TracFone Wireless, Inc. (TFWI) is an uncontracted prepaid mobile operator in the United States. TFWI is a subsidiary of Mexico`s largest telecommunications company, América Mévil, and offers products and services under several brands. It operates as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and has agreements with the largest U.S. mobile network operators to offer services, including Verizon Wireless, AT-T Mobility, T-Mobile US, Sprint Corporation and U.S. Cellular.  TracFone Wireless had 25.668 million subscribers in 2015. Straight Talk Wireless was launched on October 18, 2009 as a contract-free telephone service. As part of an agreement with Walmart, Walmart is the exclusive retailer of Straight Talk.  Verizon Communications announced Monday that it will purchase TracFone`s TracFone wireless service from Mevil In a $6.25 billion cash and equity transaction.
Verizon expects the deal to be reached in the second half of 2021. On February 9, 2007, an interim agreement was reached in a class action lawsuit against TracFone by Jeanette Wagner and was approved in the Boone County Circuit Court in Kentucky.   The complainants alleged that TracFone had misled consumers by calculating a roaming rate in their home call area (they were charged for 2 units per minute, not the usual unit per minute), and that they refused to extend their prepaid service time during the repair of moving parts. As a result of the agreement, Tracfone gave each of its customers an additional 20 units of airtime. Originally, the TracFone service was limited to TracFone-branded phones, which are locked by an internal SIM card for the TracFone service. Other GSM phones, including those that were unlocked by another mobile operator, could not accept a TracFone SIM card because they are linked to a particular handset. In 2013, however, TracFone unveiled Bring Your Own Phone and began selling SIM cards that could be inserted into non-TracFone phones (such as Verizon CDMA phones) qualifying to register them on TracFone.  In 2015, this program was extended to compatible unlocking GSM phones and renamed « Bring Your Own Phone. » Maurice Klaehne is a research analyst at Counterpoint Technology Market Research, based in Boston, USA. He has worked for more than five years as a market researcher and strategic advisor, focusing heavily on emerging markets and uncovering new growth opportunities for his clients, including Business Service, CPG, Healthcare and Life Sciences Companies.