Consumers Union to Testify Against AT&T/T-Mobile Merger at House Hearing Merger would have negative impact on prices, choice, and innovation, CU says Thursday, May 26, 2011 Contact: David Butler or Kara Kelber, 202-462-6262 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, will testify Continue Reading
An NBC news report about a lawsuit brought against AT&T Mobility over alleged, systematic overbilling on iPhones and iPads points up yet again the need for careful government scrutiny and rejection of that company’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. It also drives home the need for the Federal Communications Commission to expeditiously put in place proposed Continue Reading
AT&T and T-Mobile have filed their initial round of documents about their proposed merger. For your convenience, we have posted a PDF of it here. Please be aware that it totals 381 pages.
From a consumer standpoint, it’s hard to see much of anything to like about AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile. The $39 billion mega merger would create the country’s largest wireless company, which along with Verizon – the other big national player in wireless – would control nearly 80 percent of the U.S. marketplace. Consumers Union Continue Reading
AT&T disclosed its plans to buy T-Mobile over the weekend in a deal that would create the country’s largest wireless carrier. Consumers have good reason to be concerned about this mega deal. Here’s the initial reaction from our colleagues over at the Consumer Reports Electronics Blog. And here is our statement on the proposed deal. Continue Reading
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Consumers Union writes AT&T, Verizon, FCC about changes in wireless plans, presses companies to step up effort to notify consumers
WASHINGTON — January 26, 2011 — Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, today wrote the chief executives of AT&T and Verizon and the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding the companies’ recent changes to their wireless plans and the need to alert consumers. AT&T has made extensive changes to its text messaging plans and upgrade discount program, while Verizon has ended its upgrade discount program.
A few weeks back the Federal Communications Commission asked Verizon Wireless to explain its sudden move to double early termination penalties for its high end phones from $175 to $350, including its popular new Droid model.
Verizon has now sent a response to the FCC – well, sort of a response, actually.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 4, 2009 (WASHINGTON, DC) Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless phone service provider, is doubling its early termination fee to $350 for advanced devices such as smartphones. Joel Kelsey, policy analyst for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said Verizon’s move makes it harder for customers to shop around for phones and service plans.