Sprint wants us to know they don’t support AT&T T-Mobile merger – officially


Many may see the points that Sprint is raising with the problems that the mobile industry may face if the US has a mobile carrier as large as AT&T and T-Mobile may become after they merge. It’s starting to look like a political campaign where the mud-slinging is just about to get ugly. To start it off right, Sprint has issued a press Release about the opposition they intend to hold in regards to their competitions’ merger plans. Who’s surprised by this…anyone…anyone?

Of course they are against it! They could get swallowed up by a big massive mobile whale never to sell another WiMAX device again. But, Sprint isn’t concerned over those little details, they want you to know how this may affect the consumers….right…the consumers. It’s ok Sprint, we know it’s a big deal, but more for you than us.

Sprint Opposes Proposed AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile USA
Transaction would reduce competition and harm consumers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 28, 2011 – Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S], the nation’s third largest wireless provider and a leader in advanced wireless broadband technologies, announced today its opposition to AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA.

The transaction, which requires the approval of the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, and will likely spark a host of hearings in the U.S. Congress, would reverse nearly three decades of actions by the U.S. government and the courts that modernized and opened U.S. communications markets to competition. The wireless industry has sparked unprecedented levels of competition, innovation, job creation and investment for the American economy, all of which could be undone by this transaction.

AT&T and Verizon are already by far the largest wireless providers. If approved, the proposed acquisition would create a combined company that would be almost three times the size of Sprint in terms of wireless revenue and would entrench AT&T’s and Verizon’s duopoly control over the wireless market. The wireless industry moving forward would be dominated overwhelmingly by two vertically integrated companies with unprecedented control over the U.S. wireless post-paid market, as well as the availability and price of key inputs, such as backhaul and access needed by other wireless companies to compete.

“Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” said Vonya McCann, senior vice president, Government Affairs. “This transaction will harm consumers and harm competition at a time when this country can least afford it. As the first national carrier to roll out 4G services and handsets and the carrier that brought simple unlimited pricing to the marketplace, Sprint stands ready to compete in a truly dynamic marketplace. So on behalf of our customers, our industry and our country, Sprint will fight this attempt by AT&T to undo the progress of the past 25 years and create a new Ma Bell duopoly.”

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

[via engadget]

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  • James Chou

    Me neither. It will ruin t-mobile, which I never thought was even possible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/psywar Charles Coggins

    It will be a bad merger for all. It it’s possible att will become ma bell again.

  • cctrow

    Quit whining Sprint. Wanna promote competition? Get out there and beat em. Keep doing the good things that you do well – Easy pricing, no throttling etc and doing away with mail in rebates, $100 replacement with insurance. Expand your network. If you are going LTE then switch by the end of the year. If you are going 4G then make sure ALL customers have it by the end of the year. Wanna promote competition? Give them something to compete against. I have been a Sprint customer for almost a decade. I want you to win. I can’t stand to see you whine.

  • Nick C.

    They are absolutely right. And im a verizon customer posting from my Droid x right now. This would be the largest step backwards in anti-monopoly progress, as sprint stated, in the last 25 years. Even being on another carrier than sprint this scares me. Competition is necessary to allow fair pricing and, what needs to occur most with the new advance of 4G technologies, innovation in the service provider industry. With that, I firmly stand behind sprint on this. Anything else, or any other action that allows t-mobile to be acquired by at&t by the hand of the court would be unacceptable, especially in a time where corporate competition is a must. Bravo sprint. You nailed it.

  • nutz211

    This will be horrible for customers,they have not approved yet and I can feel the pain of knowing that my perfectly good phone will be a piece of worthless plastic in a year and plus I will have to get a new phone,is not fair. This freaking sucks for us the customers ..

  • gilittlegoose

    Just 1 commment, didn’t sprint buy nextel a few yrs ago.