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Sprint Moves to Block AT&T and T-Mobile Merger

US wireless carrier Sprint has filed a lawsuit in order to get AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile blocked.

The company, just like the US Department of Justice, claims that the acquisition will lead to high prices for US customers and create a monopoly comprising of both AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Sprint, according to CNET (opens in new tab), claims that the acquisition will prove to be devastating for the market, leading to an AT&T and T-Mobile dominance over roaming and spectrum.

According to a Sprint press release (opens in new tab), the company has cited that the deal is in violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Anti-Trust Act and will cause irreparable to the US wireless market while the customers will have to deal with higher prices.

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

AT&T meanwhile is busy convincing regulators and the state department to allow the acquisition, claiming that it would lead to better customer service and bring internet connectivity to rural areas.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.