If Deutsche Telekom does indeed acquire MetroPCS, it would give T-Mobile some extra clout in the US market.
According to Bloomberg, Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, is in talks to acquire MetroPCS, which would then be combined with T-Mobile into a single publicly-listed entity. Neither Deutsche Telekom nor MetroPCS has commented on the rumors – and we still don't know exactly what kind of price Deutsche Telekom would pay for MetroPCS – but the whole thing makes a certain kind of sense.
T-Mobile currently has 33.2 million subscribers in the US, the Associated Press reports. That's well behind the roughly 100 million subscribers claimed by both Verizon and AT&T. In adding MetroPCS's 9.3 million subscribers, T-Mobile would greatly increase its market clout. It would also help make up for the fact that it is the only major US carrier not to offer the world's most popular phone, the Apple iPhone.