Verizon CEO Says Yes To AT&T/T-Mobile Deal While AT&T Says Sprint Has Ulterior Motives

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam defended the AT&T/T-mobile deal and highlighted an understanding over the industry’s spectrum crunch.

“I have taken the position that the AT&T merger with T-Mobile was kind of like gravity,” McAdam said. “It had to occur, because you had a company with T-Mobile that had the spectrum but didn’t have the capital to build it out. AT&T needed the spectrum, they didn’t have it in order to take care of their customers, and so that match had to occur.”

This is the first time the Verizon CEO has come out and stated such a position on the potential deal although Verizon remains officially neutral on the deal.

McAdam went on to further say that if the government plans to stop similar mergers they need to ensure that spectrum crunches aren’t going to develop industry wide. Even if Verizon was to publicly support the AT&T/T-Mobile deal it wouldn’t have much effect as many would sense an ulterior motive. An approval of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal would open the doors for Verizon to make acquisition decisions in the future. In other words, Verizon supports the deal because if it doesn’t go through, Verizon can’t go on a shopping spree and pick up smaller competitors or even make a play for Sprint in the future.

When it’s comes to ulterior motives Jim Cicconi, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs delivered a statement to BGR:

“Yesterday, the CEO of Sprint said the Department of Justice should block AT&T from merging with T-Mobile, but would have good reasons to instead allow Sprint to purchase them, For months Sprint has spoken disingenuously about their motives for opposing AT&T’s merger with T-Mobile. Now, Mr. Hesse’s public musings have made their motives much more clear. That they would act in their own economic interest is not surprising. That they would expect the United States Government to be a willing partner certainly is.”

This statement is in response to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse opening up regarding his view on other industry deals that the DOJ might view differently. Hesse almost suggested that a “very strong argument” could be made that regulators would look at a potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile far differently than a deal between AT&T and T-Mobile.

“I don’t believe that what the DOJ said in any way, not even a little bit, should be viewed as we want to keep four,” Hesse said at an investor conference. “My view is [the Justice Department] would look at other consolidation very differently.”

As a recap, everyone seemingly has ulterior motives, there isn’t enough spectrum and Verizon’s CEO wants to see the deal go through so he can buy every other carrier in the Americas. Just kidding about that last part. I think.

Forbes; BGR

 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VGQMRQOQYPZHFOGRIZ53F646KU Not ice_fusion.

    Verizon + AT&T = basically the old Ma Bell so of course they’re going to be behind this.

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. You think they know something we don’t? Or maybe we do… let’s just hope others see it. This buyout needs to be stopped.

  • IphonePlease

    Well of course they’re for the deal. They’re the other Big Monster in the league. If AT&T can’t kill the competition then neither can they.

  • Chewy106

    Um, so AT&T lies about job creation (overseas jobs they’ll bring back, T-Mo employees losing theirs =/= new jobs) and needing T-Mo to update their network (internal docs show they can for $3.8billion w/o T-Mo), among numerous other patently false statements, but that’s OK? roflmao, I want to get paid to be an AT&T lawyer and just make random things up

  • Anonymous

    Of course Verizon is for the merger, if it goes through, it opens the door for them to acquire Sprint.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      yep.  Exactly what I was going to say.  Sprint is scared crazy right now because they see Verizon has them in the crosshairs waiting to pull the trigger if this AT&T/Tmo deal is approved.  All I can say at this point is, watch what happens.

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t that big of him. If this sleezy TAKEOVER slides in under the rug then it will open the door for Verizon to start the squeeze on Sprint and all the small Carriers in the US. AT&T says Sprint has ulterior motives, What does everyone think that Verizon has up their sleeve? This is the biggest scam in the last 5 years, If this sleezy deal goes thru I will be so disgusted in this thing we call government. What a real joke, AT&T gets T-Mobile then this countries small Carriers are screwed.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      EXACTLY Vinny, although based on the DOJ’s track record and that they don’t willy nilly file these kinds of cases, have faith in your government regardless of outcome.

      Remember, BEFORE the DOJ filed suit everyone was saying how govt. was going to rubber stamp the deal and we would be left flying in the wind. But since then the DOJ filed suit and the FCC has sided with consumers and so have some in congress.

      If the deal goes through, it will not be because government caved but instead because AT&T had to make significant concessions; and on the lawsuit side the Judge feels we (via the DOJ) did not prove our case.

      And IMO this has a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way to go before it is a done deal. Consider:

      - There’s the separate lawsuits that have to be dealt with.

      - Individual states may attempt to block the deal (via the courts, legislation and/or administrative agencies such as public utility commissions).

      - I suspect any deal, regardless of form or genesis, will result in significant concessions from AT&T.

      - AT&T could well lose the case.

      - Administrative agencies like the FCC have separate jurisdiction on this deal. Regardless of what happens in the DOJ’s lawsuit, that outcome deals only with the Clayton Act (anti-trust). The FCC can independently decide not to approve the deal.

      - Then there’s the court of public opinion. AT&T might come out of this with its reputation so bruised that its consumer division is reduced to practically nothing, to where it has to spend all its time and money trying to get customers back, like what happened to Sprint.

      At some point some or all of the above make the AT&T’s attempted acquisition of T-Mobile US a foolhardy endeavor.

  • BigMixxx

    Of course Verizon is gonna say yes. David, no it’s that serious.  Do you see sprint’s stock price?  3 bucks a share and on a steady decline. With 9 billion in marketcap and simple measures that will turn the company around ( off with nextel network, dump all of the prepaid only, more roaming agreements with the likes of Cellsouth err C’spire) it’s ripe for the picking.  If an acquisition is approved, Verizon will almost immediately announce a purchase of ALL of sprints assets for 30 billion, no question  Everything is coming to fruition, Hesse was actually right.

    I don’t think he said ‘I’ll buy t mobile’  I think he said ‘It would be different if it were us’

    • Anonymous

      U make a good point with your last statement….sprint being an underdog mightve worked in their favor had they struck a deal with dt….unfortunately for them, they got outbid and the doj took such a hard stance on competition that would pretty much prevent any of the big 3 from making a play at tmobile…..should this deal fall thru.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I don’t follow sports, so this is my Super Bowl.

    Anyone else loving this public beech slapping between the bosses. Entertaining to say the least, even from where I’m sitting, in the cheap seats section.

    As far as what the execs are saying, what a bunch of hooey. Fortunately, none of this public posturing matters in court, where the Judge will make a decision based on EVIDENCE, not the boat loads of horse sheet these guys are hurling every chance they get (Sprint included).

    • Lee

      Please. This, like healthcare, jobs, and education is going to hell. Will the people allow this? Yes because this country appreciates greed more than common sense. This country will continue to support the AT&T’s and Verizon’s of this world without hesitation.

  • Anonymous

    Of course Verizon is in favor of it. It creates a duopoly, which means more money for them.

    • Gwapo

      Yeah!!! I agree!!!! I am moving to Tmo next month from Verizon!!!!

      • Tbyrne

        Welcome to T-Mobile! Here you’ll find a great selection of phones and one of the lowest monthly rates in the industry. One suggestion for you. Dealing with Customer Service in a courteous manner will go a long way in getting good results. But I guess that’s true for most things.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Actually, I don’t think Verizon’s comments are with acquiring Sprint. Verizon knows that:

    - If the AT&T deal is approved, no way the DOJ (or Judge) would allow another competitor to be taken out.

    - If the deal is NOT approved, the same arguments would apply to a Verizon/Sprint acquisition or merger. So no way that deal is gonna happen.

    So what generated his comments is that if the deal is approved, that leaves three major competitors for  consumers to choose from. That’s way better than four. So it is not surprising to me that Verizon is in favor of the deal.

    • Anonymous

      But that’s not fair. This deal can set a precedent either way it goes. How can the doj and fcc approve this deal with xyz as concessions, but not allow a similar deal to pass in the future? At the same time, based on the dojs primary argument (maintaining 4 major players) if they shut this deal down and they can’t let any other similar deal pass……sprints beat. They got outbid by att and there’s no chance for them to merge with or acquire tmobile.

  • http://chreestoph.tumblr.com Chris

    I’ve been saying for the longest that Sprint has been playing both sides in this. They parade to be the carrier for competition, trying to look good for the two government institutions, yet, if they were to get the chance of even getting a piece of Tmo, they’d jump at it, no questions asked. 

  • TMoFan

    Verizon is the most expensive carrier out there who would be happy with less competition. Hesse is absolutely right in calling Verizon and at&t the “twin bells”. Sprint has every reason to be scared, because with this combo their existence is in question and opens the door to a takeover by another company. No one can say that T-Mobile/Sprint is the same as T-Mobile/at&t. The former would create three almost equal national carriers and would be beneficial to competition while the latter is just a huge behemoth getting bigger and squeezing out the small players left behind. This is why any sellout is preferable than to at&t (or Verizon).

  • Anonymous

    They’re defending it because they probably want to buy Sprint next.

  • Youngt82

    Well damn but it looks like everybody wants T-Mobile more than us Americans wanted Osaka Bin Laden smh saddd

  • Youngt82

    Well damn but it looks like everybody wants T-Mobile more than us Americans wanted Osaka Bin Laden smh saddd

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001409283013 Ilan Cortes

      Osama’s been dead since 2001, lmfao you guyss! :’D

  • Youngt82

    Osama*** lol

  • Youngt82

    Osama*** lol

  • http://twitter.com/88PboyFWC Valentine S

    Its basically like everyone else has been saying, Verizon def sounds like they want it to happen so that they can buy Sprint in the future. But its funny how AT&T is saying that Sprint has ulterior motives. Kinda like them buying T-Mobile just because they need spectrum. AT&T are just buying them because they want to get rid of the only other GSM carrier. In an article I read today on 9to5mac their CEO basically said that they’re not worried about Sprint and Verizon having the iPhone because they’re the only GSM provider of the phone.

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

      That’s exactly what this whole circus is about. It’s about AT&T being the ONLY gsm provider in the United States and having the ability of their handsets to work WORLDWIDE, unlike Verizon and Sprint. Also controlling all ROAMING rates of any foreign GSM company worldwide. The government knows this and will use this argument in court on the trial. So no matter what benefits this AT&T T-Mobile acquisition brings, it’s not a good deal because of the more negative aspects of the deal. And honestly, I really don’t think there are any benefits to LTE nationwide when we know that AT&T will place data caps on their network. Who’s going to enjoy LTE when you can only use a limited amount of data? Please AT&T just stop this circus and walk away, no one cares.

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

      That’s exactly what this whole circus is about. It’s about AT&T being the ONLY gsm provider in the United States and having the ability of their handsets to work WORLDWIDE, unlike Verizon and Sprint. Also controlling all ROAMING rates of any foreign GSM company worldwide. The government knows this and will use this argument in court on the trial. So no matter what benefits this AT&T T-Mobile acquisition brings, it’s not a good deal because of the more negative aspects of the deal. And honestly, I really don’t think there are any benefits to LTE nationwide when we know that AT&T will place data caps on their network. Who’s going to enjoy LTE when you can only use a limited amount of data? Please AT&T just stop this circus and walk away, no one cares.

  • http://twitter.com/88PboyFWC Valentine S

    Its basically like everyone else has been saying, Verizon def sounds like they want it to happen so that they can buy Sprint in the future. But its funny how AT&T is saying that Sprint has ulterior motives. Kinda like them buying T-Mobile just because they need spectrum. AT&T are just buying them because they want to get rid of the only other GSM carrier. In an article I read today on 9to5mac their CEO basically said that they’re not worried about Sprint and Verizon having the iPhone because they’re the only GSM provider of the phone.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Peter Bestvater

    All of these companies have ulterior motives. #duh

  • Anonymous

    The verizon ceo could’ve taken the opposite stance in the hopes of keeping att down….att is vzws closest competitor. But I do agree that it would be in vzws best interest to support the att/tmo deal bc if it does go thru, the door is wide open to acquire sprint or smaller regionals. Sprint has numerous ulterior motives here: play keep away from att, damage att and tmo by interferring with the process for as long as possible, making themselves look like consumer champions when they’re really not…..I think sprints case should be thrown out as they’re making the same arguments the doj is but failed to file suit before the doj

    • Auser72

      Verizon is was started by Atlantic bell, one if the seven baby bells from AT&T break up. Verizon = AT&T

      • MIKEEEEE

        verizon wireless was NYNEX’s baby before they merged with bell atlantic and ameritech.

        bell atlantic was pennsylvania bell, chesapeake and potomac bell and new jersey bell.nynex used to be ny telephone and new england telephone.southern new england telephone was the connecticut state phone company and ATT bought them.southern new englnad telephone was never part of ma bell.

        now look at them after 30 years of buying politicians, they’re all together again.

        • Bob

          Ameritech was bought by SBC prior to SBC buying AT&T.

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

        Yes AT&T and Verizon are exactly the same, same prices and same snobby attitude. TWIN BELLS…

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

    It’s official, the former baby bells are together! They are friends, allies, NOT competitors! That’s why they refuse to compete with each other, using different technologies and for LTE using different frequencies to make interoperability impossible! Verizon and AT&T might as well merge into one company to finally make it official!

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

    It’s official, the former baby bells are together! They are friends, allies, NOT competitors! That’s why they refuse to compete with each other, using different technologies and for LTE using different frequencies to make interoperability impossible! Verizon and AT&T might as well merge into one company to finally make it official!

  • Napolean

    The state of Texas will be blamed for destroying the wireless industry. With that being said, a mystery man who could be Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in “Inceptio” is going to destroy Verizon for sport. Verizon is the most overpriced overrated wireless provider. He’s also trying to get Dan Hesse fired for putting himself in Sprint commercials. He really killed their business looking like a creepy sociopath in those commercials. 

  • Jays_on

    It’s obvious why V want the takeover to happen. They can raise prices… even more. Its what a lot of these big companies do until they finally topple over, as att has done before. The more money they get the more they want. Look at netflix.

    As evil as a some people think Walmart is, They are an example of how to grow AND help your customers save money… AND live better… Walmart. For the most part T-mobile is one of the good guys I believe, they just lack the willingness to grow. This fact is evident by still not acquiring the iphone, love or hate. You can’t expect to grow if you can’t provide a product your customers want… and millions want it.

  • BP

    AT&T and Verizon has intelligently bullied the industry.  You have to respect great business moves.  The goal all along was to make 4 carriers into 2 (AT&T and Verizon).  AT&T acquires T-Mobile.  The DOJ blocks the deal.  We all wondered why would AT&T, T-Mobile, lawyers etc put a deal together knowing that the DOJ would block it unless they wanted to get blocked.  If AT&T can pay politicians, they could have paid somebody in the DOJ to make sure the deal was good enough to pass.  By blocking the deal now, AT&T & Verizon know all the info they need to takeover from statements by the DOJ, Sprint, smaller wireless companies and the consumer.  5 months from now AT&T with the help of Verizon will show the DOJ that this is the only way to move into the future for better service, competitive pricing, innovation and create more jobs.  The loss of jobs will be in the beginning but in the long run, the new customers will create more jobs.  Now Sprint and its customers can’t keep up and is forced to sell to Verizon.  

    • Dpro

      Wow this is conspiracy theory run wild. LOL You are stating that the DOJ can be bribed. That is pretty far reaching assessment to make.  Also quite ludicrous. The DOJ is not U.S. Senators or Congressmen men. They cannot be lobbied let alone bribed.
       AT&T and Verizon have been at each others throats for years. Cooperation between them like are talking about above is wildly ludicrous.
      Verizon approves of the merger for the obvious reason that they would like to acquire other carriers as well as its the easiest way to gain towers and spectrum. Currently Spectrum auctions take quite a bit of time, around a 5-7 year span because its all based on the FCC freeing up spectrum from use by other technologies currently and getting the government to ok those auctions.  Tower building between land usage approval, leasing and actual building is a 5 year effort itself.
      This is exactly why AT&T went for T Mobile spectrum and towers with out the long term wait. Its exactly why Verizon would approve of it. They realize its the easiest way to go at this stage in time.

  • MIKEEEEE

    i just love when corporate executives cat fight. 

  • James

    Of course Verizon would say yes to the deal.  Less competition = more money for them.  I’m sure they know many T-Mobile would either choose them or Sprint over AT&T if the merger goes through.  So they say yes to more money in their pockets.

    • T-MO Fighter

      Also they realize that at&t won’t be able to make these upgrades in the near future hence with more subscribers their service will probably get worse before it gets better. I use to work for cingular while that att cingular merger was going on and everyone’s service cingular and att was just so bad. So yes verizon wants this to go through as it will pretty much work out in their favor as the subscribers will go to them as their spectrum is way better as it is right now.

  • James

    Of course Verizon would say yes to the deal.  Less competition = more money for them.  I’m sure they know many T-Mobile would either choose them or Sprint over AT&T if the merger goes through.  So they say yes to more money in their pockets.

  • daghost

    Sorry, off topic:
    David did tmobile send you guys an invite to the event on sept 26th? i dont care if you guys are far away, its still a matter of respect and courtesy. You guys do a lot for them whether they admit it or not.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      No, they haven’t yet…but I don’t know anyone other than Androidandme who has received it yet…trust me, they don’t admit it, don’t believe it and don’t particular care for our leaks. I wish I had a sure invite to all of their events, but alas…that isn’t always the case.

      • BP

        David,
        T-Mobile think you are a rip-off and to make matters worse you have a strong fanbase. They already have a social media community manager and you s**t on them.  If T-Mobile was smart they would have hired you to the company a long time ago.  But as the saying goes “pride comes before the fall”

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I don’t think I s**t on anyone at all, I don’t release news maliciously or with the intent of hurting the company. The site was started because there something was missing from T-Mobile’s marketing and that a better job could be done. I’ve rallied a fan base, rallied T-Mobile faithful but I’m not a rip-off. That’s not a term I would use to identify the site and neither would T-Mobile. We have two separate social media communities and their social media efforts are much stronger than mine and they should be, they have a lot more opportunity and following.

        • BP

          Let me catch you up on your lingo.  S**t on somebody means your 10 X better than them.  Example of a knockoff is a authentic pair of Nikes and a fake pair of Nikes.  If somebody buys a fake pair of Nikes they are taking away from Nike as a company.  When I call customer service they direct me to t-mobile.com not tmonews.com but I and other T-Mobile customers go to tmonews.com first and on a daily basis to find out things that t-mobile.com will never tell us.  At the end of the day tmonews creates sales and buzz for T-Mobile.  And trust me that is worth something to every company.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I understand your lingo but we aren’t a knockoff. We are a fan site and they are very different in both definition and purpose. A knock-off is meant to fool someone into thinking they are getting something else, we don’t do that. We support T-Mobile and their fans by providing a daily source of all things T-Mobile.

          I know what you mean though, I appreciate the support!

        • BP

          Knockoff may have been too strong of a word.  T-Mobile does feel threatened when Tmonews has almost 63K likes on facebook and how ever many people go to this site on a daily basis.  I know you don’t like AT&T move but you will be crazy not to build a relationship with them for the future and have all access.

        • BP

          Knockoff may have been too strong of a word.  T-Mobile does feel threatened when Tmonews has almost 63K likes on facebook and how ever many people go to this site on a daily basis.  I know you don’t like AT&T move but you will be crazy not to build a relationship with them for the future and have all access.

      • BP

        David,
        T-Mobile think you are a rip-off and to make matters worse you have a strong fanbase. They already have a social media community manager and you s**t on them.  If T-Mobile was smart they would have hired you to the company a long time ago.  But as the saying goes “pride comes before the fall”

      • daghost

        Oh, i forgot about the leaks, lol. They probably dont like that.  You do a lot of marketing to their core supporters and current suscribers.  Tmobile has never built anticipation for any of their phones.  For the most part its you and the ninjas.  Also, i read a lot of blogs and besides engadget, i don’t see anyone else getting as many consistent comments/fan support as this one, they should recognize that. maybe they will send you one soon tomorrow.

      • Chatter

        I understand the “leaks” aspect of things but this site really does shed light on new phones, plans and sales. As with everything else, there is a good/bad aspect but overall, you are a huge fan site and they should recognize that with an invite. Harnessing such 3-party blogs is key to viral success.

      • Chatter

        I understand the “leaks” aspect of things but this site really does shed light on new phones, plans and sales. As with everything else, there is a good/bad aspect but overall, you are a huge fan site and they should recognize that with an invite. Harnessing such 3-party blogs is key to viral success.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      No, they haven’t yet…but I don’t know anyone other than Androidandme who has received it yet…trust me, they don’t admit it, don’t believe it and don’t particular care for our leaks. I wish I had a sure invite to all of their events, but alas…that isn’t always the case.

  • apple can suck it.

    Of course it is a good deal for Verizon with tmobile gone 2 huge players with 93% of the back haul data networks. Bye bye roaming agreements, bye bye small mobile virtual network operators. Hello duolopy.

    Finally the government does something I approve of. Thank you DOJ.

  • ProBusiness

    All carriers will always have ulterior motives.  They are businesses not charities. 

    Sprint is obviously playing the consumer card right now the way people play the race card.  They are threatened by the AT&T / T-Mobile USA combination for obvious reasons.  Right now they are hiding behind “preserving competition and choice,” but really trying to save their own  ass and being a much more distant 3rd place.  

    Don’t be fooled though.  Sprint with over 50 million subs is not a little baby company who needs govt. cheese handouts.  Sprint’s problem has always been their management.  They continue to make bonehead decisions that affect the way they can effectively compete.  They’ve screwed up so many times and I don’t have time to list them all.  

    Sprint even wanted out of the landline business to go all wireless but that has hindered them more than helped them.  But we see that being attached to a Bell company actually has its benefits including access to the wires that control access lines, LD, backhaul etc.  

    Don’t forget Sprint wanted to buy T-Mobile (which would also limit competition to 3 carriers) but was shunned for AT&T’s huge $39 billion offering.  See Sprint can’t afford to pay DT $39 billion so you can see how angry, bitter and jealous they got spurring the most vocal opposition to a telco marriage ever recorded. 

    That is why if the AT&T buyout doesn’t happen I want T-Mobile to partner with them or sell herself to a major Cable company who needs a quadruple play option and who has fiber/coax connections all over the country.  

    I can even see a company like Century Link purchase or merge with T-Mobile USA to effectively compete with Verizon and AT&T head on.  

  • Scyther

    I see a T-mobile – Sprint merger EXTREMELY difficult, as the two companies run in completely different technologies. T-Mobile is GSM while Sprint is CDMA

    • jon

      Yeah, several websites and even bloggers here still get the story wrong. Sprint was not a suitor for tmob. Hell, Sprint couldn’t even come up with the cash to finish its wi-max network; let alone buy tmob and add yet their 5th tech (gsm) to an already messy company. The deal was between clearwire (54% owned by sprint) and dt. Dt was going to buy majority stake in clearwire. This would have given tmob the spectrum they need for lte and would have allowed clearwire to finish its nextwork for sprint. In exchange sprint was going to be allowed share the nextwork with tmob. Everytime I try to correct the misunderstood story, people try to say I’m wrong. But hey, whatta ya do..dan hesse and a few other execs even resigned from clearwires board of directors to clear the way for the sale of clearwire…that’s REALLY Danny Hesse is pissed and trying to stop this merger..

  • Anonymous

    4 rich old white men sitting at a table playing poker

    • Tbyrne

      Maybe 4 old oriental men sitting at a table playing chinese checkers

      • ogopogo

        In time, grasshopper. In time….

        • Tbyrne

          In time? China’s economy is already controlling & shaping most of the world! Where have you been?

        • Tbyrne

          In time? China’s economy is already controlling & shaping most of the world! Where have you been?

        • ogopogo

          Ummm…Please explain to me how China is shaping the US Cellular market.

          …….Waiting…….

        • Tbyrne

          World!!!

  • GentryBee

    I don’t want to be part of a CDMA player like Sprint.  That company is a mess.  Full of promises but a management team that can’t deliver.  

    The only thing I hate about AT&T is their CS.  I am a business customer and the quality is really lacking when compared to Verizon’s Enterprise Team or T-Mobile’s Biz Care.  Calling Premier you usually get someone from India or the Phillippines who can’t think outside the box.  Before you get to that agent you have to go through a long IVR maze.  AT&T Biz can change this bad perception if their B2B reps just pick up the phone after the 2nd or 3rd ring and they hire back professional American employees.  

    Other than that I wish I could get T-Mobile’s prices with AT&T’s coverage and global phone compatibility.  We have a lot of trans Atlantic business employees and both Verizon’s and Sprint’s international phone options leave a lot to be desired.  

    I told my business rep that if AT&T does succeed in purchasing T-Mobile USA that I’m going to re-sign a 36 month agreement to lock in our excellent business rates.  

  • Anonymous

    ATT — Look who’s talking!… Ulterior motives?  Come clean with your motives before you talk about others!

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    uh DUH!  of course Sprint is only doing this crap because it benefits THEM so THEY can try to buy it when they missed the boat initially .. stupid Sprint.

    • Scyther

      Is not convenient for sprint, Deacon. sprint and t-mo use two totally different technologies. it would cost sprint too much money, time and effort to absorb tmo’s clients or even for them to switch to GSM to absorb the tmo client base

      • Hamster

        It makes more sense than you think. We’re in the middle of the 4G transition. Sprint buying T-Mo would allow them to operate the 2G/3G networks independently while sharing the 4G network. At the same time, Sprint now knows what works and what doesn’t for slowly phasing the legacy 2G/3G networks together from their experience with Nextel.

        In honesty, if T-Mo had to be bought by one of the other Big 3, my preference would be for Sprint to be the buyer. They’re the merger that would have the least effect on the competitive landscape (though it still would be negative, obviously). That’s also why Hesse hopes the DOJ would look at different consolidations quite differently.

      • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

        they just want to not be the low guy on the totem pole that’s all lol .. if the deal goes through they no longer have anyone to best.

  • 305buddyluv

    Look; If this deal doesn’t go through for ATT but does for sprint; am switching to VZ. We all know what happened to one of the Best wireless providers after a sprint merger. Yes am referring to Nextel. That is the reason am with Tmobile. When sprint took them over, my wireless service went sour along with customer assistance. The same will happen to Tmo. Even though I hate ATT, am all for ATT take over. Better wireless signal for both ATT and Tmo customers. 

    • Scyther

      IDK, my main concern is the whole duopoly issue, and as they mentioned in the article the “if you can do it, then I can do it” merger fever that would invade verizon

    • ogopogo

      You might balk at Verizon when you actually look at the pricing. You are correct – AT&T sucks on so many levels (pricing, support etc.), Sprint sucks on coverage, and finally, Verizon royaly sucks on pricing. This is why this merger is not good.

  • Gwapo

    Verizon’s rates are very expensive!!!! That is why they favor the merger.. they want to kill competition!!!!

    • Scyther

      Exactly

      • Caliborn1

        Ditto that

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

      Got that right, also AT&T and Verizon are exactly the same, it’s like they’re not even competitors since they use incompatible technologies.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, they are competitors. Most of the country does not know, let alone understand, the differences between GSM and CDMA, nor do they care. Most people who choose AT&T don’t go to them because it’s GSM, they go because of the service, data speeds, and up until February, the iPhone. All because a few nerds whether have the ability to switch SIMs or get their unlocked Galaxy S II from eBay, doesn’t mean that applies to everyone. The people that care about CDMA and GSM is too small to make this a valid concern.

      • Tbyrne

        I agree!

      • Michael Warden

        ohhhhh fabio… ignorance is bliss 

      • Michael Warden

        ohhhhh fabio… ignorance is bliss 

      • Redwolve321

        Incompatible technologies? You must be with sprint or what’s left of t-mobile. You say that probably because sprint has crappy customer service and really crappy reception. I used to be with sprint biggest mistake I ever made as far as cell phone services go. Yeah I bet that’s why att and Verizon are the 2 largest cell phone cArriers in the USA.

  • Anonymous

    of course Sprint has their own agenda.   In a situation where AT&T is no longer a bidder, they’d love to get T-mobile USA for cheap.    Even in this current situation, i largely think Sprint just wants a big pay off from AT&T in the form of some low priced divestments.  Sprint will win something no matter which way the merger goes.  Just watch.

    Verizon of course has their own motivations for protecting a duopoly.  I’m not sure Verizon cares as much about buying Sprint.  Considering the level of scrutiny on the current deal, a Verizon/Sprint deal would be near impossible.  With T-mobile USA removed from the market that barrier would just get harder.

  • Guest

    Oh, well if Verizon say’s it’s ok, then it’s ok. To hell with the DOJ.

  • Joe

    Guess the check finally cleared.

  • Joe

    Guess the check finally cleared.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000168861200 Patrick Dahlke

    Maybe Verizon wants At&t to buy tmobile so they can buy an even “bigger” At&t  

  • Greyfoxxero

    Not to say Sprint is run by saints but last time I checked Verizon stands to win if the deal goes through since prices go up across the board and it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to know Verizon likes high prices. 

  • Anonymous

    AT & T is the Great . It should be Cheaper than APple’s product but still we should have to wait for a While

  • Anonymous

    AT & T is the Great . It should be Cheaper than APple’s product but still we should have to wait for a While