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AT&T officially kills bid for T-Mobile, will pay $4 billion break-up fee

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Dec 2011 22:53 User comments (4)

AT&T officially kills bid for T-Mobile, will pay $4 billion break-up fee AT&T has officially killed its bid for T-Mobile, following government and corporate opposition.
The proposed $39 billion acquisition was facing a DOJ lawsuit and strong corporate resistance from other small carriers who rightfully insisted that the merger would cause a duopoly in the U.S. with Verizon on the CDMA side and AT&T on the GSM side.

AT&T press release statement:
The actions by the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to block this transaction do not change the realities of the U.S. wireless industry. It is one of the most fiercely competitive industries in the world, with a mounting need for more spectrum that has not diminished and must be addressed immediately. The AT&T and T-Mobile USA combination would have offered an interim solution to this spectrum shortage. In the absence of such steps, customers will be harmed and needed investment will be stifled.


The carrier will book a large $4 billion loss, a payment to T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom, as part of the pre-negotiated "break-up fee" should the deal fall through. Additionally, the company has to enter into a mobile roaming agreement with Telekom in the U.S., as long as it is "mutually beneficial to both."

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4 user comments

120.12.2011 2:43

Thank God! My prayers have been answered. As far as my cell service, the last thing I wanted was being cast into at&t's net (pun intended). Lol

@KillerBug
I've had Verizon before. I don't complain about the service because I never had any dropped calls. Their prices are an entirely different matter altogether. As the saying goes: Been there, done that.

And I don't want to do "that" again. Haha

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 Dec 2011 @ 14:01

220.12.2011 3:00

YESSSSS!!! I was afraid I would have to go back to verizon if AT&T took over T-Mobile.



320.12.2011 14:46

So damn happy, now can we get the new Nexus on T-mobile please.

423.12.2011 9:28

Yah!!! no AT&T crap to put up with!!

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