Although the companies continually have failed to follow through with merger talks in past years, Fitch Ratings has released a report saying the combination "makes sense," according to an article by Wireless Week.
A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is logical over the long term because both companies now struggle against competition from bigger rivals – Verizon Wireless and AT&T – the report said. That – combined with the fact that T-Mobile's role as a low-cost provider "is not a recipe for longer term sustained revenue growth" – makes Fitch think now is the time for the pair to team up.
Of course, last year's proposed AT&T-T-Mobile debacle raised some serious red flags about the future of mergers among the "Big Four." The FCC and Justice Department blocked AT&T's ill-fated takeover of T-Mobile. And the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile use disparate technology for 3G also raises problems.