Microsoft, Facebook and more back AT&T in T-Mobile acquisition

Microsoft, Facebook and more back AT&T in T-Mobile acquisition
Sprint has made its opinion clear about the pending AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile. Sprint is firmly against it, because it would essentially pit them against the two American Goliaths of mobile: Verizon and AT&T. Bad news for Sprint, though, because on Monday letters of support for the acquisition were filed with the FCC from some big names, icluding: Microsoft, Facebook, Research In Motion (RIM), Yahoo, Qualcomm, and Oracle. 

AT&T first unveiled the plan to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion in March and the proposal has been working its way through the FCC and a Senate Judiciary Committee ever since. AT&T has said that the acquisition would greatly speed up deployment of their 4G LTE network, and allow more Americans access to high speed mobile connections. 

With that in mind, it's not surprising that rival carriers Sprint and Verizon would be against the plan, which would make AT&T the biggest mobile carrier in the USA. But, it's also not surprising that the content providers and handset makers would be for the acquisition. Better and faster mobile connections means more people being able to spend time on Facebook or Yahoo, and it means that smartphones from Microsoft and RIM will continue to supplant feature phones in the market. 

There were four letters of support submitted to the FCC. One signed by Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Yahoo, RIM, Qualcomm, Avaya, and Brocade. One each from venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia. The last letter was from eight venture capitalists. 

source: NY Times

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29 Comments

1. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

" it's not surprising that rival carriers Sprint and Verizon would be against the plan" Didn't Verizon pretty much say, 'go for it, we don't care'.

33. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Vz will gain some of the customers just as att did with the vz altell merger

2. Yophones

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2010

Yes of course.... The Crappiest companies(with the exception of Facebook) are supporting the Crappy company....This needs to be over with already.... either approve it or deny it but just finish it up!!!!!!

5. LOlyourfunny unregistered

Crappy companies? LoL.......... someone is jealous....

6. Yophones

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2010

I am lol

12. Joe unregistered

facebook is pretty crappy

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Its obvious these companies are against the public. Surprising that Apple hasn't signed on board yet.

4. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Its up to verizon to speak their voice, but there not? Either Verizon is going to do the same and at&t cant say anything about it or Verizon has something very large up its sleeve O.o.

7. Carlos unregistered

Um i thought that vzw didnt really care for the merging. They have enough power to compete with the att giant. Ugh just let the merger go through or say no. If microsoft and all does other companies signed it even though they are not really big companies except for microsoft and facebook.

14. Tom unregistered

All of the companies are large, please do your research before you post things like this.

8. jaames1990 unregistered

so many people talk junk about so much stuff, if you dont like att, then dont get them, if you dont like the iphone or blackberry or a blackberry dont buy one

9. jaames1990 unregistered

or an android **

10. Growup unregistered

@Yophones..."The Crappiest companies(with the exception of Facebook) are supporting the Crappy company...." I'll bet you're a Democrat too!

13. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

its been proven that the average iq of a democrat is higher than a republican. go fcuk yourselves you dirty rednecks!!

15. Tom unregistered

Can you please cite your source for this stupid statistic?

17. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

they can't, they never do

18. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

Is that why when democrap policy is pushed aside and true conservative policy is practiced, there is a big jump upward as far as economy and many other things are concerned? LOL

21. donpeppino9

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 24, 2010

all i need to say is "bush". that word alone is my citation for how retarded republicans are. the whole party is based on hynotic marketing scheme of "america" and god bless everything, and that the dems are "socialists" . you fukers dont even know what real socialism is. get a clue. the republican path will turn this world into a third world country. 100% pure capitalism doesnt work... something republicans wont admit cause your whole party is based on the false promise of prosperity through the completely free and governmentless markets. bush tried, and he almost put us in a depression. like i said... bush. you rednecks will never be able to boast anything good about your party as a result of electing that retard in the white house. the republican party is forever tainted. the list goes on... -1.2 trillilon debt -horrible international diplomacy resulting in tainted image with people worldwide - 2 unsuccessful and unwarranted wars - holding back cures with ban on stem cell use - inflating the dollar - getting rid of american jobs - promoting NAFTA, a failed worldwide policy. the list goes on. do me a favor and just shut up!

22. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I'll save you a novel of fail and just say one word... "Obama" ...

23. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

A Fucking Men Brother!!

32. 2jzgita unregistered

Palin ...... Trump those 2 words sum up where this is heading lol soon our country is gonna be turned into a reality show

29. Yophones

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2010

I'll bet you're a Democrat too! ^to answer your stupid statement... I'm neither......Dumb Republicans like you are the reason we are such a divided country and why your party won't get my vote!!! Good luck with Palin in 2012.... oh and stop hiding who you are and register so we can know when your party is in the Haus!!!!

11. theBankRobber unregistered

Lol Microsoft is trying to sell more WP7 devices on at&t, that's all. Don't they know at&t is ran by iPhone users and a upcoming growth of Android users. Any body can say how much better WP 7 is UNTIL THEY STOP SUPPORTING IT LIKE EVERY OTHER PREVIOUS MS PHONE OS. Hey a VERY LONG track record of abandonment with their devices and OS will always follow. Say what you want but everyone knows it true.

16. Doink the Clown unregistered

Funny how every company that has something to gain by this supports it (Microsoft, RIM...more of their phones are on AT&T's network than any other carrier), and those that have nothing to gain by it are either against it or status quo (Sprint, Verizon respectively). Even the venture (vulture) capitalists hope to gain, because they know they can pick up some cheap divested networks off this deal. Great how our "government" works...this will more than likely go through. Then all the crooks in office will hide their payoff money, Republicans and Democrats alike.

19. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

Looks like doink is one of the few americans who actually gets it!

34. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

vz is not really aginst the merger because the will gain some of tomo customer just as att did with the vz altel merger

20. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

I don't really care if it goes through or not. I have Verizon. When all the mad people grumble off of AT&T and T-Mobile because of the merger, I get the chance to persuade them to use my referral and get rewarded. ;)

24. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Verizon doesn't seem intimidated by the merger as they have stayed out of this fiasco from the beginning. Sprint on the other hand seems very nervous as they are making the biggest fuss about this...those "Everything Plans" can only take you so far...

35. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

sprint knows they will eventually be sucked up by vz....att did not say anything when alltel merged with vz .

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