It’s Over, AT&T Drops Bid To Purchase T-Mobile, Will Pay Break-Up Fee

Here it is TmoNews readers and T-Mobile lovers, the news we’ve all been waiting for, hoping to hear and believing in. AT&T has dropped their bid to buy T-Mobile USA and will pay Deutsche Telekom the $4 billion dollar break-up fee. That’s one hell of a price for a bad first date. Viva la T-Mobile.

AT&T will pay a total of $3 billion in cash plus around $1 billion in spectrum and the two carriers will now agree to a roaming deal allowing devices for each network to work on each others. Sounds like we might see more of this.

Let’s get right to the official statements and we’ll revisit the next step in our next post.

AT&T released a brief statement announcing the end of merger talks:

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said today that after a thorough review of options it has agreed with Deutsche Telekom AG to end its bid to acquire T-Mobile USA, which began in March of this year.

The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.

“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Over the past four years we have invested more in our networks than any other U.S. company. As a result, today we deliver best-in-class mobile broadband speeds – connecting smartphones, tablets and emerging devices at a record pace – and we are well under way with our nationwide 4G LTE deployment.

“To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest,” Stephenson said. “However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.

“The mobile Internet is a dynamic industry that can be a critical driver in restoring American economic growth and job creation, but only if companies are allowed to react quickly to customer needs and market forces,” Stephenson said.

To reflect the break-up considerations due Deutsche Telekom, AT&T will recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion in the 4th quarter of 2011. Additionally, AT&T will enter a mutually beneficial roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom.

That’s not all we’ve got for you though as we’re TmoNews so we’re bringing you the internal statement from Philip Humm, T-Mobile CEO announcing the end of the deal before T-Mobile’s 37,000+ employees:

Dear colleagues,

Today AT&T and Deutsche Telekom announced they have mutually decided to terminate their agreement for AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA. This announcement effectively ends the acquisition process launched March 20, including the regulatory approvals process with the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Additionally, with the termination of the agreement, T-Mobile will receive certain spectrum licenses and a 3G roaming agreement from AT&T, and AT&T will pay $3B to our parent company, Deutsche Telekom.

What does this mean for T-Mobile USA? Our Challenger Strategy continues as before, with energy and focus. We have seen early successes with our great 4G network, affordable unlimited rate plans and strong Android portfolio. We now have an exciting chance to build upon these and other strengths to bring our business to the next level of success and beyond. We have an opportunity to write our own future – making the latest mobile products and services affordable to more people. We call it “4G for All.” We’ll continue on this path through 4G network leadership, affordable smartphones, being a trusted brand, evolving as a multi-segment player, and executing our Challenger business model.

The leadership team and I will be meeting intensively in the next few weeks on our go-forward plans for the business, to identify and map out any and all options to further strengthen our strategy and prospects for the future.

I know you also want to know what this means in terms of retention bonuses and other details that impact you personally. I promise to make that information available to you in the coming days and weeks on OneVoice and through your leaders.

Most importantly, I want to thank you for the amazing effort and focus each of you put into the business over the last nine months following the acquisition announcement. You performed well under extraordinarily unusual circumstances. Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support.

Let’s now go into the new year and show everyone we are, indeed, ready to be Challengers!

With sincere appreciation,

Philipp Humm

CEO & President

T-Mobile USA

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  • http://twitter.com/drywall Ben Byrne

    If you’re happy about this news, please consider making a donation to the consumer groups like Free Press that helped block the merger.

  • NYgirlinPR

    Yes !! Hopefully that improves t-mobiles crappy coverage over here in puerto rico. Cuz i hate at&t its soo expensive but at&t literally covers the whole island and all of is 3G coverage. And t-mobile which i had before and several different phones from them doesnt have alot of 3G/4G coverage over here most of it its edge and coverage is not that good as at&t. People in the states complain about at&t over there but over here in PR its a whole different story with at&t (we dnt have verizon over here) at&t is the only company with the fastest 3G network and the most 3G coverage its even faster than sprints wimax cuz we also have sprint over here and they have wimax 4G and its slow when compared to at&ts hspa+. T-mobiles hspa+ is also fast but its SOO limited once u out of a major city u drop down to sloow edge .. while at&t has hspa+ everywhere even in the virgin islands and vieques PR Which is another island close to puerto rico were t-mobile and sprint dont work at all! Im willing to switch back to t-mobile if they improve there coverage because like i said at&t is expensive its ridiculous i pay 130 a month for 1 phone!! And t-mobile has cheaper plans.

  • Platypus

    The real question is how will the roaming agreement manifest itself?  Will we get to roam on 1900 spectrum so my phone actually works in buildings?  If we buy iPhones or other 1900 models, will they work on T-Mo?  We all know that DT isn’t going to invest the $3b in the US.  So, the spectrum sharing is really the only thing that matters

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the “love” button?

  • TMoFan

    This is FANTASTIC news! I’ve been a tireless critic of this buyout/sellout since day one, and I know many here have been too. We have been vindicated starting with the suit filed with the DoJ, the damning report from the FCC, the leaked docs that proved that at&t doesn’t need T-Mobile and finally with this announcement today. We were right all along and seen right through the corporate bs.

    Huge thanks David for keeping on top of all of this, and my fellow T-Mobile fans. There’s a certain sense of camaraderie after going through this and commenting here together.

    I think T-Mobile’s best times are ahead of it. If DT is so determined to get out of the US they have plenty of options. Personally I’d like to see a heavy international player come in and breathe new life into T-Mobile, but I’d be happy with something like a partnership with Dish. Regardless we won’t lose a national carrier and that will benefit everybody. Whether people admit it or not T-Mobile and Sprint play a role in keeping the Twin Bells in check.

  • YogiBear

    Time for a….

    “Thank You for sticking with us Legacy Customers, we’re sorry we did this to you” Sale

    An upgrade sale that lasts from now until the end of January!!!!!

    All phone upgrades at T-Mobile “cost + handling fees”.

    • Sabku21

      You don’t want a phone at cost. Cost is WAAAYYY more than you pay at regular upgrade price.

  • http://twitter.com/SocalFrank1 Frank Alvarez

    Will this roaming agreement let me use an unlocked iPhone and get 3G speeds?

    • Frank Jacobs

      Probably not in areas where you get a T-Mobile signal. It’s going to use it’s “home” signal before it goes to roaming.

  • TMO Steve

    I don’t think this comes as any surprise to any of us in T-Mobile Nation.  It does seem to be a great holiday present for T-Mobile’s hard working employees…at all levels.  Hopefully this will be the first step forward in quite some time for TMO.  Based on the information on the new roaming agreements, I am hoping to see ATT customers flock over to TMO with their iPhones (aka the only thing that has kept ATT in business).  Maybe we’ll take them over…..

    Now Dish or Comcast can step in and make a bid for TMO.  As long as it will save TMO and it’s employees, I’d hope to see some traction on that begin shortly.  In the mean time, happy holidays to all of us T-Mobile Nations family members (employees and customers).

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure why you see this as a win for T-Mobile employees. I’m not sure how now working for a company who will no longer be able to support itself and has no clear path to a winning solution (LTE, exclusive handsets, better coverage, etc) that some of the other carriers have means their jobs are now “safe” if anything I would be more concerned now than before. T-Mobile could be broken up and sold off for parts leaving them with nothing and consumers with still 3 national choices. Seems bad in my opinion.

      • Alekhine

        I agree. At least att is union and said they would keep our jobs. Sprint leap cricket all outsource. Were screwed unless we organize and force tmo us to recognize their people as Assets in any proposed transaction.

        • ByeByeATT

          Screw the unions. Unions are in bed with Obama and nearly killed thousands of jobs in South Carolina, and ATT was more than happy to kill off hundreds of “union” jobs “in exchange” for the unionization of prospective TMobile transition employees. Bottom line is that ATT was ready to screw the unions just as much as the customers, so please spare us the union crap. I’ve watched unions destroy this country in my lifetime. 

        • Anonymous

          Yea, except the FCC proved that their claims that no jobs would be lost is a lie. So there’s always that….

      • Anonymous

        Its funny though, because T-Mobile actually does turn a profit with their current employee base, it just wasn’t enough to satisfy DT and keep them investing. That doesn’t mean its shutting its doors. Either way, as a customer, being absorbed by ATT was still absolute worst case scenario. When I dropped ATT 6 years I told myself I would never go back to those crooks, and now I get the relief of knowing I don’t have to. Having only Sprint and Verizon to turn to if the merger had happened was quite depressing. I had a choice of a terrible network, or even worst prices than ATT. In the end, I would never have been an ATT customer, and as far as i’m concerned ATT can sit on it and rotate.

    • Frank Jacobs

      I see it as a good thing in the short term. I’m happy that AT&T won’t be buying us and shutting down T-Mobile stores that are close to AT&T stores, won’t be laying off network engineers and the like.

      The future still looks pretty uncertain.

    • Anonymous

      is the mention of Comcast a joke?

      that’s about the only company we could pick that’s worse than AT&T.

  • James

    the only thing AT&T has to do  to kill T mobil and  Sprint is lower the plants and they will bank rupp

    • Auser72

      Not when their business model and current value is based on that higher pricing structure.

    • Anonymous

      James said: “the only thing AT&T has to do  to kill T mobil and  Sprint is lower the plants and they will bank rupp”

      Say what? Let me try to understand this.. there’s one of two things you meant:

      1. If AT&T wants to put TMo and Sprint out of business they just need to lower their prices.

      2. If AT&T wants to kill Mr T, Mobil, and Sprint, they should bomb them with various trees and shrubs and then go to the bank and use a sound project process.

      My money is on 2..

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

        If  AT&T lowered thier prices I’d switch.  See AT&T has the phones I want.  As it is I’ll stick with what I have a bit longer because I’ve been a T-Moble customer along time and love the rate plan I have.  But if TMO doesn’t come up with a highend Windows Phone soon I will move on.

  • Milenri Figueroa

    This made my Christmas that much better.

  • James

    I have been a
    t mobil customers since 2001 and there is not future there its always been down fall

  • Frank Jacobs

    I guess this is good news for those of us who aren’t particularly fond of AT&T, but I’m not exactly rejoicing yet.

    We’re still looking at an uncertain future. DT still wants out and we don’t have anyone else shouting that they want to buy us. 

    • Nearmsp

      WSJ reported that DirecTV is looking for a partnership/investment/renting resources of T-mobile. I think the spectrum that T-mobile holds is very precious.

      • Frank Jacobs

        I’d heard about Dish Network being interested in a partnership. I don’t think that would play with DT’s desire to get out completely though.  They’d still have to find another party that’s interested in buying them out that would partner with Dish.

  • Whitegirl23

    It wud be coo if t-mobile started offering service in the 850 mhz band..for better signal inside buildings.i love t-mobile and all but i hate having no service inside buildings on my sensation while my friends always have service on ther iphone 4s on at&t.. either way im sticking with them but still it id be nice to have service inside buildings cuz over here in LA most buildings have wifi but there locked so im screwed .. while at&t always comes tru..

  • Anonymous

    And boom there goes the dynamite…on ATT’s head!

  • Anthonyryan22

    Well now that is done we have another offer on the table coming up since at&t can’t have us and dish network wants us I think they should they have the spectrum for they just need tmo for the T-mobile and there the only company who seems to be interested in buying T-Mobile.. .I would say Google but idk I love Android and everything but that would mean no support with windows phone or very little and windows phone OS isn’t bad at all …mhm dish network make your offer for T-Mobile!

  • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    There it is, congratulations to T-Mobile for a sweet win! Now take that 3 billion and spend it smart!

    • Spooln3

      You realize TMo USA doesnt get that money right? DT gets it. Even IF they put it back into tmo it wouldnt be enough to finish building out our networks…

      • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

        That doesn’t matter, the deal is done. ALSO You don’t know what they will do with the money, you’re just assuming. Which is fine if that’s what youbwant to do.

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

        • MagentaMadness

          The money does NOT go to TMO USA. We were told, and I quote, “…no we will not be getting the money, the money will be going to the shareholders in Germany.” SO to say, “Now take that 3 billion and spend it smart” isn’t gonna happen.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

          Let it go, just let it go. You do not know what’s gonna happen.

          Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

        • Spooln3

          Lol because its not possible that any of us on these boards work for TMo and have been told things right? 

        • MagentaMadness

          +1

        • Spooln3

          and how can you say it doesn’t matter? lol It definitely matters. Considering you think they, being TMo USA is getting this money, which they arent. Nor is it clear that these roaming agreements will even be based in the USA. They could be in Europe for all we know, but we do know that DT gets the money and spectrum, and they choose what they want to do with it. I do know for a fact that they will NOT be investing the 3billion as it has already been stated that they will not. And this is straight from the CIO/CEO levels. So ya, I will believe what I want, and those are facts, from the horses mouth.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

          Wow. You guys really read too far into things, lol. Let it go, the deal is done. Celebrate damn it. You all cried about it going through, lol now you wanna fight over who gets what. You do not know the final outcome, so let it go. People once thought the earth was flat, wow. Stop it guys, please. Seriously. Some of you guys just look for reasons to be bitter about or argue over.

          Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

        • MagentaMadness

          I was actually looking forward to AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. I’m not only a TMO customer, I’m an employee.

        • http://www.twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

          Good for you then…

          Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

        • Realcool2000

          Then that makes u a traitorous honorless backstabbing lowlife loser. Congratulations!

        • MagentaMadness

          LMAO! 

        • Anonymous

          You know for a fact? Really? Those were statements made before the merger fell through. Unless you’re sitting on the board of directors, I don’t think you know an f’n thing for certain. You’re just another troll raining on our parade. Seriously, go join ATT and quit f’n with us.

      • Auser72

        Blah; Blah Blah……you are one of the people who were saying that it was a done deal……lol!!!!

        • Spooln3

          It is a done deal. ;) 

        • http://profiles.google.com/cinnalocks Hussain Taylor

          Auser72 is what a 30 yr old unemployed maintainance man and he knows what the parent company in Holland is going to do. HOW FUNNY!!!

      • Hernando Trujillo Ruiz

        As a Tmobile employee I get tired of these ignorant comments. Tmobile is planning on hspa+ dual band 84mbps network and has invested millions of dollars into network upgrades during 2011. Talk to any contractor who works on network infrastructure and they will tell you they had more work from Tmobile then any other carrier. Personally where I live my parents and inlaws both live in rural areas where their use to be only edge and I would encounter numerous dead spots driving their. I know have no dropped calls and 4g with decent download speeds. Tmobiles challenger strategy recognizes that service issues are a poke in the eye to our valued customers;with a 3g roaming agreement and massive spending in network enhancements and and coverage its safe to say things are looking up.

        • Anonymous

          Yes, anyone can see that they continue to invest in network infrastructure in the quarterly reports.

        • raisingtheflag

          tell me Hernando, what do you do for tmobile? Yes we spend money on building up our network, however anyone that knows will tell you that those networks being built out are in big market areas, most people in the smaller markets do not and will not benefit from these buildouts. TMo has already stated that they do NOT plan to build out the HSPA+ to smaller markets and will focus on the larger markets. I will tell you being here in Bellevue my service is still rough, even at the FSC. Also that 84mbps is on a tower with little to no activity. Yes we have fast service, but throwing out that number is just that, throwing it, when it lands, its not the same as it started. 

      • Anonymous

        T-Mobile already spends a little under a few billion a year on the network regardless of DT-the mothership.

    • Anonymous

      DT has already said in plain english they have ZERO plans to invest in T-Mo US.. ZERO..

      I’m sad about this and will keep buying AWS phones and putting my SIM into them until the day comes that they are no longer the most attractive option, if that ever comes. Picked up the Galaxy Nexus last month, here’s hoping now that the next Nexus phone also supports AWS. :)

      • tmotech

         Plans change, my friend. Even if we see very little investment, we get the $1 billion in spectrum. Combine that with a 3G roaming agreement with AT&T, and say hello to much better HSPA+ coverage. What was that story posted here a day or two ago? Something about testing HSPA+ on the 1900 band … ? ;)

      • Enoel69

        Just remember that Plans do change

    • Adam

      Yeah like maybe the next iPhone.

    • Anonymous

      we know from past history that DT isn’t interested in investing in T-mobile USA. While i’m glad to see this AT&T mess over with early, we still have to deal with the reality that DT most likely still wants an exit from T-mobile USA. $4 billion is only going to keep DT shareholders happy for a very short time.

      I think the only thing that’s going to change DT’s mind in the near term is for T-mobile USA to start gaining subscribers in larger numbers.  Hopefully there are some good quarters ahead.

  • One for the Gipper

    Simply said, we  (T-mobile customers, customer service representatives and fans) did it!

  • lion heart

    wooooohoooooooooo!!

  • http://twitter.com/bluechrism Chris Martin

    Very happy about this, and maybe ow we will go back on a new contract, though my wife want’s to wait and see if anyone else “evil” is going to try and buy them first.

    I am happy about humm’s comments though and he sounds bullish about making T-Mobile USA good without help from others.  Just depends what those meeting in the next few weeks lead to i suppose.  But yes, today is a very good day, and i can’t think it likely that any other outcome or buyer will be as unwelcome as AT&T was.

  • jon

    Music to these ears…

  • Guest

    ” Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.”
    I believe this is a thinly veiled reference to legislation pending in Congress to effectively kill off free local television via spectrum auctions. This isn’t getting much national play, unsurprisingly, as the media conglomerates want nothing more than to kill off anything free that they can, in turn, force customers to pay to receive. 

  • Gwapo

    Yippeee!!! 3G on IPHone 4s in TMobile!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Turning a profit yes… Mainly because of its push to Value plans and the way it can count revenue for full priced devices even without having cash in hand (installment plans) but that is definitely no long term solution. Also finding small loopholes to close such as employee PTO balance reductions, no merit increases, and closures, etc doesn’t really indicate a company that is “doing well” so much as a company that knows how make themselves look like they are hanging in there.

  • Jon

    This is awesome news but we aren’t out of the woods just yet. AT&T is bitter and will become more aggressive in the market in attempts to sink T-Mobiles ship. So let’s see what the future holds for us all. This small battle was won but the war is far from over guys.

  • Jaygqitalia

    Im not a huge fan of sprint because of there speeds, but something tells me they will be the ones who buy up T-Mobile as weird as it sounds. All I ask is please please please keep wifi calling, whoever buys them. 

    • Mopar6464

      And if Sprint does , i leave faster than they can sign the deal .
      They suck hard and have the worst data speeds on earth.
      No wonder they offer unlimited service.

      • Jaygqitalia

        So no ATT and No Sprint. What are you expecting. They want to sell T-Mobile and either way its going to be sold. Better of just leaving now then if thats how you feel

  • Anonymous

    Awesome… but… where do we go from here?

    • Tbyrne

      Up my friend, up!

      • Anonymous

        I certainly hope so.

        • Anonymous

          Only if the iphone comes….it’s all perception folks and the perception of tmo is that it can’t compete…..DTT has written us off

        • Anonymous

          Why does everyone think the iphone is all it takes to save a business? Does no one look at the sales statistics that Android is dominating in all categories. Like seriously, kids and hipsters use iphones, and little apple fan boys. Who cares. 

          And if the spectrums get merged as is implied here, you’ll likely be able to buy an iphone and bring it to tmobile soon anyways.

        • Jaygqitalia

          Kids and hipsters? Your sadly mistaken. I dont have any interest in an Iphone, but Im not one of those people who likes to act like there in denial about the selling power of an apple product. Truth is, the Iphone could help the company because its a reason alot of people arent on T-Mobile. If T-Mobile had the iphone with 79.99 plans, ALOT of people will jump on that, instead of paying the 139 on ATT or Verizon.

        • http://twitter.com/OrganizdKaoz Keith Aich

          Too bad Apple would never swallow enough greed to allow new phone subsidization on that low a level though isn’t it? So we’re back to square one. They’re garbage and their phone has been boring since the second time they released it with nothing much different except the case and claimed it was brand new.

        • Guest911

          People do look at sales stats and if you can actually get past market share, you will understand why the iphone is important for survival. Android domination and low prices have done to Tmo what it is today.

        • http://profiles.google.com/cinnalocks Hussain Taylor

          If you want an iphone you know where to find it…..how is htc selling so many smart phones if the iphone is so wonderful?

  • Guesty

    finally GO t mobile. :), t mobile will be better now with extra spectrum and roaming arrangements compared to att which ended up loosing 3 billion spectrum  he he . i wonder why i hate att so much lol. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Yay!!! Now let’s keep T-Mobile going in the right direction!

  • Anonymous

    you bought the bs tmo is selling employees. gotta think long term. dt doesnt want anything to do with tmo

    • http://profiles.google.com/cinnalocks Hussain Taylor

      that is plain dumb

  • Anonymous

    Do you really think a “smart” company who knows anything about future planning would be dumb enough to pay to fund two different brands… Hell even AT&T spent the money after spending millions to convert to Cingular to convert back to AT&T branding once the merger with Bellsouth was complete because it made no sense to run two different brands.

    • Spooln3

      Its possible, I mean, sirius and xm do it, tho I think that was part of the agreement for the merger to complete via the FCC, and car companies do it all the time, but those are apples and oranges. I don’t think DISH buys TMo with out rebranding it some time down the line. They want their name on the stadium so to speak. Sad truth of economics and business. 

      • whiskers

        I can see it now , “Duche Mobile”.
        Oops , i mean Dish Mobile , lol.

        • Realcool2000

          Lol.

  • Anonymous

    Turning a profit yes… Mainly because of its push to Value
    plans and the way it can count revenue for full priced devices even
    without having cash in hand (installment plans) but that is definitely
    no long term solution. Also finding small loopholes to close such as
    employee PTO balance reductions, no merit increases, and closures, etc
    doesn’t really indicate a company that is “doing well” so much as a
    company that knows how make themselves look like they are hanging in
    there.

  • Anonymous

    And please tell me how Verizon and AT&T and Sprint (now even) are losing customers… They aren’t.  The only thing T-Mobile has to look forward to is maybe some new prepaid additions. Postpaid customers are leaving by the droves.

    • http://profiles.google.com/cinnalocks Hussain Taylor

      speak for yourself from you limited knowledge goofy.

      • Bratty

        Me thinks you are the one with limited knowledge. And i do use the term loosely. You are downright ignorant! Congrats

      • Nikki

        Considering the fact that I am a 5 year veteran of T-Mobile’s workforce, I would hope that my knowledge would be just a little bit larger than yours. Consider this, as of Dec. 2010 TMo USA was the third highest grossing company that DT owned. Since the attempted buyout, we have dropped to the bottom of the list. How is that “goofy”? I find it slightly amusing that you would claim that I have “limited knowledge” with nothing to back you up to infer that you have more knowledge than I.

    • Nikki

      Prior to the buyout announcement, T-Mobile was adding subs every quarter. It might not have been as large as DT wanted, but it wasn’t until afte the buyout was announced that people started leaving TMo high and dry. A lot of that had to do with customer service.

      After the announcement, morale in the call centers went WAY down the toilet because they didn’t want to work for AT&T, but also because they way TMo does business changed to reflect the way AT&T does business… Just get the customer off the phone. Fix it in less than 9 minutes, so don’t build a relationship, just get them on their way.

      • Anonymous

        You have no idea what you are talking about.  Q4 of 2010 had the high 3% churn for T-Mobile USA PLUS the net LOSS of contracted post paid subscribers.  Even in the previous quarters where T-Mobile had a net addition of subscribers they still had an alarming high 2.5-3% customer churn rate which is ridiculous for a company that only has 33 million customers.  This is what frustrated Deutche Telekom, the US wireless industry was growing, but T-Mobile USA was not.  Customers were (and still are) leaving for two reasons. 1)Price 2) Perceived Quality.  Many THOUGHT Verizon and At&t were of higher quality and fled there and the rest fled to prepaid carriers like Leap, Metro etc.  The biggest hurdle T-Mobile USA has to overcome is the PERCEPTION that it has a poor network and they need to talk about that Wifi Calling.

  • Anonymous

    maybe we will get iphone!

    • Silk7412

      whats that thing? i never heard of it before(sent from a android)

    • http://profiles.google.com/cinnalocks Hussain Taylor

      Do not count on it and  I do not want it anyway.

      • Bratty

        And if you dont want it, then off with its head!

  • Guesty

    not to mention att also lost out in buying spectrum which verizon picked up because of this deal was on. way to loose att .

  • Mattcat03

    $3 billion in cash, $1 billion in spectrum. Not bad for just sitting in the side line.  Way to go T-MO!!!

    • Anonymous

      not so much if they cant get the customers that churned to come back 

      • Anonymous

        that’s ok, they’re still very very profitable. Churn will take time to address, and they need to wake up and realise they need the iPhone. I for one can’t stand not having it as I dislike my Vibrant and can’t wait to ditch it

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    if the phones (future) will work on both networks i’m all for that ..
    and by work i mean 4G phones work on both HSPA+ and LTE .. i’d be happy.

    we’ll see how that unfolds.

  • http://twitter.com/josemedina1983 Jose Medina

    Fuc* Yeah! who cares if T-Mobile gets bought by another company better than one GSM company

    • One for the Gipper

      Please Go to XXXX. 

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

    Finally! This is over! Now let the competition thrive!

  • Schippma

    I knew this would end this way. This was DT’s last cry for help and they won. Tmo gets spectrum which it needs to compete. Hopefully this was a learning lesson for Tmo, that most customers generally like Tmo for their customer service, plans, and phones. This may be the steam they need to really compete in the national arena.

  • Jayhnl

    The next few months will be very interesting….I’m sure dt isn’t done trying to deal tm usa to another buyer, but I highly doubt it will be another wireless company

    • Anonymous

      totally possible if it’s another carrier that’s trying to get a foothold in the states…i hear China Mobile has an exploratory team here

    • http://linear-flower.livejournal.com Erika Fletcher

      Dish Network has expressed interest in starting up a wireless division. They could go for T-Mo USA.

  • Anonymous

    Victory for ALL!!!  Hopefully this will be an end to all the AT&T trolls like GinaDee =)!!!

  • Verysweete

    Hi I am glad tmobile and at&t are not getting together. I have now got to the point I did not want tmobile anymore the way they work. I changed my plan so that when at&t took over I would be locked in. Now I want to know will I be able to change my plan back so I can have 4g. Please let me know.

    • Spooln3

      Nope. 

      • Cookitup222

        Hi Spooln3,

        You stated in another post that you’re from the FSC, however after seeing your name pop up all over the place, I have a feeling that you’re not whom you claim to be. The majority of people working at the FSC are intelligent, Values driven employees (with correct grammar and spelling, might I add) that care about customers. However, your disregard for Verysweete makes me wonder if you really are a bitter AT&T employee. Especially given the fact that another poster provided his full name, however you asked where he worked for in T-Mobile. Any employee of T-Mobile can answer that question without asking the other. Based on the majority of your posts, I imagine that you are one of those horrible fathers that yell at their kids for getting second place in an athletic competition. Let those that want to celebrate this, celebrate it. Everyone knows that DT is no longer interested in T-Mobile: they just tried to sell us. The point that people are celebrating is that it’s not going to be AT&T that buys T-Mobile.

        Verysweete,

        Your comment can be taken in many ways, so let me try to help you. When you sign a contract for a rateplan, your are locked to that rateplan. However, your optional features give you flexibility. You mentioned that you want your previous plan so you can get 4G back: this has nothing to do with your rate plan. Depending on how much data you pay for, you get that much data at 4G speeds (assuming that you’re in a 4G area). Once you hit that limit, then your speed lowers. If you need to know more specifics, please call 611 and speak with an account specialist that can help you. Thank you for choosing T-Mobile!

        • Phonegeek

          Well said. There needs to be more people like you cookitup.

  • tmotech

    Well, well, WELL! What I’m most interested in now is the fact that we now will have 3G roaming agreements with AT&T. This casts a very interesting light on the recent story here that T-Mobile is testing HSPA+ on the 1900 PCS band. Combined with the AT&T roaming agreement, this could mean more phones coming out with HSPA+ and being able to use it in more places. I’m very intrigued, and now I’m more interested than ever to see what the future will hold for us! MERRY CHRISTMAS! <3

  • Anonymous

    YAY!!!! No ATT!!! Now I don’t have to go to Verizon and spend butt loads of cash. Seriously, never would have allowed my service to run on ATT’s networks for more than 24  hours. Those crooks can suck on it.

  • Tony

    I am so Happy this is Over for Now and NOT AT&T…..But another company will try and buy them.

  • Tmobilesucks

    T-mobile Sucks they are like a one dirty fish which makes the whole pond dirty. Their greed is unmatched in comparison with at&t and Verizon. They can keep their corporate greed to themselves rather than spoiling a good carrier like At&t.

    • Spooln3

      lol wut? T-Mobile is one of the cheapest carriers on the market, if not the cheapest as far as nationwide goes. I think you should direct that anger towards DT, not TMo usa. 

    • Ssmith76

      moron

    • Anonymous

      This At&T paid d-bag is pissed off that he has no job now… I love this…

    • haters on the rocks please

      I say he been drinking Too much haterade

    • Jj

      Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa gave me an early Christmas present.

      Tmobilesucks here is going to get a lump of coal in their stocking.

    • JBLMOBILEG1

      I am thinking you were… noticed I said “WERE” a part of this At&t plan.. and now are probably jobless. If any company is evil… At&t would have taken that award. Tmobile is one of the best companies… if I could… I’d work for them. Just because your evil plan fell through… you don’t need to come on here and cry about it. Why not find some At&t site and do that.

    • Anonymous

      You didn’t take your meds today did u? Do your parents know you are on their computer again without them watching you?

    • Realcool2000

      Hahha , hey ur moms calling u ….she wants to introduce u to her new friend Tmo, she said Att is out and not coming back.

    • Phonegeek

      In my Kevin Hart voice, ” you must wanna go nite nite”! crack open a beer, milk, whatever you drink sit back and shut it …..thanks bud (can’t believe I’m giving the troll attention its my …present to you for Christmas)

  • Tmobilesucks

    They would have spoiled At&t merger would have been a bad deal for at&t. The only thing t-mobile would have brought to at&t is culture of corporate corruption.

  • Tmobilesucks

    Ssmith Moron are you part of the devil’s team called T-Mo ?

  • Tmobilesucks

    T-Mobile Should rename the company to Devil Mobile D-Mobile would a appropriate name for the kind of customer service and corporate culture they promote.

    • Anonymous

      huh? what’s wrong with the corporate culture at tmobile?

    • Realcool2000

      Sure buddy….lots thought in that post of yours

  • Anonymous

    go sleep in your mom’s basement and get a life.