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Sprint David to Stand Up Against AT&T Goliath

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told an audience at an industry conference that a combined AT&T/T-Mobile would have "tremendous" power and the two largest wireless carrier would control 79% of the U.S. wireless market, if the merger was approved.

AT&T responded to Hesse's remarks and noted that it would happily address his concerns. It is widely believed that AT&T expected resistance in regards to its purchase of T-Mobile, so we can reasonably assume that the company has plenty of arguments prepared why a 130 million-customer strong carrier is actually a benefit for Sprint and everyone else. AT&T also said that it should be clear to policy makers that AT&T's competition may not like to see AT&T and T-Mobile merge, but that would not be reason enough to deny regulatory approval.  

Hesse said that Sprint will be filing its documents to Congress for review. It appears that Sprints key argument will be that the merger could stifle innovation as AT&T and T-Mobile would consolidate too much power in the wireless market.

  • bpislife
    Oh stop it and sit down.
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  • dogman_1234
    Sprint,(while a large carrier as seen) can try to stop the triopoly, but will fail to AT&T because we all know how American politics works.
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  • UnrealChrisG
    when the evo 3d comes out I'm going over to sprint! Unlimited data woo!
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  • LuckyDucky7
    "79% of the U.S. wireless market, if the merger was approved. "

    That number is over-inflated. Try maybe 43%.

    Anyways- it's still bad news for Sprint considering that T-Mobile was about tied with them for market share. None of the smaller carriers or Verizon care much.

    The only reason AT&T needs T-Mobile is the fact that they need spectrum to shore up their own crappy network.

    On the other hand, having Sprint around is still needed- who else now gives out true unlimited plans?
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  • dogman_1234
    ....oh, those guys...um, um...nevertheless....
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  • dogman_1234
    ....oh, those guys...um, um...nevermind....

    *fixed*

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  • atminside
    well every year the average American IQ has been declining so whether or not these two companies merge the American public will not care about or understand the implications of the merger. The commercials put out by such companies makes promises about 4g and wide coverage and that seems to be enough for the public. Even though many still don't know what 4g is or even what 3g is. It's really hard to get the public to act on something that is going to happen. Remember Here in America we don't make preparations for foreseen problems we only react to them when they happen. sad
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  • JerseyFirefighter
    Lucky... It said "The two largest wireless carriers would control 79%" meaning combined stake between A T&T-Mobile and Verizon. leaving Sprint a far distant third and almost, but certainly not completely irrelevant.
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  • scotv453
    As a T-Mobile customer (Who also got sucked into at&t from cingular) I do not approve of this one bit. I love my phone, and its prices with a family plans, is the main reason t-mobile wins hands down. If sprint wants to stop this from happening, then go Sprint go cause this has to be stopped.

    T-Mobile users know what I am talking about.
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  • Blessedman
    Why doesn't AT&T spend their clearly excessive amounts of cash on upgrading and expanding their current network? Oh thats right, thats what they are doing by acquiring T-Mobile. If the merger is declined then they will start to buy up smaller independent tower holders and push to increaser their own density. Either now or in 5 years AT&T will have the largest network in the US. Verizon doesn't have a lot to worry about but Sprint better find happiness in Verizon or it will be a short trip to Chapter 7.
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