A few months ago, Verizon expressed its intention to purchase TracFone from American Movil. The supposed acquisition would cost $6.25 billion and would give Verizon access to TracFone’s over 21 million subscribers and 90,000 retail locations.
The transaction right now has not yet been made official. As a matter of fact, attorneys general of 16 states and the District of Columbia recently sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct a thorough investigation of the transaction. The 17 attorneys general also asked the agency to implement conditions on Verizon once the deal has been approved.
Last year, Verizon announced its plans to acquire Tracfone. And shortly after, it was revealed that the acquisition would cost $6.9 billion. But just like every other company, this acquisition still needs to get the approval of the federal regulatory agencies. Otherwise, the acquisition will not be permitted to occur. And while this merger isn’t expected to close until the later part of 2021, there are already several analysts who believe that it could be happening.
Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that service providers have signed a Keep Americans Connected Pledge. This pledge aims to help US users stay connected to wireless, telephone, and broadband networks in the middle of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The government agency revealed that the major US carriers have already signed the pledge.
The pledge asks the involved companies to not cancel the service of its residential and small business customers who are unable to pay their bills and to suspend any late fees that may be incurred by their customers for the next 60 days starting today. In addition to these, the pledge also asks the companies to make their Wi-Fi hotspot service available to those who need them.
I am asked all of the time in the office, over social media, and at family events about the best free apps for Android, Windows, or Apple smartphones. When trying to answer this question for everyone over the last year, I came up with lots of free apps that I would recommend that new smartphone users put on their phones. Some of these apps take a subscription to utilize like Netflix or HBO Go, but if you have the subscriptions already, you should absolutely download the free app. To make it easier to navigate, I broke the list up in to different categories or activities.
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