AT&T and T-Mobile to file the required documents for their merger at the FCC "around April 21"
This buyout also needs the approval of the Justice Department, and it was a week ago when AT&T and T-Mobile provided the paperwork that's needed for this review, which is to rule out whether this proposed merger violates the United States antitrust law or not.
On the other hand, the goal of the feds' review is to judge if this potential buyout is in the interest of the public - a process that may take a year or even more to be completed.
If this deal goes through, it would mean that the two biggest carriers in the States - Verizon and the resulting carrier from the AT&T-T-Mo merger would have 80% of the wireless customers in the country, leaving Sprint in a presumably disadvantageous position.
For its part, AT&T claims that if it gets approved, this deal will benefit the average phone user in the States - a notion that many of you disagreed with.
1. TheGreat (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)
Yep, can't wait to see if it goes through or not...hopefully it do!
2. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
This deal should not go through. Eliminating a choice is NEVER a good thing
4. TheGreat (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)
@celljrod: They're not "technically" eliminating a choice, they're expanding service in rural areas where AT&T don't pick up as good and existing T-Mo customer will be grandfathered in to keep their current plan for the same price their paying for it now. This will be more beneficial to both companies and consumers.
5. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
You're getting it wrong here in my opinion. I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of allowing Verizon and AT&T to be able to determine pricing. As far as T-Mo customer's being grandfathered, sure until they want to upgrade.
7. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Do you really honestly believe that AT&T will lower prices as a result of this?
8. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
And how is taking T-Mobile away as an option a good thing? Competition spurs innovation and this move eliminates a major competitor. With this move Verizon and AT&T would control 80% of the US market.
21. PHONE_FREAK (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
Yeah but T-Mobile customers will have to upgrade because at&t will be eliminating T-Mobiles 3G bands for use in 4G, thus downgrading all T-Mobile phones to dial-up like speeds on edge.
22. la la (unregistered)
actually tmobile data is faster than at&t. their infrastructure is a little more advance. AT&T 3g and 4g isnt the greatest there are videos in youtube that shows speed data test on simliar devices and indicated that tmobile is faster on both uploading and downloading.
6. R. M. (unregistered)
What does this mean for T-Mobile Flexpay account users? Flexpay isn't a contract based account. Will we be grandfathered over as well, or no? If not, then I'm shit out of luck, because I can't get on a contract unless I switch to a contract on T-Mobile right now, which they offered me. But it'll cost more if I do.
9. TheGreat (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)
Yes, I work for AT&T and we've confirmed that ONCE this is approved, customers will still keep their same service they had before. When some of AllTel customers came to AT&T, they were grandfathered with their plan and was able to do an upgrade AND STILL keep their plan. AT&T is not as bad as ppl may say. Their prices are a bit more expensive than other companies however I actually like their service.
17. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)
The Alltell customers could not keep their plans once they upgraded their equipment. If they chose the AT&T provided GSM device, they could though but accepting the device was not an upgrade, it was just indicating that they wanted to keep AT&T. As long as they did not get new equipment at a 2 year discounted price, they could keep their plans that they had with Alltell. How do I know? I worked with AT&T in retention...
18. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)
during the time of the Alltell buyout. Sorry, I hit 'post comment' too soon..
19. TheGreat (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Oct 2010)
I currently work for AT&T Retention out of the LR Call Center and we are allowing customers to keep their existing packages with AllTel after they complete their upgrades. (you may have to get a member of management involved, but we CAN do it).
24. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)
Well, I will be calling you to keep my plan!!!!!
10. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)
This deal should go through. ATT has some wonderful plans once the merger is complete. With the added customers to the service and the increased spectrum, we plan to lower all the plans by around $10-$20 dollars. Basically with the increased customer base, and an already working 4G network to expand on, ATT is going to be adopting T-Mobile prices with plans, as well as going with their current data plans. Unlimited will be available again, but just like T-Mobile, after 2GB you will get a throttled speed. This is the information from the complany that I have received through internal systems.
Now as a crazed nut who thinks ATT is the devil, I do believe that what ATT plans to do is drop the prices like mentioned above and then totally screw everyone in the end. By lowering prices and having the insane coverage and speeds that this merger is going to produce, ATT is going to steal many customers away from Verizon and Sprint. Either by forcing them to lower prices, or just by having the insane network coverage and speeds and gathering mass amounts of customers for these reasons. Putting the other competitors out of business just by shear mass. Then once the market is cornered inflate prices to hell and screw everyone in their services
11. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
I hope you're right, but I'll believe it when I see it
12. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
At least in the short term I hope you're right
20. remixfa (Posts: 14059; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea.. im sorry, but ur full of it. ATTs wonderful plan is "eliminate the cheapest competition, keep prices artificially high (they may reduce them by like 10 bux to say that they are good guys), fire probably 25% or more of the total amount of employees between both companies (thats what happens in mergers.. you dont keep everyone), falter on the LTE development, prematurely shut down Tmo's 4g bands to try to force upgrades and force them onto ATT's more expencive plans, and just generally be a jerk.
13. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Nobody has yet given a solid reason how eliminating T-Mobile is good for competition. Not only does it eliminate a carrier choice but it gives AT&T a GSM monopoly
14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Restriction of choice is never a good thing. Competition & innovation will suffer. A GSM monopoly will not last, they broke up all the Bell companies, & Microsoft was broken up too. By not having competition AT&T is free to do as they like. I hope they have the interest of the greater good in their sights, because if they don't then there will be some angry customers. I hope they do the right thing!
15. Slammer (Posts: 1120; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
All due respect to the ATT employees, but your views on this merge being a good thing, negates the actual historic rhetoric of how ATT plays the game in retrospect to customers interest.
They had wonderful plans for the massive amount of spectrum they acquired from past auctions years back. How much of it did they use? Zero. If they had used it, ATT being reduced to the worst customer satisfaction ratings on network performance wouldn't be haunting them.
I will repeat my post from a different article:
T-mobile has NOTHING that ATT doesn't already have. ATT just forgets to spend the money where it should of been going. This is simply a ploy to extract a possible third major competitor from the industry. If anyone thinks this is good for consumers, then I would suggest that they sit on the mainstream subscriber's end. No employee discounts or perks. Then let us know whether pricing seems feasible to an industry that supposedly doesn't need competition.
16. CAPone (unregistered)
random comment the picture of the death star in att colors is amazing
25. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I can't see how this doesn't go through in the end, simply because T-Mobile needs a buyer, the FCC knows it, and AT&T will be willing to make all kinds of concessions to get the parts of T-Mobile they are truly after. It will be sad to see T-Mobile go away as an option, but they are going to whether it is AT&T or someone else. They do not have the ability to stand alone without their overseas parent company. Best you can hope for is a seamless transition for current T-Mobile customers (I have a Sister in Atlanta who is disgusted, but willing to see what happens after I talked her down off the ledge), and that T-Mobile consumers get to an upgrade with a god device in which they can milk the crap out of AT&T if they can not stay on their better priced contracts after a couple years.
30. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
how can i get a god device? that shit sounds awesome!
27. drodriguezsd (Posts: 35; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)
If AT&T acquires T-Mobile, it'll be good for both companies, more coverage voice/data. Not only that, but if AT&T and T-Mobile really want this to work out, AT&T is going to have to lower prices and possibly come up with new select individual/family plans. I'd love for tethering to be $5 and 2GB of data for $20 haha, I'm dreaming right?
28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I hope this doesn't cause after a few years like when they bought Cingular Wireless they got rid of it.