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Deutsche Telekom May Sell T-Mobile USA to Sprint

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Mar 8, 2011, 9:10 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

According to sources cited by Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom has discussed the idea of selling T-Mobile USA to Sprint in exchange for a stake in the new entity. Talks have been on-going, and Bloomberg's sources weren't sure if a deal would or wouldn't be reached, but Deutsche Telekom said "all options are open" and it would consider selling all or a part of T-Mobile USA. Sprint and T-Mobile USA, the country's third and fourth largest wireless network operators, respectively, have struggled against larger rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. By combining their resources and technologies, they might have a better chance of competing. No mention was made of how the companies would overcome the GSM/CDMA technology disconnect. T-Mobile USA, in particular, has continued to lose customers during its most recent quarters. Deutsche Telekom is said to want a 50% stake in a combined Sprint-T-Mobile business. Deutsche Telekom noted that if things don't work out with Sprint, it may buy or lease spectrum from Clearwire in order to improve its offerings. Sprint declined to comment on Bloomberg's story.

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Wow... CamelTowing Mar 8, 2011, 5:32 PM
If Sprint every buys T-Mobile... justfinethanku Mar 8, 2011, 7:51 PM
No Surprise bluecoyote Mar 8, 2011, 4:19 PM
Highly Unlikely... SublimeDavid Mar 8, 2011, 11:20 AM
Oh HELL no! tangocharlie Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 PM
Sprint waiting until mid 2011 for decision on 4G... Caucasian Mar 9, 2011, 10:17 AM
Told you. andy2373 Mar 8, 2011, 1:07 PM
Well, there gos my job :( Beef Supreme Mar 8, 2011, 11:18 AM
The best chance of avoiding a duopoly CellStudent Mar 8, 2011, 5:24 PM
They simply don't get it msteven3 Mar 8, 2011, 9:38 AM
Can't wait for the first GSM+CDMA+iDEN phones.... maokh Mar 8, 2011, 2:19 PM
Nipping at the heels of AT&T lte Mar 8, 2011, 1:20 PM
Dont like the idea DE 2 Philly Mar 8, 2011, 10:53 AM
There are problems with this idea... ScribeD Mar 8, 2011, 2:59 PM
Sprint/Nextel Merge Part 2? vvelez Mar 8, 2011, 9:24 AM
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