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Sprint Decides It Needs 500 More Stores, Partners With U.K.'s Dixons

Apparently all those RadioShack stores weren't enough.

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Sprint said Monday that it plans to open a further 500 retail stores in the U.S. in partnership with British retailer Dixons Carphone.

Sprint and Dixons will each put up half the costs and have a 50-50 ownership in the stores, which will operate under the Sprint brand.

The deal with Dixons is in addition to Sprint’s move to co-locate inside RadioShack stores as well as the company’s Direct 2 You effort, which delivers new phones to a customer’s home or office.

Sprint’s move also highlights a key challenge facing both it and T-Mobile US. Even though both are far smaller than rivals AT&T and Verizon, both Sprint and T-Mobile have to operate vast networks of retail stores and maintain a nationwide network in order to compete for new customers and maintain existing ones. Sprint recently fell behind T-Mobile in terms of customers and is now the smallest of the four major U.S. carriers.

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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