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Sprint's Dan Hesse brings 'nukes' to stop AT&T-Mobile merger, Sprint's survival is at stake

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Jun 2011, 03:11

Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse has been the most outspoken critic of the $39 billion merger between AT&T and the country's fourth largest carrier T-Mobile. But to stop something of this scale you need big guns…

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posted on 28 Jun 2011, 06:52 1

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

Dont let him fool ya, if the Merger goes through, Sprint will pick up the bulk of the angry customers. Of course, it could hurt their exclusives though.

Well, after the article posting about how ATT was bribing like 90% of democrats involved to say yes, he better have one heck of an ace up his sleeve.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 23:48 2

23. lollipop (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

ATT bribes everyone from your beloved Conservatives to your hated Democrats.

posted on 30 Jun 2011, 02:57

27. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Uh huh, sure they do. It's not like the Democrats care about creating a monopoly or anything.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 07:07

2. Geeksarebest (unregistered)

The article didn't say AT&T bribed Dem's. All it said was that AT&T contributed to the Democratic fund. Which it has for several years along with Verizon *and* Sprint. Verizon has the republicans pockets and AT&T has the Dem's. Even Sprint has contributed when the vote to allow wireless providers to be exempt from a couple of federal inquiries.

No one is an angel in this game.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:33

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

Actually, Verizon is a left of center company run from NJ who donates to democrats more than republicans.
And there was an article 2 days ago that said ATT added 50k+ to like 45 of 50 democrats on the FCC commission that said they will support the merger.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 23:51 1

24. lollipop (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

Dude i worked for VzW... They were not a Left of center company. They had lobbyist for each side. You are a stupid moron.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 07:37 3

3. MalakiMills (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)

This sounds about right, the way I see it is At&t should just take that 39 billion dollars and put that directly into building their own network instead of just trying to diminish competition and take out T-mobile. It's kinda like what happened to Kmart after Walmart and Target got really big. Stores started closing and hardly anyone shops at them anymore. I foresee that happening to Sprint. They will keep their loyal customers, and float around in the endless sea that will be Verizon and At&t.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 10:42

13. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

I think we forget that tom has been trying to sale for years now, which means they dont want there customers any more. If sprint had the money they would have bought them years ago.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 07:48 4

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

And innovation will definitely slow waaay down. For starters, AT&T-Mobile will not have the $39 billion it spent on the merger that it could have invested in it's network absent the merger. Then, since VZW isn't feeling any pressure to match AT&T-Mobile, it scales back it's investment while at the same time, raises it's rates.

And the customer gets to bend over.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 14:36

25. Fernando the Goalie (unregistered)

100% Correct on all accounts.

I fail to see how a company that buys a company that roams off their towers most of the time has anything to gain by this.

Alot of places I go outside the Metro areas that I travel to, my T-Mobile phone roams off of AT&T towers. It's rediculous. They kicked my cousin off for roaming too much, even though he was within their "map".

This deal stinks.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 08:08 2

5. Erik (unregistered)

Considering all the buzz was about a possible Sprint & T-Mobile merger until the AT&T deal was announced, I will give this CEO no respect. AT&T came in with a bigger check and a better deal and Deutsche Telekom AG went for it. Hesse is simply a sore loser. He doesn't care about competition or any of the other altruistic crap he's been flinging around. If by some miracle this deal is shot down, you'll see Sprint all over T-Mobile like a hobo on a ham sandwich.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:47 1

9. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Buzz is buzz. Don't believe everything you hear. Or read.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:50 2

10. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Wouldn't you rather see THREE big carriers duking it out over your money? Sore loser, maybe, but I would much rather see Sprint take T-Mobile.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:07 1

16. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

thats so true

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 08:33

6. Geeksarebest (unregistered)


This kind of stuff doesn't happen. No one raises their rates to combat competition. If the network really were as bad as it's made out to be (I personally have never had a problem with network since switching *from* Verizon.) then why is Verizon in competition mode now?

AT&T's dissatisfied customers wont go to Verizon, They'll go to Sprint which will drive Verizon into a matching mode to try and absorb some of the overflow. The kickbacks usually go:

Cust -> AT&T/Verizon due to cust service/coverage/iPhones
Cust -> Sprint/T-Mobile due to price.

No one ever really goes to T-Mobile or Sprint due to coverage since Sprint's coverage pretty much *is* Verizon partner coverage. T-Mobile lost the majority of it's partner coverage when it clashed w/AT&T over roaming rates.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:51

11. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Actually, we switched from Verizon to Sprint because Sprint's phones work inside our high school, and our daughter is involved in so much after-school stuff that made a real difference.

So do T-mobile and Alltel. Neither Verizon nor ATT work inside, nor very well even outside of the buildings. I waited and waited for Verizon to pull in the coverage from Alltel, but it didn't happen, so we switched. T-mobile only works along major highways and in major cities here (central Ohio) so wasn't a good option.

Coverage is key. And those maps are misleading. T-mobile is a total zero at our home.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 08:47 1

7. Smooth (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jun 2011)

Deutsche Telekom has been wanting to sell for a while anyway. AT&T just came with the type of offer they wanted to hear. I don't see why people are mad at AT&T

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 09:52 2

12. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Your looking at it from a business perspective. Try the consumers perspective, it may change your opinion.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 10:49

14. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

wow customers wont lose any thing sprint once again is just stalling.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 10:56 1

15. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I actually like At&t, I don't know why its such a trend to hate on them. I'm excited for the merger to go through, I normal get 2mbps on my Focus, but im hoping that by the time they acquire Tmobile and add its network in. I will have alot faster speeds, and more coverage !!. Verizon bought altel, sprint bought Nextel, and now at&t bought tmobile!

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:37 1

18. Phoneguy007 (Posts: 218; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

I agree!

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:16

17. Radji (unregistered)

My aunt is a lawyer and she says there's no way AT&T will be allowed to proceed based solely that it had already been found in violation of antitrust laws in the 80's, and was forced to split up.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 11:41

19. Geeksarebest (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

Radji, this isn't the 80's and it's not the same AT&T. Cingular is actually the parent company which has never been found guilty of Anti-Trust violations.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 14:41

20. iHesse (unregistered)

If Hesse tried as hard to acquire T-Mobile as he is trying to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, he would have actually been able to get the deal with T-Mobile.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 14:54

21. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; Member since: 11 May 2010)

Sprint needs to grow, and I mean fast. Covering all of the nation will win more government funding than just trying to remain viable.

I'm talking massively subsidized wireless connectivity here. Exclusives are small change to government checks.

posted on 28 Jun 2011, 15:43

22. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)

I'd be curious to see just what kind of improvements would be possible for Sprint if their CEO redirected his efforts from trying to stop other companies from expanding into actually expanding his own company/network. Not that I blame him. It would be a huge hit to Sprint if AT&T actually manages to complete the merger.

posted on 29 Jun 2011, 20:03 1

26. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I would love to see TMO and Sprint join together. They're both the smaller companies and merging would make them the equal of AT&T and Verizon. Then we'd have 3 equally big companies all trying to out-do each other. I have AT&T now and I think this deal WILL kill off alot of competition. Cell phones have been around so long now that you should just be able to pull out your phone, use it, and know the call will go through without looking at how many bars you have. But you can't and this deal will slow that whole process of evolution.

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