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Verizon is shopping for TracFone Wi-fi for $6.25 billion


Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to purchase TracFone Wi-fi Inc. from America Movil SAB for $6.25 billion, as the biggest U.S. wi-fi provider seeks to increase its cellular enterprise into the so-called pay as you go market.

Verizon can pay $3.125 billion in money and $3.125 billion in inventory, with as a lot as $650 million extra tied to efficiency targets. TracFone, a U.S. pay as you go cellular service, is a subsidiary of Carlos Slim Domit’s Mexico-based America Movil wi-fi. It’s the biggest U.S. pay as you go service, with 21 million subscribers.

The acquisition comes as Verizon faces new stress from an enlarged T-Cell US Inc., which concluded its merger with Dash Corp. earlier this 12 months. T-Cell has 20.6 million pay as you go subscribers, with the biggest group underneath the Metro model. AT&T Inc. has 18 million pay as you go subscribers, most underneath its Cricket model.

Although Verizon is the biggest wi-fi provider general, with 116 million common month-to-month subscribers, it has solely four million pay as you go prospects.

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