Amazon rumored to be interested in buying Boost Mobile from T-Mobile and Sprint


One of the concessions that T-Mobile is willing to make to get its merger with Sprint approved is a sale of Boost Mobile. We’re still waiting to see if the deal will gain approval from regulators, but if it does, T-Mo may already have a buyer for Boost.

Amazon is rumored to be considering buying Boost Mobile from T-Mobile and Sprint if their merger is approved. Reuters sources say that Amazon is mainly attracted to the attached wholesale deal that would let Boost’s new owner use the T-Mobile network for at least six years.

Today’s report also mentions that Amazon would be interested in any spectrum that T-Mobile might divest as part of its merger. Earlier today, a rumor claimed that T-Mobile and Sprint are considering divesting some spectrum to boost their merger’s odds of DOJ approval, and that spectrum would be sold by the government to help create a fourth competitor in the U.S. wireless market.

The DOJ would examine the buyer of T-Mobile and Sprint’s divested assets to ensure it would remain viable and competitive.

While Amazon’s motivations behind buying Boost Mobile aren’t known, T-Mobile has regularly touted how much better its network will be if it’s allowed to merge with Sprint, and so it’s understandable that a company would be interested in a wholesale deal that’d give it access to that network for several years. With that boost from T-Mo, perhaps Amazon thinks it might like to try its hand at becoming a U.S. carrier.

Source: Reuters

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  • Android_God

    Oh great! Now my calls are going to take 3 to 5 days to get through unless I pay an additional fee to get my calls connected in 2 days?

    • Joe

      Same-day calling if you have Amazon Prime xD

      • gramps28

        Maybe they will reboot the Fire phone.

        • SirStephenH

          With the entire phone body completely covered with cameras and an even more useless UI.

    • Bklynman

      No,Amazon drones will deliver your phones calls and text messages,like carrier pigeons did during ww1 and ww2.

  • Ver

    Sounds like a deal with the devil to me.

  • Reagan1

    I’m surprised Dish wouldn’t make a play for it.

  • Walter Kowalski

    Cheap plan but subsidized by your personal data

  • riverhorse

    Great idea. Amazon Cellular gets my vote, much better potential alternative than Google Fi.
    Speaking of, i also pledge my vote to any and all Amazonian Congresswomen… irregardless of ideology. They all just disappeared from film.

  • warpwiz

    And we all know who would be listening to all conversations AND recording them!
    Introducing, the Alexa Phone!

    • marque2

      It isn’t like Google isn’t listening to everything I say. I frequently talk about things I have never looked up and then all of a sudden I gets adds out of the blue. Like recently my daughter was talking SAT and I asked if she considered ACT. For weeks I was getting ads related to ACT prep course out of the blue.

      • SirStephenH

        No, it isn’t like Google, it’s worse. People with Alexia have been called up by other companies who have quoted things they have said in front of Alexia. Alexia scoops up, stores, and shares entire conversations. Google has computers that analyze what you’re saying when you prompt it to listen and presents you with results it thinks are relevant.

      • JG

        It might not be an issue of eavesdropping…

        Even if you haven’t looked up anything ACT related Google could probably figure out ACT related ads may be something you’d be interested in in passing if nothing else.

        1.) You may not have looked anything ACT or even SAT related up, but your daughter probably has.

        2.) Google knows the SAT and ACT tests are similar and individuals who take one often take the other

        3.) Even if Google hasn’t worked out your Father/Daughter they probably know you at least live together (same home address in Maps, you connect to the same WiFi networks, you share a joint Google Home device, etc).

        Google might be pushing ACT ads to your account simply because your housemate has been looking up SAT stuff. If she’s looking it up, it might interest you at least enough to say “Hey, I saw an ad for this in my email yesterday”

        • marque2

          I suppose it is possible that it is just some statistical thing. My daughter didn’t bring her phone and didn’t get the ads. She was driving and the started almost the moment I mentioned it. I have sent this happen before so I still think ot is active listening vs random luck

  • yeah right

    I honestly, think google would be better at this than Amazon.

    • riverhorse

      Project Fi expensive as heck.

      • Ver

        I have a line that uses no data in which case it’s a good option My main phone is T-Mobile

  • SirStephenH

    Great, let’s make our monopolies even bigger. #MakeMonopoliesGreatAgain

    • tendoboy1984

      In the case of phone services, there are no monopolies. Plenty of options for everyone.

  • tendoboy1984

    Don’t a fourth and fifth carrier already exist with US Cellular and Google Fi?

    If we include all the prepaid options from Straight Talk, Net10, Ting, and others, then there’s already plenty of competition.