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AT&T Would Be "Surprised" If Sprint Were Allowed to Buy T-Mobile
by Karl Bode 02:41PM Wednesday Mar 12 2014
AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T would be "surprised" if the government allowed Sprint to acquire T-Mobile so soon after the government blocked AT&T's attempted takeover of the company. "It would be interesting to see if the government varies from that," Stephens told attendees of this week's Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, adding that he would be "surprising today if they changed or reversed that opinion." AT&T this week also stated they've temporarily shelved their overseas expansion ambitions, though they failed to mention that a big part of that is European regulators' discomfort at the telco's close relationship to the NSA.

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hdtvtechno22

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i dont think so

sprint and t-mobile are two different networks
one is GSM and other one is CDMA
they wont buy it
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jtel

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Re: i dont think so

Both are LTE so meshing them would be a simple task.

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Re: i dont think so

Not everywhere.

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Voice over LTE is still a bit aways. It will be cool once it is standardized and I suppose "data roaming" between the two LTE networks will be possible long before then. Will require new phones, except maybe on the Nexus 5.

Still it is a bit of a distraction from regular network improvement. Adding compatibility with the towers will require even more tower work. How good this deal is really depends on Sprint's ability to walk and talk at the same time. (typically not too well but new ownership and money might change that) Also, the primary advantage it gives Sprint is spectrum (as opposed to coverage). Important for down the road, but right now Sprint is doing quite well in terms of spectrum holdings. (especially if you consider the user base size)
bugabuga

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Having different systems didn't prevent Sprint from buying Nextel :P
underthehood
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Re: i dont think so

Yeah and look how well that went

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AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T

AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T would be " surpriseddisappointed " if the government allowed Sprint anyone else to acquire T-Mobile.

$4 billion of sour grapes are hard to keep down.

n2jtx

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Re: AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T

said by tshirt:

AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T would be " surpriseddisappointed " if the government allowed Sprint anyone else to acquire T-Mobile.

$4 billion of sour grapes are hard to keep down.

Actually I think AT&T and Verizon are secretly hoping Sprint does succeed. T-Mobile annoys them and they know that neither of them can acquire T-Mobile due to government regulations. Sprint would be the perfect foil for clobbering T-Mobile. Sprint is already in total disarray and they would make such a mess of T-Mobile that AT&T and Verizon would be free to continue doing what they like.
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Re: AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T

said by n2jtx:

said by tshirt:

AT&T CFO John Stephens this week stated that AT&T would be " surpriseddisappointed " if the government allowed Sprint anyone else to acquire T-Mobile.

$4 billion of sour grapes are hard to keep down.

Actually I think AT&T and Verizon are secretly hoping Sprint does succeed. T-Mobile annoys them and they know that neither of them can acquire T-Mobile due to government regulations. Sprint would be the perfect foil for clobbering T-Mobile. Sprint is already in total disarray and they would make such a mess of T-Mobile that AT&T and Verizon would be free to continue doing what they like.

Sadly you just make the case so well. Why does there have to be so much truth to this statement just why. I really don't want T-Mobile to go away, but theres too much truth.

AT&T will sit it out for the most part because they want to see sprint burn and die. Verizon likely just doesn't care due to having the largest 4G LTE network.

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said by n2jtx:

Sprint is already in total disarray and they would make such a mess of T-Mobile that AT&T and Verizon would be free to continue doing what they like.

I'm sure that's second choice for AT&T (with first choice being out of reach, if not out of mind.
It just too bad to see T-mo give up.

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I absolutely agree. It has been proven in European countries that 3 national carriers do not create a competitive environment. Even if the new, larger Sprint under Son got it's act together it would mean an end of any real competition on the US market. That's why ATT and Verizon do not whine and scream like you could expect, they just pretend to be "disappointed". I do not think that ATT will spend 250 million dollars on lobbying this time in order to stop the deal.
rradina

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ATT + TMO is different than Sprint + TMO

Although I think we need more carriers, the decision to allow ATT vs. Sprint to acquire TMO is significantly different. Why is ATT surprised?

ATT and Verizon are almost equal in size but both are a lot bigger than either Sprint and TMO. In fact, ATT is even bigger than both combined. Allowing two smaller players to combine into a third competitor that rivals the size of the current top two is a much different decision than allowing one of the top two to become significantly larger than all others.

Jim Gurd
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Re: ATT + TMO is different than Sprint + TMO

said by rradina:

Allowing two smaller players to combine into a third competitor that rivals the size of the current top two is a much different decision than allowing one of the top two to become significantly larger than all others.

Precisely.