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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sprint Files Suit Against the T-Mobile and AT&T Merger and How I Feel About it

TmoNews just filed news that Sprint has filed suit in the District of Columbia against the merger of T-Mobile and AT&T.  They had this to say:

In a move that continues to indicate Sprint’s desire to see the end of the AT&T/T-Mobile takeover transaction they have filed suit against AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA to block the acquisition. Claiming the deal violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act the lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia as a related case to theDepartment of Justice’s own lawsuit against the proposed deal.

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms that would end up resulting from the AT&T takeover of T-Mobile USA emphasizing three main points:
Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.
Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two “Ma Bell” descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits.
Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.

One thing is for sure, Sprint isn’t going to let this deal go through without putting up one hell of a fight.

While I am personally against the merger since it means one less player on the field and means less competition as well as companies having the ability to put prices where ever they please, I still think Sprint needs to do more than just file this suit. I've been on Sprint for about 2 years now and while I have a lot of good things to say about Sprint, I also have had my negative moments.

1) They shouldn't have charged a 4G fee for anyone not living in a 4G area unless they were doing quick rollouts which they didn't. They have taken their sweet time with rolls outs as well as even deciding whether they are using Wiimax or LTE.

2)They need to solidify their service nationwide. There's something wrong when I'm receiving the same signal strength in one location as another and there is a drastic speed difference between the two. In addition to this, fix the service. Here in Tallahassee, they have been having network issues for the past 2 weeks and never told customers.

3) They need to fix their customer service. While it has apparently gotten better and is somehow rated better than the other carriers (which scares me), they still have a ways to go. Over the phone you end up going back and forth with someone only to be called back later by a manager who fixes the issue that should have been taken care of in the first phone call.

I also tend to have either a horrible or completely chaotic experience. This past week I took my Epic in because it was behaving erratically (reception constantly dropping and the phone turning off randomly). I dropped it off without them giving me a ticket or anything and they simply told me to come back in an hour. When I came back they asked for my ticket which I didn't have. After taking my info they handed me back a device and told me they switched the lcd on it which completely confused me since it had nothing to do with the problem I brought it in for. The tech told me that it was behaving strangely and every time he pressed a capacitive button, it performed a different action then what the actual button was. I have never had a problem with this in my year with the phone and part of me thinks the tech was just used to his own phone and didn't know that not every android phone has a same configuration (a very stupid mistake). He told me he ordered a new lcd as the one he put on my phone was just a temporary one.

I didn't put up a fight because it was being done for free and I plan on selling my phone within a month or two. Making it look brand new will help since I can simply reformat the phone and hopefully have the issues go away. A few days later when I went in, they handed me a new (refurbished) phone. While it wasn't what they told me, it was nice to get a new phone. The whole experience, however, was not what it should have been.

While a lot of these things are minor, Sprint already has a bad reputation with a lot of people out there. Instead of simply trying prevent their competition from getting stronger, they need to strengthen themselves. Overall, I love Sprint and phones they offer. I sincerely want them to continue to grow and maintain their values while never stopping ways to improve themselves.

Source: TmoNews


  1. Switch to Verizon, we have the fastest 4G, the best coverage and the Droids; everything you love.

  2. While I would love to since I completely agree with you, sadly I'm stuck with Sprint purely due to price. I share a family plan with my mother and sister and because of this I only pay roughly $40 a month, a deal which I will never be able to get on my own if I leave the flock.

    While I complain a lot about the service here in Tallahassee, when I go visit family in NY, the service is absolutely amazing and the 4G there blows me away (I can only imagine how awesome LTE is). Hopefully I will only be in this town for one more year after which I will probably be heading back up north. Even if I remain in Florida, the service in Orlando is pretty damn good.

    One day, when it comes time for me to start my own family plan, I will probably make the switch. Then again, by the time that comes the market may be a completely different place.

  3. If that happens with the shutting off and all again, perhaps try ODIN? That always seems to fix my Vibrant when things go awry.

  4. I ended up actually getting a refurbished phone from Sprint which I'm loving since it is in like new condition. I am encountering some problems with it in that the call quality sounds distorted. I'm going to test it out some more before I go back in to get it fixed aka get another one.