AT&T throws in the towel on T-Mobile merger

By Adam Zeis on 19 Dec 2011 04:49 pm EST

AT&T and T-Mobile

Well that's that. AT&T has officially given up on their plans to aquire T-Mobile. After months of effort, AT&T has released a statement that puts an end to their plans for good.

"The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled." 

So if you're on T-Mo you won't have to worry anymore about getting eaten up by AT&T and apparently Carly won't be trading in her pink dress for one in blue.

Source: Android Central

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AT&T throws in the towel on T-Mobile merger


First! Also, thank goodness. I am more of a CDMA user, and I have Sprint, so I am glad this is falling thru. I wonder if they are going to pay tmo that $6 billion...

Glad it didn't go through. I think this merger would have hurt the consumer in the long run with limited carrier choices.

"In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled."
Harmed? I expect the network would still be pretty bad with or without the merge, the only difference now that the merge was prevented and AT&T gave up, there is still another okay GSM carrier to run to.

Yay! I am so happy that this merger did not go through. People have their opinions about T-Mobile and everything else but I love TMO. I could not be happier right now :)

I am so happy about this! I work for t-mobile and I was concerned about keeping my job.. So now at least I know I still have a job!

First time in recent memory that the federal government has done something right. I am so happy.

"customers will be harmed" (not me) even tho Tmo service isn't the greatest where I live, I can't imagine having crap service AND a rate hike on ATT...

Before everyone hails this as a great thing, you might want to read up on D.Telecom and their lack of enthusiasm for investing anymore $$ into their T-Mobile company. It's been made clear that they DO NOT want to spend any more money on T-Mobile in the future & that may really hurt customers in the long run - somebody is going to buy them eventually....... D. Telecom has made that clear with their possible lack of future support for T-Mobile.

Yes, but every other major carrier out there has happier customers than the death star.

AT&T is the worst of all possible evils when it comes to T-Mo being bought out.

I don't understand what people complain about. I have never had a problem with AT&T. I honestly couldn't be happier.

I know that I'm happy about this news. As a Canadian travelling to the US I like having a choice of not using AT&T. Especially at events like CES - imagine if the entire gadget world descended on Las Vegas and were hammering away at AT&T's 3G-3.5G-4G (whatever you want to call it).

I find that using T-Mobile EDGE is better than whatever G AT&T serves up.

oh ya, lmao, att is out for saving spectrum for the average user - yep, i believe it, att has never been known to want to monopolize telephony, their intentions for this "merger" were strictly for the benefit of usa consumers, omg, wow, such a great corporate citizen, always looking out for your best interets

pack o lies, glad it didn't happen


in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

Any cell phone provider in my area that was gobbled up by AT&T immediately went to pot. Its not like they are doing anyone a service with this merger. Just their own bottom line.

This is the best Christmas gift from the Government really!

I have been with T-mobile and been loyal to this company for almost 7 years, I have the best deals in data plan, minutes and no one, no one can give me a better deal.

Tmobile, I will continue with you and my family is very happy too.

Great customer service, great service in data and great service in communication.

I was concerned that ATT will change my data plan and make more money but thanks God this did not happen!

May be there are miracles on for consumers tooo... Too bad in Canada I am freezing from cold air blown by Bell, Billus and Robbers.

Been with AT&T since 2005 and have always had better service than my co-workers. To each his own since the more companies the more competitive the value of my dollar. I work in a sub-basement and everything my BlackBerry has to offer from GPS to internet works perfectly while my co-workers have their family call them on a landline since their service is garbage. I must admit that it costs more than TMo, but its as its always been "you get what you pay for". LOL My brother's carrier is T and he can't go to his FB while on a call without his phone hanging up. But like I said, to each his own. Peace! PS I love my BB phone and PlayBook, BlackBerry Bridge FTW.

I had AT&T in the past and the cost is a big issue. Competition is what has brought the price of an unlimited minutes, text & data plan to 79.99 with T-Mobile. No other carrier offers a plan that cheap and AT&T sure as hell wasnt going to keep that plan. Maybe its your brothers phone but I tether to my laptop while on a phone call and everything works fine on T-Mobile. I live in a basement and get 5 bars on the 9900.

I totally agree anubis20, I have had no problems with my T-Mobile service so why pay the overpriced AT&T fees when I'm enjoying great service for a great price?! Tethering is included with the data unlike AT&T's additional fee (oh, I can talk and surf the web too)! I'm using a BlackBerry 9700.