Amazon Interested In Buying Boost From T-Mobile and Sprint, Says Report
Friday May 31, 2019. 09:00 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
Amazon is reportedly interested in buying prepaid cellphone wireless service Boost Mobile from U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. 'Amazon is considering buying Boost mainly for an attached wholesale deal that would allow the buyer to use T-Mobile's wireless network for at least six years,' reports Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. 'Amazon would also be interested in any wireless spectrum that could be divested.' From the report: It was not immediately clear why the U.S. online retail giant and cloud services provider would want the wireless network and spectrum. T-Mobile and Sprint have offered concessions, including selling Boost, to reduce their market share in the prepaid wireless business and gain regulatory approval for their planned $26 billion merger. The U.S. Justice Department would need to scrutinize the buyer of a divested asset to ensure it will stay viable and preserve competition. The carriers are also considering divesting wireless spectrum, or airwaves that carry data, in order to push the merger through.
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