T-Mobile Responds To State Attorneys General Announcing Support For Department Of Justice Lawsuit

With the announcement that Attorneys General from seven states were jumping behind the Department of Justice lawsuit to block the AT&T/T-Mobile takeover Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile were quick to respond. T-Mobile’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tom Sugrue made these remarks following the announcement of the Attorney Generals to join the Justice Department lawsuit:

“Given the numerous benefits the merger will bring to consumers, businesses, and the US economy in the form of greater innovation, enhanced competition, and increased jobs, we remain confident that the facts will prevail and the acquisition will proceed.”

While it’s true that the Attorneys General joining the case provides some hope for those who are absolutely hoping to see this deal blocked by any means necessary the addition of Seven Attorneys General is combated by the knowledge that AT&T has 11 state Attorneys General on their side of the case. Still, there is no doubt the addition of seven states is a positive step for those wishing to see the AT&T deal blocked but we must remember that we are still far from anything that resembles a conclusion to this matter.

 

 

 

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  • Mvb757

    Did Verizon go threw this when the took over Alltel? Just curious because I don’t remember.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Probably not due to the fact that it was alot more competition then.  Now, there is only 4 major carriers.  2 of GSM and 2 of CDMA.  If 1 GSM company takes over the other GSM company, that will make it to where customers who want good coverage and GSM phones MUST choose them and that’s where some of the issue lies.  It basically would be a GSM monopoly and we’re all telling AT&T “DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200)

      • Jabombardier

        Agreed. Because if this merger goes through, I have no choice bur to stay with at&t because of the versatility of GSM. If it does happen then I will split up my family plan and go out solo on at&t and the other lines will go to Metro PCS

        • Mopar6464

          The same thing will happen if the deal does’nt go through and once T-Mobile DT sells off their USA business.
          AT&T will still be the only GSM provider.

      • Mopar6464

        Well what do you think will happen if the deal fails and T-Mobile DT sells T-Mobile USA
        off in pieces , the same effect.
        There will still only be one GSM provider , AT&T.
        T-Mobile USA is doomed either way.

        • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

          As I say lets let the deal be denied and see what happens next. I have a good feeling something good is to come if it gets denied.

        • Tortionist

          I don’t think T-mobile will be sold off in pieces. DT is obviously patient enough to wait for a buyer. Whether it be a Cable company or a search engine giant.

    • Phershey128

      No vzw did not go thru thus. Vzw laid off and closed alltel call centers after about 9 months after the deal closed. This is what will happen with this merger. Keep saying no one will get closed on tmo side but after sll is said snd approved who can stop it a yr later. No one.

      • Anonymous

        Noone ever said tmo employees wouldn’t lose jobs. Tmo has been closing call centers and laying cc employees off left and right now. This will reduce the number of layoffs if and when this deal goes through. Att also made a statement saying they will bring 5000 call center jobs back to the US. There will most likely be jobs cut despite all this though, but that’s the nature of the beast. Two companies competing in the same market……there are redundant positions and facilities. From a business standpoint, it would be stupid of att to “over-employ” for the sake of keeping more ppl working…..

        • Cookitup222

          Humor me, get_at_me, what specific call centers have been closed? Seeing as how you throw out that they are closing left and right this should be a simple answer. Oh by the way i am a tmobile call center employee and can tell you the answer. But please humor us all with your “fact” driven statements.

        • ColdFeet

          That’s the problem… people talking about this like they know the facts when in all reality, they’re full of crap. They hear rumors and then start spreading them like they know for a fact that it’s true.

          It’s quite annoying.

        • ColdFeet

          That’s the problem… people talking about this like they know the facts when in all reality, they’re full of crap. They hear rumors and then start spreading them like they know for a fact that it’s true.

          It’s quite annoying.

  • Anonymous

    If the deal goes through, my phone will only work on one national carrier. I will have no choice any more. Simple as that, and that’s a problem for me.

    • Anonymous

      Its not atts fault that verizon and sprint are cdma carriers. Verizon just rolled out a non contract $50 unlimited plan….att will probably do the same…in my opinion, the gsm monopoly argument is weak.

      • ogopogo

        Not for those of us who travel internationally.

      • ogopogo

        Not for those of us who travel internationally.

      • guest

        yeah I like to pay a thirty dollar activation fee everytime I switch out my device. it is too convenient for me to switch my sim card into another phone an not pay a convenince fee. so your right we don’t need a choice in GSM

      • guest

        yeah I like to pay a thirty dollar activation fee everytime I switch out my device. it is too convenient for me to switch my sim card into another phone an not pay a convenince fee. so your right we don’t need a choice in GSM

      • BigMixxx

        Solyent Green anyone?

        Well, let me paint the picture here, in regards to GSM monopoly.  Perfect Example is the galaxy S II debate, Speed of network vs speed of device.
        No matter how you look at it, it’s a choice.  You can go with something that gives you the Device speed such as the Galaxy S II provided by AT&T, keeping to form of the Galaxy S II line.  

        Or you can go with Network speed such as the Galaxy S II device provided by T mobile.

        Or you can go with the Bastardized version provided by sprint, which includes WiMAx where available.

        Now, Imagine, if you will,  this acquisition, approved and went through 1 year earlier.
        No Galaxy SII for T mobile.  The precedence is Set, so Verizon is in the process of purchasing and divesting Sprint, so Immediatly no option there.  BTW Verizon is not offering the Galaxy S II device.

        However twisted this sounds, the biggest thing is that we have not only 3 choices for a really decent device, but now potentially 3 choices for iPhone
        (no matter how you look it has a huge following and immediate bottom line implications, ATT 120 billion a year because of iPhone and the interest around the apple brand)

        The yeahbutts begin, 

        Yeahbut sprints network is slow –> sprint has 48 million customers, down from 52…
        Yeahbut verizon is expensive –> people adjust
        Yeahbut AT&T is expensive, uncaring and offers iPhone –>  That’s why they have the penetration they have and the cash to spend.

        It is imperative to us as consumers to ensure competition in the mobile front.  We are all internet users as well and Mobile phone companies know and understand.  They will make changes to maximize their dollar as best as possible.  With the understanding that not only T mobile may be purchased but the bigger picture of Verzion WILL PURCHASE and divest Sprint based on the precedence set by AT&T, the future will look pretty grim.  To make matters even worse, to provide a uniform national network, only one provider can do it.  Imagine now a True Merger between AT&T and Verizon to form…an even Larger AT&T, because the name is recognized more.

        Yeahbutts begin again.  So as long as I get a phone I want… –>  Yes you will get a phone you want based on what they give you.

        • Tortionist

          Nice, but only our government is allowed to have any monopolies. So, I guess after all this happens they need to bailout AT&T and take over. Then the whole picture will be complete and the monopoly will be legal. Note the Sarcasm.

      • ColdFeet

        I agree. The majority of people don’t know what GSM/CDMA is nor do they give a rats hat. And the few people who would like to have a phone for international travel, buy an unlocked GSM phone on eBay. If you travel for work, have your employer pay for it. If you travel for pleasure, then consider it part of your one-time travel expenses… passport, luggage, unlocked GSM phone, etc. If you can’t afford it, then you prolly can’t afford to be travelling anyway.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Funny how these CEO’s and crap continue to say “It’ll increase innovation, jobs etc” but never points out how it will do this.  Until they stop being “chipmunks” (I edited it myself David) and hiding truth behind tons of text and inbetween the lines, hardly anybody will want this to happen.  Nobody wants to be a part of something they don’t know what it is or what it does.

    Anyway, TMO needs to snatch up an International version of that LG LU6200 Beast!!!  If you don’t know about it, you really should look it up.  :)

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Love the self editing! Man the comments are getting worse and worse, definitely considering going to Facebook comments.

      • Bimmerz

        I’ll be glad when you can get into G+, and post there. =o)

      • Bimmerz

        I’ll be glad when you can get into G+, and post there. =o)

      • Chatter

        Nooooooo facebook please!!! I love coming here and reading/commenting without hassle … but I do understand why.

      • Anonymous

        Why do you think Facebook is any better?

      • 21stNow

        Why? I see worse comments on Phonedog now that Facebook comments are there.

        Plus, I wouldn’t be able to post then. : (

      • Anonymous

        Definitely wouldn’t post again if you went to FB comments. No interested in another vector for leaking personal information.

      • MiamiHeat

        No facebook please!

      • MiamiHeat

        DISCUS is bad enough already.  Rarely works well unless you are using Chrome.  Some of us do not have the luxury of using alternative browsers (locked down to Windows on all federal machines here).  I miss the days before Discus when I could at least join in the discussion without a bunch of unorganized stuff when using windows.  Not even a reply button.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    my fed up meter is at an all time high

  • Anonymous

    “Given the numerous benefits the merger will bring to consumers, businesses, and the US economy”
    Do they think that if they keep saying that enough people will start believing it?

    • Anonymous

      It worked with Bush and Cheney about weapons of mass destruction.

      • Tortionist

        Unfortunately, it was already shown that there were weapons of mass destruction.

        • MiamiHeat

          Check your facts on that one

        • Tortionist

          I could say the same thing. Don’t believe everything the media tells you. They were just looking for a way to discredit bush (I didn’t care for him) and I am definitely not Republican or Democrat. Why else would most of the liberal leaders in 1996-1998 say there were WMDs in Iraq and that we need to get rid of Saddam Hussein and then shortly before we went in there in 2001 say that they’re not there and that we should leave him alone. Their only concern was to discredit Bush. The CIA and MI6, among other intelligence agencies, had reports showing that there were WMDs in Iraq and that they were moved prior to UN inspections. The spec ops community seemed to think that as well.

        • MiamiHeat

          Wikipedia is not exactly “fact” checking.  However, this is a cell phone blog so I will submit.  I should not have said anything.

    • Anonymous

      Americans believe cutting taxes has been creating jobs for the last 11 years. So why not?

      • Tortionist

        Exactly, interesting they fall for that crap. Cutting taxes doesn’t do anything except make some products we buy a little bit cheaper, depending on where the taxes are cut and make it so the government is going to look for another way to raise that lost capital, whether it be through taxes raised elsewhere or lowering funding somewhere else. The federal government doesn’t produce, it just consumes. It’s all just moving money around to make things work. It’s like robbing Peter to pay Paul. If we did this in the civilian world we’d end up in jail.

        • Miami

          Or CEO

  • Bosoxfan22205

    Has anybody thought what may happen if it doesnt go through? What about if tmobile closes what happens then? O yeah there will be one gsm then

    • ogopogo

      This has been discussed extensively on this site. Consensus is that someone else will buy Tmo.

      • Miami

        “Obvious, party of one”

  • Mark Hennessey

    Minor point- It’s “Attorneys General”.
     
    I do not want to see this deal happen, so seven more “aspiring governors” raising objections suits me just fine.

  • Mark Hennessey

    Minor point- It’s “Attorneys General”.
     
    I do not want to see this deal happen, so seven more “aspiring governors” raising objections suits me just fine.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Already caught and fixed that! :-)

  • Princesskaeli

    We’re not were.

    • Princesskaeli

      Never mind….read too close to waking up…how the heck do you delete your own comment on here?

      • Ali

        Owned

  • Ryan Dawald

    straight up lies one after the other……………………………..

  • DaBratkin

    Both ATT and TMO need to be more honest in their statements surrounding job creation. Banking if the fact that the majority of Americans use the terms outsourcing and off-shoring interchangeably, they are banking that the majority will believe that these jobs are being filled in foreign countries. The truth of the matter is that the jobs TMO ‘outsources’ are farmed out to other U.S. Call center BPOs. Whether ATT speaks of returning their own workforce to US shores is another matter, however, those jobs will be at the cost of those already employed. That or ATT will simply make use of TMO’s  existing relationship with BPOs  effectively changing nothing with the exception of increasing the workload on an already stressed workforce.

    ATT has been unending in its support of the American worker demonstrated by downsizing, layoffs and outsourcing. They have also demonstrated their commitments to maintaining competitive ppricing by their average markup of 30% compared to their nearest competitor.

    What concerns me more than AT&Ts standard practice is their ability to B.S. both lawmakers and Attorneys General by blurring the lines.

    • BigMixxx

      The way it reads is that they will bring jobs to america.  They will bring it to firms in america who then outsource to offshore resources.  That’s the way to keep costs at a minimum.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      You should not be concerned.  While AT&T did BS lawmakers and attorneys general, many did not fall for it.  And the one that counts, the DOJ filed suit.

      Sounds to me that the only thing that happened is AT&T wasted a lot of money because in the end it got sued.  I’m loving life!

      • Miami

        About time you chimed in.  :)  I was waiting for your wisdom.

  • Anonymous

    Do any of u think that att or dt will admit to or say anything that contradicts their cause? Their cause being, “get the deal done”. This is the same as politics…..ppl running for office promise the world to get elected, but rarely follow thru on those promises. Sure att may be blurring lines and not being completely open when it comes to certain things, but do you blame them given their situation? As a consumer we want companies to be honest, but quite frankly the truth hurts and att knows this. Why even bother trying to buy tmo if all you’re going to do is shoot yourself in the foot by making damaging statements? Makes no sense.

  • Nearmsp

    By the time this is over, T-mobile will have alienated their customer base. No strategic thinking in T-mobile leadership. The goodwill value of the company is rapidly dwindling.

  • Tmo Ninja

    I really wish news sources would stop refering to this as a meger.. Tmobile US nad ATT are not wanting to merge.. ATT wants to aquire Tmobile, this is an aquisition NOT a merger… And as a T-Mobile tech care employee, I assure you that not one single T-Mobile call center has closed since the ATT/T-Mobile aquisition announcement.

    • Anthox2112

      That’s because they close the call centers not run by T-Mo, Teletek for example.

      • Tmo Ninja

        That’s not closing a T-mobile call center.. that’s a 3rd party outsourcer.. if T-mobile no longer wants to do business with them, then it’s up to the owner of that center to fidn new business…

    • the_truth

      Hey Ninja Boy—what’s the “attrition” rate in your call center???

      • Tmo Ninja

        I have no idea.. I know that there are a lot of people giving their 2 weeks because they are uncertain of the companies future but as for a number I have not way to tell.

        • the_truth

          Same in mine–down by more than 1/2.

    • Guest

      To Tmo Ninja’s point my center is still hiring.  Within the last 3 months we have had 3 new full training classes.  I love it when people start talking about things they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

      • TheWayOfThings

        I’m curious to know what call center that is and what department… I’ve talked to many reps from many call centers, and the general consensus from all of them was the same: No hiring since the announcement of the acquisition.

        If what you say is true, then great! Perhaps we’re beginning to see the end of the trend of firing with no hiring… I’d nothing better than to hear that! … HOWEVER… It’s difficult to believe when I’m reading customer care reps from all over the nation saying the exact opposite…

        .. so.. I’m calling you out, buddy! You’re posting anonymously and you’re making positive statements about T-mobile, so I can’t see any reason why you can’t be a little more specific about what call center you work for and what department it is…

        I’m sure if you’re telling the truth, other reps from your call center will back you up.

        Cheers!

      • Tmo Ninja

        I’d be curious as well to know what center that is you work for? My center has completly disbanned the trainign department (With the exception of I believe 2 or 3 trainers) and made the trainers Coachs and Assistants Seniors…

  • Ilyas_k15

    Since when do the T-Mobile officials support the merger? I am seriously disappointed with T-Mo right now

    • Frank

      They’ve been in support of it since the beginning. DT has been trying to dump T-Mobile. Not like AT&T just came out of nowhere and announced a bid to buy them out.

      • Ilyas_k15

        Never really saw T-Mobile openly support the merger prior to this statement. My fault, I guess.

    • Miami

      Day 1

  • BigMixxx

    …and T mobile employees being quitting immediately.  

    This has to be the dumbest…nevermind.

  • Nycbk27

    Anything u hear is from Dt! Oh yeah iphone 1st Qt T-mo!

    • Jays_on

      I REALLY hope you’re right!

      • Miami

        It better be more lie Q4!

        • Miami

          *like* Q4

  • Gina

    The combined entity’s have the potential to create thousands of new jobs especially in engineering and site construction along with all the 3rd party contract work that goes with it.  These jobs are high paying (salaried) type of jobs to backfill many industry workers currently unemployed.  

    The jobs that get cut are overlapping customer service (low pay) and middle management jobs (still low pay).  

    It’s not really fair to say ATT is lying and no jobs will be created.  It’s just that any large combination of this size has a ripple effect on the industry in general. Many jobs created may not be by AT&T directly and that’s what ATT is trying to explain but people put fingers in their ears and pretend they can’t hear.  Think LTE equipment vendors, tower vendors, backhaul operators, city utility workers etc.

    Yes the overlapping low paid jobs must be cut in a transaction like this.  It makes no sense to keep duplicate jobs as that kills efficiencies.  ATT is paying $39 billion dollars for T-Mobile USA so I believe they have a right to hire or fire who they want.  The US Govt. shouldn’t dictate that T-Mobile USA run on forever as is just to keep a few people with old grandfathered rate plans happy.  

    T-Mobile customers benefit the most.  They can keep their older rare plans (even if they upgrade to a new AT&T phone later on).  AT&T will provide T-Mobile customers with a compatible HSPA device that runs better on their 850/1900 HSPA + network at no cost.  T-Mobile customers immediately start to enjoy a much larger coverage area nationwide and soon LTE powered by a lower frequency 700 MHz air spectrum that will penetrate building better for improved indoor reception.  

    It’s not all gloom and doom that is being spread across the internet.  The comments I hear sound like they are all coming from a bunch of scared old women in some emotional wreck.  All the anecdotal “AT&T sucks in my apt,” or “AT&T CS sucks,” comments are just that; anecdotal and have no bearing on the larger transaction at hand.  Everyone loves or hates X carrier for some reason or another but such is life.  

    • Screw AT&T

      First, no jobs. They have high paying salaried job.. right, but they are not going to Fire all teh high paid T-mobile execs, many of tehm may be filling those posistion, or AT&T hires new bodies, and fire existing people from Tmo, either way, the level of unemployment doesn’t change.

      2nd. AT&T bought AT&T as Cingular years ago, and everyone remembers what happened.
      Then everyone hated Cingular, so Cingualr reused teh AT&T name.

      Now they will buy tmo, and Tmo customer swill hate them just like original AT&T customer 8 years ago hated them.

      They will force everyone to change rate plans to get new phones!!

      This helps no one.
      And, Forget about t-mobile, his would set precedent that would allow the wireless industry to lose all competition eventually.

      Verizon will not sit still, they need market share, they will buy up someone too.

      Then what, who’s left…

      C’mon… DO you work for AT&T???

      • Mckees2006

        of course she works for AT&T I have heard the have trolls on sites to make it seem like public strongly supports the takeover!

        • Miami

          Or, believe it or not, sometimes people differ in their opinions. 

      • Mckees2006

        of course she works for AT&T I have heard the have trolls on sites to make it seem like public strongly supports the takeover!

    • Frustrated

      Your argument is flawed a little.  The LTE 700MHz spectrum which is going to be used as you stated, is not one of T-Mobile’s frequencies.  AT&T have stated that they will place their LTE network on T_Mobile’s 1700MHz network, so if this is the case, and they are going to use 700MHz, and not the 1700 MHz, why acquire T-Mobile?  

      • Antoinetrenton2003

        You are so Wong att said that they are trying the bye 700mhz and 1700mhz spectrum from qulcom. To T-Mobile use 1700/2100 spectrum for 3g/4g att can have LTE pushed out to all over the USA. Useing t mobile 1700/2100 bands I read

        • Ccrk

          TMO 1700 is for 2G

        • jcj1

          no it is 3G/4G. 2G is 850 and 1900. this is why iPhones cannot get 3G on T-mobile

    • the_truth

      How much do you earn at AT&T?

      • Gina

        I don’t work for AT&T and what I make per year is not really any of your business. 

        I’m a T-Mobile B2B subscriber with 6 large accounts.  I like T-Mobile but at the end of the day they are still just a phone company like all the rest.  Some good points and some bad points with decent prices but mediocre coverage.  

        I’ve used the old AT&T Wireless from the early 2000′s, the old PacBell/Cingular network and have 2 accounts with the new at&t.  Just like T-Mobile there are good and bad things about them.  But on this board everyone only focuses on the negative without ever considering the benefits.  

        I’m not politically correct but I will tell you it’s not my job or your job to worry about whether or not a CSR will have a job regardless of what transpires.  Adults can look after themselves.  I have my own family and bills to worry about. 

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

          what you are…is a snob.

        • Layoff

          The layoff’s have already started at T-Mobile.  All site development and upgrades are on hold nationwide.  I have 2 weeks remaining.  T-Mobile isn’t making this public but trust me, they are laying people off in droves. 

        • Ccrk

          LIE

        • Tmo Ninja

          Layoff, post what center this is becuase there has been no announcement of a center closing and the company has to let their employees know when something like this happens.. so what propriatary Tmobile (NON outsourced) call center do you work at?

        • Jimkenobi

          You are fool if you think this is a good acquisition.

        • Mckees2006

          BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are total AT&T troll…..

        • the_truth

          Definitely she is. And what’s probably the worst of it—she’s probably on her own time. Company Stooge.

        • S4r4hs1il3r

          Nah, Gina is just a well indoctrinated Republican. You can tell by the use of insults, labeling and the diminution of anything people assert from their own experience when she has no factual or logical counter.

          Gina, dear, I AM an old woman. No one should be bothered by being called that; we’re a pretty sensible bunch and most of us don’t scare easily though the Republicans try hard.

          You have to laugh at the way you say “I can’t tell you what to do but what you should do is … ” And then you spend 4 paragraphs telling him what to do, how lucky he is, how considerate she, Gina, is.

          Throw in a few imagined ‘facts:’ “Right now you are an at will employee….” You don’t know that; he may not be. Yet you assert it and go tripping on from that.

          You say “Again I’m not heartless but I don’t understand the growing mentality in America where people feel employers owe them jobs (sense of entitlement).”  No one said they were owed a job. They have been speaking to the effects if the merger goes through both on customers and on employees. But the favorite Republican buzz word = entitlement had to get worked in there. We are entitled to have laws enforced such as the anti-trust law. You would think that honesty to employees, customers, hearings officers, etc would also be something we are entitled.

          Actually employers DO owe their employees something in return for what they demand: loyalty, hard work, best effort, not walking away, nor selling the firm’s secrets (even after they leave), certain dress and time of day requirements for the most part, no bad mouthing the firm or any bosses, and in a lot of jobs, taking abuse from a lot of rude, frequently angry customers. 

          Yes, they get paid but they have not shared the gains from their productivity. Most of their excess earnings are shunted to top management and what ever they can share goes to dividends (or retained for investment). So worker wages have stagnated from the late 70s to now while executive compensation has exploded. But it was the workers who made the riches possible. So, yeah, they are entitled to something, a fair shake. And so are  customers.

          Republicans claim that the markets will ‘decide’ best. But there is NO market if there is no competition. And there is no competition if everything is consolidated in the name of efficiency. And there are no customers if everyone is laid off in the name of efficiency. What you scorn as low pay jobs are the base of America; people can and do work their way up.

          London has more than a dozen wireless firms in fierce competition. With one of them you can get excellent wireless coverage, speeds 8 times as fast as here, for $6 a month. Meanwhile we are getting fewer firms. In the Netherlands they are laying fiber optic cable throughout the entire country; a house boat has its connection on a dock piling. But here? That’s a joint government project — Republicans don’t like that — government money might create lots of jobs and move us into the future. They have blocked passage and mocked bills to build out a high speed network. 

          Learn something about how other countries are doing things instead of wasting our and your time here patronizing everyone.

        • jon

          Well said. I half agree and half don’t. I really don’t think this is a GOP and DEM issue. Afterall, it was 15 Dem congress members that sent that letter in support. And the general problem with our govt trying to spend its way to creating jobs is that once unions and corps are paid off with pork, minimal money goes into “shovel ready” construction jobs. Dems AND GOP care about pandering and the next election, rather than the true future. Our govt waste money hand over fist trying to “fix” things. The reality is both parties find ways to flat out steal money from tax payers. They then take that “stimulus” cash and payoff unions and corporations that help get them elected. Its all about $$…and both parties are equally disgusting. (Btw R.Paul for President 2012!) ;)

        • Anti-Trust

          Republican are you kidding me? This is a deal to limit competition sounds like the Dems to me. Both political sides are corrupt and think with their wallet and have no idea how the free market should work. They let crap likes this happen then try to regulate you do not need regulation if their is competition.

          At&T is smart that is why they are over paying for T-mobile because it limits competition and creates a duopoly in every sense of the definition. This is a clear cut anti-trust case and if goes through there should be an investigation in who hands were greased.

          Like AT&T or hate T-mobile or vice versa acquisitions like this is why their is ant-trust laws. For this of you supporting this acquisition go do some research on anti-trust and then tell me how this deal can go through?

        • the_truth

          So why not move your lines to AT&T now? Are are you a crying whiney baby wanting to hang on to some grandfathered B2B plan??

        • jcj1

          What benefit is it when a company with horrible customer service buys a top notch customer service team and chooses to eliminate them. It shows BAD business sense to me. Clearly ATT is afraid of T-Mobile and their HSPA+. Your presence here promoting the acquisition is another. Kindly keep the propaganda with ATT.

    • Durfshnurf

      Guess what? I’m one of those “low pay” employees. I have a family to support. Some people don’t have an opportunity to go back to schoolfor 4 years and get one of these engineering jobs. U obviously have no idea how many people are in my position. But it’s ok cause your more knowledgable about all of this. This acquisition won’t have an impact on you the way it would for countless employees who have moved up in a company and put faith in a company who will just turn around and spit in your face.

      • Gina2222

        Sorry to hear that Durf.  I can’t tell you what to do but what you should do is look for another job and look now.  How often do people get such advance notice where they have weeks/months to prepare?  Some people have no notice at all and get cut in a heartbeat.

        I’ve been laid off before and it sucks but this is part of life.  Companies grow, shrink or change.  You can’t depend on a corporation to dictate the lives of you and your family.    

        Right now you are an at will employee.  You owe T-Mobile nothing and they owe you nothing other than severance (if agreed to when hired) should you leave on your own will or due to lay off.  

        Again I’m not heartless but I don’t understand the growing mentality in America where people feel employers owe them jobs (sense of entitlement).  I’m sure you are a good person and can find a new opportunity.  Don’t wait till it’s too late. 

        • Mckees2006

          nice comment to Durf…….get off this site loser!

        • Jcj1

          Clearly Gina you do not have any clue the value of T-Mobile. ATT does not even know what customer service is, this has been proven time and time again by the JD Power surveys. 

      • Layoff

        The layoff’s have already started at T-Mobile. All site development and upgrades are on hold nationwide. I have 2 weeks remaining. T-Mobile isn’t making this public but trust me, they are laying people off in droves.     

        • Ccrk

          That is a complete lie

        • Formersalesrep

          That is NOT a complete lie. IT IS TRUE! I was laid of 2 months ago from T-Mobile when they closed my store after a 30 day notice. They are closing other stores also. And no, they arent publicizing it. I would love to hear from some other employees on here who lost their jobs.

    • Mckees2006

      YOUR COMMENT IS TOTAL BS!!!! NICE you MUST be AT&T troll……..most TMOBILE 3G (at 3g or higher speeds)phones will not work on new system…

    • Mckees2006

      Gina seriously how is it going to create 1000′s of new jobs??? TMOB all ready has site engineers as does AT&T and according to AT&T (your company) they need merger to roll out nationwide LTE using TMOB’s existing towers (3g band)  so where do they say they are going to do a massive tower (site) build up???

    • Jcj1

      ATT’s current network is not equal to T-Mobile’s, it is below it. T_mobile’s HSPA+ network can rival LTE with simple upgrades. ATT jumped on 3G before it was stabilized and now their 3G is not easy to enhance where T-Mobile did their homework and waited for enhancements to 3G before deploying and are reaping the benefits. No one believes their talk about jobs due to the fact they outsource most of them and clearly  do not plan on changing that. Why rip apart a perfectly good system to employ something that is already being done. This is clearly NOT innovation. HSPA+ enhancements are innovation and LTE will only be a boost to Verizon. Verizon’s silence only goes to show they want this to happen to remove HSPA+ as competition.

    • Tmo Ninja

      I love it when people say that “low paid” employees have to suffer because the customer will benifet… I garuntee if these were union jobs there would be such an uproar that this deal would have been smacked down already… Damn hypocrites.

    • zps

      goodness, what a simpleton.   

      everyone here is worried about the effect on competition.  that’s what the DOJ is worried about.  that is what the FCC is worried about. that is what the state attorneys general are worried about.   

      we do not want to concentrate wireless market power any more than it already is.  that is not doom and gloom but an obvious outcome from a merger that is anti-competitive.   

  • TmoEmp1

    T-mobile USA has supported this from day one. Philip Humm Lied to my self and all other employees saying that we were going after AT&T (Competition wise) at a meeting, then sat next to AT&T’s CEO months later and Lied to the government saying T-mobile never competed with AT&T.
    I like working for Tmo, but these days, I can’t be proud of the fact, because they are just lying every day. Tomorrow they will say we were never competing with anyone , hell maybe we aren’t even a wireless company.

    Who care s anymore. Im just holding out until I have to find another job.
    But Tmo can’t ask us employees to be proud when they lie like this.

    • Antioch

      I remember vividly at our call centers kickoff meeting, talking about taking #3 in the marketplace, as well as socking it to att, then 3 months later the absorption to the dark side begins.

      • TheWayOfThings

        Yeah, and the amusing part is that while Humm was telling you that in January, the talks with ATT had been going since November… and wasn’t he also talking about integrity? I’m surprised he could even fit his mouth around that word without choking…

  • Anonymous

    When was the last AT&T innovation? Maybe it was the new way of comparing plans by using their new formula T+M+O=A*T*T*2 (yeah see our plans are comparible with theirs when you take into account all the BS we shovel your way!)

    AT&T/Cingular would have NEVER been allowed to purchase all the local carriers that Voicestream/T-Mobile did to become what they are, so why should AT&T be allowed to now!

  • Mckees2006

    Tmobile USA is in this position because of piss poor management by Douche Telecom!  Tmob kicked off android with the G-1 and ever since then the android phones on TMOB USA have either been at least 3 months outdated or lower end “me-too” phones compared to the competition!  

    • Realcool2000

      Totally not true…tmo has consistantly had more android phones and better android phones than the other carriers…check your fatcs b4 u post…

      • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

        You could say lately T-mo has had better android phones than the competition….There was no way that T-mo shouldn’t have had a version of the HTC Evo on it’s network 1st….The Evo was and still is a beast of a phone which put Sprint back in the race….T-mo opted for the HD2 which had good hardware but a dead Windows Mobile OS…The Cliq lost the firmware and marketing battle against the Droid….T-Mobile has leveled the playing field with the since the MT4G…but it has not consistently had better android phones than the other major carriers….I will admit that it has killed at&t as far as android goes for the most part but it has lost the stevie-phone war…The good android phones T-mo does have, are not truly benefiting from marketing…..

        • Realcool2000

          Great points …they really should have had a phone as strong as Evo, and were definitely slow to get into the strong processor fight…I’m just tired of att lurkers talkin about stuff that’s not true ….but u obviously do remember how the android phones played out with the carriers and linked facts to it ….well said…

    • Realcool2000

      Totally not true…tmo has consistantly had more android phones and better android phones than the other carriers…check your fatcs b4 u post…

  • H8stylist

    i am still trying to figure out why not only ATT keeps saying that this merger “will put thousands of americans back to work”, but now they have congressman saying the same thing.  how does a merger of two companies create jobs?  i agree that ATT will probably hire some more employees on their own side (engineers, cust support, etc.) for the new larger network.  however, do they honestly expect me, or anyone else with half a brain, to believe that they are going to keep everyone from tmobile working and hire any more workers (let alone thousands more).

    • Antioch

      Exactly! they say there going to add 5000 jobs, but how many are they going to remove? with ANY merger you naturally have redundancies in companies that are so alike, and job loss is the natural result. I challenge someone to name 1 merger that took place that resulted in MORE jobs at the end of the day

    • zps

      i’ll explain it to you:  it is a boldfaced LIE.  they are lying.  lies.  lying.  lies = less competition = higher prices = increased revenue for at&t.  

  • Anonymous

    Interesting post from a public affairs rep from Sprint…

    “The possibilities for any settlement at the point are remote. Under the Dept. of Justice’s antitrust guidelines, any settlement must replace the competition T-Mobile currently brings to the marketplace as a national carrier. In other words, if T-Mobile is going to be swallowed up by AT&T, a new fourth national carrier with the same market power as T-Mobile must be created to take its place. Does anyone seriously believe that’s likely?
    Keep in mind, that any settlement would have to be agreed to not only by the U.S. Department of Justice, but also seven state attorneys general plus Sprint. And after that, the law requires that a federal judge must approve a settlement. At Sprint, we have said from the beginning that there is no possible way to restructure this anti-competitive transaction into something that would make it lawful.
    Last night, Sprint filed motions in Federal Court asking the judge to hear our case against AT&T in a coordinated proceeding as part of the DOJ complaint. Sprint’s attorneys will be in court on Sept 21 to discuss these motions with the judge.
    At Sprint, we are committed to continue our advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and we expect with our lawsuit, that we will contribute our expertise and resources in proving that this transaction is illegal.”
    John Taylorjohn.b.taylor@sprint.com Public AffairsSprint

  • Anonymous

    Interesting post from a public affairs rep from Sprint…

    “The possibilities for any settlement at the point are remote. Under the Dept. of Justice’s antitrust guidelines, any settlement must replace the competition T-Mobile currently brings to the marketplace as a national carrier. In other words, if T-Mobile is going to be swallowed up by AT&T, a new fourth national carrier with the same market power as T-Mobile must be created to take its place. Does anyone seriously believe that’s likely?
    Keep in mind, that any settlement would have to be agreed to not only by the U.S. Department of Justice, but also seven state attorneys general plus Sprint. And after that, the law requires that a federal judge must approve a settlement. At Sprint, we have said from the beginning that there is no possible way to restructure this anti-competitive transaction into something that would make it lawful.
    Last night, Sprint filed motions in Federal Court asking the judge to hear our case against AT&T in a coordinated proceeding as part of the DOJ complaint. Sprint’s attorneys will be in court on Sept 21 to discuss these motions with the judge.
    At Sprint, we are committed to continue our advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and we expect with our lawsuit, that we will contribute our expertise and resources in proving that this transaction is illegal.”
    John Taylorjohn.b.taylor@sprint.com Public AffairsSprint

  • Anonymous

    I remain confident that ATT is not where I want to be.

  • David Greennings

    Guy’s this isn’t a merger it’s a total takeover. All t-mobile front line employees, middle and upper management will all be fired. Any t-mobile store within a 1.5 mile radius of a current at&t store will close down if this takeover goes through. Employee’s have been given expected severance packages, and have been told all in all that at&t will carry over less then 5% of our total 45,000 employees to at&t if the deal goes through. At the end of the day t-mobile is done even if at&t doesn’t get the deal. T-mobile has been losing customers by the millions since the news broke out early in the year. The best thing that can happen is if Google buys t-mobile and floods the company with new cash…

    • My2Cents

      While I would love Google to buy T-mobile, I think it’s really unlikely.  So I’m hoping for Carlos Slim!

      • Jcooper615

        I think 18 to 24 months Google will buy T-Mobile. They just brought Motorola. All they need now is to sell service, then they will be top dogs.

        • My2Cents

          T-mobile doesn’t have 18-24 months to wait for Google.  DT will try and find another buyer immediately if this deal falls through.  Plus a significant amount of Google’s business comes from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.  Why would they alienate them? 

          Or other consumers who own Blackberry’s, Window’s Phone, and Iphone?

    • CRT24

      Wow a little dramatic aren’t we?….Employees have not been told anything like this and you need to stop putting this kind of junk out there. Yes employees have been given severance statements should they lose their job and they have also been given retention bonus statements should they stick it out and be retained.

    • CRT24

      Wow a little dramatic aren’t we?….Employees have not been told anything like this and you need to stop putting this kind of junk out there. Yes employees have been given severance statements should they lose their job and they have also been given retention bonus statements should they stick it out and be retained.

  • Marco77

    The government (Justice and FCC) has already made it clear that will not allow the merger to happen.  The president and congressmen have NOTHING to do with the decision.  It will be decided by the courts now.

    • PostASyourMomma

      Their is a settlement hearing on the 21st.  Believe me the DOJ would rather settle then risk losing in court. 

      All AT&T has to do is make the concession necessary to win them over.  

      This isn’t over even if the DOJ refuses to settle.  AT&T will just take them to court

  • PatheticLoser

    Increased jobs my ass. Tell that to the retail employees – particularly the managers and such that will be losing their jobs once they start combining stores.

  • GinaDee

    Everyone on this site who insulted my comments are childish.  You can’t argue back with facts all you have are generalities which mean nothing in a court of law.  

    I’ve been called an AT&T employee (which I’m not).  I’ve been called a troll (just because I have a viewpoint other than yours).  Again thanks for the insults but please tell me you have more than general insults as a comeback to this discussion.  You rave about T-Mobile’s great customer service but ironically you guys are just as rude as the CSR’s you claim AT&T has yet you seem disgusted at that level of care?  Can you spell hypocritical?  See when the judge assigned to this case on Sept 21st reviews the settlement terms she will review why other carriers like Boost (national provider), Net 10, Tracfone, Virgin Mobile, Leap/Cricket, Metro PCS and even Sprint Nextel aren’t adequate alternatives to T-Mobile USA.  All of you guys know in your right minds that each of the carriers I just mentioned will suffice for the budget value crowd who don’t want to pay Verizon or AT&T pricing and don’t need their coverage.  To the kid who told me to take my lines over to AT&T now…. Sorry Charlie.  I’m going to keep my current rate plan(s) when AT&T takes over late this year or early next year.  In fact I’ll probably renew for 3 years at the very last moment to lock ‘em in (B2B customers can do 3 year terms).  I suggest anyone with sense do the same instead of foolishly jumping ship to Sprint out of terror and horror.   

    • jon

      Um, if I read correctly, you (Gina) started insulting the employees first by saying they had “low paying” (and if I read between the lines correctly; insignificant jobs.) I would refer you to the old saying “if you can’t take the heat…..” And if you wanna talk facts, those CSR (hourly paid) make really good money. My wife is a salaried manager (middle management, as you put it) for a financial care call center and I believe she takes home somewhere close 70k a year. I could be + or – a couple thousand. Last year they all got huge increases to compensate for their quarterly bonuses going away. As far as the hourly employees, I think anywhere between 15 and 20 bucks an hour is standard. And, they still get quarterly bonuses based on performance. Point being, these jobs support hard working, middle class families. My suggestion to you is think about the things you say before you hit that send button.

    • TMO EMP 1

      I work for t-mobile, and a greta dela of us have alreday been told that if AT&T wins, we will lose our jobs. That is a fact. Have a nice day.

      Also, AT&T is offering far more than TMobile is worth. How do you see them shelling out more money to “increase” jobs.

      Sorry, but logic dictates that AT&T will cut more than they create.

      No disrespect, but you are being very one sided to this deal.

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      Ok… I have been in retail for 11 years. To fill you in on those carriers you mentioned as alternatives to Tmobile…. Well they are what you described carriers but did you know that many of them are linked to two carriers. Example boost and virgin are sprint and use their towers. Net10 and Tracphone use At&t not to mention Straight Talk Uses At&t. I am not really sure who cricket and metro use although I do know crickets data use is through sprint. Voice quality wise I have been told by multiple customers that cricket is like talking though a Tin can. That narrows the competition down right there. So At&t buys Tmobile…. What happens then? I will tell you… They raise the fees to roam on their towers so the smaller carriers will have to raise their fees as well. They won’t be able to release nicer phones because they are already paying an arm and a leg for roaming agreements. BTW those prepaid carriers don’t offer that great of phones now so what makes you think them paying more for the services help out that area any? Your right it won’t. Also… Sprint doesn’t want this Merger to happen because it will affect them as well. They are a know carrier to sell themselves like a prostitute on the corner. A whole lot of non contract carriers rely on sprint in some way or another…. Cricket for one and now straight talk with their cheap android phone. If this deal effects Sprint… and it will… then Sprint may just be bought out by Verizon which will affect EVERYONE. And you say oh… That can’t happen…. Oh you bet it can because then Verizon can say if you passed it for At&t then you can do it for us too. There will still be the smaller carriers but they will all be tied to the two larger ones. It hurts everyone…. Need I say more?

    • CRT24

      Man you are really all over the place…..in earlier posts you said that that Verizon’s network was so much better that it justifies charging double the price for the same service…now you are touting carriers like Tracfone, Virgin, and Cricket as basically being on the same level as T-Mobile which have no where near the same coverage. phone selection, or network as T-Mobile……for someone that gets on their high horse and tells others to bring “facts” to their arguments, you seem to have an issue with the very same thing.  In other posts you are defending people who complain about them not having service here or there with T-Mobile, but earlier in this thread you bash people who are saying exactly the same thing about ATT……you had also said “Verizon sends me my warranty phones express with no charge”……so I guess you have both T-Mobile and Verizon?? And I wouldn’t be so sure about the “fact” (as you call it) that you will keep your rate plan when you go to upgrade your phone once you are on ATT, that is even if the deal goes through.  I think that ATT has shown from the ATT/Cingular deal that they will require their own current rate plan offerings when you make a change…..see that is something that has already happened so i can call that a fact.  And as far as you saying what you THINK will hapeen with reagards to a Judges decision, or what you think will happen with all of the extra jobs that ATT is promising……I’m sorry but those are not facts, that is merely your opinion as it has not happened yet and until it does you cannot claim to be right about it.  The FACT is that all of the arguments you have put forth on this site are no more than your opinion and you really need to stop with the “bring facts to your argument” stuff! Because reagardless of whether people think that this is a good or a bad deal, it will or will not create jobs, it will or will not get broadband service to 97% of the country, or it will or wil not surpress innovation…..then these are just opinions and speculation, not facts!  But having said that, I think there are a lot more examples where the elimination of competition has resulted in higher prices and lost jobs…..doesn’t mean that is what WILL happen in this case but there is evidence.   Is that enough facts for you or would you like more??

      • tbyrne

        What do you expect from a Troll?

        • Maryellen

          Is that all you have tbyrne?  Call someone a troll because they think differently than you do?  Idiots like you fit the definition of troll.  

        • H8stylist

          the definition of a troll is someone who makes a statement for the sole purpose of antagonizing or creting an emotional response.  calling someone a troll does not mean they themselves are the defintion of a “troll”

          GG

      • Ron J

        You didn’t’ provide facts.  You just spewed angry vitriol.  I kept my Blue plan for 7 years after Cingular took over the old ATTWS and then AT&T took over and I still had it.  Those are facts.  AT&T has said both in writing and publicly that we’ll be able to keep our rate plans when they take over even if we upgrade.  Did  you not get the memo?

        All you did was try to be contrary to what Gina said but you gave us nothing new. 

        T-Mobile’s coverage sucks for most people otherwise they’d have a lot more customers than they do.  I’m not sure why you guys feel otherwise.

        T-Mobile adds it’s fast speeds to 1 or 2 cell sits in any given town then claims to have 42 Mbps speeds available.  It’s deceptive marketing when you don’t add enough backhaul to give everyone those speeds.  

        • CRT24

          Yet another person providing false information…..I have not seen one single advertisement specifically about T-Mobile having 42mbs on their network but Verizon advertises the hell out of their LTE they have an EXTREMELY small coverage area for that. But I guess because its Verizon thats ok with you, the people that point out everything they perceive that T-Mobile is doing wrong yet other carriers do exactly the same thing or worse but say nothing. Coverage is realative and varies from place to place but you are not honest enough to admit that…..I am not a world traveler but there have been very few places that I have been where my phone didn’t work and to say that T-Mobile’s coverage “sucks” is a moronic generalization. The facts that I was providing was that Ginadee did not provide facts herself but merely her opinion which she herself provided as fact and that was what I was calling her out on……don’t you get that speculating what you think will happen cannot be labeled as a fact until it comes to fruition?…..and that’s exactly what she was doing. I live in an area where the entire city and most of its suburbs have been updated to the 42mbs hspa+ and I can assure you that is far more than 1 or 2 sites as you stated…..so you are either lying or you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about.

    • zps

      comical.  if only you had a clue.the merger is anti-competitive.  that is why the DOJ and FCC are opposed.  thank god they are attempting to protect consumers and market competition in the wireless industry.

  • Tmoemployeee

    I love how tmobile doesn’t post there statements on employee site or say att is not competition.

  • Tmoemployeee

    I love how tmobile doesn’t post there statements on employee site or say att is not competition.

  • Alex wardlaw

    This take over is the worst thing going on… EVERY employee at Tmobile, from the highest exec to the lowest paid sales person will lose their job…FACT… ATT will RAISE the prices on ALL of their services, not just wireless…WHY…because they would be able to… LESS compitition, HIGHER prices…I had ATT and left them because they SUCK all around from customer service to devices… I hope this deal falls thru, tmobile sits there looking like a problem child and Google swallows them up and throws all kinds of capital at it… Increased spectrum, new devices FAST, and it would AMERICAN OWNED!!

    • Thrust2night

      If what the TMobile Senior VP is saying is really true… “the merger will bring to consumers, businesses, and the US economy in
      the form of greater innovation, enhanced competition, and increased
      jobs,” then I think it is fair for the Justice Department and the people to ask that the Board of Directors and the Senior Management of both companies sign a legal document guaranteeing that these benefits will see the light of day.

      If they don’t and this merger has the opposite effect, then they will be held financially responsible to fix the damages. That should shut them up.

      • Lizbethphelps

        That makes too much sense.  Most people on this board close their ears and only want to believe their phones will stop working and they’ll be forced into bankruptcy on day one of being an ATT customer.  Even the men here are being over-dramatic and emotional which is very unattractive.  It’s like being in a room full of girls who are on PMS.  

        When ATT takes over the world will continue to spin.  The value conscious crowd will keep their plans and they’ll realize what drama queens they were just a few months back after their constant bitchin and moaning.  The ones who were truly indignant would have just taken their lines over to Ghetro PCS by then and all will be good.

      • zps

        too true.  make them guarantee it.  of course that will never happen, b/c every statement out of the management of both companies is a load of bullsh|t.

    • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

      FACT- If everything you said is true, then customers will flee AT&T in droves for Verizon who will lower prices in response, causing a major drop in AT&T customers, force them to drop prices, and create increased competition for those affected by the merger (read: MILLIONS OF CUSTOMERS). so all these terrible things are good for competition either way. Plus who needs that many T-Mo stores and retail jobs suck anyways. It’s just a limbo job for most people, they should go get real work instead.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone on this site who insulted my comments are childish. You can’t argue back with facts all you have are generalities which mean nothing in a court of law…@7746d7485f711604ca277d51795e4e9a:disqus I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://bit.ly/grab2135

  • Exterminator

    The only reason AT&T shouldn’t buy T-Mobile is because they’re buying a bunch of crybaby customers who are too cheap to pay for a real provider.

    T-Mobile customers are delusional.  They think they have a great network when in fact it’s about as bad and full of holes as you can get from a national provider.  Not to mention it’s mostly GPRS or GSM only once you leave any highly populated area. 

    T-Mobile has to charge a little less because they give less of a network.  If they had a better network they would have charged more.  Simple business 101 folks.  

    Can’t wait for AT&T to buy you guys out and shut all of you up.  The DOJ will settle and you crybabies will have to find something else to complain about like why your welfare checks were cut off or because your baby momma had another little of black roaches.  

    • Silk7412

      It’s hard to reply to you because of you wittyness but it’s people like you that makes me beleave alien do walk this earth

    • zps

      that was fun.  hahahaaha

    • kahlayoh

      says the guy that hides behind his computer!! Really, youre gonna come onto a tmobile blog and attack tmobile and their customers. You must be a little rich punk kid to be making comments like welfare checks, baby momma and black roaches. As for your acquisation about cry baby customers…I’m very happy with my service. Been with tmobile since jan 07 and had only minor problems with them. I’ve also enjoyed there service every where i went….even out of a “highly populated area”. And I don’t have a welfare paycheck to complain about though i see nothing wrong with accepting welfare checks. Maybe you attack tmobile cause you wish you had it…if tmobile was such of a less of a company as you say, then why do at&t want tmobile to merge with them?? It’s not good to make rude comments like you did in the last paragraph of yours…and I think you meant to say litter and not little of black roaches. 

    • NotASection8HoodRat

      Haha LMAO!  My neighborhood was recently infested too.  Hood rats all over the place and house prices continue to plummet.  

    • GoodTimes

      You sum up the thoughts of many of us who are too politically correct to say otherwise.  You guys know what I’m talking about.  My neighborhood too changed for the worst in early 2008 when the economy tanked and everyone started losing their homes.  These homes were quickly re-inhabited by the less desirable type.  We went from nice upper end middle class neighborhood to inland Long Beach or Inglewood overnight.  

    • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

      HAHAHAHAHA I wish I could like your post twice. I switched to be cheap and b/c I’m in a major city that’s blanketed with everyone’s coverage, but god forbid I go outside the city and the damn “emergency only” is on when my phone is in my pocket. Meanwhile, my AT&T iPad goes everywhere and runs out of service almost never. Sprint has better coverage than T-Mo (primarily b/c of their roaming contracts w/regional carriers in those middle-of-nowhere areas).

  • Receptionqueen

    I had moved over to T-Mobile.  Saved about 40 per month.  At first I thought that was cool but suddenly I started to notice how my phone would say “emergency only,” all the time if I left it in my purse or everytime I’d walk into a building or large store.  Needless to say I saved even more money by moving my family to Virgin Mobile and we got way better reception.

  • GraduatedKindergarten

    My friend works for T-Mobile and he said AT&T gives money to Osama Bin Laden and Saddham Hussein.  That’s why I”m against this merger.  I don’t want to support terrorists. 

    • LeQuanShanneen

      I believe it.  I paid my DSL bill late for 2 months because I had to pay my rent and AT&T shut off my service.  I hate AT&T for shutting service to me therefore I am against this merger. 

    • NotASection8HoodRat

      I didn’t know that.  I should tell Sprint so they can tell the DOJ and every major online newspaper in the country.  

  • LeShaunHarris

    Where all my niggas at?  Only crackas be usin att.  My niggas better best be fighting att trying to buss a cap in our ass.  I be join Boost if these motha fuxxx’s be buyin tmobile

  • RayLeusYoshi

    I think what many have lost sight of is the customer service.  Up until the announced merger of AT&T and T Mobile.  T Mobile had the best customer service and still does over AT&T.  As AT&T has done in the passed to their Cingular Customer, your monthly service charge will be going up.  Now don’t think because you have a contract that AT&T can not raise your rate, the regulatory commission given them that right under both the AT&T and T Mobile contract.

    I think the hire ups within Duesche Telekom need to come clean.  The CFO of Duesche Telekom hold the largest number of private share of AT&T.  He sits on both the boards of T Mobile USA and AT&T USA.  Can you say conflict of interest.

    • Dswagg2k10

      I really really don’t like at&t, but these are some of the dumbest statements i’ve ever heard. #EVER

  • Silk7412

    Here is my comedic yet to the point comment.
    In the movie demolition man. There was a fast food war that taco bell won and all restaurant became taco bell.  Now I don’t like taco bell that much and i dont want one GSM provider Heck think of only one car company. ” Here’s your new yugo sir” Oh boy!!

    • GinaDee

      One GSM national operator in the US is not anything you need to worry about as an American.  This is only a downside for international travelers who only have one network to choose from and have to accept AT&T’s international roaming rates whether they like it or not. 

      Domestically you have Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and dozens of other smaller companies that compete with AT&T both regionally and nationally.  Major CDMA providers provide international options for globe trotters and there still exist global phone rentals for those who need it.  

      The average US consumer doesn’t buy a phone based upon GSM or CDMA technology.  They just know (or hear) that carrier X works where they need it.  

      • jon

        For someone that’s just a “b2b customer” you sure do spend a lot of time here trying to tell everyone else what’s important and what isn’t, gina. And btw repeating that there are “dozens” that compete nationally doesn’t make it so…AND the smartest lawyers at the doj seem to agree. rather than continuing to sound like a broken record, just join at&t and enjoy all those “benefits” YOU think YOU need.

      • jon

        Also, I have one question for you gina. I am confused as to why you’d sign a b2b contract at the last minute to lock in your rates at t-mobiles rates. You wouldn’t happen to be scared that at&t is gonna jack up rates would ya? I mean, all those “national competators” you keep touting should be able to keep at&t in check with regard to rates, right? IF these mysterious carriers truely do compete with at&t there would be no reason for you to “lock in” anything. At&t should keep rates low and if they didnt , you could take YOUR business to cricket, right??

      • ogopogo

        So….you’re telling me that because I travel internationally, I have to now RENT a cell phone if I switch to Verizon? Get off your high horse. GSM is everywhere EXCEPT the US. Having only one provider in the US is pathetic. Without competition, AT&T will run amok. Hell – they have competition right now, and they are still gouging their subscribers because they know that once that contract is signed, they can do as they please.

        You sicken me.

        • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

          blame CDMA providers for sticking with dead tech. Get a worldphone with Verizon. They usually have a few strong ones. then you can travel internationally and drop in a prepaid sim. Prepaid is growing in the US and is where the real money is now. The 2 year contract would have it’s first Death Knell if the iPhone goes the prepaid route. Android and Blackberry have with Boost, but we need GSM Prepaid with better phones. If iPhone goes, the industry will follow, and love it or hate it, Apple can change the US mobile landscape for the better.

      • ogopogo

        So….you’re telling me that because I travel internationally, I have to now RENT a cell phone if I switch to Verizon? Get off your high horse. GSM is everywhere EXCEPT the US. Having only one provider in the US is pathetic. Without competition, AT&T will run amok. Hell – they have competition right now, and they are still gouging their subscribers because they know that once that contract is signed, they can do as they please.

        You sicken me.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWURHJP47VN3N7KAEHAFD6VLP4 T Moble sold us out.

    First off, T mobile has done some very evil and crooked things. One of the many things that T Mobile does is give out their customer’s personal and private information. If you are with T Mobile then you are not safe.

    • jon

      If you wear a tin foil hat you’re totally safe…you should check it out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWURHJP47VN3N7KAEHAFD6VLP4 T Moble sold us out.

    T Mobile wasted millions of their cutomer’s dollars on these stupid commercial. Back before the merger was announced, T Mobile made a commercial with the lady in the pink dress telling the nation how stupid and slow AT&T is. THEN they announced that they are selling their customer base to the very company that is “slow and stupid”(AT&T). T Mobile is the one looking pretty stupid along with AT&T.

  • Anonymous

    So many comments about the proposed acquistion favorable and unfavorable, but the stupid ones relate to poor service whether customer service or coverage. Service may or may not improve under the consolidation, but if presently unhappy with AT&T and/or T-M, go elsewhere. What’s the matter with you? These comments have nothing to do with the acquisition. If the acqusition does get approved and later smells of a monopoly and escalate prices, no worries, there are plenty of lawyers out there to save us.

    • http://twitter.com/MattSTKC MattSTKC

      I TOTALLY AGREE! Seriously, if you’re so unhappy about this, go with SOMEONE ELSE! Companies don’t listen to whining on the internet. They listen to $$$$$$$. Take yours elsewhere if you hate AT&T and T-Mo so much. If you don’t like the merger, LEAVE! Go to Sprint, or US Cellular, or MetroPCS, or get a TracFone from Safeway whatever. Put your money where your whining mouth is! That is what really makes a difference.