AT&T: T-Mobile Is Awful. Please Let Us Buy Them.

AT&T today answered the government’s lawsuit seeking to block the telecom company’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA. And one nugget of AT&T’s argument is rather odd:

T-Mobile — that company we want to buy for $39 billion — is doing just awful.

We understand the argument tactically. AT&T also has said it wants to buy T-Mobile for its wireless spectrum, and not so much for its operational prowess. But AT&T’s soft diss of its merger partner does have a strange ring.

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