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Solving a Wireless Merger Mystery

T-Mobile and Sprint have been trying to make it fit together since 2014, but regulators haven’t been convinced. Could 5G be the key piece of the puzzle?

EVEN AFTER MERGER TALKS between T-Mobile and Sprint broke down last November, T-Mobile CEO John Legere never gave up hope. Combining his third-ranked wireless carrier with fourth-ranked Sprint could potentially unleash cost savings worth tens of billions of dollars and create a company with the heft to truly take on market leaders AT&T and Verizon, Legere believed.

But it wasn’t until a few months later that a leaked White

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