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T-Mobile USA in talks to buy MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile­ USA, is in talks to buy MetroPCS Communications and combine it with T-Mobile, which could shore up two struggling US wireless industry players. T-Mobile is the fourth-largest cellphone company, with 33.2 million subscribers. With 9.3 million customers, MetroPCS is fifth. A deal would give T-Mobile more airwave space, a critical factor as cellphone carriers expand. Last year, regulators blocked number two AT&T from buying T-Mobile­ for $39 billion, citing the threat to competition.