AT&T Responds To FCC Concerns Over Jobs, Says “Thousands Will Be Created”

Following Thursday’s letter to AT&T from the FCC asking AT&T for more information regarding the creation of jobs in the United States following a T-Mobile takeover, AT&T has responded in kind. AT&T replied and stated that it “is aware that the Commission has requested addition information about the job related effects of the transaction,” and that AT&T “…intends to respond fully to that request.” AT&T has long said one of the highlights of any proposed T-Mobile takeover was the resulting job creation, including bringing 5,000 new call center jobs back to the United States.

In the process, the merger will spur billions of dollars in additional investment, create thousands of jobs, and significantly narrow the digital divide while advancing the Administration’s rural broadband objectives – all of which will aid the nation’s economic recovery and future economic strength without the expenditure of public funds. On top of that, AT&T has made significant job commitments, including our commitment to make a job offer guarantee available to existing T-Mobile USA non-management employees, our commitment to retain the two companies’ U.S. call center employees, and our commitment to bring 5,000 call center jobs back to the U.S.

Oh AT&T, I wish I believed you.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mlococo Michael A. Lococo

    Sounds like Mr. Buhlkrap to me!  What’s next the merger will balance the budget and create peace in the middle east?

    • Anonymous

      Yup, it’s all fronting. AT&T just want’s it to pass and say what FCC and the people wants to hear

  • http://www.facebook.com/mlococo Michael A. Lococo

    Sounds like Mr. Buhlkrap to me!  What’s next the merger will balance the budget and create peace in the middle east?

  • Mike Mincey

    I’m REALLY having a difficult time understanding where these jobs are coming from. Working in telecommunications myself with a company that does an acquisition every two years, I’ve not once ever seen a jobs created (other than temp ones to help with integration). There is NO WAY they will be able to do this and sustain all of those employees.

  • Mike Mincey

    I’m REALLY having a difficult time understanding where these jobs are coming from. Working in telecommunications myself with a company that does an acquisition every two years, I’ve not once ever seen a jobs created (other than temp ones to help with integration). There is NO WAY they will be able to do this and sustain all of those employees.

  • Jake

    i want this soo bad tmobile users should want it we will be getting the iphone

    • Whatalaugh

      if I wanted an Idiotphone that bad I would switch carriers =] just saying.

    • Friendofmineworksthere

      no kidding really you want a phone that hasn’t created anything new since was launched and that you can’t ACTUALLY hold and talk to unless you put it in a case.  Have you played with an android phone?  hell even the crappy windows phones are better then what iphone does

      • Mopar6464

        Another AnalDroid fanboy in the works.
        Has it ever occured to you some people prefer IOS for it’s smooth operation and and don’t have to wait until hell freezes over for updates.

        • Anonymous

          Nexus Prime
          /thread

      • Chrisangel13

        yes, the iPhone 4 “antennagate” issue was a fail, but not every iPhone 4 suffered from it and not just the iPhone 4 but other phones suffered from this. HOWEVER, Apple would be stupid to not fix this and they have in the iPhone 4s. stop trolling

    • Friendofmineworksthere

      no kidding really you want a phone that hasn’t created anything new since was launched and that you can’t ACTUALLY hold and talk to unless you put it in a case.  Have you played with an android phone?  hell even the crappy windows phones are better then what iphone does

    • Respawn

      It’s people like this that give Steve Jobs and everything he’s done to improve the world a bad name. They care more about fads than innovations.

      You know, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T have the iPhone. Go whine to them and maybe they’ll give you one. Leave the innovative carrier of the group the hell alone.

      • Steve died did u not know???

        Gave Steve jobs he died

  • Anonymous

    A 39 billion dollar merger and all they can muster is 5k worth of jobs comes to being 7 million per job guess these Att guys are on the Obama campaign of “saved or created” jobs hope the government does something right for a CHANGE and kills this deal..

  • Anonymous

    A 39 billion dollar merger and all they can muster is 5k worth of jobs comes to being 7 million per job guess these Att guys are on the Obama campaign of “saved or created” jobs hope the government does something right for a CHANGE and kills this deal..

    • Acd

      Give the obama fault excuse a rest! DT is the one who wants our blame them bagger!

    • Acd

      Give the obama fault excuse a rest! DT is the one who wants our blame them bagger!

    • Anonymous

      Did you come up with that all by yourself???

    • TMoFan

      DT allowed T-Mobile to languish for years without proper investment and then they sold out to the highest bidder. DT is a huge international company and they couldn’t even deliver the iPhone to the US. I thought good things were going to happen when they sent Humm over here but it it appears that he was sent as caretaker until the sellout is complete. They are the ones who should be condemned. Obama and his DoJ appointees are finally looking at these m&a’s under a microscope. About damn time.

  • callcenterrep

    Well, if they will keep our jobs as a result of this questioning from the FCC, I’m for it. Pretty sure DT is going to abandon us no matter what now. :( at least we’d get some severance if at&t layed us off, if DT closes T-mo USA we might not get anything.

  • Mo2369

    If that is the case then why did we all get severance packages… SMH…

    • Sapphire3g

      Unless something changed, continuity statements were given to you via email and postal mail. These included your severance package if the acquisition were to be approved and your position was eliminated and the job they offered you was over 50 miles from your current job.

      Management originally said I was getting $16,000 and change. A week later management said there was an error made with tenureand I was told I was getting $6,000.

      I worked in a Technical Care call center. I didn’t want to stick around and see what went down.

      • Sapphire3g

        No one received a severance package yet.

  • Mo2369

    If that is the case then why did we all get severance packages… SMH…

  • Suriyaprakash Soundrapandian

    ATT also publish the number of layoffs as part of the merger. 

  • Suriyaprakash Soundrapandian

    ATT also publish the number of layoffs as part of the merger. 

  • Miro

    liar liar pants on fire

  • BP

    AT&T is not stupid.  They will answer this jobs question 1 time in full at the trial.

  • Savingjessie

    I have no choice but to hope this is true.  That the merger will go through  and I’ll keep my job.  If it doesn’t go through, DT is going to shut us down anyway and then I DEFINITELY won’t have a job.  At least with the merger I’ll have a chance

    • Anonymous

      Why would you think they would close this company ? It is profitable that would be crazy. If the merger doesn’t go through they have plenty of options. Like finding someone else to buy it, Spin off T-Mobile usa to its own company etc … Or maybe they will spend the money and convert to LTE then it will be worth more. They will get a large breakup fee which will pay for a good portion of the upgrade.

      • Greyfoxxero

        They would close it if it meant less competition and more control over the market. That would certainly make up for the loss of those “profits”. 

        • Greyfoxxero

          My bad I thought you meant AT&T closing down T-Mobile. 

  • TMOB4life

    they certainly hit all the buzzwords there.    Digital Divide, rural broadband , future economic strength blah blah blah     hope the FCC can get pass the buzz words and see that there is no substance 

    • ATTisSHIT

      I’m not sure if they are trying to advertise to the DOJ because with all those buzz words it just sounds like one of those OXYCLEAN Infomercials……what a shame and this is AT&T??? I call bullsh!t on everything they say.

  • BigMixxx

    LOL…this is funny. 

    You know how Apple uses big and fabulous words when they present stuff.  Terms like ‘best ever’ and ‘most ever’ making us feel really positive. (Fastest mac ever, iphone ever, etc)….All of this makes us feel good.

    Well, I read this and I see, ‘spur Billions, create thousands of jobs, narrow the digital divide, economic recovery, the Administration, etc….then at the end it reads, including 5,000 call center jobs in America’

    I know AT&T is smarter than this….

  • Nick

    How many jobs will be lost as a result of the takeover?

    Or are we supposed to believe that every single TMobile employee will be kept in addition to the repatriation of 5,000 overseas call center jobs?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Thats a negative.. after all or most of Tmo’s workforce is shut down, AT&T might build a call center or 2 that will only bring in 5K employees.. very sad.

  • Anonymous

    I totally believe that AT&T will create those 5000 call center jobs if the deal goes through.  However, while those jobs will be created, a lot of other jobs will be eliminated.  Corporate stores will close because they’re too close to other corporate stores.  Also, I bet most of those call center jobs are temporary.  After about 2-5 years, AT&T will start shedding the fat from the merger and a lot more jobs will go down the drain.

    But, AT&T will still brag about the 5000 new call center jobs that it will (temporarily) create.  The rest will be swept under the rug.

  • Bostorican

    Unfortunately the FCC will believe this bull and this will be what they cite to approve the takeover.

  • anfrey

    Is AT&T pretty much saying that all T-Mobile management jobs will be cut?

    • Friendofmineworksthere

      Good Tmo management is the REASON or primary reason tmobile has been in the gutter for the last 3-5 years.   Way too many asleep at the wheel and doing absolutely nothing.

      • Cmon

        HAHA Yes, Every manager i’ve had in my 4 years has been horrible. Primary problem is them stealing time from t-mobile. Managers are never there( cant speak for every store of course )

    • Friendofmineworksthere

      Good Tmo management is the REASON or primary reason tmobile has been in the gutter for the last 3-5 years.   Way too many asleep at the wheel and doing absolutely nothing.

    • Stay In The Mountains

      Their going to only keep roughly 20% of the employees within the call center/stores.  Some they will quit or be forced to quit, better yet my favorite fire them for not meeting metrics.  Others even being able to get a severance package.  Management, no need to be brought over and having to convert the them….The big wigs of T-Mobile possibly? 

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty amateurish at best.  The FCC is going to eat their lunch and spit them out with a simplistic response like that.   Why don’t they just tell the truth, “we are going to create 5000 new jobs after we eliminate 15000.”   “Oh…and we’re going to increase our prices because we’ll have more infrastructure to maintain.”  What a joke.

  • mars777

    I wonder – what prevents AT&T to bring those 5000 jobs back to US right now? It sounds like ridiculous condition for the merger!!!

    • W3m1975

      In their public statement it says 5000 positions they currently outsource will be returned….. Those are not created jobs their displaced ones….. You are very correct about it being a snow job.

  • Why

    This is just stupid, all we here about is the 5000 call center jobs. Say Tmobile has 2050 corp. stores with 10 employees each. Most of them are close to an ATT store, thats 20,500 sales employees, what happens to them? What happens to the TMO engineers, the head office staff? ATT take your call center job and stick it!

    I’m not an employee of TMO but I’ve been very happy with them. I always pay my bill at the corp store, anytime I’ve had an issue I’ve always gone to the corp store. I always buy my new phones at the corp store. Sure those guys are trying to sell, but they are more than willing to help you out. With that being said I know people who use the death star and they dread the store, not to mention the crazy plan prices for service in my mind is subpar.

    In this economy getting rid of perfectly good sales/customer service people is just a cruel thing to do. These folks are the face of TMO and thats why I’ve been a customer for 10 years. I plan on sticking this out, but I will be leaving if ATT succeeds with this takeover.

    • Anonymous

      Bravo! I agree with every single point!!

  • Why

    This is just stupid, all we here about is the 5000 call center jobs. Say Tmobile has 2050 corp. stores with 10 employees each. Most of them are close to an ATT store, thats 20,500 sales employees, what happens to them? What happens to the TMO engineers, the head office staff? ATT take your call center job and stick it!

    I’m not an employee of TMO but I’ve been very happy with them. I always pay my bill at the corp store, anytime I’ve had an issue I’ve always gone to the corp store. I always buy my new phones at the corp store. Sure those guys are trying to sell, but they are more than willing to help you out. With that being said I know people who use the death star and they dread the store, not to mention the crazy plan prices for service in my mind is subpar.

    In this economy getting rid of perfectly good sales/customer service people is just a cruel thing to do. These folks are the face of TMO and thats why I’ve been a customer for 10 years. I plan on sticking this out, but I will be leaving if ATT succeeds with this takeover.

  • Why

    This is just stupid, all we here about is the 5000 call center jobs. Say Tmobile has 2050 corp. stores with 10 employees each. Most of them are close to an ATT store, thats 20,500 sales employees, what happens to them? What happens to the TMO engineers, the head office staff? ATT take your call center job and stick it!

    I’m not an employee of TMO but I’ve been very happy with them. I always pay my bill at the corp store, anytime I’ve had an issue I’ve always gone to the corp store. I always buy my new phones at the corp store. Sure those guys are trying to sell, but they are more than willing to help you out. With that being said I know people who use the death star and they dread the store, not to mention the crazy plan prices for service in my mind is subpar.

    In this economy getting rid of perfectly good sales/customer service people is just a cruel thing to do. These folks are the face of TMO and thats why I’ve been a customer for 10 years. I plan on sticking this out, but I will be leaving if ATT succeeds with this takeover.

  • Palus85

    AT&T does not have part sales associates. Tmobile does. All of the parttime associates will be out of a great job me included.

  • Rjscott2005

    Bullshit, cough, cough

  • Mmmaxheadroom

    Two things really bother me and that is the word they used in the past “synergies” which means no redundancy and we will be rid of t-mobile excess employees. And the second is the “administrations goal” of broadband coverage, which means the unions will push this through for at&t at the highest governmental level It’s so ludicrous to talk about broadband coverage from at&t, could you imagine your bill if your home internet were at$t Mobile only with 5gig cap? holy crap how much would you shell out per month.

  • Mmmaxheadroom

    Two things really bother me and that is the word they used in the past “synergies” which means no redundancy and we will be rid of t-mobile excess employees. And the second is the “administrations goal” of broadband coverage, which means the unions will push this through for at&t at the highest governmental level It’s so ludicrous to talk about broadband coverage from at&t, could you imagine your bill if your home internet were at$t Mobile only with 5gig cap? holy crap how much would you shell out per month.

  • Mmmaxheadroom

    Two things really bother me and that is the word they used in the past “synergies” which means no redundancy and we will be rid of t-mobile excess employees. And the second is the “administrations goal” of broadband coverage, which means the unions will push this through for at&t at the highest governmental level It’s so ludicrous to talk about broadband coverage from at&t, could you imagine your bill if your home internet were at$t Mobile only with 5gig cap? holy crap how much would you shell out per month.

  • Mmmaxheadroom

    Two things really bother me and that is the word they used in the past “synergies” which means no redundancy and we will be rid of t-mobile excess employees. And the second is the “administrations goal” of broadband coverage, which means the unions will push this through for at&t at the highest governmental level It’s so ludicrous to talk about broadband coverage from at&t, could you imagine your bill if your home internet were at$t Mobile only with 5gig cap? holy crap how much would you shell out per month.

  • Cmon

    Yes it will create many jobs for the OUTSOURCED people there gonna higher…. lol 

    • http://twitter.com/Hurleyint2000 Erik Hutchinson

      Considering your spelling I’m sure you can’t read either…so why bother explaining what the text above you said. For everyone elese ( they will be returning outsourced call center jobs to the US from INDIA/Phillipines to entice this merger. They also have guaranteed all T-mobile non managers that they can stay and receive a bonus or go and receive a bigger bonus…dont get it twisted…

      • W3m1975

        If you want anyone to take you seriously, don’t personally attack others to discourage people from accepting their argument. That being said t-mo has already started dissolving their own staff, I work in a call center that had 680 reps 2 years ago and under 180 now. Who’s going to get that bonus that’s promised when t-mo is currently firing everyone to get call centers to a level they can justify closing them now?

      • Anonymous

        Only problem with that is they have already been FORCED to commit to returning those 5000 call center jobs. They had a ruling against them that ordered them to return these 5000 outsourced jobs to the u.S. In effect, they are claiming the TAKEOVER ,(not merger), is the impetus for these jobs which they would not have returned here without being MADE to do so. This is just another chance for AT&T to lie to the people, government and anyone  else in order to get what they want

  • teheheheh

    Its easy for them to throw out a number but can they really make 5,000 thousand jobs I don’t think so u know they lying ha T-mobile for life

  • Bjascuba

    Bullsh*t

  • Fatboyslim

    if you read the fine print “CALL CENTER ” NOT RETAIL OR MANAGERS. TO CREATE 5000 JOBS BUT LET OVER 10,000 GO YOU STILL LOST -5000 SO JUST SAY YOUR GOING TO CUT 5000 JOBS 

  • Brianb

    There has never been jobs created from a merger in the history of  the Telecom industry. Mergers by design down size the employees.  Someone is sniffing glue over at AT&T.

  • phonegeek

    well I wish I could believe it, but you know what they say, “believe none of what you hear and half of what you see”.

  • Joe

    What about the IT departments? They are the backbone of the company!

  • James Ray IV

    Does anyone have AT&T’s address so i can sent them a 4 pack Scott toilet paper to clean up the @#$! that came out of there mouth?

  • Dstrip191

    AAt&t belong with t-mobile because i have received nothing but lies from t-mobile (most dealing with the Samsung vibrant i bought with the promise of an ota up grade that everyone knows didn’t ever come) now here’s at&t telling their lies. Go figure, politics or gov’t. Lies are lies no matter what color you paint them.

    • Anonymous

      what OTA. None was promised that I am aware of. Not to mention the upgrade to 2.2 did come a long time ago. 

    • Tmofan

      No one from T-mobile ever promised an OTA update on the Vibrant.. Samsung promised it and then back peddled to a Kies update… Event still, be lucky it got updated at all.. People really need to educate themselves before speaking.

    • who are you

      easy just go with at&t then.

    • who are you

      easy just go with at&t then.

    • Jcj1

      that is because samsung decided to do it manually on a computer! How is that a T-mobile issue? 2.2 has been out for many months, where you been???

  • Neoprimal

    If the FCC were clever they’d ask how many jobs would be lost. Anyone can spin ‘creating jobs’; you fire 20k people and hire 5000 – that’s creating jobs, yes? Better yet, notice the wording (bring 5000 call center jobs back to the U.S), that could simply mean, get rid of the outsourced jobs and keep 5000 TMobile call center jobs…that’s not essentially hiring any additional staff – just not firing some of the merged ones.

    So the more accurate picture would be given by asking how many jobs would be lost in the process.

  • Mikemito

    call center jobs sound like crappy jobs to me.  Att is a horrible company with shitty customer service and a network that is crap.  I have left that company and their services twice now, once as a cel phone customer and once as an internet customer.  Both times I was met with a bureaucratic mightmare that is nothing short of kafkaesque.  they can take their overpriced plans and shitty iphone reception and stuff it up their ass.  I hope they fall like so many other big companies that only sought to line the pockets of the executives in charge (AIG, Countrywide, etc.)

  • jon

    For those that keep asking why call center jobs and no talk of the IT or retail side; HALF of T-Mobile’s workforce are call center employees. This is true for AT&T as well. The focus is squarly on the call center side because that’s where most of your jobs are created/eliminated. I tend to believe the same as most of you..we all smell bullsh!t.
    Also, those that suggest the call center jobs are “low paying”….that’s totally false. My wife started as a Voicestream customer care rep and is now a salaried manager at a call center. Those people make good money. Hourly reps probably start at 13 or 14 bucks an hour. If reps have any tenure with the company they probably make anywhere from 17-24 bucks an hour. And that doesn’t include the quarterly bonuses they get…think about it, if your job is to get screamed at by dead beat customers who don’t pay their bill or by customers with legit issues, you’d have to pay those people good money. I know my wife has been called just about every word in the book by a-hole customers. I’ve heard things said to reps that customers should feel absolutley ashamed about. But hey, they make money to hear you throw a tantrum, call them the C word, and threaten their families right???

    • Greyfoxxero

      Wow those reps made way more than I did during my tenure. $11.75 was were I capped out and I was a top performer. No rep/senior was ever making 17-24 an hour. I know most RP reps didn’t either. Maybe managers when you factor in salary. And the managers most certainly seemed overpayed considering most were less competent than the reps below them and because of this they would have no problem making a lowly rep their scapegoat. Lets also not forget the dwindling lack of incentives that were even remotely attainable. That also has a huge effect on the bottom line. Those people that got promoted did so because their tenure was during the good ol days when the company wasn’t canabalizing itself. And I bet your wife probably had to do some questionable firings whether she would admit it or not. I am certainly not saying shes a bad person, its was just the nature of the game. And those reps don’t make “good money”. If you believe that then someone who drinks the T-Mobile Kool-aid told you that. 

      • jon

        I will freely tell you she makes 70k a year….and you sound like someone who no longer works for t-mobile and by no choice of your own. Of coarse salaries in the past couple of years have dropped sharply. That is why I specifically said something about tenure. And you are free to think all the salaried managers were out to get you…I really don’t care what you think about the salaried leadership. I know how much blood, sweat and tears she has put in. I was standing right beside her when she talk one of her own reps ‘off the ledge’…yes, that’s right; one of her reps called my wife and wanted to end her life. My wife calmly spoke to this rep for almost an hour until we could get help to her.
        I know how many times over the last 11 years my wife has gone with zero hours of sleep, so that she could cook some outragously lavish dish for a potluck. I also helped her deliver gifts to needy children on several christmas eves on behalf of t-mobile. I could go on and on about the selfless nature and tireless leader my wife is for t-mobile. And the FACT is most of them are just like her. No kool aid here. Just facts…

        • jon

          oh and i forgot to mention your total bs on hourly rate, greyfoxxero.  my wife hires in between 12 and 13 bucks an hour..that’s a new hire with NO experience..they were in a hiring freeze since March and are now begining to hire again… 

        • Jjj1

          agree 100% jon

        • Bullzi

          jon your wife dont control what she hires at if she is a coach i been with tmobile for a wile now and its hr that does that. Your wife at best probably would meet with the rep after hr decided to hire them. Starting rate for my call center is 10. hr i started at 11 with 4 yr exp in customer service. now there are reps making 17 and 18 a hr but those are the one that been here long as me reps off the street is around 15 or 14 there is people in my dept making 5 dollars less then me. doing the same work. tmobile def change it was great in the begining ever since robert and sue nokes left company went down hill bad.

        • Bullzi

          jon your wife dont control what she hires at if she is a coach i been with tmobile for a wile now and its hr that does that. Your wife at best probably would meet with the rep after hr decided to hire them. Starting rate for my call center is 10. hr i started at 11 with 4 yr exp in customer service. now there are reps making 17 and 18 a hr but those are the one that been here long as me reps off the street is around 15 or 14 there is people in my dept making 5 dollars less then me. doing the same work. tmobile def change it was great in the begining ever since robert and sue nokes left company went down hill bad.

        • Ww77ww

          Nice, a veiled personal insult thrown in.  Care to document any of those “facts”?
          We can see what “salaried leadership” has wrought simply by examining the condition of TMO today.

        • Ww77ww

          Nice, a veiled personal insult thrown in.  Care to document any of those “facts”?
          We can see what “salaried leadership” has wrought simply by examining the condition of TMO today.

    • Tempee

      $17 a hour is nothing with the cost of housing, food, and gas. Most call centers do not start anywhere close to $17, take a look at monster or career builder and see how many call centers will give you $10 an hour but want 5 years of experience. Your wife’s story is certainly not the norm.

    • Tempee

      $17 a hour is nothing with the cost of housing, food, and gas. Most call centers do not start anywhere close to $17, take a look at monster or career builder and see how many call centers will give you $10 an hour but want 5 years of experience. Your wife’s story is certainly not the norm.

      • Mrsmister

        I happen to be a care rep in a t-mobile call center. I’ve been here for almost 5 yrs, and make 18.00 / hr not including bonuses…. That tends to be pretty average, at least in our site.

      • Mrsmister

        I happen to be a care rep in a t-mobile call center. I’ve been here for almost 5 yrs, and make 18.00 / hr not including bonuses…. That tends to be pretty average, at least in our site.

    • Ww77ww

      Can you ante up any actual data to your salaried claims?  “Probably” doesn’t cut it.  I would love to see how many call center workers (as opposed to managers) actually make anything near 20/hr.  Time to put up.
      The workers in lesser positions than your wife get the namecalling all day every day, and get paid less than half.

    • Ww77ww

      Can you ante up any actual data to your salaried claims?  “Probably” doesn’t cut it.  I would love to see how many call center workers (as opposed to managers) actually make anything near 20/hr.  Time to put up.
      The workers in lesser positions than your wife get the namecalling all day every day, and get paid less than half.

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

    Wow this is the best they could come up with? That was just ridiculous, all they’re doing is “PROMISING” that it will happen. “AT&T is committed to” blah blah blah… Commitments aren’t going good enough. Promises aren’t good enough! 5 thousand call center jobs aren’t good enough!

    Seriously this is now like a huge gigantic joke. The FCC should just deny this deal right now. It’s crystal clear as water, they are going to create jobs of course, and after a certain amount of time passes they will eliminate them. AT&T is a business, they MAKE money for their shareholders. No way in heck do they care about job creation nor consumers or even this nation, for that matter. This is NOT in the public interest, so FCC it’s time to act now, let’s just stop wasting time, DENY the takeover, that way the Department of Justice doesn’t have to go to trial with AT&T and waste tax money on this charade. And let DT sell to another corporation or keep T-Mobile or whatever it wants to do! Because this is getting really old now…

  • DH

    BS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/CeeGee-Borela/100000183782060 CeeGee Borela

    hehe yeah thousands of JOBS…

    SCREW JOBS

    for both customers and employees

  • Fedup

    “”our commitment to bring 5,000 call center jobs back to the U.S”"

    Funny math, I read that as… “as a token, we’ll take 5000 EXISTING PAID POSITIONS (contractor or otherwise) and we’ll repatriate those jobs to the US”.  In other words, we’ll make a token “undo” of SOME of the outsourcing we, and many companies like us, have done over the recent years. Of course we have, or will, lay off 15,000 over the course of this year and the next three in order to net even for this repatriation.

  • Fedup

    Sprint + T-Mobile Merger or even Buyout…. BRING IT ON !!!!!

    • Littlesis1774

      I can see Sprint buying it because is now switching to LTE next year so they might need their towers. Somebody needs to T-mobile USA otherwise they won’t make it

  • Derek 21

    How da hell do any of you know what AT&T is going to do. Read the mans post comment and shut up. Whiny little men crying over sum shit that don’t have anything to do with them. I understand employees going in but not customers. Your job is not on the line and they wouldn’t be saying this stuff to turn around and not do it. LAWSUIT. You were offered a severance package at the very beginning when they thought this merger was going to be nice and easy, nothing new has been communicated to you.

    • William Marrs

      they have already back pedaled and changed the way employees will be compensated during the merger process. Several times.

      So don’t speak about something you have no idea about.

      • jon

        I think I can speak on the subject and nothing has changed.  In fact, T-Mobile committed to paying 70% of the signing bonus AT&T would have paid its new employees if the merger DOESN’T happen.  That was a committment T-Mobile recently made to the employees.  It’s their way of sayin “Thanks for sticking this out”…
        I’m not defending Derek up there, but I also hate when people counter argue with bogus information.   

        • William Marrs

          The facts are this: They originally stated the “retention” bonus was one number – then they changed it, said we would get paid half that and then later the other half. Then once the aquisition was in jepoardy — we get 75% of both those halfs of the retention bonus.
          Not to mention the ‘mistake’ they originally made for the severance pay where they quote one number — then say there was a clerical error and give another number that was 60% LESS than the original quoted number.Don’t say any of that didn’t happen.

          Almost everything has changed, and you saying it hasn’t means you haven’t been paying any attention and are just as blind as everyone else.

        • jon

          Stop wearing the tin foil hat. It is scrambling your brain. The retention bonus paid by AT&T should they take over has NOT changed. In my wife’s case, it is a 5k signing bonus. If the merger does NOT go through, t-mobile has committed to paying 75% of that bonus. Keep in mind, tmob isn’t obligated to pay anything, but have committed to doing so as a way to say thank you to its employees. With regard to the severence package, I cannot speak about hourly employees. But I can speak about salaried packages…which is 6 months salary. That package for salaried employees has NOT changed since day 1…

        • jon

          Typo…tmob will pay 70% not 75%…

        • TmoNinja

          No sir, your original number is correct.. T-mobile has told its call center employees that they will pay 75% of the retention and severance should the AT&T deal fall through.

        • TmoNinja

          Salaired employees make up such a small amount of the T-mobile job base, that your point is moot.. the non-salaried emoployees got completly screwed as William pointed out.. and we make up a large portion of T-mobile employees

        • William Marrs

          I am wearing a tin foil hat… how? By stating facts every non-salary representative knows? When they say theres an ‘error’ where everyone was marked as having something the same — but the numbers were wildly different… then they ‘fix the glitch’ and everyone loses 10k-15k from that original number.. that shows something is highly wrong with the way they are going about things.

          Everything I stated is fact.I’m glad you and your family aren’t affected, however 6 months salary is not near what ANY representative is getting.

        • Bullzi

          your not crazy this happened to my center too i thought it was a center issue didnt know it was company wide im just gonna share my numbers with you guys ive been working with the company for 6 years my first severance was 19,500 the correction that was mailed later was 9,300 thats a big mistake.

        • Ww77ww

          Why doe someone defend a company so rabidly when they don’t even work for it?
          It’s funny how much more generous the retention pay is for “management” (often with no real credentials) vs others, when executives/”management” are pretty much the reason TMO is foundering.  Maybe this upcoming housecleaning is deserved, so much dead weight in the salaried ranks of every call center, and some of the useless sycophants at corporate are hilarious.  These people are the reason for the problems we have now.

        • Ww77ww

          Why doe someone defend a company so rabidly when they don’t even work for it?
          It’s funny how much more generous the retention pay is for “management” (often with no real credentials) vs others, when executives/”management” are pretty much the reason TMO is foundering.  Maybe this upcoming housecleaning is deserved, so much dead weight in the salaried ranks of every call center, and some of the useless sycophants at corporate are hilarious.  These people are the reason for the problems we have now.