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Chris Spera
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11/28/2011 | 3:46:05 PM
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I saw an article over the holiday weekend that indicated that in order to get the FCC and DoJ to buy-off on the merger, AT&T is proposing to sell off 40% of the T-Mobile assets, once acquired. This includes not only CUSTOMERS, but SPECTRUM as well. AT&T finds itself in a difficult spot at this point. It can't afford the $3+ billion in cash as well as the spectrum it promised to T-Mo if the merger was not approved. From what I understand of the deal, it really can't (and doesn't want to) afford to dump the spectrum, and they want to keep the newly acquired customers as well. In order to get the deal approved, they will have to withdraw and resubmit the approval request.

Any way, AT&T looks at this, it seems its going to find itself in a difficult place, having to either come up with cash and spectrum to pass to T-Mobile as part of the "failure penalty" they agreed to, or an agreement to sell off almost half of what they acquired.
Spud Coolzip
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11/24/2011 | 3:14:06 PM
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I don't know if this makes any business sense or not, but if DT is determined to unload T-Mo, I'd like to see Google buy them. Google started to dip its toe into telecom a few years ago but pulled back. Not that I love Google, but I distrust them far less than AT&T and I can't think of any other company with deep enough pockets to buy them, other than the control freaks at Apple. (Steve Jobs did seriously consider operating an Apple wireless network.) I would be very happy to have a combination of fixed and mobile wireless broadband.
FBel
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11/23/2011 | 10:46:03 PM
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@Exit...Been reading long? I believe the poster made it quite clear that the account was not in his/her name, so when does that become his/her bill? BTW, I am a proud Dem!
YMOM100
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11/23/2011 | 10:20:00 PM
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You are employing Republican logic aka nonsense. T-Mobile is doing rather well and it is not as if T-Mobile will go down the drain if the merger fails. The motivation for the merger is that the Deutsche Telekom wants to get out of the US cell phone market, because it makes not enough money (it still makes money). Deutsche Telekom searched for a buyer and AT&T was eager to jump on it before anyone else can get it. AT&T is only interested in buying up more licensed bandwidth, of which they already have tons that is left unused. But AT&T rather leaves it idle than have the competition use it.
So when you claim the FCC draft is a "disaster" then you fail to see that a merger will not be of any benefit to consumers, will not advance mobile networks, will not keep a low cost provider (T-Mobile) around, and definitely will not foster competition. That is the Republicans for you, no clue about the economy. Why do you think there are 6 million jobs lost since the Bush era economic policies kicked in?
YMOM100
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11/23/2011 | 10:12:06 PM
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Why is T-Mobile running out of moves? T-Mobile is doing rather well as a company (not as well as Telekom in Germany wants to) and if the merger falls through AT&T is contractually obliged to pay T-Mobile a nice sum of cash.
T-Mobile always served me well at a price point that no other provider can offer.
Exit to Shell
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11/23/2011 | 8:47:19 PM
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So you're mad because they wanted you to pay your bill. Let me guess... democrat?
Exit to Shell
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11/23/2011 | 8:36:50 PM
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I've used AT&T as a carrier for over a decade. They have the fastest network and I have never experienced any problems with service. Without the merger, t-mobile goes bankrupt. Sprint? Bwaa Ha Ha Ha. Of course they don't want the merger. They'll be out of business before too long as well (according to my crystal ball).
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11/23/2011 | 8:24:48 PM
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Huh?
foobah
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11/23/2011 | 8:22:07 PM
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As a T-Mobile prepaid customer I have been hoping this merger would not be approved, since I fear my plan would disappear or be seriously damaged once AT&T gets their mitts on it. Geez Louse, I've had so many problems with the remnant of AT&T (home phone) I still have to deal with. Hey T-Mobile! Advertise! Tell people what you got! I couldn't be happier than with my $50/month prepaid, no-contract smartphone plan.
rhawkins982
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11/23/2011 | 8:20:31 PM
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So, if the Chairman believes the proposed merger would be bad for Americans, presumably he believes the only option, a bankrupt T-Mobile would be good for Americans. I wonder where he went to school? And did he graduate? Possibly not. These Democratic appointments are a disaster.
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