Sprint also suing to block AT&T/T-Mobile merger
posted by Ian M. / Sep 06, 2011, 3:12 PM
The lawsuit is claiming that the merger violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act. Sprint’s lawsuit was filed as a related case to the suit already filed by the Department of Justice. Here is what Sprint had to say:
“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”
Now that Sprint has also filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, what do you think the chances are that the merger will still happen? Check out the full press release in the link and tell us what you think in the comments below.
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Watz a sprint,,,, 3rd largest cellphone company, I didn't know there was an award for 3 place lol wow even a 3 rate loser wins LOL
posted on Sep 06, 2011, 3:27 PM 2
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lol @ butthurt sprint fans voting thumbs down. very commendable of sprint to stay out of last place by suing rather than offering nice phones instead of gimmicks like wimax, 3d, 2 screens, a 4.5 inch variant with a dumb name, and a photon.
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 3:30 AM 1
Sprint is a wuss.....I wonder what Dan Hess would do if ATT was to buy Sprint, offer him 4 times his current salary and make him a big shot on ATT roster?....Would he appose the deal then as well???
posted on Sep 06, 2011, 3:37 PM 3
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There are very important words ATT has used as a rebuttal. ATT claims that "Sprint is more interested in protecting itself". So ATT, does this mean Sprint actually has a reason to protect itself from planned anti-competitve operations on your part? Also, ATT claims "Sprint should be more concerned for looking at finding competitve benefits for consumers". It seems to me, that is exactly what Sprint is trying to do. Preserve itself as a competitor for consumers to choose from. John B.
posted on Sep 06, 2011, 5:37 PM 4
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What AT&T is doing is being competitive...What Sprint, the DOJ, and the FCC doing is non-competitive. Verizon was able to buy Alltel and become the #1 company...How is this any different... AT&T should prepare to make some cuts and divest a little, but I wouldnt offer that right away just as they are not. It's business...business are suppose to be in it to make money...right?
posted on Sep 06, 2011, 8:10 PM 1
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Business and competition are 2 completely different things. It does make business sense on AT&T's part to pursue the merger however it also makes just as much business sense for Sprint to oppose it! If the merger between these 2 companies goes through then AT&T will instantly move to #1, Verizon drops to #2 and Sprint (dare I say it) REMAINS in the third spot. Verizon and AT&T would then control 80% of the market which to me means bad news coming for consumers as they can inflate prices on phones and plans all they want. They will also be cutting some jobs in the process because I don't see AT&T allowing all of the T-Mobile stores to remain open especially if they already have AT&T stores close by. Anytime you have a company (or 2 in this case) who can control that much of a market there will be competitive problems. Small companies will be pushed out of business because they will not even be able to compete. Be realistic. From a business standpoint this may seem like a GREAT idea however from a consumer standpoint this is one of the worst!
posted on Sep 08, 2011, 4:30 PM 1
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I am not in favor of the AT&T buying T-Mobile, and I have totally respected Sprint fighting it tooth and nail. But, ya know, I am not really impressed with this move. The D.O.J. doing it on behalf of a threat to competitiveness is one thing, but a competitor doing it seems like a pure desire to make life difficult. Sprint has had their chance before subcommitees in congress. They have listed reasons why they are against it in filings and in the public. They have given a list of AT&T spectrum that could be used to do the same things the purchase of T-Mobile is supposed to do. Overall, they have done a good job of fighting this thing. But if the FCC approves it, what does this lawsuit do? Sprint will not win. It is in the hands of the FCC and out of Sprints. Focus on your network, Dan, and get a promotion to fight for T-Mobile customers who will want to leave if AT&T gets approved.
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 12:15 AM 2
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I don't think it matters much if the FCC says ok to it. The people that it would come down to would be the FTC ( Federal Trade Commission ) as this would be a close to a monopoly as you're going to get with it not being a full blown one. I can already see it effecting stuff. Look at big red how long did it take them to go to the tiered data plans after AT&T did? So for them to say it's not going to I'll call BS on that.
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 3:44 AM 2
Where is Apple? I didn't know lawsuits could happen anymore in the cell phone world without them being involved? - sorry had to throw the apple bash in there. This will stifle competition. T-Mo (while smaller) has been first to market with many products. To have a bigger corporation purchase them is only going to lower the workforce, slow new innovation to market, and raise monthly access plan prices. Yes Verizon just did this as well. The only difference now is we are running out of these other companies that force the big companies to keep prices lower. When will it stop?
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 12:29 PM 0
people just don"t get at&t should let other carriers in on its voice and internet but they wont i"ve used every carrier in my area and they all suck. i use sprint and the customer service use to blow but has gotten better so kudos to sprint for fighting for fair comp. if at&t wins the market will be all !@#$% up trust my words if sprint had not made simply everything data plans other carriers would still be screwing its customers ..oops they already done bait and switch (verizion) but oh well its peoples own preference on who to call there carrier.
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 6:57 PM 0
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I find this all quite amusing that so many people are crying about this stupid merger as if it’s the end of the world. It seems that everyone has forgotten who truly controls the market and that is the consumer. No matter what happens with this stupid merger, if Sprint wants to stay competitive all they have to do is offer better deals for premium devices and/or service plans to include data plans. With AT&T and Verizon putting a cap on data plans, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there that wouldn't mind switching to Sprint for an unlimited data/voice plan at an affordable price if they could improve their coverage of course. We have to remember that we are the ones that pays these carriers pay checks, so don’t fret over some stupid merger that will most likely cause more competition within the market and remember power to the people!!
posted on Sep 13, 2011, 11:50 AM 0
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