Sprint's new press release officially says "Nay" to AT&T bid for T-Mobile

Sprint's new press release officially says
This might not come as the most surprising bit of news, especially in light of our recent report that Sprint would oppose the AT&T purchase of T-Mobile, but the nation's number three carrier did issue a press release on Tuesday officially voicing the mobile operator's objection to the deal. The $39 billion acquisition would create the largest carrier in the U.S., leapfrogging current number one Verizon.

While hard to accomplish, third party objections have scuttled takeovers before. In the press release, Sprint noted that the deal would require approval of the FCC and the Department of Justice and could spark a round of hearings throughout Congress. The carrier noted that allowing the deal would be opposite to what lawmakers have tried to do over the last few decades in opening up the U.S telecommunications business to competition. There is also the idea that by allowing the acquisition, the government is reversing its attempt of the last 25 years to make Ma Bell a smaller company instead of the monopolistic behemoth it once was.

If the deal is approved, it would create a company with three times the annual revenue of Sprint. According to the press release, "The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation, and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction."

Vonya McCann, Sprint's Senior vice president of governmental affairs, said, "Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition. This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly."

This battle has just begun.

source: Sprint via Engadget



1. Caleb unregistered

You know what Sprint should stay out of this this is between t-mobile and at&t you don't see verizom complaining because they know its not there buisness it is not going to kill sprint that at&t is going to be 3 times larger. SHUT UP SPRINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Sprint has every right to voice their collective opinion on the matter, but I agree with you, it's obvious to everyone that this merger has Sprint on their heels. Verizon isn't saying anything (yet) for three reasons: they're not in danger of being gobbled up by another company, they stand to gain millions of T-Mobile customers who will leave if the merger is approved, and finally, if the merger is approved, Verizon has an arm up on government regulators if it decides to purchase Sprint. Verizon stands to gain from this merger, even if it has to give up its number one subscriber ranking (and some argue it's already #2 in subscribers).


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Incredible is bad for everybody AT&T's purchase, but is not if Sprint buys it......weird isn't it or greedy......!!!!!

28. Jase4g unregistered

Dog I Who Hate You Must Say That I Agree...... Its Bad For At&Twig But Good For Spit WTF!!! F*** Spint lol They FIng Suck I Know, I Had Them They Suck In So Many Ways, Dog fyi I Argued With You On Gsm VS Cdma That Should Ring A Bell. P.s. CDMA FTW!!!!

30. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

cool story bro

6. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010


31. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

To ANYONE who has actually kept up with this news at all. Sprint wanted to buy T-Mobile before this surprise bid by At&t. I believe that is why they are trying to stop this. Simple. And the people on T-Mobile should be the ones upset by this At&t buyout, as their rates aren't going to go lower...

2. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Sprint will say anything just to get them to reject the deal. But I think Sprint will be fine if the deal gets approved, which I hope it does. But Sprint needs to stay out of this transaction and focus on improving their network. Since their "4G" network needs some improvement in my opinion.

3. Zino007

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2011

I agree and im a sprint customer

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

sprint seems jealous x) and WTF isnt AT&T too expensive and not enough DATA for T-Mo customers??? Its obvious they would go to Sprint instead since they have a Unlimited data plan like verizon but less expensive. So why is Sprint trippen???

7. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

You bring up good points i've stated all along since news of the merger; Sprint stands to gain customers as a result (Verizon as well). Sprint is concerned about being viewed as a second tier carrier in the face of the two gauntlets. And while Sprint stands to gain customers as a result of the deal, their top executives have to be planning to lose a few million Nextel customers in 2013 when they shut off iDEN. Sprint seems to be stabilizing, but they have a rather stagnant near future.

33. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Even tho Sprint can gain from this merger what they will lose is the possibility of ever becoming the leading wireless company. Now some argue that this is case now...but to be that far behind the top two if this merger happens it would seal the loss for them. Sprint purchasing would even the plane alittle more as far as subscriber volume between all three. I think that is more Sprint's concern as to not get blown out by the others and possibly face aquisition themselves.

8. Wowe1234 unregistered

Sprint knows that if the deal goes through that they are going to get about 4-5 million T-mobile customers but they want a piece of T-mobile 26mhz AWS spectrum. Combine that with Sprints 19mhz AWS spectrum and then sprint could start in about a year, an LTE 4G to compete with Verizon's 34mhz of 700 freq. At&t has only 9mhz AWS and 18mhz 700 freq which is also not enough to start an LTE network with speed to compare to Verizon's LTE.

9. Wowe1234 unregistered

I want to know if I will be forced on a new plan or if my T-mobile plan will be grandfathered on the At&t network. I have been screwed many years ago by them when they took over another company.

22. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

AT&T is plainly said that they will shut down Tmo's 3g/4g network to use it for their LTE network so you can keep your plan but in time you will lose your high speed/broadband data and end up with edge. so they will get you off that tmo plan and onto their metered and capped data that will empty your pocket.

32. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

I'd also imagine that you'd be able to keep your plan, but a (handicapped version as elandrumiii suggested) but if you wanted anything extra or added on, you'd get slammed with the higher rates. However, I'd also imagine that they couldn't keep you in your current contract legally if the whole landscape changed. It should be easier for you to leave if you were so inclined. Remember what happened to Cingular customers when At&t bought them? It wasn't pretty, my sister had Cingular and was forced off it due to the service degradation...

10. phinner unregistered

@ Wowe1234 - AT&T has said it will keep current T-Mo customers on their current plan. But, I would imagine that only would apply until you upgrade your phone. Once you do, that's when AT&T will put the screws to you. They have a way of doing that. I was with them first, through the Cingular phase, and back to AT&T. That was about the time they started nickel and diming us to death. We switched to Sprint and saved 30% for better service.

11. verizonempca unregistered

I am a Verizon Employee and I can tell you right now that verizon is probably more worried about this than anybody this is all we talk about at meetings how it is going to affect us and how many customers we are gonna lose ETC. The only reason were not out there writing letters and voicing our opinions is because we wanna seem like the better half (cdma wise) and wait till its to late to react to it (just my opinion) cause if this deal goes thru then it opens us up as well. Many people who research verizon know that we have been up for sale for a long time now so we could get bought just as easily.

29. Jase4g unregistered

Uh I Work For VZW And WTF? I Think I Would Know If I Was To Change Shirts,Up For Sale Ha Yea That'll Be The Day,lol And Sec Scared Who You Probably, Cause Most Of Us Are Laughing Are Butts Off, You Know How Many Customers We'll Get, Hell Yes It Better Go Through..... And Once Lte Is Finished Are Network Will Be Superior Again, Capacity And Coverage, Verizon Wireless It's The Network, The Only Network That Allows You To Rule The Air, Can You Hear Me Now?, Good!

12. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I am having a blast reading all these comments on how Sprint should STFU and mind their own business, to improve their network and blah blah blah. EVERYONE here knows NOTHING about how this transaction WILL/ WILL NOT affect the mobile competition. Everything everyone is saying is their own personal opinion and i respect that but if you work/worked in a corporate business you would know EXACTLY why Sprint is apposing this transaction. I don't know why they are apposing it but i am sure they have their reasons and we need to respect that. Cause IF you were CEO of a business and something like this could affect you and your customers TRUST me you WILL be fighting the same way Sprint is doing.

13. Wowe1234 unregistered

You haven't read my first comment.

17. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

No i read it but my comment was to people that don't know what the hell is going on and all they want to do is bash Sprint......you know the Losers on every forum.

18. Wowe1234 unregistered

I feel the deal will be good for sprint... I want them to keep doing this so they can get a little extra out of the deal from att for their blessing. Then After the deal. Sprint could bring over customers who still like better deals and don't care about the lack of a sim card.

21. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I TOTALLY agree lol people with Tmobile now are there because of the cheap plans.....i dont see them going to Verizon like some people are saying cause that will just double the plan with Limits on internet........i see most of the going to Sprint or staying with ATT

40. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

what limits on the internet? unlimited data plan doofus! people are going to swarm to verizon as they are now because of their 4g service which is far superior to all other providers. same with the icrap... people are going to swarm for the icrap as well as they are now, especially when the next icrap comes out. then you will see the real exodus of att icrap customers. sprint will get customers from this no doubt. but to say that people will stay with att over going to verizon is retarded. people may want to go to sprint but alot of people are going to come to verizon to be on the best carrier. plus if verizon doesnt buy sprint which i dont think will happen for a while... they will be forced to lower prices for the consumer. this is great news for verizon customers!

41. tragichero

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 07, 2011

and "double the plan"? what are you talking about. verizon isnt even close to 2x more expensive than t-mobile. not even close! get your facts straight stupid.

14. Anon MBA unregistered

It could be posturing as Sprint wants the new Ma-Bell/T-Mobile entity to throw Sprint a BIG bone so Sprint would just shut up and support the new regime.

15. trajan53117ad unregistered

The big concern here is quite simple. LEARN your history people, look at why the anti-trust laws came about. When businesses get too big for their own good, which is the concern here, they are like a bouncing betty land mine. They pop up, explode, and kill everything around them. Before the anti-trust laws came about, companies like Standard Oil (where the phrase "I'll make you an offer you can't refuse" originated from Mr. Rockefeller) could buy any politician and dictate how the rest of the industry was going to run. There was no competition, so you had to play by THEIR rules and pay THEIR prices. And what are you gonna do? They are the only show in town! Now technology won't stop advancing and things won't come to a crawl. But make no mistake, Dan Hesse is brilliant. An undergrad from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell and a Masters in science from MIT means he knows what he's doing. He has a valid point and a valid concern. He knows whats happened in the past and how easily things could turn sour with a merger like this. I could go all day citing instances from the past 100 years to support the challenge, but I urge those who are questioning or concerned to educate themselves on the anti-trust laws. Trust me, you'll understand why there is such an opposition. And you may also be surprised that many of them are AT&T customers that are afraid the company will get too big, own too much, control too many, and the customer will do the suffering.

19. Anon MBA unregistered

Dan Hesse may be brillant, but what he is doing still comes across as sour grapes. Yes, I understand the DOJ will automatically challenge an acquisition (or merger) based on market shares using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index. However, it comes down to what is the definition of the "market." I really don't know the answers to these questions and I hope others will chime in: 1) Is the market defined as all cell phone users, i.e. those that use Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, etc as well as pre-paid customers such as Virgin Mobile, Boost, Net10, Tracfone, etc? 2) Should the market include users of "Facetime" or "Skype" or other alternatives to traditional cell phone service? For example, I don't need a smartphone because I can connect to my friends on Facetime using iPod Touch via free WiFi. Food for thought.

23. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

the market are the customers who pay for wireless service in some form from said company (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) The main focus of competition is primarily based on the top 4, Metro and Cricket are non-contract based and US Cellular is way down there in subscribers and so is the remains of Altell

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