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  • Sprint Sues AT&T Over T-Mobile Merger



    First the DOJ leveed an antitrust suit against AT&T in regards to the company's attempt to purchase T-Mobile. Then the FCC came out and said "Yea, we can support that lawsuit." Now Sprint is throwing the last stone at an already shattered house, piling on, performing an excessive touchdown celebration on AT&T's shattered dreams, with their latest suit against the proposed acquisition.

    In the suit Sprint claims AT&T and Verizon, as "Twin Bells", were able to use their size and market share to secure "market advantage with the iPhone, and have been able to lock many customers into two year contracts with the iconic device." Sprints inability to cary the phone, even unlocked iPhones, caused a great deal of defection from the ranks of Sprint's customer base.

    If Sprint does start selling the iPhone, arguing that the AT&T T-Mobile deal shouldn't happen because they aren't able to sell the iPhone does look a little silly. There is little doubt that not having the iPhone on T-Mobile or Sprint's networks has hurt both companies, but given the current rumor outlook it doesn't seem like a very smart argument. Arguing in favor of consumer rights and against AT&T monopolizing the telecom department seems a little safer.

    Whether or not Sprint gets the iPhone will be made painfully apparent in a few weeks. Same goes for T-Mobile. If both carriers do in fact start carrying the "iconic" device as Sprint referred to it in their legal filings, it will be interesting to see how their customer base, and other potential cellular phone customers respond. Will Sprint finally be able to stop hemorrhaging customers?

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sprint Sues AT&T Over T-Mobile Merger started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Hooray sprint! Down with ATT!
      Am I reading this wrong? / Is this sarcasm? Or did I really just hear someone root for Sprint?
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      I bet they did sue. What choice do they have? They have crap devices and a customer base made almost entirely of people with wrecked credit. Problem, Sprint? Besides, they'll be lucky if they don't end up property of VZW within the next 5 years or so...
      Where did you get that from? I've been with Sprint since 01 and it's not just for people with wrecked credit as you put it. My parents have had them for over 10 years and their credit is exceptional as well as mines.

      I guess you would know their customer base and most likely are one of those people with wrecked credit.

      Anyway, I hope that the deal doesn't go through.
    1. que22's Avatar
      que22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colby21 View Post
      Hooray sprint! Down with ATT!
      i 2nd that
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vandale View Post
      if thats the iPhone 5........ I will jizz my pants.
      Do you ever respond to a news post with something intelligent to say?

      Quote Originally Posted by gQstatus05 View Post
      Where did you get that from? I've been with Sprint since 01 and it's not just for people with wrecked credit as you put it. My parents have had them for over 10 years and their credit is exceptional as well as mines.

      I guess you would know their customer base and most likely are one of those people with wrecked credit.

      Anyway, I hope that the deal doesn't go through.
      The statement was made liekly because Sprint will take on almost any customer. Rightfully so, since they have been posting nothing but net losses yearly for the past few years.

      You and your parents may have a great credit score. So do I (and I was a customer for about a year), but that doesn't change the stats of their average userbase.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by gQstatus05 View Post
      Where did you get that from?
      From the fact that Sprint accepts anyone with any credit. Long known fact of the cell industry.
      Quote Originally Posted by gQstatus05 View Post
      I've been with Sprint since 01
      I'm sorry. That must suck Maybe you'll finally get a decent device next month...