AT&T, Department Of Justice Ordered To Come Up With Settlement Plans By September 21st

The presiding judge overseeing the Department of Justice lawsuit has set a date of September 21st to discuss the prospects of a settlement. Furthermore, in an order signed this past Monday, Judge Ellen S. Huvelle has asked the Justice Department, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to file a joint plan by September 16th on both scheduling and managing the case. Judge Huvelle further ordered that “the parties shall be prepared to discuss the prospects for settlement” at a September 21st settlement conference.

While the Department of Justice has expressed it’s concern through a lawsuit that the AT&T/T-Mobile deal would “remove a significant competitive force from the market” they also expressed their interest in negotiation. Their “door is open” were the exact words used by Sharis A. Pozen, acting Assistant Attorney General.

As we’ve been saying for a few days now this entire matter just gets better and better as the week continues.

New York Times

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  • some guy

    not to sound stupid, but with all this going on, what does it really mean? ive been told by upper management that the lawsuit is perfectly normal and expected and all it means it the doj doesnt like how everything is written and just wants it to be rewritten???

    • derek 21

      that’s it in a nutshell some guy, they want at&t to lessen their takeover for a better lack of words, does not mean the takeover won’t occur, this is actually a pretty strong sign the deal will be approved shortly with the new concessions written into the acquistion

    • derek 21

      that’s it in a nutshell some guy, they want at&t to lessen their takeover for a better lack of words, does not mean the takeover won’t occur, this is actually a pretty strong sign the deal will be approved shortly with the new concessions written into the acquistion

      • Ted

        No it isn’t. You clearly know very little about anti trust law.

        • Kimraecol

          AT&T deal will go through , with them buying tmobile and than Verizon will buy sprint . And I’m A happy customer of vzw

      • Ted

        No it isn’t. You clearly know very little about anti trust law.

    • derek 21

      that’s it in a nutshell some guy, they want at&t to lessen their takeover for a better lack of words, does not mean the takeover won’t occur, this is actually a pretty strong sign the deal will be approved shortly with the new concessions written into the acquistion

    • Tortionist

      That’s a possibility, but there’s also other possibilities. For example, the mediation could be a Red Herring and the DOJ really wants the deal dead, however unlikely or the DOJ is using this as a smoke screen and is expecting ATT to pay them off, also unlikely. Personally, I think that the mediation won’t quite work out and they’ll end up going to court.

    • Tortionist

      That’s a possibility, but there’s also other possibilities. For example, the mediation could be a Red Herring and the DOJ really wants the deal dead, however unlikely or the DOJ is using this as a smoke screen and is expecting ATT to pay them off, also unlikely. Personally, I think that the mediation won’t quite work out and they’ll end up going to court.

    • Tortionist

      That’s a possibility, but there’s also other possibilities. For example, the mediation could be a Red Herring and the DOJ really wants the deal dead, however unlikely or the DOJ is using this as a smoke screen and is expecting ATT to pay them off, also unlikely. Personally, I think that the mediation won’t quite work out and they’ll end up going to court.

    • Tortionist

      That’s a possibility, but there’s also other possibilities. For example, the mediation could be a Red Herring and the DOJ really wants the deal dead, however unlikely or the DOJ is using this as a smoke screen and is expecting ATT to pay them off, also unlikely. Personally, I think that the mediation won’t quite work out and they’ll end up going to court.

  • Anonymous

    So if a settlement is not agreed upon then “we go to court”?

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I KNEW they’d get Gary Martin & Hayes.  They’re forcing the DOJ to Settle this one.  Good thing the DOJ called in The Strong Arm “John Foy” LOL

    Seriously though, I’m glad to finally have a solid date for something dealing with the proposed Takeover.  Hopefully the DOJ can come up with the plans by then.

  • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

    “The door is open” means my bank account is getting low. It is all a hoax so everyone can get their “reparations” for the merge. It will go forward as soon as AT&T has paid everyone the appropriate “fee”.

    • http://twitter.com/Danerisms Dan

      When it is all said and done someone should check Sharis A. Pozen’s political campaign funds. 

      • Anonymous

        She’s an attorney, not a politician.  She more then likely got appointed by a politician however. 

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    I don’t care, I just want this deal DEAD!

  • Frigadroid

    My conspiracy theory…
    At&t is still winning. They will cut any deal to devalue or put tmobile out of business. That could include divesting whatever the case, it would seem that they have covered their assets well with many added what if clauses in the contract.

    • derek 21

      FRIGADROID YOUR 10000 percent correct lol i’ve been posting the same thing since the news broke about the lawsuit. it had no affect whatsoever on the deal going through outside of the concessions at &t already knew they would have to make lol. and to the guy below no they are not going to court more then likely the DOJ has not fared to well in court on these cases.

      • Government Fromage

        I said much the same thing last week. It allows the DOJ and the administration to look good and show how much they care about the consumer, but in the long run doesn’t mean much.

  • http://profiles.google.com/drepope100 u m

    I’m completely against this “merger” which everyone know is a takeover but when all is said and done, money talks……bulls**t runs the marathon. Like Dan said, check their campaign funds. 

    • ColdFeet

      How is it a “takeover”? Wouldn’t that suggest that AT&T busted down T-Mobile’s door, tied up the CEO and, um, took over?

      People seem to forget that DT wants to sell T-Mobile USA and that AT&T is the buyer who offered the most.

    • ColdFeet

      How is it a “takeover”? Wouldn’t that suggest that AT&T busted down T-Mobile’s door, tied up the CEO and, um, took over?

      People seem to forget that DT wants to sell T-Mobile USA and that AT&T is the buyer who offered the most.

      • Anonymous

        … & people DO remember that DT want to be out of the US market, BUT it would be better off if SOMEONE else (private investor, someone new to the wireless cellular world) who can still compete with the other three carriers, which is better than having a carrier being eliminate from the market.

      • Anonymous

        … & people DO remember that DT want to be out of the US market, BUT it would be better off if SOMEONE else (private investor, someone new to the wireless cellular world) who can still compete with the other three carriers, which is better than having a carrier being eliminate from the market.

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        Acquisition = takeover.Doesn’t always mean people bust down doors. 

  • Kerry

    So the DOJ flexes it’s muscle to show that its doing something…  there is a compromise and the deal goes through.  I’ve thought from day 1 that this will go through.  Many talked about divesting assets etc and I’m sure that this is where that process begins.

    I can’t imagine AT&T starting this without feeling there was a very high probability of this going through.

  • Kerry

    So the DOJ flexes it’s muscle to show that its doing something…  there is a compromise and the deal goes through.  I’ve thought from day 1 that this will go through.  Many talked about divesting assets etc and I’m sure that this is where that process begins.

    I can’t imagine AT&T starting this without feeling there was a very high probability of this going through.

    • Anonymous

      i’m starting to agree on the DOJ smokescreen angle.  A lot of critics made it sound like the DOJ action would make it impossible for the deal to go through, but it seems like it was a bit too much wishful thinking.

      In the current situation, DOJ looks good by getting AT&T to the negotiating table and waving a big stick.

      My big question now:  Where are all the pieces of T-mobile USA going to go with these divestments?

      • ogopogo

        It is normal for the judge to order the parties to negotiate prior to trial. Don’t read too much into the request.

        • Tortionist

          They even do that in divorce decree cases when one party wants to get the terms changed and the other doesn’t. The judge makes them go through mediation first, at least in California.

        • Tortionist

          They even do that in divorce decree cases when one party wants to get the terms changed and the other doesn’t. The judge makes them go through mediation first, at least in California.

      • Anonymous

        When in any anti-trust has the DoJ ever sued intending for settlement, or resulted in a settlement while the acquisition went forward? The only one was Oracle + PeopleSoft, and DoJ LOST that one.

      • Anonymous

        When in any anti-trust has the DoJ ever sued intending for settlement, or resulted in a settlement while the acquisition went forward? The only one was Oracle + PeopleSoft, and DoJ LOST that one.

    • Anonymous

      i’m starting to agree on the DOJ smokescreen angle.  A lot of critics made it sound like the DOJ action would make it impossible for the deal to go through, but it seems like it was a bit too much wishful thinking.

      In the current situation, DOJ looks good by getting AT&T to the negotiating table and waving a big stick.

      My big question now:  Where are all the pieces of T-mobile USA going to go with these divestments?

  • Kerry

    So the DOJ flexes it’s muscle to show that its doing something…  there is a compromise and the deal goes through.  I’ve thought from day 1 that this will go through.  Many talked about divesting assets etc and I’m sure that this is where that process begins.

    I can’t imagine AT&T starting this without feeling there was a very high probability of this going through.

  • http://twitter.com/robsleezy Rob Sleezy

    YES!!! I (HEART) YOU JUDGE!

  • http://twitter.com/robsleezy Rob Sleezy

    YES!!! I (HEART) YOU JUDGE!

  • MIKEEEEE

    this deal will set the stage for dan hesse to attack them.

    the DOJ is a bunch of smart guys whose expertise is anti-trust law.

    dan hesse’s guys are wireless guys who know about spectrum and services.

    the best case scenario is hesse and company create enough buzz to get financing for a counter offer after the DOJ deal.

    the worst case scenario is sprint gets coverage in 38221.

    either way it’s a win win for me.

  • MIKEEEEE

    this deal will set the stage for dan hesse to attack them.

    the DOJ is a bunch of smart guys whose expertise is anti-trust law.

    dan hesse’s guys are wireless guys who know about spectrum and services.

    the best case scenario is hesse and company create enough buzz to get financing for a counter offer after the DOJ deal.

    the worst case scenario is sprint gets coverage in 38221.

    either way it’s a win win for me.

  • http://twitter.com/SocalFrank1 Frank Alvarez

    If there’s a “settlement” it’s bad for T-Mobile customers and employees. If this thing goes to trial, it will end up in the Supreme Court.

    • MIKEEEEE

      @twitter-36766996:disqus , if it doesn’t get fast tracked to SCOTUS it could take a couple of years.
      that will give us customers plenty of time to line up our ducks.

    • MIKEEEEE

      @twitter-36766996:disqus , if it doesn’t get fast tracked to SCOTUS it could take a couple of years.
      that will give us customers plenty of time to line up our ducks.

    • Miro

      no, there is a date by which the deal needs to happen. Going to full trial and then trough appeals and up to the Supreme Court takes a lot of time, years of time in many cases

    • Miro

      no, there is a date by which the deal needs to happen. Going to full trial and then trough appeals and up to the Supreme Court takes a lot of time, years of time in many cases

    • Miro

      no, there is a date by which the deal needs to happen. Going to full trial and then trough appeals and up to the Supreme Court takes a lot of time, years of time in many cases

    • Anonymous

      I think ATT would give up wasting all that time and money and focus on improving what they do have before it goes that far.  At least that’s what a smart company should do.  Like @MIKEEEEE:disqus said it could take a year or two in the system. 

      • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

        And ATT could do it for much less then buying T-mo.
        But they don’t wanna.

    • Anonymous

      I think ATT would give up wasting all that time and money and focus on improving what they do have before it goes that far.  At least that’s what a smart company should do.  Like @MIKEEEEE:disqus said it could take a year or two in the system. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m sticking with my belief that the the deal won’t be worth it for AT&T and this will go to court.  DOJ does not want to see the 4th major carrier go away and the top two to hold so much power.  

    • Anonymous

      I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that it might go thru just because AT&T has the money to bribe these people to get this deal approve.

      But it doesn’t really matter to me since I’ll be leaving T-Mobile when the iphone comes out. Are you going to stay & still getting your Samsung G II w/ Tmobile?

    • Anonymous

      I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that it might go thru just because AT&T has the money to bribe these people to get this deal approve.

      But it doesn’t really matter to me since I’ll be leaving T-Mobile when the iphone comes out. Are you going to stay & still getting your Samsung G II w/ Tmobile?

    • Anonymous

      I hope you’re right, but I have a feeling that it might go thru just because AT&T has the money to bribe these people to get this deal approve.

      But it doesn’t really matter to me since I’ll be leaving T-Mobile when the iphone comes out. Are you going to stay & still getting your Samsung G II w/ Tmobile?

      • Anonymous

        The DOJ’s reasons to stop the deal are pretty major. It will look like corruption if they allow the merger without a deal that is honestly good for consumers and the country.  Not the bull ish ATT be talkin about.

        But I’m staying with stay with TMO and get the Nexus more than likely.  If ICS is anything like MeeGo ( @e750fb80e167b8bacc8c36afcff83ae3:disqus  ) then I want nothing less.

        I will be ATT post merger as well.

        • Tortionist

          Not, only that, but money isn’t what will get this buyout pushed through or this lawsuit won by ATT. Look at Bill Gates and Microsoft. They lost and Bill Gates was the richest man in the world at the time. This all over a free web browser. I’m glad I use Chrome and occasionally Firefox. 

        • Anonymous

          Heh I went Chrome and haven’t looked back.  

        • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

          I predominantly use Opera or Chrome

  • Chantelle_sa

    My heart just sank.  I knew that the deal would go thru, but got mildly excited that the DOJ was really going to try and stop them.  nope, its all smoke screens.  I am afraid i will not go with att, i am going to have to go with sprint.  that sucks.

  • Miro

    chill people, settlement process exist in nearly all cases. It’s done to avoid protracted legal battles clogging the courts, one party can always refuse any settlements offered and proceed with the rest of what’s needed to go to a full trial

  • Miro

    chill people, settlement process exist in nearly all cases. It’s done to avoid protracted legal battles clogging the courts, one party can always refuse any settlements offered and proceed with the rest of what’s needed to go to a full trial

  • J. Williams

    It will work out for the best…it will.

    • Auser72

      “It will work out for the best…it will.” Famous last Words

    • Auser72

      “It will work out for the best…it will.” Famous last Words

    • Auser72

      “It will work out for the best…it will.” Famous last Words

    • Auser72

      “It will work out for the best…it will.” Famous last Words

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOUIFHL5XNLXS5AEOJQ36DH6MY PinstripeR

    How many of you pulling for the deal to fall apart realize that it might very well be worse if this happens? DO you realize the parent company DT does not want to do business in the US anymore? What will happen to whatever is left of Tmobile if the deal falls apart, think about it for a second? We will all be stuck with a company that has no desire to keep the business anymore and it will NOT be funny.

    • Anonymous

      Nothing happens. Someone else will buy t-mobile. Thats all. Anything is better than AT&T for t-mobile customers. Whoever doesn’t like tmobile are always free to go join AT&T. Who is stopping them.

      The future of this deal of interest for people who want to stay with t-mobile and to employees.

      • derek 21

        yea seriously the tmo is dead talks are getting severely old

      • derek 21

        yea seriously the tmo is dead talks are getting severely old

      • derek 21

        yea seriously the tmo is dead talks are getting severely old

      • derek 21

        yea seriously the tmo is dead talks are getting severely old

        • Fred

          I get tires of it too, but you can’t ignore the 500lb gorilla around the corner.

        • Fred

          I get tires of it too, but you can’t ignore the 500lb gorilla around the corner.

        • Fred

          I get tires of it too, but you can’t ignore the 500lb gorilla around the corner.

        • Fred

          I get tires of it too, but you can’t ignore the 500lb gorilla around the corner.

        • Fred

          I get tires of it too, but you can’t ignore the 500lb gorilla around the corner.

        • ColdFeet

          The truth is, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Will AT&T/T-Mobile combined make the service better? That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ve said it before but I’d be gone if I didn’t have 4 different contracts going. That and I love new phones so I end up upgrading and extending. But if the AT&T/T-Mobile network doesn’t improve, then I’ll cancel when the contract’s up and go somewhere else. It’s as easy as that.

          But isn’t that the point of this deal? To make a better network?

          If the deal goes through, will AT&T raise prices? Again, nobody knows. But even T-Mobile eliminates lower priced plans and raises prices so what would the difference be? Anyone who claims to know is just jumping on the “I hate AT&T” bandwagon.

          If the deal doesn’t go through, will T-Mobile magically be swept up and improved upon? Will DT change their mind and start putting money into T-USA? Or will people continue leaving in droves and DT starts losing more than they’re making?

          Nobody knows and anyone who claims to is full of crap.

          All I know is that I hope the deal goes through because at least then I have a glimmer of hope that I’ll have service while at work.

        • ColdFeet

          The truth is, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Will AT&T/T-Mobile combined make the service better? That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ve said it before but I’d be gone if I didn’t have 4 different contracts going. That and I love new phones so I end up upgrading and extending. But if the AT&T/T-Mobile network doesn’t improve, then I’ll cancel when the contract’s up and go somewhere else. It’s as easy as that.

          But isn’t that the point of this deal? To make a better network?

          If the deal goes through, will AT&T raise prices? Again, nobody knows. But even T-Mobile eliminates lower priced plans and raises prices so what would the difference be? Anyone who claims to know is just jumping on the “I hate AT&T” bandwagon.

          If the deal doesn’t go through, will T-Mobile magically be swept up and improved upon? Will DT change their mind and start putting money into T-USA? Or will people continue leaving in droves and DT starts losing more than they’re making?

          Nobody knows and anyone who claims to is full of crap.

          All I know is that I hope the deal goes through because at least then I have a glimmer of hope that I’ll have service while at work.

        • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

          You are a fool if you think the quality of the network is going improve because of this. AT&t is in it to eliminate the competition. Of course AT&T will raise prices if you look at what they have been doing its all but beneficial for customers.There is a reason people are t-mobile customers. You’re full of crap. I hope the deal does not go through with AT&T.

        • ColdFeet

          Oh, my bad…

          Now where did I leave my jester’s hat??

        • IT Guy

          I would beg to differ with on that matter. AT&T’s network is more far reaching. T-Mobile’s is much smaller, but it’s got excess bandwidth in many areas.

          Combining the two should help alleviate much of the congestion AT&T suffers from in large cities.

          At the same time, the AT&T network can provite connectivity to areas not currently serviced by T-Mobile.

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

          Yet, ATT can improve their network for much less than buying t-mo.

        • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

          You are a fool if you think the quality of the network is going improve because of this. AT&t is in it to eliminate the competition. Of course AT&T will raise prices if you look at what they have been doing its all but beneficial for customers.There is a reason people are t-mobile customers. You’re full of crap. I hope the deal does not go through with AT&T.

        • ColdFeet

          The truth is, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Will AT&T/T-Mobile combined make the service better? That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ve said it before but I’d be gone if I didn’t have 4 different contracts going. That and I love new phones so I end up upgrading and extending. But if the AT&T/T-Mobile network doesn’t improve, then I’ll cancel when the contract’s up and go somewhere else. It’s as easy as that.

          But isn’t that the point of this deal? To make a better network?

          If the deal goes through, will AT&T raise prices? Again, nobody knows. But even T-Mobile eliminates lower priced plans and raises prices so what would the difference be? Anyone who claims to know is just jumping on the “I hate AT&T” bandwagon.

          If the deal doesn’t go through, will T-Mobile magically be swept up and improved upon? Will DT change their mind and start putting money into T-USA? Or will people continue leaving in droves and DT starts losing more than they’re making?

          Nobody knows and anyone who claims to is full of crap.

          All I know is that I hope the deal goes through because at least then I have a glimmer of hope that I’ll have service while at work.

        • ColdFeet

          The truth is, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Will AT&T/T-Mobile combined make the service better? That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ve said it before but I’d be gone if I didn’t have 4 different contracts going. That and I love new phones so I end up upgrading and extending. But if the AT&T/T-Mobile network doesn’t improve, then I’ll cancel when the contract’s up and go somewhere else. It’s as easy as that.

          But isn’t that the point of this deal? To make a better network?

          If the deal goes through, will AT&T raise prices? Again, nobody knows. But even T-Mobile eliminates lower priced plans and raises prices so what would the difference be? Anyone who claims to know is just jumping on the “I hate AT&T” bandwagon.

          If the deal doesn’t go through, will T-Mobile magically be swept up and improved upon? Will DT change their mind and start putting money into T-USA? Or will people continue leaving in droves and DT starts losing more than they’re making?

          Nobody knows and anyone who claims to is full of crap.

          All I know is that I hope the deal goes through because at least then I have a glimmer of hope that I’ll have service while at work.

        • Goukisan

          old but true…

      • Anonymous

        is anything better?  really?  So you’d be ok if Sprint bought TMO?  because they handled or wait they’re still trying to handle the iDen network so well…

        • Anonymous

          I never imagined Sprint buying us.  Like you said between iDen and trying to figure out WiMax or LTE,  Sprint would have our network all ufcked up.  PLUS once again it would be eliminating a competitor and so that won’t happen either.

        • Afterburner87

          I am hoping for someone like Comcast to purchase them.. 

        • Afterburner87

          I am hoping for someone like Comcast to purchase them.. 

    • Anonymous

      How do you envision T-Mobile post failed merger?

    • Anonymous

      How do you envision T-Mobile post failed merger?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

      It still works out better for US wireless market if TMo fails instead of a merger with ATT. DT will sell the US operation, it will not just close it doors. If ATT is blocked from the purchase, so is VZW. That means bids from other companies will be available. In essence you still have 4 major carriers as opposed to 3. Whom ever buys TMo US will obviously have plans to make it a major carrier. If they don’t, they just cust cost, and reap profits. Either way, it’s 10x better than ATT merger. ATT merger guarantees higher pricing for less, all blamed on “increased cost of network”. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

      It still works out better for US wireless market if TMo fails instead of a merger with ATT. DT will sell the US operation, it will not just close it doors. If ATT is blocked from the purchase, so is VZW. That means bids from other companies will be available. In essence you still have 4 major carriers as opposed to 3. Whom ever buys TMo US will obviously have plans to make it a major carrier. If they don’t, they just cust cost, and reap profits. Either way, it’s 10x better than ATT merger. ATT merger guarantees higher pricing for less, all blamed on “increased cost of network”. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

      It still works out better for US wireless market if TMo fails instead of a merger with ATT. DT will sell the US operation, it will not just close it doors. If ATT is blocked from the purchase, so is VZW. That means bids from other companies will be available. In essence you still have 4 major carriers as opposed to 3. Whom ever buys TMo US will obviously have plans to make it a major carrier. If they don’t, they just cust cost, and reap profits. Either way, it’s 10x better than ATT merger. ATT merger guarantees higher pricing for less, all blamed on “increased cost of network”. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26303408 Rob Euro

      It still works out better for US wireless market if TMo fails instead of a merger with ATT. DT will sell the US operation, it will not just close it doors. If ATT is blocked from the purchase, so is VZW. That means bids from other companies will be available. In essence you still have 4 major carriers as opposed to 3. Whom ever buys TMo US will obviously have plans to make it a major carrier. If they don’t, they just cust cost, and reap profits. Either way, it’s 10x better than ATT merger. ATT merger guarantees higher pricing for less, all blamed on “increased cost of network”. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

      The mainpoint is for anyone other than the big 3 to purchase t-mobile. if its gone it needs to go somwhere that won’t screw everyone on a postpaid/contract plan because thats what will happen if the deal goes through. AT&t becomes as large as Verizon then Verizon gains an edge at possibly buying sprint even if they don’t buy sprint they would still have an edge as they are big and they would raise prices along with AT&T and then where would anyone go to get good service at a good price? prepaid service sucks data speeds and all.

    • http://profiles.google.com/brooklynboiz Jamille Browne

      The mainpoint is for anyone other than the big 3 to purchase t-mobile. if its gone it needs to go somwhere that won’t screw everyone on a postpaid/contract plan because thats what will happen if the deal goes through. AT&t becomes as large as Verizon then Verizon gains an edge at possibly buying sprint even if they don’t buy sprint they would still have an edge as they are big and they would raise prices along with AT&T and then where would anyone go to get good service at a good price? prepaid service sucks data speeds and all.

  • Big45th

    i will have to pay 1000 dollars to get out but to not have att is worth it 

    • Anonymous

      Stay until ATT tries to change terms/cost. Only way your cost/plan will change is if you reach out of contract. So, you are safe. I plan to extend my contract to 2 years right before final merger. Obviously I have no choice bcoz CDMA is not for me. Cant go to Sprint or Verizon. I will abuse AT&T as much as I can to feel good.

    • Anonymous

      Stay until ATT tries to change terms/cost. Only way your cost/plan will change is if you reach out of contract. So, you are safe. I plan to extend my contract to 2 years right before final merger. Obviously I have no choice bcoz CDMA is not for me. Cant go to Sprint or Verizon. I will abuse AT&T as much as I can to feel good.

    • Anonymous

      Stay until ATT tries to change terms/cost. Only way your cost/plan will change is if you reach out of contract. So, you are safe. I plan to extend my contract to 2 years right before final merger. Obviously I have no choice bcoz CDMA is not for me. Cant go to Sprint or Verizon. I will abuse AT&T as much as I can to feel good.

    • Anonymous

      Stay until ATT tries to change terms/cost. Only way your cost/plan will change is if you reach out of contract. So, you are safe. I plan to extend my contract to 2 years right before final merger. Obviously I have no choice bcoz CDMA is not for me. Cant go to Sprint or Verizon. I will abuse AT&T as much as I can to feel good.

    • derek 21

      are you serious man you would pay some1 a 1000 of money wasted to prove a point only to yourself?

    • derek 21

      are you serious man you would pay some1 a 1000 of money wasted to prove a point only to yourself?

    • derek 21

      are you serious man you would pay some1 a 1000 of money wasted to prove a point only to yourself?

    • derek 21

      are you serious man you would pay some1 a 1000 of money wasted to prove a point only to yourself?

  • Big45th

    i will have to pay 1000 dollars to get out but to not have att is worth it 

  • Big45th

    i will have to pay 1000 dollars to get out but to not have att is worth it 

  • Big45th

    i will have to pay 1000 dollars to get out but to not have att is worth it 

  • derek 21

    TMobile is a hustler just like other corporations, they saw a way to get more value out of their company then they currently had if someone threw 39 billion at you , you would take it 2 it doesn’t mean that your company was going down the drain, because you accepted an opportunity to double your company’s value .WAKE UP this is AMERICA

    • DetroitTechnoFan

      Right. I mentioned the same thing.

      Of course, just because anybody would do it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right or ethical thing to do. This is why we have laws!

  • ogopogo

    Please note that the September 21st hearing is to determine the viability of a settlement. It does NOT mean that they will settle.

  • Anonymous

    you guys have to remember this is an election year and what’s the buzz word for this year’s election?  JOBS so if you do something that resembles you’re fighting for the jobs in America and get big bad ATT to give up things and “create” jobs…you come out looking good win-win for everyone.  shake hands deal is done.  There’s BILLIONS of dollars involved in this deal do you really think they (ATT) will just walk away from it, you’re very naive to think that this is some craigslist deal that can fall apart and not have implications.

    DT is getting a sweetheart deal, lots of money and a seat on ATT’s board…what more can you ask for?  Dont have to shell out money to fund the US operation and you get to reap the ridiculous amount of money that’s generated from wireless data revenue

  • Anonymous

    you guys have to remember this is an election year and what’s the buzz word for this year’s election?  JOBS so if you do something that resembles you’re fighting for the jobs in America and get big bad ATT to give up things and “create” jobs…you come out looking good win-win for everyone.  shake hands deal is done.  There’s BILLIONS of dollars involved in this deal do you really think they (ATT) will just walk away from it, you’re very naive to think that this is some craigslist deal that can fall apart and not have implications.

    DT is getting a sweetheart deal, lots of money and a seat on ATT’s board…what more can you ask for?  Dont have to shell out money to fund the US operation and you get to reap the ridiculous amount of money that’s generated from wireless data revenue

    • Craigers

      Ummm… This year is not an election year… that’s next year. Good try though…

    • Craigers

      Ummm… This year is not an election year… that’s next year. Good try though…

  • Anonymous

    you guys have to remember this is an election year and what’s the buzz word for this year’s election?  JOBS so if you do something that resembles you’re fighting for the jobs in America and get big bad ATT to give up things and “create” jobs…you come out looking good win-win for everyone.  shake hands deal is done.  There’s BILLIONS of dollars involved in this deal do you really think they (ATT) will just walk away from it, you’re very naive to think that this is some craigslist deal that can fall apart and not have implications.

    DT is getting a sweetheart deal, lots of money and a seat on ATT’s board…what more can you ask for?  Dont have to shell out money to fund the US operation and you get to reap the ridiculous amount of money that’s generated from wireless data revenue

  • Anonymous

    you guys have to remember this is an election year and what’s the buzz word for this year’s election?  JOBS so if you do something that resembles you’re fighting for the jobs in America and get big bad ATT to give up things and “create” jobs…you come out looking good win-win for everyone.  shake hands deal is done.  There’s BILLIONS of dollars involved in this deal do you really think they (ATT) will just walk away from it, you’re very naive to think that this is some craigslist deal that can fall apart and not have implications.

    DT is getting a sweetheart deal, lots of money and a seat on ATT’s board…what more can you ask for?  Dont have to shell out money to fund the US operation and you get to reap the ridiculous amount of money that’s generated from wireless data revenue

  • TMoFan

    This is a little scary, only because at&t is so desperate to get this thing through. How much is too much for them? I don’t see any settlement due to the DoJ’s concern of reducing the national carriers from four to three. Don’t forget that the FCC still has to sign off on this too, saying that it’s in the “public interest” and they are reviewing the T-Mobile buyout along with the Qualcomm spectrum purchase.

  • TMoFan

    This is a little scary, only because at&t is so desperate to get this thing through. How much is too much for them? I don’t see any settlement due to the DoJ’s concern of reducing the national carriers from four to three. Don’t forget that the FCC still has to sign off on this too, saying that it’s in the “public interest” and they are reviewing the T-Mobile buyout along with the Qualcomm spectrum purchase.

    • ogopogo

      That is exactly what the September 21st hearing will determine. If there is NO chance of a settlement, then the case gets tried. Based on what the DOJ has stated (going from 4 to 3 carriers etc.), I don’t see a chance for settlement.

  • TMoFan

    This is a little scary, only because at&t is so desperate to get this thing through. How much is too much for them? I don’t see any settlement due to the DoJ’s concern of reducing the national carriers from four to three. Don’t forget that the FCC still has to sign off on this too, saying that it’s in the “public interest” and they are reviewing the T-Mobile buyout along with the Qualcomm spectrum purchase.

  • TMoFan

    This is a little scary, only because at&t is so desperate to get this thing through. How much is too much for them? I don’t see any settlement due to the DoJ’s concern of reducing the national carriers from four to three. Don’t forget that the FCC still has to sign off on this too, saying that it’s in the “public interest” and they are reviewing the T-Mobile buyout along with the Qualcomm spectrum purchase.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Don’t read anything into this.  Here’s what is going on:

    – This is a standard procedure in ALL cases filed in federal court.

    – On a case being assigned to a federal Judge, that Judge issues a routine Order in the case. It’s generally referred to as “Order for Case Management Conference.”

    – This first Order tells the lawyers to show up on a specified date prepared to discuss how their respective clients will litigate the case, including matters related to Rule 26 disclosures, a discovery plan, summary judgment dates, trial date, settlement conference date, various calendaring – including event cut-off dates, etc. 

    – Every Judge runs his or her court differently, so there’s no standardization on this part: Depending on the Judge, he or she may include a “generic” statement in the Order that says “Attorneys will be prepared to discuss their respective clients’ feeling about settlement, including early settlement. The Court encourages the parties to resolve their differences without taxing the Court’s limited resources.”

    – All courts encourage the parties to settle early, but that’s all the judges can do because the law does NOT allow courts to force a settlement on a party.  Some Judges are more proactive than others in continuously prodding parties to settle.

    – A Judge can make life difficult if a party pursues a case that lacks merit or if a party refuses what the judge considers a reasonable settlement offer, or if the Judge perceives a party litigated a case for ulterior motive (revenge, retributions, etc.).

    – I have never seen a case settle at the case management conference stage, nor ever observed settlement discussed, notwithstanding a Judge’s order for the parties to be discussed their position on settlement at the conference.

    – Attorneys on both sides always tell the Judge that their client is open to reasonable settlement offers.

    – Courts know that settlement discussions are not beneficial until the parties have had a chance to engage in discovery, so there’s no ADR procedures or prodding to settle until later in the case, about 8 to 12 months into it.

    • Abc123

      Thanks for the great post. It clarifies many things, and I feel much better about this. I really appreciate lawyer friends. You guys are the best. 

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Thanks for the compliment.  Since this stuff is picked up by Google I consider it important that people understand what is what, especially in complex federal litigation.

        • derek 21

          And i’m not here to put you out there and slam you for your point of view, but at the end of the day the majority of people on here could care less how this process is going to go, all they care about is the outcome, and the fact that the DOJ said they wanted to stop this which might be true, but in all reality are up for concessions, everyone has to get a piece of the pie

        • My name is not MIke.

          Thank you for your explanation, Mike.  It appears that with all the disclosures, discovery and pre trial motions, it will take at least one year for this case to proceed to trial on the merits.  Thus, a question arizes as to whether it is in anyone’s best interest for this litigation to continue that long?  If neither party (now we have 3 or possibly 4 parties to explore settlement with in a sense that it will be a global settlement that would make all 3 carriers happy – T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and of course the government) will benefit from the delay, then this matter will be settled.  At the next hearing the court is likely to issue a scheduling order listing deadlines for discovery, etc. and may set a formal settlement conference or appoint special master to oversee the litigation.  I agree with Mike.  There is no way any meaningful settlement talks would take place at the next hearing.

        • My name is not MIke.

          Thank you for your explanation, Mike.  It appears that with all the disclosures, discovery and pre trial motions, it will take at least one year for this case to proceed to trial on the merits.  Thus, a question arizes as to whether it is in anyone’s best interest for this litigation to continue that long?  If neither party (now we have 3 or possibly 4 parties to explore settlement with in a sense that it will be a global settlement that would make all 3 carriers happy – T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and of course the government) will benefit from the delay, then this matter will be settled.  At the next hearing the court is likely to issue a scheduling order listing deadlines for discovery, etc. and may set a formal settlement conference or appoint special master to oversee the litigation.  I agree with Mike.  There is no way any meaningful settlement talks would take place at the next hearing.

        • Anonymous

          Yes because we are all dumb and we need you to explain this. 

        • Anonymous

          Yes because we are all dumb and we need you to explain this. 

        • Craigers

          Seriously “The_ATL_Guy” get off of it already. You are as annoying as hell. If you don’t like his comments don’t read them. I find them insightful. No one is holding a gun to your head here. In fact I’m sure we could all give you a list of blogs you could go pester for awhile.

      • derek 21

        he is clarifying the process of this whole ordeal, but at the same time mike stop getting people’s head built up that they should not be reading into the idea the DOJ does not want this to go to court they might be able to disprove at&t claims but they would have to prove how this an anti-trust and how it will damage consumers and the country. tough task there buddy your feeding the flame of this deal having less then a 50% chance of getting completed, little naive don’t you think.

      • derek 21

        he is clarifying the process of this whole ordeal, but at the same time mike stop getting people’s head built up that they should not be reading into the idea the DOJ does not want this to go to court they might be able to disprove at&t claims but they would have to prove how this an anti-trust and how it will damage consumers and the country. tough task there buddy your feeding the flame of this deal having less then a 50% chance of getting completed, little naive don’t you think.

        • Ted

          A guy on bloomberg said it has a 20 percent xhance of going through so you might want to reconsider your position

      • Anonymous

        He’s not a lawyer. 
        He sells prepaid legal services from his prepaid walmart service because he is cool like that. 

    • Abc123

      Thanks for the great post. It clarifies many things, and I feel much better about this. I really appreciate lawyer friends. You guys are the best. 

    • Richardthegrape

      I came to the conclusion you should start your own blog. Your posts are long enough that you could break them down, and have a new article every second of the day ;-)

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        And a tip o’ the hat to you for your valuable contribution.

        I see your point though, let all kinds of misinformation go unchallenged.  Takes a lot less work to do it your way.

        • Anonymous

          duuuuuuude!?!?!?!?! DO YOU SERIOUSLY OWN DOMAIN NAMES!?!?!?!?120 OF THEM?!?!?!?!
          SERIOUSLY dont mess with us man!!!! 

          Sidenote: never trust a d-bag who throws around, “I have had a major website”. That is like the d-bag who goes into a bar and throws around how he drives a BMW but today its in the shop. 

          You now sell prepaid law….
          What happened to you man?

        • ItsMichaelNotMike

          Thanks for the kind words.

      • Anonymous

        always like how good ole Mikey starts his posts with, “as I said on ”
        He posts on like 3 different stories about how he was leaving yet here he is back. 

        • ItsMichaelNotMike

          Thanks for following me, great to know I have fans.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    OK, as I said, this is so insignificant and some people are making a mountain out of a mole hill.  I got the Judge’s Order and it’s not even a formal written order, it’s an oral “Minute Order.”  Here is what the Judge said on the phone to the lawyers:

    “MINUTE ORDER: Based on the telephone conference held with the parties on
    this date, it is hereby ORDERED that a status conference is set for 2
    p.m. on September 21, 2011, in Courtroom 23A, before Judge Ellen S.
    Huvelle; and it is further ORDERED that, in lieu of a LCvR 16.3 report,
    the parties shall file, by September 16, 2011, a joint Proposed
    Scheduling Order and Case Management Plan, which will facilitate the
    just, speedy and inexpensive determination of all pretrial matters and
    the trial of this case; and it is further ORDERED that at the status
    conference, the parties shall be prepared to discuss the prospects for
    settlement. Signed by Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on September 6, 2011.
    (lcesh1)”

    If you insist on reading something significant into the word “settlement,” consider:

    - The statement about settlement is at the end of the order, almost an afterthought. (Actually it’s just a generic, canned statement.)

    - The Judge did NOT say “discuss settlement” she said “PROSPECTS” for settlement.  That’s not asking the lawyers to discuss much at the conference about settlement.

    - One could just as well say that this case is obviously going to trial because the Judge says she wants a litigation plan and a plan for the trial.  Moreover, the bulk of this Order deals with litigation of the case, not discussing settlement.

    Sidenote: Don’t feel bad about not understanding the federal court litigation process.  Lay people don’t and since most lawyers shy away from federal court, they too don’t understand the processes.

    • My name is not Mike.. :-)

      I could have not said any better.

    • My name is not Mike.. :-)

      I could have not said any better.

    • Gilliamsre

      Thank you. Far too many people with no idea what they are talking about are commenting like they do. 85% of the posts here are rubbish.

    • Gilliamsre

      Thank you. Far too many people with no idea what they are talking about are commenting like they do. 85% of the posts here are rubbish.

  • BP

    Since Sept. 24 is called “All Hands Day” with sales on phones, I declare Sept. 21 be called “No Hands Day” with the sale of T-Mobile. No hands means T-mobile customers don’t have any input.  LOL!!!!

    • derek 21

      ? that makes no sense

    • derek 21

      ? that makes no sense

  • BP

    Since Sept. 24 is called “All Hands Day” with sales on phones, I declare Sept. 21 be called “No Hands Day” with the sale of T-Mobile. No hands means T-mobile customers don’t have any input.  LOL!!!!

  • Anonymous

    So this is all about the money.  I guess I was wrong when I thought the Department of Justice actually cared about the employees and consumers here.

    • derek 21

      Yeah Wishful thinking there pal

    • derek 21

      Yeah Wishful thinking there pal

  • Getmore Life

    Ha Ha.  Sounds like the judge wants to hear when AT&T plans on coughing up the $3 Billion and spectrum.  Do not believe the evil AT&T and DT liars!

  • Getmore Life

    Ha Ha.  Sounds like the judge wants to hear when AT&T plans on coughing up the $3 Billion and spectrum.  Do not believe the evil AT&T and DT liars!

  • Silk7412

    One more i senn at the fcc
    Allow me to tell you a fairy tale.Once apon a time a long time ago. A evil dragon name Mabell had the ability of metamorphosis  ruled the land striking fear into all that seen it.  Then one day some fearless knights called FCCer came together to vanquish this money stealing monster.They forced the fire breathing demon into a cave and placed a boulder to block the opening. They could hear the dragon vowing” When i get out of here i will be twice evil and no will stop me!!” The knights yelled back “If you do we will be waiting”. As years went by mini cracks formed at the base of the cave and the dragon morphed into little dragon just to come togeher on the other side.
    NOW IS THE TIME-CALLING ALL FCC KNIGHT- WE NEED YOU!!

    • Steve Torres88

      Lmao wow to much tune and imagination lol but kind of cool in a way

      • Silk7412

        Well when i wrote it i was going to put- Fccer” for all that is holy we must smite thee-your days ruining our country are over-run back to the pits of hell from witch you came”

  • SprintEmployee

    Most people who hate AT&T on here don’t even use the service nor are you old enough to remember what the “MaBell,” monopoly was.  It’s almost like it’s cool or popular to hate what others claim to despise except you don’t know what or why you’re hating.

    AT&T and T-Mobile are both scum.  The only reason T-Mobile is cheaper is because they give you less coverage and more holes.  Judging on DT’s CAPEX record they haven’t exactly been investing the amount of money required to really compete with the Verizon’s of the world yet you hold their bastard step child of a company with such high regard. 

    There is such a thing as not being enough room for a mediocre carrier like T-Mobile to even exist.  They’ve been playing the lower priced card for years yet they continue to lose.  Should T-Mobile just exist forever losing subs just to keep a few whiny welfare babies happy on their $5.99 data plans?

    You should be glad that a company with deep pockets is even remotely interested in buying you off.  The last thing you should want is ghetto broke ass Sprint merging with you since they don’t even have enough money to deploy real 4G despite having a 2 year lead and their backhaul has suffered for years giving their subs poor data speeds and inconsistent service.  

    • MasterDebator

      And you think Sprint is any better? Give me a break! That’s are choice on who we pick as our service provider. I just dont like sprint or verizon, because im not a fan of cdma. Love it or hate it, it’s our choice. 

      • hecg55

        In various parts of Arizona my vibrant would kick my friends 3gs ass! And now when he has an iPhone 4 and I have a sensation I still get much better reception and MUCH MUCH faster data speeds a lot of times he will tell me about a video on youube and we both go to load it and I get it much faster (I always keep YouTube on “high quality “)

    • BigMixxx

      hmm…

      I will only say this.  How do you add 1.1 million subscribers and still lose damn near a billion dollars.  Sprint has no real borrowing capacity, and free cash flow is REALLY low.  

      People are not migrating from the nextel network to the sprint network, they are ditching them all together.  Prepaid activity is WAY up, so Sprint is hurting bad.  It may be a reflection of the economy OR sprint itself.  I think it’s sprint.

      While T mobile’s number pitch gloom and doom, they still are doing quite well.  I’d like to see a leadership change, that’s really the bottom line.  They need leadership to increase that subscriber base….

    • Yonkers

      One of the very few that actually made a factual and valid point! I absolutely agree!

    • Ted

      Considering that tmobile usa still turns a profit and losing subs is a new occurance, I would say there is room for them. We shouldn’t consider ourselves lucky that a company as shady as att is buying tmobile. Luckily the government agrees with me. Have you considered that everyine hates att because they suck? Even their own customers hate att.

    • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

      I’ve been on them all and can provide that AT&T has less coverage nationwide.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve been an ATT customer.  Worst service anywhere I’ve had in the WORLD.

        Customer services is awful.  And their coverage is worthless.

        Do to my job I can use ATT or Sprint as a company phone and I use TMobile for personal reasons.

        Having traveled over 175000 miles in the past couple of years over the eastern and midwest USA (California, New Mexico and Arizona in the west).  I can state that ATT had better phone coverage in Geysmar LA and Natrium West Virginia.   Other than that TMobile had a better signal everywhere else. 

        Now when it comes to DATA coverage, TMobile’s network used to drop to Edge once you were 30 miles outside a metro area. While ATT offered their VERY VERY SLOW 3G service (300mbps).  But the second part of this year TMobile generally fallsback to G or 2G for the most part (300mbps) so its coverage is comparable to what ATT currently offers.

        Now a days I prefer to use Sprint for a company phone, because their speeds within Rural US go from 500bps to 1Mbps.  Which is a better alternative than ATT and complements TMobile very well.

        Now when it comes to metro Areas.  ATT is just a joke if you get 3Mbps …count your self lucky.  1.2Mbps is the norm.  In contrast TMobile offers 7Mbps with its HSPA+ network with 21Mbps HSPA+ network.  Too bad they have not deployed HSPA+42Mbps phones.  But the network is there!.  Wimax on Sprint also offers 7Mbps.   And we all know that Verizon now offers 14Mbps with LTE.

        So please, give me a break.  If you root for ATT, you do so from your point of view. I doubt many of you have actually traveled as much and used phones and data as much as I have unless you are truck driver.  And no, I am not.  Just that my job takes me to many remote areas where you find technology within the continental US.

        • Government Fromage

          Just curious where you guys have been that AT&T’s coverage is worse than T-Mobile’s.

          My phone from work for the last 3 years has been through AT&T and it’s had service virtually everywhere they’ve sent me, as opposed to my TM phone which routinely displays “No service” any time I’m out of a major metropolitan area.

        • Anonymous

          My front yard.

    • IT Guy

      @8541ed25bdfb271cdb589440f5009224:disqus 

      Agreed. There’s nothing magical about T-Mobile that allows them to have lower rates.  They’ve managed to keep costs low by not reinvesting in or expanding their network, and they’ve passed that savings on to consumers. 

      Where has it gotten us? We’ve got a fast network that’s mostly limited to big cities, and we’ve got no path to true 4g service. But we have cheap rates.

      • Anonymous

        AT&T and Verizon mainly have rural coverage thanks to their Cellular 850 spectrum. Even with T-Mobile being smaller than AT&T and Verizon, they still manage to get things done.

        AT&T as well as Verizon, are only big as they are, because they have been playing Pac-Man with the smaller carriers, going left and right, gobbling them up, as is still the case this time, with T-Mobile on their radar.

        • Anonymous

          Right.  The big two bought their way up to nearly 100M subs.

        • Anonymous

          Right.  The big two bought their way up to nearly 100M subs.

        • Anonymous

          Right.  The big two bought their way up to nearly 100M subs.

    • Guest77

      Simply  said, ATT has terrible customer  service. Yes, Terrible Customer  Service. I guess ATT  should continue to exist   with their  poor customer service and products. WOW! 

    • Guest77

      Simply  said, ATT has terrible customer  service. Yes, Terrible Customer  Service. I guess ATT  should continue to exist   with their  poor customer service and products. WOW! 

    • Silk7412

      I remember my beige rotary phone with the heavy handle. who needed nunchucks when we had theses things. but what i remember most is when it broke i could only get it at one place- mabell.. who wants to go back to that?

    • Silk7412

      I remember my beige rotary phone with the heavy handle. who needed nunchucks when we had theses things. but what i remember most is when it broke i could only get it at one place- mabell.. who wants to go back to that?

    • Silk7412

      I remember my beige rotary phone with the heavy handle. who needed nunchucks when we had theses things. but what i remember most is when it broke i could only get it at one place- mabell.. who wants to go back to that?

    • Silk7412

      I remember my beige rotary phone with the heavy handle. who needed nunchucks when we had theses things. but what i remember most is when it broke i could only get it at one place- mabell.. who wants to go back to that?

      • http://twitter.com/MarkhbPWM Mark Bickford

        How did you manage to break an authentic Western Electric phone?  Those things were built to withstand almost anything.  Although, admittedly, one my parents had didn’t withstand the combination of my unsupervised 2-year-old brother and matches.

        • Silk7412

          wow – To think i still remember. The bell stopped ringing( i even opened it to try to clean it-to no avail. I got to tell ya. I miss thoses phones. 

        • Silk7412

          wow – To think i still remember. The bell stopped ringing( i even opened it to try to clean it-to no avail. I got to tell ya. I miss thoses phones. 

    • Silk7412

      I often wonder what the google phone would look like without Tmobile. would we all be rocking a backflip.. would the DRIOD be the DROID or IDROID.
      And oh the sidekick. How many good feeling come to mind with that one. Not bad for a  mediocre carrier. What innovation will ATT bring us?

    • Silk7412

      Many years ago i found myself in a really bad financial situation. ATT and verizon both denied me for a cell phone. Only tmobile took a chance and i got a nokia 3220. Since then I have payed for 3android and more. Thank  Tmo!!

    • Silk7412

      Many years ago i found myself in a really bad financial situation. ATT and verizon both denied me for a cell phone. Only tmobile took a chance and i got a nokia 3220. Since then I have payed for 3android and more. Thank  Tmo!!

    • Silk7412

      Many years ago i found myself in a really bad financial situation. ATT and verizon both denied me for a cell phone. Only tmobile took a chance and i got a nokia 3220. Since then I have payed for 3android and more. Thank  Tmo!!

    • T-Mobile Employee

      Dear Mr Sprint employee. . .
      Listen here numnutz. For T-Mobile to be called mediocre from a company that can’t hold our jock is hilarious. For T-Mobile to be called scum must make Sprint the feces of a shrimp! T-Mobile’s downfall is all put on its inability early to fight the smartphone race. So we have always been behind and yes DT is unwilling to make us an American Powerhouse by spending the money needed to make that dream a reality. But to hear us being dissed by a “SprintEmployee” is a sad commentary. Seriously though when you get 10 JD Powers Awards then come talk to us SCRUB!
      Sincerely,
      T-Mobile Employee
      P.S – How’s that 4G coverage in all of your 2 major cities gong for you self proclaimed “Now Network’?

    • T-Mobile Employee

      Dear Mr Sprint employee. . .
      Listen here numnutz. For T-Mobile to be called mediocre from a company that can’t hold our jock is hilarious. For T-Mobile to be called scum must make Sprint the feces of a shrimp! T-Mobile’s downfall is all put on its inability early to fight the smartphone race. So we have always been behind and yes DT is unwilling to make us an American Powerhouse by spending the money needed to make that dream a reality. But to hear us being dissed by a “SprintEmployee” is a sad commentary. Seriously though when you get 10 JD Powers Awards then come talk to us SCRUB!
      Sincerely,
      T-Mobile Employee
      P.S – How’s that 4G coverage in all of your 2 major cities gong for you self proclaimed “Now Network’?

    • Anonymous

      Interesting sentiments. I was with Sprint for 6 years, been with T-Mobile US for 2 years. However mediocre you may feel T-Mobile to be, they have by far the better customer service, prices, devices, and coverage (in my area) compared to Sprint.

      Furthermore, T-Mobile’s (and every other carrier’s) 3G speeds are fantastic and rival my home internet. 4G is a rat race by the carriers to try and differentiate themselves. 4G may provide additional benefits on the backend, but how it’s marketed to consumers is pretty stupid as the speed “improvements” are really just nominal.

      Am I the only person who could care less about 4G?

    • Anonymous

      Interesting sentiments. I was with Sprint for 6 years, been with T-Mobile US for 2 years. However mediocre you may feel T-Mobile to be, they have by far the better customer service, prices, devices, and coverage (in my area) compared to Sprint.

      Furthermore, T-Mobile’s (and every other carrier’s) 3G speeds are fantastic and rival my home internet. 4G is a rat race by the carriers to try and differentiate themselves. 4G may provide additional benefits on the backend, but how it’s marketed to consumers is pretty stupid as the speed “improvements” are really just nominal.

      Am I the only person who could care less about 4G?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWWIKW6MNPUHOC4OVSHWUDWAHM Fabio

    It doesn’t look very good for AT&T anymore. This merger is very likely not going to happen now. YAY!

  • Al Astre 77

    Weeks and Weeks of reading blogs and news to see if my T Mobile phone that is a 6 year old Nokia with few frills and thrills will carry me onward when all is said and done, still gets me back to the point it is pre-paid. No contracts, no locked in for years, great customer service when I call with a glitch in the system. Not all of us WANT the technology of the 21st century. We just want to have a simple phone that allows daily calls or in emergency if needed, tex message and stores some data at a very low monthly cost – roughly $7 is all I use up a month on the pre paid and I have the T Mobile gold rewards unlimited for up to a year to use minutes. Who can give me a plan that low for my needs?   I lived in the MaBell time…now I live in a time where there are no pay phone booths anywhere. You have to have a cell phone or you can’t call anyone. The day of a dime for 3 minutes is over. I accept 14 cents a minute for long distance or roaming fees. The world has become instant and the phone wars are about instant in technology. Bigger, faster and better. T Mobile has allowed millions of us to buy pre – paid minutes and keep ourselves on track in the budget department. To some of us – this is very important. To you that have to do business 365/24/7 with a phone in to your ear – Get a life. It’s short you know and once it is over – you can’t replace it with a new model that goes faster and does more. Think about that.