Google Could Get a Chance to Buy T-Mobile After It Closes Motorola Deal
News Analysis: A plausible sequence of events could allow Google, Motorola and T-Mobile to create the world's first totally integrated information company. That's assuming that AT&T is out of the picture, of course.Imagine the world a year from now-August 2012-and the attempt by AT&T to buy T-Mobile is clearly doomed. The FCC still hasn't decided to approve the license transfer, the DOJ is still asking difficult antitrust questions, lawsuit after lawsuit is piling up, and AT&T shareholders are getting restless. T-Mobile, meanwhile is still hanging in there in merger purgatory. Even AT&T's lust to bring back Ma Bell is starting to wear thin. Obviously, something has got to give. Admittedly, the scenario above is pure speculation. It's possible, if highly unlikely, that the merger will sail through the regulators without a hitch and AT&T will be on its way to resurrecting Ma Bell as a wireless monopoly in at least some portions of the U.S.
But that pretty obviously isn't going to happen. The obstacles that stand in AT&T's way are growing. The groups supporting the merger are dropping by the wayside one by one. AT&T's other supporters are already starting to show a lot less ardor. By this time next year, T-Mobile could very possibly need a savior. Google is in the right place at the right time to be the company that saves T-Mobile.