in a potential $39 billion deal that was never completed after AT&T failed to obtain regulatory approval for the deal which was being challenged by the Justice Department.
It might be easier for a T-Mobile-MetroPCS to get the necessary regulatory thumbs up as a deal would combine the nation's fourth and fifth largest operators and would also make T-Mobile stronger and able to better compete with Verizon and AT&T. Additionally, MetroPCS is a pre-paid carrier and combining it with T-Mobile would not increase the latter's market share of the post-paid market.
While there was no word about how how much a T-Mobile purchase of MetroPCS would cost, last year Sprint and its CEO Dan Hesse had a deal all set to purchase MetroPCS for $8 billion. Sprint's board voted against the deal saying that it didn't feel right.