Deutsche Telekom in talks to sell T-Mobile to Sprint?

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: March 8, 2011

Sprint Mobile

We've heard rumblings of a Sprint and T-Mobile merger in the past, and today a bit more fuel was added to that rumor's fire. According to "people with knowledge of the matter" speaking to Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile USA, has considered selling T-Mo to Sprint. The sources say that they aren't sure whether or not the deal will actually go through, but Deutsche Telekom said that it's considering all options and would be open to selling either part or all of T-Mobile. If the deal were to go through, Deutsche Telekom says that it would like to own around 50 percent of T-Mobile/Sprint. If no deal can be reached, T-Mo may buy spectrum from Clearwire as an alternative.

Sprint buying T-Mobile would certainly be a big deal, and considering how both carriers have been struggling as of late, it could be beneficial to both carriers if a deal goes through. T-Mobile's latest quarterly report saw them losing quite a few customers and, while Sprint did manage to actually see an increase in customers for the first time in a while, the growth was small. Verizon and AT&T, meanwhile, are adding millions of new customers each quarter and have almost reached 100 million subs each. What do you all think of a possible T-Mobile/Sprint deal?

Via PhoneScoop, Bloomberg