I'm pro-biz. Rather I'm pro-competition. Merger are good if they create value for the market, meaning us the consumer. However, AT&T and T-Mobile merger never made sense for me from the start. It's why I support DOJ's lawsuit against the merger. And This Mercury News article is one of the better articles on this matter.
- Eliminate choices.
- Proposed economic benefits is uncertainty. Using jobs as reason for merger but vague on how much it'll lay off due to duplications.
- T-Mobile prides itself on offering value. Without a competitior with 33-million users, AT&T and others have no reason to compete on value.
- There are cheaper ways for AT&T to build out its network without buying T-Mobile. AT&T has already said it'll spend less than $4 billion to expand coverage from 80% to 97% of US population, much less than the $39 billion cost of the merger.
Take all that together, you come to one conclusion: the merger is about killing competition and imposing more crummy customer service and shady billing practices. Plain and simple.
Honestly, we've all seen AT&T's practices over the year. And suddenly, it wants to convince the American public that it's got our best interests at heart. Whatev...
Source: Mercury News.