Consumers Really Do Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile
Of the nearly 1,000 respondents to a new Light Reading Mobile survey, 57 percent say the U.S. government should not allow the merger, and 62 percent thought consumers would not benefit from its passage.
Even 69 percent of T-Mobile customers, who would stand to gain more smartphone choices and access to Long Term Evolution (LTE), were opposed to the merger, with 75 percent saying consumers would not benefit from it. And 51 percent of AT&T customers, who would gain a denser network and more coverage, said they didn't want it to happen.
If the merger does pass, more than 75 percent of Americans would be served by the combined carrier.
Our readers aren't low-margin wireless customers, either. Of the T-Mobile subscribers, 45 percent own a tablet and more than half are using Android-based smarpthones. Of those who are both T-Mobile subscribers and merger opponents, slightly more -- 49 percent -- own a tablet.
The AT&T/T-Mobile deal is set to be reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Sept. 21. The U.S. Department of Justice and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) have sued to stop the deal, while on the other hand, 15 congressional members are urging the Commission to pass the merger to reduce unemployment. (See DoJ Blocks AT&T/T-Mobile Merger and AT&T & T-Mobile: Sprint Sues, DT Confirms $3B Fee.)
Check out the rest of our merger coverage here. — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile