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AT&T to Sprint: We Want to See Your Competitive Plans

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Nov 2, 2011, 6:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

In the latest move between AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and the Department of Justice, AT&T has requested that the court force Sprint to hand over documents containing the company's plans to compete with AT&T if the T-Mobile acquisition is blocked by the government. Specifically, AT&T wants to know if Sprint will pursue a significant business relationship with T-Mobile if AT&T is not allowed to buy T-Mobile. "Sprint is a strong and vibrant competitor as evidenced by events in the past six months — a fact that is critical to AT&T's defense of DOJ's claim that the challenged merger will dampen competition in the mobile wireless industry," said AT&T's legal team in a filing with the court today. AT&T also wants to see how Sprint plans to compete with AT&T if the government does approve the T-Mobile USA acquisition; what Sprint's current government and business customers are; and what government projects Sprint has bid on in the past five years. Sprint has asked the judge overseeing the case to toss the requests, calling them "burdensome."

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Nov 2, 2011, 7:01 PM

What I don't get is...

Honestly, the merger going through would be a HUGE benefit to Sprint if everything they are saying is true.

I mean, unless AT&T can use the merger to create efficiencies and lower costs. Then Sprint would be out of luck with fewer people jumping ship.

The real questions are:

How is this deal bad for "the consumer?"

Less choice? Sure, but now AT&T and T-Mobile customers have a low cost carrier to jump ship to... Sprint.

Higher bills? Sure, but now AT&T and T-Mobile customers have a low cost carrier to jump ship to... Sprint.

Less handset choices? Uh... has anyone noticed they all carry the same phones with different names now anyway???? Sprint has almost all the same phones as everyone else.

If the merger goes throug...
Bad for the consumer when AT&T becomes the new monopoly. They use their sheer user base and money to not only buy exclusive rights - but devices as well.

They will by FAR, have the largest influence among the cell phone manufacturers.

They wil...
As for me, I am less concerned about a potentiaql corporate monopoly than I am about a government monopoly.

The history of business shows that becoming a monopoly is in the long run harmful to a company because it limits their ability to adapt a...
Sprint's problem will be that AT&T will have enough momentum to swing exclusive deals with a huge marketing push, whereas Sprint will be left to fight for the scraps.

A good example is the DROID and Blackberry Storm. Both were mediocre devices, bu...
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