Amazon eyeing purchase of mobile wireless provider Boost
Amazon is reportedly considering purchasing pre-paid mobile wireless provider Boost from T-Mobile and Sprint, allowing it to use the company’s wireless network across the US.
According to Reuters, sources close to the matter have believe Amazon is poised to make an offer for Boost Mobile, which is likely to be sold by US network providers T-Mobile and Sprint to increase the chances of their merger being approved.
It is understood that Amazon is interested in Boost largely for an attached wholesale deal which would grant it access to T-Mobile’s wireless network for at least six years, but it was not clear what it plans to use it for.
It comes as the two mobile service providers await approval on a $26 billion merger, offering to sell Boost to reduce their market share and improve their chances of the merger being approved.
They are reportedly also considering divesting their wireless spectrum, the airwaves which carry data, to help push the merger through which Amazon would also reportedly been keen to buy up.
Amazon has already been offering phone calls through its Echo Connect product, which connects any Alexa enabled device to make calls through the users home phone.