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T-Mobile Under Pressure to Sweeten Sprint Package for DOJ Nod

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Pedestrians pass in front of a T-Mobile US Inc. store in New York, U.S.

Pedestrians pass in front of a T-Mobile US Inc. store in New York, U.S.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

T-Mobile US Inc. suffered a significant setback in its bid for regulatory approval of its takeover of Sprint Corp. after failing to win over the U.S. Justice Department with a remedy package, putting pressure on the companies to offer more concessions.

The wireless carriers could try to sell additional assets to resolve the department’s concerns that the deal would harm competition. The question is whether there’s anything the companies can propose, like selling airwaves or another business unit, that will sway the department’s antitrust boss, Makan Delrahim.