FCC Will Combine AT&T’s Qualcomm And T-Mobile Bids Together For Review

The Federal Communications Commission informed AT&T late Monday afternoon that it would combine its reviews of the proposed T-Mobile buyout along with their purchase of the 700MHz wireless spectrum currently held by Qualcomm. In a letter issued by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau the FCC concluded that enough evidence was presented that the ramifications of both deals are related and that they should be considered at the same time.

 “The Commission’s ongoing review has confirmed that the proposed transactions raise a number of related issues, including, but not limited to, questions regarding AT&T’s aggregation of spectrum throughout the nation, particularly in overlapping areas. As a result, we have concluded that the best way to determine whether either or both of the proposed transactions serve the public interest is to consider them in a coordinated manner at this time.”

This decision comes after AT&T and Qualcomm had requested that the FCC speed up the review process of their deal that was announced six months ago. The decision by the FCC is seen as a setback for AT&T as it will now have to argue why it needs both a massive purchase of spectrum from both companies. However, the FCC can conclude its reviews of both purchases independently and approve one without the other.

In the meantime AT&T has hired consulting firm M+R to perform its own analysis on T-Mobile’s viability in the market place. The report as written by M+R economist Allen Rosenfeld argued that FCC official and regulators are focusing on the wrong outcome. The FCC review shouldn’t be decided based on what happens if AT&T buys T-Mobile, but what happens if AT&T DOESN’T buy T-Mobile.

At the core of the flawed apples-and-oranges comparison is an implicit assumption that, in the absence of the proposed merger, T-Mobile USA’s current pricing structure would continue to be available to consumers. In the most-general sense, that assumption implies a continuation of the status quo for T-Mobile USA for the foreseeable future. More specifically, it assumes that T-Mobile USA’s overall customer strategy, driven by plans priced lower than AT&T’s and Verizon’s, could be sustained for years to come. A close look at the industry and the competitive outlook for T-Mobile USA, however, casts serious doubt upon the validity of the assumption that T-Mobile USA, going it alone in the absence of the merger, would be able to sustain its pricing strategy and that consumers would be better off if the merger were not approved.

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  • FlyerR

    AT&T wants to increase T-mo prices after the merger. This cannot be any clearer from their own language.
    AT&T is saying that T-mo lower priced plans are not sustainable.“…assumes that T-Mobile USA’s overall customer strategy, driven by plans priced lower than AT&T’s and Verizon’s, could be sustained for years to come. “

    • Jcj1

      Yeah they have to say that cause T-Mobile is kicking their butt and charging less. They NEED T-Mobile gone

      • ColdFeet

        T-Mobile’s kicking AT&T’s butt? This ain’t golf… the lowest number isn’t the winner.

      • IT Guy

        Yet even with the lower prices, T-Mobile still can’t attract customers.

    • MagentaMadness

      Couple things – Its not a merger, its a buy out. Also when ATT buys out Tmobile, Tmobile will be no longer, it will be ATT so they can’t raise “Tmobile’s prices”. All current contracts will be fullfilled butif/when they go to renew it’ll be under ATT’s price structure.

      • Mopar6464

        Unless you can’t get any signal through your T-Mobile phone anymore because AT&T restructured the towers to their liking.
        Then you will have to get a AT&T sim card on their terms or have no service.
        I don’t think AT&T is going to let millions of T-Mobile customers have the same data service for half the cost as their customers are paying for and it being unlimited data which they don’t offer to AT&T customers.
        They will throw a road block on that one way or another and make it so you will have to upgrade to their plans or you won’t have service that’s worth a squat.

        • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

          All companies have done this in all mergers and buy outs. Once your contract is up you have 3 options. 1. Keep the contract by resigning and keeping your old phone. 2. Getting a new phone and a new rate plan and resigning a contract. 3. Continue month to month subject to any and all adjustments in price.

          AT&T has notoriously done this. I see no reason it should stop now. Sprint did the same thing regarding Nextel as well, but kept ONE feature the same “Direct Connect” has always kept its unlimited options for low or same price.

        • Mopar6464

          So your saying if it’s all approved by the FCC , i can keep my $60.00/month Unlimited Everything Loyalty Plan everything on each of my three lines until the two year contract expires while AT&T customers have to continue paying $120.00/month for the same 3G service.
          I can’t see that happening because the AT&T loyal customers would be filing a class action lawsuit saying their getting the bad end of the deal by paying twice as much a month for the same service .
          I agree though with what your saying about what happens after your original T-Mobile contract once it expires. AT&T will then tell you how it is and you will like it or leave..

        • MagentaMadness

           Theres a catch…I don’t think our 3G phones (set to 3G) will work on ATT network iirc.

        • MagentaMadness

           Theres a catch…I don’t think our 3G phones (set to 3G) will work on ATT network iirc.

        • Mopar6464

          What if one of my phones is a AT&T unlocked smartphone?
          I think the catch will be the difference between a T-Mobile sim and a AT&T sim .
          So when Buy-out is complete , will AT&T have two different sims . One for assumed T-Mobile customers and one for AT&T customers ?
          Just like when AT&T had blue and orange sims in the past from a previous merger.

        • MagentaMadness

          Unlocked ATT phone w/TMO sim might work.

        • Mopar6464

          What if one of my phones is a AT&T unlocked smartphone?
          I think the catch will be the difference between a T-Mobile sim and a AT&T sim .
          So when Buy-out is complete , will AT&T have two different sims . One for assumed T-Mobile customers and one for AT&T customers ?
          Just like when AT&T had blue and orange sims in the past from a previous merger.

        • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

          ATT WILL find a way to make you “upgrade” to ATT’s plans. Just wait and see, if this deal is passed.

        • MagentaMadness

          Only thing(well, not the only thing, but a major thing) that has to be done for TMO subs to be able to latch onto ATT network is open up the LAC’s. Yes there is more involved but for the main part once the LAC’s are opened up, TMO phones will see ATT’s network. Just like some years ago when there was roaming agreements between the two carriers, both network are very similar and it was easy. Towers just can’t be “restructured to liking”. Not getting into what bands will work, etc etc.

        • Nearmsp

          They have already put a road block for existing customers. Any AT&T customer who wants to add a hot spot or tethering feature now has to get off the unlimited data plan and pay $45 for a 4 GB “Data Pro” package. AT&T is the master of how to trap and screw its customers and bind them in to long contracts. I recall 10 years back I could not even decline for their “free” cell phone to get out of the 2 year option. Most American non untility service companies (unlike European companies) are not regulated and have learnt to screw their own customers and learnt to bind them in to long contracts. Try getting a DVR with Directv. $200 for the device AND and 2 year extension! No option to buy it without contract extension. 

        • PriorTmobRep

          That’s exactly what Verizon did when they bought out Unicel in Central Oregon. “Oh, no, sorry that your cute little phone and cheap little plan don’t work anymore… our bad….. just buy a new one!”

        • Kerrywhite68

          That’s what AT&T did when it became Cingular… “sorry you phone don’t work, buy a new one on our new network.. for more money”…  that’s how I became a TMO customer.  I think AT&T is going to pull the same crap, and the veiled message above says that to me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NI4YLXAO43ZREYQHO5KKWJJZKQ Haney

    What I am getting from this is this, Tmo may not stay afloat if there isn’t some kind of merger, with some company. Keep in mind that AT and T is not the only option.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      There is no merger.
      It’s a takeover.

  • MIKEEEEE

    DT should realize that the deal might not go through and spin it off.

    unencumbered by an extra outside the USA corporate culture they could become more competitive than what they are now.

    how about just going back to VOICESTREAM with a 2011 paradigm?

    that’s why i came here in the first place and that’s why i’m leaving when the deal closes. 

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      T-Mobile is already spun off from DT. By American law, a company can be owned by a foreign entity but only in certain amounts (unsure of the amounts, I know for Airlines, its only 25%). T-Mobile USA is a subsidiary of DT, but it is not operated by them, it is operated by an American conglomerate, operating under the T-Mobile banner, much like Verizon operates as Verizon Wireless but is really owned by CellCoPartners and Vodafone. It also is like leasing the Virgin Mobile name from the UK company  Virgin Group to Sprint, or like Virgin America leases the name from Virgin Group – while they do things similarly and have a small financial stake in them, they are not operated by them.

      • MIKEEEEE

        T-MO USA  is a wholly owned subsidiary of DT.

        the 2 key words here are ‘wholly owned’.

        i’d like the source for your ownership info please?

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          I posted a link for you however, it has to be approved to be posted here.

      • MIKEEEEE

        T-MO USA  is a wholly owned subsidiary of DT.

        the 2 key words here are ‘wholly owned’.

        i’d like the source for your ownership info please?

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        Its 30% ownership. I remember because of the article posted 1 year ago that the FTC sent a letter to T-Mobile asking for the share in the company to be lowered. However, the rule is usually broken because Vodafone has 45% of Verizon but DT does have 30%.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        Its 30% ownership. I remember because of the article posted 1 year ago that the FTC sent a letter to T-Mobile asking for the share in the company to be lowered. However, the rule is usually broken because Vodafone has 45% of Verizon but DT does have 30%.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          They say you can’t own more than 20% but its still 30% its a foreign entity. I think Vodafone can have 45% because its a joint partnership. 

  • Anonymous

    Its funny how the fcc wants to review atts purchase of qualcomms spectrum now, but spectrum auctions of the past weren’t scrutinized so closely. Just let them buy the spectrum and tmo usa and let’s move on with our lives.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    Problem is AT&T are not the only ones that were bidding to buy T-Mobile USA. The FCC should ask for this info so they know who exactly was interested in the carrier to persuade their decision. Also T-Mobile has only been losing less than 100,000 per quarter lately. This quarter showed 50,000 it seems they are going back to positive soon. They have been down 1.2 Million approximately since 2009. Other providers such as Vodafone or America Movil or even someone else can buy the company. Give AT&T Qualcomms spectrum but don’t give them T-Mobile USA then DT will just sell it to bidder #2 Vodafone – 25 Billion or even more. So No AT&T doesn’t have to get T-Mobile there are other companies interested that would better candidates. I see that the deal was made to make AT&T #1 and thats it. But AT&T isn’t anything more special than the other providers and why no one is looking at T-Mobile has over 30 Million subscribers and is #4 still in the US is beyond me. 

    • Samus91

      I agree I for one would be fine with another company not in the top slots buying out Tmo.  People also forget about the smart bargaining chip Tmo has.  They worked into the merger deal that if it does not get approved Tmo gets money and spectrum from ATT.  Spectrum mind you from a company that has publicly stated that they currently can’t support their customers due to the lack of spectrum.  This is money and spectrum Tmo could use to upgrade towers and service etc.  Even if Tmo still was bought by another company that would be another hit at ATT because then TMO would have more support and all of a sudden the tide changes back to a consumer friendly environment and ruins ATT’s plan of controlled pricing and their nerotic need to be #1.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        Well in a way T-Mobile does need a company that has a lot of money which usually means they are at the top 10 spot. However, a business that is currently in the USA that is in a top 10 spot should not be buying T-Mobile USA. AWS still needs to be rolled out and there will be needed extensive coverage upgrading and improvements. With a company that currently doesn’t have the big bucks it can be hard for them to upgrade the network. Anything Sprint and below would be a candidate in this deal but some of these companies wouldn’t run the company well because they don’t have all the extra money for the improvements needed. Sprint could be the only candidate in the USA. However, they are also disqualified due to the fact of the network they run and T-Mobile’s network they would have to do a major flip with it to whatever type of network they choose to replace it with. It is possible for them to entirely flip the network to either CDMA or GSM type but this takes a long time and Sprint just does not provide the good reception for people to have faith in this deal. AWS would be the only spectrum that can convert easily. But if they convert this over to CDMA then that leaves 1 GSM carrier and that becomes a problem. So best bet is to get someone who isn’t even in this company operating to pick them up. Vodafone would be one of the best to do so. Even Google could do this and I know they can make it just with their name but then there goes lawsuit after lawsuit that Google caters to Android on their own carrier.

    • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

      Seeing what interaction Voda has had with Verizon Wireless, allowing Voda to buy T-Mobile would be exactly the same as AT&T buying T-Mobile. Both are incumbent companies that already put too much anticompetitive moves in the market. For T-Mobile the BEST option would be to sell it to Telefonica, Sprint, or even a company making a move into the wire/wireless realm like Google or TimeWarner. Hell at this point selling it to Qwest/CenturyLink is even a better option.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        Vodafone only has interaction with Verizon Wireless because they can’t get their hands on a GSM carrier. They’ve tried Cingular and now they’ve tried T-Mobile but AT&T continues to beat them to it. I’m in favor of allowing Vodafone to sell its 45% share in Verizon Wireless back to them and allowing Vodafone to take complete control of T-Mobile USA. Sprint wouldn’t be the best option due to the fact that their service sucks. I would not want to be apart of Sprint nor AT&T. Vodafone does have the right to have a company in its name in the USA but can’t own part of Verizon Wireless. Telefonica has issues in Europe over unfair practices. Vodafone also has some issues. Qwest/CenturyLink would just drain it to the ground. Google sounds like a good option but IDK if they could manage it long term and since a wireless carrier deals with Android it could cause problems with other companies wanting to deny the buyout. Any cable company would not be suitable for a cell carrier this big they would most likely also drain it to the ground. Qwest currently markets Verizon on a 5yr contract it would create problems with the contract. Money for one is the key in which its needed to complete the AWS build-out and even better phones and service.

        • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

          Vodafone is not bad overseas, so 1 vote for vodafone.

  • Samus91

    Sounds to me from the last comment then that it is obvious that if the buy out occurs you can guarantee price plans are going up for T-mobile subscribers seeing as though they believe the prices aren’t sustainable.  Can I ask how the “consumer” is better off with a merger where the prices of their plans will go up significantly and service will very likely get worse for both companies post addition?  I’m confused where I benefit from this.  I can see how AT&T benefits by having more subscribers at their raised prices and offering no clear solution to upgrading their own system let alone another companies or that they and Verizon will operate more than 80% of the wireless industry post merger thereby controlling price points and limiting new phone technology. Don’t tell me I will be better off.  That is a flat out lie.   

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    Also, did you see AT&T’s Q2. They know since they no longer have the iPhone exclusively they won’t be able to add 2 Million per quarter. They added 1.1 Million which is less than Sprint of 1.2 Million and Verizon of 1.3 Million. Which they are down 500,000 – 700,000 on additions on average.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    Also, did you see AT&T’s Q2. They know since they no longer have the iPhone exclusively they won’t be able to add 2 Million per quarter. They added 1.1 Million which is less than Sprint of 1.2 Million and Verizon of 1.3 Million. Which they are down 500,000 – 700,000 on additions on average.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

    Also, did you see AT&T’s Q2. They know since they no longer have the iPhone exclusively they won’t be able to add 2 Million per quarter. They added 1.1 Million which is less than Sprint of 1.2 Million and Verizon of 1.3 Million. Which they are down 500,000 – 700,000 on additions on average.

  • Derek_sachs

    GTFO AT&T!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

    ” The FCC review shouldn’t be decided based on what happens if AT&T buys T-Mobile, but what happens if AT&T DOESN’T buy T-Mobile.” – Ill tell you what will happen… AT&T will be looked at as a company that got over its head with the iPhone and never expanded their services like they claimed they would with the merger of Cingular-AT&T Wireless for one. They also will be a PRIME example why handset/device exclusivity should be ILLEGAL since it makes companies non-competitive, depletes network resources and locks people into limited or no service in many areas. Lets not even mention that AT&T has some of the largest banked 4G allocated spectrum they chose not use, in addition to a multitude of their 1900 or 850 spectrum, many in overlapping areas that could have been used solely for 3G services, rather than plug up BOTH 1900 AND 850 with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, and 4G. Thats their own fault.
    T-Mobile assets will absolutely NOT bring 4G services to more rural areas since in many AWS areas, T-Mobile holds very small or limited spectrum amounts they feel are not worth building out in the first place, but need for the adjacent market or inclusive market within that DMA.

    This whole fiasco now seems that AT&T is just trying to buy up any and all available spectrum to rebuild its monopoly and weed out T-Mobile, Sprint, Clearwire, Cricket and Metro, even USCC as carriers. I wouldnt be surprised if behind closed doors AT&T already made deals with Verizon regarding merging their networks and comanaging them too.

    • IT Guy

      I think the spectrum issue is going to play into this deal quite a bit. Should it be passed, one of the stipulations would probably be that AT&T is going to have to auction off a good portioin of spectrum — somewhere on the order of what they’re acquiring in the T-Mobile deal.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        And that is a problem for them. Why buy a company if your not going to be getting much spectrum out of it. Then their argument as to why buying is invalid. It would then make them look more and more like they just want the highest # of subscribers.

        • IT Guy

          I honestly don’t think they much care about the subscribers. What they’re looking at is the underlying network. Even with the costs of merging and integrating the hardware, it’s cheaper and quicker for them to buy what DT wants to sell than it is for them to build it from the ground up.

        • IT Guy

          I honestly don’t think they much care about the subscribers. What they’re looking at is the underlying network. Even with the costs of merging and integrating the hardware, it’s cheaper and quicker for them to buy what DT wants to sell than it is for them to build it from the ground up.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Its pure laziness.

        • GregP74

          That it may be, but investors in any company would urge the same thing. It doesn’t make sense for them to do it more expensively and slower. Only government contractors work that way.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Not Verizon necessarily. A great network and a well job done.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Its pure laziness.

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      AT&T wouldn’t make a deal like that with Verizon or any company. If they want to monopolize they will do it all by themselves. However, the biggest issue is AT&T does not use their 850/1900 spectrum fully because it isn’t all built out to be put in use. They are being slow on getting their LTE 4G prepared for launch. There are many areas that T-Mobile could provide AWS service for their HSPA+ 21/42 networks and have enough spectrum to do so. However, they do not have enough spectrum to provide an upgrade to HSPA+ 168 in all areas unless they went the LTHE route combining 850/1900 onto 1700 to provide a LTHE 672 service and 1Gbps service later on. T-Mobile is still in need for spectrum of some kind they could get away with just 20MHz of additional spectrum to their network. AT&T could rid of its 2G services and use 3G in its place. Their entire 850/1900 can be solely used for 3G HSPA 7.2 & HSPA 14.4 services. AT&T owns over 100MHz of spectrum total which is more than Verizon. If they also could use their 2.3GHz spectrum that’ll help a lil bit along the way. But AT&T is not short on spectrum. Verizon currently has nearly 104 Million Subscribers they hold 88MHz of spectrum but the network is sufficient. If AT&T did things like Verizon the network wouldn’t be crap. They claim they have 4G service but HSPA 14.4 is not even 4G. HSPA+ 21 is. HSPA 14.4 is a clear upgrade path to HSPA 7.2 and still falls under 3.75G. AT&T only does this because they know they are the only ones w/o 4G rolled out right now and would look foolish if honest.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      If anyone of you read my comments from before, you know I dislike ATT.
      But to be fair, they are slowly improving their network. coverage and speed.

      But the way they do business and their prices made me leave them.

    • Dpro

      AT&T is not the  old AT&T. It’s SBC a Texas baby bell created after the  breakup of AT&T. They bought AT&T and changed their name to AT&T. That is fact. So stop saying the are trying to put their old monopoly together.

      Get the facts straight.

  • Nearmsp

    If AT&T’s limp argument as to what would happen to T-mobile if they did not buy it should be nipped in the bud. If this argument is valid, we would have monopoly in every service in every country. T-mobile is free to float it  stock to the public and cash out. It is free to sell to any company in the world other than existing major players in the US. If AT&T is really feeling flush with cash, go to Africa and bid against the Indians and Chinese who are buying up wireless companies there. In those parts of the world the growth rate is over 30%. The only reason AT&T would buy T-mobile in a full mature and saturated US market is so that once they become a duopoly they can jack up the prices and make a killing. This would kill innovation. My honorable congressmen Erik Paulson has done nothing. But my Senator Al Franken has come out against the deal. I am a republican but will vote Democrat next time around. Shame on the corrupt politicians who hide behind lobbyists to accept tainted money from AT&T who will then make it up on bucket loads from T-mobile customers who will have fewer choices to run.

    • IT Guy

      It’s not AT&T’s arguement that T-Mobile will fold up without being bought. That’s been pretty well known for a while now. DT has been trying to find a buyer for two years.

      There were articles last summer speculating that without some sort of acquisition, T-Mobile could file for bankruptcy by the end of 2011.

      It does appear that they’re cutting down the churn rate, with only 50,000 customers lost last quarter. They appear to be doing this with lower and lower pricing on plans. While this may be nice in the short term for customers, it’s cutting into their profits even further. They’re still able to stay above water and cover operating costs, but the money to reinvest into their network on a large scale just is not there.Despite what I may think of AT&T in general, I can’t fault them for wanting to buy up T-Mobile’s network. Given the situation, any CEO who passed on that deal would probably be looking for a new job.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        They didn’t lose any money last quarter and things haven’t necessarily gotten cheaper for all but for some. I think they are just having a few bad years and soon will turn to profit and look stupid that they even considered a buyer.

        • IT Guy

          I hope you are right.I wouldn’t bet on it though.

        • Anonymous

          exactly.  the parent company of T-mobile USA doesn’t believe it either.

      • Anonymous

        The churn is lower because the phone selection on tmo has gotten alot better in the last quarter.  Tmo went from having phones like the Asus Garminphone, Behold II, Cliq/Cliq XT to phones like Sensation 4g and G2x.  Devices like that people will gladly sign two year contracts for. If the rumors of a Tmobile iphone are true (even if its the lower spec – value model) people will sign up even more in droves.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        It would take T-Mobile around 10 to 20 years to fold at the rate.

        • IT Guy

          True, it would take along time for them to run out of customers, but DT wouldn’t wait that long to pull the plug.What DT’s higher ups and more importantly their investors are looking at is when can they see a return on their investment in the US market. Let’s take a look at that.In 2001, DT created T-Mobile USA by acquiring Voicestream for roughly $35b, and PowerTel for about $24b. Right off the bat that’s a $59 billion investment.I don’t feel like going through 10 years of financial data, but here’s what we’ve seen for 2009 through the start of 2011 so far:         Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4       Total2009 $322m $425m $417m $306m $1.470B2010 $362m $404m $320m $268m $1.354B2011 $135m $212m x         x         $347 to dateRounding up to $1.5 billion in profits per year, it’d still take them 40 years to recoup their money.

        • IT Guy

          sorry I tried to make nice columns and stuff but it threw it all away

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          I don’t think there’s much room at this time for bigger profits that are at a big difference. But they can be paid back in stock. In which they probably have given them that. 

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          I don’t think there’s much room at this time for bigger profits that are at a big difference. But they can be paid back in stock. In which they probably have given them that. 

        • IT Guy

          sorry I tried to make nice columns and stuff but it threw it all away

        • IT Guy

          True, it would take along time for them to run out of customers, but DT wouldn’t wait that long to pull the plug.What DT’s higher ups and more importantly their investors are looking at is when can they see a return on their investment in the US market. Let’s take a look at that.In 2001, DT created T-Mobile USA by acquiring Voicestream for roughly $35b, and PowerTel for about $24b. Right off the bat that’s a $59 billion investment.I don’t feel like going through 10 years of financial data, but here’s what we’ve seen for 2009 through the start of 2011 so far:         Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4       Total2009 $322m $425m $417m $306m $1.470B2010 $362m $404m $320m $268m $1.354B2011 $135m $212m x         x         $347 to dateRounding up to $1.5 billion in profits per year, it’d still take them 40 years to recoup their money.

    • IT Guy

      It’s not AT&T’s arguement that T-Mobile will fold up without being bought. That’s been pretty well known for a while now. DT has been trying to find a buyer for two years.

      There were articles last summer speculating that without some sort of acquisition, T-Mobile could file for bankruptcy by the end of 2011.

      It does appear that they’re cutting down the churn rate, with only 50,000 customers lost last quarter. They appear to be doing this with lower and lower pricing on plans. While this may be nice in the short term for customers, it’s cutting into their profits even further. They’re still able to stay above water and cover operating costs, but the money to reinvest into their network on a large scale just is not there.Despite what I may think of AT&T in general, I can’t fault them for wanting to buy up T-Mobile’s network. Given the situation, any CEO who passed on that deal would probably be looking for a new job.

  • Anonymous

    What will happen if ATT doesnt buy Tmobile: ATT will have to actually work to keep their network up, and Tmobile will either break away from DT, get sold into little piece, or get sold to someone outside of the wireless industry who can bring Tmo back to awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Vodaphone was very close to buying tmobile and running business here in the US – they already own half of Verizon Wireless.  It’s just AT&T was willing to pay a much larger amount than Vodaphone was.

      • abdullahi said

        i rather get owned by vodafone. they should let us vote.

  • Anonymous

    What will happen if ATT doesnt buy Tmobile: ATT will have to actually work to keep their network up, and Tmobile will either break away from DT, get sold into little piece, or get sold to someone outside of the wireless industry who can bring Tmo back to awesome.

  • Aviifl

    All att has to do is keep the pricing structer of tmobile when the  companys merge. Tell the fcc that att palns on keeping the pricing structure of tmobile for att

    • Mopar6464

      But then you will have some angry AT&T loyal customers who will be getting the short end of this deal because they would be paying twice as much monthly for the same 3G service.
      And how would AT&T give T-mobile customers their special unlimited data services if AT&T don’t offer that to their own customers ?
      And a bigger issue would be if AT&T and the FCC agreed on that , then a lot of AT&T customers would be better off paying their ETF and signing up with T-Mobile just before it’s all approved for the 50% monthly savings.
      My brother and his wife pay $240.00/month with AT&T for their 3G plans with the 2GB cap data and love their AT&T service they get , believe it or not.
      You can get that same service right now with T-Mobile’s new $100.00/month deal (2 lines) and when T-mobile is bought and approved it will be AT&T anyways.
      So i doubt AT&T will announce something like that before it’s all approved. There would be a lot of pissed off AT&T customers if they announced something like that right now.

      • Respawn

        I honestly believe AT&T customers in general are pissed off. Why they don’t leave for a decent carrier, I have no idea. I think people ENJOY getting screwed out of money for lackluster service.

      • Respawn

        I honestly believe AT&T customers in general are pissed off. Why they don’t leave for a decent carrier, I have no idea. I think people ENJOY getting screwed out of money for lackluster service.

    • Anonymous

      But they absolutely won’t keep the pricing structure – after your contract is up they will make you sign up for a new more expensive plan

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      Yeah right, that’ll never happen.

  • Aviifl

    All att has to do is keep the pricing structer of tmobile when the  companys merge. Tell the fcc that att palns on keeping the pricing structure of tmobile for att

  • macman37

    It’s great to see that the FCC is also taking a look at AT&T’s acquisition of the 700Mhz spectrum while deciding to approve or disapprove this merger.  AT&T and Verizon were both the big winners when this spectrum was auctioned a few years ago.  When we consider AT&T’s argument of if AT&T doesn’t buy T-Mobile, the FCC’s non-approval will tell us quite a few things: 1) AT&T hardly did a thing while enjoying their increased revenue from being the exclusive iPhone carrier to improve their network; and 2) AT&T should get off their lazy asses and get to work in building their 4G LTE markets; their pathetic butts only announced 5 this summer; it’s reported that they, despite of bragging of having a global standard, will only have 11 markets at the end of this year.  Verizon expected 30 LTE markets when they first announced them, and exceeded that goal with 8 more in 6 months.  The FCC should tell AT&T to stop spreading their 2nd rate customer service and do more builiding with their more than enough unused spectrum. 

  • BigMixxx

    So switch the focus to a potentially unsuccessful AT&T purchase and make focus on the demise of T mobile in the foreseeable future.  Is that the case? Really?

    Hmm, If the purchase is not approved:

    Sprint will offer up it’s wireless arm to T mobile to form a new company.  Sprint is really wasting away…Sprint is still operating and losing money quarter after quarter (there
    is a line in there that says ‘Bad investments’…847 million dollar loss
    and a loss of 101K subscribers.)   I can see a Re-branded company ran by with a T mobile foundation ran by some youth…that dude we have with T mobile…He will be gone…

    There is still a slim chance that Google may finance such a purchase.  Centurylink stepping in to leverage their company may also offer some additional bandwidth making things a heck of a lot smoother…The financial benefit is still left to be examined..

    In any case, I do see T mobile valuing itself right vs. 39 billion (Too High) for a public offering.  Centruylink may jump in a fund a company like T mobile.  Wireless carriers make up 280+ billion in revenue, mostly held by ATT.  Technically needing another player is a good thing…

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      Sprint added 1 Million customers for quarters in a row as of now . They added 1.2 Million. Sprint ranked #2 in additions regardless of loss. That would change in the future. But remember part of Sprints suffering has to do with doing a great thing for consumers in which lowered their pricing similar to T-Mobile.

  • TMoFan

    This is great news. As it stands now this takeover only benefits DT and at&t, leaving consumers and the competition in a very hard place.

    The argument that without at&t T-Mobile is going to die needs to end. True, T-Mobile as we know it will not exist but there are dozens of options including partnerships, sellouts (not to huge behemoths), and spinning off into a public company that can be looked at and would benefit everybody including DT. We don’t need at&t as our saviour!

    I hold out some hope that this will be denied. Even better, some outside company comes in and brings some new blood to the US.

    • Fdf

      Speak for your self mate…i think att would really improve all things tmobile…

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        First, there will be no more tmobile, if the deal passed.
        2nf. your price won’t improve….unless you think getting charged more $$ is improvement…

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        They have a history in improving nada.

      • TMoFan

        A majority of T-Mobile customers don’t want this thing to go through, so I’m not the only one dreading the absorption by the death star and I bet a lot of us will flee.

      • TMoFan

        A majority of T-Mobile customers don’t want this thing to go through, so I’m not the only one dreading the absorption by the death star and I bet a lot of us will flee.

      • OKDave

        Back away from the drugs, FDF. Back away. ATT sucks, and that’s the only element of the equation that’s relevant. 

      • OKDave

        Back away from the drugs, FDF. Back away. ATT sucks, and that’s the only element of the equation that’s relevant. 

      • Respawn

        Like they improved their wonderfully amazingly (horrible) data plans? Why not?! Let’s let AT&T screw us some more. We like it, doncha know? ;)

  • IT Guy

    I’ve been seeing some talk here about others being interested in buying tmobile. I know about Sprint’s offer and the recent interest from Cablevision, but where are you guys hearing anything about Vodaphone, Google, etc?

    All of my sources are telling me the interest level is pretty low.

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      Vodafone hasn’t seen much attention in this. However, they were interested and were in the secret bidding wars for T-Mobile USA.

    • Respawn

      Actually, Cablevision wanted to partner with T-Mobile from what I understand. I don’t remember them wanting to buy them out. I have seen crazier things though.

      I heard awhile ago that Google was interested, but I don’t see how that would necessarily work for them unless they stopped partnering with Sprint on Google Voice and pretty much gave the other carriers crappy Androids.

      Cablevision buying T-Mobile would be hilarious though. Why not let Pepsi get in on this deal too?  They own everything else. Well food-wise, but still, there’s a first time for everything.

    • Respawn

      Actually, Cablevision wanted to partner with T-Mobile from what I understand. I don’t remember them wanting to buy them out. I have seen crazier things though.

      I heard awhile ago that Google was interested, but I don’t see how that would necessarily work for them unless they stopped partnering with Sprint on Google Voice and pretty much gave the other carriers crappy Androids.

      Cablevision buying T-Mobile would be hilarious though. Why not let Pepsi get in on this deal too?  They own everything else. Well food-wise, but still, there’s a first time for everything.

      • IT Guy

        I’d heard comments around the time the AT&T deal was announced — people saying “Google should buy them” but I never actually saw anything from Google that they had any interest.

        Now Pepsi…there’s an idea. After all, when they started out, they billed themselves as a cheaper alternative to Coca Cola!

      • IT Guy

        I’d heard comments around the time the AT&T deal was announced — people saying “Google should buy them” but I never actually saw anything from Google that they had any interest.

        Now Pepsi…there’s an idea. After all, when they started out, they billed themselves as a cheaper alternative to Coca Cola!

      • IT Guy

        I’d heard comments around the time the AT&T deal was announced — people saying “Google should buy them” but I never actually saw anything from Google that they had any interest.

        Now Pepsi…there’s an idea. After all, when they started out, they billed themselves as a cheaper alternative to Coca Cola!

      • Hawks7897

        If Cablevision was to partner with TMO, I wonder how it would effect those of us not in a Cablevision area?

  • J. Williams

    Well, the clock is ticking…and this will come to an end.  Soon will all see how this unfolds, in due time.  I personally will continue to wach from the edge of my seat, I really wanna see some BIG twist at the end.

  • Havoktek

    More popcorn please, this is getting deep. Don’t touch that remote baby!
    I’m still holding steady, even though the wifey wants us to jump ship. Must enlighten her on to play this game!

  • Havoktek

    More popcorn please, this is getting deep. Don’t touch that remote baby!
    I’m still holding steady, even though the wifey wants us to jump ship. Must enlighten her on to play this game!

  • Ifuseekamy23

    Funy how some people would prefer t-mobile to get bought out by vodafone.. if u look up vodafone online it ain’t doing that well in Europe, its not bad but its not great either. I bet if that would happen it would probably be like at&t or worse…

    • Jarrod

      Vodafone has no reason to buy out T-Mobile USA, they own the majority of Verizon as it is so that wouldn’t make sense.

      • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

        GSM type carrier. Vodafone is GSM except in the US. They have bid for Cingular and T-Mobile USA.

        • Jarrod

          Are you serious they have placed bids for both of them? thats a shocker, I don’t think I would like Vodafone to be the owner but it would be better than AT&T.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          AT&T Wireless also years also. Telefonica was a monopoly also in Spain some years ago. But Vodafone does pretty well year by year adding subscribers. They have over 340 Million in the world and is #2 next to China Mobile that is government owned. #4 largest stock on the London Stock Exchange. Their revenues are up but things like operating income are down. But they added over 38 Million subscribers between 2009-2010. The network however, is ok it isn’t no Verizon exactly but they could work on that. Vodafone doesn’t need Verizon they do well on their own the only one profiting is Vodafone but at the same time Vodafone has the wish of buying a GSM type carrier for their own owned provider in the USA. My only other reason that they would be the best candidate is they probably learned alot from Verizon. They could take that skill and use it to make T-Mobile function like Verizon Wireless in terms of coverage and the bigger you are means you have the possibility to actually get better handsets than the smaller companies because you have more money to put out. 

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          AT&T Wireless also years also. Telefonica was a monopoly also in Spain some years ago. But Vodafone does pretty well year by year adding subscribers. They have over 340 Million in the world and is #2 next to China Mobile that is government owned. #4 largest stock on the London Stock Exchange. Their revenues are up but things like operating income are down. But they added over 38 Million subscribers between 2009-2010. The network however, is ok it isn’t no Verizon exactly but they could work on that. Vodafone doesn’t need Verizon they do well on their own the only one profiting is Vodafone but at the same time Vodafone has the wish of buying a GSM type carrier for their own owned provider in the USA. My only other reason that they would be the best candidate is they probably learned alot from Verizon. They could take that skill and use it to make T-Mobile function like Verizon Wireless in terms of coverage and the bigger you are means you have the possibility to actually get better handsets than the smaller companies because you have more money to put out. 

        • Jarrod

           I thought T-Mobile EU wasn’t doing that bad as a whole. I have read that they had good service in the UK

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          T-Mobile EU does but T-Mobile Germany does not. They do well in Europe. They have not lost really any subscribers there but at times the subscribers added aren’t much to the point where the #s have stayed around the same for along time.

        • Jarrod

           Thats sad they aren’t  doing that well in their home country. Is the coverage not that good? I’m going their in a year or two and i haven’t found a coverage map

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Its decent. Its not the best but T-Mobile UK seems to have halted in the 32-33 Million range for some time. Sad thing is they don’t offer certain things in the UK they would in the USA. If Unlimited Messaging is important they do have a deal. However, I have not seen any deals with both Unlimited Talk & Messaging and thats a norm for the UK. They are doing better because they have Orange UK with them now. But last I saw their customer base was a bit lower than T-Mobile USA and been like that for along time but only it is catching up because of T-Mobile USA losing. But now T-Mobile UK/Orange is called Everything Everywhere in which its still currently switching to that name so it is operating on 3 companies right now until Nov. 2011 when T-Mobile UK and Orange UK finally form Everything Everywhere as the largest carrier in the UK. Now in Germany they were the largest until Vodafone added so many now T-Mobile Germany has over 38 Million and Vodafone has over 40 Million. Vodafone is #3 in the UK they were #2 before this Orange/T-Mobile UK merger with over 20 Million subscribers. Telefonica Germany is #2 & T-Mobile/Orange is #1. IDK the #s for T-Mobile/Orange together but I know it is very large together.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Sorry for the edits. Some of my info was incorrect on the #s. However, if Vodafone did buy T-Mobile USA they could stand to lose 10 – 15 Million from their 370 to 380 Million est. in 2011 customers of this deal due to 45% of ownership of Verizon Wireless lost.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Look here how well Vodafone does everywhere. Pretty impressive. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vodafone_market_share

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          Its decent. Its not the best but T-Mobile UK seems to have halted in the 32-33 Million range for some time. Sad thing is they don’t offer certain things in the UK they would in the USA. If Unlimited Messaging is important they do have a deal. However, I have not seen any deals with both Unlimited Talk & Messaging and thats a norm for the UK. They are doing better because they have Orange UK with them now. But last I saw their customer base was a bit lower than T-Mobile USA and been like that for along time but only it is catching up because of T-Mobile USA losing. But now T-Mobile UK/Orange is called Everything Everywhere in which its still currently switching to that name so it is operating on 3 companies right now until Nov. 2011 when T-Mobile UK and Orange UK finally form Everything Everywhere as the largest carrier in the UK. Now in Germany they were the largest until Vodafone added so many now T-Mobile Germany has over 38 Million and Vodafone has over 40 Million. Vodafone is #3 in the UK they were #2 before this Orange/T-Mobile UK merger with over 20 Million subscribers. Telefonica Germany is #2 & T-Mobile/Orange is #1. IDK the #s for T-Mobile/Orange together but I know it is very large together.

        • Jarrod

           Thats sad they aren’t  doing that well in their home country. Is the coverage not that good? I’m going their in a year or two and i haven’t found a coverage map

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          T-Mobile EU does but T-Mobile Germany does not. They do well in Europe. They have not lost really any subscribers there but at times the subscribers added aren’t much to the point where the #s have stayed around the same for along time.

        • Jarrod

           I thought T-Mobile EU wasn’t doing that bad as a whole. I have read that they had good service in the UK

  • MW

    T-Mobile pricing would continue as long as you are on your existing contract…once your contract is up look out

    • Mopar6464

      The pricing may continue but what happens if they covert all the T-Mobile towers quickly after the Buy-Out to their radio specs ?

  • Silk7412

    the problem is once the takeover is done will your phone only work on edge? Ok your not liking being on edge so you want a new phone? welcome to your new rate plan ( way up) sorry.

  • Silk7412

    the problem is once the takeover is done will your phone only work on edge? Ok your not liking being on edge so you want a new phone? welcome to your new rate plan ( way up) sorry.

  • Silk7412

    the problem is once the takeover is done will your phone only work on edge? Ok your not liking being on edge so you want a new phone? welcome to your new rate plan ( way up) sorry.

  • Silk7412

    the problem is once the takeover is done will your phone only work on edge? Ok your not liking being on edge so you want a new phone? welcome to your new rate plan ( way up) sorry.

  • OKDave

    Despite the consideration that most believe the merger to be a fait accompli, this commentary from the paid talking heads suggests AT&T et al are worried . Why? Because their commentary focuses on a result that is almost never used in consideration of the adverse market consequences of a merger: what happens if it *doesn’t* take place. “You should approve the merger because T-Mobile can’t sustain their prices.” The FCC and the Justice Department should take a look at that argument and respond with a collective, “So what?” The Feds are not now or have they ever been in a position of sanctioning a merger for its own inevitability. If anything, the feds could counter “then wouldn’t you be able to buy them at a bargain in, say, a year if T-Mobile truly can’t sustain their prices?” Methinks AT&T is worried, a lot more than they were, say, six months ago.
    That said, It takes a lot of chutzpah to argue that decreased competition will benefit the consumer.Only in AT&T’s deluded world could it be so.

  • OKDave

    Despite the consideration that most believe the merger to be a fait accompli, this commentary from the paid talking heads suggests AT&T et al are worried . Why? Because their commentary focuses on a result that is almost never used in consideration of the adverse market consequences of a merger: what happens if it *doesn’t* take place. “You should approve the merger because T-Mobile can’t sustain their prices.” The FCC and the Justice Department should take a look at that argument and respond with a collective, “So what?” The Feds are not now or have they ever been in a position of sanctioning a merger for its own inevitability. If anything, the feds could counter “then wouldn’t you be able to buy them at a bargain in, say, a year if T-Mobile truly can’t sustain their prices?” Methinks AT&T is worried, a lot more than they were, say, six months ago.
    That said, It takes a lot of chutzpah to argue that decreased competition will benefit the consumer.Only in AT&T’s deluded world could it be so.

  • Tldesforges

    My question is when this does happen meaning at&t buys out tmobile when will the iPhone be available yo tmobile customers?

    • MagentaMadness

       When the buy out happens, there will be no more TMO customers ;)

  • Auser72

    I love how people of different backgrounds but common interest are using social networking (internet), to create formidable opposition in the championing of their causes. Sites like these do a good job of bring information to be discussed and eventually sift the fact from the fiction. In between drooling over the next must have Super Duper Smartphone.

  • Silk7412

    to Tldesforges
     
    never. If you check on the tmobile forum under facts about the buyout you will see that.
    To get a iphony you will have to go to AT$T

    • Respawn

      Not necessarily. You can buy an unlocked one from Apple and use it on T-Mobile’s EDGE network … yeah it’s slow, but if you’re on Wi-Fi, then who cares?

      • Mopar6464

        My HD2 runs mostly on TMO Edge in my area anyways .
        So i guess there would’nt be much of a loss.

        • The Truth

          Lol…poor bastard is paying for edge service

  • Bkidko

    I wanted to change my plan, so I went into a tmobile store. The store guy says att is buying tmobile for their amazing network and whatever phone I get will work after merger, because att will keep tmobile bands, because the point of the buy out is to obtain tmos network.I didnt want to argue, so I left it alone. Obviously this was a load of crap.

    The question that I asked him and he wouldnt answer is;
    Do we get a free upgrade when the deal goes through even if we are in the middle of a contract? Or do we have to buy a phone with 4g service at cost?

    Was anyone w alltell when,they went under? What kind of deal did you get?

    • CRT24

      do you really think a rep in a retail store knows what ATT’s….policy will be for phone upgrades once the deal is approved??

    • CRT24

      do you really think a rep in a retail store knows what ATT’s….policy will be for phone upgrades once the deal is approved??

    • CRT24

      do you really think a rep in a retail store knows what ATT’s….policy will be for phone upgrades once the deal is approved??

    • Anonymous

      I was with Alltel during the merger/buyout. I received a letter in the mail. I don’t remember buying a new phone but my plan had changed.

    • Anonymous

      I was with Alltel during the merger/buyout. I received a letter in the mail. I don’t remember buying a new phone but my plan had changed.

      • Mopar6464

        If you were under an Alltel contract when it was bought out then your contract legally should not of changed.
        If so and they raised your monthly price , you should asked to be released with no ETF for them voiding your original contract they assumed.

    • Pikachu

      Kinda makes me upset that you think what somebody says is a load of crap. Its not entirely a load of crap, the vibrant lineup has ATT 3G bands, unlock it and try it for yourself. Worked in my area, and depends on if they are using the 850mhz band or 1900mhz. My area specifically they are using 1900mhz, but that phone is the only one in the lineup with 3G bands 1700 / 2100mhz PLUS 1900mhz

    • TMOTECH

      Our network, due to the fact that we have a 50 or 100 Mbps fiber optic back haul to every 4G site, and HSPA+ 42 built out is the reason ATT is buying T-mobile.  This is so they can compete with Verizon’s LTE while they build out their own LTE. What is BS is the fact that ATT says they need more spectrum. They have 40MHZ of spectrum in 700MHZ and AWS 1700/2100MHZ that they are not using now. that is the ultimate truth.

      • IT Guy

        This is why I think they’re probably gonna have to give up a quite a bit of spectrum if this deal goes through.

        Also, I think a lot of this talk has been muddled by business reporters who aren’t totally up on technology terms. I’ve been seeing the terms bandwidth, spectrum, etc bandied about interchangably.

      • IT Guy

        This is why I think they’re probably gonna have to give up a quite a bit of spectrum if this deal goes through.

        Also, I think a lot of this talk has been muddled by business reporters who aren’t totally up on technology terms. I’ve been seeing the terms bandwidth, spectrum, etc bandied about interchangably.

    • TMOTECH

      Our network, due to the fact that we have a 50 or 100 Mbps fiber optic back haul to every 4G site, and HSPA+ 42 built out is the reason ATT is buying T-mobile.  This is so they can compete with Verizon’s LTE while they build out their own LTE. What is BS is the fact that ATT says they need more spectrum. They have 40MHZ of spectrum in 700MHZ and AWS 1700/2100MHZ that they are not using now. that is the ultimate truth.

  • PostASme

    Hi Dave: How come you have Virgin Mobile Ads dissing T-Mobile on a T-Mobile fanboy website?  Just sayin’

  • PostASme

    Hi Dave: How come you have Virgin Mobile Ads dissing T-Mobile on a T-Mobile fanboy website?  Just sayin’

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I don’t control what ads run.

      • Respawn

        Is it just me, or does David have to answer that same question like every other entry? Ads are not chosen, they are picked at random depending of the content of the page. This is a mobile phone blog, therefore there will be mobile phone ads, not necessarily those of T-Mobile.

        • http://tmonews.com David

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      • Respawn

        Is it just me, or does David have to answer that same question like every other entry? Ads are not chosen, they are picked at random depending of the content of the page. This is a mobile phone blog, therefore there will be mobile phone ads, not necessarily those of T-Mobile.

      • Respawn

        Is it just me, or does David have to answer that same question like every other entry? Ads are not chosen, they are picked at random depending of the content of the page. This is a mobile phone blog, therefore there will be mobile phone ads, not necessarily those of T-Mobile.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I don’t control what ads run.

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  • PostASme

    Hi Dave: How come you have Virgin Mobile Ads dissing T-Mobile on a T-Mobile fanboy website?  Just sayin’

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  • Bradyworsencroft

    Please Google buy T-Mobile.

  • Bradyworsencroft

    Please Google buy T-Mobile.

    • Brianb

      Telefonica or Orange Mobile are the best buyers for Tmobile USA.  They are big Euro cell phone companies.

    • Brianb

      Telefonica or Orange Mobile are the best buyers for Tmobile USA.  They are big Euro cell phone companies.

    • Brianb

      Telefonica or Orange Mobile are the best buyers for Tmobile USA.  They are big Euro cell phone companies.

  • Bradyworsencroft

    Please Google buy T-Mobile.

  • Enoel69

    Lol…that last part by the hired firm is laughable..trying to shift the focus to Tmo’s viability. Tmobile will do just fine and with speeds of 21 or 42Mbps on their HSPA+ that will suffice for a year or two b4 they figure out their own path to LTE. Tmobile might not become number one or two but will continue to serve over 33 million value customers. With these tough economic time…millions of consumers are looking for value plans not Networks that will nickel and dime them for every minute, txt or megabyte. From what i have read Att should have enuf spectrum to do their LTE..i also see no problem with selling them the Qualcomm spectrum…we just want them stay of our Magenta. 

  • Enoel69

    Lol…that last part by the hired firm is laughable..trying to shift the focus to Tmo’s viability. Tmobile will do just fine and with speeds of 21 or 42Mbps on their HSPA+ that will suffice for a year or two b4 they figure out their own path to LTE. Tmobile might not become number one or two but will continue to serve over 33 million value customers. With these tough economic time…millions of consumers are looking for value plans not Networks that will nickel and dime them for every minute, txt or megabyte. From what i have read Att should have enuf spectrum to do their LTE..i also see no problem with selling them the Qualcomm spectrum…we just want them stay of our Magenta. 

  • Nom de plume

    I have ATT for broadband and home phone and its customer service is the most incompetent I’ve ever come across.  If this purchase is approved I might consider seppuku.

    • Jimbo831

      Have you called T-Mobile’s customer service in the last couple months?  Now that it is no longer in the US, it too is garbage.

  • Sata

    I think whoever buys tmobile wont be able to offer what tmo did.. crappy signal at an affordable price.

    • Hawks7897

      Or, a crappy signal at an outrageous price. Nothing like paying more for less.

    • Hawks7897

      Or, a crappy signal at an outrageous price. Nothing like paying more for less.

  • Sata

    I think whoever buys tmobile wont be able to offer what tmo did.. crappy signal at an affordable price.

  • BooBooKitty

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  • Mandamarie1919

    i think they should merge!!! t-mobile has shitty reception, if they keep to there word and offer tmobiles pricing with there reception its a no-brainer!