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T-Mobile and Sprint could merge as soon as this weekend

The two US carriers could tie the knot sooner than we thought, according to a new report.

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In the US, four might become three.

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Third time's a charm? 

Sprint and T-Mobile, the third- and fourth-largest US carriers, could merge as soon as this weekend, according to a new report by The New York Times. As of yesterday, the acquisition was expected to close some time early next week.

This is the third time that T-Mobile and Sprint have attempted a merger. If successful, it would put the newly combined company behind Verizon to become the country's second-largest carrier. AT&T would effectively fall to third -- or last -- place in terms of customer count.

Read more about the possible Sprint-T-Mobile merger here.

Sprint declined to comment on this story. T-Mobile did not respond to a request for comment.