Sprint reportedly working on deal for T-Mobile

The WSJ reports Sprint (S +5%) could make a bid for T-Mobile USA (TMUS +7.8%) in 1H14. Both Sprint and T-Mobile shares have spiked in response.

The FCC would doubtlessly give close scrutiny to a deal that would reduce the number of nationwide U.S. carriers to three from four. But Sprint majority owner SoftBank (SFTBF) hasn't been scared to make big bets.

Both Sprint and T-Mobile's wireless subscriber bases are considerably smaller than Verizon and AT&T's, particularly with regards to corporate users. Sprint may be betting regulators will allow a deal to go through for this reason.

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  • Chris DeMuth Jr.
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    How Does T-Mobile Look Since The MetroPCS Deal? http://seekingalpha.co...
    13 Dec 2013, 04:18 PM Reply Like
  • heloise8
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    I use tMobile but I have sprint stock which has been very good to my portfolio. Go sprint.
    13 Dec 2013, 04:19 PM Reply Like
  • rgperrin
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    That's "with regard to corporate users." But feel free to send your "regards" to Broadway.
    13 Dec 2013, 04:36 PM Reply Like
  • TonyWynn
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    Well spotted Sir
    13 Dec 2013, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • rgperrin
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    Thank you. I know that it seems compulsive on my part, and that, realistically speaking, there is no hope or future for the English language as my and earlier generations once understood it, but I still try from time to time. :)
    14 Dec 2013, 12:56 PM Reply Like
  • paramdham
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    what about the 'on track innovation' angle? will sprint be buying with the patent infringement wart, or is it dead and gone
    13 Dec 2013, 07:06 PM Reply Like
  • Captain Pike
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    I hope the Gov stops this and if they try I think it will be stopped. Way too much consolidation already and it really hurts consumer choice and service quality.
    13 Dec 2013, 09:34 PM Reply Like
  • tmahr2002
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    Could be interesting to watch this one since the FCC will be very tough on letting Softbank purchase T Mobile. But I would love it might actually make some money on the increase In price of T Mobile!!!
    13 Dec 2013, 10:22 PM Reply Like
  • Alpha2004
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    The only logical reason for this is if John Stanton continues to have a personal beef with how T-Mobile kicked him to the curb... And has equity stake in Sprint.
    14 Dec 2013, 11:00 AM Reply Like
  • Leroyboy66
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    DOJ wont let ATT buy Tmobile, but SPRINT is now a fully funded with plenty of yen to ABEDICATE AND try to Nextel themselves into the future.... where is Big Bill Isrey when they need him?
    14 Dec 2013, 09:12 PM Reply Like
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