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DOJ files antitrust suit to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger

DOJ files antitrust suit to block the AT&T and T-Mobile merger

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At the end of today’s Backpage.com news conference, Attorney General Rob McKenna spoke about the civil antitrust lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice to block AT&T Inc.’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc.

Attorneys General have worked closely with DOJ and share their concerns. Specifically for Washington,

  • There will be a very high market concentration in the Seattle and Tacoma Cell Marketing Areas. This is because T-Mobile is a strong competitor here.
  • We are concerned about losing T-Mobile as an innovative competitor. T-Mobile was the first to use the Android system on its phones, it has offered unlimited pricing and is in other ways a strong competitor.
  • We are concerned about losing T-Mobile’s higher customer service levels. AT&T does not have the best reputation for customer service and is not located in our area.

We will continue our investigation and will continue to coordinate with our state colleagues and DOJ. We expect to be involved in any conversations with the parties about any possible resolution, or barring that expect to be working with DOJ to prepare for trial.

Listen to AG McKenna’s remarks about the AT&T T-Mobile merger

Posted by Sarah Lane All Consuming Blog Moderator at 08/31/2011 12:24:47 PM | 


AT&T has exellent customer service. One time, I had a $300 phone bill due to going over data plan once in 3 + years I've been with them. I've never gone over on anything but that one time. I went to see them and they called the main office for me to explain what happened and got the $300+ taken off. Now, that's what I call being there for their customers and bending over backwards for you. So, don't knock AT&T. If a T-Mobile customer went through the same thing, T Mobile would tell them they'd have to pay it. I won't change to anyone else for anybody. I've said my peace.
Posted by: Michael Harrington ( Email ) at 8/31/2011 8:45 PM


Actually, I have been through a couple of similar issues with T-mobile, once over data and once over international calls. (Apparently, US to Canada isn't international for purposes of international call blocking, but does incur charges). Both times the issues were resolved favorably. Overall their customer service was quite good.
Posted by: Craig Galway ( Email ) at 9/5/2011 5:59 PM


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