AT&T has approached MetroPCS and LeapWireless about taking over some of its customers and wireless spectrum as part of an effort to salvage its $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, reports Bloomberg News.

AT&T was tossed a curve ball late last month when the U.S. Department of Justice sued to block the merger, a deal which would create the largest wireless company in the U.S.

Selling off parts of AT&T could help alleviate some of the criticism of the government which has said that the deal will hurt competition and lead to higher prices in the wireless industry.

According to Bloomberg, AT&T also has reportedly reached out to Sprint, CenturyLink and Dish Network about a possible asset sale. Sources tell Bloomberg that the talks are preliminary and may not lead to a deal.

Previously on GeekWire: Washington AG joins opposition to AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition

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  • Nick White

    I think AT&T is ignoring criticism from it’s clientele. They a losing goodwill by pressing for this and fooling no one.

  • Anonymous

    Man I wish that AT&T could reach out to the providers that look after the interests of the more needy amongst our populace. If AT&T are to get the monopoly on GSM, then resellers like Tracfone, who offer the only affordable prepaid wireless option for seniors (SVC brand) in the country, had better be protected against the new leverage of AT&T. The FCC, and the DoJ should first look after the interests of the public at large, before worrying about the 5% of smart phone users the crowd th spectrum.

    • Anonymous

      Why would AT&T harm their relationship with Tracfone? Firstly; tracfone contribute greatly to AT&T’s new subscriber base at the end of every quarter, greatly making their figures look better. Secondly; AT&T own quite a lot of shares in AMX (America Movil), the owners of tracfone – so indirectly they benefit from tracfone doing well. Thirdly; because tracfone have large new additions every quarter, they have a little more leverage than smaller companies.
      Your seniors, and their SVC plans have nothing to fear from this merger, in fact they only stand to benefit, as their coverage will become better in certain areas where T-Mobile was strong.

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