Today in Mobile

There’s an odd dearth of news coming out of CTIA Wireless 2012 in New Orleans this week, so I’ll use this space to direct your attention to a Bloomberg piece outlining reported talks of a merger between T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS. T-Mo parent Deutsche Telekom is said to be considering a stock-swap transaction that would give it control over the combined carrier, which would then become a public company. I’m still very skeptical of that scenario, because the carriers run very different 3G networks and merging them would be a massive headache (as Sprint learned with its pick-up of Nextel). But investors seem happy about the prospects, sending MetroPCS shares up nearly 20 percent.