Oh come on, dude. I have a business degree. I don't care how the accountants are STRUCTURING the deal. T-mobile is buying MetroPCS. T-mobile CEO stays in charge, not Metro's management. MetroPCS name is going away and they are receiving $1.5 billion. They were sold. They got bought out. From your article: Sprint rejected Metro because they wanted $8 billion in compensation, which was ludicrous. So, lower price for T-Mobile. SALE! _________ Part of the reason it's being "structured" the way it is because T-Mobile is a subsidiary of a German company (Deutsche Telecom), not an independent company. So, technically it's DT that is buying Metro, then DT is combining T-Mobile and Metro into one company, which will have the T-mobile name.