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Vodafone Seen as AT&T Prey Amid $130 Billion Verizon Deal

As Vodafone Group Plc nears an exit from its 14-year-old U.S. wireless venture with Verizon Communications Inc., Europe’s biggest mobile-phone company may have to make a tough choice: buy or be bought.

AT&T Inc., which has scoured Europe for potential acquisitions this year, would examine assets that remain after Vodafone sells its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless, people familiar with the matter said. The U.S. company is only interested in wireless and would be deterred if Vodafone expands in cable and fixed-line businesses, said one of the people, asking not to be named discussing internal deliberations.