: AT&T buys T-Mobile

03-20-11, 03:04 PM

Market share before the acquisition:
Verizon – 31.1%
AT&T – 25%
Sprint – 12%
T-Mobile – 12%
Tracfone – 5%

Market share after the acquisition:
AT&T/T-Mobile – 37%
Verizon – 31.1%
Sprint – 12%
Tracfone – 5%

Will expand 4G LTE to cover an additional 1.2 million square miles.
Promises increased cell tower density
Deutsche Telekom receives an 8% ownership interest in AT&T
Provides 4G LTE Service for T-Mobile USA’s 34 Million Subscribers

Press release:

Filing for unemployment:

03-20-11, 03:25 PM
it wont be exactly 37, it doesnt work that way. the fcc will step in and "divest" some of the territory/customers/property to prevent the creation of a super-giant

03-20-11, 03:27 PM
So long, Sprint.

03-20-11, 03:31 PM



03-20-11, 03:43 PM

03-20-11, 03:46 PM
this is definitely good for the customer, but could be a good or bad thing for me, and my store. As of right now, there is a tmobile store 2 stores away from us. They are company owned. Since we moved in we put a huge dent in their sales to the point they started closing up an hour early every day and closing entirely on sundays. Still, they are company owned. We are an authorized retailer aka indirect aka independent aka privately owned

Once this is finalized 2 things could happen (one of the following WILL happen, it will be ugly):
It doesnt make sense to have 2 stores side by side so

1) I will lose my store, being company owned means they are protected. In essence, once AT&T buys tmobile, they are also buying that store, along with the building lease, equipment and employees (of course theyre not buying human beings, you know what i mean) Why buy something and then close it? also at&t loves to let dealers take the risk and establish a customer base, then come in and muscle us out.

2) at&t could be nice to us, we move units, they know we do. We're one of the top agents in our market. The staff at T-mo obviously isnt as talented as we are, or else we wouldnt have put such a dent in their sales. They COULD end up closing down the tmobile and letting us stay, or even closing down our store and "giving" us that store (it happens, i worked a mall kiosk at one point, and at&t paid the rent for the dealer)

I'll tell you this, if they show any sign of closing us down, ill be putting in for a management position at the original store.

03-20-11, 04:07 PM

03-20-11, 04:08 PM
I'm still happy with Verizon. This is interesting to see though, taking into consideration the government's distaste for monopolies.

03-20-11, 04:15 PM
I am curious to see the face of that T-Mbole girl in the commercial that was saying a lot of jokes about AT&T... I bet she will stop making fun of her new bosses! :D

03-20-11, 04:23 PM
I'm still happy with Verizon. This is interesting to see though, taking into consideration the government's distaste for monopolies.

which is why i mentioned territories being divested.

When verizon bought alltel, verizon was forced to sell some of alltels territory and customers to at&t, this was to avoid creating a monopoly. The article says the deal could take up to 12 months, the reasons being:

1) to hammer down the terms of the deal, this would be easy if it wasnt for
2) the FCC has to review those terms and approve them. basically they want to avoid creating a monopoly.

03-20-11, 04:24 PM
Carly Foulkes is seen here looking for a new job:

03-20-11, 05:27 PM
Good one! :D

03-20-11, 05:36 PM
Maybe AT&T will bring back CZJ and give that toothpick to someone else... Like Mercury.

03-20-11, 05:37 PM
Well this sucks.

Guess I'll be keeping MetroPCS for sure now for the foreseeable future.

03-20-11, 06:27 PM
Maybe AT&T will bring back CZJ and give that toothpick to someone else... Like Mercury.

Haha, send a unemployed spokesperson to speak for a dead company.

03-20-11, 07:44 PM
Actually the decision on what the companies involved in in this merger need to do to comply with antitrust laws will be determined by the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. And for the attorneys representing the various companies involved it will be "mo' money, mo' money!" Considering that antitrust attorneys of the caliber involved in deals such as this command $750 on up an hour for their services, its' going to be a "Merry Christmas" in many lucky families this year!