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AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval

AT&T has been trying to push its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile since the announcement of the $39 billion deal earlier this year, and now, it's making a promise that aims to help seal this deal -- AT&T will bring thousands of wireless call center jobs back to the U.S. if the purchase wins approval.

In March of this year, AT&T announced that it was purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD. According to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, the purchase was a move to improve network quality, bring advanced LTE capabilities to users, and strengthen/expand critical infrastructure. He added that it could boost network capacity by as much as 30 percent, which will improve services for data hogs like smartphone users.

"This transaction is very instrumental," said Stephenson. "Virtually on the day you close the deal, getting a 30 percent lift in capacity in New York City: that's a significant improvement in call quality and data throughput."

But the deal has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, and that has been the problem. The U.S. Senate's antitrust committee expressed doubts in regards to the merger, saying that it could only result in price hikes for customers and decreased competition. However, AT&T has received some support from one U.S. state regulator (the Louisiana Public Service Commission) and 11 state attorneys general.

Now, AT&T is promising that it will bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs back to the U.S. if it is allowed to purchase T-Mobile. These jobs are currently outsourced to other countries.

AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval.

The wireless carrier added that no jobs will be lost for those already working in U.S.-based wireless call centers, but refused to comment on the number of employees that would remain overseas once the 5,000 employment positions move back to the U.S.

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RE: in writing
By cjohnson2136 on 8/31/2011 11:04:45 AM , Rating: 3
Plus what about all the T-mobile stores and kiosks that are near at&t stores/kiosks? Won't all those T-mobile employees get the boot?

RE: in writing
By quiksilvr on 8/31/11, Rating: -1
RE: in writing
By mcnabney on 8/31/2011 12:22:05 PM , Rating: 3
No, they will mostly get the boot.

When Verizon acquired Alltel the only locations that remained were those in new markets. Same thing for Sprint/Nextel. Where do you think the cost savings of merging the companies come from?

RE: in writing
By drycrust3 on 8/31/2011 12:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
Since when has logic had anything to do with a takeover? My guess is that if there were 5000 new jobs created in the USA, then they wouldn't be long term jobs, just short term ones, such as might be "created" if you were shifting a filing cabinet from one building and putting them into another.

RE: in writing
By TheRequiem on 8/31/2011 12:57:36 PM , Rating: 2
They'll add 5000 jobs back to the U.S. after they slash and consolidate 80% of T-Mobile's workforce...

RE: in writing
By inperfectdarkness on 8/31/2011 9:33:27 PM , Rating: 2
not only will they be short-term, low-paying jobs; they'll also be eliminating 10,000 other jobs due to "duplication of resources".

no thanks.

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