I disagree for two reasons. First, you start with a faulty premise. The reason Deutsche Telekom wants out is it is being way over paid. If you wanted to give me twice the market value for my home, I would want out as well. I would tell everybody in the world. Further, Deutsche Telekom has nothing to lose. It will make 6 billion on the deal if the deal doesn't close provided it does everything it can do to assist AT&T in trying to close the deal. For instance, claims it wants to sell. Considering all that, I wouldn't put much into what Deutsche Telekom wants. Finally, as stated in other posts, T-Mobile is profitable. It's profits merely are slowly dropping to to subscriber loss. However, T-Mobile's self described biggest problem likely will not be a problem in the near future. Namely, the iPhone will be available on T-Mobile if T-Mobile wants it to be.
Second, it is a faulty presumption that anti-trust laws are to benefit the companies. The Clayton Antitrust Act allows any member of the public to sue to stop a sale or merger that is viewed to be anti-competitive. Accordingly, anti-trust laws are to benefit the public. Selling T-Mobile to AT&T even if T-Mobile wants to be bought doesn't make the deal any less anti-competive from the perspective of the consumer or the remaining competitors like Sprint (Sprint is a member of the public, and is suing under the Clayton Act). As an interested party, Deutsche Telekom's views are pretty irrelevant as to whether the sale would be anti-competive.
Originally Posted by TenoBell
The fact that Deutsche Telekom wants out of T-Mobile US is what
makes the deal less anti-competitive.