|Elevate, Inc. today announced an agreement with Sprint Nextel Corporation whereby Elevate will sell mobile voice and data services to consumers and businesses using the Nationwide Sprint Network.|
Elevate’s MVNO agreement, which was executed at the end of December, will enable the Company to provide mobile network connectivity and the latest Android and Windows-based devices to over 274 million consumers on both a prepaid and postpaid service basis.
“We’re excited to offer our customers exclusive Elevate rate plans, reliable coverage and innovative products through our new relationship with Sprint,” says Wright Thurston, Elevate CEO. “This contract makes it possible for us to bundle Elevate branded mobile voice and data connectivity with our other digital services in such a way as to offer additional savings off our already competitive Stack service plans.”
As a digital services integrator, Elevate is able to provide comprehensive service ‘Stacks,’ or product packages that are customized based on a consumer’s particular needs. Unlike other popular bundled offerings, the component services in an Elevate Stack aren’t exclusive to any single delivery network or partner provider. In other words, Elevate customers can save even more on their home automation, digital television, wireless broadband Internet, and digital telephone services by signing up for Elevate mobile.
|Sprint Wholesale Solutions today announced the availability of 4G Fixed Business Access, a business grade solution that offers high availability, secure connectivity that can turn any area into an instant office and can help enterprises stay connected during wireline outages. Sprint Wholesale MVNO customers now have the power, speed and flexibility of 4G Fixed Business Access to take advantage of offering faster improved access and enhanced connectivity options at a reduced cost for their SMB customers.|
Small branch or remote offices can enjoy the power and security of a business-class router and convenience of a wireless connection to the Internet, without on-site IT management. Sprint Wholesale MVNO customers can deliver corporate security policies, failover technology and 3G/4G access for virtually anytime Internet connectivity to small, remote and temporary offices at a fraction of the cost of most current solutions.
|LightSquared, the nation's first wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, and Simplexity MVNO Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of leading wireless solutions provider Simplexity, today announced that they have entered into a multi-year wholesale agreement. Simplexity MVNO Services is a fully integrated Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) which provides end-to-end and customized solutions for Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).|
Under this agreement, Simplexity MVNO Services will become a wholesale customer on LightSquared's 4G-LTE network and will provide voice and high-speed mobile data services that are private branded for its partners that include retailers, e-tailers, OEMs, marketing organizations and affinity groups, as well as other organizations seeking to provide customized wireless solutions to their customers. This agreement represents a major step towards making the latest generation of mobile services available to Simplexity's constantly growing partner base throughout the United States.
|Cricket Communications Inc.,a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., today announced the launch of the Huawei Ascend II, the successor to Cricket's highly-successful deployment of its first low-cost Android device, the Ascend, that was launched in October last year.|
"We are excited about the sleek, new Huawei Ascend II," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general manager of devices for Cricket Communications. "The original Ascend has been our best-selling smartphone and the Ascend II is sure to impress our customers with its faster processor, 5 megapixel camera and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system."
This value-priced Android comes with a 3.5" HVGA touch-screen with virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability and 3G Real Web Browsing. The Ascend II has lots of great smartphone features packed into an affordable package. Cricket's fifth Android smartphone also includes great features like a 5 MP camera/camcorder and a MP3 player/microSD slot.
|Lightyear Network Solutions, Inc., a provider of data, voice and wireless telecommunication services to business and residential customers throughout North America, today announced that it has launched its MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) operations under a new five-year agreement with Sprint.|
The contract allows Lightyear to partner directly with Sprint on new wireless products, and provide postpaid and prepaid mobile telephone products and service utilizing the Nationwide Sprint Network. The agreement provides numerous benefits for Lightyear, including a larger and improved selection of the newest Sprint wireless devices, quicker access to those products, greater flexibility regarding product and service offerings for Lightyear customers, and the ability to offer bundled Lightyear wireline and wireless products.
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. announced its subscribers will be able to use their MetroPCS service in areas covering more than 90% of the U.S. population with the introduction of its Metro USASM nationwide service that launches today. MetroPCS customers can begin to enjoy unlimited talk, text and Web services wherever they go in the nation on their existing MetroPCS service plan.|
“Metro USA is yet another key milestone for our company as we have expanded nearly everywhere where our customers may use their service in the majority of the United States,” said Roger Linquist, chairman, president and CEO of MetroPCS.“ Our customers already benefit from the affordability, flexibility and predictability of our Wireless for AllSM service, and now they can use their wireless services nearly anywhere they go in the nation.
|MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today launched commercial 4G LTE services in the Los Angeles and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, enabling those consumers to do more with entertainment, social networking, 4G Internet access; all on the world's first commercially available 4G LTE-enabled multimedia handset, the Samsung Craft talk and text as low as $55 per month, including taxes and regulatory fees.|
"Our value-conscious consumers are looking to do more with wireless services and handsets, including quick and easy access to social networking sites, 4G Internet browsing and streaming music and video content,"said Roger D. Linquist, chairman, president and CEO of MetroPCS.
|MetroPCS has launched the Samsung Freeform II (SCH-r360) which comes in black with a stylish bar design, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 2.2” QVGA TFT display screen and text and picture messaging for a quick and easy way to stay in touch with family and friends. For safe, hands-free calling, the Freeform II has access to stereo Bluetooth technology and comes equipped with a 1.3 MP camera to snap all of your favorite pictures while on-the go. The Freeform II also has a multitude of MetroPCS services to always stay connected, including access to MetroNavigator GPS navigation while on the road. The Freeform II is available now at all MetroPCS retail stores.|
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- Four-Row QWERTY Keyboard
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- Customizable Shortcut Buttons
|Cricket Communications today announced the upcoming launch of the Huawei Ascend, the first low-cost Android device to hit the Smartphone market in the United States and the third Smartphone to be included in Cricket’s dynamic line of phone offerings.|
Marking the innovative wireless provider’s steadfast dedication to respecting budget-conscious customers, the Huawei Ascend will be available starting mid-October at a suggested MSRP of $149.99 in Cricket branded retail stores, select dealers and on www.mycricket.com. The sleek, value-priced device has a 3.5” HVGA touch-screen, Wi-Fi capability, 3.2MP camera/camcorder, MP3 player and microSD slot, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard. Operating on the Android 2.1 OS, the striking, dark blue Ascend will offer 3G Real Web Browsing and access to the Android Marketplace, providing Cricket customers with the freedom to choose from tens of thousands of popular apps, including social networking, games, business tools and more.
|Boost Mobile continues to enhance its handset lineup on the Nationwide Sprint Network with the launch of the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) for $249.99 (excluding taxes). The BlackBerry Curve 8530 is rolling out now at Boost Mobile exclusive retail stores and select independent wireless dealer locations and will be available on Oct. 14 at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping.|
Boost Mobile’s $60 BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited plan is the ideal option for unlimited domestic voice, text and Web service without a long term contract. The BlackBerry Curve 8530 comes equipped with an optical trackpad for easy navigation, camera with video recording, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Consumers can stay in touch with e-mail, instant messaging, and their favorite social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Flickr. All wrapped up in a sturdy and sleek design, the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone delivers rich mobile entertainment with its integrated media player, expandable MicroSD/SDHC slot for up to 32GB of media storage (2GB card included) and broad catalog of applications on BlackBerry App World.
Today, MetroPCS Communications Inc. became the first mobile operator to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the United States, offering talk, text and 4G Web access starting as low as $55 per month including taxes and regulatory fees. MetroPCS is also offering the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE enabled handset, the Samsung Craft™. Service will initially be available in Las Vegas, Nev., with service expanding into the remaining MetroPCS cities throughout the year.
As the pioneer of the unlimited, no-annual-contract, flat-rate wireless services space, MetroPCS is once again leading the industry as the only no-annual-contract operator to offer 4G LTE services. With a state-of-the-art 4G LTE network in Las Vegas and the world’s first commercially available 4G LTE handset, MetroPCS continues to provide compelling value to consumers while meeting their growing demands to do more with multimedia and entertainment applications.
Boost Mobile has launched the Samsung Seek, Boost Mobile’s first touchscreen device with a slide-out QWERTY keypad is designed to deliver easy access to multiple messaging options and popular social networking sites. The Seek is an ideal complement to the Boost Mobile Monthly Unlimited offer, which includes nationwide voice, text messaging, Web, e-mail, IM and calls to 411 for just $50 a month without an annual contract.
“Boost Mobile continues to bring its customers high-quality, versatile phones that don’t break the bank,” said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer, Boost Mobile. “Combining the stunning features of the Seek with the $50 Monthly Unlimited plan makes this pairing the perfect option for heavy-texting, feature-craving wireless users on a tight budget.”
Samsung Seek will be available Aug. 25 at www.boostmobile.com for $149.99 (excluding taxes). Shipping is free.
|Simple Mobile announced that for $60/month customers can get Unlimited Talk, Text and Data, making Simple Mobile the only nationwide GSM service provider offering unlimited everything at that price point, and with no contract. This is just the latest in a series of movements Simple Mobile has made to provide the best in wireless at a tremendous price.|
"We’re getting a lot of attention in the industry right now", says Simple Mobile VP, Strategic Alliances, Richard Wong. "We’re offering service on a level that today’s sophisticated wireless users demand, but at a much lower price. There are a lot of people asking how Simple Mobile has made such a major impact in the unlimited segment in such a short period of time, well here’s the answer; we get the customer, and the customer gets us. Simple."
| Sprint has signed deals with four MVNO partners since announcing the turnkey service last quarter. Only six months after the launch of a turnkey back-office solution for companies interested in offering wireless services under their own brand, Sprint has signed deals with four partners. These companies are Long Distance Consolidated Billing Company (LDCB), NPG Cable, Call One and Baja Broadband. All cite customer demand for mobile communications solutions as the main reason to enter the wireless business.|
This simplified offering from Sprint removes barriers to entering the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) space and makes it easy and cost-effective for small to mid-sized companies to begin selling post-paid wireless service operating on the Sprint network but with their own private label. The brand recognition and customer loyalty cable providers, CLECs, VARs and traditional telephone companies enjoy allows for a solid starting point to reach out and sign new wireless subscribers. For example, William VanderPloeg, vice president, LDCB, a switchless reseller providing wireline long-distance service to business customers in 40 states, said, "The move into wireless makes the LDCBmore relevant to our customers."
|Executive leaders from some of the nation’s largest wireless mega giants have come together to revolutionize the unlimited prepaid wireless market by launching the new MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) called Simple Mobile.|
Simple Mobile is offering the nation an unheard of SIM card program that instantly delivers affordable, unlimited access with everything wireless has to offer. Unlike other programs with corporate agendas, Simple Mobile customers are encouraged to B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Phone). Service is obtained by placing a Simple Mobile SIM card into over 180 approved cool GSM phones. Customers will immediately get access to a national network that offers Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Unlimited Global SMS, and Wireless Internet Access (IM, MMS, Email & social networks).
Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Virgin Mobile USA will acquire Helio from SK Telecom and EarthLink for limited partnership units equivalent to 13 million shares of Virgin Mobile USA class A common stock, with a value of $39 million based on the closing price of Virgin Mobile USA's class A shares on June 26, 2008.
With the acquisition of Helio, Virgin Mobile USA will gain an established and highly advanced postpaid billing and customer care platform. In addition, Helio has approximately 170,000 existing subscribers with an ARPU of approximately $80 and a handset inventory of approximately 85,000 units with a book value of approximately $17 million.
Acquiring Helio's customers and expanding its offer portfolio is expected to increase Virgin Mobile USA's volume of minutes and drive down the Company's cost per minute under an amendment to its PCS Services agreement with Sprint.
Boost Mobile has announced the rugged Motorola i335 also sold by Nextel. The rugged phone can battle dust, shock, drops, and spills. The slim, yet rugged handset features military-grade 810F durability and a thin candy-bar design with textured backing and smooth rubber face that is aimed at attracting today's active and style-conscious youth.
Underneath its stylish exterior the i335 from Boost Mobile is built to U.S. military-standard 810F for dust, shock and vibration resistance that will withstand drops and spills. With the i335 handset's Boost Walkie-Talkie capability, customers can instantly connect with friends and family at the push of a button. Boost Mobile is the only national wireless service provider to offer Nextel's national "push-to-talk" technology as a pay as you go feature. Use of Boost Walkie-Talkie is a dollar a day for unlimited nationwide use and the fee is only charged on days when the service is actually used or a walkie-talkie call is received.
U.S. MVNO operator, O2 Wireless, will launch the new Alcatel OT-E206a phone; the first to be approved by a major GSM carrier in the US and O2 Wireless is the first U.S. based MVNO to offer it. The compact OT-E206a is packed with power and is an economical value for the trendsetter looking for a sleek phone at an affordable price.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, the exclusive manufacturer of Alcatel mobile phones, felt that O2 Wireless' national reach, low long distance rates and high-quality service made it the preferred choice to debut their chic European designed phones in the US. This new relationship provides O2 Wireless with a broader array of phones as well as a cost-effective phone option that will support its national prepaid presence.
"We are excited to be the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in the US to launch the OT-E206a product," commented Pete Grubb, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Locus Telecommunications. "We believe this product provides an excellent option that is uniquely positioned to support the cost-conscious prepaid cell phone segment. In addition, we are equally happy to be working with a leading manufacturer like TCL Communication Technology Holdings who has extensive experience in the GSM realm. We look forward to working with them to launch additional handset models in the near future."
Another MVNO has bitten the dust. This time its Sonopia, founded by Juha Christensen and launched just a year ago. According to Tapio Anttila, a former exec at Sonopia, the company has shut down services in U.S. However, the website is still up and running.
Sonopia offered a service that makes it easy for anyone, whether a major corporation or an entrepreneurial individual, to become a mobile carrier in a matter of minutes.
Basically, Sonopia splits the revenue with you to sell mobile services. You can setup a mobile store under the Sonopia website.
Sonopia laid off all of its U.S. workers at the end of March, and will transition subscribers it had acquired to other companies. The company initially raised $21.5 million from ComVentures (now Velocity Interactive Group), Sevin Rosen Funds and Cardinal Venture Capital.