- 700 MHz spectrum
- Amp'd Mobile
- Boost Mobile
- Canadian Wireless
- Cell Accessories
- Chit Chat Mobile
- Consumer Cellular
- Consumer Issues
- Jolt Mobile
- Liberty Wireless
- Mobile Advertising
- Mobile Apps
- Mobile Data
- Mobile Gaming
- Mobile Safety
- Mobile Video
- Network Carriers
- O2 Wireless
- Page Plus
- Pay-As-You-Go Faceoff
- Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
- Prepaid Data Plans
- Prepaid Phones
- Prepaid Podcast
- Prepaid Services
- Prepayd Wireless
- Red Pocket
- Republic Wireless
- Simple Mobile
- Straight Talk
- Telcel Usa
- Text Messaging
- Total Call Mobile
- Touch Mobile
- U.S. Cellular
- Verizon Wireless
- Virgin Mobile
- Voyager Mobile
- Walmart Family Mobile
Simple Mobile, a Tracfone-owned T-Mobile MVNO has announced the launch of a new program that will give customers credit towards the purchase of a new phone every 18, 12 or 6 months. The way it works is that you sign up for one of three special “Phone Upgrade Unlimited Plans” and with every top-up, you gain points. Once you’ve accumulated 18 points, you can get $200 -$300 towards the price of a new phone purchased from Simple Mobile’s partner company.
January 13th, 2015 | MVNO | No Comments
PureTalk USA is an AT&T MVNO that launched in 2004. I don’t write about them a whole lot because, well, they’re not super notable. Their prices aren’t any lower or better than anyone else’s but they have a pretty good customer service reputation. And, more recently, they changed up some of their prices and data on a few of their plans.
Here are some of the changes, which are in effect immediately:
January 9th, 2015 | MVNO | No Comments
Today I wanted to take a moment and talk about a newcomer to the MVNO market, Envie Mobile. Owned by AT&T MVNO H2O Wireless, this mobile company uses Verizon’s prepaid network instead of AT&T. They don’t offer any 4G options, unfortunately, but their prices are pretty competitive.
January 8th, 2015 | MVNO, Page Plus | No Comments
Well, Kitty Wireless is back with some great new promotions for new Page Plus customers in 2015! If you’ve ever thought about switching to Page Plus, but didn’t want to deal with their customer service, or wanted something more based in the United States, then Kitty Wireless is definitely worth a look.
Now through the end of January, the following promotions are available at Kitty Wireless:
December 31st, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
In the United States, there are two different mobile networks: CDMA and GSM, and they are not only incompatible, but evenly split between the four main carriers. Verizon and Sprint offer CDMA while AT&T and T-Mobile offer GSM. While neither network is really ‘better’ than the other (they both have their pros and cons) the biggest issue is that carrying a phone from one network to the other is a hassle at best, which limits the carriers that you can use with a given phone. But, what if it didn’t matter?
December 29th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
TextNow Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, is one of those companies that I tend to overlook for one reason or another. However, it was brought to my attention that they have some awesome deals going on as part of their After Christmas Sale. Check it out:
December 29th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
NetZero, a fixed and mobile broadband internet provider since 1998, launched its own no-contract MVNO service through Sprint in 2012 and is running a promotion that could land you a free phone if you prepay for six months of service. Depending on which plan you want, it could be a little pricey, but is a great deal if you like Sprint’s network.
December 16th, 2014 | MVNO | 1 Comment
BYO Wireless has made some significant changes during the last week or two, and apparently I missed it. But, these huge changes include removing two plans from the lineup, adding two additional plans, changing the data options on several plans, promoting double data through auto renew, adding data to top-ups and adding a GSM service through T-mobile. Whew! We’ll take it one at a time.
December 15th, 2014 | MVNO, Touch Mobile | No Comments
Touch Mobile, the rather unusual little MVNO that launched in September is clearly moving up in the world. On Thursday, Touch Mobile announced that they now offer their services and products in select Fry’s Electronics stores nationwide. They have already launched as of today, and have debuted a couple of holiday promotions to celebrate their expanded retail presence.
December 9th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Alaska Communications, a postpaid and prepaid wireless and broadband carrier in the Alaska region, has announced that they are bowing out of the cell phone service industry and will be selling their wireless assets, AWN network venture and subscriber base to General Communication, Inc (GCI). The deal is worth around $300 million and is expected to be closed sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
December 3rd, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Sprint MVNO nTelos has announced plans to back out of eastern parts of Virginia in favor of western Virginia and West Virginia. Eastern markets effected by this change include Hampton Roads/Norfolk and Richmond, Va. areas. NTelos has come to an agreement with T-Mobile to sell the 1900 MHz PCS spectrum to T-Mobile for around $56 million.
November 24th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Since the law changed in August, one of the things I talk about a lot is the benefit of having an unlocked phone. Freedom is the main one. Isn’t that why we use prepaid and no contract plans in the first place? With an unlocked phone, you have the ability to jump ship at any point and the power to be in control of what you pay. But unlocking your phone can sometimes be a headache if you try and do it yourself.
US Mobile, a newcomer to the MVNO market, has announced that they will be offering unlocking services for eligible customers interested in switching to their network. To put in a request to get your GSM phone unlocked, you have to meet the following criteria:
November 14th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
If you’re looking for a company that does things a little differently, then Scratch Wireless might be a good option. Unlike more traditional MVNOs, Scratch Wireless focuses on WiFi services instead of standard cell phone networking. While connected to WiFi with your Scratch Wireless phone, you will receive free data, text and voice minutes. If you find yourself not connected to Wifi, you can access their network (they are a Sprint MVNO) for voice or data on a pay-per-use basis. Texting is always free, regardless as to whether you are connected to Wifi or not.
November 12th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Ultra Mobile, a T-Mobile MVNO focused on providing excellent international calling rates, has announced that it has reached key distribution agreements with several large national retailers including Target, Dollar General and Barnes & Noble College bookstores. Participating stores will sell Ultra Mobile service plans and phones starting next year.
November 11th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Today, as most of you know, is Veteran’s Day, when the whole country stops for a moment to thank all the men and women who are serving and have served our nation’s military in the defense of the country. So, it seems appropriate that today, we take a moment to look at a new mobile MVNO company that is as dedicated to serving veterans as the veterans are in serving our country.
November 8th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Today, I thought we could take a moment and look at one of those MVNOs that doesn’t usually get much attention: Selectel Wireless. This MVNO was originally partnered with Page Plus, but has since spiraled off into its own company. Like Page Plus, they offer Verizon services and their prices are actually pretty good. In addition to mobile phone plans, Selectel also offers a home phone plan and data options.
Here’s an overview of what they offer:
November 7th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
LycaMobile advertises as the world’s largest MVNO, with more than 30 million customers in more than 16 countries. They are very internationally focused, and have a range of plans with international and local minutes available. Founded in 2006, LycaMobile is estimated to gain a new customer every two seconds.
Here’s a look at their plan lineup:
November 7th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
You may have heard about a newcomer to the prepaid/postpaid market called Madstar Mobile. Launched on Halloween, it is still in the early setup stages and much of their website is nonfunctional and empty. But, after communicating with their customer service representatives and digging through what information IS available, I found some preliminary details. Keep in mind this is just the soft launch information, so some of this will likely change.
November 7th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
The online Page Plus dealer Kitty Wireless has taken their first step towards becoming an MVNO this week with the announcement of several new plans exclusive to Kitty Wireless. They are currently in the testing phase this week and from all reports, expect to launch the full service in early 2015.
November 6th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Genius Wireless, an online Selectel and Page Plus dealer, has announced a promotion for new Selectel customers. Through the end of November, when you activate a new service or port over a new line, you can get 50% off of the first month of service. To get the discount, you must buy an applicable plan and then request an activation or port by using the links on this page.
November 4th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
On the heels of Boost Mobile’s very successful (and recently extended) Double Data promotion, T-Mobile MVNO GoSmart has decided to launch their own promotion as well. Two of their three plans have been upgraded to include double data for a ‘limited time.’
October 31st, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
While it isn’t a huge change, PureTalk USA has increased the minutes on their lowest priced plan. The “Simple Plan” includes a set amount of ‘minutes’ which can be used for either texting or calling, all pulled from the same bucket of minutes. Texts are charged at 3 messages per 1 minute, and voice minutes are charged for the amount of time used. The plan has three tiers, and two of them were changed this week.
October 30th, 2014 | MVNO | 5 Comments
Solavei, a company that works by paying members to recruit friends and family has finally come out of the closet, so to speak, and released a new compensation program for their ‘Brand Partners.’ This will be the second such change to their policies for paying members who refer friends, and the first confirmed change since declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.
October 28th, 2014 | MVNO, Touch Mobile | No Comments
You might recall we introduced a new Sprint MVNO, Touch Mobile, at the beginning of September. This TextNow company has a rather unusual business model. Instead of offering regular service, they use data for voice, text and web browsing.
I’m not sure when this happened, but Touch Mobile now has a new plan option listed on their website. The new plan is for wifi only service, with no network support, and will cost $10. It is currently listed as “coming soon” and you cannot sign up for it just yet. I called customer service, and the associate told me that it would likely be available sometime within the next month or so, but a formal date has not been announced.
October 27th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
As I was looking through the MVNOs to see if there were any super noteworthy companies that deserved an article for Monday, I came across Ultra Mobile. This T-Mobile MVNO has been around for a couple of years and has several offerings ranging from $20 to $60. But what really caught my attention is their phenomenal international rates included in all of the packages.
October 22nd, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
Pure TalkUSA is yet another one of those MVNOs that we don’t talk about much. Operating on AT&T’s GSM network, they have a variety of cheap plan options ranging from $5 to $40 with flexibile plans, by-the-minute plans and unlimited offerings suited for just about any lifestyle.
And to make the unlimited option even sweeter, this week Pure TalkUSA has nearly doubled the data for the same price. Instead of 300 MB, the data has been increased to 500 MB with an option to top up to 1 GB for an additional $6.
For those unfamiliar with Pure TalkUSA, here is a breakdown of their plans:
October 21st, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
One of the newest MVNOs to the U.S. Market, US Mobile recently changed the pricing on their data options. All five tiers have been lowered by a few dollars, no doubt to help compete with the already established competitors. Here’s what the new data prices look like:
October 15th, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
BYO Wireless customers can once again activate Verizon iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s phones as of today. This is ending the four month long ban on iPhone activation which BYO Wireless claimed was Apple’s fault. PrepaidPhoneNews reported in April that the Verizon MVNO was deactivating iPhone users without prior notice or refunds. BYO claimed they were negotiating with Apple to allow the phones on their network.
September 23rd, 2014 | MVNO | No Comments
On Friday, we talked about some of the major changes that came to RingPlus recently, including the ending of their free plans, revamping of several of their existing plans and a barebones teaser of their new Matching Magic Plan. Well, RingPlus has officially released more information about their Magic Plans, and it might not be as good of a deal as it sounds.
September 23rd, 2014 | MVNO | 1 Comment
GSM Nation has launched a new MVNO aimed at customers who are looking for mobile plans price at under $25. The new company, U.S. Mobile, runs on T-Mobile’s GSM network and features a tiered plan program similar to Ting where users can build a custom plan based on how many voice minutes, texts and MB they will use.
September 19th, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
Sprint MVNO RingPlus has made some pretty big changes in the last couple of weeks. Known for their ad-supported free voice service, RingPlus announced yesterday that they will be discontinuing the free service for some–but not all–customers. They have also tweaked nearly all of their plans, added two new plans and WiFi calling to their service profile. RingPlus also debuted a new “Matching Magic” plan that adds minutes for every minute you use. Like we said, a lot of changes. We’ll take things one at a time and try and get you caught up on your RingPlus news for the week.
September 18th, 2014 | MVNO, Prepaid Phones, Republic Wireless | No Comments
Republic Wireless, a Sprint MVNO that is known for cheap WiFi calling plans, has announced that it will offer the Motorola Moto E starting next month for $99. Generally priced at $130, this entry-level smartphone is a steal, and is Republic Wireless’ first $99 smartphone offering.
September 17th, 2014 | Airvoice, AT&T, Consumer Cellular, Cricket, Jolt Mobile, MVNO, Net10, Red Pocket, Straight Talk, Telcel Usa, Tracfone | 4 Comments
Last week, I posted an article comparing all of the Verizon MVNO coverage maps. Several of them were a little surprising, so I thought that I would go through all of the other Tier 1 carriers and compare maps of their MVNOs to see how they stacked up. While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no Tier 1 carrier network coverage.
Today, we have a compilation of the AT&T MVNO maps. Most of them shared coverage with GoPhone, but did not offer roaming (represented by the lighter yellow areas). However, the maps were far more similar than the Verizon MVNO maps we saw last week.
So, without any more ado, here are the AT&T MVNO maps:
September 16th, 2014 | iPhone, MVNO, News | No Comments
The MVNO Truphone has announced that it will offer the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 26. While I am certain that all of the major MVNOs will carry the iPhone 6 eventually, Truphone’s announcement today is the first MVNO to confirm that they willl carry the new Apple product.
September 15th, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
Solavei, the T-Mobile MVNO that declared chapter 11 bankruptcy this summer, has been undergoing changes behind the curtain and announced yesterday that they plan to launch their ‘phase 2′ services for growth and restructuring on Oct. 1.
September 12th, 2014 | MVNO, Network Carriers, Verizon Wireless | 2 Comments
While most MVNOs share the prepaid network of their primary carrier, some of them skimp on coverage to cut costs, and very few of them offer roaming in areas with no network.
Out of curiousity, I went through all the main Verizon MVNOs and gathered up their coverage maps for a comparison. I must say, I was a little surprised at some of these–especially Red Pocket–and I think I might go through the other MVNOs with other carriers as well. Look for that in the coming weeks!
For now, here are the Verizon MVNO maps:
September 11th, 2014 | MVNO, Touch Mobile | 2 Comments
Sprint MVNO TextNow has launched a WiFi-only prepaid brand, Touch Mobile, in the U.S. and Canada. Their slogan and goal is to “get the smartphone experience without the smartphone price.” Touch Mobile is the first 100 percent data-based prepaid brand to be available in retail stores. Their store presence is expected to be launched in the next few months.
September 10th, 2014 | MVNO, Page Plus, Verizon Wireless | No Comments
Page Plus has been saying that they would be getting 4G LTE services ‘soon’ for months. So much so, that we haven’t even really covered it much because I hadn’t seen any really valid evidence that it would be coming anytime in the future. However, Prepaid Phone News has posted a notice from Page Plus Cellular to their dealers stating that LTE will be available this October. Although the official announcement is lengthy and about half of it says that they don’t have all the details available, the announcement is quite exciting.
August 30th, 2014 | Chit Chat Mobile, MVNO, News | No Comments
MVNOs are generally not the most stable kind of businesses, and this past summer saw its share of businesses closing and selling or being acquired by another company. Added to the list of companies not doing so well, both Solavei and Chit Chat have filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy this summer.
While not always the kiss of death, Chapter 11 is basically a company acknowledging that they cannot pay all of their bills. It’s a last-ditch attempt to reorganize the business and get back on their feet. Currently, neither Solavei nor Chit Chat have stated intentions to close and both carriers are still signing up new customers as of today.
August 28th, 2014 | FAQ, MVNO, Network Carriers, Prepaid Services | No Comments
We’ve talked about it before, but there is a huge difference between postpaid coverage and prepaid coverage. Networks usually boast about their area to postpaid customers but the prepaid segment usually doesn’t have the same level of coverage. To make it even more complicated, there are so many different MVNOs and prepaid carriers and choices to make all promising different speeds and the best coverage around.
So to help out, we have compiled the coverage maps of some of the largest prepaid carriers so you can compare and decide which is best for your location.
August 26th, 2014 | FreedomPop, MVNO, News | No Comments
Nearly a month after the merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile concluded, Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is undergoing formal talks with an undisclosed ‘major carrier’ over a possible acquisition of the MVNO. Fierce Wireless reported yesterday that FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols had confirmed the acquisition talks, but declined to provide details other than that FreedomPop was seriously considering the offer.
August 22nd, 2014 | FAQ, MVNO | No Comments
With prepaid MVNO companies constantly changing around and closing and opening, it can sometimes be hard to keep track of who is doing what. And, from what I have seen, finding an accurate list of MVNOs and who they get their service from can be ridiculously hard to find. So I have put together a list of all the active MVNOs that I could find. International MVNOs and companies aimed at international travelers are not listed–these are just companies providing phone and sometimes text and data services. I will update this MVNO list as often as I can as companies change and merge.
August 22nd, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
HowardForums users and Prepaid Phone News have both reported that Target’s MVNO, Brightspot Mobile, has been throttling users’ data incorrectly due to a glitch in the data tracking. From what it sounds like, this problem is mostly effecting the $35 plan users but might be might be effecting others as well, so I thought I would help spread the word.
August 21st, 2014 | MVNO, Prepaid Services, Verizon Wireless | No Comments
While nothing has been officially announced, Android Headlines has posted a rumor that Verizon might be expanding their LTE network to some of their MVNOs in the future. Currently, MVNOs on the Verizon network are limited to 3G and the coverage isn’t quite as fast or reliable as what Verizon postpaid customers enjoy. But, with two other smaller carriers expanding their LTE network to MVNOs, Verizon might not have much of a choice.
August 20th, 2014 | MVNO, News, Prepaid Services | No Comments
RadioShack has quietly shut down its No-Contract Wireless brand and removed all of their phones and offers from their site. Phones from other MVNOs are still available, however. Customers who purchased a No-Contract Wireless phone in the last 30 days can get a full refund by contacting RadioShack.
August 19th, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
Selectel Wireless, a Verizon MVNO, has gone through a few changes in the last few months: a data increase for one of their more popular plans, an increase in texts on another and a ban on activating non-Verizon phones. All of the changes have already gone into effect.
August 16th, 2014 | MVNO, Prepaid Cell Phone Plans | No Comments
If you’re a GoSmart or Brightspot user, you might have noticed faster uploads and better speeds. As of last month, both brands received a tweak in their available plans and data speeds. GoSmart now offers 3G downloads to customers–a marked improvement over the achingly slow 2G connection offered previously, while Brightspot has slashed their prices and changed around their data options to match Walmart prepaid plans. Here’s a breakdown of the new plans available for each MVNO:
August 15th, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
California-based MVNO Rok Mobile has finally opened its service to the public. Formerly invite-only, Rok Mobile allows users unlimited music streaming and downloading using Rok Mobile’s app and other third-party music apps like IHeartRadio and Spotify. Customers can create their own personalized music playlists and download music through Rok’s App to listen to off line but downloaded music cannot be transferred to another device or accessed once service with Rok Mobile has ended.
August 15th, 2014 | MVNO, News | No Comments
Harbor Mobile, a new MVNO aimed at small businesses and entrepreneurs launched last month. They use T-Mobile’s network and offer some pretty decent competitive pricing. Harbor Mobile currently has four plans and offers a couple add-ons like additional data and international calling. The plans are:
- $30/month – Unlimited talk, text, 1 GB high speed Data, unlimited slower speeds, hotspot
- $40/month – Unlimited talk, text, 3 GB high speed Data, unlimited slower speeds, hotspot
- $50/month – Unlimited talk, text, 5 GB high speed Data, unlimited slower speeds, hotspot
- $60/month – Unlimited talk, text, 5 GB high speed Data, unlimited slower speeds, 5 GB hotspot
SIM cards cost $10 and are mailed to you within a week of order. You can BYOD, but it needs to be a T-Mobile branded device or it must be unlocked and able to use GSM.
August 11th, 2014 | MVNO | 1 Comment
Spot Mobile announced on Friday that after 4 years of operation, they will be closing their company and customers will not have service after Sept. 7, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Every page of their website simply reroutes to the following message:
Spot Mobile had a contract with an underlying carrier that matured and was going through a sale which did not materialize. The Company has made the decision to wind down its business and will no longer be processing refills. Customer’s account/services will terminate effective September 7th, 2014 at 11:59pm (EST). The information required to PORT OUT your number is your Account Number which is your telephone number and PIN/PASSWORD which is 1234. We want to thank you for your past business and tell you how much we have enjoyed having you as a customer. Please do not hesitate in contacting customer service if you need any assistance or have any questions.
When I called for more information, the customer service representative simply said that she couldn’t really tell me anything other than the above. They used T-Mobile’s signals and the contract they had, presumably for use of those signals and such, expired.