At the Heart Of Verizon-Vodafone, Differing Outlooks for the U.S. Market

At the center of what could be a $130 billion deal between Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group are sharply different views of the U.S. wireless market.

The companies’ joint venture, Verizon Wireless, is the largest carrier in the U.S., a market with only four national players and a lot less pressure on price than in the hyper-competitive European market. But that is shifting, as No. 3 carrier Sprint and No. 4 T-Mobile get better capitalized and more aggressive, raising the question of whether the market might be at its peak.

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