AT&T still mad about blocked merger, vows to take it out on customers
0. phoneArena 03 May 2012, 11:27 posted on
AT&T's CEO is once again lashing out over their cancelled acquisition of T-Mobile, assailing market competition and promising to raise prices on its customers...
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90. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
OMG!!! Austrian economics??? Where has it ever been tried? Now I understand your fixation with gold.
Run for the door!!! Another Ron Paul maniac!!!
72. freemarketeer (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
BTW, can you point out where the observations of the market are flawed or perhaps enlighten us all with some examples that support your position or are you simply going to be a 3rd grader and things are that way because you say so?
55. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Have you ever read any history books? Free markets is where regulations come from. Monopolies abuse customers and employees.
70. freemarketeer (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
Taco, I don't even know where to begin with you. First of all, explain how regulations are products of the market. Secondly, can you point to some examples of monopolies (that resulted from the market, not government) and how they abused their customers and employees?
76. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I can give you monopoly examples. Bell (mother of just about all current telecoms), American Tobacco, Standard Oil, and US Steel. :)
education is awesome.
79. freemarketeer (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
Let's take a look at your examples:
Bell: The Bell monopoly resulted because of the nationalization of the telecom industry. Eventually it was privatized but heavily regulated which allowed it maintain its market dominance.
Standard Oil: Standard Oil rose to prominence simply by producing the best product at th lowest price but never achieved monopoly status as it still had many foreign and domestic competitors.
US Steel: Again, same case as Standard Oil.
American Tobacco: Again, same case as Standard Oil.
You have also failed how (at least the last three) injured consumers or employees.
Non-Government Education is better.
86. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Did you ever go to public school,or a community college??? If,so your statement is hypocritical.
92. freemarketeer (Posts: 25; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
Tell me what option people generally have BUT to go to public schools? And my statement is not hypocritical because my understanding of economics and history occurred out side the drone manufacturing centers of public education.
Government will educate people to be just smart enough to be useful but to never question it.
17. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
If AT&T screws with me then, I'll move to sprint soon as they get LTE in Vegas.
18. ap1989 (Posts: 144; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
Verizon is the best more 3G and LTE coverage than At&t
30. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Even with HSPA+, VZW still covers more areas that AT&T.
42. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
not 4G coverage...maybe overall network coverage - I would rather have HSPA+ than Verizon 3G - I should know i HAVE them both right now on 2 phones.
58. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Sorry brother dood, I would take slow VZW 3G over AT&T inconsistent signal anyway. But to each their own, I know it's about where you live, work and travel.
22. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Am I the only one that noticed the typo in the title? "Still" has two 'L's
With that being said, I do think this was very anti-AT&T. Even if you disagree with the situation, bias should be left out of the article...or prefaced with "This opinions portrayed herein belong to that of solely and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Phone Arena or its associates.
32. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)
How is this bias? He's simply paraphrasing two statements.
1. How the CEO is still upset over the T-Mobile block.
2. As a result, customers will pay more.
It's not like he's saying "AT&T sux" or telling customers they should switch to another carrier. This is no different from when VZW tried to add a $2.00 fee to make a payment. PA reported the increase, which gave readers the heads up, we let VZW know how we felt about it, they changed their minds. PA is giving AT&T customers that same opportunity to get ahead of the price increase while they still have time. If using the CEOs own words in the article is an attack, then the CEO should think before he speaks next time.
24. thnkthru3 (Posts: 73; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
AT&T should jump on board with high end phones with quad core LTE and stop disappointing it"s customer base like they are doing with the HTC One X duel core. They could announce plans for carrying the Samsung Galaxy SIII.
25. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
'The article doesn't actually attack AT&T as a company - and goes out of its way to not attack them over their desire to be more profitable. The issue is how their CEO's own words are hindering those goals and being condescending to the public. And that's quite a risk they are putting themselves at when there may be much more serious competition against the current network model by software companies in the near future.'
Agreed. Bad PR move on the CEO's part.
29. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Prices may go up, but just keep your plans as is - they will be grandfathered.
Also, the issue of subsidizing phones is at hand - see iPhone....
31. yellowboy74 (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)
They were going to raise prices anyway if they acquired T-mobile. Don't forget T-mobile is the carrier that are keeping prices where there are right now. With no T-mobile, unlimited data plans would be atleast $40.00 right now or higher.
41. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
So let me see, because of the CDMA / GSM split, ATT shares spectrum with? - T-mob. That's their only real national option for sharing spectrum. So they wanted to take them over and then they'd have to share with - no one. The smaller GSM guys are primarily buying spectrum usage from one of these two.
Nobody talks about the fact that Sprint roams on Verizon, and I'm betting pays handsomely for it too. So part of VZW's revenue comes from - Sprint. So anyone using CDMA is mainly paying one or the other of these two, or in some cases, essentially both of them.
There are other arrangements, but these are really the big players in these games. "And may the odds be ever in your favor."
43. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
Failed Merger, Failed profit estimates, Failed at being a bully in life, poor guy now he's a failing CEO looking to fail at raising costs for his customers.
On a side note I do like the deathstar photoshop work. Nice Work.
67. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
THEY SHOULD FIRE THEIR CEO AND INVESTORS & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
49. xq10xa (Posts: 121; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
The ONLY reason I have AT&T is because of the Nokia Lumia 900. That's it. Other than that AT&T can go to hell.
60. mrfamous1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
This is CRAZY!!!! Why would they do that? This is Why people is going to PREPAID!!!!
65. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6141; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
yeah BY CHARGING US EXTRA 36$ ACTIVATION FEE. FCK U AT&T! we shouldn't have to SUFFER during your purchase or meger
68. redstu36 (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Sep 2008)
Mr. Stephenson, here's a knife...now what you want to do is start just under the left ear and slice hard and deep, making sure to pierce the jugular and the carotid as you make your way across your throat...make sure not to get bloody spectrum all over the place as At&t dies and Verizon takes over...
82. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Let's just get it over with already.... AT&T merges with Verizon, creating a super network. Sprint and Tmobile collapse, leaving the one company to rule them all. They can charge us whatever they want, stifle innovation and expansion, and offer phones too expensive that even the rich can't afford them... unless you sign a 30 year contract. Give it a minute.... it'll sink in.
84. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
AT&T YOU EFFING SUCK!! I HATE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH I SO DEARLY HOPE YOU GO BANKRUPT