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Well, this one came out of left field. AT&T announced today that they've entered into an agreement to buy T-Mobile from its owner Deutsche Telekom for around $39 billion in cash and stock. ATT has also committed to deploying LTE to an additional 46.5 million people, including T-Mo's 34 million customers. Thanks to the deal, ATT says that customers of both carriers will see improved service quality, and once the deal closes, ATT will add the same number of cell sites that would've taken them five years to build without the agreement. DT will gain an 8 percent stake in ATT and will add a representative on ATT's Board of Directors as a result of the deal. Both companies have agreed to the deal, but it must also go through regulatory approval, which is expected to take around 12 months. The full press release is available below.

Obviously this is huge news, and AT&T will be getting a healthy boost of new subscribers once it's a done deal. We've been hearing rumblings of a possible Sprint and T-Mobile merger for some time now, but Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann explained that, after going over all of their options, he's "confident that AT&T is the best partner for [their] customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem." One thing's for sure: it'll be pretty interesting to see the effect that this deal will have on the companies' upcoming devices, their customers, and the industry as a whole. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: T-Mobile has issued a short release explaining that, until the deal closes a year from now, they'll "remain a separate company and continue to operate independently." They also address one of the questions sure to be on many minds: does this mean T-Mobile will get the iPhone? Their response is simply that they're still independent until the deal is complete and that they "do not offer the iPhone." You can find that statement here. Our friends at TmoNews have gotten their hands on an internal email circulating around Magenta right now, which is available below.

UPDATE 2: Sprint has chimed in on the AT&T-Mobile deal, and they're none too pleased. Their full statement:

The combination of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, if approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC), would alter dramatically the structure of the communications industry. AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. A combined AT&T and T-Mobile would be almost three times the size of Sprint, the third largest wireless competitor. If approved, the merger would result in a wireless industry dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically-integrated companies that control almost 80% of the US wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete. The DOJ and the FCC must decide if this transaction is in the best interest of consumers and the US economy overall, and determine if innovation and robust competition would be impacted adversely and by this dramatic change in the structure of the industry.”

 

AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom

Provides Fast, Efficient and Certain Solution to Impending Spectrum Exhaust Challenges Facing AT&T and T-Mobile USA in Key Markets Due to Explosive Demand for Mobile Broadband

Enhances Network Capacity, Output and Quality in Near Term for Both Companies’ Customers

AT&T Commits to Expand 4G LTE Deployment to an Additional 46.5 Million Americans, Including in Rural, Smaller Communities, for a Total of 294 Million or 95% of the U.S. Population

Provides 4G LTE Service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 Million Subscribers

More Than $8 Billion in Incremental Infrastructure Spend by a U.S. Company over Seven Years, Enabling Nation’s High-Tech Industry, Innovation and Economic Growth

Creates Substantial Value for AT&T Shareholders Through Large, Straightforward Synergies

DALLAS & BONN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Deutsche Telekom AG (FWB: DTE) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion. The agreement has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future”
AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an optimal combination of network assets to add capacity sooner than any alternative, and it provides an opportunity to improve network quality in the near term for both companies’ customers. In addition, it provides a fast, efficient and certain solution to the impending exhaustion of wireless spectrum in some markets, which limits both companies’ ability to meet the ongoing explosive demand for mobile broadband.

With this transaction, AT&T commits to a significant expansion of robust 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) deployment to 95 percent of the U.S. population to reach an additional 46.5 million Americans beyond current plans – including rural communities and small towns. This helps achieve the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and President Obama’s goals to connect “every part of America to the digital age.” T-Mobile USA does not have a clear path to delivering LTE.

“This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO. “It will improve network quality, and it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. Mobile broadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers, customers, and more. During the past few years, America’s high-tech industry has delivered innovation at unprecedented speed, and this combination will accelerate its continued growth.”

Stephenson continued, “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed, wirelessly connected America.”

Deutsche Telekom Chairman and CEO René Obermann said, “After evaluating strategic options for T-Mobile USA, I am confident that AT&T is the best partner for our customers, shareholders and the mobile broadband ecosystem. Our common network technology makes this a logical combination and provides an efficient path to gaining the spectrum and network assets needed to provide T-Mobile customers with 4G LTE and the best devices. Also, the transaction returns significant value to Deutsche Telekom shareholders and allows us to retain exposure to the U.S. market.”

As part of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that, based on the terms of the agreement, would give Deutsche Telekom an ownership interest in AT&T of approximately 8 percent. A Deutsche Telekom representative will join the AT&T Board of Directors.

Competition and Pricing

The U.S. wireless industry is one of the most fiercely competitive markets in the world and will remain so after this deal. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where a large majority of consumers can choose from five or more wireless providers in their local market. For example, in 18 of the top 20 U.S. local markets, there are five or more providers. Local market competition is escalating among larger carriers, low-cost carriers and several regional wireless players with nationwide service plans. This intense competition is only increasing with the build-out of new 4G networks and the emergence of new market entrants.

The competitiveness of the market has directly benefited consumers. A 2010 report from the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) states the overall average price (adjusted for inflation) for wireless services declined 50 percent from 1999 to 2009, during a period which saw five major wireless mergers.

Addresses wireless spectrum challenges facing AT&T, T-Mobile USA, their customers, and U.S. policymakers

This transaction quickly provides the spectrum and network efficiencies necessary for AT&T to address impending spectrum exhaust in key markets driven by the exponential growth in mobile broadband traffic on its network. AT&T’s mobile data traffic grew 8,000 percent over the past four years and by 2015 it is expected to be eight to 10 times what it was in 2010. Put another way, all of the mobile traffic volume AT&T carried during 2010 is estimated to be carried in just the first six to seven weeks of 2015. Because AT&T has led the U.S. in smartphones, tablets and e-readers – and as a result, mobile broadband – it requires additional spectrum before new spectrum will become available. In the long term, the entire industry will need additional spectrum to address the explosive growth in demand for mobile broadband.

Improves service quality for U.S. wireless customers

AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers will see service improvements - including improved voice quality - as a result of additional spectrum, increased cell tower density and broader network infrastructure. At closing, AT&T will immediately gain cell sites equivalent to what would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction, and double that in some markets. The combination will increase AT&T’s network density by approximately 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, while avoiding the need to construct additional cell towers. This transaction will increase spectrum efficiency to increase capacity and output, which not only improves service, but is also the best way to ensure competitive prices and services in a market where demand is extremely high and spectrum is in short supply.

Expands 4G LTE deployment to 95 percent of U.S. population – urban and rural areas

This transaction will directly benefit an additional 46.5 million Americans – equivalent to the combined populations of the states of New York and Texas – who will, as a result of this combination, have access to AT&T’s latest 4G LTE technology. In terms of area covered, the transaction enables 4G LTE deployment to an additional 1.2 million square miles, equivalent to 4.5 times the size of the state of Texas. Rural and smaller communities will substantially benefit from the expansion of 4G LTE deployment, increasing the competitiveness of the businesses and entrepreneurs in these areas.

Increases AT&T’s investment in the U.S.

The acquisition will increase AT&T’s infrastructure investment in the U.S. by more than $8 billion over seven years. Expansion of AT&T’s 4G LTE network is an important foundation for the next wave of innovation and growth in mobile broadband, ensuring the U.S. continues to lead the world in wireless technology and availability. It makes T-Mobile USA, currently a German-owned U.S. telecom network, part of a U.S.-based company.

An impressive, combined workforce

Bringing AT&T and T-Mobile USA together will create an impressive workforce that is best positioned to compete in today’s global economy. Post-closing, AT&T intends to tap into the significant knowledge and expertise held by employees of both AT&T and T-Mobile USA to succeed. AT&T is the only major U.S. wireless company with a union workforce, offering leading wages, benefits, training and development for employees. The combined company will continue to have a strong employee and operations base in the Seattle area.

Consistent with AT&T’s track record of value-enhancing acquisitions

AT&T has a strong track record of executing value-enhancing acquisitions and expects to create substantial value for shareholders through large, straightforward synergies with a run rate of more than $3 billion, three years after closing onward (excluding integration costs). The value of the synergies is expected to exceed the purchase price of $39 billion. Revenue synergies come from opportunities to increase smartphone penetration and data average revenue per user, with cost savings coming from network efficiencies, subscriber and support savings, reduced churn and avoided capital and spectrum expenditures.

The transaction will enhance margin potential and improve the company’s long-term revenue growth potential as it benefits from a more robust mobile broadband platform for new services.

Additional financial information

The $39 billion purchase price will include a cash payment of $25 billion with the balance to be paid using AT&T common stock, subject to adjustment. AT&T has the right to increase the cash portion of the purchase price by up to $4.2 billion with a corresponding reduction in the stock component, so long as Deutsche Telekom receives at least a 5 percent equity ownership interest in AT&T.

The number of AT&T shares issued will be based on the AT&T share price during the 30-day period prior to closing, subject to a 7.5 percent collar; there is a one-year lock-up period during which Deutsche Telekom cannot sell shares.

The cash portion of the purchase price will be financed with new debt and cash on AT&T’s balance sheet. AT&T has an 18-month commitment for a one-year unsecured bridge term facility underwritten by J.P. Morgan for $20 billion. AT&T assumes no debt from T-Mobile USA or Deutsche Telekom and continues to have a strong balance sheet.

The transaction is expected to be earnings (excluding non-cash amortization and integration costs) accretive in the third year after closing. Pro-forma for 2010, this transaction increases AT&T’s total wireless revenues from $58.5 billion to nearly $80 billion, and increases the percentage of AT&T’s total revenues from wireless, wireline data and managed services to approximately 80 percent.

This transaction will allow for sufficient cash flow to support AT&T’s dividend. AT&T has increased its dividend for 27 consecutive years, a matter decided by AT&T’s Board of Directors.

Conditions

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals, a reverse breakup fee in certain circumstances, and other customary regulatory and other closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months.

Advisors

Greenhill & Co., J.P. Morgan and Evercore Partners acted as financial advisors and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Arnold & Porter, and Crowell & Moring provided legal advice to AT&T.

Conference Call/Webcast

On Monday, March 21, 2011, at 8 a.m. ET, AT&T Inc. will host a live video and audio webcast presentation regarding its announcement to acquire T-Mobile USA. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on AT&T's Investor Relations website. Please log in 15 minutes ahead of time to test your browser and register for the call.

For dial-in access, please dial +1 (888) 517-2464 within the U.S. or +1 (630) 827-6816 outside the U.S. after 7:30 a.m. ET. Enter passcode 8442095# to join or ask the conference call operator for the AT&T Investor Relations event.

The webcast will be available for replay on AT&T’s Investor Relations website on March 21, 2011, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET through April 21, 2011. An archive of the conference call will also be available during this time period. To access the recording, please dial +1 (877) 870-5176 within the U.S. or +1 (858) 384-5517 outside the U.S. and enter reservation code 29362481#.

Transaction Website

For more information on the transaction, including background information and factsheets, visit www.MobilizeEverything.com.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T ¦DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/RSS. Or follow our news at @ATT.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 129 million mobile customers, approximately 36 million fixed-network lines and more than 16 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2010). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in over 50 countries and has around 247,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.4 billion in the 2010 financial year - more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2010).

About T-Mobile USA

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group - 33.7 million by T-Mobile USA - all via GSM and UMTS, the world's most widely used digital wireless standards. Today, T-Mobile operates America's largest 4G network, and is delivering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of leading devices in more places than competing 4G services. T-Mobile USA's innovative wireless products and services empower and enable people to stay connected and productive while mobile. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA as a leader in customer care and customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

Bonn/ Dallas, March 20th 2011

Deutsche Telekom: US Deal accelerates own transformation

Deutsche Telekom to receive 39 billion USD for US-business

Deutsche Telekom to have up to 8 percent stake in the leading US

telecommunications company

AT&T takes over US mobile business from Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom will receive 25 billion USD in cash and 14 billion USD in AT&T shares

Attractive multiple of 7.1 times 2010 adjusted EBITDA ? Deutsche Telekom plans to use approximately 5 billion EUR for share

buybacks

Deutsche Telekom net debt is planned to be reduced by approximately 13 billion EUR or 31 percent

Deutsche Telekom will take an approximately 8 percent stake in US telecommunication company AT&T. At the same time Deutsche Telekom will hand over 100 percent ownership of T-Mobile USA to AT&T. This has been agreed by the boards of the two companies today. AT&T will pay 25 billion USD in cash for T- Mobile USA, in addition to 14 billion USD in AT&T shares. AT&T has the right to increase the portion of the purchase price paid in cash by up to 4.2 billion USD with a corresponding reduction in the stock component. The value of the transaction will be 39 billion USD. This will amount to an attractive multiple of approximately 7 times 2010 adjusted EBITDA. The merger still needs US regulatory approval. The closing of the transaction is expected to be completed in first half of 2012.

1René Obermann, CEO Deutsche Telekom: “We have achieved the best solution for our company, our customers and shareholders. This will strengthen our position in Europe, whilst we are still participating in the rapidly growing business of mobile data. We will be able to focus more on the opportunities of a modern infrastructure in Germany and Europe, as well as in Internet products that accompanies to our strategy “fix, transform and innovate”. Following our initiatives of finding a solution for our activities both in the United Kingdom and Poland, we have with this transaction nearly accomplished the “fix” part of our strategy. We will now focus our resources more on the “transform” and “innovate” blocks of our strategy in order to accelerate the transformation of Deutsche Telekom.”

Timotheus Höttges, CFO Deutsche Telekom: “As the biggest single share holder of AT&T we will also significantly benefit from their strong dividend. With the excellent result of this transaction we will be able to continue to develop our company. At the same time we will be able to reduce our debts and initiate one of the biggest share buy back programs in both Germany as well as in the European telecommunication industry.”

Deutsche Telekom is planning to reduce its debt by approximately 13 billion EUR. Approximately 5 billion EUR are planned to be used for share buybacks after closing and required resolutions in accordance with the legal requirements .

Randall Stephenson, CEO and Chairman AT&T: “This transaction delivers significant customer, shareowner and public benefits that are available at this level only from the combination of these two companies with complementary network technologies, spectrum positions and operations. We are confident in our ability to execute a seamless integration, and with additional spectrum and network capabilities, we can better meet our customers’ current demands, build for the future and help achieve the President’s goals for a high-speed wirelessly connected America.”

For Deutsche Telekom the transaction after closure will provide amongst others a consolidation of the balance sheet. Pro forma the ratio for net debt to adjusted EBITDA in 2010 will be reduced to 1.9x from 2.2x, a reduction of 31 percent.

2

There will be no change regarding the shareholder remuneration policy which has been set for three years. As has been provided within the legal guidelines, Deutsche Telekom will continue with its plans to pay out 3.4 billion EUR on an annual basis consisting of a minimum dividend of 70 cents plus share-buybacks. The share buybacks amounting to approximately 5 billion EUR, which are planned after the closure of the transaction, will come on top of this.

The Guidance for 2011 remains unchanged. For the financial year 2011 Deutsche Telekom expects an adjusted EBITDA of around 19.1 billion EUR. The free cash flow is expected to be stable to slightly growing from the 2010 level of 6.5 billion EUR.

Deutsche Telekom is to receive one seat on AT&T’s Board of Directors.

Morgan Stanley acted as lead financial advisor and issued a fairness opinion to the supervisory board of Deutsche Telekom. Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse acted as financial advisors for Deutsche Telekom.

Deutsche Telekom was advised by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (M & A, N.Y.C) as well as Cleary Gottlieb and Wiley Rein (antitrust and regulatory law, Washington D.C.).

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 129 million mobile customers, approximately 36 million fixed- network lines and more than 16 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2010). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in over 50 countries and has around 247,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.4 billion in the 2010 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2010). For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.com/media

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T ¦DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com

Via TmoNews, All Things D


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Israel Leiva Your wireless carrier is now known as AT&T-Mobile. LOL
Austin Albert FOR!! because everyone looks like there going to sprint so now sprint will get better :D
Fonzy Paniagua Against !!! Guess im going to have to go back to sprint :/ I'll never go back to crappy At&t! Why T-Mobile why !?!?
Facebook user its gonna be a sad sad day, when we get those letters wanting us to switch plans.
James Allen Against, att limit you too much.
Chris Bushing To people using the unlimited data argument. Verizon is planning to create data caps this summer. So don't get too hot on that idea
Julie Pritchard Dufner How many times you gonna post about this is one day? May have to unlike if this is a pattern. After all there are no bombs flying or lives being lost here! Just sayin.....
James Cooper Tmo phones are pretty lame, I was waiting to get the g2x or pyrmid but if the deal go's thur sprint here I come, 7years with tmo
Chris Yergeau Against. I will drop owning a cell phone altogether vs. joining AT&T.
Brad Freeman Att is ok. Tmobile is great. It can only get better
John Carlson Against it!!!!
Ian Mcclendon I'm with Sprint so, I feel bad for you at&t customers. Had at&t for 9 months and got sick of their high ass bills. I'd rather get a beeper than go back to them.
Athena Athens don't give an eff. i have verizon lol
Maria Velasquez totally against it! I love t-mobile's service as it is nothing more or nothing less. screw at
Shahida Qureshi Against! Monopolies are never good for the consumer.
Wesley Woo Against
Traepischke Graves-Lalor Against. I love Tmobile and their customer service. It's why I've been with them for years and years.
David Kimball Against!
Lelhani Morris-Pouessel I wouldn't mind the choices of handsets but I am really not looking forward to the transition or having to deal with ATT. There is a REASON I have been a TMobile customer for 11 years straight!
Mikhail Korolev For. ATT > Verizon simply because they have rollover minutes, so you can downgrade your plan and have a bunch of minutes saved up. It's cheaper that Verizon and in NYC, ATT service is the fastest, and never dropped a call for over 7 years.
Falak Patel SCREW ATT&T. WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE. No unlimited data plan? Jacked up prices for texting? Im off to verizon or sprint...screw at&t and their iphones.
Andrew Martinez A lot of T-mobile subscribers are going to be disappointed
Melvin Mejia Hell yea AT&T will dominate
Frank Porter It's not like it really matter what I or anybody else thinks about it. AT&T will make all the necessary concessions that the FCC requires of them and the deal will go through. Customers, especially from T-Mobile will get the shaft, and there will be less choice for everyone. Oh and need I forget to mention that in another article I read, it says that after the deal gores through, T-Mobile customers will need to replace their phones. Boy that's fantastic news huh?
Paul Simpkins For. If at&t doesn't buy t(rash) mobile, then they'll probably fold in a couple of years anyways...
Matt Kurtyka At&t is making verizon shit itself from how much better they are now
Krista OBerry I am against. I have at&t and was about to make the switch to T-Mobile Because it was more affordable. Now there's no point.
Linh Hoai Pham Against...AGainst....AGAINST.....Hate AT&T
John Domalis Been w/ TMobile since VoiceSream. Hope I don't lose my $24 unlimited data plan!
Lani Bautista So against.been with tmo for 6yrs. And havent had no problems nd so affordable.just upgraded my phone nd renewed my contract for another 2 yrs in jan.now this bs.So what does this mean for our unlimited web since at&t dont offer it nd would they give us the option to cancel our contract if we didnt want to stay after this sell out?
Simian Gimp Must be different ownership in America, T-Mobile just got taken over by Orange in the UK. I now have use of both signals on my phone.
Israel Ramos Against it.sprint should just buy them out
Delvin Davis No no no no no..........this can not happen
Marc Hill Against
Jean Pacrim And I think Verizon should buy them all, then have a separate department, CDMA AND GSM. THIS SUCKS FOR REAL
Ron McKenna Jonathon S., I didn't say they are a monopoly I am saying that they were considered a monopoly probably before you were born I worked for Pacific Telesis before the breakup of the Bell system for many years. Check it out the "baby bells" are coming back together check out what Southwestern Bell has bought up. Verizon used to be Airtouch off shoot of Pacific Telesis
Jean Pacrim FUCK AT&T, I GUESS GOOD FOR TMOBILE USERS THAT WANTS TJE IPHONE 7
Robert Henderson-Farley Against, I refuse COMPLETELY REFUSE to pat ATT money! I would rather have no cell vs. pay ATT.
Julio Ortiz Here goes t-mobile customer service
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Aysha Adnan Khan Very happy in yo face Tmo users :D
Pete Galluzzo This is bad, i wish i had good sprint service.
Edwin Melendez Well I'm not totally sure yet. But it looks like I won't have to unlock my T-Mo iPhone anymore.
Brandon Ethington for because now Sprint will get more customers because people won't want to pay Verizon and AT&T, which means Sprint will get better and better
Melissa Flammini I'd rather chew glass than be with att. The customer service is horrible. They need to have Nordstroms give them lessons on customer service.
Jay Alejos Tmo.... fuck ATT I hate those bastards they take over I'm gone
Johnathan Sherer Monopoly? Really do all you people who are crying monopoly know what a monopoly is? If you dont like AT&T, or T-Mobile, there are Sprint, Verizon and I am sure a large number of smaller carriers who service rural areas. If its a money thing for you guys consider switching to a company or plan you can afford, or prepaid. You can leave your service provider at any time for any reason, for a fee.
Eric Shayna Well they both suck so it doesn't matter.
Rogelio Victoria Completely disagree.
Keegan Hudson They said it will help bring down network clogging and traffic oh so that means we can have unlimited data plans right? Oh wait AT&T doing something good? nvm
Austin Jae Against
Mark Gittens Against! I hate att I'm with tmobile now but will be switching to sprint at years end
Ron McKenna To Jason D, ATT back before 1985 was one of the largest Telecom corps on the planet. Then judge green decided to bow to smaller company because they were deemed a monopoly. Most of the companies out there with any affiliation with Bell or ATT even Verizon were an offshoot of Ma Bell. ATT is just a new incarnation of the old Bell system back then and will,only get bigger
Xiomara Cruz Against!!!
Ross TheBoss Rosetsky att sucks tmobile should buy out att
Robyn Osborne Hate this news I left at&t cause they sucked will never go back I hope this never happens!!!
Tim Fuhrmann My profile pic says it all.
Justin Sampaga-Erice seems that a lot of tmobe people are against it cause now they're going to get shitty service and signal, the att&t idiots are for it cause they're finally going to get quality signal
Emmanuel Montalvo Brito well here in PR at&t is one of the best in reception but is too expensive :/ I liked my tmo phone and their offers here because tmo plans in PR are cheaper than the tmo offers on US
Gabriel Ruppert Yes. Att will dominate the GSM network in USA which will mean no competition
Barbara Gemini Haglund dislike now my bill will; triple
Joshua Andrus Against (t mobile). I was hoping for the sprint merger. I refuse data caps. Will wait and see. Who knows...
Lennes Shaw My question is what do you think phonedog? How do phonedog feel about this bullish.
Larry Lane against SCREW ATT
Guillermo De León Against!!!!!!!
Cristian Henriquez Strongly believe at&t will destroy Android OS for previous t mobile customers.
Layton TechnologyGeek Lindsey I had Tmobile but there servise is sucky and That now I have Att and I love it
Lennes Shaw I dont think sprint is going down, sprint are getting better phones everytime and im going back to sprint kansas city gets great sprint coverage, and sprint is working on LTE I think sprint is getting ready to gain a ship load of customers. Att likes to over charge for their service
Ross Silva against!!
Andy Vuong Can't believe I just read all the comments on here, makes me want to karate chop most of you guys in the throat...for being completely clueless!!! Well that's all I want to say, no point in saying anything else lol
Scott Rager I will be canceling my tmobile now that I have a verizon work line, was going to keep both until I heard the news.
Ally Ive been screwed over by at&t enough. Already jumped ship. Sorry tmo, I just can't stomach being a customer of theirs again...
Luis Gomez Against
Karen Walla Against
James Patrick Way way way against !
Stephanie Thompsen Against! Was an ATT customer years ago and hated it. Moved to T-mobile and have been happy with their service (esp the fact that when I called I talked to someone in TX, not India).
Joeana Marie Bush Im for it because maybe then att will get thier hands on more phones instead of just carring the iphone and pushing to consumers to get the iphone. Also now maybe that they merge theyll have better plans and turn down thier deposit to not overly $$. I found that sprint always droped our calls and never got service half the time. Verizon was great but pricey and tmobile has friendly employees at thier store and are not as pushy. Att by far has got the best plan and not to mention if u have cable and internet through them is cheap we were looking to get it though them when our contracts are up and we are paying $300+ a month using different services and if we go to att it would be less than $200. I personally love att and thier service they are just expanding and trying to help a company out and not get rid of jobs
Andrew Thoren Don't care
Scott Thompson Against! Veizon is the way to go.
Ashleigh Goniea Why not would this even happen? Tmo is on the rise and att is on the decline. If anything Tmo should be rescuing att. This was a poor move on Tmo.
Rafa J. Torres Totally against, im so disappointed. Fcuk att and thanks for nothing t-mo for sell us like bitches.
Jason Weaver Against. Less competition will result in less choice and higher prices. It's just basic economics. By the way, unless a miracle happens, Sprint is toast, which will be even worse for consumers.
David Buenano Against!! (Tmobile customer)
Jose Pablo Islas Not sure yet
Faryal Mallick Against (tmo customer)
Juwon Howard Yes i am.. I enjoyed my service with Tmo but now it looks like I might jump ship within the next 12 months
Chris Taylor I'm kind of sad. Rest in peace T-Mobile, since at&t just ruined them.
Rafael Cepeda Well my problem is this... If AT&T plaid 32 something billions of dollars for this why in the he'll they ne'er used that money to better the network, people been complaining about overloads and drop calls and AT&T never did nothing like if they ne'er ha money to upgrade they network. AT&T did this only to get the customers and use the tmobile towers, they can say " we have the biggest network". T mobile should change to sprint, Verizon or any local company. Now what sprit and Verizon should do is merge so they can kick AT&T ass. I whent to att store and a guy was asking questions about the iPhone a the rep said oh no iPhone is not good you should try the android phone atrix and she went on to said how android is better then iPhone and blah blah blah but years ago you only hear from them that the iPhone was the best thing ever and that Verizon androids where the wort thing..... So in other words att is just full of crap, they will always lie to you so they can get what they want and that is just for you to be on contract. I been having problems with my iPhone i dint get reception where I live even though att has coverage and att respond was ...WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU DON'T HAVE SIGNAL EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE COVERAGE IN YOUR AREA..... so here I am paying for something that doesn't work..... 3 more months and off to Verizon or sprint
Robert Allan 2 meh = eh
Willy Vuong Against tgis. Been with T-Mobile for a while and cant believe this is happening....if approved, im heading to verizon
Clint Winstead Now if Verizon will buy Sprint, all will be right in the universe.
Jeremy Conant I have ATT right now and where I am service beats the hell out of Verizon ,Verizon is a west coast thing it sucks in the south so I don't mind
Rocío G. García I'm from at&t and have great coverage where I live. my friends that are tmo hate their contracts but isnt unfair that they'll be controlling almost all of the wireless com?




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