its surface, the attempt by AT&T to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom is clearly anti-competitive. Now it seems that beneath its surface, it’s clearly anti-competitive, as well.
Joan Lappin, in a Forbes Magazine article titled For ATT, It’s Deja Vu All Over Again, Even The Same D.C. Courthouse points out the absurdity of AT&T claims that this “merger” would be a good thing for consumers. Read the informative comments that follow the article.
Broadband Reports yesterday published Group Laments AT&T T-Mobile Deal ‘Cloak of Secrecy’ by Karl Bode. The article closes with:
a happy T-Mobile customer. Their service is good, and their pricing seems fair. For speech-quality reasons, I prefer GSM.to CDMA cell systems. SIM cards, used worldwide by GSM phones, are a good idea, too. In the US, AT&T and T-Mobile are the only nationwide GSM carriers. Everyone else uses CDMA (whose voice-quality is inferior). I continue to hear complaints from i-Phone users of AT&T’s mobile service. I don’t want any part of that. Any bureaucrat, elected or appointed, who signs off on this proposed “merger” (it’s actually closer to a devouring) should be removed from his or her cushy (and probably paid-for by AT&T) position.