T-Mobile USA's parent company is examining proxy ballots from MetroPCS investors in advance of Friday's vote on whether the prepaid carrier should merge with the Deutsche Telekom U.S. unit. The early look means the German telecom can consider alternatives to improve its chances of winning -- such as delaying the vote in order to submit a more attractive bid -- if it sees the vote going south, analysts noted. Analysts warn that T-Mobile also could come under pressure from DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, who could take a run at the carrier with his $10 billion in available cash.

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