Verizon (NYSE:VZ) may have figured out how to take full control of Verizon Wireless without paying $20 billion in extra taxes. The seemingly everlasting partnership with Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD) could end in short order -- a willing buyer is looking at a willing seller, and they just have to make the economics of the deal work for everybody.

Making a move quickly would help Verizon defend its leading stature as smaller rivals consolidate around its feet. In this video, Fool contributor Anders Bylund walks you through the new Vodafone development and what it means to investors in the wireless industry.

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