What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom: Results

What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom: Results
On March 20 a shocking announcement shook the mobile community in the US - AT&T publicly stated it plans to acquire T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest carrier in the States.

It will be some time before we know for sure whether FCC will approve or reject this merger, but nevertheless we were wondering what's your opinion on that matter. Here are the results:

Almost 50% of you (48.04% or 869 votes to be precise) voted that it's yet to be seen whether FCC will approve the deal, but the prospect of AT&T buying T-Mo is not a pleasant one, simply because the former will become too big for the greater good.

27.81% of the people who voted in this poll also voiced their concern over the deal - but for no other reason than the fact T-Mobile offers something different - affordable handsets and data plans.

And then, there are these guys who think the AT&T-T-Mobile merger will benefit everyone, because, according to them and some analysts, prices will go down, while we will see better data plans and faster LTE deployment. These folks are a minority of 24.16%.
What's your opinion of AT&T's plans to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom: Results


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38 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, I mean, it's sad that T-Mobile will no longer be around, but I think it's all part of AT&T's attempt to turn its network performance around and try to build an equivalent network to Verizon's.

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

try and build an equivelant? i think they already do... they really just get bad publicity cause apple sucks at making antennas and that is the only phone att has had for the past 4 years...

29. quadeberg34

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Agreed. I've never had one dropped call with AT&T like everyone claims they have. And even if I had a dropped call every now and then, I have a way better signal with AT&T than I did with Verizon. So I'd rather have enough of a signal to be able to make a call with the slim chance it might get dropped than have no signal at all.

31. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Thinking that At&t has an equivalent network to Verizon is hilarious. It may be equivalent for you, but to say its equal to Verizon's network across the board is getting a little ahead of yourself. At&t doesn't even believe that there network is on the same level so its funny that you do. Not sure how Apple built At&t's version of the iPhone but my reception has been flawless on mine.

32. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

*their

36. phoneguy17 unregistered

Um sorry but I highly disagree with your comment. AT&T was not getting bad publicity because of Apple. It was actually Apple that saved AT&T because though this may be too far back (6 years actually) for most to remember but AT&T was NOT in a good position in the mobile world before the iPhone because at that time it was AT&T/Cingular and they had even worse service then than they do now. So the bad pub was LONG before the iPhone they've just only recently made major strides to improve now with Verizon's LTE in place

2. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I like it. Not only does T-mobile get saved but ATT will become a better network especially in areas where they didnt have great network coverage.

3. Rod Dingo unregistered

There are very few places that T-Mobile works and AT&T doesn't. So your point is invalid for the absolute most part.

5. XxVerbalxX unregistered

yeah but hes thinking more on the lines of not just having phone service. 3g/4g and whatnot

7. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Didn't I recently see a map of ATT coverage in West Virginia before the merger and ATT coverage after the merger where the coverage in that area will increase significantly? Just because you don't like the deal doesn't mean that ATT's coverage wont get better.

12. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Saved from what?

13. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Yeah, I was wondering what I missed about AT&T "saving" T-Mobile, too.

14. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

I guess "saved" was a poor choice of words. I mean T-Mobile wont be as poor as they are now.

20. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

T-mobile is poor? I think if they were poor they wouldn't be bought for close to 40billion and some of that money having an 8% stake in AT&T. Poor companies get bought for close to nothing. Take Bear Stearns for example. Our government bought them for 2$ a share to save their company. They were poor at the time.

26. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

not poor as in how much they are worth. Poor as in a bad company.

33. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Well if you think about it, you have the 4th largest carrier in the nation purchased at $40 billion. If you think about you have to wonder what it would cost to purchase the other 3 if the guy in last place in worth that much. So in the bigger scheme of things i could see how T-Mobile is viewed as poor...

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

What people are forgetting and overlooking as I did myself, ATT has a massive amount of spectrum they had acquired over the last five years. Enough to accomplish their goals. It is sitting dormant. T-mobile built on their spectrum with five years, Verizon is building and utilizing theirs and even Sprint is building and utilizing theirs. Not one ounce of ATT's spectrum has ATT used to date. ATT calls attention to the FCC that ATT needs to acquire T-Mobile, so ATT can improve coverage and quality. Well, what about the spectrum they already have? ATT wants everyone to believe it is good for the consumer, when in fact, it is to suck dry every last bit of spectrum so no other can enter the arena. This merge needs to stop. John B.

6. XxVerbalxX unregistered

i dont care, as long as t-mobile and their pricing is dead im happy

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

As an outside consumer, I do care. The ATT reps fighting for this merge as though it is a sporting event, disappoints me. It shows the limitation of coherency in the magnitude of what effect this will have on us consumers. I do not want our communications industry to end up like our oil industry. Remember this the next time you have to fill up your car with gas. John B.

28. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i still dont see how anybody can prevent one company from buying another if they have the funds to... i mean how can they even question it... att has the money and dt is selling... simple.

8. WDBJ unregistered

AT&T will still blow. Before and after the merge... Just saying

9. SOannoyed unregistered

OMG PHONEARENA! Please fix the auto scrolling on the t-mobile ad. Its so annoying. It keeps dragging the page up and down.

11. don.t

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

In my opinion At&t made a smart business move. If all goes as they plan they will get customers and spectrum. That's the business side. My opinion as a consumer...not happy with this. I saw someone mention Google buying t-mobile and how that would have been great. I agree. That would have made we a happy camper. Right now, I am a very sad and angry camper knowing that my camp will be closed and absorbed into Camp At&t. Camp Google would have been about 170% cooler.

15. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

I like the idea, I think this is what AT&T needs to do in order to provide better wireless service. Service is more than a signal, it also refers to tethering, unlimited data, no metering, and no speed ramping/lowering. Signal rules only for voice. Petty data rules will eventually drive customers away. A little cross-pollination with T-Mobile should open some doors.

22. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Who really thinks AT&T will keep any of the T-Mobile plans. They already stated they will shut down Tmo 1700 3G/4G and Tmo customer can move to AT&T plans and phones. They have made it clear that they want the spectrum. They could give a ph@$! about the customers and their plans. It will be higher prices and no unlimited data all around for Tmo customers. Lets be real about and quit blowing smoke. Dear AT&T please lube the Tmo customers up first please.

16. obamabinladin

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

it's going to be approved by the FCC because at&t is creating millions of jobs and the only thing america cares about right now is creating jobs and at&t is fulfilling obama's ieas for a 4G america. so love or hate at&t there a business and they want to make it big and the only way to do it is beat the system. i don't know why people are complaining sprint was suppose to by t-mobile the same way at&t did so either way t-mobile was gonna get bought just at&t had the cash to make Deutsche Telekom happy

17. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Why creating millions of jobs? Mergers always result in streamlining and jobs eliminated. They will not be doing anything new, just swallowing T-Mob's subscriber base and hording the spectrum they bought the rightsn to.

23. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Your name is telling me everything. Sprint bent Nextel over and the started firing the Nextel people after the got what they wanted. The spectrum. There has never been a merger that did not end in massive lay offs. The Southwest/AirTran may not but this will. AT&T really doesnt need any of the Tmo employees because they are pretty much every where Tmo is.

18. GSM_king unregistered

Everyone talks about this merger as being bad because T-mobile is cheaper, their plans, unlimited internet, competition, etc. But what your forgetting is, that this same business practice of lower prices and wide range of offering is exactly why the company needed to be sold. Why is Sprint getting mad they are not in that much better shape than T-mobile.

24. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

As soon as rates go up and data gets cut your tune will be different. AT&T already wants to meter your home internet.

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