Leak Shows Confidential AT&T LTE And T-Mobile Takeover Plans

Last weeks accidentally leaked document posted on the FCC website by the law firm employed by AT&T was taken down as fast as it was put up and unintentionally revealed some of AT&T’s LTE plans including the cost for AT&T to build out from its 80% “this is all we can afford to build” claim to the 97% it wishes to build. What fun would it be if the entire document didn’t leak and thanks to the folks at Gizmodo that is exactly what has happened. Totaling six pages the full letter discusses AT&T’s plan to cover 70 million Americans with LTE by the end of this year, 170 million by the end of 2012 and 250 million by the end of 2013.

The 97% of Americans they are promising to cover and using as a staple part of their message to the FCC will take almost six years to complete. In other words, if the deal closes in 2012 it will be 2018 before the true benefits of the T-Mobile purchase come to fruition. An interesting note is that AT&T didn’t plan to hit 250 million until 2014 prior to the announcement of the T-Mobile purchase.

The letter continues to layout how AT&T senior management didn’t believe they could cover more than 80% of the country with LTE even so AT&T’s marketing department thought otherwise. AT&T claims that the T-Mobile transaction, given the new economies of scale with the takeover allows them to hit that 97% goal. Of course we’d be remiss to not mention yet again the notion that AT&T believed they could build out that 97% on their own using $3.8 billion in capital against the $39 billion they are spending on T-Mobile’s spectrum.

AT&T continues to say this document is no big deal and doesn’t reveal anything new or potentially damaging which is why we’re reposting it for you to see thanks to the boys at Gizmodo. Enjoy all six pages!

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  • Mbey1019

    wow

    • Wizzstar

      Wow right..! this merger thing is getting uglier day by day..!

      • Mopar6464

        Its not a merge , it’s an Acquisition !
        That means T-Mobile wants out (sell) and AT&T wants to Buy.

        • Commander_Fury

          Thats the same as saying AT&T wants to buy out the competition . Hey if T-Mobile just goes under they will get TMO at liquidation prices . Everyone wins .

        • Commander_Fury

          Thats the same as saying AT&T wants to buy out the competition . Hey if T-Mobile just goes under they will get TMO at liquidation prices . Everyone wins .

        • Commander_Fury

          Thats the same as saying AT&T wants to buy out the competition . Hey if T-Mobile just goes under they will get TMO at liquidation prices . Everyone wins .

        • Commander_Fury

          Thats the same as saying AT&T wants to buy out the competition . Hey if T-Mobile just goes under they will get TMO at liquidation prices . Everyone wins .

        • Silk7412

          It’s  apples and oranges
          It a merger.
          it’s a takeover
          it’s a acquisition
          it a buyout.
          the only that that really matters is the – IT’S A PROBLEM!!!!
          Yes- DT wants out of the states but others do want to buy them !

        • mopar6464

          Who would the other be then ?
          Google , nope they bought Motorola Mobility. They don’t want to be in the cell provider business. They want to challange Apple in handsets.
          Sprint , nope they can’t put up enough money to buy T-Mobile or they would have already.  Hell , they can’t take care of themselfs as it is.
          If someone else really does want T-Mobile that bad why did’nt they pony up the cash , because they don’t have it but AT&T does.
          Like it or not DT is Finished with T-Mobile USA , they are Selling it and not looking for a merger.
          They want out , wake up.

        • Silk7412

          Are you sure? when did you know google wanted to buy moto mob?  Alast in back room deal YOU neve know-  Oh and to wake up -you must first fall asleep..ken? -that YES in hebrew.

        • Silk7412

          It’s  apples and oranges
          It a merger.
          it’s a takeover
          it’s a acquisition
          it a buyout.
          the only that that really matters is the – IT’S A PROBLEM!!!!
          Yes- DT wants out of the states but others do want to buy them !

  • Anonymous

    Lies and more lies.  And the sad part is that this will still likely go through without a hitch.  

  • http://twitter.com/T_U_L O

    its all out there for everyone to see and it still will be approved by the FCC.  So sad i hope at least 1 of the FCC board members has a conscience and votes no.

  • whlyee

    This is just crap!  The money they are spending buying T-Mobile, and the money that they could loose if the AT&T Deal doesnt go through is money they could invest in their network.  The bottom like is this. AT&T want T-Mobiles customers and access to their HSPA+ network so they can keep pushing back deployment time of LTE and keep upgrading HSPA+.  If anyone has done their homework.. Current upgrades in techology can allow for HSPA+ to now go up to  672 Mbit/s in a new 3GPP REV 11 Release…..  HSPA+ is so far from dead and AT&T realizes that T-Mobile has gold with this technology and its under utilized and under managed.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T no longer has a valid argument for why the FCC and DOJ should allow to minimize competition.  Case closed this thing is falling apart the same way Apple is falling apart in their case against Samsung.

  • Rob Reder

    FCC and DOJ are going to have a hard time explaining themselves if this goes through. This is pretty damning of AT&T and their lies.

  • Anonymous

    None of this changes the fact that tmo is in a bad position in the us market. Dt wants to sell and att wants to buy.

    • IT Guy

      AT&T should never have made any of the claims about jobs and stuff in their initial press release. They should have just said that DT wants to sell, and they want to buy.

      Regarding the $3.8b vs $39b, I have serious questions regarding that. I don’t have the time right now, but someone should work out the costs being discussed here. $3.8 seems like an awful low number.

    • IT Guy

      AT&T should never have made any of the claims about jobs and stuff in their initial press release. They should have just said that DT wants to sell, and they want to buy.

      Regarding the $3.8b vs $39b, I have serious questions regarding that. I don’t have the time right now, but someone should work out the costs being discussed here. $3.8 seems like an awful low number.

    • IT Guy

      AT&T should never have made any of the claims about jobs and stuff in their initial press release. They should have just said that DT wants to sell, and they want to buy.

      Regarding the $3.8b vs $39b, I have serious questions regarding that. I don’t have the time right now, but someone should work out the costs being discussed here. $3.8 seems like an awful low number.

  • Torrey Morgan

    Actually to be correctly spoken, DT is the biggest share holder in att therefore by selling to att arnt they just selling to themeselves?

    • Vibrant Addict

      I hadn’t read this before, I know they would have a bigger stake AFTER the deal. Regardless they would benefit as well as the other share holders, they’re not buying themselves individually.

    • stoneyjonez

      DT is not the biggest AT&T shareholder, in fact I don’t believe they own any of AT&T. Where are you getting this BS from?

    • stoneyjonez

      DT is not the biggest AT&T shareholder, in fact I don’t believe they own any of AT&T. Where are you getting this BS from?

    • TMoFan

      That’s incorrect. As it stands they don’t have anything in at&t but if this sellout goes through they get $20 billion in cash and $19 billion in stock making DT the largest single shareholder of at&t.

    • TMoFan

      That’s incorrect. As it stands they don’t have anything in at&t but if this sellout goes through they get $20 billion in cash and $19 billion in stock making DT the largest single shareholder of at&t.

    • TMoFan

      That’s incorrect. As it stands they don’t have anything in at&t but if this sellout goes through they get $20 billion in cash and $19 billion in stock making DT the largest single shareholder of at&t.

  • loving att edge lol

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

    • CharlieSheen

      Hello! I have been warning you for months.

      By a phone, get a brick.

      • Mopar6464

        BS , nothing changes overnight that fast.
        More likely your original contract with T-Mobile will expire before that happens.

      • Mopar6464

        BS , nothing changes overnight that fast.
        More likely your original contract with T-Mobile will expire before that happens.

        • Andre Niemyjski

          Thats true nothing is changing overnight but it looks like they already started work on it. If they planning to role out LTE to 70 million Americans by end of the year I’m sure that includes some of TMO towers and in those areas most of current TMO customers will have EDGE service only.

        • Andre Niemyjski

          Thats true nothing is changing overnight but it looks like they already started work on it. If they planning to role out LTE to 70 million Americans by end of the year I’m sure that includes some of TMO towers and in those areas most of current TMO customers will have EDGE service only.

        • loving att edge lol

          not a rocket scientist here, but don’t think they can selectively run 3g on that frequency on some towers and lte on others. Sounds like an infrastructure nightmare. Its most likely they will pull the plug all at once when they do.

        • Realcool2000

          Totally agree.

        • firebird

          Our local engineering technician likes to come in to our (T-Mobile) store to hang out and talk, so I am telling you what I have learned from him. Absolutely each tower is individual. He came in several times when they were upgrading the tower in the store’s neighborhood to HSPA+, which took about a couple weeks, involved some tower downtime (taken overnight to minimize problems), and was independent of any other tower in the area.

        • loving att edge lol

          i agree with that, however the signal coming through hspa+14,21, or 42 is the same compatible signal. Just at different speeds.  LTE uses a different type of signal all together, so you would have towers sending out interference with others.  Simply put, it would be like trying to broadcast 2 different radio stations on the same frequency.  Sounds great, little bit of country, little bit of polka lol   Still think they would pull the plug at the same time 

        • zazou

          Once the towers have been upgraded to base 4g then it is only a matter of a software upgrade to convert to higher speeds.  Most of Tmobile towers are at base level, so technically it would not take long at all to convert all towers…

        • loving att edge lol

          base for hspa, and upgrade to hspa+42.  LTE is a different thing all together

        • zazou

          Once the towers have been upgraded to base 4g then it is only a matter of a software upgrade to convert to higher speeds.  Most of Tmobile towers are at base level, so technically it would not take long at all to convert all towers…

        • Realcool2000

          Totally agree.

    • CharlieSheen

      Hello! I have been warning you for months.

      By a phone, get a brick.

    • CharlieSheen

      Hello! I have been warning you for months.

      By a phone, get a brick.

    • Mopar6464

      AT&T can’t convert all of T-Mobiles towers over night. Therefor it’s more likely your T-Mobile contract they assume from the acquisition will expire before they do get around to making the changes.
      So you will then either sign up with AT&T for two more years if you like the service or move on to another provider.

  • CharlieSheen

    Following BGR’s exclusive report that showed carriers are currently in the process of testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone, a new report raises additional questions surrounding Apple and its plans for LTE. Engadget has received a photograph from an anonymous TMO employee reportedly shows LTE equipment that was recently installed at an unnamed Apple Store location. According to the report, the gear was installed by AT&T and it supports the 700MHz and AWS bands, which AT&T plans to use for 4G LTE if its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is approved by regulators. No other information regarding the equipment was made available, though the report does go on to claim that Apple Stores in the region where this gear was installed are currently in the process of increasing their sales forces by 30%. Engadget says this increase is unrelated to the standard ramp-up in hires ahead of the holiday season each year, which occurs closer to the season.
    BGR

  • PostAsIs

    The cost of offering T-Mobile customers new handsets that are better suited for AT&T’s network are baked into the $39 billion dollar purchase.  So T-Mobile users need to stop freaking out like a bunch of old women.  You get to keep your plans even if you upgrade too.  Relax your VIP status will remain even though you pay way less than every other AT&T customer and gain a much larger coverage area. 

  • PostAsIs

    The cost of offering T-Mobile customers new handsets that are better suited for AT&T’s network are baked into the $39 billion dollar purchase.  So T-Mobile users need to stop freaking out like a bunch of old women.  You get to keep your plans even if you upgrade too.  Relax your VIP status will remain even though you pay way less than every other AT&T customer and gain a much larger coverage area. 

    • loving att edge lol

      So lets say I get the new HTC Ruby in the fall.  Doesn’t work a year later on 3g.  Been searching for an att statement that says, we will buy you a new handset that works on att network.  Its free, on us, compliments att.  Still haven’t found that one lol  Plenty of statements that give gibberish tho can be found lol

      • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

        More like: “Oh yeah, we’ll give you a new phone… as long as you re-up for another 2 years on AT&T’s terms, not T-Mobile’s.”

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

          Additionally AT&T will change their T&C and Plans much like Sprint did to include any new upgrades or activations or swaps to be upcharged for certain things like data, or they gotta be bundled in a specific plan. Basically tying phone to specific plans that wont be available to legacy T-Mobile customers. Oh you want a new Android phone? Gotta give up that $79.99 Truly Unlimited T-Mobile plan and move to the $149.99 AT&T Sometimes Somewhere plan. Oh, you just want the free phone? Sorry, thats only available if you move to the $129.99 AT&T Only Makes Calls Plan.

        • Mopar6464

          Not if you buy a unlocked phone off contract from someone else than AT&T , then you stick your sim card in it and rock it with your same T-Mobile plan until it expires.

        • Realcool2000

          That’s cool. Will it work?

        • mopar6464

          Yes , that’s what some of my family members did when AT&T bought Alltel.
          AT&T tried to get them to buy a new AT&T phone , hence sucker them in a new plan.
          But they went out and bought unlocked replacement phones off contract and put their sims into them and worked like a dream.
          Also my brother and his wife is on AT&T and did the same thing recently. Instead of signing a new contract for the new phones they wanted , they bought their phones outside of AT&T (off contract) and dropped the sims into them and had no problems.
          And they never get any text or anything from AT&T automatically updating their plans because of the new phones like some peoplein this forum has been stating either.

        • Dale Morton

          you do realize that VERIZON not ATT bought Alltel?  But, yes, the same sheistiness occurred.  Especially among Blackberry Business class customers.  My buddy went to work for VZ right as the merger/acquisition occurred.  he quit because he did not like the way VZ was treating legacy Alltel customers.

        • Dale Morton

          you do realize that VERIZON not ATT bought Alltel?  But, yes, the same sheistiness occurred.  Especially among Blackberry Business class customers.  My buddy went to work for VZ right as the merger/acquisition occurred.  he quit because he did not like the way VZ was treating legacy Alltel customers.

        • Dale Morton

          you do realize that VERIZON not ATT bought Alltel?  But, yes, the same sheistiness occurred.  Especially among Blackberry Business class customers.  My buddy went to work for VZ right as the merger/acquisition occurred.  he quit because he did not like the way VZ was treating legacy Alltel customers.

        • Mopar6464

          Yes , i stand corrected.
          Half my family is on Verizon and the other half is on AT&T , only four of us left are on T-Mobile .
          I got it mixed up with when Cingular bought AT&T and kept the AT&T name.

        • MsBW

          Verizon bought Alltel.

        • mopar6464

          Yes , that’s what some of my family members did when AT&T bought Alltel.
          AT&T tried to get them to buy a new AT&T phone , hence sucker them in a new plan.
          But they went out and bought unlocked replacement phones off contract and put their sims into them and worked like a dream.
          Also my brother and his wife is on AT&T and did the same thing recently. Instead of signing a new contract for the new phones they wanted , they bought their phones outside of AT&T (off contract) and dropped the sims into them and had no problems.
          And they never get any text or anything from AT&T automatically updating their plans because of the new phones like some peoplein this forum has been stating either.

        • Realcool2000

          That’s cool. Will it work?

    • loving att edge lol

      So lets say I get the new HTC Ruby in the fall.  Doesn’t work a year later on 3g.  Been searching for an att statement that says, we will buy you a new handset that works on att network.  Its free, on us, compliments att.  Still haven’t found that one lol  Plenty of statements that give gibberish tho can be found lol

    • Realcool2000

      Everyone knows any phones given out by att will be sub par and eventually not work on the speeds origionally enjoyed to force a new buy of att phone.

      So according to you, everyone that discusses a topic that involves their use of equiptment forced to be downgraded to a lower level is freaking out like an old woman?

      BTW. Call me an old woman in person and you would definitely get smacked up ur face sucka.

    • Realcool2000

      Everyone knows any phones given out by att will be sub par and eventually not work on the speeds origionally enjoyed to force a new buy of att phone.

      So according to you, everyone that discusses a topic that involves their use of equiptment forced to be downgraded to a lower level is freaking out like an old woman?

      BTW. Call me an old woman in person and you would definitely get smacked up ur face sucka.

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      All these lies now exposed from ATT and you still believe they will be nice and give you new phone and not make you change your plan??

      Naive much?

    • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

      All these lies now exposed from ATT and you still believe they will be nice and give you new phone and not make you change your plan??

      Naive much?

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

      I think Id rather keep my smaller T-Mobile coverage area where I can actually make a call and use data than gain coverage on AT&T and get dropped calls, busy signals and lack high speed data in many parts of the nation I currently travel. 

      By the way, there is no baking cost of handsets into the T-Mobile merger. That is what AT&T is paying DT DIRECTLY for T-Mobile USA. Its not some $30 Billion dollars for T-Mobile, and then set aside $9 Billion for handsets to covert over the 33million sub base. Nice try. Mergers dont work like that.

      • Mopar6464

        It’s not a merge , it’s an acquisition.

  • PostAsIs

    The cost of offering T-Mobile customers new handsets that are better suited for AT&T’s network are baked into the $39 billion dollar purchase.  So T-Mobile users need to stop freaking out like a bunch of old women.  You get to keep your plans even if you upgrade too.  Relax your VIP status will remain even though you pay way less than every other AT&T customer and gain a much larger coverage area. 

  • Getmore Life

    AT&T creating jobs with the T-Mobile buyout?  Those thousands of jobs they claim will mostly be temporary construction type jobs that will be cut as soon as they can cut them.  Meanwhile thousands of T-Mobile regular jobs will be permanently cut as part of AT&T’s planned “synergies.”  Do not listen to the evil AT&T liars!

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget about the jobs that will be created in the moving companies that will be hired to haul all the furniture out of the T-Mobile stores…

  • Getmore Life

    Accidentally revealing that it only cost $3.8 Billion to get the AT&T LTE footprint up to being competitive with Verizon’s announced LTE commitment vs. spending $39 Billion to take out T-Mobile reveals the true intentions of AT&T in this buyout.  In other words AT&T wants us to believe they are sweetening the pot for FCC and DOJ approval by providing additional LTE coverage to rural America.  Do you think they would not have actually spent the not unreasonable sum of $3.8 Billion all along to keep a rerun of Verizon “There is a map for that…” ads off the air?  So am I to believe that AT&T would avoid spending the $3.8 Billion going from covering 80% population over 20% of the US landmass to the “sweetened” 97% population over 55% of the US landmass?  I call BS.  They would have spent the $3.8 Billion anyway once Verizon started showing everyone in America their robust red LTE coverage maps compared alongside the shortsighted plan of record AT&T tattered blue LTE coverage maps.  AT&T lost that “map for that” ad war big time and they cannot afford another repeat now that their cash cow the iPhone is available on other networks. Do not listen to the evil AT&T liars!

  • TMoFan

    at&t’s lies are finally catching up with them. It’s so obvious that they will do anything to keep T-Mobile out of anybody’s hands. It’s sickening how they justify everything by saying consumers will benefit with LTE and job creation when just the opposite is true. This leak needs massive attention!

  • TMoFan

    at&t’s lies are finally catching up with them. It’s so obvious that they will do anything to keep T-Mobile out of anybody’s hands. It’s sickening how they justify everything by saying consumers will benefit with LTE and job creation when just the opposite is true. This leak needs massive attention!

  • Anonymous

    i think if this acquisition Doesn’t go through, at&t is going to have a hard look at itself and the reputation the company has been generating. it will be a colossal f*** up if after all this they don’t get approval, but then again will probably be better for the consumer. great leak

  • Anonymous

    i think if this acquisition Doesn’t go through, at&t is going to have a hard look at itself and the reputation the company has been generating. it will be a colossal f*** up if after all this they don’t get approval, but then again will probably be better for the consumer. great leak

  • Richardthegrape

    I’m thinking of submitting this as news to my local news stations, wonder if they’d cover it..

    • J-Hop2o6

      Send it to CNN

    • J-Hop2o6

      Send it to CNN

    • J-Hop2o6

      Send it to CNN

  • Anonymous

    Whatever the story, we know att blows goats and tmo does not.

    I’d rather msft or goog buy tmo. Either would be preferable.

  • Attlickballs

    at&t need to be stop

    • Encino Stan

      Yes. We must build a movement of resistance.

      But resist we much . . . we must . . . and we will much . . . about that . . . be committed,

  • Attlickballs

    at&t need to be stop

  • 4GorNot4G

    Boils down to AT&T wants to eliminate the competition by controlling all of the frequencies…buy T-Mobile  and it’s frequencies as well as purchasing Qualcomm’s…game over for everybody else.

    • TheWayOfThings

      I can see this as a real possibility.. T-mobile had never been a threat to ATT.. not sure it was becoming one either, but they started really taking on ATT in their commercials, then all of the sudden ATT buys them… If you can’t beat’em… buy’em.. seems pretty close to what appears happened to me.
       

      • Nightnighttmobs

        i would like to agree with you but verizon and att have so much money that T-Mobile was like the gum on the bottom of their shoe. Especially since T-Mobile has stopped growing but rather maintaining.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725095 Jason Crumbley

          That’s because of their parent company, not T-Mobile.

  • Silk7412

    Has IQ’s dropped sents the 70′s?Can’t you see that ATT is the bernie maydolf of the cell phone industry?
    Watch for the bait and switch. tell you one think then do another. Sure we’ll keep the prices down. We wouldn’t change a thing. Then wham!!! To pay you cell bill you may have to sell your liver on the black market!
    Listen to them say ” where you gonna run now”. We have GMS locked down and nowhere else to go!!
    They are advertising every 5 min’s to brainwash to think the deal is done.I have seen alot of people filing here that FOR att getting Tmobile but most of them probably don’t know how much there cell bill is. why? they can afford any price unlike the rest of us.
    Here’s hoping Tmobile find someone better to buy them (GOOGLE) !!!!
    this was to funny !!!!

  • Bigbrothergenie

    I still don’t understand why AT&T sees the need to be the ONLY company covering 97% of the country for LTE. Furthermore, I have TMO and I have family that live in Nebraska. My phone really only works in Lincoln, Omaha, and in certain parts along I-80. Other than that, I don’t see how covering “RURAL” America is going to help out there. VZW is the only company that seems to be overly concerned with covering “RURAL” America at this time. I have a VZW work phone and not once did I drop any calls, lose any data, miss any texts or have any problems while visiting there. My friend’s AT&T phone was basically rendered a brick along with my TMO phone while driving through the state.  I’m sure Nebraska isn’t the only state this happens, but I struggle to see how AT&T is doing anyone any favors in the Midwest if not only THEIR service is unavailable, but the company they’re trying to buy has EXACTLY the same issues in many of the same places.  I’m no award-winning economist, but I don’t see how this helps solve the problem first mentioned by the current administration.  They only want LTE available to 97% of the population.  AT&T seems to think if they build it, people will just flock to it.  They’re wrong.  Rural communities have excellent resources, and for those people living in those communities, they’re thrifty. They have to be.  The economy hasn’t done any favors to the American Farmers, and spending extra $ they don’t have is ridiculous.  Clearly, no one in AT&T has spent any time with people living in rural communities.  They live there to GET AWAY from the hustle & bustle, not to bring it closer.  The philosophy of wanting to give something to someone who clearly doesn’t want it, isn’t the way to win people over.  I can understand if there were choices, but buying up every competitor to make way for your own agenda is what got AT&T into the mess they were in those many years ago, and the government had to intervene then. We’re supposed to learn from history and the mistakes that were made, not make them over again, only in a bigger way.  *climbing down off my soapbox now*  Thanks for your time.

    • jon

      You’d be 100% correct. AT&T does not cover rural areas. T-Mob doesn’t cover rural areas. So, combining the two still leaves out rural areas. AT&T is hoping people in rural areas are stupid enough to buy their feel good…”we REALLY want to cover rural america…really. We pinky swear!” Cell company’s will never invest billions in infrastructure and then maintain that equipment for a few thousand subscribers. It’s simple econimics and noone with a brain is buying AT&Ts propaganda. This proposal is only getting support from politicians that rake in millions from Ma’ Bell in campaign money and big labor unions who stand to gain millions in dues from newly minted tmob union drones.

    • jon

      You’d be 100% correct. AT&T does not cover rural areas. T-Mob doesn’t cover rural areas. So, combining the two still leaves out rural areas. AT&T is hoping people in rural areas are stupid enough to buy their feel good…”we REALLY want to cover rural america…really. We pinky swear!” Cell company’s will never invest billions in infrastructure and then maintain that equipment for a few thousand subscribers. It’s simple econimics and noone with a brain is buying AT&Ts propaganda. This proposal is only getting support from politicians that rake in millions from Ma’ Bell in campaign money and big labor unions who stand to gain millions in dues from newly minted tmob union drones.

  • Na

    I used to work for out sourced call center for att prepaid & alotta times it got treated like a red head step child so I know that they wont give a damn about former tmobile customers. There has been afew known issues with problem headsets which att continues to sale after the issues have been reported multiple times.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GWZSTYECHYFMGRELPSV5DXFWEE J.J.

    From a legal standpoint, AT&T is trying to pull wool over the FCC’s eyes.  They’re only trying to get T-Mob so that they can cover their butts in their advertising.  I was once an AT&T customer, switching from T-Mob – their (AT&T’s) internet network sucks, their iPhone 4 can only cover 3G (and slowly, no doubt), and they really don’t give a crap about it or its customers – got a prob w/ your iPhone?  Take it to Apple – it’s not our problem!  And $45 for LIMITED internet?  Give me a break!

    I went back to T-Mob – I got a 4G phone that will even get internet in the bathroom at work (the iPhone NEVER did that!), plus better call quality.  I hope this “merger” attempt FAILS!!  BIG TIME!!

    Please, Google – step in and buy T-Mobile so that we can be saved from the monstrosity that is AT&T. 

    • Peter

      The moment Google buy T-Mobile I leave T-Mobile. I don’t want anything Google in my life. I don’t need them to spy and track my search, emails, location and phone calls!

      As much as I hate AT&T and not really happy about this deal but if Google buys T-Mobile then I am 100% done with T-Mobile and I move somewhere else.

      • John Mickelonis

        Are you totally ignoring that Apple has patented technology to directly spy in their users?  (Which is a damn good reason to hate the AT&T merger.)  Also, AT&T hosted government wiretapping hardware.  I’d rather have Google buy T-Mobile.  Until they’re proven to be in the wrong, they haven’t done anything nearly as shady as the company you’re willing to stick with.

    • Geokaplan

      Google buying T mobile is absolutely the worst idea I have read today.

  • Learn2write

    Please hire an editor or learn how to write.