T-Mobile Criticizes Sprint Amid MetroPCS Merger Talk

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T-Mobile USA took several digs at rival Sprint Nextel Corp. Monday in an effort to bolster its bid to merge with smaller cellphone company MetroPCS Communications Inc.

The comments came amid speculation that Overland Park-based Sprint might make a counteroffer for MetroPCS and its 9.3 million subscribers. Sprint has not responded to those reports and declined Monday to respond to T-Mobile’s commentary.

During a conference call with analysts, T-Mobile’s chief technology officer Neville Ray took more than one swipe at Sprint’s disastrous 2005 merger with Nextel Partners and referred to Sprint’s wireless technology as “dying.” Sprint uses technology called CDMA.

T-Mobile, which is owned by Germany-based Deutsche Telekom, essentially beat Sprint to the deal last Wednesday by announcing its agreement to merge with MetroPCS. Sprint’s management reportedly had tried to acquire MetroPCS in February, only to be blocked by its own board of directors.

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