Mobile and Sprint may announce a merger as soon as next week

T-Mobile whose headquarters are in Bellevue is once again in talks to merge with rival Sprint

Shares of both T-Mobile and Sprint closed higher, although off of the day's highs.

T-Mobile and Sprint, reported Reuters, could reach an agreement as early as next week. Still, a deal of this scale could still fall apart and would be subject to regulation - with significant worldwide ownership of both companies (Softbank for Sprint, and Deutsche Telekom for T-Mobile).

There is always a possibility that negotiations between Deutsche Telekom and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, the controlling shareholder of Sprint, end unsuccessfully at the last minute, the sources added.

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Then, Sprint was the country's third largest wireless carrier, and T-Mobile's parent company Deutsche Telekom was eager to offload its USA arm. The report sent Sprint up as much as 10 percent, while T-Mobile climbed 2.5 percent. Past rumors about the attempted merger included claims that the deal fell through when both companies failed to negotiate terms of control.

Even though Sprint's customer base has expanded under CEO Marcelo Claure, growth has been driven by discounting.

The entry of cable TV firms Comcast (CMCSA) and Charter Communications (CHTR) into the wireless market could boost chances of a merger being approved, analysts say. It has scored sustained market share gains, as innovative offerings, improving network performance and good customer service attract new customers, according to Moody's Investors Service Inc. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was opposed to letting the number of major US carrier drop from four to three, but current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai doesn't appear to be quite as staunchly against a reduction in USA carriers. The company has also unsettled rivals with its unlimited data plans.

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Parents SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom most recently broke off talks in November. But that deal faced an uphill battle with federal regulators and was eventually abandoned, leaving T-Mobile's future uncertain.

The Department of Justice, notably, is trying to block AT&T's $85 billion takeover of content giant Time Warner because it is concerned about the pricing power the combined company would have.

Should the deal be completed, only three companies would dominate the market in the United States for cellphone service. Verizon Wireless and AT&T rank first and second, respectively.

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