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Verizon's CEO Wants AT&T and T-Mobile Merger to Succeed

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    There have been several dramatic events over the last few months regarding the AT&T and T-Mobile proposed merger. Sprint & Cellular South have both filed lawsuits attempting to block the union, and several consumers groups, including the and the FCC, and a dozen other companies have chimed in against it. Even the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block the acquisition.

    However, not everyone agrees that the deal would be a bad thing. In fact, just recently, Lowell McAdam, Verizon's CEO made public comments recommending the merger. Here's what he had to say,
    His statement also happens to be interesting timing, as he came forward just before the first meeting between AT&T and the Government on Wednesday. Although his logic seems sound, it's not hard to deduce some other reasons why Verizon would be vocal about this. Ultimately, they will likely benefit from this merger, indirectly. If AT&T were to acquire T-Mobile and effectively eliminate one of their competitors, it would ease pressure on Verizon, to keep competitive pricing on plans and phones. In other words, Verizon and AT&T would have amazing power to regulate prices and drive their only real competition left, Sprint, straight out of the market. It's like a game of Texas Holdem Poker, the players with the biggest pots can take bigger risks and eventually force the smaller players out of the game.

    In fact, AT&T wants this merger so much, lately they have been offering to sell some of their spectrum to other smaller carriers, even Sprint, in order to entice the Government to allow the merger to go through. Ironically, this flies in the face of Mr. McAdams argument that AT&T really needs the spectrum that badly. If that were true, then why would spectrum be the first thing they were willing to offer up as a concession?

    To play devil's advocate, Sprint's Dan Hesse made some comments recently hinting at the idea that a Sprint and T-Mobile merger would be a better idea, and that the DoJ's objections to the AT&T/T-Mo merger would not be a factor if that were to happen. Here was his statement,
    He was speaking hypothetically, and you could tell he was trying to dance around it as much as possible; however, his statements edged close to the idea that Sprint may want to stop this for their own reasons.

    Regardless of what Sprint's designs are, the deal still seems "fishy" and the primary consensus from what can be gathered across multiple sources is that this deal would prove to be a negative thing for consumers and innovation. What do you guys think? Is Verizon just trying to influence things for their own interests? Is AT&T being sneaky about trying to give up some of their spectrum to smaller competitors, or do they really need the spectrum? Is Sprint just jealous that T-Mobile wants to merge with AT&T? Do you think this merger will fail or go through? Sound off.

    Source: Android.net via PhoneArena
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    There isn't as much competition in the US cell phone industry as consumers would like, whether they know it or not. The "phone company" has traditionally been a bastion of poor customer service, ever-rising prices, and limited innovation because it was a monopoly. Today, we're seeing the next worst thing which is a duopoly: AT&T and Verizon are the only 2 companies that offer nationwide coverage that actually extends outside of major metro areas. What do we get because of that? Poor customer service, ever-rising prices, and limited innovation.

    What limited innovation? Verizon does not want you installing your own OS on your phone. They want to charge you for tethering as if tethered data is any different from any other data. They charge you for outgoing and incoming texts as if this is 1990 and texts actually cost VZ money to send. They force bloatware in our faces and restrict the handsets allowed on their network. The affair is a pathetic abuse of power and, just like any monopolistic power, they've chosen a price and a service level that will keep us marginally satisfied and shut up.

    REVOLUCION!!!!!!!!!!
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    The reason for Verizon's stance is two-fold......

    1. AT&T merging with T-Mobile isn't going to pose a significant threat to Verizon, and most importantly,

    2. If the merger falls through because of the "can't let big get any bigger" mentality, it would pose a threat to any future acquisitions that Verizon may consider.
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    In the year 2012 there will be a super-conglomerate by the name of VerAtt-mobileint
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    OK, that's funny. BUT I don't think it's a good news for normal users. Then you have no choice but to choose their services or dye away.
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    That's how the cell phone companies want it. They want you to have no choice but to choose their service. But what they don't realize is that if they get to big, there will be a backlash of people looking for alternatives. Just the same way it is happening to cable companies and people watching stuff on web and cancelling cable.

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