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Mar 20, 2011, 5:29 PM

Bring back Catherine Zeta Jones!

AT&T doesn't have a hot female sponsor. She has my vote.

She's too old. How bout Megan Fox?
Reminds me of an episode of The Simpsons...someone said to Marge 'I talked to you on the phone earlier today and what I learned is that you have a really bad service provider' and Marge responds 'I only bought it because Catherine Zeta Jones said I sh...

Mar 20, 2011, 2:37 PM

This must be blocked.

This deal has little chance of passing FTC muster and for good reason. Taking another competitor out of the market will be really bad for consumers.
There are two ways to do this: the hard way and the easy way.

The easy way is for AT&T to simply buy T-Mobile..the hard way is to allow T-Mobile to continue to bleed customers until it dies naturally at which point AT&T will no doubt step in to eat...
This must be blocked because, if it isn't, a lot of people(including me) will most definitely be out of jobs. There's an AT&T store across the street from where I work.
This is America. It's all about the money, even with the FCC. If they let Comcast buy NBC and didn't see a problem do you really think they would even hesitate to approve this? It's a done deal. Get over it.

Mar 20, 2011, 5:19 PM

What happens to Flex Pay customers?

I'm a T-Mobile Flex Pay customer (my credit's not great, but it's not that bad, either). AT&T wants a $500 deposit per-line to give me service, or else I can sign up for pre-paid. Will AT&T transition Flex Pay customers to post paid plans (hopefully without charging their usually exorbitant deposits)? Or will they tell the T-Mobile Flex Pay customers to take pre-paid or shove off?

This has me extremely concerned. I mean, I have the equivalent of a post pay plan now, I just have to pay for the following bill cycle in advance (which is not the same as pre-paid where I pay for buckets of minutes). I don't want to lose out on a post pay plan just because I can't bankrupt myself to pay AT&T's deposits. I'm really hoping there will be an offic...
T-Mobile is already phasing out FlexPay. There's a new deposit system in place. Current FlexPay customers stay on FlexPay, but at some point I was expecting T-Mobile to come up with a way to move FlexPay over to postpaid via deposit.
You will not need to sign a new contract when the change occurs, you will only need to fulfill your current contract, at that point a new contract will be required only if you want to upgrade, and as existing customer you will not be required to pay a...

Mar 20, 2011, 2:58 PM

But isn't ATT union?

I know TMO employees behind the scenes aren't union. So I wonder what this is going to mean for those employees because usually the non union employees loose out? 😕
Yeah im not liking this ONE bit .... i hate that ATT Union !
The union is a good thing. Once they are part of CWA ( communication workers of America ) they will get better pay,benefits & vacation. Keep this is mind. ONLY NON-MANAGEMENT employees are part of the union. Sucks to be a store manager. All in all t...

Mar 20, 2011, 5:55 PM

I wonder

What customers that saw AT&T's cease-and-desist letter and said "I'm glad I'm with T-Mobile" are saying...
About tethering you mean? T Mobile's tethering policy is far more string by comparison....and there is nothing 'unfair' in a company trying to make a customer abide by the terms of the contract he VOLUNTARILY signed.

Mar 20, 2011, 1:54 PM

Now the customers

Can drop twice the calls!

I hope this goes well because it doesn't seem like AT&T's stuck up customers are going to like this!
island4prez said:
Can drop twice the calls!

I hope this goes well because it doesn't seem like AT&T's stuck up customers are going to like this!

Honestly I think its going to be those on TMO who will have a cow....
Ya if this does get approved and they want to change my plan and give me less for more money i will tell them to f*** off and go someplace else
Dude, I've worked for every company. They all have stuck up customers. lol.

I've never had problems with AT&T dropping calls (the same cannot bethe logic of "twice the dropped calls" is mentally handicapped at best. AT&T lost towers to t-mobile ...
Great Gadsden

Mar 20, 2011, 1:51 PM

$39B; I guess Sprint's pockets aren't deep enough

I am pretty shocked by this. Of course, it makes more sense for two GSM carriers to merge rather than a CDMA and GSM carrier, but we haven't even heard any word about AT&T's plans to acquire T-Mobile.

I have to say, I'm rather disappointed that Sprint and Deutsche Telekom were unable to make a deal. I wanted the market to be a little more fair, and this deal will make AT&T the largest by a very long shot. I'm also surprised that the FCC would allow such a merger to go through.

Sprint - you really have your work cut out for you now, considering that you are now the smallest major nationwide carrier. So, get to work and garner some dang market share!

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have reached a $39 billion deal for AT&T to purchase T-Mobile USA. The companies cite spectrum and capacity issues as the primary reasons for merging. The new AT&T plans to deploy LTE 4G technology to

Mar 20, 2011, 4:45 PM

So Now ATT is

The largest 4g network? 🤣 Wonder if Tmobile will stop those silly ATT bashing commercials?
When Alltel was purchased by Verizon, the Verizon guy convienently disappeared from the commercials and then Verizon marketing took over. It is only recently since ATN took over that Chad has returned to TV. T-mobile will probably be the same.

Mar 20, 2011, 4:14 PM

AT&T Merger give Tmobile a free ride out of the ETF

AT&T Merger gives Tmobile customers a free ride out of the ETF .. I rather go back to verizon, metro pcs, cricket, sprint, Boost Wireless than AT&T
How do you figure this? Pending approval, it would take probably 9 months from now for the billing systems to merge. Once you have been "aquired" your will still have the same contract that you had on T-Mobile. If you wished to leave you are still out...

Mar 20, 2011, 4:16 PM

Tmobile has 42,000 employees guess how many after the merger?

T-Mobile has a these many Employees: 42,000 guess how many will still have a job after the merger.

I remember when Verizon took over alltel wasn't a pretty site....

Welcome to the unemployme­nt line folks...Ta­ke a seat and number..
Should the federal government intervene and request that all (or a majority of) positions should be maintained? Would that be the moral thing to do in your opinion?
43K employees? Are you sure you're talking about TMO USA or TMO/DT as a whole?
Or like me when I worked for Alltel and was bought by Verizon, demoted and forced to move 900 miles without relocation benefit. All for a job with no chance of advancement. Good luck T-mobile employees... Sprint is hiring lol

Mar 20, 2011, 3:05 PM

Things I'd like to see...

First I wonder if TMO will refund me my recent ETF for going to ATT... doubt it. 🙄

2nd, continued offering of UMA just with more devices now.

3rd, more customers = lower prices. wishful thinking.

4th, the SAME Blackberries offered across the board. Not a touch screen slider with this carrier. The latest Bold with a different carrier...etc.

5th, quicker roll out of 4G.

And for the VZW boys & girls, maybe VZW will now lower their prices.
"First I wonder if TMO will refund me my recent ETF for going to ATT... doubt it"

I worked for AT&T last year when the divested Verizon Altell markets were being transitioned to AT&T, for customers in those markets who switched to Altell for whatev...

Mar 20, 2011, 2:19 PM

And The iPhone Arrives To T-Mobile!

Just not the way they were expecting it to...

By the way, I wonder if the unlimited data plans will be cancelled from the merging point onwards...
Sooner or later Tmobile unlimited was going away anyway.

Mar 20, 2011, 2:21 PM

4G Speeds

Perhaps now ATT'S semi 4G speeds will...SPEED UP! 😲
That's kinda what I was thinking!

I'm !!STILL!! shocked! ! !

It will be interesting to see what kind of speeds AT&T's network will be putting out by this time next year when they have LTE deployed to over 75 million plus the 42mb/s HSPA+ netwo...

Mar 20, 2011, 1:48 PM


This is going to be interesting. At least they're both GSM
Yeah, it definately makes more sense than the rumor that Sprint was looking to buy them.

I can see this definately upsetting quite a few people who already are against the duopoly.
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