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Sprint and T-Mobile US shares up on reports close to agreeing tentative merger terms

Reuters said Sprint's majority shareholder, Japan's Softbank Group Corp. would own 40% to 50% of the combined entity, with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG having a majority stake

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Reuters said a deal is expected by the end of October, according to the sources, though talks may still fall through

Shares in Sprint Corp. (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) were both higher in pre-market trading after Reuters reported the cellphone carriers are close to agreeing tentative terms on a merger.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters said the terms would see Sprint's majority shareholder, Japan's Softbank Group Corp. own 40% to 50% of the combined entity, with T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom AG having a majority stake.

Reuters said a deal is expected by the end of October, according to the sources, though talks may still fall through.

A successful merger would create a business with more than 130 million subscribers, just behind Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T Inc (NYSE:T)

In pre-market New York trading today, Sprint shares were up 3.6% at US$8.32, while T-Mobile shares added  1.4% at US$64.25..

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