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T-Mobile VP thinks AT&T merger will happen

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T-Mobile VP thinks AT&T merger will happen
The attempted AT&T purchase of T-Mobile is not popular, and has drawn criticism from many fronts including T-Mobile customers who don't want to lose their cheap cell plans, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse who doesn't want to lose his company, and the Department of Justice which doesn't want wireless carriers to take another step towards a duopoly in the US (or an AT&T monopoly on GSM in the US.) At first, the move was supported openly by Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, RIM, Oracle and Qualcomm, but those supporters have not been vocal in quite a while. 

The only support we've been hearing for this deal is from AT&T itself, which of course should probably support its own decisions, and T-Mobile for the same reasons. Now, the senior vice president of government affairs at T-Mobile, Tom Sugrue, has decided to voice his support (or parroting of AT&T). In a statement to the press, the random VP said exactly what AT&T has been repeating (because repetition creates truth in today's media), which basically amounts to: more innovation, enhanced competition, more jobs, blah blah, confident that "the facts will prevail" and everything will continue on as planned. At least no one is continuing to claim that the merger is the only way AT&T can build out its LTE network.

That's certainly some clever wording: "enhanced competition", not more competition, or even better competition, but "enhanced", which is an adjective that means absolutely nothing when paired with the word competition. It could just as easily mean that the competition between AT&T and Verizon would be more intense, but even that isn't exactly good for customers.


source: BGR

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posted on 19 Sep 2011, 17:32 6

1. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

i really hope this doesn't happen....

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 17:57

2. Atrix 4g (unregistered)

Blah this i think this is going to go through......... Plus competition will dispaear once the father company of tmobile says, what the heck the deal didnt go through and i really dont want tmobile in USA so it will start to work on closing the network.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:08 1

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

I am loyal T-Mobile customer since 2000 until now I cannot renew my contract because of the merger deal. When my contract end I will go straight to ATT or Verizon.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 20:54 3

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

that makes NO SENSE


why in the world would you LEAVE TMO to GO to ATT?!?! Especially if your worried about the merger? you would only screw yourself

Stay on Tmo, get one of the new super cheap plans and renew your contract. Ride the merger to ATT and keep your super cheap plan. If you dont want to be on ATT, then go to another carrier... but do not.. i repeat DO NOT be an idiot and leave Tmo to go to ATT before the merger... lololol

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 00:33

18. ... (unregistered)

Don't b fooled by this fake self help Dr Phil. Every carrier has a flagship 79.99 single line plan. It all depends.on what u want vzw is.minimum minutes unlimited text plus additional.for data and a cap. At&t is minimum minutes text data cap as well. Sprint is any mobile anytime unlimited everything and t mobile is unlimited everything with 2gb of high speed data. They are not super cheap they just give u more for.the same price or a little less. Don't be fooled by the value plans either u pay full.price for.the device plus still sign a 2 year service agreement. If u get 500 minutes unlimited text n 5gb of data u pay 65 if 500 minutes is not enough then u pay 75 a month for unlimited everything with 5gb datadata

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:22 1

4. JasonTx (unregistered)

i wonder what kind of drugs Tmobiles VP is on?? If they do merge(which is looking less likely everyday), Ill drop them like a hot rock. Tmobile has excellent customer. That would go away. AT&T has already tried to lie their way to this to the FCC and others. I just don't think it will happen now.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 20:55

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

bribery is worth more than political grandstanding. ATT was already caught bribing 90 democrat senators involved in the vote. Its going to happen.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 18:54 1

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

As an At&t customer, im excited, ^^

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 19:19

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

Sounds more like wishful thinking. Or, not wanting to do anything that would put the breakup payment in jeopardy.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 19:34

8. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

It will be interesting to see tmobiles last fleeting efforts. I don't want to see tmobile merge with at&t and sprint tanking due to not being able to compete with verizon and at&t. They are already are loosing tons of customers. Can you imagine. Verizon and at&t. We would have tiered data plans at 100mb a month. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 20:22 2

9. 540iCEMAN (unregistered)

You would think that T-Mobile customer's would want this deal to happen. I can't remember where. But I have read that if the deal did not go thru then T-Mobile was still looking to sell, just to another carrier. So with that being a possibility also, wouldn't you at least want to be a part an established organization.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 20:52 1

10. Jay (unregistered)

AT&T Will win and will be called AT&T MOBILE

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 22:54

13. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Why does at&t still have two "T"s when no one ues telegraphs anymore

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 00:26

17. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

Because Alexander graham bell invented the telegraph and madera a telephone company called at&t. You cant just change it for no reason

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 23:16

14. Dze (unregistered)

VP can't make call.....

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 23:22 1

15. eurorey (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

I am the perfect example of a greedy at&t customer. I want it to happen so I can use more spectrum. TMO has bad service. I have plenty of friends who can never get signal or their messages come late. TMO has been on a decline. It will either die alone or we can kill it off with dignity. I want to use that spectrum. Sure, rumored prices of higher bills may happen or not happen. I don't mind paying premium for a great service here in Chicago. You pay cheap you get cheap. TMO is cheap and its bad. AT&T can cost a pretty penny but its reliability is amazing. Plus just by actual phones, at&t phones look way nicer than TMO's.

posted on 19 Sep 2011, 23:57 1

16. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 526; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)

I never have a single problem with T-Mobile's service in Chicago and it has been this way for about ten years. I have friends that's using AT&T and service is spotty. AT&T has been raising mostly because of the poplar device, the iPhone. T-Mobile is definitely have smaller coverage comparing to the other three networks. The technology is definitely improving, only customers would not join T-Mobile mostly because of iPhone. For coverage and pricing, Verizon is definitely better than AT&T and it even offers the iPhone now.

I wouldn't mind to have AT&T to buy over T-Mobile, but I strongly think it will be a monopoly. You simply cannot take a CDMA phone and ask to unlock it in order to use it in another country. There are way more people that everyone can imagine with such service. I do agree the move will definitely benefit everyone just because there will be more coverages and spectrums. If we tends to go this way, then we should have sprint and merge with Verizon. Maybe even after that, we can have AT&T and Verizon combine together and call it the America's truth network. Oh yeah by then, we will have no choice but to pay for whatever its asking for. We want the market to be more competitive.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 04:39

19. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

most of you guys need to brush up on some reading. the merger does not benefit the consumers. check back into att history. jeez. idiots especially the att users who want the merger.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 05:26 1

20. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Really this deal should be blocked. You guys in the Us will get even higher carrier prices because of this. AT&T gets monopoly = higher price, just ask me. Here in sweden the state has monopoly on wine and spirits, and the price is very high here in sweden for wine and spirits. Not that i drink anything though, because i do not drink, i'm just giving this as a example. I think that this monopoly is a good thing though, since it make it more expensive to buy alcohol, and therefore less people are drinking here in sweden (if i'd rule, i'd ban alcohol all together ; ))
this is just a example what monopoly gives, and i think this deal should not be allowed to go through.

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:23

21. Laron (unregistered)

Why'd he get a thumbs down?

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 08:41

22. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

I wonder that too...

posted on 20 Sep 2011, 12:07

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

So let me guess the writer is not for the merger or are you just going with the crowd? HMMMMMMMMMMM

posted on 21 Sep 2011, 11:58

25. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

If it comes down to only AT&T and Verizon, I'll just stop using a cellphone and go back to landline or use skype or something.

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