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AT&T still mad about blocked merger, vows to take it out on customers

0. phoneArena posted on 03 May 2012, 11:27

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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posted on 03 May 2012, 11:31 21

1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

What an ass.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:30 1

40. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Yup, the government turning a blind eye to the evershrinking wireless spectrum. Now thanks to their boneheaded decision, the consumers will still have to pay the price. Ironically, the FCC are harming the consumers they are so trying to protect.

posted on 03 May 2012, 15:14 4

45. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

there is plenty of spectrum left it just has to be reallocated. what we don't have is a lot of nationwide carrier competition. prices would have went up or at least stayed high longer with reduced competition had the merger gone through... which is bad for everyone.. but good for ATT.

how dare they have to rethink their ideas and come up with a solution that is ultimately good for them... and us.

if they raise their prices they will push themselves out of competition.. I dare them

posted on 03 May 2012, 15:50 1

48. cncrim (Posts: 911; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

I guess you don't see long term effect of the merger, do you?

posted on 03 May 2012, 18:27 2

66. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

Yes, the long term effects of the merger would have been bad for everyone...except AT&T.

This guy is trying really hard and making a fool of himself in the process. Competition makes us inefficient??? Cry baby...

posted on 04 May 2012, 09:24

85. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

when was the government ever to helpful for the people??? it's just a stupid "authority tag" to declare that they have more power and "knowledge", to justify their decisions and claims... I was really hoping for AT&T and T-Mobile to merge, may be resulting in better and more coverage across the states, but the government decided against and put all of us in misery in the end... We the people, supporting this government has been returned with a real short end of a already short stick... -_-

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:32 13

2. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

Wow that sucks for att customers

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:05 7

11. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

If at&t raises prices ... guess what the other carriers will do ... raise their prices too!

It sucks for everyone.

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:22 1

21. rsiders (Posts: 1101; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Of course competition makes everything suck.lol Money hungry ATT. And no bro, all the other carriers aren't going to raise their prices just because ATT does.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:18 2

36. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

If you believe that history repeats itself (and history does) then yes other companies will also raise their prices. Its been happening over and over again ever since the iPhone was introduced to ATT.

One of the problems with the mobile industry right now is that it is not conrolled by the customer, but rather conrolled by the stockholder which is why the prices will continue to rise until someone breaks the cycle.

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:26 1

38. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

True. History is very often right.

posted on 03 May 2012, 15:17 2

46. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

that's actually false. prices have come down quite a bit over all in the past 4 years.

posted on 03 May 2012, 17:30

63. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

I agree with remix, unfortunately, prices have dropped dramatically since the launch of the first iPhone.

posted on 03 May 2012, 17:32

64. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

There is a point where people aren't willing to pay for a service that competition can offer for a much lower price. I know plenty of people who went to Sprint when the iPhone became available mainly because of the price. If AT&T wants to higher their prices then I highly doubt they will start gaining new customers and will probably lose existing customers.

posted on 03 May 2012, 23:59

83. Baseballer (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Not on sprint lol. Yes, their speeds right now are crap! But they are fixing everything up with their Network Vision thing. Speeds have really gone up in dallas where i couldnt even surf the internet at times. Couple years and they'll be in great shape

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:04

91. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

AT&T and verizon have been known to match prices to each others plans. if one does it, the other will sure to follow.

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:36 9

3. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

Just get over att! Find a better excuse to raise prices, record profits,record activations and still whining about not being able to monopolize the US GSM market,just ridiculous!

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:15 2

19. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Exactly what they wanna do

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:42 1

4. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

Asshole move T__T

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:44 3

5. cmcg53 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2010)

Just another reason why I am glad to not have AT&T. Unless I were to work for them and not have to pay a monthly bill for service!

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:49 4

6. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

Go ahead AT&T raise your price as high as you like people will move to Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. AT&T will be smaller than T-Mobile in the next 2 years when millions of customers end their 2 years contract.

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:55 5

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Glad I'm on Verizon. Competition is bad for spectrum?! What the hell is that?

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:09 1

14. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It's truth. If you have a pie, and 8 people want a slice, you need 8 slices. If you have the same pie but 16 people want it, you need twice as many - and half as large - of slices. Spectrum is the same situation

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:13 6

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

No it's bad for profit. Carriers share spectrum all the time.

posted on 03 May 2012, 16:47 3

53. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

I agree with taco.. I feel so dirty...

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:05 1

33. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

i highly doubt that something like spectrum can be counted like a pie as in when its used it's gone... i'd like to see 3rd party reports on the effect users have on spectrum.. and how much spectrum isn't borrowed or loaned to other companies...

remember all the times that people said we're running out of ip addresses... or that the backbone of the internet needs to be fixed? and nothing happened?

i believe this situation is very similar... it could all be press hype taking advantage of consumers lack of understanding on what spectrum is and how it works...

posted on 03 May 2012, 13:29

39. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Your analogy is horrible. Yes, spectrum is limited, but having one, or few, owners of spectrum does not make for inefficient use of it. Why do you think companies get into wholesale wireless? For situations like what he is whining about. If he is really that afraid of running out of spectrum then he should be focused on roaming agreements(read, sharing). That would fix all of his spectrum issues. Att should have known that they weren't going to get the merger though, so they should have never attempted it. All I have to say is that wireless demand is not inelastic, and if he does go raising prices then I can assure him that he will lose business.

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:56 1

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Whaaambulance, call in the whaaambulance...is he the CEO of a corporation, holy crap! Talk about throwing a tantrum, lol. Anyway, what's next in the news today?

posted on 03 May 2012, 11:57 3

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

And to think that this nutcase almost got his way. This little rant should remove any doubt that AT&T customers would have been f*cked once the merger had been done and baked. Yeah, the 'protected' customers would have been grand-fathered, but we have seen how AT&T treated all of the 'unlimited' customers that exceeded 3 Gb/month....

posted on 03 May 2012, 12:01 2

10. troybuilt (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)

AT&T should merge with the oil companies. Find that it's their policy to raise oil and gas prices all over the country.

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