Sprint Releases Official Statement In Opposition Of AT&T / T-Mobile Merger

While Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already stated his position on the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger, Sprint has now released a formal statement in opposition. In no uncertain terms Sprint calls any passage of the deal a path to a duopoly in the marketplace with AT&T and Verizon “overwhelmingly” controlling the US wireless market.

I couldn’t agree with Sprint anymore and yet our concerns go beyond the “duopoly” Sprint accuses AT&T and Verizon of becoming. We are very concerned with the loss of the T-Mobile identity. Exceptional customer service, outstanding in store care and all the little things that make T-Mobile our beloved carrier stand to be lost if this deal is approved. Oh how I wish this was just a dream.

Go Sprint go.

Sprint Opposes Proposed AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Transaction would reduce competition and harm consumers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 28, 2011 – Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S], the nation’s third largest wireless provider and a leader in advanced wireless broadband technologies, announced today its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.

The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction.

AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost three times the size of Sprint in terms of wireless revenue and would entrench AT&T’s and Verizon’s duopoly control over the wireless market. The wireless industry moving forward would be dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically integrated companies with unprecedented control over the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs, such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.

“Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” said Vonya McCann, senior vice president, Government Affairs. “This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly.”

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint atwww.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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  • Thomasnewman1

    Wait, how is it super bad that there would be AT&T/T-Mobile, then Verizon, THEN Sprint?

    • the_truth

      Isn’t the CEO of AT&T involved with Verizon??

      • Thomasnewman1

        I am just waiting for someone to try to say that just because the iPhone is on both carriers, then they are CLEARLY involved with each other.

        Didn’t AT&T say just a couple days ago that they and T-Mobile are going to stay separates companies?

        • the_truth

          didn’t say iphone–said CEO involvement. And T-Mobile WILL BE absorbed by AT&T–separate only until approved.

        • Anonymous

          Thomas, Sprint CEO knew Sprint will be more diffcult buy more towers network coverage and will not afford to buy the upgradeable frequency as WiMAX technology, if Ma Bell dominated the wireless market.

  • the_truth

    w0w–Dan makes some good points.

    • J-Hop2o6

      thx for having Tmo’s & consumers backs Dan/Sprint.. Even tho you’re also looking out for yourself also.. Now we need more officials (our senators/congress, FCC, DOJ) to follow suit.

  • Jonathan

    Sprints just pissed because tey are the worst carrier alive. Ive worked for them and they have VERY shady practices.

    • Adriang2

      Just let Sprint fight their fight and hush. Everyone’s for this fight anyway regardless of any shady practices. They’re on our side.

  • Creighton

    Go Sprint!

  • cory

    yessssssssssssss!! GO Sprint GO!!!

  • I left AT&T and went to Sprint. I still have a T-Mobile account and I sure hope this whole merger doesn’t go through. AT&T is everything I don’t want in a wireless company. Imagine if you couldn’t sideload apps on all att/t-mobile android phones, that would suck.

  • Matlock

    I hope that Sprint does pursue this fight against ATT acquiring T-Mo! Yes, it is in Sprints best interest for T-Mo to not be absorbed by ATT, but it is also in our best interest for that not to happen. AT&T is the devil when it comes to the wireless industry and I sure as hell dont want to be stuck working for them, nor having to get service from them.

  • Zl3395

    Go sprint!!!

  • Tony

    One thing that I would like to see ON this site is: Furnish US the T Mobile Customers with Names and Addresses of the US Department of Justice and the FCC with NAMES of Individuals that might be somewhat related or who be in charge of the hearings so WE could WRITE LETTERS no e-mails or phone calls, Put your disasfaction in WRITING IN BLACK AND WHITE to show that We are Not happy with this……

    • jarjon76

      You can find that info on your own, no? Google is free. It’s not hard to find.


    dan hesse, in the world of big business, press releases and terse statement’s don’t go that far. get your checkbook out and make a counter offer.

    look back at what CSX did to the NS bid for conrail, they wound up with half the company.

    money talks and bullshit walks.

    if the airave is still available when the deal goes down, there’s a really good chance you’re getting me anyway.

    • Do you REALLY think Sprint can compete with AT&T in this deal? HELL no.

      • MIKEEEEE

        @jason, wiki the norfolk southern, CSX, conrail deal and see what the protester did to the original bidder.

      • Anonymous

        They can’t regardless, this just broadens the horizons of impossible

      • Anonymous

        They can’t regardless, this just broadens the horizons of impossible

  • Sprint’s fighting the good fight.

  • Ralph Exantus

    Sprint stop crying you had a chance to buy tmobile and now you crying like a baby. plz FCC AND DOJ stop the deal or i will be phoneless.

    • They might be a huge help in helping us keep T-Mobile. Why would you label them as crying? We need all the help we can get. Also, it wasn’t their fault they didn’t get T-Mobile. That was DT’s decision, not theirs.

      • Ralphexantus

        i AGREE but you remember when tmobile wanted sprint to buy them and why sprint were like nah we are not ready or some other bs

        • I really don’t remember exactly what they said. From my understanding I saw it as T-Mobile (Actually DT) passed up Sprint & went with AT&T because of the ease (same frequency’s, both GSM, etc.)

    • ghostnik

      You, me and a whole lot of other people will be phoneless b/c i can’t see how this proposed merger, that will eventually lead to a duopoly in the market, will offer lower prices on phone plans for consumers. People who are for this merger and saying sprint is just a cry baby need to see that since the economic times are hard and people aren’t sure where they will be in the next 5 years or less (whether employed or unemployed) it will come down to wants and needs. People need cell phones but when you are unemployed or have bills, a cell phone turns into a want as compared to shelter and a house over your head which is a need and necessity.



    • the_truth

      “Give me” is what hurt T-Mobile’s bottom line.

    • jarjon76

      No matter how many times you post this, Sprint isn’t going to give you a free EVO 3D. You must be the type that wants everything for free.

    • Anonymous

      Why in the world would Sprint care?

    • Anonymous

      Why in the world would Sprint care?

  • Funny… I basically said all this in my letters to the FCC & my state senate (as well as cited factual information for back-up). The irony… I guess truly great minds do think alike. GO SPRINT! Everyone continue to good fight & speaking out against us. We are getting too loud for them not to hear. We do count, we do matter. So don’t give up.

  • This doesn’t make logical sense.

    If Sprint is genuinely concerned about “the consumer”, this has nothing to do with them at all.

    With AT&T and Verizon moving toward LTE, and Sprint… well… not… it would only better position Sprint to snipe “value conscious” customers if AT&T and Verizon formed the evil duopoly they’re suggesting.

    This is just sour grapes.

    • Anonymous

      Sprint isn’t concerned about the consumer at all. They damaged their own business when buying Nextel and now need the government to mess around with other cell phone providers to stay competitive.

    • I don’t think they’re necessarily “genuinely” concerned about T-Mobile. But, think about it. Once T-Mobile’s gone, Sprint’s next to go out the door. Sprint could handle when it’s 4 carriers with no a far margin of difference. With AT&T taking over T-Mobile there will be no more competition, that will be just it. That’s how HUGE AT&T will be. & considering AT&T & Verizon are both big & expensive, they will be able to curve the market to their standards.

      • No competition by what metric?

        So let’s say AT&T and Verizon mysteriously conspire to offer unlimited voice / data / text LTE plans for $250/month.

        How does that have anything at all to do with Sprint continuing to offer their implementation of 4G, CDMA, or IDEN on their current pricing? In terms of hardware, whether T-Mobile AWS devices exist tomorrow or ten years from now has absolutely zero to do with Sprint.

        Consider the fact that a not-insubstantial number of people flocked to Verizon when they got the iPhone, despite the fact that it wasn’t appreciably cheaper to do so, the Verizon iPhone didn’t offer a compelling new feature or design, and that Verizon doesn’t cover substantially more places than AT&T.

        • It’s really self explanatory. I don’t meant it in that sense, obviously. I mean it in the sense that they will have the majority of the market. Giving them the control & power to basically dominate & control a lot of what the wireless industry will be.That is all. Sprint won’t raise their prices because that’s not what their purpose or marketing strategy is. & I believe it’s obvious that it won’t be too much competition or worry, hence: Spring releasing this statement, & saying, ““Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” & “The wireless industry moving forward would be dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically integrated companies with unprecedented control over the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs, such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.”

        • They already have that control, though.

          T-Mobile isn’t magically keeping AT&T in check. Verizon is, and vice versa.

          With or without T-Mobile, AT&T is a massive ILEC. The backhaul is typically theirs anyway. And where they’re not the ILEC, Verizon is (though they’ve spun lots of that business off to Frontier). These aren’t going to change because T-Mobile changes hands from a German telco to an American telco.

          Your underlying argument seems to be the same as hldc1’s. “This is mostly device-driven. It’s not a matter of price or technology”. How would that change? If everything stayed as it was today, what sort of manufacturer wouldn’t want to partner first with AT&T or Verizon, when their customer bases are roughly three times larger than what T-Mobile or Sprint would bring to the table?

        • For one they have “some” control, not as much as they “will have.” Big difference. The control they will have at that point will be over-bearing that everyone will most likely crack under pressure (Sprint). Also, I didn’t say it was about devices, that was only 1 small portion of my point. You just took that & ran with it. & once again your statement is further proving my point again (the last question). Considering the consumer base of AT&T & Verizon “at that point” they wouldn’t want to focus on them at all (giving their better outcome & profit vs. Sprint & T-Mobile). & they would have a big influence on those devices & the market due to their consumer base, & profit (because of their consumer base, consuming other small company’s, etc.). The true point I’m making is: It will go from bad to worse. Now, that’s about all I’m going to say because this is pointless. I’ve already stated my point. I don’t know where else I can go with this that I haven’t already stated or went.

        • Ash

          If you want/need GSM where can you go after ATT eats up T-mo?
          Sprint? Verzion?
          So how much control will ATT have? The only GSM carrier in USA? WTF?

          Right….that’s what I thought.

        • Anonymous

          It’s not an issue of Sprint being concerned with the fate of T-Mobile customers (although Sprint surely wouldn’t mind getting a bunch of former T-Mobile customers in the coming months). And it’s not about phone plan pricing. With an AT&T subscriber base of 130 million and Verizon Wireless at 100 million, both companies will have the economic clout to offer exclusive devices that will hurt smaller carriers (Sprint, US Cellular, etc.). That’s the issue. From a business standpoint, it would make sense for tech manufacturers to offer exclusive deals. Manufacturing efficiencies brought on my mass production of a single device lower the per-unit cost. Out of 280 million mobile subscribers, approximately 230 million will be under the umbrella of two companies. If you don’t think such an overwhelming control over the market won’t lead to decreased competition and higher prices, you’re simply out of your mind.

          T-Mobile’s strategy as the low-cost option of the Big Four proves this point. It doesn’t matter if your rate plans are the cheapest. If you don’t have the newest most technologically advanced phones, a $70/month all-you-can-eat talk/text/data plan won’t do you any good.

          And regarding your comment that “Verizon doesn’t cover substantially more places than AT&T”, have you looked at their coverage maps lately? 3G data is what counts. Yes, Verizon’s network covers a drastically larger area than AT&T’s. In addition, a large majority of AT&T iPhone owners that jumped ship to Verizon did so by willingly paying an ETF.

        • Had you just not heard of the iPhone before this year?

          Device exclusivity exists today. It’s existed for years. The whole reason the iPhone keeps coming up speaks to this point. If the iPhone 5 became a Verizon exclusive, would people nerd out about the underlying technologies, or would they jump ship? I think each iteration of the iPhone has really spoken for itself there.

          When you consider AT&T and Verizon both adopting LTE, the addition of T-Mobile’s customers to AT&T’s network isn’t going to tip the scales. Similarly, 3G data is what counts today. It’s not what’s going to count.

        • Anonymous

          I know device exclusivity exists now. It’s going to be a bigger issue down the road. And no, I didn’t just walk out of the cave. Your comment about a theoretical iPhone 5 exclusively on Verizon is a fantastic illustration of my point. Not once did I mention anything about underlying technologies. And yes, if Verizon exclusively had the iPhone 5, AT&T would lose a large portion of it’s iPhone owners overnight.

          That’s exactly my point. Device manufacturers will have less of an incentive to go to guys like Sprint. Why fight it out with the other manufacturers over 55 million customers when we could be duking it out over 100 million customers? It’s not just about the iPhone. HTC could easily decide tomorrow that it rather sell it’s highest-end phones exclusively to Verizon and/or AT&T simply because they each have more subscribers. Do you think it’s any surprise why Sprint or T-Mobile never got the iPhone? Customer base. Plain and simple. Apple was happy selling iPhones only to AT&T because they were the largest carrier. With Verizon’s acquisition of the majority of Alltel and new overall customer base of 100 million people, it was hard for Apple to ignore that sort of customer base. Hence, Verizon now also has the iPhone.

          Sprint was first-to-market with 4G and had attractive rate plans. Even so, they’re still hemorrhaging money and subscribers. Both Verizon and AT&T have larger networks and, yes, they both have the iPhone. I personally use an Android handset and don’t care much for the iPhone, but I’m just one customer. There are plenty of people (i.e., customers with Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and regional carriers) that will ditch their networks for Verizon or AT&T simply because of the iPhone. The proverbial “Coo-Coo for Cocoa Puffs”.

          Exclusivity will become even more cutthroat, and it’ll be what hurts the smaller guys. Check out all the regional carriers. Do they have the iPhone 4? Anything like the Motorola Atrix? HTC Thunderbolt 4G?

  • Orge1126

    go away AT&T, we dont want and like you…..why dont you combine with Apple since u two always 69 each other??? u dont deserve tmobile….u deserve to be fall to the ground…SUCKA~~~stop relying on others to maintain your business…fix ur shitty ass network FIRST because all my iphone friends are ALL COMPLAINING!!!

    • Rage

      i cant stand att just like you but what you say makes NO sense! the REASON they want to buy tmobile is for the towers! they dont care about customers one bit!

      • Orge1126

        build their own FOOKING towers….like i said……stop relying on others to maintain your shitty ass reputation.,….

  • LBdaMercenary

    Sprint if you buy my contract I will switch right now

    • the_truth

      Sprint isn’t going to buy anyone’s contracts. Pay your ETF and go now if you want out.



    • They have a promo going on if you port your number over and buy a smart phone they give you a $125 credit on your first month’s bill. Basically paying your ETF.

      Mines right now is $200 but I know some people have $100/$50 ETF.

      • i420BBerryBum

        yeah cuz its worth all the BS from Sprint what with the crappy signal, junky phones, terrible customer service, lack of in store support, etc. i mean WOW! 125 WHOLE DOLLARS! and I get it as a credit what, 3 or 4 months after I switch to their crappy network? yeah, all set.

      • I think it is after 90 days

    • Dewey Cox

      They are giving $125 credit per line

  • RalphExantus

    OK google can you buy tmobile instead plz i’m begging plz

  • Anonymous


    • I also hope Google will buy T-Mobile or at least to setup a joint venture with 51:49 share. This will give T-Mobile customers ultimate Google/Android experience (nexus you know). Also, I’d like to see Google will honor ALL grandfathered stuffs and rapidly/aggressively deploy HSPA network as well as buy Clear and deploy LTE instead of WiMax.

      • Anonymous


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      • Wilma Flintstone

        As much as I think Android is a great OS, I would leave if Google bought Tmobile. I don’t want Every phone to be running Android. I want a choice and if Google bought Tmobile, I wouldn’t have any choice.

      • Derrickps3

        you might as well wake up from that good dream because it’s about to become a nightmare

    • Derrickps3

      keep dreaming cause its not gonna happen

  • Maschwar77

    Looks like T-Mo customers have found an unlikely friend in Sprint. I am glad Dan Hesse is filing formal opposition paperwork!

  • Anonymous


  • alex

    We just need Verizon opposing and most likely they will b/c if not then at&t will be first place say no to at&t

  • BigMixxx

    “The wireless industry moving forward would be dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically integrated companies with unprecedented control over the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs, such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.”

    Totally untrue. This is hogshit…They are saying ATT will have a strong hold on the wireless industry and they don’t want that. However, Given the what has been set and the Gov’t allowing ATT to pull itself back together on the lan side of the house, there is nothing stopping this bid, unless Sprint ponies up 44 billion in cash…that’s a minimum of 35 billion in cash, and the rest in that worthless stock.

  • Anonymous

    Sprint really isn’t concerned with the fate of T-Mobile customers (although Sprint wouldn’t mind if we signed up en masse). With an AT&T subscriber base of 130 million and Verizon Wireless at 100 million, both companies will have the economic clout to offer exclusive devices that will hurt smaller carriers (Sprint, US Cellular, etc.).

    Sure, the low-cost options will always have customers because there are people out there that simply want a phone call that makes calls and lasts 2 weeks on a single charge. The national carriers really don’t want those folks as their customers because they don’t bring in substantial amounts of revenue. High-end smartphones are what make money.

  • Honey566

    well I honestly dont care what happens im switching to at&t period. Over here in san juan puerto rico t-mobile and sprint suck they work great outside but inside many buildings there crap while at&t has full bars of service. I kno cuz I had an evo 4g and a mytouch 4g and inside alot of stores I had no service while my boyfriend on att had full bars of service,i read online that many people talk crap about at&t network being bad in the states and dropping alot of calls .well guess what ? At&t is the opposite over here my boyfriend never drops a call on his iphone4 and 3g service is good its never slow. Also I heard.and read online that people praise verizon because its the best well one would think verizon is good well guess what its not! Over here we had verizon but it got bought out by another company by “CLARO” all verizon stores over here which there was alot changed there name to “CLARO”. So yea…

    • i420BBerryBum

      cool congratulations. you are the ONLY person who gets better signal with shittastic AT&T. good job

  • Levin49

    Please help stop this merger from happening and sign my petition:

    thank you.

  • incredibry

    i think sprint is just against it because they they dont have what it takes to be number one or number two. so regardless, sprint will be the third largest company so i dont see why they are making such a big deal over it. they will suck ether way.

    • Anonymous

      because # 3 is not so bad with a #4 and # 2 close by. not so much when you’re behind 50 million customers

    • Anonymous

      because # 3 is not so bad with a #4 and # 2 close by. not so much when you’re behind 50 million customers

  • Guest

    The words are “any more”, not “anymore”. You also didn’t mention one of the biggest factors that will be lost: low prices. If this duopoly happens, consumer prices will skyrocket.

  • Jayyoung05

    What really bugs me is that everyone is coming down on At&t about buying T-MOBILE let’s not forget that DT is the one shopping T-MOBILE and AT&T happen to be the highest bidder so if you want to vent take it out on DT and not AT&T. And for SPRINT to say it will stifle innovation come on really SPRINT is just pissed cause they got outbid. And for those complaining about higher fees there’s always SPRINT and METRO-PCS so there’s option.

  • My former job defending my current carrier…..well hesse wasn’t a terrible boss, and he’s a good ceo….im on the ball with you sprint…this shouldn’t happen…only reason att wants tmobile is to dismantle it and gain some ground on verizon….pssssssshhhhh! As much as i have verizon wireless i hate att just the same, but i’ll give it to verizon, they know how to treat thier customers… Well at least they put a effort into it.(they’re no tmobile). Att is just a pissy kid in the school yard with the one toy every one wanted that figured we got the best but we should be number one…think again baby….this deal is NOT getting approved…..NOT…I just dont see it in the cards and thats a gut feeling..

  • Xtreamski

    sprint sucks. Hesse is a whiny beotch who is pissed off because he sucks as CEO and cant afford to buy TMobile. Who hired this clown anyway? If ever there was a bigger b*tch in the world of business, I would like to meet them because Dan Hesse is a dbag like no other. Stifle innovation? You’ve been doing that for years, Hesse. Hence the reason Sprint is the laughing stock of the cellular industry. Hesse and Sprint were too busy with trying to milk the PALM brand which has been failing since the Sidekicks first showed up. Sprint sucks, I wouldnt use Sprint if it were free. This is one company that most likely will be gutted and bankrupt within 5 years. and good riddance. Dan Hesse: ShitWeasel

    • Joe_ek84

      actually, Hesse has done a decent job outside of the choosing wimax. when he came in 2007, sprint was probably in just as bad shape as t-mobile is now, maybe worse after the whole nextel-sprint debacle. under him, sprint actually started reducing churn and finally turning profits. just a bad choice jumping on wimax. not saying he was awesome, but hes not nearly as bad as u think

  • I already jumped the Tmo ship on my primary line to Verizon, and plan to do the same on my secondary line once the ETF drops down on 6/18. Even though the merger hasn’t gone through, the fact that Tmo would even consider selling out to AT&T was enough to show me how much they truly care about their cu$tomers. Might as well get some money for my Tmo phones before they become nothing more than paperweights.

    • Anonymous

      what a coward…

    • Spooln3

      You realize that it wasn’t T-Mo that did this, it was their parent company, Deutsche Telecom, that is selling them off. It’s not T-Mobile USA’s fault.

    • jarjon76

      People are using the phrase “sell out” without knowing what it means. T-Mobile isn’t “selling out”, and to suggest this is naive on your part. T-Mobile is a business–and businesses are in the game to make money. This merger allows DT (who owns T-Mobile USA) to walk away from a sinking ship with their bank accounts filled. I love T-Mobile as much as the next reader of this blog, and I’m 100% against this merger, but to call T-Mobile a “sell out” is a poor choice of words on your part. T-Mobile lost a LOT of customers (i.e. money) last year and DT wanted to turn a profit ASAP. It’s that simple.

      • Derrickps3

        you say businesses are in the game to make money? but a GOOD business wouldn’t be bought and have all of it’s good features thrown down the sewers, only to be owned by another business that has little popularity

  • Heisenberg

    Lol, you couldn’t agree more with Sprint?? That’s funny… The only reason you couldn’t agree more is because you will be out of a website and money this site generates for you… AT&T locks up high level intel and would never allow things to leak out like TMO does. I am a TMO employee and am amazed with how many internal decks that are intended for upper level managements eyes, only to suddenly pop up on this site and give competition a leg up on what is going on. To my knowledge AT&T doesn’t have a website like this one (and please don’t say BGR). There is a reason TMO is in the situation that it is and a very small amount of the blame has to go out to this site, sites like this one, and the idiots who leak the stuff over and over again. I really don’t care (as I visit often) but, please don’t say that you are agreeing with Sprint for any other reason than this web site being useless after TMO is gone and the loss of money it creates for you.

    • Anonymous

      What a D-bag… Do you work for t-mobile or wendys. What leak has to do with t-mobile’s situation. I wouldn’t be waiting to buy g-slate if it wasn’t for this website. I love tmobile and love the fact that there is atleast 1 website to discuss for tmobile fan.
      You must be a janitor at Sprint who got fired…

      • Heisenberg

        Lets look at your comments: “What leak has to do with t-mobile’s situation.” “I wouldn’t be waiting to buy g-slate if it wasn’t for this website.” “I love tmobile and love the fact that there is atleast 1 website to discuss for tmobile fan.”

        You have great grammar…. learn to spell and use the English language correctly before you accuse anyone of working at Wendy’s.

        Obviously you don’t comprehend the language well either. I never said anything about phone pics and phone release dates but, when this site posts intel from secure company websites and posts power point slides, and leaks intel on dark projects that is a problem, regardless if you like it or not . You don’t think competitors see that and respond quickly?

        And as far as the G-Slate goes, it is just another android tablet that LG and T-Mobile has you thinking is the next greatest thing… Now run along little boy and talk to me once you can pass 5th grade English

        • Galaxylover

          HEY. Now wait just a minute here. I like Wendy’s. Tone it down.

        • Spooln3

          Says the guy who doesn’t know how to use proper punctuation. Last time I checked this wasn’t High School English, this was a website, that isn’t being watched by the Grammar Police.

        • jarjon76

          If you’re going to critique another person’s grammar, perhaps it would be in your best interest to clean your grammar up. You know what they say about those who live in glass houses.

        • jarjon76

          And you should also take a look at your punctuation skills. For some reason, you seem to fear the comma and period. Why is that?

        • SirWilliam

          Obviously no one here wants to deal with your crap. Get out. You’re probably some 40 year old man that lives with his mother who is trying to comment on this site and make yourself feel tough because you tried to say something mean. No one cares about your idiotic ideas. Whatever your problem is commenting here isn’t gonna do anything. Grow up or GET OUT. Long live TmoNews

    • Bratty

      This is essentially a fan site. Maybe AT&T needs more fans who give a crap?

      • Heisenberg

        I agree that this is a T-Mobile fan boy site but, for you to say…Who gives a crap? Lets see….probably 90% of the internal T-Mobile Employees that are going to lose their jobs when this goes down thats who.

        Believe it or not there are more than just Store Sales Reps and Store Managers that work for this company. Business Development Teams, Regional Account Managers, National Retail Territory Reps, Engineers, Care Reps, I.T. developers, B2B Reps, Advantage Program Reps…. not to mention all those indirect branded store that most of you guys know nothing about.

        AT&T doesn’t have those programs so every single Branded RPS store will be GONE and all those business owners will be GONE, unemployed, all those reps that work in those stores will be gone…. and then you have those old school mom and pap store that will not be able to sell AT&T.

        So you ask who cares? Think about it before making comments that are so ignorant.

        • Spooln3

          @Heisenberg- Did you see a part of the deal that the rest of us didn’t see? Last I checked, nothing has been said or even been laid out as far as jobs and stores go. I think it is ignorant of you to come on here saying that 90% of our jobs will be gone if this takes place. Heres something that you are forgeting…

          1. A ton of ATT employees have been there since it was a bell company, meaning they have 20-30 years, they will be the first to go, I promise you this.
          2. A lot of jobs will not be backfilled due to natural attrition, meaning people will leave, get fired, whatever, and they will not re-hire for those jobs as they may or may not be duplicates with the impending merged company.
          3. While some jobs may be cut, there will be severance pay for those that do get cut, IF they do. (This is a big if because ATT will not be able to operate this new company with their current head count. They will be taking on up to 34 million new customers, this is no small feat, and no doubt they will keep a lot of key SUCCESSFUL groups found within TMo)
          4. Retail will most likely be hit the hardest yes, but that is the nature of any retail position. Its all about numbers, location, age of buildings and location. Did I mention location? Tmo has many stores in prime spots where there are no ATT stores, and vice versa. This will all come down to numbers.

          So I say to you, have you actually thought about what you post before you post it? Yes there will be impacts, not all of them bad. And if you think for a second that Sprint isn’t spouting this crap off because they would be affected by it, you need to think again. They would, as stated before, take a good portion of TMo’s customers if offered by the government should this deal get pushed through with those concessions.

          This isn’t about them looking out for the consumers. Hell they were trying to purchase TMo, If that happened, it would have given them close to 90million customers, and they would be right on par with the other two, so at the end of the day, it would still be the big 3 and if you dont think jobs would have been lost with a Sprint/TMo merger go talk to those former NexTel employees…

        • Heisenberg

          Lol, Spoolin… really?

          First off, yes, I HAVE seen a break down of what the majority of people will get once this happens and what all this would look like.

          Second, I’m not 100% sure what you do for the company or even what channel you work in but, until you understand what I do and what I have seen please don’t throw your nonsense in my face as if you know what is going to happen.

          Third, Retail will not be hit the hardest…

          Fourth, are direct contract holders, wholesalers, tpr managing operators, and indirect dealers going to get a severance or retention package? NO

          Fifth, would AT&T reinterview for positions like SDR (AT&T account executives)? No, they already have a proven work force that is currently servicing NR distribution. They ware not picking up may more NR stores so they will not need to expand their workforce in those areas.

          Sixth, guys making 150k or more a year as RAM, NAM, or BSOM will be gone (don’t care about the severance package) will be obsolete because AT&T is either going to sell those TPR locations to one of their existing partners (who already have AM’s) or they are going to rebrand it to a corporate locations.

          Don’t be surprised if you see what you will be getting severance/retention wise within the next two months and what your options will be… I will not say more than that.

        • Spooln3

          O I am very aware of what will be seen in the next few months as far as retention and severance packages go, however I believe you are not privy to that information no more than I am at this point in time. All you are doing is speculating, and unless you can forward me any information otherwise, thats all it is, speculation. I am not the one on here spouting off numbers, unlike you. All you are doing is fear mongering, and conjuring up the hype machine more than it already is.

          And, Yes, retail will be hit, on both sides, not just one or the other. Contractors will also be let go I am sure, not all of course, but between the two companies, there are plenty to go around. As far as the higher ups, people like BB, and the like are very smart people, and will continue to drive this business forward regardless of who is at the top of the pay check. Again, there are far more executives on the other side of the fence than on ours who have been with ATT for many many years that will be getting helped out the doors long before anyone on our side is considered. As for Phillip, I have no doubts he will be returning home after this has been completed.

        • heisenberg . Its sites like this that keep loyal customers signing new extensions and saving 500-699$ of there money to buy new phones from there 9-10$ an hour jobs.. See I’m sure if your jobs in jeopardy you being an executive probably have 250k in the bank and probably a MBA…. I’m sure the last thing you care about is the basic customer in which is the exact person david the editor of this site does look out for, and the so called dark project leaks… nothing gets leaked up high level that isn’t supposed to be leaked as for someone who’s father was a mid to high level. D.C based FBI agent.

          Your being a prick because you know att blows hard sack and your pissed cuz they probably don’t want your whiney ass.. As for that I can’t say I blame them… thank you very much..

        • Dewey Cox

          Idiots like you hurt the cause.
          You start name calling because you have no valid points to make.
          Lastly…can you translate this earlier post of yours? ::::::::::
          “I will be going to sprint the dayvthe evo 3d come out unless the doj ircthe fcc makes tgis buy out a distanr memoty…. :-( at least sprints pricing plan us compqrible to T-Mobile unlike At&t which is rediculous.”

        • Your logic is flawed and while I’d love to say I don’t have the time nor the inclination to respond to your accusation that sites like this one are partially responsible for the downfall of T-Mobile I’ll do it anyway. Can you prove in any shape for form that leaked intel is responsible for the companies financial position? More so, do you honestly believe in your little ivory tower that some of the aforementioned leaks aren’t handled by the company itself in order to drum up buzz and excitement over a coming product. You seem to talk like you know so much but in fact it comes off as understanding very little.

          90% of the staff will be laid off? Again, from where are you coming up with that number? Did you pick it out of a hat?

          More to the point and I hope it doesn’t break your bubble or knock you out of your ivory tower but obviously the site has become a business for me. It takes time, energy and money to make this happen and if you think for one minute I haven’t contemplated the future you’d be wrong. I hate to continue bursting your bubble though as this site will evolve with the company I love and morph as it needs to. If it has to become an AT&T fan site, so be it.

          Leaks are going to happen and continue long post the existence of this site, Engadget, BGR or any other high profile tech blog. They are simply the nature of the beast in a world where people want to know everything right away. So long as there is an audience for them, people will provide them. However, to sit there and say they are in some way responsible for the companies plight is just nieve.

        • Heisenberg

          Good luck getting AT&T to leak dark project info and intel off of their secured internal websites David. Hopefully the people at AT&T aren’t as clueless as who ever was doing it for you at T-mobile. It was fun while it lasted.

        • Spooln3

          lol the only reason you don’t see it as much with ATT right now is because no one really cares, and they tend to not keep big phone and the like releases under their until the day before the launch like T-Mo does. You are kidding yourself though if you really believe that people at other companies don’t take screenshots or get a hold of the decks like we have seen on here. They do, people are people, regardless of who they work for.

        • Cry_me_a_river

          Heisenbag, you are a DOOOOSH.

          Yeah, leaking a BOGO deal is really what caused your corporate daddy’s to sell you out. Right, buddy….

          And yeah, I passed on the mediocre MT4G, to instead wait on a Nexus S or perhaps G2X or Pyramid…all of which I learned about on this site. You’re saying my non-purchase of a MT4G is going to cost you your job?? Right on pal. AT&T would love to hire a playa like you :)

        • Derrickps3


        • Anonymous

          Poor oh poor heinsberg. He/she is as cluless as the doctor was when it was born. People like heinsberg are why condoms were invented and abortions came to be. Why discuss garbage about opinionated facts that revolve around nothing? Thanks to this site many have stayed with tmo, even envy us customers, but people like him/her who diss great people that work at wendys (not me) is just sad lol. But we deep down know that good ol’ wendys is where he/she likes to only eat, enclosed in his mothers dark basement.

        • Dewey Cox

          Your statement, “More so, do you honestly believe that some of the aforementioned leaks aren’t handled by the company itself in order to drum up buzz and excitement over a coming product.” is very true. Many of the leaked info was never even seen in the field before it was posted here or other sites. It came from further up the food chain.

        • Anonymous

          “more fans who give a crap” not “Who gives a crap”

    • Anonymous

      Leaked Verizon roadmap points to likely releases in April, May http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/androidcentral/~3/prG2iY4gBJs/leaked-verizon-roadmap-points-likely-releases-april-may i also recall verizon having a leaked roadmap last year as well. I guess at&t never had any noteworthy leaks was because they were always about the iphone. So your theory that leaked internal documents are the reason for tmousa demise is false. I see things like the mytouch slide, garminfone (for $199.99) and Motorola charm being launched while other carriers were launching the Droid X, iphone 4, and Evo as other options.

  • Anonymous

    Another angle here… Sprint could be pushing this opposition so that it can get a big chunk of divested T-mobile customers.

    We’ll know a lot more when the govt starts making their conditions. Sprint may have its’ objections disappear overnight once they get a cut of the deal.

    • TMOprophet

      You may have some legit talking points here, but you are pretty quick to blame this site and Tmo customers who visit it as the reason tmo would go out. Leaking of info, while you argue gives the competition a leg up, I would argue can excite customers and create sales booms on hyped devices. Not to mention that tmo is hardly ever ahead of the competition anyway..so that argument is fundamentally wrong, because tmo is usually last to offer what everyone has been craving…at least in recent times.You say you are a tmo employee, well I guess you have something to lose as well. Maybe that’s why your really mad…stop blaming blog sites

      • Anonymous

        i think you replied to the wrong person as i’m not employed by t-mobile, never said anything about leaked info, and have never mentioned any sort of anger????

      • Heisenberg

        Ok lets go over this gain… I just said that:
        1. I visit the site
        2. I only had an issue with internal sensitive information being posted… intel off internal webpages
        3. Shots of power point presentations being posted.

        I agree on the sales hype of devices… I thought I pointed that out but, I guess not.. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT.

        This site has continuously posted dark project leaks (by T-Mobile employees)… BOGO offers that we end up having to cancel because the cat is out of the bag… all phones free leaks, the site put out intel on Even more and Even more plus pricing ahead of time, I can go on and on…

        Lastly, the original point of the whole thing was that whoever is the original poster/editor of this article says… he couldn’t agree more with Sprint…. and I said the only reason they couldn’t agree more is because they will be out of a website and money this site generates for them

        • Anonymous

          The leaks and other”sensitive’ info is what almost all sites are based off of. It’s called getting the story first. Its what keeps news services alive. Its what keeps customers staying with certain companies awhile longer. Its what keeps you looking forward to the next big thing. Idiot. Its what keeps you coming to this site. And bye the way , of course the editor of tmonews would not support an buyout from another company. This person has family and livelihood to take care of. If some company was threatening to take over your job and possibily let you go, you would oppose the takeover also. So don’t be a hypocrite. You would do the same genius ..

        • my2cents

          Who do you think is leaking this information? If TMO US, and DT really cared about leaking this information, they can and would make the information more private. How many AT&T rumors were out there before the news hit?? ZERO. It caught everyone by surprise, where were the sold called experts ie. Bloomberg who had “reputable sources” saying that a Sprint deal was in the works.

          If T-mobile really didn’t want the information to leak out, then they would have all parties involved sign a confidentiality agreement before they enter the project. Since this T-mobile, versus possibly deciding to churn off for another offer. Is it no secret that All Phones are Free days were scheduled around Iphone launches. Of course T-mobile wants to get the information out early maybe even before the projects are final. Dangling the carrot in front of the customer, to try and hold them long enough to skip the Iphone and stay with T-mobile.

  • Getreal

    The only question I pose is, when competition is dwindled down to less and less, who ends up winning? I am glad Apple got into the phone market. It pushed a whole new era of mobile including pushing Blackberry to create and innovate and also made Windows better.

    When competition leaves, that is bad for the consumer but good for the companies that remain. There is no argument to be made for the AT&T merger. If someone wants better coverage, then go out and buy an AT&T or Verizon phone now. If you can live with TMo coverage then it is there for a discount. Competition is good for us. For all of you that are for this merger, have fun paying through the nose in a few years when your mobile phone bill is sky high.

    • jarjon76

      I don’t see how anyone could be for this merger. Like you touched on, plans will most likely sky rocket and there will be no real competition for AT&T and Verizon. And this talk about coverage being improved is a bunch of hot air as far as I’m concerned. I see a clogged network with so many all in one place (AT&T). You see how AT&T can’t handle all of the iphone usage how are they going to handle an additional 30 million subscribers? Combining T-Mobile’s network with AT&T’s can only take you so far. I see no benefit in this merger.

      • Getreal

        Amen to the coverage thing, too. We will have higher bills, slower network, and the good customer service will just boil down to long hold times and poor customer relations (notice the word service is omitted).

        • jarjon76

          I’m just as angry as losing T-Mobile excellent CS as I am losing its plans. Those are 2 things T-Mobile has that the other “big 3” can’t compete with and now those are going to be gone if this goes through.

  • Anonymous

    After evaluating this a bit more… I’m starting to get the idea that Sprint could be pushing this opposition so that it can get a big chunk of divested T-mobile customers.

    We’ll know a lot more when the govt starts making their conditions. Sprint may have its’ objections disappear overnight once they get a cut of the deal.

    • Frigadroid

      Well sure I want a piece of the pie too. Don’t think I along with others will try and manipulate the system? I hope to get a sweet deal on an lte phone, if not free and or discounted bundle package when it comes time to upgrade. If there is nothing in it for me I will find the best deal available for me at that time. All options will be considered and they know that as well.

    • Anonymous

      Could be huh?



    • Anonymous

      O.k stupid…just kiddin

    • After evaluating this a bit more… I’m starting to get the idea that Sprint could be pushing this opposition so that it can get a big chunk of divested T-mobile customers.

      We’ll know a lot more when the govt starts making their conditions. Sprint may have its’ objections disappear overnight once they get a cut of the deal.

    • galaxylover


    • Perrjett82

      I don’t think your stupid, I just think you’re overlooking the value offered from T-Mobile with your family plan versus AT&T with their family plans, hopefully both with smartphones otherwise you can’t really compare. I dont know if your smart phone would happen to be an iPhone, but you’re data cap is twice as high with T-Mobile, for less, depending on the phones you have and where you are you could ALREADY get “4G like speeds” of which you’re not being charged extra for, and the highest data you can get with AT&T is 2GB for about $40…We’re capped at 5GB for $34.99 and throttled afterwards.

      I think you’re getting a lot more with T-mobile than with AT&T as far as customer service and value in your plan. Everyone will eventually be affected by whoever takes over T-Mobile it just depends on how much your pocket will flex.

    • you are stupid as you are asking for it !

    • Lurio


  • the_truth

    w0w–posts turned sour.

    I must say that I too wonder where I’ll be in a year. One thing they’ve always said is “One thing is consistent at T-Mobile–and that is change.”. Think I’ll ride it out and see where it leads.

    I agree that adding 34 million new customers needs that extra help for all the calls that will come in to CC.

    Heard that AT&T CC is only open 9-6

    • Where opposed to T-Mobile, it’s 24 hours. If your phone starts acting really stupid at 4am, their open =]

      • DetroitTechnoFan

        Been there done that!

        • Adriang2

          Me too!

  • I will be going to sprint the dayvthe evo 3d come out unless the doj ircthe fcc makes tgis buy out a distanr memoty…. :-( at least sprints pricing plan us compqrible to T-Mobile unlike At&t which is rediculous….

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    Glad somebody is taking an official stance

  • sidekik

    I don’t care anymore….

  • Anonymous

    Were just gonna have to wait and see how this all plays out when the time comes. My guess is that the deal falls through — if not, then “robust” LTE is what it better be!

  • Mtnman

    Can’t believe that Sprint is sticking up for us, okay we’ll there not. They’re just looking out for themselves like any company would. After all Sprint as been bleeding both customers and money for years now. And with this Clearwire/WiMax situation going on it’s just gonna go from bad to worst.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Tmo is popular, didn’t know so many people wanted to be his friend after he said he was leaving

  • wanda stevens

    I think sprint should be part of the at&t not with vrizen, i hate vrizen, I’m with sprint and i would love for at&t be apart of sprint

  • Ben

    Am I the only one who’s really excited for this? I’ve wanted out of my tmobile contract since I got in.

    • my2cents

      T-mobile owns your contract until the deal closes. So your stuck for at least another year, if your contract goes that long. Once AT&T owns it, you will still be under contract, so you will still be stuck.

      • TweetMo

        That’s right.
        Too many people are saying that once ATT buys TMo that people will be given a release.
        While that may happen, it legally doesn’t have to happen. The value in T-Mobile IS their contracts… it’s what makes the company “sale-able”.
        Try selling T-Mobile without any subscribers… you won’t receive offers of $39B, that’s for sure.

  • Eli

    Gooooooo Sprint Stop this madness…. lol

  • -Taylor Gang-

    I smell a over saturation of the I-Phone…..great

    • buns21

      Sprint Stop crying you will never be number one like always sprint always have to cry……..

  • Cupcake

    I for one thinks it is an April Fools joke. Being that that is my birthday and I love a good birthday joke..this is not that funny!

    • Cupcake

      But hooray for Sprint!!!

  • Mark

    While I have no desire to see this sale/bandwidth gluttony go through, the thing that nags at me is, “what happens if it doesn’t?” I live in Maine, and it wasn’t too many years ago that Verizon sold their Northern New England (ME-NH-VT) landline business (they were our surviving RBOC) to Fairpoint. When the Public Utilities Commission asked them what their plans were if the sale were disallowed, they essentially said, “Uh… um… we got nothin’.” They had no thoughts except to get out of the less-lucrative rural states. So, what is Deutsche Telekom’s plan for their US business if this sale is disallowed? They already proved in the UK that they didn’t want to be 3rd, they’ve said that they have no roadmap to get to LTE in the US, and their European stockholders probably couldn’t care less about how great their US customer service is if it’s detracting from the overall corporate balance sheet (DT stock jumped over a euro on the news). It doesn’t look good for TMo as we’ve known it, regardless of what happens with this sale.

    • the_truth

      Amen Brother!(fellow Mainer)

  • Lurio

    All CUSTOMERS from T-MOBILE switch to SPRINT.

    • kmarti

      Idiot. T-Mobile is not the one turning their backs on loyal customers and employees. It’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom.

      • TweetMo

        Right on.
        Gotta remember that some of these people on here may be 14 y/o kids who talk big, but they’re just clueless about business in the real world.

  • whosaidwhat

    What do we have here? Now you know why AT&T is so confident this deal will go through. They have the big guns. I don’t care if this thing takes 8, 12, 18 or 24 months, this thing is a done deal.


    • Havoktek

      Done Deal, Big Business is big business, we have no say or power. It’s all up to the politicians and lobbyist now. Who stands to lose and who stands to gain for them.
      For us the consumer it doesnt matter, cause they know we have no where else to go..
      This is why we have monopoly rules, however money talks and bitchin’ rides the frakkin’ bus!
      My two cents finally ……

      TMO USA is DONE………….


  • Budnum8

    Screw Sprint.
    If they blocked it and tm went under then what?
    Att may not be the best that’s for sure, but give them a chance.
    CDMA sucks, Sprint and their stupid 4g/premium phone fees can screw off.

    • Lurio

      I did gave AT&T a chance their customer service sucks!!!
      So i move to T-MOBILE i was HAPPPY now that they are doing this BS IM moving with SPRINT !!!

      • Anonymous

        If you think AT&T’s customer service sucked, have fun with Sprint! Theirs is the worst in the industry… I went to Verizon.

  • Anonymous


  • Dork

    I’m gonna say it. It wont go through. I willing to bet my future sanity on it.

    • Derrickps3

      i’m with you dork, lol

  • funny how just last night,sprints ceo was on a commercial talking about the definition of “unlimited”. either it’s new and a poke at att, or i’m not watching enough tv.

  • Ali

    Sprints just mad that they didnt have enough money to lock in there deal. But whatever you cant blame how they feel since if this deal goes through they will be permanently in last place.

  • NO_ATT

    i agree w/ what sprint is saying and i said the same thing… however, i hope the government doesnt listen to them, theyre just bitching about the fact they lost the deal. i guarantee that if it happens and att is denied sprint will JUMP ON IT and buy tmobile the next morning…

    att is terrible, but sprint is even worse, with crappier reception…. if sprint gets its way… i swear…… o.O D<

  • Leuschen John

    I carry both AT&T (company provided) and TMobile (personal). Hand down the customer service of T Mobile is the greatest. If this merger goes through, I will jump ship over to Sprint. As one of T Mobile longest continues user, I will not support AT&T.

  • Kaz063

    SPRINT SUCKS – they do not even provide there employees with desk phones. they have laid off so mny people in the kc area that they rent space on their campus…there customer service stinks among many others things…they treat their current employees like a bunch of pigs so i will not support them.. i hope the att/tmobile merger goes through so tht they can finally pput sprint out of its misery

  • Whatever the Sprint has released on this a much discussed topic, but it will create some controversies, I guess. Often we have seen bigger brands has released such kind statement on each other.