Tag Archives: AT&T

Republicans And Democrats Alike Are Skeptical Of AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

Today marked the second hearing by members of Congress regarding the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by rival AT&T held before the House of Representatives’ subcommittee on intellectual property, competition and the internet. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson stuck to his message that this deal was “all about consumers” which was of course rebutted quite frequently by other members of the panel. Parul P. Desair of Consumers Union stated that the merger “would … [read full article]

Leap Wireless Opposes AT&T/T-Mobile Deal Along With Everyone Other Than AT&T And T-Mobile

At this point we’re not quite sure who actually wants the AT&T/T-Mobile deal to proceed other than AT&T and T-Mobile themselves. This time Leap Wireless has come out and verbally opposed the deal arguing that the merger would harm consumers due to reduced competition. Along with the reduction in competition Leap argues that too much power would be consolidated into the hands of just two wireless carriers. “We oppose the proposed acquisition. … [read full article]

Sprint Targeting T-Mobile Customers Unhappy With AT&T Deal?

I’ve been going back and forth on writing this all day even so it was sent my way last night. At first glance it appears as though Sprint is prepared to grab up all the T-Mobile customers it can between now and July 23rd, 2011. If for some reason the AT&T/T-Mobile deal doesn’t go through customers who ported into Sprint during that timeframe will be allowed to port back to T-Mobile ETF … [read full article]

AT&T To Pay T-Mobile $6 Billion If Deal Isn’t Approved

According to the old “people familiar with the matter” story AT&T will have to pay Deutsche Telekom $6 billion in assets, cash and services if a deal isn’t approved by US regulators. The $6 billion would break down into the $3 billion in cash previously thought but an additional $2 billion worth of spectrum and a roaming agreement valued at $1 billion would also be picked up by Deutsche Telekom. The sources … [read full article]

German Workers Fight For T-Mobile USA Employee’s Rights

Workers from ver.di, the German telecommunication works union came together during Deutsche Telekom’s annual shareholder meeting and demanded the company ensure that their American counterparts at T-Mobile USA receive the same rights as they do. Forming a human chain around the venue and releasing black balloons the workers showed a strong sign of solidarity with T-Mobile USA workers. In Germany, DT recognizes the union and has a collective bargaining agreement with the workers. … [read full article]

Deutsche Telekom CEO Says AT&T Sale On Track

Imagine our surprise as Rene Obermann, Deutsche Telekom CEO says the sale of T-Mobile USA is on track. Speaking to shareholders at DT’s annual general meeting he expects the deal to close in the first half of 2012. While he remains confident, I’m slightly more optimistic after yesterdays Senate hearing. Assuming for the moment that our nations leaders aren’t simply in AT&T’s back pocket, it was a clear showing that the … [read full article]

AT&T And T-Mobile Defend Their Position Against The Senate Judiciary Committee Recap

In case you didn’t catch our liveblog this morning covering the Senate Judiciary hearing on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, you didn’t miss anything major but still missed quite the show. The hearing was aptly called “Is Humpty-Dumpy Being Put Back Together Again?” with an obvious tip of the hat to AT&T’s former monopoly position. Senators Herb Kohl, Al Franken, John Conryn, Richard Blumenthal, Michael Lee, Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley presided over … [read full article]

Sprint Parodies T-Mobile Ad Campaign, Promptly Pulls Ad After Trans-Gender Group Complains

If by some odd chance you didn’t already know that Sprint wasn’t exactly a fan of the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, perhaps this ad will show you they aren’t. This Satirical ad which is clearly a take off of the Carly ad campaign features a shady businessman with a cigar wearing an awfully familiar pink dress. “No matter how you dress it up, this takeover is bad for consumers and the economy. … [read full article]

Public Knowledge Uses TmoNews Poll As Consumer Voice

Didn’t think anyone would listen to our poll regarding your thoughts on the AT&T/T-Mobile deal? Our new friends at PublicKnowledge.org thought otherwise using the TmoNews poll inside their Presidents Gigi Sohn’s opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. You’ll definitely want to start paying attention around the 1:50 mark. This poll was designed to show that consumers with emphasis on the T-Mobile consumer have a voice and need to be heard. Special thanks … [read full article]