AT&T suing to prevent customers from blocking T-Moble deal through arbitration

AT&T suing to prevent customers from blocking T-Moble deal through arbitration
A law firm named Bursor & Fisher has put together 1,000 AT&T customers willing to sue the carrier in an attempt to block the deal with T-Mobile. Eight arbitration cases have been filed in various states on behalf of those AT&T clients. In each of the cases, AT&T has responded by filing a opposing federal action. The carrier says that the arbitration clause in the contract that it has its customer sign, prevents customers from bringing such legal action. The clause, recently upheld by the Supreme Court, says that individual claims can be solved with individual relief. AT&T adds that an arbitrator has no legal power to block the merger or affect in any manner.

AT&T says that what Bursor & Fisher is attempting, to wrap individual claims in a class-action wrapper, is specifically prevented in its arbitration agreement. As a result, the carrier says the claims are "without merit". It's just another sideshow in this three-ring circus, but we have yet to hear from the dual Ringmasters, otherwise known as the FCC and Department of Justice, as their individual opinions will determine whether or not the show will go on.

source: AllThingsD



1. megamrambo

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 19, 2010

AT&T, You are a monopoly. Nuff said.... lol

25. mannyfs

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

all this hate towards att, lol, i hate it to! like this if you do as well (just to warn others how much att sucks and for fun of course :) )

2. marc unregistered

Just face it, you cant just sue your way out of everything. AT&T has the Michael Jordan of lawyers lined up ready to de-rail any resistance. Im pretty nonchalant about it bcuz i had ditched T-Mobile for AT&T 2 months ago becuz of lack of 3G coverage. Now with AT&T, i have 3G+ Coverage but its "dropped call city" for me and its annoying. Looking into Verizon when it comes back to Radioshack

5. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

me too, very curious to see what their rate plans will be

3. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

At&t,t-mobile,sprint and other carriers suck a**. At least verizon has their s**t together + better phones and service even though they might be expensive but worth it. Nuff said.

4. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I have AT&T and I agree with your statement... for now. At this point in time, Verizon is by far the best carrier where coverage is concerned. I think that will change when AT&T gets there LTE network up and running with HSPA+ as a back up, whereas Verizons' back up is 3G. Verizon covers 97% of the U.S.. AT&T is only 80%, if that, according to an article on this site. AT&T is supposedly commited to matching Verizons' 97% coverage area. IF/WHEN that happens... AT&T will have a better network, hands down. As for the TMo deal... I'm whole-heartedly against it. According to that leaked memo, AT&T is only buying TMo so Sprint can't, not because they need it.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

not totally true. VZW's CDMA network will always have better building penetration and wider service per tower than GSM. While ATT's 3g backup speeds will definately be superior (where att has, VZW's entire network is 3g where it is not LTE. In the end, it all depends on where you live. If they all have great coverage then go for the best value for your dollar.

12. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

yeah, verizon 4g beats att hands down! but at&ts 3g isnt that bad, it beats verizon and sprints 3g

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Tmobile beats all of the above. 4g Speeds like verizon, 3g speeds faster than all of em, and nearly 1/3rd the price as either ATT or VZW.

36. @remixfa unregistered

I agree with you, and you also have to take into consideration that not all LTE is created equally, The frequency also makes a difference. Verizon is buying the lowest band out which is 700. The lower the frequency, the more range and better building penetration. Also offering LTE all on one frequency compared to 2 makes it easier and prevents less issues like dropped calls. (makes for a smoother hand off from one tower to another.)

6. OpTiKaWn unregistered

All att coustomers should want the deal to go thru because that means future att phones will use both att and t mob signals so ur phones will work in many more places and have many more towers. it really makes no sense to not want it, if u really think about. att will be only company with roll over, only company u can talk and go online at same time, only company that put money into back haul, only company that has 2 layers of 4g service. so if ur in a place that dont have LTE u will still get super fast hspa+ while every other company will get beat old 3g, verizon thinks they are the fastest for now but they rushed their service, ATT could have had all its stuff out first if it wanted to they are a hugh company that already absorbed cingular and alltell wireless for those of u who dont know. but instead they are takin their time building assets remember its not always good to be first cough cough verizon, thats when u get bugs and problems and all kinda other crap or ur first out the gate cough cough verizon thinkin ur all the fastest company then another company comes out after u with bigger and better service IE AT&T. in the long run AT&T service will with out a doubt dominate un less they some how mess it up witch i doubt they will have all their layers and signals and t mobs signals and attenas thus workin in way more places than ne one else with way better speeds, plus all the other extras they offer as i said above. I have had them since they were first AT&T back in the day when i was in high school with black and white screens thru the change to cingular back to AT&T and to present, i have tried everyother company for second lines and never liked ne of them. when i had problems in past they would give me bonus minutes and crap and it just builds up. and i think now i have like 25,000 roll over minutes that ill never even use so with out a unlimited plan my plan still is unlimited, im actuly thinkin about switching to their lowest plan they have and with build up of roll over will still be like a unlimited plan. not to mention they have earily night and weekend minutes, and now if u buy the unlimited text plan u get unlimited minutes to every cell phone company in the US for free so thats another bounus when other people get unlimited text only plus for their regular phones its 10 bucks for unlimited internet, they no longer have it for smart phones but i still have it since i have had it for ever and im grandfathered in. So i have unlimited smart phone internet,earily night and weekends unlimited, unlimited text, unlimited minutes to every cell company, roll over minutes, talk and surf at same time and fast hspa+ and free att wifi every where they have it all over the country to me no one else can beat it...

7. O_O unregistered


17. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Booooo hissssssssssssss!! Att has been and always WILL BE shady and dishonest. I really love my T-Mobile and have been with them since the Voicestream days in 2000, but if this merger goes through you can bet your backside I wont stick around for one more day. It'll be Verizon for me if that day comes.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

actually, opti, ATT is talkin about dismantling TMOs superior 42mb/s HSPA+ and leaving their own craptastic 11mb/s wanna be HSPA+ in place. They will use Tmobile's spectrum for LTE instead. While we may see a few phones with both ATT and Tmo spectrums on them ( i was hoping the sgs2 would be this way), its not going to become the norm as the more subscribers that use Tmo's HSPA+, the harder it will be for them to dismantle that spectrum. VZW service will always be the best as far as coverage goes. CDMA penetrates thick buildings better and travels farther per tower than GSM. When VZW makes the full transition to LTE in like 7 years then they will still be ahead of ATT.. Only when both are on full LTE only service will they be on even footing. Thats not for nearly a decade though. VZW bought Alltell, not ATT. ATT got a couple million off the divestures of the merger, but they didnt buy it. Just like Sprint ant VZW will likely get pieces of Tmobile when that merger happens. Roll over minutes are the biggest joke in the industry. If you have a ton of them that means you have been paying for a plan way bigger than you have ever needed. You take an already expencive ATT plan and you keep it higher than it needs to be because u want to "keep your minutes", not ever realizing that the one time in your life you need those minutes the overages are way cheaper than the difference in plans would have been if you were on the correct plan for your usage. Also, carriers will backdate a plan if you catch it before the end of your cycle.. further killing any need for roll over minutes. In the end.. you typed a lot without much actual information. ATT is a scumbag company and is always a second fiddle to VZW. They always will be. They have coverage worse than Tmobile but price their plans like VZW. They get caught left and right ripping off their customers. No thank you. And who in their right mind would jump to ATT right now anyways? With the merger about to happen you have the choice of being on ATT with a Tmobile style super cheap plan with real unlimited data or an ATT style super expensive plan with overages. What moron would willingly pay more than double for the ATT plan if they are on the same service? Unlimited everything is only 59.99 with NO OVERAGES on Tmobile. Its 140 on ATT and u get overages after 4 gigs of data.

24. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

In case you are retarded.... Verizon bought alltel.... check yourself fool!!!

37. yeahright unregistered

Verizon bought MOST of Alltel. Alltel still exists as a cell phone company. Check out their website: Check your facts before you mock someone like that, dude.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

alltell still exists as a shadow of its self in the most rural of places. VZW bought "alltell" and had to divest parts of it to ATT and the rest.. anything that they didnt want remained as "alltell"... just waiting for someone to buy that little piece left.

9. ltezealot unregistered

ATT pours millions of dollars lobbying the hell out of Senators and Congressmen to let them in the backdoor and get laws passed/blocked thatbenefits them. They should instead put all those millions into upgradinbg their network and investing into more spectrum. Verizon isn't worried about this merger because they already have enough spectrum and towers to allow lte deployment ahead of time. They are by no means the first to deploy 4g however, Sprint launched 4g with WiMax long before Verizon even had their LTE Center open! But wimax came back to bite Sprint in the ass and became more of a hinderance to customers since they were unable to widely deploy it nationwide. Verizon is ready to setup 117 markets nationwide before this year's end with little difficulties (there will always be a few). ATT meanwhile, claims they have to acquire a whole other carrier to support their spectrum and lte upgrade- they cant even service their own towers! So go ahead and take all your roll over minutes- with the amount of dropped calls on ATT- you'll need them

10. hammertong

Posts: 41; Member since: May 10, 2010

Not even married yet, and already they are quarreling. A marriage made in heaven. Take the hint, ATT. Nobody wants you.

11. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I dont know why its a trend to hate at&t. Im actually really happy with at&t. i get about 1-3 mbps on 3g. the only complaint is that when i go camping i don't usually get service. I hope the merger goes through because i will get even faster speeds and more coverage:)

22. jmo76 unregistered

Probably the main reason you don't get coverage when camping is because of GSM. While GSM is newer (CDMA came about around the end of WWII), it's signal doesn't travel as far (about 1/2 to 2/3), it doesn't penetrate buildings as well, and is less secure. WHat I don't understand is how they will be able to cover people in rural areas with the merger with T-Mobile. T-Mobile is only located in major metros, so AT&T will have to build towers in the rural areas, just like they would if the merger was blocked. The real reason they want the merger is to keep other carriers from getting the spectrum, in a way handicapping them. While it won't affect a carrier like Verizon, it will affect Sprint and pre-paid carriers by hampering their ability to build out their network to compete with Verizon & AT&T. If this isn't anti-competitive I don't know what is. Many say that T-Mobile will still go out of business if the merger doesn't go through, and that no other carrier could afford to buy them. In that event, they would be broken up and sold as parts. THat would allow companies other than the big two to advance their networks. Basically if it goes through look for there to basically be two companies with a few pre-paids that are tied to them. I am a Verizon customer, but I'm rooting for Sprint here. Lack of choices is not good for the consumer, and that will be the end result if this merger goes through.

13. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Yes yes yes!!!! go down!!!! We are tired of your crappy network, besides we have Verizon and Sprint that does a much better job than you.

42. Geeksarebest

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

You do realize that probably 60% of Sprint's Network is actually Verizon roaming, right?

14. daryl227140

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 13, 2011

I'm against the AT&T/Tmobile merger simply because T-Mobile will become a thing of the past. The great plans, the commercials, the innovations (the first U.S. carrier to carry Android phones), will be gone probably a year after the deal goes through. With that said, AT&T can go ahead and be lazy with their pricing after they take T-Mobile. Verizon, Sprint, and hell even MetroPCS will step up and be more agressive with their plans. People are getting tired of AT&T, and are shying away from T-Mobile simply because they're going to be AT&T. People are tired of their crap, even the employees are starting to hate them (go into a COR AT&T or T-Mobile store or call Customer Service for either service, you'll see). In short, don't worry about AT&T monopolizing anything, because it's going to bite them in the end.

18. Galen20K

Posts: 579; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

couldn't agree more, if this deal goes through I will honestly be sad that my T-Mobile is gone but I won't stick around with Att just because they might steal their spectrum. It'll be Verizon for me if it happens.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

once the merger happens, imma unlock my Tmo phone and find me some cheap prepaid service. I wonder if simple mobile will still be around.. lol. They need a true unlimited 3g data + texting only plan. that way i can just use google voice for phone calls on the off chance I actually make one.

15. feenom15 unregistered

ATT works just fine for me. *shrugs*

19. rex0422

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I dont like AT&T! I prefer Sprint, but that's just me... XD

23. obento unregistered

Something is happening to a company I use for service. 1. AT&T didnt ask me if they could buy T-mobile. They are using MY money I pay them to buy something without consulting ME. 2. I dont like T-mobile. I hate the color pink, red, and yellow. Orange and Blue is OK though. 3. If I hate something or dont understand it. I want to destroy it, stop it, or sue it. 4. 39 Billion is alot of money, can I haz some?

30. daryl227140

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 13, 2011


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