It looks like there could be a bidding war for Bellevue-based T-Mobile US.
Dish Network is considering a bid for the carrier in early 2014 and has already approached its parent company, Deutsche Telekom, according to a Reuters report today.
This comes a week after news that Sprint is considering a move on T-Mobile early next year.
Today’s report sent T-Mobile’s stock up 6.35 percent to $28.98 at last check.
Dish may have better luck than Sprint with regulators who blocked AT&T’s attempted takeover of T-Mobile because they preferred to see four major wireless carriers, the Reuters report noted. Sprint is the third-largest carrier and T-Mobile is the fourth.
The bids make you wonder about T-Mobile’s aggressive tactics over the last year.
T-Mobile’s move away from long-term contracts has shaken up the wireless industry and boosted T-Mobile’s business but it could be a challenge longer-term if the company has to spend more and keep offering deals to retain its untethered customers.
But future challenges aren’t such a concern if the plan all along was to rev things up and sell the company.