          Nailed it

        • Anonymous

          @31d66b53cab6749391e2741a79016ef2:disqus the hole in your theory though is the fact that T-Mobile has not always been in this position.  All companies start somewhere, T-Mobile grew at a faster rate than any other national carrier during the 6 years preceding the iPhone.  The growth masked a lot of systemic issues, but Voicestream/T-Mobile was at one point a cash cow for DT which is why they were willing to invest the Capital.  You can point to a few of the obvious follies like;

          1. Watching millions of customers leave for the iPhone and idling. 2. Launching Android with no TRUE marketing support and allowing Verizon to pretty much claim creation with their Droid campaign.  3. Pushing MyTouches and family phones instead of TRUE Flagship devices like the G line of phones. 4. Horrible marketing campaigns and misappropriated funds.  5.  Being priced out of the Value Carrier title and never quite gaining ground as a Premier national carrier.  6.  Always reactionary with plan prices instead of proactive.

          At the end of the day though, these were decisions made by a horribly out of touch CEO allowed to destroy a company full of potential.  

        • IT Guy

          I agree somewhat, but I can also see their reasoning behind no putting any more into it.

          Their initial investment to buy VoiceSteam and (PowerTel?) was around $55 billion. They invested billions more to develop their edge, 3g, and now 4g networks, but they were just never able to make much of a return.

          Their 2010 profits were only $1.5b, and this years appear to be down siginificantly. There comes a point when they can only throw so much in there without seeing profits jump. At that rate, it’d take them nearly 40 years to recoup their initial investment. No company wants something like that.

          (Also, compare T-Mo’s $150 million Q1 profits with AT&T’s 3.6 *billion*, and you begin to see why many consider T-Mo more on par with the 2nd rate providers)

           

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        the Tmobile usa exec board is a buncha fat overpaid fools who do not know which direction to go from one min to the  next..  try cleaning house – then the company will be fixed.. instead of  blaming low level employees for their misfortune.

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        the Tmobile usa exec board is a buncha fat overpaid fools who do not know which direction to go from one min to the  next..  try cleaning house – then the company will be fixed.. instead of  blaming low level employees for their misfortune.

  • Joan_4655

    I must say this seems contrary to the attitude in the TMO office.  Most were all smiles when the news was announced and the theme “Guess I’ll have a few more months to save money before I’m laid off”.

  • Joan_4655

    I must say this seems contrary to the attitude in the TMO office.  Most were all smiles when the news was announced and the theme “Guess I’ll have a few more months to save money before I’m laid off”.

  • JR

    Let’s face it, most of the Senior management will get super rich off of the deal, that is why they are upset.

  • JR

    Let’s face it, most of the Senior management will get super rich off of the deal, that is why they are upset.

  • http://twitter.com/KARMA773 Karma

    TMO , either stay or leave. if you stay, i will continue to be your customer, if you are bought by AT&T< i want out of this without ETF,   SO STAY AS TMO OR GET THE F**K OUT!

  • http://twitter.com/KARMA773 Karma

    TMO , either stay or leave. if you stay, i will continue to be your customer, if you are bought by AT&T< i want out of this without ETF,   SO STAY AS TMO OR GET THE F**K OUT!

  • Lucas Tiberti

    I haven’t looked into it but I’m guessing T-Mobile’s business and profits are just fine. It’s hard for me to  believe that operating one of four nation wide cellular companies is not a good business to be in.  This proposed sale of T-Mobile does not really have to to with iphones, money, or stockholders interests.  Do people really still believe that the board of directors and top executives act in the best interests of stockholders?  At it’s hear this buyout deal is about consolidation of world assets and how they are divided among the few. It is about tribal warfare. 

    • IT Guy

      I can post a chart of their financials for the past few years later on, but they don’t look too hot.

      They’ve been hemoraghing on-contract customers for a while now. Non-contracts have partially made up for it, but it remains to be seen how this current move toward getting everyone back on contract will work out. The situation looks iffy.

      Profits last year were down about a $1.5b, which sounds like a lot until you consider that the investment made was close to $59 billion.

      Projections for 2011 don’t look too great either. Q1 netted a $135 million profit, down from about $370 million last year. I don’t recall the figures for Q2, it was up a bit I believe but still way down from last year. Like I said, I can post the figures later, if someone else doesn’t first.

    • IT Guy

      I can post a chart of their financials for the past few years later on, but they don’t look too hot.

      They’ve been hemoraghing on-contract customers for a while now. Non-contracts have partially made up for it, but it remains to be seen how this current move toward getting everyone back on contract will work out. The situation looks iffy.

      Profits last year were down about a $1.5b, which sounds like a lot until you consider that the investment made was close to $59 billion.

      Projections for 2011 don’t look too great either. Q1 netted a $135 million profit, down from about $370 million last year. I don’t recall the figures for Q2, it was up a bit I believe but still way down from last year. Like I said, I can post the figures later, if someone else doesn’t first.

    • IT Guy

      I can post a chart of their financials for the past few years later on, but they don’t look too hot.

      They’ve been hemoraghing on-contract customers for a while now. Non-contracts have partially made up for it, but it remains to be seen how this current move toward getting everyone back on contract will work out. The situation looks iffy.

      Profits last year were down about a $1.5b, which sounds like a lot until you consider that the investment made was close to $59 billion.

      Projections for 2011 don’t look too great either. Q1 netted a $135 million profit, down from about $370 million last year. I don’t recall the figures for Q2, it was up a bit I believe but still way down from last year. Like I said, I can post the figures later, if someone else doesn’t first.

      • Anonymous

        So not even close to going bankrupt as claimed. Doing well for #4.

        • IT Guy

          Not bankrupt, but the value of the company vs. their profits don’t make them very attractive to investors/buyers.

        • IT Guy

          Not bankrupt, but the value of the company vs. their profits don’t make them very attractive to investors/buyers.

        • IT Guy

          Not bankrupt, but the value of the company vs. their profits don’t make them very attractive to investors/buyers.

        • Cptmagic

          I could say the same thing for most of the stocks in the NYSE and NASDAQ right about now-especially with the economy the way it’s been the last 2-3 years. A former CFO of a bank that avoided the nonsense of subprime made a telling statement: “the income sheet is the past-the balance sheet is the future.” If TMoUS’s balance sheet is that bad, littered with tons of liabilities, then there is something to worry about. Nowhere did I see statements to the effect questioning TMoUS’s viability as an “ongoing concern”.

        • Anonymous

          I’m glad they’re sinking their money into infrastructure and network upgrades instead of gold-lining executive and share-holder pockets.

        • IT Guy

          Not bankrupt, but the value of the company vs. their profits don’t make them very attractive to investors/buyers.

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        they wont find another buyer -  its AUCTION time -  they will auction  bandwith specturn – which is ALL they really own  and  just exit the market.

  • Napleskahuna76

    Philip Humm can Hum On Deez Nutz!! Department of Justice recieved petition from over 5,000 T-Mobile customers that it IS NOT in their best interest for the AT&T Merger.

    • DingDingDarlin

      Department of Justice will see to this “merger” will NOT take place in the best interst of the American people! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

      • S–k it Jesus

        I’m confused. Please ‘splain what “god” has to do with this, and why, out of all the peoples on earth, “god” is blessing america. Sounds like the work of the “Christian Taliban” to me.

      • S–k it Jesus

        I’m confused. Please ‘splain what “god” has to do with this, and why, out of all the peoples on earth, “god” is blessing america. Sounds like the work of the “Christian Taliban” to me.

      • S–k it Jesus

        I’m confused. Please ‘splain what “god” has to do with this, and why, out of all the peoples on earth, “god” is blessing america. Sounds like the work of the “Christian Taliban” to me.

    • Therealweener

      and those are only 5,000 how were able to petition. theres more then 75% that dont want this merger, and thats including employees. 

    • Therealweener

      and those are only 5,000 how were able to petition. theres more then 75% that dont want this merger, and thats including employees. 

    • Therealweener

      and those are only 5,000 how were able to petition. theres more then 75% that dont want this merger, and thats including employees. 

    • Therealweener

      and those are only 5,000 how were able to petition. theres more then 75% that dont want this merger, and thats including employees. 

      • ConspiracyTheory

        Not true – I know pleanty of employees who would love to get that severance pay and get out!

        • Jcj1

          so tell them to QUIT! They are obviously not happy and bring in people who want to do the job! If they only want severance then they are now SOL!!! LMAO to those clowns!!!

        • Jcj1

          so tell them to QUIT! They are obviously not happy and bring in people who want to do the job! If they only want severance then they are now SOL!!! LMAO to those clowns!!!

  • Whylee77

    stupid at&t… They think they are untouchable

  • Whylee77

    stupid at&t… They think they are untouchable

  • Whylee77

    stupid at&t… They think they are untouchable

  • Moe

    Dear Mr. Humm,
    Forget about the AT&T thing.  It won’t happen.  DT will get $6 billion in cash & roaming agreements.  Move on.

    • boobalah

      Let’s see if tmob starts to open training depts and start hiring…

      • Moe

        Who knows?  My contract is up now and I called them and told them I will renew if they get the iPhone and if I can retain plan pricing for 2 years.  If not, hello Sprint or VZ.  AT&T is like a convicted sex offender as far as I am concerned.

      • Moe

        Who knows?  My contract is up now and I called them and told them I will renew if they get the iPhone and if I can retain plan pricing for 2 years.  If not, hello Sprint or VZ.  AT&T is like a convicted sex offender as far as I am concerned.

      • Moe

        Who knows?  My contract is up now and I called them and told them I will renew if they get the iPhone and if I can retain plan pricing for 2 years.  If not, hello Sprint or VZ.  AT&T is like a convicted sex offender as far as I am concerned.

      • Moe

        Who knows?  My contract is up now and I called them and told them I will renew if they get the iPhone and if I can retain plan pricing for 2 years.  If not, hello Sprint or VZ.  AT&T is like a convicted sex offender as far as I am concerned.

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        ya guess they will have to , after firing everyone  thinking to save money  thinking  they were being SOLD..

        • LickMyAzzTmobile

          My dik is bigger than Phillip Humms – he is a lying scoundral

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        if they do start hiring again – then we KNOW their previous statement was nothing but BS – like everything else T-mobile has been trying to FEED US ..
         
        Deutsche Telekom Says T-Mobile USA Staff Cuts Not Related To AT&T Talkshttp://www.tmonews.com/2011/08/deutsche-telekom-says-t-mobile-usa-staff-cuts-not-related-to-att-talks/  

        • LickMyAzzTmobile

          if they do start hiring again – then we KNOW their previous statement was nothing but BS – like everything else T-mobile has been trying to FEED US ..
           
          Deutsche Telekom Says T-Mobile USA Staff Cuts Not Related To AT&T Talkshttp://www.tmonews.com/2011/08/deutsche-telekom-says-t-mobile-usa-staff-cuts-not-related-to-att-talks/Let the class action suit begin former employees who were screwed ~!  

      • LickMyAzzTmobile

        if they do start hiring again – then we KNOW their previous statement was nothing but BS – like everything else T-mobile has been trying to FEED US ..
         
        Deutsche Telekom Says T-Mobile USA Staff Cuts Not Related To AT&T Talkshttp://www.tmonews.com/2011/08/deutsche-telekom-says-t-mobile-usa-staff-cuts-not-related-to-att-talks/  

  • Moe

    Dear Mr. Humm,
    Forget about the AT&T thing.  It won’t happen.  DT will get $6 billion in cash & roaming agreements.  Move on.

  • Moe

    Dear Mr. Humm,
    Forget about the AT&T thing.  It won’t happen.  DT will get $6 billion in cash & roaming agreements.  Move on.

  • Mezxo89

    When the Justice Department puts a stake down and says EXACTLY why they don’t want a merger/purchase to go through (and the DOJ spelled it out in bullets)?  They never negotiate after (look at all past rulings–they are leaving no options open).  They aren’t going to do it.  AT&T didn’t make its case.  

    AT&T will have to pay exact 3 billion to T-mobile USA, give all AWS spectrum AT&T presently owns to Tmobile USA and offer extensive roaming agreements for almost nothing to Tmobile USA.  All per AT&T’s agreement if the deal failed.

  • Mel

    My Opinion……If they really want to sell it they should give the CUSTOMERS the choice of early termination without penalties or anything…(since that’s why the government says its blocking the deal)
    and to be honest if they did give the customers the choice of early termination without penalties…
    I would leave ASAP,terminate the contract and move on to verizon or something…or pretty much anyone but att, and to the people who DO like the IPHONE and/or are current TMOBILE customers that WANT the IPHONE or any att product, you shouldn’t even be with Tmobile to begin with…it’s because of people like you that Tmobile is not making as much money or w/e their reason is for selling. but anyways these are my thoughts and and my thoughts only……if your going to tell me to read more about all this, im going to say f off…thanks

    • AlealeG2

      so people that want an iphone is because tmobile isnt making money…ok that totally makes sense. I own an android phone yet i want an iphone..im still paying 30$ a month of unlimited internet. Its silly that you think that but whatever. Many things come into play when it comes to tmobile not being succesful..for example the marketing team…they only put the mytouch line on ads/commercials or the fact that DT wants to pull of an HP/WEBOS and  kick TMOUSA to the curb instead of supporting us. Many things comes to play…not because of people who want the iphone…but your’e probably just going to tell me to f off and go with that silly iphone idea.

      just saying.

      • Lucas Tiberti

        It appears to me T-Mobile is making money. I don’t know where people get the idea that T-Mobile is not successful?

        • AlealeG2

          successful in terms of customer base,,,

        • Dominic

          If I were to choose a company then I’d rather choose to own T-mobile over Sprint, because T-mobile brings in quite a bit of profit each and every year but Sprint hemorrhages hundreds of millions each year.  So you you think that Samsung is better than Apple because they sell more products but I’d rather have Apple because they make more money on selling to less people.

      • Mel

        god oh god lol i didnt think that many people would respond to this look like i said
        its an opinion, not a FACT, many non iphone users admire the iphone, as much as
        many iphone users admire the androids, dont get your panties all in a bunch, but we get ourselves into all this, may not be you but it IS people that tmobile loses because
        they want atts products or services… but im not going to tell YOU off……have a nice day..

    • AlealeG2

      so people that want an iphone is because tmobile isnt making money…ok that totally makes sense. I own an android phone yet i want an iphone..im still paying 30$ a month of unlimited internet. Its silly that you think that but whatever. Many things come into play when it comes to tmobile not being succesful..for example the marketing team…they only put the mytouch line on ads/commercials or the fact that DT wants to pull of an HP/WEBOS and  kick TMOUSA to the curb instead of supporting us. Many things comes to play…not because of people who want the iphone…but your’e probably just going to tell me to f off and go with that silly iphone idea.

      just saying.

    • Crazythunder1968

      “and to the people who DO like the IPHONE and/or are current TMOBILE customers that WANT the IPHONE or any att product, you shouldn’t even be with Tmobile to begin with.”

      so,  according to that statement…i own a denon receiver, but i shouldn’t admire other brands because that’s just wrong.  why? you’ve NEVER seen a phone from a different carrier that made you think “that’s a nice phone, i’d love to have that”?   you’re just…….weird

      • Mel

        lol look i’m probably weird THAT you got right, same example
        keep buying foreign….other companies will move forward n keep selling us their Stuff
        we will lose what we got and force them to sell to someone we dont want,
        ill tell you an example from where im from…..the chicago skyway USED to belong to us
        but now these DUMB ASS politicians decided to sell it now……(rent it for MANY years)
        they used to charge 1.50 a couple of years ago  now they charge almost $5
        why because all these people want SOMEthiNG ELSE…other then what they got like their precious Iphone, and while i think the iphone is a pretty nice phone…i would NOT join att to get one. so that is my point..
        its like all these “americans” blaming illegals on taking “their”jobs
        please grow up…

      • Mel

        lol look i’m probably weird THAT you got right, same example
        keep buying foreign….other companies will move forward n keep selling us their Stuff
        we will lose what we got and force them to sell to someone we dont want,
        ill tell you an example from where im from…..the chicago skyway USED to belong to us
        but now these DUMB ASS politicians decided to sell it now……(rent it for MANY years)
        they used to charge 1.50 a couple of years ago  now they charge almost $5
        why because all these people want SOMEthiNG ELSE…other then what they got like their precious Iphone, and while i think the iphone is a pretty nice phone…i would NOT join att to get one. so that is my point..
        its like all these “americans” blaming illegals on taking “their”jobs
        please grow up…

    • Anonymous

      Wait…WTF?!?!
      Did you seriously just blame tmobile’s problems on people wanting an iphone?

      • Mel

        Yes I did keep buying ATT….let the merger go thru

      • Mel

        Yes I did keep buying ATT….let the merger go thru

    • Anonymous

      THis guy most be smoking some high stuff, is not the people fault is the parent company that had made some stupid decisions. if you trying to show people a phone and you want to sell it, you need marketing and persuaded the customer that this is the phone to get. look what happen to the cliq2 they got the phone and sell less than 1000 maybe. 

    • Anonymous

      THis guy most be smoking some high stuff, is not the people fault is the parent company that had made some stupid decisions. if you trying to show people a phone and you want to sell it, you need marketing and persuaded the customer that this is the phone to get. look what happen to the cliq2 they got the phone and sell less than 1000 maybe. 

  • Mel

    My Opinion……If they really want to sell it they should give the CUSTOMERS the choice of early termination without penalties or anything…(since that’s why the government says its blocking the deal)
    and to be honest if they did give the customers the choice of early termination without penalties…
    I would leave ASAP,terminate the contract and move on to verizon or something…or pretty much anyone but att, and to the people who DO like the IPHONE and/or are current TMOBILE customers that WANT the IPHONE or any att product, you shouldn’t even be with Tmobile to begin with…it’s because of people like you that Tmobile is not making as much money or w/e their reason is for selling. but anyways these are my thoughts and and my thoughts only……if your going to tell me to read more about all this, im going to say f off…thanks

  • http://twitter.com/KARMA773 Karma

    yeah we sent 40000 petition signed by TMO customers to DOJ telling we want TMO to stay and if it wants to sell it out,   we say we will voluntarily get out of TMO and we shouldn’t have to pay ETF of TMO doesn’t want to serve us as explained  in out contracts with TMO

  • http://twitter.com/KARMA773 Karma

    yeah we sent 40000 petition signed by TMO customers to DOJ telling we want TMO to stay and if it wants to sell it out,   we say we will voluntarily get out of TMO and we shouldn’t have to pay ETF of TMO doesn’t want to serve us as explained  in out contracts with TMO

  • MIKEEEEE

    looks like the t-mo executives that were shilling for att to get golden parachutes are not goin’ to get them.

    t-mo UK tried to sell off for 2 years with no success and ultimately partnered with orange.

    they’re doin’ just fine now.

    that’s what t-mo USA  has to do is get some good partners.

    no matter how much lipstick anyone puts on att, it will always be a dog.

    no matter how many different slickly produced commercials the broadcast the will still be a dog.

    how many italian old men will listen to an iphone in italy when with an att simcard it’s a brick.

    how many left hand drive trucks are in att USA’s coverage area?

    att is too cheap to even produce their commercials on US soil.

    i dare them to produce a commercial with actual bars on att devices in real time with their commercials.

    i sure hope this post freaks out all the att fanboy trolls.

    just remember one little thing, in 1983 the DOJ smashed att to fragments just for what they’re trying now.

    did they honestly think they could get away with it now after glass steagal got gutted?

    did att’s high payed lawyers think they were smarter than the DOJ and the legal precedents that are on the books right now?

    att might have a lot of money to buy shills but, the DOJ aint for sale like all the politicians who are indebted to att.

    ok dan hesse, get some financing and buy in, there’s lots of cable operators looking to expand and wireless 4g and wimax guys too.

    oh yeah, you guys in germany, vodafone has a lot of cash and they might dump their half of verizon for a quality GSM network over here instead of the crappy CDMA network verizon has..

  • MIKEEEEE

    looks like the t-mo executives that were shilling for att to get golden parachutes are not goin’ to get them.

    t-mo UK tried to sell off for 2 years with no success and ultimately partnered with orange.

    they’re doin’ just fine now.

    that’s what t-mo USA  has to do is get some good partners.

    no matter how much lipstick anyone puts on att, it will always be a dog.

    no matter how many different slickly produced commercials the broadcast the will still be a dog.

    how many italian old men will listen to an iphone in italy when with an att simcard it’s a brick.

    how many left hand drive trucks are in att USA’s coverage area?

    att is too cheap to even produce their commercials on US soil.

    i dare them to produce a commercial with actual bars on att devices in real time with their commercials.

    i sure hope this post freaks out all the att fanboy trolls.

    just remember one little thing, in 1983 the DOJ smashed att to fragments just for what they’re trying now.

    did they honestly think they could get away with it now after glass steagal got gutted?

    did att’s high payed lawyers think they were smarter than the DOJ and the legal precedents that are on the books right now?

    att might have a lot of money to buy shills but, the DOJ aint for sale like all the politicians who are indebted to att.

    ok dan hesse, get some financing and buy in, there’s lots of cable operators looking to expand and wireless 4g and wimax guys too.

    oh yeah, you guys in germany, vodafone has a lot of cash and they might dump their half of verizon for a quality GSM network over here instead of the crappy CDMA network verizon has..

    • Anonymous

      I love the argument that those that are for this are either trolls or paid off if they are politicians.
      What’s next?
      If the court rules in ATT’S favor does that mean the judges were paid off?
      Your conspiracy nuts are like a broken frigging record

      • Anonymous

        You dont have to be much of a conspiracy theorist or a political scientist to know that the Federalist System that fuels this government is mind numbingly inefficient teeming with ways for PACs and Lobbyist to influence policy.  I mean the purpose and function of a lobbyist is to sway policy.   I dont like crazed conspiracy theorist either, but AT&T has one of the largest Political Action Committees in the country, not in wireless, in the country.  If you think they are donating those millions out of the good of their heart, then Santa Claus is also real.

    • Anonymous

      I love the argument that those that are for this are either trolls or paid off if they are politicians.
      What’s next?
      If the court rules in ATT’S favor does that mean the judges were paid off?
      Your conspiracy nuts are like a broken frigging record

    • Anonymous

      I love the argument that those that are for this are either trolls or paid off if they are politicians.
      What’s next?
      If the court rules in ATT’S favor does that mean the judges were paid off?
      Your conspiracy nuts are like a broken frigging record

  • Rfgenerator

    ‘DT and AT&T believe the DOJ has failed to acknowledge the significant consumer benefits of this deal. ’  I think there is a Monty Python episode based on this statement ;-)

  • Anonymous

    How come It’s about how AT&Terrible and Douche Telekom?  shouldn’t T-Mo be able to say how they feel?

    • SupaFly

      T-Mobile has no say. DT is the parent and gets to make the decision.

    • SupaFly

      T-Mobile has no say. DT is the parent and gets to make the decision.

  • OKDave

    Okay, guys, let’s get some feedback on this. If this doesn’t go through, what’s T-mobile’s most likely future?

    1. Completely cease operations, leaving everyone with a TMobile phone stuck with worthless stuff
    2. Be bought by another competitor, like Verizon or Sprint
    3. Partner with some other, existing (?) entity, like T-Mo UK did with Orange?
    4. Other?

    I admit concern over hearing the lack of a 4G path puts T-Mobile customers more or less behind the eight ball over the next year. Does that make anyone else here very leery of re-upping on a new, two year agreement? I’ve got three phones off contract, two on, and I was set to move to a Value Plan, but now I’m not sure that’s so smart…a Verizon move now might be smarter. Any thoughts?

  • OKDave

    Okay, guys, let’s get some feedback on this. If this doesn’t go through, what’s T-mobile’s most likely future?

    1. Completely cease operations, leaving everyone with a TMobile phone stuck with worthless stuff
    2. Be bought by another competitor, like Verizon or Sprint
    3. Partner with some other, existing (?) entity, like T-Mo UK did with Orange?
    4. Other?

    I admit concern over hearing the lack of a 4G path puts T-Mobile customers more or less behind the eight ball over the next year. Does that make anyone else here very leery of re-upping on a new, two year agreement? I’ve got three phones off contract, two on, and I was set to move to a Value Plan, but now I’m not sure that’s so smart…a Verizon move now might be smarter. Any thoughts?

    • Chatter

      If I were to guess, I think a combo of #2 & #3 is likely – probably a sale/partnership with some Intl carrier. As for 4G, that is a personal preference. If you are off wifi a lot and rely on high speeds, then yes, Verizon is a smart move. You can always switch to Verizon anytime and since you are off contract, hang in there.

    • Anonymous

      Option 2 with sprint.  Most of the others you listed aren’t even realistic.  #1 for example isn’t likely since T-mobile USA is still profitable despite heavy customer losses in recent years.

      Maybe some sort of deal in the public markets or private equity is possible, but they would probably severely undervalue T-mobile USA.

      The other option is to go it alone, but the DT shareholders seem pretty determined to push for some sort of T-mobile USA deal.  DT stock price dropped a lot today on the news.  You can probably figure out how pissed they are about the deal getting bogged down by the DOJ.

    • Aj

      #2 option will be the best. #1 won’t make sense. DOJ and FCC will sue DT for their last penny left.
      Please APPLE come to the rescue. Bestow upon us the glory of a true HSPA+ iPhone.

      • MrBonez

        Who cares about the damned iPhone? They are ok phones that are overpriced cause you are only paying for the damn Apple name. T-Mobile doesn’t need that headache. That’s what really screwed up AT&T!

        • Chatter

          If getting the iPhone “screwed up ATT” to the point where they are super successful, then i wish that “screw up” on Tmobile too.
          SMH.

  • Ericke702

    Is there a way we can fire Philipp Humm? All he think’s about is the money and the BS on how this merger is good for everyone. That bozo needs to go!!!!

  • Ericke702

    Is there a way we can fire Philipp Humm? All he think’s about is the money and the BS on how this merger is good for everyone. That bozo needs to go!!!!

  • Ericke702

    Is there a way we can fire Philipp Humm? All he think’s about is the money and the BS on how this merger is good for everyone. That bozo needs to go!!!!

  • Ericke702

    Is there a way we can fire Philipp Humm? All he think’s about is the money and the BS on how this merger is good for everyone. That bozo needs to go!!!!

  • Someone That Knows

    TMobile Employee hell continues…..

  • Eli Bohnert

    i think tmobile should make a deal with att that tmo people can roam on ALL of att towers and att people can roam on ALL of tmobile towers like tmo uk and orange did it would be a great thing and they could work together on 4g and stuff 

  • Eli Bohnert

    i think tmobile should make a deal with att that tmo people can roam on ALL of att towers and att people can roam on ALL of tmobile towers like tmo uk and orange did it would be a great thing and they could work together on 4g and stuff 

  • Havoktek

    Like the post down below this was tried before and stopped and dismantled and all move on and prospered. It took At&t years to reclaim what was once torn asunder but they did it. The arrogant thing is that they think they’re smarter nowand got more peoplein their pockets now. All will be forgiven and forgotten.
    Like I said before an election year is fast approaching and politicians are on survival mode. Game on your move AT Tyrants

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    DT/Tmo has a chance to capitalize merger or not…..Look at it… they get 9billion if the merger doesn’t go through…They get publicity off the whole debacle….And their stock should rise due to proof that this company is valuable, and in demand…..They have some pretty awesome phones under their arsenal….To me all they need is one hell of a marketing team….

    At&t’s bid for T-Mo is about nothing more than greed….No cellular customer in the US would benefit from this deal…..

  • Angarma1

    The craving for the Iphone is childish

  • Angarma1

    The craving for the Iphone is childish

  • Angarma1

    The craving for the Iphone is childish

    • Rpjaakin

      I agree.  I don’t want one but the Iphone 5 oddly has the AWS bands which only Tmobile uses for 3G/4G.  Will tmobile get the Iphone at launch?  Curious for business strategy.  I use an Android phone.

    • Havoktek

      Agreed…

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Interesting stuff on The Ed Show.  There were two guests, one was president of the union “Communication Workers of America” (CWA) and the other founder and president of “Public Knowledge” a consumer watchdog group.

    Most revealing, the PK guest said “20,000 T-Mobile employees have been served with severance papers.” The CWA president did NOT deny that statement!

    Wow!

    • Guest

      Yes, all T-Mobile employees have been given severance information….so that they know what they will get just in case. It doesn’t mean they have laid off 20,000 people. AT&T has actually said that no T-Mobile call center employees will lose their jobs, and that they are going to bring 5000 jobs back to the United States.

    • Guest

      Yes, all T-Mobile employees have been given severance information….so that they know what they will get just in case. It doesn’t mean they have laid off 20,000 people. AT&T has actually said that no T-Mobile call center employees will lose their jobs, and that they are going to bring 5000 jobs back to the United States.

    • Guest

      Yes, all T-Mobile employees have been given severance information….so that they know what they will get just in case. It doesn’t mean they have laid off 20,000 people. AT&T has actually said that no T-Mobile call center employees will lose their jobs, and that they are going to bring 5000 jobs back to the United States.

      • Dominic

        AT&T doesn’t have to because T-mobile has already depleted their workforce significantly.  The call centers are now made up of skeleton crews, when just a year ago it was packed.  Yeah, bring 5000 jobs back but that won’t even cover the amount of rep jobs that were lost before the merger would go through.

      • Aj

        Who gives a damn about call center jobs. They have been outsourced already. At&t is talking shitt about bringing back 5k jobs. In reality that 5k is just a piece in a pile of turd. At&t would close down many Tmobile stores and we will definitely loose more jobs. You can’t trust corporate. It won’t take them a minute to turn around

    • InvisibleHand

      When a merger or acquisition is announced, the law requires potentially impacted parties to receive notice within a given time frame. It doesn’t mean that the employees will be let go.

  • Nearmsp

    Guys, everyone believes that both sides of aisle are unable to work together. But the $126 million AT&T has spent over the last several years lobbying has meant that the politicians have colluded . The bi-partisan silence from both sides of the aisle against this deal is mind boggling. Senator Al Franken is the only honest politician who has come out against the deal in spite of the union  pressuring this democrat. That said, Anti-trust may yet rubber stamp this deal. The department is a joke, it is like having dracula look after the blood banks. The FCC are political hacks appointed by both sides of the aisle and they do the bidding of their master’s after holding some meetings and drama. Hope and pray that the Anti-trust department will stand for more competition and less prices rather than do the bidding for resurrecting the old Ma Bell.

    • TweetMo

      Wow. Al Franken labeled as an honest politician… craziness in here!

    • Blackcat3119

      According to CNN Money site, DOJ does this often to “settle” out of court to get a quid pro quo. The deal will go through. Just a business move.

    • Blackcat3119

      According to CNN Money site, DOJ does this often to “settle” out of court to get a quid pro quo. The deal will go through. Just a business move.

  • Nearmsp

    Guys, everyone believes that both sides of aisle are unable to work together. But the $126 million AT&T has spent over the last several years lobbying has meant that the politicians have colluded . The bi-partisan silence from both sides of the aisle against this deal is mind boggling. Senator Al Franken is the only honest politician who has come out against the deal in spite of the union  pressuring this democrat. That said, Anti-trust may yet rubber stamp this deal. The department is a joke, it is like having dracula look after the blood banks. The FCC are political hacks appointed by both sides of the aisle and they do the bidding of their master’s after holding some meetings and drama. Hope and pray that the Anti-trust department will stand for more competition and less prices rather than do the bidding for resurrecting the old Ma Bell.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Hey look, Smeagle Humm sent the Employees a letter:
    - “DT will join AT&T in challenging the DOJ’s case in court.” – Why the Low Down Dirty…
    - “DT remains convinced that bringing together these two world-class
    businesses would create significant benefits for customers and the
    country.” – World Class?  Um, last time I checked, Monopolies aren’t World Class Businesses.
    - “Let’s build upon the positive momentum we’ve created in recent months.” – We’ve built Positive Momentum in the recent months?  The only good news I’ve heard so far is what the DOJ did today.
    - “We have a great team here at T-Mobile” – Then what the heck are you and DT trying to get rid of it for?

    Ok ok, that’s enough.  Smeagle, you’ve upset me.  You know what happens when I’m upset.  *Grabs the whip* BAD SMEAGLE!!!!  *Snaps Whip* BAD BAD SMEAGLE!!!  This whip is your Precious now.

    • Pikachu

      I was definitely insulted reading the letter to employees. it basically translates to me “we’ve been trying to sell the business and not giving a rats behind about what happens to you because we are trying to cash in, our attempt was blocked today unfortunately.. so in the meanwhile KEEP SELLING for us and give outstanding service” are you EFFIN SERIOUS, these people expect us to what… just drone out and keep doing it… I really feel like, it shoulda said somethin like our attempt to sell was blocked, we tried, but got some things figured out along the way, were gonna hold our own, and use our monies given to us by at$t in the form of bonus payouts for our appreciation of all of your time, abilities, and patience with us in these times. 

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Hey look, Smeagle Humm sent the Employees a letter:
    - “DT will join AT&T in challenging the DOJ’s case in court.” – Why the Low Down Dirty…
    - “DT remains convinced that bringing together these two world-class
    businesses would create significant benefits for customers and the
    country.” – World Class?  Um, last time I checked, Monopolies aren’t World Class Businesses.
    - “Let’s build upon the positive momentum we’ve created in recent months.” – We’ve built Positive Momentum in the recent months?  The only good news I’ve heard so far is what the DOJ did today.
    - “We have a great team here at T-Mobile” – Then what the heck are you and DT trying to get rid of it for?

    Ok ok, that’s enough.  Smeagle, you’ve upset me.  You know what happens when I’m upset.  *Grabs the whip* BAD SMEAGLE!!!!  *Snaps Whip* BAD BAD SMEAGLE!!!  This whip is your Precious now.

  • Guest

    Morgan Reed, executive director of the trade group, Association for Competitive Technology, said AT&T has at least one key fact on its side: Deutsche Telekom has said it does not plan to continue to invest in upgrading the T-Mobile network to deliver faster wireless. That means, “T-Mobile is not a competitor anymore,” Reed said.”T-Mobile has already stepped away from the table,” Reed noted. “We’re at three nationwide wireless carriers no matter what.”

  • Guest

    Morgan Reed, executive director of the trade group, Association for Competitive Technology, said AT&T has at least one key fact on its side: Deutsche Telekom has said it does not plan to continue to invest in upgrading the T-Mobile network to deliver faster wireless. That means, “T-Mobile is not a competitor anymore,” Reed said.”T-Mobile has already stepped away from the table,” Reed noted. “We’re at three nationwide wireless carriers no matter what.”

    • IT Guy

      While everyone wants to focus on the att buyout, this is the most important thing that they fail or refuse to see. DT has no desire to dump more money into T-Mobile.

      We can complain about the evils of ATT all we want and hope against a sale, but the fact remains that DT wants no more.

      • Anonymous

        That’s fine, but they shouldn’t be sold off to one of the major carriers. That is the biggest complaint, regarding competition. Sell to another corporation if they must, but not to at&t no way no how. Cablevision needs to be more vocal. They’re already in direct competition with Verizon on the east coast, and acquiring a nationwide cell network would be their foot in the door for greater spectrum and new market penetration.

    • TMoFan

      That’s true, but what many miss is that there are plenty of options out there for DT and to suggest that at&t is the only one is absurd. We have already heard from a few companies via their filings to the FCC that have expressed partnership opportunities. Not to mention any companies waiting in the wings that we don’t even hear about. As this drags on with more uncertainty we may even see more companies come forward publicly with interest.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else realize that AT&T has until September 2012 to conclude the deal and pay out DT?

    http://www.businessweek.com/technology/atampt-will-fight-for-its-right-to-tmo-08312011.html

    That’s a long time for T-mobile USA to be in limbo.  Plus, I can’t think of one good reason AT&T shouldn’t keep fighting until then considering they have six billion dollars on the line.

  • Cell Phone Chick

    Now for my 2 cents worth. Merger not happening like I expected. T-Mobile will end up on the auction block faster than a fat kid on a cupcake. DT’s head moron is so eager to unload T-Mobile USA that he may end up unemployed b/c too many people overseas not happy that he doesn’t have a back up plan and has disowned T-Mobile USA. Another option is to sell us off to a smaller wireless carrier for whatever they can get for us or sell us to a foreign entity like Vodafone or Docomo or to someone not even in the wireless network game like Google. Phillip Humm who is a henchman from DT sent to the U.S. to see the merger through has successfully helped DT run T-Mobile USA into the ground. Most of our customer care has been cut in the U.S. due to “natural attrition” and instead of being replaced the jobs have been outsourced. I certainly don’t want At&t acquiring T-Mobile but I am looking forward to DT either manning up and rebuilding what they have destroyed or selling us to someone who will. HEY GOOGLE T-MOBILE IS FOR SELL!!!! YOU CAN PROBABLY GET IT FOR A STEAL AT THIS POINT. SOME STOCKS AND SOME S&H GREEN STAMPS WOULD PROBABLY SUFFICE.

    • Markitos

      well said, fully agreed

    • Markitos

      well said, fully agreed

    • Craigers

      Hey Apple T-mobile is for sale and you can probably get it for a song! 8)

    • Craigers

      Hey Apple T-mobile is for sale and you can probably get it for a song! 8)

      • Setzer715

        I’m not an apple fan, but working for them would probably be pretty cool,  I’m in!

    • Setzer715

      Stole the words right out of my keyboard!

    • Realcool2000

      hahaha soon it may sell for some food stamps and a lift to Germany…heck,..Russel Simmons may but it lol

    • Realcool2000

      hahaha soon it may sell for some food stamps and a lift to Germany…heck,..Russel Simmons may but it lol

    • Realcool2000

      hahaha soon it may sell for some food stamps and a lift to Germany…heck,..Russel Simmons may but it lol

    • Realcool2000

      hahaha soon it may sell for some food stamps and a lift to Germany…heck,..Russel Simmons may but it lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Cross/1413791342 David Cross

      S&H Green stamps! Chick, where are you from and how old are you? You took me back on that one and gave me a great bit of nostalgia at the same time. Used to love heading downtown with my green stamps lol

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Most likely got that from a cable TV program “Storage Wars” that aired last night (a repeat). 

        Barry, one of the featured bidders each week, bought a storage locker and got burned. 

        Best thing in the locker was a small neon sign saying “We Give S & H Stamps”  He shopped it at a vintage neon sign shop. The owner said the sign was worthless.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Cross/1413791342 David Cross

          That’s crazy lol I wouldn’t mind having that sign

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Cross/1413791342 David Cross

      S&H Green stamps! Chick, where are you from and how old are you? You took me back on that one and gave me a great bit of nostalgia at the same time. Used to love heading downtown with my green stamps lol

  • Ilovepasta

    The FCC is siding with the DOJ. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “By filing suit today, the
    Department of Justice has concluded that AT&T’s acquisition of
    T-Mobile would substantially lessen competition in violation of the
    antitrust laws. Competition is an essential component of the FCC’s
    statutory public interest analysis, and although our process is not
    complete, the record before this agency also raises serious concerns
    about the impact of the proposed transaction on competition. Vibrant
    competition in wireless services is vital to innovation, investment,
    economic growth and job creation, and to drive our global leadership in
    mobile. Competition fosters consumer benefits, including more choices,
    better service and lower prices.”

    TAKE THAT PHILIPP HUMM!!!!!

    • IT Guy

      But when you look at that next to ” Morgan Reed, executive director of the trade group, Association for Competitive Technology, said AT&T has at least one key fact on its side: Deutsche Telekom has said it does not plan to continue to invest in upgrading the T-Mobile network to deliver faster wireless. That means, “T-Mobile is not a competitor anymore,” Reed said.”T-Mobile has already stepped away from the table,” Reed noted. “We’re at three nationwide wireless carriers no matter what.”"

      It puts things in perspective.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        But that still would not change the DOJ’s case; the Government is opposing AT&T doing a deal with T-Mobile.

      • http://twitter.com/sulu600 Steve Park

        But, with the 3 billion in cash that DOJ may make stay here and the 3 billion in spectrum that is already going to stay here, TM has a good chance of bouncing back up to the table, don’t you think?

    • IT Guy

      But when you look at that next to ” Morgan Reed, executive director of the trade group, Association for Competitive Technology, said AT&T has at least one key fact on its side: Deutsche Telekom has said it does not plan to continue to invest in upgrading the T-Mobile network to deliver faster wireless. That means, “T-Mobile is not a competitor anymore,” Reed said.”T-Mobile has already stepped away from the table,” Reed noted. “We’re at three nationwide wireless carriers no matter what.”"

      It puts things in perspective.

  • tmofasho

    So internally we have a tool that let’s us know how bad the call volume is today I saw the worse status in my 3 years normally it hovers around 70% which means that 70% of calls are answere during the expected call time of 8-13 minutes or some crap like that I’m not completely sure what the exact time but what I’m getting at it that they were down to 34% so only 3 in 10 got through turning a reasonable amount of time …sucks..