What makes this speculation all possible is a change in foreign ownership restrictions made by the Canadian government last year, which is trying to prop up two struggling mobile operators in WIND Mobile and Mobilicity. A possible game plan for Verizon would be for the carrier to purchase WIND Mobile to give it a foothold in Canada. That would enable Verizon to bid for spectrum in the country and build up a fourth major mobile operator in Canada by offering faster service and lower prices. Verizon is no stranger to Canada as it had been an investor in TELUS until 2004.
Turning around WIND Mobile, which has more than 600,000 subscribers, is not going to be cheap. Canaccord Genuity's telecom analyst, Dvai Ghose, figures it will take $2 billion over the acquisition cost of the company to turn things around at WIND.
source: Globe via MobileSyrup