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Silence on a Sprint/T-Mobile deal becomes deafening



After months of touting the benefits of joining forces to usurp their bigger rivals, Sprint and T-Mobile fell unusually unforthcoming about a union at an investment conference.

TheStreet.com reports that Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, who previously extolled the virtues of a “turbocharged maverick,” said Thursday he was “heavily, heavily advised” by attorneys to decline comment. T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, who months earlier glowingly pointed to Sprint’s “treasure trove” of spectrum, said “we really don’t have anything new to say.”

They were attendees at a Goldman Sachs & Co. investor conference, which came after a long summer of reports that a merger between the two was imminent.

The silence could hint that talks have hit a rough patch but that a deal still could be reached.

One thing Claure did say Thursday, however, is that the circumstances could look vastly different at Goldman Sachs’ 2018 conference.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal

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