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T-Mobile Planning Job Cuts Ahead of MetroPCS Deal Closure

Well, it is busy over there at T-Mobile USA.


In addition to building out its LTE network, taking out ads punching back at AT&T and completing its deal to merge with MetroPCS, it seems the No. 4. U.S. carrier is also prepping layoffs, though it is keeping quiet on the details.

The cutbacks are expected to hit as early as tomorrow and could result in more than 100 job losses, according to the Seattle Times, which first reported the impending layoffs.

A T-Mobile representative declined to comment.

The timing of the cuts comes just as it appears the merger deal has passed the final hurdles. MetroPCS noted on Tuesday that the federal antitrust review period has ended, and the company has slated an April 12 meeting for its shareholders to approve the deal.

Although some jobs will no doubt be cut as part of the deal, T-Mobile is expected to keep much of MetroPCS’ separate brand and large retail presence even as it works to quickly transition MetroPCS customers to devices that run on the T-Mobile network.

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