AT&T, seeking U.S. regulatory approval for its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, tonight said it would bring 5,000 “good-paying” call center jobs back to the country after completing the deal, reversing past offshoring.

The company also promised that the acquisition won’t result in any job cuts for any existing AT&T or T-Mobile USA call-center employees.

AT&T said it hasn’t yet determined where in the U.S. the restored jobs would be located.

Pointing out that it’s the only unionized major wireless carrier, AT&T described its announcement as the “largest commitment by an individual American company to bring jobs back to the U.S. since the economic crisis began in 2008.”

Opponents of the AT&T/T-Mobile deal include rival Sprint, which argues that the combination would reduce competition in the wireless industry.

A spokeswoman says AT&T operates two call centers in Bothell, north of Seattle; and one in Portland.

UPDATE: Justice Department sues to block AT&T’s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile

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  • Mergathal

    There is still plenty of competition in the industry to make this happen. Sprint is just stuck as the second rate company it is so they are bitter.

    • Guest

      I think Sprint likes being the “second rate company”. When you become what AT&T has become it’s not a good thing for anyone but them. Sprint may not be as big, but the customer service is better, the phones are better, the coverage is better, the plans are better, they actually offer real “4G”… I could go on… I have TMobile now, and I will be changing to Sprint if this deal goes through. I despise AT&T and everything it stands for.

  • Guest

    AT&T also vowed to create a cell phone network that lets customers transmit and receive data. We all know how that vow worked out.

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