What Would You Say About the AT&T and T-Mobile Deal?

If you were given a voice about the proposed T-Mobile buyout, what would you say? Do you feel that your voice matters in this situation? Even though the $39 Billion purchase has yet to go in front of the government for review, Consumers Union wants to know what you think. You can send an email to The Consumerist to share your thoughts.

The combined company (if it gets the proper approvals) will be the largest US carrier by far. AT&T and T-Mobile together have about 25% more subscribers now than Verizon does. The acquisition is reportedly not about gaining new subscribers, though – it’s about improving the reliability of service overall. Additionally, the move helps AT&T prepare for the advent of 4G communication.

AT&T has been lambasted for poor service and dropped calls more times than it is likely possible to count. However, fixing the issues isn’t as easy as some would like to believe. The company is investing billions to upgrade the network. This isn’t a fast process, though, friends. It takes YEARS to get approval and then build new towers, especially in areas such as San Francisco and New York City. These are reportedly two of the worst service areas due to congestion. Yet – the company’s hands are tied when it comes to hurrying a fix along. This proposed cellular service merger will open up many new towers, thus improving service instantly for millions of people.

The Consumerist site has posted articles both in favor of and against this marriage of companies. Now, the site wants to hear your take on the venture:

Before the sale goes under the regulators’ microscope, CU wants to hear opinions on how the everyday consumer — regardless of their current wireless provider — thinks the deal will impact everything from rates to choice to customer service.

If the choice were up to you, what would you decide? Would you allow the buyout or would you throw the proverbial hand in AT&Ts face?

33 thoughts on “What Would You Say About the AT&T and T-Mobile Deal?”

      1. Shouldn’t there a compelling reason for regulators to stop the deal going forward?

        The reason for letting it go through is that two private parties both agreed to it. Monopoly isn’t illegal, only anti-competitive behavior.

        1. I’m sure, in the short term, we’d see less competition if the deal goes through. Inevitably, however, competition would spring up out of nowhere if development grew stagnant.

          1. There are a lot of smaller carriers still. Virgin, Boost, etc. are just waiting to get bought up by some larger corporation. Also, my customer service experiences tell me that current level of ‘competition’ isn’t very compelling. Bottom line is most wireless carriers are expensive, great to sign up with and bad to deal with as a customer.

      2. Shouldn’t there a compelling reason for regulators to stop the deal going forward?

        The reason for letting it go through is that two private parties both agreed to it. Monopoly isn’t illegal, only anti-competitive behavior.

  1. AT$T’s monopoly stops innovation, and limits what customers can do on the network. First they make it all look good and lower prices and call it competition, then they price the competitors out of the market, and for the ones they don’t get out that way, they will then sue out of business. This goes on till they are the only one or two left. This then allows them to raise prices and add restrictions. They show this many times in the past and will keep trying again and again.

  2. AT$T’s monopoly stops innovation, and limits what customers can do on the network. First they make it all look good and lower prices and call it competition, then they price the competitors out of the market, and for the ones they don’t get out that way, they will then sue out of business. This goes on till they are the only one or two left. This then allows them to raise prices and add restrictions. They show this many times in the past and will keep trying again and again.

  3. i feel like its an amazing way for expansion. and really if you think about it, theres no real point in 2 GSM networks trying to compete for service, when they could be one. theres a business term for this situation, synergy i believe its called. when a business is stronger & better merged with another one than by itself. itd make the competition even better if verizon & sprint merged. it would really benefit verizon because even though the coverage is apparently better, they have less than half the network speeds. AT&T broadband usually clocks at around 1MBPS, while verizon is around half a megabyte, and both compared to home network standards are terrible, and the forthcoming of 4G LTE would allow AT&T to do exactly what LTE stands for, long term evolution. clearly, the acquisition of T-Mobile USA is part of this plan of long term evolution in order to greater reach out to more customers in more places. I sincerely feel like this will benefit the consumer market, but AT&T will have to lower prices a few dollars in order to keep former t-mobile customers on their service, and not hunting for pre-paid alternatives. I truly believe the only reason T-mobile succeeded in the US is because of their ridiculously low prices on anything compared to Verizon/Sprint/AT&T, and that concludes this novel. Until next time.

      1. i would prefer it to help us more than hurt us, because if they did end up trying to control the market, they’d encounter serious legal issues simply due to the fact that monopolized corporations are forbidden by law.

        1. In reading your reply I was looking for an ironic tone and did not detect one so I will assume you are being literal and simply say wake up and smell the loopholes.

    1. ” I truly believe the only reason T-mobile succeeded in the US is because of their ridiculously low prices on anything compared to Verizon/Sprint/AT&T.”
      Oh, if only more services would be ridiculous.

      1. But also on customer service which AT&T has never heard of. The first time a former T-Mobile customer calls customer service and can’t get out of automated hell to speak to a real person without waiting for hours…Sprint and Verizon will have new customers. Hopefully…these former customers will be smart enough to hold onto their phones to use in Europe when they travel.

  4. i feel like its an amazing way for expansion. and really if you think about it, theres no real point in 2 GSM networks trying to compete for service, when they could be one. theres a business term for this situation, synergy i believe its called. when a business is stronger & better merged with another one than by itself. itd make the competition even better if verizon & sprint merged. it would really benefit verizon because even though the coverage is apparently better, they have less than half the network speeds. AT&T broadband usually clocks at around 1MBPS, while verizon is around half a megabyte, and both compared to home network standards are terrible, and the forthcoming of 4G LTE would allow AT&T to do exactly what LTE stands for, long term evolution. clearly, the acquisition of T-Mobile USA is part of this plan of long term evolution in order to greater reach out to more customers in more places. I sincerely feel like this will benefit the consumer market, but AT&T will have to lower prices a few dollars in order to keep former t-mobile customers on their service, and not hunting for pre-paid alternatives. I truly believe the only reason T-mobile succeeded in the US is because of their ridiculously low prices on anything compared to Verizon/Sprint/AT&T, and that concludes this novel. Until next time.

  5. You’re all kidding, right? This deal will utterly kill innovation and result in sky-rocketing prices. The only winners in this deal are ATT & Verizon.

    1. I understand Att winning, but how will Verizon win?
      The way I see it, people are dropping contracts fast. Prepaid people are growing in numbers. And the other band of the spectrum is the smart phone people with big cell phone packages.

    2. I understand Att winning, but how will Verizon win?
      The way I see it, people are dropping contracts fast. Prepaid people are growing in numbers. And the other band of the spectrum is the smart phone people with big cell phone packages.

  6. Not going to effect me either way. I’ve got 4 lines with VZW, two of them in two different parts of the country. My service has always been consistent and reliable no matter where I travel. And, I travel a lot.

    Doesn’t matter if AT&T’s network grows 10x in coverage. I already know what to expect from my service and the only circumstance that would cause me to contemplate a switch is if my quality of service diminished which I don’t see happening since every wireless carrier strives to improve their network, not downgrade it.

  7. Monopoly people, monopoly. Right now the only companies offering unlimited data are sprint and tmobile. At&t has absolutely no plans on removing their insulting 2Gb cap on data. How convenient that they’d be acquiring more bandwidth while still preventing it’s customers from using it. There should be 2 gsm and 2 cdma minimum at all time, that’s how you keep big corporations humble, competition.

  8. T-Mobile is getting the short end of the stick. It would be a bad deal. AT&T has a reputation for terrible support for their cellular service. T-Mobile doesn’t need that.

  9. T-Mobile is getting the short end of the stick. It would be a bad deal. AT&T has a reputation for terrible support for their cellular service. T-Mobile doesn’t need that.

  10. NO merge… I want to see ulrich continue on the T-Moble team… not the AT& T team…. : (

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