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Rumor: Sprint & T-Mobile Joining Efforts?

Tue Mar 8, 2011 - 4:55 PM EST - By Annie Latham

According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, talks may be underway for combining Sprint with T-Mobile, the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. It referenced "people familiar with the matter" but also noted "a deal is unlikely in the near term."

So basically, No. 3 and No. 4 wireless carriers (by subscriber in the U.S.) would be joining forces to take on Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

Apparently, what Sprint wants out of the deal may not be sitting well with Deutsche Telekom: Owning more than half of a combined Sprint/T-Mobile USA.

Looks like Clearwire might be in the mix as well. Sprint owns over 50% of the company and relies on it to provide fast, 4G wireless service.

This is definitely a story to watch.


Source: The Wall Street Journal

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