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Tracfone has 13 Million of their 21M customers on the Verizon network, which leaves 8M on other networks. I am thinking that the regulators should make Verizon spin those customers off.

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Considering Dish's recent purchase of Ting after picking up Boost from T-Mobile I wouldn't be surprised if Dish threw their hat in the ring to buy Tracfone, knowing they can't outbid Verizon but sill doing it in case Verizon needs to make concessions to get approval. Dish could easily scoop up a couple million customers and possibly a favorable MVNO agreement or roaming deal with Verizon.

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13 hours ago, hescominsoon said:

since so many of tracfone are already verizon i do not see a reason for divestures.

So what happens to the tracfone subs that are on other networks? There is an inherent conflict of interest.

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5 hours ago, hescominsoon said:

since so many of tracfone are already verizon i do not see a reason for divestures.

Only about 12 Million of Tracfone's customers are on Verizon. That's just over half of them. If they were allowed to keep that 12 Million and forced to sell the rest, they'd have roughly the same amount of prepaid subscribers as T-Mobile and AT&T.

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