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AT&T Will Buy US T-Mobile for $39 Billion (Poll)

submitted on March 20, 2011 by HouTex in "Sales / Promotions"
AT&T will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $39 billion, AT&T announced in a news release on Sunday, March 20, 2011.

The combined customer base will be 130 million, though the deal will have to pass the usual regulatory and closing hurdles before becoming complete. The two companies estimate it'll take them 12 months to get through all the bureaucracy -- if they get through it, and the proposed network merger will create a de facto GSM monopoly within the United States.

If the deal fails, AT&T will be on the hook for $3 billion to T-Mobile -- a breakup fee, they call it -- along with transferring over some AWS spectrum it doesn't need for its LTE rollout, and granting T-Mobile a roaming agreement at a value agreeable to both parties.


http://www.engadget.com/2011/0.....e-telekom/
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/20.....-t-mobile/
1. Do you think this is a good merger?
 Yes
 No
2. Are you a current T-Mobile customer?
 Yes
 No
3. Would this merger encourage you to stay with AT&T or switch to AT&T?
 Yes
 No
 or See Results 

        

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  • 108006
    sandyshore
    professor
    2 1
    12 8 1
    Posted by sandyshore on March 20, 2011
    [reply] 2 0
    I think the last question should be "Will I have much of a choice but to deal with the results of the merger?" I'm a current T-Mobile customer and I dislike AT & T from landline issues I had, and customer service that was very difficult to navigate and get any concrete help. I've had nothing but good experience with my T-Mobile cell phone account and service, so far. I no longer have a landline - truth is I dropped landline service because of my experience with AT & T. So my votes may be biased.
      108015
    • HouTex
      admin
      Posted by HouTex on March 20, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      I agree with you, Sandy, and probably many other people do, too. So your opinion is honest, not biased. No promises from AT&T can convince me, either. I'm afraid the outstanding customer service from T-Mobile will not carry over in this merger.
  • 108033
    CouponNut
    deity
    23 14 8
    12 10 2
    Posted by CouponNut on March 20, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Will be interesting to keep an eye on AT&T & T-Mobile stocks.
  • 108035
    YanBz
    admin
    Posted by YanBz on March 20, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    T-Mobile's prices have always been competitive but now I am afraid they will go up. Less competition is always bad for the consumer. I am not optimistic at all
  • 108037
    anand
    professor
    3 9
    10 9 2
    Posted by anand on March 20, 2011
    [reply] 2 0
    I'm scared of having T-mobile Red Face
  • 108043
    DebsFreebies
    professor
    2
    10 5 1
    Posted by DebsFreebies on March 20, 2011
    [reply] 2 0
    Monopoly in any market means increased prices. Kinda like the power company, you have NO choice. They are right no matter what. So it will be with AT&T.
  • 108120
    orangearrows
    professor
    2 3
    7 1 1
    Posted by orangearrows on March 21, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    This will be monopoly in the GSM airspace. GSM provides better world roaming - so if you are traveler - then less choices for you.
  • 108125
    clover
    professor
    1 6 7
    12 11 2
    Posted by clover on March 21, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    I will stick with Sprint. I have been with them for a long time with no problems. ATT will have to up their prices to pay for this deal if it goes through!
  • 108153
    Version
    professor
    9 7 2
    Posted by Version on March 22, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    This is the worst thing that could ever happen to a 7 year T-mobile customer like me. Cry
  • 108180
    shawndiaz
    beginner
    1
    Posted by shawndiaz on March 22, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Luckily I do not have to deal with either company for service except during the "handoff" of signals during travel. I can only hope that this is not disrupted too much. As far as I know, Verizon has additional towers I can use as well, so there's that too.
  • 108194
    HouTex
    admin
    Posted by HouTex on March 22, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    Now AT&T officials casually mentioned that T-Mobile customers will have to replace their 3G phones after the merger, but say that can occur "in a normal upgrade cycle" and not have to happen right away since the transition will be done over several years.

    http://www.slashgear.com/t-mob.....-21141342/
    The spectrum they use for third-generation services, or 3G, will be re-purposed for 4G, which is faster. That would leave current T-Mobile phones without 3G. They would need to be replaced with phones that use AT&T’s 3G frequencies.
  • 108223
    clover
    professor
    1 6 7
    12 11 2
    Posted by clover on March 22, 2011
    [reply] 1 0
    I am thinking this is not going to happen!
  • 108260
    CouponNut
    deity
    23 14 8
    12 10 2
    Posted by CouponNut on March 22, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    AT&T has been around a very very long time! Its going to an interesting collaboration, maybe T-Mobile was about to go under and AT&T is picking it up.
  • 108980
    Version
    professor
    9 7 2
    Posted by Version on March 28, 2011
    [reply] 2 0
    I think it would be a better idea if T-Mobile takes over AT&T, what do you think? Amused

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