Sprint pleads to the FCC to block AT&T – T-Mobile merger

Sprint pleads to the FCC to block AT&T – T-Mobile merger
Ever since AT&T announced its plans to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion, Sprint has been criticizing the deal for its potential negative impact on the US market. Of course, we would probably not be wrong if we say that in reality, the nation's third largest carrier is a bit more concerned about its own survival as a profitable company.

Taking its efforts to prevent the merger from happening to the next level, Sprint has now officially pleaded to the FCC asking it to block T-Mobile's acquisition from AT&T. In its statement, Sprint once again points out that if both companies merge, the resulting entity will cover 43% of the nation's wireless subscribers with Verizon providing for another 39% of the market. The potential duopoly might very well hurt fair competition amongst carriers and cause a rise in service costs because practically, two companies will have control over every 8 out of 10 subscribers.

If the merger gets approved by the FCC, Sprint is very likely to become the underdog of wireless carriers with a market share far behind that of the leading duo – AT&T and Verizon. However, until we hear the commission's final word, we are not expecting to see the number three national carrier to give up without a fight.

source: The Wall Street Journal via Boy Genius Report



1. Yo unregistered

Sprint is really on their knees for the FCC.

2. joebklyn

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2011

If we don't have competition,it would not be good for the industry. Just like back in the day when we only had cable,the rates were out if control. If it wasn't for the satellite dish companies,we would be at there "mercy". So as far of the merger I'm totally against it. We need more companies like "Sprint" to keep the rates down.

3. jwc89

Posts: 9; Member since: May 31, 2011

The cell industry will be fine tmo can barley survive I mean yes they have fast service but their coverage is about half that of att and Verizon and sprint is not much farther ahead the problem remains that tmo is not going to be able to compete once the other three move to lte I think this deal should go through because then the us will be covered in lte secvice and there will still be three providers. Its not like the prices are that different anyway sprint and tmo unlimited plans are 79.99 att and Verizon are 85 oh big deal not really when you get much better service Witt att and Verizon then with tmo and sprint

6. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

tell me where i can get unlimited calling and texting to any number i wish with true unlimited data no caps or throttling on a smart phone with telenav built in on att or vzw and i will gladly sign up...but guess what you cant

9. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

i mean are you not familiar with roaming ageements? and the fact that Sprint's coverage is almost the same as VZW or ATT? Where Sprint doesnt work it will roam for FREE. Sorry Sprint doesn't nickle and dime you like the other two.

19. mikeypopps

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Dude I haven't seen roaming in the continental US with AT&T since the 90's.

31. pyckvi

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

ur full of BullShit. i was on a roadtrip last year. i have t-mobile an my buddy has att. and he was roaming everywhere i was. the only are that he wasnt roaming and i was. was around the southern texas area.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

again, sprint only stands to gain customers and business and ultimately a lot of money by the merger as many Tmobile customers leave ATT for the cheaper pastures of Sprint (once they are up for contract renewal and ATT tries to force them to get off the grandfathered plan). The only thing sprint is losing is access to most of the best exclusive phones. Sprint isnt trying to stop anything in reality. They are just pressuring the FCC so they make ATT give up more concessions and pieces of Tmo during the merger. They might pick up some spectrum, maybe some customers, or other things. They are playing the same card Google played during the Spectrum auctions.

32. pyckvi

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

what if sprint is so worried because it will now be the only company without an IPhone?

5. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Sprint needs to build their network, that's all they have to do. If they don't have the capital to do that, then they are already dead in the water, merger or no merger.

11. digitaljedi unregistered

And why can't at&t do exactly as you suggest? Why can't they take that 39 billion and invest in their own network?

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

About the only way to get AT&T-Mobile to invest in it's network (dropped calls anyone?) is with competition. A duopoly is anything but competitive. Look at airlines - when there were a lot of airlines serving a market, the ticket prices were low. With consolidation and few options, the ticket prices headed northward. It will be the same with AT&T-Mobile.

10. digitaljedi unregistered

Are you people that stupid?! This merger would completely f*ck up the industry. No innovation. Sky rocketing prices and thousands more people out of work as at&t shuts down overlapping tmobile stores. Anyone who thinks this merger is for the benefit of the industry DOESN'T KNOW A DAMN THING about the industry. Children, please only comment on things you know about.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

digital.. i AM a tmobile employee and i do work near an ATT store. We are all counting our days to find out which one of us will get shut down. They will take the opportunity to shave loads of people off BOTH companies. Almost noone WANTS this merger, but wanting isnt always reality. I also think its going to be bad over all for the industry. The reality is unless something major happens, its like 95% likely to go through. Not wanting something doesnt make it illegal. Deal with reality.

12. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

You guys are funny. Sprint is already in huge trouble clear or clearwire has a huge money problem and they are just staling, acting as if there prices are lower which they arent really ......besides tmo dont want its customers any more who's fault is that. Att will buy them because they can sprint would buy them but they dont have the money because the are still paying for the nextel take over. Ver will get some of the customers just as att did when they bought alltel...sprint had nothing to say about that once again they are just stalling for time to!

22. migs unregistered

oh really acting as if there pricing isn't lower. care to compare plans???? let start with Verizon. a comparable plan would be there 450 unlimited texting plan which includes mobile to mobile to verizon customers. costs 59.99 add now 30 dollars for unlimited data thats 89.99 so far that's 10 bucks more than sprint, oh wait GPS add on hmmm add another 10 bucks cuz you get that for free with Sprint. 20 dollars more a month, times that by a year 240 a year or 480 every2 years. Sprint now 79.99 450 minutes unlimited mobile to mobile to ANY carrier not just Verizon to Verizon. can i add more? there's a charge for Vcast video another 10 bucks, you get Sprint TV for free. we are talking about an average of 30 dollars a month if you really want to nitpick on savings. should i go to AT&T now? i think i made my point.

13. gaby1451

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Good, I say keep it up! Who cares if Sprint is just looking out for themselves and their bottom line. From a consumer's stand point, this is merger is NOT a good idea.

14. Potsmoke unregistered

Dude is 100% correct about monopoly, he fights a good cause. Regardless, he needs to S.T.F.U. and worry about building his own network out. It's recockulous with Sprint...works nowhere outside of a city with a NASCAR track...wonder why? When Sprint starts having service where I go, then I'll take him seriously.

15. STFU unregistered

Sprint works everywhere I need to go plus no extra fees an charges for every single thing like vzw and att. Looks like u must really be on pottsmoke to say Sprint doesnt get service outside of a city with a nascar track. You must live in a hole in a cave wtf..

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so... hes right, but he needs to shut up? yea that makes sence. i guess with a name like "potsmoke" we shouldnt expect much.. lol Technically, sprint has the 2nd largest coverage footprint behind verizon as well as tons of bandwith, which is why they rent out spectrum to so many prepaid companys.

16. andriod unregistered

(Potsmoke) sprint is building it network out look it up dude

20. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I work for a Communications company sprint sprint is not building anything . sprint rents out its spectrum because they are losing 300k customers every three months and need to keep cash comming in from some where.....att and ver does nic and dime you but they dont lie as if there prices are lower than any other company....If sprint service and phones are so great then why are they still in debt, why are they losing so many customers

23. migs unregistered

really? have you been reading the news? last time i heard Sprint actually gained customers these past 2 quarters, and it was Tblobile that was losing customers.

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your comment was relevant last year. this last quarter sprint/vzw posted +900k customers. ATT only posted +90k customers. Tmobile lost customers. Though for tmobile it wasnt as bad as it would seem as we were switching a lot of people from no contract and flexpay plans to prepay, which messed with the numbers quite a bit.

24. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

I don't want the merger to go through, but instead of crying to the FCC, Sprint should work on their network. My friend has Sprint and gets 10 Kbps down over 3G. That's ridiculous. I doubt AT&T is much better though...

25. unknown773 unregistered

I hope the deal fails. I love tmobile $70 unlimited everything prepaid. att will never give us this kind of plans. if it gets approve ill go back to verizon.

26. goos unregistered

Sprint sucks. You can get everything on att u can get on sprint for 5 bucks more minus the stupid tv bs. most people don't use more than 2gbs of data and they have unlimited mobile to any mobile now . and u get faster data speeds better phones and better service. the evo is still the best selling phone on sprint come on. the only phone that last a year anymore is the iphone. sprint gives everything away cuz no one is willing to pay for it. sad thing is when vzw swoops em up i bet att could give a shit less. they r mad they got outbid for another company with non compatible tech. there r plenty of smaller carriers who can take tmobiles place. just like tmobile took nextels and alltel. there's a duopoly anyways. 100 mil 95 mil and like 35 mill.

27. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Sprint is really trying to prevent this merger from happening...but if im not mistaken, wasnt sprint going to merge with tmobile anyway??? had they merged, this would have happened, especially since they were going to go LTE and abandon WiMax. this is sprint's undoing because they were in the red for years and you have other smaller carriers like MetroPCS

29. Tmall Sprint Z. unregistered

Phone guy 007: I work for a Communications company sprint sprint is not building anything . sprint rents out its spectrum because they are losing 300k customers every three months and need to keep cash comming in from some where.....att and ver does nic and dime you but they dont lie as if there prices are lower than any other company....If sprint service and phones are so great then why are they still in debt, why are they losing so many customers ---------------------------- I work at a corporate store, and have seen the awards, Sprint was losing very many customers, because of poor customer service in and out of the store. More currently though Sprint beat out "Big Red" and netted itself the J.D. Power and Associates award for best customer service. Not only this but churn is at an all time low for us here which is great considering the trend which was a loss each quarter for customers. The loss of these customers can be attributed to two things, either A) customer disservice, or B) the economy. Sprint maintains a professional appearance while offering competivitve pricing toward AT&T as well as VZW at an affordable price that most can afford. Not to mention prepaid 50.00 +tax unlimited boost and virgin. Finally sprint may be in debt, but as stated before this could be because of the economy and it's effect on customers as well as the Nextel buy out which is a pretty penny.

30. Tmall Sprint Z. unregistered

I also forgot to add that the consumer benefits when there is competition. There will be less choices for the consumer as well as skyrocketing prices. I'm willing to bet a sixer that when this duopoly is to occur mom and pops investment into a small wireless company will get bought out in seconds. Because in this world money talks bs walks. No competition = higher rates

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