Sprint plans to appeal AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile

By Emil
Mar 23, 2011
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  1. Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse has declared that his company plans to submit its worries over AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile to Congress. At a wireless industry conference in Orlando, Florida, Hesse explained that he believes the deal would hurt the wireless industry as the combined company would have "tremendous" power. "I have concerns it would stifle innovation," Hesse said. AT&T, for its part, is taking the complaint in stride.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,401

    AT&T has the worst policy of any wireless company. On top of that, this is the most uncompetitive thing they could do. This will only strengthen the hold that AT&T has on our wallets. Just look at the price of your bill, they couldn't give a damn about who they are competing with, no wonder sprint is worried.
  3. Should this acquisition go thought, it will be a disaster to the wireless marketplace. It will stifle innovation and cause ridiculous pricing. This of all the towers that AT&T owns and those that T-Mobile owns...now those small companies use those towers for there own clients. Think what would happen when AT&T decides to jack up the rate for those small wireless companies? BAM! prices skyrocket and the small companies either sell or go out of business.
  4. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I would like this to go through, but my major concern is the exclusivity of headsets and contract length.

    AT&T customers need better coverage; this should pretty much fix that. Verizon was allowed to get big when the acquired Alltel, thus, AT&T should be able too do the same. As a consequence they will be watched and the ever present threat to break them up again might keep them honest.

    To be honest, even when all the companies were separate, there were little changes in the business model and services.

    Little has changed ? headset exclusivity is still used to get customers. This takes precedence over improving service functionality features and the price put on service plans are very similar.

    Regulation should discourage headset exclusivity, but that will be moot since both big companies now have two different phone chips, CDMA and GSM.

    That is now my problem. Maybe regulation needs to force the use of both technologies so headset can be free! That is what we need, headsets be free. They can have a headset for a limited amount of time, but customers can take it to another company if they change the service provider. These two year contracts are crap too. With less competition they need to whack these long contracts too.

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