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US Gov't files to block AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:37

While IFA is heating up in Europe, huge news is happening stateside as the US government has filed to block AT&T’s planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile over anti-competitive concerns…

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posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:01 5

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

lol. not only is your wife cheating on you with all the other big guys, the government says you cant have a civil union with your new love interest. what a bad bad day for ATT.

I still think its going to go through.. this is political posturing. Next comes MORE bribes from ATT to those lovely senators that get to vote on the merger.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:19 2

18. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

I usually agree with your posts remixfa but I gotta disagree with on this one. I knew from the get go that the government wouldn't let this one go through. I posted when first reported that this would be a giant sh*t sandwich for AT&T. They might try to get some spectrum for their 3 Billion dollars but who knows.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:30 3

23. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

remixfa u r right they will bribe, but even the ppl in office know that this will really hurt much more in the long run.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:44 2

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

they have already been caught bribing like 90 of 100 senators involved in the merger.

The DoJ cant deny the merger, they can merely voice thier dissaproval with it. The FCC blocks the merger. The only thing this does is protects some of those bribed senators butts as they can say "look i voted against it while i was over at the DoJ" all the while they were taking bribes to help it go through. Its no different than when the senators kept going after baseball players for steroids. At the same time they were passing crap bills that they knew the public wouldnt like. Its slight of hand. Look at my left hand while i slap you with my right.

welcome to washington.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:51 2

31. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)

glad to see there are still some people awake out there, thx remix

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:55 2

36. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

lmao thats hillarious! honestly i really do not care about the merger anymore im gonna leave them for good for sprint on the 16th. tmo can suck on att's crotch. while ill be riding on wimax unlimited :-)

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:04

42. ummmmok (unregistered)

@pyckvi are u retarded? have fun with that wimax when sprint switches over to LTE and ur wimax no longer works and neither will the Wimax 4G phone you have on the new LTE network. epic fail

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 15:23 1

93. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

@ ummmmok: really? u think that sprint will just sell their 4G phone/phones to just suddenly drop the 4g service on them in a few months? if that happens than its at least gonna be 3 years later. u clearly are the retard.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:57 1

39. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)

although i still am curious of how this will turn out

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:16 1

47. wolfordtw (Posts: 16; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Lol yeah her long term goal is to be in every mans pants.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:17 1

64. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:59 4

9. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Wow. Another major story I might be wrong on. This one I do not mind so much. I am sure it is far from over, as AT&T has a lot invested in this. But I really, really hope AT&T is blocked from this. I cannot see how it helps anyone except AT&T.

But, I can not help but wonder- what becomes of T-Mobile if it doesn't go through? It is not like T-Mobile just up and becomes profitable.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:08

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

Why is every one so against att...i mean after all its t-mobile that does not want its customers any more.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:47 2

71. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Good point, PG. A lot of these posters are really pathetic and get off on hating something. I guess their own lives are boring and they need something to give them pleasure.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 12:14 2

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

ATT has to pay Tmobile 3 billion dollars if the deal fails. What happens then is anyones guess. Maybe they will go back to talks with Sprint about a merger which while still hurting the industry, hurts it a heck of a lot less than ATT swallowing them. Of course the sprint merger would be the epitomy of complicated since all their networks are polar opposites.

But, no worries, the ATT merger will go through. I say it still has like a 85% chance of passing on through.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:12 1

79. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

Sprint would have to cancel thier October 7th network detilas press meeting if they have to change course to incorporate TMob

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 10:59 1

10. MR GREEN (unregistered)

Now look for Sprint to attempt to merge again with T-Mobile, to offer both GSM AND CDMA services... Remember, they were in talks to merge before AT&T swooped in and proposed to buy T-Mobile...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:05 2

13. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)

Sprint wasn't interested in merging.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:52 2

33. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)

yeah right, *** t & t just beat em to the punch

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:57

40. cnwwyo (Posts: 126; Member since: 26 May 2011)

**** = G A Y...LOOOL

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:35 1

68. danalmillan (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Sprint was not at all interested in merging with T-Mo as their networks are not compatible...Sprint already went through a lot just trying to get everything stable after the Nextel merger which was an all new network for them. T-Mo's networks are totally incompatible with the ones Sprint currently has so they would have to expand their network portfolio even more to even be able to support T-Mo. It would make absolutely no financial or other business sense for Sprint and T-Mobile to merge!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 13:49 3

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

in the short term, i agree it makes no sense. But if you look at it in the long term it does. Both are going to LTE. Sprint is already making the moves for it and if this deal fails Tmobile is going to be 3 billion dollars richer. That could really speed up an LTE buildout by a few years. Once both networks are on LTE for data, they are able to roam off each other. Once they do a voice transition to LTE then they are 100% compatible.

If that happened and of course thats a huge if, I would assume that they would operate as 2 seperate networks under 1 umbrella (like VZW/VZL/Vodaphone or Tmo Dutch/Tmo USA) until the LTE build out was complete

Complicated? heck yea. impossible? not at all.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:09 1

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

and might I add that sprint ceo was employed with att for 23 years lol...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:01 1

11. box (unregistered)

Now as long as Deutsch Telecom takes T-Mobile off the table and leaves it as its own separate entity, I'll be just fine with that. No more mergers/buyouts!

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:52 2

32. bluechrism (unregistered)

I'd be fine if they sell it to someone else, but not AT&T or verizon or sprint. The US market needs to retain at least 4 vaible national carriers for good competition.
If Deutche Telecom are desperate to sell, Invite Vodafone, Three, Rogers, Cincinatti Bell, or the T-Mo MVNO's to bid. Put them out tob tender inviting bids from other national operators(excluding big AT&T verizon, sprint), operators in canda and mexico, and multinational operators with No presence in the USA to bid for them.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 14:03 1

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

rogers is att sister company,cincinatti bell was part of the old bell compaines and no one else is really wants to put up the capital to buy tmo...

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:17 5

17. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

Really hoping it doesnt go through i def dont want to go to AT&T or be forced to move to Sprint :( !! i like it here were i am with Tmo.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:21 3

19. bossmt_2 (Posts: 457; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Not shocked, they'd be setting Verizon up to buy Sprint whenever they want, and wouldn't be able to stop them cause of them letting this go through.

T-Mo will still likely be acquired by someone.

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:38 3

25. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

I think we may be seeing the end of ATT at the top. I been with ATT since 1999 but i'm leaving for Sprint.
-ATT service sucks. I only been with them because of the iPhone but now if Sprint gets the iPhone I AM GONE! I try to be loyal but they cant get it together. :,,(

posted on 31 Aug 2011, 11:47 3

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

if you think att service sucks wait until you go to sprint I have them both and they all suck... lol

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