AT&T reaches out to smaller carriers for pawning off assets to get the T-Mobile deal approved

AT&T reaches out to smaller carriers for pawning off assets to get the T-Mobile deal approved
AT&T, in its attempts to convince the Justice Department that the proposed T-Mobile deal won't result in a US carrier duopoly, is reportedly trying to sell some of its assets to rivals.

Sources say that it has been reaching out to Metro PCS, Leap Wireless, Dish Network, CenturyLink and even Sprint, trying to gauge their interest in having spectrum or subscribers pawned off. Considering that both Sprint and Cellular South are suing against the deal, the involvement of Sprint seems interesting. 

The trial between DoJ and AT&T is set for February 13 and will last four to six weeks, so both sides will have enough time to prepare. If the carrier manages to scale down in certain areas, it might have a fighting chance for the deal to get through, analysts think. 

Wayne Watts, who orchestrated some of the biggest mergers and acquisitions in the industry that resulted in what is now AT&T, is heading the legal team of the carrier, and, although WSJ says he was "blindsided" by the DoJ antitrust lawsuit, he is probably the best person to pull it through. Unless the whole opposition thing is not smoke and mirrors, of course.

source: Bloomberg & WSJ

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34 Comments

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

I wish T-Mobile stay as a separate carrier after the takeover is completed by AT&T. Just like TJMAX and Marshalls.

2. ... unregistered

AT&T is desperate now.

17. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

actually that was the plan all along....its funny have no one really knows the details of the merger ...

3. Ihateatt unregistered

First, I hope the deal fails miserably and that att has to pay tmobile the break up fee and the spectrum they would owe tmobile. However, if it's destined to go thru, I would love a very long, delayed and expensive process. I would love to see tmobile customers flee in droves, for att to have to sell significantly more than they wanted, for competitors under pay for what they get from att, for everyone else's 4g to grow quickly while att doesn't have much to offer, and for tmobile customers to end up very unhappy and to leave att after the merger. I can dream can't I?

4. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

If it goes through, my wife and I will be "very unhappy and leave after the merger". Not sure that would count as "droves" but yeah, holding off on renewing until this thing is sorted.

24. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

YOU SUCK!!! Furthermore, you would prefer to stifle technology in order to save a couple of bucks... People like you annoy the Hell out of me... You obviously know not about what you speak.

26. Truth9587 unregistered

wow, more dollars than sense here!

34. Androidluv

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

Innovative technology and AT&T are mutually exclusive. Haha!!!

5. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Wow AT&T really wants to eliminate T-Mobile as a competitor.

9. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

they really want the data spectrum and customer base they aren't concerned with the competition.

11. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

AT&T could care less about Tmobile as a competitor. They are 5x's the size and Tmobiles subscribers is not what AT&T wants. They want their spectrum AND they want to keep Sprint from buying them. Verizon would've bought Tmobile also if they were allowed. But they know there isn't a chance in hell of that being approved. Like Verizons' ceo said... Tmobile has the spectrum but doesn't have the money to do anything with it. In an industry where spectrum is THEE commodity, it would better to let a company that has the funds put it to good use.

6. NoMerger unregistered

I am a long time Tmobile customer, since the Powertel days, and will leave if the merger happens. ATT has the worst customer service, I know because I currently have them for internet and landline phone at my business. So i can only think their customer service is just as bad on the wireless side bc the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I believe consumers need to take the power back from these greedy companies trying to squeeze them for as much as they can. What ever happened to ethical business? Also let me leave you with this. "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" And what do you think will happen if their intentions aren't good...

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

If AT&T is willing to do what this article is claiming they want to do, it shows that the opposition has a case. This merger between AT&T/T-Mobile will have a huge ripple effect on the wireless industry as a whole in the U.S. Many companies will go under & I am afraid Sprint will be one of them. If this merger gets finalized prices will go up. Maybe not immediately but maybe in 2 to 5 years after the merger is complete. Anyone who is interested look up the braking of the Bell companies in the '70's. If the merger goes through it will be history repeating itself all over. If Sprint doesn't die then Verizon will buy Sprint for dirt cheap while Sprint is on its death bed. 2 companies with almost 90% of the U.S. market will eventually kill the most valiant effort put forward by the last 10%. It's not going to me a monopoly but a duopoly! That is just as bad! We all are going to be paying top dollar for wireless services if this merger gets finalizes here in the U.S. sooner or later. You can bet on that!

27. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Blue vs Red

8. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

You wine and complain and throw fits but the merger is happening whether anyone likes it or not. At&t has made some good promises to T-mobile customers, for example that they get to keep their rate as long as they continue with their contract. And i have had At&t for years now after switching from Verizon and let me tell you verizon is the hell hole you don't want to step into when it comes to customer service. I have had way better customer service from At&t than from Verizon. And it's going to improve service for at&t and T-mobile customers, who doesn't want that?

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You're one person. I know at least nine other people, myself as well, that would never again go back to AT&T. And, for further evidence, go ask JD Power. Verizon and Sprint have been boxing for the top spot consistently, with Verizon more often winning the customer service award. And, by no means is Verizon perfect, but you usually have to be a complete moron or want something beyond excessive to not get your way with their customer service department. Just sayin'...

20. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

We can argue back and forth til we're blue in the face. but the people around me have had the same experiences that i have had with verizon so you can stick that in your pipe and smoke it. read the reviews more people are satified with At&t than with Verizon's customer service.

33. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Where do you read these reviews? Ducktales.

36. android007 unregistered

First, let me say that I have had At&t, Verizon and Sprint... and sprint is by far the best. Verizon only wants to sell you the phones and after that if something happens to your phone they want you to buy a new phone at full price without even trying to fix it. And I have no idea how their customer service gets rated highly because every time that I called I was treated like an idiot for not having their best phones. Good signal, nothing else... At&t was terrible all around, their signal is lousy no matter what city you are in, everything is expensive, and customer service is even worse! I was getting charged $130 a month (for a $40 plan) because my phone somehow was roaming to canada over the frozen lake, and they said there was nothing they could do (not for lack of me trying) Needless to say paying the early termination was the happiest thing I have ever done. Sprint is not perfect, but they are usually fair and if I have a problem (hardware/ bill/ service) they really do their best to fix it for me. Plus, at least in the areas I am in, 3G service is decent and 4G is amazing downtown. They need some work to upgrade to their network and finally integrate the nextel towers (which has taken far too long) but I think if they can avoid death after T-mobile, they will do fine.

10. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Sounds like a yard sale to me and do you know what you find at a yard sale.....JUNK!!!!!!

12. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

At yard sales you can also find amazing treasures worth thousands of dollars you just have to know what to be looking for.

13. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

dude your watching too much American Pickers and Storage Wars. Besides it was an analogy, do you think AT&T is gonna sell off the cream of their network or the small barely solvent markets that do them more harm than good anyway, think McFly, think

25. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

That's not what i meant. I meant that not everything will be bad from the merger not that At&t is going to sell the the cream of their network. American Pickers and Storage Wars? what are those? I was thinking about my personal experience and also Pawn Stars.lol

28. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Ah so every carrier has a yardsale of Android phones :P

31. Gorkon unregistered

This guy again?

14. at&t-mobile_works unregistered

People just stop. If the deal goes threw its better service six month time line LTE right away. Verizon and at&t will be the best for everyone. Yes Sprint will fall soon after that's life they should had a big space of 4G they said they had it Wimax messed them up. Far a customer service verizon people are rude they don't care if your bill is all payed and you owe one pennie you service is turned off. Sprint hold on sir on hold 20 nun then the bill never the same hikes and lowers what's you with that? Tmobile sends you over seas when I can under stand anything I glad there frying bought out more American jobs. at&t people treat you as you treat them. Approve ATT tmobile for more American jobs more coverage.

15. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

The most important factor should be quality coverage, not customer service. Customer service doesn't drop calls, give bad signal strength, or throttle data. Customer service is nothing other than covering for the lack of a company to produce. I like a company that I only call to order/change service, devices (Verizon)

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

More American jobs? You're a moron if you believe this merger will create jobs in this country. I'm 100% sure you're not an Econ major.

21. BenCjamin

Posts: 80; Member since: May 13, 2011

did you not read about how at&t is planning on bringing the jobs that are being outsourced to Europe back to the US? Yes some people at T-Mobile will lose their jobs but they are also going to bring jobs currently being run out of country back to US therefore creating jobs. If you'd been following the issue the whole time you would have seen that part.

29. Gorkon unregistered

Hmmm...5000 jobs they "promise" to bring home. Not counting the jobs lost once T-Mobile stores nearby AT&T stores are closed, the lack of need for any of T-Mobile's service or sales departments and call centers, the lack of need for any techs or towermasters in overlapping markets. Thats about a plus minus ratio of 1 to 5. Sorry, you lose your arguement to Donald Trump above you.

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