Former FCC Chairman Says Government Will Prevail, Stop AT&T Takeover

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt has voiced an opinion on the Department of Justice decision to sue AT&T in order to block their takeover of AT&T and T-Mobile fans are going to like what he has to say. “AT&T is certain to lose” Hundt said to SNL expressing that the acquisition was clearly anti-competitive. “It’s an extremely easy case. The Department of Justice will win the case in court. No Question about it.”

AT&T had hoped that federal regulators would consider the takeover based on a market-by-market analysis, rather than by looking at the wireless market on a nationwide level. Hundt said that the Department of Justice would determine if the deal is anti-competitive or not based on both scenarios, market-by-market and nationally.

AT&T believes they will prevail in court or perhaps avoid court using a two-pronged strategy offering large enough concessions and sway the DOJ back onto the side of approving the takeover. While both AT&T and Deutsche Telekom remain confident that everything is still under control, it’s clear yet again that this deal will prove harder to accomplish than both companies originally thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Welp, looks like this is not up for negotiation.  Time to pay up AT&T.

  • The Dude

    Who is “SNL?” The only SNL I know is Saturday Night Live. What’s he talking to those guys for??? 
    8D

  • KeepTmobile

    Only 35,000 employees will lose there jobs. And thats good for the american people. Go to …. At&t!

    • keepTMO

      Thats what i dont understand AT&T said they will bring back 5,000 call center jobs back but what about the 40,000+ employees that already work from T-Mobile im assuming AT&T does not plan on keeping them, they are just misleading everyone for their financial gain

  • Anonymous

    Does this make me happy or what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

    So broken down into simplistic terms, T-Mobile isn’t going anywhere. Bam.

  • http://profiles.google.com/godtoe Steven Garone

    That 8 billion “Sorry to waste your time” fee is going to REALLY help T-Mobile boost their 4G network.

    • Dewey Cox

      or to pay back DT’s investments.

      • Government Fromage

        Most likely this. DT still wants out.

        That money is just to offset what they’re losing by not finding another buyer while things are wrapped up with AT&T.

      • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

        Some of that 8  billion is in spectrum, so…

      • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

        Some of that 8  billion is in spectrum, so…

  • Laughing2thebank

    Humm to AT&T, I’ll take my $3B cash, and $3B in spectrum, and a wonderful roaming agreement, thanks for doing business with you, this is exactly what we wanted, and we got our spectrum for free, suckers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

      Humm is a bad word. I his little email to T-mobile employees to ensure that they would fight the DOJ to the end was all but obvious that he wants this deal to go through. I wonder what the employees did when they read through that email. Most were probably like “screw the deal and lets use that momentum you were talking about! ” Humm needs to go.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

        Sorry about that david lol I like the “bad word” phrase, It made me bust out laughing!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

        Sorry about that david lol I like the “bad word” phrase, It made me bust out laughing!

      • howard peterson

        Humm is an idiot. He came to our site when I worked for TMO. I don;t think he even realized we had won ten of the last eleven JD powers awards for customer service. He was really pushing us to sale, sale, sale, and when asked about the JD powers award we just got at the time, he said ” Oh yea that is good, keep doing that but lets focus on getting more net sales” How can he lead TMO when he did not even know what the company was all about and the culture. After hearing him speak I took the first AT&T job I could find!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

          Lol More power to you! Yeah I don’t understand where they get these idiots from. Some business men don’t know how lucky they running a company like this. T-mobile could be one of the most competitive mobile service companies ever. But, its about the quick buck and not about people who keep them afloat in terms of money. He should reexamine his goals and compete and the money will follow. That is one of the best advices I have ever received, “do what you love and money will follow”.

  • Anonymous

    So, if they analyze this on a market to market bases like AT&T wants, and they find that some markets it will hurt, while others would still be ok, isn’t that still bad?

    SEC: “There is enough competition on the east coast to warrant an aquisition of T-mobile by AT&T”
    Everyone outside of the east coast: “And what about the rest of us?”
    SEC: “uhhhhh…..”

    Its not like they can say “AT&T gets everyone on the east coast and T-mobile gets to hang around where the merger would hurt”

    BTW, I’m just throwing east coast out there as an example.

  • BigMixxx

    AT&T and the FCC is standing by a river, peeing.  AT&T says…Damn this water is cold.  FCC, it’s DEEP too…

    AT&T 0, FCC 85…

  • Gabe41521

    I agree! The $3 billion is the magic number tmobile needed to make in profit to appease owner. So I think they didn’t plan on deal going through? It is all slide of hand, on the other hand DOJ filings give AT&T an expedited trial so how de we not know this was all planned to get the trial a lot faster? I guess we will see but ill say one thing if it does get approved then Verizon has every right to buy Sprint and then we would all be screwed only two companies to go too! That sucks

  • Gabe41521

    I agree! The $3 billion is the magic number tmobile needed to make in profit to appease owner. So I think they didn’t plan on deal going through? It is all slide of hand, on the other hand DOJ filings give AT&T an expedited trial so how de we not know this was all planned to get the trial a lot faster? I guess we will see but ill say one thing if it does get approved then Verizon has every right to buy Sprint and then we would all be screwed only two companies to go too! That sucks

  • KSO

    SNL may be SNL Kagan Financial LC.  According to the description I found it says “SNL Kagan is the first single source for
    in-depth analysis and proprietary data on the constantly-evolving media
    and communications business.”

  • KSO

    SNL may be SNL Kagan Financial LC.  According to the description I found it says “SNL Kagan is the first single source for
    in-depth analysis and proprietary data on the constantly-evolving media
    and communications business.”

  • Silk7412

    At first people were saying “so and so got payed off-this deal is going to happen no matter what”

    Now people are saying “the deal is dead”

    we need to wait and see for the worm could turn again and again.

    keep filing at the FCC to stop att from snagging tmobile

    • Tortionist

      Amen, I told several people that the deal wasn’t necessarily done yet and that there was a slim chance that it could fail. They told me no way it’s a done deal. They can now eat their words. 

  • Keybler1978

    i am mad DOJ needs to stop there crap & let this merger happen, i am a t-mobile customer & i see the great things that will happen with this merger.

    • Crats123

      its not a MERGER its an ACQUISITION 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bassam-El-azzeh/1057698400 Bassam El-azzeh

      This guy^ lol. I don’t think they deserve any bodys money but yours.

    • Barker1964

      If you like Death Star so much shut your mouth and just change carriers

    • Silk7412

      Guys leave keybler alone.
      maybe he or she likes higher prices and lower customer service. He or she is mad.

      • Tortionist

        Or maybe keybler likes for the innovation to be virtually non-existant.

    • Anonymous

      What great things? Great things like being in 2G limbo for 3-4 years while AT&T dismantles AWS 3G? Great things where your phone won’t work on AT&T 3G? Great things where you have to get a new phone on AT&T’s currently over-saturated network while 10s of millions of new T-Mobile life-boaters try to climb onto that network? Great things where your monthly prices go up $10-$20 because you HAVE to get unlimited texting and 2GB data plans plus tethering plan?

      4-5 years of Limbo while Verizon LTE and Sprint moves ahead unimpeded? Great things!

      • Anonymous

        Do have even one phuckin shred of evidence to back up your rant?

        • Anonymous

          Rant? Let’s break it down since it’s a bit hard for you:

          * AT&T cannot break any T-Mobile contracts, contracts are 2 year long. That’s 2 years from 2012 before they can change anything. It takes at least 2 years to deploy network upgrades (hardware or software, just look at how long it’s taken T-Mobile’s HSPA+21 upgrades). So that’s at least 4 years before AT&T can touch AWS. AND, it’s from AT&T’s recently leaked docs where they estimate 5 years to deploy LTE with T-Mobile’s spectrum.

          * Did you missed the poor signal and dropped calls issues with AT&T? What’s going to happen when you move in a few million more T-Mobile customers? Butterflies and sprinkles? Cell-towers have a limit on how many they can service at a time.

          * Since you can’t look up plans: AT&T charges a phone sub whether you bring your own phone or not. T-Mobile doesn’t, hence EM+ and Value plans. AT&T also charge $20 for data, tethering, and so on. If I have to break down the plan and monthly differences for you, it’s a lost cause.

        • Anonymous

          Rant? Let’s break it down since it’s a bit hard for you:

          * AT&T cannot break any T-Mobile contracts, contracts are 2 year long. That’s 2 years from 2012 before they can change anything. It takes at least 2 years to deploy network upgrades (hardware or software, just look at how long it’s taken T-Mobile’s HSPA+21 upgrades). So that’s at least 4 years before AT&T can touch AWS. AND, it’s from AT&T’s recently leaked docs where they estimate 5 years to deploy LTE with T-Mobile’s spectrum.

          * Did you missed the poor signal and dropped calls issues with AT&T? What’s going to happen when you move in a few million more T-Mobile customers? Butterflies and sprinkles? Cell-towers have a limit on how many they can service at a time.

          * Since you can’t look up plans: AT&T charges a phone sub whether you bring your own phone or not. T-Mobile doesn’t, hence EM+ and Value plans. AT&T also charge $20 for data, tethering, and so on. If I have to break down the plan and monthly differences for you, it’s a lost cause.

    • Nearmsp

      Keybler1978 – you don’t need to wait another 6 months to experience AT&T merger. You can experience it NOW. Just switch to AT&T now. Don’t drag us. We are happy as far as possible from the evil AT&T company.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      You are truly entitled to your opinion as well as anyone else. Most of us see higher phone bills, less phone options, poorer customer service and more dropped calls! If you are that mad I am sure AT&T would be willing to have your business! 

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      You are truly entitled to your opinion as well as anyone else. Most of us see higher phone bills, less phone options, poorer customer service and more dropped calls! If you are that mad I am sure AT&T would be willing to have your business! 

  • Anonymous

    If this deal does go south then T-Mobile better get their ass in gear and start advertising and pushing new products.They had a great opportunity last week with the new Samsung SG2 and they do nothing. They get the eyes of the country on them for just about nothing and do nothing to push their new phone. Do not understand their methods, they need to fire whoever is running this market. Their is so much potential in T-Mobile, In the Boston market they have the best data speeds besides the Verizon LTE. Saying that T-Mobile is very fast, in my area I’m getting day time averages over 9MB download and 3.5 upload. Those are some great speeds. Some customers on Verizon’s LTE are not getting those speeds. AS for prices they are the best. If you are in a T-Mobile area you would be crazy not to use them. Since I joined T-Mobile years ago their speeds have increased monthly. They need to change their business methods and aim at more then the lower income level customers, there is great value in T-Mobile service. I have both T-Mobile and Verizon, if I had to choose one carrier I would choose T-Mobile. I just prefer GSM carrier.

    • Anonymous

      I would say shortly before and ever since the announcement they began to put out some of their best phones. 
      I think it is entirely coincidental though.  

      • IT Guy

        Yeah, I reckon those phones that have come out since then have been in the pipeline for a while.

        • Dewey Cox

          So was the buy out. That didn’t happen overnight.

      • IT Guy

        Yeah, I reckon those phones that have come out since then have been in the pipeline for a while.

  • yadablam

    3 Billion is a good starting point to build out T-Mobile’s LTE4G network. Roaming agreements are great for current customers. It’s a win situations. If DT were to cut T-Mobile loose, HUMM would get a chance to SHOW US WHAT HE’S MADE OF. So far, i truly believe he was here to facilitate the acquisition and make T-Mo more appealing to buyers. 

    I say, take the money and run. BUILD the company and FIGHT like they have been. HUMM needs to put up or get out.

    /fanboy

  • yadablam

    3 Billion is a good starting point to build out T-Mobile’s LTE4G network. Roaming agreements are great for current customers. It’s a win situations. If DT were to cut T-Mobile loose, HUMM would get a chance to SHOW US WHAT HE’S MADE OF. So far, i truly believe he was here to facilitate the acquisition and make T-Mo more appealing to buyers. 

    I say, take the money and run. BUILD the company and FIGHT like they have been. HUMM needs to put up or get out.

    /fanboy

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody know if there is a stipulation in the agreement that if the deal does not go through that DT is verboten (he he did you like how I threw in the German word) from selling T-Mobile USA to any other competitor? So meaning that Sprint or Clear or Comcast is entirely out of the question? I guess the concern being if the deal is denied then what will DT do to it’s illegitimate child? Will they stop paying child support or will they continue to support us?

    • IT Guy

      Nope, they are free to sell to whoever will buy them, and they’ll be looking to do so as soon as they can.

      • Anonymous

        At this point I wonder if it would be worse off if the sale to ATT is stopped?

        • IT Guy

          It’s the devil you know vs the one you don’t.

          God knows I don’t particularly like AT&T but if it would put an end to the uncertainty, I’d be ok with them taking over.

          Yes, prices would eventually go up, but that’s going to happen anyway I think. With AT&T, I’d also have coverage that doesn’t go away when I’m 5 files outside of my city.

          They’d be the only GSM option, but how many people really care about that? I keep hearing about people who travel abroad and need GSM, but somewhere I read that that accounts for less than 2% of T-Mobile customers. Do we really throw up that big of a roadblock for a minimal number of people?

          Speakign personally, I am really at a loss right now as far as what I should do with my phone that needs replacing. I’m going shopping this weekend, and while I like some of the new Android stuff that’s here or soon to be here on T-Mobile, I am worried about where they’re going to be 6 months or a year down the road.

          There’s a good chance that I’m going to just bite the bullet and port over to either Verizon or AT&T. Either way it’ll cost me more, but I also know I’m going to have better coverage where I’m located. T-Mo is fine in the city here, but when I get 5 miles out of town, poof. Nothing. I guess I’ll just have to check and see what my options are.

        • Anonymous

          Yes good points. I need to replace my POS mytouch 4g. 
          The Sensation is available at a partial but good discount so might just bight the bullet and get the Sensation. 

        • IT Guy

          I played around with one of those a few months ago when we got it in the office. Seems like a nice phone, although the screen is a little bigger than I’d like.

          That may be the route I go if I decide to stay with T-Mobile. At least with that one if the unthinkable happens and T-Mobile suddenly goes kaput, it’s got the AT&T bands and I could bring it right over there with and not need to worry about getting another phone.

        • IT Guy

          I played around with one of those a few months ago when we got it in the office. Seems like a nice phone, although the screen is a little bigger than I’d like.

          That may be the route I go if I decide to stay with T-Mobile. At least with that one if the unthinkable happens and T-Mobile suddenly goes kaput, it’s got the AT&T bands and I could bring it right over there with and not need to worry about getting another phone.

        • ……..

          this post sounds like fear propaganda planted on this board by the death star lol

        • ……..

          this post sounds like fear propaganda planted on this board by the death star lol

        • ……..

          this post sounds like fear propaganda planted on this board by the death star lol

        • IT Guy

          It’s the devil you know vs the one you don’t.

          God knows I don’t particularly like AT&T but if it would put an end to the uncertainty, I’d be ok with them taking over.

          Yes, prices would eventually go up, but that’s going to happen anyway I think. With AT&T, I’d also have coverage that doesn’t go away when I’m 5 files outside of my city.

          They’d be the only GSM option, but how many people really care about that? I keep hearing about people who travel abroad and need GSM, but somewhere I read that that accounts for less than 2% of T-Mobile customers. Do we really throw up that big of a roadblock for a minimal number of people?

          Speakign personally, I am really at a loss right now as far as what I should do with my phone that needs replacing. I’m going shopping this weekend, and while I like some of the new Android stuff that’s here or soon to be here on T-Mobile, I am worried about where they’re going to be 6 months or a year down the road.

          There’s a good chance that I’m going to just bite the bullet and port over to either Verizon or AT&T. Either way it’ll cost me more, but I also know I’m going to have better coverage where I’m located. T-Mo is fine in the city here, but when I get 5 miles out of town, poof. Nothing. I guess I’ll just have to check and see what my options are.

      • Anonymous

        At this point I wonder if it would be worse off if the sale to ATT is stopped?

    • IT Guy

      Nope, they are free to sell to whoever will buy them, and they’ll be looking to do so as soon as they can.

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody know if there is a stipulation in the agreement that if the deal does not go through that DT is verboten (he he did you like how I threw in the German word) from selling T-Mobile USA to any other competitor? So meaning that Sprint or Clear or Comcast is entirely out of the question? I guess the concern being if the deal is denied then what will DT do to it’s illegitimate child? Will they stop paying child support or will they continue to support us?

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

    We’re thinking this is bad even if it doesn’t go through. But, what is it gets blocked & doesn’t go through & T-Mobile US gains the $6 billion of both spectrum & profit, & a roaming agreement & this makes Deutsche Telekom then sees T-Mobile as a profitable company & takes them back the right way, & uses those benefits from AT&T to run correctly. We’re thinking everything else, but what if that happened? Some are saying DT doesn’t care if it goes through or not, they wanna get out the US markets, but why? Because they didn’t see T-Mobile USA as that profitable. But, what if this makes T-Mobile more profitable to them then, than before? Just saying it’s a possibility. I will truly now stay w/ T-Mobile to the end of this.

    • johnwall

      thats what im saying after tmobile get that 3 billion dollar and 3 billion dollars worth of asset maybe they find it more profitable and hopefully they realized to keep them instead of trying selling them. Wouldnt it be more worth it to keep a company that make money then have a company that would go bankrupt and lose money?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

        That won’t happen.  DT has made their decision to sell the company.

        • Johnwall

          Just saying making money is better then making no money in my opinion

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

        That won’t happen.  DT has made their decision to sell the company.

    • IT Guy

      The lack of profits is part of it, but not the entire deal.

      In a nutshell, DT needs to do upgrades upgrades on their German network, which is their core business. It too has also been struggling lately, and they need to pull in cash from somewhere to make their upgrades.

      Their stockholders have pretty much demanded that they sell off T-Mobile USA in order to come up with the capital.

      The stockholders (the largest of which is the German government) is pretty pissed about how things have been handled in the US — that they’ve invested close to $60 billion and are only getting $1-1.5 billion a year back per year.

      They’re really hoping for the AT&T deal to go through so they can recoup as much of their investment as possible as quickly as possible.

      The $3b in cash if the deal falters will go to DT, and the Spectrum will make T-Mobile USA look better to other possible buyers. (Or it could be auctioned off outright.)

    • IT Guy

      The lack of profits is part of it, but not the entire deal.

      In a nutshell, DT needs to do upgrades upgrades on their German network, which is their core business. It too has also been struggling lately, and they need to pull in cash from somewhere to make their upgrades.

      Their stockholders have pretty much demanded that they sell off T-Mobile USA in order to come up with the capital.

      The stockholders (the largest of which is the German government) is pretty pissed about how things have been handled in the US — that they’ve invested close to $60 billion and are only getting $1-1.5 billion a year back per year.

      They’re really hoping for the AT&T deal to go through so they can recoup as much of their investment as possible as quickly as possible.

      The $3b in cash if the deal falters will go to DT, and the Spectrum will make T-Mobile USA look better to other possible buyers. (Or it could be auctioned off outright.)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

      It’s a nice dream.  It’s just that a dream.  It has no basis on any reality.  The $6 billion will be gone in no time.  Even if it does happen T-Mobile won’t be the company running the show since they’ve made it clear they want out.

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

        This is not a dream, I didn’t dream this. This is a simple “possibility” or hypothesis. All is possible, unless you can rule this out with fact, it’s not a dream.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

      It’s a nice dream.  It’s just that a dream.  It has no basis on any reality.  The $6 billion will be gone in no time.  Even if it does happen T-Mobile won’t be the company running the show since they’ve made it clear they want out.

    • derek 21

      the profit loss is part not the biggest but in part to all the credits, free phones, and things that weren’t necessary in so many different areas of tmo as a company, when you start letting the customers dictate what they are going to do and or receive just to keep them around , and then realize it’s time to turn that around and change how things work, everyone  BLOWS up and says it’s because of this merger, nah the people realized they not ripping the cust off it’s the other way around lol. time for changes man idc where that money come from they need to get it.

      • IT Guy

        Yep, I’ve been saying for a while that many of the things people love T-Mobile for are the very things that are keeping them from making money.

        • derek 21

          thank you sir for your open minded and smart response as opposed to the dumbass above me talking about free wi-fi calling? lmao like what does that have to with anything.

        • Really?

          You’re obviously ignorant about reasons for churn, 850 versus 1900 penetration and coverage, running a business, etc. Do some reading on the subjects.

          If you’re not aware, there are many, many areas in top 150 markets where T-Mobile coverage is not as good as competing 850 Mhz carriers. This isn’t beachfront real estate T is selling, but there are ways to make up for that, if done properly.

          BTW, calling people names on a public forum only shows your immaturity and lack of intelligence.

      • Really?

        Blame the customer for ignorant T-Mobile management that doesn’t reward loyalty in a uniform and sytematic fashion? The fact that customers could even contact loyalty and get freebies for no good reason or that old customers could get better upgrades at Wal-Mart than through T-Mobile stores indicates a severe lack of understanding on how to run a successful company. How about the CS reps who know less about new features than customers who read the leaked stuff on TMO News? So many examples of management not having a clue.

        Not all things were done poorly, of course. UMA and Wi-Fi calling are great, but also necessary freebies to make up for the lack of 800 Mhz spectrum and coverage. It should have been free from the beginning, improved with cable company partnerships, and expanded to all phones with a monthly calling plan. How many years did it take them to offer signal boosters?

        Anyway, don’t blame the kids in class for the teacher being unprepared and not laying down any consistent ground rules.

      • Really?

        Blame the customer for ignorant T-Mobile management that doesn’t reward loyalty in a uniform and sytematic fashion? The fact that customers could even contact loyalty and get freebies for no good reason or that old customers could get better upgrades at Wal-Mart than through T-Mobile stores indicates a severe lack of understanding on how to run a successful company. How about the CS reps who know less about new features than customers who read the leaked stuff on TMO News? So many examples of management not having a clue.

        Not all things were done poorly, of course. UMA and Wi-Fi calling are great, but also necessary freebies to make up for the lack of 800 Mhz spectrum and coverage. It should have been free from the beginning, improved with cable company partnerships, and expanded to all phones with a monthly calling plan. How many years did it take them to offer signal boosters?

        Anyway, don’t blame the kids in class for the teacher being unprepared and not laying down any consistent ground rules.

    • Mmmaxheadroom

      DT won’t spend a dime of that 3-6 billion on tmobile USA the will pad the shareholders.

    • Mmmaxheadroom

      DT won’t spend a dime of that 3-6 billion on tmobile USA the will pad the shareholders.

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

    We’re thinking this is bad even if it doesn’t go through. But, what is it gets blocked & doesn’t go through & T-Mobile US gains the $6 billion of both spectrum & profit, & a roaming agreement & this makes Deutsche Telekom then sees T-Mobile as a profitable company & takes them back the right way, & uses those benefits from AT&T to run correctly. We’re thinking everything else, but what if that happened? Some are saying DT doesn’t care if it goes through or not, they wanna get out the US markets, but why? Because they didn’t see T-Mobile USA as that profitable. But, what if this makes T-Mobile more profitable to them then, than before? Just saying it’s a possibility. I will truly now stay w/ T-Mobile to the end of this.

  • Silk7412

    someone posted this at the fcc- way too funny.
     
    They Told ATT Don’t You Ever Come Around Here
     DOJ don’t Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear The Fire’s In Their Eyes And Their lies Are Really Clear So Beat It, Just Beat It ATT Better Run, You Better Do What You Can Don’t
    Wanna See No Blood, Don’t Be A Macho Man You Wanna Be Tough,
    Better Do What You Can So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad
    Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
    ATT will be To Be Defeated Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
     It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right!!
    Just Beat It,
     Beat It Just
    Beat It, Beat It
     Just Beat It,
    Beat It Just Beat It, Beat It
    They’re Out To Get Tmobile, Better Leave While You Can
    Don’t Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man You Wanna Stay Alive, Better Do What You Can So Beat It, Just Beat It

  • Anonymous

    If the doj was so against this deal, what took them so long to file an antitrust lawsuit?

    • derek 21

      your right get at me, this is nothing and the people down below typing the same shi** that the actual editors and people following this transaction know they are only doing to this to get at&t to do what they said would have to from the beginning give up thee spectrum and some of the customer base. this is nothing unplanned the idea that this merger is dead is retarded 

      • Crazythunder1968

        that’s the most confusing run-on sentence i’ve ever seen in my life.

      • Crazythunder1968

        that’s the most confusing run-on sentence i’ve ever seen in my life.

        • Mmmaxheadroom

          Agreed

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

          lolling

      • Sam

        Seriously, didn’t we learn about run on sentences back in grade school?  I am supposed to agree with someone who can’t properly write?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

    The thing that most people seem to be missing is that T-Mobile has stated that they have no desire to stay in the North American market.  They want out.  Even with the penalty to give DT $6 billion that won’t last very long the way T-Mobile USA is now hemorrhaging money.  DT is going to divest itself from their investment in T-Mobile USA one way or another.

    • …..

      tmo isnt hemorging money.

      • http://twitter.com/Jrperiod Lord Bailey

        Exactly. I’m not sure where ppl get getting the notion that Tmo-USA is doesn’t make money(Can only assume they are just repeating what they heard someone else say)

        The problem lies with the fact that DT’s investors don’t like the fact that Tmo-USA can’t seem to move out of 4th place.

        • Whylee77

          I think DT would be happy with them if they were the cash cow again.  Yes they make money, yes they are profitable.. But DT can’t grow their EU network growing like they want without as much money as they want.  They they are looking to Dump TMOUSA for as much cash as they can….  T-MoUSA would be great as an independant company if they found some proper people to run it…..  Just read the blogs here DT….  Spin them off, Make them public and Make tons that way!

      • http://twitter.com/Jrperiod Lord Bailey

        Exactly. I’m not sure where ppl get getting the notion that Tmo-USA is doesn’t make money(Can only assume they are just repeating what they heard someone else say)

        The problem lies with the fact that DT’s investors don’t like the fact that Tmo-USA can’t seem to move out of 4th place.

    • …..

      tmo isnt hemorging money.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Wasn’t this exact comment made days ago?

      Everyone knows DT wanted out of the U.S. People in here have been commenting on this fact way back when Sprint was a rumored TMOUS purchaser.

      And once AT&T and T-Mobile announced the deal, months ago, people in here have been commenting that DT obviously wanted out of the U.S. market.

      In any event, “most people” are not missing the above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.singer Joseph Singer

    The thing that most people seem to be missing is that T-Mobile has stated that they have no desire to stay in the North American market.  They want out.  Even with the penalty to give DT $6 billion that won’t last very long the way T-Mobile USA is now hemorrhaging money.  DT is going to divest itself from their investment in T-Mobile USA one way or another.

  • Dwdrummer

    One word- or two words really. Spell Checker. It does wonders for the rest of us. I get your post, but it is a little hard to read.

    • guest

      ^^^who cares??? we get the point. and obviously the spell checker is minor since, even you, “Mr Webster”, understood…smh…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3HF2LNXO3LNEGF3W2OQCBRUBE BenjaminB007

    Oh now we know why AT&T doesn’t want it to go to court.  It’s all starting to make sense now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3HF2LNXO3LNEGF3W2OQCBRUBE BenjaminB007

    Oh now we know why AT&T doesn’t want it to go to court.  It’s all starting to make sense now.

  • IT Guy

    Interesting article here regarding the DOJ, AT&T, DT, and the iPhone.

    infoworld. com/d/mobile-technology/how-the-iphone-crippled-t-mobile-171349

    (Sorry, can’t paste a link in here)

    • Silk7412

      why does everyone think the iphony is the holy grail. It’s a Ok phone but im not happy about beiing LOCKED DOWN

      • trife

        It isn’t that the iPhone is the holy grails of phones.  The article is saying that HAVING the iPhone can be the holy grail to a wireless provider.  And the lack of having the iPhone HAS hurt T-Mobile, no matter what your opinion on the device is.  

        T-Mobile iPhone = less people jumping ship and “maybe” more customers coming to T-Mobile.  

        Anyone that wants T-Mobile to survive should welcome the iPhone with open arms, even if you can’t stand the thing.  

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K5TCSPGRIQID4IWGAH7LYVMXY lubba

          There are sheeps all over the place.  These brainwashed sheeps will fallow the ringing bell where ever it is.  They don’t care if there’s a louder horn out there.  When that bell rings, they go.  Just look at Verizon. 

  • BP

    DT has shown that they want out of the N.A. market.  T-Mobile will be somebody’s ho.  We as customers, are just waiting on who will be the pimp.  All we can do is enjoy our rates for the time being.  Welcome to corporate America=money over b*****s

    • derek 21

      smartest post on here in a week seriously

  • Sublime

    Someone to stop ATT’s takeover of ATT???? lolllllll awesome….

  • Sublime

    Someone to stop ATT’s takeover of ATT???? lolllllll awesome….

  • Anonymous

    ill take my chances.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    In a simpler form, AT&T can build-out to 97% for $3.7B per their own leaked docs a very short time ago, which certainly got the attn. of the DOJ.

    • Sam

      Right and the fact that ATT is now willing to pay millions more in lawyer and court fees is pretty funny too.  

    • Sam

      Right and the fact that ATT is now willing to pay millions more in lawyer and court fees is pretty funny too.  

  • Anonymous

    This is bullshit and Reed has not real inside info that make what he says the final straw.  I’m willing to bet that this deal does go through.  AT&T may have to sell off quite a bit of stuff, but it will go through.  The big D does not what TMo USA any longer and they will do whatever they have to to make it happen.  

    • Sam

      I believe Jon’s side of this story from above.  There are other companies that would be willing to  take the 4th largest wireless provided off of DT’s hands.  The only reason why a company would take ATT offer is for that large stake in their company.  The DOJ has realized this.  If DT doesn’t truly want Tmo anymore they need to sell it off to a different source that doesn’t play such a significant source to the US wireless industry.  No matter how they try to spin this it won’t matter because it all still means the same in the end.  There is no way the DOJ will allow this.  This article however means nothing.  This man is a former board member so why anyone is listening to him is stupid too.  

  • J. Williams

    This is all just too funny.  I can’t wait to see how this unfolds, really.  I can’t…

  • sino8r

    I don’t understand how you can sue the DOJ, lol?! Is that even worded correctly? Do they mean take them to court to overturn their position or what?

  • jon

    I keep hearing people say DT wants out of the US market. Comments like that are misleading or flat wrong. Some here have said DT has been trying to get rid of tmobile for sometime. And they site sprint as a buyer. That IS factually wrong. As a matter of fact it was the opposite. DT looked to purchase sprints controlling stake in Clearwire. Sprint is currently at a crossroads with clearwire. Clearwire doesn’t have enough cash to finish out sprints wimax network. Sprint was leaning towards allowing DT to purchase clearwire rather than invest more to finish the network. In Feb of this year sprint had started making moves to allow the purchase to happen. They went so far as remove sprint execs from Clearwires board of directors. This was the first clear signal that a DT purchase was on the horrizon. I think DT became impatient with how slow sprint was moving on this deal. This clearwire deal was on and off for the better part of the last three years. In march at&t made an offer DT couldn’t turn down. A 9% stake in what could end up being the largest cell provider was too sweet of a deal. DT basically told sprint take clearwire and “shove it” because you guys are too slow in making a deal. We’re going with at&t and taking that 9% stake. (Which is the largest stake in at&t btw). This means DT has huge amounts of influence in at&t’s direction and is obviously worth several seats on the board of directors. SO, DT is doing anything but removing itself from north america. So, please stop with the ignorant “they want out” bs. Has anyone wondered why Dan Hesse has vowed to spend his personal fortune to stop the at&t deal..it isn’t because he truely cares about competition. Its because he thought he had a deal with DT on clearwire and was blindsided by DT sudden 180. He’s the girl that got ditched at the dance and now he’s looking for revenge.

  • jon

    I keep hearing people say DT wants out of the US market. Comments like that are misleading or flat wrong. Some here have said DT has been trying to get rid of tmobile for sometime. And they site sprint as a buyer. That IS factually wrong. As a matter of fact it was the opposite. DT looked to purchase sprints controlling stake in Clearwire. Sprint is currently at a crossroads with clearwire. Clearwire doesn’t have enough cash to finish out sprints wimax network. Sprint was leaning towards allowing DT to purchase clearwire rather than invest more to finish the network. In Feb of this year sprint had started making moves to allow the purchase to happen. They went so far as remove sprint execs from Clearwires board of directors. This was the first clear signal that a DT purchase was on the horrizon. I think DT became impatient with how slow sprint was moving on this deal. This clearwire deal was on and off for the better part of the last three years. In march at&t made an offer DT couldn’t turn down. A 9% stake in what could end up being the largest cell provider was too sweet of a deal. DT basically told sprint take clearwire and “shove it” because you guys are too slow in making a deal. We’re going with at&t and taking that 9% stake. (Which is the largest stake in at&t btw). This means DT has huge amounts of influence in at&t’s direction and is obviously worth several seats on the board of directors. SO, DT is doing anything but removing itself from north america. So, please stop with the ignorant “they want out” bs. Has anyone wondered why Dan Hesse has vowed to spend his personal fortune to stop the at&t deal..it isn’t because he truely cares about competition. Its because he thought he had a deal with DT on clearwire and was blindsided by DT sudden 180. He’s the girl that got ditched at the dance and now he’s looking for revenge.

    • http://www.twitter.com/aemr Andre’ MindYoBusiness

      You’re AMAZING!

    • Government Fromage

      Uh, Jon…

      DT has publicly stated that they want to get out of the US market. Their shareholders (including the German government are demanding it.)

      • jon

        Oh, my bad. What they say publicly should be taken as gospel.
        :rolls eyes:

        • Maschwar77

          What T-Mobile says publicly is a very good indication of their intentions.  Jon, you need to do your homework.

        • jon

          I’ve done my homework brother. And these people that continue to misrepresent facts gets really annoying. Sprint was NEVER a suitor for tmobile. Tmobile wanted to buy clearwire and then cut sprint a roaming agreement. you, I and others can disagree about DT intentions to stay active in north america, but to misprepresent facts to support your view is retarded.

        • jon

          I’ve done my homework brother. And these people that continue to misrepresent facts gets really annoying. Sprint was NEVER a suitor for tmobile. Tmobile wanted to buy clearwire and then cut sprint a roaming agreement. you, I and others can disagree about DT intentions to stay active in north america, but to misprepresent facts to support your view is retarded.

      • Ted

        I keep looking for sources on google but can’t find any. Can you give me a link where they said that?

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        “Government Cheese”… LOL…

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        “Government Cheese”… LOL…

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        “Government Cheese”… LOL…

    • Government Fromage

      Uh, Jon…

      DT has publicly stated that they want to get out of the US market. Their shareholders (including the German government are demanding it.)

    • Government Fromage

      Uh, Jon…

      DT has publicly stated that they want to get out of the US market. Their shareholders (including the German government are demanding it.)

    • Jay

      This could be true. DT was going to make investments to increase coverage in USA. But the devil threw them a sweet deal. DT knows that USA is an important market with more than 300 million potential subscribers.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Jon: a flippant copy and paste compendium (of what you happen upon or scavenge on the Net) might have superficial appeal to some in here, but what you say breaks down on even the most cursory examination.

      Said without highfalutin words: None of what you say makes sense because your points are inaccurate, mistaken, misguided, or unfounded.

      • jon

        Lol. I don’t copy and paste or savenge anything. I am a well informed reader. I have been following tmobiles possible business dealings for a long time. Since my wife has worked for voicestream/tmobile for 11 years, I take particular interests in staying informed. I am also sure you can offer up your own educated view based on facts rather than just piping in and resorting to just calling me inaccurate, mistaken, etc…
        Sarcasm:I will be anxiously awaiting your version of facts. And please translate your highfalutin words for me again. I’m too simple to understand uber smart ivy leaguers such as yourself :sarcasm

        • Web Ninja

          Internet 101:

          A) Don’t feed the troll
          B) If above fails take deep breath and repeat A

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Jon: a flippant copy and paste compendium (of what you happen upon or scavenge on the Net) might have superficial appeal to some in here, but what you say breaks down on even the most cursory examination.

      Said without highfalutin words: None of what you say makes sense because your points are inaccurate, mistaken, misguided, or unfounded.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Jon: a flippant copy and paste compendium (of what you happen upon or scavenge on the Net) might have superficial appeal to some in here, but what you say breaks down on even the most cursory examination.

      Said without highfalutin words: None of what you say makes sense because your points are inaccurate, mistaken, misguided, or unfounded.

  • jon

    I keep hearing people say DT wants out of the US market. Comments like that are misleading or flat wrong. Some here have said DT has been trying to get rid of tmobile for sometime. And they site sprint as a buyer. That IS factually wrong. As a matter of fact it was the opposite. DT looked to purchase sprints controlling stake in Clearwire. Sprint is currently at a crossroads with clearwire. Clearwire doesn’t have enough cash to finish out sprints wimax network. Sprint was leaning towards allowing DT to purchase clearwire rather than invest more to finish the network. In Feb of this year sprint had started making moves to allow the purchase to happen. They went so far as remove sprint execs from Clearwires board of directors. This was the first clear signal that a DT purchase was on the horrizon. I think DT became impatient with how slow sprint was moving on this deal. This clearwire deal was on and off for the better part of the last three years. In march at&t made an offer DT couldn’t turn down. A 9% stake in what could end up being the largest cell provider was too sweet of a deal. DT basically told sprint take clearwire and “shove it” because you guys are too slow in making a deal. We’re going with at&t and taking that 9% stake. (Which is the largest stake in at&t btw). This means DT has huge amounts of influence in at&t’s direction and is obviously worth several seats on the board of directors. SO, DT is doing anything but removing itself from north america. So, please stop with the ignorant “they want out” bs. Has anyone wondered why Dan Hesse has vowed to spend his personal fortune to stop the at&t deal..it isn’t because he truely cares about competition. Its because he thought he had a deal with DT on clearwire and was blindsided by DT sudden 180. He’s the girl that got ditched at the dance and now he’s looking for revenge.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Same as PimpStrong.

  • http://ashn.myopenid.com/ Ash

    Same as PimpStrong.

  • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

    Nothing’s stopping you from switching to AT&T. The rest of us don’t want to. And while Sprint isn’t a great option, there’s still a fighting chance a T-Sprint will be more like T-Mobile than Sprint, while AT&T will always be AT&T, whoever it merges with.

  • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

    Nothing’s stopping you from switching to AT&T. The rest of us don’t want to. And while Sprint isn’t a great option, there’s still a fighting chance a T-Sprint will be more like T-Mobile than Sprint, while AT&T will always be AT&T, whoever it merges with.

  • Jim

    Riddle me this:

    Why did T-Mobile, almost IMMEDIATELY after the proposed merger was announced, start aggressively cutting prices on its plans? Why did it continue to run commercials slamming AT&T (and other competitors) and directly disparaging AT&T’s plans in comparison to T-Mobile’s?

    This accelerated, aggressive price-cutting campaign is exactly the kind of ‘disruptive pricing policy’ referenced in the DOJ’s lawsuit filing as necessary to maintaining a healthy competitive market. Is it not a little strange that a company about to be willingly taken over would suddenly embark upon an aggressive price-cutting and advertising campaign against its proposed parent?

    Unless…

    They never wanted the deal to work out at all?

    What a corporation states in public may bear as little relation to what it’s planning in private as it would for a real person. People lie. People say one thing and do another. So do corporations.

    T-Mobile may have been SAYING they want this merger, but they’ve been ACTING like they don’t.

    You decide.

  • Schippma

    As I have said from the beginning, this transaction between ATT and T-Mo was T-Mo’s final cry for help to gain spectrum and capital in order to expand their network. Since T-Mo is the smallest national carrier, they have the hardest time expanding their network due to monetary and spectrum constraints. If this deal fails, which I believe it will, T-Mo will gain capital and spectrum which it needs in order to compete with the big three.

    I think T-Mo was very smart in how they planned this potential deal with ATT. No matter what happens, T-Mo (DT) wins. If this deal fails, hopefully T-Mo will get some attention and gain customers.

    Come on T-Mo, keep advertising aggressively, expand your HSPDA+ network to as many markets as possible, work on expanding your network to rural America, and find more business partners to alleviate these expenses (ex… Clearwire, Dish Network, Sprint,……)

    • macman37

      In a situation like this where a competitor like AT&T is trying to eliminate another like T-Mobile by a takeover/merger, sometimes the ones who are being possibly taken over have to make it look like they are all for it, so that way AT&T has no reason to bother them again.  I strongly agree with you that Phil Humm and Deutche Telekom planned this winning of $6 billion dollars {$3 billion to be used to build out T-Mobile USA’s 4G LTE network} out beautifully.  Although I was initially for them to buy Sprint when Sprint upgrades to LTE, after hearing what other options they have, I’m more for T-Mobile to strike a deal with the Dish Network to build out their 4G LTE network.  Striking a deal with Sprint raises possibilities of choosing their fallback network where LTE is not available look very messy; it may raise similar situations like when Sprint merged with Nextel. Here’s to Phil Humm and T-Mobile USA for knowing how to win some cash and spectrum and playing possum very intelligently.

  • Anonymous

    the limited everything plan with 2gb for tmobile thats 50 but with att that is 100

  • jon

    Thanks for the link, but this doesn’t support the position that DT has been trying to unload tmobile for quite some time. I am specifically challenging those that say DT threw in the towel years ago and continue to pedal the idea that sprint was ever a suitor. DT had an agressive plan to leap sprint to become the 3rd largest carrier. That’s where the even more and even more plus brainchild came from. They thought lowering rate plans was the way to go to leap sprint. They also had a plan to flat out buy sprints network (clearwire) and then lease some of it back to them. The old ‘if you can’t beat em, buy em’ strategy. Of coarse DT is going to contend (at least in public) that it wants out of the US POST at&t announcement. What else are they suppose to say? But their actions have been anything but cutting and running.

    • Government Fromage

      (DT) Is Deutsche Telekom Unit T-Mobile USA for Sale

      February 5th, 2010

      German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) is mulling over spinning off
      its U.S. arm, T-Mobile USA. Alternatively, the German operator may launch an
      initial public offering (IPO) for the US wireless unit, according to a Wall
      Street Journal report. Deutsche Telekom has negotiated with banks including
      Deutsche Bank (DB) to manage the IPO. A decision
      is expected in the next few months. However, company officials declined to
      comment on the issue.
      With roughly 33.4 million customers, T-mobile USA is the fourth-largest
      carrier in the U.S. It has the distinction of being the first operator to adopt
      Google’s (GOOG) Android platform in the
      country, and is currently the sole carrier in the U.S. to offer the Internet
      giant’s Nexus One “superphone.” Moreover, T-Mobile USA has joined the high-speed
      hoopla in the U.S. as it recently upgraded its nationwide 3G mobile broadband
      network to the HSPA 7.2 standard.
      However, T-mobile USA is contending in a consolidating industry and is
      struggling with upderperformance. Verizon (VZ) has emerged as the largest
      wireless carrier in the U.S. following its acquisition of Alltel Corp., while
      AT&T (T)
      acquired regional telecom operator Centennial Communications.
      As such, T-Mobile USA is becoming increasingly isolated. Speculation was rife
      in 2009 that the carrier might merge with Sprint Nextel (S), but this has not
      materialized.
      Due to their size and scale of operations, T-Mobile USA’s larger competitors
      are able to deliver services in a more cost-effective manner, which is affecting
      the company’s position in the market. Moreover, T-Mobile USA is also losing
      customers to smaller rivals such as prominent low-cost unlimited service
      providers MetroPCS Communications (PCS) and Leap
      Wireless (LEAP).
      Higher contract churn is affecting customer retention as T-Mobile USA has lost
      77,000 customers in the third-quarter of 2009.
      Deutsche Telekom has invested significantly on network infrastructure
      build-outs at T-Mobile USA Incorporatedluding the recent 3G network upgrade. The
      company’s stock performance has been lackluster as its shares dipped 16% this
      year. A potential spin-off of T-Mobile USA would help Deutsche Telekom to reward
      shareholders from the proceedings and enable it to lower exposure in the
      fiercely competitive U.S. wireless market.
      On the other hand, an IPO would bring in the much-needed funds to support the
      3G network expansion and deployment initiatives. Although T-Mobile USA’s 3G
      network has already covered a population of 200 million, it is still the
      smallest among the big four carriers in the U.S. in terms of coverage.

    • Government Fromage

      (DT) Is Deutsche Telekom Unit T-Mobile USA for Sale

      February 5th, 2010

      German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) is mulling over spinning off
      its U.S. arm, T-Mobile USA. Alternatively, the German operator may launch an
      initial public offering (IPO) for the US wireless unit, according to a Wall
      Street Journal report. Deutsche Telekom has negotiated with banks including
      Deutsche Bank (DB) to manage the IPO. A decision
      is expected in the next few months. However, company officials declined to
      comment on the issue.
      With roughly 33.4 million customers, T-mobile USA is the fourth-largest
      carrier in the U.S. It has the distinction of being the first operator to adopt
      Google’s (GOOG) Android platform in the
      country, and is currently the sole carrier in the U.S. to offer the Internet
      giant’s Nexus One “superphone.” Moreover, T-Mobile USA has joined the high-speed
      hoopla in the U.S. as it recently upgraded its nationwide 3G mobile broadband
      network to the HSPA 7.2 standard.
      However, T-mobile USA is contending in a consolidating industry and is
      struggling with upderperformance. Verizon (VZ) has emerged as the largest
      wireless carrier in the U.S. following its acquisition of Alltel Corp., while
      AT&T (T)
      acquired regional telecom operator Centennial Communications.
      As such, T-Mobile USA is becoming increasingly isolated. Speculation was rife
      in 2009 that the carrier might merge with Sprint Nextel (S), but this has not
      materialized.
      Due to their size and scale of operations, T-Mobile USA’s larger competitors
      are able to deliver services in a more cost-effective manner, which is affecting
      the company’s position in the market. Moreover, T-Mobile USA is also losing
      customers to smaller rivals such as prominent low-cost unlimited service
      providers MetroPCS Communications (PCS) and Leap
      Wireless (LEAP).
      Higher contract churn is affecting customer retention as T-Mobile USA has lost
      77,000 customers in the third-quarter of 2009.
      Deutsche Telekom has invested significantly on network infrastructure
      build-outs at T-Mobile USA Incorporatedluding the recent 3G network upgrade. The
      company’s stock performance has been lackluster as its shares dipped 16% this
      year. A potential spin-off of T-Mobile USA would help Deutsche Telekom to reward
      shareholders from the proceedings and enable it to lower exposure in the
      fiercely competitive U.S. wireless market.
      On the other hand, an IPO would bring in the much-needed funds to support the
      3G network expansion and deployment initiatives. Although T-Mobile USA’s 3G
      network has already covered a population of 200 million, it is still the
      smallest among the big four carriers in the U.S. in terms of coverage.

  • Hank Christy

    Okay, I don’t want the deal to go through, but I don’t want T-Mobile to fall, I don’t have T-Mobile nor AT&T but I think that T-Mobile USA should dump DT and become it’s own American based company not ran by DT.  May sound weird but I would rather that than AT&T Mobile

    • ogopogo

      That pretty much sums it up for ALL existing TMO users. At this point, we really don’t care who takes over – as long as it is NOT AT&T. A number of us have been AT&T subscribers, and that is why we are now with TMO. There is only so much raping that you will tolerate.

    • ogopogo

      That pretty much sums it up for ALL existing TMO users. At this point, we really don’t care who takes over – as long as it is NOT AT&T. A number of us have been AT&T subscribers, and that is why we are now with TMO. There is only so much raping that you will tolerate.