The Wall Street Journal and Reuters have reported that Verizon (NYSE:VZ) is readying its bid to buy the 45% share of Verizon Wireless owned by Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). Verizon has made no secret that it would like to own all of Verizon Wireless as it provides the bulk of the U.S. carrier's operating profit.

Vodafone, however, may want more than Verizon is willing to pay. Right now, according to the anonymous sources cited by those news outlets, there is a $30 billion difference between what Verizon would offer and what Vodafone wants.

To make things a bit more interesting, last month the Financial Times reported that Verizon was working on a possible partnership with AT&T (NYSE:T) to buy out Vodafone completely.

There have been no confirmations of any deals from the companies involved.

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