March 5, 2014 3:48 PM

T-Mobile sale to Sprint owner is reportedly less likely in the near term

While a sale of Deutsche Telekom’s 67 percent holding in T-Mobile US — with a market value of about $17 billion — to Japan’s SoftBank remains the preferred option, the German carrier is open to alternatives, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private.

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