December 18, 2014

T-Mobile Responds to AT&T Merge Opposition

Well, it’s about time, isn’t it? After all the opposition to the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merge, Magenta has finally released an official statement. You can read the full statement below, but it basically repeats most of what we heard at the Senate hearing over a month ago. T-Mobile essentially supports the deal, stating that both companies are in a “spectrum crunch”, and the merge would solve this issue, while providing vast amounts of coverage to Americans. No word on how the FCC will respond to this statement, but rest assured, they’re taking a good hard look at the deal itself.

The opponents of the AT&T-T-Mobile merger have had their final say as part of the FCC’s formal pleading cycle and, not surprisingly, they have failed to offer any credible arguments to support their view that the Commission should deny the transaction.  What is surprising, however, is their repeated head-in-the-sand insistence that no spectrum crisis exists.  As part of their application, AT&T and T-Mobile provided a compelling showing of their need for more spectrum to continue to provide quality service to customers and roll out new technologies in the future.  And the two companies have demonstrated that a combination of their networks and spectrum holdings is by far the best way to solve this problem and ensure improved service and enhanced innovation.  The FCC has long acknowledged the harmful consequences of ignoring the spectrum crunch, and we are confident it will approve our proposed market-based solution.

Sp, what do you guys (and gals) think? Are you opposed to the deal, or do you think it would be something positive for AT&T and T-Mobile customers? Leave a comment below, or on our Facebook Wall!

Thanks to Patty for the tip!



  • http://twitter.com/vinterchaos Vinter

    I’m leaving T-Mobile Friday for Sprint. It is pretty funny, we kind of give these companies a “family or friend” like respect, and set of expectations. It almost feels like a kick in the gut that all of this is happening.  Not the biggest fan of change with things I overall enjoy or find to be stress free, but I’m heading over to Sprint… 

  • Anonymous

    OMG, the simple fact that they’re trying to sell this merger to the public like they’re doing this all for the greater good should be evidence enough that it isn’t…Not to mention insulting!  The fact of the matter is that it’s business and it’s a business move made to make MONEY.  Bottom line.

    Sprint and company also gave a compelling counter argument to the ‘spectrum crisis’ as well, which IMO AT&T&T failed to counter in any way.  They just repeated their talking points like nothing was said providing no hard evidence on said crisis.  Furthermore, I’m sure the FCC could solve this ‘spectrum crunch’ without a merger if they really wanted to.  It’s a farce and it’s just big business doing the usual.

    • Anonymous

      Come on . If this merger passes we will give LTE to people with no running water . That doesn’t win you over ?

  • DaSpitter

    I think it’s good…bigger network…no big deal…I don’t use customer service…it’s not a horrible thing guys

    • Reg

      So you want occasional phone service as opposed to good phone service. Its known word wide that ATT has the most “Dropped call” of any phone company.That’s what they got when they scooped up that other lousey company “SINGULAR”…

      • Anonymous

        You know AT&T was bought by Cingular and Cingular took the AT&T name, right?

      • DaSpitter

        I hear they have a lot of dropped calls and I live in San Francisco…well, 20 miles north of it, and I have had only 1 dropped call in the 4 months I’ve had the Atrix 4G…not too shabby!

  • http://twitter.com/schwiz Nathan Schwermann

    If Tmobile can’t hang in there I would rather see them fold and their spectrum be auctioned off than at$t getting it all.

    • krissy

      i can’t wait till they merge cuse 2 t-mobile customers stole my phone now when they steal if they merge i can get my phone back faster

  • Anonymous

    This will solve T-Mobile’s “bleeding customers like a sieve” problem.  They don’t have a spectrum problem.  AT&T’s only spectrum problem is that they focused on building capacity for the iPhone as quickly as possible, and completely missed out on future-proofing or efficiency.

    As a former debater, I especially love their stance that “everyone else just states no spectrum crisis exists while we have provided compelling reasons why it does.”  I used the exact same tactic when I was debating, and like T-Mobile and AT&T, I just hoped my judge was dumb enough or wasn’t paying enough attention to realize I was lying through my teeth.  The fact of the matter is, the industry – Sprint being the lead plaintiff – showed very specifically WHY AT&T has no problem with spectrum at all, and AT&T’s response was, “Well don’t you think our network engineers are smart enough to figure out how much spectrum we have?  They say we don’t have enough, so they must be right.”

    I do believe AT&T has some spectrum issues, but I believe they’re all driven by terrible mismanagement of the spectrum they have, not because of lack of ENOUGH spectrum.  I come to that conclusion with a simple calculation: Verizon has less spectrum than AT&T and more subscribers and they’re moving to LTE right now with no issues.

    The question – as I see it – before the DOJ/FCC is, does it cause more harm to the consumer to let AT&T flounder and let T-Mobile keep sinking until Sprint buys them, or does it cause more harm to let AT&T and T-Mobile merge, making the US wireless industry a duopoly between AT&T and Verizon.  I say the latter is worse.  If AT&T flounders, Sprint and Verizon will gain.  Sprint will eventually buy T-Mobile (once their network modernization project is complete, they’ll be able to integrate T-Mobile’s network/spectrum much easier… doing it now just means more time with extra networks to manage).  Then Sprint and AT&T will be on the same footing and AT&T will get more of a fighter mentality and cut prices to gain share.  Eventually I think the market can emerge with three strong competitors.

    This all assumes that T-Mobile will fail eventually, if left alone, which it would.  It’s losing customers like crazy, and that isn’t going to stop.

    • Chuckweasel

      I wasn’t aware that total wireless ignorance is a quality that a “debater” (as you say you are) with experience would have. You have no clue what you are trying to deliver. First off, Sprint (which you must be a customer of) is the worst of the carriers in almost every area. This is documented. They in fact flirted with bankruptcy a few years ago. They have terrible customer service and their phones are lacking in each respect. The AT&T/T-Mobile merge is long over due and provides a great deal of benefits for consumers. Better service, better options and progressive future outlooks. At any rate, I, being the better debater here will say this, we all know what they say about opionions, so who gives a damn and let these companies work out these issues themselves and get over it!

      • http://twitter.com/vinterchaos Vinter

        Less choices for the consumer is a good thing yes? Someone have a bit of a Steve Job mentality here?…. 

        Fact is, this could end in two ways if it passes. 1. Sprint benefits thanks to fleeing customers 2. Sprint gets annihilated due to many different reasons because of the power the two “duopoly” companies have

        This could essentially leave us with two choices for service. That kind of situation just leads to no one truly needing to set a standard in fair prices, and will end in the same BS prices we have with our home cable tv/internet/phone.

        Here I will portray just one situation of the dominance they’ll have..

        Tmobile gets sold to AT&T, conversions of T-M customers phones needs to happen in X amount of major markets by this or that date… You know who’s gonna get all the premo hand sets .. no one but AT&T.. because they’re gonna work out massive amounts of exclusive deals.

        Anywho, we can all go on for days about the pros/cons and whatever else.. I’m done we can’t change each others minds anyways I’m sure

      • Anonymous

        Wow… it’s strange that my issues with a corporation would bring about such a virile response.  I assume – as you did for me – that you WORK for one of these companies.  Why else would you get so angry at my comments related to the merger of two public companies?

        As for your argument, it’s a joke.  First off, the idea that Sprint is the “worst carrier in almost every area” is laughable, and then you take it further and say it’s “documented.”  You want to back that up?  It’s laughable that there is a “worst” at all since it’s completely impossible to rank them in any universal way.  How about dropped calls or satisfaction?

        http://goo.gl/A7xHk

        Nope, not that.  Well, you did say “almost” every area.  Maybe customer service?

        http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1803
        http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/18/sprint-joins-verizon-atop-customer-satisfaction-survey/

        Nope, not that.  It’s probably because of value.  No, Sprint gives basically unlimited everything for $80 a month (with no data caps).  They don’t have any decent phones though… except that EVO, and the best Galaxy S device released in the states (Epic), and they now have a dual-screen phone, a 3D phone, and while both are gimmicks to me, you still can’t give me a FACT that shows their lineup is lacking.

        “Better service, better options and progressive future outlooks.”  I have a tip for you: when you make statements like this with nothing to back it up, you look like an idiot.

        • Chuckweasel

          1). Sprint Possible Bankruptcy:
          http://forums.precentral.net/cdma-north-america/204336-sprint-3-list-companies-most-likely-file-bankruptcy.html

          http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/12/sprint-dropped-1-09-million-subscribers-in-q1/

          2). Poor Customer Service:
          http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7817_102-130978.html

          http://techland.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/06/03/sprint-tries-to-clean-up-customer-service-mess/

          http://reviews.sprint.com/5611v2/242/sanyo-incognito-reviews/reviews.htm?page=2

          3). Poor Phone Line-Up’s:
          http://forums.mobiledia.com/topic68857.html

          http://seekingalpha.com/article/170144-sprint-s-upcoming-phone-lineup-it-has-to-do-better-than-that

          4). Sprint Nextel Quote from Consumer Reports 2010:

          “Sprint Nextel is bleeding customers, and could lose as many as 4.4 million net post-paid subscribers this year.

          This is a huge problem when you have large amounts of maturing debt over the next few years.

          A recent Deutsche Telekom acquisition rumor offered some hope, but that
          appears to have faded. Facing a difficult road ahead on its own, the
          company better keep its lawyers on speed-dial.”

          • Anonymous

            ROFL!  That’s the best you’ve got?  Complaints on a forum and a 3-year-old article about customer service?  Read this article:

            http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1803

            Sprint made the largest gains in customer service results of any company in ANY industry over the last few years.  They not only received that J.D. Power award, but their CEO – Dan from the commercials – was a keynote speaker at the last J.D. Power conference on customer satisfaction (ran across the link last night, don’t feel like finding it now).

            As for phone lineup, give me a concrete example of something they lack.  You have a forum post and two comments from BEFORE the EVO launched.  The wireless device cycle is about 6 months, MAX one year.  Don’t send stuff from 2009 and think that helps your case.

            As for bankruptcy, you sent one article listing the 10 “most likely companies to declare bankruptcy,” and the top 6 on the list (I stopped looking after that) never declared bankruptcy.  So, either the analysis was just terribly stupid, or the analyst was just trying to make news by making wild predictions.  But you know what, I have no interest in arguing that Sprint was in trouble a few years ago.  It was.  They brought in a new CFO (who retired recently) that turned their books around.  They have a better cash position than AT&T or Verizon right now.  Their subscriber results were always about losing former Nextel customers, but now that there aren’t as many left, the “Sprint” side’s performance is clearer.  Let’s look at the RECENT quarter:

            http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/29/sprint-reports-q1-2011-results-adds-1-1-million-subscribers/

            “A tough streak indeed, but the launch of phones like the Nexus S 4G might just help keep it alive for another quarter.”

            What’s that?  Does Engadget think their device lineup is looking good?  But… but… some dude on a forum bashed one phone they had!  I’m sure he knows better than people who review phones FOR A LIVING.

            So let’s wrap up: you found some forum posts bashing Sprint, as if there aren’t millions more bashing every other phone and wireless carrier, since the wireless industry has the lowest overall satisfaction ratings of any industry in the country (maybe behind cable providers, I can’t recall).  Then you bolster your “Sprint sucks” argument by posting speculation from YEARS ago that they weren’t doing well, even though they obviously turned things around more recently.  Oh, and in a colossal failure, you use two forum posts and a blog post from three years ago to show how Sprint’s customer service is bad, after I demonstrate that Sprint has actually been a poster child for turning around bad customer service over the last few years.

            More importantly, why are we even talking about this?  Do you honestly think that whether or not Sprint sucks MATTERS when we’re talking about whether or not the AT&T – T-Mobile merger is good for consumers?  If Sprint were as bad as you say, then the merger would mean that the ONLY three viable competitors would be merging down to two, supporting Sprint’s argument that the market would effectively be a duopoly.  Thank you for either being right and completely contradicting yourself, or being wrong and just looking like a fool.

          • Anonymous

            Just one more link to seal the deal.  I saw this today and thought of you:

            http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1957

            If you don’t like Sprint, that’s ok.  Don’t treat it like there aren’t any satisfied customers and you know better than everyone in the world.

      • Anonymous

        Oh yeah, and Sprint will be the only unlimited carrier left after T-Mobile gets bought.  Enjoy tiered data!

    • Anonymous

      More proof that AT&T has more than enough spectrum to expand LTE, they simply want to control more of the market.

      http://wirelessweek.com/News/2011/06/Sprint-T-Mobile-Not-Fix-Capacity-Crunch-Business/

  • Anonymous

    My T-Mob contract is up in March and I will go with whoever has the Nexus 3.  If I can use it with Sprint, so much the better.

  • Halfasleeppunk

    This is a weird batch of comments. I’m seeing a lot of people who are ready to throw AT&T under the bus, and I see a lot of comments about restriction of choice and blah blah blah, but let’s get real here:

    AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint aren’t OPEC. They don’t band together and fix prices. They trade barbs about how the other guy sucks, all the while figuring out on their own how to more efficiently put their customers over a barrel. 

    I’ve been a customer of nearly all of these providers. Here’s the skinny on them all:

    1. Sprint has erratic and oddball coverage. Sometimes the coverage is fantastic, sometimes non-existent. It didn’t change at all when they bought nextel, didn’t change through all the CEO and organization changes, and well… I don’t expect it to change much in the future either. 

    2. Verizon is insistent on using technologies that keep Verizon phones at Verizon. Say the words “SIM Card” to any Customer Service rep and they spout out “naw” in response to if you can use that handy Android phone you just got not but a matter of months ago with them. Verizon is notorious for high prices, locked down phones, and real pantload CSRs. It’s just fact. My bill with them was at least 25-30 dollars higher than their competitors, which is in step with how much they charged me for a land line phone all those years ago. Not to mention, if I left Verizon, I had an unusable brick for a phone anywhere else. 

    3. TMobile and AT&T have similar frequencies. The only real difference is that AT&T uses 1900 instead of 1700 with HSPA/HSPA+. So if AT&T acquires T-Mobile and makes a few switching changes, all of those T-Mobile customers with unlimited plans get grandfathered into AT&T, and get the added benefit of not being locked out of a bunch of towers, meaning better coverage with pretty cool phones. And no charge for tethering since it’s AT&T. Verizon makes you pay double when you tether. You pay for your plan, then you pay again to tether. Don’t lie to me or yourself, you know they do it, and you know I’m right. 

    4. AT&T Bought Cingular because Cingular was a cell company doing things RIGHT, and they wanted to compete with Verizon and gain back some lost revenue since the landline and long distance markets were drying up, DUH. T-Mobile is a company that has a huge investment in Android phones. AT&T wants to stay competitive by embracing more Android phones… DUH. So it’s a no-brainer that AT&T would want to merge. In fact, it’s not much different than when XM and SIRIUS satellite radio merged. But then if we started comparing on that level, then we’d have to admit that SIRIUSXM is now a monopoly by comparison, where AT&T is NOT.

    5. Are we forgetting that there are more cell providers out there than AT&T and Verizon? Let’s see, off the top of my head… Sprint, US Cellular, Virgin Mobile, Cricket, Boost… screw it, here’s the big list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_wireless_communications_service_providers. That being said, who’s monopolizing? An oligopoly could maybe be argued, but when you start looking into it, not really. 

    Did AT&T have absolute garbage service when they were clinging to the iPhone? YES! Why? Because all those idiotic apple fanboys were DESTROYING bandwidth of the towers telling each other what restaurant they just strolled into. Perhaps some of them were twittering something vapid that no one cares about. Perhaps some of them had jailbroken their phones and were using it for torrent and video streaming, which AT&T clearly couldn’t handle a massive uptick like that. 

    It’s like saying Joe’s pizza is at fault for having a great pizza and running out because everyone wanted one, and complaining that you should be able to get a Joe’s pizza too any time you want because you’re George American and fairs fair and blah blah beetle beetle again… YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO A CELL PHONE. GET OVER YOURSELF. YOU ARE BUT A PINPRICK ON THE ASS OF LIFE. 

    Bottom line: AT&T and T-Mobile have similar frequencies, similar technology that with adjustment can play nicely together, and AT&T wants to stay relevant in the handset market, thus making the merger with T-Mobile a win/win for them. It will effectively force Verizon and others to continue to up the ante. It will give T-Mobile customers better cell reception by gaining access to more towers. It will allow Deutsche Telekom to get out of the US cell market, which they want to do anyway. All in all, it’s NOT apocalyptic, it’s NOT anti-competitive, and well… IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL. 

    So feel free to write off the opinion of anyone who says otherwise. Because they are talking out of their ass.

    • Chuckweasel

      Well said and THANK YOU…….that is what I’ve been trying to get across but we have some Sprint-riders here that are crying over any mention of a merge. Your points are well taken.

    • Greatful for Merger

      Honestly, I was opposed to this Idea, but on a recent trip to North Carolina to visit my brother, I found myself with the dreaded “Emergency Calls Only” which is fine, I’d always been able to make whatever calls I wanted. But this time was different, the only that would ring was 911. So I checked the network my phone was on and it was AT&T, and then I remembered I was in Southeastern NC and T-mobile’s has virtually no f***ing coverage. From that moment I’ve  been waiting with bated breath to get use of AT&Ts damned towers. 

    • Windygal71

      well said..my only concern is as an employee. Devoted several years to T-Mobile USA, I really hope my center is not effected (Maine). I dont believe AT&T has Customer Service Call Centers in New England. My center handles billing and basic troubleshooting, but now they want us to sell. That, Im not too thrilled about, but incentives are offered. I hear AT&T are union, so this should be interesting if this is approved.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Miserendino/516183079 Robert Miserendino

      you tell the truth man, I don’t think i disagreed with any one commnet you made.  The merger will bring the big V to their knees.  and hopefully will make them think more on their pricing.  Why would anybody want to pay more for a slower network?  I use to work for an independant company that delt with all the big V, At&t and T-maybe.  I have tried all three of the services,  the only i liked the best was tmobile when it worked

    • Guest

      I think the problems are more related to the “I’m paying for what you claim is UNLIMITED data and you cannot deliver on that promise”.  It was unfair to offer that if they couldn’t provide for the “unlimited” part.  Don’t you think that this alone should have invalidated the contracts and made for a lot of angry consumers.  These companies love to promise big and then not deliver.  They oversold and they bloody well know it!

      To address some other points.  In the carriers you list, most are either the big national carriers or they lease network time on the big carriers.  For example, Virgin, and Boost are both resold Sprint.  You will find the same for most of the others that are available anywhere, but BFE local yokel town (ie small regional carriers).

      As far as not being entitled to a cell phone goes, I would argue that it’s not an entitlement issue.  The issue is (like my initial point), there was an agreement to provide a certain and specific set of services and features for a certain and specific price.  So in fact, I AM entitled to the service that was agreed upon and faithfully paid for each month.  Would any of the carriers let me not pay them for not providing me the service they promised or let me leave their service without a termination fee (again for not honoring their end of the contract)?  In short, why are the consumers the only ones held to the letter of contracts? 

      Now, while I agree that this may not be able to exactly meet requirements for a monopoly/oligopoly it is certainly bad for consumers.  Unfortunately, it will kill innovation and network expansion for the two large carriers and it will be the undoing of Sprint.  Though Sprint has been unwilling to expand or innovate for many years now, so maybe it would be good thing to see them go.  For coverage, innovation, and competitiveness, I’d rather see Sprint either go away or be acquired by AT&T and leave T-Mobile to set the standard for the rest to follow.  That would IMO be the best for the consumers. 

    • GUEST

      You must be an AT&T customer. I had AT&T for two years and I hated it. In my opinion AT&T’s business relationship with their customers is very unethical. I even knew a person who quit working for AT&T because he couldn’t bare to lie anymore to their customers. That’s one of the reasons why people are freaking out with the merger.  But I do see your point. But the thing is the carriers that you mentioned aren’t really “major” carriers, for example Sprint owns Virgin Mobile etc.  So in reality if the merger was approved, AT&T and Verizon will have the majority of subscribers and you’ll have Sprint at weak distant.  Sprint’s stock will also dropped since it will be harder for them to compete with two giant carriers.  So it is a big deal, if you study how business and the economy works you’ll understand the concerns of this merger. 

      I think one of the reasons why AT&T bought Tmobile is because the Iphone became available to Verizon and people are switching carriers. 

  • Yuri Iisabel

    I used to have verizon than switched to tmobile. All in all I like tmobile it has decently priced plans, & I don’t get a suprise bill every month like I did with verizon, the android phones they have are amazing, & the customer service isn’t too bad, the only problem is well the obvious one, coverage. I went to a resort upstate I had no service while at&t, sprint, & verizon did have service, it happens all the time where I go out of popular cities to towns in the middle of no where & I am the one with out service while my friends with att, spring, verizon do. Honestly if they’re going to merge companies than so be it why stress your self over something you have no control over. I’m fine as long as I get better service & my plan & bill do not change, why would I complain.

  • Royrando

    I think that customers can only benefit from the merger considering that both companies lack in various aspects of the service they provide. In my case, Tmobile customer with Iphone, I don’t mind the lack of 3G connection and for sure I miss the rollover minutes. In my house I have a poor  signal with Tmobile but it is enough to make and receive calls whether Att is totally out of range, so I would definitely benefit from the merger. Come on what’s wrong with having two companies that basically suck alone join their forces together to make a decent one.

  • Royrando

    I think that customers can only benefit from the merger considering that both companies lack in various aspects of the service they provide. In my case, Tmobile customer with Iphone, I don’t mind the lack of 3G connection and for sure I miss the rollover minutes. In my house I have a poor  signal with Tmobile but it is enough to make and receive calls whether Att is totally out of range, so I would definitely benefit from the merger. Come on what’s wrong with having two companies that basically suck alone join their forces together to make a decent one.

  • Bill

    AT& T’s service, reliability and coverage is poor. As a customer of both T-Mobile and AT&T – the latter required by my employer – I would like to see proposed merger denied by the FCC. My AT&T account began as Cingular and was good at that time, but no longer. Here in the Philadelphia area AT&T is deactivating cell towers, possibly to justify their need for T-Mobile. We, the public, and anyone who would benefit from open, fair and honest competition between cellular providers are about to be had. Are there enough voices opposed to stop this? I hope so! 

  • Bill

    Does the fact that you have not posted my coments in opposition the the merger mean that this isn’t really an open forum and that you’ve already taken a position?

  • Timtimmy

    I have att and i’m for this, ill get more coverage/and T-Mobiles 4g towers :D

  • Zacky V

    I whole heartedly support this merger. Most people against this are either too poor to even afford a phone or a flaming neoliberal socialist who thinks government should control every aspect of the economy, businesses, and industries. A merger between AT&T and T-Mobile wouldn’t change anything about competition. It could even benefit businesses and consumers alike. I hope this merger goes through.

    • Goodgrief

      Yes, we are too poor. At $35K/yr in a respectable job that even 10 years ago would have earned me $60K I’m not going to get an iphone w data plan the way things are going.  So don’t spend all your affluence in one place buddy, save some for the iodine pills and radiation suits for when your behemoth phone co decides to suppress the news of your neighborhood nuke plant meltdown.  Good luck!

    • Goodgrief

      Yes, we are too poor. At $35K/yr in a respectable job that even 10 years ago would have earned me $60K I’m not going to get an iphone w data plan the way things are going.  So don’t spend all your affluence in one place buddy, save some for the iodine pills and radiation suits for when your behemoth phone co decides to suppress the news of your neighborhood nuke plant meltdown.  Good luck!

  • Jim

    My opposition of the merger has nothing to do with competition or the lack of it.  After decades of being with AT&T I went through Cingular debacle.  This included illegal porting of my phone number, along with hours of the worst customer service situations I have ever experienced.  AT&T refused to honor their written contract.  I didn’t have the time or money to go up against them in court.  Instead I went with T-Mobile and have been very pleased with their customer service, both at the stores and on the phone.  It sickens me to think I have to change carriers again but I will not give AT&T one penny of my money.

  • Samqz1

    @ Halfasleeppunk

    Your points are valid for a typical business but this deal is not really about any of the above, although they are strong secondary reasons for the merger. This (and pretty much any other wireless merger today: AT&T/Cingular, Sprint/Nextel) is mainly about spectrum, which is the core resource in the wireless business; and, although AT&T may be running out of it faster, everyone is facing the shortage. While it’s true that the merger would likely create some efficiencies in the use of the existing wireless spectrum in the short-run, it will not solve the problem in the long-run: basically, there are too many people using too much data at a rate that’s growing too fast for the current allotment. The FCC is already looking into where it can find more spectrum to alleviate the impending shortage (some say within 5 years) in the wireless industry. 
    The spectrum shortage is the result of the sudden, exponential growth in mobile data devices, as well as the demand for them, which has it’s roots in the social media revolution.  But whatever the cause, I don’t believe this merger is the right thing for the industry. 

    If AT&T is successful in acquiring T-mobile, Sprint will not be able to stay competitive and Verizon will almost certainly aim to acquire it on the same grounds as AT&T. This would leave only AT&T and Verizon as the primary providers of wireless service (MetroPCS, Cricket, etc. are secondary providers that rent their networks from the major carriers). Such a duopoly would likely result in a landscape that’s similar to the current market for cable TV, with the biggest exception being that demand for wireless services is rising and not declining (as it is with cable). In this situation, AT&T and Verizon would hold pricing power, as opposed to the consumers, and would have many valid reasons for raising rates (the main one being spectrum shortage), with no real downward pressure on prices.So essentially, I believe that in the long-run, the AT&T and T-Mobile merger will hurt both consumers and the industry as a whole. I think it’s critical that a third carrier stays viable so that it can at least exert some downward pressure on prices through competition, and continue to instigate innovation. In fact, I think a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile would be much better for the industry, if they are able to find a way to efficiently merge their technologies. In addition, with AT&T being unable to acquire T-mobile for it’s spectrum needs, it will be under pressure to find other ways of acquiring the critical resource; a scenario which typically creates efficiencies by spurring innovation.

  • Deebeejoyful

    I will switch to Verizon, will never use ATT again, they have TERRIBLE customer service.

  • Popstar

    AT&T used to be a monopoly, and they behaved like it. They are slowly but surely becoming just that again. First they bought SBC. Then they rammed down the Bellsouth merger almost before anyone knew what was going on. They are renowned for having horrible customer service, engage in deceptive billing practices, have a typically monopolistic “my way or the highway” attitude and, oh-by-the-way, have what has been described as a sucky network.
    While the merger MAY fix the latter problem, it’ll only exacerbate the other problems. I guarantee that whatever happens, I will NEVER use AT&T. I don’t and won’t use them for landline service and if they wind up buying T-Mobile, I can promise you this will be one customer they will not ever land.

  • Coopernet

    If I stay with T-Mobile, it will be because the merger took place. I am currently in Wisconsin and can do “emergency calls only” in a very large area.. I got the problem via Walmart’s Family and Friends program which uses T-Mobile technology.

  • Coopernet

    If I stay with T-Mobile, it will be because the merger took place. I am currently in Wisconsin and can do “emergency calls only” in a very large area.. I got the problem via Walmart’s Family and Friends program which uses T-Mobile technology.

  • Coopernet

    If I stay with T-Mobile, it will be because the merger took place. I am currently in Wisconsin and can do “emergency calls only” in a very large area.. I got the problem via Walmart’s Family and Friends program which uses T-Mobile technology.

  • Coopernet

    If I stay with T-Mobile, it will be because the merger took place. I am currently in Wisconsin and can do “emergency calls only” in a very large area.. I got the problem via Walmart’s Family and Friends program which uses T-Mobile technology.

  • http://twitter.com/Raindasy L to the C

    It’s decided…I’m going to Sprint after the merger, can’t deal with AT&T and Verizon seems expensive…I’m going with the lesser of the 3 evils…

  • DaDroid

    there is a reason why we didn’t go for At&T and its there price and besides my bill is very expensive anyways after this I am goin to virgin mobile from Sprint I mean if your thinking about staying don’t just a waste of money now that Att?T-mobile share spectrums now my HMSA signal will be A GSM in a while so then the spectrum will be even more ruined to use data and besides if you as a company are expressing unlimited truely then make it fast truly connected

  • Corbinjermal

    Tell sprint to suck it i’m on tmobile and yes tmobile had good phones and service but we don’t have a lot of coverage especially underground only att has that coverage in philadelphia . I’m all for the merger and the next iphone that rolls out will be on tmobile and sprint .So sprint if this merger goes through your gonna suffer so suck it.

  • Zoelmo86

    my biggest issue is that I DONT WANNA LOOSE MY UNLIMITED INTERNET, CALLING, OR TEXT!!!!  im like hyperventalating just thinking about it!! … its sucks for me that were i live tmobile dont offer 3g but sprint and att do … i hate that about tmobile!! but i wouldnt change my plan for nothn!! i wishn n hoping that when they merege we can keep our current tmobile plan … i know thats just a pip dream … but i will keep hoping!!!

  • Greenfamilia

    I don’t want to be an AT&T customer

  • Sisco_jamie

    I Honestly Would feel bad for the t-mobile customers if AT&T is successful in Acquiring them.  I worked for AT&T Wireless when Cingular bought them. The AT&T clients had change there plans and migrate to cingular forcing them to change their rate plans and loose their discounts and bonus mins if they had them. this Merger is good for AT&T Bad For T-mobile

  • Mimirox20

    i have a g1 with tmobile. i want to get a new phone because the screen is cracked but if tmobile and at&t are merging and i can get an iphone i will wait. so my point is… when they merge can tmobile customers get iphones?

  • Deacont

    I’m a T-Mobile customer and I not for the merger, but I also don’t like Sprint or Verizon. So if I have to make a decision, I would stay where I am if the merger go through.

  • Alexmacfirst

    If this Deal Go thru I will be looking for Verizon . T-mobile has Great Customer Service and ATT does not. So needless to say I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks this way ! 

  • Jerry Merci

    I’ve been a loyal customer for T-Mobile for 8 years. I decided to cut this relationship when my contract ends this January due to this merger. The reason why I’m a T-mobile subscriber is At&t. I hated the way they handle my business, I always ended up getting charge for a ridiculous amount.
    So GOOD BYE T-Mobile hello Virgin Mobile!

  • John Nash

    Need more cowbell

  • Pacfinns

    Years ago, AT&T was forced to split operations as they were considered a monopoly. If they are allowed to aquire T-Mobile and take one of our competitive options away from us, how can it be that they should not once again be considered a monopoly. Average people have little to no choices when it comes to telecommunications. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS AQUISITION TO HAPPEN!!!

  • Triple5

    been with tmobile for about 9 years, the last five with my own account….and since then tmobiles CS has seriously gone down hill and doubt it will get any better if they become apart of at&t….so yeah coverage may get better but prices and CS will unlikely improve…best bargain for the buck seems to be with sprint (as far as contracts go anyway) so thats where I’ll likely end up, especially if my plan or contract changes for the worst, if this downhill slide keeps going regardless of coverage and/or phones……as long as theres a phone that does what I need it to when I need it to i wouldn’t complain….unlike some people who just can’t seem to be satisfied….the whole monopoly thing is just a matter of loop whole after loop whole in my opinion, but I’ll at least see what happens first