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Sprint Issues Statement Regarding AT&T / T-Mobile Deal

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Mar 20, 2011, 9:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint has come forward with a statement regarding AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. "The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, if approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would alter dramatically the structure of the communications industry. AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. A combined AT&T and T-Mobile would be almost three times the size of Sprint, the third largest wireless competitor.If approved, the merger would result in a wireless industry dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically-integrated companies that control almost 80% of the US 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. The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the US economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry." AT&T earlier today announced plans to acquire T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in a bid to become the nation's largest wireless provider.

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hbgguy11

Mar 21, 2011, 7:04 AM

Cant reject the buyout

FCC can and should not reject the buyout for 2 reasons, it would be unfair to AT&T if the buyout was rejected in both cases. Verizon was allowed to purchase alltel making them the largest provider jumping AT&T so when AT&T attempts to buy someone else to compete with verizon it wouldnt be fair to reject that bid and AT&T was already broken up once by the FCC making way to many bells nationwide and giving verizon the opportunity to become the largest provider nationwide. They already got knocked down and forced out of the number one spot so they cant keep kicking AT&T while they are down. This will make 2 huge companies but as was said it would be a mess if sprint buys them out with all thier different technologies and they still wouldnt b...
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FCC and DoJ needs to block this. Alltel is different, since they are/weren't a national carrier. They are more of a regional carrier, than a national carrier.

If AT&T buys T-Mobile, they will be taking out a big national carrier, and causing pricin...
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AT&T is just a name. This is not the same company that was split by the government. That company no longer exists. They were purchased by SBC, who then just assumed the older name.
...by the FCC making way to many bells nationwide and giving verizon the opportunity to become the largest provider nationwide."

Rolling Eyes

Listen, genius. One of those "Baby Bells" was Bell Atlantic Mobility: One of the entities that went into t...
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bluecoyote

Mar 21, 2011, 1:37 AM

Sprint wanted to merge with T-Mobile to avoid going out of business.

T-Mobile found a way out of its network quagmire, and it wasn't with tying up with Sprint.

Look, Sprint, you're like a kid with ADHD. 8 years ago you were the provider for those who wanted to be on the bleeding edge. You got picture mail and video mail correct a full 3 years before anyone else did.

6 years ago you were peddling RAZR knockoffs and catering to clientele even Countrywide would turn down.

4 years ago the only phones you sold were knockoffs of more popular phones on other carriers.

2 years ago you came out with the only potential iPhone competitor just to blow it with your lousy sales staff and channel stuffing.

This year you've been about Android and 4G, but offer exemplary versions of neither. The iPh...
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shut up kid
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this is said by the person who sells there soul to the mighty i phone and apple

darn fan-boy
Cellular Phone

Mar 21, 2011, 7:45 AM

Sprint should just lure T-mobile customers with insane offers.

If Sprint offered a crazy deal specifically to T-mobile customers to give them an incentive to switch to Sprint, they could steal away some customers before the deal closes which would mean less subscribers for AT&T to take over.

For example, if Sprint offered T-mobile customers lower prices on phones and if they offered to pay their EFC to switch, they could get a large chunk of subscribers. The only question is, would they be willing to take a risk doing so?
They don't need to offer any crazy deals to lure ME in, I'm already going to switch over to Sprint once my contract is over...in October
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No!

Offering 'insane offers' is precisely the reason why T-Mobile had to be bought out....and is precisely the reason why Sprint is in trouble now.

If Sprint ever wants to be a successful company it is going to have to stop giving everything awa...
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MrGuder

Mar 20, 2011, 10:48 PM

Sounds like Sprint is bitter

I agree with their sentinments but if you think Sprint is out for the best interest of the consumer you're a sucker. They're just another company trying to make a buck in this old world. This is a business and they're in it to make money. They're just bitter because they didn't they have enough capital buy T-Mo from DT.

You guys honestly think this would have better the other away around?

Verizon = 102 Million
AT&T = 95 Million
Sprint + T-Mobile = 82 Million

Sprint + T-Mo would have only made them equal with AT&T and Big Red. You'd have to deal with 3 monster companies. Only worse. The Sprint + T-Mo deal would have been a mess. CDMA, IDEN, GSM, WiMAX and then LTE????!! Not to mention the frequencies. 800, 850, 1700, 1900, 2500. ...
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Truthfully DT had little choice. I dont think anyone is blaming them. But having 3 equal companies is much better than having 2 supergigantamongous companies and one 1/4 the size. Well better for the market anyway.

But, kinda like death, I'm n...
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Is this a trick question?

My answer is a resounding yes. Three monsters are better than two. With two price fixing is easier. Even if the two do not actually collude they may as well. With three and Sprint paying lip service to being the differ...
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i think sprint will end up getting a decent end of the deal. there are many tmobile customer who went to tmobile because they did not like att. they are not going to go back and will either go to sprint or to verizon. tmobile has been slowing failing ...
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Great Gadsden

Mar 20, 2011, 10:01 PM

My point exactly.

The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the US economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry.


Ensuring a free, robustly competitive market providing consumers with a healthy selection of choices is paramount, yet allowing a merger of this kind could potentially drown smaller companies (such as Sprint and rural carriers) and create a duopoly. I hope the DOJ sincerely considers the gravity of the effect this merger could have upon the market, else the government may be shooting itself in the foot and screwing us consumers in the process.

I await the ...
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For almost 100 years AT&T was allow to run a monopoly of landline service under the umbrella of Bell Systems. This monoploy was sanctioned by the FCC and the Government. In 1984 that corporation was finally destoryed and broken into seven competing pe...
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Sprint has had their chance to turn things around and they have, just not fast enough.

If ATT has to divest some of there spectrum or towers or TMO for that matter for this buy out to be approved is Sprint ready to buy it? Eh?
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The minute a company is large enough, relative to the size if its competition in terms of market share, that company will compete by leveraging market share rather than by improving service. This is doubly true in the case of a vertically integrated ...
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This may just be the result of my libertarian streak leading me to paranoia, but my personal opinion is that consolidation and lack of competition is precisely what the FCC wants...

They want to regulate the wireless industry to the point where all...
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I work for t-mobile... I know thats nothing new... many many people do... But I also have At&t service. This thing had so many people at work today wondering what was going to happen to our jobs... on one hand I like and need the coverage area I have ...
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ATTDRONEV2.5

Mar 20, 2011, 10:03 PM

Customers

I'm waiting for the customer's to call in saying service was so much better before att took over..

Sir it hasn't been approved yet, we haven't done anything yet, please call T-mobile Sir
Laughing

I don't want cell service from the chinese! I want it owned by americans like T-mobile was

sir T-mobile was/is owned by the Germans

german's like in germany?....since When?

Yes

you mean our cell service was owned by the Nazi's!?

no sir... the Germans

HEY MA! OUR CELLULAR SERVICE WAS WITH THE NAZI"S

Eh?
Rolling Eyes
Drunk

Mar 21, 2011, 12:56 AM

Dear AT&T

You are #1 in worst customer service
You are #1 in dropped calls (my case)
You are #1 in being a bully (my opinion)
I would like to take a #2 on this deal and your company.


R.I.P. awesome customer service and low rate plans and cool bloatware free nokia phones and bye bye pre paid phones that make me pee my pants.

To whom it may concern,
I feel better now that I've written this. Does it change anything? Are my facts way off? I don't care, I feel better.
Amen

P.S. Where is MosesXX?
 
 
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