Sprint reportedly backs down from MetroPCS bid

Last week Sprint(s s) was interested in MetroPCS(s pcs). This week it’s not. That’s what Bloomberg is reporting anyway. Apparently, after a board meeting this week, Sprint has decided to hold off on countering Deutsche Telekom’s bid to merge T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS and wait until more details about the proposed detail emerge, according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources.

This doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Sprint in this drama. It has a few months before “T-Metro” is a done deal. Sprint and Metro have supposedly been engaged in a long, bizarre behind-the-drapes courtship for almost a year. Is Sprint really ready to let go of its on-again, off-again romance with Metro completely?

My bet is yes. As I wrote last week, Sprint has enough on its mind managing its own network overhaul and working through wreckage of its last failed marriage to Nextel. While at first glace, MetroPCS as a CDMA and LTE operator would seem a perfect fit for Sprint, but on closer inspection their bands don’t line up. Sprint-Metro would face similar if not more difficult integration issues as T-Metro.

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