AT&T Prepares for T-Mobile Merger to Fall Apart

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livebriand

YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! This merger is nothing but bad for consumers.

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someone87

The worse thing for consumers is that the Governemnt thinks they know best.

The more the Government messes with the free market, the worse our lives will be.

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Red Ensign

Free Market requires competition. Buying up your competition to get rid of your competition is NOT a free market. Your comment implies you have no clue how it is supposed to work. How is eventually (if the Govt doesn't get involved) having a choice between ATT and Verizon better for consumers? Your logic is extemely flawed.

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jabelsk

"Your logic is extemely flawed."

Logic? Free markets have nothing to do with the logic of someone's opinion. Neither of you know what you are talking about. Please continue.

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someone87

Stuipd government screwing things up again.

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Holly Golightly

What AT&T wants to do is become a monopoly again. Thank God the government has the brains to step in and defend the little guys. You know, if AT&T did get this merger, then more people would lose their jobs. As with every merger comes termination of "redundancy" and right now, we can not afford to lose more jobs.

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QUINTIX256

Verizon is way too big and sprint-nextel-clearwire has way too much spectrum for AT&T to ever become anything close to a monopoly by this deal. Deutsch Telekom is unwilling to put much more money into T-Mobile's network. If you think AT&T giving T-Mobile customers new phones is bad, an aquisition by sprint-nextel-clearwire will require T-Mobile users to move to a non-GSM network. 

The consumer will loose if this deal falls apart.

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Peanut Fox

This is true.  However, Verizon, Sprint, nor AT&T offer any pricing packages close to T-Mobile.  

Though the work required to merge T-Mobile into their respective networks could be the reason Verizon and Sprint have not made a bid for the company themselves.  I fail to see what this has to do with the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition. 

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Holly Golightly

Just because AT&T can give every T-Mobile customer a brand new cellphone for free does not mean the customer wins. AT&T is known for their high prices and rather spotty service. T-Mobile is known for their speedy service at affordable prices. This is a business model AT&T is unwilling to accept. Therefore, if AT&T buys T-Mobile, customers lose the option of having fast service at a reasonable price. So customers lose 1 choice, and in the end we would end up paying higher prices as a result.

A healthy market needs strong competition, which is something AT&T wants to finally get rid of. I am confident that if they could, they would buy off Sprint as well and then they would finally merge with Verizon to create 1 "simplified" service. Thank goodness there are stiff government regulations that would defend smaller businesses from evil corporate congolmerates. Remember, the point of a merger is the eliminate the need to compete. They save money while us customers pay them even more. Unfair!!!

Tell me, why do you feel that the customer would lose if the deal falls apart?

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alabasterdragon

If the government does something that helps anyone but themselves and the special interest groups that own them, it's by luck or accident. You are required to donate your brains for most government jobs. I would never accuse them of having brains!

You clearly are one of the misguided saps that thinks the government buracracy is here to help.

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Holly Golightly

It is within the government's interest to represent their people if they want to stay in power longer. Of course, I am aware of how profitable lobbying is, but originally the government is meant to represent their people. Otherwise, people would backlash, and overrule their own government just like they have overthrown their kings and queens of the past. I guess we are lucky to experience some change... But if they don't change, we have the power to make them change. One revolution at a time. My question is: who is really lucky?

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