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    Default AT&T Bid For T-Mobile Won't Be an Easy Sell to FCC


    On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal delved deeper into the hot button issue of AT&T's proposed purchase of T-Mobile, a move that, if approved, would effectively reducing competition in the mobile industry and slash the number of major US carriers to just three. Speaking with the publication yesterday, an anonymous official at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressed pessimism about the proposal, saying that the chances of AT&T convincing the FCC chairman to sanction its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA are not necessarily great.

    "There's no way the chairman's office rubber-stamps this transaction. It will be a steep climb to say the least," the FCC official tells the Wall Street Journal. AT&T, on the other hand, is putting forward a very confident public face, offering one sanguine comment after the next about the pending deal. "We understand that Congress, the DOJ, the FCC, as well as wireless consumers will have questions about the transaction. We look forward to answering and addressing those questions," said AT&T spokesman Michael Balmoris. "We are confident that the facts will demonstrate that the deal is in the public interest and that competition will continue to flourish."

    But just this past Tuesday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski reiterated his agency's commitment "to encouraging a competitive marketplace." "While we're still working through details of a data-roaming framework, I believe the core proposition is beyond dispute: healthy competition produces greater innovation and investment, lower prices, and better service," Genachowski said, although neither he or his fellow FCC commissioners have formally commented on the record about AT&T's proposed takeover.

    If AT&T has its druthers, it will acquire T-Mobile and consequently become the largest wireless carrier in the nation with a whopping estimated 130 million subscribers. Given the shear magnitude of that possible reality, many industry analysts believe it could take up to a year for the FCC to reach an ultimate decision on the pending deal.

    Source: Wall Street Journal

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    I hooe it get denied

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    If a company wants to sell, and another company wants to buy, what is the problem?

    It's not like we have a God given right (nor Federal/state) to have cellphones. If they jack the prices up you can vote with your checkbook. I gave up XM radio for that reason.

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    I think the FCC would rather have T-Mob as an option instead of At&t, VZ and Sprint.

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    Awesome. In a year (when the FCC makes their decision) my contract will be finished and I will get to decide whether or not to ditch AT&T if they raise their prices with this merger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
    Awesome. In a year (when the FCC makes their decision) my contract will be finished and I will get to decide whether or not to ditch AT&T if they raise their prices with this merger.
    ATT not to make it too obvious about price change will offer cheaper plans by .99 so you can say "My plan is $58.99 instead of 59.99".

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    Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
    ATT not to make it too obvious about price change will offer cheaper plans by .99 so you can say "My plan is $58.99 instead of 59.99".
    That would be a full $1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetadam View Post
    That would be a full $1.
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    It's looking like a quiet take over not tmobile selling it's company but apple telling them your going to sell your company for billions and were buying. I think AT&T is trying to hold it's spot in the market, Clear is offering unlimited data to your home and a 3/4G wireless mobile hotspot to take with you on the go for $50.00 a month & the phone companies vs the cable companies. Were all stuck for at least 2 years until the mobile Data wars are over..

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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetadam View Post
    That would be a full $1.
    Beat me too it! lol i was gonna say umm 59.99 - .99 = 59.00 Lmaoo too funny and i thought i sucked at math.

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    Oh no..
    Last edited by thetoothfairy; 03-24-2011 at 11:14 AM. Reason: blah

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    It would give At&t a monopoly on the GSM networks in the U.S.
    I would be surprised to see a regulator allow this merger, but money talks...

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    Hope this merger does not happen either.

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    Great! maintain the 2 gsm carriers vs. the 2 cdma carriers... I prefer my phones unlocked, sim card friendly, and world capable.

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    I feel sorry for the peeps that didn't get in before the unlimited data plans stopped. I think the bad thing about this all is Verizon knows it can't compete against AT&T.

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    Gee the FTC approved the XM SIRIUS deal, didn't they...leaving no competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZipZapp View Post
    Gee the FTC approved the XM SIRIUS deal, didn't they...leaving no competition.
    Regular radio and HD radio. Satellite radio sucks anyway.


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    I hope the people in charge of making decisions in the FCC had a childhood. A good one too.
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    And in case your favourite scifi shows haven't given you enough warning. Take a look at what will become of Carly, the T-Mobile lady in the ads:



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    Quote Originally Posted by midgetadam View Post
    That would be a full $1.
    Yep that's the crap you'll get from Att.

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