Choice Quotes From The AT&T And T-Mobile FCC Public Interest Filing

After taking some time and reading the full Public Interest Filing AT&T and T-Mobile filed yesterday, I’ve put together a metric TON of choice quotes from the document to give some perspective. To preface these quotes, some of them require context (and I therefore urge you to read the whole filing found at the link at the end of the post) but in the interest of time and energy, I’ve tried to choose quotes that are self-explanatory. My own takeaway from this document is that:

  1. Both companies are better off with each other than apart.
  2. The document pretty much adopts a “woe is me” attitude for AT&T and that both companies are dead in the water without each other.
  3. AT&T desperately needs T-Mobile spectrum and T-Mobile doesn’t need T-Mobile spectrum since they are no longer a significant competitor in the marketplace.
  4. I’ve literally lost count of the number of times AT&T calls T-Mobile irrelevant in the market. Seriously, I’ve lost count.
  5. Leap, Cricket, US Cellular and MetroPCS have begun dominance in the value leader role that T-Mobile once held and as such, have lead toward the T-Mobile descent into a lack of relevancy.
  6. AT&T is far too worried about Verizon, Sprint and those “mavericks” like MetroPCS and Leap to worry about T-Mobile.
  7. AT&T believes T-Mobile has no clear path to an LTE rollout.
  8. The wireless world is doomed if they don’t merge. DOOMED.


  • T-Mobile USA and AT&T are not close competitors, and other providers already fill—or could easily move to fill—the competitive role T-Mobile USA occupies today.”
  • T-Mobile USA likewise faces capacity constraints in a number of key markets.  It also has no clear path to deploy LTE services because it has already dedicated its spectrum resources to today’s less spectrally efficient technologies.  T-Mobile USA also faces new questions about its long-term capital support, in part because its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, must dedicate significant capital resources to broadband deployment in Germany and the rest of Europe. Indeed, Deutsche Telekom recently announced that, in light of its capital constraints, T-Mobile USA can no longer rely on its parent for investment funding and must instead “fund its future itself.”
  • This transaction will also give TMobile USA’s 34 million customers access to LTE services that will surpass T-Mobile USA’s current services in performance and network efficiency.  In addition, T-Mobile USA’s customers will have greatly expanded in-home and rural coverage and rapid access to a broader device portfolio.  And, as in AT&T’s prior acquisitions, consumers will have the option to keep their current T-Mobile USA pricing plans for existing services.
  • T-Mobile USA’s network and spectrum resources will add substantial value to this highly competitive marketplace when they are combined with AT&T’s network and spectrum resources to produce the output-enhancing synergies discussed in this submission.  As a standalone company, however, T-Mobile USA would continue to face substantial commercial and spectrum-related challenges.  It confronts increased competition from industry mavericks such as MetroPCS, Leap, and others; its percentage of U.S. subscribers has been falling for nearly two years; and it has no clear path to LTE.
  • T-Mobile USA’s absence from the marketplace will not have a significant competitive impact, particularly vis-à-vis AT&T.  AT&T is more focused on Verizon and Sprint than on TMobile USA, and AT&T too is seeing increased competitive threats from rapidly growing mavericks like MetroPCS and Leap and other providers.  These other competitors can quickly replace the diminished market role T-Mobile USA plays today—and indeed have already begun to do so.
  • …this increase in network density will mean that the combined company’s GSM and UMTS networks will have greater capacity than the sum of the two companies’ separate networks
  • As noted, T-Mobile USA’s AWS spectrum is currently dedicated to relatively less efficient HSPA+ technology.  Over time, at a rate that will vary by market, the combined company will be able to (1) migrate T-Mobile USA subscribers off the
  • AWS spectrum to AT&T’s UMTS bands, which merger synergies will have made less congested, (2) upgrade them to LTE service, or (3) pursue some combination of these two. This process generally will take time because it will require the affected T-Mobile USA UMTS subscribers to obtain new handsets, given that their current handsets cannot provide UMTS service outside the AWS band and cannot provide LTE service on any band.  But the transaction eventually will enable AT&T to free up T-Mobile USA’s AWS spectrum for higher performing and more spectrally efficient LTE service.
  • Finally, as described above, T-Mobile USA has no clear path to providing LTE service with its current spectrum holdings because it is already serving millions of customers on its AWS spectrum using less spectrally efficient HSPA+ technologies.  This transaction will provide a clear path for migrating T-Mobile USA customers to more efficient LTE services, thereby enabling the combined company to further expand output.
  • And because AT&T will adopt the best practices of each company, AT&T expects that its customers will benefit from T-Mobile USA’s industry-leading customer care practices.
  • As T-Mobile USA’s UMTS subscribers migrate to the AT&T network, they too will benefit from better in-building penetration and broader coverage—indeed, more than double the geographic coverage for UMTS they have today.
  • Finally, the transaction will enhance the diversity of rate plans available to T-Mobile USA customers.  Consumers who are happy with their T-Mobile USA rate plans will be able to keep them, so they will enjoy the benefits of improved service quality and thus a lower quality adjusted price.  Moreover, T-Mobile USA customers who wish to consider other options will have access to AT&T’s broad selection of rate plans, such as basic/senior plans available to customers 65 years and older, individual entry-level plans starting as low as 200 minutes per month, and plans with expanded weekend hours, and rollover minutes. addition, they will benefit from free mobile-to-mobile calling to a substantially expanded customer base.
  • To be clear, consumers will not have to make any changes to their T-Mobile USA services or devices upon the close of this transaction.  Their handsets will continue to work, and they can remain on their current rate plans.  The transaction merely gives them the highly valuable option to take advantage of more advanced service technologies, a broader range of devices, and additional rate plans.
  • T-Mobile USA has faltered because, among its other challenges, it occupies an uncomfortable position between higher-end providers and value competitors.  On the one hand, it has been undersold by MetroPCS, Leap, and others in the provision of budget-oriented services. And on the other hand, it “lacks a clear path to deployment of LTE that is necessary for it to compete robustly in the U.S. longer term,” particularly for high-end mobile broadband services. , “T-Mobile’s competitive position is probably best summarized in J.P. Morgan’s recent comment that T-Mobile is ‘struggling for relevance.'”  For all of these reasons, it is not a significant competitive constraint on AT&T.
  • As discussed, DT has turned increasing attention to its European operations at the expense of its American subsidiary and, in January 2011, announced that T-Mobile USA can no longer rely on its parent for investment support and must instead “fund its future itself.”
  • This transaction also will not harm competition for business customers because AT&T and T-Mobile USA are not frequent or close competitors in that space.
  • T-Mobile USA has a more limited offering, since it sells more basic wireless services and has no wireline operations.  In short, T-Mobile USA is not a significant player in this customer segment, and where it does appear, there are other, stronger competitors involved as well.
  • For all of these reasons, while consumers will benefit tremendously from the integration of these two companies’ networks, the elimination of T-Mobile USA as a standalone provider will not substantially reduce competition in any relevant market.

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  • “To be clear, consumers will not have to make any changes to their T-Mobile USA services or devices upon the close of this transaction. Their handsets will continue to work, and they can remain on their current rate plans. The transaction merely gives them the highly valuable option to take advantage of more advanced service technologies, a broader range of devices, and additional rate plans…”

    yes, but for how long!?! We all know this is complete BS, as ATT has already said TMO devices will be relegated to only being able to use EDGE.

    • by the time your phone is only able to use edge you probably will have another phone and if not you have a reason to have AT&T give you a new phone.

      • ex-sklx user

        when they switch over the tmo bands everyone is gonna be forced into a new handset and forced into paying more for the same crap to work again.

    • Mopar6464

      This is why you wait until the last posssible moment before the take over to extend your T-mobile 2 year contract and get a new phone that Has the AT&T 3G specs.
      That way you can keep your cheap rate plan from T-Mobile and get 3G coverage that actually works outside the bigger cities.

      • Camille

        until you are forced to purchase an LTE-compatible phone from AT&T once they have eliminated their own 3G frequencies. At that point, you’ll have to switch to an AT&T rate plan.

        • Mopar6464

          No , you then buy one Not Under Contract.
          New or Used depends on your personal needs.
          They can only force to a new contract if you agree to sign a 2 year contract subsidizing a new phone through them.

  • AdrianMT4G

    They can sit here and say all these bad things about t mobile but none about themselves. Lets just say this deal does go through and us 34mil people want an iPhone. At&t will be right back where they are with a bogged down network.

    Also, what does lamet&t know about 4g/lte when they don’t even have that type of network yet? HSPA+ works pretty well and is reliable in my area. Its faster than any other network around here.

    Anyway, screw you at&t. T-MOBILE FTW!

    • AT&T does have an HSPA+ network and they are lighting up LTE in the summer.

      • AdrianMT4G

        Ok thanks for the clarification.. I don’t like them so I don’t pay them any attention! Lol

      • J1

        what hspa+ network? last i checked its still being kept in check across all markets. they have topped their hspa+ to a max of 7.2MB…..TMo at max currently across 10 markets(more by yrs end) at 42MB. Who really has a HSPA+ network?

      • lmao more like HSPA- and LTEmpty. im sorry, that was my mean side blurting out nonsense. continue on nothing to see here

        • AdrianMT4G


  • Anonymous

    “two heads are better than verizon and sprint”-by me….luis montoya

    ; )

  • ATL guy

    I have such crap reception that I look forward to AT&T coming in and laying waste to T-Mobile.

    • Mopar6464

      Same here , i’m sick of getting Edge most of the time while paying for 3G service on T-Mobile.

  • Denverbronco1023

    Goodbye T-Mobile…

  • Denverbronco1023

    I dont think ill be buying any new phones. Here we come Verizon!

    • Mopar6464

      Enjoy those grossly overpriced rate palns.
      And by the way , they have spotty drop call areas too.

      • Annacaligurl3

        Yes there overpriced but cmon they don’t drop as much calls as t-mobile does and t-mobiles coverage is a joke when compared to verizon. Yes verizon may have some bad spots were it drops calls but not as much as t-mobile and u know that. I have Verizon and I pay $180 bucks for 1 phone. Because I got everything unlimited minutes,internet etc.. but hey at least I got reception in underground subway trains,elevators were all my friends on t-mobile have no service. So to me its worth it I don’t care if its expensive at least as I have signal everywhere I go. I don’t really travel overseas so I don’t need gsm, but if I ever do have to go out that’s were my verizon bb storm2 comes in handy.

        • Mopar6464

          True , can’t really compare T-mobile to Verizon , but pay twice as much for the same coverage you can get with a grandfathered T-Mobile plan when AT&T takes over.
          I pay $59.99/month unlimited everything on T-Mobile right now. Verizon or AT&T can’t match that so i’ll take AT&T with my grandfathered T-Mobile plan when nit happens.
          People talk alot of trash about AT&T , but my brother who is a police officer and most of his units are on AT&T and it blows away Verizon they Did have to bits.
          Verizon has a very stiff CS department with billing issues as well.
          In the end i guess it’s all about coverage in your area.

    • commonsense

      have fun paying twice as much. ill stick with my $60 unlimited everything and get grand fathered in at that rate on ATT. Same great price, more better coverage.

      verizon fuckin sucks. enjoy.

      • Mopar6464

        Damn straight , Verizon Blows Major Chunks with hidden charges as well on their monthly bills.

  • Anonymous

  • Xajuran

    It’s really just a secret play by apple to get more of it’s iPhones out there. At&t aren’t vying for world domination, it’s really Steve jobs pulling the puppetmaster strings! Muhahahahah!

    • Jobs is the antichrist, currently heading the illuminati. we are all doomed by the “I”. Itouch, Ipad, Iphone.. coming soon Itoaster,ITV, Ibed along with the Imatress and matching Ipillows.

  • Petey

    This is the reason why I’m not renewing 3 of my lines… If this does go through then I will have a choice to either stay or go with other carrier. We will see. But with the AT&T bs… I don’t want to do business with them.

    • peteyhater

      not renewing will only help t-mobile lose revenue which is why they are looking to sell in the first place…..

      • Mopar6464

        Does’nt really matter , T-Mobile is done anyways.
        But renewing at the last moment before the take over will lock in your cheap T-Mobile rate plans.

        • Petey

          I’m just afraid that locking into 2 years with t-mobile, then AT&T decides that they want to turn off AWS and make us transfer to AT&T with their pricing & phones… (something like how they did with TDMA to GSM)… if I recall correctly. I rather wait until it get approve and take it from there.

        • Mopar6464

          Then just pick up a new phone Off Contract if they do.

    • Anonymous

      If you renew your services, in all likelihood, you’ll already be a year into that 2 year contract…and if they force you to change something, you should be legally allowed to cancel your contract without any penalty.

      • henley

        yup this is 100% true i talked to T-mobiles customer care yesterday and they said if AT&T forces me to change to one of their plans by law i can cancel my contract and go else where… so i renewed my contract for another 2 years =] been with t-mobile for 8 years now and i will be with them till the end (cross fingers there wont be an end)

    • commonsense

      you dont need to ‘renew’. just stick with your current plan and get grandfathered in at your current rate. you’ll get more coverage at the same price. whats the problem?

      • Mopar6464

        Good point , but with no contract on the table AT&T does’nt have to honor that grandfather plan.
        They state , “Consumers will not have to make any changes to their T-Mobile USA services or devices upon the close of this transaction. Their handsets will continue to work, and they can remain on their CURRENT RATE PLANS.”

        • Petey

          That’s what they pretty much say if you don’t want to upgrade your phone, but once you upgrade your phone, you gotta go with their plans, that why I left them from the beginning when I was with AT&T Wireless (cingular bought them out and changed name to AT&T Mobility). Most likely they will try to F us up by turning off AWS so we can only use edge, and convert us to AT&T plans.

        • Mopar6464

          Dude, just buy a another phone outright,No Contract.
          Then they can’t change your grandfathered T-Mobile plan.

        • commonsense

          well they can, but they’re not going to. I know people that are still currently using there cingular plans for minutes.

          Anyone jumping ship now is just dumb. At least wait till they force you out of your tmobile plan (which is many years away). You’re not going to find a better plan anywhere else.

        • Mopar6464

          No they Can’t.
          You have a written agreement with T-mobile which they bought,not merged.
          If your under a conract , they have to honor that until it atleast ends or let you leave with no strings attached.

        • ToeShot

          They already have stated that they are. There is no grandfather clause when you upgrade phones. Unless you never plan on getting a new phone.

        • Mopar6464

          Don’t buy that new phone under contract.
          Buy it outright with NO contract therefor you are not upgrading into their AT&T rate plans.
          And you keep your cheap T-mobile rate plan.

        • ToeShot

          That is not a bad Idea. I like it :o)

        • Mopar6464

          That’s what my wifes side of the family does when AT&T bought their old cell company out.
          That way you never upgrade into their rate plans but you have to buy the phones outright.
          Major savings in the long run if you add it all up.

      • Petey

        The problem is AT&T. You should’ve known the problem from the start, That’s why a lot of people are against this merge. I was first with AT&T Wireless then Cingular bought them out, and changed name to AT&T. I forgot the reason why I left AT&T to T-Mobile, but haven’t regret since. I just don’t want to do service with AT&T, unless they treat their customer better than how they are treat them now then maybe.

  • Anonymous

    “And, as in AT&T’s prior acquisitions, consumers will have the option to keep their current T-Mobile USA pricing plans for EXISTING services.”

    So this means as “true 4G” becomes available you won’t be able to use it without changing your plan, which means all of us t-mo users will be cranking out 30 to 50 dollars more a month if we want to stay with the times. This is something t-mo wouldn’t do by it self… AT&T, go cry to your own mamma…

    • Mopar6464

      “To be clear, consumers will not have to make any changes to their T-Mobile USA services or devices upon the close of this transaction. Their handsets will continue to work, and they can remain on their current rate plans. The transaction merely gives them the highly valuable option to take advantage of more advanced service technologies, a broader range of devices, and additional rate plans.”

      • ToeShot

        Did you not read the part that if TMO users want to update they will need to a more expensive and less valuable AT&T plan? The update would be Purchasing a new phone.

        • Mopar6464

          Yes i did , and when that happens you go buy that new LTE phone Off Contract and you won’t have to sign a new AT&T contract that they want you to do because you won’t be subsidizing anything.
          You tell them the new IMEI number off your new LTE phone and smile.
          Most people won’t buy a phone outright because they say its to much.
          But i’ll gladly pay that than sign a new AT&T contract and pay Double the amount monthly for two more years.


        • Unless the phone is unlocked, you’ll have to sign a new contract, because your T-Mobile SIM isn’t going to work in it.

          And, no, don’t expect them to “lock” their phones in such a way that T-Mobile SIMs will work – when Cingular (as it was) took over the original AT&T Wireless, they didn’t set things up so that AT&T SIMs would work in Cingular/new AT&T phones.

        • Kerry

          I was with AT&T before the Cingular thing… that sucked. It was fine to leave me on the ‘old’ AT&T network until my phone died and they only had Cingular phones with Cingular plans to offer (for more money of course).

          Just seems like more of the same coming down on us if the deal goes through… when, not if IMO.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t want this merger to go thru either, however concerning this specific topic, what’s the big deal? If AT&T were to offer newer services, and speeds, they are in their right to force you to change to the new plan if you want these shiny new services. T-Mobile even does this to their own customers. All those years ago when I had the $20 sidekick plan, I was allowed to keep it…until I decided to get a new phone, and new services…so my plan increased $10/mo. This isn’t evil, this isn’t something that only AT&T would implement.

      • ToeShot

        Plans Change and Increase due to current technology. The problem is AT&T has shitty technology, shitty customer service and shitty service. this is what TMO customer will experience. It would take years for AT&T to make all the changes need to provide what they claim to provide with this acquisition. They claim that we can see it in as little as nine months. that is a lie. It would take that long to get the network transferred over. There would still be the upgrade that AT&T would need to do to catch up to the TMO network just so everyone on AT&T would see the improved performance, that alone could take 1 to 3 years. Then to move everything to an LTE network would take another year or two, I would suspect more for how large the network is, by then the technology is outdated and AT&T can’t afford to keep up with the smaller networks that can through money at the network to stay cutting edge. If Sprint was a GSM capable network they would be flying right now. Unfortunately we will never see what AT&T promises, there hands are into this merger, Possibly acquiring DISH Network, witch would put more of a strain on their network. after dishing out all this money the revenue from the acquisitions will not be there for years for AT&T to use to do anything positive to there network. So stuck with shitty service as it has always has been with AT&T, or should I say MA Bell of the new millennium.

  • 4G_or_not_4G

    AT&T doesn’t care about their customers. Look how they treated their Iphone customers for many years preventing them from being able to send video, and pictures. Flash forward to the present and they advertise the Atrix “most powerful phone ever” (their words) and these guys are barely getting 3G speeds, yet it is a 4g phone…Let T-Mobile merge with somebody who really cares about their customers and not just their bottom line

    • Mopar6464

      Neither does Verizon once they have your signature and contract.

      • screwed no matter what. maybe i’ll upgrade my contract right before the deal is done to lock in my plan, since they say “Consumers who are happy with their T-Mobile USA rate plans will be able to keep them, so they will enjoy the benefits of improved service quality and thus a lower quality adjusted price.” we’ll see…. btw Verizon and Sprint sucks the same

        • Kerry

          True, but at least with VZW or Sprint they don’t dictate what you can and can’t load on your phone (side loading apps).

          My biggest complaint about VZW was they shitty SW they loaded onto phones that required you to ONLY use their accessories (like trying to use a USB cable to charge a VZW Razr wouldn’t work). At least VZW isn’t doing that to Android phones…

  • Anonymous

    “The wireless world is doomed if they don’t merge. DOOMED.”

    Come on now David, you know that’s not true. If AT&T is the only GSM carrier in the United States, innovation would be doomed! Just look at what happen to Canada..

    +1 if you agree.

    • I think you missed the sarcasm.

      • Anonymous

        Ahhh, totally miss that one. You are unpredictable -__-

  • J1

    “…T-Mobile USA’s AWS spectrum is currently dedicated to relatively less efficient HSPA+ technology”

    Really? Then why has TMo been kicking ass and taking names in the mobile internet arena. Its a joke that At&t claims “fastest mobile broadband”; its clear that they have no clear path to LTE. Poor mis-management of resources and funds.

    TMo is no saint either. Theyre biggest flaw is backhaul of network (ie EGDE based areas) and horrid marketing strategy.

    • peter fitzenwell

      They had their hand up crapples ass for the iPhone instead of funding for 4g …bunch of dikus’

  • Anonymous

    F U AT&T. T-Mobile for such a low level provider as you call them then how is it they provide a service that puts out twice the data speeds that your # 1 rated company you call it has??? They could if they choose to turn this company around and make it a true competitor in the market. I can go to any Network I choose, I choose T-Mobile. They give me the best plan, very fast data speeds and their customer assistance is 2nd to none. I truely hope they decide to stick around and make AT&T sweat it out. AT&T needs T-Mobile, not the other way around. With the right leadership T-Mobile could do well in this market. Again, I hoe they choose to stay.

    • Mopar6464

      Keep dreaming , T-Mobile is done.
      They want out period , in case you have’nt been keeping up on current events.

      • ToeShot

        It is not that T-Mobile USA wants out. It is the parent company who is looking to get a quick buck. in my opinion, as they will still supply wireless over seas

        • Mopar6464

          True , but DT wants out of the USA cell business.
          T-mobile is done either way.

        • ToeShot

          Unfortunatley this is true. if the merger doesn’t happen TMO can only be self sufficient so long. Then it is Chapter 13 or sell at a hell of a lot cheaper price.

        • Which wouldn’t be a problem with a nice AWS spectrum and $3 billion cash infusion when AT&T fails.

        • ToeShot

          Only Problem there is the TD probably won’t send any of that money to TMO USA :o(

        • Mopar6464

          Even if AT&T fails , 3 Billion will only help them tread water until the next buyer comes along.
          DT does not want a US cell business anymore. They will eventually sell it to someone else and god forbid it won’t be Sprint.
          Sprint sucks the big one in call clarity and CS.
          Been there done that , never again. What a nightmare they were.

        • Mark

          Does Sprint still have their nationwide fiber-optic network? Call clarity was their original selling point; hence the “pin drop” commercials that are still echoed in their logo (that’s what the yellow thing is). You’d think that they’d be able to hook their towers directly into it.


    press conference start……..shut up at&t your are stupid…… press conference end.

  • Cjvhjvdjfvhjb

    t mobile fine at&t r the 1 who r dead in cell now dayz

    • Ummm can someone translate?

      • ToeShot

        TRANSLATION T-Mobile network is good. AT&T is shitty

      • blah blah blahblah t mobile blah blahblah att.
        took blahblah 2 years in high school

    • Mopar6464

      Please share the meds or get off them,lol.

  • This sounds like an idiot trying to get out a obvious case of foul play. Another failed damage control. If FCC or anybody buys this half a** statements (& yes I read the full article) they are nothing less of imbeciles.

    • Cray820

      FCC is becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes buy.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T=Adolf Hitler

    3rd party apps=Jews




  • Anonymous

    AT&T=Adolf Hitler

    3rd party apps=Jews



  • BigMixxx

    Well…I’m renewing my contract. I guess the key here is, will my rate plan change….if no, will o have the access I had? Will customer service change? Will I get treated like shit or should I go to another company and get treated like shit. The facts are so fallacious as there is no evidence, real evidence any of this is true.

    Where are the real facts? Such as
    We need the 1700

  • Justinnn

    Eff that

  • Soldiercrab

    You’ll do know that Vodaphone is selling alot of their overseas stuff right? I say sell the 51% of verizen and buy tmo usa!

    • Truth3008

      I would love that to happen as well but most likely that will not happen. Plus any company buying T-Mobile right now here in the US other than AT&T or Google, will not have LTE Spectrum. It also doesn’t help now that Clear and Sprint came to a roaming agreement which Clear received the money they were looking for to build out their 4G network. I do not want AT&T to buy TMO and I am hoping for either Google to step in and make an offer. The only other company I see is maybe Lightsuared since they own LTE spectrum. Unless Clear makes a purchase for T-Mobile.

      Come on Google, just buy T-Mobile already.

  • Anonymous

    AT&T is giving me a headache. Sound like that fat kid in elementary school that always want to trade his sh*tty lunch for some other kids goodies.

    • Anonymous

      at&t = cartman

      sprint = kenny

      verizon = stan

      tmobile = kyle

      • Mark

        I’d say TMobile is Kenny, as in “Oh my god, they killed…!”

  • TMoFan

    Thanks for the work David. att is such a pathetic joke. Most of those other low cost carriers that have somehow taken over T-Mobile’s place aren’t even available in my area. And my plan will only be good until I upgrade. So that means I’ll be stuck with the same phone unless I’m forced to upgrade to att’s higher plans or buy my phone outright. I’ll be held hostage and att knows that.

    DT is only doing this because att swooped in and offered them a boatload of cash. Otherwise they would have merged with Sprint and have a combined subscriber base that’s closer to att/Verizon. Maybe they would have even formed a partnership with Clear or LightSquared. That could have been their path to lte. att gets everything from this deal, consumers and T-Mobile customers get screwed.

    • Mjc9

      Really, what can we do.DT has thrown us in the dog fight like Vick, its DT we should be mad at not AT&T their just being business as usual. I don’t like it either but what can we really do

  • MagentaMadness

    ATT doesn’t “need” TMO’s spectrum, they’re sitting on a bunch of 700 that they don’t want to touch.

    TMO doesn’t have a plan for LTE because they don’t have any spectrum. As it is TMO is in the process of harvesting some 2G spectrum to use for “4G.”

  • alex

    this is all benefiting ATT not tmo decline this FCC!


    Where is Google in all of this, you know they have their hands in about every other business now days. GOOGLE, PLEASE PUT IN COUNTER OFFER OF SORTS LOL

    • Frigadroid

      Donald Trump has been on TV bragging how rich he is and what a great leader he would be for our nation. If only it were true, he could up the offer and save tmobile with his supposed infinite wisdom, and make a few more imaginary billions during the process since he never loses in negotiations.

    • Cray820

      I would love it if GOOGLE took over T-mobile but i bet the FCC would stop that one.

  • 4g

    Find out how to get free wireless service.

  • Cray820

    I guarantee that nothing will be enhanced if this transaction goes through except AT&T’s income. There not close competitors? As I recall early 2010 AT&T had to lower some of their prices to compete with T-mobile. This is a massive hot steamy pile of BS

    • Ah, I bet you didn’t know that AT&T are major shareholders of Amrica Movil? Meaning that yes, AT&T do actually have investments in low cost prepaid wireless. TMO was certainly not as affordable as the tracfone company.

  • Anonymous

  • Google just buyout T-Mobile, please… lol. I mean you work with T-Mobile for the G series phones (which we’re the only carrier that gets that) anyway, & started the Android line with us. & we are (Well were in this time frame) the only one accessible to use the Nexus line (Nexus One, Nexus S). We’d make a great team :D

    • Anonymous

      I’m all for a google buyout if this falls through, but would google only put out android os phones? That wouldn’t be cool. As much as I like android, the next person dislikes it just the same.

      • I don’t know. I just know DT doesn’t want us anymore. So even if the deal didn’t go through we’d just be put on the back-burner to rot away. So somebody better buy us out (that’s good that is).

        • Anonymous

          I hear, I was just trying to be objective lol. The annoying thing I don’t understand after reading this is, was dt that stupid, or that naive to think low prices would be enough to keep ppl happy forever. Especially when Tmo UK grabs just about every high end phone when it comes out. Seems like they were being lazy, and were looking to make a dollar out of ¢15. And now that ppl are demanding more advanced phones and technology, “Deutsche Telekom recently announced that, in light of its capital constraints, T-Mobile USA can no longer rely on its parent for investment funding and must instead” “fund its future itself.” GARBÄGE smh

        • Oh it’s cool. I’m just saying. I’m not even really sure. I’m just trying to think of a great option that would save us pain & agony later. & they were being lazy, I agree.

    • SelfMadeHipHop

      G-Mobile.. im all for it!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow after reading that garbage I don’t know who I dislike more, at&t or dt…

  • So…DT kicked Tmo out of the house, and Tmo instead of finding it’s own path and taking care of it’s self it’s gonna go and marry the richest guy it can find that’s willing to take it?

    • Deff

      No, T-mobile is more of the daughter of DT, and instead of letting their daughter marry some random person, they are arranging a marriage with a strong, powerful, rich dictator known as AT&T.

  • Jayq330

    TThey keep saying metro pcs beat t-mobile at prices, that might be true but tmobiles low prices much more than metro,4 one t-mobil’s phone’s are mostly advanced & higher quality phones with services that even Verizon & at&t lack especially at the prices they have. One major advantage is the fact that t-mobile has a call over wifi app that allows u to make calls over wifi, the big advantage is that u can be in Europe,Africa or Australia & make calls threw wifi & it’ll is you’re minutes as a normal call. No roaming charges &no femtocells if u have no reception but do have wifi the@home. This is just one reason why there comparisons are BS! so please do research before believing at&t, this company has always been based on deceit like most companies are, but t-mobile I guess were more honest than most especially with there prices they& the people repay them by just talking of there weak spots. Thats all :)

  • Anonymous

    AT&T wil use the best practices from both companies – like “T-Mobile’s industry leading customer care” – Guess what AT&T, you can adopt T-Mobile’s customer care practices WITHOUT aquiring them! Perhaps us T-Mobile cusomers wouldn’t be so scared of becoming AT&T customers if you didn’t have such a bad reputation for poor customer care!

    Acknowledging the fact that T-Mobile USA doesn’t supply wire-line services is irrelevant. Wire-line services are being phased out – everyone wants wireless everything now adays! Your wire-line services will soon cease to exist as well.

    This combo would make AT&T too big, and WOULD damage this industry. If both companie’s are dead without the merger, so be it – I’d rather see T-Mobile die alone than be eaten by the devil.

    • 1eyeopen

      to be honest no1man can stop this merger between att and t-mo. all cellular companies will merge. in all do time just like the government. wake up new world order is own its way.

  • WhatThe?!

    That ill-ran company AT&T wants to call T-Mo irrelevant? Without the iPhone, AT&T would have faded into obscurity a while ago.

    AT&T can eat a fat one for disrespectin’ my Magenta. Just sayin’.

  • I’m really not trying to be a butt BUT when you wrote: “AT&T is far to worried…”

    You really really need to learn the difference between to and too. It will make you look like you know what you’re (not your) doing :) Thanks for all you do about T-Mobile!

    • thanks for all you do CONCERNING t-mobile

    • Bman325i

      haha. this made my day

  • Wunako_09

    Really? DT is not only gonna put TMo on the market, then sell it to the most evil company in the business, AND let AT&T basically be little Tmo? thats a damn shame

  • Why Didn’t T-mobile take over at&t?, that would have been much better!!!!!

    • Crimson Ghost

      What’s the difference? Anyone who understands business knows that on a scale like this it is really not a purchase, it is really a merger. Being that it is a merger–if it is done properly–then there will be no difference.

  • Tmo4life

    AT&T that pompous and obnoxious, arrogant egotistical company speaks of T-mobile as no such competitors in the U.S market, nor to there peers ( Sprint and Verizon) and how local and regional cell phone companies like metro pcs, leap and other small cell phone companies are demising T-mobile client base is (“B.S”) absurd. While a very small factor to their subscriber base, they are not even remotely a concern to T-mobile or in site. at&ts public interest filling proves nothing. There redundant dispel of how insignificant T-mobile is to the U.S market, thus exhibits att monopoly plot to destroy the balance of competition and to destabilize, an economy that can no longer sustain any further loss. While T-mobile was on the right path in building a 4g network and evolving there phones reaching higher horizon; They strike with a more then competitive 4g network and plan for a future LTE deployment. Which none of the competition VZ, ATT and Sprint were ready for or saw coming. They had no answer at the time, but to make note that clearly its not a 4g network, Quote on quote. As sprint market-ably pitched there 4g network that had not met 4g requirement. T-mobile proven that the “underdogs” can and will be recognized by the big three with there 4g like experience that toppled Sprint, Vz and att with the faster speeds then the competition ( In certain areas, a great start). T-mobile took aim att and there less then 3g network with numerous coverage issues and predominant drop-calls and att while number one (before VZ stake in the iPhone) could not take T-mobiles (strategic) advertisement of there well, poor performance network. T-mobile while supposedly “no competition” is chipping at att illustrious role as number one in the cell phone wireless world (with the help of the I phone). T-mobile first quarter results not great nor bad, broke some what even. I guess Dutch Telecom seeing there efforts (I believe not) in vain, decided to sell T-mobile U.S while in debt them selves over seas. They bailed out faster then then the Ford Industry. I think T-mobile was on the right track. When competing with competitors you need to keep up and thats what they did all they had to do was keep on improving there network and pushing these high end phones.They expected so much so soon while T-mobile two years ago were five steps behind coverage issues, no 3g and comparable cell phones. Were only two steps behind now,come 2012 you would have seen the increase. Now with sell don’t plan on it.

  • Tmo4life

    F$%^*&^(*)*(k Att if this deal dose not go through. Watch your back in few years,less then five it will be the big three, then the two and then who are you.

  • ArturoM23

    One thing that has not been metioned is that any employees that did not make quota even by a miniscule amount was fired from at&t stores. Well I have a friend who led the district for several months to later struggle for two months and be short $50 dollars each month they fired him. He later got a job working for tmobile and is happy there. Now they called my friend into the office and said that once things are finalized with the fcc at&t will not allow anyone who was previously fired there company to work there again. That’s BS

  • Anonymous

  • I really hope this deal DOES NOT go through….

  • MT3GS

    Cricket, MetroPCS, USCellular??? Are they kidding me!!!???


    They might as well throw MVNOs names out there as real networks because apparently, during the FCC meetings, the dumb politicians running the show won’t know the difference – They’ll make MetroPCS look like a serious network!

    • EnvironMental

      Exactly, metro pcs and cricket together are barely 12 million subscribers, not even a third of t-mobile. My son had cricket for a time, it sucked, worst service I have ever seen and they nickel and dime you to death over everything.


    The government should buy Tmobile and make cheap phone service available to everyone. haha!!

  • Trythetruth

    My reply to AT&T: I don’t want LTE. I want to make telephone calls. T-Mobile does that for a much lower cost than AT&T. T-Mobile also offers better reliability and a well-documented higher level of customer service.

    So in some ways they are right, AT&T can’t compete with T-Mobile. AT&T is trying to buy a needed commodity (inexpensive telephone service provided by T-Mobile) with the purpose of eliminating it to unnecessarily force millions of people to use AT&T’s more expensive product.

  • e_man98433

    Granted Tmobile and at&t advertises 4g neither company truly has a 4g network..hspa plus does not constitute as a 4g network only 4g like speeds. Tmobile really didn’t have any lte plan how could they have been on the right track? Please believe i’m not a strong at&t supporter but on the same token Tmobile has no offerings like at&t? Wirelines, Uverse (which is awesome), business solutions that is what at&t offers something Tmobile could not and never can offer. Sprint on the other hand which is the true value in cellular services is who loses out in this deal, because they will not be able to compete in two large companies like Verizon and at&t. I definitely see them getting bought out as well unfortunately.
    Regardless of the situation, the deal will and I promise you go through. Do you honestly think at&t hasn’t already minded their p’s and q’s when it comes to this deal. Trust me politicians will get extra earnings next year when this deal passes, and they are coming up for election.
    Verizon is not innocent either, with their misleading ads and bullshit prices!
    Why not a deal between Tmobile & at&t, it makes a strong network for both customer bases, although the seamless transition like they say will not be there, in the end it will benefit both parties. There will be merges underneath as well there will be a 4th…No telling who it will be, but with companies like Comcast and Time Warner with their eyes on Sprint trust me their will be one.
    I say when it comes down to it this is business, and so sad for Tmobile, but if their parent company didn’t give a fuck enough to try to save them, why the hell should anybody else give a shit what happens to them? It is what it is and it will pass, the real losers are the employees but hey they will be ok too, too many opportunities out there to rest your head on a company that could care less if you were with them or against them.

  • …which you better hope is unlocked, because a locked AT&T phone will not work with a T-Mobile SIM.

  • …which you better hope is unlocked, because a locked AT&T phone will not work with a T-Mobile SIM.

  • Dhowe1a

    And because AT&T will adopt the best practices of each company, AT&T expects that its customers will benefit from T-Mobile USA’s industry-leading customer care practices

    . – the best part of T-Mob. USA’s Cust. Care is from Canadian’s, the cust. are simply amazed how nice we are lol, and we speak English very well.

    • MtnDew

      What??? lol

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, what is said in the release is not a surprise. T-Mobile became stagnant and thus couldn’t decide what it wanted or wants to be. The US marketing for it sucks, sorry Carly. Not really being willing to get the first release of high end phones. The G1 is not a device I would have said was a high end device. So am I happy that they may merge, not really. Who though couldn’t see this happen? If it doesn’t go through with ATT my guess they’ll try to go with Sprint, but anyways…

    • Googleplex

      1) I agree that T-Mo ventured towards stagnancy, but that began to turn around with the inclusion of Phillip Humm as CEO. Better corporate strategy became the governing modus operandi, and implementation was immediate.
      2) The marketing isn’t great, but it’s miles past where it used to be. Finally, T-Mo was touting its services and capabilities, and not just saying “Hey, we have this one phone, ok?”
      3) You can’t really use the G1 as a “T-Mo doesn’t have high-end phones” – the first reason being that you’re talking about 3 years ago; the second being that, for what it was, the G1 WAS a high-end device: it was the first ever Android phone, and T-Mo was the first ever Android carrier. That’s an industry leading stance to take, and it’s continued through time. T-Mo now has more Android devices than any other carrier, and continues to take on more as time progresses. And T-Mo also continues to get those great devices that ARE in fact high-end: HTC HD2, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Galaxy 4G, myTouch 4G, LG Gtx, the upcoming Blackberry and HTC Sensation, as well as the classic Sidekick (with Android, no less!). All high-end devices.
      4) go with Sprint?? Well, that completely makes sense – it’s natural to assume that two companies with completely different technologies would combine… Oh… wait.. No it doesn’t. AT&T and T-Mo’s technologies much more closely align, as do Verizon and Sprint.

  • Let’s be realistic guys, I for one don’t want this merger to go through, but here we are trying to fight this merger when it is CLEAR t-mobile doesn’t want us, if this deal doesnt go through they will probably sell to the next person in line…DT doesn’t want T-MOBILE USA, i bet they might even try to sell us to Walmart or something.

    • Googleplex

      It’s not that T-Mobile doesn’t want us – it’s that DT has seen a chance to further its own interests. DT is selling T-Mobile, and one of the benefits of the sale, aside from the 40 billion dollars, is an 8% share of AT&T and a place on the AT&T Board. That’s a pretty big thing, as it would make DT the largest shareholder in AT&T.

    • Jeffreygreen1315

      @LTEstyles….PLEASE sell us to Walmart and NOT AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TM97

    DT doesn’t want T-Mobile USA anymore. T-Mobile USA had a chance to make things really happen back about 5 or 6 years ago. Instead, poor management by former AT&T rejects doomed this company.

    Its almost as if AT&T fired their worst employee’s then gave them recommendations to come to T-Mobile, but their only real goal was to be moles and gremlins within the company.

    The average engineering employee has done more with this network, with less money and equipment, then many of their largest competitors. They had, and continue to have a customer centric approach to wireless, which made this company great. But failed marketing (what marketing?), business, and sales strategies only compiled to make a growing problem worse. While T-Mobile was launching EDGE in most markets nationally, the big two wireless carriers were readying for an impressive 3G/4G build out.

    The only reason AT&T has its problems are due to its union constraints, and the fact that their network is SLAMMED with data users. Verizon hasn’t run into this problem on their 4G network yet, because they don’t have the devices or the users on it. In a year they’ll have the same issue.

    Part of the United States problem when it comes to cellular is the fact that we have to many constraints spectrum wise. The federal government wants an metric **** ton of money to lease anything, and then you constantly have to jump through regulatory hoops.

    If you want a viable, third party cellular company in the United States, quit opposing the AT&T T-Mobile merger, and start writing your congressmen saying you want them to lower restrictions on tower height, locations, transmission power, and frequency use. Otherwise it will always boil down to one or two big competitors, while everyone else is fighting for the scraps from the big boy table. Combined, AT&T and Verizon have a super majority of the cellular customers in this country. If they sense a threat they just buy it.

    • Anonymous

      Excellent post TM97.

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile… back at the fort where granny is fighting off the martians… Per the Kansas City Star, this great update:

    Sprint Nextel Corp. is taking the battle against AT&T Inc.’s proposed merger with T-Mobile USA to Washington. It’s signing up lobbyists to man its barricades and standing in alliance with consumer groups.

    Why is Sprint fighting so hard when conventional wisdom (aka “they”) sees regulators ultimately giving the deal an OK? Perhaps to sway the terms of the deal regulators might approve.

    “What they’re doing is way more about concessions than about any real hope of stopping the deal,” said Timm Bechter, a telecommunications analyst at Waddell & Reed. He falls in with other analysts who think the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department will eventually give AT&T the nod to swallow T-Mobile.

    Overland Park-based Sprint, led by full-throated complaints from CEO Dan Hesse, argues that combining the second-largest and fourth-largest cellphone companies in the country would be bad for consumers. A spokesman said Sprint’s lobbying charge is not about negotiating the conditions of the merger. Rather, the company contends that the government shouldn’t approve the deal.

    Hesse and others insist a larger AT&T and Verizon would control up to 80 percent of the wireless market. That makes the shaky position of Sprint even wobblier. Hesse, now in step with some consumer groups, said it could destroy competition that leads to improved service and lower prices. But in papers filed with the FCC last week, AT&T parroted many of the goals that the Obama administration has voiced for the wireless industry.

    The carrier said combining wireless spectrum with T-Mobile would improve data-heavy service in congested urban areas — places such as New York and San Francisco where its networks have left smartphone users complaining about spotty connections. AT&T also argues that the merger would speed the deployment of wireless broadband service, an oft-repeated objective of the FCC under President Barack Obama.

    Bechter and others say those arguments are likely to prevail, especially when teamed with AT&T’s political muscle. But merger approval would probably come with concessions aimed at preventing a monopoly. AT&T and T-Mobile will almost certainly have to agree to divestiture — auctioning off subscribers and wireless spectrum to other carriers. (Remember when I said that both Companies have calculated to “losing” 7.5 million subscribers on acquisition approval. I predict that the 7.5 million subscribers will be the T-Mobile customers who would not stay sign on with AT&T anyway. And AT&T will use a divestiture to get rid of T-Mobile “cheapskates.”)

    Sprint and industry leader Verizon figure most prominently among those to bid for the assets — at prices AT&T will be forced to accept.

    So the ramped-up lobbying charge would serve Sprint in two ways even it fails to stop the merger.

    First, lobbyists could push regulators to demand a larger sell-off (divestiture). Second, it could give Sprint insight about, and perhaps influence over, what clusters of subscribers and spectrum land on the auction block.

    “This is really not a regulatory fight or debate between AT&T and Sprint. This is a fight between AT&T and everybody else,” said John Taylor, a Sprint spokesman in Washington. “But Sprint is going to be participating in that debate.”

    “If everyone thinks (the acquisition) is going forward, the lobbying is going to be about the terms, the provisions. … What are the guts of the deal going to look like?” said Dave Levinthal, a spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics and a critic of the pay-to-play lobbying culture in Washington. “You’re looking for people with both the partisan connections and who know the specialty.”

    Who in this battle has a financial interest in the companies? Seven members of Congress own more than $100,000 in AT&T stock. Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, owns more than $1.2 million. No one in Congress owns more than $65,000 of Sprint stock.

    Among those standing on Sprint’s side in opposing the merger is Free Press, a self-styled public interest lobbying group. It sees Sprint as outgunned in the fight, especially because Verizon has remained neutral.
    “The size of their (Sprint’s) megaphone will be so small in comparison to AT&T,” said Derek Turner, the research director at Free Press. “As time goes on, the talk will switch to the size of divestiture. There may be some room to move things there.”

    The FCC will lead the regulatory examination. But it will also work with Justice Department lawyers, who focus on whether such deals violate antitrust laws. Critics, Sprint’s Hesse chief among them, warn of the creation of a duopoly where the biggest carriers would lose motivation to shore up their networks.

    Regulators at the FCC deal with the more nebulous issue of whether the acquisition would serve the public interest. That allows it to look at issues ranging from pricing to the likelihood the change would spur innovation to whether more rural areas would get cell signals.

    It could mimic the deal approved in January that mated Comcast and NBC Universal. The FCC forced the merged company to offer much of its content for distribution on the channels of competitors.

    Like the negotiations over that merger, the AT&T/T-Mobile proposal is expected to take more than a year to finalize. It’s almost certain to come under scrutiny in the Republican-controlled House, where many lawmakers think regulators go too far in setting conditions for such deals. Two House committees are planning hearings on FCC reform, discussions that could look at the conditions of the AT&T merger.

    Will pouring millions into lobbying help Sprint?

    “Nothing in politics is certain,” said Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch. “On the other hand, it’s fairly well documented that lobbyists who have revolving-door connections or are backed by campaign dollars have more power.”

    And the millions spent on lobbyists seem small in the context of a merger that might threaten Sprint’s survival or the billions of dollars in business that could spring from a government-ordered sell-off of assets.

    “Millions of dollars is still real money,” said Bechter, the industry analyst. “But it’s relative.”

    • TM97

      AT&T will likely have to give up some spectrum, divest some customers, and offer sweetheart roaming deals to minor carriers.

      My assumption is that they’ll give up a large amount of T-Mobiles AWS spectrum. They don’t need the 2100 and 1700 MHz band, they want the 1900 band that T-Mobile has for further growth now, and will be pushing 4G on the 700MHz band that they have significant holdings in.

      Lower frequency means greater in building penetration, and you can haver towers 10 miles apart, instead of 5.

      That will meet Obama’s goal of getting broadband to 97% of Americans. Can you say campaign goal?

      Sprint is fighting to stay relevant, when they are already irrelevant. Its like they are trying to bail out the ship when its already 10 feet below the surface.

      • Anonymous

        Ditto on the sweetheart deals to minor carriers. For example, Metro PCS wants two things out of this acquisition, the same or lower roaming price it currently pays the majors, because right now Metro PCS is at the mercy of whatever AT&T, for example, charges it for coverage. In other words, if roaming prices are increased, Metro PCS’s prices have to increase.

        Second, and this is what the minor carriers as a group want, Metro PCS wants access to better (or best) handsets. So AT&T would have to agree to stop with the exclusive deals it cuts with manufacturers, that they will not make and sell phones to Metro PCS with specs similar to AT&T’s superphones.

        Metro PCS and regional carriers have long complained that what has hurt business growth are these contracts that prohibit them from getting nice phones, even if they are willing to pay for them.

        To be sure, from the distance you can always tell who the “prepaid” subscribers are, just look to see if they are using clam shell phones, or phones made to look like a deluxe smartphone.

        Sidenote: It was only this year that Metro PCS finally got an Android smartphone from Samsung, the Indulge, that by current common specs is not a superphone, but by 2010 standards is quite a nice smartphone (3.5″ display, full QWERTY slider, 4G, 2.2 Android, etc. With the exception of it being 4G it’s similar to the MyTouch Slide). Moreover, both Metro PCS and Boost Mobile are now selling BlackBerry Curves with BlackBerry service. These are big changes from the old days of 2009-10 of only feature phones being available.

        So as this article says, and as you eloquently add, the noise small carriers are making is NOT to stop the deal, rather it’s so each can partake in the feast.

        After all, this acquisition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone in wireless to pull up a chair and dine at the big boy’s table, where the menu says concessions will be the main course. This is far better than in the past, the carriers sitting under the table hoping some scraps are tossed their way, like my dogs do when it’s steak night.

  • Anonymous

  • Brian

    I don’t know why Orange Mobile in Europe doesn’t buy T-mobile! If Deutche doesn’t want it anymore, Orange can make it work. AT&T already said they want to use the AWS band for LTE. They DO NOT own enough of the 700mhz band in any city to make a LTE network on it (they only have a bit of the 700 in some cities). AT&T has a patchwork right now for 4G LTE. They do not have enough spectrum for a 4G build out. T-mobile AWS band covers every major city right NOW (they would have to shut down T-mobile’s 3G network to do it but they don’t care about T-mobile people) . AT&T doesn’t need to buy spectrum or build towers, it is already pre-done with Tmo AWS towers.

    T-mobile has options. They can buy Clearwire if they need LTE spectrum. If the buyout fails, ATT must give Tmo 3 billion dollars, service agreements across the USA and all the little AWS specturm that ATT already owns. The 3 billion would help tmo buy clearwire.

    It’s better for the consumer if the deal doesn’t go through. AT&T is too expensive and I don’t care about Iphone customers who need mega bandwidth.

    AT&T needs to just buy more of it’s own spectrum and build itself out. They have made a ton of money off the Iphone, they are not poor.

    • Anonymous

      Even at $39 billion DT is getting less than what it paid for T-Mobile way back. (In today’s dollars DT paid about $51 billion for TMOUS). Adding to that amount the profit TMOUS has realized running the U.S. operation does not help the bottom line.

      Moreover DT posted a loss last year. This $39 billion will make DT execs shine and save their jobs.

      DT wants out of the U.S. since it was a lousy investment and it needs the money. It does not see anything on the plus side of the column justifying staying here.