T-Mobile USA had a successful debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. 

Investors bought into the company that consists of the merged T-Mobile and smaller MetroPCS. Deutsche Telekom will retain a 74% stake in the combined company.

It's good timing. A pair of bidders are making a play for Sprint Nextel , and the market can always use a third public player to keep AT&T and Verizon honest.


T-Mobile USA is losing contract subscribers, and its 43 million combined subscribers is less than Sprint's 55 million. It's also naturally a lot smaller than market leaders AT&T and Verizon Wireless. However, having a company check in every three months is important, even if T-Mobile's financials will be as unimpressive as Sprint's reports have been lately. 

In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz explains why it's important to have a third publicly traded wireless carrier for investors to dissect.

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The article Will Sprint Hand the Baton to T-Mobile USA? originally appeared on Fool.com.

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