It appears that MetroPCS may be the hottest cellular carrier around right now as Sprint is now said to be eying a potential rival offer to T-Mobile purchasing the company.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced on Wednesday that the two companies intended to merge. Citing three people familiar with the situation, Bloomberg’s is now reporting that Sprint is examining the possibility of making an offer as well, which is intriguing as this past Feb. Sprint stepped away from a similar deal.
The potential deal between Sprint and MetroPCS may be the better option as the two carriers share a similar infrastructure, but should the debt-laden network decide to back away from its deal with T-Mobile, there would be a $150 million exit fee. Considering we’re talking about billions of dollars for the purchase and the addition of millions of subscribers for Sprint, it’s doubtful that would be a make-or-break point.
At the time the sources said that Sprint has not yet approached MetroPCS representatives, and that the Now Network is talking with advisors to see if this would be the right move for the company. With T-Mobile and MetroPCS already having made the announcement of the potential merger, Spring is going to have to bring a very alluring conter-offer to the table, and that could end up costing it far more than if it had just carried through with the talks earlier this year.