T-Mobile parent talks tie-up with MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom, the German parent of T-Mobile USA, confirmed it is in close talks to acquire prepaid wireless carrier MetroPCS as a way of expanding the operator's scale in the U.S. Adding MetroPCS' 9.3 million subscribers would boost T-Mobile's total to 42.5 million. Analysts said a deal would put pressure on Sprint Nextel to make a move for T-Mobile or acquire wireless spectrum from DISH Network or Verizon Wireless.

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