T-Mobile and AT&T Acquisition: Sprint’s Concerns

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The recent T-Mobile and AT&T acquisition announcement was always going to ruffle a few feathers, so came as no surprise by Sprint’s concerns. It seems that the smaller mobile carrier believes that this new deal will not only harm consumers but also the competition as well. If this is the case, then we could see the U.S. government move in.

Currently Sprint is the third largest carrier in the U.S., but if this acquisition is to go through, then they will be the ones hit the most. AppleInsider has been hearing from Sprint, who has said that the past three years in the wireless industry will count as nothing if the deal were to go ahead.

If and when the deal goes through, then the joint might of AT&T and T-Mobile will be three times the size of Sprint when it comes to revenue. You have to wonder if there will be a place in the market for Sprint – especially as they still do not have the iPhone? The idea that Verizon and AT&T will dominate the market will surely not go down well with consumers and the U.S. government, and maybe this is what Sprint is hoping for?

There are those of you who believe that if one company wishes to buy another it is down two them, but you have to consider the implications if such a deal. The idea that Verizon and AT&T could make up almost 80 percent of the wireless industry is something that is not considered fair when it comes to competition, as surely it will be the consumer who loses out in the end?

Do you think that the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile should go ahead? Where would it leave Sprint if it does?

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  • Tim McGee

    I do not think the Feds will allow the union of T-Mobile and ATT because of the lack of competition. This merger would not be good in any way for we the consumers. Having 4 major players in the cell industry keeps every company on their toes to offer deals that will attract customers. I believe T-Mobile offers rates and services at a lower price and if a customer is not grandfathered in I am sure the rate plans will be on ATT's higher terms. That's not a winning hand for consumers. If this merger is allowed to go through then someone got paid off. The Feds stopped ATT years ago and I believe they will step in here. If you are a T-Mobile customer and are pro merger because of the iPhone, while you may be giddy realize the price you and all consumers will pay. It would be a good thing if the Feds head this off sooner rather than later.