November 26, 2014

AT&T Set to Buy Out T-Mobile

Though not strictly Android-related, AT&T’s announcement that it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion is news that will have a huge impact on many of our readers.

Combining the two carriers’ infrastructure should mean a more solid network for customers, and it also means that T-Mobile’s customers can be more optimistic about seeing LTE phones in their future. On the other hand, they may rightfully worry about the possibility of dealing with AT&T’s restrictive policies, such as not allowing installation non-Market apps and their recently announced crackdown on tethering.

Of the deal, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said:

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future. It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

It’s worth noting that the deal will have to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission. That means that it will likely be some time before customers see any change.

Source: Business Wire

 



  • Alingram6

    We have been with att previously not good customer service you are a number not a person. I am currently in a contract with tmobile and I really like the way that they treat their customers. My current contract has unlimited options such as text and internet. If this goes through then I will lose such options and be forced to find a new cell phone carrier because I refuse to do business with att.

  • Oasius

    I have never had a problem with AT&T, and i have an iPhone. I have all the same apps as my friend who has T-mobile and i never have dropped calls. She has them all the time, and she hates it so much. Idk on what everyone is saying because i believe they will keep them as separate companies to keep the profits from both. Why would they change a lot of stuff just to piss you off and lose your business…its pointless.

  • Elegantmotion
  • Kallelly

     I have been a T-Mobile customer since 2002 and I can say I am relieved!!! T-mobile charges too much for their service and it sucks 99.9 percent of the time. I can’t even get a decent signal at my house which is pretty important. At&t excels in the cellphone department and I can’t wait to finally be able to take a call without the signal dropping every 5 seconds. T mobile used to be good and inexpensive so I have kept service with them, hoping they would notice my loyalty and in turn cut me a deal. A lot of my friends have at&t and they love it. I will break it down for you. I did a little research and I found that I pay 120-130 a month for the full T-mobile service for just 1 phone. I have friends that have two lines on the same account with at&t with full service and they pay the same.. 2 for the price of 1……I hope they buy them out or my contract ends soon. Either way I am going at&t.

  • Kingstirt

    SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT that what u guys get buyin into all this technology I still use blackberrys say what you want about them but I havent ever had ne problems other than the ball not workin and the new blackberrys dont have’em so problem solved my girl has a EVO and yea it does everything but a phone is suppose to b a phone not a computer people stop wanting things to do everything there is a time and place to watch movies and videos and whatever else yall do with your phones but they are made 4 communication… I have sprint and have had sprint 4 years my girlfriend had AT&T 4 years I convinced her about 7 months ago to switch to sprint and she got the EVO and she hasnt complained not one time. Not about the price the customer service or nething.. If your mad that when you call into your provider they dont treat you right then maybe you should just get up off your a** and just go the providers store that way your dealing with someone face to face and not over a phone.

  • Sneaks124

    I like my T-Mobile phone its an OLD FLIP phone but it works & thats all I need. Isn’t this the same thing that happened to MA Bell in Florida. they split. AT & T should NOT be allowed to take over(buy) T-Mobile at any price. T-Mobile I stand behind you. I’ve been a loyal customer of yours for over 10 years. Please let it be 100 years more (I like tothink that I’ll be around that long!)

  • Jamievancamp

    Well as soon as they do, I will be canceling my account!!!!!

  • Pennyann34

    look at pageplus everyone, its unlimited nationwide.
    I have it and it has worked for me for over 2 years and am very pleased.
    Metro pcs is good too, my kids have that.

  • steffi

    I hate at$t! I’ve been with T-mobile for 8 years. and I chose them BECAUSE I don’t like the others! they will not get a cent of my money! I am beyond frustrated, I’m infuriated! We should boycott at$t.

  • Avp0004

    I have been a TMo customer for over 10 years. I just recently changed my plan to their special of 79.99 unlimited EVERYTHING. I was curious about the AT&T Atrix phone so I went on their site to look up the phone and see what kind of plans they had…GRRRRR!! WTH is THAT?!!! They have no unlimited anything regarding data plans!! Nowadays people are very much into using internet and such on their cell phones (hence the smartphone epidemic) and here is AT&T trying to take over the world (mobile industry) and they can’t even offer unlimited data????!! I want to yell at TMo and ask them why they are giving up on us. Don’t they know we back them up completely?! I also want to get in AT&T”s face and say WTF are you to not think you can make more money by screwing your customers over with the 4GB cap of data service? KNOWING millions use more than that in a day!! And that’s the best you can do per MONTH?? Someone please slap STUPID on AT&T’s presidents forehead!! Why can’t they lower the prices per plan by, idk, $20, and offer an unlimited everything service and gain more customers that way?? If they were to do that, I definitely wouldn’t have a problem switching over and STAYING with them. Who would?! I’m thinking of just going to a local provider, Metro, Cricket, etc., and completely disregarding AT&T, VERIZON, or SPRINT. The local small cell phone companies might not have all the new phones and such but atleast they do have smartphones and unlimited everything services for a low monthly price. This merger is ridiculous and AT&T if you don’t do something about this, you are definitely going to lose A LOT of great customers!!

  • Yours Truly

    (Sorry-Typo on the first comment. This is the revised one. Thanks!)
    I have been a TMo customer for over 10 years. I just recently changed my
    plan to their special of 79.99 unlimited EVERYTHING. I was curious
    about the AT&T Atrix phone so I went on their site to look up the
    phone and see what kind of plans they had…GRRRRR!! WTH is THAT?!!!
    They have no unlimited anything regarding data plans!! Nowadays people
    are very much into using internet and such on their cell phones (hence
    the smartphone epidemic) and here is AT&T trying to take over the
    world (mobile industry) and they can’t even offer unlimited data????!! I
    want to yell at TMo and ask them why they are giving up on us. Don’t
    they know we back them up completely?! I also want to get in AT&T”s
    face and say WhoTF are you to think you can make more money by
    screwing your customers over with the 4GB cap of data service? KNOWING
    millions use more than that in a day!! And that’s the best you can do
    per MONTH?? Someone please slap STUPID on AT&T’s presidents
    forehead!! Why can’t they lower the prices per plan by, idk, $20, and
    offer an unlimited everything service and gain more customers that way??
    If they were to do that, I definitely wouldn’t have a problem switching
    over and STAYING with them. Who would?! I’m thinking of just going to a
    local provider, Metro, Cricket, etc., and completely disregarding
    AT&T, VERIZON, or SPRINT. The local small cell phone companies might
    not have all the new phones and such but atleast they do have
    smartphones and unlimited everything services for a low monthly price.
    This merger is ridiculous and AT&T if you don’t do something about
    this, you are definitely going to lose A LOT of great customers!!

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  • Maragh395

    Please stop this anticompetitive, monopolistic mereger. NOW. Remember Ma Bell, it was split for monopolistic reasons. Stop this big merger now. We want more cell phone companies for better competition as well as better prices and services. Consumer Reports AT and T as having the WORST customer service. We dont want this merger. Look what they did to Cingular,..were is Cingular now.  It would cost us more and push up the rate. They want get rid of the competition. Stop this merger

  • Craftswoodworker

    If at&t is trying to buy out t-mobile, then why do they still have adds on tv attacking each other?  I think they need to get their shit straight.

  • Sonja_campbell2001

    i was centennial for years until  att bought them out i just went to t mobile and signed a contract and they told me att  has nothing to do with  t mobile i think i was lyed to now i am under contract with t mobile and att just bought them out which i was told if i go to t mobile  i didnt have to worry. now im under contract with att ? i dont like atts contracts and how they set things up so how many cell phone companys are they planing to bye? 

  • fuck at&t

    At&t, fuck at&t, need to get a buyout of tmobile, then sell to microsoft, its just a bunch of shit about apple wanting to turn into the next walmart with that sorry to say, shitty iphone, macintosh has no place in the phone department, and at&t is nickle and diming americans for every penny, even charging for data overages when you don’t go over, they better bring the tmobile customer service and keep the android service going and unchanged, tmobile should buyout verizon or vice versa and give at&t a run from their crookedly earned money, straight up fuck at&t, I would rather own a cricket or tracfone over at&t services, boycott this bullshit buyout who’s down?

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  • angry customer!

    what happens to us tmobile customer when at&t buys out t mobile 

  • Molinam80

    At&t aka Southwestern bell has the best coverage in THE WORLD! They have laid every landline in the world. AT&T Will be the Only Way to go! So Get Used To It!! AT&T ROCKS!!! and No one does unlimited anymore!! Unless You are a Good Customer and stick with your Carrier they’ll take care of you!

  • Confusion!!

    T-Mobile = Shitty Connection! Literally took me 30 minutes to wait for connection so i could send a 6 page long text to my girlfriend.

    AT&T = From what i can hear they are expensive as shit 
    I want AT&T to but T-Mobile but there’s the money saver half of me that screams No No No.

  • shootingstar

    if at&t changes shit for tmobile i will be pissed i been with them for 10 years and didnt have a problem with the service i will go to verizon and hope at&t crashes down or looses lots of customers. 

  • Big_nasty46

    wheres alltell when u need them

  • Wallaceh72

    I am a T-mobile customer and I refuse to use ATT. I cant believe it is going to happen. Really would like the FCC to do the right thing and BLOCK IT.Not good for anyone.

  • Bunch Staci

    When are they talking about merging now, or are they not now?