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How Does $130 Billion Sound

Verizon, the company behind the ubiquitous “Can you hear me now” commercials, agreed to pay $130 billion to buy out partner Vodafone Group’s stake in its U.S. wireless business.The deal, which ranks as the third-largest in corporate history, ends an often tense 14-year partnership between Verizon, led by CEO Lowell McAdam, and Britain’s Vodafone.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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