Cingular acquires AT&T Wireless, forming the nation’s largest wireless provider. Now, there’s talk Nextel and Sprint PCS may merge.

Shares of wireless carriers Nextel and Sprint rose Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the companies are discussing a merger. Sprint rose $1.35, or 6 percent, to $23.85. Nextel gained 73 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $28.69, NewsFactor reports.

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