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AT&T CEO does not envision regulatory approval of T-Mobile and Sprint merger

0. phoneArena 17 Jun 2014, 23:37 posted on

Randall Stephenson, chief executive at AT&T, unsurprisingly expressed doubts that SoftBank and Sprint...

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posted on 17 Jun 2014, 23:50 1

1. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1264; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


posted on 18 Jun 2014, 01:17 4

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It's sad, really. ATT is spending $50 billion on a business that offers mediocre growth over time, just to get greater monopoly pricing power and screw over customers.

If ATT spent $50B on advanced wireless and fiber, they could offer all sorts of interesting services, including gigabit fiber and gigabit wireless. It seems the only company capable of thinking intelligently about the future is Google.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:47 2

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It is never about innovation for monopolists. Instead, it is all about screwing the consumer, which AT&T is well on the way to doing.

However, I do agree with Randy's analysis of why Sprint won't be successful in its attempts to acquire T-Mo.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 00:24 5

2. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1111; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

Stephenson has every right to strike back at this "so-called" merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. I don't think that it's a good idea because you're talking 2 companies with different frequencies which means that ONE of them would have to shut down their network to join the other................I wonder who that would be lol.

The AT&T/T-Mobile merger a few years ago made sense because they ran their network on the same towers therefore having a similar signal (GSM). To merge Sprint and T-Mobile is like Kim and Kanye............wheres the similarity in that lol. I like what T-mobile is doing and if they merge with Sprint, they'll regret it in the long run

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 01:39 3

4. Angst (Posts: 34; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)

You had me until you said "Kim and Kanye"


posted on 18 Jun 2014, 16:00

11. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1111; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

lol. I used an analogy that I thought would make sense. My bad lol

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 01:57 2

5. TheRequiem (Posts: 245; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)

Well, I can tell you this. Being an Alcatel employee, the new Sprint 8 channel radios are by far the fastest and most advanced in the industry and they aren't going anywhere.... I doubt they will shut either network down, but I'm pretty sure they will combine LTE assets since that's what everything will be in a few years anyway.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:28 5

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Sprint has the worst LTE service in the nation. Instead of fixing this, Sprint and Son are out shopping for T-Mobile. This basically says all that needs to be said about Sprint's bright future, or lack there of.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:13 4

8. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)

It won't matter what radios Sprint uses if they don't get more towers up. They don't effectively service the areas they claim to as it is right now.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:11 1

7. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)

I do not envision Randall Stephenson pulling his head out of his ass any time soon.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:42 1

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Take away the glasses and add a mustache and it is plain to see who Randall Stephenson models himself after.

He probably has a stick on mustache he uses at home when he is planning on how to screw over consumers even more.

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