Sprint Files Suit To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Transaction

In a move that continues to indicate Sprint’s desire to see the end of the AT&T/T-Mobile takeover transaction they have filed suit against AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA to block the acquisition. Claiming the deal violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act the lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia as a related case to the Department of Justice’s own lawsuit against the proposed deal.

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms that would end up resulting from the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile USA emphasizing three main points:

  • Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.
  • Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two “Ma Bell” descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits.
  • Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.

One thing is for sure, Sprint isn’t going to let this deal go through without putting up one hell of a fight.

 

Full Press Release:

06 September 2011

Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction

WASHINGTON (BUSINESS WIRE), September 06, 2011 – Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia as a related case to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) suit against the proposed acquisition.

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms which would result from a takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T. The proposed takeover would:

  • Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.
  • Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two “Ma Bell” descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits.
  • Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.

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  • Anonymous

    Sprint is at least persistent I’ll give them that much

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is at least persistent I’ll give them that much

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is at least persistent I’ll give them that much

  • Anonymous

    Sprint is at least persistent I’ll give them that much

  • jarvis billena

    You go Sprint..2 thumbs up…

  • jarvis billena

    You go Sprint..2 thumbs up…

  • Traccer555

    You go sprint all valid points.

  • Traccer555

    You go sprint all valid points.

  • NO 2ATT

    I’m starting to like sprint, even if it’s because they’re fighting in our (T-Mobile’s) corner. I am against this merger, for a number of reasons, the main one being the raising of prices, but also, the fact that the death star locks down Android devices, and if this goes ahead, I won’t be able to customise my phone how I like, by getting apps from where I please, and not being forced to get them from only one source.

    • ColdFeet

      All providers lock down their devices. That’s why rooting is popular. But last I heard, as of a couple months back, AT&T is allowing the installation of non-market apps.

      • You are correct, the only reason why AT&T proceeded to lock their devices to in market applications only is because they would prefer that the apps be somewhat safe for the consumer to install so that they don’t have a ridiculous influx of warranty exchange requests when the village idiot “always right” consumer screws up their phone by installing something malicious.

    • Moneymake

      Ur a cry baby just like sprint boo hoo

    • Moneymake

      Ur a cry baby just like sprint boo hoo

    • Moneymake

      Ur a cry baby just like sprint boo hoo

    • Anonymous

      Do u not realize that dt is not in your corner? The company that owns tmo usa wants nothing more to do with us. Sprints goal is to play keep away from att. If the deal gets rejected, sprint will be happy but tmo would be in serious danger of crumbling completely (which sprint would be happy with also)…..tmo keeps sprint honest. Your statement implies that tmo is being held hostage or something and that if the govt steps in and saves them, all will be good again…..that’s not the reality.

  • Anonymous

    self serving

  • Timdm

    I don’t blame Sprint.  If this deals goes thru they are probably worried there will be no Sprint because they then would not be able to compete and it would be a matter of time and they would be gone and we would be down to two. 

  • Real double standards Sprint when you say

    “Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.”
    when you have doubled upgrade fees and almost doubled early termination free to match up At&T’s whopping $350

    • ColdFeet

      That argument alone should be enough, at least in my eyes, for a judge to see Sprint’s argument is BS…

    • DblTrbl

      Higher early termination fess do not equal higher prices. Comprehension 101.

    • DblTrbl

      Higher early termination fess do not equal higher prices. Comprehension 101.

    • DblTrbl

      Higher early termination fess do not equal higher prices. Comprehension 101.

  • I don’t understand how Sprint has so much money to throw away on bullsh*t like this, NASCAR, and movie theater commercials that say “Sprint asks you to please silence your cell phones”… Umm… how about you go spend the money on your own damn network and find away to get reception to my damn 9930?

    • Anonymous

      As much as I support sprint in this matter, but I do agree with you. I am planning on leaving T-Mobile to go with either Sprint or Verizon, but I heard Sprint in the bay area is not good, 3g speed are SLOW! and their 4g is still spotty :/. I wished they would invest wisely into their network since that’s what they need to focus on.

      • It sucks in the Bay Area, and I’m not biased. I have all 4 carriers for work. iPhone 4 AT&T, and Verizon, and HTC Sensation on T-Mo, and a BB9930 on Sprint… Sprint continuously is stuck in a state of suck.

        • Anonymous

          Everyone else is saying the same as what you stated regarding Sprint. Therefore, Verizon is probably the option for me to go to.

  • Anonymous

    Go Sprint Go!!!

  • Anonymous

    To the T-Mobile users opposing the acquisition, have you guys thought about what happens if it doesn’t go through? There is a possibility that things could end up much worst for T-Mobile customers if the acquisition fails to go through.

    – VDubb

    • Fred

      I think a lot of people are looking at it through magenta colored glasses, assuming that all will be well.

      • ColdFeet

        That made me LOL. “Magenta colored glasses”. Haha

        But your post is no lie. People are thinking of it as “AT&T is coming in and forcibly taking over T-Mobile”. The truth is that Deutsche Telekom put T-Mobile USA up for sale and are hoping this deal goes through just as much as AT&T is.

        What happens if it DOESN’T go through? Well, I guess we’ll see.

        But I sure hope T’s not broken up and sold off to some smaller, regional carriers that are going to be getting the “latest and greatest” phones 6 months AFTER they’re released on other networks.

        • DetroitTechnoFan

          Regardless of whether something is for sale or not, money talks. Offer them enough cash for something, anything, and you’ll eventually get it from them. DT wasn’t so much chomping at the bit to sell off T-Mo USA as they were like “Yeah, we’re DT. We run a wireless network in America, it’s worth a good amount of money, etc…” Then AT&T comes along and they’re like “Hi, DT! We’re AT&T and we have a network that kinda sucks, but we want to make it better, so we would like to offer you this $39B for what you have, and you even get to have a 10% stake in our company! If this whole thing falls thru, you get $6B in cash and assets combined, too!”

          I’m opposed to this as any of us, but this isn’t a hostile takeover deal… it’s AT&T offering a really amazing sum of money to another company, and just like any other business under the sun, they’re inclined to accept the offer unless something prevents them. If somebody offered you a large amount more than what your house was worth and still allowed you to collect a small amount of the rent from whoever the tenants were that they rented to, you would probably do it. DT is just the same. Less work for them to do on the daily, and they can still continue to profit from what was their American network.

          It’s a sugary sweet deal for DT no matter how you look at it, and you honestly can’t blame them for wanting to take the bait. It might not be fair competition but it’s pure profit driven business practice and anybody else would probably do the same thing. This is why laws are so useful. When the corps get a little too greedy, there’s gotta be a last stop to keep em in check. They might not realize it, but sometimes, fair competition and a little less greed and a little more investing in yourself can prove in the end to be the right way to go.

        • DetroitTechnoFan

          Regardless of whether something is for sale or not, money talks. Offer them enough cash for something, anything, and you’ll eventually get it from them. DT wasn’t so much chomping at the bit to sell off T-Mo USA as they were like “Yeah, we’re DT. We run a wireless network in America, it’s worth a good amount of money, etc…” Then AT&T comes along and they’re like “Hi, DT! We’re AT&T and we have a network that kinda sucks, but we want to make it better, so we would like to offer you this $39B for what you have, and you even get to have a 10% stake in our company! If this whole thing falls thru, you get $6B in cash and assets combined, too!”

          I’m opposed to this as any of us, but this isn’t a hostile takeover deal… it’s AT&T offering a really amazing sum of money to another company, and just like any other business under the sun, they’re inclined to accept the offer unless something prevents them. If somebody offered you a large amount more than what your house was worth and still allowed you to collect a small amount of the rent from whoever the tenants were that they rented to, you would probably do it. DT is just the same. Less work for them to do on the daily, and they can still continue to profit from what was their American network.

          It’s a sugary sweet deal for DT no matter how you look at it, and you honestly can’t blame them for wanting to take the bait. It might not be fair competition but it’s pure profit driven business practice and anybody else would probably do the same thing. This is why laws are so useful. When the corps get a little too greedy, there’s gotta be a last stop to keep em in check. They might not realize it, but sometimes, fair competition and a little less greed and a little more investing in yourself can prove in the end to be the right way to go.

        • DetroitTechnoFan

          Regardless of whether something is for sale or not, money talks. Offer them enough cash for something, anything, and you’ll eventually get it from them. DT wasn’t so much chomping at the bit to sell off T-Mo USA as they were like “Yeah, we’re DT. We run a wireless network in America, it’s worth a good amount of money, etc…” Then AT&T comes along and they’re like “Hi, DT! We’re AT&T and we have a network that kinda sucks, but we want to make it better, so we would like to offer you this $39B for what you have, and you even get to have a 10% stake in our company! If this whole thing falls thru, you get $6B in cash and assets combined, too!”

          I’m opposed to this as any of us, but this isn’t a hostile takeover deal… it’s AT&T offering a really amazing sum of money to another company, and just like any other business under the sun, they’re inclined to accept the offer unless something prevents them. If somebody offered you a large amount more than what your house was worth and still allowed you to collect a small amount of the rent from whoever the tenants were that they rented to, you would probably do it. DT is just the same. Less work for them to do on the daily, and they can still continue to profit from what was their American network.

          It’s a sugary sweet deal for DT no matter how you look at it, and you honestly can’t blame them for wanting to take the bait. It might not be fair competition but it’s pure profit driven business practice and anybody else would probably do the same thing. This is why laws are so useful. When the corps get a little too greedy, there’s gotta be a last stop to keep em in check. They might not realize it, but sometimes, fair competition and a little less greed and a little more investing in yourself can prove in the end to be the right way to go.

    • Fred

      I think a lot of people are looking at it through magenta colored glasses, assuming that all will be well.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      Much worst will be better than AT&T……………

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      Much worst will be better than AT&T……………

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      Much worst will be better than AT&T……………

    • Realcool2000

      Its about stopping att from having the power of a monopoly over the gsm business. Monopoly companies are illegal for a number of reasons and bad for business in general.

      Tmobile being broken up or bought by another party is better and apparently wont be breaking laws pertaining to anti trust or monopoly companies either.

      You wouldn’t want Sony to be your ONLY choice for a computer, just an example.

  • Anonymous

    double post, please delete :)

  • Anonymous

    They are just telling the truth

  • Anonymous

    They are just telling the truth

  • Anonymous

    They are just telling the truth

  • Anonymous

    They are just telling the truth

  • Anonymous

    They are just telling the truth

  • Moneymakerriley

    Sprint needs to stop crying. Boo hoo

    • Wilma Flintstone

      They can’t help it.  They know that Big Red has them in the crosshairs and if the deal goes through, Big Red is going to pull the trigger.

      • Realcool2000

        I have to agree. Big Red being Verizon that is.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      They can’t help it.  They know that Big Red has them in the crosshairs and if the deal goes through, Big Red is going to pull the trigger.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      They can’t help it.  They know that Big Red has them in the crosshairs and if the deal goes through, Big Red is going to pull the trigger.

  • Moneymakerriley

    Sprint needs to stop crying. Boo hoo

  • Moneymakerriley

    Sprint needs to stop crying. Boo hoo

  • ColdFeet

    I think his *real* worry is that Sprint’s going to be the only major company without decent 4G coverage once all is said and done.

  • ColdFeet

    I think his *real* worry is that Sprint’s going to be the only major company without decent 4G coverage once all is said and done.

  • ColdFeet

    I think his *real* worry is that Sprint’s going to be the only major company without decent 4G coverage once all is said and done.

  • Anonymous

    Nexus Prime just received Bluetooth Certification.  That makes BT and Wi-Fi now. 

    • Wilma Flintstone

      N9 just made it into Mexico and also a Retail Provider (Welectronics) has made it in the US!!!  I believe they are importing it from Mexico and the price is INSANE for it.  They can forget it at that price.  Go to GSMarena to see the article.  The price they are asking to import the N9 is an unbearable $924.  That’s $924 that they won’t get from me.  I’m ecstatic about the N9 and Meego but I’m not Ec-stupid over it.  No Ec-stupid is not a word but it is when I use it.

      • Anonymous

        Wait that’s 924 peso’s right lol That’s crazy high

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Yeah it is indeed higher than Dave Chappelle on Half Baked.  LOL “I wanna talk to SAMPSON, cuz when life is hard, you pick up that card, with the Smiley Face, Call em over to my place” LOL!!! 

          But yeah, they are asking $924 to import one from Welectronics to the US.  Not going to happen here. 

          I’ll get my Go on some other kind of way.  I’m sure XDA will port it to a few new devices and when they do, I’ll be Rooting and Romming

        • FredFlintstone

          Wilma!

          This page is about Sprint filing lawsuit, not about some awful n9 phone that none of care about coming from Mexico of all places. Stay on the point of the title please.

          Now get back in the house Wilma, Betty doesn’t care about what you have to say and Dino needs dinner.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      N9 just made it into Mexico and also a Retail Provider (Welectronics) has made it in the US!!!  I believe they are importing it from Mexico and the price is INSANE for it.  They can forget it at that price.  Go to GSMarena to see the article.  The price they are asking to import the N9 is an unbearable $924.  That’s $924 that they won’t get from me.  I’m ecstatic about the N9 and Meego but I’m not Ec-stupid over it.  No Ec-stupid is not a word but it is when I use it.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      N9 just made it into Mexico and also a Retail Provider (Welectronics) has made it in the US!!!  I believe they are importing it from Mexico and the price is INSANE for it.  They can forget it at that price.  Go to GSMarena to see the article.  The price they are asking to import the N9 is an unbearable $924.  That’s $924 that they won’t get from me.  I’m ecstatic about the N9 and Meego but I’m not Ec-stupid over it.  No Ec-stupid is not a word but it is when I use it.

  • Anonymous

    Nexus Prime just received Bluetooth Certification.  That makes BT and Wi-Fi now. 

  • Anonymous

    Nexus Prime just received Bluetooth Certification.  That makes BT and Wi-Fi now. 

  • Anonymous

    Nexus Prime just received Bluetooth Certification.  That makes BT and Wi-Fi now. 

  • Bob Carver

    I agree with ColdFeet and am not falling for the “we’re doing this for the consumer” line Sprint likes to tout.

  • Bob Carver

    I agree with ColdFeet and am not falling for the “we’re doing this for the consumer” line Sprint likes to tout.

  • Downwith AT&Junk

    I like this headline… “The Future Is Calling, AT&T, And It’s Not T-Mobile”

  • $10 EXTRA FRO 4G ANYONE ?

    LMFAOOO AT ALL THESE SPRINT IDIOTS HATING, YET THERE IN A T-MOBILE WEBPAGE ?MIGHT AS WELL WALK INTO A TMOBILE STORE TALK CRAP AND WALK OUT WITH A NEW PHONE IT WOULD BE THE SAME THING, ROFLCOPTER. !

  • ConspiracyTheory

    Geeeeez! Will we ever get our severance pay???

  • ConspiracyTheory

    Geeeeez! Will we ever get our severance pay???

  • ConspiracyTheory

    Geeeeez! Will we ever get our severance pay???

  • ConspiracyTheory

    Geeeeez! Will we ever get our severance pay???

  • Big45th

    I Love this chipmunk ATT I WOULD CANCEL ALL MY PHONE 5 phones and pay the fee then be with att i would never do that 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t blame sprint for opposing the buyout given their market position, but they’re opposing it for the wrong reasons…..they want to save their own a$$….they don’t care about the general consumer. The doj should either max out concessions (based on that 7.8B magic number) or figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Another company can take over Tmo such as Orange or O2 and keep it running.  If you haven’t figured by now, I REALLY like Orange UK.  They have almost all the good stuff.

        • johnwall

          didnt tmobile uk brought out orange or O2 and become the largest in the uk?

        • johnwall

          didnt tmobile uk brought out orange or O2 and become the largest in the uk?

      • Anonymous

        T-Mobile USA’s market value has fallen dramatically since the announcement of the merger, and it looks like that trend will only continue until the dust has settled. There has to be a price-point at which another company will be interested.

        Everyone keeps implying that DT wants nothing to do with T-Mobile USA,
        but we can’t know for sure how determined they are to get rid of it.  All we know is that they accepted a ridiculously favorable offer from AT&T.  That doesn’t mean they would be willing to sell T-Mobile USA at any price.

        If DT can’t find anyone willing to purchase it for more than a fraction of what AT&T offered, they may change their mind and hold onto it hoping for a better valuation after the markets improve.  They would have to make investments to keep it from continuing to decline in value, and they know that.  It wouldn’t make sense for anyone to just hold onto T-Mobile without investing in it, well, anyone except AT&T.

        • k-mack

          I totally agree with that.  I think that DT would definitely continue to invest in tmobile and increase its value before trying to sell it to another buyer.  the company is worth too much to let it go for significantly less and DT can’t afford to do that.  we have seen sprint make a “semi” comeback and I don’t see tmobile having any problems doing the same.  they are still the value reliable player in the game and will continue to increase the lead on that front.

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

    • Anonymous

      “figure out an alternative that would keep 4 major players in the us market..”
      I believe that is the only thing that will make this pass.  Can’t see how they could do it tho.

  • Dara0725

    Wow….this has got to be the most negative comments section I have ever seen….just a bunch of people whining and spouting out the same stuff that is on every other comment section of each article…no need to repost the same BS.  The fact of the matter is that it isn’t even worth your banter when nobody knows what is going to happen yet.

  • let at&t have t mobile. then when price increase see what they think. then it be too late.

  • Evilbox

    Funny thing is sprint, the second cheapest national carrier, would probably gain a lot of Tmobile, cheapest national carrier, defections if the buyout goes through.

  • Evilbox

    Funny thing is sprint, the second cheapest national carrier, would probably gain a lot of Tmobile, cheapest national carrier, defections if the buyout goes through.

  • Evilbox

    Funny thing is sprint, the second cheapest national carrier, would probably gain a lot of Tmobile, cheapest national carrier, defections if the buyout goes through.

    • Anonymous

      Meanwhile ATT and VZW will have well over 200 million combined compared to Sprint’s 50-70M

    • Anonymous

      I don’t really think funny is the right word.  It just shows how threatened they feel by this merger.  Sprint surely has a better understanding of its implications than anyone here.

    • ogopogo

      Not likely. The mere fact that Sprint charges $10 extra per “4G” line isn’t sitting very well with existing customers that have crappy service and are still being forced to pay it – even though they don’t use it. Sprint really is just the jilted girl that got stood up for a better offer. It was actually Sprint that DT was looking at before AT&T stepped in.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL There’s that Chipmunk again LOL  I love the editing here

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL There’s that Chipmunk again LOL  I love the editing here

  • Wilma Flintstone

    LOL There’s that Chipmunk again LOL  I love the editing here

    • FredFlintstone

      Hey, Fred just called you back in the house Wilma…

  • tm

    TMobile would lose as many as can run to Sprint like me. Really have loved TMobile over the years and would hate being forced to go to AT&T, or Vz.  It shows that stock price and immediate gain are way more important than long term health. Grateful to Sprint! Wish I could switch a family of 4. Will work on it.

    • ogopogo

      This is the dilemma that we are all in. Vz is too expensive. AT&T, well, is AT&T (no need to expand on that one), and Sprint has sparse coverage. Everyone is pissed right now, so people are all threatening to leave, but the bottom line is that you should wait. There is no other carrier that offers the pricing and GSM network that Tmobile does.

    • ogopogo

      This is the dilemma that we are all in. Vz is too expensive. AT&T, well, is AT&T (no need to expand on that one), and Sprint has sparse coverage. Everyone is pissed right now, so people are all threatening to leave, but the bottom line is that you should wait. There is no other carrier that offers the pricing and GSM network that Tmobile does.

    • k-mack

      wow, you have amazing powers of persuasion!…not understanding your logic here.  why would you go from tmobile to sprint?  Sprint is absolutely worse than any of them.  why wouldn’t you just stick with the merged company and see how it goes?  that’s what I am going to do.  I suspect you are with sprint already.

    • k-mack

      wow, you have amazing powers of persuasion!…not understanding your logic here.  why would you go from tmobile to sprint?  Sprint is absolutely worse than any of them.  why wouldn’t you just stick with the merged company and see how it goes?  that’s what I am going to do.  I suspect you are with sprint already.

  • tm

    This is just like computer graphics 20 years ago it was getting very successful so they all started gobbling up each other till basically 1 company was left. It’s just capitalism’s bad side but good if you own stock.
    TMo, as it’s customers know, is a good company. Maybe they can just keep on making money and stop looking over their stupid girly shoulders at VZ and ATT. Nut-cases they are, all of them.

  • tm

    This is just like computer graphics 20 years ago it was getting very successful so they all started gobbling up each other till basically 1 company was left. It’s just capitalism’s bad side but good if you own stock.
    TMo, as it’s customers know, is a good company. Maybe they can just keep on making money and stop looking over their stupid girly shoulders at VZ and ATT. Nut-cases they are, all of them.

  • Anonymous

    I’m liking Sprint. If this deal goes through they are looking as the most viable option

  • TMoFan

    Even though Sprint is being entirely selfish here, I love seeing this “merger” face more hurdles. This deal was once thought to fly through, but it looks like the tides have changed and seeing the analysts backpedal is hilarious. Sprint knows it’s screwed if this this thing goes forwards, and at&t knows that too. That was their motivation in the first place, not LTE. They take out a competitor and put another one in jeopardy with this buyout. I hope this gets some attention in court, and at&t’s anti-competitive ways are exposed for all to see.

    • ogopogo

      There were a number of TMONEWS posters that all threw in the towel days after the original announcement. More than one said that this was a “Done Deal”. Where are those pundits now?

      • Ted

        Unfortunately they are still around…they have now shifted their argument to “dt wants out, it doesn’t matter if this deal goes through they will either sell to someone else or go out of business”. Apparently the “its a done deal” people think they can predict the future and know what all these corporations want and feel.

    • Joe

      I agree that this is not a merger… it’s an acquisition. I hear people say it’s a merger all the time, even T-Mobile leaders telling the employees it’s a merger. Not true. Whether the deal goes through or not, it’s not going to be pretty for T-mobile employees.

    • Joe

      I agree that this is not a merger… it’s an acquisition. I hear people say it’s a merger all the time, even T-Mobile leaders telling the employees it’s a merger. Not true. Whether the deal goes through or not, it’s not going to be pretty for T-mobile employees.

    • Joe

      I agree that this is not a merger… it’s an acquisition. I hear people say it’s a merger all the time, even T-Mobile leaders telling the employees it’s a merger. Not true. Whether the deal goes through or not, it’s not going to be pretty for T-mobile employees.

  • Anonymous

    I will never understand why folks think DT will close up shop or sell T-Mo off in pieces if thisdeal falls through. Lets rewind back to before this acquisition was announced. Lets say it was never announced. Do you all really think DT was planning on closing up shop before AT&T made their offer? The company might not be making as much profit as DT wants but it still makes money. Also, DT has been wanting to sell for a while now. Just because one deal falls through doesn’t mean he’s just going to give up. He would lose a boat load of money if he just closed TMO down. 

    I’m sure if this deal falls through, TMO will continue to operate the way it did before all this merger crap happpened. Its kinda like selling a phone, car, etc. You will get potential buyers, but not all the deals that are offered will go through. Does that mean give up on what you’re selling because the highest bidder doesn’t want your product? No. You keep on going until someone else steps up.

  • Moe

    Go Sprint go. Having one company control all of the gsm spectrum is an impossible situation. I wonder if Sprint is willing to offer existing TMO customers the same rate that tmo offers. This would help tens of thousands of TMO customers make the move.

  • MIKEEEEE

    if sprint covered 38221, i’d be there in a minute.

  • Thank you Sprint, even tho you are doing this for your own benefit, it benefits consumers either way and you know it and you are using this to your advantage! None the less, I am glad you’re doing this, as AT&T and T-Mobile cannot merge and control the total GSM market. It is bad for the economy for BOTH consumers AND Sprint!

  • Thank you Sprint, even tho you are doing this for your own benefit, it benefits consumers either way and you know it and you are using this to your advantage! None the less, I am glad you’re doing this, as AT&T and T-Mobile cannot merge and control the total GSM market. It is bad for the economy for BOTH consumers AND Sprint!

  • oh by the way sprint will get it’s GALAYXS2 aka EPIC 4G TOUCH. in about a week. wirefly  is doing pre sale= PRE ORDER offer for $119 free shipped for the galaxys2 from sprint. U GO SPRINT!

  • oh by the way sprint will get it’s GALAYXS2 aka EPIC 4G TOUCH. in about a week. wirefly  is doing pre sale= PRE ORDER offer for $119 free shipped for the galaxys2 from sprint. U GO SPRINT!

  • Should I stay with T-Mobile, or switch to Sprint or Verizon? Read my plea for help to decide at little green robot . net