Big Business Gurus Microsoft, RIM, & Others Support AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Thus far in the battle war mayhem debate regarding the AT&T and T-Mobile merger, the vocal third-parties who have come forth have opposed the event. Now however, we have a large and rather dominant group made up of some of the key presences in the mobile industry expressing their approval of the merger. In a page and half letter addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a consortium made up of Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Qualcomm, RIM, Avaya, Brocade, and Oracle laid out their argument backing the merger. They explained that the merger would make the US globally competitive in the mobile and data space, and that it was a needed move to bring mobile broadband options to the entire country, that “an increasingly robust and efficient wireless network is part of a virtuous innovation cycle.” Strong words, but they don’t really speak to the needs of the consumer, who just happens to stand to lose the most with this deal. Beyond this, it’s always been said that competition breeds innovation. While I agree that our national network needs to be more “robust” and “efficient”, I don’t believe that creating a near duopoly for the sake of a temporary fix is the answer. What are your thoughts on the matter, intrepid reader? Let us know in the commnents!

[via engadget]

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  • Glenn

    I don’t understand people sometimes. I actually support the merger and i am a tmobile customer. First off, no one knows how the merger will effect consumers. It could be bad or good for att or tmobile. But so far we know nothing. Secondly it will help the US in the mobile world. It won’t be a duoply. No 2 companies own the US mobile coverage. Unless sprint/us cellular and others are calling quits. There are several people out there who are not even on a contract and use pre paid. Half my friends do. Those are potential subs right there. The issue here is that Sprint dragged its feet and did nothing and now wants to try after att announced this deal. Maybe if they were trying to gain customers they wouldnt be in the position they are in. You dont see Verizon crying do you. Nor is some of the smaller companies. They know there are still people out there who need a cellphone and instead of sitting in front of the senate they are doing there job and getting business. Put it this way, i walked into sprint around december of last year and almost had to beg to be waited on. Walk in with a friend about a week ago so he can get his replacement phone and in 2 mins they had offered me 3 diff plans, would pay my early termination fee and I could walk oit with an evo right now. Where was that when I needed it. Tisk tisk

  • Mitch Wright

    @Glenn-
    First, thank you for reading and for offering your opinion, even if I don’t agree with it. Likewise, the negative reaction to the merger at the end of the article is my own opinion and I realize not everyone is going to agree with it. I do have a few things to respond with.
    1) I recognize that we have no way of knowing how the merger will affect customers, however AT&T does have a history of not necessarily doing what’s in their customers’ best interest and problems keeping their customers satisfied. They are usually found at or near the bottom of the customer satisfaction heap in the mobile industry.
    2) I did not say it would be a duopoly. I said it would be a *near* duopoly. If the merger goes through, Verizon and AT&T will operate 80% of the country’s market. The resulting 20% left would be left for Sprint and the smaller rural carriers you mentioned, which I believe leaves the larger two with enough of a market share to begin edging into duopoly status.
    3)Basing an entire company’s image on one experience in one store isn’t necessarily a good representation of the truth, whether good or bad. I’ve been in excellent and bad Sprint stores, as well as excellent and bad AT&T and Verizon stores. If you’re looking for a good idea of national customer service reaction, I could refer you to this article though: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/17/verizon-sprint-customer-satisfaction-att-tmobile-drop_n_862881.html
    Again, thank you for reading and responding!