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FreedomPop was facing a shortage of cheap Android phones — especially the bigger-screened devices that are popular today — so it’s bringing in custom low-cost devices from overseas.
Karma’s pocketable mobile hotspot is already used by 100,000 people looking for connectivity on the go. But Karma wants its mobile broadband service to become its customer’s primary source of internet access.
Two years is quite the delay, but GSM Nation hasn’t merely been dawdling. The new MVNO, US Mobile, is the product of two years of learning from GSM Nation’s MVNO partners, according to CEO Ahmed Khattak.
If you’re buying an unsubsidized smartphone for $100 then you’re probably looking for a budget smartphone plan as well. Republic is offering to connect the Moto E for as little as $5 a month.
Looking to unlock your phone and take it to another carrier? Consider this post your cheat sheet.
FreedomPop is coming to iOS in many ways. It’s started selling refurbed iPhone 5s, activating its service on older iPhone models and offering an over-the-top iOS app to lure in potential customers.
E-Plus is offering up a cheap prepaid SIM-card plan that exempts WhatsApp traffic from its data plan, effectively creating a mobile service that leans primarily on over-the-top messaging for communication.
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Until now, the only iPhones you could bring to Ting and save money on service were the 4 and 4s. Now you can activate a Sprint-compatible iPhone 5 on Ting, which has unique plans and flexibility.
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The race to the basement in mobile plan pricing continues with new contestant UppWireless. The MVNO is offering plans as cheap as $15 a month for 1 GB of data and unlimited VoIP calling.
MVNO FreedomPop has decide to take a crack at its own unlimited voice-and-text plan with a new $4.58-per-month all-you-can-eat option, which also includes 500 MB of free 3G and 4G data.
Mobile carrier Ting is dropping many monthly prices, particularly for big data users.
Can you limit your mobile voice and data use to Wi-Fi networks? If so, Scratch will make your service free, selling you minutes and megabytes only for emergencies.
There are a several similarities between Sprint’s new Framily program and the the multilevel marketing business model of mobile carrier Solavei. But Sprint has adopted the best aspects of Solavei’s model while avoiding the worst.
Karma is building a community of mobile broadband users who share their connections without sharing their data. It’s attracted 50,000 users so far, a number it hopes to boost as it moves to Sprint’s LTE network.
Scratch Wireless is a new MVNO with a new business model. Instead of charging you subscription fees to access the cellular network it gives you voice and SMS over Wi-Fi for free.
TextNow is selling its first LTE phone, which should go a long way to making its mobile VoIP service much better.
We already know that Straight Talk’s unlimited plan can save you money and that it isn’t unlimited. The company clarified the latter point, saying it provides 2.5 GB of monthly high-speed data, along with unlimited voice calls and texts, for $45 a month.
The wireless technology Amazon is testing is called TLPS, which is basically Wi-Fi on its own boutique band. If Amazon can get it to work, then it could connect to Kindles to 4G-style services at Wi-Fi prices.
Virtual operators have driven a good chunk of the growth in the U.S. mobile market in the last two years, according to GSMA Intelligence. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile host 23 million MVNO connections alone.
Ultra is turning the SIM card into an international calling card. It’s always offered cheap direct dial rates to other countries as well as free international SMS. Now it’s making calls to five countries gratis.
The new MVNO will offer cheap plans and high-end smartphones to all active-duty U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families.
While most of FreedomPop’s customers pay nothing each month, using its 500 MB free plan, more than 40 percent are paying subscribers.
Startup TextNow has pulled off a feat no other mobile company has accomplished: a mobile service built entirely around IP communications. It’s selling voice and data plans on a pair of Samsungs for $19 a month.
FreedomPop triple dips into its Series A round, going back to investors for funds to pursue its smartphone plans.
Mobile broadband MVNO Karma has been running its social bandwidth experiment for six months, allowing anyone to connect to any of its customers’ WiMAX hotspots for free. So far it’s had a lot of takers.
If FreedomPop can get this VoIP service off the ground it could become the first all-IP mobile operator, but the feisty MVNO has promised to launch voice in the past and failed to deliver.
The world’s first international MVNO, Truphone is now offering shared plans for business, allowing companies to offer a single pool of minutes and megabytes their employees can use in multiple counties.
As more MVNOs populate the mobile landscape, it’s becoming harder for one virtual operator to distinguish itself from another. GIV is separating itself from the pack by focusing on charitable giving.
ItsOn started out selling mobile plan customization tools to carriers as a cloud-based service. Now it’s becoming a carrier, using its own cloud service to show what the world can do with individually tailored voice and data plans.
MVNO Karma is trying to seed its social broadband mesh network throughout New York, so it’s starting with food trucks. Thirty mobile restaurants are now offering free Karma Wi-Fi.
Solavei will sell the device for steep price of $700, but unlocked versions of the new iPhone 5 will work with its SIM cards. Solavei resells T-Mo’s service, giving access to its nationwide HSPA+ network, but not LTE.
Mobile data MVNO FreedomPop is exploring the notion of a broadband piggy bank, which stores your unused data every month. It’s a concept ideal for the casual user of mobile broadband.
GoSmart Mobile will focus on the budget-conscious voice centric user. There are data plans, and one of them is even unlimited, but you won’t get access to T-Mobile’s full HSPA+ network speeds.
Can’t wait for that new BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S.? You can get one now, but it’ll cost you a grand.
The MVNO is turning broadband into a currency that can be shared or traded. The new funds will allow FreedomPop to continue tinkering with its plans in beta before a larger nationwide launch.
Google is launching yet another mysterious wireless experiment, this time using small cells at its HQ. Taking all of Google’s wireless projects together, a new kind of mobile architecture might be taking shape: the heterogenous network.
ACN’s wireless arm Flash may not have the most compelling rates today, but with a new deal with Devicescape it may be setting the stage for cheaper data plans in the future.
Instead of spending $100,000 on advertising that may or may not get new customers, Ting is spending that money to get people to switch to its cellular service. The company will pay your ETF to make the move.
FreedomPop and textPlus have matching philosophies: Give a baseline service away for free and upsell additional megabytes and minutes. Later this quarter FreedomPop will incorporate textPlus’s IP messaging and VoIP services into its mobile broadband service.
Red Pocket is letting third-party voicemail provider YouMail at its customers. The move could be a precursor to virtual operators dumping their antiquated voicemail services. If customers are bringing their own phones and apps, why shouldn’t they bring their own voicemail?
If you travel overseas and want to maintain your mobile data connection, you’re either going to pay criminal roaming rates or endure tremendous hassles avoiding them. But a new breed of virtual operators like Voiamo are looking to create the first truly international plans.
The mobile virtual network operator plans to take the “M” out of MVNO. Using Clearwire’s WiMAX network, FreedomPop will start selling in January a residential broadband service with the same incentives as its mobile service, including 1 GB a month of free data.
Mexico’s biggest mobile brand launched in the U.S. but as an MVNO. Owned by América Móvil, Telcel América resembles its sister operator Straight Talk in that its plans include unlimited everything. In Telcel’s case they also include unlimited calling to mobile phones in Mexico.
Karma has arrived and its brought its concept of social bandwidth along for the ride. It’s betting consumers will be willing to share their 4G connections with strangers if given the proper incentive so it’s doling out free bandwidth in exchange for benevolence.
So you’re buying one of Apple’s newly unlocked iPhone 5s. Now you just need to figure out what carrier to take it to. If you want LTE your only current option is AT&T, but there are plenty of 3G options out there.
After a year and countless waves of beta trials, Republic Wireless is finally swinging open the doors for a commercial launch. New customers can now order its latest Motorola smartphone from its Website and sign up for its dirt-cheap $19 unlimited everything plans.
NetZero is giving each of its customers 1 GB of free bonus data each month. You can’t use that yourself, though. You have to give it to other NetZero customers in 200 MB increments, but there’s nothing to stop your friends from returning the favor.
Mobile virtual network operators are popping up everywhere, but will they ever be large enough to threaten the large national carriers? Can they build a profitable business? Time will tell, but these companies have high hopes.
RadioShack joins the ranks of the mobile virtual network operators, partnering with Leap’s Cricket Communications to resell its prepaid smartphone and feature phone plans. The deal both expands Leap’s retail presence and allows RadioShack to sell service plans, not just handsets.
Radical virtual network operator Ting is at it again. The company with innovative cellular plans will let customers bring their own Sprint device to the service. But that’s short term; long term, Ting could add support for devices from other carriers in the U.S. too.
Karma not only encourages its 4G customers to share their connections with strangers, it rewards them with free bandwidth for doing so. The Dutch transplant’s social bandwidth vision now has a new convert. Venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson is participating its seed funding round.
Historically, U.S. consumers are addicted to subsidized smartphones that carry lengthy contracts, but sales growth of pre-paid, no contract phones has nearly doubled in the past year. Apple’s iPhone may eventually help this market too, but improved Android handsets sold by pre-paid providers are boosting sales.
Sprint isn’t holding anything back when it comes to supporting its MVNO partners. Ting will not only get access to a device Sprint started selling only last month, but it will gain immediate entry onto Sprint’s brand new LTE network — permissions other carriers would never grant.
Republic is still in beta, but it’s now a much bigger beta. The mobile virtual network operator has fine-tuned its proprietary hybrid-connection technology and Wi-Fi hotspot network with the launch of a new Motorola phone. So it’s opening up the gates to its long waiting list.
When Republic Wireless launched last November it promised to deliver reams of data, voice, and SMS to its customers using a hybrid cellular-Wi-Fi network model. That Wi-Fi has to come from somewhere, and now we know the source: Devicescape.
Exclusive: This fall unlocked smartphone retailer GSM Nation will launch a virtual operator service, pairing T-Mobile’s HSPA+ speeds with the 200-plus smartphones it sells online. The company is breaking the link between operator and device and dispelling the notion that phone subsidies actually save consumers money.
Clearwire may be preparing to transform itself into an LTE operator, but that hasn’t stopped it from selling its WiMAX service to other carriers. The latest to jump on Clearwire’s bandwagon is MVNO Jolt Mobile, which is making the odd pairing of GSM with WiMAX.
Reports are coming from Japan that Amazon is forming an MVNO. If true, it would be an interesting experiment for Amazon, expanding its mobile business beyond selling devices, apps and e-books to selling connectivity itself. But I suspect this is nothing more than an experiment.
Your Facebook or LinkedIn account doesn’t have a phone number, but one day it might if Tyntec has anything to say about it. The German company wants to build a virtual mobile phone into any Web 2.0 service, bridging the gap between over-the-top apps and mobile.
Own a Galaxy Nexus, iPhone or other GSM handset? If so and you’re tired of the cost and long-term contract, Straight Talk’s SIM card may be an option. The no-contract deal is $45 for unlimited voice minutes, messages and HSPA+ data on either AT&T or T-Mobile.
FreedomPop plans to give away mobile data access to most of its customers for free, charging only premium users a monthly fee. If can it can make the math work, it could potentially shake up the wireless market, extending mobile data to broad swathes of the population.
Republic Wireless is dropping the “so-called” from its so-called unlimited data plan, revealing that it has lifted all restrictions on smartphone Internet use. While Republic’s customers are sure to be happy, let’s see how long it lasts. Unlimited is a hard business model to make work.
Can the stimulus money really help to drive down the price of solar electricity by half in the next five years? Yes, according to a White House report on Tuesday touting the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But think again.
Next-generation mobile operator Truphone today announced both an MVNO deal and a single smart SIM for local rates when calling abroad. While this complements the company’s VoIP services, it illustrates a requisite lack of control both for voice and for voice as data.
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