Mergers & acquisitions

Consumers Really Do Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile

Not that it's a shock, but Light Reading Mobile has discovered AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile US Inc. isn't so popular with consumers -- at least, not with the consumers who make up our reader base.

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

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:53:31 PM
re: Consumers Really Do Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile

To clarify, all of the questions we asked were required "yes" or "no" questions, so it's safe to assume that while 57% did not think the merger should pass, 43% did.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:53:28 PM
re: Consumers Really Do Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile

Not just consumers, but consumers who are likely working in or around the telecom industry. Given that we did the survey we can certainly say the replies didn't come from random folks at the mall.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:53:28 PM
re: Consumers Really Do Oppose AT&T/T-Mobile

Right, but I bet if we did ask randos at the mall, they'd oppose it too!

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